Sunday, October 25, 2009

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“Far from encouraging a “fraternity of nations,” it is in the nature of government to actively set groups of people apart from and against one another. While “nations” tend to coalesce on the basis of common language, culture and ancestry, and to further re-form themselves through trade and commerce, “nation-states” are artificial agglomerations created for the purpose of asserting, and enforcing street-gang-style turf claims writ large.”
Thomas L. Knapp

“A dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot.”
Robert A. Heinlein

“Real crimes involve some variety of force and fraud to deprive someone of something to which he is entitled. Nobody is entitled to take the property of another through taxation, even if such pilferage is "authorized" by a majority of 300,000,000 to 1.”
Will Grigg

“The machine (government) can only accomplish that which it was designed to do: all governments, in their evolutionary process, eventually turn on their progenitors; the machine eventually rules the individual, no matter what "safeguards" have been put in place.”
Michael Gaddy

“The real America is the host organism, not the glorified corporate-state tapeworms living in our colon.”
Kevin Carson

“A military not strictly for defense of U.S. borders, shores, coasts, and skies is nothing more than the president’s personal attack force staffed by mercenaries willing to obey his latest command to bomb, invade, occupy, and otherwise bring death and destruction to any country he deems necessary.”
Laurence Vance

“Why wouldn’t the U.S. be better off simply exiting Afghanistan and bringing the troops home? After all, they’ve had a free hand to kill terrorists to their heart’s content for more than 8 years, and the situation is worse than ever. If they exited the country and came home, at least they would no longer be serving as a permanent terrorist-producing machine.”
Jacob Hornberger

“Even though the old constitution wishes to bestow blessings and liberty on their posterity, it has no power whatsoever to achieve this goal. Further, it never showed any intention toward future generations other than to offer useful recommendations to their posterity toward the blessings of liberty. If they were in some way able to bind future generations to the Constitution, they would not have bestowed liberty but slavery upon their posterity, since their children would be bound to it from birth, like it or not.”
Russell D. Longcore


From the Darkness:
"In an innovative society, people must be free to take unpopular decisions, disagree with conventional wisdom, know they are safe to peacefully challenge accepted practice and authority.”
Hillary Clinton [Except when they challenge the Queen, of course.]

“This additional assistance will be especially important in the coming months, as countless seniors and others have seen their retirement accounts and home values decline as a result of this economic crisis."
B. Obama, explaining why he is sending $250 to seniors not receiving a cost of living adjustment.

“Media will not be allowed to photograph or record video of U.S. personnel killed in action.”
A ground rules document issued Sept. 15 by Regional Command East at Bagram Air Field. [It’s okay, of course, to show killed and injured ragheads.]

"If we do not reach a deal at this time, let us be in no doubt: once the damage from unchecked emissions growth is done, no retrospective global agreement, in some future period, can undo that choice.
"So we should never allow ourselves to lose sight of the catastrophe we face if present warming trends continue."
Gordon Brown

“This strategic assurance is absolute, absolute, Mr. Prime Minister. It is a solemn obligation. Make no mistake about it: Our commitment to Poland is unwavering.”
Joe Biden

"We ignore the failed states at our own peril."

"We have to advocate for a better life for people and a democratic life for people."

"Yes, we've got to get Afghanistan right. We're going to have to do it with a sense of patience and a sense of urgency."

"It doesn't matter where you came from, it's where you're going."

"Today's headlines and history's judgments are rarely the same."
Condi Rice, setting a record for cliches in one recent speech in Dallas, concerning Afghanistan.

Image Review of the Week

Apparently, walls aren’t punishment enough:

More troops for more tears:

Looking for someone to harass, molest and terrorize:

"Too see.....

.....and listen to the wicked..... already the beginning of wickedness."


Climate kooks freak out.....

.....over some melted ice:

The victims of Prohibition keep piling up:

"He who is conceived in a cage yearns for the cage."

Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Feeling crowded?.....

.....Make yourself some space:

Magnets for rotten vegetables:

TSA mongrels come in all breeds:

Guilty of something, to be sure:

Not all appreciate The Gangster of Love:

Murdering gangsters steal Joe’s heart:

Shooting off your mouth can be counter productive:

Monday, October 19, 2009

DART the Dinosaur

Tempers are still hot and the blame game is still underway after DART’s failure to adequately transport thousands of Texas/OU football fans to the Cotton Bowl this past Saturday. Many folks did not arrive to the game until halftime or later, despite leaving for the site hours in advance.

DART’s initial response was to blame its customers- "Customers will learn the tricks of riding." How typical! Exactly what “tricks” are appropriate- sitting up on our hind legs and begging for a multi-billion dollar “rapid” transit operation to function efficiently and quickly? Or are your customers mistaken over the meaning of DART’s acronym- “Dallas Area RAPID Transit?” Perhaps it should be “Delayed And Retarded Trains.”

DART has been a parasite in Dallas for over 25 years, leeching off the area’s economic base. Everything in Dallas cost individuals 1% more (through a special sales tax) to satisfy the appetite of this thieving beast. Their pockets are so deep they’ve got loot to spend on exotic and questionable art.

Soviet-style, centrally planned, one-size-fits-all transportation systems, like DART, will ALWAYS fail to meet the needs of individuals. Being a tax subsidized monopoly, DART has absolutely NO incentive to improve or modify their service, as they are completely unaccountable and free of competition. No private competition will arise because no one can compete with a government subsidized agency. The people who actually use the “service” are paying well below market rates for their transportation, subsidized by the tax serfs who have no use for “mass transit.”

It’s WAY past time to close down and euthanize this tax eating dinosaur and sell its assets to the private sector who will truly service the transportation needs of the public.

All together now……

Monday, October 12, 2009

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“It's a very telling fallacy: the collectivist's concept of the national economy is represented by a single pie while capitalists envision a vibrant economy of unlimited pies.”
Garry Reed

"If a government is not legitimate, can it command your obedience? Were the victims of Al Capone’s extortion efforts in any way obligated to yield to his demands? True, those demands were not backed by any law save that of the gun, but how does that differ from demands made by an organizations which has thousands of laws, but pays no heed to those which might impair it, and makes new “laws” to justify itself."
Paul Hein

“Central planning does not work. Larger entities that use force and coercion to make others do the right thing lead to national prison camps disguised as nation-states.”
William Buppert

“The statist political agenda, if implemented, would logically lead to total control of the economy and to a far lower standard of living for us and our children; yet somehow we are expected to treat statist theft demands with honest and reasoned debate under the rules. We often pretend that statist positions are simply "mistaken" and that they actually can be persuaded from their ultimate mission by some fact-based argument or clever journal article citation. Given recent public policy events (bailouts, stimulus bills), however, that belief seems extremely na├»ve.”
Dom Armentano

“It's not compassion to steal from some to give to others. It is using violence to accomplish your ends, which, in this case, only delays necessary pain. No new wealth is created. It is merely shuffled around from spot to spot by force.”
Lew Rockwell

“In the name of stamping out racism or sexism in people’s minds, or eliminating poverty or violence, people ardently demand statism and poverty-inducing taxation/regulation, all enforced by violence. Only the abstraction, the state, allows them the means to rationalize acting upon these dark fantasies by creating a collective morality that is an inversion of the neighbor-to-neighbor kind.”
David Calderwood

“War is more than merely the health of the state — it’s the original template for how government “works.” The incentives are all geared toward doubling down on hubris, throwing good money after bad, and sacrificing blood and treasure — others’ blood and treasure, of course — without end to the cause of holding on to domestic political power.”
Thomas L. Knapp

“When justifications for war become almost endless – oil, hegemony, women's rights, democracy, revenge for 9/11, denying bases to al Qaeda, and protecting against terrorists – war becomes the path to peace.”
Paul Craig Roberts

“The Nobel peace committee should retire, and turn over its huge funds to some international peace organization which is not awed by stardom and rhetoric, and which has some understanding of history.”
Howard Zinn


From the Darkness:
“We know we still have a lot to do, in conjunction with nations around the world, to strengthen the rules governing financial markets and ensure that we never again find ourselves in the precarious situation we found ourselves in just one year ago.”
Barry Obama [The rules already in place didn’t work. Why would more make any difference?]

"Private markets for goods, services, labor and securities do mostly self-correct; but panic, driven by the acute fear of the unknown, feeds on itself and disarms these stabilizing tendencies. In this situation, only government can protect the economy as a whole, because most individuals and companies are involved in the self-defeating behavior of self-protection."
Christina Romer

“The new Elders will have to rescue America from the precipice. They’ll have to be mature, think of the collective, of the country as a whole.”
Peggy Noonan

“In today's world a central bank is an essential economic tool. Without the Fed's power to lend, to pump in and pull money from the banking system, to control the commercial paper market and inflation, and to influence the currency, this nation would be at a serious disadvantage.”
David Weidner's. Market Watch

“The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
The Norwegian Nobel Committee

“The Republican Party has thrown in its lot with the terrorists — the Taliban and Hamas this morning — in criticizing the President for receiving the Nobel Peace prize.”
DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse

“I cannot think of anyone today more deserving of this honour. In less than a year in office, he has transformed the way we look at ourselves and the world we live in and rekindled hope for a world at peace with itself.”
Mohamed ElBaradei, commenting on Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize

Image Review of the Week

Any politician in his youth:

Lincoln mislead a generation.....

.....and we’re still burying his dead:

Strategically located, .....

.....extravagantly equipped, .....

.....and accountable to no one, .....

.....THEY organize .....

.....THEY seek.....

.....THEY locate.....

.....THEY detain.....

.....THEY persecute.....

.....and WE fight back.....

any way WE can:

It's a no-go for the 5-ringed circus:

Bernie Madoff gets his:

"Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person."
Mother Teresa

The state wants your children- any way they can get them:

The Medicine Man, still tryin’ to sell his scam:

Speak out against state sponsored murder- get put in a cage:

All that’s missing is the manure:

“Do I think that the press should publish such photos? Not yes, but hell yes on afterburner.”
[The Rogue certainly will.]
Fred Reed

Pelosi head check. Is it hollow?

Bungling bureaucrats even aggravate the dead:

Yes, We Can!................. Kill For Peace!

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, .....

.....hope for tomorrow. .....

.....The important thing is not to stop questioning."

Albert Einstein

Watch all the little piggys line up at the trough:

Another heart warming homecoming:

Fly the wrong gang colors and risk being pursued: