Sunday, March 18, 2012

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“America was founded by undesirables, and built by non-conformists. We are a nation whose blood is thick with defiance and outright knock-out revolutionary badass anti-authoritarian hostility. We cut kings down to size.”
Brandon Smith

“….Real-time commerce is the most overlooked force in the universe. Commerce even provides the test of the long-run merit of ideas: Ideas rooted in truth instantiate themselves in institutions and become part of history. Therefore, following the commercial thread through time means following meritorious ideas and the real ways in which people use them to live their lives. Yet because economic ignorance is so pervasive, especially in journalism and academia, few are in a position to follow this thread. They end up daydreaming about untruths for a living.”
Jeffrey Tucker

“Boiled down, ‘national sovereignty’ is simply the assertion that mutual recognition of turf lines on the part of various overgrown street gangs (‘states‘) is sacrosanct.
‘National sovereignty’ and the turf lines (‘borders‘) it holds sacred are bad ideas in general. They’re even worse when politicians demand the benefits of their protection while repudiating the restrictions they impose. Let’s just hope that as ‘national sovereignty’ and ‘borders’ disintegrate, the state itself disintegrates with them.”
Thomas L. Knapp

“When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion.
When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing.
When you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors.
When you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you.
When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – you may know that your society is doomed.”
–Ayn Rand

“I have never understood the mindset of parents who failed in what is, perhaps, their highest moral duty: to protect their sons and daughters from harm or destruction brought on by others. How any human being can love the state more than they do their own child is beyond my capacities to explain.”
Butler Shaffer

“If we attempt to examine government from an outsider’s perspective, we would see a world where people are grouped into two different categories, those in government and those not. At face value, we can see that these two groups of people have completely different standards and expectations, even though they are the same species and have the same basic needs. Looking closer, we can see that these different standards and laws are not neutral, they are very much benefiting those in government at the expense of those who are not. The most important discrepancy to mention here is the fact that those in government have a license to kill anyone who happens to disobey them.”
J. G. Vibes

“The only way to limit government is to eliminate it. Anything else sounds good but has never worked. Never in all of human history. But remember that without consent, government is powerless. I do not consent. The fewer of us who consent, the less government can really do.”
Kent McManigal

“The bottom line is that regardless of the so-called ‘legal’ authority, all U.S. wars are wars of aggression, which means they are immoral, unholy, and murderous. They are waged for purposes of imperial conquest, for power, to steal or control the natural resources of other countries, and to enrich all those government supporters who are dependent on warmongering, such as government contract corporations, and the big banking sector.”
Gary D. Barnett

“The founders of these United States of America knew exactly what government was and yet they created one anyway.
Apparently they thought they could give us a dangerous servant; instead we have a fearful master.
What were they thinking?”
Garry Reed

“US Special Forces pride themselves on being problem-solvers in open-ended situations, on being leaders not followers, and on being aggressive not meek. They think of the rest of us as being meek followers. They could not be more mistaken. The remaining population contains huge numbers of problem-solvers, leaders and aggressive persons. They just do not join the armed forces and go into the elite branches of those forces. They direct their capacities in more peaceful directions.”
Michael S. Rozeff

“Much of what passes for ‘conservative’ these days is actually materialism: The ‘defense’ leg of conservatism's famous ‘three-legged stool’ (defense, social, economic) of conservatism often demonstrates no ‘values’ other than its own desire for plunder. ‘Democracy’ simply becomes a fig-leaf for the lust for power. And the banksters of ‘business’ are hardly better."
Christopher Manion

“We have gone from Southerners being the only group in American history to seriously challenge the ‘supremacy’ of Washington, D.C. over everyone's lives, to a culture that gleefully panders and grovels to its imperial rulers in Washington by sacrificing its children by the thousands in the state's wars.
Most Southerners will continue to support the neocon agenda of endless unjust war that has nothing to do with national defense because to do otherwise would be to admit that, for generations, they have willingly sacrificed the lives of their children for no other reason than to kiss the asses of the politicians in Washington.”
Thomas DiLorenzo

“The man
Of virtuous soul commands not nor obeys.
Power like a desolating pestilence
Pollutes whate’er it touches; and obedience,
Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth,
Makes slaves of men, and of the human frame
A mechanized automaton”
Percy Bysshe Shelley
From the Darkness:
“We must advocate for the traditional family, protect the sanctity of procreation and ensure that all men using PDE-5 inhibitors are healthy, stable, and educated about their options -- including celibacy as a viable life choice. This legislation will do just that.
I’m fed up over all this concern, consideration and conversation over the feeble and fragile minds of women who are unable to make decisions on their own. I thought it was time to show our men some love and some regulation. It was time to level the playing field for all.”
Ohio state senator Nina Turner, after introducing a mill aimed at protecting men from the risks of PDE-5 inhibitors -- drugs like Viagra that are commonly used to treat symptoms of erectile dysfunction -- in an effort to “guide men to make the right decision for their bodies.”

“I think (these are) options [a naval blockade of Iran] that whoever is willing to participate should explore, including Israel and including the United States.”
Sen. Carl Levin

"You just have to push through these things [the massacre of about 16 Afghan civilians by a U.S. soldier].
I hope that the strategy partnership agreement between the United States and Afghanistan will stop the narrative we’re leaving. We can win this thing. We can get it right."
Sen. Lindsey Graham

"As of March, every last gun shop remaining in Venezuela - and there are less than 80 - should be closed. That is to say, in Venezuela, the perverse chapter of the commercialization of firearms and munitions is over."
Venezuelan Interior and Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami

"Our democracy has been hacked. The Internet is the most fantastic tool ever brought into being to make things right and to fix our democracy."
Al Gore, promoting the internet as a tool of mob rule

"I do not believe this incident [Afghan massacre] will change the timetable of a strategy that was designed and is being implemented in a way to allow for the withdrawal of U.S. forces, to allow for their transfer of lead security authority over to the Afghans."
White House spokesman Jay Carney

"We’re not going to fix Afghanistan. It’s not possible. What you have to do is say, ‘You know, you’re going to have to figure out how to live your own miserable life… Because you clearly don’t want to learn from me how to be unmiserable.’”
New Gingrich, the most consistent slime ball in the race for US Dictator

“Including LFTB [lean, finely textured beef, i.e., “pink slime”] in the national school lunch program’s beef products accomplishes three important goals on behalf of 32 million kids: 1) improves the nutritional profile, 2) increases the safety of the products and 3) meets the budget parameters that allow the school lunch program to feed kids nationwide every day.”
Beef Products Inc. spokesman Rich Jochum

“Unless and until the law [Obama Care] is repealed by Congress or overturned by the Supreme Court, all health care stakeholders — including state policymakers — need to prepare for it as though it will be the law of the land forever. Wishing the law away is not a strategy. Hoping that it is overturned is not a plan.”
David Merritt, health advisor to Newt Gingrich and also a senior adviser at Leavitt Partners-  a consulting firm that makes money by helping states implement ObamaCare

“We are on the right path [in Afghanistan]. I am absolutely convinced of that but the key right now is to stick to that path. And if we do anything precipitous to back away from that, I think that, in my mind, could very well jeopardize our mission.”
Leon Panetta [“Mission?” Which is what- killing people? How many must you kill before the “mission” is completed? Or will having 100% of surviving Afghans licking your boots be sufficient?]

"Here at the site of the twin towers, Ground Zero, here is the place to remember why what we do overseas is so important, so people are safe at home."
British Prime Minister David Cameron, completely oblivious to the truth of blowback

"In all of our interactions – including today – I've learned something about David [Cameron]. In good times and in bad, he's just the kind of partner that you want at your side. I trust him … I've seen his character. And I've seen his commitment to human dignity, during Libya."
B. Obama [So the slaughter in Libya was “dignified.?”]

“Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters — all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing; the latter now going to cloud computing, in many areas greater and greater supercomputing, and, ultimately, heading to quantum computing.”
CIA director David Petraeus explaining how the rise of new “smart” gadgets means that Americans are effectively bugging their own homes, saving US spy agencies a job when it identifies any “persons of interest”

“Our freedom of religion and freedom of practice of that religion in the military is one of our greatest assets to our fighting force.”
Leroy A. Petry, Medal of Honor recipient [Kill for Jesus!]

“De Oppresso Libre -- free the oppressed,. Our friends are those in need and even though they don’t know us we do it because we believe it’s right.”
Leroy A. Petry, Medal of Honor recipient, defending and justifying murderous, American Exceptionalism

“Rick Santorum believes that federal obscenity laws should be vigorously enforced. ‘If elected President, I will appoint an Attorney General who will do so.’”
From Santorum’s website [Ricky wants to protect us from dirty pictures, but not from state agents spying on us.]

No comments: