Charles T.

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  1. Would you vote for a man with a limited vocabulary?

    Well, I voted for Bush once so, yeah, I guess I would. Nucular. Need I say more?
  2. 2012 Presidential Poll for January 2012

    I am confident that Obama will lose in a landslide. If I had money to put into the market, I would do so in the days preceding the election, because it will skyrocket as soon as Obama loses. (I am not a professional investor, that's just my opinion.)
  3. Ed Cline novels for Kindle on sale now!

    Thanks for mentioning this, Bill. I can't help but wonder: why isn't the first Sparrowhawk book available for the Kindle, while all the rest are?
  4. e Readers - Which is the "best" one?

    I also have the Kindle 3. Love it. Being able to take dozens (eventually hundreds) of books with me wherever I go is wonderful. Biggest drawback for me: illustrations are pretty poorly rendered, and it's only black and white. I imagine a color Kindle is in the works. If I could do it over, I might get the Nook Color from Barnes and Noble. It's almost more of a tablet than merely an ereader, having a very functional web browser. Kindle has a web browser but it's almost unusable it's so slow. I never use it. I'm reading more than ever before because it's so convenient and accessible.
  5. Not that a religionist can recognize or accept that he's been used as a mop. It's unpleasant to watch a dedicated religionist "debate", since rational thought and logical rules for debating are nothing to them, but it's worth it to watch Hitchens do what he does best: dish it out to mystics (though not without flaw). I'd never seen/heard D'Souza speak before. He was horrible, like a smarmy, thirteen year-old snakeoil salesman, utterly brimming with contradictions, yet (seemingly) completely unaware of it. The smugness and righteousness with which he spews empty statements, which he clearly thinks convey deep meaningful points, is repulsive and hard to bear. It's almost like he's some sort of undead monster that can't be stopped, because you can't reason with it. But the point of such debates is to persuade those in the audience who are still open to reason, of course, not to change the mind of your opponent. You can skip the first six minutes of babble and introductions. Clicking the link should bring Windows Media player up and start playing the video immediately. The whole thing is an hour and a half long. Hitchens debate
  6. Dr Binswanger's "Squawk on the Street" appearance

    Thanks for posting that link. It's great to see Dr. Binswanger enlightening the world.
  7. Atlas Shrugged movie redux

    Wish I could say I was looking forward to this. Atlas Shrugged Is Filming CT
  8. A Motion To Adjourn Is Always In Order

    I think a column like that is very valuable. How many people ever take the time to attend such meetings of their local government? And I would think you could catch them in the act of trying to get away with many a boondoggle, which, one would hope, they would be discouraged from if they knew YOU were there to report it to the public. Great work.
  9. Is the ObamaCare Unconsitutional?

    I heard a lawyer on the radio (how's that for researching the issue?) say that the strongest point against the bill is that while they are trying to say it's permitted under the "commerce clause" of the Constitution, if someone refrains from buying insurance, there is no "commerce" to regulate. The non-purchase of something is not an act of commerce, so how can they regulate it? Which of course is absolutely correct, but which also will be completely ignored by the Communists who have taken over this country.

    Well said. I completely agree with and support your resolution, and your plan of civil disobedience.
  11. "Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death!"

    Great column, as usual, Brad. Thanks for it. Am forwarding it to everyone I know.
  12. Central Falls High School: "Fire 'Em All"

    I heard something recently, might have been on Limbaugh, that a lot of schools have altered the grading scale so that an A is no longer a score of 90-100%, but is instead 85-100%, and a B is 70-85%, etc. Has anyone else heard of this, or know how common it is? I forget what they called it, "adjusted grading" or something like that.
  13. Joe Stack's IRS Suicide

    I'm not doing that. Nor do I "look forward to" acts of violence that harm innocent people (which is why I left off the part of your sentence about involving innocent people), nor did I imply that you advocate such acts. Apparently I left too much unspoken and assumed no one would think such a thing. My point is the right of an individual to decide when he's had enough and refuses to continue living as a slave to others. This, of course, after he has exhausted non-violent means of protecting his rights. I say he has a right to make that determination, and whether it effects any "practical improvements" in a larger societal context is irrelevant to that issue. Do you not think there is such a point, where an individual has a moral right to decide to fight back against those who violate his rights, whether it's futile or not?
  14. Joe Stack's IRS Suicide

    I would sincerely hope so, if the statism continues to increase. If "the system" does not work and these next elections do not result in substantive changes to our gov't's policies, what else is there but revolution or rebellion? That is, assuming you are not willing to live out the rest of your life as a sheep on a constantly shortening leash. As Mr. Harrington pointed out in what I believe was the first article he posted here, there really are still some Americans who would rather die than live that way.
  15. Ain't Fascism Fun?

    How is it satire when you take the same thing you are supposedly mocking and use it as the standard by which to make your own product look good? They mock the "Green Police" as Nazi-like and horrible (I hope that's what they were doing) and then they try and flatter their own product by saying, "Look, these horrible people think our product is good by their horrible, wrong, evil, corrupt standards. So buy our product!" Explain to me the brilliance of that. Either they are completely illogical fools (which is entirely possible) or they are actually *extolling* the standards of the Green Police. Not that either of those is exclusive of the other, but I do not see any "brilliance" involved. Quite the opposite. It's really stupid and insulting. I spoke to a non-O'ist friend of mine and he was stunned that no one else with whom he saw the commercial reacted to it as he did, with disgust. He failed to see *any* satire in it at all, but interpreted it simply as a depiction of what the future holds, and it angered him. Do you think it's possible the makers of that commercial were NOT mocking the idea of a Green Police? The anteater still throws me for a loop. But if it was mockery and satire, why would they use those Green Police to try and make their product look good? This is straight out of the twilight zone. It simply makes no sense.
  16. Ain't Fascism Fun?

    And why does one of the police officers have what looks to be an anteater on a leash, apparently sniffing the vehicles stopped in line? That reinforces my suspicion that the writers of the commercial are just being irrational, not really trying to make any sense, just shooting for stupid "humor."
  17. Ain't Fascism Fun?

    That is philosophical cluelessness. An utter contradiction, put forth boldly, apparently without comprehension. They seem to mock the "Green Police," while lauding their own product for meeting the same "Green" standards they *seem* to mock. The only possible explanation I can think of that makes the commercial not an outright self-contradicting mess of thoughtless irrationality is that they were *not* mocking the Green Police, which I do not think is the case. At least, I don't want to think that's the case. I'll chalk it up to stupid, unthinking, irrational self-contradiction. There's still more of that in our culture than outright, self-destructive nihilism. I hope. Of course, both end up with the same result, ultimately.
  18. The Selling-Out Of America

    Yet another insightful, poignant editorial, Brad. Keep them coming, please. I forward them to friends and family. CT
  19. AVATAR

    That guy cracks me up. He did a seven-part (that's right, 70 minutes) review tearing the last three Star Wars films apart. Equally entertaining.
  20. Independents Voting For Independence

    I don't know that I'm electable either, but I'm not in a position to enter politics at this time anyway. If I were though, I would.
  21. Independents Voting For Independence

    Another solid column. I would add that the party that succeeds in "that endeavor" will have to be led and/or run by O'ists. So until some of us actually go into politics, nothing will change (in any permanent way). It can't, because all the non-O'ists have no idea what they are doing.
  22. Budget Battles Ignore Proper Role Of Government

    Please keep them coming, Brad. Very good piece. As you noted, the principles you are applying to Cheyenne apply to every city, and there's something to be learned from your experiences in Cheyenne. I'll forward this one to all my friends, too. Thanks again for writing them.
  23. Domestic Prison Camps

    I could not find a link in your post.
  24. Have any of you watched Pat Condell?

    Good stuff. I'd seen him long ago but forgotten about him. Thanks for the reminder. I really like the one about "aggressive atheism." Very well said. I found it cathartic.
  25. The Republicans: Time For A "Teabag" Takeover

    Don't mention it. It might be a lost point, as it seems to be more common for pro-Tea-Party-ers to use the term themselves. I suspect that most of those people might also be unaware of its vulgar usage. However, while I don't listen to Hannity on purpose, I did happen to randomly pass by his program last night and heard him say he had "unintentionally" used that term and had been "hammered" with emails from people complaining about it as I did to you. So I am clearly not alone in my dislike of the term. I suppose there is merit to the notion that if such an insult is embraced, it takes away any "power" it might have to give its users satisfaction from our being offended. Still, it's so crude. I'll never use it. And I forgot to add that I very much enjoy and appreciate your writings, at least the couple I have read, and I thank you for producing them and being an active public voice in defense of individual rights and liberty.