Category Archives: Those I’ll miss

gone forever – and why I’ll miss them

Atlas Shrugs post on Fallaci

Pamela Geller Oshry’s post, Hitchens on Fallaci
Intellectual’s Artist at Atlas Shrugswill take youto a Christopher Hitchins eulogy article in Vanity Fair, Oriana Fallaci and the Art of the Interview.

PGO writes in part,

Christopher Hitchens dismisses out of hand the powder puff powerpussies of the lamestream media while eulogizing and paying tribute (not enough, I’m afraid) to the finest, toughest, smartest, bravest journalist of my time — Oriana Fallaci, an original thinker.

and she concludes with,

And while Hitchens doesn’t agree with her rage against Islamism, I do.

Amen Pamela.I enjoyed both. Fallaci was a bulldog (only better looking). You don’t see what she had today in interviewers. Hitchens does a good job of describing the difference.


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As though a light went out

I have deleted my link to The Intellectual Activist (TIA), which took one to the site for both the TIA Daily (email) and TIA Monthly (print) publications – editor and publisher, Robert Tracinski. This particular link was put here solely because I wished to introduce others to the best rational, most objective, thinking available. I do not now believe this to be the case with TIA.

The deletion is being made, not so much because Mr. Tracinski is not sure of his agreement with Ayn Rand philosophically; nor because he is not a consistent intellectual defender of her philosophy of Objectivism; nor because he is no longer associated with The Ayn Rand Institute (here – bottom) (I link to others here in the sidebar who I’m sure are not confirmed Objectivists and I don’t expect it), but I expect more from TIA and it’s editor and chief.

I have enjoyed TIA’s monthly publication since the early 1980’s – years before Mr. Tracinski’s tenure as editor and publisher. I still have time left on my present subscriptions to both TIA Daily (the email publication), and TIA Monthly (the print publication). I will continue with these publications, at least until my current subscriptions expire (TIA Monthly is currently one year behind in publication) – I don’t currently plan to renew either.

I will continue to read my current subscriptions to see where Mr. Tracinski’s thinking takes him (as expressed primarily in TIA Daily)- that is, if my intellectual curiosity remains greater than my intellectual disappointment.

I am very disappointed that the publication of TIA Monthly has fallen so far behind – a situation that Mr. Tracinski addresses on the inside front cover of the latest issue in a “Letter from the Editor”. This latest issue is labeled on the front cover as the October 2006 issue, which is actually the October 2005 issue – this change was also explained(?) in this”Letter from the Editor”.

I’ve always looked forward to the arrival of TIA Monthly in my mailbox. I won’t have the same enthusiasm for it that I had in the past. It’s as though a light is going out for me in the world… a much needed and valued light – for both me and the world.

I intend to write more on this, but not until Mr. Tracinski finishes expressing his thoughts through his six part series What Went Right in TIA Daily (the first four parts, with some changes from the original, are here).

I can say little more, at this point, than I expect such publications as TIA’s (that I am paying for) to provide me with intellectual ammunition, philosophical guidance, and the opportunity to experience the world as it ought to be.

It’s heroes I’m seeking… with TIA, I’m now getting concrete-bound rationalism, excuses, and attempts to finance an all too uncertain future for both a publication and an individual.


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Italy’s controversial journalist Fallaci dies

Oriana Fallaci is dead.

MILAN (Reuters) – Oriana Fallaci, one of Italy’s best-known journalists and war correspondents who shocked the literary world with a vitriolic assault on Islam after the September 11 attacks on the United States, died on Friday aged 77.**FILE** Italian author Oriana Fallaci is seen in this undated file photo. (AP Photo/Gianangelo Pistoia)

I never knew much about her until After 9/11. Someone had directed me to an archived article by Christopher Caldwell entitled, The Fallaci Affair. I was favorably impressed by what I had heard about her, so I paid $4.95 to reprint the article – it was worth the cost. I have it here now beside me to re-read tonight. It can be purchased from Commentary Archive here.

There is also this November 30, 2005 post at Jihad Watch by Robert Spencer entitled: Spencer: Fallaci: Warrior in the Cause of Human Freedom that I found a good read on Fallaci:

“We are gathered here tonight”, announced David Horowitz, “to honor a warrior in the cause of human freedom.”

Oriana Fallaci, who received the Center for the Study of Popular Culture’s Annie Taylor Award in New York Monday evening, has been a warrior for human freedom ever since she joined the anti-fascist resistance in 1944, at age fourteen. For over six decades, she has fought against those she has labeled “the bastards who decide our lives”, opposing all forms of tyranny and oppression, from Mussolini and Hitler to Osama bin Laden and Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi.

Heroes get harder and harder to find. If you have not discovered this one, do so. They help to fuel the soul.


9/16/06 edit: added link to Robert Spencer’s bio @ Jihad Watch and David Horowitz @

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Life and death

Australia’s “Crocodile Hunter” Irwin dies – Yahoo! News

I first saw this on the early news today, then read this by Diana @ Quoting her: “I’m really quite sad about the news. Steve was amazing fun to watch: he was probably the most alive person on television ever”.

I’ll second that.

Life is a process. it’s an individuals ultimate value. The value that makes all other values possible – It’s the standard of value, without which, no other values are possible… an end in itself.

Happiness is the successful state of life. It’s the state of consciousness proceeding from the achievement of one’s values and one’s ultimate goal. It’s an individuals highest moral purpose.

Life is not primarily about longevity, although I’m all for that. It’s primarily about happiness – long term rational happiness.

Death is the final stage of life, the final stage of the process of life.

I enjoyed watching Steve Erwin. He didn’t live long, but he appeared to live happy. He thirsted for life and he appeared to drink well from it’s cup. At times he could be so exuberant it was irritating to me – like a small child, or a puppy, when one first arrives home. I didn’t watch him regularly, but he brought an infectious smile to my face when I did (Emeril Lagasse and David Letterman do that to me too). For that, I raise my glass to Steve Erwin.


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