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  1. St. Louis City Leader Says Police Ineffective, Tells Residents to Get Armed

    Ran across this article on Fox News. Due to rising homicide rates in St Louis, and the ineffective efforts of police to curb violence, a city leader told its citizens to arm themselves.

    It should be interesting to see what will come of this with the Democrats coming into power. I, for one, am glad to see this response. The canned answer of carrying guns is not a "recipe for a less violent community" is just the sort of propaganda that keeps us on the wrong end of the gun. As I mentioned on the DC Gun Case thread, criminals will not abide by gun laws. Gun laws only keep guns out of law-abiding citizens. As such, they will always be victimized.

    ~ Shane

  2. Where there is a fear of the unknown, the media does a good job of fingerpainting a face for it. It wouldn't be such a burden if there was a balance, say a Good News Network (GNN). Life is a spectrum of both good and bad and all the in-between. Where media has such an influence over the populace, news would be newsworthy if it reflected that spectrum. People usually tune in to see what's going on around them to get a feel for state, national, and global events (mainly anything outside their circle of influence). Life happens, so why not report it as such?

    Michael,

    The book sounds like a great read. Any book of Crichton's that I've picked up was an "experience." Thanks for that snippet. Another book I'll be adding to my collection (whenever I finally get to reading Ayn's titles, of course...lol).

    ~ Shane

  3. WEST TEXAS FRIED CORN

    * 1 5-lb bag of whole kernel corn (fully thawed and drained of water)

    * 1 1-lb package of bacon (any variety or flavor)

    * 1 onion (diced)

    * 2 cloves of garlic (pressed)

    * West Texas Dust - only took me 1 hour to find this elusive seasoning online...lol

    * Salt and Pepper

    Start by frying the bacon adding the onions and garlic right near the end. Drain the grease, keeping some on the side for the corn.

    In a large skillet, throw in the corn and start cooking it down until it browns and caramelizes (approx 10 mins or more, depending on water content). You can add some of the bacon grease to keep the corn from sticking to the skillet. Keep stirring.

    Once it's caramelized, throw in the bacon, onions and garlic. Mix thoroughly. Add a visible layer of West Texas Dust over all the corn and stir in. Repeat once more.

    Now you're done! Enjoy!

    If you have leftovers (fat chance), you can always use this as the base for a great corn chowder :)

    ~ Shane

  4. resurrecting the holiday recipe thread...

    Last night Michael made me a yummy cranberry milkshake. The measurements are not exact as he just winged it.

    Cranberry Milkshake

    2 cups fresh cranberries

    1 pint of vanilla ice cream (strawberry may be good too)

    1 cup or so milk (enough to make it drinkable)

    throw it all in a blender and zap till it makes a yummy pink milkshake.

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    Kat

    I have just the perfect blender for this...I'm gonna try this!! Thanks, Kat!

    ~ Shane

  5. I think I'm scarred for life.

    No...I am certain of it :P

    Our pay these days is pretty decent. If I could learn how to invest, then I'd be pretty damned comfortable. I'm leaning on precious metals.

    ~ Shane

    Here's a suggestion: Take a thousand bucks and open an electronic cash account with Scottrade. See if you can have half your pay deposited each pay day. Buy the GLD--an EFT which tracks the price of gold--using the same amount of money each month regardless of the share price. That price may go up or down. Doesn't matter. If down you will buy more, if up less. Don't buy gold stocks because any one might go belly up. When your pay goes up then use more money for each buy.The price of gold is about $800/ounce right now. The downside risk/potential is $500. The upside is $30,000. Note that the latter is not adjusted for inflation. This will protect you from inflation which eventually will be pretty bad. You don't buy this to sell it. It's true savings. Because of your age it doesn't matter that this lacks diversification. It's simple and you can worry about other things than investing. If the price of gold goes above $1500/ounce, I'd suspend this. If it goes as low as $600 I'd put more money into it if I could. This type of ounce is 12 to pound. You're in a race to save as much as you can before you get married. Once you get married you'll be poorer than a Georgia dirt farmer in a drought.

    --Brant

    I'm married. LOL! But I'm very interested in gold for the very fact it's more savings oriented. Tax time would be my best opportunity to chunk down 1k without an issue. Is gold still the best metal to buy? I was reading that for bullion, Krugurands were the best to pick up outside of Gold Eagles. Thanks for the tips ;)

    ~ Shane

  6. Re: Terry Goodkind and Sword of Truth series. I have not read these books, but they sound good. What books in the series should one start with first?

    Ross,

    Books 1 - 8 are stand-alone titles, each dealing with present-day issues counter to Objectivist ideals. Although they follow in sequence, each building upon the last, the theme for each book is compartmentalized (so to speak). You could pick any book in those series and read cover to cover and gain insight to that specific theme.

    Books 9 - 11 form the trilogy which ends the series (sadly) and should be read in sequence.

    If you like chronological progression, Wizards First Rule would be the starting book. Of note, there is a short-story which precedes the series titled "Debt of Bones" that gives some great history into the background of First Wizard Zeddicus Zul Zorander :)

    ~ Shane

  7. Brant - My dad told me some great stories about Vietnam...sort of like yours. After thousands of years of military morale, within the past 10-20 years, that's one they've done away with.

    Although I agree whole-heartedly on their stance of zero tolerance with regard to human trafficking (the main reason military members cannot seek out prostitutes...along with the whole "professional image"), distractions from warzone dangers doesn't give us an opportunity to seek out one of Objectivism's virtues - sex.

    I say "To hell with political correctness!" Enjoy life damn it :P

    ~ Shane

    And don't smoke and drink. I hope they're paid enough money today to afford a wife and family. When I was in the army, for the first three years, all you could afford was a whore. Thank God I knew how to masturbate! I learned when I was 16. I should have figured it out three years earlier! Three lost years! Sob~at least 2000 ejaculations never ejaculated! And it took more years before I learned the difference between mere ejaculation and a bona fida orgasm!

    --Brant

    I think I'm scarred for life.

    No...I am certain of it :P

    Our pay these days is pretty decent. If I could learn how to invest, then I'd be pretty damned comfortable. I'm leaning on precious metals.

    ~ Shane

  8. (This was sent to me by email, with no authorship stated.)

    Bush should resign now. Then Dick Cheney becomes President (that would really PISS OFF the liberals)!!! Then he appoints Condoleeza Rice as VP. Then Cheney resigns two weeks later and Condoleeza Rice, A Republican, becomes the first BLACK President and the first WOMAN President !!!

    Oh no!! What would they do about Obama's commemorative memorabilia?? LOL!!

    ~ Shane

  9. Brant - My dad told me some great stories about Vietnam...sort of like yours. After thousands of years of military morale, within the past 10-20 years, that's one they've done away with.

    Although I agree whole-heartedly on their stance of zero tolerance with regard to human trafficking (the main reason military members cannot seek out prostitutes...along with the whole "professional image"), distractions from warzone dangers doesn't give us an opportunity to seek out one of Objectivism's virtues - sex.

    I say "To hell with political correctness!" Enjoy life damn it :P

    ~ Shane

  10. Hi Michael,

    Welcome to OL!! You and I have similar reading backgrounds. My intro to Objectivism was through Terry Goodkind's novels. The thing to remember about SoT is that it is pure Objectivism through and through, with fantasy being a stage to get the message across to young readers (young adults particularly). My in-laws just sent me some money with which I plan to buy Anthem, Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. I might also suggest Nicholas Dykes' Old Nick's Guide to Happiness. It's more present day fiction and gives lots of examples/references for someone trying to learn more about Objectivism (and a super book at that!).

    I'm serving in the AF right now (going on 16 years). Great to see another service member among our ranks...too few in my opinion.

    Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you for your service ;)

    ~ Shane

  11. As always, context is extremely important given that one word can have several meanings. Clarification from the outset is key, as people are given to interpretion in varying degrees. It's what makes us individuals after all ;)

    ~ Shane

  12. Deep-fryed turkey is lowering the bird into a vat of super-heated peanut oil on top of a propane burner. It's an excellent way of cooking if done right. I did it last year but won't this year. I spent an extra hundred bucks on the equipment and the oil. It's a way of keeping the bird juicy. Just don't eat the skin.

    I think Elvis was killed by his peanut butter and banana sandwiches.

    --Brant

    The peanut oil can get quite expensive. But MAN, the taste is out of this world! Recently, I had a deep-fried turducken.

    ~ Shane

  13. Speaking of Thanksgiving, one thing I could absolutely live on is deep-fried turkey. I'm originally from Maine (love the lobstah), and my wife is from Louisiana. Always a fan of variety in food, I was blown away by this southern spin on turkey.

    ~ Shane

    Baal; With all due respect I don't think it was Elvis's diet that killed him but the drugs.

    Shane; Do they have lobstah at Thanksgiving in Maine? It's an interesting idea.

    Chris,

    Not usually, but nothing would stop anyone from adding it. Lobster is readily available year round. But there are folks that do incorporate lobster or swap it out with the turker for a change.

    Baal,

    Primarily, drugs killed him. His figure was attributed to the fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches.

    ~ Shane

  14. Speaking of Thanksgiving, one thing I could absolutely live on is deep-fried turkey. I'm originally from Maine (love the lobstah), and my wife is from Louisiana. Always a fan of variety in food, I was blown away by this southern spin on turkey.

    ~ Shane

  15. What a pityl TV executives assume their audiences are stupid and write down to them, and the audiences watch the stuff and become stupid, passive, and accepting of junk as a result. A vicious circle.

    Judith

    The real tragedy is that these books were never intended for a pre-teen audience because of the philosophical and "adult" content. The execs got this all wrong from the outset. I'm just hoping that with all the changes, each season at least keeps the main themes intact and Objectivism shines through. That would at least be something worthwhile for today's youth.

    ~ Shane

  16. At the risk of sounding cliche...

    Can't we all just get along? Isn't that one of the tenets of Objectivism, if applied correctly?

    Infighting is nothing more than a distraction from the true intent of websites like this one. I've been here almost 1 year and have learned immensely from most folks here. I enjoy this site because it's like a fruit tree, where I can pick at my leisure. Somehow, some squirrels got up in it and starting casting nuts around...lol.

    Michael, keep up the great work. I have no plans of leaving anytime soon.

    ~ Shane

  17. Well -- I watched episodes 3 and 4 last night. A very long two hours. I've concluded that about the only thing this series has in common with the book is the characters' names. I could live with that if the series were halfway decent, but this -- this is just -- stupid. The plots have all the depth of a second-grade reading primer. I was hoping for much more, since I'd heard that Goodkind was involved with the series and since I enjoyed the Spiderman movies very much. If this series is considered "good" for television, then I made a good decision in giving up TV many years ago. I think I won't waste any more time on this one.

    Judith

    I haven't dug into the production side of the house, but it seems to fall along the same lines as Hercules and Xena. I'd consider this a step above them in acting, costuming/props and special effects.

    Unfortunately, Terry sold the rights to Disney and doesn't have any input into the show.

    In a letter written to me by Terry, he explains...

    "TV has to make compromises that a book does not have to make. Worse than that, executives who have never read the books make important decisions based on marketing demographics, for example casting people who they think will attract pre-teens rather than casting the right person for the part. The people who put up the money call the shots and not even Sam Raimi can change it. I'm hoping the show will at least be a bit of fun, but there is no way it will be anywhere near as good as the books."

    That about sums it up...lol.

    ~ Shane

  18. Can you watch it online??

    Neha

    I had read somewhere that NetFlix was supposed to be getting some of Disney's stuff. Not sure if this show would be one of those, though.

    As for the recent comments, one thing that has to be taken into account is that no show will ever encompass the true word of the books. It's unfortunate, but a reality. Terry said that he had 0 input into casting and other production details. The producers are going to do what they want to get numbers, not much else. Their focus is not on staying true to the book. Hopefully, the direction of the show will mature a bit more and the characters will assume more of their true essence. Keeping that in mind, I try to enjoy it all the same.

    With Kahlan, the actress mentioned that she never even heard of the books before taking the part. I'm curious if any of the cast read Terry's books.

    Matus - I agree wholely on Richard. I pictured someone of Eric Bana's presence. His relationship with Zed is a bit neutral vs how they were great friends (tutor and pupil), not to mention the episode with the townsfolk coming to ransack Zed's home. Time will tell if this changes.

    ~ Shane

  19. I have not been able to see it. SO how is it??? I was really afraid that they might mess it up, but Sam Raimi is very good.

    Neha

    So far, the series is quite good. There are some minor differences from the book, but nothing that really takes away from the central story line. Terry mentioned that one good thing about the series is that there would be a chance to fill in some of the backgrounds since each season will essentially embody each book (season 1 = Wizards First Rule, season 2 = Stone of Tears, etc).

    It's taken a little getting used to the characters, especially Chase. For the 10+ years that I've read Terry's novels, I've mentally drawn my own picture of each character.

    All in all, the show has been a good experience. I tune in every Saturday :)

    ~ Shane