Potent Quotables (updated periodically)

  • "If you like sausages and laws, you should never watch either one of them being made." -- Otto von Bismarck
  • "God who gave us life, gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever." -- Thomas Jefferson
  • "The best way to prove a stick is crooked is to lay a straight one beside it" -- FW Boreham
  • "There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who walk into a room and say, 'There you are' and those who say, 'Here I am'" -- Abigail Van Buren
  • "It was not political rhetoric, mass rallies or poses of moral indignation that gave the people a better life. It was capitalism." -- Thomas Sowell

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Danger of Truth

On this blog and in other settings I tend to talk about truth and reality a lot.  But there's a danger to that.  All you have to do to recognize it is look back at history, even recent history.  Figures like David Koresh, Jim Jones, and Marshall Applewhite show that truth sometimes appears to be in the eye of the beholder.  Islamic terrorism is a good example of what happens when a strong belief system is coupled with cultural identity and a desperation for salvation.  It's crucial to be able to differentiate between truth and belief.  Truth is simply what equates to reality despite what I choose to believe.  It is not perception, or hope, or even plans.  It is simply what is.  That's why God's statement of "I AM" is so interesting.  It seems awkwardly simplistic for an infinite being to just come out and say, "I am."  You would think that is obvious.  But the truth isn't always so obvious.  Maybe that's why He said it; to remind man where ultimate truth's source is found.  While I think truth is ultimately very important, I think that it's also very important for me to realize sometimes that I may not have fully grasped it yet.  However, the fact that the truth is not always easy to grasp doesn't mean it isn't worth searching nor give a valid excuse for bowing to the world's philosophy of moral relativism.  Two opposing views can never truly be reconciled unless there is a third thing to compare them to, and that third thing is called the truth.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

Fahrenheit 9/11




A lot of people are outspoken about the Quran burning thing.  It's hard not to wonder where their passion is when it comes to flag burners and chanters of "death to America". 

Friday, August 27, 2010

Because He Says it Sowell

Another incredible interview with Dr. Thomas Sowell who says things much better than I and is also much kinder about it.  Does anyone else find it interesting that the liberal media would have you believe there is no such thing as a conservative black man?  Well I know of several, and they're awesome!

Video interview - Part 1
Video interview - Part 2
Video interview - Part 3
Video interview - Part 4
Video interview - Part 5

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Bigger They Are

Big companies are a lot like big government.  They're both functionally incompetent.  No, I'm not saying the people that work for them are incompetent.  Many of them are geniuses.  What I'm saying is that large organizations sometimes get so big that they can't function worth a tinker's dam. 

Case in point: I was just dealing with someone this morning from a large corporation.  I dialed the phone number on this person's email signature and entered her extension...then I listened to some automation...then I entered her extension again...then I finally got a prompt to enter an extension...then I entered her extension once again...then I got someone else on the phone...not the person I was calling...this person didn't know the person I was calling...so I gave her the extension...the person was unavailable...the same person that told me she would be handling something first thing this morning...that thing hasn't happened yet...so I'll send an email and cross my fingers.

For those who want government to get bigger and bigger and have more and more control over the daily lives of Americans...try calling a big bank...or a credit card company...or your phone company...remember that feeling of powerlessness...and then quadruple it.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Move over Genghis

Religious liberty is wonderful until it provides the freedom to destroy religious liberty.  I don't hate Muslims.  In fact, I imagine that many of them are very warm and joyful people that would be a pleasure to get to know.  Many of the ones I have met through books or video (many of which have converted to Christianity) seem like very likeable people.  Many of the unconverted are no doubt wonderful people as well that are more like us than we sometimes give them credit for. We just may not agree on the fundamentals yet.  What I dislike about Islam is its philosophy of global dominion and assimilation and the secretive meetings in unmarked buildings.  I also strongly dislike it when jihadists kill people.  Other than that, if they want to become Americans like any other peaceful immigrants, then welcome.

It would be funny...except it's not.  Is America Islamophobic?  Well, gosh...I wonder why we might be.  Should 3,000 people dead on our own turf not stir us up a little?  Should the building of a mosque representing similar ideals held by the hijackers on those flights to the Twin Towers not cause us to question anything?  Is Saudi Arabia Christianophobic?  The threat that they would probably chop off my head for giving someone a bible in their country suggests that they just might be.  I wonder what they would think about a Christian church building going up near a spot where 3,000 Muslims were murdered without cause by Christian militants less than a decade ago.  If you want to talk fairness, then let's talk fairness.

In the video above, Daisy Khan compares America's skepticism of Islam to anti-Semitism.  If I only had a quarter for every time I heard about a Jew hacking off a journalist's head with a sword.  I'd be two quarters short of being able to make a collect call to Jack Squat.  The speech from people regarding racism or Islamophobia is typical liberal divergence from reality.

Best Housed Nation...

Is it really the most important thing to be the best housed nation in the world?  To most democrats, it certainly sounds like it is.  But are today's policies really helping us to become a better housed nation or even a stronger nation financially, or are we really becoming a nation with higher unemployment and foreclosure?  Promises...promises. 

See using your pie-hole and your voice box to continually utter the words "hope and change" doesn't pay for our children's educations.  It doesn't build our houses.  It doesn't put casts on our broken legs.  It doesn't put food in our mouths.  And it sure doesn't prepare us for retirement (which is why my social security statement reminds me that 25% of what I've put into SS has evaporated -- not that I'm surprised).  You know who does all those things and pays for those things?  The American people.

Someone convince me that the fat cat bureaucrats legislating our lives away actually have America's best interest in mind.  There are some great individuals in politics.  Smart men and women with liberty and freedom in their souls.  They MUST remain in November.  The litmus test is whether America is more important to them than their own careers.  If our nation has even one collective brain cell left, it will dispatch with the pleasantries of vague and wishful mantras like "hope and change" and "yes, we can" and flush the political toilet with pride at the ballot box this November.  Look mommy, I made a poopie.

You see, Nancy, Barney, Barrack, Diane, Maxine, et al - No, you can't.  I'm sorry to be so hard on you, but you have been hard on my country!  Your philosophy no workie.  It has failed us for decades.  That is why I say, "No, you can't!"  But we can.  We the PEOPLE can!  Yes, we can!  That is our mantra, not yours.  We can.  You cannot!  Over and over again you prove that you cannot and that you do not.  Why we pay you is beyond me, and as far as I'm concerned, you're already fired.  Let's see, what is that word that describes doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result...