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#1 KoWT

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Posted 04 April 2003 - 04:04 PM

One of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the great struggle for independence.
--Charles A. Beard

Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have... a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean the characters and conduct of their rulers.
--John Adams

Be not intimidated... nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice.
--John Adams

If men, through fear, fraud, or mistake, should in terms renounce or give up any natural right, the eternal law of reason and the grand end of society would absolutely vacate such renunciation. The right to freedom being the gift of Almighty God, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave.
--Samuel Adams

A general dissolution of the principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy.... While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.... If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslaved. This will be their great security.
--Samuel Adams

A power has risen up in the government greater than the people themselves, consisting of many and various powerful interests, combined in one mass, and held together by the cohesive power of the vast surplus in banks.
--John C. Calhoun

The Republic was not established by cowards; and cowards will not preserve it ... This will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.
--Elmer Davis

Man exists for his own sake and not to add a laborer to the State.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you.
--Benjamin Franklin

Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.
--Benjamin Franklin

A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.
--Barry Goldwater

In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. ... This is the shabby secret of the welfare statists' tirades against gold. Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth. Gold stands in the way of this insidious process. It stands as a protector of property rights. If one grasps this, one has no difficulty in understanding the statists' antagonism toward the gold standard.
--Alan Greenspan

The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it.
--John Hay

Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy among free men.
--Herbert Hoover

I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot.
--Robert G. Ingersoll

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

To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
--Thomas Jefferson

If we make peaceful revolution impossible, we make violent revolution inevitiable.
--John F. Kennedy

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
--John F. Kennedy

People hardly ever make use of the freedom they have, for example, freedom of thought; instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
--Soren Kierkegaard

Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grand-children are once more slaves.
--D. H. Lawrence

Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step over the ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! -- All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a Thousand years. At what point, then, is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.
--Abraham Lincoln

The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one's country deep enough to call her to a higher standard.
--George McGovern

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
--H. L. Mencken

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license.
--John Milton

Discipline must come through liberty... We do not consider an individual disciplined when he has been rendered as artificially silent as a mute and as immovable as a paralytic. He is an individual annihilated, not disciplined.
--Maria Montessori

We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason if we remember that we are not descended from fearful men, not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes which were, for the moment, unpopular.
--Edward R. Murrow

Then what is freedom? It is the will to be responsible to ourselves.
--Friedrich Nietzsche

The voice of protest, of warning, of appeal is never more needed than when the clamor of fife and drum, echoed by the press and too often by the pulpit, is bidding all men fall in and keep step and obey in silence the tyrannous word of command. Then, more than ever, it is the duty of the good citizen not to be silent.
--Charles Eliot Norton

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
--George Orwell

"Freedom is not empowerment. Empowerment is what the Serbs (had) in Bosnia. Anybody can grab a gun and be empowered. It's not entitlement. An entitlement is what people on welfare get, and how free are they? It's not an endlessly expanding list of rights--the 'right' to education, the 'right' to health care, the 'right' to food and housing. That's not freedom, that's dependency. Those aren't rights, those are the rations of slavery--hay and a barn for human cattle. There's only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences."
--P.J. O'Rourke

He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.
--Thomas Paine

No free people can lose their liberties while they are jealous of liberty. But the liberties of the freest people are in danger when they set up symbols of liberty as fetishes, worshipping the symbol instead of the principle it represents.
--Wendell Phillips

Our natural, inalienable rights are now considered to be a dispensation from government, and freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp as it is at this moment.
--Ronald Reagan

One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.
--Thomas B. Reed

If you want to be free, there is but one way; it is to guarantee an equally full measure of liberty to all your neighbors. There is no other.
--Carl Schurz

If you do not say a thing in an irritating way, you may as well not say it at all because people will not trouble themselves about anything that does not trouble them.
--George Bernard Shaw

In our country, the lie has become not just a moral category but a pillar of the State.
--Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Government is like fire. If it is kept within bounds and under the control of the people, it contributes to the welfare of all. But if it gets out of place, if it gets too big and out of control, it destroys the happiness and even the lives of the people.
--Harold E. Stassen

Constitutions are checks upon the hasty action of the majority. They are the self-imposed restraints of a whole people upon a majority of them to secure sober action and a respect for the rights of the minority.
--William Taft

If you see a man approaching you with the obvious intent of doing you good, you should run for your life.
--Henry David Thoreau


Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it.
--Mark Twain

The safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.
--Voltaire

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

Many people never grow up. They stay all their lives with a passionate need for external authority and guidance, pretending not to trust their own judgment.
--Alan Watts

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

Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it.
--Malcolm X

If your children ever find out how lame you really are, they'll murder you in your sleep.
--Frank Zappa
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#2 uglybastard

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Posted 04 April 2003 - 04:42 PM

You want to read something scary. Imagine if this were directed at you!

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When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. --Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain [George III] is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
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Posted 04 April 2003 - 05:30 PM

The zionist occupation government in Washington DC classifies people who believe in the constitution of the USA as *dangerous radicals*!
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Posted 04 April 2003 - 11:00 PM

It sucks to be King when the subjects ain't hip.
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Posted 06 April 2003 - 03:57 PM

For them that must obey authority
That they do not respect in any degree
Who despise their jobs, their destinies
Speak jealously of them that are free
Cultivate their flowers to be
Nothing more than something
They invest in.

While some on principles baptized
To strict party platform ties
Social clubs in drag disguise
Outsiders they can freely criticize
Tell nothing except who to idolize
And then say God bless him.

While one who sings with his tongue on fire
Gargles in the rat race choir
Bent out of shape from society's pliers
Cares not to come up any higher
But rather get you down in the hole
That he's in.

--Bob Dylan
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Posted 06 April 2003 - 04:12 PM

Capitalism is the unequal distribution of wealth, socialism is the equal distribution of poverty. - Unknown.

Give a man a fish, you feed them for a day, teach a man to fish, you feed him forever. - Chinese proverb.

Liberalism is the firm belief that everyone knows what's good for you, but you. - McRat

Walk softly, and carry a big stick. - Teddy Roosevelt

Better to live as a lion for a day, than a sheep for a lifetime. - McRat

There is no second place trophy in a gunfight. - McRat

In order for evil to prevail, it is only necessary for good men to do nothing. - I forget.
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#7 KoWT

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Posted 07 April 2003 - 05:41 PM

No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.
---P. J. O'Rourke
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Posted 17 April 2003 - 12:35 AM

It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder.
--Frederic Bastiat
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Posted 17 April 2003 - 01:01 AM

<<No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.
---P. J. O'Rourke>>

And we should start it with corrupt politicians, who are not only drunk and on drugs, but are stupid, ignorance, greedy and in love of power most of the time.
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Posted 03 May 2003 - 08:13 PM

Liberty is the prevention of control by others. This requires self-control and, therefore, religious and spiritual influences; education, knowledge, well-being.
--Lord Acton
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Posted 03 May 2003 - 08:19 PM

If it truly is your birthday, koWT, Happy Birthday.
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#12 KoWT

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Posted 03 May 2003 - 08:26 PM

Sorry, but it's a sham.

Being the subversive bastard that I am, I actually change my birthday daily, just for the narcissistic rush of seeing my name in lights.

:D

But thanks for the sentiment all the same...
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Posted 03 May 2003 - 08:32 PM

Beats being born on Feb 29 :)
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Posted 03 May 2003 - 08:32 PM

>>Better to live as a lion for a day, than a sheep for a lifetime. - McRat

This from a guy who lives in a reservation?
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Posted 28 May 2003 - 06:29 PM

The Law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich, as well as the poor, to sleep under the bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
--Anatole France

:D
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Posted 28 May 2003 - 07:25 PM

azov cheers this post? did you read these, azov?

To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
--Thomas Jefferson


A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.
--Barry Goldwater


"Freedom is not empowerment. Empowerment is what the Serbs (had) in Bosnia. Anybody can grab a gun and be empowered. It's not entitlement. An entitlement is what people on welfare get, and how free are they? It's not an endlessly expanding list of rights--the 'right' to education, the 'right' to health care, the 'right' to food and housing. That's not freedom, that's dependency. Those aren't rights, those are the rations of slavery--hay and a barn for human cattle. There's only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences."
--P.J. O'Rourke
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#17 KoWT

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Posted 09 April 2005 - 05:06 PM

bumps the quotes
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Posted 09 April 2005 - 05:57 PM

I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours.
Hunter S. Thompson

No poor bastard ever won a war by dying for his country, he won it by making other bastards die for their country.

George S. Patton
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Posted 09 April 2005 - 06:00 PM

mr prsdnt!

know anything about Leon Redbone and busrides?
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Posted 09 April 2005 - 07:20 PM

When the Twins won the 1991 World Series, I won a friend

guy from Georgia

goes by the name of "Red"

on accounta he's a redbone

he sure as shit ain't no melungeon

ask him, he'll tell you, in no uncertain terms

:D
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