Quote of the Day — Ray Bradbury

“Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage.”

From: Crossderry Blog

Quote of the Day — Peter Drucker

“Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.”

Arnold Ahlert: Who speaks for us?

If there’s one thing the current election cycle has made clear, it’s the reality that millions of Americans feel utterly disenfranchised. Their anger and frustration are driven by the daunting realization that neither political party represents their interests. This despicable status quo begs the simplest question, one every candidate running for elective office in 2016 should be forced to answer: Who speaks for us?

We want to live in a nation where there is a clear understanding of right and wrong, not one dominated by the “anything goes” cultural sewage churned out on a regular basis by Hollywood and the mainstream media. Who speaks for us?

We want to live in a nation that puts Americans first — one with definable, enforceable borders and one where Rule of Law is paramount — not one that gratifies the desires of millions of illegals and their cadre of elitist supporters aiming to fundamentally transform our national character, using cheap votes and cheap labor to do so. Who speaks for us?

We want to live in a nation where we no longer cater to the lowest common denominator of human behavior to accommodate “root causes,” the “soft bigotry of low expectations,” or a multiculturalist mishmash that excuses misogyny, anti-Semitism, and racism under the rubric of “celebrating our differences.” Who speaks for us?

We want to live a nation with an educational system that teaches children how to think, not what to think. A system where ideological indoctrination social promotion, grade inflation, worthless diplomas, “creative” math, and the generalized dumbing-down of vulnerable children is tossed on the ash heap of history. Who speaks for us?

We want to live in a nation where merit and excellence matter, not one where millions of “snowflakes” have been cushioned by trigger warnings, micro-aggressions, speech codes and helicopter parents who believe everyone should get a trophy just for showing up. A nation where the content of one’s character is far more important than the color of one’s skin, one’s gender, one’s sexual orientation, or one’s membership in a particular grievance group. Who speaks for us?

We want to live in a nation where the Constitution is defended for what it actually says, not what some people would like it to mean because a “living” interpretation of the document accommodates their agenda, political correctness or the latest trend. Who speaks for us?

We want to live in a nation where we don’t burden our children and grandchildren with unconscionable levels of debt that will destroy their standard of living, one where able-bodied people are expected to work for a living, and one where the free-market capitalism that rewards ambition, risk-taking and talent isn’t subsumed by a government-controlled crony-capitalist oligarchy that stifles competition and picks winners and losers. Who speaks for us?

We want to live in a nation with the strongest military in the world, not one debased by social engineering. A military that only sends men and women into harm’s way when our national security is threatened, and one that utterly rejects such nonsense as “winning hearts and minds,” restrictive and dangerous Rules of Engagement, and politically correct warfare that elevates concerns for collateral damage above the lives of American soldiers. A military with only one objective in mind when it becomes necessary to put the nation’s blood and treasure at risk: unambiguous victory. Who speaks for us?

We want to live in a nation where states’ rights are once again paramount, where 50 separate constituencies would be given maximum freedom to innovate, to compete, and do anything else to improve the lives of their citizens without the interfering heavy hand of the District of Columbia. A nation where people intuitively understand government operates best from the local level outwards, not the federal level inward. Who speaks for us?

We want to live in a nation where we treat our allies like the friends they are, and our enemies with the suspicion they have earned. A nation where foreign policy is grounded in reality, not faculty-lounge-inspired wishful thinking. A nation that will no longer send foreign aid to people who hate us, based on the dubious assertion we can buy their loyalty and admiration. Who speaks for us?

We want to live in a nation where we celebrate our exceptionalism, not identify only by our shortcomings. Those who insist otherwise should be asked to explain why people all over the world are beating a path to our shores. Who speaks for us?

As the opening of the Constitution states, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…”

“We the people” is us, not a bunch of self-interested politicians and their well connected benefactors. A “more perfect” union is an aspiration. We must not allow our pursuit of that perfection to be the enemy of our goodness. Same goes for establishing justice and insuring domestic tranquility.

As for the next two items, it’s important to note the critical distinction between providing for the commence defense and promoting the general welfare. It is the government’s constitutionally mandated duty to provide protection for the nation. It is not the government’s duty to provide for the peoples’ welfare, but rather to promote the conditions that allow a free people to provide for their own welfare, that of their families and those Americans who are truly in need.

As for the blessings of Liberty, the implication is clear: There is a higher power from which those blessings are secured and it does not emanate from Washington, state legislatures or local governments. As Thomas Jefferson so eloquently explained in the Declaration of Independence, all men are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” There are millions of Americans who cherish that wisdom, even as they still understand it is the ultimate foundation of the greatest nation ever devised by man.

Who speaks for us?

From: Patriot Post

Quote of the Day

“You don’t need to be motivated all the time…just at the right time.”

Thought of the Day — George Pólya

Examine your guess. Your guess may be right, but it is foolish to accept a vivid guess as a proven truth — as primitive people often do. Your guess may be wrong. But it is also foolish to disregard a vivid guess altogether — as pedantic people sometimes do. Guesses of a certain kind deserve to be examined and taken seriously: those which occur to us after we have attentively considered and really understood a problem in which we are genuinely interested. Such guesses usually contain at least a fragment of the truth although, of course, they very seldom show the whole truth. Yet there is a chance to extract the whole truth if we examine such a guess appropriately.

Many a guess has turned out to be wrong but nevertheless useful in leading to a better one.

No idea is really bad, unless we are uncritical. What is really bad is to have no idea at all.

From: Observational Epidemiology

Quote of the Day — John Maynard Keynes

“When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?”

Quote of the Day — Steve Howell

“Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion.”

From: Leica Birding Blog

Quote of the Day — Richard Feynman

“It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong.”

Quote of the Day — Alan Sokol

“If the texts seem incomprehensible, it is for the excellent reason that they mean precisely nothing.”

Quote of the Day — Harry Pearce

“Patience is just procrastination without the anxiety.”

Word Play

  1. One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.
  2. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
  3. If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes?
  4. The main reason that Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.
  5. I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman “where’s the self-help section?” She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.
  6. What if there were no hypothetical questions?
  7. If a deaf child signs swear-words, does his mother wash his hands with soap?
  8. If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?
  9. Is there another word for synonym?
  10. Where do forest rangers go to “get away from it all”?
  11. What do you do when you see an endangered animal eating an endangered plant?
  12. If a parsley farmer is sued, can they garnish his wages?
  13. Would a fly without wings be called a walk?
  14. Why do they lock gas-station bathrooms? Are they afraid someone will break in and clean them?
  15. If a turtle doesn’t have a shell, is he homeless or naked?
  16. Can vegetarians eat animal crackers?
  17. If the police arrest a mute, do they tell him he has the right to remain silent?
  18. Why do they put braille on the drive-through bank machines?
  19. How do they get animals to cross the road only at those yellow road-signs?
  20. What was the best thing before sliced bread?
  21. One nice thing about egotists: they don’t talk about other people.
  22. Does the little mermaid wear an algebra?
  23. How is it possible to have a civil war?
  24. If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest drown too?
  25. If you ate both pasta and antipasto, would you still be hungry?
  26. If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?
  27. Whose cruel idea was it for the word ‘lisp’ to have ‘s’ in it?
  28. Why are hemorrhoids called “hemorrhoids” instead of “assteroids”?
  29. Why is it called tourist season if we can’t shoot at them?
  30. Why is there an expiration date on sour cream?
  31. If you spin an oriental man in a circle three times, does he become disoriented?
  32. Can an atheist get insurance against acts of god?
  33. Why do shops have signs ‘guide dogs only’? The dogs can’t read and their owners are blind.

From: Wicked Thoughts

Quote of the Day — Eliezer Yudkowsky

“Every eighteen months, the minimum IQ necessary to destroy the world drops by one point.”

From: Schneier on Security

Quote of the Day — Bobby Jindal

“Immigration without assimilation is invasion.”

Quote of the Day — Thomas Sowell

“Stupid people can cause problems, but it usually takes brilliant people to create a real catastrophe.”

From: Townhall

Quote of the Day — Mark Steyn

“If a ‘real’ Republican is someone who toes the party line on a suicide mission, why be surprised that voters seek reality elsewhere?”

From: SteynOnline

Quote of the Day — Winston Churchill

“You can always count on Americans to do the right thing — after they’ve tried everything else.”

From: The Patriot Post

Quote of the Day — Ross Kaminsky

“You’re free to discuss this as long as it does not lead to a conclusion other than mine.”

From: The American Spectator

Quote of the Day — H. L. Mencken

“There is always an easy solution to every problem – neat, plausible, and wrong.”

From: Wikiquote

Senior reflections

  1. The biggest lie I tell myself is … “I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.”
  2. Wouldn’t it be great if we could put ourselves in the dryer for ten minutes; come out wrinkle-free and three sizes smaller!
  3. Last year I joined a support group for procrastinators. We haven’t met yet!
  4. I don’t trip over things, I do random gravity checks!
  5. I don’t need anger management. I need people to stop pissing me off!
  6. Old age is coming at a really bad time!
  7. Lord grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the friends to post my bail when I finally snap!
  8. I don’t have gray hair. I have “wisdom highlights.” I’m just very wise.
  9. My people skills are just fine. It’s my tolerance to idiots that needs work.
  10. Teach your daughter how to shoot, because a restraining order is just a piece of paper.
  11. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would’ve put them on my knees.
  12. The kids text me “plz” which is shorter than please. I text back “no” which is shorter than “yes.”
  13. I’m going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I’ll do that second week.
  14. Even duct tape can’t fix stupid … but it can muffle the sound!
  15. Why do I have to press one for English when you’re just gonna transfer me to someone I can’t understand anyway?
  16. Of course I talk to myself, sometimes I need expert advice.
  17. At my age “Getting lucky” means walking into a room and remembering what I came in there for.

From: Wicked Thoughts

Quote of the Day — Jonathan Mead

“Sometimes the easiest way to solve a problem is to stop participating in the problem.”

From: Lifehack