4.20.2011

Just When You Think Wise County Is A Bit Sheltered

 And closer . . .

I'll admit that I saw this yesterday on the way to the courthouse and didn't have a clue what it meant. Only today, when by chance I was reading a movie review in Time, did I find out.

If you know,  I give you big props. For the rest of you, you'll only be interested if you like the Tea Party or are familiar with Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged (which has been released as an independent movie).  Safe to say we've got someone in the former category behind that door.

22 comments:

mzchief said...

I saw Atlas Shrugged this past weekend. Even though I agree with much of Rand's premise, the film was sllooooowwwww, ponderous and plodding to the point I was giddy when I realized there was only 10 more minutes left of the film. Seriously, if you want to know about Atlas Shrugged read the 1200 page book, it is much less of a beating than sitting through the hour and one half too long, amateurish, low budget film.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if I could get a government voucher to go see this film?

wordkyle said...

The book is a beating too. At least the prose. Rand is starting to look a bit Nostradamus-like, though. (Speaking of which, how about that $11 billion loss we taxpayers are facing if/when the Obama administration sells the government's shares in GM? (To get it over with before the 2012 elections, y'see.) Nationalization of industries has its consequences, doesn't it?)

Anonymous said...

I read Atlas Shrugged when I was a 16 year-old sophomore at Bport High. I was the only person to have checked out the book from the high school library.

It would be interesting to see if anyone has come along behind me in the last....(carry the one, subtract 16)...38 years and checked out the same book.

I doubt it.

Double Fake Little Johnnie Galt

Anonymous said...

I'm over the hump of age 60 and read Atlas Shrugged between my freshman and sophomore years of college. It took me all summer to read the damned thing and I still am not sure what it was all about. But I'll always remember "Who is John Galt"

Anonymous said...

Yet for all her gusto she still took advantage of SSI and Medicare in her final years! I read the book-killer. (self-imposed reading to try to understand right wingers) Made me proud to live in a country that shows compassion rather than her cruel vision. Betting she was also thankful for those government safety nets toward the end.

Anonymous said...

There is not a more relevant book to read right now than Atlas Shrugged. We are approaching a crossroads of either socialism or capitalism. When you pay 40+% of your income in taxes (income, property and sales taxes) how do you not call that "socialism lite"? Read the book.

Anonymous said...

I would rather continue reading this a/k/a "Barry Shrugged".

Anonymous said...

How about the billions lost due to George Bush's free money he gave to the banks? At least with GM we have stock and the option to keep it until it turns a profit.

Anonymous said...

Read it last year, good story, 500 pages to long. Made "War and Peace" seem like a short read.

wordkyle said...

848 - You are absolutely right. I opposed the bank bailouts also. However, at least the bank bailouts were simply straight wasted money. The GM debacle (and the odds are that Obama will push for that stock to be sold before the 2012 elections) gave substantial ownership of GM to the unions, major Democrat supporters. Now the Obama administration dumps the government's shares at a huge loss, walks away, and its union buddies own part of the business. Meanwhile, those shareholders who owned stock certificates were swept aside by the Obama administration, which bypassed the bankruptcy courts that would have given them at least a share of whatever was recovered. There's Obama's version of the "social compact."

Anonymous said...

On December 21 2012 a lot of things will be over before the election.

mzchief said...

To anonymous 6:15...
What the hell are you talking about, with your babble about "taking advantage of SSI" and "government safety nets"??? You doofus, she paid into SSI and Medicare. Do you not understand, no one is taking advantage of SSI, they are taking the premium for which they were required to pay? One more thing, once a person becomes Medicare-eligible, in the US, they are REQUIRED to use Medicare as their primary insurer.

The only one taking advantage is the government taking advantage of people who would rather keep their own money and invest it as they see fit.

Anonymous said...

who is he?

Arthur said...

From the non-sequitur department, there is a voice actor in Dallas named John Galt. I hope he picks up some more work courtesy this "guerrilla" campaign.

"Who is Keyser Söze?"

Anonymous said...

Nobody gives a she it who John Galt is or was. Where's the hot chicks with big...hearts?

Anonymous said...

But wasn't Ayn Rand an atheist who was against organized religion? Wasn't she also pro-choice? Now I'm just confused.

Anonymous said...

i think john galt used to coach at chico

McItntosh said...

Saw the movie twice last week and read the book at least twice and am rereading it now. Not the best book or movie ever but the parallel between the book and real life and extremely accurate. For instance watch Congressman Jackson bemoan the iPad as it will lead to a decrease in book sales, book stores... This is an actual complaint of the antagonists in Atlas Shrugged as well in other Rand books.

Anonymous said...

It's no Dune.

Anonymous said...

Where to start....

4:23

Add a question mark.

6:15

I doubt she used either resource you refer to. She was very comfortable financially. As to right wing, she described her believes as "objectivism", neither left or right wing. Others interpreted her views as right wing.

10:27

The elections are on November 6, 2012. Well ahead of 12/21/2012. You may want to buy a calendar, I suggest non-Mayan, with puppy dogs.

7:54

John Galt is one of the main characters in the book "Atlas Shrugged".

8:02

Who cares???

8:50

Being an aethist does not mean you are against organized religion. It means you don't believe in a supreme being.

I hate the sport of professional basketball, but I am not against the league or those that enjoy the sport.

10:34

Of course it is no Dune. Dune is "science fiction". Atlas Shrugged is a fictional novel expressing one person's view of how society/government may interact under a believe system Rand referred to as "objectivism".

Plus, Sting would never play a role in Atlas Shrugged.

Anonymous said...

4:31 PM

You forgot to add that Jude Law is one of our most talented actors.