Sunday, January 23, 2011

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“That human beings will actually kill in the name of defending the entirely false and fictitious precepts upon which governments rest is a grim and frightening indication of how deep into the psyche repeated conditioning and propaganda can reach.”
Alex R. Knight III

“Governments, like guns, don't kill people; government-using people kill people.”
Garry Reed

“There is no ‘Right’ or ‘Left,’ there is only respect for liberty for all, or support of tyranny for at least some — liberty or authoritarianism — and this transcends the false political spectrum that we are told exists.”
Kent McManigal

“To the state, power comes first, and justice comes somewhere afterward. The state must keep its power intact and the criminal justice system, an obscene farce of revenue gathering and career building, is there to do it. Much has been invested in prisons and police, and the investors are using their position to ensure the profits keep coming. Politicians need muscle to push forth their ambition, and they want a system that keeps the muscle strong.”
Darian Worden

“Democratic politics relies on deception. Without deception of the voters on a comprehensive scale, there could be no politics above the local level, where people know the deceivers personally and are therefore less easy to fool.”
Gary North

“The fostering of fear through the recasting of political opposition as the frothing ravings of madmen is deceitful and little more than the typical use of tragedy as a pretext for tyranny through the promise of safety.”
Joe Wolverton II

“[T]he ‘driver's’ licenses almost all of us carry today are nothing more than the equivalent of the yellow tags you see stapled into the left ears of cows. And serve the same purpose.”
Eric Peters

“….The prime feature of political decision-making is that it's a zero-sum game. One person's gain is of necessity another person's loss. As such, political allocation of resources is conflict-enhancing, while market allocation is conflict-reducing. The greater the number of decisions made in the political arena, the greater the potential for conflict.”
Walter Williams

“Mass man is not a thinker. He is a reactor. He reacts to the the demagogues...and even to ideas. He accepted the system of modern social welfare economies because he was comfortable. But what will he do when the system is unable to make good on its promises? Our guess is that 'the system' in the advanced countries is approaching its final stage... Why? It just can't pay.”
Bill Bonner

“Of course I believe North Korea is an evil police state, but that is not the business of the evil U.S. police state.”
Laurence Vance

“Americans still like to think of themselves as ‘leaders of the free world,’ but in the eyes of many, it's exactly the ‘free world’ to which American policies are so antithetical and threatening.”
Glenn Greenwald

“…..Remember that every single 'law'is backed up, at some point, with the threat that if you do not submit, somewhere along the line, to those who are enforcing that 'law', they will use deadly force to either capture and punish you, or kill you in the attempt. With every 'law', no matter how seemingly trivial, the penalty for violating it is always death.Those who advocate and enforce 'laws' are willing to kill you to see their will imposed on you.”
Kent McManigal
"I couldn’t care less about so-called civility in politics. It’s like being concerned about civility between the Gambinos and the Bonnanos, only those families are of far more social use than politicians. What I want is civility by the politicians toward the people. Start by not threatening us with Devil’s Island in every encounter"
Lew Rockwell

“In preferring to remain in the dark, conservatives substitute patriotic slogans and jingoism for trenchant national security analysis. In this state of willful ignorance, our foreign policy becomes sacrosanct and militarism becomes orthodoxy-giving the Department of Defense carte blanche and with it, unchallenged and unparalleled government power.”
Jack Hunter
From the Darkness:
"I think the nation's spirits would be lifted if the Congress acted quickly with the president and reinstated the assault weapons ban which also had the ban on these large magazines, these clips that carried 30-plus bullets."
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell

"There is no place for violence in our political discourse.”
Keith Olbermann [That’s like saying there’s no place for violence in a slaughter house.]

"I believe that if Dr. King were alive today, he would recognize that we live in a complicated world, and that our nation's military should not and cannot lay down its arms and leave the American people vulnerable to terrorist attack."
J. C. Johnson, Department of Defense general counsel, claiming that Dr. Martin Luther King would have supported the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“He became an echo chamber for stray ideas, amplifying, for example, certain grandiose tenets of a number of extremist right-wing groups — including the need for a new money system and the government’s mind-manipulation of the masses through language.”
New York Times editorial, about the Tucson gunmen

“About one-third [of the improvement in child survival] is by increasing income. The majority has been through vaccines. Vaccines will be the key. If you could register every birth on a cell phone– get fingerprints, get a location — then you could [set up] systems to make sure the immunizations happen.”
Bill Gates, promoting a plan to use wireless technology to register every newborn on the planet in a vaccine database

“Free speech is a Hobbesian jungle. It requires a marketplace where the trade in information, ideas and opinion has a framework of rules, including rules that maintain fair and open competition. Most will be voluntary, but others need enforcement.
Free speech cannot exist without chains.”
Simon Jenkins

“Those lawmakers who advocate ‘Ending the Fed’ might better turn their considerable talents toward ending the fiscal debacle that has for too long run amuck within their own house. The Fed does not create government debt; fiscal authorities do.”
Richard Fisher, president of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank

“They’re being treated pretty darned well.”
U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Ill., after visiting the U.S. military detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

"Anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I'm telling you, you're not my brother and you're not my sister, and I want to be your brother."
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley

“I thought that his [Obama’s] speech in Tucson was very effective. It’s what a president should do in a moment like that.”
Newt Gingrich, heaping praise on the Messiah’s heal-the-nation Tucson speech.

“….Throughout our history, one of the reasons the free market has worked is that we have sought the proper balance. We have preserved freedom of commerce while applying those rules and regulations necessary to protect the public against threats to our health and safety and to safeguard people and businesses from abuse.
From child labor laws to the Clean Air Act to our most recent strictures against hidden fees and penalties by credit card companies, we have, from time to time, embraced common sense rules of the road that strengthen our country without unduly interfering with the pursuit of progress and the growth of our economy.”
B. Obama

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