Ayn Rand gets a lot of press these days, but her philosophy, Objectivism, is still wildly, ridiculously misunderstood. Typically this is because many people who COMMENT on it don’t actually think they need to READ it. But it also is because there are vile people in the world who would like others to think Objectivism is something that it isn’t, in order to prevent it from spreading in the culture. These vile people would prefer a world of ignorance, slavery, and large-soda bans.
Perhaps even more misunderstood, then, are the strange and wonderful creatures who call themselves Objectivists. (Yes, I just called myself a strange and wonderful creature.) Just because we are the intellectual superheroes of the world (too much?) doesn’t mean we wouldn’t like to be better understood, and even appreciated. Even Superman needed to be appreciated. And if Superman were real, it would prove my point.
Objectivists are, to put it simply, people who have studied Ayn Rand and her philosophy, Objectivism, to such a degree that they understand its essentials, have decided the philosophy is true, have attempted to live by it, AND have erected an alter in Rand’s name with 7 candles representing each of the 7 virtues. (That last one is actually voluntary.)
Objectivism is a closed and complete system of thought, so agreement is actually possible. It’s the same as a person saying, I’ve read and agree with the philosophy of Aristotle, except that it’s Ayn Rand we agree with. What it means to be an Objectivist is that you philosophically understand and accept that reason is your only means of knowledge, and you resolve to honestly use reason and logic to the best of your ability in and for your life. That’s pretty much it. Done. Normal, yet exceptional. But that is not what most people think about us. Here are the top 5 most common misconceptions about Objectivists.
Doesn’t it feel like we are living this Monty Python sketch? The Sensible Party has lost to the Silly Party. The normally sensible country has “gone completely nuts.” Or, what’s probably more true, the Slightly Silly Party has lost to the Silly Party. What we need is a real Sensible Party.
Humor is a personal thing. You never know what is going to hit your funny bone smack on the sweet spot. This is a slideshow of some of the best of a new, hilarious meme called Day X. I included one of my own creation, with a little twist, at the end. Enjoy!
Some things just deserve to be shared far and wide. I stumbled upon these adorably clever Valentine’s Day cards designed by Ben Kling. It’s not too late to share one with your sweetie, assuming he or she is intellectually deeper than your average Honey Boo Boo, Kim Kardashian-watching zombie straight out of Fahrenheit 451. If you know the last reference but not the first two you are to be congratulated. To buy yours go HERE.
More satire from Sunny at PJ Lifestyle:
For those of you who didn’t watch the SOTU, or for those who did and would like a summary, here’s a very quick re-cap.
More on the State of the Union Address at PJ Media:
Bryan Preston: The State of Our Union Rendered in a Fractured Bizarro Lens
The White House never should have said not to photoshop this picture. They made it too tempting. Here’s the best of the web so far:
My latest parody video is up. Don’t worry, no vapid, ignorant celebrities were injured during the filming of this parody — at least not physically. Their fragile egos may have taken a beating, though. Enjoy!
I know you all want to pretend like 2012 never happened, but if you do you’ll miss out on a little fun because once again it’s time to recap the funniest videos of the year with a politically Right (and by “right” I mean correct) point of view. I thought about writing The Top 10 Ways the 2012 Election Screwed Us Over, but I think this will be more fun. Besides, we did it last year and you really liked it.
These are in order of awesomeness, ending with the most awesome, so if you get bored be sure to jump to the last page for the best. Some of these might be by leftists, but as long as it promoted a Rightist viewpoint I included it for consideration.
Once again I look forward to your blunt, rude, angry comments pointing out videos I’ve overlooked or how I have the order completely wrong, etc. Please, don’t hold yourself back on account of my fragile ego.
So here we go!
# 10. Conan Campaign Slogans
Coming in at 10 — because it’s not technically a video — is a hilarious clip from Conan on TBS. Late-show humor is usually rank with leftist philosophy, and worse, they have a lot of talent on their side. But once in a while that talent betrays the evil empire and comes to the assistance of the rebel forces. This is one of those times.
# 9. It’s a Wonderful Life (with Capitalism)
I found this video amusing, but more importantly, very professionally done. It’s not a laugh-out-loud video, but it’s got some humor and sells the message of capitalism well. Let’s face it, most Right-sided humor is produced in somebody’s shed with a crappy webcam and bad lighting, so this is a rare treat.
Conservatives on the internet are taking advantage of the big win for Romney in Denver during the first presidential debate to poke a little fun. Here’s the best of them so far:
Republican Party Animals and House of Sunny collaborated to create this funny spoof on the viral video where the guy talks to his 12 year old self (video below). RPA head David Stein thought, what if an Obama supporter from 2008 could talk to her future self, would she still vote for him? Comedy GOLD.
Here’s the inspiration video:
The only thing missing is a conversation between Neo and the Two Bobs.
When Obama says really dumb things like, “If you own a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else did that!”, I get really excited because he is revealing his true self and that self is at odds with most American’s sense of life — even among Democrats I would hope — but most especially I get excited because it’s comedy GOLD! Enjoy my latest Sunny TV episode where I play a clueless lefty.
Sunny Lohmann is a regular humor columnist for PJ Media and PJ Lifestyle. Her political satire videos have gotten a lot of attention in the blogosphere. Find out more about Sunny by checking out her blog, House of Sunny, follow her on Facebook here, and enjoy her most recent Youtube videos here. She tweets @sunnylikeaboss.
Here I provide you with a seven word refutation to this speech from HBO’s new show The Newsroom.
“Which way are all the rafts going?”
Related at PJ Lifestyle: Critics Hammer Aaron Sorkin’s Newsroom: ‘So Naive it’s Cynical’
WARNING: NSFW (does Sarah do it any other way?)
Okay, putting aside that she just offered to have sex for Obama (I just threw up in my mouth), is Sarah Silverman 1) misinformed, 2) just lying for the sake of comedy, or 3) lying because she’s a militant statist? I’m gonna go with #2 and #3 but you could make an argument for #1.
Sarah, I love ya, but whatever with the “all the millionaires” are giving their money to Romney. We wish.
Last month’s stunning ObamaCare verdict, a 5-4 decision in favor of the law on the basis of a new and unprecedented taxing ability, has Democrats across the country loudly mourning the verdict and calling for Chief Justice Robert’s head. News media across the nation somberly announced the partisan verdict on to a shocked Democrat audience who just thought they were getting free health care, not a religious dictatorship. The new verdict allows the federal government to ban behavior they don’t want, or force behavior they do want, just by taxing it, since you will be jailed if you don’t pay the tax. All the federal government now has to do is make a tax on something high enough to essentially make it a crime. Democrats are crying foul because they never intended the law to be considered a tax in the first place.
There is now little doubt the Republicans will take over the presidency and Congress after the elections in November, partly due to the passage of the unpopular ObamaCare legislation, which spawned the Tea Party movement and angry town hall meetings across the country. Many congressmen have already lost their seats, and Rasmussen reports that even after SCOTUS found the law constitutional, 52% of Americans who plan to vote favor repeal versus 39% who don’t — which will surely be reflected at the polls. While Democrats are happy to have another impractical behemoth of an entitlement with which to punish the rich and permanently shackle the middle class, they didn’t count on the consequences — that of giving unlimited power to the government, which isn’t so great if your side is out of office.
Is It a Republican Conspiracy?
Hey all you single ladies out there! Tom Cruise is ready to find the next “love” of his life. Check out his new dating video:
New York Mayor Bloomberg has decided that New Yorkers can’t be trusted to have access to soda served in anything larger than a 16 ounce cup. It’s clear that New Yorkers can’t be trusted in general, so this ban on soda is not so surprising. The New York City Council is now eyeing popcorn and coffee drinks for a possible ban, because if you can ban one thing you can ban everything.
Bloomberg is not the first politician to ban food. The FDA has been waging a vendetta against “fresh” food for years. Like raw milk and farm fresh eggs and small farm organic produce. The government has decided that unless it’s mass-produced at farms big enough to pay bribes hire a lobbyist, it’s not good for you.
Since we’re banning foods, I want to enter the discussion about what should be banned. I think I have some great ideas on that score. Here are 4 foods that should be banned. Are you listening, Big Brother?!
This video proves conclusively that minimum wage is just too high.
Why hedge the coming economic collapse with GOLD when you can do it with Twinkies?
With tens of millions of people out of work, utterly stagnant economic growth, and increasing government intervention (always an economy killer, duh! If it wasn’t an economic disaster the USSR would be the most successful country on earth and instead it’s not doing very well gone! Or North Korea, you know, that bastion of central planning and control, better known as the country that doesn’t have any lights! But I digress…), many Americans are worried about what to do if and when an economic collapse occurs. All the experts on TV and in the papers are saying inflation and other dire consequences are imminent, and they seem to have some evidence to back it up.
How does the average person plan for this? How does one prepare for Argentinian-style economic collapse? Myriad ads tell us to buy gold. Gold is a great hedge for inflation, it used to be our money and it was stable, yadda yadda yadda. I have to admit, gold is shiney and pretty, which is a point in it’s favor. But we no longer have an infrastrucure for using gold as money and it would take some time for that to redevelop; in the meantime you might be starving. It’s much better to hoard Twinkies and bullets.
I try to live a rational life by paying attention to facts and never pretending they don’t exist, even if the facts in question are uncomfortable for me. I think this philosophy makes my life better. I’m smarter and I make better decisions. However, sometimes it’s okay to completely, utterly, and purposefully forget certain facts. We are talking about total mental suppression of reality. While this is normally very bad policy, I submit it is perfectly okay in the following six cases.
Periodically something may happen that reminds me of something I pretend not to know and then I come face to face with the fact that I have this habitual evasion going on. As soon as I realize that, I promptly force myself to forget it again. After you read this article, just forget it.
Read at your own risk! Go no further if you are not willing to lie to yourself!
1. People Go Pee in Pools
I know, I know, there are chlorine and other chemicals in there that kill the bacteria, but you are still swimming in pee, even if it’s dead pee. And if the pool is crowded, you are swimming in LOTS of pee. You have to forget about this in order to go swimming in any body of water on a hot day. Science has taught us humans a lot about our environment, and some things are best to forget, like the entire swimming pool is pee.
What do you do when you see this scene? You very properly shrug, pretend you don’t know, and go swimming.
If there is a baby in there with a diaper, you are also most likely swimming in fecal matter. According to a biologist of my acquaintance this is the real menace:
A gram (approx. a milliliter, very small volume) of feces has BILLIONS of CFUs (colony forming units, or, approximately, bacterial cells) in it. A gram of urine has [only] around 10,000 CFUs if it’s from a healthy person. How many grams of feces do you think escape from a baby’s diaper when it’s in a pool? Don’t want to contemplate.
Um, I think she just said there would be a gadzillion trillion fecal bacteria cells in the water from just one baby. (Only a biologist would end that sentence with a smiley face.) So if you see this, you will just have to focus on how cute the baby is, and not on what’s going on under the surface.
My biologist friend didn’t end there. She made sure I was aware of another potential problem in pools. Forget baby diapers. Fecal matter may wash off of anybody’s “bunghole” and get into the water … if they had any residue there. Oh sweet Jesus … I didn’t know that one.
I’m going to go forget that now.
If you are a fan of O Fortuna, misheard lyrics jokes, or you just like funny stuff, watch this right now.
I admit it: I am an amateur wine snob. An amateur wine snob is a person who knows enough about wine to be annoyingly high-maintenance, picky, and impressive. It is someone who can get an enormous amount of sensory pleasure from a good wine and who can say things like, “I want a well-balanced Cab and if I can get my hands on a 2005 from Oregon I’ll be really happy.”
Are you impressed yet?
Becoming an amateur wine snob is not as hard as it appears to be. There may be a dizzying amount of information out there about wine, but so there is about most anything, and a small amount of information goes a long way.
As an amateur wine snob I would like to have a quality glass of wine when I go out to dinner. The problem is most restaurants in America serve crappy junk wine because most of you don’t know enough to ask for better and will drink the average swill without complaint. That $6 glass of California red you ordered probably cost the restaurant less than $3 for the bottle. Cheap. Junk. Because of the lack of wine snobbery in this country, I have to go out of my way to go somewhere that serves good wine and I HATE going out of my way. I would like wine snobbery to spread far enough so I can get a gorgeous dry red with well-balanced, ripened tannins at a McDonald’s drive-thru. (Okay, well, maybe not the drive-thru.)
Here are five easy steps to join the illustrious ranks of the Amateur Wine Snobs of America.
Step 1: You have to want it.
Does wine give you a headache? Not so, my friend. CRAPPY wine gives you a headache! Guess what? If you have a quality wine, you can drink an entire bottle without getting a headache. This knowledge is understood by both wine snobs and every homeless drunk in the world.
Why else should you want to be a wine snob?
- Impress your friends
- Impress your date (This is true for men and women unless your date is Homer Simpsonish. Homer would just be annoyed and intimidated by your sophistication.)
- Get a lot more pleasure out of a glass of wine
- It’s heart healthy
Do you need more reasons? There aren’t any. If you are not motivated now, go have a Bud Lite and stop wasting my time.