Monday, May 02, 2016

Cat Eating Chow

There are so many chows on death row, often because they hate cats.  The Mighty Quinn had a different view...



Lost II

"More people die every year as a result of the war against drugs than die from what we call, generically, overdosing. These fatalities include, perhaps most prominently, drug merchants who compete for commercial territory, but include also people who are robbed and killed by those desperate for money to buy the drug to which they have become addicted.
   
This is perhaps the moment to note that the pharmaceutical cost of cocaine and heroin is approximately 2 per cent of the street price of those drugs. Since a cocaine addict can spend as much as $1,000 per week to sustain his habit, he would need to come up with that $1,000. The approximate fencing cost of stolen goods is 80 per cent, so that to come up with $1,000 can require stealing $5,000 worth of jewels, cars, whatever. We can see that at free-market rates, $20 per week would provide the addict with the cocaine which, in this wartime drug situation, requires of him $1,000."

--William F. Buckley
Address to the New York Bar Association (Summer 1995); published in "The War On Drugs Is Lost" in National Review Vol. 48, No. 2 (February 12, 1996)

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Own

"Now what I contend is that my body is my own, at least I have always so regarded it. If I do harm through my experimenting with it, it is I who suffer, not the state."
--Mark Twain

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Wrong II

"We are not wrong, we are not wrong in what we are doing. If we are wrong, the Supreme Court of this nation is wrong. If we are wrong, the Constitution of the United States is wrong. And if we are wrong, God Almighty is wrong. If we are wrong, Jesus of Nazareth was merely a utopian dreamer that never came down to Earth. If we are wrong, justice is a lie, love has no meaning. And we are determined here in Montgomery to work and fight until 'justice runs down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream.'"
--Martin Luther King, Jr.
 Address to the first Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) Mass Meeting, at Holt Street Baptist Church (December 5, 1955).  "Justice runs down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream" is a quotation of Amos 5:24 in the Bible.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Dumbable

"If human beings weren’t ‘dumbable’ enough to be made soldiers, war would be nothing but an exchange of swear words between a handful of individuals."
--Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Normalize

"It takes a huge amount of culture to normalize 'crazy', and of course that's its main focus"
--Stefan Molyneux

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Decent III

"A person who says 'every person has a right to a decent education' may not actually mean 'people should be robbed to support bad schools' or 'all children should be forced into a prison-like building for 12 years'"
--Jeffrey Tucker

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Cheater

"Momma, a welfare cheater. A criminal who couldn't stand to see her kids go hungry, or grow up in slums and end up mugging people in dark corners. I guess the system didn't want her to get off relief, the way it kept sending social workers around to be sure Momma wasn't trying to make things better."
--Dick Gregory

Monday, April 25, 2016

Natural III

"Anything that is in the world when you're born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that's invented between when you're fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things."
--Douglas Adams
"The Salmon of Doubt : Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time" (2002)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Contemplative

"The national distrust of the contemplative temperament arises less from an innate Philistinism than from a suspicion of anything that cannot be counted, stuffed, framed or mounted over the fireplace in the den."
--Lewis H. Lapham

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Standardized

"I hate your city. It has standardized all the beauty out of life. It is one big railroad station — with all the people taking tickets for the best cemeteries."
--Sinclair Lewis
"Babbitt" (1922)

Friday, April 22, 2016

Clearing-Houses

"Today the courts are choked with lawsuits brought by people against the New King. When they sue each other as a result of an automobile accident they in fact sue the King, for both parties are likely insured. ... Steadily the courts have become clearing-houses for the insurance industry."
--Gerry Spence,
"From Freedom to Slavery : The Rebirth of Tyranny in America" (1996)
Ch. 6 : The New King : Tyranny of the Corporate Core, p. 91

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Panicked

"In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upwardly mobile--and the rest of us are fucked until we can put our acts together: not necessarily to win, but mainly to keep from losing completely. We owe that to ourselves and our crippled self-image as something better than a nation of panicked sheep."
--Hunter S. Thompson,
"The Great Shark Hunt", 1979

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Gulag

"No Gulag, evidently, can deter the advocates of state power from believing in their own virtue and in the morality of the power they exercise. We are all Hobbesians now. Virtue is presumed to reside in the state. Its reliance on compulsion is seen as fulfilling, not undermining, morality. Our communicators, oddly employed in the private sector, work tirelessly to ensure that state control is maintained, our taxes stay high, the official message is promoted. The people know, and can only know, a tiny fraction of what Leviathan does, and what they know is what these partisans tell them."
--Tom Bethel
Source: Freedom and Its Enemies, AMERICAN SPECTATOR, June, 1999 p. 19.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Protection II

"Freedom is not an ideal, it is not even a protection, if it means nothing more than freedom to stagnate, to live without dreams, to have no greater aim than a second car and another television set."
--Adlai Stevenson
"Putting First Things First", Foreign Affairs (January 1960)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Confinement

"A second major illusion on which the school system rests is that most learning is the result of teaching. Teaching, it is true, may contribute to certain kinds of learning under certain circumstances. But most people acquire most of their knowledge outside school, and in school only insofar as school, in a few rich countries, has become their place of confinement during an increasing part of their lives."
--Ivan Illich, "Deschooling Society"

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Rules II

9 Rules For Being Human [Handed Down From An Ancient Sanskrit]

1. You will receive a body.

You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire period this time around.


2. You will learn lessons.

You are enrolled in a full-time, informal school called life. Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or think them irrelevant and stupid.


3. There are no mistakes, only lessons.

Growth is a process of trial and error, experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiment that ultimately “works”.


4. A lesson is repeated until it is learned.

A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. Then you can go on to the next lesson.


5. Learning lessons does not end.

There is no part of life that does not contain its lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.


6. “There” is no better than “here”.

When your “there” has become a “here”, you will simply obtain another “there” that again, looks better than “here”.


7. Others are merely mirrors of you.

You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.


8. What you make of your life is up to you.

You have all the tools and resources you need; what you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.


9. The answers lie inside you.

The answers to life’s questions lie inside you. All you need to do is look, listen and trust.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Version

"Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies. Absolute power does corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed."
--Barry Goldwater
Acceptance Speech as the Republican Presidential candidate, San Francisco (July 1964)

Friday, April 15, 2016

Herd II

"Capital must protect itself in every way ...Debts must be collected and loans and mortgages foreclosed as soon as possible. When through a process of law the common people have lost their homes, they will be more tractable and more easily governed by the STRONG ARM OF THE LAW
(police) applied by the central power of leading financiers. People without homes will not quarrel with their leaders. This is well known among our principle men now engaged in forming an imperialism of capitalism to govern the world. By dividing the people we can get them to expend their energies in fighting over questions of no importance to us except as TEACHERS OF THE COMMON HERD."
--Civil Servants' Year Book January 1934
Source: Civil Servants' Year Book, "The Organizer"

Yes, there really is such a publication!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Service_Yearbook

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Confuted

"Those who claim to discover everything but produce no proofs of the same may be confuted as having actually pretended to discover the impossible."
--Archimedes of Syracuse

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Superficial II

"The difference between [socialism and fascism] is superficial and purely formal, but it is significant psychologically: it brings the authoritarian nature of a planned economy crudely into the open. The main characteristic of socialism (and of communism) is public ownership of the means of production, and, therefore, the abolition of private property. The right to property is the right of use and disposal. Under fascism, men retain the semblance or pretense of private property, but the government holds total power over its use and disposal."
--Ayn Rand
(1905-1982) Author
Source: “The Fascist New Frontier,” The Ayn Rand Column, p.98

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Deceive

"This is my perspective and has always been my perspective on life: I have a very grim, pessimistic view of it. I always have, since I was a little boy. It hasn’t gotten worse with age or anything. I do feel that it’s a grim, painful, nightmarish, meaningless experience, and that the only way that you can be happy is if you tell yourself some lies and deceive yourself."
--Woody Allen
Press conference for "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" at the Cannes Film Festival (2011).

Monday, April 11, 2016

Fully II

"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."
--Edward Abbey, "A Voice Crying In The Wilderness" (1989).

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Philosophy

"There is always a philosophy for lack of courage."
--Albert Camus

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Impactful

"Would you render the same level of support to someone who hadn't conscientiously objected, but rather instead rolled a grenade under their line officer in order to neutralize the combat capacity of their unit? … Conscientious objection removes a given piece of the cannon fodder from the fray; fragging an officer has a much more impactful effect."
--Ward Churchill
Denver Post (June 30, 2005) "CU prof defends military remarks" by Jim Kirksey and Amy Herdy;

Friday, April 08, 2016

Protect

"Shoot first and inquire afterwards, and if you make mistakes, I will protect you."
--Hermann Göring
Instruction to the Prussian police (1933); as quoted in "The House that Hitler Built" (1937) by Stephen Henry Roberts. p. 63

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Differences

"Whether we are Christians or Muslims or nationalists or agnostics or atheists, we must first learn to forget our differences. If we have differences, let us differ in the closet; when we come out in front, let us not have anything to argue about until we get finished arguing with the man."
--Malcolm X

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Heresies

"It is not merely that at present the rule of naked force obtains almost everywhere. Probably that has always been the case. Where this age differs from those immediately preceding it is that a liberal intelligentsia is lacking. Bully-worship, under various disguises, has become a universal religion, and such truisms as that a machine-gun is still a machine-gun even when a 'good' man is squeezing the trigger--and that in effect is what Mr Russell is saying--have turned into heresies which it is actually becoming dangerous to utter."

--George Orwell
Review of "Power: A New Social Analysis by Bertrand Russell" in The Adelphi (January 1939); 

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Absolute II

"Fascism conceives of the State as an absolute, in comparison with which all individuals or groups are relative, only to be conceived in their relation to the State."
--Benito Mussolini
(1883-1945), Italian dictator during WW2
Source: New York Times, January 11, 1935

Monday, April 04, 2016

Unique

"Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges; it should allow you to find values which will be your roadmap through life; it should make you spiritually rich, a person who loves whatever you are doing, wherever you are, whomever you are with; it should teach you what is important, how to live and how to die."
--John Taylor Gatto,
"Dumbing us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling"

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Home III

"Where is home? I've wondered where home is, and I realized, it's not Mars or someplace like that, it's Indianapolis when I was nine years old. I had a brother and a sister, a cat and a dog, and a mother and a father and uncles and aunts. And there's no way I can get there again."
--Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
As quoted in "The World according to Kurt" in Globe and Mail [Toronto] (October 11, 2005)

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Coherency

"I started reading SF when I was about twelve and I read all I could, so any author who was writing about that time, I read. But there's no doubt who got me off originally and that was A. E. van Vogt. There was in van Vogt's writing a mysterious quality, and this was especially true in The World of Null A. All the parts of that book did not add up; all the ingredients did not make a coherency. Now some people are put off by that. They think that's sloppy and wrong, but the thing that fascinated me so much was that this resembled reality more than anybody else's writing inside or outside science fiction...reality really is a mess, and yet it's exciting. The basic thing is, how frightened are you of chaos? And how happy are you with order? Van Vogt influenced me so much because he made me appreciate a mysterious chaotic quality in the universe which is not to be feared."
       
--Philip K. Dick, "Vertex Interviews Philip K. Dick" by Arthur Byron Cover, in Vertex, Vol. 1, no. 6 (February 1974)