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(10,237 posts)
Fri Mar 30, 2012, 09:32 AM Mar 2012

I must have been feeling masochistic this AM but not TOO much.

I've always believed in knowing what the other side does and says, so I very occasionally listen to rush limbooger at time when I know I'll be able to get to a shower quickly. I've also suffered through many a republican national convention.

The reason I'm saying that I was feeling masochistic today is that I decided to watch "atlas shrugged" on Netflix streaming. I know that ayn rand is the "inspiration" for much of what passes for thought among the modern right wing. I can't really bear the thought of going to the library (because I'd never spend any of my very little money on her) and spending deveral days reading her drivel, so I thought that a little more than an hour and a half of watching the movie wouldn't hurt.

BOY HOWDY was I wrong!

After an hour of watching the "heroes" of this piece of wasted celluliod, I learned that the "all for me and my company" belief is good, the idea of helping others makes you a wimp, and that I DON'T CARE who john galt is. For one of the few times in my life, I turned a movie off not just because it was bad, but because it was downright PAINFUL!

And this was only part one. Jeeezis!

If I recall correctly, this crap didn't make enough money to justify part two even being made. More than likely however, given the fanaticism of the right of 2012, it will be made just so thousands of right wingers can have the entire "epic" prominently displayed on their DVD shelves. If they weren't so damn stupid and driven by their twisted soft headed notions, I'd say "poor bastards".

The poor bastards, however, are those like me who attempt to sit through it or, even worse, the ones who force themselves to finish it.

Poor bastards!


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I must have been feeling masochistic this AM but not TOO much. (Original Post) MarianJack Mar 2012 OP
Consider yourself lucky Cirque du So-What Mar 2012 #1
OUCH! MarianJack Mar 2012 #2
The folly of yoot Cirque du So-What Mar 2012 #9
On my high school class' facebook page,... MarianJack Mar 2012 #10
The last tome I tortured myself with peace frog Mar 2012 #3
I love classic literature! MarianJack Mar 2012 #11
Knowing your enemy well lunatica Mar 2012 #4
+1 Bluerthanblue Mar 2012 #6
I get the impression from the movie... MarianJack Mar 2012 #12
it's awful, isn't it? justabob Mar 2012 #5
Just out of morbid curiousity,... MarianJack Mar 2012 #13
. justabob Mar 2012 #26
I'm glad you're doing the research and not me! gateley Mar 2012 #7
It sure felt like combat! MarianJack Mar 2012 #14
You don't have to borrow from the library or even put down $.25 at a second-hand book store ... zbdent Mar 2012 #8
You don't mind if I trade Pepsi for coffee, do you? MarianJack Mar 2012 #15
I'm a Diet Dew person, myself ... zbdent Mar 2012 #16
I can't do diet sodas. MarianJack Mar 2012 #21
What a garbled mess. raouldukelives Mar 2012 #17
Huge mess! MarianJack Mar 2012 #22
I've never read it or watched the frogmarch Mar 2012 #18
No bet. MarianJack Mar 2012 #23
Who is John Galt? Generic Other Mar 2012 #19
Thank you. MarianJack Mar 2012 #24
So I was lookin' for a job Mopar151 Mar 2012 #20
I've been looking for a job for 10 months. MarianJack Mar 2012 #25

Cirque du So-What

(25,910 posts)
1. Consider yourself lucky
Fri Mar 30, 2012, 09:35 AM
Mar 2012

Back in my yoot, my masochistic streak compelled me to actually read every last bit of that dreck. The Fountainhead too. Fortunately, it didn't 'take.'

Cirque du So-What

(25,910 posts)
9. The folly of yoot
Fri Mar 30, 2012, 10:31 AM
Mar 2012

The books were recommended to me by an acquaintance, who bought into that horrible woman's screed hook, line & sinker. I was not taken in by her philosophy of greed, and after I told the guy I was unimpressed, we pretty much didn't talk any more. I heard later that he was sinking all his cash into Scientology 'auditing' classes.


(10,237 posts)
10. On my high school class' facebook page,...
Fri Mar 30, 2012, 10:35 AM
Mar 2012

...I saw that one of the girls on whom I had an enormous crush is a big fan of rand's. Thank goodness I never asked her out!


peace frog

(5,609 posts)
3. The last tome I tortured myself with
Fri Mar 30, 2012, 09:46 AM
Mar 2012

was Moby Dick, and only because we read it aloud in my high school American Lit class.
I stay well away from long-winded RW rants,,,bite-sized chunks of that stuff are as much as I can stomach.


(10,237 posts)
11. I love classic literature!
Fri Mar 30, 2012, 10:38 AM
Mar 2012

Remember English lit clas? Remember how whenever the class read Dickens, Austen, Hardy, Shakespere, etc, there was always one obnoxious kid who actally liked it? That obnoxious kid was me!

That being said, I HATED "Moby Dick"!



(53,410 posts)
4. Knowing your enemy well
Fri Mar 30, 2012, 09:50 AM
Mar 2012

is more than half the battle. So kudos for trying, and you did come away with some valuable insight.

I tried reading Ayn Rand and simply abandoned it before the end. It was stupid and a waste of time.


(10,237 posts)
12. I get the impression from the movie...
Fri Mar 30, 2012, 10:41 AM
Mar 2012

...that I'd know everything I needed to know about her books at around page 42. I'd need a barf bag around then. If I bought one of her books It'd be the most expensive roll of toilet paper ever.



(3,069 posts)
5. it's awful, isn't it?
Fri Mar 30, 2012, 09:59 AM
Mar 2012

I reread Atlas Shrugged a few years ago. I had a similar experience with the book as you had with the movie. I did struggle through to the end, but it was hard. I do kinda wish all the folks who hold this vision would 'go galt' and leave the rest of us alone to "suffer" their absence. You know?


(62,683 posts)
7. I'm glad you're doing the research and not me!
Fri Mar 30, 2012, 10:18 AM
Mar 2012

Thanks for your combat duty! I don't even think this was a hit with the RW whacks, was it?


(10,237 posts)
14. It sure felt like combat!
Fri Mar 30, 2012, 10:44 AM
Mar 2012

I think this movie was an across the board failure. Kinda like rightist policies overall.



(35,392 posts)
8. You don't have to borrow from the library or even put down $.25 at a second-hand book store ...
Fri Mar 30, 2012, 10:22 AM
Mar 2012

just tell a TEA Party member that you would like to read it. They'll either lend you theirs, or buy you one.

Just drink lots of coffee and take plenty of No-Doz during the 200 page monologue ...


(10,237 posts)
15. You don't mind if I trade Pepsi for coffee, do you?
Fri Mar 30, 2012, 10:47 AM
Mar 2012

I've never been a "hot liquid' person and I'd still get the caffine.

Thanks for your advice. Teabaggers are so stupid that they'd probably start boasting of having converted me.



(35,392 posts)
16. I'm a Diet Dew person, myself ...
Fri Mar 30, 2012, 10:50 AM
Mar 2012

(Diet since being diagnosed type 2 adult onset diabetic).

And you probably will face a TON of militant Coke fans for expressing a preference.


(5,178 posts)
17. What a garbled mess.
Fri Mar 30, 2012, 10:50 AM
Mar 2012

My sister got it from Netflix and asked me if I wanted to see it. She had no clue, just a new release. So what the heck I figured.
I had a difficult time with it to say the least. From what I could gather they wanted to upgrade an old railroad but there were no companies who still made engines for the trains so they had to make them themselves. Luckily for them however when it came to replacing all the rail lines there were still companies making the machines that laid the tracks which was odd considering nobody still made trains or train engines. I admit I know very little about the choo-choo industry.


(12,153 posts)
18. I've never read it or watched the
Fri Mar 30, 2012, 10:51 AM
Mar 2012

movie, but I once looked it up at Wiki. Does that count, sorta?

I'll bet that a lot of right-wingers and Libertarians who claim to be Ayn Rand fans haven't read it either.

Generic Other

(28,979 posts)
19. Who is John Galt?
Fri Mar 30, 2012, 10:52 AM
Mar 2012

Someone so incredibly above the rest of us that he had the right to command we bow at the altar of his greatness? Sheesh. The woman had no grasp of the Greek concept of hero. Such a "hero" would be lying in a bloody heap by the end of any Greek tragedy brought down by his own great hubris and flawed character.

Even in real life such beings are brought to their knees. No man is a god. But lots of them are little boys.


(9,975 posts)
20. So I was lookin' for a job
Fri Mar 30, 2012, 10:54 AM
Mar 2012

Applied to an agency posting - for "John Galt Staffing". No foolin', total waste of a day, gas, and parking. And like other agencies, I spend half the interview explaining the intracies of my trade to the interviewer, and decoding the original job order. I had to sort out another one for these goobers, on account of they took a client posting without a clue about qualifications.

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