Sunday, August 22, 2010

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“Immunity from criminal prosecution cannot protect a person from the persecution of his own conscience. While the worst sociopathic murderers can somehow bury their consciences and never seem to suffer guilt or remorse when they kill people, most soldiers are not sociopathic murderers. They are normal human beings who joined the armed forces under some idealistic notion that they were serving their country. When they kill people wrongfully, it’s not so easy to escape the psychological and emotional consequences arising from a troubled conscience.”
Jacob Hornberger

“Both the Holy Bible and the Quran at times endorse forms of violent retribution for now liberalized behaviors, but most modern followers of these faiths have discarded or theologized their way around textual support for such outmoded forms of ‘justice.’ Using inductive logic from scripture to paint all Muslims or all Christians the same color due to the actions of the fringe is treacherous.”
Ross Kenyon

“Anarchy does not depend on people behaving responsibly. Anarchy depends on nothing except the understanding that no one has a legitimate claim to any power that anyone else doesn’t have. It’s more the case that Anarchy imposes responsibility on people. This imposition is not understood or acknowledged by most statists. If people behave badly in an anarchist society, they are the ones who will ultimately suffer most. This may seem counter-intuitive to those of us who grew up and live in a society whose edges are delineated by the state, but it is precisely the state which allows the irresponsible to get away with their irresponsibility.”
Anna O. Morgenstern

“The State is quite literally a state of mind—an idea—and one cannot attack an idea with force, but only with a better idea.”

“The 9/11 sacred ground psychology should be rejected. It’s time to move on. Get over it. Let the trauma subside. Let the wounds heal. Let those who own the land rebuild. Let them erect whatever monument or plaque they see as fitting. Your death on a particular spot doesn’t give your heirs or anyone else ownership rights over that spot. Viewing 9/11 as a social and/or political event affecting the American people also does not confer a property right to Ground Zero on them as a collective or through their political institutions. Neither does it confer property rights upon critics, over parcels of land located away from Ground Zero, based upon the religious affiliations of the owners and developers of such parcels.”
Michael Rozoff

“To be blunt, war has been waged for the sake of war, for the sake of power, and to strengthen the power of the State, regardless of the emotion-filled rhetoric the politicians and other nudniks have spewed upon us to rationalize it.”
Scott Lazarowitz

“To replace one set of power-seekers with another affects the distribution of the political loot. It does not stop the looting.”
Gary North

“Since everyone can vote or petition the State in a democracy, everyone is susceptible to being corrupted by that minuscule amount of power the State offers to its subjects. Through the ballot box, citizens routinely vote to control the lives of their fellow citizens. This simply would not be the case if we did not live in a democracy.”
From the Darkness:
"Don't just say border enforcement, that's a cop-out. Let's say lock them up in the interior."
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, saying more law enforcement officials should adopt his hard-line stance to prevent illegal immigrants from settling in after they've successfully crossed the border.

“We need to start doing what other countries do. Organs become property of the state and they don’t need permission to take them.”
James Bredin, Toronto firefighter and father of two heart transplant patients.

"It's a safety issue more than anything else. Anybody can access Google Earth. It's free. It's not like we're spying; we're just verifying."
Leroy Barnes Jr., Chief Building Inspector of Riverhead, NY, commenting on his using Google Earth's detailed satellite images to identify about 250 swimming pools whose owners hadn't filled out paperwork certifying that their structures were safe and up to code.

“To suggest that there’s a large place for private financing in the future of housing finance is unrealistic. Government is part of our future. We need a government balance sheet. To suggest that the private market come back in is simply impractical. It won’t work.”
Bill Gross, Pacific Investment Management Co.

“Permits should not be granted to build even one more mosque in the United States of America, let alone the monstrosity planned for Ground Zero. This is for one simple reason: each Islamic mosque is dedicated to the overthrow of the American government.”
Bryan Fischer, American Family Association.

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