Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Tuesday, August 19, 2014


"Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."
--James Madison, Political Observations, Apr. 20, 1795 in: Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, vol. 4, p. 491 (1865)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Necessity III

"And with necessity, The tyrant's plea, excused his devilish deeds."
--Thomas Middleton

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Institutions II

"For there is another kind of violence, slower but just as deadly destructive as the shot or the bomb in the night. This is the violence of institutions; indifference and inaction and slow decay. This is the violence that afflicts the poor, that poisons relations between men because their skin has different colors. This is the slow destruction of a child by hunger, and schools without books and homes without heat in the winter. This is the breaking of a man's spirit by denying him the chance to stand as a father and as a man among other men. And this too afflicts us all."
--Robert F. Kennedy, April 5, 1968

Saturday, August 16, 2014


"The liberty of the Press is called the Palladium of Freedom, which means, in these days, the liberty of being deceived, swindled, and humbugged by the Press and paying hugely for the deception."
--Mark Twain, 1870

Friday, August 15, 2014


Students who acquire large debts putting themselves through school are unlikely to think about changing society.  When you trap people in a system of debt . they can’t afford the time to think.” Tuition fee increases are a "disciplinary technique," and, by the time students graduate, they are not only loaded with debt, but have also internalized the "disciplinarian culture." This makes them efficient components of the consumer economy.
--Noam Chomsky

Thursday, August 14, 2014


" I know you are here to kill me. Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man."
--Che Guevara

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


"The mania for giving the Government power to meddle with the private affairs of cities or citizens is likely to cause endless trouble, through the rivaly of schools and creeds that are anxious to obtain official recognition, and there is great danger that our people will lose our independence of thought and action which is the cause of much of our greatness, and sink into the helplessness of the Frenchman or German who expects his government to feed him when hungry, clothe him when naked, to prescribe when his child may be born and when he may die, and, in time, to regulate every act of humanity from the cradle to the tomb, including the manner in which he may seek future admission to paradise."
--Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Robin Williams, RIP

July 21, 1951 - August 11, 2014

Carpe. Hear it? (whispering) Carpe. Carpe Diem. Seize the day boys. Make your lives extraordinary.
--John Keating in Dead Poets Society

Ah, yes, divorce... from the Latin word meaning to rip out a man's genitals through his wallet.

Our job is improving the quality of life not just delaying death.
--Patch Adams in Patch Adams

I believe Ronald Reagan can make this country what it once was... a large Arctic region covered with ice.

I wonder what chairs think about all day: "Oh, here comes another asshole."

See, the problem is that God gives men a brain and a penis, and only enough blood to run one at a time.

I went to rehab [for alcoholism] in wine country, just to keep my options open.

Some are born great.  Some achieve greatness.  Some get it as a graduation gift.

When I was growing up they used to say, "Robin, drugs can kill you." Now that I'm 58 my doctor's telling me, "Robin, you need drugs to live." I realize now that my doctor is also my dealer...

Death is nature’s way of saying, ‘your table is ready.’

Monday, August 11, 2014


"To live his life in his own way, to call his house his castle, to enjoy the fruits of his own labour, to educate his children as his conscience directs, to save for their prosperity after his death --- these are wishes deeply ingrained in civilised man. Their realization is almost as necessary to our virtues as to our happiness. From their total frustration disastrous results both moral and psychological might follow."
--C. S. Lewis
(1898-1963), British novelist
Source: Willing Slaves of the Welfare State, first published in The Observer on July 20, 1958

Sunday, August 10, 2014


‘’One of humanity’s greatest curses is naivety - it cannot conceive of the magnitude of evil that dictates its affairs and thus dismisses daily expressions of this evil as ‘random coincidence’.’’
--David Icke

Saturday, August 09, 2014


"[T]he child should be taught to consider his instructor... superior to the parent in point of authority.... The vulgar impression that parents have a legal right to dictate to teachers is entirely erroneous.... Parents have no remedy as against the teacher."
 --John Swett
Superintendent of California Public School System (1860's)

Thursday, August 07, 2014


"Only stilted pedants can conceive the idea that there are absolute norms to tell what is beautiful and what is not. They try to derive from the works of the past a code of rules with which, as they fancy, the writers and artists of the future should comply. But the genius does not cooperate with the pundit."
--Ludwig von Mises, in "Theory and History"

Shadows II

"Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses."

Wednesday, August 06, 2014


"Well, if one really wishes to know how justice is administered in a country, one does not question the policemen, the lawyers, the judges, or the protected members of the middle class. One goes to the unprotected - those, precisely, who need the law's protection most! - and listens to their testimony. Ask any Mexican, any Puerto Rican, any black man, any poor person - ask the wretched how they fare in the halls of justice, and then you will know, not whether or not the country is just, but whether or not it has any love for justice, or any concept of it. It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have."
--James Baldwin

Tuesday, August 05, 2014


"My daughter can't talk or make a friend, but at least I saved $4 on her vaccine with thimerosal".
--A poster from the Power of Parents Rally:

Monday, August 04, 2014


"The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. ... Here the state must act as the guardian of a millennial future in the face of which the wishes and the selfishness of the individual must appear as nothing and submit."
--Adolf Hitler
(1889-1945) German Nazi Dictator
Source: Mein Kampf, vol 2, ch 2, THE STATE

Sunday, August 03, 2014


"A man of action forced into a state of thought is unhappy until he can get out of it."
--Frank Kafka

Saturday, August 02, 2014


"That's not a lie, it's a terminological inexactitude."
--Alexander Haig
(Defending himself against accusations of lying in 1983. Quoted by Rutledge, Leigh W., "Would I Lie To You?", Plume, 1998, ISBN 0-452-27931-3, p. 81.
This turn of phrase originated with Winston Churchill in his 1906 election campaign)

Friday, August 01, 2014

Job II

"It is the job of thinking people,
not to be on the side of the executioners."
--Albert Camus
(1913-1960) French Algerian author

Thursday, July 31, 2014


"The feelings, sentiments, values and responses of our children, or of any citizen, are none of the government's damned business. That we must support a government agency that gives itself to the emotional and ideological manipulation of citizens is infamous."
--Richard Mitchell
(1929-2002) Professor at Glassboro State College, NJ, author, founder and publisher of The Underground Grammarian

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Dark II

"Life is one long struggle in the dark."

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


"Bats have no bankers and they do not drink and cannot be arrested and pay no tax and, in general, bats have it made."
--John Berryman (1914-1972) American poet, critic

Monday, July 28, 2014


"The most likely way for the world to be destroyed, most experts agree, is by accident. That's where we come in; we are computer professionals. We cause accidents."
--Nathaniel S. Borenstein (1958~)
American research scientist, programmer, writer

Sunday, July 27, 2014


"So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men."

Saturday, July 26, 2014


Picard: Come back! Make a difference!

Kirk: I take it the odds are against us and the situation’s grim.

Picard: You could say that.

Kirk: If Spock were here, he’d say that I was an irrational, illogical human being for going on a mission like this... Sounds like fun!

    --Star Trek: Generations

Friday, July 25, 2014

Ambition II

"The dearest ambition of a slave is not liberty,
but to have a slave of his own."
--Sir Richard Francis Burton
(1821-1890) English explorer, linguist, author, and soldier

Thursday, July 24, 2014


"Only the history of free peoples is worth our attention; the history of men under a despotism is merely a collection of anecdotes."
--Nicolas-Sebasstien Chamfort (1741-1824) 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


"You have to ask yourself, 'Who owns me? Do I own myself or am I just another piece of government property?' "
--Neal Boortz
(1945- ) Radio talk show host, columnist

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


"The more boring a child is, the more the parents, when showing off the child, receive adulation for being good parents - because they have a tame child-creature in their house."
--Frank Zappa
"Ben Watson interviews Frank Zappa", in MOJO magazine (October 1993)

Monday, July 21, 2014


"The Earth is degenerating today.
Bribery and corruption abound.
Children no longer obey their parents,
every man wants to write a book, and
it is evident that the end of the world is fast approaching."
--Assyrian Tablet
Source: c. 2800 BC [also attributed to Socrates]

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Decide III

"Are we like the God of the Old Testament, that we in Washington can decide which cities, towns, and hamlets in Vietnam will be destroyed? Do we have to accept that? I don't think we do. I think we can do something about it."
--Robert F. Kennedy
Last speech at the US Senate on the subject