Sunday, September 14, 2014

Bridge

Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, "Don't do it!"

    He said, "Nobody loves me."
    I said, "God loves you. Do you believe in God?"
    He said, "Yes."
    I said, "Are you a Christian or a Jew?"
    He said, "A Christian."
    I said, "Me, too! Protestant or Catholic?"
    He said, "Protestant."
    I said, "Me, too! What franchise?"
    He said, "Baptist."
    I said, "Me, too! Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist?"
    He said, "Northern Baptist."
    I said, "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?"
    He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist."
    I said, "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region, or Northern Conservative Baptist Eastern Region?" He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region."
    I said, "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879, or Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912?"
    He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912."
    I said, "Die, heretic!" And I pushed him over.

--Emo Philips

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Enslaving

"One of the best ways of enslaving a people is to keep them from education... The second way of enslaving a people is to suppress the sources of information, not only by burning books but by controlling all the other ways in which ideas are transmitted."
--Eleanor Roosevelt, newspaper column, November 11, 1943

Friday, September 12, 2014

Persistent

"The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it: If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. The millions who are in want will not stand by silently forever while the things to satisfy their needs are within easy reach. We need enthusiasm, imagination and the ability to face facts, even unpleasant ones, bravely. We need to correct, by drastic means if necessary, the faults in our economic system from which we now suffer. We need the courage of the young. Yours is not the task of making your way in the world, but the task of remaking the world which you will find before you. May every one of us be granted the courage, the faith and the vision to give the best that is in us to that remaking!"
--Franklin D. Roosevelt
Oglethorpe University Commencement Address, May 22, 1932

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fame II

"Fame is an illusive thing -- here today, gone tomorrow. The fickle, shallow mob raises its heroes to the pinnacle of approval today and hurls them into oblivion tomorrow at the slightest whim; cheers today, hisses tomorrow; utter forgetfulness in a few months."
--Henry Miller

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Working

"The two-party system has given this country the war of Lyndon Johnson, the Watergate of Nixon, and the incompetence of Carter. Saying we should keep the two-party system simply because it is working is like saying the Titanic voyage was a success because a few people survived on life-rafts."
--Eugene McCarthy
Chicago Tribune (September 10, 1978)

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Executives

"For years I have told my students that I have been trying to train executives rather than clerks. The distinction between the two is parallel to the distinction previously made between understanding and knowledge. It is a mighty low executive who cannot hire several people with command of more knowledge than he has himself. And he can always buy reference works or electronic devices with better memories for facts than any subordinate. The chief quality of an executive is that he have understanding. He should be able to make decisions that make it possible to utilize the knowledge of other persons. Such executive capacity can be taught, but it cannot be taught by an educational program that emphasizes knowledge and only knowledge. Knowledge must be assumed as given, and if it is not sufficient the candidate must be eliminated. But the vital thing is understanding. This requires possession of techniques that, fortunately, can be taught."

Carroll Quigley. The Evolution of Civilizations. 2nd ed. 1979. p. 420

Monday, September 08, 2014

Prefer

"I would prefer not to."
--Herman Melville, "Bartleby the Scrivener"

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Illusions II

But, man, you're never going to get any truth from us. We'll tell you anything you want to hear; we lie like hell. We'll tell you that, uh, Kojak always gets the killer, or that nobody ever gets cancer at Archie Bunker's house, and no matter how much trouble the hero is in, don't worry, just look at your watch; at the end of the hour he's going to win. We'll tell you any shit you want to hear. We deal in *illusions*, man! None of it is true! But you people sit there, day after day, night after night, all ages, colors, creeds... We're all you know. You're beginning to believe the illusions we're spinning here. You're beginning to think that the tube is reality, and that your own lives are unreal. You do whatever the tube tells you! You dress like the tube, you eat like the tube, you raise your children like the tube, you even *think* like the tube! This is mass madness, you maniacs! In God's name, you people are the real thing! *WE* are the illusion! So turn off your television sets. Turn them off now. Turn them off right now. Turn them off and leave them off! Turn them off right in the middle of the sentence I'm speaking to you now! TURN THEM OFF...
--Howard Beale, "Network"

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Hand

"Whenever death may surprise us, let it be welcome if our battle cry has reached even one receptive ear and another hand reaches out to take up our arms."
--Che Guevara

Friday, September 05, 2014

Worthy III

"Most people were raised to think they are not worthy. School is a process of taking beautiful kids who are filled with life and beating them into happy slavery. That's as true of a twenty-five-thousand-dollar-a-year executive as it is for the poorest."
--Bill Talcott, Organizer
Quoted in Studs Terkel, "Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do"

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Sled

"If you are not the lead sled dog, the world looks pretty much the same every day."
--Author Unknown

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Tragedy III

"Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late."
--Benjamin Franklin
(1706-1790) US Founding Father

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Blindfold

"In the ancient world individuals have sold themselves as slaves, in order to eat. So in society. Here is a witch-doctor who can save us from the sorcerers -- a war-lord who can save us from the barbarians -- a Church that can save us from Hell. Give them what they ask, give ourselves to them bound and blindfold, if only they will!  Perhaps the terrible bargain will be made again. We cannot blame men for making it. We can hardly wish them not to. Yet we can hardly bear that they should."
--C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), British novelist
Source: Willing Slaves of the Welfare State, first published in The Observer on July 20, 1958

Monday, September 01, 2014

Wilderness

"I am not a Labor Leader; I do not want you to follow me or anyone else; if you are looking for a Moses to lead you out of this capitalist wilderness, you will stay right where you are. I would not lead you into the promised land if I could, because if I led you in, some one else would lead you out. You must use your heads as well as your hands, and get yourself out of your present condition; as it is now the capitalists use your heads and your hands."
--Eugene Eebs, "Life of Eugene V. Debs" by Stephen Marion Reynolds, in Debs : His Life, Writings and Speeches (1908) edited by Bruce Rogers and Stephen Marion Reynolds, p. 71

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Obsolesence

"Perhaps it is this specter that most haunts working men and women: the planned obsolescence of people that is of a piece with the planned obsolescence of the things they make. Or sell."
--Studs Terkel

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Cents

"The man who has his millions will want everything he can lay his hands on and then raise his voice against the poor devil who wants ten cents more a day."
--Samuel Gompers

Friday, August 29, 2014

Airport

"It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression, 'As pretty as an airport.'"
-- Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Breath

What is the name of the test that can be given to determine if a child can safely receive a vaccine?
It's called a breath test. You hold a mirror in front of the child and if condensation appears, they are still alive and cannot "safely" receive a vaccine.
--Author Unknown

Focus On The Real

CNN, Fox, and the rest of the government mouthpieces, stirring up false fear over the government-created ISIS and the infamous bogus video.

Let's focus on things that genuinely pose a significant threat to the people and future of this nation, indeed this planet.

So when you encounter corporate claptrap, whenever they're going on about ISIS, substitute "vaccine pushers" for "ISIS".

Because today, untold thousands of American children will be injected with poison.  Some will get sick, some will have life-changing harm, some will die with a bogus "diagnosis" like "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)".

Get a copy of "Medical Apartheid" by Harriet Washington.  The role of "Doctors" under the Third Reich has long been well documented, and Mengle was but one of many who eagerly joined in.

Those "Doctors" smiled, those "Doctors" likewise intimidated and scared their victims.

Don't give in to fear or intimidation, don't be distracted.  Focus on the real.  Because innocent children shouldn't be maimed and killed to line the pockets of the pharmaceutical drug cartel and those who profit in the "news media", to weaken the population of the US and other countries to make way for one-world government, or to further the "Depopulation Agenda".

TLC

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Vacuum

"All successful revolutions are the kicking in of a rotten door. The violence of revolutions is the violence of men who charge into a vacuum."
-- John Kenneth Galbraith 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

System II

"The few who can understand the system (check money and credits) will either be so interested in its profits, or so dependent on its favors, that there will be no opposition from that class, while on the other hand, the great body of the people mentally incapable of comprehending the tremendous advantage that capital derives from the system, will bear its burdens without complaint, and perhaps without even suspecting that the system is inimical to their interests"
--Letter dated June 25, 1863 to the banking firm of Ikleheimer, Morton and Vandergould from the Rothchilds’s firm, located in London

Monday, August 25, 2014

Impulse

"Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally."
--Abraham Lincoln

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Lethal

" Lethal injections are for criminals. We need to keep it that way."
--Author Unknown

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Leaves

"That proves you are unusual, returned the Scarecrow; and I am convinced the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folks are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed."
--Lyman Frank Baum

Friday, August 22, 2014

Clogging

"It isn't the incompetent who destroy an organization. It is those who have achieved something and want to rest upon their achievements who are forever clogging things up."
--Charles Sorenson

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Capacity

"Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands -- and then eat just one of the pieces." 
--Judith Viorst

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Began

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Continual

"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

Palladium

"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

Debt

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