Friday, March 30, 2012

Previous Doubter book-of-the-year on sale

Inaugural Daily Doubter Book of the Year Doubt: A History by Jennifer Michael Hecht is currently available for $2 in Kindle edition (h/t Mark Vuletic).

Not only is this a great, magisterial book (it inspired the title of this blog) but it's also a great value, as that's a lot of book (over 500 pages) for two dollars.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Quote of the day

"There's always someone willing to believe malicious rumours." - Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Bill O'Reilly: man of Christian principle

Given that Bill O'Reilly has previously said that there is "no difference between what [Arianna] Huffington and Nazis do" and that Daily Kos is a hate site no different that the KKK because of distasteful comments left in response to posts on those sites I expect that he will soon be resigning from Fox News, only after passionately denouncing the organization on-air as a hate network no different than Nazis and the KKK, as a result of these hateful and racist comments that were left in response to an article at Fox News about Trayvon Martin.

I am sure this will happen, because if there is one thing I have learned after years of watching Bill O'Reilly's program, it is that he is a man of integrity and intellectual honesty; a good Christian "T-warrior" who leads by example.

"And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye." - Matthew 7:1-5

Quote of the day

"[Ayn Rand's] acolytes, not fully comprehending the nature of her dogma, blithely accepted her vision of an American Gulag archipelago. Then they used it to rationalize another kind of oppression: the economic subjugation of the poor by large corporations." - Gary Weiss, Ayn Rand Nation

Thursday, March 15, 2012

It did what?

Flipped on the Glenn Beck radio show today be be greeted by Beck telling me that "the progressive movement killed my country." After a few minutes of rambling about progressives and the 1oo year path of destruction that they wrought Beck said that he's rectified their damage on a personal level by educating himself about American history.

I went through a full public education and never heard of who Robert Green Ingersoll is, nor did I know of Thomas Paine's Age of Reason, so I guess that was part of the progressive plan to install One World totalitarian tyranny, too.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Excerpt of the day

From Ayn Rand Nation: The Hidden Struggle for America's Soul by Gary Weiss

In 1975, Stanley Marcus, chairman of Neiman Marcus in Dallas, decried corporate obstruction of social legislation. "Who among the business community today," he asked, "would seriously propose that Congress repeal our child-labor laws - or the Sherman Antitrust Act? The Federal Reserve Act, the Securities Exchange Act? Or workmen's compensation? Or Social Security? Or minimum wage? Or Medicare? Or civil rights legislation?

"All of us today" he said, "recognize that such legislation is an integral part of our system; that it has made us stronger."

That may have been true in 1975, but not today. The credit, or blame, lies squarely with Ayn Rand.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Baleful quote of the day

'[Attorney General Eric] Holder was referring specifically to Executive Order 13222, issued by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, which says, “No person employed by or acting on behalf of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, assassination.” But as with so much U.S. national-security legislation, this order turns out to be far less than meets the eye. Simplified, the present law of EO 13222 could be summarized this way: “No one shall be assassinated—unless the president authorizes it, in which case we will refrain from calling it an assassination.”' - Scott Horton

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Quote of the day

"This idea - writing about oneself to create a mirror in which other people recognize their own humanity - has not existed forever. It had to be invented. And, unlike many cultural inventions, it can be traced to a single person: Michael Eyquem de Montaigne, a nobleman, government official, and winegrower who lived in the Perigord area of southwestern France from 1533 to 1592." - Sarah Bakewell, How to Live or: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer

I can say to anyone that obtains a copy of Bakewell's Montaigne biography: reader, you have here a great book.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Quote of the day

"Our current wingnuts are truly some of the dumbest fucking people on the planet." - John Cole

It truly is bewildering the level of stupidity and ignorance that Rush Limbaugh and apologists have displayed in service of misogyny.