Robert Jones

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  • Birthday 01/25/1966

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    Art, bicycling, classical music, reading books
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    Stepford, Minnesota
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    Robert L. Jones
  • Favorite Music, Artworks, Movies, Shows, etc.
    Sibelius, Rachmaninoff, Dio, Led Zeppelin, John Lee Hooker, "Western Motel" by Edward Hopper, Bernini's "David," Rodin's "The Kiss," "Vertigo,""Blue Velvet," "Double Indemnity," "Touch of Evil," "Das Leben der Anderen"
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    I am an unrepentent ex-objectivist and current Deist and Catholic. Former entertainment editor and movie reviewer for the Bidinotto-era "New Individualist." Cyclist, drinker of fine blended Scotches and an occasional single-malt. I do not smoke, except during the Great American Smokeout. I temper my rational living with occasional journeys into irrational excess. Pro-life. Leonard Peikoff is dead wrong: Abortion is only pro killing.

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  1. "Can a man knowingly commit evil?" Ever heard of Saul Alinsky?
  2. Absolutely: Fetuses don't rape, murder, torture, molest children, kidnap, maim, commit arson, or poison their fellow men. Oh, was I making an argument in favor of capital punishment? My bad.
  3. Okay: Here's what I regard as the most irrefutable evidence of God, and his creating the Earth: The Big Bang theory. It suggests that at some point, the universe indeed had a starting point in time for originating. My personal revelation that there is a God: Woman. There can be nothing save Divine design responsible for the physical and spiritual sensation making love to a beautiful woman can bring to a man. My proof that there is a devil: Woman. Try living with one.
  4. Oh, hey, you ARE Adam Selene! By the way, I am one of those unrepentant Roman Catholics who agree with 95% of Objectivism. The problem with most Objectivists (many of the people here, excepted), are that they make it an all-or-nothing proposition. They get hung up on that "God thing" and go around "correcting" people for their religious beliefs. I don't care if people think I'm irrational. They can get used to it, like I'm used to many of them owning way too many pictures of naked men staring at skyscrapers silhouetted by the rising sun.
  5. Robert: I was sooooo tempted to post what you just However, you had better be careful because if Peter sees your profile Avatar, he will: he is just a You wouldn't have to be Adam Selene, leader of the lunar revolution? I limit my smoking to one day out of the year: The "Great American Smokeout." Say what you want about smoking, but here's an uncomfortable fact I'd like to see Objectivists address: The life expectancy of smokers is a hell of a lot longer than the life expectancy of aborted children. The real question (which should make any conscientious objectivist squirm) is: How could Ayn Rand have an abortion?
  6. Since it was Ayn Rand she probably lit the cigarette by snaping her fingers. Burgess Meredith used to do that!
  7. Simultaneously, the other four heads of the five families were executed operatically and someone put a bullet in Moe Green's eye through his glasses

  8. How could Ayn Rand smoke? Probably by taking a cigarette out of her pack, inserting it into her cigarette holder, and then lighting it with her Zippo cigarette lighter. She probably put her lips to the cigarette holder, drew in her breath, and with that, cigarette smoke. I imagine that's how Ayn Rand could smoke.
  9. Another huge Rushhead here, since 1982.
  10. I'm sure that Bidinotto had a backup, because Journalspace crashed before and Robert put everything back online piecemeal. I was unaware Journalspace as such fell down; Bosch Fawstin and I simultaneously sent each other e-mails asking what had happened to Robert's site. Now I know.
  11. Please let us not refer to that person as "O'Bama." It makes my Irish (and Welsh) blood boil to even imply he's a son of Hibernia! I think Rush gets it in spades. I heard him last week talk of how when the Democrats overreach, they will create a state so massive that the Republicans can turn the statism on their former tormentors once they get back into power. I believe that it is incumbent upon every American to make Obama fail. I am willing to take an economic "hit" if it will help bring down these nakedly power-hungry goons. And, incidentally, all the conservatives who are calling this "socialism," you are falling into the liberals' trap: The liberals themselves have become so emboldened as to call it "socialism" already (see Newsweek's recent cover "We're All Socialists Now"). No, what Pelosi, Obama, and Reid, et al, are pulling is fascism. With all-too-willing big business cohorts, they will force a merger between the corporations and government (the hesitant are already being bullied into "cooperating") on such a widespread scale as we've never seen before in America. Anyone familiar with Mussolini's rise to power -- in how he took a revolutionary governing philosophy and couched it in traditionalist terminology -- will see eerie echoes in Obama's all-too similar stratagem. Obama is no Zelig, sans personality; that is only what he wants us to think. His ruse of being "all things to all people" masks a man who has a very distinctly sociopathic personality, the ruthless tyrant.
  12. Gold especially rocks, and my favorite gold coins have no mention of God on them (this is coincidental). They are the Mexican 50 Peso coins minted around the 1940s, simply gorgeous coins, right up there with the St. Gaudens $20 double eagle. I served in the 1st Forward Light Infantry Secret Squirrel Psyops Battalion Brigade Regimental Command of the Royal Army of the People's Republic of Freedonia. Naw, I just made that up. Actually, I served in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army National Guard, and New York State Guard. Currently I am on a V.A. disability pension and chilling out with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Why do you want to know? Are you trying to steal my identity? ;)
  13. Here here... But if you make racial or ethnic compliments, IMHO, you're insulting the others just the same. Bob I agree with you, in part: I'm quite sure Michael was using that space to celebrate human achievement. I've read your comments elsewhere in this thread, and what I gather is that you are against imputing to *all* people in the Jewish group these achievements, especially because all Jews have not earned this praise. I can sympathize with the bad taste left in your mouth by concepts like racial and ethnic pride, especially when some in those groups get a free ride by expropriating the achievements of their betters within that group, and ascribing to the group -- and not the individual's own talents and hard work -- credit for those accomplishments. In that regard, here, here as well.
  14. Hi Mike. While I can be a hothead sometimes on the subject of anti-Semitism, let me just say this: The stereotype cliches that Wolf raised in his "observation" (more or less a variant of "The Jews control the media, Hollywood, New York, Florida and U.S. foreign affairs, etc.") are not just facile and hackneyed. They are the catch phrases often employed by racists of all stripes (whether they be white or not) who hope to create or exploit resentment against Jewish people. I know whereof I speak. Although I am not Jewish, I ran the office of a Jewish civil rights organization for many years. And, part of our work was media watch. Such phrases as Wolf used are the very code words employed by hate groups, whether they be Stormfront, National Alliance, Al Sharpton, or the Nation of Islam (Farrakhan's group). This resentment of the Jews, and their many accomplishments, is often a gateway to even more caustic language, often which includes the advocacy of violence against the Jews. It is a weaker form of "blood libel," which puts on the Jew a scarlet letter in the form of a sobriquet (e.g., "money lender," "diamond merchant," "shyster lawyer") which brings with it the suggestion that the Jew is: a. In a place of higher authority; b. That the source of that authority is suspect (probably nepotism or patronage); c. That because of this suspect basis of authority that the Jew uses his ill-gotten gains and position to "control" a certain sphere of human activity. Therefore, it is expected of the gullible by the demagogue to easily lead them towards the final step in this chain of distortions, by exploiting his sense of envy and resentment, that, d. There is a Jewish conspiracy which secretly controls everything and runs a shadow government (currently called "the Zionist Occupation Group" [ZOG] by overt racists, or "neo conservatives" by covert racists). Wolf's words, "Chosen by God to rule the Holy Land, the City of London, Wall Street, Hollywood, US foreign policy", cannot be anything other than (at best) a manifestation of resentment of the Jews, and a suggested mischaracterization that they feel "chosen" to be the masters of "the rest of us." If they were shtick, they were delivered with too much seriousness to suggest facetiousness. There were also no smiley faces to clue us that he was j/k. Mike, I don't think Wolf is a white supremist, and I doubt that he is. I made these points about National Alliance and the Deutsches-Amerikanisches Freundschaft Bund to point out to him that his rhetoric sounded exactly like someone from those rabble-rousing groups, and that he should think twice before writing such moronic nonsense. That I am the only one who called him on it is to me, frankly, frightening. There was a Jewish guy who wrote a letter to the editor of TNI some months ago, about Ed Hudgins' article on Sam Harris, in which he made the observation that if objectivists got their wish that religion went away, it would more or less be the veritable equivalent of a "final solution." A lot of what he wrote sounded eerily a lot like what I have been saying about atheists' "blind spot" when it comes to religious people. While I don't for a minute think Ed would really want a "final solution by other means," (Ed is a friend, and a forthright and decent guy as the day is long) I can sympathize with the logic of his hypothesis. To get down to brass tacks, Mike, I'm saying this: If Wolf's comments were made in a social vacuum, then they'd be little more than harmless. Given the history that such statements have had -- whether in the same wording or paraphrased -- in the actual intimidation of Jews and divesting them of their rights and safety, we cannot ignore that history. It is an ugly history, and falls into the same category with similar "observations" that "blacks love fried chicken and watermelon,which they buy with food stamps," and "American Indians are lazy drunks who can't hold onto jobs or wives," and "can we trust Mitt Romney -- a Mormon -- to be loyal to his oath of office, if elected president?" (This last is a recycling of "can we trust John Kennedy -- a Catholic -- to be loyal to America, and not the Vatican?") Please let these boards not become a haven for making racial and ethnic insults.