Sunday, July 25, 2010

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
What if the modern version of society is really nothing more than a sleight of hand designed to fool the masses into becoming little more than government mules, allowed their simple pleasures in exchange for providing the muscle and the money needed to feed the beast?”
David Galland

“The political establishment and its media toadies will condemn any sentiment that suggests that you and I approach the solution to the national debt crisis with the same self-interest motivation that led the institutional order to create it.”
Butler Shaffer

“Administrative detention is structural violence for the professionals. At the personal level, the terror as an organizing principle of society relies on selective terror, which means destroying one's political opposition through acts of terror directed at individuals. It derives from the Eye of God technique, which plays on primitive fears of an all-seeing cosmic Eye of God that sees into your mind.”
Doug Valentine

“By making our military a league of heroes, we ensure that the brutalizing aspects and effects of war will be played down. In celebrating isolated heroic feats, we often forget that war is guaranteed to degrade humanity as well.”
William J. Astore

“You don't have ‘Second Amendment rights,’ the government has 'Second Amendment limits.' That they choose to illegally and illegitimately ignore and violate those limits doesn't affect your rights in the least. It only affects your liberty, which is the freedom to exercise those rights.”
Kent McManigal

“Authorities want parents to fear technology for the independence it can foster. They will not honestly evaluate the premises of what growing up is supposed to mean. Instead, any challenge to the official way of growing up – any new way of doing things, whether new music or new technology – is viewed with suspicion or hostility.”
Darian Worden

“A world mired in socialism, interventionism, conflict, and war is desperately in need of leadership toward peace, prosperity, harmony, and liberty. Americans themselves can remain mired in this statist muck or we can lead the world to freedom and free markets, not to mention to religious and ethical principles regarding man’s relationship to man. What better place to start than by opening our borders to the free movements of goods, services, and people?”
Jacob Hornberger

“This continuing failure of socialism, from the mercifully assassinated Pol Pot through to the thankfully disappeared Gordon Brown, arises because it is impossible to make involuntary socialism work. This is mainly because of the economic-calculation problem but also partially because the core of socialism rests upon the hideously destructive basis of envy, which prefers self-immolation and self-righteous aggression to the terrible potential sight of ever seeing anyone succeed in life.”
Andy Duncan
From the Darkness:
"We are committed to making each traveler's screening experience as pleasant and smooth as possible. We are also committed to treating each traveler with dignity and respect."
From the “Passenger Civil Rights” at the TSA website.

"We still believe that the policy that the military signed onto, put together initially, signed onto, is, in fact, going to work."
Joe Biden, expressing his support for the Afghanistan occupation.

"If we see the need for some sort of regulation we will approach the city attorney and city council to create some sort of ordinance."
Nederland, TX Police Chief Darrell Bush, expressing a need to regulate K2, even after admitting the drug hasn’t been a problem in his city.

"I think it's extremely problematic from a Judeo-Christian standpoint to grant citizenship to people whose first act on American soil was to break an American law."
Bryan Fischer, director of issue analysis for the American Family Association.

"Peace-seeking Muslims, pls understand, Ground Zero mosque is UNNECESSARY provocation; it stabs hearts. Pls reject it in interest of healing."
Sarah Palin in a Twitter post.

"We're trying to escape the bonds of gravity, leave behind an era of mistrust and launch a new period of cooperation."
Queen Hillary, after announcing $500 million is payoff money to the Pakistani government.

“In America, the ideology of libertarianism is itself a scandal. It involves not only a retreat from Obamaism but a retreat from the most basic social commitments to the weak, elderly and disadvantaged, along with a withdrawal from American global commitments. Libertarianism has a rigorous ideological coldness at its core.”
Michael Gerson, Washington Post

"We shouldn't make this kind of profit on oil or on health or on war or on prisons. All these industries should be public industries."
Oliver Stone

"There are some very big issues confronting us dealing with growing the economy and Iraq and Afghanistan, so closing the facility is not an issue that is being discussed very broadly, and I think that you are not going to see it discussed very broadly in the near term.”
Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Obama's failed promise to close the prison for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay

"At the current moment the large deficits, as unattractive as they are, are important for supporting economic activity."
Ben Bernanke, monetary genius.

"…….the economic outlook remains unusually uncertain."
Ben Bernanke, confused genius.

“It is entirely uncertain that we need to promise the entire world that the next time there will be 'zero casualties' among civilians, because this won't happen. We were very moral during the previous operation, and thus we will be in the future. However, there is a limit as to how much we can present ourselves as the bad guys in the story”
Unidentified IDF agent, responding to a pledge by the Israeli Foreign Ministry to curb the number of civilians killed in the next Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip.

"This isn't just about lines on a spreadsheet. When government doesn't work like it should, it has a real effect on people’s lives.”
B. Obama, hyping the USG’s latest “fight against government waste” scam. [Work? Is that what it does?]

“Writers who have not taken a year of PhD coursework in a decent economics department (and passed their PhD qualifying exams), cannot meaningfully advance the discussion on economic policy, [I]t is exceedingly unlikely that these authors have anything interesting to say about economic policy.”
Kartik Athreya, senior economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

“To require all persons in the United States between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform national service, either as a member of the uniformed services or in civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, to authorize the induction of persons in the uniformed services during wartime to meet end-strength requirements of the uniformed services, and for other purposes.”
Text from H.R.5741, Universal Service Act.

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