Quote of the Day Category

Monday, April 21, 2014

“The 'private sector' of the economy is, in fact, the voluntary sector; and...the 'public sector' is, in fact, the coercive sector.” - Henry Hazlitt

Sunday, April 20, 2014

“If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.” - 1 Corinthians 16 22-23 (KJV)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

“Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the name of the Lord; praise him, O ye servants of the Lord.” - Psalms 135:1 (KJV)

Friday, April 18, 2014

“Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.” - Alexis de Tocqueville

Thursday, April 17, 2014

“It's clearly more fun to make the rules than to follow them.” - Seth Godin

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

“It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea” - Robert Anton Wilson

Monday, April 14, 2014

“This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as we do when the baby gets hold of a hammer. “ - Will Rogers

Sunday, April 13, 2014


“But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.” 1 Thessalonians 5:8 (KJV)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

“Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.” Psalms 106:3 (KJV)

Friday, April 11, 2014


“The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun.” - Buckminster Fuller

Thursday, April 10, 2014

“Greedy capitalists get money by trade. Good liberals steal it.” - David Friedman

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

"He is your friend who pushes you nearer to God." ― Abraham Kuyper

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” -Thomas Jefferson

Monday, April 7, 2014

“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)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1 (KJV)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

“And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.” Daniel 2:44 (KJV)

Friday, April 4, 2014

“Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.” - Milton Friedman

Thursday, April 3, 2014

“Be [more] concerned about the honor of your colleagues [than your own]; keep your children from meditating [on worthless things]; set them between the knees of sages, and when you pray, know the One before whom you stand.” - Rabbi Eliezer on his deathbed (b.Berachot 28b)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

"Of all the knowledge that we can ever obtain, the knowledge of God, and the knowledge of ourselves, are the most important." - Jonathan Edwards

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

“No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority. “ - Robert Heinlein

Monday, March 31, 2014

“The end of the law is, not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom.” - John Locke

Sunday, March 30, 2014

“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13 (KJV)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

“Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.” Proverbs 15:22(KJV)

Friday, March 28, 2014

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” - C.S. Lewis

Thursday, March 27, 2014

“When the government's boot is on your throat, whether it is a left boot or a right boot is of no consequence.” - Gary Lloyd

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

“Reformation ends not in contemplation, but in action.” - George Gillespie (Scottish Theologian)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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

Monday, March 24, 2014

“Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.” - Thomas Jefferson

Sunday, March 23, 2014

“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 1 Peter 1:13-16 (KJV)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

“If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.” Numbers 14:8 (KJV)

Friday, March 21, 2014

“We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” - Ronald Reagan

Thursday, March 20, 2014

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

“…there is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: 'Mine!'" - Abraham Kuyper

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

“There is only one way to go: full speed ahead for God and Country.” - Joseph J. Foss, United States Marine Corps, Medal of Honor

Monday, March 17, 2014

“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, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

Sunday, March 16, 2014

“Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.” 1 Thessalonians 5:6(KJV)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

"A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring. " Proverbs 25:26 (KJV)

Friday, March 14, 2014

“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” - George Bernard Shaw

Thursday, March 13, 2014

“Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.” - John Adams

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

“None so deaf as those that will not hear. None so blind as those that will not see.” Matthew Henry

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"The one aim of these financiers is world control by the creation of inextinguishable debt." - Henry Ford

Monday, March 10, 2014

“Remember the classic statement attributed to General Merritt Edson, U.S. Marine Corps: 'One hundred rounds do not constitute fire power. One hit constitutes fire power.'” - Jeff Cooper's Commentaries, Vol. 5, No. 4 March, 1997

Saturday, March 8, 2014

“The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.” Zephania 3:17 (KJV)

Friday, March 7, 2014

“There's a race of men that don't fit in,
  A race that can't stay still;
So they break the hearts of kith and kin,
  And they roam the world at will.”
- Robert Service

Thursday, March 6, 2014

“Could I climb to the highest place in Athens, I would lift my voice and proclaim, 'Fellow citizens, why do you turn and scrape every stone to gather wealth, and take so little care of your children to whom one day you must relinquish it all?'” - Socrates

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

“Pommer's Law: A person's mind can be changed by reading information on the Internet. The nature of this change will be from having no opinion to having a wrong opinion.” - Rob Pommer

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

“I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration, somehow you're not patriotic. And we should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.” - Hillary Clinton, 2003 YouTube video

Monday, March 3, 2014

“Calling it your job don't make it right, boss.” - Paul Newman, Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105 (KJV)

Friday, February 28, 2014

“The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools.” - Herbert Spencer, State-Tamperings with Money and Banks, Vol. 3, Ch. IX

Thursday, February 27, 2014

“For, whenever a question arises between the society at large and any magistrate vested with powers originally delegated by that society, it must be decided by the voice of the society itself: there is not upon earth any other tribunal to resort to.” - Sir William Blackstone, Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England, Book I, Chapter 3, pp. 205-206

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

“Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.” - President Woodrow Wilson, "The New Freedom", p. 5.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

“I keep feeling like I'm living in The Matrix. The Obama administration and liberal progressive media would like to force Americans to take the red pill and stay in fantasyland where everything is lovely. They will cover up the truth by draining our will and energy. Instead, we must wake up and see the 'real world' behind the smoke and mirrors, behind the Potemkin President, and understand the truth of this presidential cover-up.” - Retired Col. Allen West

Monday, February 24, 2014

"The tank, the B-52, the fighter-bomber, the state-controlled police and military are the weapons of dictatorship. The rifle is the weapon of democracy. Not for nothing was the revolver called an 'Equalizer.' Egalite implies liberte. And always will. Let us hope our weapons are never needed---but do not forget what the common people of this nation knew when they demanded The Bill Of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, and the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny." - Edward Abbey, Abbey's Road

Sunday, February 23, 2014

“Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.” 1 Peter 5:2-3 (KJV)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

“I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. Isaiah 42:6-7 (KJV)

Friday, February 21, 2014

“Our officers and men acted like men who are determined to be free.” - General Anthony Wayne

Thursday, February 20, 2014

“I freed a thousand slaves; I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” - Harriet Tubman, American abolitionist

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

”People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.” - George Orwell

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

"They've (the government) took our silver, They've took our gold. They've took th' silver certificates all in. And we ain't got a thing except our gover'mint on it. There's all we got t'back it up. It just left us, by granny, with a piece a'paper; an'if we lose our gover'mint, it's all dead anyhow just th'same as gover'mint bonds. We're all broke. If th'gover'mint go broke, we ain't got a thing in th'world." - Hillard Green, sometime between 1968 - 1970 as part of Foxfire.

Monday, February 17, 2014

"If I miss a day of practice, I know it. If I miss two days, my manager knows it. If I miss three days, my audience knows it." - André Previn

Sunday, February 16, 2014

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” Revelation 2:7 (KJV)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

“Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.” Proverbs 4:13 (KJV)

Friday, February 14, 2014

“It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” - Mark Twain

Thursday, February 13, 2014

“Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” - Francis of Assisi (1181 - 1226)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

"We are taught to admire the second-hander who dispenses gifts he has not produced above the man who made the gifts possible. We praise an act of charity. We shrug at an act of achievement." - Ayn Rand

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

"A person who is not inwardly prepared for the use of violence against him, is always weaker than the person committing the violence." - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago, 1974

Monday, February 10, 2014

"Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much; Wisdom is humble that he knows no more." - William Cowper

Sunday, February 9, 2014

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” - Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.“ Psalm 51:17 (KJV)

Friday, February 7, 2014

"Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that's no reason not to give it." - Agatha Christie

Thursday, February 6, 2014

“The hunter has a purity of heart that exists nowhere else. I think he is not defined so much by what he has come to be as by all that he has escaped being. You can make no distinction between what he is and what he does. And what he does is kill. We of course are another matter. I suspect that we are ill-formed for the path we have chosen. Ill-formed and ill-prepared. We would like to draw a veil over all that blood and terror. That have brought us to this place. It is our faintness of heart that would close our eyes to all of that, but in so doing it makes of it our destiny. Perhaps you would not agree. I don't know. But nothing is crueler than a coward; and the slaughter to come is probably beyond our imagining. Should we think about ordering? I'm famished.” - Cormac McCarthy, The Counselor

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

"History is full of insurrectionists who, when they gain power, became imitators of what they overthrew." - Marvin Olasky, World Magazine, l998

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

"The headquarters of Al Qaeda is in Langley, Virginia." - Jim Willie

Monday, February 3, 2014

“Labour was the first price, the original purchase - money that was paid for all things. It was not by gold or by silver, but by labour, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased.” - Adam Smith, a Scottish moral philosopher. (Author of “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations”, 1776)

Sunday, February 2, 2014

“Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.” James 5:1-6 (KJV)

Saturday, February 1, 2014

“Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.

For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.” Isaiah 26:20,21 (KJV)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

"When you fight for principle, you win even when you lose!" - Columnist Don Feder

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

"No one likes change but a wet baby." - Mark Twain

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

"The thing was, though: When James Wait got there, a worldwide financial crisis, a sudden revision of human opinions as to the value of money and stocks and bonds and mortgages and so on, bits of paper, had ruined the tourist business not only in Ecuador, but practically everywhere...Ecuador, after all, like the Galapagos Islands, was mostly lava and ash, and so could not begin to feed its nine million people. It was bankrupt, and so could no longer buy food from countries with plenty of topsoil, so the seaport of Guayaquil was idle, and the people were beginning to starve to death...Neighboring Peru and Columbia were bankrupt, too...Mexico and Chile and Brazil and Argentina were likewise bankrupt - and Indonesia and the Philippines and Pakistan and India and Thailand and Italy and Ireland and Belgium and Turkey. Whole nations were suddenly in the same situation as the San Mateo, unable to buy with their paper money and coins, or their written promises to pay later, even the barest essentials... They were suddenly saying to people with nothing but paper representations of wealth, "Wake up, you idiots! Whatever made you think paper was so valuable?" - Kurt Vonnegut, in his novel Galapagos (1985)

Monday, January 27, 2014

"The general sentiment of mankind is that a man who will not fight for himself, when he has the means of doing so, is not worth being fought for by others, and this sentiment is just. For a man who does not value freedom for himself will never value it for others, or put himself to any inconvenience to gain it for others...

The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all-absorbing, and for the time being, putting all other tumults to silence. It must do this or it does nothing. If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.

This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."- Frederick Douglass, August 3, 1857, in a speech at Canandaigua, New York

Sunday, January 26, 2014

"When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus. And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?

Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.

Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?

Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." - John 6:24-29 (KJV)

Saturday, January 25, 2014

“Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.

And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.

And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken.

The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly.” - Isaiah 32:1-4 (KJV)

Friday, January 24, 2014

"It is the spirit we bring to the fight that decides the issue." - Douglas MacArthur

Thursday, January 23, 2014

"The Napoleonic Wars gave the French the word bistro as a reminder of the rude, conquering Russian officers who demanded quick service in French cafes. Bystro means quick in Russian. Russian, in turn, got sheramiz avat, meaning to beg. Hardly any Russian today knows it, but this word comes from the French phrase cher ami. The starving, freezing French soldiers, retreating in disarray after the defeat at Borodino, would knock at the doors of Russian farmhouses and implore the farmers for food, crying: cher ami!" - Cameron Sawyer

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

 "Controversy for its own sake is a sin. But controversy for the sake of the truth is a divine mandate." - Joe Dallas (from a lecture series at Southern Seminary)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

"The Fed’s policy of monetizing one trillion dollars of bonds annually put pressure on the US dollar, the value of which declined in terms of gold. When gold hit $1,900 per ounce in 2011, the Federal Reserve realized that $2,000 per ounce could have a psychological impact that would spread into the dollar’s exchange rate with other currencies, resulting in a run on the dollar as both foreign and domestic holders sold dollars to avoid the fall in value. Once this realization hit, the manipulation of the gold price moved beyond central bank leasing of gold to bullion dealers in order to create an artificial market supply to absorb demand that otherwise would have pushed gold prices higher. The manipulation consists of the Fed using bullion banks as its agents to sell naked gold shorts in the New York Comex futures market. Short selling drives down the gold price, triggers stop-loss orders and margin calls, and scares participants out of the gold trusts." - Paul Craig Roberts, The Hows and Whys of Gold Price Manipulation

Monday, January 20, 2014

"The Progressives, as Marxists like to call themselves, have had it pretty much their way for a hundred years now. Wilson's era brought us the Federal Reserve and the IRS, and took state representation away from the Senate. Franklin Roosevelt's era brought us the welfare state, "rule by commerce clause", big unions and the military-industrial alliance. Since then we've seen the War On Poverty, which we lost, the War On Drugs—or Prohibition II which we're also losing in the same way we lost Prohibition I, a debt-backed dollar and a huge, ever more coercive and entrenched government with an unhealthy liking for crisis, reckless spending, police-state methods, unconscionable corruption and seventy years of undeclared wars." - Ol' Remus, The Woodpile Report

Sunday, January 19, 2014

"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord." - Romans 5:12-21 (KJV)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

"I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety." - Psalm 4:8 (KJV)

Friday, January 17, 2014

"Trouble rather the tiger in his lair than the sage among his books. For to you kingdoms and their armies are things mighty and enduring, but to him they are but toys of the moment, to be overturned with the flick of a finger." - Gordon R. Dickson, Tactics of Mistake

Thursday, January 16, 2014

"Go tell the Spartans, passerby, that here the three hundred lie, obedient to their commands. The Athenians never came." - Lord Byron's translation

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

"How many lone gunmen do you need to see before you conclude that they aren't alone?" - Jim Willie

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

"It is strangely absurd to suppose that a million of human beings, collected together, are not under the same moral laws which bind each of them separately." - Thomas Jefferson

Monday, January 13, 2014

"Tyranny will come to your door in a uniform." - Alex Jones

Sunday, January 12, 2014

"Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.
Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." - James 4:13-17 (KJV)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

"Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely
The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.
He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.
Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.
Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:
Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.
He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.
He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.
The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.
Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion.
For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.
He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.
He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly.
He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.
He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?"- Psalm 147:1-17 (KJV)

Friday, January 10, 2014

"The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell

Thursday, January 9, 2014

"What is the meaning of a gold standard and a redeemable currency?  It represents integrity.  It insures the people’s control over the government’s use of the public purse.  It is the best guarantee against the socialization of a nation.  It enables a people to keep the government and banks in check.  It prevents currency expansion from getting ever farther out of bounds until it becomes worthless.  It tends to force standards of honesty on government and bank officials.  It is the symbol of a free society and an honorable government.  It is a necessary prerequisite to economic health.  It is the first economic bulwark of free men." - Walter E. Spahr, Professor of Economics at New York University

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

"The majority of Americans get their news and information about what is going on with their government from entities that are licensed by and subject to punishment at the hands of that very government." - Neal Boortz

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

"I believe that any man who takes the liberty of another into his keeping is bound to become a tyrant, and that any man who yields up his liberty, in however slight the measure, is bound to become a slave." - H.L. Mencken, 1927

Monday, January 6, 2014

"To think that one can live without the lessons and principles of one’s ancestors is a disease – a mental disorder of the highest caliber. It is an insanity that leads to terrifying catastrophe." - Tyler Durden

Sunday, January 5, 2014

"And six years thou shalt sow thy land, and shalt gather in the fruits thereof:
But the seventh year thou shalt let it rest and lie still; that the poor of thy people may eat: and what they leave the beasts of the field shall eat. In like manner thou shalt deal with thy vineyard, and with thy oliveyard.
Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest: that thine ox and thine ass may rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed.
And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth." - Exodus 23:10-13 (KJV)

Saturday, January 4, 2014

"The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence." - 2 Samuel 22:3 (KJV)

Friday, January 3, 2014

"The problem isn't that Johnny can't read. The problem isn't even that Johnny can't think. The problem is that Johnny doesn't know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling." - Thomas Sowell

Thursday, January 2, 2014

 "The best handgun for home defense is whichever one you happen to have in your hand at the time." - Colonel Jeff Cooper

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

"Given how damaging it can be, it is remarkable how long corruption can continue.  Unless there is a crisis, a gap can endure almost indefinitely between the public discourse of an honest, neutral civil service and the private reality of a set of self-enriching bureaucrats.  What starts out as a rational, if dishonest, response to an opportunity to make money often becomes hardened into a dominant culture that can last for centuries.  Indeed, it can become embedded so firmly and accepted as part of the system that in one sense it ceases to become corruption and merely becomes a different set of norms about the way that a state bureaucracy operates." - by Alan Beattie from his 2009 book False Economy: A Surprising Economic History of the World

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." - Voltaire

Monday, December 30, 2013

"The mark of an honest man... is that he means what he says and knows what he means." - Ayn Rand

Sunday, December 29, 2013

"Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by." - John 8:58-59 (KJV)

Saturday, December 28, 2013

"Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you.
Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you." - Deuteronomy 4:1-2 (KJV)

Friday, December 27, 2013

"If all else fails, I will retreat up the valley of Virginia to plant my flag on the Blue Ridge, and rally around the Scotch-Irish of that region, and make my last stand for liberty amongst a people who will never submit to tyranny whilst there is a man left to draw a trigger." - George Washington (written while at at Valley Forge)

Thursday, December 26, 2013

"In the long run, the greatest weapon of mass destruction is stupidity." - Thomas Sowell

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." - Luke 2:8-11 (KJV)

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

"Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience.
The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm brought he them out of it.
And about the time of forty years suffered he their manners in the wilderness.
And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Chanaan, he divided their land to them by lot.
And after that he gave unto them judges about the space of four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet.
And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years.
And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus." - Acts 13:16-23 (KJV)

Monday, December 23, 2013

"Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself." - Philemon 3:17-21 (KJV)

Sunday, December 22, 2013

"His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
"Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
because he has come and has redeemed his people.
He has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David
(as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
salvation from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us—
to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant,
the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
and to enable us to serve him without fear
in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
to give his people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,
because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace." - Luke 1:67-79 (KJV)

Saturday, December 21, 2013

"Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD's hand double for all her sins.

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:

And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!

Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.

He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young." - Isaiah 40:1-11 (KJV)

Friday, December 20, 2013

"But one thing is sure, it has proven remarkably expensive to fight an enemy equipped with donkeys and Toyota pickup trucks..." - High Afghan Exit Costs Force US Military to Contemplate End of Era (For MRAP), Defense Industry Daily

Thursday, December 19, 2013

"Politicians are always maneuvering for the next election. They are obsolete as fundamental problem-solvers." - R. Buckminster Fuller

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

"One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching." - Gerard Way

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

"True education makes you feel stupid. It makes you realize you have so much more to learn." - Robert Kiyosaki

Monday, December 16, 2013

"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism." - Thomas Jefferson

Sunday, December 15, 2013

"Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ." - Galatians 4:1-7 (KJV)

Saturday, December 14, 2013

"And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer." - Psalm 78:35 (KJV)

Friday, December 13, 2013

“If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey, he is obligated to do so.” - Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, December 12, 2013

"Economic power is exercised by means of a positive, by offering men a reward, an incentive, a payment, a value; political power is exercised by means of a negative, by the threat of punishment, injury, imprisonment, destruction. The businessman's tool is values; the bureaucrat's tool is fear." - Ayn Rand

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

"It is only a short step from regulation to appropriation, whether by seizure via regulation or by mandating an investment in "safe" government obligations." - Jeffrey Folks

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

"If you expect the government to solve your problems, you have a problem." - Robert Kiyosaki

Monday, December 9, 2013

"The Government works for me. I do not answer to them. They answer to me." - Glenn Beck

Sunday, December 8, 2013

"Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves." - Philippians 2:3 (KJV)

Saturday, December 7, 2013

"Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah." - Psalm 32:7 (KJV)

Friday, December 6, 2013

"An Avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws. He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he a establishes a precedent that will reach to himself." - Thomas Paine (1795)

Thursday, December 5, 2013

"Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people." - H.L. Mencken

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

"The obstacles to usurpation and the facilities of resistance increase with the increased extent of the state, provided the citizens understand their rights and are disposed to defend them." - Alexander Hamilton

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

"When I was a boy aged 10, no older
My father took enemy fire to the shoulder
He lay in his tent for a week till he 
finally succumbed

From that day forth I was a permanent soldier
I've killed many men on the southern border
We fight for the day California leaves us alone

We've been taxed for no good reason
and then we said, "No" and then they cried "treason!"
We're merely defending the life and the land that we love

We learned our lesson from Captain Jack
That once you kill you can't go back
And once you rebel then either you win or you die

We saw Red Dawn
We will fight on
They double-crossed us
They won't outfox us

Our fathers taught us young 
how to aim and shoot a gun
and we will not leave these mountains 
without a hail of lead around us

We are the Jefferson Army

We've got water and wood and weed
And all they've got is insatiable greed
We're tired of vampires sucking the blood of the land

So we drew a line right across the state
From Tahoe out to Bodega Bay
We'll march to the capitol and burn that dream house down"

- Lyrics to Jefferson Army, by Mother Hips

Monday, December 2, 2013

"I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times." - Bruce Lee 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

"Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.
Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?" - Proverbs 27:1-4 (KJV)

Saturday, November 30, 2013

"Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him." - Psalm 2, (KJV)

Friday, November 29, 2013

"I would rather stand against the cannons of the wicked than against the prayers of the righteous!"  - President George W. Bush, April, 2002

Thursday, November 28, 2013

"Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best." - George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1789

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

"Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory." - General George S. Patton Jr.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

"It seems to be the fate of all nations, that as they grow in wealth so they lose their manly virtues. With wealth comes corruption, indolence, a reluctance to make sacrifices, and a weakening of the feeling of patriotism. Power falls into the hands of the ignorant many. Instead of the destinies of the country being swayed by the wisest and best, a fickle multitude, swayed by interested demagogues, assumes the direction of affairs, and the result is inevitable—wasted powers, gross mismanagement, final ruin." - George A. Henty, The Young Carthaginian, 1887

Monday, November 25, 2013

"For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery." - Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Sunday, November 24, 2013

"And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish." - Luke 14:27-30 (KJV)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

"The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them." - Proverbs 11:3 (KJV)

Friday, November 22, 2013

"Ants never sleep." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, November 21, 2013

"The Federal Reserve will not monetize the debt." - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, June 3, 2009

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

"You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep." - Navajo Proverb

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

"The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt." - John Philpot Curran

Monday, November 18, 2013

"The fact is clear and obvious, all national and most state elections are bogus. The corruption has congealed and hardened in place, there is no viable way to significantly influence governance at those levels much less change it. Their elections are their elections, not ours. Nothing of consequence can be changed this way. Elections are a roadblock, not a road. Congressional districting and other election rigging ensures fewer seats are actually contested than were in the Politburo of their late and lamented USSR. Their federal judges routinely set aside state referendums that offend their personal sensibilities, one more avenue of redress criminally denied. Nobody should expect criminals to change their ways when they can prevent having to do it. It's their ball, their ballpark, their rules, their umpires, and they bat last." - Ol' Remus, Yer Old Woodpile Report

Sunday, November 17, 2013

"I am much afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labour in explaining the Holy Scriptures, and engraving them in the hearts of youth.  I advise no one to place his child where the scriptures do not reign paramount.  Every institution in which means are not unceasingly occupied with the Word of God must be corrupted." - Martin Luther

Saturday, November 16, 2013

"Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble." - Proverbs 4:13-19 (KJV)

Friday, November 15, 2013

"It's the same old story. We're told guns are responsible for murders and the 'sour economy' is responsible for a surge in robberies. Get real. Murderers are responsible for murders. The press likes the phrase gun violence. There are violent people but no such thing as violent guns. Likewise, robbers are responsible for robberies. It's what they do. The economy, sour or otherwise, doesn't commit robbery. Simple truth can be wrapped in delusions but it can't be made complicated: criminals are responsible for crime. Hence the term 'criminals'. Why suggest otherwise? What is society's gain in these misdirections?" - Ol' Remus, The Woodpile Report

Thursday, November 14, 2013

"Not he alone, nor the family that gathers at his table -
But all men everywhere, fighting for Freedom’s cause,
Are richer for his work.
For the food he does not buy is theirs to have…
In camps, in ships on every bloody sea,
On battle fronts where food is life itself….
And in those dark and hungry lands now being freed -
Where food is more than life…
Where food means tyranny’s long hoped for end.
The seeds of Victory are planted in his garden..." - An unattributed poem engraved on statue dedicated to World War II Victory Gardeners

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

"One of the most dangerous errors is that civilization is automatically bound to increase and spread.  The lesson of history is the opposite; civilization is a rarity, attained with difficulty and easily lost.  The normal state of humanity is barbarism, just as the normal surface of the planet is salt water.  Land looms large in our imagination and civilization in history books, only because sea and savagery are to us less interesting." - C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

"What we do in life echoes in eternity. " - Russell Crowe (as Maximus), Gladiator (Screenplay by David Franzoni, John Logan, and William Nicholson)

Monday, November 11, 2013

"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die." - G.K. Chesterton

Sunday, November 10, 2013

"Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." - Luke 21:36

Saturday, November 9, 2013

"Whoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way, he himself will fall into his own pit; but the blameless will inherit good." - Proverbs 28:10

Friday, November 8, 2013

"Civilization only lasts as long as the citizens trust that they will have food tomorrow." - Orson Scott Card, in Sarah: Women of Genesis

Thursday, November 7, 2013

"The Democrats must really love poor people.  They keep making more and more of them." - N.C. Lickey

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

"Inter arma enim silent leges." - Cicero (Usually translated: "In time of war the law falls silent".)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

"We have staked the whole future of America's civilization, not upon the power of the government, far from it.  We have staked the future of all our political institutions.....upon the capacity of each and all of to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."  - James Madison

Monday, November 4, 2013

"The State exists simply to promote and to protect the ordinary happiness of human beings in this life. A husband and wife chatting over a fire, a couple of friends having a game of darts in a pub, a man reading a book in his own room or digging in his own garden—that is what the State is there for. And unless they are helping to increase and prolong and protect such moments, all the laws, parliaments, armies, courts, police, economics, etc., are simply a waste of time."  - C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Sunday, November 3, 2013

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." - Romans 1:16 (KJV)

Saturday, November 2, 2013

"Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." - Isaiah 40:27-31 (KJV)

Friday, November 1, 2013

"The truth is, all might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they ought." - Samuel Adams

Thursday, October 31, 2013

"The condition of our country today? It's kind of like folks listening to the band playing while the Titanic is sinking, and them asking them to play a different tune." - Hal Brilliant

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

"You never want a serious crisis go to waste." - White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (February 9, 2009)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

"God prepares great men for great tasks by great trials." - J.K. Gressett

Monday, October 28, 2013

"Time is sole arbiter between Prescience and Paranoia." - Brian Wilson (talk radio show host and author)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

"Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?" - Galatians 4:16 (KJV)

Saturday, October 26, 2013

"Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest." - Ecclesiastes 9:9 (KJV)

Friday, October 25, 2013

"A man that holds a cat by the tail learns something he can learn no other way." - Mark Twain

Thursday, October 24, 2013

"The old order changeth, yielding place to new." - Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Morte d'Arthur

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

"Whether for good or bad, surveillance machines are going to get smarter. They're already starting to recognise people's faces in the street, and systems that spot abnormal behavior will not be far behind... Once connected to such intelligent systems, closed-circuit television (CCTV) will shift from being a mainly passive device for gathering evidence after a crime, to a tool for crime prevention...[The system works by detecting any behaviors that deviate from the 'normal' range of human behavior:] the computer recognises them as patterns. If anyone deviates from these patterns, the system sounds the alarm... it spots any abnormal behavior." - New Scientist, December 11, 1999

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake." - Victor Hugo

Monday, October 21, 2013

"If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first." - Mark Twain

"If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first." - Mark Twain

Sunday, October 20, 2013

These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.
They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.
But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you." - John 16:1-4 (KJV)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

"Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.
Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD'S servant?
Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.

The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.
But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.

Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for the time to come?
Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? did not the LORD, he against whom we have sinned? for they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law.
Therefore he hath poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle: and it hath set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart." - Isaiah 42:18-25 (KJV)

Friday, October 18, 2013

"Yet, although history never quite repeats itself, and just because no development is inevitable, we can in a measure learn from the past to avoid a repetition of the same process. One need not be a prophet to be aware of impending dangers. An accidental combination of experience and interest will often reveal events to one man under aspects which few yet see." - Friedrich A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom

Thursday, October 17, 2013

"Confidence is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking the tartar sauce with you." - Zig Ziglar (1926-2012)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

"To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour." - Winston S. Churchill

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

"The future belongs to those who prepare for it." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, October 14, 2013

"Shiny. Let's be bad guys." - Adam Baldwin as Jayne Cobb, Serenity

Sunday, October 13, 2013

"Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?
For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ." - 2 Corinthians 2:14-17 (KJV)

Saturday, October 12, 2013

"O God of earth and altar, Bow down and hear our cry,
Our earthly rulers falter, Our people drift and die;
The walls of gold entomb us, The swords of scorn divide,
Take not thy thunder from us, But take away our pride.

From all that terror teaches, From lies of tongue and pen,
From all the easy speeches That comfort cruel men,
From sale and profanation Of honor, and the sword,
From sleep and from damnation, Deliver us, good Lord!

Tie in a living tether The prince and priest and thrall,
Bind all our lives together, Smite us and save us all;
In ire and exultation Aflame with faith, and free,
Lift up a living nation, A single sword to thee. Amen."

- O God of Earth and Altar, Hymn 521 in the Anglican Hymnal. Lyrics by by G. K. Chesterton (1906.) In England, this hymn is most commonly sung set to a tune from Gustav Holst's The Planets. In modern times, it is perhaps best remembered as being sung at the funeral of Princess Diana. (Skip forward to 7:28) It is also a favorite at a well-known American Redoubt church and college, in Moscow, Idaho, sung to a different tune.

Friday, October 11, 2013

"They say it got smart—a new order of intelligence. Then it saw all people as a threat, not just the ones on the other side. Decided our fate in a microsecond: extermination." - Michael Biehn as Kyle Reese, The Terminator.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

"My wife always tells my kids — there’s always free cheese in the mousetrap." - Col. Pete Martin, USMC Retired, in public testimony City Council Meeting Concord, New Hampshire August 12, 2013

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

"As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron." - H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

"And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty." - Frédéric Bastiat

Monday, October 7, 2013

"It is our duty to endeavor always to promote the general good; to do to all as we would be willing to be done by were we in their  circumstances; to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly before God. These are some of the laws of nature which every man in  the world is bound to observe, and which whoever violates exposes himself to the resentment of mankind, the lashes of his own  conscience, and the judgment of Heaven. This plainly shows that the highest state of liberty subjects us to the law of nature and  the government of God." - Samuel West, On the Right to Rebel Against Governors, 1776

Sunday, October 6, 2013

"I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above,
Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love;
The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,
That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,
The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.

I heard my country calling, away across the sea,
Across the waste of waters she calls and calls to me.
Her sword is girded at her side, her helmet on her head,
And round her feet are lying the dying and the dead.
I hear the noise of battle, the thunder of her guns,
I haste to thee my mother, a son among thy sons.

And there's another country, I've heard of long ago,
Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;
We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;
Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;
And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,
And her ways are ways of gentleness, and all her paths are peace."
- Lyrics to I Vow to Thee, My Country, a British patriotic hymn, based on a poem by Sir Cecil Spring-Rice, set to a theme from Gustav Holst's Jupiter, a movement in The Planets. The last line is drawn from Proverbs 3:17

Saturday, October 5, 2013

"In God we trust, all others bring data." - W. Edwards Deming, later popularized as a motto engraved on the entrance of a NASA research laboratory

Friday, October 4, 2013

"...while statists in both parties have refined appealing to the lowest common denominator voter to an art, they’ve largely forgotten what happens to a culture that panders to the slow, stupid, and lazy at the expense of the clever, intelligent, and industrious. It dies." - Bob Owens

Thursday, October 3, 2013

"Time to beat those plowshares back into swords." - Robert A. Heinlein

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

"The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed—where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once." - Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

"In winter, lying in bed, I thought of one thing until my head hurt:  there, on the shelves in the shops, there had been canned fish.  Why hadn't I bought it?  Why had I bought only eleven jars of cod-liver oil, and not gone to the chemist's a fifth time to get another three?  Why hadn't I bought a few vitamin C and glucose tablets?  These 'whys' were terribly tormenting.  I thought of every uneaten bowl of soup, every crust of bread thrown away, every potato peeling, with as much remorse and despair as if I'd been the murderer of my own children.  But all the same, we did as much as we could, and believed none of the reassuring announcements on the radio." - Dmitri Likhachev, Reflections on the Russian Soul:  A Memoir (of the siege of Leningrad)

Monday, September 30, 2013

"Jump down the shelters to get away
The boys are cockin' up their guns
Tell us General is it party time?
If it is can we all come?

Don't think that we don't know
Don't think that we're not tryin', no no no
Don't think we move too slow
It's no use after cryin'

Sayin' 'It's a mistake, it's a mistake
It's a mistake, it's a mistake.'" - Men At Work, "It's A Mistake" (Lyrics by Colin Hay.)

Sunday, September 29, 2013

"Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men." - 1 Corinthians 7:23 (KJV)

Saturday, September 28, 2013

"Take a deep breath and remember that the whole world sucks, America sucks less, and Texas during deer season doesn't suck at all." - Ted Nugent

Friday, September 27, 2013

"Soccer's a 'jogging man's' sport and a sport for overprotective mothers who want to shield their young men from injury. I find soccer to be a robust metaphor for European foreign policy." - Temple University Professor Stanley Ridgeley (Stan was one of my MIOBC classmates, back in 1985.)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

"We are deceived when we consent to think about the 'price of gold.' At the very outset of our thoughts regarding gold, we are wrong, just as astronomers prior to Copernicus were wrong in thinking about the solar system as geo-centric, with the Sun, Moon and planets describing perfect circles around Earth. Gold is − to follow the astronomical simile − the center of the monetary universe, and the planets − the currencies − circle the Sun, which represents gold. The correct starting point is the price of a currency expressed in terms of gold, and not the other way around.

When the price of the dollar was fixed at $20.67 per ounce of gold, up to the time of FDR, the price of the dollar was $1/20.67 = .0483782 oz. of gold, or 4.84 hundredths of an ounce of gold.

When FDR "raised the price of gold" he actually lowered the price of the dollar: $1/35 = .028574 oz. of gold, or 2.86 hundredths of an ounce.

Thus, FDR lowered the price of the dollar from 4.84 hundredths, to 2.86 hundredths of an ounce." - Hugo Salinas Price

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

"Everyone's got plans....until they get hit." - Heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

"Right now, the FOMC has 'a tiger by its tail' - it has lost control of monetary policy.  The Fed can’t stop buying assets because interest rates will rise and choke the recovery.  In short, today’s decision not to taper was driven by unimpressive economic data, the fear of a 3% yield on the 10 year Treasury and gridlock in Washington.  If the economy cannot handle a 3% yield on the 10 year, then the S&P 500 should not be north of 1700.  It is remarkable that the equity market continued to buy into easy money over economic growth.  QE3 has been ongoing for nearly a year and the economy is not strong enough to ease off the accelerator (forget about applying the brake).  Simultaneously, the S&P 500 is up 21% year to date and the average share gain in the index is over 25%.  Maybe today’s action will turn out to be short covering, but if it was not then paying continually higher prices for equities in a potentially weakening economy is a very dangerous proposition." - Mike O'Rourke at JonesTrading  

Monday, September 23, 2013

"You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once." - Robert A. Heinlein

Sunday, September 22, 2013

"But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him." - Colossians 3:8-17(KJV)

Saturday, September 21, 2013

"And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my Lord be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying,
The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation." - Numbers 14:17-18 (KJV)

Friday, September 20, 2013

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never has, and it never will." - Frederick Douglass, 1817-1895

Thursday, September 19, 2013

"There was another thing that the camels carried, and that was various forms of currency. The currency problem was an important one. Through that admirable institution, the Chinese Post Office, I had been able to transfer the bulk of our capital from Peking to points west by simply paying in a cheque at the Peking branch and then drawing the dollars at Lanchow and Sining. But the Mexican silver dollar which they use in China is a big coin, and the country through which we were to pass had a lawless reputation; a suitcase heavy with silver could not be relied upon to remain indefinitely an asset and might indeed prove a major liability. So we carried the minimum of coin-- 600 or 700 dollars secreted in different places among our gear. With the remainder of our capital-- rather more than a thousand dollars-- I had bought in Lanchow a 12 oz. bar of gold which, besides being easily concealed, had the advantage of being negotiable anywhere where a file and a pair of scales were available. For the remoter Mongol communities, who often have no use for gold or silver, we took with us eight bricks of tea and a good deal of cheap coloured cloth, one or the other of which is always legal tender." - Peter Fleming, News from Tartary (a book about an overland journey from Peking to Kashmir in 1935.)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

"The concept of 'necessity' is almost always dangerous and insidious in political matters. Asking whether vanilla is necessary for a specific cupcake recipe is very different from asking whether guns or tobacco or beer or soda or cocaine is 'necessary' for a person’s life. People place different values on different things, and it is supremely arrogant and insulting for a person to look at a particular product and think that he can decide for the rest of humanity whether it is 'necessary' to own.

It is true that certain guns are not 'necessary' for human beings, in the sense that without them people will immediately perish, but the same can be said of almost anything. Art and dancing and tennis, for example, are not necessary for human beings in order to stay alive. Does that mean that they can be brushed aside as inconsequential trivialities that the fat governor can and should take away from us?" - Mark R. Crovelli

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

"Trillions were created so that a system choking on existing debt could issue more debt. But you can't lose sight of the creation process, created isn't 'out of thin air', it's never out of thin air. Created is loaned into existence. We are issuing debt in order to transfer debt in order to 'free up credit' which basically means to create more debt. This is how our monetary system works." - Post comment by "kridkrid", at Zero Hedge

Monday, September 16, 2013

"Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein." - Hebrews 13:5-9 (KJV)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

"Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein." - Hebrews 13:5-9 (KJV)

Saturday, September 14, 2013

"Many of life’s circumstances are created by three basic choices: the disciplines you choose to keep, the people you choose to be with, and the laws you choose to obey. " - Charles Millhuff

Friday, September 13, 2013

"I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a-hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I require the same from them." - John Wayne as J.B. Books in The Shootist. 1976. (Screenplay by Miles Hood Swarthout and Scott Hale, based on the novel by Glendon Swarthout.)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

"... the president was on the televisor last night urging us to memorialize those who were murdered on this day twelve years ago by flying air strikes in support of the faction that murdered them. Whatever else may be said, that took an amazing level of chutzpah, to call on a nation to go to war in support of terrorists the night before going to lay a wreath at a ceremony commemorating their victims." - Tamara, Editor of the View From The Porch blog

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

"Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have." - Harry Emerson Fosdick

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"The cesspool our government has turned into has neither the honesty nor the will to confront the root of this problem and on it goes, worsening with every passing day, unabated until we finally reach the tipping point when this nation is flat broke, no longer able to send the monthly checks, pick up the abortion bill, provide the food stamps or subsidize housing.

So folks, cinch up your saddle and make sure your feet are in the stirrups, because when this thing finally blows, it’s going to be a wild ride." - Charlie Daniels

Monday, September 9, 2013

"Was the Mayflower launched by cowards, steered by men behind their time? Turn those tracks toward Past or Future, that made Plymouth Rock sublime?

They were men of present valor, stalwart old iconoclasts, Unconvinced by axe or gibbet that all virtue was the Past's;
But we make their truth our falsehood, thinking that hath made us free, Hoarding it in mouldy parchments, while our tender spirits flee
The rude grasp of that great Impulse which drove them across the sea.

They have rights who dare maintain them; we are traitors to our sires,
 Smothering in their holy ashes Freedom's new-lit altar-fires;
 Shall we make their creed our jailer? Shall we, in our haste to slay,
 From the tombs of the old prophets steal the funeral lamps away
 To light up the martyr-fagots round the prophets of to-day?

 New occasions teach new duties; Time makes ancient good uncouth;
 They must upward still, and onward, who would keep abreast of Truth;
 Lo, before us gleam her camp-fires! we ourselves must Pilgrims be,
 Launch our Mayflower, and steer boldly through the desperate winter sea,
 Nor attempt the Future's portal with the Past's blood-rusted key."  - Thomas Lowell

Sunday, September 8, 2013

"And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses." - Mark 11:22-26 (KJV)

Saturday, September 7, 2013

"The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.
The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance." - Psalm 33:10-12 (KJV)

Friday, September 6, 2013

"A monitored human being is not a free one." - Jakob Augstein

Thursday, September 5, 2013

"Civilization, as we know it, is largely the creation of psychopaths. All civilizations, our own included, have been built on slavery and mass murder. Psychopaths have played a disproportionate role in the development of civilization, because they are hard-wired to lie, kill, cheat, steal, torture, manipulate, and generally inflict great suffering on other humans without feeling any remorse, in order to establish their own sense of security through domination." - Andrzej Lobaczewski, in "Political Ponerology: A science on the nature of evil adjusted for political purposes"

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

"Men cannot give a meaning to history that they themselves lack, nor can they honor a past which indicts them for their present failures." - R. J. Rushdoony (Biblical Philosophy of History, p. 135)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

"I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that 'except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it.' I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and byword down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing governments by human wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.

I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that service." - Benjamin Franklin

Monday, September 2, 2013

"[General Francis] Marion's Men were also discouraged. The forces mounting against them seemed overwhelming. As they sat around their campfires, they began to talk as if certain ruin would overtake them. Finally Col. Peter Horry [a compatriot of Marion's] said to his troops: "I am ashamed to hear you talk like this. We have often, before now, seen as heavy clouds hanging over us; and yet, with heaven's blessing on our arms, those clouds have been dispersed, and golden days restored. And who knows we may shortly see it so again?" - Robert D. Bass, Swamp Fox: The Life and campaigns of General Francis Marion, 1959

Sunday, September 1, 2013

"Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
But godliness with contentment is great gain.
For we brought nothing into [this] world, [and it is] certain we can carry nothing out.
And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and [into] many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses." - 1Timothy 6:5-12 (KJV)

Saturday, August 31, 2013

"Given the razor's edge the financial system now teeters on, analysts estimate a Treasury Bond interest rate of 3.5% is about where a death spiral begins. Of all the 10-year Treasuries held in the world, the Federal Reserve owns a bit less than a third. Should the interest rate tick up toward its normal 4% to 6%, the Fed would need to "print money" just to break even, meaning more bonds need to be issued to put it into play. What seemed "manageable" is transformed into a runaway, self-compounding event. Rising interest rates also trigger serious effects outside the bond market. Derivative implosions, for one. The spiral starts when buyers see the Fed losing control of artificial low rates, which is where they get the 3.5%. The spiral ends when the entire federal budget goes to pay interest. The numbers suggest this could take only a few months, start to finish. Somewhere near the final rollover look for near-total wealth destruction when DC seizes nominally private accounts—retirement, savings, checking or what have you, partly on the theory private transactions are criminal transactions until proven otherwise. But mainly because the EU and South America have shown them they can. And what they can do, they will do." - Ol' Remus, The Woodpile Report, August 27, 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013

"Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." - Miles Kington

Thursday, August 29, 2013

"If you wanted a national monopoly, you must control a national socialist government. If you want a worldwide monopoly, you must control a world socialist government. That is what the game is all about. 'Communism' is not a movement of the downtrodden masses but is a movement created, manipulated and used by power-seeking billionaires in order to gain control over the world, first by establishing socialist governments in the various nations and then consolidating them all through a "Great Merger," into an all-powerful world, socialist super-state." - Gary Allen, None Dare Call It Conspiracy

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

"They’re not going to tell you that a collapse is coming. You’re going to have to see it for yourself. The government’s never going to tell you that it’s going to happen. These guys are never going to tell you the truth, because they can’t tell you the truth. Their job is to promote confidence, not to tell you the truth." - Kyle Bass

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

"Did you ever see the beauty of the hills of Carolina
Or the sweetness of the grass in Tennessee
And Lord I can't make any changes
All I can do is write 'em in a song
I can see the concrete slowly creepin'
Lord take me and mine before that comes." - From the lyrics of Lynyrd Skynyrd's All I Can Do Is Write About It.

Monday, August 26, 2013

"If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere. - Frank A. Clark

Sunday, August 25, 2013

"I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?
But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!
Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.
The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is.
And when [ye see] the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass.
[Ye] hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?" - Luke 12:49-56 (KJV)

Saturday, August 24, 2013

"The secret [things belong] unto the LORD our God: but those [things which are] revealed [belong] unto us and to our children for ever, that [we] may do all the words of this law."- Deuteronomy 29:29 (KJV)

Friday, August 23, 2013

"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." - W. Somerset Maugham

Thursday, August 22, 2013

"Perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer, rather than to remain a dupe to illusions all one's life." - Novelist Kate Chopin

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

"A man is a worker.  If he is not that he is nothing." - Joseph Conrad, Notes On Life And Letters, 1921, Part II, "Well Done"

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

"A system of capitalism presumes sound money, not fiat money manipulated by a central bank. Capitalism cherishes voluntary contracts and interest rates that are determined by savings, not credit creation by a central bank. It is no coincidence that the century of total war coincided with the century of central banking." - Former Congressman Dr. Ron Paul

Monday, August 19, 2013

"In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life and they lost it all - security, comfort and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society, but for society to give to them; when the freedom they wished for most was the freedom from responsibility, then the Athenians ceased to be free." - Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Sunday, August 18, 2013

"To whom ye forgive any thing, I [forgive] also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave [it], for your sakes [forgave I it] in the person of Christ;
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices." - 2 Corinthians 2:10-11 (KJV)

Saturday, August 17, 2013

"There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.
An horse [is] a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver [any] by his great strength.
Behold, the eye of the LORD [is] upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;
To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he [is] our help and our shield.
For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.
Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee. - Psalm 33:16-22 (KJV)

Friday, August 16, 2013

"Fast is fine, but accuracy is final."  - Wyatt Earp (1848 – 1929)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

"Science must not impose any philosophy, any more than the telephone must tell us what to say." - G.K. Chesterton

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

"Truth is treason in the empire of lies." - Former Congressman Ron Paul

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

"We believe in high quality of content, design and production of books, thereby, we approach highly academically established authors, as well up coming up writers to encourage their research and writing skills. Our books are printed in latest printed machines. In addition, our aim is costumer satisfaction, prompt delivery of our products to domestic market as well over the globe. Our organisation, professionally committed and devoted team of editors, proof reader to look after and ensure each detail before sending for printing." - From the web site of Global Vision Publishing House of Daryaganj, Delhi, India. (Copied and pasted with no alterations, from the text posted on August 12, 2013.)

Monday, August 12, 2013

"These are stone killers, little man. They ain't cuddly like me." - Adam Baldwin as Jayne Cobb, Firefly

Sunday, August 11, 2013

"And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.
And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,
Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:
For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with [their] eyes, and hear with [their] ears, and understand with [their] heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and [that] they will hear it." - Acts 28:24-28 (KJV)

Saturday, August 10, 2013

"And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city.
And the city shall be accursed, [even] it, and all that [are] therein, to the LORD: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that [are] with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent.
And ye, in any wise keep [yourselves] from the accursed thing, lest ye make [yourselves] accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.
But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, [are] consecrated unto the LORD: they shall come into the treasury of the LORD.
So the people shouted when [the priests] blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city." - Joshua 6:16-20 (KJV)

Friday, August 9, 2013

"The loss of freedom, tyranny, abuse, hunger would all have been easier to bear if not for the compulsion to call them freedom, justice, the good of the people." - Aleksandr Wat, Polish poet (1900 - 1967)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

"The history of fiat money is little more than a register of monetary follies and inflations. Our present age merely affords another entry in this dismal register." - Hans F. Sennholz

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

"The power to tax is the power to destroy." - John Marshall

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

"When I was a boy, I was told anyone can become President; I'm starting to believe it." - Clarence Darrow

Monday, August 5, 2013

"9/11 has allowed the government to use fear to get unlimited power. But when you get power, it doesn't mean you can quickly spring it on everybody, because that shocks and startles them. So you use the power a little bit at a time, and let the people get used to it, and in that way you never meet any opposition." - Paul Craig Roberts

Sunday, August 4, 2013

"Blessed [be] the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,
And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;
As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:
That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;
To perform the mercy [promised] to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;
The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,
That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,
In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,
To give light to them that sit in darkness and [in] the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel." - Luke 1:68-80 (KJV)

Saturday, August 3, 2013

"If a man shall steal an ox, or a sheep, and kill it, or sell it; he shall restore five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep.
If a thief be found breaking up, and be smitten that he die, [there shall] no blood [be shed] for him.
If the sun be risen upon him, [there shall be] blood [shed] for him; [for] he should make full restitution; if he have nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft.
If the theft be certainly found in his hand alive, whether it be ox, or ass, or sheep; he shall restore double." Exodus 22:1-5 (KJV)

Friday, August 2, 2013

"They asked why we needed 30 round magazines. I thought about and considered the possibility that they may be right, so I ordered some 40 round magazines. Just doing my part." - From a comment to an article about potential gun confiscations, published by Guns.com

Thursday, August 1, 2013

"Was mich nicht umbringt macht mich stärker." (Most commonly translated: "That which does not kill me makes me stronger.") - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (Even though he was an atheist and nihilist, he got a few things right.)

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

"Ninety-seven percent of Americans don’t live in New York City, don’t want to live in New York City and certainly don’t want a New York City mayor telling them how to live their lives. There is a resentment level to that." - Erich Pratt, Director of Communications for Gun Owners of America

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

"A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them." - P. J. O’Rourke

Monday, July 29, 2013

"We must have government, but we must watch them like a hawk." - Fenwick (1983)

Sunday, July 28, 2013

"And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,
Tell us, when shall these things be? and what [shall be] the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?
And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any [man] deceive you:
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am [Christ]; and shall deceive many.
And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for [such things] must needs be; but the end [shall] not [be] yet.
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these [are] the beginnings of sorrows.
But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.
And the gospel must first be published among all nations.
But when they shall lead [you], and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost." - Mark 13:3-11 (KJV)

Saturday, July 27, 2013

"The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.
They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;
To shew that the LORD [is] upright: [he is] my rock, and [there is] no unrighteousness in him." - Psalm 92:12-15 (KJV)

Friday, July 26, 2013

"Government at its best is a necessary evil, and at its worst, an intolerant one." - Thomas Paine

Thursday, July 25, 2013

"It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones. " - Calvin Coolidge

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

"I believe that every individual is naturally entitled to do as he pleases with himself and the fruits of his labor, so far as it in no way interferes with any other men’s rights." - Abraham Lincoln

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
Q: Why is it such a bad thing?
A: Top-posting.
Q: What is the most annoying thing in e-mail?

- SurvivalBlog Reader L.R.S.

Monday, July 22, 2013

"No one can read our Constitution without concluding that the people who wrote it wanted their government severely limited; the words “no” and “not” employed in restraint of government power occur 24 times in the first seven articles of the Constitution and 22 more times in the Bill of Rights." - Edmund A. Opitz

Sunday, July 21, 2013

"Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for [it is] time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.
Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men." - Hosea 10:12-13 (KJV)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

"Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up [any] image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I [am] the LORD your God.
Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I [am] the LORD.

If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them;
Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.
And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely.
And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make [you] afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land.
And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword." - Leviticus 26:1-7 (KJV)

Friday, July 19, 2013

"If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free." - P.J. O’Rourke (1993)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

"The best government is the one that charges you the least blackmail for leaving you alone." - Thomas Rudmose-Brown (1996)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

"If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he , if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind..... The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation;those who dissent from the opinion,still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth; if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit , the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error." - John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

"I am more concerned about the return of my money than the return on my money." - Mark Twain

Monday, July 15, 2013

"Panics do not destroy capital; they merely reveal the extent to which it has been previously destroyed by its betrayal into hopelessly unproductive works."  - John Stuart Mill

Sunday, July 14, 2013

"And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me.
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did [it] not to one of the least of these, ye did [it] not to me.
And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal." - Matthew 25:40-46 (KJV)

Saturday, July 13, 2013

"Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:

If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;

Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.

He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.

But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.

So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.

When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live?

Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth." - Ezekiel 33:1-12 (KJV)

Friday, July 12, 2013

"The great virtue of a free market system is that it does not care what color people are; it does not care what their religion is; it only cares whether they can produce something you want to buy. It is the most effective system we have discovered to enable people who hate one another to deal with one another and help one another." - Milton Friedman

Thursday, July 11, 2013

"The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants." - Albert Camus

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

"We hold that each man is the best judge of his own interest." - President John Adams

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

"If you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect for the law." - Winston Churchill

Monday, July 8, 2013

"Government never furthered any enterprise but by the alacrity with which it got out of its way." - Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, July 7, 2013

"As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, [so] walk ye in him:
Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily." - Colossians 2:6-9 (KJV)

Saturday, July 6, 2013

"[[A Psalm of David.]] I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.
I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.
I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; [it] shall not cleave to me.
A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked [person].
Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.
Mine eyes [shall be] upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.
He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.
I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the LORD." - Psalm 101 (KJV)

Friday, July 5, 2013

"Can our form of government, our system of justice, survive if one can be denied a freedom because he might abuse it?" - Former NRA President Harlon Carter

Thursday, July 4, 2013

"Individuality, liberty, and property-- this is man, and in spite of the cunning of artful political leaders, these three gifts from God precede all human legislation and are superior to it." - Frederic Bastiat

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

"The federal government was not intended to be a charity, nor an insurance or retirement agency, nor doctor, pharmacist or health advisor, champion of the poor or rich, changer of foreign regimes, protector of the planet, educator, space explorer, diet and nutrition czar, arbiter of interest rates or prices or wages, nor trafficker in currency unsecured by gold or silver. As legally constituted it may neither promote nor restrict transfats, sugar, tobacco, alcohol, coal, gasoline, drugs, salt or food of any kind; nor may it enact legislation favoring or victimizing or exempting any gender, race or ethnicity. In short, those things DC is doing outside of its enumerated powers are unlawful." - Ol' Remus, The Woodpile Report

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

"We have this day restored the Sovereign to Whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come." - Samuel Adams - July 2, 1776

Monday, July 1, 2013

"Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women. When it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it." - Justice Learned Hand

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Today we present another entry for Round 47 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize: A.) Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate, good for any one, two, or three course. (A $1,195 value.) B.) A course certificate from onPoint Tactical. This certificate will be for the prize winner's choice of three-day civilian courses. (Excluding those restricted for military or government teams.) Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795, and C.) Two cases of Mountain House freeze dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources. (A $350 value.) D.) a $300 gift certificate from CJL Enterprize, for any of their military surplus gear, E.) A 9-Tray Excalibur Food Dehydrator from Safecastle.com (a $300 value), F.) Two BirkSun.com photovoltaic backpacks (one Level, and one Atlas, both black), with a combined value of $275, G.) A $250 gift certificate from Sunflower Ammo. and H.) A roll of $10 face value in pre-1965 U.S. 90% silver quarters, courtesy of GoldAndSilverOnline.com. The current value of this roll is at least $225.

Second Prize: A.) A gift certificate worth $1,000, courtesy of Spec Ops Brand, B.) A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training. Together, these have a retail value of $589. C.) A FloJak FP-50 stainless steel hand well pump (a $600 value), courtesy of FloJak.com. D.) $300 worth of ammo from Patriot Firearms and Munitions. (They also offer a 10% discount for all SurvivalBlog readers with coupon code SVB10P.), E.) A $250 gift card from Emergency Essentials and F.) Two cases of Meals, Ready to Eat (MREs), courtesy of CampingSurvival.com (a $180 value).

Third Prize: A.) A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21. (This filter system is a $275 value.), B.) A large handmade clothes drying rack, a washboard and a Homesteading for Beginners DVD, all courtesy of The Homestead Store, with a combined value of $206, C.) Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy. This is a $185 retail value, D.) A Commence Fire! emergency stove with three tinder refill kits. (A $160 value. E.) A Tactical Trauma Bag #3 from JRH Enterprises (a $200 value), and F.) Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security.

Round 47 ends on July 31st so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical "how to" skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.

"And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed [be ye] poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed [are ye] that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed [are ye] that weep now: for ye shall laugh.
Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you [from their company], and shall reproach [you], and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.
Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward [is] great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets." - Luke 6:20-23 (KJV)

Saturday, June 29, 2013

"A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home." - James Madison (Constitutional Convention, June 29, 1787)

Friday, June 28, 2013

"A vote is like a rifle; it's usefulness depends on the character of the user." - Theodore Roosevelt

Thursday, June 27, 2013

"The fate of the nation and the fate of the currency are one and the same." - Dr. Franz Pick

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

"All of the government’s monetary, economic and political power, as well as its extensive propaganda machinery, will be enlisted in a constant battle to drive down the price of gold - but in the absence of any fundamental change in the nation’s monetary, fiscal, and economic direction, simply regard any major retreat in the price of gold as an unexpected buying opportunity." - Irwin A. Schiff

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

"With the exception only of the period of the gold standard, practically all governments of history have used their exclusive power to issue money to defraud and plunder the people." -
Friedrich A. von Hayek

Monday, June 24, 2013

"Those entrapped by the herd instinct are drowned in the deluges of history. But there are always the few who observe, reason, and take precautions, and thus escape the flood. For these few gold has been the asset of last resort." - Dr. Antony C. Sutton

Sunday, June 23, 2013

"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
His eyes [were] as a flame of fire, and on his head [were] many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
And he [was] clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
And the armies [which were] in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
And he hath on [his] vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." - Revelation 19:11-16 (KJV)

Saturday, June 22, 2013

"Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty [is] a fading flower, which [are] on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!
Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, [which] as a tempest of hail [and] a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand.
The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet:
And the glorious beauty, which [is] on the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading flower, [and] as the hasty fruit before the summer; which [when] he that looketh upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.

In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people,
And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate." - Isaiah 28:1-6 (KJV)

Friday, June 21, 2013

"People are defiantly in denial about what we’re doing. . . . Nobody mentions the $85 billion a month we’re printing now [via Quantitative Easing] . . . . We’ve only printed about $800 billion in the last 100 years. We’re going to print more than that next year. So, literally 100 years of printing next year." - Bob Wiedemer

Thursday, June 20, 2013

"Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world." - Henry Kissinger

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

"There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men." - Edmund Burke

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

"Goodnight stars. Goodnight moon. Goodnight spooks on iChat, peeking into my room. Goodnight PRISM. Goodnight cell. Goodnight Verizon. Goodnight, Orwell." - Radley Balko

Monday, June 17, 2013

"We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power." - George Orwell, 1984

Sunday, June 16, 2013

"And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and [so] that day come upon you unawares.
For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." - Luke 21:34-36 (KJV)

Saturday, June 15, 2013

"For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors [there is] safety."- Proverbs 24:6 (KJV)

Friday, June 14, 2013

"You either get out of the system or you make a major contribution of your wealth to the d*mn OTC derivative manufacturers and distributors. This broken banking system is still hiding their huge losses thanks to the political sell out by the gatekeepers of international accounting, the FASB. They have lost their souls to evil." - Jim Sinclair

Thursday, June 13, 2013

"Liberty is not a means to a political end. It is itself the highest political end." - Lord Acton

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

"The quest for excellence is a mark of maturity.  The quest for power is childish."  - Max Lucado

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

"Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under." - H.L. Mencken

Monday, June 10, 2013

"There are two dangers in not owning a farm: the belief that heat comes from the furnace and food comes from the supermarket." - Aldo Leopold

Sunday, June 9, 2013

"Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
Therefore when thou doest [thine] alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly." - Matthew 6:1-4 (KJV)

Saturday, June 8, 2013

"A brother offended [is harder to be won] than a strong city: and [their] contentions [are] like the bars of a castle." - Proverbs 18:19 (KJV)

Friday, June 7, 2013

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty." - Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, June 6, 2013

"When the oil stops, everything stops, nothing left in the fountain
Nobody wants paper money son, so you just well stop countin'
Can you break the horse, can you light the fire, what's that I beg your pardon
You best start thinking where food comes from and I hope you tend a good garden

Getting down on the mountain, getting down on the mountain
Don’t wanna be around when the sh*t goes down
I'll be gettin on down the mountain

When the truck don’t run, the bread don’t come, have a hard time finding petrol
Water ain't runnin' in the city no more do hold any precious metal
Can you gut the fish, can you read the sky, what's that about over crowdin'
You ever seen a man who's kids ain't ate for 17 days and countin'

Getting down on the mountain, getting down on the mountain
Don’t wanna be around when the sh*t goes down
I'll be gettin' on down the mountain

There ain't no heat and the powers gone out, It's kerosene lamps and candles
The roads are blocked its all grid locked, you got a short wave handle
Can you track the deer, can you dig the well, couldn’t quiet hear your answer
I think I see a rip in the social fabric, brother can you spare some ammo?

Getting down on the mountain, getting down on the mountain
Don’t wanna be around when the sh*t goes down
Gettin on down the mountain

When the oil stops, everything stops, nothing left in the fountain
Nobody wants paper money son, so you just well stop countin'
Can you break the horse, can you light the fire, what’s that I beg your pardon
I think I see a rip in the social fabric; brother can you pass the ammo?"

- Corb Lund, from the lyrics to "Gettin' Down On The Mountain"

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

 "The man who has a garden and a library has everything." - Cicero

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

"Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government." - James Madison (Speech at the House of Representatives, Dec. 10, 1794)

Monday, June 3, 2013

"A popular Government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy, or perhaps both." - James Madison (from a letter written to W.T. Barry, August. 4, 1822)

Sunday, June 2, 2013

"Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;
Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:
Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread." - 2 Thessalonians 3:6-12 (KJV)

Saturday, June 1, 2013

"And it shall come to pass afterward, [that] I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions." - Joel 2:28 (KJV)

Friday, May 31, 2013

"The Bank collects all taxes, fines, loans and interest, and the price of all properties which it sells and auctions. The Bank never goes broke. If the Bank runs out of money, the Banker may issue as much as needed by writing on any ordinary paper." - From the rules to the board game Monopoly.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

"No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare." - James Madison ("Political Observations," April 20, 1795)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

"The great merit of gold is precisely that it is scarce; that its quantity is limited by nature; that it is costly to discover, to mine, and to process; and that it cannot be created by political fiat or caprice." - Henry Hazlitt

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

You might have noticed that the former "Free Tibet" movement has quietly morphed into to the "Save Tibet" movement. I suppose that the word "Free" sounded too much like an active verb for those in the Kumbaya crowd.... I find that pitiful. Some of us still support the Khampas and their tactics. (Yes, there are still a few of them, stalwartly soldiering on. Sort of like The Forest Brotherhood, but without as much forest.)

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Good news from the Live Free Or Die State: State’s stand-your-ground law intact

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Chuck H. sent this news about declining aquifers in the Midwest: Wells Dry, Fertile Plains Turn to Dust

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The Homestead Store is running a 40% off sale on their excellent Homesteading DVD series.  This sale runs until the end of June, 2013. The discount code is HCP123.

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F.G. sent: Detroit Gun Rights Advocates Stage Successful Protest At ‘Guns For Groceries’ Event

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G.G. sent: The Government Wants A Backdoor Into Your Online Communications

"Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad." - James Madison (Letter to Thomas Jefferson, May 13, 1798)

Monday, May 27, 2013

"If I were to sum up what I’ve learned in 35 years of service, it’s improvise, improvise, improvise." - General James Mattis

Sunday, May 26, 2013

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him." - Romans 5:1-9 (KJV)

Saturday, May 25, 2013

"Son of man, wail for the multitude of Egypt, and cast them down, [even] her, and the daughters of the famous nations, unto the nether parts of the earth, with them that go down into the pit.
Whom dost thou pass in beauty? go down, and be thou laid with the uncircumcised.
They shall fall in the midst of [them that are] slain by the sword: she is delivered to the sword: draw her and all her multitudes.
The strong among the mighty shall speak to him out of the midst of hell with them that help him: they are gone down, they lie uncircumcised, slain by the sword." - Ezekiel 32:18-21 (KJV)

Friday, May 24, 2013

"The American people expect the Internal Revenue Service to violate them fairly and impartially, that one taxpayer not be garroted while another is but lightly strangled, that 'service' be understood in the veterinary sense rather than the mortician's. The compact has been breeched. The nation pauses." - Ol' Remus, The Woodpile Report

Thursday, May 23, 2013

"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." - H.L. Mencken

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

"But when oppression would lift its head
or a tyrant would be lord,
though we thank him for the plow,
we shall not forget the sword!"
- Charles Mackay (excerpt from the poem Tubal-Cain, about the world's first blacksmith)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

"The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community against his will is to prevent harm to others. His own good... ...is not a sufficient warrant." - John Stuart Mill

Monday, May 20, 2013

"I've previously pointed out that there is no longer 'law' as such, in the United States any more. Everything about the 'nation', which is no longer, properly speaking, even a nation anymore, is fraudulent, from its 'money' to its system of 'justice'. Even something as simple and basic as openly fighting a 'war' is now beyond its bloated, cancerous make-believe structure.

I wouldn't call the present system a dictatorship myself. Dictatorships are more open and direct. It is better described as a simulatorship, which is to say, rule by pretense. It is reminiscent of the latter days of the Soviet empire, when the Russian people pretended to work and the Soviet government pretended to pay them. In the latter days of the US empire, the federal government pretends its actions are within the limits set by the U.S. Constitution and the American people pretend to believe them.

If a corporate entity is too big to fail or too big to jail, then logic dictates it must be cut down to a size that permits both. Remember, corporations are not capitalism, they are creations of government and if they can't reasonably be imprisoned, they can certainly be 'executed.' And if real American people can be 'legally' executed at the order of the president, then can there really be any doubt that artificial American people are also liable to termination on command as well?" - Vox Day

Sunday, May 19, 2013

"And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.
And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord." - Luke 4:14-19 (KJV)

Saturday, May 18, 2013

"And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask [help] of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.

And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,
And said, O LORD God of our fathers, [art] not thou God in heaven? and rulest [not] thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand [is there not] power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?
[Art] not thou our God, [who] didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?
And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying,
If, [when] evil cometh upon us, [as] the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name [is] in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help." - 2 Chronicles 20:4-9 (KJV)

Friday, May 17, 2013

"The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground." - Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, May 16, 2013

"The price of gold is headed for extinction. I for one don't believe that the price of gold is headed for five digits. Long before that might happen, permanent backwardation would shut down the gold futures markets. Gold could no longer be purchased at any price. Gold would only be available through barter. World trade is facing an avalanche-like transformation flattening out monetary economy into barter economy. Practically all economists, financial writers and market analysts have missed this possible scenario. They don't see the greatest economic contraction ever staring them in the face. They don't see the coming tsunami of unemployment. Very few see deflation as indicated by the progressive disappearance of cash gold. It never occurred to Bernanke that the new Federal Reserve notes he is printing galore could also go to purchase physical gold, causing the gold basis to shrink. Once the gold basis goes permanently negative, the total U.S. debt, all $16 trillion of it, will not be worth one ounce of gold. That will pull the rug from underneath the international monetary system. Barter is the ultimate in deflation, and that is what the world economy is getting." - Antal Fekete, in a Daily Bell interview

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

"Above all, stay alive.  You have no idea how important you are.  This is John Connor.  If you are listening to this, you are the resistance." - Christian Bale as John Connor, in the movie Terminator: Salvation (Screenplay by John Brancato, Michael Ferris, Paul Haggis, Shawn Ryan, and Jonathan Nolan.)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

"You may hand us over to the executioner, but in three months' time our disgusted and harried people will bring you to book and drag you alive through the dirt in the streets!" - Field Marshal Erwin von Witzleben (One of the Valkyrie bomb plot leaders), August 7, 1944

Monday, May 13, 2013

"The march of Providence is so slow and our desires so impatient; the work of progress so immense and our means of aiding it so feeble; the life of humanity is so long, that of the individual so brief, that we often see only the ebb of the advancing wave and are thus discouraged. It is history that teaches us to hope." - General Robert E. Lee

Sunday, May 12, 2013

"And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard [speeches] which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling [words], having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.
But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life." - Jude 1:14-21(KJV)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

"Better [is] the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: [and] the patient in spirit [is] better than the proud in spirit.
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.
Say not thou, What is [the cause] that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this.
Wisdom [is] good with an inheritance: and [by it there is] profit to them that see the sun.
For wisdom [is] a defence, [and] money [is] a defence: but the excellency of knowledge [is, that] wisdom giveth life to them that have it." - Ecclesiastes 7:8-12 (KJV)

Friday, May 10, 2013

"Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner." - James Bovard (1994)

Thursday, May 9, 2013

"The true danger is when Liberty is nibbled away, for expedients." - Edmund Burke (1899)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

"The people of Kansas have clearly expressed their sovereign will. It is my hope that upon further review, you will see their right to do so." - Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, it a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Harry: I'm sorry doctor, I can't pay you, I haven't got any money.

Dr. Strong: Money is one of the first symbols that disappeared.
                   Tell you what I could use though...
                   Some ammunition if you can spare it, I have a .45 too you know...

Harry: I only have a few, I can let you have four.

Dr. Strong: Don't short yourself now.

Harry: That's alright, The war's over - we won.

Dr. Strong: Well, ding, ding for us!

- Harry Baldwin (Ray Milland) and Dr. Powell Strong (Willis Bouchey) bartering for medical services rendered in the movie, Panic in Year Zero (1962). (Screenplay by Jay Simms and John Morton, based on Ward Moore's stories Lot and Lot's Daughter.)

Monday, May 6, 2013

"A free man must not be told how to think, either by the government or by social activists. He may certainly be shown the right way, but he must not accept being forced into it." - Colonel Jeff Cooper

Sunday, May 5, 2013

"For ye were sometimes darkness, but now [are ye] light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
(For the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them].
For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord [is]." - Ephesians 5:8-17 (KJV)

Saturday, May 4, 2013

"Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;
While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:
In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened,
And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low;
Also [when] they shall be afraid of [that which is] high, and fears [shall be] in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:
Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all [is] vanity." - Ecclesiastes 12:1-8 (KJV)

Friday, May 3, 2013

"What the American public doesn't know is what makes them the American public, all right?" - Dan Ackroyd as Ray Zalinsky, in the 1995 movie Tommy Boy

Thursday, May 2, 2013

"Therefore do not let our princes accuse fortune for the loss of their principalities after so many years' possession, but rather their own sloth, because in quiet times they never thought there could be a change (it is a common defect in man not to make any provision in the calm against the tempest.)" - Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

"No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation." - General Douglas MacArthur

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

"I'm not here as an FBI Agent. I'm here to help you." - Richard T. Jones as FBI Agent James Ellison, in Terminator - The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Monday, April 29, 2013

"Truth is so obscure in these times and falsehood so established that unless one loves the truth, he cannot know it." - Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

"Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein." - Mark 10:15 (KJV)

Saturday, April 27, 2013

"As a dog returneth to his vomit, [so] a fool returneth to his folly." - Proverbs 26:11 (KJV)

Friday, April 26, 2013

"Let us consider, brethren, we are struggling for our best birthrights and inheritance, which being infringed, renders all our blessings precarious in their enjoyments, and, consequently trifling in their value. Let us disappoint the Men who are raising themselves on the ruin of this Country. Let us convince every invader of our freedom, that we will be as free as the constitution our fathers recognized, will justify." - Samuel Adams, A State of the Rights of the Colonists, 1772

Thursday, April 25, 2013

"That the several States composing, the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government; but that, by a compact under the style and title of a Constitution for the United States, and of amendments thereto, they constituted a general government for special purposes — delegated to that government certain definite powers, reserving, each State to itself, the residuary mass of right to their own self-government; and that whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force." - Thomas Jefferson, Kentucky Resolutions of 1798

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

"We're going to suspend your rights to protest, bear arms, privacy, and trial by jury."
"To protect you from terrorists."
"Why do we need to be protected from terrorists?"
"They hate you for your freedom." - Reader "Nick Tha Swede," commenting on an article about Mayor Bloomberg at The Politicker web site

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

"Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual." - Thomas Jefferson

Monday, April 22, 2013

"Publication is a self-invasion of privacy." - Marshall McLuhan

Sunday, April 21, 2013

"And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;
As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways [shall be] made smooth;
And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to [our] father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire." - Luke 3:3-9 (KJV)

Saturday, April 20, 2013

"My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.
Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart." - Proverbs 7:1-3 (KJV)

Friday, April 19, 2013

"When more of the people's sustenance is exacted through the form of taxation than is necessary to meet the just obligations of government and expenses of its economical administration, such exaction becomes ruthless extortion and a violation of the fundamental principles of a free government." - Grover Cleveland

Thursday, April 18, 2013

"There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal." - F. A. Hayek

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

"The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home." - James Madison

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

"Cowardice asks the question: is it safe? Expediency asks the question: is it political? Vanity asks the question: is it popular? But conscience asks the question: is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor political, nor popular – but one must take it simply because it is right." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, April 15, 2013

"It takes a twisted sense of humor for Connecticut to call itself the Constitution State. Somewhere, Nathan Hale is puking." - Ol' Remus, The Woodpile Report

Sunday, April 14, 2013

"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth." - 1 Timothy 2:1-4 (KJV)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

"Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring [it] again to mind, O ye transgressors.
Remember the former things of old: for I [am] God, and [there is] none else; [I am] God, and [there is] none like me,
Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times [the things] that are not [yet] done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken [it], I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed [it], I will also do it.

Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that [are] far from righteousness:
I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory." - Isaiah 46:8-13 (KJV)

Friday, April 12, 2013

"Fire upon it, my dear Marquis, and never spare a particle of my property so long as it affords a comfort or a shelter to the enemies of my country." - Virginia Governor Thomas Nelson, when asked by Marquis de Lafayette, who was commanding the artillery barrage of Yorktown in the American War of Independence, if he had a target to recommend. Nelson pointed to his own home, knowing it would probably be used as a headquarters by British General Cornwallis.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

"…There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. … Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence, I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants, and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men, and become the instruments of their own undoing." - Daniel Webster, June 1, 1837

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

"Military analysts pretty much agree Japan lost the war in the Pacific because they were playing chess while we were playing checkers. Overthinking all but guarantees failure. Engineers will tell you complexity increases as the square of the subsystems involved, or near enough, something survivalists should keep in mind when they attempt to replicate their 'normal' life. And no, being a nice, deserving person with good intentions won't make failure modes go away.

The cost of maintaining complex systems eventually exceeds the value they provide and fail when they become too complex to effectively manage. A trivial glitch that won't affect fencing, say, will bring down an airliner through propagation. Few systems fail because they're too simple, resilient or robust. Said another way, put your money on the cave man. Or Admiral Spruance." - Ol' Remus, The Woodpile Report

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

"We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." - Elie Wiesel

Monday, April 8, 2013

"But imagine this church: It is huge and is still numerically growing. People like it. The music is good. Whole extended families can be found within its membership. The people are welcoming. There are many exciting programs, and people are quickly enlisted into their support. And yet, the church, in trying to look like the world in order to win the world, has done a better job than it may have intended. It does not display the distinctively holy characteristics taught in the New Testament. Imagine such an apparently vigorous church being truly spiritually sick, with no remaining immune system to check and guard against wrong teaching or wrong living. Imagine Christians, knee-deep in recovery groups and sermons on brokenness and grace, being comforted in their sin but never confronted. Imagine those people, made in the image of God, being lost to sin because no one corrects them. Can you imagine such a church? Apart from the size, have I not described many of our American churches?" - Mark Dever, Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, p. 172.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

"And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, [it] cannot defile him;
Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?
And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
All these evil things come from within, and defile the man." - Mark 7:18-23 (KJV)

Saturday, April 6, 2013

"And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the LORD, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men.
And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.
Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off.

And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots:
And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds:
And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no [more] soothsayers:
Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands.
And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities.
And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard." - Micah 5:7-15

Friday, April 5, 2013

"Good money must have an intrinsic value. The United States of America cannot make its shadow legal tender for debts payable in money without ultimately bringing upon their foreign commerce and their home industry a catastrophe, which will be the more overwhelming the longer the day of wrath puts off its coming." ... "From the decision of the court I see only evil likely to follow. There have been times within the memory of all of us when the legal-tender notes of the United States were not exchangeable for more than one-half of their nominal value. The possibility of such depreciation will always attend paper money. This inborn infirmity no mere legislative declaration can cure. If congress has the power to make the notes a legal tender and to pass as money or its equivalent, why should not a sufficient amount be issued to pay the bonds of the United States as they nature? Why pay interest on the millions of dollars of bonds now due when congress can in one day make the money to pay the principal? And why should there be any restraint upon unlimited appropriations by the government for all imaginary schemes of public improvement, if the printing-press can furnish the money that is needed for them?" - From Justice Stephen J. Field’s sole dissent in Juilliard v. Greenman, 110 U.S. 421 (1884)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

"What we do on some great occasion will probably depend on what we already are; and what we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline." - Henry Parry Liddon

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

"Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason." - John Harrington

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent." - Thomas Jefferson

Monday, April 1, 2013

"...They were two perfectly insignificant and incapable individuals, whose existence is only rendered possible through the high organization of civilized crowds. Few men realize that their life, the very essence of their character, their capabilities and their audacities, are only the expression of their belief in the safety of their surroundings. The courage, the composure, the confidence; the emotions and principles; every great and every insignificant thought belongs not to the individual but to the crowd: to the crowd that believes blindly in the irresistible force of its institutions and of its morals, in the power of its police and of its opinion. But the contact with pure unmitigated savagery, with primitive nature and primitive man, brings sudden and profound trouble into the heart. To the sentiment of being alone of one's kind, to the clear perception of the loneliness of one's thoughts, of one's sensations--to the negation of the habitual, which is safe, there is added the affirmation of the unusual, which is dangerous; a suggestion of things vague, uncontrollable, and repulsive, whose discomposing intrusion excites the imagination and tries the civilized nerves of the foolish and the wise alike." - Joseph Conrad, An Outpost of Progress

Sunday, March 31, 2013

For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the [same] night in which he was betrayed took bread:
And when he had given thanks, he brake [it], and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also [he took] the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink [it], in remembrance of me.
For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come." - I Corinthians 11: 23-26 (KJV)

Saturday, March 30, 2013

"But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take [any] person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.

So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me."  Ezekiel 33:6-7 (KJV)

Friday, March 29, 2013

"There is no criminal class in America, besides Congress." - Mark Twain

Thursday, March 28, 2013

"The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary."  - Donald Kendall

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

"What remains are games of musical chairs, Ponzi schemes, frauds, swindles, stonewalls, ruses, ploys, scams, dodges, bluffs, subterfuges, QE martingales, interventions, rehypothecations, pretenses and other modes of evading or disguising reality. The reality is that there is not enough real wealth to go around, certainly not enough to cover the giant web of obligations that masquerades as 'money.'" - James Howard Kunstler in an essay titled The Cyprus Fiasco Is A Metaphor For The Entire Global Financial System

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

"To see why stock prices and hiring are not correlated, imagine yourself as the owner of a pizza shop. The economy has been bad, and people are buying less pizza, so you fire two of your cooks and reduce the number of pies you prepare. Suddenly, your cousin Ben wins the lottery and decides to give you $10,000 for a piece of your business. Now that you have another 10 grand in the bank, and your business is worth a bit more, are you suddenly going to hire back the two cooks to make more pies that nobody will buy? Or will you just put the money in the bank and wait for when demand returns? The stock market exists to help companies raise capital. With most stocks near all time highs and US corporations holding record cash on their balance sheets, access to capital is not the problem. Lack of demand is the problem, and no amount of financial manipulation is going to change that. What’s worse, if you are that Pizza owner with too much cash and not enough patrons, you now have your crazy cousin Ben to contend with. It turns out Ben has never run a business and has some very naive ideas."  - Omid Malekan

Monday, March 25, 2013

"Why do you allow these men who are in power to rob you step by step, openly and in secret, of one domain of your rights after another, until one day nothing, nothing at all will be left but a mechanised state system presided over by criminals and drunks?" -  Die Weisse Rose (The White Rose), Resistance Leaflet 3, 1942

Sunday, March 24, 2013

"But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
As every man hath received the gift, [even so] minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
If any man speak, [let him speak] as the oracles of God; if any man minister, [let him do it] as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." - 1 Peter 4:7-11 (KJV)

Saturday, March 23, 2013

"This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfil the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offence, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.

Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past.

They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" - Patrick Henry in an address at St. John’s Church, Richmond, Virginia, on March 23, 1775.

Friday, March 22, 2013

"Private rights once surrendered are unlikely ever to be recovered fully." - Robert Higgs, Economic Historian and Author of Crisis and Leviathan: 
Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government

Thursday, March 21, 2013

"Big government likes big providers. That's why ObamaCare is gradually making the local doctor-owned medical practice a relic. In the not too distant future, most physicians will be hourly wage earners, likely employed by a hospital chain. Why? Because when doctors practice in small offices, it is hard for Washington to regulate what they do." - Scott Gottlieb in a Wall Street Journal editorial, March 14, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

"If you are taught bitterness and anger, then you will believe you are a victim. You will feel aggrieved and the twin brother of aggrievment is entitlement. So now you think you are owed something and you don't have to work for it and now you're on a really bad road to nowhere because there are people who will play to that sense of victimhood, aggreivement and entitlement, and you still won't have a job." - Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

"Expecting the U.S. to balance its budget is like expecting my Rottweilers to hoard sausages." - Economist Marc Faber

Monday, March 18, 2013

"We, here in America, hold in our hands the hopes of the world, the fate of the coming years; and shame and disgrace will be ours if in our eyes the light of high resolve is dimmed, if we trail in the dust the golden hopes of men." - Theodore Roosevelt, Address at Carnegie Hall, March 30, 1912

Sunday, March 17, 2013

"[Let] love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
[Be] kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
[Be] of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but [rather] give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance [is] mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." - Romans 12:9-21 (KJV)

Saturday, March 16, 2013

"The church used to be a lightning bolt, now it's a cruise ship. We are not marching to Zion – we are sailing there with ease. In the apostolic church it says they were all amazed – and now in our churches everybody wants to be amused. The church began in the upper room with a bunch of men agonizing, and it's ending in the supper room with a bunch of people organizing. We mistake rattle for revival, and commotion for creation, and action for unction. " - Leonard Ravenhill

Friday, March 15, 2013

"Remus respects vegetarians, sort of, although he thinks vegetarianism is an unalloyed crock and its adherents are being rather silly, or conflating appetite and hunger, having known one but not the other. What they really need is a 'teachable moment' and some fresh road kill. He suspects vegetarianism started when somebody lost a World Series bet, maybe during the Harding administration. Or perhaps it's a holdover from the Sylvester Graham-Charles Post agri-marketing fervor of the nineteenth century. Are we allowed to mention Hitler was a vegetarian? 'I'll have the barley soup with alfalfa tips and a side order of Czechoslovakia.'"- Ol' Remus, The Woodpile Report

Thursday, March 14, 2013

"I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude. It is more important than my past, my education, my bankroll, my successes or failures, fame or pain, what other people think of me or say about me, my circumstances, or my position. Attitude keeps me going or cripples my progress. It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hope. When my attitudes are right, there is no barrier too high, no valley too deep, no dream too extreme, no challenge too great for me." - Charles R. "Chuck" Swindoll

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

"And many a man with life out of tune
All battered with bourbon and gin
Is auctioned cheap to a thoughtless crowd
Much like that old violin

A mess of pottage, a glass of wine,
A game and he travels on.
He is going once, he is going twice,
He is going and almost gone.

But the Master comes,
And the foolish crowd never can quite understand,
The worth of a soul and the change that is wrought
By the Touch of the Masters' Hand."

Excerpt from The Master's Hand, by Myra Brooks Welch

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

"No enactment of man can be considered law unless it conforms to the law of God." - William Blackstone, author of Commentaries on the Laws of England

Monday, March 11, 2013

"Freedom, privileges, options, must constantly be exercised, even at the risk of inconvenience." - Jack Vance

Sunday, March 10, 2013

"And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
Blessed [are] the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed [are] they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed [are] the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed [are] they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed [are] the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed [are] the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed [are] they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." - Matthew 5:1-16 (KJV)

Saturday, March 9, 2013

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of [his] government and peace [there shall be] no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this." - Isaiah 9:6-7 (KJV)

Friday, March 8, 2013

"This morning, I’m pleased to join the President, the Vice President, and countless Americans in calling on Congress to enact legislation addressing gun violence – including measures to require universal background checks, impose tough penalties on gun traffickers, protect law enforcement officers by addressing armor-piercing ammunition, ban high-capacity magazines and military-style assault weapons, and eliminate misguided restrictions that require federal agents to allow the importation of dangerous weapons simply because of their age." - Attorney General Eric Holder

Thursday, March 7, 2013

"Every job is good if you do your best and work hard. A man who works hard stinks only to the ones that have nothing to do but smell." - Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

'If we are going to wet our proverbial pants over 0.3% in annual spending cuts when we’re running up trillion dollar annual deficits, then we’re done. Put a fork in us. We’re finished. We’re going to default eventually and that’s why the feds are stockpiling bullets in case of civil unrest." - Sarah Palin, in a Facebook message on February 26, 2013.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

"False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil." - Socrates

Monday, March 4, 2013

"Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." - Samuel Johnson

Sunday, March 3, 2013

"The number one, primary, superlative, over-arching pinnacle of survival preparedness is to GET RIGHT WITH GOD on His terms. Everything else is secondary. ARE YOU READY?" - Kim Noel

Saturday, March 2, 2013

"Thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers." - Exodus 18:21

Friday, March 1, 2013

"For decades, it has been obvious that there are irreconcilable differences between Americans who want to control the lives of others and those who wish to be left alone. Which is the more peaceful solution: Americans using the brute force of government to beat liberty-minded people into submission or simply parting company." - Dr. Walter E. Williams

Thursday, February 28, 2013

"Our enemies aren't antigun, they're anti-people-with-guns. It's not the guns they hate...it's us." - Michael Bane

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

"For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security." - Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

"We have looted the future to bribe the present, and at the bottom of the cliff the future is waiting for what we owe it." - Mark Steyn, in a lecture at Hillsdale College, January 29, 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." - William Arthur Ward

Sunday, February 24, 2013

"Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak [this] to your shame." - 1 Corinthians 15:33-34 (KJV)

Saturday, February 23, 2013

"Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, [even] thy salvation, according to thy word.
So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.
And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.
So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever.
And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.
I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.
And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved." - Psalm 119:41-47 (KJV)

Friday, February 22, 2013

"Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of." - James Madison, Federalist No. 46, 1788

Thursday, February 21, 2013

"Do not suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberty by any pretences of politeness, delicacy or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three names for hypocrisy, chicanery, and cowardice." - John Adams, 1789

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

"Participating in a gun buyback because you believe that the criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you believe that the neighbors have too many kids." - From an anonymous e-mail on the Grassfire Mail List. (alert@grassrootsaction.com )

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

"Last October I was a drooling, obsessive, ammo-hoarding prepper. Now I am blessed with miraculous foresight!" - Comment by "The Old Coach" to an article in The Truth About Guns.

Monday, February 18, 2013

 "Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible." - George Orwell

Sunday, February 17, 2013

"Let brotherly love continue.
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; [and] them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
Marriage [is] honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
[Let your] conversation [be] without covetousness; [and be] content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
So that we may boldly say, The Lord [is] my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me." - Hebrews 13:1-6 (KJV)

Saturday, February 16, 2013

"These six [things] doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him:
A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
A false witness [that] speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren" - Proverbs 6:16-19 (KJV)

Friday, February 15, 2013

"Economics is haunted by more fallacies than any other study known to man. This is no accident. The inherent difficulties of the subject would be great enough in any case, but they are multiplied a  thousandfold by a factor that is insignificant in, say, physics, mathematics or medicine – the special pleading of selfish interests." - Henry Hazlitt, Economics In One Lesson

Thursday, February 14, 2013

"The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts." - Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackston, W. Virginia Board of Education v. Burnette, 1943

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

"A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. " James Madison, June 29th. 1787, Debates in Federal Convention

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

"They’re not going to tell you [that a collapse is coming]. You’re going to have to see it for yourself. [During the Tequila crisis], the Mexican government affirmed they would not default, that they would not devalue, almost daily. The day after they said “we won't devalue,” they devalued by 60%. The government’s never going to tell you that it’s going to happen.

“Greece’s Yunker said recently, ‘When it becomes serious—you have to lie’. These guys are never going to tell you the truth, because they can’t tell you the truth. Their job is to promote confidence, not to tell you the truth." - Kyle Bass

Monday, February 11, 2013

"I've traveled the world twice over,
Met the famous; saints and sinners,
Poets and artists, kings and queens,
Old stars and hopeful beginners,
I've been where no-one's been before,
Learned secrets from writers and cooks
All with one library ticket
To the wonderful world of books." - Janice James

Sunday, February 10, 2013

"Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus:
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast." - Ephesians 2:5-10 (KJV)

Saturday, February 9, 2013

"The eternal God [is thy] refuge, and underneath [are] the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy [them].

Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob [shall be] upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew.

Happy [art] thou, O Israel: who [is] like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help, and who [is] the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places." Deuteronomy 33:27-29 (KJV)

Friday, February 8, 2013

"A secret Justice Department memo leaked out day before yesterday. Yankee government claims right to kill (assassinate) US citizens even if no intelligence shows they are planning to attack the United States & the victim presents no threat, is not on a battlefield, & has not been convicted of a crime. The yankee government argues that the "authority to kill American citizen has no geographic limit." So, if any of y'all see a drone circling your house, do NOT walk outside. If they will do it in Pakistan, they will do it in Tennessee."  - Franklin Sanders, The Moneychanger

Thursday, February 7, 2013

"A clever rabbit's burrow has three holes." - Chinese proverb

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

"...every act of a delegated authority, contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it is exercised, is void. No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid. To deny this, would be to affirm, that the deputy is greater than his principal; that the servant is above his master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people themselves; that men acting by virtue of powers, may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid." - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist Paper No. 78 (Paragraph 10)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

"Corruption, like a cancer … eats faster and faster every hour. The revenue creates pensioners, and the pensioners urge for more revenue. The people grow less steady, spirited, and virtuous, the seekers more numerous and more corrupt, and every day increases the circles of their dependents and expectants, until virtue, integrity, public spirit, simplicity, and frugality become the objects of ridicule and scorn, and vanity, luxury, floppery, selfishness, meanness, and downright venality swallow up the whole of society." - President John Adams

Monday, February 4, 2013

"Gold is for the mistress, silver for the maid, Copper for the craftsman, cunning in his trade. 'Good!' said the Baron, sitting in his hall. But steel - cold steel is master of them all." - Rudyard Kipling

Sunday, February 3, 2013

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
And not only [so], but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement." - Rom 5:1-11 (KJV)

Saturday, February 2, 2013

"Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the LORD he [is] God: [it is] he [that] hath made us, and not we ourselves; [we are] his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, [and] into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, [and] bless his name.

For the LORD [is] good; his mercy [is] everlasting; and his truth [endureth] to all generations." - Psalm 100 (KJV)

Friday, February 1, 2013

"Religion is a most cheerful and thing to practice, but a most sad and melancholy thing to neglect. The government of God in the soul is a government which regulates, but does not enslave. If we seriously consider what religion is, we shall find the saying of the wise King Solomon to be unexceptionably true: "Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace." The idea that religion is a kind of slavery, to which none can submit without sacrificing the natural enjoyments of life, has ever been the greatest hindrance to its advancement among mankind. How much wiser and better should we be if we could carry along with us, from infancy to old age, the full conviction that happiness is the substantial cultivation and exercise of the Christian virtues, and that piety is the firmest basis of morality, securing first God's claims, and by so doing securing our own! For, without the belief and hope offered by Divine revelations, the circumstances of man are extremely forlorn." - John C. Gunn, M.D., Gunn's New Family Physician, 1866

Thursday, January 31, 2013

"All we need is for the Fed to live up to its promise that it has an exit strategy. I’m here to say that they don’t have an exit strategy. There isn’t an exit. A return to a normalization of interest rates, a withdrawal by the Fed and other central banks in their efforts to monetize debt and artificially suppress interest rates, as soon as that ceases, the system itself will freeze up just as it did a few years ago.

The reason it will freeze up is the system can’t handle anything close to what would be considered historically normal interest rates. The stock of debt globally at that stage cannot be serviced. So the system, inevitably, will break down. The problem this time is likely to be much worse than it’s ever been in the past because the debt bubble has never been this big at any point in the past." - Hedge Fund Manager William Kaye of Pacific Group in Hong Kong, January, 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

"Gun registration does nothing... can do nothing... to curb gun violence. All it can do is tell you who the gun belonged to at some point in in the past, should you happen to find it dropped at the murder scene, next to the cooling body. At best it's a placebo to the perpetually fearful, while at worst (and historically it's nearly always been worst) it's a prelude to confiscation." - Tamara K. in her View From The Porch blog

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

"What is the meaning of a gold standard and a redeemable currency?  It represents integrity.  It insures the people’s control over the government’s use of the public purse.  It is the best guarantee against the socialization of a nation.  It enables a people to keep the government and banks in check.  It prevents currency expansion from getting ever farther out of bounds until it becomes worthless.  It tends to force standards of honesty on government and bank officials.  It is the symbol of a free society and an honorable government.  It is a necessary prerequisite to economic health.  It is the first economic bulwark of free men." - Walter E. Spahr, Professor of Economics at New York University 

Monday, January 28, 2013

"All of us need to be reminded that the Federal government did not create the States, the States created the Federal Government." - Ronald Wilson Reagan, January 20, 1981

Sunday, January 27, 2013

"The reasonings contained in these papers must have been employed to little purpose indeed, if it could be necessary now to disprove the reality of this danger.  That the people and the States should, for a sufficient period of time, elect an uninterrupted succession of men ready to betray both; that the traitors should, throughout this period, uniformly and systematically pursue some fixed plan for the extension of the military establishment; that the governments and the people of the States should silently and patiently behold the gathering storm, and continue to supply the materials, until it should be prepared to burst on their own heads, must appear to every one more like the incoherent dreams of a delirious jealousy, or the misjudged exaggerations of a counterfeit zeal, than like the sober apprehensions of genuine patriotism.  Extravagant as the supposition is, let it however be made. Let a regular army, fully equal to the resources of the country, be formed; and let it be entirely at the devotion of the federal government; still it would not be going too far to say, that the State governments, with the people on their side, would be able to repel the danger. The highest number to which, according to the best computation, a standing army can be carried in any country, does not exceed one hundredth part of the whole number of souls; or one twenty-fifth part of the number able to bear arms. This proportion would not yield, in the United States, an army of more than twenty-five or thirty thousand men. To these would be opposed a militia amounting to near half a million of citizens with arms in their hands, officered by men chosen from among themselves, fighting for their common liberties, and united and conducted by governments possessing their affections and confidence. It may well be doubted, whether a militia thus circumstanced could ever be conquered by such a proportion of regular troops. Those who are best acquainted with the last successful resistance of this country against the British arms, will be most inclined to deny the possibility of it. Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of. Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms."  - James Madison, The Federalist No. 46

Saturday, January 26, 2013

"The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, [and] the excellency of our God.

Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.
Say to them [that are] of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come [with] vengeance, [even] God [with] a recompence; he will come and save you.
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
Then shall the lame [man] leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.
And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, [shall be] grass with reeds and rushes.
And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it [shall be] for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err [therein]." - Isaiah 35:1-8 (KJV)

Friday, January 25, 2013

"Give with a free hand, but give only your own." - The fictional character Sador, from Narn i Hîn Húrin: The Childhood of Túrin by J.R.R. Tolkien

Thursday, January 24, 2013

"The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living." - Dan Cofall

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

"Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others." - Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

"How complacent we become when we sit secure, hedged round by laws and protections a government may provide!  How soon we forget that but for these governments and laws, there would be naught but savagery, brutality and starvation! For our age-old enemies await us always, just beyond our thin walls.  Hunger, thirst and cold lie waiting there, and forever among us are those would loot, rape and maim, rather than behave as civilized men. If we sit secure this hour, this day, it is because the thin walls of the law stand between us and evil." - Louis L'Amour, Fair Blows the Wind, p. 5-6)

Monday, January 21, 2013

"You’re going to see more social unrest. You saw huge riots in Greece, and you’re seeing huge riots in other parts of the world over food (and lack of food) and those are actually derivatives of the financial problems that we’re seeing. We’re exporting inflation to some other nations. Going forward it’s going to be a problem." - Kyle Bass

Sunday, January 20, 2013

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." - Ephesians 6:10 - 13 (KJV)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

"We have staked the whole of all our political Institutions upon the capacity of mankind for Self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to The Ten Commandments of God." - James Madison

Friday, January 18, 2013

"Many are overcome, because they allow their zeal to grow cold, and run off in self-flattery. Others, on the contrary, become so alarmed when they do not find in themselves, the strength they wish, that they get confused, and give up the struggle altogether. What then is to be done? Arouse yourself to meditate, as much upon the promises of God, which ought to serve as ladders to raise us up to Heaven, and make us despise this transitory and fading life, as upon the threatening, which may well induce us to fear his judgments. When you do not feel your heart moved as it ought to be, have recourse, as to a special remedy, to diligently seeking the aid of him without whom we can do nothing. In the meantime, strive to your utmost, blaming coldness and weakness, until you can perceive that there is some amendment. And in regard to this, great caution is required so as to hold a middle course, namely, to groan unceasingly, and even to woo yourself to sadness and dissatisfaction with your condition, and to such a sense of sin and misery as that you may have no rest; without at the same time, doubting that God in due time will strengthen you according to your need, although this may not appear at once." - John Calvin, 1553

Thursday, January 17, 2013

"It is a commonplace that the history of civilization is largely the history of weapons. In particular, the connection between the discovery of gunpowder and the overthrow of feudalism by the bourgeoisie has been pointed out over and over again. And though I have no doubt exceptions can be brought forward, I think the following rule would be found generally true: that ages in which the dominant weapon is expensive or difficult to make will tend to be ages of despotism, whereas when the dominant weapon is cheap and simple, the common people have a chance. Thus, for example, tanks, battleships and bombing planes are inherently tyrannical weapons, while rifles, muskets, long-bows and hand-grenades are inherently democratic weapons. A complex weapon makes the strong stronger, while a simple weapon--so long as there is no answer to it--gives claws to the weak." - George Orwell, author of the novel 1984

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

"The General rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of it's enactment and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it. An unconstitutional law, in legal contemplation, is as inoperative as if it had never been passed. Such a statute leaves the question that it purports to settle just as it would be had the statute not been enacted.

Since an unconstitutional law is void, the general principles follow that it imposes no duties, confers no rights, creates no office, bestows no power or authority on anyone, affords no protection, and justifies no acts performed under it...

A void act cannot be legally consistent with a valid one. An unconstitutional law cannot operate to supersede any existing valid law. Indeed, insofar as a statute runs counter to the fundamental law of the lend, it is superseded thereby.

No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it." - 16 Am Jur 2d, Sec 177 late 2d, Sec 256

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

"After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it." - William S. Burroughs

Monday, January 14, 2013

"The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws, discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property." - Thomas Paine

Sunday, January 13, 2013

"And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.
And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:
And there came a voice from heaven, [saying], Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." - Mark 1:9-11 (KJV)

Saturday, January 12, 2013

"To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up [that which is] planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?
I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.
He hath made every [thing] beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

I know that [there is] no good in them, but for [a man] to rejoice, and to do good in his life.
And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it [is] the gift of God.
I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth [it], that [men] should fear before him.
That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.
And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, [that] wickedness [was] there; and the place of righteousness, [that] iniquity [was] there.
I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for [there is] a time there for every purpose and for every work." - Ecclesiastes 3:1-17 (KJV)

Friday, January 11, 2013

"Any single man must judge for himself whether circumstances warrant obedience or resistance to the commands of the civil magistrate; we are all qualified, entitled, and morally obliged to evaluate the conduct of our rulers. This political judgment, moreover, is not simply or primarily a right, but like self-preservation, a duty to God. As such it is a judgment that men cannot part with according to the God of Nature. It is the first and foremost of our inalienable rights without which we can preserve no other." - John Locke

Thursday, January 10, 2013

"Collectivists believe in collective guilt, unsurprisingly. They believe this as deeply and unquestioningly as any Bolshevik commissar or medieval inquisitor. They reveal themselves when they say the NRA 'refuses to accept blame for the Sandy Hook massacre.' The people manning the solar observatory at Sacramento Peak also refuse to accept blame, or would if asked, and rightly so. Absent evidence the perp had accomplices, or was under direct and actual control of others, blame attaches to the shooter alone. The proposition is simple and of unassailable provenance. As with all crime, guilt lay with the perpetrator. Hence the term, perpetrator. What would those who blame "society" for crime have us do instead, arrest cab drivers in Toledo and call it a good start?" - Ol' Remus, The Woodpile Report

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

"The meaning of America is not to be found in a life without toil.  Freedom is not only bought with a great price; it is maintained by unremitting effort."  - President Calvin Coolidge

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

"So now that there is a new tragedy the president wants to have a “national conversation on guns”. Here’s the thing. Until this national conversation is willing to entertain allowing teachers to carry concealed weapons, then it isn’t a conversation at all, it is a lecture.
Now when I say teachers carrying concealed weapons on Facebook I immediately get a bunch of emotional freak out responses. You can’t mandate teachers be armed! Guns in every classroom! Emotional response! Blood in the streets!
No. Hear me out. The single best way to respond to a mass shooter is with an immediate, violent response. The vast majority of the time, as soon as a mass shooter meets serious resistance, it bursts their fantasy world bubble. Then they kill themselves or surrender. This has happened over and over again." - Larry Correia

Monday, January 7, 2013

"I believe we have long passed the point where the good people of the world are in the majority.  Good, reliable, honest people are a minority.  If we had a severe world-wide crisis now, where governments would be powerless to help, I think we would have massive social unrest and anarchy on our hands.  Some would prey on the innocent, while few would rise in their defense.  Presently, any crisis or war short of collapse will only engender a call from the world-wide majorities for more government power - not less - especially now that a so called "conservative" American President has stated that a government 'Safety net' is a legitimate right for all people to expect. "  - Joel M. Skousen, in The Secure Home, (3rd Edition, 2006.)

Sunday, January 6, 2013

"Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets." - Luke 6:22-23 (KJV)

Saturday, January 5, 2013

"And David said unto his men, Gird ye on every man his sword. And they girded on every man his sword; and David also girded on his sword: and there went up after David about four hundred men; and two hundred abode by the stuff." - 1 Samuel 25:13

Friday, January 4, 2013

"Because the regime is captive to its own lies, it must falsify everything. It falsifies the past. It falsifies the present, and it falsifies the future. It falsifies statistics ... It pretends to fear nothing. It pretends to pretend nothing." - Vaclav Havel

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

"If even the concepts of individual responsibility and individual ability to make social agreements volitionally are to survive, then our competence in such survival skills as creativity and community must be constantly of concern, along with our tools.

When it comes to tools, however, we have our our own emphasis also. There is coverage galore these days of ways to turn back full circle to subsistence living, voluntary simplicity, and virtually technology-free ways of working. That is an option, of course. Our own experience strongly suggests that people cannot be held to such limits. Human creativity always leaps over limits." - Karl Hess, Editor, A Common Sense Strategy for Survivalists, p. 4, 1981

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

"Sometimes paranoia is just having all the facts."  - William S. Burroughs

Monday, December 31, 2012

"Health, love and peace be all here in this place
By your leave we shall sing, concerning our King.
Our King is well-dressed in silks of the best
In ribbons so rare no king can compare.
We have travelled many miles over hedges and stiles,
In search of our King unto you we bring.
We have powder and shot to conquer the lot,
We have cannon and ball to conquer them all.
Old Christmas is past, twelve tide is the last
And we bid you adieu, great joy to the new." - Lyrics to The King (as sung by Steeleye Span and later popularized by Loreena McKennitt)

Sunday, December 30, 2012

"High noon behind the tamarisks,
The sun is hot above us.
As at home the Christmas Day is breaking wan,
They will drink our health at dinner,
Those who tell us how they love us,
And forget us till another year be gone!" - Rudyard Kipling, Christmas in India

Saturday, December 29, 2012

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
And ye shall seek me, and find [me], when ye shall search for me with all your heart." - Jeremiah 29:13 (KJV)

Friday, December 28, 2012

"Why has the government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint." - Alexander Hamilton, 1787

Thursday, December 27, 2012

"The complexity of social organization does not change. Our technologically sophisticated industrial society is more complex than the agrarian society of America in the eighteenth century. In this regard, that was 'a simpler world.' But the complexities of politics (politics here meaning the science of governing) do not change much. The basic political problems confronting the Framers of our Constitution were as complex as our political problems today—perhaps more so, because they were striking off into the dangerous unknown, whereas all we need do is return to the fine highway we were once on." - Congressman Larry McDonald

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

"Note to Mayor Bloomberg: No guns in America isn’t quite as easy as no 32-ounce soft drinks in New York City." - SurvivalBlog Reader J.B.G.

Monday, December 24, 2012

"Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; So that, at the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal." - The Book of Common Prayer, 1662

Sunday, December 23, 2012

"And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,
Blessed [be] the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,
And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;
As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:
That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;
To perform the mercy [promised] to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;
The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,
That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,
In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,
To give light to them that sit in darkness and [in] the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel."

- Luke 1-67-80 (KJV)

Saturday, December 22, 2012

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." - Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)

Friday, December 21, 2012

"A prison cell, in which one waits, hopes - and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the outside, is not a bad picture of Advent." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Thursday, December 20, 2012

"Great God, what do I see and hear!
The end of things created!
The judge of mankind doth appear
On clouds of glory seated!
The trumpet sounds; the graves restore,
The dead which they contained before;
Prepare, my soul, to meet Him!" - Martin Luther

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

"The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him." - G.K. Chesterton  

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

"He who would do some great things in this short life must apply himself to work with such a concentration of force as, to idle spectators who live only to amuse themselves, looks like insanity." -  Francis Parkman, author of The Oregon Trail

Monday, December 17, 2012

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." -  Philip K. Dick

Sunday, December 16, 2012

"Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ:
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; [even] in him:
In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ." - Ephesians 1:3-12 (KJV)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

"The Constitution begins with the words ‘We the People’ and the last three words at the end of the Tenth Amendment are 'to the People'.  So, you see, the Constitution is really all about the People owning a central, national government. Since that is the case, how in the heck did we wind up with the federal government owning us?" – Phillip Marsh, in The Compleat Patriot

Friday, December 14, 2012

"At the beginning of a 4th Generation civil war, everybody starts with a finite amount of ammunition. The ones who never run out are those who make every round count and thus are able to forage out the ammo pouches of the dead men who didn't. That's why marksmanship training matters." - Mike Vanderboegh, Sipsey Street Irregulars, October 11, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

"True, you still have butch T-shirts – 'Don't Tread On Me,' 'These Colors Don't Run' ... In my own state, where the Democrats ran the board on Election Night, the 'Live Free Or Die' license plates look very nice when you see them all lined up in the parking lot of the Social Security office. But, in their view of the state and its largesse, there's nothing very exceptional about Americans, except that they're the last to get with the program..." - Mark Steyn

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

"Inflation is like sin; every government denounces it and every government practices it." - Frederick Leigh-Ross

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

"Technology is a blessing for those who understand it and can develop and maintain it. It can be a snare for those who can can only depend on getting it 'off the shelf.' If it malfunctions they are lost. Tools, supplies, and technological equipment should play a part in anyone's survival plans, but they should not play a part that overreaches the person's ability to deal with it." - Karl Hess, Editor, A Common Sense Strategy for Survivalists, p. 37, 1981

Monday, December 10, 2012

"As for old school secession, it's not the sort of power that is granted or earned. It's taken, along with the consequences. The practical nexus is confiscation of federal property and loss of revenue and compensation for repatriation and so forth. It's said "stealing their money" is the only crime DC takes seriously. Secession would be seen as robbery by DC, especially those states comprised largely of federal lands. No vilification would be enough, no remedy too extreme." - Ol' Remus, in The Woodpile Report blog, December 4, 2012.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

"Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? [It is] God that justifieth.
Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 8:33-39 (KJV)

Saturday, December 8, 2012

"Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock [that] is higher than I.
For thou hast been a shelter for me, [and] a strong tower from the enemy.
I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.
For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given [me] the heritage of those that fear thy name.
Thou wilt prolong the king's life: [and] his years as many generations.
He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, [which] may preserve him.
So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows." - Psalm 61 (KJV)

Friday, December 7, 2012

"There aren't any great men. There are just great challenges that ordinary men like you and me are forced by circumstances to meet." - Admiral William Frederick "Bull" Halsey Jr.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

"Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity."  - Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

"There are two kinds of people in the world: Those who think there are two kinds of people in the world and those who don't." -  Robert Benchley’s Law of Distinction

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

"Men prefer a false promise to a flat refusal," - Quintus Cicero

Monday, December 3, 2012

"Keep your friends close, and your foes at 9 power distance." - Robert M. Fogarty

Sunday, December 2, 2012

"We then, [as] workers together [with him], beseech [you] also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now [is] the accepted time; behold, now [is] the day of salvation.)
Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:
But in all [things] approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;
By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,
By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and [yet] true;
As unknown, and [yet] well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;
As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and [yet] possessing all things." - 2 Corinthians 6:1-10 (KJV)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

"Divers[e] weights, [and] divers[e] measures, both of them [are] alike abomination to the LORD." - Proverbs 20:10 (KJV)

Friday, November 30, 2012

"Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation." - President George Washington

Thursday, November 29, 2012

"The stamping of paper is an operation so much easier than the laying of taxes, that a government, in the practice of paper emissions, would rarely fail in any such emergency to indulge itself too far." - Alexander Hamilton, the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

"A statesman thinks of the next generation - a politician thinks of the next election." - Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

"If we get one bad, unsuspected news event I guarantee you it will be lights out very quick. One of the things these algorithms do is they make sure the input is good. And whenever the input isn’t quite good they back off. When I say back off I mean they back off in the blink of an eye. So it can go from good to very bad that quickly. And all it's going to take is some unforeseen news event and they won’t be there. And then we’ll see what the liquidity is." - Eric Hunsader, in a Peak Prosperity interview.

Monday, November 26, 2012

"Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capacity, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence." - Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833

Sunday, November 25, 2012

"For [in] those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.
And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here [is] Christ; or, lo, [he is] there; believe [him] not:
For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if [it were] possible, even the elect.
But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.

But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,
And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.
And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory." - Mark 13:19-26 (KJV)

Saturday, November 24, 2012

"Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for [your] food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)
Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;
Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for [your] liberal distribution unto them, and unto all [men];
And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.
Thanks [be] unto God for his unspeakable gift." - 2 Corinthians 9:10-15 (KJV)

Friday, November 23, 2012

"Ask yourself, why do I hold some of my wealth in the form of money? The answer is, because you like the unique flexibility that only money can give you. If you have demand for money, it means that you have demand for purchasing power in the form of money. It is not a specific number of paper notes or weight of gold that you desire to hold – neither, by itself, does anything for you – but it is the spending flexibility that the monetary asset gives you, its exchange value, that you demand.
From this, some powerful conclusions already follow. A growing economy does not need a growing supply of money. If people have more demand for money, they sell non-money goods (or reduce their money-spending on non-money goods) and accumulate money balances. In the process, the 'price' of money (its exchange value) goes up. The same physical quantity of money now gives everybody more spending flexibility. This process – a natural market process – has satisfied the rising money demand automatically." - Austrian School Economist Detlev Schlichter, as quoted in The Daily Bell.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

"It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong." - Thomas Sowell

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

"Even after the elite decamp there'll be plenty of good eatin' left on the carcass for the stay-behinds. This hasn't gone unnoticed by the somewhat less than elite. For one, their toadies in DC have been building Führerbunkers and stocking them with supplies and ammunition for the day when they're toadies no more. Some of the toady's toadies have retreats and plans of their own. They keep it quiet, unsurprisingly. Then it's all against all, a spectre of flag-waving warlords and tribal strong men, of alliances and secessions, of fiefdoms and redoubts and contested regions. Everybody who wants to be somebody will invite themselves to the fray. Who is king and who is not king will be the sum of all politics; asset-stripping the sum of all economics. It's going to be a memorable squabble." - Ol' Remus, The Woodpile Report, in an essay on national insolvency (November 21, 2012)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

"We have four boxes with which to defend our freedom: the soap box, the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box." - Congressman Larry McDonald

Monday, November 19, 2012

"The way to get rid of corruption in high places, is to get rid of high places." - Frank Chodorov (Editor of The Freeman.)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
For by it the elders obtained a good report.
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as [in] a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker [is] God.
Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, [so many] as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
And truly, if they had been mindful of that [country] from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
But now they desire a better [country], that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city." - Hebrews 11:1-16 (KJV)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

"Remember, O LORD, what is come upon us: consider, and behold our reproach.
Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens.
We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers [are] as widows.
We have drunken our water for money; our wood is sold unto us.
Our necks [are] under persecution: we labour, [and] have no rest.
We have given the hand [to] the Egyptians, [and to] the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.
Our fathers have sinned, [and are] not; and we have borne their iniquities.
Servants have ruled over us: [there is] none that doth deliver [us] out of their hand.
We gat our bread with [the peril of] our lives because of the sword of the wilderness.

Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.
They ravished the women in Zion, [and] the maids in the cities of Judah.
Princes are hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honoured.
They took the young men to grind, and the children fell under the wood.
The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their musick.
The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning.
The crown is fallen [from] our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned!
For this our heart is faint; for these [things] our eyes are dim.
Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it.

Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation.
Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, [and] forsake us so long time?
Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.
But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us." - Lamentations 5 (KJV)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

"We have reclaimed our permanent home given to us by God as our birthright. Never again shall South Sudanese be oppressed for their political beliefs. Never again shall our people be discriminated [against] on account of race or religion. Never again shall we roam the world as sojourners and refugees." - Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of South Sudan

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

"President Obama won [re-election in November, 2012] because he promised to steal more things from the people who didn't vote for him and give what he stole to the people who did vote for him, because that is what an election is, right? An advanced auction on the sale on stolen goods." - Peter Schiff

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

"Jeep is America's only real sports car." - Enzo Ferrari

Monday, November 12, 2012

"The bottom line in all this is that once the debt collapse begins, it's the preppers who have the firepower, the skills, the food, the water and the farmland. It's the veterans, the farmers and the local sheriffs who have the know-how to get through tough times. While Obamabot voters have put America on a collision with economic collapse, they remain clueless of the reality that they are bringing about their own destruction in the process.

After all, who would you rather be hanging with when the collapse comes: Michael Moore, or James Wesley Rawles?" - Mike Adams, in Natural News

Sunday, November 11, 2012

"Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, [is] therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.
For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.
For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." - Galatians 2:16-20 (KJV)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

"Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because [there is] no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.

By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.

Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away." - Hosea 4:1-3 (KJV)

Friday, November 9, 2012

"I have a self-imposed rule that I tend to follow - when raiding the stash, always replace what you took with two of the same thing. My reasoning is that if I allow myself to run out of something in my normal daily life, it's because I have either overlooked it, or misjudged how much of it I would need or how long the amount I had on hand would last - and if I did it once, there's a good chance that I'd do it again and run out of it in a 'situation', so I take it as a sign that I should be keeping more of it." - Reader "JABECmfg", as quoted by TheSurvivalMonkey

Thursday, November 8, 2012

"That's what happened under communism — and increasingly, it's happening in America. As Joseph Sobran put it: 'Need' now means wanting someone else's money. 'Greed' means wanting to keep your own. 'Compassion' is when a politician arranges the transfer.'" - John Stossel

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

"Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten." - G.K. Chesterton

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

"Our emphasis in times of economic dislocation is reflective of our general emphasis on the individual, on productivity and creativity and on elements of community and cooperation. If we have a bias, then, it will be toward growing food rather than just buying it; toward hunting and fishing; toward being able to build rather than buy housing; toward general competence that abides in the individual rather that to the familiar patterns of consumerism." - Karl Hess, Editor, A Common Sense Strategy for Survivalists, p. 5, 1981

Monday, November 5, 2012

"The idea that living within your means is a form of austerity, and not (other than in exceptional circumstances) the elementary moral duty of people of honor, shows that, underlying the economic crisis is a profound moral crisis in western society." - Theodore Dalrymple (A retired prison doctor and psychiatrist, contributing editor of the City Journal and Dietrich Weissman Fellow of the Manhattan Institute.)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

"Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
Let us hold fast the profession of [our] faith without wavering; (for he [is] faithful that promised;)
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." - Hebrews 10:22-25 (KJV)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

"My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, [if] thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,
Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.
Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.
Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand [of the hunter], and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.

Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
Provideth her meat in the summer, [and] gathereth her food in the harvest." - Proverbs 6:1-8 (KJV)

Friday, November 2, 2012

"After [Hurricane] Sandy, nobody is teasing their prepper neighbors anymore." - An anonymous forum poster in New England

Thursday, November 1, 2012

"You want to talk about a situation that gets old very quickly. You are sitting in a house with no power and you can't open the refrigerator" - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, October 30, 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

"For thousands of years storing seeds has been an essential part of the survival preparations made by millions of prudent people fearing attack.  Seeds are hopes for future food and the defeat of famine, that lethal follower of disaster.  Among the most impressive sounds I ever heard were faint, distant, rattles of small stones heard on a quiet, black, freezing night in 1944.  An air raid was expected before dawn.  I was standing on one of the bare hills outside Kunming, China, trying to pinpoint the sources of lights that Japanese agents had used just before previous air raids to guide attacking planes to Kunming.  Puzzled by sounds of cautious digging at about 2:00 AM I asked my interpreter if he knew what was going on.  He told me that farmers walked most of the night to make sure that no one was following them, and were burying sealed jars of seeds in secret places, far enough from homes so that probably no one would hear them digging.  My interpreter did not need to tell me that if the advancing Japanese troops succeeded in taking Kunming they would ruthlessly strip the surrounding countryside of all food they could find. Then these prudent farmers would have seeds and hope in a starving land." - Cresson H. Kearny, Nuclear War Survival Skills

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

"In a consumer society the product consumed by man in largest quantities is optimism." - Robert Merle, Malevil

Monday, October 29, 2012

"The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him." - Leo Tolstoy

Sunday, October 28, 2012

"And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of] those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number [is] Six hundred threescore [and] six." - Revelation 13:11-18 (KJV)

Friday, October 26, 2012

 "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest." - Ecclesiastes 9:10 (KJV)

"If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else's expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves." - Thomas Sowell

Thursday, October 25, 2012

"I believe in animal rights. They have the right to garlic, and butter." - Ted Nugent

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

"He who can handle the quickest rate of change survives." - John Boyd

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

"There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare." - Sun Tzu, “The Art of War”, Section II (Waging War), Item 6. (From the Lionel Giles’ translation.)

Monday, October 22, 2012

"I’ll return when civilization becomes civilized again." - Ray Milland as Harry Baldwin in Panic in Year Zero, 1962. Screenplay by John Morton and Jay Simms, adapted from Ward Moore's novels Lot (1953) and Lot's Daughter (1954).

Sunday, October 21, 2012

"Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;

Who hath saved us, and called [us] with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles." - 2 Timothy 1:8-11 (KJV)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

"Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.
And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence.
And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:
That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God." - Ezekiel 11:17-20 (KJV)

Friday, October 19, 2012

"Try pouring a ton of steel without rigid principles." - Jason Beghe as Hank Rearden, Atlas Shrugged, Part II. (Screenplay by Duke Sandefur, Brian Patrick O'Toole, and Duncan Scott, based on Ayn Rand's novel, Atlas Shrugged.)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

"Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable." - Mark Twain

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

"Some have asked whether our silver coins will disappear. The answer is very definitely no.

Our present silver coins won't disappear and they won't even become rarities. We estimate that there are now 12 billion--I repeat, more than 12 billion silver dimes and quarters and half dollars that are now outstanding. We will make another billion before we halt production. And they will be used side-by-side with our new coins.

Since the life of a silver coin is about 25 years, we expect our traditional silver coins to be with us in large numbers for a long, long time.

If anybody has any idea of hoarding our silver coins, let me say this. Treasury has a lot of silver on hand, and it can be, and it will be used to keep the price of silver in line with its value in our present silver coin. There will be no profit in holding them out of circulation for the value of their silver content." - Lyndon B. Johnson, July 23, 1965.

[JWR's Comment: Today's quote come from a disingenous speech made just before nearly every silver dime, quarter, and half dollar was systematically scooped up from circulation by the American citizenry, leaving only post-1964 dated debased copper tokens in circulalation. The populace saw through LBJ's smokescreen. And yes, there was indeed plenty of "...profit in holding them out of circulation for the value of their silver content..." They are now worth around 24 times their face value, making the melt value of each silver quarter about $6.35 in the current Federal Reserve funny money.]

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death." - Thomas Paine (1737 - 1809)

Monday, October 15, 2012

"In my view, the Christian Religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government, ought to be instructed...no truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian Religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people." - Noah Webster, Reply to David McClure, October 25, 1836

Sunday, October 14, 2012

"Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
But of that day and [that] hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
[For the Son of man is] as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch." - Mark 13:31-37 (KJV)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

"But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as [with] a shield." - Psalm 5:11-12 (KJV)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Homer: I'd like to buy your deadliest gun please.
Apu: Aisle 6, next to sympathy cards.
- The Simpsons, Season 9, Episode 5, "The Cartridge Family"

Thursday, October 11, 2012

"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, 'the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better." - Then Senator Barack Hussein Obama, March 2006

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

"Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond it's limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves." - President Ronald Wilson Reagan

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Now Garm howls loud before Gnipahellir,
The fetters will burst, and the wolf run free;
Much do I know, and more can see
Of the fate of the gods, the mighty in fight.

Brothers shall fight and fell each other,
And sisters' sons shall kinship stain;
Hard is it on earth, with mighty whoredom;
Axe-time, sword-time, shields are sundered,
Wind-time, wolf-time, ere the world falls;
Nor ever shall men each other spare.

Fast move the sons of Mim, and fate
Is heard in the note of the Gjallarhorn;
Loud blows Heimdall, the horn is aloft,
In fear quake all who on Hel-roads are.

Yggdrasil shakes, and shiver on high
The ancient limbs, and the giant is loose;
To the head of Mim does Othin give heed,
But the kinsman of Surt shall slay him soon.

How fare the gods? how fare the elves?
All Jotunheim groans, the gods are at council;
Loud roar the dwarfs by the doors of stone,
The masters of the rocks: would you know yet more?

Now Garm howls loud before Gnipahellir,
The fetters will burst, and the wolf run free
Much do I know, and more can see
Of the fate of the gods, the mighty in fight.

- Excerpt from the epic Norse poem Völuspá (quatrains 44 to 49.) The earliest intact manuscript is included in the Codex Regius (circa 1270 A.D.) It is noteworthy that The Völuspá was one of the inspirations for J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings epic novel series, particularly for the names of some his characters.

Monday, October 8, 2012

"Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle! Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress." - Thomas Paine

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Reader H.L. sent: Winter Forecast: Not Mild, But Wild for Eastern U.S. It looks like a winter of drought for the Redoubt.

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Signs of the times: You won’t be able to get your movie made until it’s Islamopproved by the appointed cleric. The Hollyweird crowd only rarely asks for the opinion of Christians before making movies that might be offensive. But of course modern day Christians don't have a reputation for beheading people that they consider blasphemers, like the Moslems do. We just suffer in silence, even when the name of Christ is repeatedly attacked. We are told to turn the other cheek, and we consistently do so. But the squeaky wheel (or should I say the bloody scimitar) gets the grease. The old song goes: "There's no business like show business." Perhaps the song's lyrics should be updated to: "There's no censoring like self-censoring..."

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Moose Stuck In Swing Chains Freed By Utah Deputy Lane Findlay

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Political TEOTWAWKI? Nervous Venezuelans stock up on supplies before election. (Thanks to reader Stephen M. for the link.)

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Safecastle's last Mountain House sale of the year ends today (October 7th, 2012.) They are offering 25% discounts on many of the most popular #10-can entrees. OBTW, they also have Mountain House freeze dried strawberries at 33% off. And they also offer additional member incentives to Safecastle Royal club members. Order before midnight!

"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded." - James 4:7-8 (KJV)

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither [shall] fruit [be] in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and [there shall be] no herd in the stalls:

Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

The LORD God [is] my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' [feet], and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments." - Habakkuk 3: 17-19 (KJV)

Friday, October 5, 2012

"The great pillars of all government and of social life [are] virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor...and this alone, that renders us invincible." - Patrick Henry, Letter to Archibald Blair, January 8, 1799

Thursday, October 4, 2012

"Let divines and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, unite their endeavors to renovate the age, by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys and girls, of inculcating in the minds of youth the fear and love of the Deity...in short of leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system." - Samuel Adams, Letter to John Adams, October 4, 1790

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

"If we are that weak, just think of who wants to come here first and take us over, and the last thing I ever want to see is to see this country, our country taken over because we’re so financially weak we can’t do anything and we’re moving in that direction. … We could even lose our country if we don’t get this fixed and straightened out and nobody that’s running [for public office] really talks about it, about what we have to do and why we have to do it. They would prefer not to have it discussed." - H. Ross Perot, September, 2012

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

"When you disarm the people, you commence to offend them and show that you distrust them either through cowardice or lack of confidence, and both of these opinions generate hatred." - Niccolo Machiavelli

Monday, October 1, 2012

"Let me tell you something about humans, nephew. They are a wonderful, friendly people as long as their bellies are full and their holosuites are working. But take away their creature comforts, deprive them of food, sleep, sonic showers, put their lives in jeopardy over an extended period of time, and those same friendly, intelligent, wonderful people will become as nasty and violent as any Klingon." - Armin Shimerman as Quark, the Ferengi bartender in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, from the episode "The Siege of AR-558" (Screenplay Ira Steven Behr and Hans Beimlerby.)

Sunday, September 30, 2012

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
I am the good shepherd, and know my [sheep], and am known of mine.
As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, [and] one shepherd.
Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father." - John 10:11-18 (KJV)

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul.
While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.
Put not your trust in princes, [nor] in the son of man, in whom [there is] no help.
His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.
Happy [is he] that [hath] the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope [is] in the LORD his God:
Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein [is]: which keepeth truth for ever:
Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The LORD looseth the prisoners:
The LORD openeth [the eyes of] the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous:
The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.
The LORD shall reign for ever, [even] thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD. - Psalm 146 (KJV)

Friday, September 28, 2012

"We notice on the catalog that now Gunsite is offering a 'precision rifle course.' I take it that this is to distinguish it from a 'dispersion rifle course.' But then again I never did understand marketing." - Col. Jeff Cooper, April, 1993

Thursday, September 27, 2012

"In the long run, the greatest weapon of mass destruction is stupidity. - Thomas Sowell

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

"The issue is not the National Debt in terms of trillions of dollars.  The issue is actually the National Debt in terms of thousands of abortions; it’s the National Debt in terms of thousands of unwanted pregnancies; it’s the National Debt in terms of the epidemic of AIDS; it’s the National Debt in terms of moral promiscuity; the National Debt in terms of the destruction of family life – That's the issue!" - Pastor Alistair Begg

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

"A society that does not defend itself is doomed. A system that remains passive in the face of attack deserves to go under. Those unwilling to defend freedom will become unfree. To stand idly by is to commit suicide." - The late Brian Crozier

Monday, September 24, 2012

"Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it." - John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776

Sunday, September 23, 2012

"My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same [is] a perfect man, [and] able also to bridle the whole body.
Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
Behold also the ships, which though [they be] so great, and [are] driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.
Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:
But the tongue can no man tame; [it is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be." - James 3:1-10 (KJV)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; [it is] iniquity, even the solemn meeting.
Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear [them].
And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow." - Isaiah 1:113-17 (KJV)

Friday, September 21, 2012

"If you’re rich you get a bailout. If you’re poor you get a handout.
And if you’re middle class you get left out." - Keith Fitz-Gerald, as quoted at PeakProsperity.com

Thursday, September 20, 2012

"It is difficult to tell what will happen. I happen to believe that eventually we will have a systemic crisis and everything will collapse. But the question is really between here and then. Will everything collapse with Dow Jones 20,000 or 50,000 or 10 million? Mr. Bernanke is a money printer and, believe me, if Mr. Romney wins the election the next Fed chairman will also be a money printer. And so it will go on. The Europeans will print money. The Chinese will print money. Everybody will print money and the purchasing power of paper money will go down. And I don't like bonds. I don't particularly like equities, but I think equities are a better space to be in than bonds." - Marc Faber

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

"It was a good plan... up 'til now." - Zoe Saldana as Anamaria in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, 2003. (Screenplay by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Stuart Beattie and Jay Wolpert.)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

"If you don’t do anything, nothing will change." - Ernest Lamothe, Northern Vermonter, 1961

Monday, September 17, 2012

"Its called it 'The American Dream' because you have to be asleep to believe it." - the late George Carlin (1937-2008)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

"Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort [you] that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day." - Jude 1:3-6 (KJV)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

"And I will execute judgments upon Moab; and they shall know that I [am] the LORD.

Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because that Edom hath dealt against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and hath greatly offended, and revenged himself upon them;

Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also stretch out mine hand upon Edom, and will cut off man and beast from it; and I will make it desolate from Teman; and they of Dedan shall fall by the sword.

And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my people Israel: and they shall do in Edom according to mine anger and according to my fury; and they shall know my vengeance, saith the Lord GOD.

Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the Philistines have dealt by revenge, and have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart, to destroy [it] for the old hatred;

Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will stretch out mine hand upon the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethims, and destroy the remnant of the sea coast.

And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I [am] the LORD, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them." - Ezekiel 25:11-17 (KJV)

Friday, September 14, 2012

"If you want to be safe in life, move to places that the government can't be bothered to provide you help in. These places tend to be clean, safe, prosperous, healthy and sane. At least until the government finds out that evil monoculturalists are trying to live this way without them. They insist that areas like this undergo improvamentation as soon as they can afford to get to them." - Texas Arcane

Thursday, September 13, 2012

"Labor was the first price, the original purchase-money that was paid for all things.  It was not by gold or by silver, but by labor, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased." - Adam Smith

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

"Between the far away past history of the world, and that which lies near to us; in the time when the wisdom of the ancient times was dead and had passed away, and our own days of light had not yet come, there lay a great black gulf in human history, a gulf of ignorance, of superstition, of cruelty, and of wickedness. That time we call the dark or Middle Ages. Few records remain to us of that dreadful period in our world's history, and we only know of it through broken and disjointed fragments that have been handed down to us through the generations." - Howard Pyle

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

"The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression." - W. E. B. Du Bois

Monday, September 10, 2012

"I was born and raised in that religious atmosphere which for three hundred years has never varied in its extreme devotion to peace. Yet I know that peace comes in the modern world only to those nations which are adequately prepared to defend themselves. The European Allies are now paying in blood and disaster for their failure to heed plain warnings. With adequate preparedness they might have escaped attack." - Herbert Hoover. May 27, 1940, from the recently-released book, Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover's Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath

Sunday, September 9, 2012

"And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.

Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into [your] house, neither bid him God speed:

For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds." - 2 John 1: 6-11 (KJV)

Saturday, September 8, 2012

"Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken." - Proverbs 3:25-26 (KJV)

Friday, September 7, 2012

"Central banks cannot grow corn." - David R. Kotok, chairman and chief investment officer of Cumberland Advisors, Inc.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

"Have more than thou showest; Speak less than thou knowest." - William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), King Lear, Act I, Scene IV

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

"...the moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws... All the miseries and evils
which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible." - Noah Webster, History of the United States, 1833

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

"With national governments in collapse at the end of the XXth century, something had to fill the vacuum, and in many cases it was the returned veterans. They had lost a war, most of them had no jobs, many were sore as could be over the terms of the Treaty of New Delhi, especially the P.O.W. foul-up - and they knew how to fight. But it wasn't revolution; it was more like what happened in Russia in 1917 - the system collapsed; somebody else moved in. The first known case, in Aberdeen, Scotland, was typical. Some veterans got together as vigilantes to stop rioting and looting, hanged a few people (including two veterans) and decided not to let anyone but veterans on their committee. Just arbitrary at first - they trusted each other a bit, they didn't trust anyone else. What started as an emergency measure became constitutional practice in a generation or two." - Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers(1959)

Monday, September 3, 2012

"So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains
And we never even know we have the key." - The Eagles, from the lyrics to "Already Gone"

Sunday, September 2, 2012

"And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:
Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.
But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God." - Acts 20:22-24 (KJV)

Saturday, September 1, 2012

"Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near..." - Amos 6:3 (KJV)

Friday, August 31, 2012

"I learned how much of what we think to be necessary is superfluous; I learned how few things are essential, and how essential those things really are." - Bernard Fergusson, Beyond the Chidwin: An Account of Number Five Column of the Wingate Expedition into Burma 1943

Thursday, August 30, 2012

"The bandwagons rumble past. I sit here on the curb. " - John Hartford, lyrics to Like Unto a Mockingbird. (He is of course best known as the songwriter of Gentle on My Mind, but all of his music is worth exploring.)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

"It is alleged by men of loose principles, or defective views of the subject, that religion and morality are not necessary or important qualifications for political stations. But the Scriptures teach a different doctrine. They direct that rulers should be men who rule in the fear of God, able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness..." - Noah Webster. Value of the Bible, 1834, #302

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

"The religious atmosphere of the country was the first thing that struck me upon my arrival in the U.S. In France, I had seen the spirits of religion and freedom almost always marching in opposite directions, in America, I found them intimately linked together and joined and reigned over the same land..." - Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Monday, August 27, 2012

"I am, and ever will be, a white socks, pocket protector, nerdy engineer, and I take a substantial amount of pride in the accomplishments of my profession." - the late Neil Armstrong, at one of his few public appearances, February, 2000.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

"These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling [words], having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.
But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life." - Jude 1:16-21 (KJV)

Saturday, August 25, 2012

"And ye shall eat old store, and bring forth the old because of the new." - Leviticus 26:10 (KJV) (Yes, the Bible urges rotating your storage foods!)

Friday, August 24, 2012

"The mobs of great cities add just so much to the support of pure government, as sores do to the strength of the human body. It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigour. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution." - Thomas Jefferson, 1781

Thursday, August 23, 2012

"La deficit" triggered the French Revolution.  Government debt tripled between 1774 and 1789, much of it incurred by supporting the American Revolution." - From a National Geographic article on France, July 1989, p. 24

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

"Truth is the cry of all, but the game of few." - George Berkeley

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

"Until recent times, every child had a rifle of his own as soon as he was old enough to understand his father’s instructions. With it he hunted game and birds, killed snakes and protected himself against the dangers of rural life. When he was grown, he passed knowledge of the rifle down to his own son.
The rifle was honored in the home. It graced the mantel, the wall, or rested above the door. It was near at hand, clean, loaded, accurate as a fine watch, ready for service. The tradition of arms is an American tradition born of generations of self-reliance, self-sufficiency and independence – independence not in theory, but in fact; independence that rested upon individual shoulders of each member of society; independence bought of self-denial, sacrifice, and personal courage. It was not permissive. It was not necessary to ask if it were legal, or all right, or moral; this was an independence that rose out of the man himself and was of himself alone.
Such was the tradition of a free society. A society free to guard its own possessions and protect its own kith and kin; free to rush from humble dwellings to restore law and order, to exact justice, or to stop an invader of the homeland. In this, the rifle was the key. It was part of America; it was part of the man. It stood beside him. The rifle was a part of the saddle of the Western cowboy, and it is still there. The rifle was in the possession of every weary wagon in the long trains that plodded slowly across the plains and prairies. It was in the California gold fields and beside the thin blanket of the prospector as he slept on the icy ground. It was in the canoe, the longboat, the paddle-wheel steamer; it was on the rafts that drifted down America’s broad, muddy rivers. The rifle was known and loved by the Indian, who did not meet it soon enough. It was the tool of the buffalo hunter and the cook of the range camp, the rustler and the claim jumper and the highwayman.
The rifle was the symbol of life, and of death. It was a symbol of the law and the lawman, and it was often the judge and jury from whom there was no appeal. Other than the rope, the rifle was the most important single factor in American life for many generations. Together the rifle and rope stood for justice until towns and cities brought the compassion of the church and the court and the psychiatrist’s couch.
The rifle and rope kept men and cattle and horses and homes and wagons and industry and the nation together in a day when the enemy was sometimes behind the nearest tree – and the nearest neighbor was a day’s ride through virgin forests.
The rifle is still the steadfast friend of the American. He has not forgotten it. Its cold royalty courses through veins of men who have never touched its warm stock, or felt its reassuring slap against the shoulder. When these young hands – these hands that do not know the good and loyal friend – grasp it in introduction and feel its weight and see its efficient build and handsome profile, there will be a meeting of minds. These friends, they will recognize each other as Americans, old Americans, trustworthy Americans of great heritage.
Should there be another war, and should there be only two men left, it will be the rifle that decides who has conquered the world and who shall be able to retain it. And if there should be another war and the world is engulfed by forces that overwhelm men and reduce them to slavery, it will be the rifle that breaks their chains and restores human dignity. For the rifle is the force of the common man, as the bow and arrow were in earlier times, and the spear and the rock were in the beginning. It is the voice of the endangered, lonely man with his back against the wall and his whole future before him. With the rifle, Americans defeated the most powerful nation of the world and became free. With it, they will retain freedom." - T. Grady Gallant, On Valor's Side

Monday, August 20, 2012

"They will live a long time, these men of the South Pacific. They, like their victories, will be remembered as long as our generation lives. Longer and longer shadows will obscure them, until their Guadalcanal sounds distant on the ear like Shiloh and Valley Forge." - James Michener, Tales of the South Pacific

Sunday, August 19, 2012

"Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they mays obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
Behold also the ships, which though [they be] so great, and [are] driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.
Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:
But the tongue can no man tame; [it is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God." - James 3:3-9 (KJV)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

"And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the LORD your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies." - Numbers 10:9 (KJV)

Friday, August 17, 2012

 "It is bias to think that the art of war is just for killing people. It is not to kill people, it is to kill evil. It is a strategy to give life to many people by killing the evil of one person." - Yagyu Munenori

Thursday, August 16, 2012

"In contemplating the political institutions of the United States, I lament that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes, and take so little pains to prevent them. We profess to be republicans and yet we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government. That is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by the means of the Bible." - Benjamin Rush, “A Defense of the Use of the Bible as a School Book”, 1798

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

"Emergency preparedness is a good thing for governments to focus on. But whether talking about the Elliot Lake mall collapse in Ontario or the ongoing efforts to turn Calgary’s communications back on, there’s ample evidence that governments are simply incapable of adequately tackling the complexities of disasters confined to even a single building. If something big ever happens — and sooner or later, something always does — we should all expect to be on our own for days, or longer. The systems we’ve built to support ourselves are just too complicated to repair any faster than that." - Matt Gurney, The National Post, July 12, 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

"We are locked into an unimaginably complex predicament and a system of dependency whose future seems at growing risk. To avoid catastrophe we must prepare for failure.

We are entering a time of great challenge and uncertainty, when the systems, ideas and stories that framed our lives in one world are torn apart, but before new stories and dependencies have had time to evolve. Our challenge is to let go, and go forth.

Our immediate concern is crisis and shock planning. It should now be clear that this is far more extensive than merely focusing on the financial system. It includes how we might move forward if a reversion to current conditions proves impossible. That is we also need transition planning and preparation. Even while subject to lock-in and the reflexivity trap, this will be most effective if it works from bottom-up as well as top-down.

Finally, neither wealth nor geography is a protection. Our evolved co-dependencies mean that we are all in this together." - David Korowicz, Trade-Off: Financial System Supply-Chain Cross-Contagion: a study in global systemic collapse, published by The Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability (FEASTA)

Monday, August 13, 2012

"The science of government; that part of ethics which consists in the regulation and government of a nation or state, for the preservation of its safety, peace and prosperity; comprehending the defense of its existence and rights against foreign control or conquest...and the protection of its citizens in their rights, with the preservation and improvement of their morals." - Noah Webster, 1828

Sunday, August 12, 2012

"Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.
Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.
He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.
He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.
But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake." - 1 John 2:7-12 (KJV)

Saturday, August 11, 2012

"But the salvation of the righteous [is] of the LORD: [he is] their strength in the time of trouble.
And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him." - Psalm 37:39-40 (KJV)

Friday, August 10, 2012

"Fathom the hypocrisy of a Government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured.... but not everyone must prove they are a citizen." - Ben Stein

Thursday, August 9, 2012

"The only foundation for...a republic is to be laid in Religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments." - Benjamin Rush Essays, Literary, Moral and Philosophical 1798

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root." - Henry David Thoreau

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

"The importance of information is directly proportional to its improbability." - Jerry Pournelle

Monday, August 6, 2012

"Despotism itself is obliged to truck and huckster." - Edmund Burke, Speech on Conciliation with the Colonies March 22, 1775

Sunday, August 5, 2012

"And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead." - Luke 16:31 (KJV)

Saturday, August 4, 2012

"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help [cometh] from the LORD, which made heaven and earth." - Psalm 121:1-2 (KJV)

Friday, August 3, 2012

"That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach." - Aldous Huxley, Collected Essays

Thursday, August 2, 2012

General Jack D. Ripper: Mandrake, do you realize that in addition to fluoridating water, why, there are studies underway to fluoridate salt, flour, fruit juices, soup, sugar, milk... ice cream. Ice cream, Mandrake, children's ice cream.
Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: [very nervous] Lord, Jack.
General Jack D. Ripper: You know when fluoridation first began?
Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: I... no, no. I don't, Jack.
General Jack D. Ripper: Nineteen hundred and forty-six. 1946, Mandrake. How does that coincide with your post-war Commie conspiracy, huh? It's incredibly obvious, isn't it? A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual. Certainly without any choice. That's the way your hard-core Commie works." - Sterling Hayden and Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove. (Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick, Terry Southern, and Peter George.)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

"The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth." - H.L. Mencken

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

"In the long run… governments collapse, countries disappear, empires fall, and things hold their value much better than paper does." - Emanuel Derman, physicist and financial analyst, in Models.Behaving.Badly.: Why Confusing Illusion with Reality Can Lead to Disaster, on Wall Street and in Life, 2011

Monday, July 30, 2012

"Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as 'bad luck.'" - Robert A. Heinlein

Sunday, July 29, 2012

"The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God." - John 1:29-34(KJV)

Saturday, July 28, 2012

"Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles."  - Proverbs 21:23 (KJV)

Friday, July 27, 2012

"In order to improve your game, you must study the endgame before anything else; for whereas the endings can be studied and mastered by themselves, the middlegame and the opening must be studied in relation to the endgame." - José Raúl Capablanca y Graupera

Thursday, July 26, 2012

"Our character is best revealed by the decisions we've made and the impact of these decisions on ourselves and others. Over time, the decisions we make--large and small--become the legacy we leave behind." - Erwin Lutzer

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

"Never retreat alone, shoot without an object or lay down your gun until the last extremity." - Private James Collins at King's Mountain, 1780

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

"Judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment." - Simón Bolivar

Monday, July 23, 2012

"Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right – a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people, that can, may revolutionize, and make their own of so much of the territory as they inhabit." - Abraham Lincoln, in an address before Congress, January 1848. (Before he became an unremorseful statist.)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

"Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent." - Revelation 2:5 (KJV)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

"And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.
Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: [they were] judges in Beersheba.
And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.
Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,
And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD.
And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.
According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.
Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.
And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king.
And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint [them] for himself, for his chariots, and [to be] his horsemen; and [some] shall run before his chariots.
And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and [will set them] to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.
And he will take your daughters [to be] confectionaries, and [to be] cooks, and [to be] bakers.
And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, [even] the best [of them], and give [them] to his servants.
And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.
And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put [them] to his work.
He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.
And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day." - 1 Samuel 8:1-18 (KJV)

Friday, July 20, 2012

“...if the study of the Bible is to be excluded from all state schools; if the inculcation of the principles of Christianity is to have no place in the daily program; if the worship of God is to form no part of the general exercises of these public elementary schools; then the good of the state would be better served by restoring all schools to church control.” - National Education Association (NEA), 1892

Thursday, July 19, 2012

"Shortly before World War I, the German Kaiser was the guest of the Swiss government to observe military maneuvers. The Kaiser asked a Swiss militiaman: 'You are 500,000 and you shoot well, but if we attack with 1,000,000 men what will you do?' The soldier replied: 'We will shoot twice and go home.'" - Historian Stephen Halbrook, as quoted by Bill Buppert, in ZeroGov: Limited Government, Unicorns and Other Mythological Creatures

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

"When the chips are down, however, survival involves something more than run-of-the-mill ingenuity. Something extra is called for, an extra degree of imagination and a concern that seems groundless at the time, the ability in the midst of abundance to prepare for famine." - by John E. Pfeiffer, The Creative Explosion: An Inquiry into the Origins of Art and Religion

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

"We never know the worth of water 'til the well is dry." - Unattributed English Proverb

Monday, July 16, 2012

"We are in danger of being overwhelmed with irredeemable paper, mere paper, representing not gold nor silver; no sir, representing nothing but broken promises, bad faith, bankrupt corporations, cheated creditors and a ruined people." - Daniel Webster (1782-1852)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, [and] giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and [for] all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
For this [is] good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
For [there is] one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time." - 1Timothy 2:1-6 (KJV)

Saturday, July 14, 2012

"Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, [saying],
Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us." - Psalm 2:1-3 (KJV)

Friday, July 13, 2012

"The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object." - Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, July 12, 2012

"Preparation for tomorrow is hard work today." - Bruce Lee

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

"Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things.
It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out - it's the grain of sand in your shoe." - Robert W. Service

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

"No one can say when or where the first war for the Revolution began. Ten years before the fight at Lexington, Americans came out of their cabins in the valley of the Conocheague, and stormed and took Fort Louden. One by one, Americans walked the trails of the Green Mountains, and came down to the lake and took the King's fort at Ticonderoga". - Rose Wilder Lane (Daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder, and originator of the term Libertarian.)

Monday, July 9, 2012

"The need for Government is the need for force; where force is unnecessary, there is no need for Government." - Rose Wilder Lane (Daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder, and originator of the term Libertarian.)

Sunday, July 8, 2012

"And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable:
A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.
And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.
And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.
And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?
And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
They on the rock [are they], which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of [this] life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep [it], and bring forth fruit with patience.
No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth [it] under a bed; but setteth [it] on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.
For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither [any thing] hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.
Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have' - Luke 8:4-18 (KJV)

Saturday, July 7, 2012

"Remember the former things of old: for I [am] God, and [there is] none else; [I am] God, and [there is] none like me,
Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times [the things] that are not [yet] done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken [it], I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed [it], I will also do it." - Isaiah 46-9-11(KJV)

Friday, July 6, 2012

"The Obamacare decision has revealed the Supreme Court for the fraud it is. They bound and gagged the Constitution long ago, embezzled its authority and now speak for it rather than from it. It's a Medieval priesthood overawing the citizenry with imagined infallibility, but at ground level these cocktail-circuit Big Thinkers enable and shield DC's most conspicuous assaults on the rightful liberty of the people.

The deciding vote was cast by Chief Justice Roberts, a Bush appointee whose confirmation Obama opposed, which shows DC as it really is, an evil carnival of political chameleons imposing their dark fantasies on the rest of us, corrupt and convoluted beyond even its own understanding, a brittle and bankrupt fear-machine clanking from crisis to crisis, sniffing for advantage. DC is run largely off the books by psychopaths and the irretrievably compromised and they mean to make outsiders of us, with all the rights of uninvited spectators.

DC believes the people adore its captor, and some do. They're the Kapos of our time. They think it right and proper to ask DC's permission to be free. They believe permits and licenses are the same as liberty, meaning one man is compelled to get consent from another to live his life, or even to protect his life. They think it right we travel only by DC's leave, that DC choose our food and our neighbors, that DC decide how much of our earnings we're entitled to, that DC can rightfully demean and dismiss our opinions. They think it right we're surveilled, bullied, and bribed with our own money. They think it right we're lied to, swindled and slandered.

Others believe DC is a criminal enterprise in the sense of being outside the law, and thereby lawless, that elections merely sanction palace machinations, that every police-state decree was proposed and passed by our "representatives" and signed off by the court, that DC is where liberty goes to be abused and strangled, in short, that DC has become fundamentally illegitimate and the fix must be equally fundamental. They understand what's been pilfered through chicanery and compromise, or outright betrayal. They revere liberty as it was and will be. Take heart. Ancient bonds are reconnecting. Paine and Jefferson and Adams are speaking again. Liberty will be regained." - Ol' Remus writing in The Woodpile Report

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil;  God will not hold us guiltless. Not to  speak is to speak.  Not to act is to act." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people. We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should."- President Ronald Wilson Reagan

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

"Never forget, even for an instant, that the one and only reason anybody has for taking your gun away is to make you weaker than he is, so he can do something to you that you wouldn’t let him do if you were equipped to prevent it. This goes for burglars, muggers, and rapists, and even more so for policemen, bureaucrats, and politicians." - Aaron Zelman and L. Neil Smith, Hope (2001)

Monday, July 2, 2012

"We have around six months left of trading in Western markets to protect ourselves or make enough money to offset future losses. Spend your time looking at the risks of custody, safekeeping, counterparty etc. Assume that no one and nothing is safe. After that……we put on our tin helmets and hide until the new system emerges. I wish I wish I could see another outcome with an equally high probability, but I can’t……All we can do is hope that I am wrong, but either way, a new system will emerge and it will open up a whole new set of opportunities…but we will be going back 40 years in time, and 1,500 years, and 3,000 years." - Former hedge fund manager Raoul Paul, from his lecture titled "The End Game", given at Shanghai, May, 2012.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which [temple] ye are.
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;
Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;
And ye are Christ's; and Christ [is] God's." - 1 Corinthians 3:16-23 (KJV)

Saturday, June 30, 2012

"The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see.
O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! [even] cry out unto thee [of] violence, and thou wilt not save!
Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause [me] to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence [are] before me: and there are [that] raise up strife and contention.
Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.
Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for [I] will work a work in your days, [which] ye will not believe, though it be told [you]." - Habakkuk 1:1-5 (KJV)

Friday, June 29, 2012

"It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism while the wolf remains of a different opinion." - William Ralph Inge (British Author, Priest, and Educator)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

"When the sturdy Roman plebeian, who lived by his own labor, who voted without reward according to his own convictions, and who with his fellows formed in war the terrible Roman legion, had been changed into an idle creature who craved nothing in life save the gratification of a thirst for vapid excitement, who was fed by the state, and directly or indirectly sold his vote to the highest bidder, then the end of the republic was at hand, and nothing could save it. The laws were the same as they had been, but the people behind the laws had changed, and so the laws counted for nothing." - President Theodore Roosevelt

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

"A dictator enjoys unrestrained power over the people. The legislative and judicial branches voluntarily cede this power or it’s taken by force. Most of the time, it’s given up easily, out of fear in time of war and civil disturbances, and with the support from the people, although the dictator will also accumulate more power with the use of force."  - Congressman Ron Paul

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

"We, in our rush toward God knows what, acquire, or spend our earthly span trying to acquire wealth, culture, fame, luxury, scientific efficiency—and more wealth. We surround ourselves with telephones, tickers, jazz, orchestras, subways, bootleg gin, dress clothes, taxicabs, motor parkways, science, glittering hotels, psychoanalysis, alarm clocks, forty thousand brands of phony religion, squawking movie palaces, nickel-in-the-slot divorce. We call it civilization. But we know darn well there’s something wrong with it." - Charles F. Chapman, Editor of Motor Boating, magazine, excerpt from his commentary of March 1931, as quoted in the book The Legend of Chris-Craft by Jeffrey L. Rodengen

Monday, June 25, 2012

"The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to a close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences." - Winston Churchill, November 1939

Sunday, June 24, 2012

"Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
Deliver the poor and needy: rid [them] out of the hand of the wicked." - Psalm 82:3-4 (KJV)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

"But where shall wisdom be found? and where [is] the place of understanding?
Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.
The depth saith, It [is] not in me: and the sea saith, [It is] not with me.
It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed [for] the price thereof.
It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.
The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it [shall not be for] jewels of fine gold.
No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom [is] above rubies.
The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.
Whence then cometh wisdom? and where [is] the place of understanding?
Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air. d
Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.
God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.
For he looketh to the ends of the earth, [and] seeth under the whole heaven;
To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure.
When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:
Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out.
And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that [is] wisdom; and to depart from evil [is] understanding." - Job 28:12-28 (KJV)

Friday, June 22, 2012

"At its core, then, political correctness is nothing more nor less than the unjust intimidation of others into thinking and speaking a certain way. As such, it is pure totalitarian mind control." - David Kupelian

Thursday, June 21, 2012

"They call us 'civilized' because it's easy to sneak up on us." - Chief Dan George, The Outlaw Josey Wales

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

"I keep picturing a stranger from outer space. He lands on my farm and wants me to tell him about our world. I try to put the best face on things that I can, but he keeps going back to the monetary system: 'You use what for money?' I'm so embarrassed I want to dig a hole and crawl in." - Franklin Sanders, in The Money Changer

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

"I can feel the weather changing,
I can see it all around.
Can't you feel that new wind blowing?
Don't you recognize that sound, that sound?
And the Earth is slowly spinning,
Spinning slowly, slowly changing."
- Neil Young: Rumblin', 2010

Monday, June 18, 2012

"European finance officials have discussed limiting the size of withdrawals from ATM machines, imposing border checks and introducing euro zone capital controls as a worst-case scenario should Athens decide to leave the euro." - The Irish Times, June 12, 2012

Sunday, June 17, 2012

"For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." - Luke 19:10(KJV)

Saturday, June 16, 2012

"This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
[It is of] the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
[They are] new every morning: great [is] thy faithfulness.
The LORD [is] my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him." Lamentations 3:21-24 (KJV)

Friday, June 15, 2012

"The Roman Republic fell, not because of the ambition of Caesar or Augustus, but because it had already long ceased to be in any real sense a republic at all. When the sturdy Roman plebeian, who lived by his own labor, who voted without reward according to his own convictions, and who with his fellows formed in war the terrible Roman legion, had been changed into an idle creature who craved nothing in life save the gratification of a thirst for vapid excitement, who was fed by the state, and directly or indirectly sold his vote to the highest bidder, then the end of the republic was at hand, and nothing could save it. The laws were the same as they had been, but the people behind the laws had changed, and so the laws counted for nothing." - President Theodore Roosevelt

Thursday, June 14, 2012

"You will find an allusion to some mysterious cause for a phenomenon in Stocks. It is surmised that the deferred debt is to be taken up at the next session, and some anticipated provision made for it. This may either be an invention of those who wish to sell, or it may be a reality imparted in confidence to the purchasers or smelt out by their sagacity. I have had a hint that something is intended and has dropt from 1 which has led to this speculation. I am unwilling to credit the fact, untill I have further evidence, which I am in a train of getting if it exists. It is said that packet boats & expresses are again sent from this place to the Southern States, to buy up the paper of all sorts which has risen in the market here. These & other abuses make it a problem whether the system of the old paper under a bad Government, or of the new under a good one, be chargeable with the greater substantial injustice. The true difference seems to be that by the former the few were the victims to the many; by the latter the many to the few. It seems agreed on all hands now that the bank is a certain & gratuitous augmentation of the capitals subscribed, in a proportion of not less than 40 or 50 [per cent] and if the deferred debt should be immediately provided for in favor of the purchasers of it in the deferred shape, & since the unanimous vote that no change [should] be made in the funding system, my imagination will not attempt to set bounds to the daring depravity of the times. The stock-jobbers will become the pretorian band of the Government, at once its tool & its tyrant; bribed by its largesses, & overawing it by clamours & combinations." - President James Madison

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

"Paper money polluted the equity of our laws, turned them into engines of oppression, corrupted the justice of our public administration, destroyed the fortunes of thousands who had confidence in it, enervated the trade, husbandry, and manufactures of our country, and went far to destroy the morality of our people." - Peletiah Webster

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

"In politics, few talents are as richly rewarded as the ability to convince parasites that they are victims. Welfare states on both sides of the Atlantic have discovered that largesse to losers does not reduce their hostility to society, but only increases it. Far from producing gratitude, generosity is seen as an admission of guilt, and the reparations as inadequate compensation for injustices – leading to worsening behavior by the recipients." - Dr. Thomas Sowell

Monday, June 11, 2012

"Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind." - George Orwell

Sunday, June 10, 2012

"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast [them] into the fire, and they are burned.
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full.
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." - John 15:4-13 (KJV)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

"But the mercy of the LORD [is] from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;
To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them." - Psalm 103:17-18 (KJV)

Friday, June 8, 2012

"Our best evidence of what people truly feel and believe comes less from their words than from their deeds." - Robert Cialdini

Thursday, June 7, 2012

"The television, that insidious beast, that Medusa which freezes a billion people to stone every night, staring fixedly, that Siren which called and sang and promised so much and gave, after all, so little." - The Late Ray Bradbury

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

"During the Second World War, the Germans took four years to build the Atlantic Wall. On four beaches it held up the Allies for about an hour; at Omaha it held up the U.S. for less than one day. The Atlantic Wall must therefore be regarded as one of the greatest blunders in military history." - Stephen Ambrose, D-Day, page 577

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

"Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed, will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten." - The character Syme, in 1984 by George Orwell

Monday, June 4, 2012

"Social responsibility is a euphemism for personal irresponsibility." - Dick Armey

Sunday, June 3, 2012

"But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus:
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast." - Ephesians 2:4-9 (KJV)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

"Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
Deliver the poor and needy: rid [them] out of the hand of the wicked.
They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.
I have said, Ye [are] gods; and all of you [are] children of the most High.
But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.
Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations." - Psalm 82:3-8 (KJV)

Friday, June 1, 2012

"In the brief span of my lifetime, we have gone from a nation where kids could order a .22 [caliber rifle] in the mail (with their parents' permission) and go to Sears and buy a kit for casting their own lead toy soldiers to a nation where they are protected from 'dangerous clothing' [with drawstrings] and would be expelled from school for drawing a picture of a toy soldier." - Tamara, Editor of the View From The Porch blog

Thursday, May 31, 2012

"While the majority of Americans are oblivious to the warning signs around them, recent actions taken by our government and the governments of other industrialized nations suggest The Powers That Be know very well where we’re head. They are and have been taking steps for quite some time to prepare for what is coming next...

...When it hits the fan, and things go critical, the recent actions of our government demonstrate that it is only capable of responding in one way – through brute force and tyranny.

Everything they have done in recent years with respect to liberty-restricting legislation, the militarization of our police forces and the expansion of the security industrial complex has been to prepare for the inevitable.

They already know it's coming. They're getting ready for it. You might want to consider doing the same." - Mac Slavo, in his SHTFPlan blog

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

"This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper."
- T.S. Eliot, The Hollow Men

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

"The essence of 'going Galt' in any context is to challenge its ultimate implications by putting them into practice. That is: think through the implications of The System, from its fundamental premises and hypotheses all the way to their furthest stops, and then conduct yourself exactly according to their demands. Consider: Economically, in a System that excoriates creators, producers, and capitalists, it means going almost completely limp: making just enough money to sustain your life, but creating nothing from which others can derive a profit or make further advances. Many men have already chosen this course." - Francis Porretto, in response to an essay by Dr. Helen Smith.

Monday, May 28, 2012

"They are dead; but they live in each Patriot's breast,
And their names are engraven on honor's bright crest." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Sunday, May 27, 2012

"I think it's a bit like coming to the end of a book. The plot's in its thickest, all the characters are in a mess, but you can see that there aren't fifty pages left, and you know that the finish can't be far off." - Herman Wouk, Marjorie Morningstar

Saturday, May 26, 2012

"The horse [is] prepared against the day of battle: but safety [is] of the LORD." - Proverbs 21:31 (KJV)

Friday, May 25, 2012

"Sherif: Is there not one thing in your life that is worth losing everything for?" - Sean Connery as Raisuli, in The Wind and the Lion. (Screenplay by John Milius)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

"Everything should be as simple as it is, but not simpler." - Albert Einstein

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

"In war you will generally find that the enemy has at any time three courses of action open to him. Of those three, he will invariably choose the fourth." - Helmuth Von Moltke

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

"According to the Constitution, the Legislature does not have the right to judge the guilt or innocence of a person, be they a citizen or not. According to the Constitution, the Executive [branch] does not have the right to judge the guilt or innocence of a person, be they a citizen or not. According to the Constitution’s separation of powers, only the Judiciary has the right to determine guilt or innocence. Thus, ultimately, only the Judiciary has the right to revoke or deny a citizen’s ability to travel—and only for serious crimes." - Gonzalo Lira in his April, 2012 essay: You Are Free To Travel—If The IRS Lets You

Monday, May 21, 2012

"If you are unwilling to defend your right to your own lives, then you are merely like mice trying to argue with owls. You think their ways are wrong. They think you are dinner."  - Terry Goodkind in "Naked Empire"

Sunday, May 20, 2012

"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen." - Matthew 28:19-20 (KJV)

Saturday, May 19, 2012

"Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter." - Ecclesiastes 10:20 (KJV)

Friday, May 18, 2012

"When you have zero rates that go on indefinitely, you are inviting future problems." - Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank President Thomas Hoenig, warning that an extended period of ultra-low interest rates can trigger speculation, in a May, 2012 interview.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

"Save some cash, load up with gold and silver, and be patient.  Get ready for a crime wave -- a large segment of the population will do ‘whatever it has to’ in order to obtain food.  Hungry men and women can be desperate and lawless." - Richard Russell, author of the Dow Theory Letter.  

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

"This world is an uncertain realm filled with danger. Honor undermined by the pursuit of power. Freedom sacrificed when the weak are oppressed by the strong. But there are those who oppose these powerful forces; who dedicate their life to truth, honor, and freedom. These men are known as Musketeers". - Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers, serialized March to July, 1844.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

"It is not the goal of the Fed or the politicians to pump up the prices of real economic goods of any description. Since "inflation" is conventionally held to be rising prices of the essential goods which make or break real economies, the prices of these essential goods must be held down by any and all means. And foremost amongst these goods is anything that can or has been used as a medium of exchange in the past. Gold (and to a lesser but still considerable extent, Silver) are the curse of all interventionists. They are the alternative to the command economy and the eternal brake on the accumulation of the political power which those who command the economy lust after." - Bill Buckler, Gold This Week, April 7, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

"My investing model is ABCD: Anything Bernanke Cannot Destroy: flashlight batteries, canned beans, bottled water, gold, a cabin in the mountains." - David Stockman, in a May, 2012 interview

Sunday, May 13, 2012

"Let us speak courteously, deal fairly, and keep ourselves armed and ready." - President Theodore Roosevelt, San Francisco, California , May 13, 1903

Saturday, May 12, 2012

"The CDS [credit default swap] is probably the most important instrument in finance. What [the advent of the] CDS did is lay-off all the risk of highly leveraged institutions - and that's what banks are, highly leveraged - on stable American and international institutions." - Alan Greenspan, former Federal Reserve Chairman, May 2006

Friday, May 11, 2012

"At some point, you have to stop running and turn around and face whoever wants you dead. The hard thing is finding the courage to do it." - Suzanne Collins, in "Catching Fire" (Book Two of the The Hunger Games series)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

"The best things in history are accomplished by people who get tired of being shoved around." - Robert A. Heinlein

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

"There are going to be situations where people are going to go without assistance. That's just the facts of life." - Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

"Apparently, I'm supposed to be more angry about what Mitt Romney does with his money than what Barack Obama does with mine." - David Burge

Monday, May 7, 2012

"Whether we like it or not, we are in an era of colliding crises that will culminate in a transition to a new social and economic system. Humanity always has burdens and troubles—that is the nature of a changeable world interacting with human nature—but there are decades in which little happens and years in which decades happen. We are in just such an era, and we will all be swept along by events that no longer respond to the Status Quo’s financial magic." - Charles Hugh Smith, in his blog Of Two Minds

Sunday, May 6, 2012

"But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
Therefore let us not sleep, as [do] others; but let us watch and be sober.
For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him." - 1Thessalonians 5:1-10 (KJV)

Saturday, May 5, 2012

"Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.

But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream." - Amos 5:23-24 (KJV)

Friday, May 4, 2012

"In addition, inflation should creep higher. Do not be mellowed by the affirmation of a 2% target rate of inflation here in the U.S. or as targeted in six of the G-7 nations. Not suddenly, but over time, gradually higher rates of inflation should be the result of QE policies and zero bound yields that were initiated in late 2008 and which will likely continue for years to come." - Bill Gross, PIMCO Investment Outlook, May, 2012

Thursday, May 3, 2012

"What is the meaning of a gold standard and a redeemable currency?  It represents integrity.  It insures the people’s control over the government’s use of the public purse.  It is the best guarantee against the socialization of a nation.  It enables a people to keep the government and banks in check.  It prevents currency expansion from getting ever farther out of bounds until it becomes worthless.  It tends to force standards of honesty on government and bank officials.  It is the symbol of a free society and an honorable government.  It is a necessary prerequisite to economic health.  It is the first economic bulwark of free men." - Walter E. Spahr, Professor of Economics at New York University

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

"...if liberty is not the first principle of government, it will soon be no principle at all." - Andrew Klavan

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

"A society that puts equality—in the sense of equality of outcome—ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom."  - Milton Friedman

Monday, April 30, 2012

"Again, thank you for inviting me. You have prepared food, so I will not be rude, I will stay and eat. Let’s have one good meal here. Let’s make it a feast. Then I ask you, I plead with you, I beg you all, walk out of here with me, never to come back. It’s the moral and ethical thing to do. Nothing good goes on in this place. Let’s lock the doors and leave the building to the spiders, moths and four-legged rats." - Conclusion of Robert Wenzel's April, 2012 speech delivered at the New York Federal Reserve Bank

Sunday, April 29, 2012

"Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God." - 1 Corinthians 2:12 (KJV)

Saturday, April 28, 2012

"The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their Houses, and Farms, are to be pillaged and destroyed, and they consigned to a State of Wretchedness from which no human efforts will probably deliver them. The fate of unborn Millions will now depend, under God, on the Courage and Conduct of this army-Our cruel and unrelenting Enemy leaves us no choice but a brave resistance, or the most abject submission; that is all we can expect. We have therefore to resolve to conquer or die." - General George Washington to his troops before the Battle of Long Island

Friday, April 27, 2012

"You have to choose between trusting to the natural stability of gold and the natural stability of the honesty and intelligence of the members of the government. And, with due respect to these gentlemen, I advise you to vote for gold." - George Bernard Shaw

Thursday, April 26, 2012

"I believe that liberty is the only genuinely valuable thing that men have invented, at least in the field of government, in a thousand years. I believe that it is better to be free than to be not free, even when the former is dangerous and the latter safe. I believe that the finest qualities of man can flourish only in free air – that progress made under the shadow of the policeman's club is false progress, and of no permanent value. I believe that any man who takes the liberty of another into his keeping is bound to become a tyrant, and that any man who yields up his liberty, in however slight the measure, is bound to become a slave." - H.L. Mencken

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

"A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it."  - G.K. Chesterton

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

"Being prepared turns a crisis into an inconvenience." - Dave Ramsey, financial counselor and syndicated radio show host

Monday, April 23, 2012

"When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes..." - Napoleon Bonaparte

Sunday, April 22, 2012

"Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments." - 1 John 5:1 (KJV)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

"O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou [it] for thy name's sake: for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against thee.
O the hope of Israel, the saviour thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man [that] turneth aside to tarry for a night?
Why shouldest thou be as a man astonied, as a mighty man [that] cannot save? yet thou, O LORD, [art] in the midst of us, and we are called by thy name; leave us not." - Jeremiah 14:7-9 (KJV)

Friday, April 20, 2012

"Depression is Anger without the enthusiasm." - The late Derry Brownfield

Thursday, April 19, 2012

"Vigorous measures at present would soon put an end to this rebellion. The deluded people are made to believe that they are invincible…. When this army is ordered to act against them, they will soon be convinced that they are very insignificant when opposed to regular troops." - Major Thomas Pitcairn, Royal Marines, in a letter from Boston to John Montagu, Lord Sandwich, the Secretary of State, 1775.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

"Don't go to stupid places with stupid people and do stupid things." - Frank Sharpe Jr., firearms trainer and founder of Fortress Defense Consultants LLC

Monday, April 16, 2012

"Paper money has had the effect in your state that it will ever have, to ruin commerce, oppress the honest, and open the door to every species of fraud and injustice." - President George Washington

Sunday, April 15, 2012

"Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today." - Herman Wouk. (He will be turning 97 on May 27, 2012.)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

"At the beginning of the dynasty, taxation yields a large revenue from small assessments. At the end of the dynasty, taxation yields a small revenue from large assessments." - Ibn Khaldun, Maghreb historian (1332-1406)

Friday, April 13, 2012

"...a national revenue must be obtained; but the system must be such a one, that, while it secures the object of revenue it shall not be oppressive to our constituents." - President James Madison

Thursday, April 12, 2012

"[M]y religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. [T]hat is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave."  - General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

"If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude.  Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation.  It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute." - Thomas Paine

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents." - President James Madison

Monday, April 9, 2012

"I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution - taking from the federal government their power of borrowing." - Thomas Jefferson

Sunday, April 8, 2012

"And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all." - Acts 4:33 (KJV)

Saturday, April 7, 2012

"If you are using the generator for 'convenience' then a failure is only an inconvenience. But if using a generator for 'emergency use', then a failure is an emergency." - Clare Snyder

Friday, April 6, 2012

"In the United States neither paper currency nor deposits have value as commodities.  Intrinsically, a dollar bill is just a piece of paper, deposits merely book entries.  Coins do have some intrinsic value as metal, but generally far less than their face value.  What, then, makes these instruments - checks, paper money, and coins - acceptable at face value in payment of all debts and for other monetary uses?  Mainly, it is the confidence people have that they will be able to exchange such money for other financial assets and for real goods and services whenever they choose to do so." - From a paper published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 1961

Thursday, April 5, 2012

"The speed with which end-time related events are breaking is staggering. You were born for such a time as this and you are an intricate part of God's plan for this generation.  See these trying times as a gift from God to you: He trusts you to serve Him at this time." - Jan Markell

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

"If all the bank loans were paid, no one could have a bank deposit, and there would not be a dollar of coin or currency in circulation. This is a staggering thought. We are completely dependent on the commercial banks. Someone has to borrow every dollar we have in circulation, cash, or credit. If the banks create ample synthetic money we are prosperous; if not, we starve. We are absolutely without a permanent money system. When one gets a complete grasp of the picture, the tragic absurdity of our hopeless situation is almost incredible — but there it is." - Robert H.  Hemphill, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

"Experience has shown that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny." - Thomas Jefferson

Monday, April 2, 2012

"The school of experience has no free scholarship". - G. H. Scheidel, born 1897

Sunday, April 1, 2012

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think [of himself] more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
So we, [being] many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another." Romans 12:1-5 (KJV)

Saturday, March 31, 2012

"Blessings [are] upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked." - Proverbs 10:6 (KJV)

Friday, March 30, 2012

"There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation.  One is by the sword. The other is by debt."  - John Adams, 1826

Thursday, March 29, 2012

"It is painfully difficult to decide whether to abandon some of one's core values when they seem to be becoming incompatible with survival.  At what point do we as individuals prefer to die than to compromise and live?  Millions of people in modern time have indeed faced the decision whether, to save their own life, they would be willing to betray friends or relatives, acquiesce in a vile dictatorship, live as virtual slaves, or flee their country.  Nations and societies sometimes have to make similar decisions collectively." - Jared M. Diamond, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, 2005

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

"I am afraid the ordinary citizen will not like that the banks can and do create money.  And they who control the credit of the nation direct the policy of the Governments and hold in the hollow of their hand the destiny of the people." - Reginald McKenna, Chairman of Midland Bank, 1924

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

"Money is the most important subject intellectual persons can investigate and reflect upon.  It is so important that our present civilization may collapse unless it is widely understood and its defects remedied very soon." - Robert H.  Hemphill, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Monday, March 26, 2012

"Nations are not ruined by one act of violence, but gradually and in an almost imperceptible manner, by the depreciation of their circulating currency, through excessive quantity." - Nicolaus Copernicus

Sunday, March 25, 2012

"Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.
Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:
Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, [even] unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.
Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
[It is] a faithful saying: For if we be dead with [him], we shall also live with [him]:
If we suffer, we shall also reign with [him]: if we deny [him], he also will deny us:
If we believe not, [yet] he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
Of these things put [them] in remembrance, charging [them] before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, [but] to the subverting of the hearers.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
But shun profane [and] vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness." - 2 Timothy 2:7-16 (KJV)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

"[[To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.]] In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.
Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me.
For thou [art] my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me.
Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou [art] my strength.
Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.
I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD.
I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities." - Psalm 31:1-7 (KJV)

Friday, March 23, 2012

"In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it." - Robert A. Heinlein

Thursday, March 22, 2012

"When a man hath no freedom to fight for at home,
Let him combat for that of his neighbours;
Let him think of the glories of Greece and of Rome,
And get knocked on the head for his labours.
To do good to Mankind is the chivalrous plan,
And is always as nobly requited;
Then battle for Freedom wherever you can,
And, if not shot or hanged, you'll get knighted." - George Gordon, Lord Byron, November 5, 1820

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival." - C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

"Steel is Strong because it Knows the Hammer and White Heat." - Johnny Cash, These Things Shall Pass

Monday, March 19, 2012

"Sweet liberty,
Sweet liberty is in our hands
It's part of the plan,
Or is it a state of mind?

Horses and men,
Horses and men are on the field,
They didn't yield.
Many have fallen here;

Never forget
Never forget what they have done,
The time will come,
When it will change again.
Never forget!" - Chris De Burgh, from the lyrics to his song "Liberty", from the album The Getaway

Sunday, March 18, 2012

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth;
And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but n