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Posted on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 01:51

1. In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress. -- John Adams 2. If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. Author unknown, commonly attributed to Mark Twain 3. Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself. -- Mark Twain 4. I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle .. -- Winston Churchill 5. A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. -- George Bernard Shaw 6. A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money. -- G. Gordon Liddy 7. Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. -- James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994) 8. Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. -- Douglas Casey, Georgetown University 9. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. -- P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian 10. Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. -- Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850) 11. Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. -- Ronald Reagan (1986) 12. I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. -- Will Rogers 13. If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free! -- P.J. O'Rourke 14. In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. -- Voltaire (1764) 15. Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you! -- Pericles (430 B.C.) 16. No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. -- Mark Twain (1866) 17. Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it. -- Anonymous 18. The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. -- Ronald Reagan 19. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. -- Winston Churchill 20. The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. -- Mark Twain 21. The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools. -- Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903) 22. There is no distinctly native American criminal class...save Congress. -- Mark Twain 23. What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. -- Edward Langley, Artist (1928-1995) 24. A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have away. -- Thomas Jefferson


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Posted on Sun, Oct 10, 2010 23:23

migliore , Watch out,, They just buried the last guy that called me a Democrat. lol And I actually don't have much patience with human frailty. I figure if I could be responsible and well behaved by age 11, certainly others should be by the time they can vote. The older a person is, the less patience I have. I'm probably wrong. Yea, my troops probably hated me, but none got into trouble a second time. I use to have a loud voice that could be heard from one end of a football field to the other end. It was a act, but I could sound mean as hell. No one wanted to test me a second time, nor listen to me rant again. lol I remember to this day when the post Sgt. Major called me trying to intervene about a article 15 I had offered to one of his 20 yr. short time buddies who was disgracing the service and the other senior NCOs on post. After a brief rant The Sgt Maj never questioned my judgment ever again. lol I let the short timer off the hook, but I let him sweat a bit and straighten up first.


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Posted on Sun, Oct 10, 2010 07:29

So 123,

May I surmise that you're a Democrat!  Just kidding -- every one of those quotes is appropriate for today. Did I notice a touch of perhaps disappointment in your response to Sophia's posting about being "In Love".  

 

Know what you meant totally.  Everybody has their issues, problems, imperfections and traits that get to us -- they are revealed as we get to know them and the feathers come off.  Easy to say that we can just overlooks the flaws because our nature is to focus on them and sometimes we struggle to remain patient.

 

There are few easy answers when it comes to human frailty.  As an Army veteran you know how people can behave when we're up against it.  Under pressure the veneer comes off and we see where the chips really lie.  Often in the Army the ability to be a grouch is considered leadership and sometimes that can go too far.

 

When I've been tough for a reason I've said to soldiers that I wasn't there for friendship because I already had friends.  However, a number of them have come to me for help and guidance.  I like to think that's because they knew I was committed to getting out mission accomplished and getting them home.  Unless I value and want what is best for soldiers i work with I would need to give up my rank.

 

In Iraq there started to be a slogan people would say to soldiers going on a mission, "Stay safe."  They were trying to express a desire for those soldiers to return safely.  My concern is with "playing it safe" has numerous pitfalls as we see every time an NFL team tried to protect a late lead by going into a "prevent defense."

 

The fact is that the best soldiers think of the lives, safety and loved ones of their comrades rather than always about themselves.  When I'm down I think of those who have truly sacrificed and the debt I owe them for their valor.  Somehow that seems to make it easier to forgive others their shortcomings and fully enjoy the gift of life.

 

In basic training the Drill Sergeants gave us a slogan, "Stay alert, stay alive."   SGT Hester and her comrades in the Kentucky National Guard did that when they were ambushed near Bagdhad.  She and another soldier earned the Silver Star for their actions.  Maybe the best encouragement is to say, "Stay strong, take chances and keep the faith".

 

Best wishes for a happy Columbus Day, Brother

Andy



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Posted on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 22:46

excellent!


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Posted on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 20:24

P.S.:  One of my favorites is #4.  That one pretty much says it all.....

 

Pat



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Posted on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 20:22

Thanks, B.  A few of these....the ones from the 18th and 19th century, we have printed out on parchment paper in ourrshop.  We have them framed in our dining room---and we sell copies on parchment paper to anyone who wants them.

 

Excellent choices.....



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