Urbin Report

Monday, December 17, 2007

Stray Quotes

From my collection:

"Peace Activists" always seem to demonstrate where it's safe, in America.
Why don't we see Peace Activist demonstrating in Iran, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, North Korea, in the places in the world that really need peace activism the most?
-- Raymond S. Kraft

HELP THE WORLD'S POOR... Ban Socialism. Unban DDT.

"It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

"My personal credo as a libertarian conservative: I think all attempts to reform your fellow-citizens or tell them how to live their lives are arrogant and tyrannical. THAT'S why I oppose Leftism. I want people to be free to manage their own lives. "Reform" is just authoritarianism. People are not playthings for anybody's theories or obsessions." -- John Ray, M.A., Ph.D.

let’s face it: nothing says "we value civil liberties" more than smoking bans, the surrender of private enterprise to a massive centrally-controlled government, municipal usurpation of private property to feed the common weal, and non-denominational holidays stripped of their celebratory cores and presented as simple, non-offensive husks, their blinking colored lights a reminder that even the most profoundly held beliefs can be reduced to low-wattage, community-approved superficiality -- Jeff Goldstein on liberals.

The western Left didn't give a tinker's damn for the fates of the Iranians, Lebanese, Nicaraguans, Vietnamese, Cambodians, Koreans, Cubans, Czechs, Hungarians, Poles, or even Russians, so long as the eeeevil American right-wingers were dealt a political defeat (and let's not even start on Israelis).
Why should anybody be surprised thay they could now care less about Iraqis? -- Will Collier

"To translate it into UNIX system administration terms ... the post-modern, politically correct atheists were like people who had suddenly found themselves in charge of a big and unfathomably complex computer system (viz. society) with no documentation or instructions of any kind, and so whose only way to keep the thing running was to invent and enforce certain rules with a kind of neo-Puritanical rigor, because they were at a loss to deal with any deviations from what they saw as the norm. Whereas people who were wired into a church were like UNIX system administrators who, while they might not understand everything, at least had some documentation, some FAQs and How-tos and README files, providing some guidance on what to do when things got out of whack. They were, in other words, capable of displaying adaptability." -- Cryptonomicon

"We want one class to have a liberal education. We want another class, a very much larger class of necessity, to forgo the privilege of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks." -- democrat and former US President Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) addressing a group of businessmen shortly before WWI.