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If we were directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we would soon want for bread. – Thomas Jefferson
"There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism."
       Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)
       American politician and 26th President
       Campaign speech in New York City, October 12, 1915

I'm for truth, no matter who tells it.
I'm for justice, no matter who its for or against.
-Malcom X -
"There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the
power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals,
one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes
impossible for men to live without breaking laws."
- Ayn Rand
A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.

But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.

For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.

He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.
~ Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman Statesman, philosopher and orator (42 B.C)

The very young do not always do as they are told - The Nox
British major Bird, in a letter to his mother, wrote from the WW I Battle of Galipoli:
"...[we get our water] from a nasty well, which tastes as if it had a dead mule in it.
However, we are given purifying tablets which are ver good, and make the water taste
as if it had two dead mules in it."
The Military channel on DISH network is showing the battles of WWI - The Big One - The War to End All Wars.

British Major Bird, at the Battle of Galipoli, Turkey, wrote to his mother:
"...[We get our water] from a nasty well, which tastes as if it had a dead mule in it.
However, we are given purifying tablets which are very good, and make the water taste as if it had two dead mules in it."

I lived in Turkey, and possibly we got our water from that same well.  We had better tablets, however.  When we ran out of
tablets, we put three drops of Clorox into one gallon of water.  My bride once made the mistake of putting 4 drops of Clorox
into the gallon.  It bleached all to color out of the Kool Aid,
which was our only distraction from the taste.  It did seem to make the back of your throat seem kind of hot.

There are many variations of this, written to the meter of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star:

Starkle starkle little twink,
Who the Hell are you I think,
I'm not under what you call,
the alcofluence of incohol.
I'm just a little slort of sheep,
I'm not drunk like thinkle peep.
I don't know who is me yet,
but the drunker I stay the longer I get.
So one more drink to fill up my cup,
I got all day sober to Sunday up.

Author: Anonymous.

The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotton.
"It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones."
"Never pass up a chance to keep your mouth shut."
"Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong."

Calvin Coolidge 30th president of US (1872 - 1933)
"There exists a law, not written down anywhere, but inborn in our hearts, a law which comes to us not by training or custom or reading, a law which has come to us not from theory but from practice, not by instruction but by natural intuition. I refer to the law which lays down that, if our lives are endangered by plots or violence or armed robbers or enemies, any and every method of protecting ourselves is morally right."

-Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC)

Roman emperors were fond of issuing decrees to have their own statues placed in every temple in their domain; however, they had  always made an exception for the temple in Jerusalem -- it was excluded from the decrees.  That continued to be the practice until Emperor Gaius, also known affectionately as Caligula, issued his decree.  He did not make an exception for Jerusalem, and, in fact, specifically refused to so do when advised by his advisors.

The regional commander in charge of Jerusalem was disturbed by the decree and considered it a very bad idea.  Of course, he could not disobey the order, so he decided to think about it and request clarification.

While he was thinking about it, and before he ever had to act on his orders, Gaius, aka Caligula, was assassinated by his own Praetorian Guard.

'Probly just a coincidence.

There's an old story about Alexander
Seems he'd just conquered Jerusalem & environs, & the local high priest came out to meet him, & asked what he could do for the new guy. A. said he'd like a humongous statue of himself. Said the priest, we can't do that, Boss; we're Jews. We don't do graven images, but tell you what I'm gonna do. For two years (May have been more, may have been less, I wasn't there.) Every baby boy born in Jerusalem will be named Alexander. The guy liked the idea, & ever since, Alexander's been a popular name among Jews.

My half-breed grandpa was named Alexander, but he was about as hard-shell Baptist as people get, outside of a psych ward. I learned what "Sheeny" meant when he called me one. I responded that I'd rather be a Jew than a Baptist any day. He never did like me after that.

His problem. I'm happy being me.

"People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them."
- Eric Hoffer

"The Jews are a peculiar people: Things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews.

Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people, and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it. Poland and Czechoslovakia did it.Turkey threw out a million Greeks and Algeria a million Frenchmen. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese--and no one says a word about refugees.

But in the case of Israel, the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single Arab. Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis. Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms. But when Israel is victorious it must sue for peace.

Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world."
- Eric Hoffer

"An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head."
- Eric Hoffer

"A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people's business."
- Eric Hoffer

"It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities.
- Eric Hoffer

You've got to be taught
To hate and fear
You've got to be taught
From year to Year
It's got to be drummed
in your dear little ear
You've got to be carefully taught

You've got to be taught
To be Afraid
Of people whose eyes
are oddly made
And people whose skin
Is a different shade
You've got to be carefully taught

You've got to be taught
Before it's too late
Before you are 6 or 7 or 8
To hate all the people
your relatives hate
You've got to be carefully taught

"Nonsense so great only an intellectual could believe it." George Orwell
I'm proud to pay taxes in the United States; the only thing is,
I could be just as proud for half the money.
Arthur Godfrey
As Mike Tyson famously observed,
"everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face."
Then the panic sets in.
Sowell, Thomas (2010-12-28). Basic Economics 4th Ed (p. 626). Kindle Edition.

However tedious the students of a later time might find the process of rigorous definition,
the history of economics, and of other fields, makes painfully clear the confusing
consequences of trying to discuss substantive issues without having clear-cut terms
that mean the same thing to all those who use those terms.
"Can you cite one speck of hard evidence of the benefits of "diversity" that we
have heard gushed about for years? Evidence of its harm can be seen
- written in blood - from Iraq to India, from Serbia to Sudan, from Fiji
to the Philippines. It is scary how easily so many people can be
brainwashed by sheer repetition of a word."
"It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.

"Since this is an era when many people are concerned about 'fairness' and 'social justice,' what is your 'fair share' of what someone else has worked for?

"There are few talents more richly rewarded with both wealth and power, in countries around the world, than the ability to convince backward people that their problems are caused by other people.

"No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems — of which getting elected and re-elected are number one and number two. Whatever is number three is far behind.

"The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics."

¯ Thomas Sowell

I don’t carry a gun to kill people; I carry a gun to keep from being killed.

I don’t carry a gun to scare people; I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m paranoid; I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m evil; I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world.

I don’t carry a gun because I hate the government; I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m angry: I carry a gun so that I don’t have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.

I don’t carry a gun because I want to shoot someone; I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m a cowboy: I carry a gun because, when I die and go to heaven, I want to be a cowboy.

I don’t carry a gun to make me feel like a man; I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.

I don’t carry a gun because I feel inadequate; I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.

I don’t carry a gun because I love it; I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.

Police protection is an oxymoron; free citizens must protect themselves. Police do not protect you from crime, they usually just investigate the crime after it happens and then call someone in to clean up the mess. Personally, I carry a gun because I’m too young to die and too old to take an ass-whippin’.

Arguing with liberals is like playing chess with a pigeon;
no matter how good I am at chess, the pigeon is just going to knock out the
pieces, crap on the board, and strut around like it is victorious."

 Thomas Jefferson:

    [A] wise and frugal government... shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.  This is the sum of good government.

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

"It doesn't matter where you come from,
It matters where you are going."
Condoleeza Rice
"...Like trying to sail a ship
on yesteray's wind."
Paul Ryan
"En America, todo es posible!"
Suzana Martinez, governor of New Mexico, 2012
"Today is a good day for America, but better days are ahead."
Mitt Romney
"I won't give or ask for help."
-Howard Rourk, The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand, 1949
"The President has kept all of the promises he intended to keep."
George Stephanopolis speaking about Bill Clinton
"That it is better that 100 guilty persons should escape than that
one innocent person should suffer,
is a maxim that has been long and generally approved."
Benjamin Franklin
Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy.
The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe.
Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.
-Ayn Rand-
"Lies, damned lies, and statistics"
- Mark Twain -
A chip on the shoulder gets heavy after a while.
"One of the penalties of not participating in politics is that you will be governed by your inferiors."
"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money".
-- Margaret Thatcher
Josiah Charles Stamp, 1st Baron Stamp, Bt, GCB, GBE, FBA, (21 June 1880 - 16 April 1941) was a British civil servant, industrialist, economist, statistician, writer, and banker. He was a director of the Bank of England and chairman of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway.

A well known quote from Stamp (often referred to as Stamp's Law) is:

    "The government are very keen on amassing statistics. They collect them, add them, raise them to the nth power, take the cube root and prepare wonderful diagrams. But you must never forget that every one of these figures comes in the first instance from the chowky dar (village watchman in India), who just puts down what he damn pleases." (Stamp recounting a story from Harold Cox who quotes an anonymous English judge).

Another quote often attributed to Stamp is:

    "Banking was conceived in iniquity and was born in sin. The bankers own the earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create money, and with the flick of the pen they will create enough deposits to buy it back again. However, take away from them the power to create money and all the great fortunes like mine will disappear and they ought to disappear, for this would be a happier and better world to live in. But, if you wish to remain the slaves of bankers and pay the cost of your own slavery, let them continue to create money." (Said to be from an informal talk at the University of Texas in the 1920s, but as yet unverified.)
After the Revolutionary War, England was in deep financial trouble.  William Pitt, the Younger, was made Prime Minister to fix the problem.  At the time, the customs duties on tea were over 100%, which encouraged smuggling.  Pitt reduced the rate to around 20%, and the revenue doubled.  Smuggling was no longer profitable, so all the tea came in legally.
-Russ Walden
    If you put the Federal Government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there would be a shortage of sand." - Milton Friedman
    "I need a job. My family can’t eat healthcare."
    "I’d rather be a conservative nut job than a liberal with no nuts and no job."
    "Romney can tell us when he left Bain Capital when Obama tells us when he left Kenya."
    "He that is good at making excuses is seldom good for anything else." -Benjamin Franklin
    "Where’s my free $hit?!"
    "Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy. Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." -Winston Churchill
    "INTAXICATION:  The nice feeling you receive a tax refund until you realize it was your own money in the first place."
    "Romney supporters sign their checks on the front while Obama supporters sign their checks on the back."
    "If you can afford beer, wine, drugs, cigarettes, manicures, and tattoos, you don’t need food stamps or welfare.
    "Can a people tax themselves into prosperity? Can a man stand in a bucket and lift himself up by the handle?"
    "We should measure the success of government programs by how many people leave them not how many people are added to them."
    "When the government fears the people, there is freedom. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.: - Thomas Jefferson
"For too long in this society we have celebrated
unrestrained individualism over the common community."
Vice President Joseph Biden
"We must abolish the cult of the individual decisively, once and for all."
"We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for society."
Nikita Khrushev
"The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot
 claim to be defenders of minorities."
-Ayn Rand
"There is the great, silent, continuous struggle: the struggle between the State and the Individual; between the State, which demands, and the individual, who attempts to evade such demands."
Benito Mussolini
Speaking of Barbara Streisand, Cap't Scurvey of RightMinds said,
"I Forget -
Was she the one that was named after bullshit, or was it the other way around?"
"the absence of evidence is not evidence of absences."
"you don't need to eat a whole egg to know that it is rotten." -unknown-
"All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust." - Peter Pan
A quote to ponder:
 "As I have grown older, I've learned that pleasing everyone is impossible,
 but pissing everyone a piece of cake!
"I shall never fight in the armed forces with a negro by my side ... Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds."
—(The late Senator) Robert C. Byrd, in a letter to Sen. Theodore Bilbo (D-MS), 1944

"The only time you can't afford to fail is the last time you try."   -- Charles Kettering

"Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense." -- Winston Churchill, Harrow School, 1941

"Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything." -- Joseph Stalin
Is Phil Simms a possible replacement for Yogi Berra?

Perhaps it's time to replace Baseball as the only source of sportscasters
as producers of interesting descriptions.

Demonstrating his keen grasp of English verb tenses,
"If he has time, it's gonna be a touchdown."
This was observed after a rushed QB caused an incomplete pass.

Showing his awareness of statistics,
"One more sack and that'll be a career high."

Both of these colloquialisms came from the same game.

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather, we should thank God that such men lived." - U.S. Maj. General George S. Patton

Some think Michell Malkin is a bit abrasive at times.  So is diamond dust.
"The more we try not to kill civilians,
 the more civilians we are forced to kill.

 That is the equal and opposite reaction of the humanitarian formula."
The single thing that these idiots stubbornly refuse to recognize
 that you can't defeat Natural Law.

The Wilsonian/progressive impulse to insist that 'enlightened' men are superior
 to Natural Law, and that the Constitution that guarantees the sovereignty
 of the individual is antiquated and must be eliminated,
 is at the bottom of every bit of nonsense we are presently experiencing.

Oh, war is the answer alright - because these malfeasants WILL NOT accept
 that which they can't really deny.
 They therefore must be crushed, thoroughly and absolutely.


Any dog wants, more than anything, the [anything] that some other dog has.
Seems to work for Arabs, too.
Today, while making my way through a supermarket parking lot, I nearly got clipped when I didnÆt hear a car backing out from its space. I assume it was one of those silent hybrids. Once I got done thanking God for providing me with my cat-like reflexes, it occurred to me to wonder why every vehicle doesn't come equipped with those back-up beepers one finds on trucks.

That, in turn, reminded me that a friend recently informed me that she and her husband had just purchased a hybrid and that it ran as silent as a tomb. When I commented that such cars must be particularly dangerous for blind people, she said, "Well, they shouldn't be driving in the first place."

It's not often these days that I laugh out loud except at my own remarks, but that one got a full-fledged chuckle. This being the season for gift-giving, and few gifts being as precious or as inexpensive as laughter, I will take this opportunity to share a number of time-honored witticisms which should at least warrant a grin, if not necessarily a guffaw.

Among Mark Twain's numerous sage observations: "If you don't read the newspaper, you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed." "No man's life, liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session." "The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin." "There is no distinctly Native American criminal class save Congress." And, my personal favorite, "Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in."

"Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."  -- Mark Twain, aka Samuel Clemens

"You didn't build that." -- You Know Who

Winston Churchill, when he wasn't otherwise occupied trying to warn the world about Hitler and Stalin, and doing what he could to defeat both, found the time to declare "For a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handleö and ôThe inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings, while the inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery."

George Bernard Shaw, although an avowed Socialist, was bright enough to acknowledge "A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul."

G. Gordon Liddy, probably the only person to emerge from the Watergate scandal with his manhood intact, described a liberal as "someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money."

Douglas Casey, an economics guru and one-time college classmate of Bill Clinton, described foreign aid as "a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries."

P.J. O'Rourke, the American who's probably done the most to promote the cause of booze, cigars and political cynicism, is the fellow who said "Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys" and "If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when itÆs free!"

Ronald Reagan, the last first-rate president weÆve had and very possibly, at the rate we're going, the last one we'll ever have, wasn't called the Great Communicator for nothing. Among his many memorable comments: "Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." And the even more graphic "The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other."

It was Thomas Jefferson who warned that "A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have," while it was Pericles who, nearly 2500 years ago, uttered these rather blood-chilling words: "Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics wonÆt take an interest in you."

But you needn't go back quite that far for honest, pithy words of wisdom. It was Steve Downs, of Wisconsin, who, in a recent e-mail to Townhall magazine, struck a resounding blow against the corrupting influence of politically correct speech when he insisted that "Words have meanings! Calling an illegal alien an 'undocumented worker' is like calling a drug dealer an 'unlicensed pharmacist.'"


No matter how disastrously some policy has turned out, anyone who criticizes it can expect to hear: “But what would you replace it with?” When you put out a fire, what do you replace it with?

It is bad enough that so many people believe things without any evidence. What is worse is that some people have no conception of evidence and regard facts as just someone else’s opinion.

Mystical references to “society” and its programs to “help” may warm the hearts of the gullible but what it really means is putting more power in the hands of bureaucrats.

The most basic question is not what is best but who shall decide what is best.

What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don’t like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don’t expect freedom to survive very long.

          The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it.
          The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.

Many bad policies are simply good policies taken too far.

Someone once said that many bad policies are just good policies that have been carried too far. For example, we have taken tolerance to such an extreme that we tolerate the immigration into our country of millions of intolerant people who hate millions of Americans who are already here.

Big business executives across the country are coming up with literally hundreds of millions of dollars of their own money to pay for low-income youngsters to attend private schools. But this doesn’t fit the media’s vision, so it isn’t called “compassion” and often it isn’t even considered to be news worth reporting.

Assumptions of being more concerned, caring and compassionate than their opponents can be found on the left from Godwin and Condorcet in the 18th century to a whole galaxy of liberal-left journalists, academics, organizations, and movements today. But there were no such assumptions in the writings of Adam Smith in the 18th century or in those of Milton Friedman today. It was enough for them to say that their opponents were mistaken and their policies harmful—and why.

It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.

If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.

One of the most fashionable notions of our times is that social problems like poverty and oppression breed wars. Most wars, however, are started by well-fed people with time on their hands to dream up half-baked ideologies or grandiose ambitions, and to nurse real or imagined grievances. <cough Bush and Saddam>

What is history but the story of how politicians have squandered the blood and treasure of the human race.

The assumption that spending more of the taxpayers’ money will make things better has survived all kinds of evidence that it has made things worse. The black family—which survived slavery, discrimination, poverty, wars and depressions—began to come apart as the federal government moved in with its well-financed programs to “help.”

What “multiculturalism” boils down to is that you can praise any culture in the world except Western culture—and you cannot blame any culture in the world except Western culture.

Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.

Not since Ronald Reagan has a man who was supposed to be so dumb kept beating people who were supposed to be so smart.

Nothing as mundane as mere evidence can be allowed to threaten a vision so deeply satisfying.

...each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late.

Implicit in the activist conception of government is the assumption that you can take the good things in a complex system for granted, and just improve the things that are not so good. What is lacking in this conception is any sense that a society, an institution, or even a single human being, is an intricate system of fragile inter-relationships, whose complexities are little understood and easily destabilized.

American prosperity and American free enterprise are both highly unusual in the world, and we should not overlook the possibility that the two are connected.

The desire of businessmen for profits is what drives prices down unless forcibly prevented from engaging in price competition, usually by governmental activity.

What is politically defined as economic “planning” is the forcible superseding of other people's plans by government officials.

It is precisely those things which belong to “the people” which have historically been despoiled—wild creatures, the air, and waterways being notable examples. This goes to the heart of why property rights are socially important in the first place. Property rights mean self-interested monitors. No owned creatures are in danger of extinction. No owned forests are in danger of being leveled. No one kills the goose that lays the golden egg when it is his goose.

Envy plus rhetoric equals “social justice.”

If you have ever seen a four-year-old trying to lord it over a two-year-old, then you know what the basic problem of human nature is—and why government keeps growing larger and ever more intrusive.

Those things that help human beings be independent and self-reliant—whether automobiles, guns, the free market, or vouchers—provoke instant hostility from the anointed.

The welfare state is not really about the welfare of the masses. It is about the egos of the elites.

Anyone who is serious about extending the same benefits to others must become serious about developing the same abilities in others—that is, raising them up to the same standards, not bringing the standards down to them.

Some of the most popular words and phrases in politics are undefined and undefinable. That is what makes them popular and what makes them politically effective in rallying support. People who mean wholly different things by “fairness” or “social justice” can be brought together by politicians to serve their own ends.

This must be the golden age of presumptuous ignorance.

When you see a four-year-old bossing a two-year-old, you are seeing the fundamental problem of the human race—and the reason so many idealistic political movements for a better world have ended in mass-murdering dictatorships. Giving leaders enough power to create “social justice” is giving them enough power to destroy all justice, all freedom, and all human dignity.

Most people who read “The Communist Manifesto” probably have no idea that it was written by a couple of young men who had never worked a day in their lives, and who nevertheless spoke boldly in the name of “the workers.” Similar offspring of inherited wealth have repeatedly provided the leadership of radical movements, with similar pretenses of speaking for “the people.”

As a rule of thumb, Congressional legislation that is bipartisan is usually twice as bad as legislation that is partisan.

Whenever people talk glibly of a need to achieve educational “excellence,” I think of what an improvement it would be if our public schools could just achieve mediocrity.

Usually activists have neither practical experience nor economic literacy, so they go around blithely creating huge costs for those who have to work for a living and those who employ them. Not only businesses but Californians as a whole end up paying a staggering price so that a relative handful of people who are a drain on society can feel superior to those who contribute to it.

Activism is a way for useless people to feel important, even if the consequences of their activism are counterproductive for those they claim to be helping and damaging to the fabric of society as a whole.

There are few talents more richly rewarded with both wealth and power, in countries around the world, than the ability to convince backward people that their problems are caused by other people who are more advanced.

The fraudulence of the left’s concern about poverty is exposed by their utter lack of interest in ways of increasing the nation’s wealth. Wealth is the only thing that can cure poverty. The reason there is less poverty today is not because the poor got a bigger slice of the pie but because the whole pie got a lot bigger—no thanks to the left.

I am still trying to figure out how I am any worse off if Rush Limbaugh takes painkillers or Martha Stewart gets an inside tip.

The essence of bigotry is denying other people the same free choices you have. Many of those who call themselves environmentalists could more accurately be called green bigots.

Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good.

-Thomas Sowell-
"Whether you think that you can,
or that you can't,
you are usually right."
- Henry Ford
America will always be the best country in the world but,
in this world gone mad, that's like being valedictorian in summer school.
 - Dennis Miller
"If I’d known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself."
- Eubie Blake
"Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent."
Adam Smith

His party was the Brotherhood of Brothers,
and there were more of them than of the others.
That is, they constituted that minority
which formed the greater part of the majority.
Within the party, he was of the faction
that was supported by the greater fraction.
And in each group, within each group, he sought
the group that could command the most support.
The final group had finally elected
a triumvirate whom they all respected.
Now, of these three, two had final word,
because the two could overrule the third.
One of these two was relatively weak,
so one alone stood at the final peak.
He was: THE GREATER NUMBER of the pair
which formed the most part of the three that were
elected by the most of those whose boast
it was to represent the most of the most
of most of most of the entire state --
or of the most of it at any rate.
He never gave himself a moment's slumber
but sought the welfare of the greater number.
And all people, everywhere they went,
knew to their cost exactly what it meant
to be dictated to by the majority.
But that meant nothing, -- they were the minority.

If you want total security,
go to prison.  There you're fed,
clothed, given medical care,
and so on.
The only thing lacking...
is freedom.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower
There’s a story told about a Paris chief of police who was called to a department store to stop a burglary in progress. Upon his arrival, he reconnoitered the situation and ordered his men to surround the entrances of the building next door. When questioned about his actions, he replied that he didn’t have enough men to cover the department store’s many entrances but he did have enough for the building next door.
-Walter E. Williams
"A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth" -- A. Einstein
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? is a Latin phrase traditionally attributed to the Roman poet Juvenal from his Satires (Satire VI, lines 347–8), which is literally translated as "Who will guard the guards themselves?" Also sometimes rendered as "Who watches the watchmen?"
“Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die. ”
¯ Carrie Fisher

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