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  • "Let's Unlose This war"

    10/12/2012 3:26:13 PM PDT · by TexasBarak · 11 replies
    Hatrack.com ^ | October 4, 2012 | Orson Scott Card
    The reason it is so depressing to read Alone, the middle volume of William Manchester's biography of Winston Churchill, is not because the British government was so obtuse in failing to listen to Churchill's constant warnings about the rising menace of Adolf Hitler. Why should that be depressing? After all, when Hitler finally got the war he had wanted for so long, Churchill was elevated at last to be prime minister of Britain, and in that position he saved Britain and, by the way, the world. So this is the prelude to a tale of triumph. It is sad to...
  • Feds: Sebelius violated federal law by campaigning for Obama

    09/12/2012 7:07:06 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sept 12, 2012
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violated federal law when she campaigned this winter for President Obama, federal investigators announced Wednesday. Sebelius broke the law by making “extemporaneous partisan remarks” during a speech in February at a Human Rights Campaign Event in Charlotte, N.C., according to the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). She made the comments in the city that would later host the Democratic National Convention. ... The agency said Sebelius’ comments violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits public officials from campaigning in an official capacity. The agency said the Department of Health and Human Services after the...
  • Every Single One: The Politicized Hiring of Eric Holder’s Immigration Office (Part 3)

    08/12/2011 12:10:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 12, 2011 | Richard Pollock
    All five new hires to the Justice Department's immigration office have far-left resumes — which were only released following a PJM lawsuit. (This is the third in a series of articles about the Justice Department's hiring practices since President Obama took office. Read parts one and two.)   Earlier this week, PJM commenced a series of articles highlighting the army of new attorneys hired for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division by the Obama administration. PJM based its reporting on resumes that were finally turned over following a lengthy Freedom of Information Act battle with the Department.The intent of...
  • U.S. Lags on ‘Key Milestones’ in Transition Plan for Iraq, Report Says

    06/02/2011 7:31:12 AM PDT · by Heuristic Hiker · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Jun 2, 2011 | Tony Capaccio
    The U.S. is failing to meet “key milestones” in advance of the Oct. 1 handover of responsibilities in Iraq from the U.S. military to the State Department, says a report being issued Thursday by the State Department’s inspector general.
  • Orson Scott Card on Obama, a lying radical leftist who breaks promises, and his incompetent clowns

    09/25/2009 7:19:05 AM PDT · by Tolik · 49 replies · 3,306+ views
    Greensboro Rhino Times ^ | September 24, 2009 | Orson Scott Card
    We didn't have political articles by Orson Scott Card for awhile, and here is one with promises of more. For those who don't know who he is: Orson Scott Card is one of the best living Sci-Fi writers. His Ender's series are enormously popular and translated to many languages. His websites attract attention of readers from all over the world.Since 9/11 he wrote many political essays. He is a conservative democrat of a Zell Miller type (there are still a few around) who is upset with hijacking of his party by the Left. He considers himself a moderate, which (some...
  • Are new 'Puritans' gaining? (OPEN)

    03/20/2009 7:55:01 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 21 replies · 503+ views
    Mormon Times | March 19, 2009 | Orson Scott Card
         Are new 'Puritans' gaining?   By Orson Scott Card Thursday, Mar. 19, 2009     It was interesting to see how many American religions had lost ground in the past two decades, according to the American Religious Identification Survey. With all our missionary work, we Latter-day Saints merely managed to keep pace with population growth in America, remaining at a steady 1.4 percent of the population. In fact, Mormons were the only group to show no change at all, relative to the America as a whole. We're swimming as fast as we can -- just to stay...
  • Big Love: Big Deal (LDS Caucus)

    03/20/2009 6:13:24 AM PDT · by restornu · 18 replies · 434+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 13 March 2009 | Orson Scott Card
    In the aftermath of Proposition 8, it’s open season on Mormons, and the producers of HBO’s series Big Love are in the best position to give the Mormons (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) a big slap. The series focuses on members of one of several splinter groups that have left the Mormon Church over the issue of polygamy. To understand what this means to Mormons, it’s worth indulging in a little history. When the Mormon prophet Wilford Woodruff declared in 1890 that it was God’s will that Latter-day Saints no longer take multiple wives, some Mormons clung...
  • Orson Scott Card: Big Love? Big Deal

    03/13/2009 11:25:57 AM PDT · by neverdem · 46 replies · 1,466+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 13, 2009 | Orson Scott Card
    March 13, 2009, 4:00 a.m. Big Love? Big DealYes, Mormons are targets, but let’s not get too excited about it. By Orson Scott Card In the aftermath of Proposition 8, it’s open season on Mormons, and the producers of HBO’s series Big Love are in the best position to give the Mormons (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) a big slap. The series focuses on members of one of several splinter groups that have left the Mormon Church over the issue of polygamy. To understand what this means to Mormons, it’s worth indulging in a little history....
  • Orson Scott Card: One Party Rule Forever! [Obama's coup d'etat - census to Rahm Emanuel]

    02/23/2009 7:42:48 AM PST · by Tolik · 58 replies · 3,643+ views
    rhinotimes.com ^ | February 19, 2009 | Orson Scott Card
    Because the mainstream press refuses to see anything wrong in the Obama administration, even the most outrageous actions are given astonishingly gentle treatment – if they get any treatment at all. So of course we hear almost nothing about the coup d'etat that is under way in the White House. People have been talking about a "historic realignment," but of course that is nonsense. Most Americans report mostly conservative viewpoints on most issues. That hasn't changed. What will change, apparently, is how many voters the Obama administration can produce out of thin air to swing the next election. And as...
  • One Party Rule Forever!

    02/20/2009 1:33:57 PM PST · by lady lawyer · 28 replies · 1,262+ views
    Rhinoceros Times ^ | February 19, 2009 | Orson Scott Card
    Because the mainstream press refuses to see anything wrong in the Obama administration, even the most outrageous actions are given astonishingly gentle treatment – if they get any treatment at all. So of course we hear almost nothing about the coup d'etat that is under way in the White House. People have been talking about a "historic realignment," but of course that is nonsense. Most Americans report mostly conservative viewpoints on most issues. That hasn't changed. What will change, apparently, is how many voters the Obama administration can produce out of thin air to swing the next election. And as...
  • Orson Scott Card: Obama and the Press

    01/30/2009 8:31:34 AM PST · by Tolik · 30 replies · 2,172+ views
    rhinotimes.com ^ | January 29, 2009 | Orson Scott Card
    I don't know about you, but I thought it was a delicious moment when President Obama made his condescending handshaking visit to the press room and got testy when the reporters insisted on asking him questions. "If you keep asking questions I won't be able to do this any more," he says, sternly, like a father saying, "Do I have to turn this car around?" He was so arrogant that I laughed out loud.  And also unbelievably dumb about the press. This guy, who got the gentlest treatment by the press in any political campaign ever (while they made grossly...
  • Time real, arbitrary (LDS CAUCUS)

    01/01/2009 7:48:43 PM PST · by restornu · 1 replies · 349+ views
    Moemon Times ^ | Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009 | By Orson Scott Card
    So it's 2009, and I'm not all that impressed so far. Just another day. It has weather. There's some news. But there's always weather and there's always news. When I was a kid, the minutes crawled by. So much time that I had no idea how to fill it. "There's nothing to do." That didn't happen to me very often, because there was always a book. Or plastic American bricks (this was before Legos got to the U.S.), or my HO scale train set, or brothers and sisters who thought Careers or Monopoly or Risk were a good idea. The...
  • Stay Home Or Go To The Movies? [Orson Scott Card reviews Eagle Eye and pummels Hollywood]

    11/17/2008 6:20:17 AM PST · by Tolik · 65 replies · 1,981+ views
    greensboro.rhinotimes.com ^ | November 13, 2008 | Orson Scott Card
    <...excerpted, the first half of the article is at the link>... Which brings me, at long last, to Eagle Eye. We went because we like Shia LaBeouf. Period. No other reason. And he came through for us – the same earnest everyman quality that made Nicolas Cage and Tom Hanks such beloved stars. The same combination of kindness and goofiness that makes us care when they are in danger – LaBeouf is the best thing to emerge from the Disney stable since Sean Connery. (Are you forgetting Darby O'Gill?) Director D.J. Caruso, whose work I had seen none of, is...
  • Don't allow kids to date before 16 (Ecumentical)

    10/30/2008 8:52:07 PM PDT · by restornu · 22 replies · 718+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | Oct. 30, 2008 | By Orson Scott Card
    You know that rule about how teenagers aren't supposed to date until they're 16? Does anyone remember how old that rule is? I'm 57. That rule was already in place when I got to dating age in 1967. It never affected me much. It's not like girls were clinging to their phones, hoping I'd call. Plus, I didn't get a driver's license till I was 23. That really crimps a guy's style. In our ward in Greensboro, N.C., that rule seems to be universally respected. Including the often-ignored stipulations that even at 16, they should be group dates, so that...
  • What Really Matters As We Vote

    10/29/2008 6:40:23 AM PDT · by Jack Bull · 15 replies · 459+ views
    The Ornery American ^ | 10/29/08 | Orson Scott Card
    <p>Sometimes it seems like this election is one big pillow fight. The air is now so full of floating feathers that it's hard to see the furniture, and the media isn't helping, as they blow the fluff around.</p> <p>But there are solid issues in this election, and how we vote will have lasting effect on our future.</p>
  • Orson Scott Card: Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights? (Devastating)

    10/20/2008 10:29:44 AM PDT · by quesney · 108 replies · 10,461+ views
    Meridian Magazine ^ | Orson Scott Card
    Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights? By Orson Scott Card Editor's note: Orson Scott Card is a Democrat and a newspaper columnist, and in this opinion piece he takes on both while lamenting the current state of journalism. An open letter to the local daily paper — almost every local daily paper in America: I remember reading All the President's Men and thinking: That's journalism. You do what it takes to get the truth and you lay it before the public, because the public has a right to know. This housing crisis didn't come out of...
  • Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights?

    An open letter to the local daily paper – almost every local daily paper in America: I remember reading All the President's Men and thinking: That's journalism. You do what it takes to get the truth and you lay it before the public, because the public has a right to know. This housing crisis didn't come out of nowhere. It was not a vague emanation of the evil Bush administration. It was a direct result of the political decision, back in the late 1990s, to loosen the rules of lending so that home loans would be more accessible to poor...
  • Barack Obama, Spinmeister

    09/20/2008 9:51:05 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 13 replies · 246+ views
    We don't need a president who hasn't the courage to admit that his previous policy failed and openly change his mind -- the way President Bush did when he determined to change strategy and execute the surge. We saw your true colors when you sneered at white middle-class voters who cling to guns and religion because they're bitter, as if an entire class of "those people" can be analyzed and dismissed in a sentence. McCain was not my choice for President at the beginning of the campaign a couple of years ago, Mr. Obama. You were. I rooted for you....
  • Nobody Was Listening

    They were right. Starting at the moment of his famous address at Harvard in 1978 (see http://snipurl.com/harvardspeech), Solzhenitsyn became, in effect, mute. Why? Because the cultural elite of the West is just as unhappy to hear itself criticized as the political elite of the Soviet Nomenklatura. How dare Solzehenitsyn fail to recognize that the American intellectual establishment was not in possession of Truth! How dare he point out that in our arrogance, we of the West were as blind to our own doom as the Communists? Let me quote just one passage from Solzhenitsyn's speech: "A decline in courage may...
  • State job is not to redefine marriage (Orson Scott Card)

    07/29/2008 8:04:31 PM PDT · by Harrius Magnus · 23 replies · 281+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | 07/24/2008 | Orson Scott Card
    The first and greatest threat from court decisions in California and Massachusetts, giving legal recognition to "gay marriage," is that it marks the end of democracy in America. These judges are making new law without any democratic process; in fact, their decisions are striking down laws enacted by majority vote. The pretext is that state constitutions require it -- but it is absurd to claim that these constitutions require marriage to be defined in ways that were unthinkable through all of human history until the past 15 years. And it is offensive to expect us to believe this obvious...
  • Orson Scott Card: Obama's Real Religion [Environmentalism]

    06/04/2008 4:52:05 AM PDT · by Tolik · 51 replies · 1,033+ views
    ornery.org ^ | May 25, 2008 | Orson Scott Card
    In all the flap about Obama's reckless comments about Iran, Cuba, and Venezuela not posing a threat to the U.S. because they're small and spend less on their military than we do, one statement he made has gone virtually unnoticed. Yes, it's important to realize that we have a presidential candidate who actually believes that the Soviet Union once told the U.S. "We're going to wipe you off the planet" (they never did). Is it as important as Gerald Ford's gaffe when he declared that Poland was a free country -- back when it was under Russian domination? Let's not...
  • Orson Scott Card: Appeasement Candidates [Obama, Clinton]

    05/23/2008 12:09:06 PM PDT · by Tolik · 28 replies · 327+ views
    rhinotimes.com ^ | May 22, 2008 | Orson Scott Card
    It would have been so simple for Obama to handle this like a statesman instead of a whiner. President Bush went to Israel to affirm America's ironclad support of Israel's survival as a nation. While there are Americans who don't agree with it, this has been the policy of the United States from the foundation of Israel on. President Bush didn't invent the policy, but he affirms it more vigorously and intelligently than most presidents have done. President Bush said, "Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade...
  • Intelligent Conversation (Civilization Watch Ben Stein's Expelled)

    05/14/2008 8:46:42 AM PDT · by restornu · 88 replies · 1,119+ views
    The Rhinoceros Times ^ | May 08, 2008 | by Orson Scott Card
    In a world where a snob like Michael Moore and a smug manipulator like Al Gore can win Oscars for "documentaries" that play fast and loose with the truth, it's ironic that Ben Stein's Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, which makes a serious effort to tell the truth about a problem that's seriously damaging our civilization, not only won't get nominated for an Oscar but will certainly be attacked as anti-scientific. This is the opposite of the truth, or very nearly so. Ben Stein's film project was to expose the way rigid insistence on Darwinist dogma is expelling not only brilliant...
  • FBI Agents Raid Work, Home Of Special Counsel's Bloch

    05/06/2008 10:31:06 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 33 replies · 230+ views
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON -- Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided the Office of Special Counsel here, seizing computers and documents belonging to the agency chief Scott Bloch and staff. More than a dozen FBI agents served grand jury subpoenas shortly after 10 a.m., shutting down the agency's computer network and searching its offices, as well as Mr. Bloch's home. Employees said the searches appeared focused on alleged obstruction of justice by Mr. Bloch during the course of an 2006 inquiry into his conduct in office. ~ snip ~
  • The Insanity of Parties

    02/12/2008 9:47:41 PM PST · by Mr170IQ · 11 replies · 101+ views
    The Rhinoceros Times via Ornery.org ^ | February 3, 2008 | Orson Scott Card
    WorldWatchFirst appeared in print in The Rhinoceros Times, Greensboro, NC By Orson Scott Card February 3, 2008 The Insanity of Parties I'm writing this as the Super Tuesday results are starting to come in, and you know what? I'm going to be miserable no matter who wins. And do you know why? Because there's not one candidate who comes close to representing my positions on all the issues I care about. Love McCain's position on the war. Happy with his position on illegal aliens, at least as it used to be. Loathe his position on almost everything else. Hate the...
  • Revelation is pure, but words are translation (LDS Caucus)

    02/07/2008 7:57:05 PM PST · by restornu · 51 replies · 187+ views
    Deseret Morming News ^ | Published: February 7, 2008 | By Orson Scott Card
    IT WAS THE last Sunday of 2007, and I was preparing to substitute for our gospel doctrine teacher, who had just had her second child. The text of the lesson was the book of Revelation, chapters 5, 6 and 19 through 22. I read of the "golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints" (5:8), and I thought: Wouldn't it be much more convenient if all the images in this book could come with a nice little explanation like that? And then it dawned on me: Maybe the explanation was given only where the meaning would not...
  • Stalking Santa, Cookies, Rules, Talk Show

    12/03/2007 4:31:23 PM PST · by fromscratchmom · 2 replies · 91+ views
    Uncle Orson Reviews Everything ^ | November 18, 2007 | Orson Scott Card
    In the News & Record last Sunday, Lewis Beale of Newsday wrote about how "War films can be hard for Hollywood to peddle." It seems that "of the four flms released in the past six months dealing with the current world situation -- all with big-name stars and the full Hollywood studio push -- none earned a profit in its initial theatrical release." Stephen Bochco explains the failure of these war films (as of his own TV series on the war, Over There) by saying, "It's a hugely unpopular war, and there's a staggering amount of depressing coverage.... I don't...
  • A Stand-up President

    12/10/2007 8:40:09 PM PST · by Mr170IQ · 15 replies · 169+ views
    The Rhinoceros Times ^ | December 1, 2007 | Orson Scott Card
          |     WorldWatchFirst appeared in print in The Rhinoceros Times, Greensboro, NC By Orson Scott Card December 1, 2007 A Stand-up President I keep hearing how Ronald Reagan was such a great president because he always stood up for what he believed and did the right thing no matter what. Funny -- that's not the Ronald Reagan I saw. I watched Ronald Reagan start us down the long ugly road of capitulating to Muslim terrorists. Maybe there was no choice but to withdraw the Marines after the barracks was bombed in Lebanon in 1983. Certainly...
  • OSC rips Hollywood for its crummy anti-war movies.

    12/03/2007 7:40:48 PM PST · by Parody · 57 replies · 229+ views
    Uncle Orson Reviews Everything ^ | November 18, 2007 | Orson Scott Card
    In the News & Record last Sunday, Lewis Beale of Newsday wrote about how "War films can be hard for Hollywood to peddle." It seems that "of the four flms released in the past six months dealing with the current world situation -- all with big-name stars and the full Hollywood studio push -- none earned a profit in its initial theatrical release." Stephen Bochco explains the failure of these war films (as of his own TV series on the war, Over There) by saying, "It's a hugely unpopular war, and there's a staggering amount of depressing coverage.... I don't...
  • Word from a Soldier in Iraq [a letter from a sergeant in Iraq to Orson Scott Card]

    11/12/2007 4:48:58 AM PST · by Tolik · 20 replies · 157+ views
    Rhino Times, Greensboro, NC ^ | November 08, 2007 | Orson Scott Card
    On Monday I got a letter from a friend of mine who is a sergeant in the US Army. With permission of his commanding officer (he does not reveal any classified information), I'm sharing it with you. He writes: I've been on the ground in Iraq for a few weeks now, and thought I'd chime in with a grunt's-eye view. In Sadr Al-Yusifiyah, an area to the East of Anbar province (just across the Euphrates from Anbar, actually), things are moving in a very interesting and hopeful direction. About six months ago, something happened that the Americans are calling "The...
  • Orson Scott Card: Civilized Religion

    11/05/2007 11:16:12 AM PST · by Tolik · 37 replies · 710+ views
    The Rhinoceros Times, Greensboro, NC ^ | November 01, 2007 | Orson Scott Card
    There are those who would like to tell you that no religion is civilized, but these tend to be people whose ignorance of history is so profound as to appear deliberate. Human beings sometimes do terrible things, and when they do, they invariably find reasons to invoke their belief system, whatever it is, to excuse their bad behavior. Thus Communists have committed their barbarities in the name of "the good of the people," just as Christians and Muslims and practically everybody else, when they decided certain people needed killing or oppressing, found a way to excuse themselves in the name...
  • Orson Scott Card: Nobel Prize for Literature Awarded to Roomful of Monkeys?[AlGore & Global Warming]

    10/23/2007 1:45:31 PM PDT · by Tolik · 49 replies · 1,939+ views
    Rhino Times ^ | October 18, 2007 | Orson Scott Card
    So Al Gore gets the Nobel Peace Prize, and my wife says to me, "Wow. First time they ever gave the peace prize for religion." So true. And so sad. What has Al Gore done for the world? Ran loaded hearings in the Senate to promote the idea of global warming with no evidence worth a bucket of ... whatever it was John Nance Garner said was in such a bucket. Then he was President Clinton's pet veep, treated with genial contempt, which he earned by his incompetence at running even an inconsequential office like that. Then he tried to...
  • Orson Scott Card: Phony Soldiers and Patriotism

    10/23/2007 11:57:55 AM PDT · by Tolik · 60 replies · 477+ views
    The Ornery American ^ | October 7, 2007 | Orson Scott Card
    It was quite a spectacle. Democratic Congressmen and Senators standing there denouncing Rush Limbaugh for attacking American soldiers by calling them "phony." We already know how much they hate Limbaugh and other conservative radio talk show personalities. Talk radio is the only part of the American media that the Left does not already control, one way or another; that's why they're trying to reintroduce the "fairness" doctrine (equal time for all points of view) only for talk radio, while the media the Left controls remains "unfair." But if they can make Rush Limbaugh look unAmerican, unpatriotic, well -- then all...
  • Phony Soldiers and Patriotism

    It was quite a spectacle. Democratic congressmen and senators standing there denouncing Rush Limbaugh for attacking American soldiers by calling them "phony." We already know how much they hate Limbaugh and other conservative radio talk show personalities. Talk radio is the only part of the American media that the Left does not already control, one way or another; that's why they're trying to reintroduce the "fairness" doctrine (equal time for all points of view) only for talk radio, while the media the Left controls remains "unfair." But if they can make Rush Limbaugh look unAmerican, unpatriotic, well – then all...
  • Who Gets to Define "Christian"?

    07/13/2007 7:28:01 PM PDT · by restornu · 328 replies · 3,155+ views
    Beliefnet.com ^ | Thursday June 28, 2007 | By Orson Scott Card
    Each time a group of Christians comes up with an unfamiliar way of understanding the scriptures and our relationship with God, there are other Christians who are quick to insist that anyone who believes like that can’t really be Christian. Much blood has been shed over these doctrinal differences; wars have been fought, boundaries have been changed, and people have gone into exile. Whether it was the often bloody struggle between Arians and Athanasians, between Lutherans and Catholics, between the Church of England and the Puritans, people have been willing, it seems, to die, to kill, and to deprive others...
  • Learning from History

    History does repeat itself. Never exactly – there are always enough differences in the details that people who are determined not to learn anything from the past can find an excuse. But history shows patterns precisely because human beings don't change. After the First World War (then called the Great War), Britain and France were exhausted. They had triumphed – barely – but they had left more than a million dead soldiers on the battlefields.
  • Civilization Watch - Don't You Dare Ask for Proof - Orson Scott Card

    05/09/2007 3:29:10 AM PDT · by Mr170IQ · 28 replies · 1,344+ views
    The Ornery American ^ | April 29, 2007 | Orson Scott Card
          |     Civilization WatchFirst appeared in print in The Rhinoceros Times, Greensboro, NC By Orson Scott Card April 29, 2007 Don't You Dare Ask for Proof! In last Sunday's News and Record, columnist Andrew Brod heaped ridicule on those who dare to contest the religion of global warming. What is his proof? He doesn't think he needs any. In fact, he's against proof. He likes it when governments make massive changes without any evidence that those changes are necessary. He spends his whole column citing political documents like the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on...
  • Orson Scott Card: Honor

    04/13/2007 7:18:36 AM PDT · by Tolik · 144 replies · 2,575+ views
    rhinotimes.com ^ | April 05, 2007 | Orson Scott Card
    Warning: don't get hung up on a few disagreements with a democrat Orson Scott Card - we have overwhelmingly more points of agreement. If you disagree with me, see my tagline    :^)Duty. Honor. Country. Once these words could inspire the hearts of patriots. Now, in our benighted era, the elite in our nation sneer at the words and at those who still believe in them. ::: But there is such a thing as honor, and whether we name it by its right name or not, we depend on it. Honor is akin to the word "honest." We say a person...
  • The Most Important Movie You'll See This Year

    03/19/2007 8:42:39 AM PDT · by restornu · 19 replies · 444+ views
    Meridian ^ | March 2007 | By Orson Scott Card
    It's not going to be the best movie you see this year, but it might be the most important. Amazing Grace is the story of William Wilberforce, the man who was most responsible (though he certainly did not work alone) for abolishing the slave trade and, ultimately, slavery itself, beginning with the British Empire, but ultimately around the world. The trouble with a story like this is that while Wilberforce's effort was heroic, fighting in what seemed to be a losing cause — yet one that could not, morally, be abandoned — the great moments consisted of speeches and...
  • All in a Good Cause [Orson Scott Card]

    03/15/2007 1:34:48 PM PDT · by Parody · 8 replies · 743+ views
    www.ornery.org ^ | 03/04/2007 | Orson Scott Card
    All in a Good Cause Here's a story you haven't heard, and you should have. An intelligence source, working for a government agency. He's not a spy, he's an analyst. He uses computers to crunch numbers and at the end of his work, out pops the truth that was hiding in the original data. Let's call him "Mann." The trouble with Mann is, he has an ideology. He knows what he wants his results to be. And the original numbers aren't giving him that data. So the agency he works for won't be able to persuade people to fight the...
  • All in a Good Cause (if you torture the data long enough, eventually it will confess to anything)

    03/14/2007 12:39:12 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 16 replies · 730+ views
    What Is Driving Global Climate? Science isn't done by consensus. It's done by rigorous testing. When a hypothesis -- or a computer model -- fails to correspond to the actual real-world data, you throw it out. That's what the real climate scientists are doing. They have found, in recent years, a very close correspondence between global climate and variations in the amount of radiation the Earth receives from the Sun. The light and heat we get varies depending on the distance and position of the Earth and the amount of radiation the Sun puts out. The Earth's distance and position...
  • All in a Good Cause (Global Warming)

    03/13/2007 11:13:00 AM PDT · by restornu · 54 replies · 2,036+ views
    Rhinoceros Times of Greensboro ^ | March 2007 | By Orson Scott Card
    Here's a story you haven't heard, and you should have. An intelligence source, working for a government agency. He's not a spy, he's an analyst. He uses computers to crunch numbers and at the end of his work, out pops the truth that was hiding in the original data. Let's call him "Mann." The trouble with Mann is, he has an ideology. He knows what he wants his results to be. And the original numbers aren't giving him that data. So the agency he works for won't be able to persuade people to fight the war he wants to...
  • Evil Fiction

    02/26/2007 12:22:15 PM PST · by ventanax5 · 17 replies · 1,508+ views
    Let me tell you about an audiobook that I hated. I didn't hate it because it was badly written – it was mediocre in the way that mediocre thrillers usually are, and that means it would ordinarily have been tolerable. No, the reason I stopped listening to Steve Berry's The Alexandria Link is that this book is evil. I don't mean it's about evil. I don't even mean that it is evil-porn, like those horror books whose authors are pervertedly devoted to thinking up cool ways to torture and kill people. I mean that this book, to the degree that...
  • Orson Scott Card: The Crisis of the Islamo-Fascist War

    01/29/2007 10:25:38 AM PST · by Tolik · 24 replies · 1,787+ views
    The Ornery American / The Rhinoceros Times ^ | January 14, 2007 | Orson Scott Card
    President Bush is a genuinely awful speaker. Wouldn't it be a shame if we lost a war for the survival of western civilization because we had a President who reads his speeches in a dispassionate drone? It's been interesting to watch the media respond to the speech. Not that many months ago, the media was reporting on the speeches of Democrats and other critics of the war, talking about how Bush's plan in Iraq had failed because we always needed "more boots on the ground." None of them -- not even the generals who hated defense secretary Rumsfeld with such...
  • Keeping Things Civil

    01/25/2007 7:53:31 AM PST · by Mr170IQ · 22 replies · 713+ views
    The Ornery American ^ | Jan. 2007 | Orson Scott Card
    Keeping Things CivilAfterword to the novel Empireby Orson Scott Card The originating premise of this novel did not come from me. Donald Mustard and his partners in Chair Enterainment had the idea for an entertainment franchise called Empire about a near-future American civil war. When I joined the project to create a work of fiction based on that premise, my first order of business was to come up with a plausible way that such an event might come about. It was, sadly enough, all too easy. Because we haven't had a civil war in the past fourteen decades, people think...
  • How Our Civilization Can Fall

    12/22/2006 8:06:16 PM PST · by B-Chan · 68 replies · 2,172+ views
    The Ornery American ^ | 2006.12.03 | Orson Scott Card
    Here's how it happens: America stupidly and immorally withdraws from the War on Terror, withdrawing prematurely from Iraq and leaving it in chaos. Emboldened, either Muslims unite against the West (unlikely) or collapse in a huge war between Shiites and Sunnis (already beginning). It almost doesn't matter, because in the process the oil will stop flowing. And when the oil stops flowing, Europe and Japan and Taiwan and Singapore and South Korea all crash economically; Europe then has to face the demands of its West-hating Muslim "minority" without money and without the ruthlessness or will to survive that would allow...
  • Honoring Those Who Died

    12/19/2006 12:11:13 AM PST · by Mr170IQ · 16 replies · 593+ views
    The Rhinoceros Times ^ | Dec. 17, 2006 | Orson Scott Card
    Civilization WatchFirst appeared in print in The Rhinoceros Times, Greensboro, NC By Orson Scott Card December 17, 2006 Honoring Those Who Died I was on my way home from speaking to officers at an air base, so when, during a brief layover, I saw a young man in uniform waiting for the same flight as me, I thought nothing of it -- I was used to uniforms. It happened that during boarding, we were nearly alone at the back of the plane for a few minutes. We struck up a conversation. This young man was nearing the end of his...
  • Orson Scott Card's 'Empire' coming to big screen

    11/30/2006 10:26:22 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies · 838+ views
    Producer Joel Silver's Silver Pictures has optioned Empire, an upcoming book from bestselling sci-fi author Orson Scott Card, for a big-screen adaptation. The novel is currently slated to hit bookshelves on November 28. According to the Card's official Web site, here is the story of Empire: The American Empire has grown too fast, and the fault lines at home are stressed to the breaking point. The war of words between Right and Left has collapsed into a shooting war, though most people just want to be left alone. The battle rages between the high-technology weapons on one side and militia...
  • Orson Scott Card: Doonesbury vs. America [OSC debunks Trudeau comparing Bush and Clinton]

    11/30/2006 9:32:18 AM PST · by Tolik · 84 replies · 2,848+ views
    The Ornery American ^ | November 19, 2006 | Orson Scott Card
    Does anybody here remember when Doonesbury was funny? Never mind. It was funny this past Sunday, in a bitter, ironic kind of way. The comic strip, by Garry Trudeau, shows a professor teaching a class, in which he compares two presidents -- Bush and Clinton. Of Bush he says, "The first president initiates a bloody, costly, unending war on false premises ... and approves covert policies of illegal detentions, kangaroo courts, extraordinary renditions, torture, and warrantless wiretapping of thousands of Americans." Of Clinton, he says, "The second president lies about hooking up with an intern. Question: Which one should be...
  • Orson Scott Card: America just lost. What now?

    11/17/2006 5:02:37 AM PST · by Tolik · 25 replies · 1,454+ views
    RhinoTimes / The Ornery American ^ | November 09, 2006 | Orson Scott Card
    I believe in two-party government. I especially believe in it when it prevents Congress from doing anything – because that prevents them from doing stupid things. Of course, the Republicans were already doing a fine job of keeping even one-party government in a permanent logjam. Plus, the Republicans were also proving themselves just as unable to remain worthy of power while holding it as the Democrats did during their decades of dominance from 1954 to 1994.This election proves only that the monolithically leftwing mainstream media can make the public believe we are losing a war that we are winning. As...