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Ray Bradbury Loved Reagan, Called Clinton a 'Sh*thead' (Ray Bradbury, Tea Partier, RIP)
USNews ^ | 06-06-2012 | Elizabeth Flock

Posted on 06/06/2012 3:21:57 PM PDT by montag813


Science fiction author Ray Bradbury sits in front of a photo of Mars, presented to him during an 83rd birthday party in his honor on Aug. 23, 2003.

Ray Bradbury, master of the sci-fi fantasy and author of Fahrenheit 451, died Tuesday at 91.

The man who chronicled dystopian societies had strong political beliefs and spoke as darkly about contemporary politics as he did about burning books.

"I think our country is in need of a revolution," the Los Angeles Times quoted him as saying in 2010. "There is too much government today. We've got to remember the government should be by the people, of the people and for the people."

A Ohio Tea Party blog later quoted him on it, and the conservative blog All American Blogger wrote: "I think Ray is ready to lead the Tea Party movement."

Bradbury also had some choice words for our nation's presidents.

On Bush: "He's wonderful. We needed him." - Interview with Salon, 2001

On Clinton: "Clinton is a sh*thead and we're glad to be rid of him. And I'm not talking about his sexual exploits. I think we have a chance to do something about education... We should have done it years ago." - Interview with Salon, 2001

On Reagan: "Reagan was our greatest president. He lowered our taxes and gave the money back to the people." - At Comic-Con in 2010

On Obama: "He should be announcing that we should go back to the moon... We should never have left there. We should go to the moon and prepare a base to fire a rocket off to Mars and then go to Mars and colonize Mars. Then when we do that, we will live forever." - Quoted in Los Angeles Times in 2010

According to fan site Bradbury Media, the writer once declared in an interview all politicians to be fools.


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I took my FReeper name to honor this great writer and visionary. Guy Montag lived on Block 813 in Fahrenheit 451. Rest in Peace, old friend!


"This is Montag, Block 813!"

1 posted on 06/06/2012 3:22:16 PM PDT by montag813
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To: montag813

Glad you posted it


2 posted on 06/06/2012 3:28:16 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: montag813

I was never a big science fiction fan, but I loved “Something Wicked This Way Comes.”


3 posted on 06/06/2012 3:29:52 PM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: montag813

I remember seeing William Buckley say that Ray Bradbury was more conservative than he was.


4 posted on 06/06/2012 3:32:32 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: JoeDetweiler
"I was never a big science fiction fan, but I loved “Something Wicked This Way Comes.”"

Well that makes sense being Something Wicked is Fantasy (Ray wrote both equally well)

Sure gonna Miss Mr. Bradbury. He was one of my Favofite writers!

5 posted on 06/06/2012 3:33:10 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: montag813

Unfortunately not all sci fi writers share Bradbury’s vision of liberty. Just last week Elizabeth Moon who writes some good mil sci fi said that she believed all people should be bar coded so they can be easily identified and located. Bradbury would recoil at that suggestion. RIP Mr Bradbury.


6 posted on 06/06/2012 3:39:10 PM PDT by xkaydet65
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To: montag813

I JUST bought my book-loving teen Fahrenheit 451 last week. She loves to read, and I wanted her to read some classics, so I bought that, Lord of the Flies and Animal Farm. I didn’t realize he had died yesterday. I am honestly so sad. Something Wicked This Way Comes was an absolute favorite of mine.


7 posted on 06/06/2012 3:42:44 PM PDT by USMCWife6869
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To: montag813

My favorite SF book was “October Country” by Bradbury.


8 posted on 06/06/2012 3:48:02 PM PDT by Misterioso (The man who lets a leader prescribe his course is a wreck being towed to the scrap heap. - Ayn Rand)
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To: montag813

The Golden Apples Of The Sun


9 posted on 06/06/2012 3:56:26 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: USMCWife6869

Classics? Les Miserables”,”The Count of Monte Cristo”, “A Tale of Two Cities”, “The Canterbury Tales”, “Crime and Punishment”, “The Travels of Marco Polo”, “Bleak House”...


10 posted on 06/06/2012 3:58:41 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: gorush

She will get to them. I picked those three because I loved them when I was her age (13). I enjoyed the books you mentioned when I got a bit older. Plus, she loved Hunger Games, so I thought LotF would be a good way for her to see how modern fiction is inspired. I picked Animal Farm because hubby and I talk politics a lot, and I thought it was a good choice to introduce her. I picked Fahrenheit 451 because I loved it so much, period. I have so many to introduce to her, but her school has no required reading, and I kind of just try to judge best what she is ready for right now.


11 posted on 06/06/2012 4:06:52 PM PDT by USMCWife6869
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To: USMCWife6869

I really enjoyed “The Hobbit” at that age. :{) I envy people who haven’t read the great books because they can still look forward to the experience of doing so.


12 posted on 06/06/2012 4:10:54 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: montag813

I was thinking Bradbury must have been one of the last authors whose initial works originally appeared in old pulp magazines (before they were replaced by paperbacks and the somewhat ‘similar to pulp’ digests).


13 posted on 06/06/2012 4:11:24 PM PDT by greene66
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To: montag813

“I am aware of his work”


14 posted on 06/06/2012 4:12:21 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Gott mit Mitt, Mitt mit uns)
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To: USMCWife6869

I would recommend “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” by Heinlein as well. VERY freedom oriented.


15 posted on 06/06/2012 4:13:33 PM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am." - Willard M Romney)
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To: Psalm 144

Could we put together a lising of Classic 60’s and 70’s sci fi titles?

I would love to reread some of them. I remember bits and pieces of the stories and would love to read them again.

copty and add:

I, Robot

The Foundation Trilogy


16 posted on 06/06/2012 4:17:02 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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To: greene66

“I was thinking Bradbury must have been one of the last authors whose initial works originally appeared in old pulp magazines...”

You may be right. Frank Frazetta passed two years ago, after illustrating the covers of so many of those works. They may all be gone now. Good stuff, fun times.


17 posted on 06/06/2012 4:18:30 PM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am." - Willard M Romney)
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To: Chickensoup; Fantasywriter

Silverburg, C L Moore, so many. Robert E. Howard remains my favorite. Fortunately there are still a lot of good fantasy and sci-fi writers out there, even in the miasma of PC. Terry Brooks comes to mind. There was a grandeur and austerity to the older writers though that seems to be missing now. The focus now seems to be on more personal, intimate portrayals rather than archetypes.

Rambling paragraph, sorry. Been working long hours to keep my business up.


18 posted on 06/06/2012 4:25:47 PM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am." - Willard M Romney)
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To: montag813

Bradbury, Asimov, Vonnegut - three of my heroes. God bless you all for making us want to be smart as children.


19 posted on 06/06/2012 4:37:00 PM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: Chickensoup

Dune.


20 posted on 06/06/2012 4:37:33 PM PDT by agooga (Struggling every day to be worthy of their sacrifice.)
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To: montag813

Goodbye Ray. Glad you were one of us.


21 posted on 06/06/2012 4:41:23 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Psalm 144

Ray Bradbury will be missed. I to am a R. E. Howard fan. Big fan of Lovecraft as well. Have you ever read Karl Edward Wagner?


22 posted on 06/06/2012 4:42:14 PM PDT by WMarshal (Bitter Clinger)
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To: WMarshal

“Have you ever read Karl Edward Wagner?”

I have not. The name is noted, however.


23 posted on 06/06/2012 4:47:27 PM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am." - Willard M Romney)
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To: Psalm 144

Jack Vance, Roger Zelazny, Larry Niven.


24 posted on 06/06/2012 4:50:07 PM PDT by Tench_Coxe
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To: montag813; Lazamataz

On a tablet so I can’t post the link. It’s catchy, it’s adult, it’s probably NSFW. Go to You Tube, search and watch Rachael Bloom’s tribute...

“F*ck Me Ray Bradbury”

She did a great job and RB even admired it. Some folks here probably won’t like it but AFAIC it is a wonderful, ADULT, tribute to a great author!

Pinging laz cuz I bet he would hit on Rachael. I would if I were decades younger....


25 posted on 06/06/2012 4:50:59 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: Mad Dawgg
The Illustrated Man--our son's fav when a teenager.

vaudine

26 posted on 06/06/2012 4:53:57 PM PDT by vaudine
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To: montag813

I loved this guy. He was about the most lyrical writer America produced in the 20th century. I think I’ve read everything he ever wrote, I’ve read everything of his I can find.

I’ll miss him, he was one of my favorites ever.

RIP, Ray, I feel I knew you.


27 posted on 06/06/2012 5:10:14 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (I like Obamacare because Granny signed the will and I need the cash)
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To: montag813

Link is bad. This is what I get.

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28 posted on 06/06/2012 5:14:14 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: gorush
Classics? Les Miserables”,”The Count of Monte Cristo”, “A Tale of Two Cities”, “The Canterbury Tales”, “Crime and Punishment”, “The Travels of Marco Polo”, “Bleak House”...

Speaking of which, Barnes & Nobles' website (and I presume store too) has their buy two B&N classics and get one free sale going on again. And if you can't decide, just buy 199 books for $562. Or if you and a couple of friends want the sets you can buy two get one free on the big set too.

29 posted on 06/06/2012 5:16:12 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: vaudine

RIP, Ray.
“The Martian Chronicles”.
“Twice 22”
“The Illustrated Man”
“Fahrenheit 451”

When in college (too many years ago to mention WHEN) I interviewed Ray for our little tv station. Since he didn’t drive, I had to go to his house in LA to pick him up!! He was charming, funny, angry, and curious, all at once. A very interesting man.


30 posted on 06/06/2012 5:16:30 PM PDT by Radagast the Fool ("Be Brave! Be Brave! Be Brave!" -"War Horse")
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To: montag813

One of my favorite works by Bradbury is “Time Enough For Love” — most particularly the two paragraphs titled “Intermission: Excerpts from the notebooks of Lazarus Long.” The excerpts are sayings by Lazarus, and I’m a big fan of ditties that condense great wisdom into a handful of words.

(Lazarus, for those unfamiliar with the story, is a gentleman of immense age, far exceeding even his fellow members of a secret society which breeds for longevity.)

Some of my favorites from Lazarus —

“Get off a shot fast! This upsets him long enough to make your second shot perfect.”

“A ‘pacifist male’ is a contradiction in terms. Most self-described pacifists are not pacific; they simply assume false colors. When the wind changes, they hoist the Jolly Roger.”

“There is only one way to console a widow. But remember the risk.”

“Never appeal to a man’s ‘better nature.’ He may not have one. Invoking his ‘self-interest’ gives you more leverage.”

“You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don’t ever count on having both at once.”

“Place your clothes and weapons where you can find them in the dark.”

“People who go broke in a big way never miss any meals. It is the poor jerk who is shy half a slug who must tighten his belt.”

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal. fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

“Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy.”

“Secrecy is the beginning of tyranny.”

“If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business because we’d be cynical. Well that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.”

(Sorry for the long post but Ray Bradbury was a treasure.)


31 posted on 06/06/2012 5:17:03 PM PDT by DNME (A monarch's neck should always have a noose around it. It keeps him upright. — Robert Heinlein)
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To: Tench_Coxe

Jack Vance, Gene Wolfe, Poul Anderson. Jack Vance and Gene Wolfe are the two best ever for my money and they are both still kicking. Vance is 95 years old!

RIP RB, you made many english classes more tolerable and there aren’t many who did.

Freegards


32 posted on 06/06/2012 5:20:01 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: saganite
I googled and found http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2012/06/06/ray-bradbury-loved-reagan-called-clinton-a
33 posted on 06/06/2012 5:20:15 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: montag813
Thanks for posting this.

I enjoyed his writings.

RIP, Mr. Bradbury.

34 posted on 06/06/2012 5:23:13 PM PDT by chs68
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To: DNME
< shaking head >

Time Enough for Love was by Robert Heinlein.

35 posted on 06/06/2012 5:26:20 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: DNME
A typo, probably, since you admire Heinlein enough to quote him in your tagline, but Time Enough For Love was Heinlein.
36 posted on 06/06/2012 5:28:41 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: KarlInOhio
I wuz fixin' to say...

Although I'm sure Mr. Bradbury would have gladly received the credit were it due him, Time Enough for Love was indeed written by Robert A. Heinlein.
37 posted on 06/06/2012 5:34:51 PM PDT by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: DNME
"One of my favorite works by Bradbury is “Time Enough For Love”"

You should pay more attention to your tag line, TEFL was written by...

...Robert Heinlein! :-)

38 posted on 06/06/2012 5:35:39 PM PDT by IYellAtMyTV (Je t'aime, faire du bruit comme le cochon.)
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To: montag813

He also called Michael Moore a “perfect a$$hole”.


39 posted on 06/06/2012 6:02:04 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Washington could not tell a lie, Nixon could not tell the truth, Obama can't tell the difference.)
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To: montag813

I first found Bradbury in 7th grade. Wow.


40 posted on 06/06/2012 6:08:04 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: montag813

Would love to know what Bradbury had to say about Clinton....


41 posted on 06/06/2012 6:09:02 PM PDT by flyingtabby (I am the Conservative your Hippie Friends Warned you About..........)
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To: DNME

Thanks for those quotes


42 posted on 06/06/2012 6:11:38 PM PDT by MattinNJ (Romney? Really? Seriously?)
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To: montag813

A great writer and a visionary. Heard him speak about 45 years ago.


43 posted on 06/06/2012 6:17:03 PM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil)
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To: Psalm 144

The Sound of Summer Running will always epitomize for me what a short story should be and do. And it wasn’t even SF...just one of the best things I ever read.


44 posted on 06/06/2012 6:18:17 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: montag813

The last of the great four. Clark, Asimov, Heinlein and Bradbury. Thank you Ray.


45 posted on 06/06/2012 6:21:11 PM PDT by Desron13
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To: montag813

Very sad. An icon of conservatism.


46 posted on 06/06/2012 6:26:12 PM PDT by arderkrag (ABOs are Romneybot trolls. LOOKING FOR ROLEPLAYERS. Check Profile.)
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To: agooga
...Desert planet... The sleeper must awaken... Great book.
47 posted on 06/06/2012 6:36:24 PM PDT by FreedomFighter1013 (Obama: Con man-in-Chief)
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To: Desron13
Possibly my favorite quote of all time:

An armed society is a polite society.

Robert Heinlein

48 posted on 06/06/2012 6:36:36 PM PDT by Desron13
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To: montag813

He was a unique talent.

What really makes me sad/sick is that not only have so few youth today ever read him, but they don’t even know how he was. Or care. Reading for pleasure, and I don’t mean a Facebook page, is almost dead. It’s dying with Gen X as so few Millenials seem to care for the idea of sitting down with a good book.

I feel sorry for them. There is no greater pleasure one can have fully clothed than a walk through a used book store and the very smell of all that ‘mind food’.


49 posted on 06/06/2012 6:50:46 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Desron13

My apologies, that should be Clarke. I keep forgetting the e.


50 posted on 06/06/2012 7:55:46 PM PDT by Desron13
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