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Stuart Taylor at Cato

Stuart Taylor was Cato talking about his book on the Duke case. The program is on Cato.org and will be on Book TV. This is a report on somethings Mr Taylor commented on. Mr Taylor said the fact that the book in not in book stores was a bad decision made by the publisher. He said the publisher did not think the book would be a success. Durham in Wonderland will be closing because C B Johnson will be teaching in Israel and the distance is too great. Watch the program! It's very good.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

Heath Ledger

I have recently reseen "Brokeback Mountain". I marvel at Heath's performance. He was so young and now he gone. His last line in "Brokeback" was "I'm sorry". It the only thing one can say now.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

On the killing of dogs by police officers

In the last couple of weeks the home of the mayor of a small Prince George's County was raided by a swat team because the home had received a delivery of marijuana. The mayor and his family were subjected to all the thing that happen in these actions including the killing of his two dogs. If you read Radley Balko's blog The Agitator he has a host of stories of this sort. The people who were raided were held for over an hour withe their dead dogs very close to them. There are investigations g

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

P J O'Rourke

P J O'Rourke was at Cato yesterday. The house was packed. He gave a great talk. You can find the talk at Cato's web site.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

John and Elizabeth Edwards

I didn't think it was possible but John and Elizabeth are more undignified than Bill and Hillary. I want the Senator to submit to DNA testing about the fatherhood of the child.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

Arthur Miller

The last couple of days have not been good for Arthur Miller. It has been revealed that shortly after one of the sons who suffered from Downs Syndrome was put in what was called a "home". Miller did this even through his wife at the time wanted to raise the child. Miller would not even mention the boy in his autobiography. Arthur Miller has been regularly referred to as the American playwright of the 20th century. His two most famous plays are "The Glass Menagerie" and Death of a Salesman

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

Monk: An Annoying Detective Show

Monk is a very popular show on cable. I find the show very annoying. I like detective shows. I don't like Monk. I am willing to put up with many things with my detectives. They can violate rights. They can torture. They can kill people like Mike Hammer did. I don't want them to be neurotic. Monk is neurotic. He has a hand washing and cleaning fetish which in an earlier time would not have him on a police force but in some quite place where he would be kept away from sharp objects.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

The Wire

Let me begin by saying that "The Wire" is not for everyone. There is a lot of cussing, sex, and gratuitous violence. If you offended by these things don't watch. The show was an HBO mini-series that ran for four years set in Baltimore. It shows the inter-action between the police and drug dealers. More to come.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

Listening to Free Minds 09

I have been listening to Free Minds 09, the conference that was held in Las Vegas. I have Ed Hudgin's two lectures. The material is really good. I wish the questioners had been asked to identify themselves.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

Charlie Wilson's War

I f you watch TV you may have seen ads for this movie. I smell a rat. A Hollywood rat. I want to say that I have not seen the movie. The movie does not open till Christmas day but I read the book of the same name. Charlie Wilson's War is a fascinating story. Congressman Wilson after being something of a playboy during the 70ths did help the Afghan rebels get funding. But he was not alone. One of the other people who helped was a man who lived in government housing. I am of course refe

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

Dexter's is over for this season

This was a very harrowing season and next year does not look like it will be any fun. John Lithgow was a great villain probably the best one the show has had. The other continuing character had complications this season that will make the wait for the next season bad. Michael C Hall is getting chemo which may mean there will not be a next season.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

Summer Seminar Day 1

I will try and fill in some of my previous posting about Summer Seminar 18. David Saum and I got to Towson about 5pm. We checked in and meet some of the other arrivals. I have a theory that the first people you meet at an event suggest how the event will go for the week. The frist people I meet were all great. I then went to the barbecue and meet more great people. There seemed to be a great ethnic diversity than previous Seminars. The next day the conference proper began. The first t

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

A Blog I Enjoy

Tom Stone has a blog called Philospher Stone that I very greatly enjoy. He has two humour entries which are very funny. One is a list of children's books that don't make it One is how to have fun with scissors. He posts about philosphy, sports and baseball in addition to humour. Check it out.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

Another Favorite Blog

Durham in Wonderland is written by K C Johnson. The blog is about the Duke Hoax. Professor Johnson has written since April of 2006 about the Hoax. The blog has been about the case and the reactions to it. As a professor Dr. Johnson has had a great deal to say about the Duke faculty and President. Much of his focus has been on the 88 professors who signed an ad the appeared in the college newspaper now known as the "Gang of 88. Dr. Johnson has ably followed the criminal case as it fell

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

The End of the Truscott Case

Tomorrow August 28 after almost fifty years Crown vs Steven Truscott will finally have a resolution. Steven Truscott was arrested, charged and convicted of the murder of a class mate in 1959. He was sentenced. That sentence was commuted. But his conviction was later affirmed by Canadian Supreme Court. Truscott came to his unlucky state of affairs because he gave a ride to this school mate. A younger girl in his classes she was in his home room. The Crown pathologist said the time of de

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

Further Truscott News

Yesterday the Crown accepted the decision and will not appeal. This means the case is over. I have yet to start looking at decision so it will be a little longer for my longer comments. But I have been interested over forty years so I think I can take a little more time.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

Durham in Wonderland revisited Part 2

The tile of the Taylor-Jonson book is "Until Proven Innocent". There was a great review of the book in the Wall Street Journal yesterday Sept 6th. There is also an op-ed in today's Washington Post by Johnson & Taylor. As a final point the book is on the Amazon top one hundred.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

Duke's Learning Curve

Duke University has a long learning curve. They are being sued again by their fired lacrosse coach. After they had settled Duke continued to make comments about the coach. They weren't supposed to. They will probably have to pay more money. The broad of trustees should start firing people.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

Book TV

For 48 hours on weekends C-Span 2 has Book TV. Book TV has 48 hours of programming about non-fiction books. You can watch book events at bookstores, think tanks, and universities. It is programming for literates unlike the old movies, sports events, and tired programs on the other stations. I find the range of books is a happy one. On the first Sunday of every month Book TV does a three hour interview with an author. They have had David Horowitz, Christopher Hitchens, and Tammy Bruce among

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

Worst Movie Child Name

Yesterday Nov. 8th TCM was showing Penrod movies. They all had a little black boy who had the name VERMIN. I guess it's supposed to be funny.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

My Posts on Objectivist Living

My posts on Objectivist Living number over 2000. I hope my posts have been enlightening and enlightened. I also hope I have not long winded or boring. I proud of the fact I haven't done any plagiarizing.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

ARI Bookstore Catalog

It's bigger and better than ever. It's an attractive package. That's the good points. Most of the items are too expensive. It has too much Leonard Peikoff, Peter Schwartz and Harry Binswanger. I must add that they also carry too much Ellen Kenner. If you have not not seen it you should. They will send you a catalog at no charge. I must also add that the staff is very courteous and competent. Highly recommended!

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

Durham in Wonderland revisited The End

K C Johnson has announced that Durham In Wonderland with a very long post on Monday Dec 10 will be closing. No more posts. Prof Johnson is in Israel. DIW will be missed. Prof Johnson is a very honest man. I hope when Prof Johnson return he will keep us informed about PC.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

Summer Seminar 2008

The Atlas Society has announced the site for the next Summer Seminar 2008. It will be Portland Oregon. We will have more information later.The Atlas Society got the message from last summer and will have a range of places to stay at.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb