Since May 5, 2001
Professional coastal engineer.
Conservative/libertarian. All I want is for the government to leave me the hell alone. Protect me from others, not myself.
"A society that will trade a little order for a little freedom will lose both, and deserve neither." --Thomas Jefferson
"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
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human liberty; it is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." -- William Pitt
""That (state) which separates its scholars from its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards, and its fighting by fools." --Thucydides
"Of all the tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely 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
"You had the choice between war and dishonour, you chose dishonour and you shall get war." --Winston Churchill
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." -- John Stuart Mill