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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

some Facebook "Favorite" Quotations

Some quotes located on Facebook, but accurate as I understand them.
"If you have not accomplished every single thing then you have not accomplished anything." -- Red Whitaker

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. A man who has nothing which he cares about more than his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance at being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." -- John Stuart Mill

"The heart of man is deceitful without cure, who can understand it" -- Jeremiah 17:9

"There is a right and wrong in the Universe, and the distinction is not hard to make"

"I want to die peacefully, in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming, terrified, like his passengers."

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” -- 1 Samuel 16:7

"Everywhere, unthinking mobs of 'independent thinkers' wield tired cliches like cudgels, pummeling those who dare question 'enlightened' dogma. If 'violence never solved anything,' cops wouldn't have guns and slaves may never have been freed. If it's better that 10 guilty men go free to spare one innocent, why not free 100 or 1,000,000? Cliches begin arguments, they don't settle them." -- Jonah Goldberg

"Sometimes it is better to be known for one's enemies!"

"If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball."

"There is no try."

"Writing about politics is usually miserable, pointless, and time-consuming. It would be just as productive for me to sit by the road, giving the finger to people with the wrong bumperstickers." -- Shamus Young

"Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends!"
The above were copied from mine and I did not find them on Facebook, but source them from a variety of other places. For example, Jonah Goldberg's quote about cliches was created for a coffee cup series that Starbucks created for conversation pieces. Most of them I leave for others to guess where I got them, especially as I thought that attributing the phrases/quotes/statements on Facebook itself would rob from their own dignity, standing, and distract from their respective crucial truths. Creating context in the "Favorite Quotations" section on Facebook is tempting but never demanded nor really useful given the audience. I have no need to avoid those burdens on my own venue here.

These come from Dana Ritterbusch. She is quite young, very smart, and very attractive.
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"Dana, you are grade A ass real estate."
-Karen
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"Why do these straight edge people keep joining faire cast?? Just stay at Discovery Zone where you belong!"
-Paige
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"I think the ball is always intended for me, they might not throw it directly to me, but if you're in my area, it's my ball.
- Champ Bailey
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"I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!"
-Barry Goldwater
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"If Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella had a love child, you would definitely be it."
-Anne
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"A kiss that is never tasted is forever and ever wasted."
-Billie Holiday
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"Women love danger, if they could they would date a fire."
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"Some people throw in the towel. Real champions hang it back up."
-Sesame Street
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"Love is the only game never postponed due to darkness."
-Anonymous
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"This is our culture -- fight for it.
This is our flag -- pick it up.
This is our country -- take it back."
- Congressman Tom Tancredo
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"You're only given a speck of madness. You mustn't lose it."
-Robin Williams
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"There is no God. Only Staph!" - Kyla Andrew
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"That's the beauty of argument, if you argue correctly, you're never wrong."
-Nick Naylor, Thank You For Smoking
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"Which way is the train going?" -Dana
"North like a little bitch!!" -Kayla
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"God will not look your over for medals,
degrees or diplomas, but for scars."
-Elbert Hubbard
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"Taken out of context I must seem so strange."
-Ani DiFranco
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"Let's look death in the face and say 'whatever man'."
-Hurley, LOST Season 3
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She followed her Congressman Tom Tancredo even into the Presidential Primary campaigns, I presume. I know not if she followed his endorsement of MItt Romney for President, but I doubt it.

The following are taken from Joe Townsend, whose politics mirror mine in many ways, but his assertions and choice of time use is often wiser e.g. he speaks less so people take him more seriously.
"Those guys are so liberal with that call they must be in the socialist party" - Mickey Redmond commenting on an icing call during the Red Wings and Panthers game, 11/14/08

"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." - H.L. Mencken
"Freedom is not empowerment. Empowerment is what the Serbs have in Bosnia. Anybody can grab a gun and be empowered. It's not entitlement. An entitlement is what people on welfare get, and how free are they? It's not an endlessly expanding list of rights -- the "right" to education, the "right" to health care, the "right" to food and housing. That's not freedom, that's dependency. Those aren't rights, those are the rations of slavery -- hay and a barn for human cattle." - P.J. O'Rourke
One of the consequences of such notions as "entitlements" is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence.
-Thomas Sowell
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
-C.S. Lewis
The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive
-Thomas Sowell
"Compassion is no substitute for justice."
"...There's no such thing as a good gun. There's no such thing as a bad gun. A gun in the hands of a bad man is a very dangerous thing. A gun in the hands of a good person is no danger to anyone except the bad guys..."
"The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it."
- President Thomas Jefferson
"All of us need to be reminded that the Federal Government did not create the States; the States created the Federal Government."
- President Ronald Reagan
"[Taxes pay for] everything! Policemen, trees, sunshine. And let's not forget the folks who just don't feel like workin', God bless 'em!"
- Ned Flanders
"Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have ... The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases."
- President Thomas Jefferson
Nowhere at present is there such a measureless loathing of their country by educated people as in America
-Eric Hoffer
A ruling intelligentsia, whether in Europe, Asia or Africa, treats the masses as raw material to be experimented on, processed, and wasted at will
-Eric Hoffer
...mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent...
-Adam Smith
There is no safety for honest men but by believing all possible evil of evil men.
-Edmund Burke
Thomas Sowell purportedly is often attributed for that CS Lewis quote as he quotes CS Lewis those words. Mr. Townsend does not repeat that error. (Joe Townsend supported Senator Fred Thompson's bid for US President, as did I).

I feel the temptation to wipe the quotes clean from my page and simply replace them with CS Lewis's, likely with the fullest context I have quickly available.

The following is from Lindsey Michele Houser's Facebook page.
" Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action."

-The Bible, 1 John 3:18 NRSV
I will not assert the context or raise dispute based on context but the message as taken straightforward is a fair summary of a Christian's mission and could perhaps be taken as an indictment of certain folk. It certainly denies the notion of "love" as an emotion. I cannot tell what version of the Bible it is from. Three versions of that same verse can be found here.

The following is from my friend and fellow former activist Dennis Bentley.
"If we lose this war, history will record with the greatest astonishment, that those who had the most to lose, did the least to prevent it from happening."
-Ronald Reagan

"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning."
- Henry Ford

“I don’t care what mindless puppet they put on the throne of England so long as I control the money.”
-Nathan Rothschild

"When you boys come home and see an anti war protester walk up to him and shake his hand and be very polite, and then turn to his girlfriend and wink, because she knows she is dating a pussy."
-General Tommy Franks

“I look at Governor Romney, Mayor Giuliani, my good friend John McCain. Governor Romney joined with Bill Clinton for the 1994 gun ban when I was fighting that. Mayor Giuliani stood with them at the White House on that. Governor Romney has passed what I consider to be a major step towards socialism with respect to his mandated health care bill. John McCain is standing strong with Ted Kennedy on this Kennedy-McCain-Bush border enforcement bill. I think the guy who has got the most influence right here with these three gentlemen is Ted Kennedy. And I think we need to move away from the Kennedy-wing of the Republican Party.”
-Representative Duncan Hunter, Presidential Candidate 2008, at the NH Debate

“There is an old saying which I learned from the coach at Ohio State (Woody Hayes) and that was, 'when people start saying a lot of nice things about you, look out!'”
-Bo Schembechler commenting on his upset over the 1969 Buckeyes
Duncan Hunter's turn of phrase regarding Governor Mitt Romney, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and Senator John McCain (who unfortunately ended up as the Republican Presidential candidate for 2008) has the ring of truth. While he may be speaking broadly his assessment of the three men is more-or-less accurate. The former Governor of Massachusetts and the former Mayor of New York are both products and reflections of the political culture of their respective former constituencies. New York City is a Sanctuary City; Mayor Giuliani is a member of the New York Liberal Party; Massachusetts elected and continues to elect John Kerry as their Junior Senator and has elected Ted Kennedy to his post in the US Senate continuously even after the lake incident. I rant because Mitt Romney attempted a run to the left of Ted Kennedy on issues. Senator McCain simply is independent in his American Progressive beliefs. Never mind the details and contexts right now.

It is fitting that Dennis Bentley supported Duncan Hunter for US President in 2008, right until the bitter end.

This is the only time, with General Franks' quote, that I knowledgeably print or reprint a certain level of profanity or vulgarity on this weblog.

Only with proper opportunity will a follow-up to all of this occur.

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