Smokin' Joe
Since Apr 23, 1999

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I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.

Thomas Jefferson

The greatest challenge facing mankind is the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda.

~ Michael Crichton

At no point in history has any government ever wanted its people to be defenseless for any good reason ~ nully's son

"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 themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will 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 only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therfore, to resolve to conquer or die.” - Address to the Continental Army before the battle of Long Island (August 27, 1776)

George Washington


“If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your consul, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget ye were our countrymen.”

— Samuel Adams


A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.

But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.

He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared.

-- Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would 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." CS Lewis


“Political correctness is not really about sensitivity and courtesy, which require mutual respect. Rather, political correctness entails intolerance for some prejudices but impunity for others.” —James Taranto

"The rifle is a weapon. Let there be no mistake about that. It is a tool of power, and thus dependent completely upon the moral stature of its user. It is equally useful in securing meat for the table, destroying group enemies on the battlefield, and resisting tyranny. In fact, it is the only means of resisting tyranny, since a citizenry armed with rifles simply cannot be tyrannized.

The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles."

(the late) Colonel Jeff Cooper


"The strength of America resides in our faith in God and our faith in freedom, including our economic freedom. To have the freedom to succeed, we must also have the freedom to fail and any solution to the present crisis must preserve that essential economic liberty."

Mike Pence, 9/24/2008, in the House Of Representatives, referring to the need to consider options before bailing out financial institutions.

Blessed Lord Jesus, Thank You for EVERYTHING!

"Each American must decide whether fear of other candidates and pragmatism are more important issues than those principles which are clearly defined by Divine revelation and proven over time to be paramount--the hour grows late..." FReeper WalterSkinner

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1789848/posts?page=22#22

"When normally non-violent men feel compelled to apply extrajudicial justice, it is an excruciating deliberation. They are fully aware that no system will protect them and that one day they will stand naked before their maker and have to justify their actions. No jury will deliberate harder or face the moral questions more squarely than moral men who have chosen an avenue of questionable morality out of necessity."

FReeper MARTIAL MONK http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1839079/posts?page=30#30 quoted with permission.

"A real man stands among equals, carries those who are weaker, and kneels before God.

Everything else is just details."

FReeper Pan_Yan, stolen from here

"My 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. That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave." --Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson


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"There are countless horrible things happening all over the country, and horrible people prospering, but we must never allow them to disturb our equanimity or deflect us from our sacred duty to sabotage and annoy them whenever possible."

Auberon Waugh

"Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm — but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves."

T.S. Elliot

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"There is no greater incentive to acquire a practical education than the arduous performance of labor-intensive tasks in one's youth. I came to the conclusion while baling hay, cutting tobacco, and building seawalls and piers, that my academic studies were the means, should any exist, to not spend the rest of my life doing hard, dirty work.

That isn't elitist, nor snobbery--I still like doing hard, dirty, work--but I could see the physical toll such had taken on those older men with whom I worked, and it didn't take long to realize the guys who sweated least on any given job seemed to make the most money."

--Smokin' Joe