Irfan, the French have dropped the ball on a lot more than Iraq, and I probably will continue French-bashing. However, I fully agree with your post. War are death are not appropriate subjects for humor. I. too, was offended.
I have just read the description you wrote of yourself at Solohq. Among other things, you wrote:
"I regard Brandenís The Passion of Ayn Rand (both the book and the film) to be insulting and subversive of rational discourse."
"An Objectivist movement worthy of the name has to get beyond such attitudes; I make no apologies about the need to be explicit about that fact."
Yes, an Objectivist movement worthy of the name does have to get beyond damning without justifying. Such an attitude is unworthy of someone calling himself a philosopher. Rational discourse requires discourse.
I am not suggesting that discourse take place on Solo, where it has no relevance. But if you wish to email me, my address is: BBranden1@aol.com. You know, of course, that the writer of the book almost never has any control over the film made from that book. And I wonder, have you really read all of my book? (Leonard Peikoff swears he never has read it, despite his trumpeting of his opinion of it.)
Barbara, in the movie Airplane, which is full of such offbeat humor, a stewardess is passing out reading material, and someone asks for some light reading. The stewardess hands her a pamphlet entitled Famous Jewish Athletes.
Very well, Irfan. I have no choice but to assume that for you, being an Israeli is a worse sin than writing "The Passion of Ayn Rand." So you lost the friendship of one sympathetic Israeli, but this is your problem, not mine.
ok, with the Jewish Famous athlete list growing to Olympic proportions, here are some other contenders for shortest book:
The Worlds Shortest Books - Guide to proper nutrition by Ghandi - Acheiving World Peace by Saddam Hussein - Oil Tank Leek Prevention guide by Exxon - "Moderation" by Bill Gates - "My Plan To Find The Real Killers" by OJ Simpson - "To All The Men I've Loved Before" by Ellen DeGeneres - "The Book of Virtues" by Bill Clinton - The Difference between Reality and Dilbert - Human Rights Advances in China - "Things I Wouldn't Do for Money" by Dennis Rodman - Al Gore: The Wild Years - America's Most Popular Lawyers - Career Opportunities for Liberal Arts Majors - Detroit - A Travel Guide - Different Ways to Spell "Bob" - Dr. Kevorkian's Collection of Motivational Speeches - Easy UNIX - Ethiopian Tips on World Dominance - Everything Men Know About Women - Everything Women Know About Men - French Hospitality - George Foreman's Big Book of Baby Names - "How to Sustain a Musical Career" by Art Garfunkel - Mike Tyson's Guide to Dating Etiquette - One Hundred and One Spotted Owl Recipes by the EPA - Staple Your Way to Success - The Amish Phone Directory - The Engineer's Guide to Fashion
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