Category America

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When I can no longer bear to think of the victims of broken homes, I begin to think of the victims of intact ones. ~ Peter DeVries  

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A nation that draws too broad a difference between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking being done by cowards and its fighting by fools. ~ Thucydides  

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One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results. ~ Milton Friedman  

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A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both. . ~ Milton Friedman  

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The strongest argument for free enterprise is that it prevents anybody from having too much power. Whether that person is a government official, a trade union official, or a business executive. If forces them to put up or shut up. They either have to deliver the goods, produce something that people are willing to pay […]

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I was late for work this morning because I got stuck behind the entire cast of “Cocoon” on my drive to work!  Ahh, Florida…  

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Next to a circus there ain’t nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas spirit. ~ Frank McKinney Hubbard  

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I’m proud to pay taxes in the United States; the only thing is, I could be just as proud for half the money. ~ Arthur Godfrey

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Society exists for the benefit of its members, not the members for the benefit of society. ~ Herbert Spencer

The Meaning of Service

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At one time in my life, I thought I understood the meaning of the word “service.”  The act of doing things for other people.  Then I heard the terms Internal Revenue Service, Postal Service, Civil Service, Service Stations . . . .   And I became confused about the word “service.”  This is not what […]

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And it’s not “clever lonely” (like Morrissey) or “interesting lonely” (like Radiohead), it’s “lonely, lonely” like the way it feels when you’re being hugged by someone and it somehow makes you sadder. ~ Chuck Klosterman  

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This used to be a government of checks and balances.  Now it’s all checks and no balances. ~ Gracie Allen  

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Can you remember when day-care centers were called home?  

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If I owe Smith ten dollars and God forgives me, that doesn’t pay Smith. ~ Robert Green Ingersoll  

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A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves. ~ Edward R. Murrow  

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If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that, too. ~ Somerset Maugham  

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It is not the business of government to make men virtuous or religious, or to preserve the fool from the consequences of his own folly. Government should be repressive no further than is necessary to secure liberty by protecting the equal rights of each from aggression on the part of others, and the moment governmental […]

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In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage. ~ John Steinbeck  

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I can’t say as ever I was lost, but I was bewildered once for three days.  ~ Daniel Boone  

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Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience, then? I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward. It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. ~ Henry David […]

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It is not a sign of good health to be well adjusted to a sick society. ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti  

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If  we continue to teach about tolerance and intolerance instead of good and evil, we will end up with tolerance of evil. ~ Dennis Prager  

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We have enjoyed so much freedom for so long that we are perhaps in danger of forgetting how much blood it cost to establish the Bill of Rights.  ~ Felix Frankfurter  

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There are those, I know, who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream.  They are right.  It is the American dream.  ~ Archibald MacLeish  

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What is the essence of America?  Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom “to” and freedom “from.”  ~ Marilyn vos Savant  

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Let’s have a moment of silence for all those Americans who are stuck in traffic on their way to the gym to ride the stationary bicycle. ~ Earl Blumenauer  

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Your might be a redneck if reading a sign that says “Say No To Crack!” reminds you to pull up your jeans. ~ Attributed to Jeff Foxworthy

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Your might be a redneck if  your dog and your wallet are both on chains. ~ Attributed to Jeff Foxworthy  

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Your might be a redneck if  you’ve ever financed a tattoo. ~ Attributed to Jeff Foxworthy

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Your might be a redneck if  you think a Volvo is part of a woman’s anatomy. ~ Attributed to Jeff Foxworthy  

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Your might be a redneck if  you think that Dom Perignon is a mafia leader. ~ Attributed to Jeff Foxworthy

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You might be a redneck if  you prominently display a gift you bought at Graceland. ~ Attributed to Jeff Foxworthy

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You might be a redneck if your family tree doesn’t fork.  ~ Attributed to Jeff Foxworthy  

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You might be a redneck if you consider a six-pack and a bug-zapper high-quality entertainment. ~ Attributed to Jeff Foxworthy

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You will not be given any more straw yet you must produce your full quota of bricks. ~ Bible, Exodus 5:18

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If I see one of those “Baby on Board” signs in a parked car on a hot day, am I morally obligated to break into the car?  

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Political speeches are like steer horns.  A point here, a point there, and a lot of bull in between. ~ Alfred E. Neuman  

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Reality must take precedence over public relations, for Mother Nature cannot be fooled. ~ Richard Feynman  

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Murder is a crime. Describing murder is not.  Sex is not a crime. Describing sex is. ~ Gershon Legman  

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Our company does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, or religion… unless the religions are bizarre and unpopular and can be considered cults (and so may be freely discriminated against), or you are a short, fat, bald, ugly guy (and can be picked on without restraint), or are a nerd, smoker, or […]

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I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just. ~ Thomas Jefferson  

Why did the chicken cross the road?

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Why did the chicken cross the road? Deregulation of the chicken’s side of the road was threatening its dominant market position. The chicken was faced with significant challenges to create and develop the competencies required for the newly competitive market. Andersen Consulting, in a partnering relationship with the client, helped the chicken by rethinking its […]

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Even if we accept, as the basic tenet of true democracy, that one moron is equal to one genius, is it necessary to go a further step and hold that two morons are better than one genius? ~ Leó Szilárd  

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If Thomas Edison invented the electric light today, Dan Rather would report it on CBS News as “candle making industry threatened.” ~ Newt Gingrich  

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Death and taxes are inevitable, but at least death doesn’t get worse every year. ~ Erwin Griswold [paraphrased]  

Friends vs. Southern Friends

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Friends:                         Never ask for food. Southern Friends:     Always bring the food.    ++     Friends:                         Say yes, that looks good on you. Southern Friends:     Say … what the hell are you wearing    ++     Friends:                         Will say ‘hello.’ Southern Friends:     Will give you a big hug and a […]

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POLITICAL CORRECTNESS:  A doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end. [ Reportedly, the 2007 winning entry from an annual contest at Texas A&M University. ]  

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A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought. ~ Warren Buffett  

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Private faces in public places Are wiser and nicer Than public faces in private places. ~ W.H. Auden  

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Let’s reintroduce corporal punishment in the schools–and use it on the teachers. ~ P. J. O’Rourke