To quote Lillian Hellman


Things start out as hopes and end up as habits.

Belief is a moral act for which the believer is to be held responsible.

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.

It is best to act with confidence, no matter how little right you have to it.

People change and forget to tell each other.

Since when do we have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?

Success isn't everything but it makes a man stand straight.

There are people who eat the earth and eat all the people on it like in the Bible with the locusts.  And other people who stand around and watch them eat.


To quote Alfred Adler over and over and ...


It is the patriotic duty of every man to lie for his country.

Exaggerated sensitiveness is an expression of the feeling of inferiority.

Man knows much more than he understands.

My difficulties belong to me!

The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.

The only normal people are the one's you don't know very well.

The neurotic is nailed to the cross of his fiction.

The truth is often a terrible weapon of aggression.  It is possible to lie, and even to murder, with the truth.

There is no such thing as talent.  There is pressure.

To be a human being means to possess a feeling of inferiority which constantly presses towards its own conquest.  The greater the feeling of inferiority that has been experienced, the more powerful is the urge for conquest and the more violent the emotional agitation.

War is organized murder and torture against our brothers.

War is not the continuation of politics with different means, it is the greatest mass-crime perpetrated on the community of man.

Our modern states are preparing for war without even knowing the future enemy.

There is a law that man should love his neighbor as himself.  In a few hundred years it should be as natural to mankind as breathing or the upright gait; but if he does not learn it he must perish.

We cannot say that if a child is badly nourished he will become a criminal.  We must see what conclusion the child has drawn.

No experience is a cause of success or failure. We do not suffer from the shock of our experiences, so-called trauma - but we make out of them just what suits our purposes.

We must never neglect the patient's own use of his symptoms.


To quote Fred Reed and Peggy Noonan ... in that order


“The Coming Race War in America was published in 1996 by Carl Rowan, the black columnist and former ambassador to Finland...

Our racial policy has proved a disaster. Sixty years after Brown vs. the School Board, blacks have not assimilated. They constitute a separate people having almost nothing in common with the surrounding European society. They fiercely maintain their identity with their own music, dialect, customs, dress, and names. All attempts to turn them into middle-class whites in darker packaging have failed. Only relentless governmental pressure forces an appearance of partial integration…

First, on every known measure of cognitive ability, on IQ, SATs, GREs, everything, blacks average about one standard deviation, fifteen IQ points, below whites. The gap is a fact. It exists. It is reflected in performance. It has proved intractable.

In a technological civilization that rewards intelligence, the deficit sharply limits legitimate access to the higher reaches of money, power, class, and prestige. Second, blacks continue to show little interest in schooling. Exceptions and degrees, yes. Yet consider cities such as Washington, which usually has a black mayor, black city council, mostly black school board, black staffs in the schools, black parents, black students, a high per-capita expenditure—and perhaps the worst schools in the country. This is a fact, and shows no signs of diminishing. It is repeated in countless cities…

The economy has no need for huge numbers of people who read at the level of second-graders, if that. The existence of these people is a fact. When such jobs exist, as for example on police forces, better qualified whites are invariably available.

Without remedial intervention, the academic and professional worlds, the managerial ranks of blue-collar trades, would turn almost pure white, and there would be actual hunger in the inner cities.

The solution, to the extent that it can be called a solution, has been a combination of welfare and affirmative action. Each has produced its own kind of dependency. Whites in their own way depend on welfare payments to blacks in that ending welfare would send the cities up in flames. We now have dense concentrations of unemployed, unemployable blacks leading meaningless lives in rotting cities. They are angry, blame whites for their troubles, and do not have a lot to lose…

None of this improves, and it seems to be getting worse…on the web, video after cell phone video appears of pack-attacks by feral blacks on whites and Asians. These attacks often result in brain damage: the attackers are trying to hurt the victims badly, and usually laugh while doing it. Other videos time and again show black teenagers looting Seven-Elevens…

Whites are frightened of blacks. They are afraid of taking the wrong exit from the freeway and ending up in a black ghetto. They are afraid when they pass young black males in a dark neighborhood. White women clutch their purses and cross the street, try not to get into elevators with them. The fear, seldom mentioned, determines where whites live, where they go, and where they send their children to school…

Government also is afraid of blacks…The signs are ominous. Tension rises in America. Incomes fall, foreclosures rise, jobs go east, police powers increase, trust in government evaporates, and expectations for the future decline. An unfocused edginess germinates. It is not a recipe for domestic tranquility…

The response of whites to riots by blacks has always been to back away. This prudence, as it is thought to be, has been enforced by the government…

A spring is being wound.”  Fred Reed



“A tourist is beaten in Baltimore. Young people surround him and laugh. He's pummeled, stripped and robbed. No one helps. They're too busy taping it on their smartphones. That's how we heard their laughter.

The video is on YouTube along with the latest McDonalds beat-down and the latest store surveillance tapes of flash mobs. Groups of teenagers swarm into stores, rob everything they can, and run out. The phenomenon is on the rise across the country. Police now have a nickname for it: ‘flash robs.’…

Also starring on YouTube this week was the sobbing woman. She's the poor traveler who began to cry great heaving sobs when a Transportation Security Administration agent at the Madison, Wis., airport either patted her down or felt her up, depending on your viewpoint and experience…

There is the General Services Administration scandal. An agency devoted to efficiency is outed as an agency of mindless bread-and-circuses indulgence. They had a four-day regional conference in Las Vegas, with clowns and mind readers…

Only a generation ago, earnest, tidy government bureaucrats were spoofed as drudges and drones [zombies]. Not anymore. Now they're way cool. Immature, selfish and vain, but way cool…

There is the Secret Service scandal. That one broke through too, and you know the facts: overseas to guard the president, sent home for drinking, partying, picking up prostitutes. What's terrible about this story is that for anyone who's ever seen the Secret Service up close it's impossible to believe. The Secret Service are the best of the best…

This week I saw a picture of agents in Colombia. They were in T-shirts, wrinkled khakis and sneakers. They looked like a bunch of mooks, like slobs, like children with muscles…the journalistic story of the week, the Los Angeles Times's decision to publish pictures of U.S. troops in Afghanistan who smilingly posed with the bloody body parts of suicide bombers…

In isolation, these stories may sound like the usual sins and scandals, but in the aggregate they seem like something more disturbing, more laden with implication, don't they? And again, these are only from the past week. The leveling or deterioration of public behavior has got to be worrying people who have enough years on them to judge with some perspective. Something seems to be going terribly wrong.“  Peggy Noonan 


To quote Gerneral Smedley D. Butler









"It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. 

It is the only one international in scope.

It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.

A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people.

Only a small 'inside' group knows what it is about.

It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many.

Out of war a few people make huge fortunes."


With regards to the credentials and resume' General Butler's stands on while making the above statement.


I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers.

In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914.

I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in.

I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street.

I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912.

I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916.

I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903.

In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested.

Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints.

The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts.

I operated on three continents.


To quote almost everybody on taxes over and over and ......


The crime of taxation is not in the taking it; it's in the way it's spent.  Will Rogers
When there's a single thief, it's robbery.  When there are a thousand thieves, it's taxation.  Vanya Cohen
Taxation with representation ain't so hot either.  Gerald Barzan
Taxes, after all, are dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society.  Franklin D. Roosevelt
The taxpayer - that's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.  Ronald Reagan
America is a land of taxation that was founded to avoid taxation.  Laurence J. Peter
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

Unquestionably, there is progress.  The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.  H.L. Mencken
The nation should have a tax system that looks like someone designed it on purpose.  William Simon
We must care for each other more, and tax each other less.  Bill Archer
The expenses of government, having for their object the interest of all, should be borne by everyone, and the more a man enjoys the advantages of society, the more he ought to hold himself honored in contributing to those expenses.  Anne Robert Jacques Turgot
The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to get the most feathers with the least hissing.  Jean Baptist Colbert, attributed
What at first was plunder assumed the softer name of revenue.  Thomas Paine
Did you ever notice that when you put the words "The" and "IRS" together, it spells "THEIRS?"  Unknown
We have long had death and taxes as the two standards of inevitability.  But there are those who believe that death is the preferable of the two.  At least with death, it doesn't get worse every time Congress meets." Erwin N. Griswold

People who complain about taxes can be divided into two classes:  men and women.  Unknown
Taxes:  Of life's two certainties, the only one for which you can get an automatic extension.  Unknown
To force a man to pay for the violation of his own liberty is indeed an addition of insult to injury.  Benjamin Tucker
Today, it takes more brains and effort to make out the income-tax form than it does to make the income.  Alfred E. Neuman
I am thankful for the taxes I pay because it means that I'm employed.  Nancie J. Carmody
The point to remember is that what the government gives it must first take away.  John S. Coleman
Philosophy teaches a man that he can't take it with him; taxes teach him he can't leave it behind either.  Mignon McLaughlin
The 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
I like to pay taxes.  With them I buy civilization.  Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
The wages of sin are death, but after they take the taxes out, it's more like a tired feeling, really.  Paula Poundstone
You must pay taxes.  But there's no law that says you gotta leave a tip.  Morgan Stanley advertisement
U.S. Internal Revenue Service: an agency modeled after the revenue raising concepts of the 19th century economist, Jesse James.  Robert Brault 
There's nothing wrong with the younger generation that becoming taxpayers won't cure.  Dan Bennett
There may be liberty and justice for all, but there are tax breaks only for some.  Martin A. Sullivan
The income tax created more criminals than any other single act of government.  Barry Goldwater
Taxes grow without rain.  Jewish Proverb
I don't know if I can live on my income or not - the government won't let me try it.  Bob Thaves, "Frank & Ernest"
Of all debts, men are least willing to pay their taxes; what a satire this is on government.  Ralph Waldo Emerson
Any tax is a discouragement and therefore a regulation so far as it goes.  Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
The flat tax would be so simple, you could fill it out on a post card.  A post card that would say, in effect, having a wonderful time; glad most of my money is here.  Steve Forbes
Question:  " I understand that Congress is considering a so-called 'flat' tax system.  How would this work?"  Answer:  "If Congress were to pass a 'flat' tax, you'd simply pay a fixed percentage of your income, and you wouldn't have to fill out any complicated forms, and there would be no loopholes for politically connected groups, and normal people would actually understand the tax laws, and giant talking broccoli stalks would come around and mow your lawn for free, because Congress is NOT going to pass a flat tax, you pathetic fool."  Dave Barry
A fine is a tax for doing something wrong.  A tax is a fine for doing something right.  Unknown
The payment of taxes gives a right to protection.  James M. Wayne
If we don't do something to simplify the tax system, we're going to end up with a national police force of internal revenue agents.  Leon Panetta
What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector?  The taxidermist takes only your skin.  Mark Twain
All the Congress, all the accountants and tax lawyers, all the judges, and a convention of wizards all cannot tell for sure what the income tax law says.  Walter B. Wriston
The politicians say "we" can't afford a tax cut.  Maybe we can't afford the politicians.  Steve Forbes
Intaxication:  Euphoria at getting a refund from the IRS, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.  Unknown
You don't pay taxes - they take taxes.  Chris Rock
People try to live within their income so they can afford to pay taxes to a government that can't live within its income.  Robert Half
I can give you 1040 good reasons why I hate the government.  The Quote Garden
Everyone of these quotes came from Quote Garden

To quote Soren Kierkegaard one more time








To quote Douglas Adams once again








To quote Juan Williams


Juan Williams isn't always my favorite guy, but he's making a lot of sense as far as I'm concerned in this opinion piece in today's WSJ.


While civil rights leaders have raised their voices to speak out against this one tragedy, few if any will do the same about the larger tragedy of daily carnage that is black-on-black crime in America.

The most recent comprehensive study on black-on-black crime from the Justice Department should have been a clarion call for the black community to take action. There is no reason to believe that the trends it reported have decreased since 2005, the year for which the data were reported.

Almost one half of the nation's murder victims that year were black and a majority of them were between the ages of 17 and 29. Black people accounted for 13% of the total U.S. population in 2005. Yet they were the victims of 49% of all the nation's murders. And 93% of black murder victims were killed by other black people, according to the same report.

Less than half of black students graduate from high school. The education system's failure is often a jail sentence or even a death sentence. The Orlando Sentinel has reported that 17-year-old Martin was recently suspended from his high school. According to the U.S. Department of Education's Civil Rights Office, in the 2006-07 school year, 22% of all black and Hispanic K-12 students were suspended at least once (as compared to 5% of whites).

This year 22% of blacks live below the poverty line and a shocking 72% of black babies are born to unwed mothers. The national unemployment rate for black people increased last month to over 13%, nearly five points above the average for all Americans.

The killing of any child is a tragedy. But where are the protests regarding the larger problems facing black America?


To quote Douglas Adams






To quote Socrates once again






I think we might be closing in on the real reason Socrates picked up that cup of hemlock.



To quote Socrates





It looks a little like ol' Socratese took at least one good shot to the nose.


To quote Ayn Rand one more time







Because clearly, I have way too much time on my hands and am far too sore from colt riding to muster much enthusiasm for anything more strenuous than sitting and thinking, I've been sitting here thinking.

And that which I've been sitting here thinking is the following;

Aren't the consequences of ignoring reality simply continued reality?

I think so.

Therefore, maybe you can ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.

Just not safely.


To quote Jean de La Fontaine over and over


A hungry stomach cannot hear.

By the work one knows the workman.

I bend and do not break.

In short, Luck is always to blame.

It is impossible to please all the world and one's father.

The strongest passion is fear. 

Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire.

Everyone has his faults which he continually repeats: neither fear nor shame can cure them.

Everyone calls himself a friend, but only a fool relies on it; nothing is commoner than the name, nothing rarer than the thing.

Help thyself and Heaven will help thee

Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.

Never sell the bear's skin before one has killed the beast.

A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.


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