Since Jan 23, 2003
"My life is an open page, its a wild wind and a long road, tears and smiles and many many miles"
"Democrats are a party that promotes thumb sucking and curling up in a corner while the Party officials stroke your worried brow.
Republicans promote standing alone, and they often leave you out there standing alone.
Conservatives will give you some dinner, beer and a laugh after the work is done."
"At the core of modern liberalism is the spoiled child - miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding, ill-disciplined, despotic and useless. Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats ."
"We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our selection between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat in our drink, in our necessities and comforts, in our labors and in our amusements, for our callings and our creeds...our people.. must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses; and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live.. We have not time to think, no means of calling the mis-managers to account, but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow suffers. Our landholders, too...retaining indeed the title and stewardship of estates called theirs, but held really in trust for the treasury, must...be contented with penury, obscurity and exile.. private fortunes are destroyed by public as well as by private extravagance.
This is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of society is reduced to mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering... And the fore horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in it's train wretchedness and oppression."
Thomas Jefferson on Taxation
"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat."
(THEODORE ROOSEVELT Paris Sorbonne,1910)
Half of this country no longer honors wealth creation, and that half of the country is in charge. For whatever reason: economic illiteracy, class envy, a progressive education which values feelings over logic, thousands upon thousands of movies and TV episodes portraying business as evil, family breakdown which leaves many people seeking the nation as a substitute family and the president as a substitute father, and an increasingly post-Biblical society which looks for an earthly rather than a heavenly king as the source for security and provision in the world. Pick your poison. Maybe its a toxic brew of all of those factors. But for whatever reasons, our nation has left behind the iron laws of human nature upon which was built the greatest engine of prosperity this poor, shivering, starving human race has ever seen.
"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."
--(Samuel Adams, speech at the Philadelphia State House, August 1, 1776)
The progressive agenda lavish social welfare, abortion, secularism, multiculturalismis collectively the real suicide bomb. Take multiculturalism: the great thing about multiculturalism is that it doesnt involve knowing anything about other culturesthe capital of Bhutan, the principal exports of Malawi, who cares? All it requires is feeling good about other cultures. Its fundamentally a fraud, and I would argue was subliminally accepted on that basis.Most adherents to the idea that all cultures are equal dont want to live in anything but an advanced western society: Multiculturalism means your kid has to learn some wretched native dirge for the school holiday concert instead of getting to sing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer or that your holistic masseuse uses techniques developed from Native American spirituality, but not that you or anyone you care about should have to live in an African or Native-American society. Its a quintessential piece of progressive humbug.
The Rusty Ping List:
Califreak;50cal Smokepole;Randy Larsen;RustyHumphries; Checkers; sofaman;Grunthor; 50cal Smokepole; ncpatriot;Jet Jaguar
HAM SWL DX ping list
LurkedLongEnough;AlexW;bikerman;Blue_Spark;bitterohiogunclinger;Sylvester McMonkey McBean;scripter;Bobalu;buccaneer81;camerakid400;catsandmusic;Cindy;clee1;CodeToad;cva66snipe;Database;Dave in Eugene of all places;dragnet2;DYngbld;Erasmus;firewalk;fremont_steve;Fresh Wind;Grammy;halfright;hambran;HillarysMoralVoid;JackOfVA;JDoutrider;JoeFromSidney;JoJo Gunn;JRandomFreeper;Liberal Bob;miele man;Moose4;mwyounce;mylife;NCjim;nnn0jeh;Not now, Not ever!;padre35;reagan_fanatic;RFEngineer;Right Wing Assault;robomatik;SallysConcerns;SERKIT;sidegunner;soundbits;StegallTx;tenpops;The_Media_never_lie;theBuckwheat;tophat9000;Tuxedo;Varmint Al;vigl;VoiceOfBruck;Wilhelm Tell;Wiseghy;re_nortex;loungitude;ELS;aragorn
TexasCowboy Ping list: Eaker; humblegunner; Allegra; eastforker; RikaStrom; thackney; stevie_d_64; Texan64; Xenalyte; Houston Curmudgeon; squantos; pax_et_bonum; NYTexan; Provo280; laurenmarlowe; mylife; trussell; LuvW; ValerieUSA; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; MS.BEHAVIN; Fierce Allegiance; AZAMERICONNIE; BETHBG79; Dashing Dasher; Tijeras_Slim; basil; Richard Kimball; Lurker; CindyDawg; phantomworker; TXBSAFH; El Gato; PetroniDE; Deguello; Deaf Smith; TEXASPROUD; SuzyQue; King Prout; TexasRepublic; SpinnerWebb; patton; HAP; Bacon Man; sam_paine; feinswinesuksass; Gracey; Froufrou; TwfromTexas; AnnaZ; TheBatLady; cpdiii; SandRat; HiJinx; EGPWS; chesty_puller; DollyCali; SwinneySwitch; Dog Gone; i_dont_chat; Liberal Classic; Bigun; Alamo-Girl; admiralsn; TejasRose; SouthTexas; dandelion; ForGod'sSake; RebelTex; Aggie Mama; Billie; Liberty Valance; Shooter 2.5; TXBubba; hocndoc; DallasSun; Txsleuth; philman_36; Centurion2000; Osage Orange; 5Madman2; HungarianGypsy; SheLion; 383rr; PGalt; Gondring; Charles Martel; redwhiteblue; DoughtyOne; TigersEye;fawnn;JustaDumbBlonde;mnehrling;waterhill;Envisioning;wgflyer;professional engineer;Just another Joe;wneighbor;Geronl;MeekoneGOP;alfa6;themom;Jackalope Hunter
Gun Talk Ping List: MaxMax;50calsmokepole;RandyLarsen;lolhelp;waterhill;Clint N. Suhks;envisioning;AZ .44 MAG;LasVegasMac;Titan Magroyne;TASMANIANRED;Springman;umgud;professional engineer;fretzer;Ladysmith;Squantos;TMSuchman;ronnied;OKSooner;Gator113;SZonian; Lou L;PROCON;davetex; QualityMan;Errant;Towed_Jumper;Eastbound;Sylvester McMonkey McBean;Nervous Tick;Pusterfuss;2111USMC;MountainDad;The Cajun;MsBehavin;Unrepentant VN Vet;JDoutrider;GGpaX4DumpedTea;xrmusn;carriage_hill;USAFJeeper;humblegunner;sasquatch;BuckeyeTexan;MV=PY; bayareablues;meyer