Sunday, February 11, 2018


I joined the Navy when I was seventeen. A recruiter told me the two most important things were paying attention to detail and being where you were supposed to be when you were supposed to be there. We called it CYA - "Cover Your Ass". In life, as well as the military, it can be a costly lesson to learn. The Navy didn't teach me to be responsible. It taught me to be accountable.

A sense of responsibility comes from within when the things that you are accountable for become important when no one is watching and before they become consequences. It requires maturity, awareness, and self-honesty. Blaming others for your failures and lack of success only serves to continue the cycle.

Drama doesn't just walk into your life out of nowhere. You either create it, invite it, or associate with people who bring it. Choose wisely.

Today there is a phrase "Adulting". It's appearing to be adultlike when others are watching; paying attention to details and being where you are supposed to be, when you are supposed to be. It is not synonymous with being an adult. It is a fragile, crappy, dangerous illusion.

If you value rules and stability above all else then you have stopped living. Helen Keller said, "Life is a daring adventure or it is nothing at all." We can have positive adventures when we take care of our needs and responsibilities first. Otherwise, our adventures will tend to be far less positive and have potentially dire, life-altering consequences.

Grace Slick said, "It's better to ask for forgiveness than to ask
for permission." Yes, sometimes you just have to go balls out and live a little, but if you live by that ask for forgiveness mentality you will alienate the people who would otherwise be there for you and make sacrifices for you because they value your well being and future.

Don't be a sheeple or a child. Be an adult. Take responsibility for your choices and actions. Take at least a passing glance before you leap. Remember that what you do has a ripple effect. The human brain keeps growing until we are twenty-five. After that, if you're not an adult yet, all you have are sorry excuses. Quit thinking you are entitled to things that you haven't earned yourself.

Take care of the little things and the big things will take care of themselves. Remember, a man (or woman) is only as good as his (or her) word. Let your word be your bond. Strive always to live a life of probity; integrity and uprightness.

Grow up. Be a real adult. Keep your word even when no one seems to be watching. Be Loyal. Be your own person.

Be the person your dog thinks you are.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Lessons In Law Enforcement

Once upon a time, I was a police officer.
Here are a few of the things that I learned.

Lessons in Law Enforcement 

1 • Beware of even the appearance of impropriety

2 • Ask them, tell them, make them

3 • People treat you the way you teach them to

4 • Give them the ticket or the lecture; not both 

5 • There are three sides to every story;
His side, her side, and the truth
which usually lies somewhere in between

6 • There is a gun at every call; yours 

7 • Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to
kill everybody you meet - James Mattis

8 • Stay fit 

9 • Train often

10 • Live your life as if everything you did
would someday be known

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Monday, September 25, 2017

It's Called "Work" For A Reason

Each NFL team is a franchise. The teams have rules they have to abide by, as do the players. The games aren't a sport first, they are a business and a workplace.

You don't get free speech at any job. You represent the company and its interests or you quit or get fired. It's common sense, a good work ethic, and called being an adult.

It is the League's job to police the teams and the teams' to police their players and employees. The league should suspend any team's franchise that blatantly allows its employees to jeopardize its wellbeing, if not its very existence. It reasonably follows that those players who attempt to deliberately hijack their workplace should be fired, banned from playing, and possibly have to buy out their contracts.
There will always be things worth protesting. There will also always be appropriate places to do so.
Should an ethical vegan be allowed to work the register at McDonald's and expect to be permitted to wear a "Meat Is Murder!" pin on their uniform while working and keep their job? Of course not!
The National Football League needs to quit negotiating with PC terrorists, stay out of politics, and run like a business.
Last but not least, as an autonomous adult and a veteran, nobody gets to tell me when to be offended or who I have to boycott. If we'd all start thinking for ourselves, we wouldn't be such easy tools.
It should be pointed out to owners, players, coaches, and other team and league employees that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country.
American sports have a huge history for being a platform for racial equality. These protests dishonor that by once again making everything about race.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Meek Shall Inherit Shit

As I watched the news report on the latest school shooting, this one outside of Spokane, Washington with the shooter being a sophomore
, I contemplated the death of the warrior culture as we know it in America. I blame these school shootings on rampant political correctness much more than on the supposed gun culture.

As a former police officer, sailor, and soldier, I know a little about the warrior mindset. Its crucial values are honesty, courage, loyalty, character, probity, accountability, tenacity, preparedness, awareness, training, adaptability, brotherhood, and love. No one fights for anything that they don't love, even if it's fighting for money, status, or power. If you haven't already, watch the movie Hacksaw Ridge with your children. The protagonist is the epitome of a warrior and a hero. There are times when violence is the answer, but if you hide behind a gun thinking it will make you a man, you are sadly mistaken.

Our motivation is either to move towards things or away from them. Our children are left directionless and floundering in luxury, often, even among our poor compared to much of the world. Developing character (morals), strong work ethics, and useful skills seems to have fallen by the wayside as rabid consumerism skyrockets.

America's testosterone riddled youth have substituted guns, violence, and video games for manhood after being repeatedly castrated by effeminate progressives who continually create single family homes and homes where both parents work. They are taught that defending themselves is wrong, yet bullies are too often just misunderstood. Brutal pieces of shit who have no respect for life or anything in it are killed by law enforcement during the commission of violent crimes and they are the victims. It's all about race and their families are awarded millions of dollars in damages.

What many Liberals, in their entitled delusions, fail to understand is that they are a protected class, but the people who protect them are not property or servants to be scorned or chastised, but volunteers. If those people, our military and law enforcement, decided it wasn't worth it, most liberals would discover true justice by being devoured by tyranny, violent criminals, and meanies everywhere. They, as a class, would be consumed from within, like a snake eating its own tail.

Until we warriors take responsibility (we are sheepdogs, not sheeple) for our flocks and ruthlessly and consistently, with the fury of a syphilitic banshee, expound upon the pure evil and insanity of political correctness and educate people on the realities that surround us, we may as well hand our way of life and our testicles over to those who would be clueless what to do with them.

Let's take a moment to think about cause and effect and mercy, grace, and justice. Mercy is not getting punished. Grace is receiving something positive that you did not earn or deserve. Justice is getting exactly what you deserve, both good and bad; aka reaping what you sow. How long would an emasculated, gender neutral, fearful, and no longer protected society be able to sustain itself from its safe spaces amid pious bibliophiles and pseudo-intellectuals with no real life experience? Justice would destroy them and everyone within their proximity.

We don't get do overs in real life. It's either start over from scratch, learn the lesson and move on to the next one, or game over. What'll it be, folks?

R.I.P., Sam Strahan. Your watch is over.

For those of you wondering, I do not hate liberals, I just believe most have been deceived and are seriously misguided. I have many wonderful and big-hearted liberal friends. I have a strong libertarian bent and tend to be socially liberal while usually being fiscally conservative.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Some of My Favorite Quotes

The great thing about quotes is that they give you a taste of someone's thinking without committing to dinner and a movie. 

These are some of my favorites as well as some of my thoughts, quips, aphorisms, reflections, insights, and delusions. (Updated 03/11/18)

Some of My Favorite Quotes in No Particular Order

Cogito Ergo Periculosus - I Think, Therefore, I am Dangerous

"Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the Government take care of him; better take a closer look at the American Indian." - Henry Ford

"It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government." —Thomas Paine

"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all." - Helen Keller

"Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth." - Sherlock Holmes (by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool." - Richard Fynman

"Black holes are where God divided by zero." - Steven Wright

"Progressives have no idea what libertarianism is. They’ve created a voodoo doll caricature of it, and they hate that doll." - Dave Hitt

"I've had a wonderful time, but this wasn't it." - Groucho Marx

“You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

"A heretic is a man who sees with his own eyes." - Gotthold Ephraim Lessing 

"When you least expect it, someone may actually listen to what you have to say." - Maggie Kuhn  

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!” ― Hunter S. Thompson, The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967

"Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one." - John Lennon

"We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was 'legal' and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was 'illegal.'" - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Faith isn't an act of intelligence, it's an act of imagination.” -  Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal 

"The defining factor (to success) is never resources, it's resourcefulness.” – Anthony Robbins

"For those that will fight for it...FREEDOM...has a flavor the protected shall never know." - L/Cpl Edwin L. "Tim" Craft, 1968 Khe Sanh Combat Base 

“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them” - Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island

"Stand before the people you fear and speak your mind - even if your voice shakes." - Maggie Kuhn 

"The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men." - Samuel Adams

"Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings." - Salvador Dali

“It's now very common to hear people say, 'I'm rather offended by that.' As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more... than a whine. 'I find that offensive.' It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that.' Well, so fucking what.” - Stephen Fry

"I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence." - Frederick Douglass

"I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do." - Robert A. Heinlein

"We must work together as brothers or perish together as fools." - Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." - Thomas Jefferson

“If the words 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness' don't include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn't worth the hemp it was written on.” - Terence McKenna

"I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things."  Isaiah 45:7 (King James Version)

“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. - George Santayana 

"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?" - Epicurus [341–270 B.C.]

"I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation." —George Bernard Shaw

"I do not discuss my being a heretic, not for fear of my beliefs, but from fear of yours." - Hijikata

"Prejudice: A vagrant opinion, living without visible means of support." - Ambrose Bierce

"Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death." - Anais Nin

"I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know this, and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don't even invite me." —Dave Barry

“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”  - Thomas Jefferson

"He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason." —Cicero

"Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens." - Kahlil Gibran

"The more you read about us, the more you're going to be persuaded that the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the true creator and that FSMism is the Best. Religion. Ever. Go ahead, try us for 30 days. If you don't like us, your old religion will most likely take you back. Unless it's the Jains, whose feelings are easily hurt." - Bobby Henderson

"The clergy, by getting themselves established by law and ingrafted into the machine of government, have been a very formidable engine against the civil and religious rights of man."- Thomas Jefferson

"Faith is believing what you know ain't so." - Mark Twain

"Religion is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions." - Albert Einstein

"Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are faeries at the bottom of it too?" - Douglas Adams

"I am against Religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world." - Richard Dawkins

"A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything." - Malcolm X

"Making fun of born-again Christians is like hunting dairy cows with a high powered rifle and scope." - P.J. O'Rourke

"Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation." —Oscar Wilde

“Is man merely a mistake of God's, or God merely a mistake of man's?” -Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

"The future belongs to those who prepare for it." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Honesty may be the best policy, but it's important to remember that apparently, by elimination, dishonesty is the second-best policy." —George Carlin

The Crucifixion Explained: God was sacrificed by God to God to save God's Children from God.

"To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the need for thought." - Henri Poincaré 

"To know that you do not know is the best. To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease." —Lao-tzu

"Know what I hate? When the zip-close part of the plastic bag tears away from the bag, so it won't zip closed. And humanity." - Christopher Moore

"In religion and politics, people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second hand, and without examination." —Mark Twain

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”  -  Dr. Seuss

"Lord loves a workin' man; don't trust whitey; see a doctor and get rid of it." - Navin R. Johnson, The Jerk

"Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have." - Ronald Reagan

“Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take.” - Anthony Robbins

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first." - Mark Twain

“I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.” - Stephen Roberts

"Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that." —George Carlin

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” - Thomas Jefferson

"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

"Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of life's longing for itself. They come through you, but not from you.
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may house their bodies, but not souls.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

The Archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness; for even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable." - Kahil Gibran, The Prophet

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."  - Bertrand Russell

"The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of the government by an individual, by a group or any controlling private power."  - Franklin D. Roosevelt

"The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum. . . That gives people the sense that there's free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate." - Noam Chomsky

"True friends stab you in the front." - Oscar Wilde

"Religion is fundamentally opposed to everything I hold in veneration - courage, clear thinking, honesty, fairness, and above all, love of the truth."  - H.L. Mencken

"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. - Voltaire

“There is not enough love and goodness in the world to permit giving any of it away to imaginary beings.” -  Friedrich Nietzsche

Cogito ergo armatum sum (I think, therefore I am armed).

"Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience." - Mark Twain

"The very existence of flamethrowers proves that sometime, somewhere, someone said to themselves, “You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.” - George Carlin

"Our expensive welfare state is fueled by the destructive notion that 'greed' is when you want to keep your own money but 'compassion' is when you want to take somebody else's." – Lawrence Reed

"I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."  - Voltaire

"The Constitution sometimes protects the buffoonery of a few in order to protect the freedom of us all." - Judge Andrew Napolitano

Success - "To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." - Misattributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I noticed that all the prayers I used to offer to God, and all the prayers I now offer to Joe Pesci, are being answered at about the same fifty percent rate. Half the time I get what I want, half the time I don't...Same as the four-leaf clover and the horseshoe...same as the voodoo lady who tells you your fortune by squeezing the goat's testicles. It's all the just pick your superstition, sit back, make a wish, and enjoy yourself...” -  George Carlin

“Most young women do not welcome promiscuous advances. (Either that, or my luck's terrible.)” - Groucho Marx, Memoirs Of A Mangy Lover

"Atheism may be defined as the mental attitude which unreservedly accepts the supremacy of reason and aims at establishing a life-style and ethical outlook verifiable by experience and scientific method, independent of all arbitrary assumptions of authority and creeds."

"To argue with a person that has renounced the use of reason is like administering medication to the dead." - Thomas Paine.

"That's what." - She

"For one dollar, I'll guess your weight, your height, or your sex." - Navin R. Johnson, The Jerk

"An idea whose time has come cannot be stopped by any army or government." - Dr. Ron Paul

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” - Mahatma Gandhi

"Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end" - R. J. Wiedemann, Lt. Col., USMC Ret.

"We've gone from a country whose population instinctively knew there was no free lunch to one whose population has convinced itself that the consumption of free lunches is a revenue generating activity." - author unknown

"The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; Men alone are quite capable of every wickedness." - Joseph Conrad

"Whats the point of living on the edge if you don't lean over a little?" from One Rough Man by Brad Taylor.

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer Let him step to the music he hears however measured or far away." - Waldon, Henry David Thoreau

“Luck is a word the bitter teach to the ignorant.” - Steve Maraboli

"Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who did not." - Thomas Jefferson

"Moral indignation: Jealousy with a halo." - H. G. WELLS

"Μολὼν Λαβέ" (molṑn labé) - King Leonidas I

“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful." - Seneca the younger

"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." - Plato

"Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are." - John Wooden

"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life." - Robert Heinlein

"Give a man a fire and he'll be warm for a night. Set a man on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life." - Terry Pratchett.

"Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes." - Abraham Lincoln

" The problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples' money." - Margaret Thatcher

"A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle." - George William Curtis

"Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet." - Maj. Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis

"Argue your limitations and they are yours." - Anthony Robbins

"Truly understanding that we are masters of our own world by where we put our attention, thought, and feeling is the essence of personal responsibility." - Cody Lundin

"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." - Winston Churchill

"There ain't no such thing as a free lunch. (TANSTAAFL)" Robert A. Heinlein

'If a person offends you, do not resort to extremes, simply watch for your chance and hit him with a brick.' - Mark Twain

"Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear" - Thomas Jefferson

“Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting a bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian” - Dennis Wholey

"Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be. But a great artist-a master-and that is what Auguste Rodin was-can look at an old woman, portray her exactly as she is...and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be...and more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo, or even you, see that this lovely young girl is still alive, not old and ugly at all, but simply imprisoned inside her ruined body. He can make you feel the quiet, endless tragedy that there was never a girl born who ever grew older than eighteen in her matter what the merciless hours have done to her. Look at her, Ben. Growing old doesn't matter to you and me; we were never meant to be admired-but it does to them." — Robert A. Heinlein

"Adversity doesn't build character, it reveals it." - author unknown

“Love is a temporary madness; it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of eternal passion. That is just being in love, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.” - Louis de Bernieres

“Genius without education is like silver in the mine.” - Benjamin Franklin

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.” - Mark Twain, 1904 notebook

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on."--Robert Frost

"Political correctness is tyranny with manners." - Charlton Heston

"Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for." -Bob Marley

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." - Albert Einstein

" Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those that matter don't mind " - Dr. Seuss

During his defense when on trial for his life, Socrates, according to Plato's writings, pointed out that dissent, like the tiny (relative to the size of a horse) gadfly, was easy to swat, but the cost to society of silencing individuals who were irritating could be very high. "If you kill a man like me, you will injure yourselves more than you will injure me," because his role was that of a gadfly, "to sting people and whip them into a fury, all in the service of truth."

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." - Philip K. Dick

"I believe." he thought. "I have faith." 
"Faith in what?" he asked himself, adrift in limbo. 
"Faith in faith." he answered himself. "It isn't necessary to have something to believe in. It's only necessary to believe that somewhere there's something worthy of belief." (Gully Foyle: The Stars My Destination) - Alfred Bester

"Absence of proof isn't proof of absence." - Robert Buettner

“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance - that principle is contempt prior to investigation.” - William Paley (often misattributed to Herbert Spencer)

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."  - Robert A. Heinlein

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." - Will Rogers 

"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

"You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd and primitive stories, and you say that we are the ones that need help?" - Dan Barker, Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist

"God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh." - Voltaire

"Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. I am not afraid." - Marcus Aurelius

“People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"You can't convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it's based on a deep seated need to believe." - Carl Sagan

"It is easier to ask forgiveness than to get permission." - Grace Hopper

"I cannot help but notice that there is no problem between us that cannot be solved by your departure." - Mark Twain

"The most preposterous notion that Homo sapiens has ever dreamed up is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive this flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history." - Robert A. Heinlein

"By all means marry. If you get a good wife you will become happy, and if you get a bad one you will become a philosopher." - Socrates

"Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there. Theologians can persuade themselves of anything." - Robert A. Heinlein

"For those who believe, no explanation is necessary; for those who do not believe, no explanation will suffice." - Joseph Dunninger, Mentalist

"Opportunities multiply as they are seized." - Lao Tzu

"Our pasta, who art in a colander, draining be your noodles. Thy noodle come, Thy sauce be yum, on top some grated Parmesan. Give us this day our garlic bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trample on our lawns. And lead us not into vegetarianism, but deliver us some pizza, for thine is the meatball, the noodle, and the sauce, forever and ever. RAmen." -The FSM Holy Prayer

"When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty!" - Thomas Jefferson

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving." - Albert Einstein

"Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief, and jealousy. Don't bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!" - Bob Marley

"No generalization is worth a damn, including this one." - Author unknown

Just a karmic reminder to play nice: "Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate." - Thomas Jones

"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is." - Jan L.A. van de Snepscheut

"I always have a quotation for everything - it saves original thinking." - Dorothy L. Sayers

"I'm not crazy. My mother had me tested." - Dr. Sheldon Cooper

"In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends."
— John Churton Collins

Many times opportunity is not recognized because it dresses up in work clothes - Henry Ford

"Think of and look at your work as though it were done by your enemy. If you look at it to admire it, you are lost." - Samuel Butler

"We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart." ~H. L. Mencken

"Why should I allow that same God to tell me how to raise my kids, who had to drown His own?"- Robert G. Ingersoll

"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumoured by many. Do not believe in anything because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find anything that agrees with reason and is conductive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it." - Siddhartha Gautama (The Buddha)

"Don't you think if I was wrong I'd know?" - Dr. Sheldon Cooper

"Whether you believe you can or you believe you can't, you're probably right!" - Anthony Robbins

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives." - Robert Heinlein

“Heresy," by the way, simply means "choice." It came to mean "thoughtcrime," implying it was blasphemy to presume to choose your own belief instead of swallowing what the bishops spoonfed you.” - Robert M. Price

"All great truths begin as blasphemies." —George Bernard Shaw

"The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more." - Christopher Hitchens

"There is nothing so passionate as a vested interest disguised as an intellectual conviction." - Frank Herbert

"We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here." - Richard Dawkins

"The thing about quotes on the Internet is you can not confirm their validity." - Abraham Lincoln

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