Sunday, April 1, 2012

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“Everything in history revolves not around governments, but rule-breakers. They alone decide whether humanity will live tight in the fist of the authoritarian machine, or live free in the wilds of unbridled independence.”
Brandon Smith

….“’Freedom' is not achievable without an effort; a real effort. It is not achieved by prayer or by meditation, although both can support it. Neither is freedom simply the removal of a state of oppression. It is a direct and determined statement of intent to put in place a better world and to take the actions that give expression to this intent: physically, mentally and spiritually.”
Julian Rose

“I ask you, is our present model of the state the pinnacle of civilization? Is this fear based society the height of human civilization? Have we no more further to progress as a society? Is democracy and its associated flavors of republics and fascist states the best way to organize society? How many lives have been prematurely ended, either by direct state sponsored violence or by famine brought about by state control of resources, this past century? If the goal of governance is to make society more peaceful and prosperous, can these goals be accomplished through the introduction of more rules, more weapons, and more violent threats?”
Michael Suede

“People in power could conceivably lead the public into a more analytical mind set and into an attitude that could tolerate greater complexity and greater moral ambiguity. However, why should the powerful ever do that? Their incentive is to play up simple explanations and maintain the public in its simple ways of thought. It is to portray "us" as the good guys and always to have a roster of bad guys ready and handy. This is one way to maintain power. And the people with the power may actually believe this themselves, or many of them may.
One of the drawbacks of government-as-we-know-it, which is government of us by others who have power over us, is that we perpetuate immaturity. We discourage the development of analytical skills in favor of perpetuating simple theories of human behavior.”
Michael S. Rozeff

“Sgt. Robert Bales is to be charged with 17 counts of murder, 6 counts of attempted murder, and 6 counts of aggravated assault as well as dereliction of duty and other violations of military law. This is for the recent massacre in Afghanistan. But if he had sat in an air-conditioned office in the United States and guided a drone over Afghanistan and killed these same 17 people he would be a hero. Likewise if he had killed 17 people while devastating Fallujah in Iraq. Events like the massacre in Afghanistan only serve to divert attention from the criminality of the war to begin with.”
Laurence Vance

“It's a pity that Bush, when he was in office, made such a big deal of evil. He discredited the concept. He made Boobus americanus think it only existed in a distant axis, in places like North Korea, Iraq and Iran – which were and still are irrelevant backwaters and arbitrarily chosen enemies. Bush trivialized the concept of evil and made it seem banal because he was such a fool. All the while real evil, very immediate and powerful, was growing right around him, and he lacked the awareness to see he was fertilizing it by turning the US into a national security state after 9/11.”
Doug Casey

“I’ll even concede the high ground of the lexicon, and accept the ridiculous concept of the ‘fair share.’ I will pay my fair share as a taxpayer after, and only after, Washington starts SPENDING its fair share. Spending $1.40 and only taking in $1.00 is not fair. Borrowing trillions is not fair. And a Federal budget running north of $2 trillion a year is not fair. When DC gets serious about making real spending cuts in current year budgets, then and only then will I come to the table and talk about paying my fair share.”
Russell Longcore
From the Darkness:
“Although the former vice president [Dick Cheney] and his family do not know the identity of the donor, they will be forever grateful for this lifesaving gift.”
Cheney aide, Kara Ahern, thanking the family of Cheney’s heart donor. [They obviously didn’t know their loved one’s heart was going to keep the devil alive.]

"These decisions reflect America's over-arching goal: to maintain our strategic partnership with an Egypt made stronger and more stable by a successful transition to democracy."
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, commenting on the US approval of $1.3 of military aide to Egypt’s military dictatorship [Makes sense- strengthen a dictatorship to "transistion" to democracy.]

“This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.”
B. Obama, speaking to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev regarding controversial issues such as missile defense [Flexibility, meaning being able to act with any accountability.]

"If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon [Martin].”
B. Obama, making shameless political hay out of the tragic killing of a teenager

“We cannot fight wars by polls. If we do that we’re in deep trouble. We have to operate based on what we believe is the best strategy to achieve the mission that we are embarked on. And the mission here is to safeguard our country by insuring that the Taliban and al-Qaida never again find a safe haven in Afghanistan.”
Leon Panetta, dismissing a New York Times/CBS News poll found that 69 percent of those questioned believe the United States should not be at war in Afghanistan,
[And here I thought the people controlled their government in the blessed USA, not like in North Korea.]

"Their lives are better. They got the better end of the deal. They weren’t innocent. They’re trying to kill us, and you want me to apologise to them? It’s like saying sorry to the enemy.”
Lynndie England, torturer of Iraqi prisoners, when asked if she would apologize to her victims

“….The Senate supports calls by Arab leaders to provide the people of Syria with the means to defend themselves against Bashar al-Assad and his forces, including through the provision of weapons and other material support, and calls on the President to work closely with regional partners to implement these efforts effectively.”
From a a Senate resolution introduced by Sen. John McCain, that calls for establishing safe zones inside Syria for civilians and support for arming the opposition against the regime of Bashar al Assad.

“Under certain circumstances, the FBI has the ability to bend or suspend the law and impinge upon the freedom of others. The FBI has the ability to gather information on individuals that would normally be protected under the US Constitution through the use of FISA, Title 3 monitoring, NSL reports, etc. We often create ethical dilemmas for others when we ask a source to provide information on someone that they normally would not provide information on. We are our own counsel, we normally don’t have the freedom to seek advice from outsiders. Issues have to be dealt with personally.”
From an FBI memo encouraging their agents to work outside the law in their quest to find alleged terrorists and criminals.
"I have a feeling that the only thing that will stop [Ayatollah Ali Khamenei] and the only thing that will stop [President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad is if they see strength, if they see power, if they see determination, if they see an America that is willing to support the people that want to overthrow the regime of Iran."
Rudolph Giuliani, showing his support for an Iranian dissident and terrorist group called the People's Mujahedin of Iran, also known as the Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK.

“The world should be ruled by a new global parliament under the auspices of the United Nations.”
Senator Bob Brown, Australian Globalist, Greens Party leader and unofficial leader of the Australian Labor Party

"This is white supremacy, and we will fight you. And before we will let you take over our city [Detroit], we will burn it down first."
Malik Shabazz, minister, commenting a financial review team was sent in by Michigan governor Rick Snyder to perform a financial review to understand the severity of the city's financial distress [Shabazz seems to forget that Detroit has been “led” by black mayors since 1974.]

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