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 It is the soldier, not the reporter,
 Who has given us freedom of the press.

 It is the soldier, not the poet,
 Who has given us freedom of speech.

 It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
 Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

 It is the soldier, who salutes the flag,
 Who serves beneath the flag,
 And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
 Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

 -- Father Dennis Edward O'Brian, USMC
 "There are 15 cabinet departments, nine of which control various aspects
of the U.S. economy. They are the Departments of:
Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services,
Education, Energy, Labor, Agriculture, Commerce, and Interior.
In addition, there is the alphabet soup cluster of federal agencies such as:
the IRS, the FRB and FDIC, the EPA, FDA, SEC, CFTC, NLRB, FTC, FCC,
Here's my question to you: Can one be sane and at the same time hold
that ours is an unregulated laissez-faire economy?
 Better yet, tell me what a businessman, or for that matter you,
can do that does not involve some kind of government regulation.
A businessman must seek government approval for the minutest detail
of his operation or face the wrath of some government agency,
whether it's at the federal, state or local level.
Just about everything we buy or use has some kind of government dictate
involved whether it's package labeling, how many gallons of water
to flush toilets or what pharmaceuticals can be prescribed.
You say, 'Williams, there's a reason for this government control.'
Yes, there's a reason for everything but that does not change
the fact that there is massive government control over our economy."
--Walter E. Williams
There are several good protections against temptation,
but the surest is cowardice.

- Mark Twain
Bro. Mike Vanderboegh

Gun Rights Evangelist to the Heathen Press
Sipsey Street Mission
PO Box 926
Pinson, AL 35126

Our Motto: "Saving Lives, One Ignorant Editorialist at a Time"
"A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device
to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie." -- Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
"If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed;
if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed."
--American author and humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Electricity is actually made up of extremely tiny particles called
electrons, that you cannot see with the naked eye unless you have been

- Dave Barry
It's something in liberals' DNA: They think they can pass a law eliminating guns and nuclear weapons, but teenagers having sex is completely beyond our control.  - Ann Coulter -
Australian View on Terrorist Interrogation
 T. B. Bechtel, a City Councillor from Newcastle, Australia, was asked on a local live radio talk show, just what he thought about the allegations of torture of suspected terrorists?  His reply prompted his ejection from the studio, but to thunderous applause from the audience.


"If hooking up one rag head terrorist prisoner's testicles to a car battery to get the truth out of the lying little camel shagger will save just one Australian life, then I have only three things to say: Red is positive, Black is negative, and make sure his nuts are wet."
If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn’t be called research, would it?
- Albert Einstein
Why We Miss Rodney Dangerfield

Because he said ...

My wife only has sex with me for a purpose. Last night she used me to time an egg.

It's tough to stay married. My wife kisses the dog on the lips, yet she won't drink from my glass!

Last night my wife met me at the front door. She was wearing a sexy negligee. The only trouble was, she was coming  home.

A girl phoned me and said, 'Come on over. There's nobody home.' I went over. Nobody was home!

A hooker once told me she had a headache!

If it weren't for pickpockets,  I'd have no sex life at all.

I was making love to this girl and she started crying I said, 'Are you going to hate yourself in the  morning?' She said, 'No, I hate myself now.'

My wife is such a bad cook, if we leave dental floss in the kitchen the roaches hang themselves.

I'm so ugly I stuck my head out the window and got arrested for mooning.

The other day I came home early and a guy was jogging, naked. I asked him, 'Why?'
He said, 'Because you came home early.'

My wife's such a bad cook, the dog begs for Alka-Seltzer.

I know I'm not sexy. When I put my underwear on I can hear the Fruit-of-the-Loom guys giggling.

My wife is such a bad cook, in my house we pray after the meal.

My wife likes to talk on the phone during sex; she called me from Chicago last night.

My family was so poor that if I hadn't been born a boy, I wouldn't have had anything to play with.
Of course, consider the alternative "Theory of Relativity"... where there's a will, there's relatives.
I am not young enough to know everything.
--Oscar Wilde
"I'm not a member of any organized political party, I'm a Democrat!"
-Will Rogers-
The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again invited readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.

Here are the winners:
1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.
2. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole.
3. Intaxicaton: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
4. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
5. Bozone ( n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
6. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.
7. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.
8. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
9. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
10. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)
11. Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.
12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
13. Glibido: All talk and no action.
14. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
15. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.
16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
17. Caterpallor ( n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you're eating.
>     The Washington Post has also published the winning submissions to its yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words.
>      And the winners are:

1. Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs.
2. Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled, by discovering how much weight one has gained.
3. Abdicate. To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
4 esplanade. To attempt an explanation while drunk.
5. Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent.
6. Negligent, adj. Absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.
7. Lymph. To walk with a lisp.
8. Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.
9. Flatulence, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a steamroller.
10. Balderdash, n. A rapidly receding hairline.
11. Testicle, n. A humorous question on an exam.
12. Rectitude, n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.
13. Pokemon, n. A Rastafarian proctologist.
14. Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.
15. Frisbeetarianism, n. The belief that, after death, the soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.
16. Circumvent, n. An opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.
Ronald Coase, Nobel Laureate in economics for 1991, once said:
"If we torture the data long enough, it will confess."
Albert Einstein used to say, "Not everything that can be counted counts,
and not everything that counts can be counted."
"Je suis la France" - Charles DeGaulle
"Anyone who clings to the historically untrue--and thoroughly immoral--doctrine
that 'violence never solves anything' I would advise to conjure up
the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Duke of Wellington and let them
debate it. The Ghost of Hitler could referee, and the jury might well be
the Dodo, the Great Auk, and the Passenger Pigeon. Violence, naked force,
has settled more disputes in history than has any other factor,
and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst.
Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives
and freedoms."

- Robert Heinlein, author
"War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things.
The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks
that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he
is willing to fight, nothing he cares about more than his personal safety;
is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free,
unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. "

- John Stuart Mill, English philosopher
"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong ! remedies."
-Groucho Marx
I believe that liberty is the only genuinely valuable thing that men have invented, at least in the field of government, in a thousand years. I believe that it is better to be free than to be not free, even when the former is dangerous and the latter safe. I believe that the finest qualities of man can flourish only in free air – that progress made under the shadow of the policeman's club is false progress, and of no permanent value. I believe that any man who takes the liberty of another into his keeping is bound to become a tyrant, and that any man who yields up his liberty, in however slight the measure, is bound to become a slave. -- H.L. Mencken
"The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so."
- Ronald Reagan

"We are a nation that has a government, not the other way around." -Ronald Reagan

    "man is not free unless government is limited.
There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable
as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts."
~ Ronald Reagan

"Republicans believe every day is 4th of July, but Democrats believe
every day is April 15."

Well I've said it before and I'll say it again - America's best days
are yet to come. Our proudest moments are yet to be. Our most glorious
achievements are just ahead.

Don't let anyone tell you that America's best days are behind her-that
the American spirit has been vanquished. We've seen a triumph too often
in our lives to stop believing in it now.
"Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force.
Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."   George Washington
I learned our government must be strong
It's always right and never wrong
Our leaders are the finest men
And so we elect them, again and again

That's what I learned in school today,
That's what I learned today.

-Chad Mitchell Trio-
"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out." - Coach John Wooden
"You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative
and independence.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them,
what they could and should do for themselves."
Abraham Lincoln
"I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy and I'm too old to take a beating."

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

There is no such thing as a good tax.

Some see private enterprise as a predatory target to be shot, others as a cow to be milked, but few are those who see it as a sturdy horse pulling the wagon.

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.

We contend that for a nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.

The problems of victory are more agreeable than the problems of defeat, but they are no less difficult.

From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I shall not put.

A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.

Bessie Braddock: "Sir, you are drunk."
Churchill: "Madam, you are ugly. In the morning, I shall be sober."

Nancy Astor: "Sir, if you were my husband, I would give you poison."
Churchill: "If I were your husband I would take it."

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.

Once in a while you will stumble upon the truth but most of us manage to pick ourselves up and hurry along as if nothing had happened.

If you are going to go through hell, keep going.

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.

If you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect for the law.

You can always count on Americans to do the right thing-after they’ve tried everything else.

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.

Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him out to the public.

The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.

A sheep in sheep’s clothing. (On Clement Atlee)

A modest man, who has much to be modest about. (On Clement Atlee)

I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the ordeal of meeting me is another matter.

The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.

Politics is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen.

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.

Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others.

The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong.

From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.
    -"The Sinews of Peace" speech, Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, March 5, 1945

If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favorable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.

Those who can win a war well can rarely make a good peace and those who could make a good peace would never have won the war.

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others.

The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult.

If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.

You ask, What is our policy? I will say; "It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy." You ask, What is our aim? I can answer with one word: Victory-victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.

We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and the oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.

Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fall, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science.
Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth lasts for a thousand years, men will still say, "This was their finest hour!"
- Sir Winston Churchill
"When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight,
it concentrates his mind woderfully." - Samuel Johnson
"Despite my privileged upbringing, I'm actually quite well-balanced. I have a chip on both shoulders."
-John Forbes Nash
            The President says we are not at war with Islam
None of the bombers have yet shouted,
"For King and Country",
or even,

They All have said,
"Allakhu Akhbar."

So, my position is that some unknown portion of Islam is at war with us.
Until a Muslim demonstrates non-membership in that group,
prudence dictates the presumption that roses have thorns.
Bart Bartholomew
I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself.
A bird will fall frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt
sorry for itself.
        D. H. Lawrence - English novelist (1885 - 1930)
-- On big government: "Freedom has ceased to be a birthright;
it has come to mean whatever we are still permitted to do."
Joe Sobran
Joseph Sobran quotes: 
The attempt to silence a man is the greatest honour you can bestow on him. It means that you recognise his superiority to yourself.

Tyranny seldom announces itself. ...In fact, a tyranny may exist without an individual tyrant. A whole government, even a democratically elected one, may be tyrannical.

The difference between a politician and a pickpocket is that the pickpocket doesn't get indignant when you tell him to keep his hands to himself.

At the end of a century that has seen the evils of communism, Nazism and other modern tyrannies, the impulse to centralize power remains amazingly persistent.

All in all, the framers would probably agree that it's better to impeach too often than too seldom. If presidents can't be virtuous, they should at least be nervous.

In 100 years we have gone from teaching Latin and Greek in high school to teaching Remedial English in college.

Most Americans aren't the sort of citizens the Founding Fathers expected; they are contented serfs. Far from being active critics of government, they assume that its might makes it right.

If you want government to intervene domestically, you're a liberal. If you want government to intervene overseas, you're conservative. If you want government to intervene everywhere, you're a moderate. If you don't want government to intervene anywhere, you're an extremist.

Politicians never accuse you of 'greed' for wanting other people's money --- only for wanting to keep your own money.

Can the real Constitution be restored? Probably not. Too many Americans depend on government money under programs the Constitution doesn't authorize, and money talks with an eloquence Shakespeare could only envy. Ignorant people don't understand The Federalist Papers, but they understand government checks with their names on them.

Liberals have a new wish every time their latest wish is granted. Conservatives should make them spell out their principles and ideals. Instead of doing this, conservatives allow liberals to pursue incremental goals without revealing their ultimate destination. So, thanks to the negligence of their opponents, liberals control the terms of every debate by always demanding 'more' while never defining 'enough.' The predictable result is that they always get more, and it's never enough.

If Communism was liberalism in a hurry, liberalism is Communism in slow motion.

Tried to teach patience to a 10-year-old girl
Handed her a rosebud, asking her if she wanted to see the open blossom.
She did, so I suggested that she open it with her fingers. She was horrified;
said that if we just put it in a glass of water & left it alone,
it would open by itself.

So how come a ten-year-old girl is smarter than the entire US government?
When will they learn to LEAVE THINGS ALONE?

"I suppose I could play their immature, unprofessional, waste-of-time game,
too, by claiming these reporters and politicos are homophobe, child molesting,
tax evading, anti-dentite, puppy-kicking, chain smoking porn producers
...really, they are... I've seen it myself...but I'll only give you the
information off-the-record, on deep, deep background; attribute these 'facts'
to an 'anonymous source' and I'll give you more."
- Sarah Palin, responding to an 'anonymous source'
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert,
in five years there'd be a shortage of sand."    

~ Milton Friedman
'The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to
take the civil service examination.'         

~ Ronald Reagan

"Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars."
Casey Kasem
Michelle Obama about what children should eat:
"We can't just leave it up to the parents."
When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as  Europe.
Thomas Jefferson

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
Thomas Jefferson

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes.  A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
Thomas Jefferson

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
Thomas Jefferson

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
Thomas Jefferson

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
Thomas Jefferson

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
Thomas Jefferson

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Thomas Jefferson

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
Thomas Jefferson


"The right of civilians in a free society to possess ‘military-looking,' or even actual military weapons, is essential if a monopoly of force is not to reside in the hands of government, where modern history shows the potential for far greater abuses and crimes exists than are possible for any deranged individual."

~U.S. v. Miller, 307 U.S. 174 (1939)

Hmnph. Assault weapons ban, you say? Er, ah... I think NOT.
"Grief is the price we pay for love." Queen Elizabeth II
Ted Nugent, rock star and avid bow hunter from Michigan , was being interviewed by a French journalist. The discussion came around to deer hunting.

The journalist asked,

Journalist: "What do you think is the last thought in the head of
a deer before you shoot him? Is it, 'Are you my friend?' or is it 'Are you the one who killed my brother?'"

Nugent: "Deer aren't capable of that kind of thinking. All they care
about is, 'What am I going to eat next?', 'Who am I going to screw next?', and, 'Can I run fast enough to get away?' They are very much like the French."

The interview ended at that point.

 The American Flag does not fly because the wind moves past it.

The American Flag flies from the last breath of each Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine and Coast Guardsman who has died protecting it.--unknown author

When, in the third quarter of the 20th Century, Zhou Enlai was asked if the French Revolution in the third quarter of the 18th century was a good thing, he answered: "It's too early to say."
Most people can't think, most of the remainder won't think, the small fraction
who do think mostly can't do it very well. The extremely tiny fraction who
think regularly, accurately, creatively, and without self-delusion – in the
long run, these are the only people who count. -Robert A. Heinlein
"the eternal social struggle is not between the capitalist and the worker, but
between those who contribute to the advancement of society (capitalists and
workers) and those who don't."
-Eric Rush
"Victory needs no explanation, it speaks for itself." - Adolf Hitler
"Allen West is a real rarity: A Republican man with as much testosterone as Republican women have." -Rush
A West Texas motto: Life's journey is not to
arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body but rather to skid
in sideways, totally worn out, shouting "holy sh!t...what a ride!"

May it be a light for you when all other lights go out
Predictions from the past

"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
    Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
    Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943

"I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year."
    The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957

"But what ... is it good for?"
    Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
    Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us."
    Western Union internal memo, 1876.

"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would payfor a message sent to nobody in particular?"
    David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s.

"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C,' the idea must be feasible."
    A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.

"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"
    H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.

"I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not Gary Cooper."
    Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in "Gone With The Wind."

"A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make."
    Response to Debbi Fields' idea of starting Mrs. Fields' Cookies.

"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out."
    Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.

"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible."
    Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.

"If I had thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can't do this."
    Spencer Silver on the work that led to the unique adhesives for 3-M "Post-It" Notepads.

"So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.'"
    Apple Computer Inc. founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari and H-P interested in his and Steve Wozniak's personal computer.

"Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools."
    1921 New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard's revolutionary rocket work.

"You want to have consistent and uniform muscle development across all of your muscles? It can't be done. It's just a fact of life. You just have to accept inconsistent muscle development as an unalterable condition of weight training."
    Response to Arthur Jones, who solved the "unsolvable" problem by inventing Nautilus.

"Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You're crazy."
    Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859.

"The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives."
    Admiral William Leahy, US Atomic Bomb Project.

"This fellow Charles Lindbergh will never make it. He's doomed."
    Harry Guggenheim, millionaire aviation enthusiast.

"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau."
    Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929.

"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value."
    Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.

"Man will never reach the moon regardless of all future scientific advances."
    Dr. Lee De Forest, inventor of the vacuum tube and father of television.

"Everything that can be invented has been invented."
    Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899.

"Louis Pastueur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction."
    Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872

"The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the instrusion of the wise and humane surgeon."
    Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon, appointed Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria, 1873

Note: I'm not the author, these tidbits were all forwarded to me via email. Where I know the author, it is given.
The From: header may be the author, or it may just be the person who forwarded it to me.
Feel free to contact me to claim authorship.

Doesn't know the meaning of the word "fear." (Doesn't know the meaning of many other words, either.)
Rattling around in the back of my head are about a billion funny little
memories, just waiting to bubble up at some provocation.

I was mopping my shop floor this afternoon.  I have my own mop bucket -- one of
those prox 8-gallon, yellow plastic jobs that has the basket and a handle for
squeezing out the mop.  My Wife gave it to me about a hundred years ago or so.

As I was mopping, I remembered when she gave it to me.
She was inordinately pleased with herself;
not many wives would give her husband his own mop bucket.

I asked, "What are the chances of getting you to use this?"

She flashed a smile and said, "Not good."

I laughed and said, "Yeah, asymptotically approaching zero."

She said, "What?," so I repeated it.  She said "What?" again.

Momentarily overcome by pedantry, I said, "Derives from asymptote."

She said, "What?," so I repeated it.

She frowned, then very carefully enunciating each syllable, she said,
"Ass-em-tote -- is that like portable nookie?"

Don't remember what I said then.
Don't even remember if I could say anything then.

Funny little memories that bubble up, sometimes.

Take care,


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