Sunday, March 25, 2012

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“If we pay close attention to events in our world, we are reminded of the fallacy of the long-standing belief that ‘in unity there is strength.’ Formalized, structured systems foster strength for the organization only to the degree it promotes the weakness of its members. Centrally-organized behavior creates a jugular vein of vulnerability, a point which, when attacked, allows the attacker to control or destroy the entire group.”
Butler Shaffer

“….When the government steps in and gives itself the responsibility to ‘protect’ your rights, it is simultaneously stripping you of your ability to actually defend your own rights. When you are dependent upon the whims and capabilities of another human being to protect your rights, you are literally handing your rights over to them and essentially submitting to slavery.”
J. G. Vibes

“'War is hell,' as the old saying goes, so why do so many support war and those who prosecute them? Why are all those doing the murdering considered heroes to the masses in this country? Why do soldiers follow orders to kill, when that killing is unjustified? Why are American flags constantly waving, and why is the national anthem, a celebration of war, always sung at every local and national event? Why do so many pledge their allegiance to a flag, an allegiance that is the communistic epitome of worshiping the state regardless of its actions? Why do Americans love war?”
Gary D. Barnett

“Most authority in our modern world is, really, only petty authority. True authority is fostered by a sense of respect that is earned through leadership by example. The greatest authorities are those who teach, not those who command; and political governance is null and void if that governance was attained through subversion and lies.”
Brandon Smith

“The notion that 20-year old soldiers from the bottom of western society can win hearts and minds of Afghan tribesmen is one of the most ludicrous myths of our times.”
Eric Margolis

“The Gloomy Gus prognosticators of the Internet are always complaining that the ‘sheeple’ just ‘don't get it.’ But it only takes, what ... five percent of the population to be ‘illuminated’ before big changes begin to happen.
Of course, there's no science to such an analysis. But we would argue that if even the RIGHT three percent of a population finally understands the ways their World Works, that societal evolution is all but inevitable. Change will come. Freedom may increase.”
From a staff report at The Daily Bell

“The procedures which have been put into effect to ensure that humankind remains in a state of non-awareness are many and varied. Many, which are quite deadly underneath, look innocuous enough on the surface and remain accepted by the majority as necessary aspects of the standard routines of daily life. Others are less easily received and even resisted; but few amongst us comprehend the fact that they all belong to one underlying plan of repression, control and domination.”
Julian Rose

“Greed is not good when it comes to public policy. Greed causes people to advocate for more guns in the room. Greed causes people to advocate for violence against their neighbor. Greed causes people to worship the printing press and the theft of wealth through inflation. Greed causes people to demand services from others while simultaneously demanding that others pay for those services. Greed and the gun go hand in hand.”
Michael Suede

“I believe that Christians have for the most part failed to fulfill their calling. Instead of making converts and instructing them in the biblical precepts of Christian living, they turn to the state to criminalize what they consider to be immoral behavior. Instead of changing people’s minds about what is and what is not acceptable in society, they seek to use the state to change people’s behavior. Instead of being an example to the world, they want to use the state to make the world conform to their example. Instead of educating themselves and other Christians about what is appropriate behavior, they rely on the state to make that determination. Instead of being the salt of the earth and the light of the world, they want the state to assume those roles. Instead of minding their own business, they mind everyone else’s business.”
Laurence Vance

“Time and time again throughout history as once great empires accelerated their declines, governments have taken steps to protect their interests against the people.
In the past, they have imposed curfews, disarmed the population, curtailed civil liberties, and declared national emergencies, usually against some great faceless enemy from abroad who threatens their way of life.
As it turns out, though, our great faceless enemy is not some mythical boogeyman living in a cave, nor some angry brown person who hates us for our freedoms... but the very people within the system who've taken an oath to 'support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.'“
Simon Black

“The longer people live with educational socialism, the more they adapt to its inefficiencies, deprivations and even indignities. So it is with American public schools. Many people love them, but it’s like the ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ We’ve come to have a special appreciation for our captors and masters because we see no way out."
Jeffrey Tucker

“Liberty is a birthright. Yet we’re trying to beg government for rights to it. Anyone see a problem with this? Everything is backwards. Yet the world drudges on in its labors to earn its freedom and security. What a scam.
Wake up slaves! Wake the hell up!”
Zen Gardner
From the Darkness:
“The thing we’re trying to do here is recognize the commitment these young men and women have made [to the military]. If they’re willing to say, ‘You know what, I’m ready to serve,’ that’s somebody stepping up to the line who has demonstrably acquired some critical thinking, strategic planning and leadership skills.”
Elizabeth Schultz, Fairfax County (Va.) school board member, on the proposal to honor those who have enlisted in the military at school graduations [Wars will not end until people refuse to fight them. People will not refuse to fight them until such a choice is seen as insane, rather than honorable.]

“Governance is the process of decision-making and the process by which decisions are implemented (or not implemented). It also can be defined as the rational organization of society in order to achieve the objectives emerging from its common concerns emerging from material, economic, historical and cultural foundations and needs. Governance includes the creation and the functioning of institutions and of norms at various levels from the local to the global.”
From the United Nations’ "Draft International Covenant on Environment and Development" [This isn’t a definition of “governance.” This is a definition of centrally planned tyranny.]

“A caring state is no nanny, it is doing its job. Whenever the accusation of nanny state is made, people are effectively mocking a venerable tradition of beneficial state involvement, a journey that began with habeas corpus (which provided citizens with protection from unlawful imprisonment). Chris Middendorp , The Age
[Uh, Chris- habeas corpus was created to protect the individual FROM the state.]

"There is increased attention on the terror inflicted upon innocent people by the LRA {Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda] — and that's a good thing. I am hopeful that we can use this momentum as a force for change. We must do all that we can to protect innocent civilians — especially children — and end LRA violence once and for all."
Rep. Jim McGovern, introducing a bipartisan resolution spotlighting the Ugandan war lord and his Lord's Resistance Army this week, calling for stepped-up efforts to expand regional forces to "protect citizens and pursue LRA commanders."
“Well I would give myself a pretty good grade because if you look at what we’ve done, and what we’ve supported, and the breakthroughs that have occurred during this tenure, I think it speaks very well.”
Department Of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, when asked what he would grade himself, considering the abysmal track record of the agency he heads

"There are laws against purveying hard-core pornography. And that—we have attorney generals in the country, at least under the Bush administration, who did prosecute that.”
Rick Santourm, still insisting on protecting us from dirty pictures

“This isn’t about promoting sterilization. No one -- there aren’t college girls lining up to become sterilized because they feel like it. And we’re talking about medical procedures.”
Rep. Xavier Becerra, on a new Obamacare regulation that requires all student health insurance plans to offer college women free sterilizations [Those of us who live in the real world realize that subsidizing is exactly the same as promoting.]

"While recognizing that terrorists are willing to manipulate societal norms to evade detection, our officers continue to work with parents to ensure a respectful screening process for the entire family at the checkpoint."
Statement from the TSA in a response to a video showing a 3yearold boy with a broken leg, in a wheelchair, being molested by one of their agents

"I have noticed that teachers tell children they shouldn't have a best friend and that everyone should play together. They are doing it because they want to save the child the pain of splitting up from their best friend.”
Educational psychologist Gaynor Sbuttoni, commenting on a new policy started in some UK schools that bans school children from having best friends

“You can go back 500 years. You cannot find a more audacious plan [the illing“ of Osama bin Laden]. Never knowing for certain. We never had more than a 48 percent probability that he was there.”
Joe Biden [Actually, Joe, the probability was zero, since he’s been dead for 10 years.]

"My opinion is that we will need significant combat power [in Afghanistan] in 2013."
Marine Gen. John Allen, looking for more blood

“Anyone who regularly consults Internet sites which promote terror or hatred or violence will be sentenced to prison. What is possible for pedophiles should be possible for trainee terrorists and their supporters, too."
French president Nicolas Sarkozy, proposing a new law that would criminalize viewing selected websites

“Since the gold standard determines the money supply, there is not much scope for the central bank to use monetary policy to stabilize the economy. Under a gold standard, typically the money supply goes up and interest rates go down in a period of strong economic activity – so that’s the reverse of what a central bank would normally do today.”
Ben Bernanke, explaining why a gold standard handicaps the government’s ability to address economic conditions [Duh. That’s why we want it.]

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