Sunday, February 7, 2010

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“If we as citizens start out with an understanding that these people up there — the President, the Congress, the Supreme Court, all those institutions pretending to be ‘checks and balances’ — do not have our interests at heart, we are on a course towards the truth."
Howard Zinn

“There is stability in consent, not in subjugation, and the enemies of prosperity are the ruling class and those who enforce their will.”
Darian Worden

“Like the Patriot Act, the TARP bill, and the coming Climate Treaty, The U.S Constitution was conceived and drafted in an atmosphere of panic that was created by proponents of big government for the express purpose of using fear to win support for a massive expansion of government power. Also like TARP or the Patriot Act, it was debated in secret by a convention of delegates that were told that unspeakable horrors awaited America if they did not pass it immediately. Like most expansions of government power, its proponents did not get everything that they hoped for, but they got a lot more power than they had. Most importantly, the next debate over the size and scope of government started from there. The seeds of America’s multi-trillion dollar welfare-warfare state really lie in this seminal expansion of government power.”
Tom Mullen

“I, like all anarchists, do not consider myself to have any legitimate 'obligations' to government. I have only these ones: To respect your life, liberty, and property inviolably; never seeking to control it without your express voluntary consent. And, to bring an end to the barbarism known as Government once and for all time.”
Alex R. Knight III

“Despicable as Beijing's ruling class is, the one tormenting our own country is even worse -- not merely because its hypocrisy makes its crimes all the more odious, but also because of the global impact of its malign ambitions. Beijing, after all, hasn't invaded and occupied countries on the other side of the planet, or deployed heavily armed drones over distant skies to kill unsuspecting people by remote control.”
Will Grigg

“The government operates on fear. 'Revealed' religions operate on fear. They were made for each other.”
Robert Johnson

“Memorizing the State’s laws and quoting Constitutional scripture as a strategy to make the State’s enforcers behave is worse than productive. It gives credence to the positive laws that the State has put forth, the vast majority of which do not deserve anyone’s attention. It is an attempt to fight the system by working within the system, which, like voting, will never work to affect the desired change, which is the elimination of the system itself. As a practical matter, the State will always be able to interpret the law, Constitution included, in its own favor whenever it deems it necessary, no matter how outrageously its employees may behave.”

“Government is organized crime on the largest scale imaginable, and the final downfall of every criminal gang is the inability to restrain its own greed for bigger and bigger scores. The politicians will stop robbing you when you’ve had enough and stop letting them rob you — and not a minute sooner.”
Thomas L. Knapp

"Barack Obama, the orator and politician, talks about hope and change. Steve Jobs, the innovator and capitalist, delivers it."
Art Carden

“There is some mysterious entity called “society” whose needs outweigh the rights of every individual that comprises it. In fact, it is apparent from the president’s [State of the Union] speech (and those of most of his predecessors) that the federal government recognizes no rights of any individual whatsoever. Sadly, there are not many among the citizenry who think any differently. So long as representatives have been democratically elected, their power knows no bounds and recognizes no rights.”
Tom Mullen

“Collectivism and state management have only succeeded in school text books.”
Jean Baechler
From the Darkness:
“Our efforts to apply pressure on Iran are not meant to punish the Iranian people. They are meant to change the approach the Iranian government has taken toward its nuclear program.”
Queen Hillary

"The Internet is the biggest command and control center for every bad guy out there. We need a kind of World Health Organization for the Internet.”
Craig Mundie, Microsoft executive.

"While we extend middle-class tax cuts in this budget, we will not continue costly tax cuts for oil companies, investment fund managers and those making over $250,000 a year. We just can't afford it."
B. Obama, defending his proposed tax increases.

“He [Obama] needs a dramatic gesture to change the public perception of him as a light-weight, bumbling ideologue, preferably in an arena where the stakes are high, where he can take charge, and where he can trump expectations. Such an opportunity does exist." Obama can give orders for the U.S. military to destroy Iran’s nuclear-weapon capacity.
Just as 9/11 caused voters to forget George W. Bush’s meandering early months, a strike on Iranian facilities would dispatch Obama’s feckless first year down the memory hole and transform the domestic political scene."
Daniel Pipes

“The truth of the matter is, the Internet is still in its Wild West phase. To a large extent, the law hasn’t yet shown up. Yet as more and more people move to town, that lawlessness is becoming a bigger and bigger problem. As human societies grow over time they develop more rigid standards for themselves in order to handle their increased size. There is no reason to think the Internet shouldn’t follow the same pattern.”
Barbara Kiviat, Time Magazine

“Investing in cybersecurity is the Manhattan Project of our generation.”
Michael Arcuri (D-NY):

"To their colleagues and all who served with them — those here today, those still recovering, those watching around the world — I say: Let their sacrifice be a summons. To carry on their work. To complete this mission. To win this war, and to keep our country safe.
"They served in secrecy, but today every American can see their legacy
B. Obama, kissing the boots of the seven dead CIA agents killed in Afghanistan.

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