Tuesday, January 31, 2012
• • Obama ‘End of America-Ism”: Sad Variant of Global Warming Alarmism
John Tamny, Forbes
The Fountainhead |
If the earth could talk, it would likely channel Ayn Rand’s Howard Roark in The Fountainhead in response to the alarmists fearful of its destruction: “But I don’t think of you.”
• Notre Dame Football Recruiting: Brian Kelly Is Almost Done Cleaning Up the Mess
Dan Stockrahm, Bleacher Report - Notre Dame Fighting Irish
[Sheldon Day] scored 85 touchdowns in the tough North Central (Indiana) Conference, despite never playing offense in his life. Has never missed church, plays a mean jazz-flute, and is smarter than Ayn Rand ever was.
• • Outrage fatigue: Or, accepting that the Republicans just are that bad
Dante Atkins, Daily Kos
Mitt Romney has consistently presented a different vision. It’s an ideology that professes that if only plutocrats like him were less restrained by consumer protections, labor, and regulations, that they could produce all the jobs America needs through trickle-down economics, even as the stepladders to the middle class that government has already provided continue to be gutted in the name of personal responsibility. It is a vision born of a decades-long effort to rehabilitate the principles of Ayn Rand and transform them into a socially acceptable philosophy on governance while interweaving a theocratic social agenda thought unthinkable only a few years ago.
• • Refusing to refudiate: ‘Alaska by Heart’ a successful Palin spoof
David A. James, Daily News-Miner (Fairbanks, AK)
Atlas Shrugged |
Book review: Alaska by Heart: Recipes for Independence by Sarah Pagen, by Patricia Monaghan.The book is a rambling account of Pagen’s life, including her brief foray into the public school system (“propaganda schools,” as she call them), her marriage to her dog-mushing husband Tommy (son of a Chicago cement magnate) and the development of her intertwined religious and political views (a mixture of Jesus and John Galt, the fictional protagonist of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” who Pagen believes was a genuine historical figure).
• • Keep pushing to privatize
Fred Ehrstein, Belleville News Democrat (IL)
With deregulation and austerity, we will soon have the perfect Ayn Rand Utopia.
• Extremism isn’t America
Kevin J. Gagen, Belleville News Democrat (IL)
Americans need to acknowledge that maybe 20 percent of the population think the wrong side won the Civil War. [....] It’s horrifying to see these people now teaming up with followers of Ayn Rand, Edmund Burke, the John Birch Society and other fringe groups previously shunned by Republicans for their extreme views. These cancerous views aren’t true American values. Readers should recognize this blind hatred, repudiate it, and stand up for the principles of equality and justice for all before our democracy gets seized by neo-fascist extremism.
• Don’t judge a book ... especially in weightlifting
Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News
Atlas Shrugged |
Competing at the Olympics wasn’t just a goal, but a reasonable goal. Then this Atlas shrugged. [Angela Candage-Parra had] had enough.
• It’s time to take uniforms — and schools — seriously
Jack Spillane, Standard-Times (New Bedford, MA)
Society is different now and we genuflect at the altar of individualism. Ayn Rand is more a 2012 saint than Mother Teresa.
• The Mask is Off
Ebben Raves, American Thinker
Never mind that [Mitt Romney’s] biggest qualification is that he is a businessman. So is George Soros. Pretty much the same kind of business, too. Woe on to anyone who is a threat to the status quo that challenges him, though. They will be attacked with a fervor never unleashed on a Democratic opponent. Now why is that? As always, money and power. And, as Ayn Rand told us, the biggest pile of either resides in Washington, DC.
• Is Africa Too full of ‘lazy’ Intellectuals?
Andrea Bohnstedt, The Star (Nairobi)
If you faff around on the web like I do (faffing? research, people, research!!), this blog post was difficult to avoid in the past two weeks: ‘You lazy (Intellectual) African scum’ really kicked up some dust on the internet. The post was a dialogue between the narrator, a Zambian, and a beefy white man called Walter. [....] It takes a moment to step back and realise that Walter is not a real person – Walter is a fictional device, exaggerated, not unlike Ayn Rand’s characters, I found.
• • Price mechanism keeps oil supplies in balance
Trevor Dahl, Grand Forks Herald (ND)
I commend the Herald on its outstanding editorial about peak oil (“There will be oil,” Page A4, Jan. 27). [....] The editorial’s statement that our greatest asset being the human mind is spot on. As Ayn Rand once stated, “wealth is a product of man’s capacity to think.”
• • 2012 Outlook, Part 1: When Leverage Fails
Ty Andros, GoldSeek
Atlas Shrugged |
“When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you...you may know that your society is doomed.” ~ Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
• MMObility: The best Glitch apps and websites
Beau Hindman, Massively
Feed Your Glutt - If the market is your thing but you want to get it down to a science, this website is for you. One of the best things about it is that it shows you newest auctions, best deals, worst deals and more. Ever wonder how much someone might be overcharging for that Ayn Rand doll? Now you know. (Just don’t buy it.)
• • • Nation suffers under Obama
Lisa Chandler, Star-Tribune (Casper, WY)
Atlas Shrugged |
Regarding “Ann Rand was wrong,” by William Missouri Downs, Letters/Jan. 24. Everything worth living for and fighting for most definitely has a price -- and in Ayn Rand’s book, “Atlas Shrugged,” the author metaphorically depicts the confiscation of all freedoms that we, as a nation, enjoy and benefit from -- transportation, the food we eat, the advances of science and medicine, the arts, commerce, education, manufacturing and the freedom of competition.