Sunday, June 6, 2010

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
"In the real world, Mr. Market always wins. He always wins because he IS the real world."
Bill Bonner

“……The market tends toward an ever-evolving, ever-changing tapestry of association, with patterns that cannot be known in advance and should not be regulated by federal masters. In contrast, government's attempts to regulate association lead to disorder and social calamities.”
Lew Rockwell

“A valid contract requires voluntary offer, acceptance, and consideration. I’ve never received an offer from my rulers, so I certainly have not accepted one; and rather than consideration, I have received nothing but contempt from the rulers, who, notwithstanding the absence of any agreement, have indubitably threatened me with grave harm in the event that I fail to comply with their edicts. What monumental effrontery these people exhibit! What gives them the right to rob me and push me around? It certainly is not my desire to be a sheep for them to shear or slaughter as they deem expedient for the attainment of their own ends.”
Robert Higgs

“I believe the government response to the recession has created budgetary stress sufficient to bring about the crisis much sooner. Our generation – not our grandchildren’s – will have to deal with the consequences. If we do one thing, let’s stop bemoaning the fate of our grandchildren on this topic. We might take the issue more seriously if we realize that our own future is at risk.”
David Einhorn

“Israel murders people and then blames its victims. This appeals to American conservatives, who want the US to do the same.”
Paul Craig Roberts

“Reliance on robotic warfare has escalated from the Bush to the Obama administrations, with very little significant public debate. More than ever before, it is true that the U.S. doesn’t want our bodies to be part of warfare; there’s also not much interest in our consent. All that is required is our money.”
Kathy Kelly

“The ‘law’ is meaningless; right or wrong is what you should worry about.
Everything that is wrong was already ‘illegal’ millennia ago. No new ‘wrong’ has been discovered since the day of the Neanderthal. Evil people have tried to justify wrongs, such as slavery and theft, by passing ‘laws’ that ‘legalize’ them, but the nature of right and wrong did not change to suit the ‘law'".
Kent McManigal

“Ignorance of the law is no excuse, but only some are allowed to know the law; you must submit to those of higher status than you; and rules are made by rulers, but only the ruled must strictly follow them.”
Darian Worden

“Israel does not need enemies. It has itself. Or more precisely: it has its government.”
Leon Wieseltier, The New Republic

“….Self-defense is an individual right. No state, Jewish or otherwise, has the "right" to exist, and all of them -- the Israeli state emphatically included -- prosper at the expense of those they supposedly protect.”
Will Grigg

"…..When I am invited to get out of the country, I feel like someone living in a town taken over by the James Gang who has been told that if he doesn’t like being robbed and bullied by uninvited thugs, he should move to another town. To me, it seems much more fitting that the criminals get out.”
Robert Higgs
From the Darkness:
Legitimate media sources are critically important to our government.”
Michigan State Senator Bruce Patterson, introducing legislation that will regulate reporters.

"The fact that people are willing to stand up and do what’s difficult, they’re willing to stand up and do what’s frightening, and they’re willing to stand up and do what often costs, really is the measure of not just a person, but of a people."
Gen. Stanley McChrystal, giving his Memorial Day salute to the state’s robotic cannon fodder.

"A country of our size, with its focus on exports and thus reliance on foreign trade, must be aware that ... military deployments are necessary in an emergency to protect our interests -- for example when it comes to trade routes, for example when it comes to preventing regional instabilities that could negatively influence our trade, jobs and incomes."
German President Horst Köhler

“If a few states experiment with compulsory voting and demonstrate its democracy- enriching potential, they might, in this way, smooth the path to national consideration.”
Williiam A. Galston, Brookings Institution, pushing for mandatory voting in the US.

“The idea is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger'"
Dov Weisglass, an adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, explaining the reason for the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

Direct delivery by sea is neither appropriate nor responsible, and certainly not effective, under the circumstances.”
UN Ambassdor Alejandro Wolff, excusing Israel’s crime of attacking the aid ships to Gaza.

“I think that members of the United States Congress understand why the blockade was in place against Hamas and support it, once you start at that place, a boat that bows into the teeth of that blockade isn’t going to be viewed sympathetically.
As Israel continues to be unjustly challenged on the international stage, the United States must continue its efforts to stand up for Israel’s self-defense.”
New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, defending the Israeli massacre.

“As traditional media have become less diverse and less competitive, they have also grown less responsible and less responsive to the communities that they are supposed to serve. In this same atmosphere hate speech thrives, as hate has developed as a profit-model for syndicated radio and cable television program masquerading as news.”
Text of a letter from a coaltion of 30 media organizations, urging The Federal Communications Commission to monitor “hate speech” on talk radio and cable broadcast networks.

“Child pornography is great…. It is great because politicians understand child pornography. By playing that card, we can get them to act, and start blocking sites. And once they have done that, we can get them to start blocking file sharing sites.”
Johan Schluter, anti- piracy activist.

"This 'relief' convoy was not about humanitarian aid, as the liberal mainstream media keeps reporting. The whole operation was designed to provoke Israel, not to provide supplies to Palestinians held hostage by Hamas terrorists in Gaza. Anyone who sees the video of Israeli commandos being attacked as they land on that ship knows the people aboard were vicious thugs, not 'peace activists.' The media insults our intelligence with their outright mischaracterization of who these enemies are."
Sarah Palin, earning her fat paycheck from the Zionist lobby.

“The precision is unsurpassed in the history of human conflict. No one’s come up with a better alternative, assuming they see value in trying to stop killers like al Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban. This is a policy of legitimate and lawful self-defense, driven by absolute necessity’”
Anonymous American government official, defending recent unmanned drone airstrikes initiated by the U.S. military in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“Through this document, we seek to prompt discussion of whether to recommend policy changes to support the ongoing 'reinvention' of journalism, and, if so, which specific proposals appear most useful, feasible, platform-neutral, resistant to bias, and unlikely to cause unintended consequences in addressing emerging gaps in news coverage."
From a FTC report, listing potential policy recommendations to “reinvent the field of journalism.”

“Revelation 13 depicts the state as a totalitarian beast – a metaphor for Rome, which was persecuting the Christians. This passage serves as a clear warning about the abuse of governmental power. But a power-hungry government is clearly an aberration and violation of the proper role of government in protecting its citizens and upholding the demands of fairness and justice. To disparage government per se – to see government as the central problem in society – is simply not a biblical position.”
Jim Wallis of Sojourners

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