Monday, July 24, 2017


"School is a twelve-year jail sentence where bad habits are the only curriculum truly learned. I teach school and win awards doing it. I should know."
--John Taylor Gatto,
"Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling"

Sunday, July 23, 2017


"Americans have only the dimmest notion of what their constitutional freedoms are - and what it took to get them...[and] the willingness to surrender what we're supposed to be fighting for is a recurring part of our history."
--Nat Hentoff

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Depraved II

"It is an honorable calling that you have chosen. Some of you will soon be defending poor, helpless insurance companies who are constantly being sued by greedy, vicious widows and orphans trying to collect on their policies. Others will work tirelessly to protect frightened, beleaguered oil companies from being attacked by depraved consumer groups."
--Art Buchwald,
Commencement address, Tulane University School of Law

Friday, July 21, 2017

Beat II

"I'm going to be me as I am, and you can beat me or jail me or even kill me, but I'm not going to be what you want me to be."
--Steve Biko


"I'm going to be me as I am, and you can beat me or jail me or even kill me, but I'm not going to be what you want me to be."
--Steve Biko

Thursday, July 20, 2017


"The federal government views the Constitution as its enemy."
--Andrew Napolitano

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


"The fact is that those who are enslaved to their sects are not merely devoid of all sound knowledge, but they will not even stop to learn!"
--Claudius Galenus of Pergamum (Galen)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Diagnosing II

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies."
--Groucho Marx

Monday, July 17, 2017


"I'm like my zombies. I won't stay dead!"
--George A. Romero
February 4, 1940 - July 16, 2017 (or maybe not...)

Sunday, July 16, 2017


"The danger of asteroid or comet impact is one of the best reasons for getting into space...I'm very fond of quoting my friend Larry Niven: 'The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn't have a space program. And if we become extinct because we don't have a space program, it'll serve us right!'"
--Arthur C. Clarke,
"Meeting of the Minds : Buzz Aldrin Visits Arthur C. Clarke" by Andrew Chaikin (February 27, 2001)

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Standing IV

"People were standing up everywhere shouting, 'This is me! This is me!' Every time you looked at them they stood up and told you who they were, and the truth of it was that they had no more idea who or what they were than he had. They believed their flashing signs, too. They ought to be standing up and shouting, 'This isn't me! This isn't me!' They would if they had any decency. 'This isn't me!' Then you might know how to proceed through the flashing bullshit of this world."
--Philip Roth,
"American Pastoral"

Friday, July 14, 2017


"It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed".
--Vladimir Lenin

Thursday, July 13, 2017


"The more profound problem, however, is the degree to which many academic intellectuals, especially in the humanities, have lost their ability to distinguish the 'state' from 'society'."
--Stephen Cox
(1948-) American professor of literature, editor of Liberty magazine
Source: "Assumptions of Power" Reason magazine, March, 1993

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Reason V

"If logic and reason, the hard, cold products of the mind, can be relied upon to deliver justice or produce the truth, how is it that these brain-heavy judges rarely agree? Five-to-four decisions are the rule, not the exception. Nearly half of the court must be unjust and wrong nearly half of the time. Each decision, whether the majority or minority, exudes logic and reason like the obfuscating ink from a jellyfish, and in language as opaque. The minority could have as easily become the decision of the court. At once we realize that logic, no matter how pretty and neat, that reason, no matter how seemingly profound and deep, does not necessarily produce truth, much less justice. Logic and reason often become but tools used by those in power to deliver their load of injustice to the people. And ultimate truth, if, indeed, it exists, is rarely recognizable in the endless rows of long words that crowd page after page of most judicial regurgitations."
--Gerry Spence,
"How to Argue & Win Every Time: At Home, At Work, In Court, Everywhere, Everyday"

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


"Happily for the busy lunatics who rule over us, we are permanently the United States of Amnesia. We learn nothing because we remember nothing."
--Gore Vidal,
"The State of the Union," The Nation (September 13, 2004)

Monday, July 10, 2017


"Observe, in politics, that the term extremism has become a synonym of 'evil,' regardless of the content of the issue (the evil is not what you are extreme about, but that you are 'extreme'--i.e., consistent)."
--Ayn Rand,
"The Virtue of Selfishness" (1964)

Sunday, July 09, 2017


"The silent colossal National Lie that is the support and confederate of all the tyrannies and shams and inequalities and unfairnesses that afflict the peoples--that is the one to throw bricks and sermons at."
--Mark Twain,
"My First Lie, and How I Got Out of It", in The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories and Essays (1900).

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Creation II

"Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision. The more a man can achieve, the more he may be certain that the devil will inhabit a part of his creation."
--Norman Mailer,
"The Presidential Papers" (1963)

Friday, July 07, 2017


"Radiation, unlike smoking, drinking, and overeating, gives no pleasure, so the possible victims object."
--Issac Asimov,
The Journal of NIH Research (1990),

Thursday, July 06, 2017


"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing."
--Malcolm X

Wednesday, July 05, 2017


"How Do You Kill 11 Million People?
Lie to them."
--Andy Andrews,
"How Do You Kill 11 Million People: Why The Truth Matters More Than You Think", page 21

Note: The "daily quotes" from June 28th through today have all been from that excellent book.  Highly recommended, about a 15 - 30 minute read.  But it will haunt you far longer...

Tuesday, July 04, 2017


"We heard stories of what was happening to the Jews, but we tried to distance ourselves from it, because we felt, what could anyone do to stop it?

Each Sunday morning, we would hear the train whistle blowing in the distance, then the wheels coming over the tracks.  We became disturbed when we heard cries coming from the train as it passed by.  We realized that it was carrying Jews like cattle in the cars!

Week after week the whistle would blow.  We dreaded to hear the sound of those wheels because we knew that we would hear the cries of the Jews enroute to a death camp.  Their screams tormented us.

We knew the time the train was coming and when we heard the whistle blow we began singing hymns.  By the time the train came past our church, we were singing at the top of our voices.  If we heard the screams, we sang more loudly and soon we heard them no more."

--Erwin W. Lutzer,
"When A Nation Forgets God"

Monday, July 03, 2017

Protection III

"Jews: At last it can be reported to you that the Russians are advancing on our eastern front. I apologize for the hasty way we brought you into our protection. Unfortunately, there was little time to explain. You have nothing to worry about. We want only the best for you. You will leave here shortly and be sent to very fine places indeed. You will work there, your wives will stay at home, and your children will go to school. You will have wonderful lives. We will all be terribly crowded on the trains, but the journey is short. Men? Please keep your families together and board the railcars in an orderly manner. Quickly now, my friends, we must hurry!"
--Adolph Eichmann

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Balanced II

"Have you ever wondered why America doesn’t have a balanced budget? Have you ever in your life heard of a politician who wasn’t for a balanced budget? 

Have you ever heard a politician speak in favor of a complicated tax code that ordinary citizens would find difficult to understand? Then why do we have a complicated tax code that ordinary citizens find difficult to understand? 

Meet the 545 men and women who enact every law, propose every budget, and set every policy enforced on the citizens of the United States of America: one president, nine Supreme Court justices, one hundred senators, and 435 members of the House of Representatives. 

By the way, have you ever noticed that if any one of us lies to them, it is a felony? But if any one of them lies to us, it is considered politics."

--Andy Andrews, 
"How Do You Kill 11 Million People", page 43-44

Saturday, July 01, 2017


"Why do the ages of our world’s greatest civilizations average around two hundred years?

Why do these civilizations all seem to follow the same identifiable sequence--from bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, and finally from dependence back into bondage?"

--Andy Andrews,
"How Do You Kill 11 Million People", page 46

Friday, June 30, 2017


"[T]he past is what is real and true, while history is merely what someone recorded."
--Andy Andrews,
"How Do You Kill 11 Million People", page 7

Thursday, June 29, 2017


"Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature ... If the next centennial does not find us a great will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces."
--James Garfield, July 4, 1876

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Punishment II

"The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men."

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Authority IV

"What matters is to emphasize the fundamental idea in my party's economic program clearly; the idea of authority. I want the authority; I want everyone to keep the property he has acquired for himself according to the principle: 'Benefit to the community precedes benefit to the individual.' But the state should retain supervision and each property owner should consider himself appointed by the state. It is his duty not to use his property against the interests of others among his own people. This is the crucial matter. The Third Reich will always retain its right to control the owners of property."
--Adolph Hitler, 1931,
as quoted in "Nazi Economics: Ideology, Theory, and Policy" (1990), by Avraham Barkai, pp. 26-27

Monday, June 26, 2017


"The barbarous custom of having men beaten who are suspected of having important secrets to reveal must be abolished. It has always been recognized that this way of interrogating men, by putting them totorture, produces nothing worthwhile. The poor wretches say anything that comes into their mind and what they think the interrogator wishes to know."
--Napoléon Bonaparte

Sunday, June 25, 2017


"Every war results from the struggle for markets and spheres of influence, and every war is sold to the public by professional liars and totally sincere religious maniacs, as a Holy Crusade to save God and Goodness from Satan and Evil."
--Robert Anton Wilson,
"Cosmic Trigger II : Down to Earth" (1991)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Planning III

"There’s no point in acting surprised about it. All the planning charts and demolition orders have been on display at your local planning department in Alpha Centauri for 50 of your Earth years, so you've had plenty of time to lodge any formal complaint and it’s far too late to start making a fuss about it now. ...What do you mean you've never been to Alpha Centauri? Oh, for heaven’s sake, mankind, it’s only four light years away, you know. I’m sorry, but if you can’t be bothered to take an interest in local affairs, that’s your own lookout. Energize the demolition beams."
--Douglas Adams,
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"