Joe Zoch

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  1. Happy Birthday to Joe Zoch

    Thank You Much!
  2. On matters of Objectivism and Ayn Rand, I steer clear of any literature NOT endorsed by ARI. Anne Heller is making the talk radio rounds and will be appearing Sunday November 8th on Book TV. I just listened to her interview on the Rosen Show, and I learned nothing of any importance. I did not hear anything wildly negative; in fact, this particular interview seemed to encourage reading her books. I remember becoming politically aware around 1991/92 and I started listening to Rush Limbaugh and another local Talk Show host, both encouraged reading Atlas Shrugged, I did, and here I am today as an admirer and advocate. The irony is their encouragements of reading Rand helped me understand the errors in their own arguments, so I don’t think Heller’s book will necessarily result in a bad first impression.
  3. 2000 is a lot of people on short notice! That was at the Sommerset Mall, which is 5 minutes from my house. How were you notified? I shouldn't be missing these events.

    It stands to reason that a turnout to a July 4th Tea Party would be low because many people take their vacation around that same time. I was busy vacationing from my job this past week to catch up on some work at home and visit with friends and family. Many of my co-workers, friends, and family simply left town for the weekend. According to lansingmiteaparty, Lansing Michigan had a turnout of around 1500, and did receive some media attention. Alex Epstein reported on Facebook that he spoke to a crowd of 300 people. In my opinion, 40% wanting to read Ayn Rand IS promising.
  5. Pro-Capitalist Cartoon

    Fun! I've posted it to my Twitter and Facebook account. Thank You!
  6. Twitter

    I just use it as a one stop shop for news, geeky stuff, and Objectivist updates. Also, my works firewall doesn't block it yet.
  7. Going Galt

    I apologize - I missunderstood what you meant.
  8. Going Galt

    Felix - Once you start "" or whatever, I'll be right there participating too. It’s not going to be a single activity that changes the culture, but a preponderance of activities like letters to the editor, blogging, social networking (Facebook, Twitter, My Space, etc.), talking to friends and family, attending Tea Parties, or sponsoring Atlas book drives to Politicians. Mr. Small has created one more venue for our activism, and if it doesn’t suit your interests then shrug, and try something else.
  9. Going Galt

    I will participate in this effort, and I've linked it to my Facebook page. I've been handing out Atlas to those I know for many years, but never thought about sending it to a Politician.
  10. Dollhouse (2009)

    I really like this show. It reminds me of a more intricate Stepford Wives.
  11. Starting on page 2 of the comments section, Amy Peikoff nicely rebuts Steven Crowder’s specious post against Atheism on the Big Hollywood website. I think this is a good demonstration of how to advocate the proper ideas without being off-putting, and knowing who your audience is. As you follow the thread you see she makes her case by personalizing it and ultimately wraps it up by pointing the viewer to Ayn Rand. Often, I see Objectivists (I’ve been guilty of this too) try to refute bad ideas by throwing in the entire Ayn Rand Lexicon, or using jargon only known by those well studied in Objectivism. Commenting on blogs and news sites is a great way to spread Objectivist ideas, and I think Amy’s approach is a good example.
  12. Go to, scroll to the bottom, and select page 2. This the best I can give.
  13. The description should say Properly Using Blog and News Site comment sections NOT "the Blog"
  14. Facebook advice?

    Good! It's your account, just as it's your life. You have no obligation to anyone. Generally, I accept most everyone, except ex-girl friends or anyone I was intimate with. I believe that would be rude to my wife. Since I've started, I've been using it more and more for passing along pro-liberty and pro-Objectivist articles, images, and announcements. Most of my friends are not Objectivists, but I have received some comments of interest from them. I did get reacquainted with an old high school friend who believes in situational ethics and claims to have read Atlas Shrugged several times, but cannot name one idea from the book. Anyway, I was close to dumping him, but he is friendly and who knows, I may post something that makes him really read Atlas or read it again and try to understand it. Also, on the News feed page you can remove people you really don't want to see or who write ridiculous non essential entries like, "I'm eating snails for lunch." They won't come back until you post on their page. Betsy - I see you're 2 friends away from the BIG 500!
  15. The Individual in Movies

    My picks are The Winslow Boy (I like the 1999 version), Shane, and Planet of the Apes (the 1968 version).
  16. Legend of the Seeker (2008)

    My wife has read the entire series and I have yet to dive into them. I understand they're pretty good. I don't want to ruin the reading experience by watching the poorly filmed television show.
  17. I just received a corporate invitation for "National Day of Service" on MLK day. As a company policy, I cannot post the actual memo or the registration site, so you'll have to just take me on my word. One choice for employees is to help organize for Corporate Accountability. Today it's voluntary, but if your company gets on the Government hit list like Microsoft in the 90's, it might become mandatory to serve or forget that yearly raise, or worse find someplace else to work. On episode 44 of the Peikoff podcast, a similar issue was raised about the morality of a company going/promoting green. I think advocating altruism or working with an organization that's anti business or against the building of nuclear bombs for the U.S. falls under the same category.
  18. Parental Roles in Education

    Sue Marx, whom I interned for in college, produced a documentary about a summer camp, provided by Wayne State University. The film showcases the effectiveness of teaching inner city kids math: It All Adds Up - Wayne State University Math Corps . Also, Milton Friedman's Free to Choose program is an interesting and informative video: What's wrong with our schools? As a parent, I am solely responsible for the health, well being, and education of my children. I made the mistake of shrugging my shoulders and sending my daughter to what is considered a top rate public school. Within 8 weeks, I saw my daughter become depressed and self loathing of her inability to keep up with the other kids (she's 5yrs). The schools solution was to work harder, pull her out, hold her back at the end of the year, or send to a pre-kindergarten class in another district, which costs money. My wife and I made the choice to do with less, take on more work, and send her to a Montessori school. The transformation was immediate. I don't see how appealing to a school board during this time would have improved the situation. Why try to fix or make better a fundamentally flawed and immoral compulsory education system? I think the best method is to pull your child out of the public system and encourage others to do so as well. You cannot continue to fund empty buildings.
  19. I agree. It really sends me to have to make contingencies against a politician sworn to uphold the constitution, which is designed to protect our individual rights.
  20. I agree with your sentiments, but I believe the battle for individual rights has been started for quite some time, and by more competent advocates (Jefferson, Adams, Rand). I'm here and doing what I can. That said, most Americans buy into the idea of service of one type or another. As long as Obama isn't requiring us to serve on the front lines of a battlefield, he'll get little resistance. I'm confident that if a major city is bombed or damaged somehow, Obama will want Americans to first reach out to those in need and then to reach out to compromise with the perpetrators. Perhaps, the first to be volunteered will be companies that took some of the Government Bailout money? He can easily say that if it weren't for the Federal Goverment, company X, and its employees, wouldn't be around. Now, in America's time of need, company X needs to give back by volunteering its resources (employee labor) to help out. If you happen to work for company X, it can pressure you to perhaps work a Saturday or evening helping the local CAIR charity or pick up a shovel and start digging. No blog, letter to the editor, or community activism will stop him.
  21. I'm seriously concerned about what he's going to do to us if we're hit with another 9/11 type of attack, or even a Katrina. During the campaign, he said he was most disappointed by Bush telling the Americans to go shopping after 9/11. He believes we all should have been called to serve!
  22. Happy Birthday to Joe Zoch

    Thank you Betsy. Today marked the first day of the last year of my third decade as an individuated human being. So far, it has been a good day. My wife gave me a nice birthday card, DVD, big kiss, and took me out to eat. My daughter of 5yrs. wished me happy birthday, but thinks her birthday is was better because she had candles and a cake (I prefer French Silk Pie and forgot to buy myself a candle). It's good to be alive!
  23. "Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by developing a plan to require 50 hours of community service in middle school and high school and 100 hours of community service in college every year." This sickens me. What if I or my children don't comply? We better hope there is not another 911 or Cuban Missile Crises in the next two years or we're all going to become the property of O - Uncle Sam. I'm more than ever inspired to write, complain, and talk to whomever and wherever possible.
  24. No guys, she really was pretty stupid.

    I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with following politics and/or politicians past or present. I too will keep an eye on Sarah and anyone else who appears on the scene that’s a rising start in either party. What I am asserting is this post (wrongly) tries to prove that the Governor is stupid by showing a she said she said report from Fox News. This is the kind of rubbish the Branden’s tried to pull against Ayn Rand. Until something more concrete surfaces, I think it’s no more important than what appears on tabloid television. It’s in this context that I think it’s more important to follow the eminent threat of the coming Congress and Administration.