Surly Curmudgeon

   The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort.
-- Robert A. Heinlein
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    Tuesday, November 6, 2012


    Quote of the Day

    "To be an American is, unquestionably, to be the noblest, grandest, the proudest mammal that ever hoofed the verdure of God's green footstool. Often, in the black abysm of the night, the thought that I am one awakens me with a blast of trumpets, and I am thrown into a cold sweat by contemplation of the fact. I shall cherish it on the scaffold; it will console me in Hell."
    -- H.L. Mencken


    Posted by Tom, 11/6/2012 1:18:39 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012


    Quote of the Day

    "Transhumanism is about how technology will eventually help us overcome the problems that have, up until now, been endemic to human nature. Cyberpunk is about how technology won't."
    — Stephenls of RPG.Net, on the relation between transhumanism and cyberpunk


    Posted by Tom, 9/26/2012 9:13:32 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Monday, September 24, 2012


    Quote of the Day

    Make no friendship with an angry man,
    And with a furious man do not go,
    Lest you learn his ways
    And set a snare for your soul.
    -- Proverbs 22:24-25


    Posted by Tom, 9/24/2012 2:39:10 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Monday, July 9, 2012


    Quote of the Day

    "That’s the problem with the truth; generally speaking, you sound stupid or crazy when you say it."
    -- Jerry Holkins (Penny Arcade)


    Posted by Tom, 7/9/2012 2:13:51 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Monday, April 2, 2012


    Quote of the Day

    ‎"What the doctrine of balancing budgets over a period of many years really means is this: As long as our own party is in office, we will enhance our popularity by reckless spending."
    -- Ludwig von Mises, Planning for Freedom p87


    Posted by Tom, 4/2/2012 8:39:46 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Thursday, February 16, 2012


    Quote of the Day

    "I recognize that [MMORPG's] represent a sort of player abuse, but at least tell me you love me after you slap me."
    -- Gabe of Penny Arcade, discussing his disillusionment with Star Wars: The Old Republic


    Posted by Tom, 2/16/2012 7:11:20 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Saturday, December 31, 2011


    Quote of the Day

    "One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision"
    -- Bertrand Russell


    Posted by Tom, 12/31/2011 5:38:02 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Thursday, October 6, 2011


    Quote of the Day

    ‎"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act upon their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. "
    --T.E. Lawrence


    RIP Steve Jobs

    (hat tip, Brian Barton)

    Posted by Tom, 10/6/2011 5:14:19 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Thursday, September 22, 2011


    Quote of the Day

    "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."
    -- Albert Einstein


    Posted by Tom, 9/22/2011 3:45:41 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Wednesday, August 3, 2011


    Quote of the Day

    "Many regard 'capitalism' as a dirty word, and it is tarnished most of all by its supposed guardians. Wall Street giants fancy themselves capitalists even as they live off the taxpayer and thrive on the state's gifts of privilege, inflation, and barriers to entry. In the military-industrial complex, they champion capitalism by name as they produce devices of murder for the state. In the Republican Party and every conservative institution, they talk it up while making such vast exceptions to the principle as to swallow it whole. When many think of capitalism, they think of the corporatist status quo, leading even some who favor economic freedom to abandon the term."
    -- Anthony Gregory, Why Capitalism is Worth Defending


    Posted by Tom, 8/3/2011 3:08:12 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011


    Quote of the Day

    "We choose to do these things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard."
    -- John F. Kennedy


    Posted by Tom, 7/12/2011 7:06:45 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Friday, July 8, 2011


    Quote of the Day

    "O Great Light of the World
    Fill up my soul
    I'm half a man here
    So come make me whole"
    -- Bebo Norman


    Posted by Tom, 7/8/2011 5:56:53 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Wednesday, June 22, 2011


    Quote of the Day

    "The future is a room packed with people, each one experiencing a completely separate reality from the rest."
    -- David, Cracked Staff writer, "Top Gadget of the Decade"


    Posted by Tom, 6/22/2011 7:26:25 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Friday, May 6, 2011


    Quote of the Day

    "I shouted out, 'who killed the Kennedys?'
    When after all, it was you and me"
    -- Rolling Stones, Sympathy for the Devil


    Posted by Tom, 5/6/2011 6:30:11 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Wednesday, May 4, 2011


    Quote of the Day

    "The killing of Bin Laden is no tragedy but the speed with which Democrats and Republicans immediately put the event to the rankest partisan advantage is simply and profoundly appalling."
    -- Nick Gillespie, "Bin Laden Killing Erases Democrats' Wimp Factor" or, More Reasons Why Americans Hate Politics, Politicians, & The Media


    Posted by Tom, 5/4/2011 5:11:32 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Friday, April 29, 2011


    Quote of the Day

    "The Devil's huggin on my boots, that's why I own a gun."
    -- Gangstagrass, Long Hard Times to Come


    Posted by Tom, 4/29/2011 5:13:18 AM (Permalink). 3 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, April 19, 2011


    Quote of the Day

    "Ask your doctor if getting off your ass is good for you."
    -- seen on the internet


    Posted by Tom, 4/19/2011 7:28:37 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Monday, April 18, 2011


    Quote of the Day

    "Civilization's veneer is wearing thinner all the time."
    -- Charlton Heston


    Posted by Tom, 4/18/2011 7:57:25 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Sunday, April 17, 2011


    Quote of the Day

    In an earlier chapter, we explained why kids say "I don't know". Usually it is because they learn very early in life that adults use questions to get kids to expose themselves so the adults can attack them. In that context, the safest response to any adult question is "I don't know."
    -- Jane Nelsen & H. Stephen Glenn, Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World


    Posted by Tom, 4/17/2011 5:39:24 AM (Permalink). 1 Comment. Leave a comment...

    Thursday, April 14, 2011


    Quote of the Day

    It was six men of Indostan
    To learning much inclined,
    Who went to see the Elephant
    (Though all of them were blind),
    That each by observation
    Might satisfy his mind.

    The First approach'd the Elephant,
    And happening to fall
    Against his broad and sturdy side,
    At once began to bawl:
    "God bless me! but the Elephant
    Is very like a wall!"

    The Second, feeling of the tusk,
    Cried, -"Ho! what have we here
    So very round and smooth and sharp?
    To me 'tis mighty clear
    This wonder of an Elephant
    Is very like a spear!"

    The Third approached the animal,
    And happening to take
    The squirming trunk within his hands,
    Thus boldly up and spake:
    "I see," quoth he, "the Elephant
    Is very like a snake!"

    The Fourth reached out his eager hand,
    And felt about the knee.
    "What most this wondrous beast is like
    Is mighty plain," quoth he,
    "'Tis clear enough the Elephant
    Is very like a tree!"

    The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
    Said: "E'en the blindest man
    Can tell what this resembles most;
    Deny the fact who can,
    This marvel of an Elephant
    Is very like a fan!"

    The Sixth no sooner had begun
    About the beast to grope,
    Then, seizing on the swinging tail
    That fell within his scope,
    "I see," quoth he, "the Elephant
    Is very like a rope!"

    And so these men of Indostan
    Disputed loud and long,
    Each in his own opinion
    Exceeding stiff and strong,
    Though each was partly in the right,
    And all were in the wrong!

    MORAL.

    So oft in theologic wars,
    The disputants, I ween,
    Rail on in utter ignorance
    Of what each other mean,
    And prate about an Elephant
    Not one of them has seen!

    -- John Godfrey Saxe


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    Wednesday, April 6, 2011


    Quote of the Day

    "If you want to skydive naked into a vat of urine-soaked peanut butter, fine. Just don't get any on me."
    -- Ted Nugent


    Posted by Tom, 4/6/2011 7:40:14 AM (Permalink). 1 Comment. Leave a comment...

    Saturday, April 2, 2011


    Quote of the Day

    "Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering."
    -- Yoda


    Posted by Tom, 4/2/2011 6:25:43 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Friday, April 1, 2011


    Quote of the Day

    "If you would beseech a blessing upon yourself, beware! lest without intent you invoke a curse upon a neighbor at the same time. If you pray for the blessing of rain upon your crop which needs it, by that act you are possibly praying for a curse upon some neighbor's crop which may not need rain and can be injured by it. "
    --Mark Twain, The War Prayer


    Posted by Tom, 4/1/2011 7:10:42 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011


    Quote of the Day

    "The 1911 pistol remains the service pistol of choice in the eyes of those who understand the problem. Back when we audited the FBI academy in 1947, I was told that I ought not to use my pistol in their training program because it was not fair. Maybe the first thing one should demand of his sidearm is that it be unfair."
    -- Jeff Cooper, Guns & Ammo, January 2002


    Posted by Tom, 3/29/2011 6:24:34 AM (Permalink). 1 Comment. Leave a comment...

    Thursday, March 24, 2011


    Quote of the Day

    "[T]he three great virtues of a programmer: laziness, impatience, and hubris."
    -- Larry Wall


    Posted by Tom, 3/24/2011 4:00:36 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Thursday, March 3, 2011


    Quote of the Day

    "Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it."
    -- Terry Pratchett


    Posted by Tom, 3/3/2011 7:23:36 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, March 1, 2011


    Quote of the Day

    "Who told us we'd be rescued?
    What has changed and
    Why should we be saved from nightmares?"
    -- Natalie Grant, Held


    Posted by Tom, 3/1/2011 8:10:33 AM (Permalink). 1 Comment. Leave a comment...

    Sunday, February 27, 2011


    Quote of the Day

    For with much wisdom comes much sorrow;
    the more knowledge, the more grief.
    -- Ecclesiastes 1:18


    Posted by Tom, 2/27/2011 5:11:53 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, February 22, 2011


    Quote of the Day

    Singin’, come out upon my seas
    Curse missed opportunities
    Am I part of the cure?
    or am I part of the disease?
    -- Coldplay, Clocks


    Posted by Tom, 2/22/2011 7:30:39 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Monday, February 21, 2011


    Quote of the Day

    "From my point of view, a great deal of openly expressed piety is insufferable conceit."
    -- Robert Heinlein, Revolt in 2100


    Posted by Tom, 2/21/2011 10:11:48 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Friday, January 28, 2011


    Quote of the Day

    "The unexamined life is not worth living."
    -- Socrates


    Posted by Tom, 1/28/2011 6:53:49 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Thursday, January 13, 2011


    Quote of the Day

    "Progress doesn't come from early risers -- progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things."
    -- Robert Heinlein


    Posted by Tom, 1/13/2011 7:27:31 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Wednesday, January 12, 2011


    Quote of the Day

    "We must reject the idea that every time a law is broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker."
    -- Ronald Reagan


    Posted by Tom, 1/12/2011 7:20:56 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, December 28, 2010


    Quote of the Day

    "Every morning we face a clean white sheet of paper upon which we can start anew and create anything we want."
    -- Scott Kurtz, cartoonist, PVP Online


    Posted by Tom, 12/28/2010 5:39:45 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, December 7, 2010


    Quote of the Day

    "Day is never finished, Master got me workin', someday Master set me free..."
    -- Eric Cartman



    Posted by Tom, 12/7/2010 6:10:10 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010


    Quote of the Day

    "If life gives you lemons, shut the hell up and eat your lemons."
    -- seen on the internet


    Posted by Tom, 11/30/2010 6:34:50 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Monday, November 22, 2010


    Quote of the Day

    "My scars remind me that the past is real."
    -- Papa Roach, Scars


    Posted by Tom, 11/22/2010 6:51:51 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Wednesday, November 17, 2010


    Quote of the Day

    "The average man is destitute of independence of opinion. He is not interested in contriving an opinion of his own, by study and reflection, but is only anxious to find out what his neighbor's opinion is and slavishly adopt it."
    -- Mark Twain


    Posted by Tom, 11/17/2010 1:05:06 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Thursday, November 11, 2010


    Quote of the Day

    "What's morality?"
    "It's the difference between what is right and what you can rationalize."
    -- Christopher Moore, Practical Demonkeeping


    Posted by Tom, 11/11/2010 7:30:53 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Friday, November 5, 2010


    Quote of the Day

    "The next time you have a thought... let it go."
    -- Ron White


    Posted by Tom, 11/5/2010 6:05:18 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, November 2, 2010


    Quote of the Day

    If you are part of a society that votes, then do so. There may be no candidates and no measures you want to vote for ... but there are certain to be ones you want to vote against. In case of doubt, vote against. By this rule you will rarely go wrong.
    -- Robert Heinlein


    Posted by Tom, 11/2/2010 11:36:50 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Thursday, October 28, 2010


    Quote of the Day

    "My core thesis is that the federal government delivers very poor value for the resources it consumes, and that society as a whole would be better off with a government that was less ambitious. This is not to say that it doesn't provide many valuable and even critical services, but that the cost of having the government provide them is much higher than you would tolerate from a company or individual you chose to do business with. For almost every task, it is a poor tool.

    So much of the government just grinds up money, like shoveling cash into a wood chipper. It is ghastly to watch. Billions and billions of dollars. Imagine every stupid dot-com company that you ever heard of that suckered in millions of dollars of investor money before leaving a smoking crater in the ground with nothing to show for it. Add up all that waste, all that stupidity. All together, it is a rounding error versus the analogous program results in the government. Private enterprises can't go on squandering resources like that for long, but it is standard operating procedure for the government."
    -- John Carmack, Government


    Posted by Tom, 10/28/2010 7:13:02 AM (Permalink). 2 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Wednesday, October 27, 2010


    Quote of the Day

    "Some men can learn almost indefinitely; their capacity goes on increasing until their bodies begin to wear out. Others stop in childhood, even in infancy. They reach, say, the mental age of ten or twelve, and then they develop no more. Physically, they become men, and sprout beards, political delusions, and the desire to propagate their kind. But mentally they remain on the level of schoolboys."
    -- H.L. Mencken


    Posted by Tom, 10/27/2010 6:05:57 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Wednesday, October 13, 2010


    Quote of the Day

    "The basic problem with criminal-justice reform is that both parties are very used to being the same kind of stupid about crime-related issues."
    -- Adam Serwer, The American Prospect


    Posted by Tom, 10/13/2010 7:22:28 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Saturday, October 9, 2010


    Quote of the Day

    "It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them."
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson


    Posted by Tom, 10/9/2010 6:43:18 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, September 28, 2010


    Quote of the Day

    "Those politicians, professors and union bosses who curse big business are fighting for a lower standard of living."
    -- Ludwig von Mises


    Posted by Tom, 9/28/2010 7:32:51 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Friday, September 24, 2010


    Quote of the Day

    "Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean."
    -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


    Posted by Tom, 9/24/2010 7:09:17 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Thursday, September 23, 2010


    Quote of the Day

    "My newest Facebook friend is a teenage girl studying drama... which is kind of like a Mexican studying Spanish."
    -- Emo Philips


    Posted by Tom, 9/23/2010 7:01:28 AM (Permalink). 1 Comment. Leave a comment...

    Friday, September 3, 2010


    Quote of the Day

    Do not go gentle into that good night.
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
    -- Dylan Thomas


    Posted by Tom, 9/3/2010 5:40:36 AM (Permalink). 1 Comment. Leave a comment...

    Saturday, August 28, 2010


    Quote of the Day

    Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.
    -- Yoda


    Posted by Tom, 8/28/2010 8:37:01 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Saturday, June 26, 2010


    Quote of the Day

    "What is wrong with our age is precisely the widespread ignorance of the role which these policies of economic freedom played in the technological evolution of the last two hundred years."
    -- Ludwig von Mises,
    Human Action


    Posted by Tom, 6/26/2010 6:46:23 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Wednesday, June 2, 2010


    Quote of the Day

    [A video game] gives us an excuse to talk to each other. I have noticed as a parent of teenagers, one of the most important things we need are excuses to talk to our kids, and relate to them, and stay involved in their lives at a time when they're kind of like "Oh my god, you're my parent, you're so lame."

    I make this point every time I speak in public: Video games matter, video games are important, and video games are here to stay. I would love it very much if the people who need to find the current Satanic panic would just sort of, like, lay off of the video games, because they are a very positive and good part of our lives.
    -- Wil Wheaton, Phoenix ComiCon 2010


    Posted by Tom, 6/2/2010 7:17:20 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Thursday, May 13, 2010


    Quote of the Day

    If men are good, you don't need government; if men are evil or ambivalent, you don't dare have one.
    -- Robert LeFevre


    Posted by Tom, 5/13/2010 2:49:08 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Saturday, May 8, 2010


    Quote of the Day

    As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one;
    -- Romans 3:10


    The trouble with this verse, I think, is that people tend to read it and mentally append "except me".

    Posted by Tom, 5/8/2010 4:49:55 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Friday, April 2, 2010


    Quote of the Day

    "Who would win in a fight, a grizzly bear, or a tiger? Who cares? I'll take 4 tickets, please."
    -- "Rob", Supervillain Smackdown 4


    Posted by Tom, 4/2/2010 7:05:26 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Wednesday, March 24, 2010


    Quote of the Day

    If you would not confront your neighbor and demand his money at the point of a gun to solve every new problem that may appear in your life, you should not allow the government to do it for you.
    -- William E. Simon


    Posted by Tom, 3/24/2010 5:38:19 AM (Permalink). 1 Comment. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, March 23, 2010


    Quote of the Day

    There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.
    -- Robert Heinlein


    Posted by Tom, 3/23/2010 7:55:01 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, March 9, 2010


    Quote of the Day

    "So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God."
    -- James 1:19-20


    Posted by Tom, 3/9/2010 6:04:37 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Wednesday, March 3, 2010


    Quote of the Day

    "God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh."
    -- Voltaire


    Posted by Tom, 3/3/2010 7:17:49 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Friday, February 26, 2010


    Quote of the Day

    "The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it."
    -- John Gilmore


    Posted by Tom, 2/26/2010 7:47:35 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Wednesday, February 24, 2010


    Quote of the Day

    "The internet is a vast ocean of stupidity."
    --Vortmax


    Posted by Tom, 2/24/2010 6:42:49 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, February 9, 2010


    Quote of the Day

    If a man is alone in the forest with no woman around, is he still wrong?
    -- seen on the internet


    Posted by Tom, 2/9/2010 6:54:18 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Monday, January 4, 2010


    Quote of the Day

    "Honor is the gift a man gives himself."
    -- Rob Roy


    Posted by Tom, 1/4/2010 7:35:09 AM (Permalink). 1 Comment. Leave a comment...

    Monday, December 14, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    The integrity of the criminal justice system isn't necessarily undermined by the fact that fraudulent experts and bad testimony occasionally creep into criminal trials. That's going to happen. But when the courts and government learn of these problems and not only do nothing to address them but actively engage in trying to cover them up, it's time to start questioning the legitimacy of the entire system.
    -- Radley Balko, A Tale of Two Forensic Scandals: Ontario vs. Mississippi


    Posted by Tom, 12/14/2009 7:23:38 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Sunday, December 6, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    May God grant us the wisdom to discover right, the will to choose it, and the strength to make it endure.
    -- King Arthur, First Knight


    Posted by Tom, 12/6/2009 9:45:11 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Saturday, December 5, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    ...work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
    -- Philippians 2:12


    Posted by Tom, 12/5/2009 6:05:49 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Friday, November 20, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    "Every time I hear about some father in the Middle East killing his daughter for wearing a tank top to school, the response we seem to get from the Left is 'oh well, at least he's not a Baptist.'"
    -- Tom the Impaler


    Posted by Tom, 11/20/2009 8:05:50 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Thursday, November 12, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    "Elections have become largely futile exercises to reveal comparative popular contempt for competing professional politicians."
    -- James Bovard, Freedom in Chains


    Posted by Tom, 11/12/2009 3:45:25 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Monday, November 9, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    On tactics in a violent encounter:

    "If you're not shootin', you should be loadin'. If you're not loadin', you should be movin'. If you're not movin', someone's gonna cut your head off and put it on a stick."
    -- Clint Smith, Director, Thunder Ranch


    Posted by Tom, 11/9/2009 7:22:02 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Wednesday, November 4, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    "Bipartisanship (or is it post-partisanship?) is when the other guys come to our side, not the other way around."
    -- Michael C. Moynihan, One Man's Judas, Another Man's Purged Moderate


    Posted by Tom, 11/4/2009 7:20:33 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, November 3, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    "You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice
    If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice"
    -- Rush, Freewill


    Posted by Tom, 11/3/2009 7:22:38 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, October 27, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    "If you dance with the devil, the devil don't change. The devil changes you."
    -- Max California, 8mm


    Posted by Tom, 10/27/2009 7:11:06 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Friday, October 16, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    "Libertarianism is rejected by the modern Left -- which preaches individualism but practices collectivism. Capitalism is rejected by the modern Right -- which preaches enterprise but practices protectionism. The libertarian faith in the mind of men is rejected by religionists who have faith only in the sins of man. The libertarian insistence that men be free to spin cables of steel, as well as dreams of smoke, is rejected by hippies who adore nature but spurn creation. The libertarian insistence that each man is a sovereign land of liberty, with his primary allegiance to himself, is rejected by patriots who sing of freedom but also shout of banners and boundaries."
    -- Karl Hess, The Death of Politics


    Posted by Tom, 10/16/2009 5:36:09 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Wednesday, October 14, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    "I don't believe in age. I don't believe in aging. Whatever. I got your aging right here."
    -- Tony Horton


    Posted by Tom, 10/14/2009 5:41:05 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Thursday, October 1, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    "'Balanced' is a code for 'denied': a right to free speech that must be 'balanced' against so exhaustive a list of other supposed values means a right that can be exercised only when those in power judge that the speech in question is innocuous to them."
    -- Ronald Dworkin


    ...to which I would add that this applies to all the other rights as well.

    Posted by Tom, 10/1/2009 6:59:31 AM (Permalink). 4 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Saturday, September 19, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    "It rankles me when somebody tries to force somebody to do something."
    -- John Wayne


    Posted by Tom, 9/19/2009 6:05:08 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Friday, September 11, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    "...the purpose of government is for those who run it to plunder those who do not. And if you go by that understanding, then it all makes perfect sense."
    -- Thomas J. DiLorenzo


    Posted by Tom, 9/11/2009 7:57:41 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Thursday, September 10, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    "Some people say that Ted Kennedy's polices were the road to Hell. But let me remind you, he always had Good Intentions."

    -- commenter "John Thacker", giving his interpretation of President Obama's invocation of the late Senator.


    Posted by Tom, 9/10/2009 7:55:52 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Wednesday, September 9, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    "The idea that great statesmen are not needed -- to say nothing about being wanted -- can no doubt be galling to many who decry capitalism for its excesses. For the people who derive their self-worth from being paternalistic, this is a sorry state of affairs indeed."
    -- Art Carden, Why Is Capitalism So Unpopular?


    Posted by Tom, 9/9/2009 5:17:34 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Saturday, August 29, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    On why science fiction and its fans tend to be anti-religion, and why he takes pains to write all aspects of religion into his books:

    "Science fiction has always been a refuge for the very bright outcast... the geek, if you will -- the person who doesn't really fit into a comfortable social template, and who is looking for a template that he or she does fit into. And many of those people have been or believe that they have been folded, bent, spindled, or mutilated by society with the approval of the religious establishment."
    -- David Weber, author of the Honor Harrington series


    QFT

    It comes from this fascinating series of videos of an interview with David Weber. He's a very interesting character in his own right.

    Posted by Tom, 8/29/2009 2:12:17 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Sunday, June 21, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    Two-for-one special:

    There must always be a struggle between a father and son, while one aims at power and the other at independence.
    -- Samuel Johnson

    When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.
    -- Mark Twain


    Happy Father's Day, Dad.

    Posted by Tom, 6/21/2009 9:57:24 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Monday, June 15, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    There are only three ways to pay for [President Obama's proposed] expansion of health insurance coverage: increased taxes, reduced benefits, or shiny gold ingots falling out of the sky.
    -- Steve Chapman, Indulging Our Health Care Fantasies, Reason Magazine


    Posted by Tom, 6/15/2009 7:42:36 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Saturday, May 30, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our necessities but of their advantages.
    -- Adam Smith


    Posted by Tom, 5/30/2009 7:22:27 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Thursday, May 14, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    "No intelligent man has any respect for an unjust law."
    -- Robert Heinlein


    Posted by Tom, 5/14/2009 7:45:50 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Wednesday, May 13, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
    -- H. L. Mencken


    Posted by Tom, 5/13/2009 6:04:41 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, May 12, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    "Free your mind and the rest will follow."
    -- En Vogue


    Posted by Tom, 5/12/2009 7:27:25 AM (Permalink). 2 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Monday, April 13, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.
    -- H. L. Mencken


    Posted by Tom, 4/13/2009 6:03:56 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Thursday, March 26, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    Elected officials are that rare breed of multi-taskers who can both cause a problem and be incensed by the results.
    --Ron Hart, Obama's New Deal: An envy-based economy


    Posted by Tom, 3/26/2009 6:46:53 AM (Permalink). 2 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, March 17, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    "What we learn from history is that we do not learn from history."
    --Benjamin Disraeli


    Posted by Tom, 3/17/2009 5:29:44 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Friday, March 13, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.
    -- H. L. Mencken


    Posted by Tom, 3/13/2009 7:03:10 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Saturday, March 7, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    The sins of the flesh are bad, but they are the least bad of all sins. All the worst pleasures are purely spiritual: the pleasure of putting other people in the wrong, of bossing and patronising and spoiling sport, and back-biting; the pleasures of power, of hatred. For there are two things inside me, competing with the human self which I must try to become. They are the Animal self, and the Diabolical self. The Diabolical self is the worse of the two. That is why a cold, self-righteous prig who goes regularly to church may be far nearer to hell than a prostitute. But, of course, it is better to be neither.
    -- C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity


    Posted by Tom, 3/7/2009 6:28:34 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Friday, March 6, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    Who can find a virtuous wife?
    For her worth is far above rubies.
    The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
    So he will have no lack of gain.
    She does him good and not evil
    All the days of her life.
    -- Proverbs 31:10-12


    Happy Birthday, Mrs. Curmudgeon.

    Posted by Tom, 3/6/2009 6:31:06 AM (Permalink). 1 Comment. Leave a comment...

    Thursday, March 5, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    Everybody needs a little place they can hide
    Somewhere to call their own
    Don't let nobody inside
    Every now and then we all need to let go
    For some it's the doctor
    For me it's rock and roll
    For some it's a bottle
    For some it's a pill
    Some people wave the Bible, 'cause it's giving them a thrill
    Others point their finger if they don't like what they see
    If you live in a glass house, don't be throwing rocks at me
    -- Cinderella, "Shelter Me"


    Posted by Tom, 3/5/2009 3:24:02 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Sunday, March 1, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    I have a new roommate from Austria named Glock. He's pretty quiet but I wouldn't mess with him. You wouldn't like him when he's angry.
    --"fg12351", a message board user


    Posted by Tom, 3/1/2009 8:18:41 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Saturday, February 28, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    Economic depression is good for the state. Even if the state knew how to end it, why would we suppose that it has the incentive to do so?
    -- Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.


    Posted by Tom, 2/28/2009 8:38:33 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Friday, February 27, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    Contemporary commentators equate freedom with democracy. But modern America gets less free every day because of it.
    -- Doug French, Forbidden Thoughts from Mencken


    Posted by Tom, 2/27/2009 7:16:16 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Thursday, February 19, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    If I stand, let me stand on the promise that You will pull me through
    And if I can't, let me fall on the Grace that first brought me to You
    -- Rich Mullins, "If I Stand"


    Posted by Tom, 2/19/2009 5:58:44 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, February 17, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    If history could teach us anything, it would be that private property is inextricably linked with civilization.
    -- Ludwig von Mises


    Posted by Tom, 2/17/2009 6:19:37 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Friday, February 13, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl.
    -- H. L. Mencken


    H. L. Mencken was a true surly curmudgeon, an irascible old codger who made a career of making snide remarks about anything and everything. This is the epitaph written on his tombstone. That he would, as his last wish, desire mercy and kindness from those who would pay him homage, gives me hope for my own soul.

    Posted by Tom, 2/13/2009 7:51:28 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Thursday, February 12, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.”
    -- Woody Allen


    Posted by Tom, 2/12/2009 6:00:24 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Wednesday, February 11, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    You have to be strong before you can be gentle.
    -- Dave Ramsey


    Posted by Tom, 2/11/2009 6:28:21 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, February 10, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    The philosophy of protectionism is a philosophy of war. The wars of our age are not at variance with popular economic doctrines; they are, on the contrary, the inescapable result of consistent application of these doctrines.
    -- Ludwig von Mises


    Posted by Tom, 2/10/2009 6:13:14 AM (Permalink). 3 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Monday, February 9, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    If you don't watch where you're going, you'll end up where you're headed.
    -- Table of Matthew, Pioneer Country Walk to Emmaus #113, in response to the "Priority" talk


    Posted by Tom, 2/9/2009 7:51:53 AM (Permalink). 1 Comment. Leave a comment...

    Monday, January 26, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    On the topic of Obama's proposed $700 billion $875 billion $1 trillion giant loads of money economic stimulus package:

    If massive government spending grows the economy, then we should all be millionaires after eight years of Bush rule, shouldn't we?
    -- Nick Gillespie, Reason magazine


    Posted by Tom, 1/26/2009 5:53:39 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Friday, January 23, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    “You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”
    --Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931-2005


    Posted by Tom, 1/23/2009 6:56:01 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Thursday, January 22, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    Liberals want the government to be your Mommy.
    Conservatives want government to be your Daddy.
    Libertarians want it to treat you like an adult.
    -- Andre Marrou


    Posted by Tom, 1/22/2009 7:45:03 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, January 20, 2009


    Quote of the Day

    "Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys."
    -- P.J. O'Rourke


    Posted by Tom, 1/20/2009 11:03:48 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Sunday, January 11, 2009


    Quote of the Day



    -- sign outside Shorty Small's restaurant, Oklahoma City



    Posted by Tom, 1/11/2009 11:20:34 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Monday, November 17, 2008


    Quote of the Day

    "If guns cause crime, all of mine are defective."
    --Ted Nugent


    Posted by Tom, 11/17/2008 5:32:13 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Thursday, October 30, 2008


    Quote of the Day

    Regarding music...

    I pretty much like all top 40 stuff. Much as I'd like to be one of the tragically hip cool kids with their obscure music tastes, I'm unfortunately drawn to mass market dreck.
    -- Me




    Posted by Tom, 10/30/2008 7:17:04 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Friday, July 25, 2008


    Quote of the Day

    Be prepared: "luck" is where preparation meets opportunity.
    -- Dr. Randy Pausch


    That's what I've been trying to say to all the neosocialists who tell me that everything I have, everything I am, is just because I'm "luckier" than others.

    Posted by Tom, 7/25/2008 7:53:52 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, July 1, 2008


    Quote of the Day

    "Once you get past a certain threshold, everyone's problems are the same: fortifying your island and hiding the heat signature from your fusion reactor."
    -- Doctor Impossible, Soon I Will Be Invincible


    Posted by Tom, 7/1/2008 6:20:11 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Friday, May 30, 2008


    Quote of the Day

    "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. "
    -- George Orwell


    ...inspired by this comment.

    Posted by Tom, 5/30/2008 7:00:28 AM (Permalink). 1 Comment. Leave a comment...

    Friday, May 16, 2008


    Quote of the Day

    "You are too old to NOT work out."
    -- "Bodyhard", an internet forum user


    Posted by Tom, 5/16/2008 6:44:22 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, May 6, 2008


    Quote of the Day

    "One bleeding-heart type asked me in a recent interview if I did not agree that 'violence begets violence.' I told him that it is my earnest endeavor to see that it does. I would like very much to ensure--and in some cases I have--that any man who offers violence to his fellow citizen begets a whole lot more in return than he can enjoy."
    -- Col. Jeff Cooper, USMC (Ret) (1920 - 2006)


    Posted by Tom, 5/6/2008 6:25:44 AM (Permalink). 5 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, April 8, 2008


    Quote of the Day

    "[W]hen the body is strong, the mind thinks strong thoughts."
    -- Henry Rollins


    Posted by Tom, 4/8/2008 5:38:40 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Thursday, April 3, 2008


    Quote of the Day

    "Smart" guns and "safety" locks aren't meant to protect children. They're meant to kill gun owners.
    --Victor Milan


    Posted by Tom, 4/3/2008 8:19:13 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Wednesday, April 2, 2008


    Quote of the Day

    God told us to be a witness, not a judge.
    --church sign


    Posted by Tom, 4/2/2008 7:38:03 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Friday, March 21, 2008


    Quote of the Day

    Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things a man needs to believe in the most. That people are basically good; that honor, courage, and virtue mean everything; that power and money, money and power mean nothing; that good always triumphs over evil; and I want you to remember this, that love... true love never dies. You remember that, boy. You remember that. Doesn't matter if it's true or not. You see, a man should believe in those things, because those are the things worth believing in.
    -- Hub, Secondhand Lions


    Posted by Tom, 3/21/2008 6:23:06 AM (Permalink). 1 Comment. Leave a comment...

    Thursday, March 13, 2008


    Quote of the Day

    Politicians take people's money with a promise to fulfill desires that supposedly can't be attained any other way. Prostitutes do the same, though by reputation, they are more reliable in delivering.
    -- Steve Chapman, Reason


    Posted by Tom, 3/13/2008 5:54:46 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, February 26, 2008


    Quote of the Day

    I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him.
    -- Booker T. Washington


    Posted by Tom, 2/26/2008 7:35:02 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, February 5, 2008


    Quote of the Day

    The problem isn't too much money in politics; it's too much power in government.
    -- Chip Mellor, founder, Institute for Justice


    Seemed appropriate, given that today is "Super Tuesday", and we're hearing that John McCain is violating his own campaign reform laws.

    Posted by Tom, 2/5/2008 6:34:37 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Friday, January 11, 2008


    Quote of the Day

    "Just remember--Your carefully considered, issues-based presidential vote will be negated by a hairdresser who likes the other guy's tie." --The Onion

    Posted by Tom, 1/11/2008 6:09:18 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Monday, December 24, 2007


    Quote of the Day

    "Formerly we suffered from crimes; now we suffer from laws."
    - Publius Cornelius Tacitus


    Posted by Tom, 12/24/2007 5:53:36 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Thursday, December 20, 2007


    Quote of the Day

    "Politics should be limited in scope to war, protection of property, and the occasional precautionary beheading of a member of the ruling class."

    -- P.J. O'Rourke


    Posted by Tom, 12/20/2007 6:24:53 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Thursday, October 18, 2007


    Quote of the Day

    "Everybody wanna be a bodybuilder; don't nobody wanna lift no big-ass weights."

    -- Ronnie Coleman, Mr. Olympia 1998-2006


    Posted by Tom, 10/18/2007 6:14:20 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Wednesday, October 17, 2007


    Quote of the Day

    The state is the most destructive institution human beings have ever devised -- a fire that, at best, can be controlled for only a short time before it o'erleaps its improvised confinements and spreads its flames far and wide.

    -- Robert Higgs, The Song That Is Irresistible


    Posted by Tom, 10/17/2007 6:11:43 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, October 16, 2007


    Quote of the Day

    People unfit for freedom - who cannot do much with it - are hungry for power. The desire for freedom is an attribute of a "have" type of self. It says: leave me alone and I shall grow, learn, and realize my capacities. The desire for power is basically an attribute of a "have not" type of self.
    -- Eric Hoffer


    This makes me think about how the mouthpieces of expanding government are always trying to remind us of how much we don't have... just look at the "universal health care" movement. They don't spend hardly any time basking in the realization that generally speaking, America is one of the healthiest societies on the planet, once you control for self-inflicted illness like obesity and such. We have mosquitoes, but other countries have malaria. But we never hear about things like this... all we hear is what we don't have -- health insurance.

    This is what I mean when I talk about "success-oriented" vs "failure-oriented" thinking. Government is entirely failure-oriented. People seeking power, either for themselves or for the government, are failure-oriented. They prefer to focus on what we don't have, because it's scary and spooks the herd. But what they don't seem to realize is that we tend shoot where we aim. If you aim at failure, you'll hit it every time.

    Posted by Tom, 10/16/2007 6:13:40 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Friday, September 14, 2007


    Quote of the Day

    "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." -- Dr. Seuss

    Posted by Tom, 9/14/2007 6:29:21 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Wednesday, August 22, 2007


    Quote of the Day

    I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine.

    -- Bruce Lee


    Posted by Tom, 8/22/2007 6:59:13 PM (Permalink). 4 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Thursday, June 28, 2007


    Quote of the Day

    "Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else."

    -- Frederic Bastiat


    Posted by Tom, 6/28/2007 6:43:56 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Wednesday, May 23, 2007


    Quote of the Day

    Cogito, ergo armatum sum: I think, therefore I am armed.
    -- Lt. Col. David Grossman


    Posted by Tom, 5/23/2007 8:16:04 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Monday, May 14, 2007


    Quote of the Day

    Some guy in Madison, Wisconsin survives having his head run over by a delivery truck (thanks to his bicycle helmet). He had this to say:

    "It feels really strange to have a truck run over your head."

    Ya think?

    I'm not a fan of bicycle helmets, but then I do all my riding on country roads where there's lots of visibility, relative flatness, and very few cars. If I spent a lot of time riding in town, I think this story would convince me to wear one.

    Posted by Tom, 5/14/2007 6:45:20 PM (Permalink). 1 Comment. Leave a comment...

    Friday, May 4, 2007


    Quote of the Day

    "If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man."
    -- Mark Twain


    Posted by Tom, 5/4/2007 6:55:07 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Sunday, April 15, 2007


    Quote of the Day

    Perseverance is the most consistently rewarded virtue.
    -- Rev. Richard Whetsell


    Posted by Tom, 4/15/2007 8:52:19 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Wednesday, March 28, 2007


    Quote of the Day

    It is the heretic that makes the fire,
    Not she which burns in't


    -- William Shakespeare, A Winter's Tale

    Posted by Tom, 3/28/2007 7:07:48 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Wednesday, February 28, 2007


    Quote of the Day

    When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives.

    -- Robert A. Heinlein


    Posted by Tom, 2/28/2007 6:23:57 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Monday, January 22, 2007


    Quote of the Day

    The rich rules over the poor,
    and the borrower is the slave of the lender.

    -- Proverbs 22:7 (ESV)


    Posted by Tom, 1/22/2007 6:29:10 AM (Permalink). 1 Comment. Leave a comment...

    Thursday, January 18, 2007


    Quote of the Day

    On being defined by one's past:

    "Why don't you climb down off that cross, use the wood to build a bridge, and GET OVER IT?!?!?"
    -- Christopher Titus, Norman Rockwell is Bleeding

    Posted by Tom, 1/18/2007 6:22:59 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Monday, December 4, 2006


    Quote of the Day

    "You don't have anything I want bad enough to borrow money to get it."
    -- Dave Ramsey

    Posted by Tom, 12/4/2006 5:48:10 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, November 14, 2006


    Quote of the day

    Wear a gun to someone's house, you're saying "I'll defend this home as if it were my own."

    When your guests see you carry a weapon, you're saying "I'll defend you as if you were my own family."

    Anyone who objects levels the deadliest insult possible: "I won't trust you until you render yourself harmless."

    -- L Neil Smith,
    The Probability Broach


    Why can't I live in that world?

    Posted by Tom, 11/14/2006 6:11:07 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Monday, July 31, 2006


    Quote of the Day

    If the Devil had an evangelist, its name would be war.
    --Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.


    Posted by Tom, 7/31/2006 6:41:11 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Saturday, July 29, 2006


    Quote of the Day

    Think of whether you have ever met a libertarian who is more a threat to you than is a willing, serving agent of the state. More irritating perhaps. More dangerous? I doubt it. Happily, such libertarians are far more easily ignored than the agents of the state.
    -- Karl Hess


    Posted by Tom, 7/29/2006 8:03:47 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Friday, April 28, 2006


    Quote of the Day

    "Everyone wants a MacBook Pro because they are so bitchin'."
    -- Steve Jobs

    (thanks, Engadget)

    Posted by Tom, 4/28/2006 7:13:00 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Friday, April 21, 2006


    Quote of the Day

    "Security is mostly a superstition...Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or it is nothing at all."
    -- Helen Keller

    Posted by Tom, 4/21/2006 6:54:00 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, December 20, 2005


    Quote of the Day

    "[I]n a free society, a profit is a signal that valuable services are being rendered to people on a voluntary basis."

    -- Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., Speaking of Liberty


    Why quote of the day? Because it has become fashionable in American society to refer to "making a profit" as something akin to rape or murder: a crime which demands punishment and moral outrage. Never mind that every employee is making a profit from his or her work, or that without profits we'd have nowhere near the economy we presently enjoy in America. Making an honest, free-market profit should be seen as the good thing it is -- I offered a product or service for a price, kept my costs below that price, and someone else voluntarily chose to buy my product and accepted my price.

    Posted by Tom, 12/20/2005 7:21:00 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...