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Book Meme

February 4, 2008

I’m reading five different books and the only one that has something good on page 123 is Ron Paul’s A Foreign Policy of Freedom. It is his speech to the House of Representatives on April 21, 1999 about NATO’s involvement in Yugoslavia and Kosovo. He writes,

The use of government force to mold personal behavior, manipulate the economy and interfere in the affairs of other nations is an acceptable practice endorsed by nearly everyone in Washington, regardless of party affiliation. Once the principle of government force is acknowledged as legitimate, varying the when and to what degree becomes the only issue. It is okay to fight Communists overseas but not Serbs; it is okay to fight Serbs but not Arabs.

Deb at Unrelenting Ambiguity tagged me on Sunday with this book meme.


1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.
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I’m going to tag some people who I know are readers.

Chris at Life, Love and Happiness
Duh at Couple of Readers
Lilli at Book Baby
Lisamm at Books on the Brain
and Brenda at One Kentucky Writer

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This video gives me goosebumps. It is a grassroots promotional video for Ron Paul’s newest book, which will be available on April 30, 2008.

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  1. February 4, 2008 2:57 pm

    Thank you for not tagging me!! LOL Although I think the nearest book that I have that is that long is the complete collection of Winne the Pooh. I don’t remember the last time I read an actual book for myself.

  2. February 4, 2008 3:21 pm

    You’re welcome (again) for the untag. LOL! As for reading actual books: you can start that habit anytime. It’s not too late. πŸ™‚

  3. February 4, 2008 5:08 pm

    Hopefully when the kids are less demanding of my immediate attention, I can start reading adult books again. I am looking forward to that. I have started Walking the Bible Some time ago, (read years) and I made it about half way through. I’ll have to pick it up again from the beginning.

  4. February 4, 2008 8:47 pm

    Hi! I LOVE that you tagged me! I just got home from Vegas and need to unpack and throw some stinky, smoke-smelling clothes in the laundry.. I’ll get to this tomorrow!

  5. February 5, 2008 7:49 am

    lisamm, clothes that smell like Vegas are definitely your first priority! Yuck! I’m glad you’re excited about the tag. It will be neat to peek inside one of your books.

  6. February 5, 2008 11:38 am

    Just saw this tag and since I’m new to the blog-o-sphere, I appreciate the shoutout. I just grabbed the book I’m reading and it had a completely useless collection of sentences on page 123. I’ll have to grab another book that I have and try it. I’ll post my results on my site when I’m done but not sure how or if I know enough people to tag back haha.

  7. February 5, 2008 12:41 pm

    Chris, just tag random blogs. You don’t have to know the people. πŸ˜›

  8. February 5, 2008 1:23 pm

    Ok, mine’s done!

  9. February 5, 2008 5:21 pm

    I’ll do it soon…promise πŸ™‚

  10. February 5, 2008 6:31 pm

    That’s awesome! One of my other tagees used something from a book by obama that he is reading! You’d think it was a presidential election year or something. πŸ˜‰

  11. February 6, 2008 2:11 am

    Haha! You’re addicted to boring books too!

    I’m not tagging anyone, but I’ll post my sentences here:

    “His money should not be allowed to grow money as cabbage grows cabbage, or weeds grows weeds…. Such are the effects of wealth as now administered. They result not from property, but from robbery – they are not rights of property, but wrongs on industry – they spring from bad laws – from depraved institutions. These laws and these institutions, instead of protecting industry from dishonest cupidty, have utterly sacrificed the former to the latter.”

    pg. 123 from my copy of “The Communist Manifesto with Related Documents”. This excerpt is actually in the “related document” section. It’s from “Reason in History: A General Introduction to the Philosophy of History, 1837” by G.W.F. Hegel.

    What does “cupidty” mean???

  12. February 6, 2008 5:22 am

    Damn, I got the wrong page AND the wrong author. That’s what you get for blogging at 2 in the morning. My quote is from an article written by James Bronterre O’Brien in 1841 called “Private Property”.

    I still don’t know what cupidity means…

    No, YOU look it up.

  13. February 6, 2008 8:22 am

    cupidity: excessive desire to posses something; greed; avarice

    Thanks for participating, Duh. πŸ™‚

  14. February 7, 2008 2:36 pm

    I slept there for two or three nights, then he told me that the superintendent did not let strangers stay overnight. Joey, I had no more self-respect. And I lost more each time I went begging for a place to sleep.

    Displaced Persons: Growing Up American After the Holocaust by Joseph Berger

  15. February 7, 2008 3:16 pm

    Thanks for participating, pppj!

  16. February 9, 2008 9:44 am

    Good video, except for the advertisements for evil corporate/government misinformation depositories like Barnes and Nobles, Borders, and

    Instead of “The Communist Manifesto” vs. “Atlas Shrugged” we will have “It Takes a Village/Audacity of Hope” vs. “The Revolution.”

    I love the following quote, it says it all really:

    “Truth is Treason in the Empire of Lies”

  17. February 9, 2008 10:35 am

    I agree Johnny, if you can get books you are interested in from a local bookstore, you should. But in the case of a book by Ron Paul, it’s hard to know if a local bookstore will stock it. If I am going to reserve a copy of it in order to push it to a #1 debut, I will probably buy it over the internet from a big name bookstore. And I can get a copy for my library, while I’m at it. I hope he does well in his book sales. Just as I hope Ani DiFranco and other people I admire do well for themselves as capitalists. You can be anti-establishment and still understand the way capitalism, momentum, and spreading a revolutionary message benefits the leaders of the movements.

  18. February 9, 2008 11:18 am

    I agree that the ends justifies the means in that respect. The goal being to hit the NYT list hard and sustain that position through directly measurable Internet purchases.

    Funny you should mention Ani DiFranco. As someone who supported a Socialist (Kucinich) for his last two White House bids, she must be a self-loather for all of the wealth she has accrued. I am like you though, I admire anyone who uses their knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide for themselves. Leftists vote for candidates who would hinder other’s abilities to achieve economic security. The impose their will on others (i.e., confiscatory taxation) through the democratic process. It is the hypocrisy and inconsistency of these wealthy useful idiots (who no longer need free markets to amass their wealth) that I find comically disturbing.

  19. February 9, 2008 11:26 am

    I know! She sells T-shirts that say “ani fucking difranco” on her website and her tickets are sold through TicketMaster! I think it’s great that she’s successful, but I wasn’t convinced by her support of Kucinich. I was a Ron Paul supporter at the concert in Asheville where Kucinich spoke on stage. Don’t they realize they depend on the capitalist system that they shout down?

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