“The Fountainhead” courtroom Speech, Ayn Rand

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Again, I'm not Ayn Rand's biggest fan, but this speech by architect Howard Roark, on trial for having blown up a housing project he designed in New York when another architect changed his design,...

The Death of Captain Waskow, by Ernie Pyle

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Probably Ernie Pyle's best known piece, I've included here a copy of Captain Waskow's last letter home. Two hankies, gentlemen.   At the Front Lines in Italy, January 10th, 1944 . . . In this war I have...

American Theology Simply Stated, The Transcendence of Liberty

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The Transcendence of Liberty I’ve told this story before, of the time in 1991 I attended a birthday party for a law professor at a university in USSR Ukraine. Around three tables pushed together, in...

Can a Sane Society Elect a Demented Man for President?

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Thankfully, we only have to think about this sort of thing for three more days, for however the courts decide how it will end, our parts in it will be done; our minds made...

American Exceptionalism #17: The American How-To Book

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I'll get to #'s 1 thru 16 later. We've talked about them before. Note the book cover, which I only ran across a week or so ago. It was printed in 1908, in New York,...

Judging Beauty, Goodness and Virtue

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"If you judge Beauty or Goodness or Virtue solely based on what you see in the mirror you will likely die a painful death...whether old or young. Just ask Kurt Cobain" from St George Frederick, an old friend returned.