Sunday, May 15, 2011

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“……If Americans want to regain their dignity and radiate the beams of liberty once again, they have to start thinking in several new directions. They have to realize that the pursuit of good by evil means creates more evil. They have to realize that they cannot eliminate all the world's evils and shouldn’t attempt to do so by force or force-related means. They have to realize that their motives have not been pure, but mixed in with interests pursuing gains for themselves, no matter what the consequences for others. Falsity has to be bared.”
Michael S. Rozeff

“The United States murders on a scale that is impossible for an Osama bin Laden, but, because its actions bear the imprimatur of the state, we immunize it from our moral opprobrium. Wrong as it may be, the blowback of retaliatory gestures will continue until the imperialism of the American corporate state comes to an end. Osama bin Laden’s defeat has done nothing to diminish the staggering destructive capabilities of the single greatest enemy of humanity on earth, the United States armed forces; indeed, the propaganda potential of his death may serve to fortify the psychological bedrock on which the Empire is built, but it doesn’t have to.”
David D’Amoto

“The U.S. Government really does not have to crush the speech or destroy the lives of heretics and apostates who doubt its goodness. Its zealous disciples stand ready to perform this task with the celerity of true believers.”

“Seeking the truth is not an act of sedition, but one of patriotism. When a society slanders independent thinkers and dismisses those who do not fall in line like chanting Zombies, they’re simply borrowing from the same playbook that the Soviet Union used.”
Simon Black

“If bin Laden beat all odds and managed to live another decade to await, unarmed and undefended, the arrival of the Navy SEALS last week, how it is possible that the 'terror mastermind,' who defeated not merely the CIA and FBI, but all 16 US intelligence agencies along with those of America's European allies and Israel, the National Security Council, the Pentagon, NORAD, Air Traffic Control, airport security four times on the same morning, etc. etc., never enjoyed another success, not even a little, very minor one? What was the 'terror mastermind' doing for a decade after 9/11?”
Paul Craig Roberts

“The true purpose of every government everywhere on earth and throughout history is to guarantee that its rulers live the most opulent lifestyles possible at the expense of everyone else.
No matter how structured or defined or constrained, the true purpose of government is just that.”
Garry Reed

“Democratic government, even representative democratic government, is merely a means for the majority to impress its will on minorities. It is mob rule dressed up in fancy legal livery. Genocidal bloodbaths committed by majorities around the world may lack the legal finery and the fancy ballot boxes, but they are thoroughly democratic nonetheless. In fact, genocide approaches the ideal of 'participatory democracy' even more closely than the effeminate, representative form of democracy practiced in the West, since the majority of people in a genocidal bloodbath actually participate in the action.”
Mark Crovelli

“Agreement about a common purpose between a group of known people is clearly an idea that cannot be applied to a large society which includes people who do not know one another. The modern society and the modern economy have grown up through the recognition that this idea – which was fundamental to life in a small group – a face-to-face society, is simply inapplicable to large groups. The essential basis of the development of modern civilization is to allow people to pursue their own ends on the basis of their own knowledge and not be bound by the aims of other people.”
Friedrich Hayek

“I oppose torture not because I am libertarian, but because I am a human being. Torture destroys everyone and everything decent it touches, including the torturer’s humanity.”
Wendy McElroy

“No country on earth has a less responsible government and a less accountable government than the Americans. However, Americans will defend their own oppression, and that of the world, to the bitter end.”
Paul Craig Roberts

“The destroyers have always been funded by the creators; the thieves have always been funded by the producers; through the belief in 'authority,' the agendas of the evil have always been funded by the efforts of the good. And this will continue, unless and until the most dangerous superstition is dismantled. When the producers no longer feel a moral obligation to fund the parasites and usurpers, the destroyers and controllers, tyranny will wither away, having been starved out of existence. Until then, good people will keep supplying the resources which the bad people need in order to carry out their destructive schemes.”
Larken Rose

“Sharia law is already all around you, but one cannot recognize a prison if it is in the shape of one’s choices. You have been placed in a Judeo-Christian-Enviromento-Feminized cage, and then taught in school, at church and at work to make decisions which keep you safely within it. The political conflict which you think exists between major factions is merely a play to keep you blind to the reality of your imprisonment.”
Tom Baugh

“When the perverts who populate legislatures, enforce ‘laws’ and sit in judgment in courthouses try to use the justice system to teach people a lesson justice is thrown out the window. Those idiots in government try to pervert the justice system to teach drug abusers that they shouldn't use (not just abuse) ‘drugs‘. Those parasites in government try to wield the justice system as a club to teach people that they must comply with, and assist, The State in its theft of their property. The justice system has been stolen to be used as a way to impose the twisted desires of government psychopaths on you and me. Justice isn't even a goal any longer; punishment is. And the excuse used is that 'we must teach these people a lesson'. Balderdash."
Kent McManigal

“Osama bin Laden doesn’t matter. It is the people that call themselves 'The United States' that are your real enemy.”
Mike P
From the Darkness:
“Well, I certainly would advocate it. I’d be a strong supporter of it.”
Dick Cheney, when asked if the president should reinstate enhanced interrogation, including waterboarding

“Anyone, even a member of al-Qaida could purchase a train ticket and board an Amtrak train without so much as a question asked. So that’s why I’m calling for the creation of an Amtrak no ride list. That would take the secure flight program and apply it to Amtrak trains.”
Lil’ Chuckie Schumer, proposing more TSA tyranny

Amtrak is committed to the safety and security of our passengers and remains a safe way to travel. All countermeasures add value in creating an overall security posture in protecting a rail system that operates in an open environment. The creation of a ‘do not ride’ list is no exception. It would, however, have to be developed in close coordination with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and implemented in a way that respects civil rights and allows for the rapid flow of persons and trains, necessary for effective mass transit.”
Amtrak Spokesperson Cliff Cole, agreeing with Lil’ Chuckie Schumer

“Government has a limited but important role in reinforcing social norms and expectations — including laws against drugs and against the exploitation of men and women in the sex trade.”
Michael Gerson, former GW Bush hack

"Economic crises and bank panics predated the creation of the central bank in the United States; indeed, to many observers, they seem to be endemic to capitalism and unregulated markets. And when markets run completely amok, the public expects its leaders to do something."
Andrew Leonard, Salon's resident economic ignoramus

“It’s the parents’ responsibility that have obese kids. Take the tax deduction away for parents that have obese kids.”
Illinois state Sen. Shane Cultra, introduced legislation to deny parents of obese children the $2,000 standard tax deduction

"Since the financial Panic of 2008, the Federal Reserve’s easy-money policy has been widely blamed for a global run-up in commodity prices — especially oil. Now that oil prices appear to have peaked and are coming back down, it’s time to give the Fed some credit."
John W. Schoen,'s resident economic ignoramus

“We believe … a right to resist an unlawful police entry into a home is against public policy and is incompatible with modern Fourth Amendment jurisprudence. We also find that allowing resistance unnecessarily escalates the level of violence and therefore the risk of injuries to all parties involved without preventing the arrest.”
Justice Steven David, after the Indiana Supreme Court ruled that Indiana residents have no right to obstruct unlawful police incursions into their homes

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