Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

Monday, August 28, 2006

Long Day, Book Meme.

I was out the door at 05:45 this morning, and back in said door at 19:33 this evening. Don't look for scintillating prose from me right now. However, I will accept Zendo Deb's open invitation, and borrow her Book Meme. (Hell, if you're not a regular reader of her site - and why not? - peruse everything on her front page while you're at it.)

1) A book that changed my life: The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol. I. This is the book that made me a SciFi nerd, and is probably in large part responsible for me being an engineer.

2) A book I've read more than once: Robert Anson Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - the book most responsible for my political outlook. I'd have used this one in answer to item 1, but if I hadn't read the Hall of Fame, I'd probably have never started reading Heinlein. I've read this a dozen times at a minimum. It's not unusual for me to read a book more than once, but this one holds the record for me.

3) A book I'd take to a desert island: The Foxfire Book. Well, you did say "desert island." I'd like to survive the experience.

4) A book that made me laugh: And wince, and grimace, and get pissed off. P.J. O'Rourke's Parliament of Whores. Pretty much anything by P.J. works for me, from laugh-out-loud to throw-it-across-the-room. Runner-up, Scott Adams' The Dilbert Principle.

5) A book that made me cry: Flowers for Algernon. Actually, the original short-story which is included in The Science Fiction Hall of Fame.

6) A book I wish had been written: One explaining the Theory of Everything that includes detailed plans on how to build a functional interstellar faster-than-light drive and a shield to protect the vessle it powers.

Perhaps someone is working on it right now. Hey, I can dream!

7) A book that should never have been written: Battlefield Earth (No link. On purpose!) God, that was abysmally bad. L. Ron Hubbard should have been hung for that dreck. Close second, Dahlgren by Samuel R. Delaney. I want the time I wasted on these pieces of excrement back.

8) A book I'm currently reading: Honor: A History by James Bowman. I'm about halfway through it. I don't agree with everything he says (just most of it), but it's damned interesting, well researched, and well written. I recommend it strongly based on what I've read so far.

9) A book I'm planning to read: When they finally release it in the U.S., A Land Fit for Criminals by David Frasier. If you want to read a review of it, Theodore Dalrymple has one in the Summer, 2006 issue of City Journal. I can't wait to read what Tim Lambert has to say about it.

10) Five people I'll send these questions on to: As Deb put it, "Since I don't do that, feel free to join in."

I did. Make yourself welcome to join us.

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