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Volume 18 No. 4 • January 2016


APPETIZERS

STARTING 2016 WITH A LAUGH... BY LOOKING ON THE BRIGHT SIDE

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

—Yogi Berra

Listen carefully to first criticisms of your work. Note what it is about your work the critics don’t like—then cultivate it.

That’s the part of your work that’s individual and worth keeping.

—Jean Cocteau

Always listen to experts.
They’ll tell you what can’t be done and why.
Then do it.

—Robert Heinlein

Speak when you are angry, and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.

—Ambrose Bierce

THE POLITICOS CAN’T STAND IT WHEN THEY’RE THE BUTT OF LAUGHTER THEY’LL CRINGE AND THEN THEY’LL SLINK AWAY, INTO THE ZOMBIE HEREAFTER.

—Sandy (not a poet, just like to play with words)

In the Third Century AD, Emperor Caracalla of the bankrupt Roman Empire was said to have pointed to his sword and remarked “as long as we have this, we shall not run short of money.”

(D&S Comment: Nothing has changed
other than the weapons technology.)

THE WORLD STATE by G. K. Chesterton

Oh, how I love Humanity,
With love so pure and pringlish,
And how I hate the horrid French,
Who never will be English!
The International idea,
The largest and the clearest,
Is welding all the nations now,
Except the one that’s nearest.
This compromise has long been known,
This scheme of partial pardons,
In ethical societies
And small suburban gardens—
The villas and the chapels where
I learned with little labour
The way to love my fellow-man
And hate my next-door neighbor.

[D&S Comment:
A Good Fence makes a good neighbor,
And sure is worth the Labour!]

The truth will set you free...
But first it will piss you off!

—Anon Y Mous

Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.

—Moshe Dayan

UNAPPETIZING—

The Russians are very good at digging mass graves and filling them in, And the Europeans are very good at looking the other way.

—Durk Pearson

(D&S Comment: The above is just a thought as we watch developments in Europe, while Putin is on the sidelines plotting to take advantage of it. Of course, Obama has been sold to the highest bidder (hint: not the U.S. taxpayers) and the European militaries will not be doing anything to interfere with a takeover of Europe by Islamic extremists demanding Sharia law. Meanwhile while our traitorous President wants to import hundreds of thousands of Islamic immigrants—just funded yesterday (12-17-15) by our helpful Congress—immigrants who will be thoroughly background checked,* avers Kerry. Think of this as hiring a thousand agents provocateur. Ever get the feeling that this is not a case of stupidity or ignorance, but of a plan to dismantle the America we were born in? Thank the Second Amendment activists for seeing to it that we have not been disarmed.)


* In a report with the headline “Senior Obama officials have warned of challenges in screening refugees from Syria” (The Washington Post, 11/17/15, we get the picture that the risks associated with importing 300,000 Syrian refugees into the United States are severe and there is a substantial problem in imagining what could possibly justify this, e.g., how does the United States benefit from this? What, one has to wonder, is the agenda that the powers that be have in mind?


The Post article (see footnote) quotes FBI director James Cooney as saying in Congressional testimony last month that, although the vetting process for checking out refugees has “‘improved dramatically,’ Syrian refugees will be even harder to check because, unlike in Iraq, U.S. soldiers have not been on the ground collecting information on the local population. ‘If we don’t know much about somebody, there won’t be anything in our data,’ he said, ‘I can’t sit here and offer anybody an absolute assurance that there’s no risk associated with this.’” One might say that he COULD offer an absolute assurance that terrorists will get into the United States via such a plan.

WHEN HISTORY REPEATS— THE COLLAPSE OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE

Rome’s collapse meant staggering loss. People forgot how to read, how to farm, how to govern themselves, how to build houses, how to trade, and even what it had once meant to be a human being.

—lost source

WHO STEALS THE MOST STUFF IN THE UNITED STATES?

“Law Enforcement took more stuff from people than burglars did last year” proclaimed a headline in the Washington Post 11/23/2015. The Post reports that, as pointed out in the blog from Martin Armstrong of Armstrong Economics the week before and as Armstrong learned from the Institute for Justice, the Treasury and Justice departments deposited more than $5 BILLION into their respective asset forfeiture funds last year, while the FBI reports that burglary losses topped out at $3.5 BILLION. (Needless to say, the total amount of private burglary losses is likely to be underestimated overall but, on the other hand, an unusually large asset seizure can have a very large impact on the total. The article reports that the Bernie Madoff judgment amounted to $1.7 billion, which was said to have reverted largely to the victims (though you have to wonder how much the lawyers got).

All in this paragraph was reported
in Wonkblog by Christopher Ingraham.

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