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“I hate my existence. Why should you enjoy yours? If I suffer, it’s your fault. Now it’s your turn.” That is nihilism[.]

— Edward Cline, “The Nihilism of Islamifascism: Taking it Personally

Obama has no moral character; ergo, no honesty, no integrity, no respect for truth. He has no values to keep or preserve. He is a nihilist to the core.

— Edward Cline, “The Guns of Nihilism

If [nihilists] can’t kill or have the lovers of life killed by some means, then they want to make their lives as painful and joyless and burdensome as possible.

— Edward Cline, “A Guns of Nihilism Postscript

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27 May 2009 at 4:53 pm

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The Vamp Explains

How do I get ’em when girls who are prettier
Sulk in the shadows without any beaux?
How do I hold ’em when frills who are wittier
Sit on the side-lines in suitorless rows?
Baby, it’s simple:
I giggle and dimple,
Bug-eyed and thrilling
At what they are spilling.
Then—and it works with the clever or blunderful—
This is the hook and the line and the bait:
“Oh, you are Wonderful!
My, you are Great!”

Strong silent dumb-bell or keen intellectual,
They’re all the same to the dame who is wise.
Always the worshipping pose is effectual;
Always they fall for the awe in your eyes.
“Oh!” them and “My!”them—
It’s sure to get by them.
Greet with rapt cooings
Their words and their doings.
Cave-man or chorus-man, poor man or plunderful,
All of them eat up that stuff by the plate.
Tell ’em they’re Wonderful!
Tell ’em they’re Great!

Never waste time on a line that is humorous;
Girls who are “brilliant” are left on the shelf.
See that your gasps and your “splendids” are numerous—
Keep the poor simp all wrapped up in Himself.
Do it with finish,
And then—when you’re wed—
You can diminish
The size of his head.
But, with the tame or the wild and the thunderful,
Till you have reached that connubial state,
Tell him he’s Wonderful!
Tell him he’s Great!

— Berton Braley

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6 February 2009 at 5:15 pm

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“You want me to be the Economic Dictator?”

“Yes!”

“And you’ll obey any order I give?”

“Implicitly!”

“Then start by abolishing all income taxes.”

“Oh, no!” screamed Mr. Thompson, leaping to his feet. “We couldn’t do that! That’s… that’s not the field of production. That’s the field of distribution. How would we pay government employees?”

“Fire your government employees.”

“Oh, no! That’s politics! That’s not economics! You can’t interfere with politics! You can’t have everything!”

[…] “Want to continue the discussion, or do you get the point?”

— Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

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1 February 2009 at 9:45 am

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“You want me to be the Economic Dictator?”

“Yes!”

“And you’ll obey any order I give?”

“Implicitly!”

“Then start by abolishing all income taxes.”

“Oh, no!” screamed Mr. Thompson, leaping to his feet. “We couldn’t do that! That’s… that’s not the field of production. That’s the field of distribution. How would we pay government employees?”

“Fire your government employees.”

“Oh, no! That’s politics! That’s not economics! You can’t interfere with politics! You can’t have everything!”

[…] “Want to continue the discussion, or do you get the point?”

— Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

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1 February 2009 at 9:45 am

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Apologies for Love — by F.A. Myers. “‘Do you remain long in Paris, Miss Wadsworth?’ Earl Nero Pensive [!!!] inquired, as he seated himself beside her. His eyes, like beaming lights out of shadowless abysm, were transfixed upon her as by magic force….” Thus the story begins. God knows how it ends!

— H.L. Mencken, The Smart Set, December 1909

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16 January 2009 at 3:14 pm

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“Anger is just anger. It isn’t good. It isn’t bad. It just is. What you do with it is what matters. It’s like anything else. You can use it to build or to destroy. You just have to make the choice.”

“Constructive anger,” the demon said, her voice dripping with sarcasm.

“Also known as passion,” I said quietly. “Passion has overthrown tyrants and freed prisoners and slaves. Passion has brought justice where there was savagery. Passion has created freedom where there was nothing but fear. Passion has helped souls rise form the ashes of their horrible lives and build something better, stronger, more beautiful.”

Lasciel narrowed her eyes.

“In point of fact,” I said quietly, “that kind of thing really doesn’t get done without passion. Anger is one of the things that can help build it — if it’s controlled.”

— Jim Butcher, White Night

Life’s easier when you can write off others as monsters, as demons, as horrible threats that must be hated and feared. The thing is, you can’t do that without becoming them, just a little.

— Jim Butcher, White Night (The same chapter, in fact.)

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16 October 2008 at 8:01 pm

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“But, you see, the measure of the hell you’re able to endure is the measure of your love.”

— Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

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25 September 2008 at 5:56 pm

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