Friday, October 13, 2006
-George Santayana, The Life of Reason, Volume 1, 1905
Monday, October 09, 2006
Sunday, October 08, 2006
"But I fear that enthusiasm for my subject has made me long-winded. It was difficult however to leave so vast and splendid a theme unfinished, although not my business to be a speaker so much as a listener."
De Natura Deorum
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Book I, sections 8 through 20
Administration and the Congress passed a series of draconian new laws
that greatly restricted Americans' civil liberties. The Baltimore
journalist, H. L. Mencken, wrote: "Holes began to punched in the Bill
Rights, and new laws of strange and often fantastic shape began to slip
through them. . . . The espionage act enlarged the holes to great
fissures. Citizens began to be pursued into their houses, arrested
without warrants, and jailed without any form of trial. The ancient
of habeas corpus was suspended: the Bill of Rights was boldly thrown
overboard." Mencken also noted the way it was done. It was the
tactic of politicians, he wrote, "to invade the Constitution
and then wait to see what happens. If nothing happens they go on more
boldly; if there is a protest they reply hotly that the Constitution is
worn out and absurd, and that progress is impossible under the dead
hand. This is the time to watch them especially."
Saturday, October 07, 2006
thankful for. As for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican."
--H. L. Mencken ...
Thursday, October 05, 2006
A police officer pulled over a priest who had been driving erratically.
"What's that in your thermos, Father?" the officer asked.
"It's only water," the priest replied.
The officer opened the thermos and sniffed. "It smells like wine to me," he said.
The priest looked up at the sky and said "Lord, you've done it again!"
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Thinking for Yourself- Arthur Schopenhauer
Monday, October 02, 2006
-- Edmund Burke