“Much indeed to be regretted, party disputes are now carried to such a length, and truth is so enveloped in mist and false representation, that it is extremely difficult to know through what channel to seek it. This difficulty to one, who is of no party, and whose sole wish is to pursue with undeviating steps a path which would lead this country to respectability, wealth, and happiness, is exceedingly to be lamented. But such, for wise purposes, it is presumed, is the turbulence of human passions in party disputes, when victory more than truth is the palm contended for,” – George Washington, in a letter to Timothy Pickering, July 27, 1795.
“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” -Benjamin Franklin (attr)Numquam ponenda est pluritas sine necessitate. People should not fear their government. Governments should fear their people. “I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance.” -Reuben Blades “Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.” -Ronald Reagan “I don’t believe in a government that protects us from ourselves.” -Ronald Reagan
Some people may prefer a strict application of the law, across the board. Some may prefer a lenient application of the law, across the board. A case can be made for both. I also think a case can be made for strict application of the law as applied to the government, but a lenient application as applied to the people. But the least defensible position, it seems to me, is the one that dominates: Strict justice for the people and leniency for the government.
-Tim Lynch, via TheAgitator.com
“THE RIOTING IN France by primarily Muslim youths and the hotel bombings in Jordan are the latest events to prompt sincere questions that law-abiding Muslims need to answer for Islam’s sake, as well as for the sake of worried non-Muslims.”Read the questions in this article by Dennis Prager on latimes.com
The FBI’s statistics also concluded: “Violent crime rates are highest overall in states with laws limiting or prohibiting the carrying of concealed firearms for self-defense.” (FBI Uniform Crime Report, 1992)
If more people don’t start obeying this simple traffic guideline, I’m going to go mental. How hard is it, people? Stay in the right lane unless you are passing. Pass quickly and safely, then get back in the right lane. STOP HOGGING THE LEFT LANE ON THE INTERSTATE! In other news, I got behind a black C6 Z06 Corvette yesterday in Nashville on I-65 south, north of Franklin. That was the second new Z06 I’ve seen on the road (saw a yellow one last month on I-24 between Murfreesboro and Nashville). Anyway, we were both in the left lane rolling about 85 around traffic, and caught a big gap in traffic. I guess he was tired of seeing a Roundel in his mirror, but whatever the reason, he dropped a gear and went WOT. The exhaust note from that car is pure sex, I tell you. He must have rolled up to 140 or close, because I tried to keep him in sight speeding up to a touch over 120, and he was still pulling away from me like I was stationary. Color me impressed.
“We sent men with rifles into Afghanistan and Iraq and kept our best weapons in their silos. We’re standing there dying, daring to do nothing decisive because we’ve declared ourselves to be better than our terrorist enemies–more moral, more civilized. Our image is at stake, we insist. But we didn’t come this far because we’re made of sugar candy. Once upon a time, we elbowed our way onto and across this continent by giving smallpox-infected blankets to Native Americans. That was biological warfare. And we used every other weapon we could get our hands on to grab this land from whomever. And we grew prosperous. And yes, we greased the skids with the sweat of slaves. So it goes with most great nation-states, which–feeling guilty about their savage pasts–eventually civilize themselves out of business and wind up invaded and ultimately dominated by the lean, hungry up-and-coming who are not made of sugar candy.”
23 June 2005
Legislature won’t vote on cable theft this year
By KATHY CARLSON
Staff Writer, The Tennessean
I don’t know whether to categorize this under “Commentary” or “News”. At any rate…
Like Mr. Balko, author of the Fox News article above, I voted for Bush in 2000. I happened to view that article this morning, and it, to some extent, describes just what I’ve been thinking about the past few days. I’m not about to vote for a Democrat, and I’m still largely Republican and certainly right-wing, but I’m saddened that the party line and especially the President seems to be abandoning the “smaller government” credo and throwing personal freedoms out the window in the interest of “national security”. Let me get this straight: President Bush is going to ensure that we stay “free” by taking away our freedoms? Right…
I’m not quite to the point of supporting Harry Browne and wearing tin foil, but I’m not too happy with the way things are going right now. I’m offended by the USA Patriot Act and the new Homeland Security bills. They’re anti-liberty in the interest of some nebulous, unattainable “security” that people seem to want. As I posted here on 13 September 2001:
“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
— Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759.
I think that quote is ringing true more and more the longer this “terror” scare plays out.
That’s right; I turn 21 today. This is mostly insignificant except for the fact that I can now legally purchase a handgun.
In other news, Van Hilleary lost the election for TN governor to Phil Bredesen. -frown
I finally created a [Links] page. Let me know if you’ve got additions.
Here’s an interesting political quiz. You might be a Libertarian.
Courtesy of slain, here’s a link to an article at The Register comparing Microsoft to the former IBM monopoly.