Sunday, July 31, 2011

Cat



Saturday, July 30, 2011

Since

Since I can't afford to drive a bright yellow Hummer, I'm going to get a big flashing sign for my car that says, "I'm in serious need of your attention!"
--Bernie Spencer

Friday, July 29, 2011

Intended

"The President has kept all of the promises he intended to keep."
--George Stephanopolous, Bill Clinton aide

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Owed

"We are reluctant to admit that we owe our liberties to men of a type that today we hate and fear -- unruly men, disturbers of the peace, men who resent and denounce what Whitman called 'the insolence of elected persons' -- in a word, free men."
--Gerald W. Johnson (1890-1980)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Patterning

"Patterning your life around others opinions is nothing more than slavery." --Lawana Blackwell Author Source: The Dowry of Miss Lydia Clark, 1999

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Burden

"Liberty is often a heavy burden on a man. It involves the necessity for perpetual choice which is the kind of labor men have always dreaded."
--Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-1894), American Poet
Source: Elsie Venner, 1861

Monday, July 25, 2011

Bulwarks

"Large and permanent military establishments which are forbidden by the principles of free government, and against the necessity of which the militia were meant to be a constitutional bulwark."
--James Madison (1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President
Source: Fourth Annual Message, November 4, 1812

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Most III

"Most whites in the US, mid-19th century believed slavery would never end in this country because it a) was natural, b) was ordained by God and supported by ample Biblical precedent, c) had existed since the dawn of time, d) was necessary economically, and e) could be ended only by an unlikely improvement in our moral natures. One tires hearing these arguments from homophobes and meat eaters."
--Robert D. Shepherd

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Military

"Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy"
--Henry Kissinger, quoted in
"Kiss the Boys Goodbye: How the United States Betrayed Its Own POW's in Vietnam".

Friday, July 22, 2011

Right

"Alas, how many have been persecuted
for the wrong of having been right?"
--Jean-Baptiste Say (1767-1832)
Source: A Treatise on Political Economy, 1803

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Diagnose

"Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, make sure that you are, in fact, not just surrounded by assholes."
--William Gibson.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Liberty VII

"The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression."
--W. E. B. Du Bois (1868-1963)
Professor, Civil Rights Activist, NAACP Founding Member

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tyrannies II

"The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes"
--Thomas Paine

Monday, July 18, 2011

Patriots IV

"If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."
--Samuel Adams

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Meat



Saturday, July 16, 2011

Genius

"Everyone is a genius.. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid."
--Albert Einstein

Friday, July 15, 2011

Participation

"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."
--Plato

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Ideas

"Ideas won't keep, something must be done about them."
--Alfred North Whitehead

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Paranoia

"Paranoia is a higher state of awareness"
--John Lennon"

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Don't

Illegitimi non carborundum - "Don't let the bastards grind you down".

Monday, July 11, 2011

Change II

"There is no death. Only a change of worlds."
--Chief Seattle

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Aging II

"We don't stop playing because we grow older, we grow older because we stop playing."
--Nana (age 103)

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Lettuce

"When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce.Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and arguments.

That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding."

--Thich Nhat Hahn

Friday, July 08, 2011

Names

"An important art of politicians is to find new names for institutions which under old names have become odious to the public." --Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-PĂ©rigord (1754-1838) 1st Sovereign Prince of Beneventum, French diplomat, "Prince of Diplomats"

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Permanent

"The revulsion against war ... will be an almost insuperable obstacle for us to overcome. For that reason, I am convinced that we must begin now to set the machinery in motion for a permanent wartime economy."
--Charles E. Wilson(1886-1972) President of General Electric (1940-42, 1945-50),
head of the Office of Defense Mobilization in 1951,
US Secretary of Defense (1953-57)
Source: internal memo, 1944

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Goal

"The first goal and primary function of the U.S. public school is not to educate good people, but good citizens. It is the function which we call - in enemy nations - 'state indoctrination.' "
-- Jonathan Kozol (1936- )
American writer, educator, activist, best known for his books on public education in the US

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Off The Cliff, Into The Abyss, Kill The Poor & The Weak

Yeah, drive the country off the cliff with endless spending for wars of aggression while killing the poor with "budget cuts" or "austerity". "Austerity", there's a nice euphemism, sounds like going on a diet, a little uncomfortable but nobody gets hurt, right?

TLC

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Obama says he's "ready" to address tough issues, and he again calls for a "balanced approach." He says the parties need to "come together over the next two weeks," and that "I've asked leaders of both parties and both houses of Congress to come here to the White House on Thursday so we can build on the work that's already been done and drive toward a final agreement."

SOURCE/FULL ARTICLE (Politico)

Age

"A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams."
--John Barrymore

Monday, July 04, 2011

Us


"We are not to wait for others to lead. You and I are meant to take back the founders' mandate, and you and I are meant to lead. You and I must protest, you and I must confront our representatives, you and I must run for office, you and I must write the op-eds, you and I must take over the battle. The founders--the unknown as well as the well-known Americans who 'conceived' the nation in liberty--did not intend for us to delegate worrying about the Constitution to a cadre of constitutional scholars, or to leave debate to a class of professional pundits, or to leave the job of fighting for liberty to a caste of politicians. The meant for us to defend the Constitution, for us to debate the issues of the day, and for us to rise up against tyranny; the American who delivers the mail; the American who teaches our children; ordinary people".
--Naomi Wolf, "Give Me Liberty: A Handbook For American Revolutionaries"
Pages 10 - 11

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Flags

"No free people can lose their liberties while they are jealous of liberty. But the liberties of the freest people are in danger when they set up symbols of liberty as fetishes, worshiping the symbol instead of the principle it represents."
--Wendell Phillips (1811-1884) Abolitionist author
Source: Liberty and the Great Libertarians (C. Spradling)

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Know

"If you think we are free today, you know nothing about tyranny and even less about freedom." --Tom Braun Source: Radio Show, Spirit of '76 -- Voice of Warning

Friday, July 01, 2011

The Surviving Dogs Of Sick Michael Vick

PBS' "Need To Know" this week is repeating their segment on some of Sick Michael Vick's dogs, and what happened once they were freed of their brutal enslavement. You can watch the entire segment HERE.

If you can watch that and not at least feel some moisture in your eyes, see if you still have a pulse, but it's probably too late if that's the case.

Speaking of heartless, the show notes that PETA called for the murder of all of the dogs. But this is nothing new, PETA has been calling for a pit bull genocide for many years.

Not a surprise, then, that PETA was ready to hop in the sack with Sick Vick, then changed its mind at the last moment.

Today it was announced that Nike has joined the Philadelphia Fascists in promoting Sick Vick and lavishing lots of money upon him notwithstanding his premeditated, intentional, and long involvement in dog fighting:
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=6730833

No doubt, if Charles Manson's mug could make money, corporations would be signing him up too.

TLC

Reputation

"One of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the great struggle for independence."
--Charles A. Beard (1874-1948)
1935