Friday, March 20, 2009

More wonderful (or outrageous) quotations, anecdotes, and aphorisms

🇺🇸 "Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country." Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834)

🇺🇸 "If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth." Ronald Reagan, 1964

"Wait a minute, wait a minute, you ain't heard nothing yet. Wait a minute, I tell you, you ain't heard nothing." —Al Jolson, uttering the first words of the first talking motion picture, 'The Jazz Singer', Times Square, New York City premiere, 1927

Video:  "The Great Train Robbery." —Silent Motion Picture, 12 minutes, Thomas A. Edison, 1903, Library of Congress

"Just because you believe in something does not mean that it is true." Albert Einstein

"My history teacher was so old, he taught from memory." Henny Youngman

"Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it." Edmund Burke

"We have but one sample of history." —Paul Samuelson

"When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people." —Abraham Joshua Heschel

"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." Anonymous

"Youth is a circumstance you can't do anything about. The trick is to grow up without getting old." Frank Lloyd Wright

"Smile oft. Speak gently. Be kind." —Edgar Cayce

"It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice." One of Sir John Templeton's 'Laws of Life'

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." —Maya Angelou

"If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything." Anonymous

"Do transcontinental railroad enthusiasts have a one track mind?" —Anonymous

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know it when you find it." Steve Jobs

"Never criticize someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes. That way, you're a mile away and you've got their shoes." —Colin Corneau

"Humor makes all things tolerable." Henry Ward Beecher

"If you lend someone $20, and never see that person again, it was probably worth it." Anonymous

"The food at this restaurant is awful ... and such small portions!" Woody Allen

"Don't be irreplaceable. If you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted." Anonymous

"I put a dollar in one of those change machines. Nothing changed." George Carlin

Investing:  "They were a people so primitive they did not know how to get money, except by working for it." Joseph Addison

"Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?" Edgar Bergen

"No man is free who must work for a living." Illya Kuryakin

"How not to have to dry the dishes. ... [More]" —Shel Silverstein

"The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play." Arnold J. Toynbee

"Find something in life that you love doing. If you make a lot of money, that's a bonus, and if you don't, you still won't hate going to work." Jeff Foxworthy

"Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat & drink beer all day." Anonymous

Unlucky star!  "Ann Elizabeth Hodges was struck by a meteorite [Click for photo of this unique injury] while inside her home in Sylacauga, Alabama in late 1954." Russell Goldman, ABC News

Lucky star!  "Sleeping woman avoids death by inches after meteorite crashes through roof of her home and lands right beside her on pillow" Adam Manno, 'Daily Mail', October 10, 2021

"Real knowledge comes only from experience." —MikeG62

"Good judgement comes from experience and experience, ... well that comes from poor judgement. " Anonymous

"It's not an optical illusion. It just looks like one." —Anon.

 • "Too soon old, too late smart."
 • "So many books, so little time."
 • "My favorite thing to make for dinner is reservations."
 • "Too much of a good thing is wonderful."
 • "The hurrier I go the behinder I get."
 Needlepoint pillow homilies

"Things are more like they are now than they've ever been before." Classified advertisement from Gordon Creamer Realtor, 'Amarillo [Texas] Daily News', October 21, 1948

"I miss the days when I used to be nostalgic." —Michael Benveniste

"Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything." —Charles Kuralt

Try to tell an American he can't, and he will:  "Man uses Barbie fishing rod to make record catch." Los Angeles Times

"That reminds me about the guy who breaks a wrist and asks his doctor: 'Doctor, will I be able to play the piano after this heals?' The doctor replies 'Absolutely, no problem!' The man laughs, and points out that that's great, because he never could play the piano before!" Ken Rockwell

"Homework! Oh, Homework! I hate you! You stink! ... [More] " —Jack Prelutsky

"Do the best you can, and I'll love you just the same." —Mommy

"The grass is always greener over the septic tank." Erma Bombeck

"If it's not fun, you're not doing it right." —Bob Basso

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible." Walt Disney
["Impossible doesn't mean difficult or improbable, impossible is defined as violating the laws of physics, so things that are actually impossible can't ever happen."]

Click on red hilarious video links ...
Baseball:  "'Who's on first, What's on second, and I Don't Know's on third.' Why - Left fielder. Because - Center field. Tomorrow - Pitcher. Today - Catcher. I don't give a darn - Short stop. ... " Abbott and Costello

The Komodo Dragon Expert:  "The Komodo dragon is the world's largest living lizard. It's a ferocious carnivore. It's found on the steep-sloped island of Komodo in the lesser Sunda Chain of the Indonesian Archipelago and the nearby islands of Rinja, Padar, and Flores. ... Where do they come from? ... " Bob and Ray

Dead Parrot:  "I wish to register a complaint. ... Oh yes, the, uh, the Norwegian Blue ... What's wrong with it? ... I'll tell you what's wrong with it. It's dead, that's what's wrong with it! ... " Monty Python's Flying Circus

▶ "'Went With The Wind.' ... " —Carol Burnett

'Inflationary Language':  " ... We have hidden numbers in the words like 'wonderful,' 'before,' 'create,' 'tenderly.' All these numbers can be inflated and meet the economy, you know, by rising to the occcassion. I suggest we add one to each of these numbers to be prepared. For example 'wonderful; would be 'two-derful.' Before would be Be-five. Create, cre-nine. Tenderly should be eleven-derly. A Leiutenant would be a Leiut-eleven-ant. A sentence like, 'I ate a tenderloin with my fork' would be 'I nine an elevenderloin with my five-k.' And so on and so fifth. ... " [Complete transcript]Victor Borge

Olympia Restaurant:  "Cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger! No Coke, Pepsi! Chips!" 'Live from New York, It's Saturday Night!'

"If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun." —Katharine Hepburn

"Dance as though no one is watching you; love as though you have never been hurt before, sing as though no one can hear you, live as though heaven is on earth." —Alfred Souza

"If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain." Emily Dickinson

"To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world." Bill Wilson

"Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves." —Albert Einstein

🖖 "Live Long and Prosper. [Vulcan language phrase 'dif-tor heh smusma.']" Star Trek Science Officer Mr. Spock
[The (lesser known) response is "Peace and long life."]

"There are 10 kinds of people, those who read binary and those who don't." Unknown

The smart, lazy kind:  "Many years ago and far away, an employer wanted to compare VAX vs IBM run times. They developed some code to do a bunch of math and then printed out how long it took. IBM took 30 seconds; VAX took 0.001 seconds. They were astounded. Turns out, the compiler figured out that if you aren't going to use the result, it would optimize away the calculation." TomatoTomahto

"If you want a much higher level computer programming language, try APL, by Kenneth E. Iverson, winner of the Turing Award in 1979." Try using APL here (live software online)  [Yes, it's worth the time to learn APL's powerful notation!]

"This computer screams." ——>Wow!

In other computer news ... The world has gone completely mad:  "Had to download the iPhone app, make a Bluetooth connection, and install the revised firmware to allow my wife to operate her new TOOTHBRUSH! (I kid you not!)" Oral-B iO Series 7 Electric Toothbrush, $198.49 [Bet that her toothbrush has more computing power than the IBM 7074 that I used in college.]

"De gustibus non est disputandum ('There is no accounting for taste.')" Unknown

"Middle age is when you can finally afford the things that a young man could truly enjoy." —Dave Kadolph

"If you had all the money you spent on cameras, you'd spend it on cameras." Jnny

"In terms of addiction, there is nothing more powerful than men's toys." —Sammy Davis Jr.
[No sexism intended: It's wrong to rewrite quotations of what others said or wrote (and possibly anachronistic), but please mentally substitute "person/people" or the like, whenever you read "man/men" meaning human/humans.]

It Might Not Even Matter How Much Something Costs:  "The most expensive asset we own is one we don't use." —Albert Erickson

"One person's trash is another's treasure." Idiom

"There is a very fine line between 'hobby' and 'mental illness.' :'!':" —Greg Lamont

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." Ferris Bueller

"Live now; always make now the most precious time. Now will never come again." Captain Jean-Luc Picard

"Everything that exists in your life, does so because of two things: something you did or something you didn't do." Albert Einstein

"So you're saying it's wrong to park on the driveway and drive on the parkway?" —marter

"Letting cooler heads prevail." Idiom

Online shopping: "They don't send you what you ordered, they send you what they have [in stock]." —Donna

"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." —Abraham Lincoln

"I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me." Joshua Graham

"I need someone who sees the fire in my eyes and wants to play with it." —Anonymous

"A government is like fire, a handy servant, but a dangerous master." —George Washington

"Tact is the art of building a fire under people without making their blood boil." —Franklin P. Jones

"You can observe a lot by just watching." —Yogi Berra

"I never said half the things I said." —Yogi Berra

"You can pick your nose, but you can't pick your family." —NCIS S3:E14

"A dyslexic man walks into a bra." from an acquaintance in Los Angeles

"A dyslexic who is extremely nervous should eat calm chowder." —Anonymous

"The man who can keep a secret may be wise, but he is not half as wise as the man who has no secrets to keep." —Edgar Watson Howe

"I'd hate for your ego to write a check your body can't cash." Movie: 'Top Gun'

"[Caroline seeking confidential information ...]  Marisa: Can you keep a secret?
Caroline: Yes of course.
[Marisa declining to leak the secret ...]  Marisa: Good. So can I." Movie: 'Maid in Manhattan'

Know the Emergency Hand Signal asking for help:  "Raised hand with palm forward and tuck thumb into palm, then curl four fingers around thumb." —

"Laissez Faire, laissez passer." Francois Quesnay, French Physiocrat

"Being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions." John Locke

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government ··· " —Preamble to the Declaration of Independence [Attributed to Thomas Jefferson or Thomas Paine]

" ... We are a unique country in many ways and we are the only country – the only country in the world – not based, organized based on geography or ethnicity or religion or race or anything else, but based on an idea. The only country in the world based on an idea that we hold these truths to be self-evident that all women and men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. Sounds corny but it's the truth of who we are. We've never lived up to it but we've never walked away from it. And the rest of the world looks to us because … we lead not only by the example of our power but by the power of our example … We are the essential nation … the organizing principal around which the rest of the world is moving … We are in the mist of a fight between democracies and oligarchs … we are at an inflection point … The question is who will prevail – are democracies going to prevail … or autocracies going to prevail. That's what's at stake … " President Joe Biden, Rzeszow, Poland, March 25, 2022

"Ours was the first revolution in the history of mankind that truly reversed the course of government, and with three little words: 'We the People.' 'We the People' tell the government what to do; it doesn't tell us. 'We the People' are the driver; the government is the car. And we decide where it should go, and by what route, and how fast. Almost all the world's constitutions are documents in which governments tell the people what their privileges are. Our Constitution is a document in which 'We the People' tell the government what it is allowed to do. 'We the People' are free."
President Ronald Reagan's Farewell Address to the Nation, January 11, 1989, Washington D.C.

"They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin

Life, Liberty, and Property:  "Every Man has a Property in his own Person. This no Body has any Right to but himself. The Labour of his Body, and the Work of his Hands, we may say, are properly his." John Locke

"Government has no other end, but the preservation of property." John Locke

"Now what liberty can there be where property is taken without consent?" —Samuel Adams, Founding Father and leader of the Boston Tea Party

"Independence now and forever!" —Daniel Webster

"Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth." —President George Washington

"Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty." —Louis D. Brandeis

"Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself." —John Locke, 'Second Treatise of Government'

Separation of powers:  "When the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person, or in the same body of magistrates, there can be no liberty; because apprehensions may arise, lest the same monarch or senate should enact tyrannical laws, to execute them in a tyrannical manner." Montesquieu  
["In reaction to tyranny under monarchy, the U.S. Constitution brilliantly creates a new form of government having separation of powers into eight parts, with a bicameral legislature, executive, and judiciary providing checks and balances at both federal and state levels." —Barbara Martin]

Gratitude changes everyting:  "Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude." —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happiness:  "Three things provide long-lasting satisfaction, as quantitatively measured by academic psychologists: autonomy, meaningful contact with others, and the development and exercise of competence." William J. Bernstein, M.D., Ph.D.
[i.e., seek happiness in autonomy, connectedness, and competence ('internal rewards') in preference to the transient satisfaction of fame, fortune, and power ('external rewards').]
["So, this explains why socialism is so miserable because it usurps individual autonomy (both personal and financial), subsitutes government force for voluntary meaningful contacts with others, and largely regulates competence out of existence (because central planning eliminates the necessary knowledge of individual preferences, decisions, and skills that a market economy provides when people constantly interact while voting with their dollars)." —Fred Michaels]

"Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product." Eleanor Roosevelt

Four Habits of the Happiest People:  "1. Practice self-kindness; 2. Learn to be grateful; 3. Forgive others; and, 4. Slow things down (exercise patience)." Marcel Schwantes, 'INC.'

"All happy people are grateful. Ungrateful people cannot be happy. We tend to think that being unhappy leads people to complain, but it's truer to say that complaining leads to people becoming unhappy." Dennis Prager

"Don't wait for miracles, your whole life is a miracle." Albert Einstein

"Most experiences are better imagined." —'Random Poster'

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times ... " Charles Dickens' novel, 'A Tale of Two Cities,' opening paragraph

"'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things: Of shoes and ships - and sealing wax - of cabbages and kings' " Lewis Carroll – The Walrus and The Carpenter in "Through the Looking-Glass"

"Photography is my one recreation and I think it should be done well." —Lewis Carroll

"Pictures are not incidental frills to a text; they are essences of our distinctive way of knowing." —Stephen J. Gould

The Leica Look:  "A statistically unusually high number of the most famous images of the 20th century were taken with Leica M cameras." Irakly Shanidze

"Owning more than one lens assures you that you will always have the wrong lens on the camera for any given picture." Ted Orland, 'Photographic Truths'

"Never sell a good lens!" Mike Johnston

"Once you have more than about five lenses you are a collector." Tom Caldwell

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but more than one photog has noticed perfectly corrected lenses producing perfectly boring photos." Steve Huff

"I prefer and own Leica, Zeiss and Voigtlander lenses." airfrogusmc

Overachiever:  "Kathleen Mary Lindsay, who you've probably never heard of unless you enjoy The Guinness Book of World Records, wrote 904 books under 11 pseudonyms ['including Mary Faulkner, Margaret Cameron, Mary Richmond, Molly Waring, Betty Manvers, Elizabeth Fenton, Nigel Mackenzie and Hugh Desmond']." Mike Johnston

"I would not join any club that would have someone like me for a member." Julius 'Groucho' Marx

"Don't be so humble — you're not that great!" —Groucho Marx

"Everything I write is a personal opinion. Even when I quote facts, they are the facts I personally choose to accept." —Mario Giannini

"Nourish your enthusiasm." Ansel Adams

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." Allen Saunders, famously quoted by John Lennon

"We plan. G-d laughs." an old Yiddish proverb

"A person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused." Shirley Maclaine

Einstein signature, 1924"The more I study science, the more I believe in God." Albert Einstein     E = mc2

"I believe in God, only I spell it Nature." Frank Lloyd Wright

'Religiousness ... wonder and stand rapt in awe':  "Behind anything that can be experienced there is something that our minds cannot grasp, whose beauty and sublimity reaches us only indirectly." Albert Einstein, 'Mosaic'

"I took the road less traveled and that has made all the difference." Robert Frost

"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." Brian Littrell

"For fast acting relief, try slowing down." —Lily Tomlin

"The wise make proverbs, and fools repeat them." —Isaac D'Israeli

"My retirement plan is to keep working." Standard joke

"I was born with nothing and I have most of it left." —Anonymous

Sillygism:  "Stale crackers are better than nothing; Nothing is better than a meal at a fancy 5-star restaurant; Therefore, stale crackers are better than a meal at a fancy 5-star restaurant." —Bill Brassfield

"The best things in life are free." Frank Sinatra

"Don't make the waffle batter until you have plugged in the waffle iron." —Donna

"Don't ever leave the kitchen while any burners on the stove are on." —Fire Department

"When making the Thanksgiving turkey, remember to turn on the same oven that the turkey is in." —Don't ask

"A new study suggests that consuming chocolate may increase your chances of grabbing the prestigious [Nobel] prize." Cum hoc ergo propter hoc

Dinosaur predecessors to birds:
Pterodactyl [The elongated finger makes this pterosaur's wing.]

Archaeopteryx [The arm and hand makes this pterosaur's wing.]

"There are 10,000 living species [of birds, but] only about 4,000 mammals, so [it is] still the age of dinosaurs." —Jacques Gauthier, Nova

"We have no paupers ... The great mass of our [United States] population is of laborers; our rich, who can live without labor, either manual or professional, being few, and of moderate wealth. Most of the laboring class possess property, cultivate their own lands, have families, and from the demand for their labor are enabled to exact from the rich and the competent such prices as enable them to be fed abundantly, clothed above mere decency, to labor moderately and raise their families. ... Can any condition of society be more desirable than this?" —Thomas Jefferson, 1814

"The world now contains more photographs than bricks." —John Szarkowski, Curator of Photography, Museum of Modern Art, 1976

"Photographers fade faster than photographs." Ted Orland, 'Photographic Truths'

How many places have you ever lived?:  "I didn't deliberately collect pictures of all the places I lived as I moved through life ... I wish I'd been more careful and conscientious about documenting my own life and the people in it." Mike Johnston

"I've been called worse things by better people." Pierre Trudeau

"I get no respect. The way my luck is running, if I was a politician I would be honest." Rodney Dangerfield

"When I was a kid, I walked to school uphill both ways." Idiom

"The advice I would give to someone is to not take anyone's advice." Eddie Murphy

"The government does not add value to the economy. It removes value from the economy by imposing taxes on one citizen and providing cash to another." Mark Levin

"It's the economy, stupid." James Carville, strategist in Bill Clinton's successful 1992 presidential campaign

'Perfecting the world':  "I want the world to be better because I was here." Will Smith

"He suggested that when you look at people who are good at what they do, they have an extraordinary sense of concentration while they're doing it." David Hurn

"The two most powerful warriors are patience and time." —Leo Tolstoy

"All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind." Aristotle

"Who says nothing is impossible? I've been doing nothing for years." Henny Youngman

"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important." Bertrand Russell

"Lost time is never found again." Benjamin Franklin

"Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion." C. Northcote Parkinson

"Even a stopped clock is right twice a day." The Spectator, 1711

"Everytime I ask what time it is, I get a different answer." Henny Youngman

"A prevalent Israeli joke is that it took the Hebrews no less than 40 years of wandering in the desert to find the only place in the Middle East without oil." Yitzhak Shamir

"A meeting is an event at which the minutes are kept and the hours are lost." Unknown

"When it comes to work, there are many who will stop at nothing." Henny Youngman

"I wish my brother would learn a trade, so I would know what kind of work he's out of." Henny Youngman

"The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep." Robert Frost

"If I have seen further, it is by standing on ye shoulders of giants." —Sir Isaac Newton in a letter to Robert Hooke, February 15, 1676

"Thoroughly conscious ignorance is the prelude to every real advance in science." James Clerk Maxwell

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." —Albert Einstein

"Don't believe everything you think." —Unknown

'Your memory profoundly influences what you see':  "Reality and imagination are completely intermixed in our brain which means that the separation between our inner world and the outside world is not as clear as we might like to think. If our imagination is vivid enough, we will think it is real and we use our imagination to create our perception of reality ... " Nadine Dijkstra

"What is written here is false." Eubulides, 4th century BCE, Liar (pseudomenos) paradox

"I saw a lot of white men almost fight today. I do not think this is good." Hin-mah-too-yah-la-kekt (Thunder Rolling Down the Mountains), also known as Chief Joseph, of the Nez Perce Indian tribe, after impassively watching a football game between the Universities of Washington and Nebraska in Seattle in 1903

"When I feel like exercising I just lie down until the feeling goes away." Robert Maynard Hutchins, who pulled the University of Chicago out of the Big Ten Conference and eliminated the school’s football program

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." S.G. Tallentyre, The Friends of Voltaire

"When you're in a hole, stop digging." Denis Healey

"The instructions tell you what to do." —At the front of the Scholastic Aptitude Test examination booklet

"A projected 857 percent [sic] reduction in energy used for U.S. residential lighting by 2040." National Geographic innumerate environmental department of the impossible

"The hell with the past — I'd like to put the future behind us." New Yorker cartoon

 🐕  "Military dogs always hold a higher rank than their handlers." Eric Milzarski, February 12, 2018

"Edward Steichen owned a three legged dog, which he named Tripod." Ted Orland

"If you want a better lens, get a tripod." My mentor in college

"I think it is really a variable-weight tripod: the farther you carry it, the heavier it gets." —Stephen S. Mack

"Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." —Winston Churchill

"There is nothing that does so much harm as good intentions." —Milton Friedman

"Be kind, because everyone you meet is fighting a great battle." Gloria Vanderbilt

"Vivian: The stores are not nice to people – I don't like it.
Edward: Stores are never nice to people. They're nice to credit cards." 'Pretty Woman' [movie]

"Quantum Mechanics: the dreams stuff is made of." —William A. Arnett

"Film isn't dead. It just smells funny." —Lars Vinberg

"He's got a photographic mind. Too bad it never developed." Leopold Fechtner

"May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live." —Irish Blessing

"Invest we must." —Jack Bogle, Founder of Vanguard Investments

"Stocks for the Long Run." Jeremy Siegel, the Russell E. Palmer Professor of Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

They mocked our 1998 'Dow 36,000' book and prediction (that has proven to have been correct):  "We said 'if you're in for the long-haul buy equities and it will work out OK.' And then people just went nuts! The reason is … they're pushing a socialist agenda that is defeated if everybody participates in equity markets." —Kevin Hassett, Former Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers, September 10, 2021

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." Parable

"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. ... " Ralph Waldo Emerson, 'Self-Reliance'

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started." —Mark Twain

"If you can have any superpower, luck is the one you want." —Elon Musk, at his first SpaceX astronaut lauch

"If you want your children to succeed, let them fail early and often." Head of psychiatry at a children's hospital

Fuel for healthy souls:  "We all need certain inputs if we're to be deeply healthy ... for children this is even more important ... Truth, goodness, beauty, wholeness and internal harmony, aliveness rather than mechanization, uniqueness not uniformity, completeness, simplicity, richness, playfulness, self-sufficiency, meaningfulness, human interaction." Paul Rosenberg

"From today, painting is dead." —Paul Delacroix, c. 1839, on seeing his first daguerreotype

"I suddenly understood that photography can fix eternity in a moment." Henri Cartier-Bresson

"Momma don't take my Kodachrome away!" Paul Simon

"There are more ways to screw up a large format [8" x 10" film camera] image than the average cell phone photographer can possibly conceive." CopCarSS

How to Choose a 4x5 Camera:  " ... And if you find you're not using it, then set it up in the corner of the living room as a conversation piece! Like a racehorse put out to pasture. They're pretty things, and exotic to normal citizens. Instead of actually using it, you can explain to your friends how to use it, and let them get under the dark cloth and look at the image on the ground glass. It's all good." Michael C. Johnston

"We have a mixed marriage. She has a Leica, and I a Nikon." Compromise

Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, Panorama
Mulholland Drive, Bel Air, Los Angeles, California – Panorama of the San Fernando Valley, c. 1975

"Buying a Nikon doesn't make you a photographer. It makes you a Nikon owner!" —M. David Farrell, Jr.

Camera brand agnosticism:  "It doesn't matter. It doesn't matter." —David Hume Kennerly, Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist and former White House photographer for President Gerald R. Ford, in the early '80s, when Michael C. Johnston asked him what camera he used

"A camera is a tool, not a jewel." —Anonymous

"Buy the best camera you can afford and will carry. Buy only the lenses you will carry and use most of the time. Use this kit as long as possible." Thom Hogan after Mike Johnston

"Modern cameras are recording the randomness of photons quite well, and randomness of photons is by far the primary source of noise in an image when you look closely. ... What's limiting image sensors today is essentially quantum efficiency. ... collect light over the same area (sensor size) and output the result to the same area (print size) and the differences between two cameras (almost completely) disappear." Thom Hogan, January 24, 2022

"For those who already have an interchangeable lens camera system: don't switch brands. Seriously." Thom Hogan

"Last Camera Syndrome refers to a user who is satisfied with their current camera and not likely to buy another body. Unless their current camera breaks, they aren't in the buying market any more." Thom Hogan

"Alternately, wait for The Perfect Camera to be announced. That way, you have the cost savings of never buying anything." justmeMN

"If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough." Robert Capa, photojournalist

... "but [Capa] also died [from] being too close [to] a landmine. So please be careful." —Pascal Méheut

Oculus Dei "Eye of God":  "If a camera has a soul, you will find it in the lens." —PaulC

"Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants." —Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

"Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography." —George Eastman

"My first thought is always of light." —Galen Rowell

"I'm waiting for the day when my children ask 'What did you do in the analog-digital war, Daddy?'" Colin B

"There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant." —Emerson

"A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it." Albert Einstein

"In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Software and cathedrals are much the same – first we build them, then we pray." —Sam Redwine

Design heuristics:  "An error message indicates a flawed design. Improve and simplify the design so that the error cannot ever occur. Every possible action should yield a meaningful result. Complexity provides a combinatoric nightmare of oppotunities for errors to be hidden in obscurity. With sufficient simplification every possible action and all of the limited number of pathways will get used often enough that all the possible bugs will get quickly revealed, and can be eliminated. The designer must take responsibility because users commonly blame themselves for what is actually bad design, and so fail to report problems." James Winter

World wide web inventor, "Sir Tim Berners-Lee['s] ... parents ... met while building the Ferranti Mk 1, the world's first commercially available computer ... " Iain Thomson

"There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey." —John Ruskin

"News is what hardly ever happens. If it happened often, it wouldn't be news." —Anonymous
[Exception: Murder and mayhem on the nightly local 6 & 11 o'clock TV news.]

"We can do Good, Quick and Cheap work. You can have any two but not all three." Anonymous

"The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society. ... There is little value in ensuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. ... " President John F. Kennedy, April 27, 1961

"A good photograph is one that makes the viewer so aware of the subject that they are unaware of the print." —Kodak

"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it." Agent K

"Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst." Henri Cartier-Bresson

Einstein ring"LIGHTS ALL ASKEW IN THE HEAVENS. Men of Science More or Less Agog Over Results of Eclipse Observations. EINSTEIN THEORY TRIUMPHS." 'The New York Times', Monday, November 10, 1919, headline about Sir Arthur Eddington's experimental confirmation of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity

Einstein's theory of General Relativity. Courtesy of Aditya Gupta.
Einstein's theory of General Relativity

General relativity equation:  "Matter tells space-time how to curve (math on the left) and space-time tells matter how to move (physics on the right)." —Robbert Dukgraaf, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ

Albert Einstein, Vienna, 1921, F Schmutzer
Albert Einstein during a lecture in Vienna in 1921, F. Schmutzer

"I don't teach my students, I provide the circumstances in which they can learn." —Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein tutoring
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Maxwell's Equations
Maxwell's Equations

James Clerk Maxwell"From a long view of the history of mankind – seen from, say ten thousand years from now – there can be little doubt that the most significant event of the 19th century will be judged as [James Clerk] Maxwell's discovery of the laws of electrodynamics. The American Civil War will pale into provincial insignificance in comparison with this important scientific event of the same decade." —Nobel laureate, Richard Feynman, 'Lectures on Physics', 1963

"The precise formulation of the time-space laws of those [electro-magnetic] fields was the work of [James Clerk] Maxwell. Imagine his feelings when the differential equations he had formulated proved to him that electromagnetic fields spread in the form of polarized waves and with the speed of light! To few men in the world has such an experience been vouchsafed ... it took physicists some decades to grasp the full significance of Maxwell's discovery, so bold was the leap that his genius forced upon the conceptions of his fellow-workers." —Albert Einstein, 1954

"I stand not on the shoulders of Newton, but on the shoulders of James Clerk Maxwell." Albert Einstein
[Also, your digital camera uses the same three color filter method of color photography invented by James Clerk Maxwell.]

" ... The only desire which I can have is ... to serve my own generation by the will of God, and then fall asleep." James Clerk Maxwell, in his final days, confiding in a friend and colleague from Cambridge

"All these fifty years of conscious brooding have brought me no nearer to the answer to the question, 'What are light quanta?' Nowadays every Tom, Dick, and Harry thinks he knows it, but he is mistaken." Albert Einstein, 1954

"It is important to realize that in physics today, we have no knowledge of what energy is." Richard Feynman, 'The Feynman Lectures on Physics', Lecture 4, 1964

"Anyone who claims to understand quantum theory is either lying or crazy." Attributed to Richard Feynman

"Shall I refuse my dinner because I do not fully understand the process of digestion?" Oliver Heaviside

The fine-structure constant, α:  "There is a most profound and beautiful question associated with the observed coupling constant, e – the amplitude for a real electron to emit or absorb a real photon. Fine structure constantIt is a simple number that has been experimentally determined to be close to 0.08542455. (My physicist friends won't recognize this number, because they like to remember it as the inverse of its square: about 137.03597 with an uncertainty of about 2 in the last decimal place. [But a 'constant' that significantly decreases at higher energy.] It has been a mystery ever since it was discovered more than fifty years ago, and all good theoretical physicists put this number up on their wall and worry about it.) Immediately you would like to know where this number for a coupling comes from: is it related to pi or perhaps to the base of natural logarithms? Nobody knows. It's one of the greatest damn mysteries of physics: a magic number that comes to us with no understanding by humans. You might say the 'hand of God' wrote that number, and 'we don't know how He pushed His pencil.' We know what kind of a dance to do experimentally to measure this number very accurately, but we don't know what kind of dance to do on the computer to make this number come out – without putting it in secretly!" Richard P. Feynman, 'QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter', 1985
[Coupling Constants: Strong, αs = 1; Electromagnetic, α = 1/137; Weak, αw = 10-6; Gravity, αg = 10-39.]

"Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad." —Henry Kissinger

"The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted. " James Madison

"Government is too big and too important to be left to the politicians." Chester Bowles

"Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny." —Edmund Burke

"Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made." John Godfrey Saxe, 1869

"If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law." —Winston Churchill

"The Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded because rules to keep the reactor safe were ignored. Why? Because under communism, the Soviet Union had regulations for everything. But, when everything is endlessly regulated, in order for people to function, they must ignore regulations, but don't know which regulations not to ignore." —Vladimir Agapov

"Rules are mostly made to be broken and are too often for the lazy to hide behind." —General Douglas MacArthur

"Enforcing bad laws poorly is better than enforcing bad laws uniformly." Alex Nowrasteh

'Devastating decision' for overreaching authoritarians:  "A clear statement is necessary for a court to conclude that Congress intended to delegate authority 'of this breadth to regulate a fundamental sector of the economy.' ...
the Government must point to 'clear congressional authorization' to regulate ... " Supreme Court of the United States, West Virginia et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency et al., No. 20–1530, June 30, 2022  
["This is about maintaining the separation of powers, not climate change ... And we're not done. My office will continue to fight ... when those in Washington try to go too far in asserting broad powers without the people's support." West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R)]

"People crushed by laws, have no hope but to evade power. If the laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to the law; and those who have most to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous." —Edmund Burke

"It's as though someone, whose tastes you don't share, has come into your home and re-arranged all the furniture." —Review of Microsoft Word 6 menus compared to Word 5.1

Sony A6600 camera menu's:  "As far as the menus are concerned, if you don't think they're a Gothic horror it means you haven't delved into them far enough. Keep on menu-diving. It's like being lost in an endless and terrifying cave." Mike Johnston

"It is a poor workman who blames his tools." Proverb

"Maybe one day I'll take a decent picture. In the meantime, I'll blame the equipment." Joo

"If you don't know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere." —Henry Kissinger

"I feel, therefore I photograph." —grahamp

Stolen property:  "If you steal property, you must report its fair market value in your income in the year you steal it unless you return it to its rightful owner in the same year."

"A fine is a tax for doing something wrong. A tax is a fine for doing something right." —Anonymous

"The trick is to stop thinking of it as your money." IRS auditor

"I want to end the income tax – and replace it with … nothing." Sharon Harris

Q. "When you see around the globe the maldistribution of wealth, the desperate plight of millions of people in underdeveloped countries, when you see so few haves and so many have-nots, when you see the greed and the concentration of power – did you ever have a moment of doubt about capitalism and whether greed's a good idea to run on?" —Talk-show host, Phil Donahue
A. "Is there some society you know that doesn't run on greed? You think Russia doesn't run on greed? You think China doesn't run on greed? What is greed? Of course, none of us are greedy; it's only the other fellow who's greedy. The world runs on individuals pursuing their separate interests. The great achievements of civilizations have not come from government bureaus. Einstein didn't construct his theory under order from a bureaucrat. Henry Ford didn't revolutionize the automobile industry that way. In the only cases in which the masses have escaped from the kind of grinding poverty you're talking about – the only cases in recorded history – are where they have had capitalism and largely free trade." Nobel laureate, Milton Friedman, Video, 1979

Amazing progress:  "Absolute poverty is defined as living on less than $1.25/day. Over the last 30 years, the share of the global population living in absolute poverty has declined from 53% to under 17%." Peter H. Diamandis, M.D., February, 2012, June 27, 2016

Understanding wealth:          [Which contradicts the myth of the Robber Barron.]

💰💰💰"Adam Smith wrote in 1776 that the extremely wealthy 'only select from the heap what is most precious and agreeable. They consume little more than the poor, and in spite of their natural selfishness and rapacity, though they mean only ... the gratification of their own vain and insatiable desires, they [inevitably] divide with the poor the produce of all their improvements. They are [thus] led by an invisible hand to make nearly the same distribution of the necessaries of life [as] ... had the earth been divided into equal portions.' – or as Neil Simon put it, 'Money brings some happiness. But after a certain point, it just brings more money.'
So, disliking the ultra-rich for their wealth shows profound ignorance about both money and history, because all the money in excess of whatever limited amount they can quickly spend for their personal use, however ostentatious, has to be put somewhere – and as a result, rich people are essentially forced by the nature of wealth to either permanently give their wealth away to others (charity/gifts/spending), or (if they wish to remain rich) to temporarily give their wealth away as loans to others who need it most (as debt such as bonds, loans, mortgages, etc.), or (as equity investments such as company stock, or mutual funds) to put their wealth in the hands of others who can benefit because they know how to use the capital most productively – so, whatever their intentions, the 'rich' have little choice but to give away their 'excess' wealth (temporarily or permanently) and thus to use their wealth principally to the benefit of others. ... And 'you can't take it with you!'"  Thus, a parable of choices,
Teach a person to fish and you feed them for a lifetime:
Abundance:  By saving and investing, providing the capital for compound economic growth, perpetually improving the world's standard of living, health, and longevity, according to the preferences that people vote for with their purchases, perfecting the future world, making everyone ever wealthier through innovation, with capital investments and advancing and disseminating knowledge that makes food abundant and workers more productive so their real wages rise, while lifting the masses out of poverty and starvation, with luxuries undreamt of by royalty of earlier generations, such as machine power enabled by fossil fuel and electricity, factory and farm automation, leisure time, extended childhood, plastic, steel, aluminum, float glass, transistors, integrated circuits, television, computers, cellphones, internet, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, surgery with anesthesia, automobiles, airplane flights, air conditioning, etc., an amazing accumulation of knowledge and steadily rising standard of living for which gratitude is owed.
● Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day:
By charity which is mostly once and done, so the money, however well spent, is all gone. Or,
● Waste a fish and you get a rotting pile of garbage:
By coercive taxing and misguided spending, with central planning and regulation, that not only enslaves, but mostly wastes people's money, efforts and time while ignoring their preferences, stifling growth and innovation, destroying wealth, making everyone worse off than what could have been, but also debases the currency and borrows from future generations to further compound the reduction of standard of living over time.      —Mark Harris

More Personal Finance quotations:      [YMMV]

"Thrift is a wonderful virtue, especially in an ancestor." —Mark Twain

"If there's a will, prosperity can't be far behind." W. C. Fields

"Live below your means; invest the rest." —Anonymous

"Successful investing involves doing just a few things right, and avoiding serious mistakes." —John Bogle

"Just buy the whole market and wait fifty years." Jack Bogle

"Doing well with money has little to do with how smart you are and a lot to do with how you behave." —Morgan Housel

"I wished I had started investing when I was young." —AAII

The best defense against financial risk is to over-save:  "Keep working and saving until you have over twice what you need to retire." —Paul Merriman

"The closer you come to holding the entire market portfolio, the higher the expected return for the risk you take." —Nobel Laureate, William Sharpe

"The beauty of owning the market is that you eliminate individual stock risk, you eliminate market sector risk, and you eliminate manager risk. – In my view, owning the market and holding it forever is the ultimate strategy for winners." —Jack Bogle

Stay the course:  "The cardinal investment sin: selling your winners too soon." John Lim

'Stupid slogans' while freaking out as markets fluctuate:  "You don't lose money until you sell. Losses are temporary unless you sell. You lock in losses when you sell. Why stop playing when you're losing the game? The IRS doesn't let me realize a loss unless I sell." —'Stay the course'

"The older I get, the more I realize that investing success is more about psychology than anything else, and that a 'suboptimal' allocation that lets you sleep at night is better than an 'optimal' one that wakes you up at 3 AM in a cold sweat." Bill Bernstein

"Investing is simple, but it's not easy." —Warren Buffett

The best way "to get what you want, is to deserve it ... You want to deliver to the world what you would buy if you were on the other end ... " —Charlie Munger

"We have seen much more money made and kept by 'ordinary people' who were temperamentally well suited for the investment process than by those who lacked this quality." —Ben Graham

"Know what you own, and know why you own it." —Peter Lynch

"We assume that markets are efficient, that prices are right." Eugene Fama

"Risk mitigation doesn't always work the way you expect." —Portfolio Charts, Tyler9000  ["The results of including small cap value, long term bonds, and gold in an investment portfolio can be counterintuitive!"]

"Eventually, one runs out of greater fools." —Burton Malkiel

"The purpose of investing is not to simply optimize returns and make yourself rich. The purpose is not to die poor. " —William Bernstein

"Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful — that's what matters to me." Steve Jobs

"A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money." W. C. Fields

"Ninety-nine percent of personal finance can be summarized in nine words: Work a lot, spend a little, invest the difference." —Morgan Housel

"The two greatest enemies of the equity fund investor are expenses and emotions." —John C. Bogle

"It is a fact that 90% of all people who play the commodities game get burned. I submit that you have now read all you ever need to read about commodities." —Andrew Tobias, c. 1978

Set It and Forget It: "Automation is the key to a successful savings and investing plan." —Rick Ferri

"Approximately 99% of the time, the single most important thing investors should do is absolutely nothing." —Jason Zweig

"Far more money has been lost by investors in preparing for corrections, or anticipating corrections, than has been lost in the corrections themselves." —Peter Lynch

"More money has been lost reaching for yield than at the point of a gun." Raymond DeVoe, Jr., 1995

"The safe assumption for an investor is that over the next hundred years, the currency is going to zero." —Charlie Munger

"Minimize your maximum regret." My old MBA teacher

"Retirement planning is not about maximizing the chance of dying rich, but minimizing the chance of living broke." adage

"I don't view it as saving. I think of it as 'buying' freedom and independence. Honestly, I can't think of many things I want to buy more." —Trebor

"The best investing advice is to live below your means." —J.Brennen

Obvious stuff that people commonly get wrong:  "Never buy something as an investment that you cannot sell in the future for more money. (Or an investment where you can't immediately get back all of your money.)" —Ralph Fischer
["A depreciating asset may be fun to have, but is likely not actually a good investment. (When the prices of things you own are going up, make sure that you know if you are getting richer (after taxes), or actually are getting poorer while being fooled by inflation.) Some examples of investments to avoid where you start out by automatically losing money on day one: Diamonds, load funds (with sales charges), 'permanent' insurance (with hidden sales charges), annuities (especially with surrender charges or withdrawal restrictions), etc." —Ralph Fischer]

Start saving from your first paycheck!:  "Saving part of every paycheck is your most important habit. … For young investors, savings rate is more important than all the other investing advice … " —Rick Van Ness  ['The first decade of saving is as important as the entire rest of your career, because compounding needs 40-50 years to make you quite wealthy.']

"We have suggested as a fundamental guiding rule that the investor should never have less than 25% or more than 75% of his funds in common stocks, with a consequent inverse range of between 75% and 25% in bonds. There is an implication here that the standard division should be an equal one, or 50–50, between the two major investment mediums." —Benjamin Graham

"I should have computed the historical co-variances of the asset classes and drawn an efficient frontier. Instead, I visualized my grief if the stock market went way up and I wasn’t in it–or if it went way down and I was completely in it. My intention was to minimize my future regret. So I split my contributions 50/50 between bonds and equities." —Harry Markowitz

"There are an infinite number of strategies worse than this one: Commit, over a period of a few years, half of your assets to a stock index fund and half to a bond index fund. Ignore interim fluctuations in their net asset values. Hold your positions for as long as you live, subject only to infrequent and marginal adjustments as your circumstances change. When there are multiple solutions to a problem, choose the simplest one." John C. Bogle

" … in the very long term, long bonds are more risky than stocks due to their exposure to future inflation." —William Bernstein

"There are fixed income income investments where one does get decent returns but doesn't accept the interest rate risk of total bond funds with a rolling 6-7 year duration. They would be Series I Savings Bonds, 1, 2, 3 year U.S. government bonds, the federal employees' Thrift Savings Plan's G fund, stable value funds, Certificates of Deposits (CD's), Multi-Year Guaranteed Annuities (MYGA's), or Money Market Funds." Parkinglotracer

"The rich aren't like you and me. They have many more ways to lose money." —Bill Bernstein

"If you can't pay for it in cash you don't need it." —Anonymous

"The rich man buys once, the poor man buys twice." Anonymous

"Buy the best. ... If you buy the best you only have to buy it once." Mike Johnston's investment banker grandfather

"It costs more to be Poor" ... "The reality of having no money is that it costs more." Mike Johnston

"The trouble with being poor, is that it takes up all your time." Willem de Kooning

For security, freeze your credit report, and use credit cards to make payments, but don't have debit cards. Frank Abagnale, 'Catch Me If You Can' Talk at Google

Retirement expenses:  "Many of us do not include money being saved for retirement as an expense. But retirement savings contributions and taxes can be a big factor between salary while working and income needed in retirement." —Katietsu
"If you're saving 15% of income [while working], that's a 15% raise [when retired]. Not too shabby." —sureshoe
" ... expense that ... goes away is commuting expense and dress clothes for work." —JazzTime
"Once you are no longer drawing wages, payroll taxes (FICA, Medicare) of 7.65% go away. That's quite a savings!" —Church Lady

"Time goes by faster [in retirement] than when working." nagaf
"Every time you blink it's time for breakfast again." —Youngblood

"You can't help the poor by being one of them." Unknown

"You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help little men by tearing down big men. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn. You cannot build character and courage by destroying men's initiative and independence." Rev. William J. H. Boetcker, 'The Ten Cannots'

China's empty cities — China Evergrande Bank property developer default/collapse, debt crisis, most indebted company in the world, $305 billion:  "World's biggest asset bubble, housing in China, 30% of Chinese GDP, and represents over 70% of household wealth in China. That's the property housing market. … One of the biggest companies in the world, number 125 on the Fortune 500, on the brink of collapse." Jonathan D.T. Ward, September 24, 2021

"In a few days, China — the world's most powerful authoritarian state — will begin hosting the Winter Olympics, and, like Germany in 1936, it will attempt to use the spectacle to score a propaganda victory for its system of strict controls. ... [Deng Xiaoping] invited foreigners to invest in China, and this led to four decades of miraculous growth that continued even after [Chinese President Xi Jinping] came to power in 2013. ... Xi has done his best to dismantle Deng's achievements. He brought the private companies established under Deng under the control of the [Communist Party of China] and undermined the dynamism that used to characterise them. Rather than letting private enterprise blossom, Xi introduced his own 'China Dream,' which can be summed up in two words: total control. That has had disastrous consequences. In contrast to Deng, Xi is a true believer in Communism. ... It is to be hoped that Xi may be replaced by someone less repressive at home and more peaceful abroad. ... " [More] George Soros, January 31, 2022

"'It's different this time' are the most expensive words in the English language." ... "When people say things are different, 20 percent of the time they are right." —Sir John Templeton

"You make most of your money [by continuing to invest] in a bear market, you just don't realize it at the time." Shelby Davis

"You shouldn't buy [a total market] index fund because you think it's a hot performer. Buy it because you're going to hold it forever." —John Bogle

"Act as if every broker, insurance salesman, mutual fund salesman and financial advisor you encounter is a hardened criminal." William J. Bernstein

"On balance, the financial system subtracts value from our society." —Jack Bogle

"You can't cheat an honest man!" ... "Never give a sucker an even break or smarten up a chump!" ... "It's morally wrong to allow a sucker to keep his money."  😀  W. C. Fields

"Ah, the patter of little feet around the house. There's nothing like having a midget for a butler." W. C. Fields

"The ultimate beauty of index funds is that they get you utterly out of the business of guessing what will happen next. They enable you to say seven magic words: I don't know, and I don't care. … With an index fund, you're on permanent auto-pilot: you will always get what the market is willing to give, no more and no less." —Jason Zweig

"The winning strategy is to build a globally diversified portfolio of passively managed funds that reflects your ability, willingness and need to take risk, and then having the discipline to stay the course." —Larry Swedroe

"[Most investors would] be better off in an index fund." —Peter Lynch, famous stock picker, 'Barron's', p. 15, April 2, 1990

" … the best way to own common stocks is through an index fund ... " —Warren Buffet, Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., 1996, Shareholder Letter, 1997

"Most of the mutual fund investments I have are index funds, approximately 75%." —Charles R. Schwab, 2000, 'Guide to Financial Independence', p. 90, by the founder of the pioneering discount brokerage firm that bears his name

"An index fund … is 'self-cleansing.' The failures fall away and the winners can grow endlessly." —J.L. Collins

"Put 10% of the cash in short-term government bonds and 90% in a very low-cost S&P 500 index fund. (I suggest Vanguard's.)." —Investment instructions in Warren Buffett's will (written at age 83 years with a net worth of $66 billion)

"When you buy high and sell low, it is very hard to make money, even if you do it with great enthusiasm." —David Swenson

"Never confuse the likely with the certain or the unlikely with the impossible." —Larry Swedroe

"It is always better to err on the side of safety." Harry Browne

"Murphy's law holds true. Whatever can happen, will happen. Give it enough time, the US stocks will crash. Every great empire rises and falls. Every single one in the history of mankind. We just don't live long enough to witness it in person." H-Town

"If you want to lower the volatility of your investment portfolio, don't look at it so often." —Rick Ferri

"In investing, logic is turned on its head; bad companies are 'good' companies, buying low and selling high is not a workable strategy, selling when you double your money is a stupid move, economic growth isn't related to stock growth save tangentially, time does not diversify risk, diversification across stocks provides a greater than the sum of parts benefit, stocks are safer (less damaging vis-a-vi inflation) than savings after a while and so on, there's a million examples. There is hardly anything intuitive about this, it's the opposite of common sense." —nisiprius

"Living below your means is the ultimate financial strategy." —Jack Brennan

"… don't speak too soon; For the wheel's still in spin; And there's no tellin' who; That it's namin'; For the loser now; Will be later to win; For the times they are a-changin'" Bob Dylan

"TEOTWAWKI" —The end of the world as we know it.

"TANSTAAFL" —There Ain't No Such Thing as a Free Lunch.

"POSSLQ" —United States Census Bureau speak

"Only invest what you can afford to lose – as in, if the investment goes to zero." —Anonymous

"[Investors need to understand about risk] the importance of being balanced across asset classes and diversified within them. … 'You're not really diversified unless you own something you're uncomfortable with.'" —Peter L. Bernstein

The internet is replete with humorous errors [especially homophonic gaffes] and ad homonym attacks:
"Stock investor wrote that he was '100% inequity', when he meant '100% in equity'."

"Homonyms are a reel waist of thyme." Homonym Jokes  
[Japanese has far more frequent homonyms than English, so much of phonetic typewriting in Japanese is choosing which homonym is intended.]

"Every man should make up his mind that if he expects to succeed, he must give an honest return for the other man’s dollar." Edward H. Harriman

"Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose." —Bill Gates

"Knowing and not doing is equivalent to not knowing at all." —Anonymous

"In financial markets things always take longer to happen than you would expect, but once they happen, events unfold faster than you expect." —Rudi Dornbusch

"What everyone knows is not worth knowing." —Anonymous

"I don't know anyone who can time the market, and I don't know anyone who knows anyone that can time the market." —John Bogle

"We don't know how to beat the market on a risk-adjusted basis, and we don't know anyone that does know either." Larry Swedroe

"One way to deal with uncertainty is to accumulate more capital than the anticipated need might call for." —Phineas J. Whoopee

"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau." Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929

"Those with enterprise haven't the money, and those with money haven't the enterprise, to buy stocks when they are cheap." Benjamin Graham, 'Forbes', 1932

"If real yields were positive, I would be all over TIPS like polka dots on a bikini." nedsaid

"Cryptocurrency has 'no intrinsic value' and investors could 'lose all your money.'" Andrew Bailey, Bank Of England

"It's much more profitable to sell investing advice than to follow it." —Malcolm Forbes

"Sell down to your sleeping point." —J.P. Morgan

"The key [in retirement] is matching your spending to your income. You will be fine as long as your cash flow from interest, dividends, pensions, Social Security, and other income is higher than your spending. Then you have nothing to fear from [a] bear market." —Rick Ferri

'Two fund portfolio':  "Deep down, I remain absolutely confident that the vast majority of American families will be well served by owning their equity holding in an all-U.S. stock-market index portfolio and holding their bonds in an all-U.S. bond-market index portfolio." Jack Bogle

'Two fund portfolio':  "My advice could not be more simple: Put 10% of the cash in short-term government bonds and 90% in a very low-cost S&P 500 index fund. (I suggest Vanguard's.) I believe the trust's long-term results from this policy will be superior to those attained by most investors – whether pension funds, institutions or individuals – who employ high-fee managers." —Warren Buffet

The Boglehead Philosophy:  "1. Develop a workable plan; 2. Invest early and often; 3. Never bear too much or too little risk; 4. Diversify; 5. Never try to time the market; 6. Use index funds when possible; 7. Keep costs low; 8. Minimize taxes; 9. Invest with simplicity; 10. Stay the course." Taylor Larimore

"A fool and his money are some party." Paraphrase of an old proverb

"To the extent that a fool knows his foolishness, he may be deemed wise. A fool who considers himself wise is indeed a fool." Buddha

"Make memories! – Stop and smell the roses!" —Anonymous

"Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, false naming of real events." —Adrienne Rich

"I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by." Douglas Adams

Procrastination:  "The best way to get something done is to begin." Unknown

"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." William Morris

"The most important thing you should know about me is that I am not an expert." —Anon.

"No one spends someone else's money as wisely as he spends his own." Dick Armey

"Biden says 'Amazon here we come' as he sides with the union movement. ... Biden's comments on Amazon are more than just empty rhetoric ... meaning that when Biden tells Amazon to watch out, 'it can carry weight.'" Colin Lodewick, April 7, 2022

"Mr. Biden doesn't believe in free enterprise." —Larry Kudlow, July 20, 2021

Explaining socialism:  "It's turned away from, 'I would love to have a car like Larry's' to 'I want Larry's car.'" —Dana Perino, quoting her husband

"From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs." Karl Marx, 1875

"The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." —Margaret Thatcher

"Exactly. Eventually, they run out of other people's money and then they come for you." —Elon Musk, Tweet, October 25, 2021  [World's richest person, personally owning ~$300 billion in Tesla stock as Telsa hits $1 trillion in market capitalization (not including his holdings of private company SpaceX stock, so he could become the first trillionaire).]

"Remember that socialism is theft … enemies of free enterprise." —Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House of Representatives

"With all due respect to Margaret Thatcher, the final act in socialism isn't running out of other people's money, but bloodshed in the streets." —Charles Payne

Marxists:  "Rest in Power #FidelCastro." —'Black Lives Matter' organization, Twitter, November 20, 2016

"The Cuban [economic] model doesn't even work for us anymore." Fidel Castro, Sept. 2010

"We pretend to work and they pretend to pay us. A cynical commentary on communism by 'the workers'

"Communism is a failed system, a universally failed system, and I don't see Socialism as a very useful substitute … " —President Joe Biden, The White House, July 15, 2021

"There's plenty of money in this world. There's plenty of money in this country. It's just in the wrong hands." —New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

"Be careful what you wish for, you may receive it." —Anonymous

"It is easy to despise what you cannot get." —Aesop

Warning to Obama that Socialism Does Not Work:  "In the 20th century, the Soviet Union made the state's role absolute. In the long run, this made the Soviet economy totally uncompetitive. This lesson cost us dearly. I am sure nobody wants to see it repeated." Vladamir Putin, 2009 [... and Russia did not celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.]

"Vote early and often." William Hale Thompson, Chicago Mayor from 1915-1923, also attributed to gangster Al Capone, and Mayor Richard J. Daley

"Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations." —George Orwell

"Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude." —Alexis de Tocqueville

"I would rather be governed by the first 2,000 people in the telephone directory than by the Harvard University faculty." —William F. Buckley, Jr.

"Preserving debt affordability at levels consistent with [U.S. Treasury bond] AAA ratings will invariably require adjustments of a magnitude that, in some cases, will test social cohesion." —Moody's Investors Services, Inc., 3/16/2010

"Amdahl's Law implies that higher IQ only improves the parts of the problem which are dependent on IQ in the first place." —shess

Ring, ring:  "Congratulations on winning the sweepstakes." —Boo:  My landline telephone answering machine mostly talks to criminals  [Not a joke, just the actual daily experience, what happened today, on December 1, 2021.]

Yes?:  "Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no." Betteridge's law of headlines?

"It's hard to accept the truth when the lies were exactly what you wanted to hear." arcticpineapplecorp.

"As long as there's one person on earth who remembers you, it isn't over." —From Oscar Hammerstein's libretto of the musical 'Carousel'

"When an elder dies, a library is lost." —African proverb

"Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." John Donne

"The news of my death is greatly exaggerated." W. C. Fields

"All I want to do is have some fun until the sun comes up over Santa Monica Boulevard." Sheryl Crow

"If I had to choose between government without newspapers, and newspapers without government, I wouldn't hesitate to choose the latter." —Thomas Jefferson

"I don't have a photograph, but you can have my footprints. They're upstairs in my socks." —Groucho Marx

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." —Mark Twain

"Dance with who brung ya." —Old American rural country saying

"The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable." U.S. President James A. Garfield

"May you live in interesting times." Sir Austen Chamberlain quoting a non-existent 'Chinese' curse

"Big things happen fast." —Vesta Mason Clement

"The greatest enemy of a good plan is the dream of a perfect plan." —Von Clausewitz

"Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none." —Benjamin Franklin

"The enemy of my enemy is my friend." —Ancient proverb

"I never hold a grudge. As soon as I get even with the son-of-a bitch, I forget it." W. C. Fields

"I have never yet seen any plan which has not been mended by the observations of those who were much inferior in understanding to the person who took the lead in the business." —Edmund Burke

" ... trash talk ... Washington floats on a river of aspersion." —David Brooks

"A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, 'I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.' " International Pun Contest: "The ability to make and understand puns is considered to be the highest level of language development."

"Q. Where do pencils go on vacation?
A. Pennsylvania." —Advertisement

After theoretical scientist, Dr. Mental, divorced her husband, Perry, what was she called?

"Don't anthropomorphize digital cameras. They don't like it." —Carlos Echenique

"Re-verify our range to target ... one ping only." 'Hunt for Red October'

"Eternity is a very long time, especially towards the end." —Stephen Hawking [also attributed to Woody Allen]

"The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything is ... 42." Douglas Adams, 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy', 1979

"The present is the only point where time touches eternity." —C.S. Lewis

"Forever is composed of nows." Emily Dickinson

"The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.” Albert Einstein

"There was a young lady called Bright; Who could travel much faster than light [sic]. She set out one day; In a relative way; And returned on the previous night." —Arthur Buller, Punch, Dec. 19, 1923

Q. "What moves faster than the speed of light?"
A. "Nothing (except Cosmic Inflation of the Universe during the Big Bang)." Amazing!  
["The Universe grew by a factor of 1016 in less than 10-30 seconds." (Like the graviational collapse forming a colossally supermassive black hole but with time reversed.)]

Remarkable photograph: The physicists who discovered quantum mechanics.
Solvay Conference, 1927
Solvay Conference, Brussels, Belgium, 1927
[Identify all the Nobel Prize winners!]

"You don't take a photograph – you ask to quietly borrow it." —Debbi, Texas

Priorities in upgrading photographic quality: First improve the photographer's skills, camera/lens support (tripod, etc.), lens, and camera body last. Thom Hogan

"In the fields of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind." —Louis Pasteur

"When I'm good, I'm very good. But when I'm bad I'm better." —Mae West

"When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's a moiré." Jeff

"A man's soul can be judged by the way he treats his dog." —Charles Doran

"My goal in life is to be as good of a person as my dog already thinks I am." Paul Dunn

"Where the Amish go on holiday." —Dina Litovsky, photographer (BBC Video)

"[The telephone] has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. This device is inherently of no value to us." William Orton, President of Western Union, 1876

"That's as crazy as Dick Tracy's two-way wrist-radio. It'll never work."  :-)

"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value." —Marshal Ferdinand, 1911 (later, Commander of French Military Forces in World War I)

Time to close the Patent Office?:  "Everything that can be invented has been invented." Joke from an 1899 edition of 'Punch' magazine, mistakenly attributed to Charles Holland Duell, Commissioner of the United States Patent Office, at the time
[What Patent Commissioner Duell actually said was:  "In my opinion, all previous advances in the various lines of invention will appear totally insignificant when compared with those which the present century will witness. I almost wish that I might live my life over again to see the wonders which are at the threshold."]

"There is no reason why anyone would want a computer in their home." —Ken Olsen, Founder of Digital Equipment Corporation ('DEC'), 1977

"Americans saving $758 million per day by working from home ... according to research from freelancing platform Upwork [$90 billion since the onset of COVID-19]." CNN Newswire, December 1, 2020

"I am always learning." —Michelangelo

"Don't go for the geniuses. They never want to sleep." —First lady, Abigail Bartlett, M.D., played by Stockard Channing on "The West Wing"

"Social Conservatives hate big government; they want it just small enough so it can fit into our bedrooms ... " —paraphrasing Josh Lyman on "The West Wing"

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government." —Thomas Jefferson

"A genuine leader is not a seeker of consensus, but a builder of consensus." —Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

" ... we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people." —President Donald J. Trump, Inaugural Speech, 1/20/2017

"Invest in the innovators of the NASDAQ 100 and become an agent of innovation." Invesco QQQ (Exchange Traded Fund Advertisement)
["Bernie Madoff was an American fraudster and financier who ran the largest Ponzi scheme in history, worth about $64.8 billion. He was at one time chairman of the NASDAQ stock exchange." —George D. Parker]

"Stop undercutting America's innovators." AEP

GIGO:  "Garbage in, garbage out." Idiom

Proposed IBM System/360 Computer Instructions:
BH — Branch and Hang
IIB — Ignore Inquiry and Branch
TDB — Transfer and Drop Bits
DO — Divide and Overflow
SRZ — Subtract and Reset to Zero
PI — Punch Invalid
SSJ — Select Stacker and Jam
FSRA — Forms Skip and Run Away
RASC — Read and Shred Card
SRSD — Seek Record and Scar Disc
BST — Backspace and Stretch Tape
RIRG — Read Inter-Record Gap
UER — Update and Erase Record
EM — Emulate 407
SPSW — Scramble Program Status Word
EIOC — Execute Invalid Op Code
EROS — Erase Read-Only Storage
PBC — Print and Break Chain
CM — Circulate Memory
MLR — Move and Lose Record
CRN — Convert to Roman Numerals
DMPK — Destroy Memory Protect Key
DC — Divide and Conquer
EPI — Execute Programmer Immediate
LCC — Load and Clear Core

HCF — Halt and Catch Fire
Apocryphal opcode mnemonics, c. 1969-70, posted on a wall near a computer at JPL.
Courtesy of A.T. Young, Astronomy Department, San Diego State University.

'The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do." Steve Jobs – 1955-2011 R.I.P.

"When you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way it is, and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life. Have fun. Save a little money. ... That's a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you, and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that people can use. Once you learn that you'll never be the same again." Steve Jobs

We are probably discarding 99% of the great and useful new ideas:  "The patent process, legal profession, and venture capital companies are an insurmountable nightmare for most people and their ideas. It should be much easier to record new ideas and inventions, to not get them stolen, and to start up a technology or other company or venture, or to get existing companies to adopt the new concept. It should not be necessary for the innovator to also have the time, financial resources, wish to discard their current occupation, people skills, social skills, business skills, organizational skills, legal skills, and skills at obtaining patents and funding. Most innovators are not suitable to become company founders or leaders, the people around them may not be supportive, or they may, given their current circumstances, just not think it worth the effort, yet their valuable innovations should be preserved and not be discarded, and lost to civilization. We should have trustworthy venture-capital companies that take good ideas and create the teams, organizations, and leaders to bring them to market, or introduce the innovation to existing enterprises and facilitate its development and adoption, to everyone's benefit. That the innovator can explain their breakthrough and what is needed for the next step should be all that is necessary for a new technology to bloom. It needs to be much easier than it is now, for innovators to benefit the world and get rewarded." —Judy Davis

"[Steve] Jobs was a genius. What he did, particularly when he came back to Apple ... his ability to pick people, his taste in people, even for skill sets that he didn't have himself ... it's truly phenomenal. And there's no chance in hell it happens without him. ... So that period between when he goes back to Apple and when he sadly dies quite young, no one else can do what he did there. I couldn't have done that. I don't know anyone who could have." —Bill Gates

In 2009, "Steve Jobs, the inventive and often strong-willed co-founder of Apple, warned ... Obama that the United States needed to become more business-friendly if it did not want to lose its edge. He talked about how much easier it was to build a factory in China than in the U.S., where there were too many regulations and needless costs. And he complained about the U.S. education system, saying unions protected bad teachers and kept principals from hiring good ones."

"When I resigned [from the University of California, San Diego] I got into a hot air balloon in the middle of Revelle Plaza and flew over the Chancellor's residence playing my sopranino recorder so that he would hear the sound. He came out and I yelled down that I was resigning and floated off. I was an art professor at the time and it seemed arty to leave that way." Jef Raskin, who went on to join Apple Computer as its 31st employee, later fathering the Macintosh computer

Apple Macintosh:  "What I proposed was a computer that would be easy to use, mix text and graphics, and sell for about $1,000. Steve Jobs said that it was a crazy idea, that it would never sell, and we didn't want anything like it. He tried to shoot the project down." Jef Raskin

"There's no doubt that Jef [Raskin] was the creator of the Macintosh project at Apple, and that his articulate vision of an exceptionally easy to use, low cost, high volume appliance computer got the ball rolling, and remained near the heart of the project long after Jef left the company. He also deserves ample credit for putting together the extraordinary initial team that created the computer, recruiting former student Bill Atkinson to Apple and then hiring amazing individuals like Burrell Smith, Bud Tribble, Joanna Hoffman and Brian Howard for the Macintosh team." —Andy Herzfeld

"While Mr. [Steve] Jobs' stated positions on management techniques are all quite noble and worthy, in practice he is a dreadful manager. It is an unfortunate case of mouthing the right ideas but not believing in or executing them when it comes time to do something. ... Jobs regularly misses appointments. He does not give credit where due. Jobs also has favorites, who can do no wrong — and others who can do no right. He interrupts and doesn't listen. He doesn't keep promises. He is a prime example of a manager who takes the credit for his optimistic schedules and then blames the workers when deadlines are not met." ... "Steve Jobs would have made an excellent King of France." Father of the Macintosh, Jef Raskin

Apple's current approach to its customers: "There's a fundamental disconnect between making products that are supposed to be friendly and easy to use while simultaneously forcing customers to dig deeply through hidden and confusing settings and details and changes to figure out what in the world is happening to them." Ric Ford, 2015

Jef Raskin at his organ, Venice, California, 1970's"If I had not studied music, there would be no Macintosh computers today." Jef Raskin  
[Jef's mountaintop home, (past the vinyards and the peacocks on the road) overlooking Silicon Valley, had an auditorium music room, and a model airplane landing strip, marked with an 'X' indicating that it was closed, to prevent airplane pilots from mistakenly attempting an emergency landing on the miniature runway.]

"If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music." Albert Einstein

Designed by morons: "Apple has been working up to this level of malpractice for years now, making ill-conceived workflow-destroying changes ... This is scary incompetence taken to putrid new Apple Core Rot levels. ... worrisome decline of OS X quality and integrity. ... The risks in upgrading OS X have become unacceptable due to software testing incompetence, half-assed design practices, arbitrary changes that leave users hung out to dry, and overall juvenile judgment at Apple ... which has infected both OS X and iOS and is metastasizing. Your goose is Cooked if you trust Apple as a professional: it is part of the logical progression from the first warning shot with Apple’s Final Cut fiasco some years back." Lloyd Chambers, 2015

"Apple hardware usually rocks, the software is usually rocks." Lloyd Chambers, 2020

"Sony cameras are mostly just hard to hold, because they aren't really designed for human hands in the first place." Sauseschritt

Law Of Unintended Consequences:  "The price of features is trouble." —Anonymous

"Since each recent major release of OS X further degrades the user interface and offers little new functionality of value to me, I have been induced to delay upgrading a stable version until there is a pressing reason." Dan Y

Apple Software Quality:  "There is a loyal Apple OS user base that sees Apple as a tool maker, not a fashion house. Quality control and an intuitive interface would be a good start." a MacInTouch reader, 2015

"I've never let schooling interfere with my education." Grant Allen

"You may be a redneck if ... you have spent more on your pickup truck than on your education." Jeff Foxworthy

"Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles." Frank Lloyd Wright

Obama budget with nearly $1.5 trillion in deficit spending fails to get a single Democratic vote … again: "President Obama's $3.6 trillion [2013] budget ... was unanimously defeated, 414-0." —United States House of Representatives, March 28, 2012 [Similarly unanimously defeated 97-0 in the Democrat-controlled Senate in May 2011.]

"When the heavy hand of government replaces the invisible hand of the market, economic freedom is the inevitable victim." Mitt Romney

FEMA response to Hurricane Sandy:

"Those who know the least always seem to know it the loudest." —Andy Capp

"If you argue with an idiot, there are two idiots." —Robert Kiyosaki

"We live in a society where if you don't have a job, you are left to die." —Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) NY

"Never underestimate the stupidity of the general public." Scott Adams

"Three great forces rule the world: stupidity, fear and greed." Albert Einstein

"One thing that humbles me deeply is to see that human genius has its limits while human stupidity does not." —Alexandre Dumas

"The long-term prediction of future climate states is not possible." —United Nations IPCC 2007 report

"The 1800's were a very cold time (Little Ice Age) and the 1°C warming since then has coincided with the greatest improvement in human life in history – in large part due to fossil fuels. ... When people talk about 1.5°C of warming as catastrophic, it's even more absurd than it sounds because it's not 1.5°C warming starting now, it's 1.5°C total since the 1800's. Which means 0.5°C warmer than now – in a world where far more people die of cold than of heat." Alex Epstein
[The industrial revolution which vastly improved living conditions, nutrition, health, safety, longevity, wealth, etc., occured when fossil fuel powered machines could be substituted for human and animal muscle power.]

An apocalyptic cult:  "The world is going to end in 12 years if we don't address climate change." Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) NY, January 21, 2019

'Weather zealots':  "Did you know that the word 'gullible' has been removed from the dictionary?" April Fools

If you believe that:  "There is a bridge that I'd like to sell you." George C. Parker

"I would rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the man who sold it." Will Rogers

" ... the next 18 months will decide our ability to keep climate change to survivable levels ... " HRH Prince Charles, July 10, 2019

" ... civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind." —Biologist George Wald, Harvard University, April 19, 1970

"[By 1995] somewhere between 75 and 85 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct." —Sen. Gaylord Nelson, quoting Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, Look magazine, April 1970

Time Magazine Cover predicting Global Cooling, December 3, 1973."[Because of increased dust, cloud cover and water vapor] the planet will cool, the water vapor will fall and freeze, and a new Ice Age will be born." —Newsweek magazine, January 26, 1970

Brrr:  "[The world will be] eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age." —Kenneth Watt, speaking at Swarthmore College, April 19, 1970

"We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation." —Biologist Barry Commoner, University of Washington, writing in the journal Environment, April 1970

"Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from the intolerable deteriorations and possible extinction." —The New York Times editorial, April 20, 1970

"By 1985, air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half ... " —Life magazine, January 1970

"Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make." —Paul Ehrlich, interview in Mademoiselle magazine, April 1970

" ... air pollution ... is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone." —Paul Ehrlich, interview in Mademoiselle magazine, April 1970 [Ehrlich also predicted that in 1973, 200,000 Americans would die from air pollution, and that by 1980 the life expectancy of Americans would be 42 years.]

"It is already too late to avoid mass starvation." —Earth Day organizer Denis Hayes, The Living Wilderness, Spring 1970

'Earth Day co-founder killed, composted girlfriend':  "Ira Einhorn was on stage hosting the first Earth Day event at the Fairmount Park in Philadelphia on April 22, 1970. Seven years later, police raided his closet and found the 'composted' body of his ex-girlfriend inside a trunk. ... After his arrest, Einhorn jumped bail and spent decades evading authorities ... He was convicted of murdering [his ex-girlfriend, Helen 'Holly'] Maddux and is currently serving a life sentence." NBC News, April 21, 2011

"By the year 2000...the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America and Australia, will be in famine." —Peter Gunter, North Texas State University, The Living Wilderness, Spring 1970

"University of California physicist John Holdren has said, it is possible that carbon dioxide climate-induced famines could kill as many as a billion people before the year 2020." Paul Ehrlich, 1986

"Entire nations could be wiped off the face of the earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000." United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), 1989

"Britain will be Siberian in less than 20 years." The Guardian, 2004

"I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself." Oscar Wilde

"The energy industry is the industry that powers every other industry." Alex Epstein, June 21, 2022

'The West Intends Energy Suicide: Will It Succeed?':  "The University of California has made the decision to remove all companies that own fossil fuel reserves from the UC Retirement Savings Program (RSP) fund offering. On June 30, 2022, we will sell existing holdings from RSP core funds and will no longer invest in fossil fuel companies. UC Investments defines these holdings as publicly traded companies that own any amount of fossil fuel reserves in thermal coal (not metallurgical coal), oil and gas. UC Investments believes that the fossil fuel industry faces considerable long term financial risk ... " University of California Retirement Savings Program

'Utopian energy dreams are doing great economic and security damage':  "Soaring oil and natural gas prices. Electricity grids on the brink of failure. Energy shortages ... worse to come. ... costly consequences of misguided climate regulation, subsidies and mandates ... the West's utopian dream to punish fossil fuels and sprint to a world driven solely by renewable energy. ... manifest debacle ... short of a technological breakthrough, the world will need an ample supply of carbon fuel for decades to remain prosperous and free. ... climate monomania is endangering living standards ... Historian Arnold Toynbee argued that civilizations die from suicide, not murder. The West's climate self-destruction may prove him right." Wall Street Journal Editorial Board, July 17, 2022

We are safer from the climate than ever:  "For every million people on earth, annual deaths from climate-related causes (extreme temperature, drought, flood, storms, wildfires) declined 98% – from an average of 247 per year during the 1920's to 2.5 per year during the 2010's. ... The planet is becoming more liveable, not less. ... Any credible prediction of climate catastrophe must ... acknowledge that we are currently safer from climate than humans have ever been [and] the failed history of climate catastrophe predictions." Alex Epstein

Abundance – The Future is Better Than You Think:  "Over the last 50 years, the percent of our disposable income spent on food has dropped by more than 50 percent, from 14% to less than 6%." Peter H. Diamandis, M.D., June 27, 2016

"After all is said and done, a lot more has been said than done." Aesop

STAY ALIVE = GET VACCINATED!          [Find COVID-19 Vaccines and Tests Near You]
"Getting Covid is about 50,000 times more dangerous than getting the vaccine." Marty Makary, M.D., M.P.H., Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
[Exclusion of therapeutics:  "Biden Administration actively preventing monoclonal antibody treatments. Florida Surgeon General, Joseph A. Ladapo, M.D., Ph.D."; "The President [Biden] has been getting bad medical advice ... Delays in Merck [Molnupiravir] and Pfizer [Paxlovid] [oral protease inhibitor] therapeutics that cut Covid deaths to zero ... but also Fluvoxamine (JAMA & Lancet trials) ... that cuts Covid deaths by 91%." —Marty Makary, M.D., M.P.H., December 28, 2021; " ... thousands of COVID deaths due to 'de-emphasizing therapeutics'" Senator Rand Paul, M.D., December 27, 2021; However the Omicron variant produces breakthrough infections, with the vaccines continuing to limit serious illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths.]

"1 in 400 Americans has died of Covid (1,000,000+ dead) and 6 million worldwide."
Pandemic month 25, March, 2022  [More Covid-19 deaths in 2021 than in 2020.]
["More than 6 million children have tested positive for Covid since the beginning of the pandemic." NBC News, October 14, 2021; But zero deaths? "Since January 2020, fewer than 450 children between the ages of 5 and 18 have died of COVID-19, according to provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The American Academy of Pediatrics says that, in the 45 states with data current as of October 18, childhood COVID-19 cases resulted in deaths in between 0% and .03% of infected children." Emily Zanotti, Daily Wire, October 20, 2021]

"There is no vaccine against stupidity." Albert Einstein  [But ignoring natural immunity following infection also makes no sense.]
[Dying from a, now treatable {PAXLOVID; monoclonal antibodies} and almost fully preventable disease is incredibly dumb. Period. No exceptions.]

'Looking at a winter of severe illness and death':  " … the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated." —Joe Biden, July 22, 2021
[By way of perspective, Tobacco kills more people than Covid-19. (The correct takeaway is to save your own life by getting vaccinated, social distancing, and N95 masking and also stop smoking!)]

Vaccine 'refuseniks':  "If you're not vaccinated right now, you're not nearly as smart as I thought you were. … We have a pandemic because the unvaccinated are sowing enormous confusion." —Joe Biden, July 27, 2021

Breakthrough infections:  "This is not an epidemic of the unvaccinated. I'm very disappointed when I hear those statements. Clearly many many people that are getting infected today have been what CDC calls 'fully vaccinated' and some of them have been boosted." —Robert R. Redfield Jr., M.D., Former CDC Director, January 8, 2022

"Death rates are up 40 percent over what they were pre-pandemic [among OneAmerica's group life insurance policy holders, working aged people between the ages of 18 and 64]" Scott Davison, CEO of insurance company OneAmerica, January 7, 2022

Covid Testing Shortfall:  "We can't just give out tests willy-nilly. We're going to have to strategically provide [at home Covid tests] to the elderly and those with comorbid conditions so if they get sick they can test immediately and get on those oral drugs from Merck or Pfizer, or potentially get a monoclonal antibody. That's what we need to do, and there's just a lack of leadership and complete confusion. I'm very disappointed. … We're in a bad situation. We need to use the tests to keep people out of the hospital and keep them from dying. Not just put them on the internet first come first serve." —Admiral Brett Giroir, Former White House Covid Task Force Member and Testing Czar

False/Utter Nonsense: "We have over 100,000 children, which we've never had before, in serious condition and many on ventilators." U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, January 7, 2022  [The correct number is about 3,500, mostly mild cases, almost none on ventilators, including many children hospitalized for other conditions testing positive.]

Biden Mocks Americans' Freedom:  "I have the freedom to kill you with my Covid, I mean come on, freedom." Joe Biden, October 22, 2021

"We have won many battles but unvaccinated America is choosing to let COVID win the war. " Thanh Neville, M.D., M.S.H.S., ICU Physician at UCLA  [But distinguish dying with Covid-19 vs. dying from Covid-19?]

"I should have gotten the damn vaccine" Michael Freedy, text message to his family from unvaccinated father of 5 children, just before his untimely death from Covid-19 at age 39

Covid-19 Mutation Variants:  "By failing to contain the virus through vaccination, wearing masks and avoiding crowds, people are allowing the coronavirus to morph into increasingly dangerous forms." William A. Haseltine, PhD., former Harvard Medical School Professor

"Biden administration turned down public health expert plan in late October that called for manufacturing and sending over 700 million rapid COVID-19 tests to Americans ... " Azmi Haroun, 'Business Insider', December 24, 2021

5 day quarantine & return to work masked without testing: "The CDC just United the country ... into not trusting them. Congratulations on getting Americans to agree on something. #CDCsays [trending on twitter, December 29, 2021] #COVID19" —LWArtwork

Covid deaths among fully vaccinated Americans:  "Between Oct. 11 and Oct. 18 [2021], the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's cumulative count for breakthrough deaths jumped by 51% from 7,178 to 10,857." —CDC  [Thereafter CDC ceased reporting breakthrough deaths, and removed this data from their website.]

COVID-19 lockdowns caused more deaths instead of reducing them: "Following the implementation of [Covid-19 lockdown] policies, excess mortality increases." Virat Agrawal, Jonathan H. Cantor, Neeraj Sood, and Christopher M. Whaley, 'The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic and Policy Responses on Excess Mortality', Working Paper 28930, National Bureau of Economic Research, June 2021

Effects of Lockdowns on COVID-19 Mortality:  " … Lockdowns have had little to no public health effects … Lockdown policies are ill-founded and should be rejected as a pandemic policy instrument." Jonas Herby, et. al., Johns Hopkins University

'How far New York City is from coming back full-time':  "Only 8% of office workers are in their jobs five days a week in New York City at this moment. … almost deserted 10 days before Christmas." —Stuart Varney, December 15, 2021

"4 million Americans sidelined from jobs [2.5% of workforce job loss] due to Long Covid [aka Chronic Fatigue Syndrome]." —The Census Bureau, The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and The Lancet, August 1, 2022

Aerosol spread of virus can be limited by wearing a properly fitting genuine N95 'respirator' without an exhalation valve.

"Save your own life by getting screened for colon cancer and breast cancer." Barbara Taylor

"People who met him were always impressed by how unimpressive he was." —Joseph Heller

"Reward work, not wealth." Joe Biden, November 3, 2020
["So, instead of saving and investing, take a pile of rocks and a sledge hammer, and get to work to be rewarded. (This idiocy is an especially damaging version of the long discredited 'labor theory of value' which is the central error in Marxist theory, because value is actually instead peoples' subjective opinions of what things are worth to them.) Central planning must always fail for lack of required information, precisely because it neglects indivdual choices which express those subjective valuations. Note that phrasing this as 'not ... reward ... wealth' is dishonest, because what Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are actually advocating is confiscating your wealth." —Christopher Anderson]

"No one cares how hard you worked." Ctein

America is still the land of opportunity:  "There is alot of income mobility … Nearly 70% of Americans will spend at least some time in the top quintile, the highest group of income earners." —James Freeman, Wall Street Journal Editorial Page Assistant Editor

The zero-interest-rate policy of the Fed:  " ... a disguised tax ... It takes income from savers and hands it as a subsidy to borrowers. It also facilitates and funds the fiscal deficit policies of central government. Such a well disguised tax is a boon for governments. The cruelest tax of all is this 100 percent tax on interest income." Sarel Oberholster, November 26, 2009

"Biden has declared war on American small business." Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), House minority leader, 'NY Post', September 28, 2021

"Sixty percent of the people in the top one percent are successful small business owners." —Steve Moore, May 16, 2022

Looks like it was designed by Beijing and Moscow: "Wall Street didn't build this country, the middle class built the country, and unions built the middle class. ... but it's time for corporate America and the wealthiest 1% of Americans to just begin to pay their fair share, just their fair share .… We're going to reward work, not just wealth. ... It's time to remember that 'we the people' are the government [sic]." —President Joseph Biden, April 28, 2021

False:  "Anybody making less than $400,000 a year will not pay a single penny in taxes.[sic]" Joe Biden, May 3, 2021

Percent of Americans who will pay more in taxes under the $3.5 trillion[sic; actually $5.1 trillion] Democrat's ['class warfare'] budget 'reconciliation' bill:
"37% of Americans making less than $100,000, 35% making between $100,000 and $200,000, and 59% making between $200,000 and $500,000" —Joint Committee on Taxation, September 22, 2021

"You know sometimes the big spenders in Congress talk as if all that money they spend just kind of magically appears on their doorstep, a gift from the Internal Revenue Service. They talk as if spending were all giving a no taking. Well, there is no magic money machine." —President Ronald Reagan, April 24, 1985

'Misdirection':  "You want to bring down inflation? Let's make sure the wealthiest corporations pay their fair share.[sic]" —Joe Biden, May 13, 2022

"The newly created Disinformation Board should review this tweet, or maybe they need to form a new Non Sequitur Board instead. Raising corp taxes[sic] is fine to discuss. Taming inflation is critical to discuss. Mushing them together is just misdirection." Jeff Bezos, May 13, 2022,

"In fact, the administration tried hard to inject even more stimulus into an already over-heated, inflationary economy and only Manchin saved them from themselves. Inflation is a regressive tax that most hurts the least affluent. Misdirection doesn't help the country." —Jeff Bezos, Tweet, founder, owner of 'The Washington Post', and world's second richest person, May 15, 2022

"Look, a squirrel! This is the White House's statement about my recent tweets. They understandably want to muddy the topic. They know inflation hurts the neediest the most. But unions aren't causing inflation [sic] and neither are wealthy people. Remember the Administration tried their best to add another $3.5 TRILLION to federal spending. They failed, but if they had succeeded, inflation would be even higher than it is today, and inflation today is at a 40 year high." Jeff Bezos, May 16, 2022

"The average rent in New York City is now over $5,000 a month. Rents are rising at the highest rate since the 1980's. ... Home buyers press pause:  7 out of 10 people who were planning to buy a house this year are reconsidering or putting their plans on hold." —Stuart Varney, July 14, 2022

Another whopper from the Pinocchio-in-Chief:  "I give you my word as a Biden: If you make under $400,000 a year, I'll never raise your taxes one cent.[sic] But, I'm going to make those at the top start to pay their fair share in taxes. It's only fair [sic]" —Joe Biden, Tweet, September 26, 2021

AOC Tax the Rich - Met gala dressIncome Taxes:  "The rich [already] pay twice their fair share." —Larry Kudlow, September 27, 2021

Federal Income Taxes:  "Too High 50% ... Too Low 4%." —Gallup Poll, sample of 961 Adults, April, 2021
[While Democrats propose massive tax increases!]

Taxes in New York City:  "Just saying, 65,000 out of 8 million [less than 1%] pay half [51% of income taxes] so it's not like we don't 'tax the rich.' … Let's not lie, the rich pay alot of taxes." —Bill Maher, September 17, 2021

Taxes in New Jersey:  "If tax rate is your issue… either a family or a business… we're probably not your state." New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D), October, 2021

"Corporations don't pay taxes, they collect them." —Rep. Kevin Brady (R), Texas

"Our true choice is not between tax reduction, on the one hand, and the avoidance of large federal deficits on the other. It is increasingly clear that no matter what party is in power, so long as our national security needs keep rising, an economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough revenues to balance our budget – just as it will never produce enough jobs or enough profits. ... In short, it is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high today and tax revenues are too low and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now." President John F. Kennedy, address to the Economic Club of New York, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York City, December 14, 1962

Fairness:  "Well, as you know, there are many things in life that are not fair, that wealthy people can afford and poor people can't. But I don’t believe that the federal government should take action to try to make these opportunities exactly equal, particularly when there is a moral factor involved." President Jimmy Carter, July 13, 1977

'Fair share'? — You've got to be kidding!:  "Progressive income taxes (the second plank of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels' Communist Manifesto) are doubly unfair, and were unconstitutional until the 16th amendment was unwisely passed (by mistake) after a dishonest campaign claiming that only the extremely wealthy would be taxed (sound familiar?). By way of comparison, Macdonald's 'taxes' fairly for hamburgers because the food purchases are voluntary (not theft like government taxes) and the price is equal. The price of a hamburger is the same for everyone, rich or poor, man or woman, and regardless of race, religion, nationality, disability, etc., so people are treated equally. That's fair. Rich people are not overcharged for a hamburger, but they can pay double if they want to buy two hamburgers. Income taxes are more than unfair because, you are forced to buy what you do not want, and the involuntary price is unequal, i.e., discriminatory. Simple 'flat tax' unfairness (proportionally unfair, like property taxes) would overcharge a rich person with ten times as much money 'only' ten times as much for the same hamburger. Progressive income taxes (what we have now) are doubly unfair (disproportionally) because they force a rich person with ten times as much money to pay much more than ten times as much for the same hamburger. What could be more unfair than to be wildly overcharged for what you don't want to buy? And the overcharge will be stolen from you at gunpoint by government agents if you refuse to pay, and you will be locked up. It actually gets worse, because in America, approximately half of the population pays infinitely more income tax than the other half that pays zero income tax!" Erica Marshall

'Armed IRS agents wanted’:  "Major Duties … Carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary." —, August, 2022

"Teach your kids about taxes by eating 30% of their ice cream." —Anonymous

"You cannot tax your way into prosperity. You can try, but you can’t do it. It’s been tried for hundreds of years and it has failed." —Larry Kudlow

"Inflation is the tax collector for the liberal world order." Rep. Thomas Massie

"When I say cut taxes, I don't mean fiddle with the code. I mean abolish the income tax and the IRS, and replace them with nothing." Ron Paul

'The Billionaire and the Socialist':  "Let's change the rigged tax code so The Person of the Year will actually pay taxes and stop freeloading off everyone else. [Elon Musk was named Time magazine's 'Person of the Year', 2021]" Senator Elizabeth Warren, December 13, 2021
Starman, Courtesy Elon Musk."Stop projecting! (Elizabeth Warren is a fraud – Her lies about being Native American disqualify her from presidency, Senate) ... You remind me of when I was a kid and my friend’s angry Mom would just randomly yell at everyone for no reason ... Please don't call the manager on me, Senator Karen." —Elon Musk
'Most innovative entrepreneur of his generation':  "And if you opened your eyes for 2 seconds, you would realize I will pay more taxes than any [other] American in history [$11 billion] this year ... Don’t spend it all at once ... oh wait you did already." Elon Musk, also 'Financial Times' Person of the Year, 2021, also richest person on earth

"Strange as it may seem, the Sixteenth Amendment (which gave the American people the affliction of confiscatory income taxes) was never supposed to have passed. It was introduced by the Republicans as part of a political scheme to trick the Democrats, but it backfired. The Founding Fathers had rejected income taxes ... " W. Cleon Skousen

BIG BROTHER — Let the IRS surveil your bank account:  
"It would ask just for two pieces of information from the banks of these folks. The amounts that come into their bank accounts and what amounts go out of their bank accounts. … I'm not out to punish anyone, I am a capitalist.[sic] … All I'm asking is you pay your fair share.[sic*]" Joe Biden, September 16, 2021
*["In 2018 the top 10% of income earners paid 71% of all federal income tax. The top 1% paid 40%." —Varney & Co., September 17, 2021]

'Come back with a warrant.' 4th amendment doormat
'COME BACK WITH A WARRANT.' 4th amendment doormat
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"We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America." Barack Obama, University of Missouri at Columbia, Missouri, October 30, 2008

"We are going to have to change our conversation; we're going to have to change our traditions, our history; we're going to have to move into a different place as a nation." Michelle Obama, May 14, 2008

" ... we have an incredible opportunity to not just dig out of this [coronavirus] crisis, but to fundamentally transform the country." Joe Biden, May 4, 2022

"Here in the United States we are alarmed by the new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and independence, and not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free and we will stay free. … Tonight we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country." —President Donald J. Trump, State of the Union Address, February 5, 2019

"I was Barack Obama's campaign cochair on his second term and today I don't recognize this Democratic Party, and so I'm looking forward to an intense fight." —Gloria J. Romero, former California State Senator and the Democratic majority leader of the California State Senate (2005-2008), July 11, 2022

'Stakeholder Capitalism' = Fascism:  "The goal of the Great Reset is 'capitalism with Chinese characteristics'—a two-tiered economy, with profitable monopolies and the state on top and socialism for the majority below." Michael Rectenwald, December, 2021

"While we struggle to afford food and fuel, the elite gathered at Davos/[World Economic Forum] to discuss how we should be allowed to live our lives. Their totalitarian dream of a so-called 'Great Reset' where people own nothing and are tracked/monitored with every step, must be condemned by us all." Tulsi Gabbard, May 31, 2022

Fascism – The Road We are Traveling:  "A highly influential movement among the world's elite to 'reset' the global economy using banks, government programs, and environmental, social, and governance metrics ... would put substantially more economic and social power in the hands of large corporations, international institutions, banks, and government officials ... " Glenn Beck, 'The Great Reset: Joe Biden and the Rise of Twenty-First-Century Fascism'

What Is the Great Reset?:  "Leftist authoritarianism is the political ideology and modus operandi of what I call Big Digital, which is on the leading edge of a nascent world system. Big Digital is the communications, ideological, and technological arm of an emerging corporate-socialist totalitarianism. The Great Reset is the name that has since been given to the project of establishing this world system." Michael Rectenwald

Biden's plan for an entitlement society – For the first time in history, more than half of all Americans would be on the federal dole:  " … 57% of all married-couple children would receive federal entitlement benefits, and more than 80% of single-parent households would be on the entitlement rolls." John F. Cogan and Daniel L. Heil, Wall Street Journal, June 28, 2021

'Do they not allow him in the actual White House?':  "Biden ridiculed for using fake White House ... bizarre virtual set for televised meetings ... constructed across from the White House in the South Court Auditorium ... and not an actual room like East Room, Cabinet, Oval, Roosevelt, Sit Room, etc." Kyle Morris

"Don't underestimate Joe's ability to f*** things up."
Former President Barack Obama, c. November 30, 2020

Hampster Dance"Something's going down in college football stadiums across the country. … They are chanting 'F*** Joe Biden'. They can't stop it. It’s like the most popular cheer on Saturday. … This thing is starting to take off." —Jesse Watters, September 18, 2021  ['#LetsGoBrandon']

"Lets go Brandon. I agree." Joe Biden, December 24, 2021

"Invertebrate president [Jimmy Carter and Joe Biden]." —Rep. Mike Garcia (R) California

What are we doing?:  "This is the United States of America, Dammit! What are we doing?" Joe Biden, Scranton PA, October 20, 2021

Iowa Poll:  "62% of Iowans disapprove of the job Joe Biden is doing as president." Stephen Gruber-Miller, Des Moines Register, September 21, 2021

'Just Perfect!':  "Our country could not be more better served than with this most experienced capable hands than President Biden." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, December 14, 2021

Colossally bad:  "Where one party barely in control in the United States Congress is using that to force-feed something on the American people that they very clearly don't want, that very clearly is going to hurt them in the long term, and that really challenges the fabric of our democracy and our constitution. … They're selectively challenging and suspending Americans' liberties and freedoms, as Democrats and Democrats alone see fit and as serves their purpose. … This [$5.1 trillion spending] bill is just the latest iteration … I hope that the American people are starting to pay attention about just how dishonest the Democratic leadership in the White House, in the Senate, and in the House have been to the American people, and why all Americans should understand. In light of, again, what we have seen in the last eight months, and how things have unraveled and how this country is going to places that none of us ever imagined and most of us still believe are un-American and they don't represent the very best of our values." —John Ratcliffe, former Director of U.S. National Intelligence, September 12, 2021

"This notion that you can send checks out to everybody and things will be fine is just not true. Some people have this absurd view that the economy is like some magic horn of plenty; It just makes stuff. Goods and services? They just come from this magic horn of plenty. So, if somebody has more stuff than somebody else it is just because they took more from this magic horn of plenty. Let me break it to the fools out there: If you don't make stuff, there is no stuff. We've become detached from reality. You can't just legislate money and solve these things. If you don't make the stuff, there is no stuff ... Obviously." Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, cofounder of PayPal, founder and CEO of SpaceX, and cofounder of Neuralink, 2020

$5.1 trillion 'reconciliation' budget bill:  " … Disastrous dangerous policies. We are not going to help them pass this debacle.  This is a blueprint to bankrupt our country.  We will not stand for it." —Rep. Kat Cammack, (R) Florida, September 23, 2021

Building a Worser America:  "The policies are all wrong. I can't remember any President whose first year has gone as badly as Biden and I've never seen a President less likely or less able to change course. As the [NY] Times says, 'Democrats shouldn't panic, they should go into shock': ['The rise of inflation, supply chain shortages, a surge in illegal border crossings, the persistence of Covid, mayhem in Afghanistan and the uproar over critical race theory — all of these developments, individually and collectively, have taken their toll on President Biden and Democratic candidates ... ']." —Stewart Varney, November 18, 2021

'Biden's Errors Worsen Inflation':  "He needs to ditch his woke advisers and make growth the overriding priority. Three factors combined during the past two years to create the perfect economic storm. Covid-19 scrambled the U.S. economy's supply lines. The Federal Reserve kept its foot on the accelerator way too long. And the Biden administration did pretty much everything wrong, injecting $1.9 trillion into a supply-constrained economy, sending out stay-at-home checks, letting tenants live rent-free, squeezing oil and gas production, launching an avalanche of growth-killing regulations, lining up behind unions, and pushing yet another deficit-financed budget." Senator Mitt Romney, 'The Wall Street Journal', April 19, 2022

New CNN Poll:  "66% Disapprove of Biden on economy; 34% Approve." CNN, May 4, 2022

Laughably, idiotically, dangerously, wrong, wrong, wrong:  "Government spending is reducing the national debt.[sic] It is not inflationary.[sic]" —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Philadelphia, March 11, 2022

'Putin price hike' inflation dissembling:  " … For a few days he [Joe Biden] was saying … everything is Putin's price hikes, inflation is Putin's fault. People don't believe that either. They know that they had inflation before this … You can't blame everything in the economy on Putin." —David Axelrod, former senior Obama advisor, 'Tacks on Tap' Podcast, March 12, 2022

"The President needs to stop blaming others and do his job." —Joe Biden, April 20, 2020

With the consent of the governed?:  
"Country on the wrong track?
Total 85% wrong track;
Republicans 92% wrong track;
Democrats 78% wrong track.
—AP-NORC Poll, June 23-27, 2022  [Under the Democrat Biden adminstration]

"#BareshelvesBiden trending as Americans vent about empty stores amid supply chain crisis." Jeff Mordock, 'The Washington Times', January 10, 2022  [#BareshelvesBiden hashtag now being censored on Twitter (no search results).]

"Biden's woke economics are completely wrong." —Larry Kudlow, May 4, 2022

Federal Reserve:  "There is no understanding of economics going on at the Fed." —Arthur Laffer, May 4, 2022

Inflation/Recession:  "The Fed is way behind the curve and there's not going to be a soft landing." —Larry Kudlow, May 4, 2022

'Blue States, You're the Problem:'  " ... many blue states are actually doing worse than red states. It is in the [Democrat run] blue states where affordable housing is often hardest to find, there are some of the most acute disparities in education funding and economic inequality is increasing most quickly. ... Blue states is where the housing crisis is located. Blue states are where the disparities in education funding are the most dramatic. Blue states are the places where thousands of homeless people are living on the streets. Blue states are the places where economic inequality is increasing most quickly in this country. ... Affluent liberals tend to be really good at showing up to the marches and talking about how they love equality. They are really good at showing signs on their lawns that 'all are welcome here'. But by their actions what they're actually saying is, 'yes we believe in those ideals, just not in my backyard'." 'The New York Times', Opinion video, November 9, 2021

"What I have made clear to the President [Biden] and Democratic leaders is that spending trillions more on new and expanded government programs, when we can't even pay for the essential social programs, like Social Security and Medicare, is the definition of fiscal insanity. ... need to means test any new social programs ... America is a great nation but great nations throughout history have been weakened by careless spending and bad policies. ... " Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), September 29, 2021

'Socialism' – '$3.5' trillion [actually $5.1 trillion]:  "I like the President [Biden] personally, but he was never a moderate and this administration is in no way moderate. Bernie Sanders may have lost the nomination but he won the war over what is the program of the Democrats is going to be.  This is socialism for America.  It needs to be stopped.  No Republicans will support it. Hopefully there will be one or two brave Democrats that will stop this from happening." —Minority Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell, [R-KY], July 15, 2021

'Biden makes false claims in fiery economy remarks':   —Maria Bartiromo
"Republicans like to portray me as some kind of big spender. I have spent a lot of money … Ladies and gentlemen, this year, by the end of the fiscal year, we will have cut the federal deficit by another $1.6 trillion.[sic] In one year. One year. So when they come to you and talk about big spenders, let them know, almost $2 trillion in deficit reduction.[sic] I don't want to hear any more of these lies[sic], about reckless spending. We're changing peoples lives. … " Joe Biden, AFL-CIO, Philadelphia, June 15, 2022

"Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated." Thomas Jefferson

"I would just can this whole [multi-trillion dollar social and climate spending] bill. Don't pass it. That's my recommendation. ... It might be better if the bill does not pass because you've spent so much money, you know, it's like the federal budget deficit is insane." Elon Musk, Wall Street Journal's CEO Council, December 6, 2021

And "God knows what else! ... " —Joe Biden, August 8, 2022

'Big Government Socialism' = 'Policies to Wreck America'
Democrat 5.1 Trillion dollar 'reconciliation' federal budget bill, attacking free market capitalism:

Larry Kudlow, September 16 - November 19, 2021 ['#LetsGoBrandon']

Big government socialism versus free enterprise capitalism:  "It's all about [the Democrats' reckless tax and spending spree] collectivizing America, undermining a free enterprise system. It's really bad." —Senator Pat Toomey, (R-PA), September 28, 2021

"It stands athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it." —William F. Buckley, 'National Review' mission statement, 1955

🇺🇸 " ... We've got to do a better job of getting across that America is freedom – freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of enterprise. And freedom is special and rare. It's fragile; it needs protection." Ronald Reagan

"You cannot comply your way out of tyranny." From a T-shirt

Democratic Socialism:  "Our movement continues and it's getting stronger every day. Many of the ideas we fought for, that just a few years ago were considered 'radical' are now mainstream." Bernie Sanders speaking at the Biden Democrat presidential nominating convention, August 17, 2020
["As mayor of Burlington, Vermont, Bernie Sanders took his wife, Jane, to the Soviet Union for their honeymoon."]

"Xi Jinping aims to rein in Chinese capitalism, hew to Mao's socialist vision." Lingling Wei, Wall Street Journal, September 20, 2021

Biden's first year of mistakes:  "Inflation at 40-year high; Ongoing supply chain crisis; Illegal immigrants flooding the southern border; Drug crisis fueled by open border policies; Murder rate reaches highest level in 25 years; Covid cases soar; Botched Afghanistan withdrawal; Push to change filibuster, failed 'voting rights'[sic] bills." —Maria Bartiromo, January 21, 2022

"Illegitimi non carborundum" Don't let the bastards grind you down

Is America headed down the wrong path?: "Wrong direction 61%; Right direction 29.9%"
—Real Clear Politics polling data average, August 26, 2021 - September 7, 2021

"71% say US heading in the wrong direction. ... 48% of Democrats, 93% of Republicans and 70% of independents ... say the country is heading in the wrong direction ... "
NBC News Survey, October 23-26, 2021 ('New York Post', October 31, 2021)

'President Joe Biden's approval rating continued to decline':  
"Is America on the Right Track? — YES 18%; NO 79%"
Monmouth University Poll, May 5-9, 2022

How do Americans feel about the country's direction?:  
"Concerned/Scared 86%; Excited/Optimistic 14%."
CNN/SSRS Poll, May 12-13, 2022

Implosion of the Biden Presidency?:  "Disarray ... Chaos ... Escalating extremism and intolerance on the progressive left ... Slumping poll numbers ... Joe's Train Wreck.The angry left's assault on civility ... Criminalize parents who challenge them ... Presidency is a metastasizing shambles ... A real world case study in the perils of progressive impossiblism ... Open borders ... Fiscal incontinence ... Naïve strategic idealism ... Mask wielding, mandate waving, dissent canceling authoritarian collectivism ... Reign of error ... Everything he touches becomes a cascading waterfall of destruction ... Approval ratings plumbing new depths ... Negative ratings on just about every major issue ... Picturesque incompetence ... Escalating incompetence." —Gerry Baker, 'Wall Street Journal at Large,' October 8, 2021

"The worst the better." Vladimir Lenin, before the 1917 Russian communist revolution

Joe Biden is making Americans poorer [aka the 'Incredible/Great Transition']:  "Americans are getting poorer by the day, and they can thank President Biden. ... Americans are worried about inflation and don't think the Biden administration can fix it without plunging our economy into recession. With the president still hawking even more government spending, higher business taxes and increased regulations – all of which will drive prices higher – why would they? Almost from the start, Americans knew that Biden's policies were wrong for the country." Liz Peek, May 3, 2022

59% of likely voters agree:  "Democrats inherited an economy that was primed for an historic comeback, and promptly ran it straight into the ground." —Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, late July, 2022

Biden stock market after worst inflation in 40 years, [-1.5%] GDP economy contraction:  "Dow down 8 weeks; Longest [stock price] losing streak in 90 years." —Maria Bartiromo, May 20, 2020

Voters believe the economy is bad:  "69% (was 63% April)." —CBS News Poll, May 18-20, 2022

'Grim expectations':  "Jamie Dimon CEO of America's largest bank, JPMorgan Chase, says 'economic hurricane' on the way 'brace yourself' and Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, says 'I have a super bad feeling about the economy' wants to cut staff 10%, hiring freezes." —Maria Bartiromo, June 5, 2022

President Biden's lack of approval among young voters:  "21% approval; 58% disapproval, Voters age 18–34." —Quinnipiac University Poll, April 7–11, 2022  ["Placeholder President Joe Biden: Young people are far more likely to be heard chanting, 'Let’s go Brandon,' than are their grandparents." —Charlie Kirk, April 19, 2022]

"One of the reasons I am running is because of my age and my experience. With it comes wisdom. We need someone to take office this time around who on day one can stand on the world stage, command the respect of world leaders from Putin to our allies and know exactly what has to be done to get this country back on track." Joe Biden, CNN, October 15, 2019

Afghanistan debacle/surrender:  "I make no apologies for what I did." Joe Biden, January 20, 2022

"Putin knows that if I am President of the United States, his days of tyranny and trying to intimidate ... are over [sic]. I'm going to stand up to him. He is a bully ... When I'm President, things are going to change." Joe Biden, CNN, October 23, 2019

He said what?!  NY Post.Weak and incompetent is extremely dangerous and can lead to war: "My guess is he [Putin] will move in [invade Ukraine], he has to do something ... It's one thing if it's a minor incursion and we end up having to fight about what to do and not do ... " Joe Biden, January 19, 2022

Incoherent policy:  "The President believes that sanctions are intended to deter." Jake Sullivan, White House Spokesman, February 11, 2022
"The purpose of the sanctions is to try to deter Russia from going to war." Secretary of State Antony Blinken, CNN 'State of the Union', February 20, 2022
"We want them to have a deterrent effect, clearly, and he [Putin] hasn't invaded [Ukraine] yet." Pentagon press secretary John Kirby, February 21, 2022
"The purpose of the sanctions has always been and continues to be deterrence." Vice President Kamala Harris, Munich, Germany, February 20, 2022
"You keep talking about that. Sanctions never deter.[sic]" Joe Biden, NATO, Brussels, Belgium, March 24, 2022

Putin cannot remain in power [but never mind]:  "A dictator, bent on rebuilding an empire, will never erase the people's love for liberty ... Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia, for free people refuse to live in a world of hopelessness and darkness. ... For God's sake, this man [Russian President Vladimir Putin] cannot remain in power ... [a] murderous dictator [and a] war criminal ... " Joe Biden, Warsaw, Poland, March 26, 2022

"The president [Biden] should avoid public speaking ... At least when the topic is important." James Freeman, Wall Street Journal, March 25, 2022

'Damaging intelligence leaks, bragging':  
"The United States has provided intelligence about Russian units that has allowed Ukrainians to target and kill many of the Russian generals who have died in action in the Ukraine war, according to Senior American officials." 'The New York Times', May 4, 2022
"NBC News reports U.S. intelligence shared with Ukraine help lead to Ukraine sinking of Russian cruiser Moskva, one of the most embarrassing setbacks Russia has faced since the start of the war." NBC News, May 5, 2022  
["Biden is furious about the leaks saying US intelligence helped Ukraine kill Russian generals and sink its warship." Sophia Ankel, May 10, 2022]

"Carl von Clausewitz noted long ago that a key to success is to pursue a retreating enemy. When an enemy is in retreat, it is possible to inflict the greatest damage on his forces, disorganized and disheartened." Walter Russell Mead, 'Wall Street Journal;, March 18, 2022

The ship's sinking, all right: "Well, to call President Biden and his administration incompetent is accurate, just too kind. These are their policies. They want to drive up the price of fossil fuel. They want to drive up the price of energy so apparently we use less of it. Again, energy price affects the price of every good and commodity. So again, this is exactly what they want. They want open borders, they want deficit spending, they want to increase debt, they wanted to make Americans more dependent on government, they want increasing energy prices, they want inflation. This is what they want. This is what is so disappointing in the last election. I tried to warn Americans, don't elect people that want to fundamentally transform America. I've said this repeatedly, do you like, much less even love something that you want to fundamentally transform? So no, they have put America on a disastrous path. We need to stand up for our country and yell 'STOP.' And we need to sweep Democrats from power in the November, 2022 election so that we can stop this madness." Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), October 17, 2021

"Biden is a damp [sock] puppet in human form. … Biden is treating the American public like fools. ... If you scare people enough, they will demand removal of freedom. This is the path to tyranny." Elon Musk, Twitter, January 27, 2020
"For reasons unknown, @potus is unable to say the word 'Tesla' ... do the right thing and acknowledge @Tesla for its hard work in making EVs a possibility for Americans." —Elon Musk, Twitter, January 30, 2020

The usual litany:  "Afghanistan catastrophe, open border disasters, record inflation, parents domestic terrorists, record crime, and now constitutionally divisive ethnic and racial standard for open Supreme Court seat, which wouldn't even pass muster on a college campus." —Larry Kudlow, January 27, 2020

Supreme Court nomination campaign pledge:  "I'll appoint the first Black woman to the Court. It's required that they have representation now — it's long overdue." Joe Biden, March 2020 Democratic presidential debate, Washington, DC

Biden's Supreme Court pick should:  "Consider all possible nominees: 76%; Consider only black women: 23%; ... nonwhite Americans (28%) wish for Biden to consider only Black women for the vacancy ... a majority of Democrats (54%) also prefer that Biden consider all possible nominees." ABC News/IPSOS poll, January 28, 2022

We can do it. WWII Poster."A very interesting time in our Country, but do not worry, we will be great again—and we will all do it together ... America will never fail, and we will never allow it to go in the wrong direction. Too many generations of greatness are counting on us. Enjoy your Thanksgiving knowing that a wonderful future lies ahead!" —Donald J. Trump, November 25, 2021

Unnecessarily high prices at the gasoline pump:  "Perhaps the greatest limiter of the supply of oil has been anti-oil politicians' constant threats to severely restrict or even ban oil production going forward. E.g., Biden: 'I did that!' Gas pump stickers.when Joe Biden promises 'I will end fossil fuel' and then becomes President, oil investors run for the hills. Is it any wonder that, threatened with punishment, investment in oil and gas has declined dramatically? Between 2011 and 2021, oil and gas exploration investments declined by 50%. Less investment = less supply = higher prices. Anti-oil politicians' restrictions on infrastructure, especially pipelines, have reduced the supply of oil by making it difficult or impossible to transport US oil to international markets. If not for these restrictions we'd be producing more oil, with lower prices for everyone." Alex Epstein

'Biden has thrown a wet blanket over the entire oil and gas industry':  "On his very first day in office, Joe Biden canceled the Keystone XL Pipeline, ended ANWR [Arctic National Wildlife Refuge] drilling in Alaska and instituted a phony metric called the 'social cost of carbon,' which pretends to capture upstream production costs and downstream consumer uses, measured over centuries. Think about it! It cannot be done. This whole jihad against fossil fuels throws a wet blanket over the entire oil and gas industry ... not only the best in the world, the most affordable in the world and actually the cleanest in the world. U.S. carbon emissions have been falling for years. Then came the Biden regulatory octopus with tentacles reaching everywhere to stop fossil fuels. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has essentially banned new pipelines. The Interior Department has stopped drilling on federal land. The Energy Department has frozen [Liquified Natural Gas] LNG export projects. The [Environmental Protection Agency] EPA has reinstituted burdensome standards for the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. [National Environmental Policy Act] NEPA [expedited] permitting reform has been thrown out the window. ... Even though the oil companies have leases, the regulatory octopus including FERC, Energy Department, Interior Department, EPA, SEC, and Federal Reserve won't provide the permits, or the pipelines, or the financing for those projects. It's a classic bait and switch. ... " Larry Kudlow, March 31, 2022

Citing government energy policies:  "There hasn't been a refinery built in this country since the 1970s. I personally don't believe there will be a new petroleum refinery ever built in this country again." Michael Wirth, Chairman and CEO of the Chevron Corporation

"Fifteen states respond to 'woke capitalism', threaten to cut off banks that refuse to service coal, oil industries." Brittany Bernstein, 'National Review', November 22, 2021

Transitioning to cleaner fuels:  "I understand that publicly admitting that oil and gas will play an essential and significant role during the transition and beyond will be hard for some. But admitting this reality will be far easier than dealing with energy insecurity, rampant inflation and social unrest as prices become intolerably high." —Amin Nasser, CEO, Saudi Aramco, December 6, 2021

"Every area of the world that has tried using significant amounts of unreliable solar and wind has had major cost and/or reliability problems. In the US, we have had big electricity price increases and huge reliability problems even at 12% solar and wind." Alex Epstein

"Russia is a gas station masquerading as a country. ... It's a nation that's really only dependent upon oil and gas for their economy." U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), March 15, 2014

'Stop letting environmental groups funded by Russia dictate America's energy policy':  "It is an open secret that Russians have funded anti-fracking and anti-natural gas propaganda in America for decades. ... Many people don't know that for years, Russia has funded the anti-fracking propaganda that many environmental groups have picked up. ... NRDC, Sierra Club, and Climate Action Network were all found to have received millions of dollars of funding in grants from a shady San Francisco-based company called 'Sea Change' that a money trail linked back to the Russians." Samantha Dravis, March 1, 2022

'Russian Green propaganda':  "Russian attempts to influence U.S. domestic energy markets ... ['Russia funneled Green groups millions of dollars to oppose fracking & cripple American energy.']" United States House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, March 1, 2018

Russia's support for far-left climate groups:  "The radical green groups are in bed with Russia. Russians financed the greeny disinformation campaign against fossil fuel. ... Russia is financing green groups in order to stop fracking in the United States, which would help Russia." —Larry Kudlow, March 18, 2022

'Have the environmentalists been infiltrated by Russia?':  "Oh, absolutely. … Intelligence indicates that Russia has been running a covert influence operation in order to sabotage U.S. energy markets, shape our energy policy, and influence Americans' opinion in favor of green energy and against fossil fuels and fracking. And that is with the intention of weakening our economy and promoting dependence on Russia. … First they run a disinformation campaign through social media. This is done through the same agency called the 'Internet Research Agency' which is the one that was involved with intervening with 2016 elections and every other election that the Russians traditionally target. And the second way, Russia covertly funds environmental organizations. It is very difficult to track the flow of money because the Russians' intelligence tradecraft is very stealthy. And a lot of the environmentalists are completely unwitting who they are being funded because it is done through multiple money laundering operations, through tax havens, and it's extremely extremely difficult to point. … The Russians believe that they have been successful and they have been studying our society for more than 10 years. They know what our hot buttons are and have figured out that there is a movement that promotes green energy and their message would resonate in ultimately the bill that is being sponsored by the Democrats in 2020 is playing to Putin's hand. The Democrats have been entrapped by Putin's covert influence operations." —Rebekah Koffler, former Defense Intelligence Agency officer, April 12, 2022

"The same people who hyped Russiagate ignored warnings by the head of NATO & Hillary Clinton that Russia was financing activists to block nat gas production." Dr. Michael Shellenberger, March 6, 2022

"The West's green energy delusions empowered Putin. While we banned plastic straws ... because of a 9-year-old Canadian child's science homework ... Russia drilled and doubled nuclear energy production. ... Europe produces 3.6 million barrels of oil a day but uses 15 million barrels of oil a day. ... Europe produces 230 billion cubic meters of natural gas a year but uses 560 billion cubic meters. ... Europe uses 950 million tons of coal a year but produces half that. ... by early 2021 ... nearly 47 percent ... of the natural gas consumed by the European Union came from Russia." Michael Shellenberger, March 3, 2022

Climate change corporate regulatory disclosure framework dissent:  "We are not the Securities and Environment Commission – At least not yet." Securities and Exchange Commissioner Hester M. Peirce, March 21, 2022

Energy 1800-2020, Alex Epstein
Energy Sources 1800-2020. Courtesy Alex Epstein.

"Solar and wind can't come close to replacing fossil fuels. They only provide electricity (20% of energy use) – and they don't even do that well. Because solar and wind are unreliable, they don't replace reliable power plants – they add to the cost of reliable power plants." Alex Epstein  
["Washington Post 'journalist' tries to smear Alex Epstein [in an attempt to discredit his new Fossil Future book. But instead it's a cancel culture fail!]" Jon Hersey, March 30, 2022]

Why everything they said about solar was wrong:  "Solar panels will create 50 times more waste & cost 4 times more than predicted ... [and] both key raw materials and the panels themselves are being made by forced labor in Xinjiang province in China." Michael Shellenberger, June 21, 2021

House Democrats blast Biden's Energy Agenda in Letter to Pelosi and Schumer:  "[The] language in the House budget reconciliation package specifically targeting the U.S. oil, natural gas, and refining industries ... have the potential to cost thousands of jobs, stifle economic recovery, increase energy costs for all Americans, strengthen our adversaries, and ultimately impede the transition to a lower carbon future." Seven Texas House Democrats, September 13, 2021

"Energy is the industry that powers every other industry. The lower cost and more reliable energy is, the lower cost and more reliable everything is. The higher cost and less reliable energy is, the higher cost and less reliable everything is. ... Build Back Better[sic] would not create prosperity via magic 'green jobs' but rather cause mass 'green joblessness'—because 'green jobs' are: 1) unproductive, 2) largely in China, and 3) the cause of job losses in other industries via high energy prices. ... it will destroy far more well-paying US jobs than it creates." Alex Epstein

"Why is Europe so vulnerable to Russia and what can we learn from it? Europe has extreme dependence on Russian natural gas because Europe has foolishly restricted fossil fuel and nuclear energy production on the false promise that unreliable solar and wind could replace it." Alex Epstein

"On December 2, 1942, underneath the University of Chicago's Stagg Field football stadium, Chicago Pile 1 (CP-1) was activated, becoming the world's first nuclear reactor. Today, 78 years later, 440 reactors generate over 10 percent of the world's electricity, with another 50 now under construction." 'Generation IV, the future of nuclear power', by David Szondy, April 15, 2022

"Hopefully, it is now extremely obvious that Europe should restart dormant nuclear power stations and increase power output of existing ones. This is critical to national and international security." ... "Nuclear is vastly better for global warming than burning hydrocarbons for energy." Elon Musk, March 6, 2022, (Russia invades Ukraine, day 11)  
[There are "120 mothballed nuclear power plants in Europe" —Stuart Varney]

"We have allowed ourselves to depend on geostrategic adversaries such as Russia to provide our vital nuclear fuel supply. In fact Russia provides 20% of all of our nuclear enriched fuel services in the United States today." Edward McGinnis, former Acting Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, March 7, 2022  
["FBI uncovered Russian [Clinton] bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow."]

"Hate to say it, but we need to increase oil & gas output immediately. Extraordinary times demand extraordinary measures." Elon Musk, March 4, 2022, (Russia invades Ukraine, day 9)

Supply Chain Woes:  "Try to lower expectations." The Washington Post, October 19, 2021

Botched Biden Afghanistan withdrawal will lead to 'inevitable' future terror attacks against America:  " ... a matter of when not if ... The terrorists now have a safe haven in Afghanistan after Biden's botched withdrawal. As we continue to neglect our border security here at home, the reality in Afghanistan jeopardizes our own homeland security. Can we really trust the Biden administration to keep us safe?" Rep. Carlos Gimenezz, September 9, 2021

" ... I think [Joe Biden] has been wrong on nearly every foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades." Dr. Robert Gates, Former U.S. Secretary of Defense, 2014, reaffired 2019

The Big Guy:  "I'm a Capitalist [sic], but guess what, I'm also listed for 36 years the poorest man in the Congress, but I make big money now l'm in [sic] President." —Joe Biden, October 15, 2021

Deflecting blame for inflation caused by excessive money creation and government spending:  "In the last few decades, in too many industries, a handful of giant companies dominate the market, in meat processing, railroads, shipping. Too often they use their power to squeeze out smaller competitors, stifle new entrepreneurs, and raise the prices.[sic]" ... "Capitalism without competition isn't capitalism, its exploitation." —Joe Biden, January, 2022  
["If this monopoly pricing were true, would a progressive corporate income tax result in more smaller companies that would compete? Alcoa Aluminum was found guilty of being a monopoly becaused they did too good a job and kept lowering aluminum prices too fast for competitors to emerge! Similarly, the original meaning of 'Robber Baron' was a complaint about lowering prices too fast for the competition to keep up." —Mary Brown]

"I have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I buy something." Jackie Mason

Bloomberg Inflation Solution'let them eat cake lentils':  " ... if you earn less than $300K ... here's how to deal ... public transportation ... sell your car ... When it comes to food ... tasty meat substitutes include ... lentils and beans ... stay away from buying in bulk ... rethink those costly pet medical needs. It may sound harsh, but researchers actually don't recommend pet chemotherapy ... " New School Economics Professor Teresa Ghilarducci, op-ed, March 20, 2022

You can't make this stuff up!:  "U.S. in Talks to Pay Hundreds of Millions to Families Separated at Border:  Government is considering payments of $450,000 per person ... " Michelle Hackman, Aruna Viswanatha and Sadie Gurman, 'Wall Street Journal', October 28, 2021;   "Garbage ... Not true." Biden;   True. ACLU
["Under the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment, all those jailed in the U.S., convicted or not, having families to be eligible along with their traumatized separated family members ... Thousands to seek arrest to get their $450,000." —David Moore]

"It just goes to show you. It's always something. If it's not one thing, it's another." Roseanne Roseannadanna

"The reason I say that I think Biden has a chance to be the most progressive president since FDR is that is exactly what Joe Biden said to me." Socialist Bernie Sanders

"Legal plunder has two roots: One of them is in human greed; the other is in false philanthropy." Frederic Bastiat

"It used to be the boast of free men that, so long as they kept within the bounds of the known law, there was no need to ask anybody's permission or to obey anybody's orders." F.A. Hayek

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty·" Thomas Jefferson

"Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth." Albert Einstein, Letter to Jost Winteler, 1901

Critical thinking:  "Teaching your children to question authority is one of the greatest gifts you can ever give them." Connor Boyack

"To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." —Thomas Jefferson

'Preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States'

"Totally Reject Lawlessness, a Police State, Authoritarianism, Totalitarianism, Judicial Activism, Unconstitutional Mandates, Undermining separation of powers, Incompetence, Lying, Racism, Censorship, Indoctrination, Wokeism, Cancel Culture, Intimidation, Lawlessness, Election Tampering, Big Tech Fascism, and American Marxism." —Anne Williams

🇺🇸 "We're blessed with the opportunity to stand for something—for liberty and freedom and fairness. And these are things worth fighting for, worth devoting our lives to·" —Ronald Reagan

"The society that puts equality before freedom will end up with neither. The society that puts freedom before equality will end up with a great measure of both." Milton Friedman

"I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution." —Thomas Jefferson

"Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth." Albert Einstein

"All of us need to be reminded that the federal government did not create the states, the states created the federal government." President Ronald Reagan, First Inaugural Address, 1981

"If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." George Orwell

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing [AFFH] tyranny:  "Joe Biden and Democrats are Set to Abolish the Suburbs." National Review and explained repeatedly
[+Creepy e-mail censorship: Two e-mails containing only links to these National Review magazine articles were bounced (not delivered) as "Message not allowed ... 550 High probability of spam" but when Atlantic was substituted for National Review, an otherwise identical e-mail was delivered.]

Democrat primary campaign contributions to Republican candidates who will be easier to defeat in the general election = Election Tampering:  "Groups linked to Democrats appear to be trying to use pricey television ads and mailers to boost the profiles of ... conservative ... candidates ... running in important Republican primaries this year. The effort seems to be aimed at giving Democrats a leg up in the general election. It's not the first time Democrats have deployed such tactics ... and in the past they've been successful." Sandra Fish and Jesse Paul, June 8, 2022

Frighteningly Orwellian:  "Biden allied groups, including the Democratic National Committee, are also planning to engage fact-checkers more aggressively and work with SMS carriers to dispel misinformation about vaccines that is sent over social media and text messages." Politico

Blocking Communications = Election Tampering:  "As election day approached, Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T shut down the Trump campaign's ability to send text messages. And then Google … prevented the Trump campaign from raising money over Gmail. There is no precedent for that. The Trump reelection campaign lost millions in donations. That was the whole point of it. So the most powerful companies on planet earth … tried to stop Donald Trump, the sitting President, in his tracks. Is that fair? … Democracy… ?" —Tucker Carlson, December 14, 2021

"If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter." George Washington

Misrepresenting to voters what policies you will follow if elected = Election Tampering:  "I beat the socialist, that's how I got … the nomination. Do I look like a socialist? Look at my career, my whole career. I am not a socialist[sic]." —Joe Biden, September 21, 2020

"If you look at Joe Biden's goals and Bernie Sanders' goals, they're not that different ... " —Former President Barack Obama, 'The New Yorker', August 31, 2020

"What amazes me is you look at the President, Vice-President, you look at the Speaker of the House, and you look at the Democrat Leader in the Senate. Between the four, they don't have one hour of private sector experience." Mark Levin, October 17, 2021

"In any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party, but in America, we are." Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

"I think overall we can likely push Vice-President Biden in a more progressive direction across policy issues." —Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, September 16, 2020

" ... I'm going to be good to go down as one of the most progressive presidents in American history." Joe Biden, Presidential Candidate, October, 2020

"We [Biden and Harris] are simpatico on our philosophy of government and simpatico on how we want to attack ... approach these issues … and like I told Barack [Obama], if I reach something where there's a fundamental disagreement we have based on a moral principle, I'll develop some disease and say I have to resign." —Joe Biden, at joint press conference with Kamala Harris, December 5, 2020

Huh?:  "President [Kamala] Harris." —According to Joe Biden, December 29, 2020, March 18, 2021, December 17, 2021

"I've seen more of Dr. Fauci than I have my wife, we kid each other ... Look, who's president? Fauci! But all kidding aside, I sincerely mean it." Joe Biden, December 2, 2021

"The world has become too absurd to be satirized." —Gilbert Keith Chesterton, 1911

" ... the middle class has been buried the last four years." Vice President, Joe Biden, 2012, after almost four years in office

"How many times is Biden gonna say something stupid?" Barack Obama, August 19, 2019

"In America anyone can become President. That's the problem." George Carlin

Biden gets confused ... can't remember:  "'My mind is going blank now.'" Matthew Miller, September 2, 2021

'Press Corps Blasts "Continued Efforts To Limit Access To The President" By The White House':  " ... belief by many reporters that the administration seeks to limit access to the president [Biden] by anyone ... who might ask a question the administration doesn't want to answer. ... continued efforts to limit access to the president cannot be defended." White House Press Corps, June 30, 2022 Protest Letter

Cause for concern:  "One big problem is that Mr. Biden often doesn't seem to know what he's talking about." Wall Street Journal Editorial Board, October 22, 2021

Obama says he wants a third term through a 'front man':  " ... if I could make an arrangement where I had a stand-in, a front man or front woman and they have an earpiece in and I was just in my basement in my sweats looking through the stuff and then I could sort of deliver the lines and somebody else was doing all the talking and ceremony, I would be fine with that." Barack Obama, 'The late show with Stephen Colbert', November 30, 2020, YouTube

"Biden is just a front man. Obama, April 21[, 2022]: social media censors 'don't go far enough,' so the government needs to step in to do the job. Six days later, Homeland Security rolls out the 'Ministry of Truth' (aka Disinformation Governance Board)." Tulsi Gabbard, May 1, 2022

"It's hard to tell what Biden's doing ... The real president is whoever controls the teleprompter ... " Elon Musk, May 16, 2022

Biden 'News Conference':  "I'll take your questions, and as usual, folks, they gave me a list of the people I'm going to call on." —Joe ‘I’m going to get in trouble with my staff’ Biden, June 16, 2021
'Bizarre confession':  "But, I'm not supposed to be having this press conference." Joe Biden, December 21, 2021
"Staffer dressed as Easter Bunny stops Biden from answering reporter's question." Steven Nelson, April 18, 2022

'AN ADMINISTRATION DEFINED BY CRISIS' — April border apprehensions:  
"2020: 17,106;  2021: 178,795;  2022: 234,088" —CBP, FY Southwest Land Border Encounters

"No great country can say that it is secure without being able to control its borders." —Senator Joe Biden, C-SPAN, August 8, 2007

"The simple truth is that we've lost control of our own borders and no nation can do that and survive." —President Ronald Reagan, June 14, 1984

President Biden approval rating among hispanic voters:  "26% Approval;  60% Disapproval." —Quinnipiac University Poll, May 12-16, 2022

"Let me tell you something, folks, people are driving across that border with tons, tons—hear me, tons—of everything from byproducts from methamphetamine to cocaine to heroin, and it's all coming up through corrupt Mexico." Senator Joe Biden, 2006

U.S. Government sponsored illegal immigration = Election Tampering:  "An unrelenting stream of immigration, nonstop, nonstop. Folks like me who are Caucasian of European descent for the first time in 2017 will be an absolute minority in the United States of America. Absolute minority. Fewer than 50% of the people in America, from then and on will be white European stock. That's not a bad thing. That's a source of our strength." Vice President Joe Biden, C-SPAN, February, 2015

"Donald Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' policy is dangerous, inhumane, and goes against everything we stand for as a nation of immigrants[sic]. My administration will end it." —Joe Biden, Tweet, March 11, 2020

Drug deaths 2021 – 1 in 3,000 Americans died:  "The border is just completely open. The worst thing about the border in my opinion right now is 1 out of every 3,000 people that were alive one year ago in the United States died of a drug overdose. And a lot of those are kids that took one pill, had fentanyl made in China." —Senator Rick Scott (R-FL), February 1, 2022  ["Provisional data show more than 107,000 deaths, two thirds from synthetic opioids like fentanyl."]

"We are literally going to change the course of this country for generations to come." —Joe Biden, Presidential Candidate, October, 2020

"You'll shoot your eye out." Santa Claus

Torn from a page in a George Orwell novel:  "When this nightmare is over, we need a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It would erase Trump's lies, comfort those who have been harmed by his hatefulness, and name every official, politician, executive, and media mogul whose greed and cowardice enabled this catastrophe." Robert Reich, October 17, 2020

Killing the goose that laid the golden egg:  "I promise you this, as a first order of business, Joe Biden and I are about to work to get rid of that tax cut." —Kamala Harris, Vice-Presidential candidate, McAllen Texas, October 30, 2020

"Obama calls Kamala Harris 'the best looking attorney general.'" Rachel Weiner, 'The Washington Post', April 4, 2013

The impact of Trump's tax cuts:  "2019 Real Wealth increased 28.4% among bottom income earners, but only 8.9% among the top 1%." —U.S. Department of Labor  ["IRS data proves Trump tax cuts benefited middle, working-class Americans most: The fact is, Republicans' 2017 tax reform law did exactly what was promised:  It lowered taxes for all income groups, provided the greatest benefits for middle-income households, and spurred economic growth that helped reduce poverty and improve prosperity." Justin Haskins, 'MSN', December 4, 2021]

Promoting American prosperity:  "Make Trump's tax cuts permanent. Abolish the death tax. Keep the step-up in basis for the capital gains rule." —Senator Thomas H. Tuberville's Vision for America, (R) Alabama, September 1, 2021

Making America Prosper:  "Arthur Laffer, Larry Kudlow, Steve Forbes, Kevin Hassett, and Steve Moore." Supply-Side Economists

"Liberty, freedom, capitalism, our constitution, limited government, low taxes, less bureaucracy, school choice, law and order, free market solutions for healthcare, secure borders, energy independence, constitutionalists on the bench, free and fair trade, and peace through strength." —Sean Hannity, November 3, 2021

"The last thing you want to do is to raise taxes in the middle of a recession, because that would just suck up, take more demand out of the economy, and put businesses in a further hole." —Barack Obama, August 5, 2009

"We're flirting with fire. … It's something you've got, 'I want it, and if I don't get it, it's not fair.' … Ultimately, you can't have the anarchy of 'what's yours is mine, because it's not fair.' It's not going to float with America." Scott Shellady

"We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, unchecked, and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently, and lawfully to become immigrants in this country." Senator Barack Obama, 2005

"Free speech means the right to shout 'theater' in a crowded fire." Abbie Hoffman

"It's a lot easier to post a photo than it is to write 1,000 words ... " —Matt Parvin

Famous last words:  "Well, having already too many lenses in this [focal length] range I doubt that I will buy another one." —Thomas Bernardy

"Don't cry over spilled milk." —Why not? Just had to spend $3,061.28 for a replacement Macbook Pro after 7 year old spilled a glass of milk onto the old laptop computer, killing it.
(Lesson learned: No more computers allowed at the dinner table. Also, backup your computer!)

"The closest thing to eternal life is a government program." Ronald Reagan

"69.420% of statistics are false." —Elon Musk, Twitter, April 9, 2022

"The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention." —Thich Nhat Hanh

"You have a dollar. I have a dollar. We swap. Now you have my dollar. We are no better off. – You have an idea. I have an idea. We swap. Now you have two ideas. And I have two ideas. – That's the difference. ... " 'System' Magazine

"No need for a wallet in your funeral pants." jabberwockOG

Two-hundred year Testamentary Charitable Trust of Benjamin Franklin (Investment Compounding from 1790 to 1990):  "If this plan is executed, and succeeds as projected without interruption for one hundred years ... of most general utility to the inhabitants ... whatever may make living in the town more convenient to its people, and render it more agreeable ... The remaining ... I would have continued to be let out on interest ... for another hundred years, as I hope it will have been found that the institution has had a good effect on the conduct of youth, and been of service to many worthy characters and useful citizens. At the end of this second term, if no unfortunate accident has prevented the operation, the sum will be four millions and sixty one thousand pounds sterling ... " Last Will and Testament of Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)
After corresponding with a French mathematician named Charles-Joseph Mathon de la Cour, Franklin was intrigued by the concept of compound interest. The mathematician challenged Ben to leave small amounts of money–which would collect interest over time–to later be spent on utopian charity projects. Franklin agreed, and he bequeathed £1,000 (one thousand British Pounds) each to his native city of Boston, Massachusetts and his adopted city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania." £2,000 (=US$4,400) became $7,000,000. No wonder Benjamin Franklin's picture is on the United States' one hundred dollar bill!"]

How much money is enough?:  "Just a little bit more." —John D. Rockefeller

"At a party given by a billionaire on Shelter Island, Kurt Vonnegut informs his pal, Joseph Heller, that their host, a hedge fund manager, had made more money in a single day than Heller had earned from his wildly popular novel Catch-22 over its whole history. Heller responds, 'Yes, but I have something he will never have — ENOUGH.'"

Climate emergency:  "Biden believes the green new deal is a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face." Biden website, September 30, 2020
More Pinocchios:  "No, I don't support the green new deal." —Joe Biden, first presidential debate, September 30, 2020

"I wrote the bill on the environment. Why would I not be for it?" —(Whispering) Joe Biden, June 24, 2021

"California court rules bees are now fish." Rich Calder, June 4, 2022

"You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time." —Abraham Lincoln

"You can fool some of the people some of the time -- and that's enough to make a decent living." W. C. Fields

'President Biden versus U.S. oil':  "One million fewer barrels of oil per day since Biden's inauguration; Interior Department raising drilling fees; Reversing plan to drill in Alaska National Petroleum Reserve; Banning new drilling leases on Federal lands; [Cancelled Keystone XL pipeline; Worsened environmental regulation permitting;] Gas prices reach seven year high." —Biden's energy crisis, February 8, 2022

UberLIE:  "It's simply not true that my administration or policies are holding back domestic energy production.[sic] That is simply not true." —Joe Biden, March 8, 2022  
['STOP THREATENING THE EXISTENCE OF THE OIL INDUSTRY':  "Politicians around the world, including US Democrats, have opposed and threatened the oil and gas industry's existence. Now they are denying responsibility for the consequences: higher prices. [Using dishonest 'business decisions', 'windfall profits', '9000 leases', and 'price gouging' denial tactics.]" —Alex Epstein]

Poll:  "70% Disapprove of Biden's handling of gas prices, inflation." ABC News/Ipsos Poll, March 13, 2022

Biden's plan to tackle the 'climate crisis':  "Since taking office, President Joe Biden has waged a war on fossil fuels [ending U.S. energy independence, and endangering the U.S. economy and competitiveness, rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement], nixing the Keystone XL oil pipeline, ditching an oil drilling project in Alaska [ANWR with more oil than Saudi Arabia], introducing sweeping fossil fuel regulations and making it harder for utilities to gain approval for natural gas projects [also preventing the United States from supplying Europe's energy needs from liquified natural gas terminals]. His administration has also defied multiple court-ordered deadlines to restart the federal oil and gas leasing program after Biden attempted to halt the program altogether." Thomas Catenacci, March 9, 2022

"Biden's attacks on the industry have created an uncertain environment that prevents investment." CEO of a large, publicly traded energy company, June 2022

Biden's not-so-clean energy transition:  " ... requires mining industries and infrastructure that don't exist [and that leftist 'environmentalists' won't allow]. ... demand for key minerals such as lithium, graphite, nickel and rare-earth metals would explode, rising by 4,200%, 2,500%, 1,900% and 700%, respectively, by 2040. The world doesn't have the capacity to meet such demand." Mark P. Mills, The Wall Street Journal, May 11, 2021

Electric vehicle battery fantasy:  "Put very simply, all the world's cell production combined represents well under 10% of what we will need in 10 years ... Meaning, 90% to 95% of the supply chain does not exist." RJ Scaringe, Rivian Automotive Inc. CEO

Promoting energy poverty:  "It's all about reducing our standard of living so that we can contribute to the future climate of the planet." Chuck Devore, Texas Public Policy Foundation, May 11, 2021
["America's strangled natural gas potential:  Urgently needed American natural gas pipeline infrastructure should be built to supply clean energy, reduce carbon emissons, enrich America with both profit from producing energy and reduced energy cost, boost American employment and manufacturing, fuel unserved U.S. states like Massachusetts that are forced to import expensive energy from our adversaries, and allow U.S. coastal liquified natural gas terminals to supply the world." Lisa Martin]

"A Promise Kept: Biden's War on American Energy. [Eighty-one steps taken to cripple our energy production.]" Rep. Jim Banks, March 25, 2022

Some sacrifice—from you:  "We must face the fact that the energy shortage is permanent [sic]. ... keeping our thermostats ... at 65 degrees in the daytime and 55 degrees at night ... " President Jimmy Carter, February 2, 1977  
["What an utterly false and ridiculous claim, especially from a nuclear engineer! Even matter is condensed energy. Making energy increasingly available is the principal driver of achieving prosperity and abudanace." —Patricia Harris]

Green Religion:  "Nature is my religion. The earth is my temple. ... Many people who have rejected more traditional religion have embraced environmentalism as their big picture belief system." Bill Muehlenberg

Oil producer calls out Biden's energy policies:  "President Biden, on day one of his presidency, made it his top priority to cripple American oil and gas producers. His administration has axed progress on the Keystone pipeline, shut down leases on federal lands, encouraged Woke Wall Street to divest from fossil fuels, and installed absolute antagonists in leadership at Federal Reserve, the EPA and Department of Interior." Cecil O'Brate, CEO of American Warrior Oil

"In January [2021], President Biden imposed a ban on new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters. ... it is a ban with no end in sight. ... A ban on oil and gas leasing will simply push production to other countries. That means fewer jobs for Americans, less revenue for states and the federal government, and more imports of foreign oil. ... " Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), May 13, 2021
["By raising the cost of energy, it also functions as a hidden 'regressive' tax on every American, and on every product produced or transported in the U.S., hurting the poor the most."]

Build back worse:  "Joe Biden killed the Keystone Pipeline. Russia wins. The Colonial Pipeline gets shut down by Russia. Russia wins. And now the response from the Biden administration is to give Vladimir Putin a brand new shiny natural gas pipeline, Nord Stream 2. Russia wins, again. So it's really hard to believe how we've gone from from America first to America worst in such a short period of time." —John Ratcliffe, Former U.S. Director of National Intelligence, May 23, 2021

Destroying America's Energy Independence and Standard of Living:  "Your pursuit of this radical agenda continues to hurt Americans not insulated from the consequences of your decisions by geography or privilege. Maybe one day, down the road, we will obtain the Utopian energy profile you desire. But in the meantime, Americans want practical, effective leadership – not visionary deprivations." Letter to President Biden from 19 State Attorneys General urging him to reinstate the Keystone XL Pipeline, May 17, 2021

"Apple, like nearly every other international technology company in the world, gets the overwhelming percentage of its power from cheap, plentiful, reliable coal and almost none from expensive, unreliable solar and wind." Forbes

"Right now about 40% of American electricity is 'clean,' with unreliable solar and wind providing about 10%. Given nuclear and hydro realities in the US, 80% 'clean' by 2030 means quintupling unreliable solar and wind, from 10% to 50% of our electricity in 8 years! ... The facts are clear. 10% solar and wind in the US is disastrous. 50+% solar and wind would guarantee unaffordable prices, constant shortages, frequent blackouts – and the fleeing of industry and jobs, once companies realize the US no longer has low-cost, reliable electricity." Alex Epstein's 'Energy Talking Points', October 22, 2021

"For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled." —Richard Feynman

The Hard Math of Minerals:  "Today's plans to decarbonize global energy systems, which center on a massive expansion in the use of solar, wind, and battery technologies, need to better account for the high environmental and economic costs of materials and minerals. ... It has long been known that building solar and wind systems requires roughly a tenfold increase in the total tonnage of common materials—concrete, steel, glass, etc.—to deliver the same quantity of energy compared to building a natural gas or other hydrocarbon-fueled power plant." Mark P. Mills, January 27, 2022

"The Keystone Cops in the White House are deliberately destroying our fossil fuel industry and America's energy independence, which is raising prices, creating an insidious inflation tax hurting the poor the most, making energy unreliable, making America less competitive, empowering America's adversaries, forcing the U.S. to import energy from Russia and the unstable middle east, while endangering the national security of the United States and its allies, and actually increasing carbon dioxide emissions." —Christopher Davis

How 'the experts' can be totally wrong about energy:  "The whole climate crisis is not only fake news, it's fake science." Patrick Moore, Ph.D., Greenpeace Founder

"Over the last two decades ... as a direct result of the shale gas boom, the United States has given the model for how the world can make the most meaningful contribution to addressing climate change: replacing coal consumption with natural gas. This is the most impactful green initiative available in the world, and it is not even close. It is proven, it is actionable using today's technologies, and it can be executed rapidly." Toby Z. Rice, President and CEO, EQT Corporation. the largest producer of natural gas in the United States

"New York bans fracking and pipelines." Mary Miller

"It's not about climate change, it's about wealth redistribution." —Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, Former U.S. Secretary of Energy

'No trend in tornado frequency or intensity':  "In the United States ... The mean annual number of tornadoes has remained relatively constant." UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 2021

Climate Science Is Not Settled – We are very far from the knowledge needed to make good climate policy:  "Yes, it's true that the globe is warming, and that humans are exerting a warming influence upon it. But beyond that ... 'I do not think The Science says what you think it says.' For example, both research literature and government reports state clearly that heat waves in the US are now no more common than they were in 1900, and that the warmest temperatures in the US have not risen in the past fifty years. ... Humans have had no detectable impact on hurricanes over the past century. Greenland's ice sheet isn't shrinking any more rapidly today than it was 80 years ago. The global area burned by wildfires has declined more than 25 percent since 2003 and 2020 was one of the lowest years on record." New York University (formerly CalTech) Professor of Physics and Engineering Steven Koonin, Ph.D., former Undersecretary for Science, U.S. Department of Energy, in the Obama Administration

'Green Bad Deal':  " ... we redistribute de facto the world's wealth by climate policy. ... One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with environmental policy ... " Ottmar Edenhofer, Co-chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changes Working Group III, and lead author of the IPCC's 2007 Report

"The Green New Deal ... wasn't originally a climate thing at all. ... we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing." —Saikat Chakrabarti, Chief of Staff to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) NY, and FAQ author of the Green New Deal, admission to a 'Washington Post' reporter

"All warfare is based on deception." Sun Tsu

"It's not easy being green." Kermit the Frog

Green New Deal FAQ:  "Economic security to all who are ... unwilling to work. Upgrade or replace every building in US for state-of-the-art energy efficiency. Build out highspeed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary." Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) NY, February 5, 2019

"We'll be back. ... Don't damage the economy too much for us to fix it later." —Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, June 13, 2021

Anti-capitalism: "Go woke, go broke." —Andy Kessler, July 18, 2021

Biden's woke economics are perverse:  "These things [destructive tax hikes, wild fiscal stimulus, out of control entitlement spending] are all disincentives. … The Biden group doesn't understand the incentive model of growth. That's too bad because economics is all about real world incentives. … He's got the story exactly in reverse. ... This is the worst most perverse economic recitation I can ever recall. ... His so called 'government investment' which is a progressive euphemism for government spending, indeed, massive social spending, without work requirements or employment incentives, somehow that's going to boost the economy. But it won't. ... This kind of financing does in fact risk permanently higher inflation. ... " —Larry Kudlow ["The Sage of the West Wing" according to Rick Perry], July 19-20, 2021

Profound and grave damage [from Biden's incompetent and shameful withdrawl from Afghanistan]: "The commander-in-chief is demonstrating cowardice to our allies and to our adversaries. … We've got to survive the next three years with a President [Biden] and a national security team that has … literally created one disaster or tragedy or humiliation or debacle after another." —John Ratcliffe, former Director of U.S. National Intelligence, September 12, 2021

"In just a few short months, the Biden administration has created a disaster on the southern border of the United States. It did so by methodically—and by all indications intentionally—undoing every meaningful border security measure that had been in place. As a result, we have had five straight months of over 170,000 illegal immigrants apprehended at the border. The number in June [2021] was the highest in over 20 years. And Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been effectively shut down." Mark Morgan, former Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, July 22, 2021

"I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any treat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within." General Douglas MacArthur

Abundance – The Future is Better Than You Think:  "We humans are wired to pay 10x more attention to negative news than positive news. ... The truth is, driven by advances in exponential technologies, things are getting much better around the world at an accelerating rate." Peter H. Diamandis, M.D.

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." —H. L. Mencken

"The road to the nomination for the Democratic party runs through Venezuela." —Senator Lindsey Graham, February 5, 2019

Democratic presidential debate fossil fuel energy question:
"Would you be willing to sacrifice some of that growth even knowing that potentially it could displace thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of blue-collar workers in the interest of transforming to that greener economy?"
"The answer is YES." Joe Biden, PBS NewsHour/Politico, December 19, 2019

Vow to constituent:  "I want you to look in my eyes, I guarantee you, I guarantee you we're going to end fossil fuel." —Joe Biden, New Castle, New Hampshire, September 6, 2019

Biden plan to destroy the oil industry, end energy independence, and cripple the U.S. economy:  
"No more subsidies for fossil fuel industry. No more drilling on federal lands. No more drilling, including offshore. No ability for the oil industry to continue to drill. Period. End. Number one."
Joe Biden, Democratic presidential primary debate, CNN, March 15, 2020

"I'm not banning fracking, no matter how many times Donald Trump lies about me.[sic]" —Joe Biden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, August 31, 2020

"[Biden's] lies are driving me crazy." —Larry Kudlow, September 27, 2021

Oil company response to Biden's letter:  "ExxonMobil has been investing ... more than $50 billion over the past five years, resulting in an almost 50% increase in our U.S. production of oil during this period. Globally, we've invested double what we've earned over the past five years -- $118 billion on new oil and gas supplies compared to net income of $55 billion. ... We kept investing even during the pandemic, when we lost more than $20 billion and had to borrow more than $30 billion ... In 2021, total taxes ... were $40.6 billion ... " ExxonMobil, June 15, 2022

Q. "Would there be any place for fossil fuels including coal and fracking in a Biden administration?" —CNN, July, 2019
A. "No, we would work it out, we would make sure it's eliminated and no more subsidies for either one of those." —Joe Biden

"There's no question I'm in favor of banning fracking." —Kamala Harris, CNN September 4, 2019

Q. "Would there be any place for fossil fuels including coal and fracking in a Biden administration?"
A. "NO." Joe Biden, CNN, July 31, 2019

"No one is going to build another coal burning [plant] … We gotta shut down the ones we have. But no one is going to build a new one." Joe Biden, CNN, September 4, 2019
["If innovation could economically sequester underground the carbon dioxide from burning coal to produce reliable inexpensive non-polluting 'green' energy, why would't that be terrific?" —Mary Thomas]

"Anybody who can go down 300 to 3,000 feet in a mine, sure as hell can learn how to [computer] program as well. ... Anybody who can throw coal into a furnace can learn how to program, for god's sake." Joe Biden

"There is always an easy solution to every human problem — neat, plausible and wrong." —Henry Louis Mencken

" ... It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. ... " —Winston Churchill, from an Oct. 1939 radio broadcast

"Nobody should be in jail for a nonviolent crime." Joe Biden

"Would I like to debate this gentleman [Donald Trump]? No … I'd ... beat the hell out of him." —Joe Biden, Miami, March 20, 2018 [Biden repeating his desire to assault Trump, previously stated at Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, October 21, 2016.]

'Sometimes alarmingly incoherent':  "Play the radio, make sure that ... you have the record player on at night. ... " Joe Biden, September 12, 2019

" ... Trump won significantly the last two [sic] times." —Joe Biden, Cincinnati, October 12, 2020

We hold these truths to be self evident:  "All men and women created by go you know you know the thing you know how we talk about we the people." Joe Biden, Houston Texas, March 2, 2020 [also confusing his wife of 28 years with his sister]

"I'm running as a proud Democrat for the Senate [sic]." —Presidential Candidate Joe Biden, Toledo Ohio, October 12, 2020  ["Biden calls himself 'Vice President' in latest job-title screwup." Steven Nelson, August 4, 2022]

"Four more years of George [sic] … " —Joe Biden, October 26. 2020

"Are there people in the Republican party who think we are sucking the blood out of kids?" Joe Biden, July 23, 2021

"I don't care if you think I'm Satan reincarnated." Joe Biden, CNN, July 21, 2021

"I had nurses at Walter Reed Hospital ... they actually breathed in my nostrils to get me moving." Joe Biden, July 23, 2020

"The President [Obama] put me in charge of getting out the recovery money which was 800 and, I don't know, excuse me, was 80, almost $89 billion, I guess it came to 84 at the end, 84 billion [sic] … But we declared our independence on December 7th [sic], by the way, and it's not just D-day [sic]." Joe Biden, May 27, 2020

Fudging the facts doesn't promote tolerance:  "A Black man [co-inventor, Lewis Latimer] invented [1881] the light bulb [sic], not a White guy named [Thomas A.] Edison [1880]." Joe Biden, Kenosha, Wisconsin, September 3, 2020

What year is it? "We are going to deal with climate change, end end at zero emissions, net emissions by 2050, by 2020 [sic] make sure all our electricity is zero emissions." —Joe Biden, September 7, 2021, Queens, NY

"U.S. troops died in Iran [sic] and Afghanistan ... You could take care, people who were quartermaster, you can sure in hell take care of running a, you know, a department store, a thing where in the second floor of a ladies department or, you know what I mean?" —Joe Biden, Tampa, Florida, September, 2020

"If you are fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask." —Joe Biden, May 13, 2021
"No, I didn't say that." —Joe Biden, July 29, 2021

Truck driver delusion:  "I used to drive an 18 wheeler." —Joe Biden, Macungie Pennsylvania, July 28, 2021

'Build back debtor!':  " … Pass our bipartisan my bipartisan infrastructure agreement and my build back better plan which is being debated now and I'm going to be heading over there quickly shortly after I do this press conference back to my office to make some calls." —Joe Biden, The White House, November 5, 2021

"A visibly confused, tired-looking Joe Biden mixes up Libya, Syria three times in speech on Russia." Greg Price, June 13, 2021

"He who dares not offend cannot be honest." Thomas Paine

Biden tells townhall whopper:  "If the President [Trump] had done his job, had done his job from the beginning, all the people would still be alive[sic]. All the people. I'm not making this up, just look at the data. Look at the data." —Joe Biden, Moosic, PA, Presidential Townhall, CNN, September, 2020
['Even if this whopper made any sense, more Americans died of Covid-19 in 2021 under Biden than did in 2020 under Trump." —Robert Martinez]

"The public is lied to every day by the President, by his spokespeople, by his officers. If you can't handle the thought that the President lies to the public for all kinds of reasons, you couldn't stay in the government at that level, or you're made aware of it, a week. ... The fact is Presidents rarely say the whole truth—essentially, never say the whole truth—of what they expect and what they're doing and what they believe and why they're doing it and rarely refrain from lying, actually, about these matters." Daniel Ellsberg, 'Presidential Decisions and Public Dissent', Conversations with History, July 29, 1998

"Telling the truth is a petty- bourgeois prejudice. Deception, on the other hand, is often justified by the goal." Vladimir Lenin, November, 1917

"The arrogance of lying by a politician leads to bad policy making every time." —Larry Kudlow, April 6, 2022

Pinocchio Pinocchio Pinocchio Pinocchio Pinocchio
'Biden's litany of lies':

● Cost of Democrat spending plan is 'Zero'.
● Rich don't pay their fair share.
● No crisis at the border.
● Border patrol 'whipped' migrants.
● Won't leave Americans in Afghanistan.
—Larry Kudlow, September 27, 2021

[More Biden Lies.]

Most expensive falsehood in history?:  " ... the truth is ... it's going to cost nothing, because we're going to raise the revenue.[sic]" Joe Biden, September 24, 2021
[The actual cost will exceed that of World War II plus the Marshall Plan which rebuilt Europe.]

Absurd zero cost claim:  "We talk about price tags. It is zero price tag on the debt.[sic]" ... "There is nothing in any of these pieces of legislation that's radical … that is unreasonable.[sic]" Joe Biden September 24, 2021

From the Fabricator-in-Chief, another Whopper:  "I have known every — every [Israeli] prime minister well since Golda Meir, including Golda Meir ... And during the Six-Day War, I had an opportunity to — she invited me to come over because I was going to be the liaison between, she and the Egyptians about the Suez, and so on and so forth.[sic] " —Joe Biden
[Golda 'Meir however, was not elected prime minister until 1969, two years after the Six-Day War. The Israeli prime minister in 1967 was Levi Eshkol, who served between 1963-1969.']

Delaware Petroleum Malignancy Syndrome:  "You'd have to put on your windshield wipers to get, literally, the oil slick off the window. That's why I, and so damn many other people I grew up with, have cancer [sic]. And why, for the longest time, Delaware had the highest cancer rate in the nation." Joe Biden, July 20, 2022

"I never considered voting for Trump in 2016. I may be forced to vote for him this year. … Joe Biden would be a figurehead president, incapable of focus or leadership, who would run a Teleprompter presidency with the words drafted by his party's hard-left ideologues." —Danielle Pletka, AEI Senior Fellow, Washington Post, September, 2020

"The Green New Deal is a Trojan Horse for Socialism." U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Climate Apocalypse: "Without clear coordinated and committed approach from the other 85% of the carbon emitters, the world will continue to warm, storms will continue to worsen, climate change will continue to threaten lives and livelihoods, public health, and economics of our existence, and literally the very existence of our planet." Joe Biden

"This city is headed for disaster of biblical proportions … old testament … real wrath of God type stuff, fire and brimstone coming down from the skies, rivers and the seas boiling, 40 years of darkness, earthquakes, volcanoes, the dead rising from the grave, human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria." 'Ghostbusters', Columbia Pictures

"China would prefer Joe Biden." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, CNN, August 9, 2020

" … We stand with the people of Hong Kong & continue to support their human rights & fundamental freedoms." —U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Tweet , September 16, 2021
[Posted and then promptly deleted by Blinken.]

"We are at risk of losing a war today because too few of us know that we are engaged with an enemy, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), that means to destroy us." Brian T. Kennedy

"The Chinese people will absolutely not allow any foreign force to bully, oppress or enslave us and anyone who attempts to do so will face broken heads and bloodshed in front of the iron Great Wall of the 1.4 billion Chinese people." Chinese President Xi Jinping, Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party, Tiananmen Square, July 1, 2021

"Hold dear to your parents for it is a scary and confusing world without them." Emily Dickinson

The "USA birth rate has been below minimum sustainable levels for approximately 50 years." Elon Musk, May 24, 2022 (See graph of 'fertility rate slump')  
["Is it a coincidence that 50 years exactly corresponds to the onset of the ridiculous and completely wrong earth day catastrophe predictions?" —Joseph Thomas]

"If your parents never had children, chances are you won't, either." Dick Cavett

"Is it OK to still have children?" Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) NY

"Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference." —Mark Twain

Plants will suffocate, ending life on earth in 1-2 million years, if the 250 million year trend continues of dropping atmospheric CO2 levels to below 150ppm, as sea shells accumulating on the ocean floor sequester carbon dioxide:

The Positive Impact of Human CO2 Emissions on the Survival of Life on Earth.  Patrick Moore, PhD

'Completely crazy' Green New Deal 'insanity' would 'cause people to starve:'  "It would be the end of civilization if 85% of the world's and 85% of the US's energy in the form of coal, oil, and natural gas was phased out over the next few years. ... We do not have anything to replace them with. ... [Green New Deal advocates] are opposed to approximately 98.5% of all the electricity we are using and nearly 100% of all the vehicle and transportation and ships' and planes' energy that we are using. ... You don't have a plan to feed 8 billion people without fossil fuels ... or get the food into the cities. ... If we ban fossil fuels ... agricultural production would collapse .. and half the population would die in a very short period of time ... and there wouldn't be a tree left on this planet." Patrick Moore, Greenpeace co-founder, March 11, 2019

"There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." —Chris Hatfield, Astronaut mantra

Electrical power grid instability causes California blackouts:  "We have a much more risky supply of energy now because the sun doesn't always shine when we want and the wind doesn't always blow when we want." —Professor Frank Wolak, Economics, Stanford University

"The annual output of Tesla's Gigafactory, the world's largest battery factory, could store three minutes' worth of annual U.S. electricity demand. It would require 1,000 years of production to make enough batteries for two days' worth of U.S. electricity demand." Mark P. Mills, The 'New Energy Economy': An Exercise in Magical Thinking

Breakthough Solid-State Battery?:  "Compared with conventional lithium-ion battery technology, solid-state batteries will be lighter, smaller, more powerful, charge faster, last longer, and be safer." Clint Demeritt, April 7, 2021

White House Science 'Czar' Tells Students: "We [the United States] can’t expect to be number one in everything indefinitely." Dr. John P. Holdren, Director, Obama White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, April, 2010

"Stay on target ... Stay on target ... " —Star Wars

War with Radical Islamists: "Mr. Obama indicated that he did not see enough cable television to fully appreciate the anxiety after the [terrorist] attacks in Paris and San Bernardino." —Redacted by The New York Times

Terrorism:  "It can happen here almost any time. … If [you] knew what I know about terrorism, [you] would never leave the house ..." —Marine Corps General John F. Kelly, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, May 26, 2017

"Q. What keeps you awake at night?
  A. Nothing – I keep other people awake at night."
Marine Corps General James 'Mad Dog' Mattis, U.S. Secretary of Defense, 'Face the Nation', May 28, 2017

"The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting." Sun Tzu, 'The Art of War'

"Today's consumer protection hurts consumers more than it helps us. Competition and the open society protects us far better than government ever can or ever will." John Stossel

"A citizen's right to film government officials, including law enforcement officers, in the discharge of their duties in a public place is a basic, vital, and well-established liberty safeguarded by the First Amendment." —Federal First Circus Court of Appeals, Boston, MA, 2011

Clueless: " ... there are these incredibly hot rocks, 'cause the interior of the earth is extremely hot, several million degrees [sic] ... " —Al Gore, Nobel Laureate

"Caution: Cape does not enable user to fly." —Warning label on a Batman costume

"Who told you to think? I don't give you enough information to think." 'Total Recall' (movie)

"If you want to create jobs the quickest way to do it is to provide more funding for food stamps ... it's the biggest bang for the buck.[sic]" —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Democrat - California)

"Our country was founded by geniuses, but it's being run by idiots." —Senator Kennedy, R-Louisiana

Language Police:  "[Speaker Nancy] Pelosi, House [of Representative Democrats] move to ban 'Father, Mother, Son, Daughter' and other 'Gendered' words." C. Douglas Golden

"Avoid the terms 'mothers' and 'women' ... 'breast milk' ... " Natalie O'Neill, February 10, 2021

'Thought police' ('political correctness gone mad'?):  "Commonly used [sic] gender-neutral pronouns [neopronoun neologisms] include Ze/zir/zem/zeir, Xe/Xir/Xem/Xeir, and hir/hirself." Liz Sommer, January 8, 2019

"Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue." —Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, Presidential Nomination, July 16, 1984

"Justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done." —Lord Gordon Hewart, The Lord Chief Justice of England, 1924

"Do you catch lyme disease at night from a luna tick?" —Anon

"Homeowner:  You charge more than a lawyer."
"Plumber:  Yes, I didn't get as much when I was a lawyer." —Joke

"Economists report that a college education adds many thousands of dollars to a man's lifetime income – which he then spends sending his son to college." Bill Vaughn

"College graduates should not have to live out their twenties in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters, and wondering when they can move out and get going with life." —Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), 2012

"What if they gave a war and nobody came?" —Paraphrasing Carl Sandburg

"Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity." George Carlin

"Never get involved in a land war in Asia." —Advice from General of the Army, Douglas MacArthur to President John F. Kennedy in 1961

Vietnam War:  "It was a stupid war. Anyone who went was a sucker." —Anonymous former Trump administration officials, claiming to quote President Trump
[Vietnam War Protester chant: "Hell no, we won't go!"]

Draft Resistance in the Vietnam Era:  "In 1972, there were more conscientious objectors[*] than actual draftees ... " Jessie Kindig
[*Thereby responding to then President Richard M. Nixon's greetings in the manner of the reply given in the case of Arkell v. Pressdram.]

"The most fundamental objection to [military] draft registration is moral. ... The notion of involuntary servitude, in whatever form, is simply incompatible with a free society." —President Ronald Reagan

"After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels." Texas Governor Ann Richards, Democratic National Convention keynote, Atlanta, Georgia, July 18, 1988

"In the 1960's women learned to burn their bras. In the 2020's women will need to learn to burn their draft cards." Gloria Richmond

WW II:  "During the war an Italian girl saved my life. She hid me in her basement in Cleveland." Henny Youngman

"Dictatorial Powers: The sad truth is that government does everything incompetently, whether it is something trivial or something on which the fate of the country depends. War is the health of the state because the government uses war to fighten us into surrendering our liberties and our property." —Judge Andrew Nepolitano

"When men become locked in battle, there should be no artifice under the name of politics, which should handicap your own men, decrease their chances for winning, and increase their losses." General Douglas MacArthur

To the German Commander:  "NUTS!" The American Commander, A.C. McAufiffe, Bastogne, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge, December 22, 1944

"I think I shredded most of that. Did I get them all? ... " —Colonel Oliver North, Iran-contra hearings, 1987

"Never confuse genius with luck and a bull market." —John C. Bogle

"Investors everywhere are checking their accounts to see how much money they made. That's the way it is, you know, when stocks go up you look, when they go down, you tend not to look, you look away." —Stuart Varney, September 3, 2020

Investments: "In really bad markets, the only thing that goes up is correlation. ... If you want the return, you have to accept the volatility." —nedsaid

"Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill." W. C. Fields

"Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen." —Mark Twain

"I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself." —Ronald Reagan

"There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice." —Mark Twain

"Keep her warm. Don't forget to hold hands and snuggle in the tent. Tell her you love her." Ben Miller

"When I eventually met Mr. Right I had no idea that his first name was Always." Rita Rudner

"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them." —Mark Twain

"I'm trying to read a book on how to relax, but I keep falling asleep." Jim Loy

"Nothing's perfect and you'll be a lot happier if you accept that." ProfHankD

"I do not want to 'upgrade' ... Paying money to buy headaches is a stupid idea ... " Lloyd Chambers

"If you can't make it good, make it big, and if you can't make it big, make it RED!" Paul Rand, who taught design at Yale

"A big blow from a stranger hurts less than a small blow from a friend." —Yiddish proverb

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." —Groucho Marx

"The inherent vice of capitalism is the uneven division of blessings, while the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal division of misery." —Winston Churchill

"Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others that have been tried." —Winston Churchill

Principle of defensive design: "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong." Edward Aloysius Murphy, Jr., aerospace engineer who worked on safety-critical systems

"If everything seems to be going well, you probably don't know what's going on." Paraphrasing Murphy's Eighth Law

"Everything should be as simple as it is, but not simpler." —Albert Einstein

KISS:  "Keep it simple, stupid!" Kelly Johnson, lead engineer, Lockheed Skunk Works

Peter Principle – Why Things Always Go Wrong:  "People are promoted to their level of incompetence." Laurence J. Peter

"Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance." Confucius

"May the farce be with you." Mel Brooks

"The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size." —Albert Einstein

" ... repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny ... HE has erected a Multitude of new Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harrass our People, and eat out their Substance." Declaration of Independence

"The Declaration of Independence is a great spiritual document – still the preeminent support of free government throughout the world. ... If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. Any change from the Declaration's eternal truths would be reactionary, not progressive." Calvin Coolidge

"It's all rigged." —Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colorado)

"It ain't bragging if you can do it." —Dizzy Dean

"The press' job is to ... protect the liberty and freedom of all of us from ... organized governmental power. When they ... decide ... what truth that you may know, as an American, and what truth you are not allowed to know, they have, then, made themselves a fundamental threat to the democracy, and ... made themselves the enemy of the American people." Pat Caddell, Democrat strategist and Jimmy Carter's pollster

"I believe [John B.] Gurdon has ideas about becoming a scientist; on his present showing this is quite ridiculous ... he would have no chance of doing the work ... and it would be a sheer waste of time, both on his part and of those who would have to teach him." —His high school biology teacher writing about the future Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine [After cloning the first animal, a frog, Dr. Gurdon then had to wait 50 years to receive that recognition for his breakthrough, commenting "I am lucky to be still alive."]

"This concept [for Federal Express overnight package delivery] is interesting but not feasible." Yale Economics Professor to his student, FEDEX founder, Fred Smith, on why his proposal was only worth a grade of "C," 1965

"Difficult to predict the future is!" —Yoda

"Seen at a coffee shop: Sleep is the primary symptom of caffeine deprivation." —Travis Saling

"The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep." W. C. Fields

"All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth." Richard Avedon

"There is no real magic in photography, just the sloppy intersection of physics and art." —Kirk Tuck

"Don't only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets; art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise man to the Divine." Ludwig van Beethoven

"Use a picture. It is worth a thousand words." Arthur Brisbane, newspaper man, 1911

"It's a lot easier to post a photo than it is to write 1,000 words ... " —Mathieu Parvin

'The Humane Interface':  "An interface is humane if it is responsive to human needs and considerate of human frailties." Jef Raskin

"A computer shall not waste your time or require you to do more work than is strictly necessary." Jef Raskin

"We’re Apple. We don't wear suits. We don't even own suits." Steve Jobs, Apple CEO

"Welcome to Fight Club. The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Fight Club! ... " Tyler Durden

"We don't have a domestic spying program." Barack Obama to Jay Leno

Hitler on the wire, British World War II propaganda poster

Senate Church Committee:  "I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America, and we must see to it that this agency [the NSA] and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision, so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return." Senator Frank Church, 1975

"No one has willfully or knowingly disobeyed the law or tried to invade your civil liberties or privacies ... there were no mistakes ... we don't hold data on U.S. citizens." —NSA Director General Keith Alexander, 2012

NSA Violated Fourth Amendment and the FISA: "Illegal searches conducted by the National Security Agency under Obama were 'widespread' and created a 'very serious Fourth Amendment issue." U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court, April 26, 2017

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes." —Dwight David Eisenhower, Presidential farewell address, 1961

"In the need to develop a capacity to know what potential enemies are doing, the United States government has perfected a technological capability that enables us to monitor the messages that go through the air. These messages are between ships at sea, they could be between units, military units in the field. We have a very extensive capability of intercepting messages wherever they may be in the airwaves. Now, that is necessary and important to the United States as we look abroad at enemies or potential enemies. We must know, at the same time, that capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left such is the capability to monitor everything—telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn't matter. There would be no place to hide. If this government ever became a tyranny, if a dictator ever took charge in this country, the technological capacity that the intelligence community has given the government could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back because the most careful effort to combine together in resistance to the government, no matter how privately it was done, is within the reach of the government to know. Such is the capability of this technology." Senator Frank Church, NBC's 'Meet the Press', August 17, 1975

"Amazon awarded secret [ten billion dollar National Security Agency] cloud computing contract." Chris Mills Rodrigo, August 10, 2021

"Liberalism means A and B decide what C shall do for D. Oh, and they charge a commission for having done so." —Milton Friedman

¿Land of the free?: "Although the United States is home to 5 percent of the world's population, almost a quarter of the world's prisoners are incarcerated in American prisons." U.S. Department of Justice

"It's called 'the American Dream' 'cause you have to be asleep to believe it.[sic]" —George Carlin

"I am less interested in the return on my money than the return of my money." —Will Rogers

"A dog teaches a boy three things: Fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down." —Robert Benchley

"The stock trading symbol for Petco?" WOOF

"On top of all my other medical problems, now they tell me I have hypochondria ... " —Rick Oleson

"Habits are either the best of friends or the bitterest of foes." Margaret Thatcher

"If you repeat an action for 28 days, it will become a habit." Dr. Robert Anthony

"Rise early, that by habit it may become familiar, agreeable, healthy, and profitable. It may, for a while, be irksome to do this, but that will wear off; and the practice will produce a rich harvest forever thereafter." George Washington

"Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise." Idiom

"Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny." Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

"Over 20% of what William Shakespeare wrote consists of just ten words: the, and, I, to, of, a, you, my, in, and that." nisiprius

Flock / herd / gaggle / pod / brood / glaring / parade / shrewdness / husk / bloat / tower / obstinacy / kettle / murder / troop / brace / cluster / paddling / pitying:
A colony of penguins:  "A flock of penguins on land is called a 'waddle,' but the same flock of penguins at sea is called a 'raft'" —paraphrased from 'Penguin Town' video

"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive." —Gilda Radner

"I am impelled to tell you how much I have come to admire your intellect, your drive, and your honesty, and that I consider myself lucky to have made your personal acquaintance in Brussels." Albert Einstein writing to support Marie Curie during her time of personal crisis, 1911

"Photography is not like painting. There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera." Henri Cartier-Bresson

"Identify the dominant philosophy of a society and you can predict its future." Ayn Rand

Zero Aggression Principle:  "It is always wrong to initiate force to achieve a social or political goal." Jim Babka

"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

"The left is concerned with only one thing, control, and they disguise this control as charity." Elbert Guillory

"Government 'help' to business is just as disastrous as government persecution– the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off." Ayn Rand

Four Trillion Dollar Oops: "Our home ownership strategy will not cost the taxpayers one extra cent." —William Jefferson Clinton, June 5, 1995

"President Barack Obama was a pioneering contributor to the national subprime real estate bubble, and roughly half of the 186 African-American clients in his landmark 1995 mortgage discrimination lawsuit against Citibank have since gone bankrupt or received foreclosure notices. As few as 19 of those 186 clients still own homes with clean credit ratings ... " Daily Caller

What caused the financial crisis?:  "There was a lot of pressure on banks to make loans to everyone. 'Red lining,' if you remember, was the term where banks took whole neighborhoods and said 'people in these neighborhoods are poor and they're not going to be able to pay off their mortgages.' Tell your salesman 'don't go into those areas.' And then Congress got involved, and local elected officials as well, and said 'Oh that’s not fair, these people should be able to get credit.' And once you started pushing in that direction, banks started making more and more loans where the credit of the person buying the house wasn't as good as you would like." —New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, 2008

"Mark my words ... Medicare in about eight to nine years goes into the red ... It is going broke. ... What is truly scary – what is truly risky – is if we do nothing [because Medicare is] unsustainable ... [and] running out of money. ... [Medicare must be reformed] to be there for the next generation, not just for this generation." President Obama

"A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth – some obvious truth he isn't supposed to say." —Michael Kinsley

Give the perspective: "[From] someone who has seen the intelligence and can tell the American people they [the Biden Administration] are lying to you. They're not telling you the truth about what our intelligence says ... They can't be trusted and they shouldn't be trusted." —John Ratcliffe, former Director of U.S. National Intelligence, September 12, 2021

"Now I know what a statesman is; he's a dead politician. We need more statesmen." Bob Edwards

"I'm into painting with light – not painting by numbers!" —Allan Swindles

"The United States abolished involuntary servitude (slavery) with the 13th amendment only to reinstate it with the 16th amendment." —John Galt

✓ "Lincoln said 'government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free' but a tax burden approaching 50% now approximates half slave and half free." —Antonio Rodrigues

Eliminate the Income Tax:  "About 45 percent of all federal revenue comes from the personal income tax. That means that about 55 percent – over half of all revenue – comes from other sources, like excise taxes, fees, and corporate taxes. We could eliminate the income tax, replace it with nothing, and still fund the same level of big government we had in the late 1990's [about a decade earlier]. We don't need to 'replace' the income tax at all." Ron Paul, New York Times, November 20, 2008

"Silence like a cancer grows." —Simon and Garfunkel, "The Sound Of Silence" Lyrics

"This week I got an iPhone. This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls." —Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO

"Why is it that with over 60 years of improvements in cameras, lens sharpness and film grain, resolution and dynamic range that no one has been able to equal what Ansel Adams did back in the 1940s?" Ken Rockwell

"Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has no problem calling for the destruction of Israel and blaming it for attacks linked to his own party, but when his [sister's husband] needs life-saving heart surgery, only Israeli doctors will do." Paul Alster

"The world is divided between the people who resent those who have been more successful and those who want to emulate them." Dennis Prager summarizing George Gilder

 Q. "How many gallons of blood, on average, does your heart pump in a day?"
 A. "2,000." —Varney & Co., Trivia

"The function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable." —John Kenneth Galbraith

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." —Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"On two occasions, I have been asked [by members of Parliament], 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able to rightly apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question." —Charles Babbage (1791-1871)

"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" —Carl Sagan

"I challenge the growing trend in our society to give numbers a credence that they simply don't deserve, all the while assigning far less importance to the things that can't be expressed with numbers – qualities such as wisdom, integrity, ethics, and commitment." —Jack Bogle

"The milliHelen (the amount of beauty required to launch 1 ship)." —Patrick Perez

Star Wars

"The greatest teacher, failure is." —Yoda, 'The Last Jedi'

"Always pass on what you have learned." —Yoda, 'Return of the Jedi'

"The Force is strong with this one." —Darth Vader, 'A New Hope'

"Great, kid, don't get cocky." —Han Solo, 'A New Hope'

"I find your lack of faith disturbing." —Darth Vader, 'A New Hope'

"Try not. Do or do not. There is no try." —Yoda, 'The Empire Strikes Back'

"I like firsts. Good or bad, they're always memorable." —Ahsoka Tano, 'The Mandalorian'

" … many of the truths that we cling to depend on our viewpoint." —Obi-Wan Kenobi, 'Return of the Jedi'

"Difficult to see; always in motion is the future." —Yoda, 'The Empire Strikes Back'

"Your focus determines your reality." —Qui-Gon Jinn, 'The Phantom Menace'

"In my experience, there's no such thing as luck." —Obi-Wan Kenobi, 'A New Hope'

"You have failed me for the last time … " —Darth Vader, 'The Empire Strikes Back'

"I never ask that question until after I've done it!" —Han Solo, 'The Force Awakens'

Funny, derogatory, mildly offensive ways of saying mentally impaired, dense, unintelligent, nuts, loony, stupid, slightly crazy, a bit slow, a bit thick, or merely eccentric [so many ways to be mean]; Also see 'ablest micro-aggressions':

A few fries short of a Happy Meal.
A few bricks shy of a load.
A few sandwiches short of a picnic.
Half a bubble off plumb.
• A few spanners short of a tool box.
• A few cards shy of a full deck.
• A few cans short of a six-pack.
• A few crumbs short of a biscuit.
• A few trucks short of a convoy.
• A few clowns short of a circus.
• A photographic memory with the lenscap on.
• His driveway doesn't go all the way to the road.
• His elevator does not go all the way to the top.
• The lights are on but no one's home.
• Not the full bottle.
A sausage short of a barbie.
• The butter's slipped off the noodles.
• The cheese slid off the cracker.
• A few slices short of a loaf.
• Out to lunch.
• Not the full tin of bikkies (or box of chocolates).
• Wouldn't know what day it was unless he had two baked potatoes on his plate.
• 24¢ short of a quarter.
• Only two bob in the pound.
• 60¢ in the dollar.
• He's the full quid, but it's all small change.
• A few roos loose in the top paddock.
• Not too tightly wrapped.
• A shingle short.
• Not all there.
• Not playing with the full deck.
• A couple of buttons missing.
• Not running on all cylinders.
• A couple of ribs short of a cage.
• His river doesn't run all the way to the sea.
• Hasn't got them all in a row.
• Hasn't got both oars in the water.
• A bit of light gets in.
• Not the full tube of Dencorub.
• If brains were dynamite, he couldn't blow his hat off.
• His flag is at half staff.
• A deficiency in the marbles department.
• Not quite enough coupons for the coffee percolator and matching set of cups.
• Not got all their chairs at home.
• Not the full shilling.
• A few points short of promotion.
• A few points short of a council flat.
• One condom short of an orgy.
• He's a 6-pack, but he's missing the plastic bit that holds it all together.
• When they were handing out brains, he was at the back of the queue.
Dumber than a box of rocks.
• Not the brightest candle in the chandelier.
• Not the brightest color in the crayon box.
• Two plums short of a fruit pie.
• One prescription shy of a full medicine cabinet.
• One burrito shy of a combo plate.
• Three ants shy of a picnic.
• One cow shy of a full barn.
• A couple drops shy of a full glass.
• One shirt shy of a full closet.
• One horse shy of a herd.
• One rose shy of a bouquet.
• One song shy of a CD.
• One inch shy of a foot.
• One painting short of an art gallery.
• One dog short of a kennel.
• One meatball shy of a plate of spaghetti.
• One bandaid shy of a first aid kit.
• A couple quarts short of an oil change.
• A black and white mind, working on a color coded problem.
• A cup and saucer short of a place setting.
• A deadbolt with a broken cylinder.
• Three pieces short of a jigsaw puzzle.
• A few cups shy of a tea service.
• A brownie shy of a bake sale.
• One tree shy of a forest.
• One brick short of a load.
• A few bees short of a hive.
• Couldn't find their butt with both hands if it had a bell on it.
• His wheel is spinning, but the hamster is dead.
• Some drink from the fountain of knowledge, they just gargled.
• Their antenna does not pick up all the channels.
• One coffee bean short of a latte.
• As nutty as a fruit cake.
• The lights are on but nobody's home.
• Not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
• One peanut short of a snickers.
• Has a hole in their bag of marbles.
• Their screen is missing a few pixels.
• Their cord does not reach the outlet.
• They're a few channels short of cable.
• If clues were shoes they would be barefoot.
• About as sharp as a marble.
• Not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree.
• A few peas short of a casserole.
• One fruit loop shy of a full bowl.
• Did your dad drop you on your head when you were a baby?
• One lime short of a Margarita
• No grain in the silo.
• Too much yardage between the goal posts.
• One petal shy of a flower.
• Duller than a butter knife.
• The gate is down, the lights are flashing, but the train is not coming.
• One ant shy of a colony.
• Brilliant as a burned out light bulb.
• A book full of blank pages.
• Christmas tree without an angel on top.
• The cornbread did not get baked.
• Dipstick doesn't quite hit the oil.
• Driving with the engine off.
• From the shallow end of the gene pool.
• Having a blond moment?
• If you looked up 'stupid' in the dictionary you'd see your picture.
• Not the sharpest tool in the shed.

"People look at Joe Biden and they know that the tray table is not in its upright and locked position. They see that for themselves." —Kellyanne Conway, November 8, 2021

"I have been in 57 states [sic] ... " B. Hussein Obama

Protests have now "spread to 1,000 countries [sic]." —Diane Sawyer, ABC News

"Every month that we do not have an economic recovery package, 500 million Americans [sic] will lose their jobs." —Nancy Pelosi

"But you can't erase what you've already done ... giving a five hundred trillion dollar [sic] tax cut to 120,000 families." Joe Biden

"Now we have over 120 million dead [sic] from COVID." Joe Biden, June 25, 2020

"From the time I got to the Senate, 180 years ago [sic]." Joe Biden, September 27, 2020

"You get a tax break for a racehorse, why in God's name couldn't we provide [a] tax credit for everybody who has childcare costs? ... It would put 720 million women [sic] back in the workforce. ... " Joe Biden, March 2, 2020

Guns:  "One-hundred-fifty million people [sic] have been killed since 2007 ... more than all the wars, including Vietnam from that point on." Joe Biden, February, 2020

"There's four rules of firearm safety that you follow with any gun:

● Treat every weapon as if it's loaded;

● Never point a gun at anything you're not willing to kill or destroy;

● Never put your finger on the trigger unless you're willing to kill or destroy; and,

● Always be aware of what's in front of, behind, and around your target.

If you follow those rules, no one is in danger, and no one gets hurt."
—Tim Clemente, Hollywood technical consultant

"Over 170 million jobs [sic]" could be lost due to sequestration. —Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), March 1, 2013

Heroic police prevent massacre:  "We lose 93 million Americans [sic] a day to gun violence." —Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Build Back Bolshevik:  
"The build back better is three baskets:  
        It's •climate, •health, •jobs, •security, and •moral responsibility."
—Nancy Pelosi  
["How about instead of Building Back Better, you just put everything back the way it was and leave it alone." Michael Smith]

"South Korea is ... within miles of the border of North Korea." Hillary Clinton

"If ignorance is bliss, then why aren't there more happy people?" —graffiti

"It's much easier to be critical than correct." Benjamin Disreali

"I would love to spend a lot of my time venting and yelling at people." ... "I ... talk to experts ... so I know whose [tuchus] to kick." Barack Hussein Obama, II, 44th President of the United States [Reading the audiobook of his third autobiography has Obama speaking for an astounding 29 hours straight.]

"You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man's age-old dream – the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order – or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism." —Ronald Wilson Reagan, 'A Time For Choosing'

"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers." United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

"62% of Americans say the political climate prevents them from sharing their political views." Cato Institute national survey, 2020

"Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear." —President Harry S Truman, Special Message to the Congress on the Internal Security of the United States, August 8, 1950

"Terrorism from white supremacy is the most lethal threat for the homeland today. Not ISIS, not Al-Qaeda, white supremacists." Joe Biden, Tulsa Oklahoma, June 2, 2021
"My statement is that domestic violent extremism represents the greatest terrorism related threat to the homeland." Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Capitol Hill, April 28, 2022
"In the FBI's view, the top domestic violence extremist threat we face comes from racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists, specifically those who advocate for superiority of the white race." Attorney General Merrick Garland, Capitol Hill, May 12, 2021

Terrorism threat, DHS advisory

Wrongthink Thoughtcrime Doubleplusungood:  "The United States remains in a heightened threat environment fueled by ... false or misleading narratives and conspiracy theories, and other forms of mis- dis- and mal-information ... " Department of Homeland Security Bulletin, February 7, 2022 [See above; Click here for complete DHS Bulletin.]

"No danger flowing from speech can be deemed clear and present unless the incidence of the evil apprehended is so imminent that it may befall before there is an opportunity for full discussion. If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence. Only an emergency can justify repression. Such must be the rule if authority is to be reconciled with freedom·" Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, Whitney v. California, 1927

"Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one's thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down." Frederick Douglass

censorship is unamerican
Censorship is Un-American.
Courtesy Smithsonian Museum of
American History and Rock the Vote.

"In a free state every man may think what he likes, and say what he thinks." Baruch Spinoza

Culture War:  " ... for the Democratic Party's liberal adherents, silencing their adversaries has become their primary project. ... In modern-day American liberalism ... censorship is a virtual religion. They simply cannot abide the idea that anyone who thinks differently or sees the world differently than they should be heard." Glenn Greenwald, January 29, 2022

Western Values:  "The Left doesn't care 'cause they love ideas, not people." Dennis Prager, August 3, 2018

"Media helped hide the real Joe Biden by censoring Hunter stories." Miranda Devine, 'New York Post', November 28, 2021

"The Hill has removed its comment section, as there are many other forums for readers to participate in the conversation ... on Facebook and Twitter." The Hill

News Censorship = Election Tampering:  "If unaware Biden voters knew about the Hunter Biden laptop probe, 16% would not have voted for Biden." Media Research Center, poll, November 9-18, 2020

Final Presidential debate, 2020:  "I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life.[sic] ... I've not taken a single penny from any country whatsoever.[sic]" Joe Biden

"Free speech is essential to a functioning democracy.
[Poll:] Do you believe Twitter rigorously adheres to this principle? – Yes 29.6%; No 70.4%. ...
Given that Twitter serves as the de facto public town square, failing to adhere to free speech principles fundamentally undermines democracy. ... " ... "Seize the memes of production!" Elon Musk, March 26-27, 2022, who then purchased 9.2% of Twitter's stock, becoming its largest shareholder!

'Wikipedia co-founder says site is now 'propaganda' for left-leaning 'establishment'':  "If only one version of the facts is allowed then that gives a huge incentive to wealthy and powerful people to seize control of things like Wikipedia in order to shore up their power ... There's a global enforcement of a certain point of view on issues ... " Larry Sanger, Wikipedia Co-founder

Elite capture:  "Peter Schweizer says that, in a quarter-century as an investigative journalist, this is the scariest investigation he has ever conducted. That the Chinese government seeks to infiltrate American institutions is hardly surprising. What is wholly new, however, are the number of American elites who are eager to help the Chinese dictatorship in its quest for global hegemony. Presidential families [$31 million from the top of communist China's intelligence service to the Bidens], Silicon Valley gurus, Wall Street high rollers, Ivy League universities, even professional athletes—all willing to sacrifice American strength and security on the altar of personal enrichment." —'Red-Handed: How American Elites Get Rich Helping China Win'

Hunter Biden's Laptop From Hell:  "I hope you all can do what I did and pay for everything for this entire family for 30 years … It's really hard. But don't worry, unlike Pop [Joe Biden], I won't make you give me half your salary." Hunter Biden text to his daughter Naomi, January 2019, New Year Post

Deplatforming = Election Tampering:  "Censorship, cancel culture intimidation, wokeism, viewpoint discrimination and deplatforming are Un-American because the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court all guarantee your natural unalienable right to free speech." —Charles Culpepper

"Facebook And Twitter Limit Sharing 'New York Post' Story About Joe Biden." Shannon Bond, NPR, October 14, 2020

"Whenever one tries to suppress doubt, there is tyranny. " Simone Weil, 'Lectures in Philosophy'

Left's Ideological conformity enforcement mechanism:  "First, activists create a panic about misinformation or offensive speech. Second, the social media platforms try to meet them halfway by introducing measures like warning labels. Third, the activists realize they've drawn blood, and continue to push for outright censorship. Finally, the social media platforms give in and remove the offending voice from their platforms altogether." Zaid Jilani, 'The Blue Stack Strikes Back', February 8, 2022

A Twitter Mob Is A Religious Experience:  " ... To put it simply, social media mobs transmute painful emotions into a belief in one's own righteousness. This is also what religious experiences do. ... these social media systems very clearly furnish people with pre-packaged, group virtue. In the end, the whole exercise boils down to a simple assumption: that complaining in the prescribed way makes you righteous. And that's just foolish." Paul Rosenberg

"Disinformation" = Censorship:  "Facebook Banned 1.3 Billion Accounts Over Three Months to Combat 'Fake' and 'Harmful' Content." Melissa Holzberg, 'Forbes', March 22, 2021

'The Death of Free Speech and the Cost of a Free Lunch':  "Facebook bans Trump for at least two years." Musadiq Bidar, CBS News, June 5, 2021

Poll:  "75% Don't trust social media to make fair content moderation decisions." Cato, December 15, 2021

The corporate Big Tech censors are failing:  "Facebook shares are getting crushed today, down almost 25%. The company's value has fallen today by more than Boeing and General Motors are WORTH. Why? For the first time ever, the number of Facebook users is shrinking. (The ridiculous rebranding to 'Meta Platforms' probably doesn't help.) Apparently deplatforming every person and group who has a non-woke thought isn't working out as well as Mark Zuckerberg had hoped." —Alex Berenson, February 3, 2022

"Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude." Viktor E. Frankl

"What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?·" Thomas Jefferson

"You shall not criticize anything or anybody in the government any longer or you shall go to jail." Progressive California Senator Hiram Johnson explaining President Woodrow Wilson's Sedition Act, 1918

Progressive Woke Tyranny — Turning America into Communist China:  "In the great debate of the past two decades about freedom versus control of the network, China was largely right and the United States was largely wrong. Significant monitoring and speech control are inevitable components of a mature and flourishing internet, and governments must play a large role in these practices to ensure that the internet is compatible with a society’s norms and values.[sic]" Jack Goldsmith and Andrew Keane Woods, 'The Atlantic', April 25, 2020

'Why I'm Leaving the University':  "Signs of ... fear are omnipresent. ... UCLA as a whole is showing all the signs of Woke capture that typify the contemporary U.S. university. ... [colleagues] fired, all for dissenting ... from Woke orthodoxy ... Statements recounting one's activities on behalf of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion are mandatory in faculty job applications and in promotion dossiers. ... Also typical of elite U.S. universities, UCLA is awash in anti-Zionism, a.k.a. thinly disguised Jew-hatred. ... it's a good bet that the grip of Woke orthodoxy on the University of California, and most other U.S. universities, will tighten in the years to come. The younger faculty tend to be more Woke than their elders. Administrators and student 'protesters' perform elaborately choreographed routines that end with the former enacting policies that they wanted to enact anyway, for which the latter's public temper tantrums serve as a pretext. ... I strongly suspect that mainstream U.S. higher education is morally and intellectually corrupt, beyond the possibility of self-repair ... increasingly brazen rejection of two values ... meritocracy and free debate." 'Refugee' UCLA Professor Joseph H. Manson, July 4, 2022

Beijing Winter Olympics Athlete Censorship Warning:  "Do not risk incurring the anger of the Chinese government because they are ruthless." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, February 3, 2022

War Censorship:  "The United Nations has advised ... against using the terms 'war' or 'invasion' to describe Russia's attack on Ukraine. ... refer to the fighting as a 'conflict' or 'military offensive' — even as Russian troops target Ukrainian civilians and more than 2 million people flee to neighboring countries. ... Roskomnadzor, the agency that regulates Russian media, ordered local outlets to delete the words 'assault,' 'invasion' or 'declaration of war' two days after the attack was launched. The Russian parliament then passed a new law imposing prison terms of up to 15 years and a fine of up to $14,000 for spreading 'fake' news about the military, which led a number of international news organizations to go dark or suspend operations in Russia." Mark Moore, March 8, 2022

Biden White House admits censorship collusion with social media companies:
Pravda = Truth = government propaganda"We are in regular touch with the social media platforms and those engagements typically happen through members of our senior staff … This is a big issue of misinformation … We have increased disinformation research and tracking … We are flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation … " —Jen Psaki, President Biden's Press Secretary, The White House, July 15, 2021

"I make a special appeal to social media companies and media outlets, please deal with the misinformation and disinformation that's on your shows. It has to stop." —Joe Biden, January 13, 2022

Facebook confirmation:  "We have partnered with government experts, health authorities and researchers to take aggressive action against misinformation [sic] about COVID-19 and vaccines to protect public health. So far, we've removed more than 18 million pieces of COVID misinformation, removed accounts that repeatedly break these rules … " Facebook spokesperson, c. July 15, 2021

Advocating for Censorship:  "The issue is not that the companies before us today are taking too many posts down. The issue is that they are leaving too many dangerous posts up." —Senator Edward Markey (D-MA), Capitol Hill, October 28, 2020

Intolerance:  "78.3% of millennials block family on Facebook over political posts." Time2Play

'Young Dems more likely to despise the other party – College students who would not  ____  someone who voted for the opposing presidential candidate':  "5% of Republicans said they wouldn't be friends with someone from the opposite party, compared to 37% of Democrats. 71% of Democrats wouldn't go on a date with someone with opposing views, versus 31% of Republicans. 30% of Democrats — and 7% of Republicans — wouldn't work for someone who voted differently from them." Generation Lab Poll, November 18–22, 2021

Viewpoint discrimination = Election Tampering:  "One of the gravest threats to our democracy today is a powerful group of Big Tech corporations that have teamed up with government to Trump Twitter Suspendedcensor the free speech of the American people. This is not only wrong—it is unconstitutional. ... Big Tech and government agencies are actively coordinating to remove content from the platforms ... The tech companies are doing the government's bidding, colluding to censor unapproved ideas. This coercion and coordination is unconstitutional. The Supreme Court has held that Congress can't use private actors to achieve what the Constitution prohibits it from doing itself. In effect, Big Tech has been illegally deputized as the censorship arm of the U.S. government. This should alarm you no matter your political persuasion. It is unacceptable, unlawful and un-American. ... " Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States, 'Why I'm Suing Big Tech', Wall Street Journal, July 8, 2021

Stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech:  "We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American President has been silenced. This is unacceptable. ... I am excited to send out my first TRUTH on TRUTH Social very soon." Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States, October 21, 2021

Biden White House demands total silencing on all platforms: " ... create robust enforcement strategies that bridge their properties ... You shouldn't be banned from one [social media] platform and not others for providing misinformation ... " —Jen Psaki, President Biden's Press Secretary, The White House, July 16, 2021

Once upon a time in America:  "It's a free country." ... "Land of the free, home of the brave." —Anonymous

'Soviet-Style Posters Mocking 'Commie' Biden Blanket Capital, Leftists Scramble to Rip Them Down'; 'Comply; Good Kids Are Compliant Kids; Mandate! Segregate! Subjugate!; Trust the Scientism'

"War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength"

Disinformation Governance Board:  "We have just established a misinformation and disinformation governance board in the Big SisterDepartment of Homeland Security to more effectively combat this threat not only to election security but to our homeland security ... " Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary, Department of Homeland Security, testimony to the House Homeland Security Committee, April 27, 2022  
["I confess, I at first thought this announcement was satire. Surely, no American administration would ever use the power of government to sit in judgment on the First Amendment speech of its own citizens. Sadly, I was mistaken. Rather than protecting our border or the American homeland, you have chosen to make policing Americans' speech your priority. This new board is most certainly unconstitutional and should be dissolved immediately." Senator Josh Hawley, April 28, 2022]

Exploring legal action against Homeland Security:  "It's just so un-American, so right out of Russia or China, that they would actually have an agency of disinformation headed up by someone who is one of the biggest propagators of this." Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita, May 4, 2022  
["Nina Jankowicz ... the new 'disinformation czar' called Hunter's laptop Russian disinformation and pushed the debunked Steele dossier."; Forced to resign by public outcry.]

'Fundamentally un-American':  "I wake up in the morning worried about my country. That is not an exaggeration. ... The government has no role defining what is true and false. This is a blatant violation of the first amendment. ... It is an attack on free speech ... and it is completely unconstitutional. ... This is a gross, extremely dangerous violation of free speech when the government sets up an agency to determine what's true and false. If we are not on our way to communism, we may be there. ... The incredible destruction this does to our fundamental values. ... These people ... want to destroy your form of government, and they want to destroy your way of life, and they want to completely destroy your fundamental values and make you an amoral, evil country, and they're doing it, and this is about as clear as it gets." Rudy Giuliani, April 30, 2022

Ministry of Truth: "Unless you hear it from us it is not the truth. ... We will share with you the most up-to-date information daily ... otherwise dismiss anything else." New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, March 19, 2020

Martial Law:  "Australia's Victoria state to deploy military, impose A$5,000 fines to enforce coronavirus isolation." The Straits Times, August 4, 2020

Reversal:  "We've got to get past the heavy hand of government and we've got to treat Australians like adults ... We have to move from a culture of mandates to a culture of responsibility." Australian prime minister Scott Morrison, December 20, 2021

"I'm going to shut down the virus." Joe Biden, Wilmington, Delaware, October 23, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, October 24, 2020; Wilmington, Delaware, October 28, 2020; Coconut Creek, Florida, October 29, 2020; Tampa, Florida, October 29, 2020; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 30, 2020; Des Moines, Iowa, October 30, 2020; St. Paul, MN, October 30, 2020; Broward County, Florida, October 29, 2020
"Look, there is no federal solution. This gets solved at a state level." Joe Biden, December 27, 2021

Center for Disease Control stalking entire population:  "CDC used phone location data to monitor churches and schools to determine whether Americans followed Covid lockdown orders. ... The CDC monitored curfew zones, churches, schools, neighbor-to-neighbor visits and trips to pharmacies through SafeGraph, a controversial data broker. ... CDC paid $420,000 for access to one year of ... location data harvested from tens of millions of phones in the United States ..." Cristina Laila, May 3, 2022

Shanghai Covid lockdown:  "Control your soul's desire for freedom." Orwellian propaganda being yelled at people locked in their apartments from Chinese Communist Party drones flying overhead, April 8, 2022

"Biden is giving control of our public health to World Health Organization with Pandemic Treaty." Tucker Carlson, May 19, 2022
"America should NOT cede one inch of sovereignty to the World Health Organization. Not one." Eric Schmitt, Missouri Attorney General, May 20, 2022

'Fauci openly admits Biden [airplane] mask mandate is about preserving AUTHORITY':  "It's less about mandates on the plane than it is about who has the right and the authority and the capability of making public health decisions. ... decisions that are public health decisions belong with the public health agency, in this case, the CDC. So it's more of a matter of principle of where the authority lies than it is about whether or not there's gonna be a mandate on a plane or not." —Anthony Fauci, M.D., June 1, 2022

"Definitely choose to get the vaccination! Definitely don't destroy the U.S. Constitution's system of federalism and separation of powers, checks and balances that preserve the freedom and protects the rights of Americans. Oppose executive branch overreach and authoritarianism: Presidents, governors, mayors, and executive agency officials at CDC, OSHA, DHS, DOJ, etc., DO NOT  have the authority to pass laws, invent new powers, or ignore existing laws or the science. Additionally, do not permit politicians to cede U.S. sovereignty by treaty to any world government entity such as the Chinese communist controlled World Health Organization. Being on an unAmerican abusive power trip should cause the offender that is violating the law and their oath of office by denying rights and usurping powers denied to them by the constitution to be promptly fired, recalled, impeached, prosecuted, and/or voted out of office." —Ohana Dikranian

[George Orwell's '1984' was intended as a warning against totalitarianism, not as an instruction manual!]

"He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself." —Thomas Paine, 'A Dissertation on the First Principles of Government,' 1795

Free speech absolutist:  "Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated ... " Elon Musk, upon purchasing Twitter, April 25, 2022

"If I am not for myself who will be for me? If I am for myself alone, what am I? And if not now, when?" Hillel the Elder

"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act." —Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything." Albert Einstein

"Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little." Edmund Burke

"The only thing necessary for the triumph [of evil] is for good men to do nothing." —Edmund Burke

Rioting mob:  "People do what they do." —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Capitol Hill, July 9, 2020

"But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear?" —Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1967

'Larry Fink's Blackrock Doubles Down on Woke Capitalism':  "The retirement savings and investment accounts of millions of Americans are being used to pressure corporate Americans into adopting the left's climate agenda and divisive racial politics. Blackrock, the world's largest asset manager, has been moving steadily leftward for years and has been putting pressure on public companies to comply ..." John Carney, December 17, 2020

Blackrock Investments in China:  "Larry Fink wanted the world to think he was woke until we called him out for violating his fiduciary duty to America's pensioners. ... He's using American investment dollars to cozy up to Chinese communists and woke politicians, betraying the American consumer in the process." Will Hild, February 10, 2022

Former Twitter CEO tweets:  "Me-first capitalists who think you can separate society from business are going to be the first people lined up against the wall and shot in the revolution. I'll happily provide video commentary." —Dick Costolo, October 1, 2020

■"Our election was hijacked. There is no question. Congress has a duty to #ProtectOurDemocracy and #FollowTheFacts." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Twitter, May 16, 2017

Scheduling vaccine results = Election tampering:  "[The Pfizer Coronavirus vaccine] independent experts' committee, independent from Pfizer, that unblinded the data and reviewed, they met at 11 [AM] and they finished their meeting at 1:30 [PM on November 8, 2020, giving us a Covid-19 vaccine in 'Warp Speed' but announced less than 24 hours after the polls closed for the Presidential election.]" Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla

"As I have long said, Pfizer and the others would only announce a Vaccine after the Election ... " —Donald J. Trump

"Facebook censored a claim in October [2020] by President Donald Trump that a covid vaccine was imminent, which it was." Michael Shellenberger

Unconstitutional voting procedures (or in violation of state law) = Election Tampering:  "Democrats and the liberal media have a shocking double standard when it comes to disputed elections." —Gerry Baker, Wall Street Journal at Large, July 9, 2021

Projection – Making the accusation of exactly what you are doing:  "Today our freedom to vote is under assault. ... They are also working to interfere with our elections." Vice President Kamala Harris (D), Alexandria, Virginia, January 17, 2022

Scott Rasmussen national survey, October, 2021:

• 85% want all voters to show photo ID before casting a ballot
• 82% want all ballots to be received by Election Day
• 81% of voters want all voting machines made in the United States
• 88% want ... states to remove ... from voter registration lists ... people who have died or moved

The Democrats' dark campaign master:  "What is really extraordinary, as [Mollie] Hemingway points out ... [in her] important new book, Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections ... is that one man, [attorney Marc] Elias, was responsible for both the [Russia, Russia, Russia!!! Hoax] Steele dossier, which was the covert Democratic disinformation operation designed to bring down Trump during the 2016 campaign, and those wide-ranging changes in state election procedures, designed to make sure he did not win reelection in 2020." Byron York, October 11, 2021

'Hillary Clinton Did It':  "The Russia-Trump collusion narrative of 2016 and beyond was a dirty trick for the ages, and now we know it came from the top—candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. That was the testimony ... by 2016 Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook in federal court ... she approved a plan to plant a false Russia claim with a reporter." Editorial Board, 'The Wall Street Journal', May 20, 2022
"Christopher Steele created the dossier. Glenn Simpson sold it to the press. Michael Sussman took it to the FBI. And Democrats and the media lied to you about it all." Rep. Jim Jordan, May 16, 2022
"All true. Bet most people still don't know that a Clinton campaign lawyer, using campaign funds, created an elaborate hoax about Trump and Russia. Makes you wonder what else is fake." —Elon Musk, May 20, 2022

"Perkins Coie, the legal arm of the DNC and Hillary Clinton, admits they have been operating an FBI workspace in their Washington, D.C. office since 2012." Response to a letter sent by Rep. Matt Gaetz and Rep. Jim Jordan

"The Clintons represent the highest level of corruption, but no one has the courage to mention it. Instead they talk about Rudy Giuliani. Over a lifetime of excellent service, there's never been a hint of corruption in his behavior but everybody investigates him." Jackie Mason

'Russia, Russia, Russia!!!' Collusion Hoax RICO Lawsuit:  "In the run-up to the 2016 Presidential Election, Hillary Clinton and her cohorts orchestrated an unthinkable plot – one that shocks the conscience and is an affront to this nation's democracy. Acting in concert, the Defendants maliciously conspired to weave a false narrative that their Republican opponent, Donald J. Trump, was colluding with a hostile foreign sovereignty. The actions taken in furtherance of their scheme—falsifying evidence, deceiving law enforcement, and exploiting access to highly-sensitive data sources - are so outrageous, subversive and incendiary that even the events of Watergate pale in comparison. ... [108 pages]" Donald J. Trump v. Hillary Clinton, DNC, FBI conspirators, et al., March 24, 2022

Mar-A-Largo FBI Raid:  "Nuclear weapons ['classified documents'] issue is a Hoax, just like Russia, Russia, Russia was a Hoax, two Impeachments were a Hoax, the Mueller investigation was a Hoax, and much more. Same sleazy people involved. ... " Donald J. Trump, August 12, 2022

" ... from December 2020 through November 2021 the FBI conducted over 3.3 million U.S. person queries ... " Jim Jordan, House Committee on the Judiciary and Michael R. Turner, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

"The fact that nearly half of the country believes the [2020] election was stolen should come as no surprise. President Trump prevailed on nearly every historical indicia of success in presidential elections. For example, he won both Florida and Ohio; no candidate in history—Republican or Democrat—has ever lost the election after winning both States. And he won these traditional swing states by large margins—Ohio by 8 percentage points and 475,660 votes; Florida by 3.4 percentage points and 371,686 votes. He won 18 of the country's 19 so-called 'bellwether' counties—counties whose vote, historically, almost always goes for the candidate who wins the election. Initial analysis indicates that he won 26 percent of non-white voters, the highest percentage for any Republican candidate since 1960 ... Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House, down to Republican candidates [at] the state and local level, all out-performed expectations and won in much larger numbers than predicted, yet the candidate for President at the top of the ticket who provided those coattails did not himself get over his finish line in first place. This, despite the fact that the nearly 75 million votes he received—a record for any incumbent President—was nearly 12 million more than he received in the 2016 election ... " U.S. Supreme Court Motion

Demagogic and dangerous:  "There's an unfolding assault taking place in America today, an attempt to suppress and subvert the right to vote in fair and free elections. An assault on democracy, an assault on liberty. An assault on who we are … We're facing the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War. This is not hyperbole. Since the Civil War." President Joe Biden, July 13, 2021

Wisconsin 2020 election:  "This is not the rule of law; it is the rule of judicial activism through inaction." Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler, Wisconsin Supreme Court, dissent

"Wisconsin ... Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren ... bans ballot drop boxes, says election officials broke the law. ... ballot drop boxes and ballot harvesting violate state law. ... 'there is no statutory authority' to allow for either practice ... " Dan O'Donnell, 'The Federalist', January 17, 2022

"Wisconsin Supreme Court says absentee voter drop boxes are illegal." Erin Doherty, July 8, 2022

'Granny Farming' = Election Tampering:  " ... $8,800,000 Zuckerberg plan grant with the cities of Milwaukee, Madison, Racine, Kenosha and Green Bay (the Zuckerberg 5 Cities) ... violates Wisconsin law prohibiting election bribery. The motive for these grants was impermissible and partisan get out the vote efforts ... Government oversight has been obstructed by governmental and outside corporate collusion. ... Use of absentee ballot drop boxes ... violated Wisconsin law. The Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) unlawfully directed clerks to violate rules protecting nursing home residents, resulting in a 100% voting rate in many nursing homes in 2020, including many ineligible voters. WEC also unlawfully encouraged evasion of ballot security measures related to 'indefinitely confined' voters at the behest of outside corporations. Wards under guardianship orders (and legally prohibited from voting) voted unimpeded by Wisconsin's election officials ... Non-citizens voted unimpeded ... Milwaukee, Madison, Racine, Kenosha, and Green Bay election officials may have violated the Federal and Wisconsin equal protection clauses by not treating all voters equal in the same election." Office of the Special Counsel, Wisconsin State Assembly, March 1, 2022

Bribery = Election Tampering:  "Special counsel finds Mark Zuckerberg's election money violated Wisconsin bribery laws." Margot Cleveland, March 1, 2022

Voting Machine Irregularities = Election Tampering:  "Colorado hero Tina Peters releases report claiming Dominion voting machines used in 2020 election were illegally certified and illegally configured." Joe Hoft, March 7, 2022

Pennsylvania 2020 election: "Petitioners appear to have established a likelihood to succeed on the merits because Petitioners have asserted the [Pennsylvania] Constitution does not provide a mechanism for the legislature to allow for expansion of absentee voting without a constitutional amendment. Petitioners appear to have a viable claim that the mail-in ballot procedures set forth in Act 77 contravene Pa. Const. Article VII Section 14 as the plain language of that constitutional provision is at odds with the mail-in provisions of Act 77. Since this presents an issue of law which has already been thoroughly briefed by the parties, this Court can state that Petitioners have a likelihood of success on the merits of its Pennsylvania Constitutional claim." Judge Patricia McCullough, Commonwealth Court, Pennsylvania

"Pennsylvania court declares state's mail-in voting law unconstitutional, in win for Republicans ... a constitutional amendment must be presented to the people and adopted into our fundamental law before legislation authorizing no-excuse mail-in voting can 'be placed upon our statute books.'" Mariana Alfaro, 'Washington Post', January 28, 2022

"Over 5 million questionable, unlawful or spurious ballots identified in 2020 election in Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania ... " Joe Hoft, February 10, 2022

" ... Extent of Vote Fraud with Absentee and Provisional Ballots in the 2020 US Presidential Election: The estimates for Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin combined indicate an average of 255,000 excess votes for Biden." John R. Lott, Jr., Ph.D., December 21, 2020

Utilizing cellphone movement data, the motion picture "2000 Mules documents research from True the Vote, a conservative election intelligence organization that has compiled evidence of organized ballot trafficking in at least 6 states: Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Texas. In Georgia for example, True the Vote alleges there were 242 traffickers who made 5,662 trips to ballot drop boxes between the early morning hours of 12AM and 5AM, potentially unloading hundreds of thousands of illegally harvested ballots over the course of several weeks. ... more illegal votes from this strategy alone than Biden's winning margin [in Pennsylvania (275,000), Georgia (30,000), and Arizona(20,000) estimated illegal votes]." 'US 2020 Election Fraud at a Glance'

Georgia election fraud:  "'True The Vote' has RICO Ballot Trafficking Evidence ... implications of the bombshell ... investigation ... in six counties in and around Atlanta, 552,987 cell phones came within a narrowly defined distance of ballot drop boxes during our study period. However, 242 unique devices made repeat trips to dropboxes averaging 23 trips each. These same 242 devices also went repeatedly, averaging eight trips each, to specific NGOs. These 242 individual devices went to dropboxes a total of 5,668 times, with approximately 40% of the visits occurring between the unusual hours of 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m." Wendi Strauch Mahoney, May 2, 2022

'Ballot Bombshells':  "20 episodes exposing fraud, illegalities and irregularities in 2020 election" John Solomon, March 10, 2022

Preemptively delegitimize the 2022 election:  "Oh, yeah, I think it [the election] could easily be illegitimate ... The increase in the prospect of [the 2022 election] being illegitimate is in proportion to not being able to get these reforms[sic] passed." Joe Biden, January 19, 2022

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." —Mark Twain, 'The Innocents Abroad'

"Americans will always do the right thing ... after they've exhausted all the alternatives." —Winston Churchill

"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." —Ronald Reagan

"You showed me the manure, now where is the pony?" —Ronald Reagan, The Gipper

"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have." —Thomas Jefferson

"The rocket worked perfectly, except for landing on the wrong planet. " Wernher von Braun, remark to a colleague after the first German V-2 rocket hit London, September, 1944

"This nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth." President John F. Kennedy, May 25, 1961
[Twelve American astronauts walked on the moon, 4 of whom are still living in 2021.]

"A lead – however earnestly and expensively won – once lost is nearly impossible to regain." —Neil Armstrong

"NASA won't launch a mission to hunt deadly asteroids." Tim Fernholz

"I've never been interested in the process of photography, never, never. Right from the beginning. For me, photography with a small camera like the Leica is an instant drawing." Henri Cartier Bresson

"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera." Dorothea Lange

"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again."Henri Cartier Bresson

"A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest" —Paul Simon

Summit tests freedom of press: "Obama's disregard for media reaches new heights ... putting on a clinic for some of the world's greatest dictators in how to circumvent a free press." Dana Milbank, Washington Post

"Progressive" anti-capitalist mentality: "A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad. " —Theodore Roosevelt

"You will never correct by logic a man's error, if that error did not get into his mind by logic" —Mark Twain

"I'm an Internet expert too. It's all right to wire the industrial zone only, but there are many problems if other regions of the North are wired." —North Korean "Supreme Commander" Kim Jong-il

"I believe in returning the nation's wealth to its rightful owners. ... I think when you spread the wealth around it's good for everybody." ... "I do think at some point you've made enough money." Barack Hussein Obama, II, 44th President of the United States

Society's Lottery Winners: "If you've got a business—you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." Barack Obama [The first President in U.S. history to never have GDP growth during his term reach at least 3%.]

"[Obama] is hostile to free markets, hostile to entrepreneurship ... he thinks that if you succeed in business it's because you are that Hollywood villain who exploits people, poisons people ... he has no conception of how you get new things for people." —Steve Forbes

"Spite and envy are not sound bases for public policy." —J.D. Foster, Heritage Foundation

"The American public overwhelmingly voted for Socialism when they voted for President Obama." —Rev. Al Sharpton

"For better or for worse we have a black muslim in the white house." Madonna

"Obama is talking about how he is going to 'spread the wealth' and like most people who set out to spread the wealth he ends up spreading poverty." Professor Thomas Sowell, Hover Institution, Stanford

"The biggest threat to our national security is our debt." —Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

"Everything Ronald Reagan did to the Soviet Union, Barack Obama is doing to America today." Michael Reagan

"The tax on capital gains directly affects investment decisions, the mobility and flow of risk capital… the ease or difficulty experienced by new ventures in obtaining capital and thereby the strength and potential for growth in the economy." —President John F. Kennedy, February 6, 1963

Presidents John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Donald Trump:  "The best Republicans are former Democrats." —Larry Kudlow, January 13, 2022

"JFK was a tax-cutting pro-life anti-communist. … Bill Clinton said 'The era of big government is over.' [and 'The end of welfare as we know it.']" —Pete Hegseth

Trump tax cuts:  "Our message was that income inequality would go down. It did. That wage growth would be more than four thousand dollars per family. It was actually about six [thousand dollars]. We said that poverty would go down. About four million people left poverty. We said that even food stamp use would go down. It was down – about seven million folks came off food stamps, because tax cuts stimulated the economy." —Kevin Hassett, Former Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, December 22, 2021
["Everything that Kevin Hassett said in that interview was correct. … Tax payments by the rich after the Trump tax cuts … went up. It happens every time. Same thing when Reagan cut taxes.… [Dr. Arthur] Laffer has a great study out showing over the last 75 to 100 years, every time we've cut tax rates, tax payments by the rich go up, and every time we raise the tax rates, the tax payments by the rich go down, because they find tax shelters. That's why raising the tax rates under the BBB [Biden Democrat $5.1 trillion reconciliation, 'Build Back Better' bill] to 50-55% would be a disaster for the country. I think it would be a total catastrophe. We would have the highest tax rates in the world. How are we going to compete with Japan, China, Germany, France, and all these countries if we have the highest tax rates in the world? … It makes no sense." —Steve Moore, Committee to Unleash Prosperity, December 30, 2021]

'The Trump Boom [due to cutting taxes and regulations, not wealth redistribution and racial preferences] Lifted Black Americans:'  "Before the pandemic, the economy grew in ways that mostly benefited low-income and middle-class households. ... Between 2017 and 2019, median household incomes grew by 15.4% among blacks and only 11.5% among whites. ... pay for those at the lower end of the wage distribution rising at nearly double the rate of pay for those at the upper end. ... less-educated workers ... saw their wages rise at triple the rate of during Mr. Obama's second term ... The story of black economic advancement in the Trump years deserves wider notice. ... " Jason L. Riley, 'Wall Street Journal', January 28, 2022

C'mon Man:  "I'm going to get rid of the bulk of Trump's $2 trillion tax cut … and a lot of you may not like that but I'm going to close loopholes like capital gains and stepped up basis." Joe Biden, Wall Street Journal, June, 2020

"Let me give you a tip on a clue to men's characters: the man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it. Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper's bell of an approaching looter." —Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged"

"Whenever legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience·" John Locke

"One of the tragedies of the civil rights movement was that the civil rights movement became so court focused, I think, there was a tendency to lose track of the political and organizing activities on the ground that are able to bring about the coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change." —Barack Hussein Obama {"I am not a dictator." ... will not use a "Jedi mind-meld [sic]" ... }

" ... I actually believe in redistribution. ... " —Barack Obama, Loyola University of Chicago, October 19, 1998

"We'll keep clinging to our Constitution and our guns and religion and you can keep the change. ... and when they say 'yes we can,' we'll say 'no you don't!' " —Sarah Palin

Malarkey!  "Paying more taxes is the patriotic thing to do for wealthier Americans ... the people who do not need a tax cut ... We want to take money and put it back in the pocket of middle-class people ... It's time to be patriotic ... " Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., Vice-President of the United States

"I've got a bad feeling about this." Star Wars

"Top 40% Paid 106.2% of Income Taxes; Bottom 40% Paid –9.1%." Congressional Budget Office

"Federal income tax system punishes high-earners while 61% of households pay no income tax." Tax Education Foundation

"Distrust those in whom the desire to punish is strong." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

High taxes on poor people are for their own good:  "The problem is in people who don't have a lot of money, and so higher taxes should have a bigger impact on their behavior and how they deal with themselves. So I listen to people saying 'Oh we don't want to tax the poor.' Well, we want the poor to live longer. There's just no question, if you raise taxes on full sugary drinks for example, they will drink less." —Billionaire Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, May 22, 2018

"If you elect me, your taxes are going to be raised, not cut." Joe Biden, March 2, 2020

"One of the nation's most expensive universities [NYU] tells students to eat fewer meals to save money." Laurel Dugan, Daily Caller, December 27, 2021

"The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation." Vladimir Lenin

Gold versus Inflation:  "Gold is not a Consumer Price Index tracker. It is a currency hedge." 000

Seltzer water:  "For 2¢ plain now costs 36¢." Giant

"In god we trust. All others pay cash." Jean Shepherd  ['You'll shoot your eye out!']

"The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function." Albert Allen Bartlett

'Madness:'  "It's time for the Billionaires Income Tax [on unrealised capital gains]." —Ron Wyden, (D-OR), Senate Finance Committee Chairman
'Priceless:'  "Why does he hate us / the American dream so much?!?!?!?! ... Reality is: most legislators have never built anything … so I guess it's easier to mindlessly and haphazardly try and tear stuff down. Thankfully, I think I can compound faster than my dad and his cronies can confiscate it." Son of Senator Ron Wyden, recently moved to Florida, hedge fund manager Adam Wyden, November 7, 2021

"... 'just a gimmick' ... taxing millionaires and billionaires ... I agree ... " —President Obama

"Over and over again courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging one's affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everyone does so, rich or poor; and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands: taxes are enforced extractions, not voluntary contributions. To demand more in the name of morals is mere cant." Judge Learned Hand, in his dissenting opinion to Commissioner v. Newman, 159 F.2d 848, 851 (2d Cir. 1947)

"Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent." —Louis D. Brandeis

"Healthcare is not free." —Senator Bernie Sanders, 4/15/2019

Reality according to Obama's Nobel Prize winning economist:  "Eventually we do have a problem. That the population is getting older, health care costs are rising ... There is this question of how we're going to pay for the programs. ... The year 2025, the year 2030, something is going to have to give ... We're going to need more revenue … Surely it will require some sort of middle class taxes as well. ... We won't be able to pay for the kind of government the society will want without some increase in taxes … on the middle class, maybe a value added tax. ... And we're also going to have to make decisions about health care, doc pay for health care that has no demonstrated medical benefits. So the snarky version, which I shouldn't even say because it will get me in trouble, is death panels and sales taxes is how we do this." —Paul Krugman, 2013

"Donald Trump is trying to kill you." Paul Krugman, New York Times, April 4, 2019

"You know what the President's handicap is? [Obama] doesn't understand economics." —Jay Leno

"I can resist everything except temptation." —Oscar Wilde

"The time is always right to do what is right." Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"All current Cisco IP phones, including the ones seen on desks in the White House and aboard Air Force One, have a vulnerability that allows hackers to take complete control of the devices. " IEEE Spectrum

" ... What could go wrong? ... the wing [of the Boeing 787] is attached to the fuselage in the middle section of the plane using epoxy tape ... " IEEE Spectrum

"I would definitely say that I am a Marxist." —Lee Harvey Oswald, the assasin who murdered President John F. Kennedy

We've been Obamboozled: "If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what." —Barack Hussein Obama"Lie of the year" 2013

"You have all the characteristics of a popular politician: a horrible voice, bad breeding, and a vulgar manner." Aristophanes, 424 B.C.E.

"Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word." Charles de Gaulle

"We need death panels. ... the [Medicare] Independent Payment Advisory Board ... We may shrink from such stomach-wrenching choices, but they are inescapable." Steven Rattner

A liberal economist's view of how to balance the federal budget:  "Some years down the pike, we're going to get the real solution, which is going to be a combination of death panels and sales taxes." —Paul Krugman, 11/14/2010

"Death panels are an Obamination." —A. Pauling

"We're going to have to, if you're very old, we're not going to give you all that technology and all those drugs for the last couple of years of your life to keep you maybe going for another couple of months. It's too expensive ... so we're going to let you die." —Robert Reich

Our drug:  " … can cause your immune system to attack different parts of your body. This can happen during or after treatment, and may be severe and lead to death. See your doctor right away if you have cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, diarrhea, severe stomach pain or tenderness, severe nausea and vomiting, headache, light sensitivity, eye problems, irregular heartbeat, extreme tiredness, constipation, dizziness or fainting, changes in appetite, thirst or urine, confusion or memory problems, muscle pain or weakness, fever, rash, itching or flushing. These are not all the possible side effects." Keytruda TV Commercial

Socialism = Mass Murder:  "I think it would be a good thing to make everybody come before a properly-appointed board, just as they might come before the income tax commissioner, and say every five years, or every seven years, just put them there, and say, 'Sir, or madam, now will you be kind enough to justify your existence?' If you're not producing as much as you consume or perhaps a little more, then, clearly, we cannot use the big organizations of our society for the purpose of keeping you alive, because your life does not benefit us and it can't be of very much use to yourself ... I appeal to the chemists to discover a humane gas that will kill instantly and painlessly. In short, a gentlemanly gas – deadly by all means, but humane not cruel." George Bernard Shaw, 'The Listener' (BBC Magazine, London), February 7, 1934

"Live Free or Die." New Hampshire

"Mao's great leap forward killed 45 million [Chinese] in four years." —Arifa Akbar, The Independent, October 23, 2011

"There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations." James Madison

"I want the people of America to be able to work less for the government and more for themselves. I want them to have the rewards of their own industry. This is the chief meaning of freedom." —U.S. President Calvin Coolidge

The title says it all ... "The End of Prosperity: How Higher Taxes Will Doom the Economy – If We Let It Happen." —Arthur B. Laffer, Stephen Moore, and Peter Tanous

Higher taxes = lower profits:  "Reconciliation is Armageddon. I do not want to transform America [and] end free enterprise." —Larry Kudlow, August 11, 2021

Gibberish clarifying the legislative process for the [$5.1 trillion] reconciliation 'Big Bad Bill':  "Most of the product that we've done is now we may have added in the last day or so and some of what we added is Senate to the bill hearing Bernie doesn't like hearing excuse me Bernie loves hearing so we are getting some Byrd and privilege I think most people are getting privilege scrub 'cause privilege scrub is deadly to a bill. Byrdable is important you have to take it out … but you want to be sure that what we send it's not Byrdable or Byrdbath or privilege scrub. Those are the two proxysizes we're getting engaged bathing exercises we're engaged in." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, November for 2021, ['Economic glossolalia']

"The only thing more dangerous than ignorance is arrogance." Albert Einstein

"Tax increases are highly contractionary. .... The large effect stems in considerable part from a powerful negative effect of tax increases on investment." —Christina and David Romer

"The great debate is still Keynes versus Hayek. All else is footnote." —Mario Rizzo

"When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic." Benjamin Franklin

United States National Debt: [Debt Clock says >$30,000,000,000 on February 3, 2022!]
national debt

"True national debt, including unfunded entitlements, is at least $60 trillion – roughly three times the size of the entire US economy. Something has got to give." Elon Musk, February 10, 2022

"Inflation:  What causes the price of money to fall? The answer is very simple: an increase in the supply of money relative to other goods and services. As the Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman explained, 'Inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon in the sense that it is and can be produced only by a more rapid increase in the quantity of money than in output.'" John Steele Gordon

'Modern Monetary Theory' Idiocy:  "We are not broke as a nation. We are not bankrupt. We can't go bankrupt.[sic] We absolutely cannot go bankrupt because we have the power to create as much money as we need to spend to serve the American people." Chairman of the Budget Committee, Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) during Budget Reconciliation markup, September 30, 2021  
["That's crazy, that's lunatic, and that's dangerous." Economist Stephen Moore]

'Biden's flat out lies about the reality of inflation worldwide':   —Maria Bartiromo
"Under my plan for the economy made extraordinary progress. It put America in the position to tackle a worldwide problem that is worse everywhere but here. … " Joe Biden, AFL-CIO, Philadelphia, June 15, 2022

"Had we passed the Build Back Better bill that Biden wanted, my guess is that we would be Weimar Germany right now. We'd have 25% inflation rather than 9% or 10%." Fred Smith, FedEx founder and CEO

"Inflation is a tax, and when we destroyed the Brenton Woods system back in the early ‘70s, guess what happened:  Our average growth rate went down by a third. If we had maintained the postwar growth rates we had in the ‘50s and ‘60s, the average household income today would be $110,000 versus $66,000." Steve Forbes, April 18, 2022

'A gathering storm of inflation:'  "We're in more danger than we've been during my career of losing control of inflation in the U.S. ... " Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers (D), Harvard University Professor, October 14, 2021

'The poor suffer more from inflation than the rich do':  "Inflation is the cruelest tax of all." —John Maynard Keynes

Hundred Trillion German Marks, Weimar Republic, 1924 hyperinflation banknote
Hundred Trillion German Marks, Weimar Republic, 1924,
hyperinflation banknote.

Zimbabwe $100 trillion, 2008 hyperinflation banknote
Zimbabwe $100 trillion, 2008 hyperinflation banknote,
(1014 dollars), equal to 1027 (1 octillion) pre-2006 dollars.

"A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon, you're talking real money." Attributed to Everett Dirksen, Senate Minority Leader [R], c. 1961
[Update:  A trillion here, a trillion there, pretty soon, you're talking hyperinflation.]

The seven comma club:
Hungary 1946 hyperinflation, 1 Milliard B-Pengő
Hungary 1946 hyperinflation P1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 banknote

1 Milliard B-Pengő = One Billion Trillion Pengo = 1021 Pengő

🇺🇸 "There's nothing quite like watching a blatant attempt to destroy America from the inside out to cause patriotic Americans to get up off the canvas ... " Charlie Kirk, April 19, 2022

"Inflation is taxation without legislation." Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize winning economist

Q. "Do you think inflation is a political liability ahead of the midterms?" —Fox News White House Reporter Peter Doocy
A. "That's a great asset. More inflation. What a stupid son of a bitch." —Joe Biden [Later: 'It's nothing personal, pal.']
"Don't ask an angry old man about inflation." —Stuart Varney;  "A 'nasty old man'." Tucker Carlson; January 24, 2022

Rising interest rates will make overleveraged companies insolvent:  "Companies that are highly levered ... the Russell 2000 has 40% of its companies could not service their debt. Forget pay off their debt, they can't service their debt and if interest rates rise, it's going to be a blood bath for the overlevered companies." Capital Adviser CEO Leo Kelly, April 20, 2020

"I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution ... an article taking from the federal government the power of borrowing." ... "It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes ... " —Thomas Jefferson

"We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security." —Dwight David Eisenhower

"We don't have a spending problem." —Barack Obama, December, 2012

Really?:  "President Biden thinks more spending will hold down inflation. He's emphatic about it. Only an Ivy League professor could have given him that advice. … " —Larry Kudlow, July 22, 2021

"To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them." —George Mason

"The president [Obama] claims he can start secret foreign wars using the CIA, secretly kill Americans using drones, and now secretly spy on anyone anywhere using the NSA. Is the president an unwitting dupe to a secret rats' nest of uncontrolled government spies and killers? Or is he a megalomaniacal, totalitarian secret micromanager who lies regularly, consistently and systematically about the role of government in our lives?" —Judge Andrew Napolitano

"The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat." —Lily Tomlin

"We aught never to do wrong when any one is looking." —Mark Twain

Pinocchio Pinocchio Pinocchio Pinocchio Pinocchio Pinocchio
Biden White House's lies:  

● Lie 1: The southern border is closed.
● Lie 2: Border Patrol agents on horseback 'whipped' Haitian migrants.
● Lie 3: We will not leave Afghanistan until every American is evacuated.
● Lie 4: The drone attack on Aug. 29 in Kabul was a 'righteous strike' on ISIS-K terrorists.
● Lie 5: Hunter Biden's laptop is 'Russian disinformation.'
● Lie 6: The cost of the Democrats' $3.5 trillion [actually $5.1 trillion] social welfare bill is 'zero' dollars[sic]."
      [Actually per CBO: 'would increase the deficit by $3.0 trillion over the 2022–2031 period']
Miranda Devine, NY Post, September 26, 2021

"Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks." Doug Larson

'America Needs an Honest Adult Conversation':  "If America is going to remain free, safe, and prosperous, we will have to elevate our national debate far above the current pattern." —Newt Gingrich, January 12, 2022

"You have the Midas touch. Everything you touch turns to a muffler." Henny Youngman

"A gold mine is nothing but a hole in the ground with a liar at the bottom." —Mark Twain

Executive Order 6102:  "All persons are hereby required to deliver on or before May 1, 1933, to a Federal Reserve Bank ... all gold coin, gold bullion and gold certificates now owned by them ... " U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, April 5, 1933

"We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible." —Vince Lombardi

"If wishes were horses, beggars would ride." Idiom

"Blessed are the flexible, for they shall never be bent out of shape." —Anonymous "old college professor"

"The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent." —John Maynard Keynes

"Most money management firms are parasites." —Paul Solman

"Using a minimum wage increase to create jobs is like using an oven to create ice cubes—it just doesn’t work." —Michael Saltsman, Research Director at the Employment Policies Institute
[Minimum wage laws do not require that anyone make more money, instead they require anyone not worth paying the new higher minimum wage to be fired (or not to be hired)!]

"Nothing I'm proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime." —President Obama, 2/12/2013 (after increasing the national debt by 58.6 trillion dimes)

"I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." —Thomas Jefferson

... "Where did you hear that?"
"The Internet."
"And you believed that?"
"They can't put anything on the Internet that isn't true."
"Where did you hear that?"
"The Internet." TV Commercial

  Q. "How many lawyers does it take to change a lightbulb?"
  A. "None, they'd rather keep their clients in the dark."

"If you want to take better pictures, put yourself in front of more interesting stuff." —Anonymous

"If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been due more to patient attention, than to any other talent." —Sir Isaac Newton

Obamacare fiasco:  "They were running the biggest start-up in the world, and they didn't have anyone who had run a start-up, or even run a business." David Cutler, Harvard professor and health adviser to Obama's 2008 campaign

The United States is "not blind, and I don't think we're stupid." John Kerry, US Secretary of State

"Israel ... offered a two state solution in 1937, 1948, 1967, 2000, 2005, and 2008. Every time the Palestinians have rejected it. ... Will the Palestinians recognize Israel as the nation state of the jewish people and stop incentivizing people to engage in terror? Until that happens there won't be a state." Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz

False and despicable anti-semitism:  "The government of Israel's laws, policies, and practices regarding the Palestinian people fulfill the international legal definition of apartheid."[sic] Presbyterian Church (USA), biennial General Assembly, 2022

"In the contest between the master and the slave, the Almighty has no attribute that can side with us. I tremble for my country when I think that God is just." —Thomas Jefferson

"Once slavery was legal everywhere in the world. Now it is officially illegal everywhere in the world." —Morgan Freeman

"In 1807, Congress outlawed the African slave trade effective on January 1, 1808 (2 Stat. 426), and in 1820 declared it to be piracy punishable by death (3 Stat. 600-601)." U.S. National Archives

"The Republican Party was founded in 1854 as an abolitionist movement." Elbert Guillory

The Democrat party, 1861:  " ... seceding from the Union to form the Confederacy and causing the Civil War." Terelle Jerricks

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. ... this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." Gettysburg Address by President Abraham Lincoln, a founder of the Republican Party
[The December 6, 1865, 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolishing slavery was passed with 100% Republican votes and 22% Democrat votes. The July 9, 1868, 14th Amendment granting citizenship to freed black slaves was passed with 100% Republican votes and 0% Democrat votes. The February 3, 1870, 15th Amendment granting blacks the right to vote passed with 100% Republican votes and 0% Democrat votes. In the infamous Supreme Court Dred Scott v. Sandford case of 1857, overruling the two dissenting Republican Justices, the seven Democrat Justices ruled that slaves were property, not citizens, and that "the U.S. Constitution was not meant to include American citizenship for black people, regardless of whether they were enslaved or free, and so the rights and privileges that the Constitution confers upon American citizens could not apply to them." Democrat President Woodrow Wilson reinstated race segregation. The first black U.S. Senator was Mississippi Republican, Hiram Rhodes Revels, in 1870, as was the first popularly elected U.S. Senator, Massachusetts Republican Edward W. Brooke, III, in 1996.]

"Redlining, the process of segregating [housing] was created by FDR [President Franklin Delano Roosevelt], who was a white Democrat." Carrie Sheffield, Independent Women's Forum

"As recently as 1924, at the Democrat convention, at Madison Square Garden in New York, the [Ku Klux] Klan controlled the convention. People don't know that Franklin Roosevelt's first appointment to the Supreme Court was a member of the Klan in Alabama who had been a lawyer for the Klan." Mark Levin

In Congress, 80% of Republicans voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but only 64% of Democrats; 87% of Republicans and 79% of Democrats voted for the Voting Rights Act of 1965. —Data from The New York Times

"Lyndon Johnson said: 'without Republicans, there is no passage' of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act. Future Democratic Leader in the Senate, Robert Byrd, [a KKK leader and Hillary Clinton's mentor] filibustered the bill; Al Gore's father wasn't there; Bill Clinton's mentor, segregationist J. William Fulbright – all of these men voted against it. Most people don't know this." —Sean Hannity

So why are black Americans mostly Democrats today?: "The States that succeeded in the Civil War were Democrat States. The racist states until the 1960's were Democrat States. The Democratic Party was the largest and most powerful institution supporting slavery in the English speaking world and it's the only one to have survived to the 21st century. Slave holding is very unusual among English speaking peoples – Canadians didn't do it, Australians didn't do it. The Democratic Party and the States they controlled did it. ... It's a party with an incredible century and a half history of institutional racism – there's nothing else like it on the planet. ... The Democratic Party has never come to terms with the evil of its past – the idea that it was a Party committed to the proposition that one human being can own another human being, and they have never said a word about that. They've never apologized for it – they have never atoned for it ... When is the Democratic Party going to apologize for being the biggest slave holding institution on the planet and sticking with racism for the century after the abolition of slavery? ... The Democratic Party ... history ... is uniquely virulently racist and pro-slavery to a degree unseen in the English speaking world ... " Mark Steyn

Texas:  "I will point out as a proud Texas resident that the Republican Party was founded by black men. Think about that for a second." —Katrina Pierson ["Throughout Reconstruction, African Americans comprised about 90% of GOP membership, and 44 African Americans served in the Texas legislature as Republicans."]

"We must remember the history of the Democrat party. Its an amazing thing. …The Democrat party was the party of the confederacy. The Democrat party was the party of slavery. The Democrat party was the party of segregation. The Democrat party was the party of the Klan, and lynching. The Democrat party was the party of Jim Crow. The Republican party had no role in any of that. Period." —Mark Levin

"Americans who think that they are Democratic Socialists need to learn that the Democrat Party has a long shameful history of being the party of slavery and racism in America, and realize that Socialism is the modern version of slavery." Sam Miller

"What's the other thing we know about this population ... [age] 18 to 24? They are stupid. ... They make really bad decisions." Kamala Harris, 2015

"A lot of young people think they are invincible, but the truth is that young people are knuckleheads." Michelle Obama, 2014

"Aspects and assumptions of whiteness and white culture:" [sic]

Aspects and assumptions of whiteness and white culture; Deleted due to racism.

Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture, 'Talking About Race'
[Deleted by Smithsonian]

Divisive, anti-American propaganda:  " ... government ... employees ... have been required to attend trainings where they are told that 'virtually all White people contribute to racism' or where they are required to say that they 'benefit from racism.' ... that there is racism embedded in the belief that America is the land of opportunity or the belief that the most qualified person should receive a job. ... we cannot accept our employees receiving training that seeks to undercut our core values as Americans and drive division within our workforce. ... cease and desist from using taxpayer dollars to fund these divisive, un-American propaganda training sessions ... related to any training on 'critical race theory,' 'white privilege,' or any other training or propaganda effort that teaches or suggests either (1) that the United States is an inherently racist or evil country or (2) that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil. ... The divisive, false, and demeaning propaganda of the critical race theory movement is contrary to all we stand for as Americans and should have no place in the Federal government." Federal Cease and Desist Executive Order, September 4, 2020 [OMB M-20-34] [" ... I'm rescinding the previous administration's ... ban ... " President Joe Biden, January 26, 2021]

"Critical race theory … rejects equal opportunity, it rejects merit, [and] rejects objectivity. It's quite remarkable." —Larry Kudlow, July 21, 2021

Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate condemns Critical Race Theory:  "Tries to take away the history of our country." Trudy Busch Valentine, (D-Mo.), c. July 26, 2022

'Billionaires' club pumping critical race theory into your child's classroom':  "Philanthropic foundations are perhaps the most powerful and least understood force in American politics ... moving critical race theory from academic papers to society. Pick any radical racial initiative in your child's school, and it is likely to tie back to the Ford, Kellogg, Gates, Annie E. Casey, MacArthur, or Surdna foundations [$25 billion]." Luke Rosiak, May 26, 2022

Un-American Express:  "AmEx is tying executive bonuses ... to hire minorities, even if they are less qualified. AmEx instituted critical race theory training, teaching ... 'capitalism is racist' ... AmEx gave [race based] preferential contracts ... unconstitutional and illegal. ... Their 'anti-racism' program actually perpetuates racism and inequality among their customers and employees." 'Fight Divisive Woke Policies' Campaign at

"I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally." W. C. Fields

'Arguably one of the bigests threats to modern civilization':  "At its heart, wokeness is divisive, exclusionary, and hateful. It basically gives mean people a reason – it gives them a shield to be mean and cruel armoured in false virtue. ... Wokeness basically wants to make comedy illegal, which is not cool ... Do we want a humorless society that is simply rife with condemnation, and hate?" Elon Musk, 'Babylon Bee' interview, December 21, 2021  (not a joke)

'Why Wokeism is a Religion':  "Introducing the Taxonomy of Woke Religion ... [with] Original Sin, Guilty Devils, Myths, Sacred Victims, The Elect, Supernatural Beliefs, Taboo Facts, Taboo Speech, Purifying Rituals, [and] Purifying Speech, ... [encompasing] Racism, Climate Change, Trans, Crime, Mental Illness, Drugs, [and] Homelessness." Michael Shellenberger, November 11, 2021  ["Such woke religious beliefs being inconsistent with the ten commandments." Sandra Davis]

Asset managers accused of 'woke-washing':  "Firms such as BlackRock, Vanguard, State Street, Fidelity Investments and J.P. Morgan Chase drove a wave of shareholder votes last year for environmental and diversity proposals at large publicly traded firms" ... "may be prioritizing their CEOs' personal policy views over retirees' financial security." Tobias Salinger, January 6, 2022  ["BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street, which have used clients’ funds to 'exercise decisive influence over nearly every U.S. public company to advance political ideologies that many of their clients disagree with.'" Brittany Bernstein, May 10, 2022]

"The Democrat party has a hostility towards Americanism, unalienable rights, individual liberty, private property rights, wealth creation, opportunity, and all the great things that come in this country, And now it's the home of American Marxism, whether it's the degrowth movement, the war on capitalism with phony climate change, and the green new deal, which will reduce the quality of your life, whether it is critical race theory which is a racist ideology being pushed on all our little kids in elementary schools and middle schools." Mark Levin

"IF YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE 'WOKE' PEOPLE – LEAVE FLORIDA. YOU WILL BE HAPPIER ELSEWHERE AS WILL WE." —Flyers placed on New York license plate car windshields in Palm Beach, Florida  ["Very strong sentiment in Florida – Don't bring your politics down here – Don't mess this state up like you messed up the other." —Stuart Varney]

"Yes, men can have periods[sic] and we need to talk about them. Menstruation isn't just a 'women's issue.' It's time we opened up the conversation." Zoyander Street, September 21, 2016

"I have seen a disturbing and frightening radicalization of the school curriculum, in which race became the central focus, with heavy emphasis on oppressor-oppressed narratives." Ramona Bessinger, Providence, Rhode Island Public Middle School Teacher 'facing retaliation after blowing the whistle on critical race curriculum'

"[Washington] DC elementary school gave 4-year-olds 'anti-racism' 'fistbook' asking them to identify racist family members. ... 'It's not your fault for having white privilege, but it is your fault if you choose to ignore it,' a presentation told kids in Pre-K through 3rd grade. ... 'white people are a part of a society that benefits them in almost every instance ... because they hold all of the power in America. ... white privilege is something you were born with' the Fistbook for Kids explains ... anti-racism 'requires being loud, uncomfortable, confrontational and visible ... '" Jessica Chasmar and Kelly Laco, May 2, 2022

Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing:  "Judge [Ketanji Brown] Jackson says she can't define 'woman' when pressed by [Senator Marsha] Blackburn. ... 'Can you provide a definition for the word 'woman'?' Blackburn asked, to which Jackson replied, 'Can I provide a definition? No, I can't.' 'You can't?' Blackburn pressed. 'Not in this context, I'm not a biologist.' ... 'The fact that you can't give me a straight answer about something as fundamental as what a woman is, that underscores the dangers of the kind of progressive education that we are hearing about,' Blackburn said. 'Just last week, an entire generation of young girls watched as our taxpayer-funded institutions permitted a biological man to compete and beat a biological woman in the NCAA Swimming Championships.' The senator asked what message transgender swimmer Lia Thomas' victory sends to girls ... " Nicole Silverio, March 22, 2022

"The left has become so extreme that we now have a justice being nominated to the Supreme Court who testified under oath that she could not say what a woman is ... If she can't even say what a woman is, how on earth can she be trusted to say what the Constitution is? ... a party that's unwilling to admit that men and women are biologically different in defiance of all scientific and human history is a party that should not be anywhere near the levers of power in the United States." Donald J. Trump, Commerce, Georgia, March 26, 2022

"A narcissistic classroom cosplay that involves two groups in the elite privilege class:  White liberals seeking absolution for sins that they didn't commit, and Black liberals seeking empathy for injustices that they didn't endure." Delano Squires, October 28, 2021

When We Tell You CRT Isn't Taught In Our Schools, We're Lying: "We can officially tell parents we are not teaching critical race theory. It's not in the Indiana academic standards. But all of a sudden the classroom door shuts and the teacher starts teaching through a lens of this race essentialism that pits students against each other based on their color. … We tell our teachers to treat our students differently based on color. We tell our students every problem is the result of 'white men' and everything western civilization built is racist. Capitalism is a tool of white supremacy. [sic]" Tony Kinnett, Indiana School Administrator, c. November 5, 2021

"Critical race theory [aka 'social emotional learning' (SEL)] ... is just straight up anti-white racism. ... This stuff is so toxic, we have to get it out or our schools." Blake Masters, Arizona Senate Candidate (R)

"We are all lucky to live in America where we have rights and the ability to become whatever we want if we put the work in. Stop celebrating victimhood and start allowing classes that allow students to be ready for the real world. All this critical race theory and mask garbage comes from big government and leaders abusing their powers. You have no power over me." Kellyanna Brooking, at age 13, speaking before her local school board

'Critical Race Theory' = Communist Chinese 'Cultural Revolution':  "I just want to let the American people know what's going on in our schools and our country is really a replay of the cultural revolution in China. I want people to see the similarities, and the similarities are terrifying. They use the same ideology, same methodology, even the same vocabulary, and with the same goal. The ideology is cultural Marxism and we were divided into groups of oppressor and oppressed. Here we use race and there they used class, and people here who have a different view are labeled 'racist' but in the cultural revolution the label was 'counter-revolutionary.' So it is a hat that fits all, and if that is on your head, your life is ruined and the methodology is also very similar, it's cancel culture. We basically canceled the whole Chinese civilization pre-communism … The vocabulary is even the same, 'wokeness' … Your level of wokeness determined your chance to get a promotion, or to get benefits, and who decides your level of wokeness – it's the party leaders." Xi Van Fleet, who personally experienced Mao Tse-tung's murderous Chinese Cultural Revolution, for two decades, starting at age 6, June 10, 2021
["The social dynamic has reminded some critics of the 'struggle sessions' of China's cultural revolution, but there's no need to invoke secular totalitarianism and mass murder. The comparatively smaller-scale terror of the Salem witch trials is a more apt analogy." Damon Linker]

'Occupy Woke Street':  "Wokeism is a Marxist inspired movement that started off with well-intentioned people that wanted to stop racism and social injustice. It has now morphed into a cult that seeks to silence all of those that disagree. At first, using social humiliation, but now graduating to violence through Antifa and Black Lives Matter riots. Wokeism demands equity not equality." Wokeism Encyclopedia Wiki

North Korea defector says 'even North Korea is not this nuts' after attending an Ivy League university:  
"Columbia [University] told us what we could not talk about. I am so concerned, if America is not free, there is no place else that is free." … "I expected that I was paying this fortune, all this time and energy, to learn how to think. But they are forcing you to think the way they want you to think … I realized, wow, this is insane. I thought America was different, but I saw so many similarities to what I saw in North Korea that I started worrying." ... "Eventually I had to shut up so that I could get a good GPA and graduate from the college." North Korean refugee Yeonmi Park
[Also see: Escaping Oppression: North Korean Defector Yeonmi Park Interview]

Equity ≠ Equality:  "Equality is typically defined as treating everyone the same and giving everyone access to the same opportunities. Meanwhile, equity refers to proportional representation (by race, class, gender, etc.) in those same opportunities." Winston–Salem State University

"Critical race theory, preferred races in classrooms, gender quotas ... are more than popular trends. They're creeping into public policy. They’re also unconstitutional. These policies reflect a collectivist movement to replace equality with equity. This brand of 'equity' requires discrimination against individuals for the sake of group outcomes. And it calls for government action based on forbidden classifications such as race and sex—a blatant violation of the Constitution's equal protection guarantee." Pacific Legal Foundation, May 10, 2022

Equity is unAmerican and unconstitutional because it replaces individual rights with group rights:  
"In contrast to equality, equity as defined and promoted by critical race theorists is little more than reformulated Marxism ... suspending private property rights, seizing land and wealth and redistributing them along racial lines." Christopher F. Rufo
["Stopping Racial Bias ... Two courts block Biden ... from passing out benefits by race."]

'Equity' requires intentional discrimination and is contrary to the Declaration of Independence that 'all men are created equal' and violates the 14th Amendment guarantee of 'equal protection of the laws':  
"To achieve 'equity' you have to first take away equality for individuals who were born in the wrong identity group. Equity means treating individuals unequally so that groups are equal." Andrew Sullivan
[Note that the leftist propaganda useage is contrary to the correct definition of the word 'equity', reversing its meaning just as they earlier did to the word 'liberal'.]

Report Card on Race-Based School Admissions Schemes:  "Equality is not equity—not by definition, nor as a measure of achievement. Yet a movement sweeping the country intentionally conflates these concepts to mask the use of race in school admissions and achieve a preferred racial makeup—equity—in the classroom. This is immoral and unconstitutional. The government must treat individuals as individuals, not as members of their racial groups. That is, schools cannot use skin color to determine student eligibility. Schools that try must be met with forceful pushback to defend equal treatment for all students. " Pacific Legal Foundation, March 17, 2022

Woke Guide:  " ... Americans ... Use caution with this word ... Avoid using the term 'Americans' ... Be cautious about messaging around Columbus Day, which NRPA does not celebrate because of its association with and connection to the genocide of Native peoples. ... be careful not to promote inaccurate cultural narratives about 'the first Thanksgiving.' ... When writing hypothetically about people, do not use 'him/her.' Instead, use 'they/their/them' even for singular pronouns. ... avoid 'homeless people' or 'the homeless' ... Poor is not recommended." National Recreation and Parks Association Equity Language Guide, October 15, 2021  [Red color for emphasis in original.]

"Critical race theory, race-based school admissions, and gender quotas in corporate boardrooms are part of a growing collectivist push for equity across the country. But this so-called 'equity' doesn't pass the constitutional smell test—it relies on government discrimination against individuals—based on morally irrelevant characteristics like race or sex—for the sake of group outcomes." —Pacific Legal Foundation, May 19, 2022

"All men are created equal. It is what you do from there that makes the difference. We are all free agents in life. We make our own decisions. We control our own destiny." Glenn Beck

Article II, §3 of the United States Constitution requires that:  
" … [the President] shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed ... "

Premeditated lawlessness, abolishing private property rights:  "President Biden [and] his Administration reissued a nationwide eviction moratorium after the White House had argued at length that it lacked legal authority to do so. ... the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its renewed eviction ban. ... Many Presidents have overstepped their authority, but this is premeditated lawlessness. ... extensively litigated ... Five federal courts ... ruled against it." Wall Street Journal Editorial Board, August 4, 2021

Border crisis in violation of federal immigration law:  "By the end of the first term of Joe Biden, nearly 20% of all Americans will be here illegally. ... Joe Biden is going to let in about 30 million people in his first term." —Dan Patrick, Texas Lieutenant Governor, April 11, 2022

Open U.S. Southern Border = Illegal Immigration = Election Tampering:  "Biden's border policies violate his obligations under the Constitution." Andrea Widburg, March 3, 2021

"Wherever Law ends, Tyranny begins." John Locke

"Critical race theory, the 1619 project, and the crusade against American history is toxic propaganda, ideological poison that if not removed will dissolve specific bonds that tie us together, [and] will destroy our country. That is why I recently banned trainings in this prejudiced ideology, from the federal government, and banned it in the strongest manner possible." —President Donald J. Trump, September, 2020
[" ... I'm rescinding the previous administration's ... ban ... " President Joe Biden, January 26, 2021]

No, have never met such an individual:  "The white race is the biggest murderer, rapist, pillager, and thief of the modern world. ... barbaric devils ... savage people ... " Nikole Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer Prize winner, author of the lead article for the New York Times' '1619 Project'

"A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." Joseph Pulitzer

"Critical race theory should not be in education because it is a lie about the history and the foundation of this country. … critical race theory is racist and it's a lie." Civil Rights Attorney, Leo Terrell

"This critical race theory … It's just garbage. It is a complete misreading of American history." Larry Kudlow

"The great virtue of a free market system is that it does not care what color people are; it does not care what their religion is; it only cares whether they can produce something you want to buy. It is the most effective system we have discovered to enable people who hate one another to deal with one another and help one another." Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize Winning Economist

"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe." —H. G. Wells

The left gets history and economics all wrong:  "The goal and result of the free market has been steadily increasing abundance, wealth, knowledge, technology, nutrition, health, cleanliness, safety, longevity, comfort, leisure, childhood, and privilege for all, through continual capital investment and innovation, while lifting billions out of poverty and misery. An enormous astounding accomplishment and success!" —Sven Matherson  
[Note:  These civilization elevating properties of free market economics do not require such laudable intentions by market participants.]

"The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history." Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), better known by his pen name, George Orwell, '1984'

Virginia mom who survived Maoist China [cultural revolution] eviscerates school board's critical race theory push:  "I've been very alarmed by what's going on in our schools. ... You are now teaching, training our children to be social justice warriors and to loathe our country and our history. ... To me, and to a lot of Chinese, it is heartbreaking that we escaped communism and now we experience communism here." —Xi Van Fleet chastising Loudoun County, Virginia School Board members

Concerned Parents ≠ Domestic Terrorists:
Silence the parents — Control the schools, and you control the future:
 "National School Boards Association [representing 90,000 school board members] declares conservative parents to be domestic terrorists[sic]." Everett Piper, 'Washington Times', Saturday, October 2, 2021  ["Predicated on a verifiable lie, used to surpress speech." —Chris Rufo]

Child Rape Victim's Father is NOT a 'Domestic Terrorist' – the Loudoun County School Board (and News Media) Coverup:  
" ... on May 28 [2021] at Stone Bridge High School in Loudoun County [Virginia], a boy who sometimes dressed as a female, allegedly went into the girl's lavatory and raped a 9th grader. ... school officials did not report the sexual assault ... a rape kit confirmed the attack. ... the dad, plumber Scott Smith ... the poster boy for Virginia's 'progressives,' who have labeled him a domestic terrorist after he was dragged from a school board meeting ... That was the night the Loudoun County School board was discussing transgendered rights and he wanted to tell his story. Instead, he was charged with disorderly conduct. ['The cover-up allegedly allowed the perpetrator to sexually assault another victim.']" Kerry Dougherty
["The National School Board Association included Scott Smith in its list used to deem parents 'domestic terrorists.'" —Luke Rosiak, October 11, 2021]

'From a request by Secretary Cordona[sic]':  "[National School Board Association] wrote parents-as-terrorists letter at behest of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, emails show." Jeremiah Poff, 'Washington Examiner', January 11, 2022

Parents' concerns dismissed:  "Phony trumped-up culture wars ... fake outrage." Former President Barack Obama, Virginia, October 23, 2021

'Failing our Children':  "64% of voters think public schools are on the wrong track ... fueled by how racism is addressed in the classroom." Grinnell/Selzer Poll, March 15-20, 2022

"I don't really understand this idea that parents should decide what's being taught." Nikole Hannah-Jones, who founded the '1619 Project' for 'The New York Times' in 2019 (that claims that America was founded on racism and that 1619, when the first slave ships arrived from Africa, should be considered America's true founding)[sic]

Why Americans need School Choice: "I don't think parents should be telling schools what they should teach." Terry McAuliffe, (D), former Governor, defeated candidate for Virginia Governorship, September 28, 2021

Making the case for Educational Choice:  "We who are engaged in the sacred cause of education are entitled to look upon all parents as having given [their children as] hostages to our cause."[sic] Horace Mann, 1867

"What happens in Virginia will, in large part, determine what happens in 2022, 2024, and on." Kamala Harris, October 29, 2021

Federal 'muscle should never be used against protesting parents':  "We are concerned about the appearance of the Department of Justice policing the speech of citizens and concerned parents. We urge you to make very clear to the American public that the Department of Justice will not interfere with the rights of parents to come before school boards and speak with educators about their concerns, whether regarding coronavirus-related measures, the teaching of critical race theory in schools, sexually explicit books in schools, or any other topic. ... heated encounters between concerned parents and school boards often involve speech that is clearly protected by the First Amendment. Federal law enforcement muscle should never be used against protesting parents. ... It is not appropriate to use the awesome powers of the federal government – including the PATRIOT Act, a statute designed to thwart international terrorism – to quash those who question local school boards. By even suggesting that possibility, important speech by American citizens will be chilled in school board meetings across this country." Senate Memo rebuking Attorney General Merrick B. Garland, October 7, 2021
[Conflict of interest:  "AG Merrick Garland's daughter married to co-founder of education company selling critical race theory resource material to school districts. ... Last month ... September 2021 ... Garland's son-in-law raised money, at least $60 million, to expand their business operation ... Panorama Education." The Last Refuge, October 5, 2021]

"Parents claim they have the right to shape their kids' school curriculum. They don't." Jack Schneider and Jennifer Berkshire, 'The Washington Post', October 21, 2021

"Parents absolutely should be telling their local schools what to teach. This is the very basis of representative government ... They do this both in elections and — as protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution — while petitioning their government for redress of grievance. Telling elected officials they're wrong is democracy, not intimidation." Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Minority Leader, October 7, 2021

"The Patriot Act Wasn't Meant to Target Parents. The Biden administration is abusing federal laws and agencies as instruments of political repression." F. James Sensenbrenner, 'Wall Street Journal', Oct. 12, 2021

Attorney General accused of 'perjury':  "It's what we feared. Whistleblowers within the Department of Justice have reportedly confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is indeed investigating parents' rhetoric and behavior at school board meetings as potential terrorists. Attorney General Merrick Garland denied this in testimony before the Judiciary Committee." Jordan Sekulow, May 12, 2022

"The essence of tyranny is the enforcement of stupid laws." Edmund Burke

Deprivation of rights under color of law:  "Section 242 of Title 18 makes it a crime for a person acting under color of any law to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States. ... acts under 'color of law' include acts not only done by federal, state, or local officials within their lawful authority, but also acts done beyond the bounds of that official's lawful authority, if the acts are done while the official is purporting to or pretending to act in the performance of his/her official duties. ... The offense is punishable by a range of imprisonment up to a life term, or the death penalty, depending upon the circumstances of the crime, and the resulting injury, if any." United States Department of Justice

"White House knew about [the] letter that compared parents to domestic terrorists ... emails show ... National School Board Association collaborated with Biden administration." Chuck Ross, 'Washington Free Beacon,' October 21, 2021

National School Boards Association apologizes for likening parents to 'domestic terrorists' in letter - but AG Garland still plans to set FBI on 'intimidating' mums and dads:  "On behalf of the NSBA, we regret and apologize for the letter. ... there was no justification for some of the language included in the letter." National School Boards Association, October 22, 2021

NEA Resolutions passed adopting Marxist Critical Race Theory:

New business agenda, item 'A' (resolution adopted):  "Supporting and leading campaigns that result in increasing the implementation of culturally responsive education, Critical Race Theory, and ethnic studies curriculum in pre-K to 12 and higher education."

New business agenda, item 39 (resolution adopted, as modified):  That instructs teachers to provide already created in-depth study that "critiques empire, white supremacy, anti-blackness, anti-indigeneity, racism, patriarchy, capitalism, … and other forms of power and oppression at the intersections of our society."

—National Education Association, annual meeting, June, 2021
   [Quoted by Larry Kudlow after this content was removed from the NEA website.]

Proposed woke name change:  "Mother"  →  "Birthing Parent" National Education Association

"Let us trust God and our better judgment to set us right hereafter. United we stand, divided we fall. Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs." Patrick Henry

"My six year old somberly came to me and asked me if she was born evil because she was a white person. Something she learned in a history lesson at school." Mother during public comment period, Loudoun County Public Schools, Virginia, School Board Meeting, October 26, 2021

'Make America Sane Again':  "McAuliffe's loss [in the Virginia gubernatorial election] is a victory for all Americans. Why? Because it was a resounding rejection of efforts to divide us by race, the stripping of parental rights, and arrogant, deaf leaders. This benefits us all." Tulsi Gabbard, (D), former Hawaii Congresswoman and Presidential candidate, November 4, 2021, [Lieutenant Colonel, first female combat veteran to ever run for president and the first female combat veteran ever elected to Congress, first Hindu member of Congress and also the first Samoan-American voting member of Congress]

"Well, what went wrong is this stupid wokeness ... " James Carville, Longtime Democratic strategist

"Education funding is meant for educating children, not for propping up and protecting a particular institution. We should fund students, not systems." Corey DeAngelis

School Choice: "The only thing to do is have a mass exodus from the public school system. ... We've been at these school board meetings, we're voicing our opinions, we're writing articles, and they don't care!" Quisha King, Duval County, Florida mother (reacting to School Board and DOJ threats in response to parent objections to schools indoctrinating their children with Marxism and racism), Family Research Council, Leesburg, VA, October 7, 2021

"I know if mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy." Jeff Foxworthy

🇺🇸 "You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done." Ronald Reagan

'Propaganda:'  "The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, and our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of ... It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind." Edward Bernays, 1928

"When you're lying and rewriting history with these bad faith gestures and the initiative like this [New York Times 1619 project] it's not education, it's propaganda … teaching bigotry and division. It's hateful. … fabrication fairytale like critical race theory." Dana Loesch

"There are people in our country led by this President [Trump], for the moment, who have chosen their whiteness over democracy." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, January 9, 2021

"When they say that the 4th of July is about American freedom, remember this: The freedom they're referring to is for white people. This land is stolen land and Black people still aren't free. [sic]" Squad member, Congresswoman Cori Bush, (D-Missouri), July 4, 2021 Tweet

● Reply:  "Ridiculous … outlandish … Most Black people just don't agree, and most people don't agree. We live in the greatest country in the world. More Black people have accomplished and have achieved more wealth here in the United States than in any other country in the world. … We should celebrate the birth of the greatest country that man has ever known." Representative Byron Donalds, (R-Florida), July 5, 2021

● Reply:  "Hateful, divisive lies. The Left hates America. Believe them when they tell you this. ... " Senator Ted Cruz, (R-Texas)

"I'd like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free." Rosa Parks

"Hear me clearly, America is not a racist country." —Senator Tim Scott

"I don't think America is a racist country." Vice President Kamala Harris, April 29, 2021

'Battle tested conservative. Semper Fi':  "In case you haven't noticed, I am Black and I have been Black [and a woman] all my life, but that's not what this is about. ... I am at a loss for words for the first time in my life ... When my father came to this country August 11th of 1963, he came at the height of the civil rights movement from Jamaica. ... And he only came with $1.75 ... When I joined the Marine Corps I was still a Jamaican, but this country had done so much for me I was willing, willing to die for this country. ... We have had a Black President elected not once, but twice. And here I am, living proof! ... What you are looking at is the American Dream. ... It's a historic night, yes it is ... But I didn't run to make history, I just wanted to leave it better than I found it. And with your help, we're going to do that. ... support policies that keep taxes low, reduce regulations, and promote small businesses ... that reduce the cost of living for Virginians ... THANK YOU, VIRGINIA! 🇺🇸" Winsome Sears, (R). Virginia Lieutenant Governor elect, c. November 2, 2021

'Smear attacks against black conservatives':  "The problem is here they want white supremacy by ventriloquist effect. There is a black mouth moving but a white idea through running on the runway of the tongue of a figure who justifies and legitimates the white supremacist practices. … So to have a black face speaking on behalf of a white supremacist legacy is nothing new." Professor Michael Eric Dyson, Vanderbuilt University, MSNBC, 'The uninformed outrage over critical race theory', November 4, 2021

Disgusting name calling:  "The absurdity of calling black conservatives 'white supremacists' would be amusing if it was not both so obviously untrue and appallingly racist." Henry Jeffries

"People are objecting to ... separating children by race and describing them as 'oppressed' or 'oppressor'. There are children coming home who feel traumatized by this. That's what parents are objecting to." ... "If that's what critical race theory means — if it means separating 5-year-olds by race and telling some, 'You're oppressors,' and the others, 'You're the oppressed,' and giving up on a colorblind society and resegregation and racism is the essence of America — then I'm out." Bill Maher

"Undermining his own life's work about supposed 'white privilege'":  "More than a third of white students [34%] lied about their race on college applications, and about half of these applicants lied about being Native American. More than three-fourths [77%] of these students who lied about their race were accepted." Ibram X. Kendi [aka Henry Rogers], Twitter, October 29, 2021  ["Kendi deleted his tweet after realizing that the study that he quoted illustrates that 'white privilege' is a lie."]

"I think we should be lifting up all ethnicities. I don't think we should say that one is an oppressor class and one is not oppressor class." —Randi Weingarten, President, America Federation of Teachers, May 10, 2021

"Caucasians are not villains, and they are not oppressors, and brown skin people are not victims, and we are not oppressed." Ruth Edmonds, [R], Ohio Congressional candidate, July 15, 2021

'State sanctioned racism' —Ross Vought, former OMB Director:
" ... in teaching ... it is reasonable and appropriate for curriculum to be informed by ... critical race theory." The National Education Association, the largest teachers' union

Socialist takeover:  "Their goal is to destroy western civilization as we know it, and the American constitutional republic. The last firewall for that is the American family and their comments are very revealing in their attempt to try to destroy the family." Charlie Kirk, October 2, 2021

Biden's choice for head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division:  "Melanin endows Blacks with greater mental, physical and spiritual abilities ... " Kristen Clarke, former President of the Harvard University Black Students' Association, Harvard Crimson, 1994

'Welcome, Comrade!':  "Biden pick to oversee banks thinks Fed should 'end banking'[, detests cryptocurrencies,] and calls Wall Street an 'a**hole industry'. [Cornell Law Professor] Saule Omarova ... graduated from Moscow State University [USSR] in 1989 on the [Vladimir] Lenin Personal Academic Scholarship." Elizabeth Elkind, 'Daily Mail', September 30, 2021
[Biden's Soviet nominee:  Intends as America's chief banking regulator to nationalise retail banks, 'effectively ending banking as we know it.' The Federal Reserve would set 'systemically important' prices, and become 'the ultimate public platform for generating, modulating, and allocating financial resources,' and cut off credit to those deemed 'socially sub-optimal.' (According to Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), October 6, 2021.)]

Fossil fuel companies:  "we want them to go bankrupt" ... "we starve them of their access of capital" Saule Omarova, November 10 & May 20, 2021 (Joe Biden's failed nominee for U.S.'s chief banking regulator)

Sarah Bloom Raskin would further wreck the American economy at the Fed:  "[Joe Biden's Federal Reserve Bank nominee] Raskin has repeatedly urged regulators to force banks to starve America's domestic oil and gas industry of the funds they need to produce more energy." Chuck Devore, February 14, 2022       [Nomination withdrawn March 15, 2022.]

Military forced to end fossil fuel use?:  "I would hate to see how long it would take to charge an electric tank." —General Robert Spalding, Retired, November 10, 2021

Q. "How are you going to get rid of racism?" Mike Wallace, '60 Minutes'
A. "Stop talking about it." Morgan Freeman

"America's most precious ideal is what used to be known as the American Creed: People are not to be judged by where they came from, what social class they come from, or by race, color, or creed. They must be judged as individuals. The prevailing Progressive ideology repudiates that ideal, demanding instead that the state should judge people by their race, social origins, religion, sex, and sexual orientation." Charles Murray
["The American Creed is a statement of the defining element of American identity, first formulated by Thomas Jefferson ... that includes liberty, equality, individualism, populism, and laissez-faire."]

Thank you, Johannes Gutenberg:  "Global literacy rates have increased from around 10% to close to 100% in the last 500 years." Peter H. Diamandis, M.D.

"Debate is a lousy way to change someone's mind." The New York Times, email to subscribers

Misdirection:  "Beyond the events themselves, the narrowing of our attention to one event elsewhere is a sort of sleight of hand, causing the public to ignore other things we should be focused on and concerned about. ... So, when the next great crisis hits, let's ask ourselves a couple of questions. First, what are our government and media hoping we'll focus on? And, the real question: what do they not want us paying attention to? ... " Connor Boyack

"It is only on the battlefield of ideas that the best ones can be recognized and ultimately prevail. Only those afraid of the truth seek to silence debate, intimidate those with whom they disagree, or slander their ideological counterparts. Those who know they are right have no reason to stifle debate because they realize that all opposing arguments will ultimately be overcome by fact." Glenn Beck

"In the U.S. in 1820, the average person received less than 2 years of education. These days, it's closer to 21 years of education, a 10x improvement." Peter H. Diamandis, M.D.

You want to help African American living standards?:  "Free enterprise, not woke welfare." —Larry Kudlow

African Americans and the Economy under Trump:  "Democrats may not have noticed how the black community benefited from this economy, but black voters sure did. ... There are those who want you to believe, as President Biden said during the election, that Donald Trump was 'one of the most racist presidents' ever and that the Republican Party is just as bad. Nothing could be further from the truth. Simply take a look at the economic record of the last four years. Before COVID-19 severely impacted our social and economic lives, black Americans were seeing real benefits from lower taxes and lower regulation. The unemployment rate for blacks reached a record low of 5.2 percent and black labor-force participation reached 63.2 percent, the highest it had been since the 2008 recession. The poverty rate for black Americans also reached record lows, while a total of 1 million lifted themselves out of poverty between 2016 and 2019. Over the same period, real median household income for black families rose over $4,000 after actually falling over the previous 14 years (2002–2016). With incomes rising so fast, it should not be surprising that black homeownership skyrocketed to 47 percent ... " Scott Turner, July 12, 2021

Coronavirus vaccination priority:  "Older populations are whiter ... we can start to level the playing field a bit." Harald Schmidt, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, New York Times, December 5, 2020

CDC chooses racial preferences for vaccination ahead of saving lives:  "Strong agreement with essential workers (non-healthcare) in Phase 1b. Racial and ethnic minority groups are disproportionally represented in many essential industries and live in communities that are disproportionally affected; offers an opportunity to really impact equity. ... All 14 ACIP voting members indicated agreement with essential workers as phase 1b. ... [ahead of] Phase 1c, Adults with high-risk medical conditions, Adults 65+" Meeting of the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), November 23, 2020

"Leaked-emails-reveal ... non-white people are receiving priority from the [New York] state Health Department to receive monoclonal antibody treatments and Pfizer's new pills ... " Melissa Koenig and Alex Hammer, 'Daily Mail', January 1, 2022

"The participation of contractors' employees in training that promotes race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating similarly undermines efficiency in Federal contracting ... Such requirements promote divisiveness in the workplace and distract from the pursuit of excellence and collaborative achievements in public administration." President Donald J. Trump, Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping, September 20, 2020

1776 Commission:  "I will soon sign an executive order establishing a national commission to promote patriotic education. It will be called the 1776 Commission. It will encourage our educators to teach our children about the miracle of American history, and make plans to honor the 250th anniversary of our founding." —President Donald J. Trump
[The 1776 Commission was promptly abolished by President Biden.]

Hint– King George III was the King of England in 1776:  "Two in three young adults in Gen Z don't know who America declared its independence from." Poll

"In workplaces, schools and college campuses across the nation, woke scolds make bank by falsely claiming that there is an epidemic of racism. There isn't. America is not a racist country. It's the most inclusive and diverse society in the history of human civilization. ... The Orwellian doctrines of 'diversity,' 'inclusion' and 'equity' have convinced many that they are ill and are guilty of spreading the sickness. It's fake. It's a hoax. ... Who brought this plague of Marxists upon us?" Libby Emmons

"An equity-based form of government would mean the end not only of private property, but also of individual rights, equality under the law, federalism, and freedom of speech. These would be replaced by race-based redistribution of wealth, group-based rights, active discrimination, and omnipotent bureaucratic authority. ... —critical race theory prescribes a revolutionary program that would overturn the principles of the Declaration [of Independence] and destroy the remaining structure of the Constitution." Christopher F. Rufo

Doesn't Anyone in the U.S. Government Like the U.S.?:  "I leave aside the deeper concern that the primary role of mainstream economics in our society is to provide an apologetics for a criminally oppressive, unsustainable, and unjust social order." —Jeremy B. Rudd  ['Hate America' 'woke culture' footnote in a Federal Reserve report.]

Message to America if they continue to go down this road: "I just want people to know that freedom is fragile and we can lose it [at] any time if we don't defend it. There [are] a lot of Chinese Americans who have the same experience and share my point of view. I know that more and more people will step up and share their stories and tell the American people. 'Critical race theory' is not anti-racism, it itself is racist. It is divisive, it is destructive, and it is dangerous." —Xi Van Fleet

"There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs." Booker T. Washington, 'My Larger Education,' 1911

'Please Stop Helping Us':  "How liberals make it harder for blacks to succeed." Jason L. Riley

"The worst enemy that the Negro [has] is this white man that runs around here drooling at the mouth professing to love Negros and calling himself a liberal. It is following these white liberals that has perpetuated problems that Negros have. If the Negro wasn't taken, tricked or deceived by the white liberal, then Negros would get together and solve our own problems. I only cite these things to show you that in America, the history of the white liberal has been nothing but a series of trickery designed to make Negros think that the white liberal was going to solve our problems." Malcolm X

'What the Black man wants':  " ... this [Civil] war shall not cease until every freedman at the South has the right to vote." Frederick Douglass, Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, April, 1865

Rise of Victimhood Culture:  "Virtually all of the high profile, widely reported hate crimes over the past 2 to 3 years have been hoaxes. ... fake. ... In a fair number of cases money does change hands, if you're talking about insurance money… A broader motivation for these hoaxes is that the demand for bigots in America greatly exceeds the supply. ... lt is not much of a secret that in America we have a very well-funded grievance industry." Dr. Wilfred Riley, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Kentucky State University, February 19, 2019

'Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass was a conservative':   "The government can't save Black America. The only thing that can save Black America is ourselves. It's time to revolt against the media narrative of Blacks as perpetual victims. The revolution starts now." The Douglass Society

"The formula for achieving middle-class success is simple: Finish high school; don't have a child before the age of 20; and get married before having the child." Larry Elder

Structural racism:  "If ever there were a structure systemically keeping African-Americans from getting ahead, it would surely be America's big city public-school systems." Bill McGurn, 'Wall Street Journal', September 6, 2021

Opportunity/Education:  " ... it's also providing economic opportunity, which this administration has done. It's also giving them a meaningful education that allows them to seize that opportunity. I think there is systemic racism in this country, but I think the best example of systemic racism that I'm talking about is the educational system which is relegating our inner-city children to schools that are failing and fail them. And the President [Trump], as you know, is for school choice, to put the buying power in the parents' hands of every inner city kid so they can pick their education." —U.S. Attorney General William Barr

Culture of success:  "Why [Black] Nigerian immigrants are one of the most successful ethnic groups in the U.S." B. Joseph

"One of the big #FakeNews narratives is that 'institutional,' 'structural' and 'systemic' racism remain a major problem in America, when, in fact, race has never been a more insignificant barrier to success in America." Larry Elder, later a candidate for Governor of California

"Larry Elder is the Black face of white supremacy." Erika D. Smith, Los Angeles Times, August 20, 2021

Doublethink:  "The dumbest idea is that the same nation with minorities being mayors and police chiefs of its large cities could both still suffer from systemic racism and twice elect a black president, ['the world's first black leader of a predominantly white country.']" —John King

"From my standpoint as a black American, as far as I'm concerned, it is a high tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves." —Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court nomination Senate Hearing, October 11, 1991
[Hearing conducted by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Joe Biden.]

"Last year there were 10 million arrests in the United States … Police officers were involved in fatal shootings 1,004 times … 41 of those were unarmed people … 19 white people unarmed were shot and killed by police last year, 9 were black … There were 89 cops killed ... in the line of duty last year." —Former New York Police Department Commissioner Bernard Kerik, June 2, 2020

Looting by rioters:  "I will not put an officer in harm's way to protect the property inside of a building." —Raleigh, North Carolina Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown, June 2, 2020

"They're not going to let up and they should not. And we should not." Kamala Harris, CBS, June 17, 2020

"There needs to be unrest in the streets as long as there is unrest in our lives." —Rep. Ayanna Pressley, (D-MA), Squad member, MSNBC, August 15, 2020

"You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about." —Hillary Clinton, CNN, October 9, 2018

"People will do what they do." —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, July 9, 2020

Arson during riots:  "A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity … Yes, America is burning, but that's how forests grow." —Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, June 2, 2020

Newspeak:  "Fiery But Mostly Peaceful Protests." CNN Chyron graphic

Violent BLM riot, burning down Minneapolis police station:  "I want to be clear on how I characterize this. This is mostly a protest. It is not, generally speaking, unruly but fires have been started and this crowd is relishing that." Ali Veshi, MSNBC reporter live on the scene with flames of the police station conflagration visible in the background

"Show me where it says that protests are supposed to be polite and peaceful." Chris Cuomo

Calling for mob rule:  "I just don't even know why there aren't uprisings all over the country, maybe there will be." —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat, San Francisco, CA, C-SPAN, June 14, 2018

'The January 6 Insurrection Hoax' —Roger Kimball:  "Acting 'to the best of [your] Ability, [to] preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States' ... 'against all enemies, foreign and domestic' is the opposite of 'insurrection.'" Cheswell Wentworth    ["False and exaggerated claims still being spread about the capitol riot." —Glenn Greenwald]

" ... peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard today." —President Donald J. Trump, Speech at Rally, Washington, D.C., January 6, 2021

"Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!" —Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump), Twitter, January 6, 2020

"I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!" —Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump), Twitter, January 6, 2021  
[Presidential election legal strategy that was rejected by Vice President Mike Pence and not followed – stolen Privileged and Confidential memo by Trump attorney John Eastman regarding '7 states have transmitted dual slates of electors to the President of the Senate' and the draft of this memo.]

Protest leader,William Watson, speaking to the crowd using an amplified megaphone inside the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 [Video transcription]:
• "Everybody, listen up. The police are going to work with us and cooperate peacefully, like our First Amendment allows. Gather more Americans, under the condition that they will come and gather peacefully to discuss what needs to be done to save our country."
• Capital police Officer Keith Robishaw: "We are not against … You need to show … You understand?"
• William Watson: "Yes"
• Officer Robishaw: "Then show us no attacking, no assault, remain calm."
• William Watson: "We are not going to assault. We are going to be heard. Everybody, this must be peaceful."
• Jacob Chansley, aka 'Q Shaman': "This has to be peaceful. We have the right to peacefully assemble."

Among those who marched into the Capitol on January 6, 2021: An FBI Informant:  " ... texted his F.B.I. handler during the assault, but maintained the group had no plan in advance to enter the Capitol and disrupt the election certification. ... largely following a pro-Trump mob consumed by a herd mentality rather than carrying out any type of preplanned attack. ... The F.B.I. also had an additional informant ... that took part in the sacking of the Capitol ... " Alan Feuer and Adam Goldman, The New York Times, September 25, 2021  
[False flag operation?:  "And who is Capitol riot provocateur Ray Epps (with video showing the crowd responding by chanting 'Fed Fed Fed') and why has the FBI protected him?" Nancy Davis]

"FBI official repeatedly refuses to say if FBI agents/informants encouraged violent, criminal behavior on January 6." Susan Jones, January 11, 2022

Fact-Check:  "Biden Falsely Claims 5 Cops Were Killed by Trump Supporters on January 6 ... in fact no police officers died at the Capitol that day." Warner Todd Huston, March 3, 2022

'Shocking double standards for bringing U.S. rioters to justice':  " ... The January 6 riot involved no guns or fires among protesters ... In contrast, the [574] 2020 riots involved guns, incendiary devices, lasers, paint bombs, and fireworks that were used to torch buildings and cars, hurt police officers, and destroy meaningful parts of many U.S. cities. ... the left and the media continue to falsely claim law enforcement officers were killed on January 6." Matt A. Mayer, July 29, 2021

Democrats hiding video:  "U.S. Capitol Police don't want all 14,000 hours of January 6 videos shown because they (1) show grotesque professional police misconduct and (2) demolish the 'thousands of armed insurrectionists' false narrative." J. Michael Waller, January 7, 2022

Which is it?  "Contradictory incompatible claims both that the January 6 capitol incursion was preplanned and that it was incited by a speech by the President on January 6th." Democrat narrative

Why Did Pelosi Block the National Guard from Getting Deployed on January 6th?:  "Former President Donald Trump authorized up to 20,000 National Guard soldiers to protect the Capitol two days before January 6th. After he did this, it was up to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Mayor of Washington D.C. Muriel Bowser to approve the ... request. They blocked this request on multiple occasions. Why?" Sean Hannity

"Another kangaroo court." —Larry Kudlow, June 14, 2022
Third Trump impeachment attempt:  "The January 6 Committee is an Illegitimate Operation."
Congressman Andy Biggs, January 6, 2022  
["Unconstitutional because Congress has no power to conduct criminal investigations (separation of powers), unprecidented, excluded minority Republicans, no rules of evidence, no due process, no defense allowed, no defense witnesses, violating priviledge, no discovery, no cross examination, no rebuttal witnesses, editing video to mislead, omitting exculpatory evidence, refusal to address what role did House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have in preventing law enforcement from protecting the Capitol, a TV prime time Stalinist show trial with dismal ratings staged by a former ABC News president, conducted with intent of future election interference." Jennifer White]

January 6 Committee:  "All I can think of is this is a Soviet-style propaganda trial, like a show trial ... They put this tape together using propaganda, selected words and clauses cut and pasted to smear the people they want to smear and to get the outcome." Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., who spent time working in Communist Yugoslavia earlier in her career

"What terrifies the Left and the establishment is that everyone who sees ‘2000 Mules’ finds it convincing. Even Democrats! That's why its rating on Rotten Tomatoes is 100% ... " ... "The whole country did not see what happened on November 3, 2020. It was carefully concealed from them. That's why I made '2000 Mules.' It reveals the true insurrection." Dinesh D'Souza, June 13, 2022

Storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021 – ACQUITTED:  " ... federal judge determined it was rational for the defendant to believe police were allowing the protesters to enter the Capitol building." Liz George, April 8, 2022

Whitmer kidnapping acquittal, mistrial:  "Two defendants acquitted in Michigan governor kidnapping case; mistrial declared for 2 others. ... Defense attorneys claimed federal law enforcement manufactured the alleged kidnapping conspiracy through confidential informants and undercover [FBI] agents." Brian Vitagliano, CNN, April 8, 2022

'Cruz Forces FBI Dir to Admit Agent Who Oversaw Whitmer Kidnap Plot Investigation Now in Charge of DC Office':  "[Steven M. D'Antuono] The [FBI] Special Agent in Charge of that … disastrous [attempted kidnapping and murder of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer] case … {misconduct [entrapment] that led to every defendant being acquitted or having a mis-trial on every charge} … has now been sent to the Washington DC [FBI] Office and now leads the investigation regarding January 6th." Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Senate hearing, August 4, 2022

In other news:  "FBI arrests Michigan GOP gubernatorial candidate on Jan. 6 charges." NBC News, June 9, 2022

"It's too coincidental to be a coincidence." Yogi Berra

Doth protest too much:  " ... no basis ... cast the blame ... a favorite bogeyman ... a leftist false-flag operation ... made clear that the threat of violence from white supremacists and other domestic extremist groups far outweighs that posed by anti-fascist activists [sic] ... an all-purpose slur ... antifa barely exists [sic] ... baselessly blame these 'radical leftists' for any acts of violence or property damage that occurred during the largely peaceful wave of nationwide protests [sic] ... no legal authority ... baseless and conspiratorial voter fraud allegations ... false-flag narrative ... without evidence ... trying to divert the blame ... " Caitlin Dickson, 'Yahoo! News', January 7, 2021

'January 6':  "How Democrats used the capitol protest to launch a war on terror against the political right." Julie Kelly, December 28, 2021

Domestic terrorism unit:  "The U.S. Justice Department is creating a new unit to counter domestic terrorism following the 2021 U.S. Capitol attack, a senior official said on Tuesday, as it faces a growing threat from white supremacists and anti-government activists." Sarah N. Lynch, 'Reuters', January 11, 2022

Civil action for deprivation of rights:  "Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress ... " 42 U.S. Code §1983

Seditious conspiracy:  "According to the United States intelligence community, domestic terrorism from white supremacists is the most lethal terrorist threat in the homeland." … "We know now that we must confront and defeat political extremism, white supremacy, and domestic terrorism." … "Don't dare call them protesters. They were a riotous mob, insurrectionists, domestic terrorists." … "White supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat."[sic] —Joe Biden, c. January, 2022  
['Most lethal?':  "According to the FBI, white supremacists were responsible for 49 homicides in 26 attacks from 2000 to 2016 … more than any other domestic extremist movement."]

"Freedoms of speech and press do not permit a State to forbid advocacy of the use of force or of law violation except where such advocacy is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action·" U.S. Supreme Court in Brandenburg v. Ohio, 1969

Chicago Mayor finally admits:  " … the core of what happened [Michigan Avenue ‘Miracle Mile’ looting] – that's organized criminal activity … It was a planned attack." Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, August 12, 2020

Causing a crime wave:  "The number one problem in almost all the cities is George Soros-elected, left-wing, anti-police, pro-criminal district attorneys who refuse to keep people locked up." Former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich  
[Far left prosecutors backed by George Soros: Kim Foxx, Chicago; George Gascón, Los Angeles; Chesa Boudin, San Francisco; John Chisholm, Milwaukee; Larry Krasner, Philadelphia; Alvin Bragg, New York.]

'George Soros-backed district attorneys are ruining America': "Is there going to be an individual I divert, or I put into [a] treatment program, who's going to go out and kill somebody?… You bet. Guaranteed. It's guaranteed to happen. It does not invalidate the overall approach." John Chrisholm, Milwaukee County District Attorney, past comments on criminal justice reform efforts, 'Milwaukee Journal Sentinel', 2007

"[George Soros backed radical Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón] has implemented a lot of bad ideas. ... He is not charging obvious crimes. He is advocating on behalf of people to be released from prison sooner than they should. He is not meeting with victims.  [Interviewer Lawrence Jones:  Is he upholding state and federals laws right now?]  No, absolutely not. Our District Attorney is nullifying important laws, and he is doing it explicitly and unapologetically." ... "We are not focused on victims, we are not focused on public safety, and in Los Angeles County you know, my boss, George Gascón, has a soft spot for criminals ... He has created an environment where crime thrives here in Los Angeles County by explicitly telling the criminal community you can commit crimes, certain crimes I will not prosecute you at all ... " —John McKinney, Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney, c. January 30, 2022

'Soros-linked Manhattan District Attorney – No Incarceration Except for Homicide and a Few Other Cases':  "Alvin Bragg ... plans to ensure jail release for all suspects accused of crimes in Manhattan except in homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, and felony sex crime cases." Joel B. Pollak, January 4, 2022

'George Soros has blood on his hands for the rise in killings nationwide':  "George Soros is a major cause for the systematic decline of American law enforcement. The mindset of his DAs — that criminals are victims — has done immeasurable harm, especially to poor minorities in our inner cities. Meanwhile, the complex network of nonprofits Soros uses to disperse his funds makes it nearly impossible to track what he's doing to undermine our justice system. ... " Ray Kelly, former New York City Police Commissioner

Why aren't we allowed to talk about George Soros's Plan To Remake America?:  "Is any American city safe from the Soros 'Destroy America Project'?" Rudy W. Giuliani, Video Podcast, January 29th 2022

Union Pacific Railroad Train Thefts in Los Angeles – Marauders loot daily 90 huge shipping containers each full of packages:  "The no-cash bail policy and extended timeframe for suspects to appear in court is causing re-victimization to UP by the same criminals. In fact, criminals boast to our officers that charges will be played down to simple trespassing – which bears no serious consequence. ... Like our customers, [Union Pacific] is now contemplating serious changes to our operating plans to avoid Los Angeles County." Union Pacific Railroad, January 17, 2022

Shocked:  "It looks like a third world country. ... that's just not acceptable. ... I can't take it – I can't turn on the news any more. What the hell is going on? Clean it up!" California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) in Los Angeles, while viewing the results of the Union Pacific train robberies resulting in the tracks being strewn with thousands of stolen delivery boxes, January 20, 2022

Companies are losing due to organized crime [flash mob shoplifting]:  "$719,548 per $1 billion." National Retail Federation, January 12, 2021

"Murder rate at 25-year high." FBI, c. 2021

"New York Mayor says he felt 'unsafe' taking the city's subway." Madeline Leesman, 'Townhall', January 19, 2022

Carjackings soar by up to 510% in 2021:  "Chicago: 1,800+; New York City: 500; Philadelphia: 800+; New Orleans: 281." CPD, NYPD, Philadelphia PD Tracking

Police officers killed in 2021:  "Intentional killings reach 20-year high, FBI says.Emma Tucker and Priya Krishnakumar, CNN wire on ABC 7 News, January 14, 2022

National Fraternal Order of Police:  "'Historic' 346 officers shot in line of duty in 2021. 'Ambush-style attacks' against officers were up 115%." Audrey Conklin, January 4, 2022

"We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions." —President Ronald Reagan, 1968 Republican National Convention

Making America Unsafe:  "we will work to end cash bail" The Biden White House, October, 2021

"California store owner prices all items at $951 so thieves can be prosecuted." Omid Kamran ;-)

"Hell of a job, Democrats— you've managed to bring back the 1918 Pandemic, the 1929 Depression, the 1968 Race Riots and the 1973 Gas Lines all at the same time." Joel Fischer, November 29, 2021  [Don't forget the 1982 Inflation]

Destroying the black middle class:  "They are bullies, cowards, Marxists. ... We are under attack. It's the evil of trying to destroy our middle class. ... I lived in the middle class ... I grew up in it and I saw how the leftists, the elitists ... destroyed my middle class. It went from 50% of business ownership down to 3.8%." Burgess Owens, former Super Bowl champion, June 4, 2020, subsequently becoming a Utah U.S. Congressman

"A vastly expanded welfare state in the 1960's destroyed the black family, which had survived centuries of slavery and generations of racial oppression." Thomas Sowell

"The lessons of history ... show conclusively that continued dependence upon relief [welfare] induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fiber. To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit. It is inimical to the dictates of sound policy. It is in violation of the traditions of America. ... . The federal government must and shall quit this business of relief." —President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1935

"More and more African-Americans and other people are waking up to this foolishness. They are realizing that liberals have destroyed the black community. Now it's time for the black community to destroy the liberals. … Eliminate the state income tax and that's going to put more money back in their pockets … They are going to vote for someone like me than someone who's pushing this divisive rhetoric about [Critical Race Theory]. … It teaches racism and we need to ban that. … Democrats for years have taken advantage of African-Americans and have done nothing for them. … They are just taking your vote for granted. … " Vernon Jones, (R), Georgia gubernatorial candidate, former Democrat Georgia state Representative, November 5, 2021

"It makes no sense. The urban Black community which was religious and family oriented, with roughly half engaged in successful entrepreneurial small business in the mid-20th century period, has now (with notable exceptions, including a growing vibrant educated suburban Black middle class) been largely destroyed since the success of the 1960's civil rights movement. Was this surprising outcome resulting in poverty, welfare dependency, fatherless black families, failing inner city schools strangled by teachers' unions, few Black businesses remaining, rampant urban black male on black violent crime, violent urban riots with arson and looting, and large numbers of black men in prison under Joe Biden's 1994 crime bill, all a result of bad welfare and other misguided public policies, unfortunately written into law, or could this terrible outcome especially in inner cities run by Democrats have been a deliberate but an unrecognized and unreported effort to counter the civil rights movement by racist lawmakers? Recall that the Democrat Party historically was the party of slavery, segregation, and Jim Crow, with then, for example, the Democrat Leader in the Senate, Robert Byrd, an 'Exalted Cyclops' of the Ku Klux Klan. ... What is one to think now at a time when leftist urban riots are tolerated, rapidly growing competition for unskilled jobs by massive illegal immigration is being encouraged, [Bill] Clinton's highly successful welfare reform policies are being systematically reversed, and there is a herculean effort to vastly expand the failed welfare state, reverse tax policies that advantaged lower income workers, and to persuade blacks to be victims? ... Hopefully this train of thought is a preposterous conspiracy fantasy fit only for some obscure novelist's musings, not actual but unrecognized, perhaps ongoing intentional and despicable racist policy written into law to deliberately harm and undermine urban black communities. Is this sad result merely a tragedy and a stupidity, or could any evidence of such malevolent intent be found?" Diana Washington

"No one – not a single solitary person defended or excused the death of George Floyd, so why is this rioting happening? Because that is what the media wanted ... Black America, wake up, enlighten yourselves. Do not be owned by a mainstream media agenda." Candace Owens
["Minnesota attorney general Keith Ellison has said he would not call George Floyd’s death a hate crime because there was no evidence that Derek Chauvin [the police officer convicted of murdering George Floyd] factored in race as he knelt on Mr Floyd’s neck for nine minutes."]

"Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech." —Benjamin Franklin

One hundred to one liberal bias on campus:  "... study of the political affiliation of 12,372 professors in the two leading private colleges and two leading public colleges in 31 states. ... donations to political candidates (using the Federal Election Commission database) ... only 22 Republican donors, compared with 2,081 Democratic donors." Langbert and Stevens

"À Chacun Son Goût." —There's no accounting for taste.

Bias of 375 to 1: "Political contributions from Twitter employees in 2020 [election] cycle: $220,507 to Democrats, $589 to Republicans." —Center for Responsive Politics

"A stunning 99 percent of online political contributions made by Twitter employees in 2021 went to Democrats." Federal Election Commission data (Conor Skelding, 'NY Post', December 4, 2021)

Why the U.S. is a constitutional republic instead of a democracy?: "Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." John Adams, April 15, 1814

"To view the opposition as dangerous is to misunderstand the basic concepts of democracy. To oppress the opposition is to assault the very foundation of democracy." Aung San Suu Kyi, Letters from Burma

"Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion." —Edmund Burke

'The left undermines fundamental American values':  "Marxist philosophers, the Frankfurt school in [1923] Germany … theory that beyond just economics, the bourgeoisie use faith family and culture to oppress the working class. So the Marxists had to attack those things too. And that's exactly what they have been doing." Steve Hilton, July 3, 2022

'Far left woke extremism has infected America':  "We're not gonna make America great again. It was never that great."[sic] New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, August 15, 2018

The American Revolution 'was effected before the war commenced':  "Radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution." John Adams

"Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment." —Will Rogers

"People may get an education from reading the fine print, but what they get from not reading it is usually experience." Vesta M. Kelly

"It won't happen again until the next time." —Radio advertisement for silver coins

"My courage and my resolution is firm; but my hopes fluctuate, and my spirits are often depressed." Mary Shelley's Dr. Victor Frankenstein

"That's right people ... Skynet 2.0 doesn't want to wipe us out, it wants to sell us stuff." Comment about robotic telemarketing phone calls

T-shirt slogans:
   • "God is Dead." —Nietzsche, 1882
   • "Nietzsche is Dead." —God, 1900

Useful idot: "Not to share one's wealth with the poor is to steal from them and to take away their livelihood. It is not our own goods which we hold, but theirs." 'Marxist' Pope Francis quoting John Chrysostom

Communist Manifesto (ten planks):

1. Abolition of private property and the application of all rents of land to public purposes.
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.
6. Centralization of the means of communications and transportation in the hands of the State.
7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state, the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
8. Equal liability of all to labor. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries, gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equitable distribution of population over the country.
10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production.
—Karl Marx, 1848

The leftist fallacy:  "I mean well, therefore I do good."[sic] ... "Truth is not a left-wing value." Dennis Prager

Marxism (aka Communism/Socialism/Leftism/Progressivism) vs. Capitalism (aka Free Markets):  
"The acid test for any two competing socioeconomic systems is which side needs to build a wall to keep people from escaping? That's the bad one!" Elon Musk, June 5, 2022

"The problem in Venezuela is not that Socialism has been poorly implemented, but that Socialism has been faithfully implemented. From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, whereever true Socialism or Communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure. Those that preach the tenents of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems." —U.S. President Donald J. Trump, address to the United Nations General Assembly, 2017

"There are a lot of Democrats and Independents who are starting to connect the dots between the policies of the Democratic left and what they have delivered ... failing schools, rampant homelessness, rising crime, skyrocketing energy costs, water shortages, unaffordable housing, high unemployment, crushing regulations and taxes, failing businesses, fleeing families. That's what the Democratic left delivers ... " —Tom McClintock, California Congressman, November 28, 2020

"Our top 10 cities … a combined population of 25 million Americans; not a single Republican is mayor of those cities. You're looking at homelessness, hopelessness, and an increase in crime and drugs. Think about that – this isn't just a Washington problem and a Joe Biden problem. The democratic party is an existential threat to our security, our prosperity, and our opportunity." —Kellyanne Conway, November 8, 2021

" ... the States were supposed to be a check on the federal government, and anytime you get concentration of power in one entity it becomes oppressive and our liberties are undermined, our freedoms are undermined. And so the Biden Administration is ... trying to undermine federalism and concentrate power in D.C., whether that's tax and spend policy, whether it's nationalizing our elections, and now whether it's trying to dictate to the States what they can and can't do. It completely undermines federalism. I'm going to do everything I can to keep fighting back ... " —Mark Brnovich, Arizona Attorney General, August 7, 2021

Democrat Policies Have Created a Blue-State Exodus – Turns out Americans aren't huge fans of strict lockdowns, high taxes, and rising crime:  "Between January 1, 2020, and December 7, 2020, 3.57 million people left New York City ["Leftugees"], resulting in nearly $34 billion in lost tax revenue from residents." David Keltz, The American Spectator, May 23, 2021

Last appearance before the House of Commons:  "What the honorable member [Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrat member of Parliament for Southwark and Bermondsey)] is saying is that he would rather that the poor were poorer, provided that the rich were less rich ... So long as the gap is smaller, they would rather have the poor poorer. You do not create wealth and opportunity that way [i.e., with socialist policies]. You do not create a property-owning democracy that way." British Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher, November 22, 1990

"If you can save 50% of your take-home pay starting at age 20, you'll be wealthy enough to retire by age 37." Mr. Money Mustache

Retirement:  "You rust out before you wear out." —Attributed to Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller

" ... shark bites are very rare ... More people are killed by toasters and cows in a year than by sharks. The average American is approximately one million times more likely to die from a heart attack than a shark bite." —David Shiffman, shark researcher at the University of Miami

"There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them." —Andre Gide

"One of the best openings in a book. 'Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics' Introduction: Ludwig Boltzmann, who spent much of his life studying statistical mechanics, died in 1906, by his own hand. Paul Ehrenfest, carrying on the work, died similarly in 1933. Now is our turn to study statistical mechanics. ... " —Elon Musk, Twitter

"The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets." —Will Rogers

"The wages of sin are death, but after they take the taxes out, it's more like a tired feeling, really." Paula Poundstone

"There are two systems of taxation in our country: one for the informed and one for the uninformed." Judge Learned Hand, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Photography:  "The negative is the score, the print the performance." —Ansel Adams

"We do not see things the way they are. We see things the way we are." —Anaïs Nin

"Take only photographs and leave only footprints." —Anonymous

"Just destroy all the tapes." Richard Nixon

Biden is so economically illiterate that Amazon's Jeff Bezos (also 'Washington Post' owner) is calling the President out as a liar or fool and the Chinese Communist Party is agreeing with his nonsense:  
"Now US president finally realized that capitalism is all about exploitation[sic]. ... " China State Media, July 2, 2022  
[No, capitalism is all about buyer and seller preferences which must sufficiently disagree to the extent that both feel that they are better off after the sale, i.e. the buyer values the product or service more than the money, and the seller values the money more than the product or service. The opposite of exploitation.]

"A lie will fly around the whole world while the truth is getting its boots on." Jonathan Swift

Fake News:  "That [Steele dossier] is a garbage document ... it never should have been presented ... Trump's right to be upset (angry) about that [Russia collusion hoax and FBI vendetta]." —Bob Woodward
[Also see, "Media Mistakes in the Trump Era: The Definitive List" by Sharyl Attkisson.]

"I am prepared to accept that not everything in the dossier is 100% accurate." Christopher Steele, 'This Week', ABC, October 17, 2021

Steele dossier:  "Obvious fabrications ... [Trump is] ... someone who has been involved with beauty contests for many years and has met the most beautiful women in the world. I find it hard to believe that he rushed to some hotel to meet girls of loose morals, although ours are undoubtedly the best in the world. ... People who order fakes of the type now circulating against the U.S. president-elect, who concoct them and use them in a political battle, are worse than prostitutes because they don't have any moral boundaries at all." —Russian President Vladimir Putin

House Intelligence Committee testimony under oath in 2018, contradicting his misleading statements to the public:  "I never saw any direct empirical evidence that the Trump campaign or someone in it was plotting [or] conspiring with the Russians to meddle with the election." James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence in the Obama administration

Mueller Report from April 2019:  "The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities." Report of the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election

'Criminally negligent investigation against the Trump campaign' = Election Tampering:  
"We had specific intelligence that Hillary Clinton was creating a plan to vilify Donald Trump — to falsely accuse him of ties to Russia. The intelligence community and FBI knew this and President Obama, [and] Vice President Biden were briefed by John Brennan, James Clapper, and Jim Comey in early August of 2016. … It all should have stopped at that point. Everything related to the Steele dossier was known to be untrue but yet it was the predicate for moving forward with an unjust, unfair, and ultimately now – everyone accepts – a criminally negligent investigation against the Trump campaign. It was a crime to investigate Donald Trump because there was no probable cause, as FBI Director Christopher Ray has admitted under oath. There was no probable cause for those FISA applications because they use the Steele dossier and it was false. It was phony. … An investigation that went on for four years and misrepresented everything to the American people. And that's why everyone associated with the Steele dossier – with it's creation, it's peddling to the FBI, and its use by law enforcement authorities against the Trump campaign illegally is in criminal jeopardy right now." —John Radcliffe, former Director of National Intelligence, November 7, 2021

"I would love to see his [President Trump's] phone records to see whether he was talking to Putin the day that the insurgents invaded our capital." Hillary Clinton, January 18, 2021

Installing Leftist activist election personnel = Election Tampering:  "The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything." —Joseph Stalin

'Zuckerbucks':  "Mark Zuckerberg spent $419M on nonprofits ahead of 2020 election — and got out the Dem vote." William Doyle, 'New York Post', October 13, 2021

'Rigged' 2020 Election = Election Tampering:  "My book explains, among other things, how [Facebook CEO, Mark] Zuckerberg spent hundreds of millions of dollars targeting Democrat counties in ways that significantly drove up Biden's margin, enabling his victory. The funds weren't for campaign spending, mind you, but for a targeted private takeover of the government administration of election operations. ... Tech Oligarch … Zuckerberg … money was … targeted toward Democratic cities and counties in swing states. … to blue counties where you can squeeze votes out by putting … left-wing activist into the governmental election offices … through disparate funding … targeting Democratic groups with that funding. It ended up making a huge difference in the election … really profound effects … The election came down to 43,000 votes across three states. So, a little bit of changes in one state or another can have a profound effect on who is President, who controls the Senate, and how Washington D.C. is run." Mollie Hemingway

Presidential Election, 2020:  "Joe Biden should not concede under any circumstances because I think this is going to drag out, and eventually I do believe he will win if we don't give an inch and if we are as focused and relentless as the other side is." Hillary Clinton, 2020

"I will never be out of the game of politics." —Hillary Clinton, 'Good Morning America', ABC, October 11, 2021

"Arrest illustrates how the Steele dossier was a political dirty trick orchestrated by Hillary Clinton. ... The dossier was generated by the Clinton campaign. Its principal author was former British spy Christopher Steele. Steele’s main source was [Igor] Danchenko, a Russian native based in the United States ... " Andrew C. McCarthy, November 4, 2021

Not accepting election results:  "... refuse to ... respect the results of this election. ... That is a direct threat to our democracy." —Hillary Clinton, 10/25/2016

"From the inception of our country, race has been the most singular target of voter suppression." Stacy Abrams, Voter-Suppression Documentary Producer

Voter ID:  "No one has ever objected to having to prove who you are to vote … " —Stacey Abrams, CNN, June 17, 2021

"Leftists are gangsters. From Barack Obama to Bernie Sanders to Hillary Clinton and all the angry legions shouting in the streets today, they want to control all the fruits of our labor and everything you and I do in our lives. They are a sly, clever group of people, and their goal is to steal the most valuable thing the world has ever produced: America. They don't just want to raise your tax rate a couple of points. They want to take your stuff. All of it. They want to remake America into a society where their 'progressive' gang controls the entire wealth of the country, and citizens become serfs of the state." Dinesh D'Sousa, March 18, 2022

"Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses." —George Washington Carver

"Failure is success in progress." Albert Einstein

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." Falsely attributed to Winston Churchill

"I'd rather be a failure at something I loved than a success at something I hated." George Burns

"Welcome to Washington, D.C., the city that you pay for." —Tucker Carlson

"I'm not a member of any organized party. I'm a Democrat." —Will Rogers

Loss of privacy online:  "Crosses the creepy line." —Eric Schmidt while Google's CEO

"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And by that I mean it’s an opportunity to do things you did not think you could do before." —Rahm Emanuel, Obama's White House Chief of Staff

"Put down the can opener, and step away from that can of worms." —Ctein's famous advice

"Under capitalism everybody provides for their own needs by serving others." —Ludwig von Mises

"Pick up the film camera again ... Life is an experience, and I don't want to spend it in front of a computer." —snaggs

"Film is to digital as a symphony orchestra is to a kazoo." —Brian C. Miller
['But, nostalgia aside, digital photography keeps rapidly improving and has by now greatly surpased film in image quality, mostly ... and convenience.']

"The density of Saturn (mostly made of hydrogen and helium) is less than water, so if you put Saturn in a bathtub it would float, but it would leave a ring." —Astronomy joke from 'How the Universe Works'

"There is an uncertainty relationship between truth and clarity." —Niels Bohr, founder of quantum mechanics

Missing something?:  "We can't see 95.1% of the universe: Dark energy 68.3% – faster expansion – cosmological constant; Dark matter 26.8% – gravity bending light; Only 4.9% visible matter." Physics

Hubble space telescope mirror with the wrong focal length: "Astronomers are crying everywhere. … For this level of failure, arguably the biggest screwup in the history of science, and I was leader of the team. So yeah, it was bad. … I'm not waiting a minute longer than I have to to get this telescope fixed!" Charlie Pellerin

Astronomers have discovered that there are supermassive black holes at the center of most galaxies:  A 4 million solar mass black hole in the First image of supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way. Event Horizon Telescope.  Courtesy NASA.First image of a Black Hole, Event Horizon Telescope.  Courtesy of our Milky Way [LEFT: first image combining multiple radio telescopes, (Event Horizon Telescope, Courtesy NASA)], 140 million solar mass black hole at the heart of our nearest neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy (with which our Milky Way galaxy will collide and merge in approximately 4 billion years), and an approximately 20 billion solar mass black hole at the center of the M87 galaxy! [RIGHT (")] How the Universe Works: Black Holes

Neutrinos as drivers of supernovae:  "Stars exploding as supernovae are the main sources of heavy chemical elements in the Universe. In these star explosions, radioactive atomic nuclei are synthesized in the hot, innermost regions during the explosion ... such stellar death events can be initiated and powered by neutrinos escaping from the neutron star left behind at the origin of the explosion." Max-Plank-Gesellschaft, June 26, 2017  ["For example, the iron in your blood, and the calcium in your bones came from supernova star explosions."]

"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." —Albert Einstein

• "Blazar = 'a region at the center of a galaxy powered by an enormous black hole that emits extremely powerful jets of radiation in the direction of the Earth';
Pulsar = '(from pulsating radio source) is a highly magnetized rotating (extremely high density) compact star (usually a neutron star but also a white dwarf) that emits beams of electromagnetic radiation out of its magnetic poles';
Magnetar = 'a type of neutron star, believed to possess an extremely powerful magnetic field and to be a candidate for causing many fast radio bursts';
Quasar = '(from quasi-stellar object) an extremely bright and distant point-like Active Galactic Nucleus, farther away from Earth than any other known object in the universe, visible to radio telescopes, fueled by a supermassive black hole';
Cepheid Variable = 'a star of known instrinsic brightness which brightens and dims periodically (useful as a cosmic yardstick out to distances of a few tens of millions of light-years);
Type Ia Supernova = 'thermonuclear explosion of known intrinsic brightness (useful for calibrating vast distances to other galaxies) that destroys an overweight carbon-oxygen white dwarf star that has accreted matter from a companion star.'"
—Astronomical Exotics

"The Universe is a Hydrogen Sonata." —Elon Musk, Twitter

"No consistent system of axioms whose theorems can be listed by an effective procedure (i.e., an algorithm) is capable of proving all truths about the arithmetic of natural numbers. For any such consistent formal system, there will always be statements about natural numbers that are true, but that are unprovable within the system." Kurt Gödel's incompleteness theorem, 1931

"There is no doubt that our first order of business is going to be to get our deficits and debt under control." —President Barack Obama, October 29, 2012

"Why are there no speaker jacks on a stereo camera?" —Richard Ide

"The quickest way to take the joy out of a hobby is to make it a business." —Dave W. Thomas

"When a passion turns into a career, it eventually takes fun out of it. ... In the end, you will lose your hobby." —T. Kamiya

"Cats look down on us. Dogs look up to us. Pigs treat us as equals." —'Call the Midwife'

"A dog thinks that it's owners are family, but a cat thinks they're staff." —Anonymous

"The smallest hole will eventually empty the largest container. Unless, of course, it is made for drainage in which case it will clog." —One of Murphy's numerous Laws

"Wasn't there an old saying 'f/8 and be there!'?" —Anonymous photographer's advice

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Secrecy of the project to create an atomic bomb:  "What you see here, what you do here, what you hear here, when you leave here, let it stay here." Manhattan Project Signs, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

"Why did FEMA/DHS buy 1.5 billion rounds of ammunition?" Concerned Citizen, March 11, 2013

No Public Sector Unions:  "All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining ... cannot be transplanted into the public service. The very nature and purpose of Government make it impossible." —President Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Ten percent of all photos ever taken were shot in 2011." —Fortune magazine, September 24, 2012, page 166

"Every day, more photo's are taken with the iPhone than any other camera." Apple

iPhone tip:  "Don't unlock the iPhone to take a picture. Use the „camera button“ (low right corner on the lock screen) or swipe from right to left (without swiping up or down ;-) — it's not always faster, but more consistent to get to the camera." Christian Beck

"The number of industries that the iPhone has destroyed is really quite extraordinary. Pocket cameras, calculators, stand-alone GPS, and literally dozens of others. ... " Allan Stam  [ ... all the things that it replaced. [Mike Johnston] pictured a little heap of objects that would fit on the kitchen table—an old Ma Bell phone, a camera, a flashlight, a calculator, a Rolodex, a stack of LPs, a GPS navigation device, paper books, board games, a light meter, a calendar, maps, a clock, a timer, a stopwatch, a dictionary, a compass, a radio, a news magazine, etc.]

"A single human lifetime is no longer long enough to look at as many photographs as are made in one single 24-hour day." Mike Johnston

"Do we see sometimes us going overboard in our campaign, are there mistakes that are made, areas where there is no doubt that somebody could dispute how we are presenting things? You know, that happens in politics ... " —President Obama, CBS '60 minutes' interview outtake

"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 problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence." Attributed to Charles Bukowski

"Six words captures [Mr. Obama's approach to the middle east]: Praise Muslims, Ignore Christians, Blame Jews. ... Just look at his background ... most of his life, literally from the cradle up, in the hard left milieu in which it is an article of faith, a fundamental dogma, that Israel is a capitalistic oppressor and the Palestinians are noble freedom fighters and then you have his time with the Reverend Wright. In Rev. Wright's Church and in that segment of the left it's virulently anti-semitic. ... The Palestinians have had one chance for peace after another (1948, 1956, 1967, 1973) ... it has never been Israel that has prevented peace. It has been Palestinian intransigence. ... Israel is an island of civilization – of our civilization – surrounded by brutal states and barbarous societies. Only Israel has womens' rights, the rule of law, property rights, serious education, civil society, prosperity and for all the oil money pored into the middle east you have a vast wasteland beyond Israel's borders. Stand up on a hilltop, a mountain top in northern Israel. You can tell where the arab world begins because the green turns brown. Israel has earned its keep and the Israel haters on the far left are utterly out of touch with humanity and decency." —Lt. Col. Ralph Peters

'Whoopi Goldberg apologizes after she's pummeled from all sides for insisting Holocaust was "not about race"':  "Whoopi Goldberg [Caryn Elaine Johnson] is in hot water for comments many have deemed anti-Semitic." ... " regarding her comments on [the ABC television program] The View—for which she received a two-week suspension." ... "They weren't and she's not. She is right about one thing — Jews ['a religion and a people'] are not a race. "She was wrong about everything else … " ... ["Having written a book on anti-Semitism, Dennis extends Whoopi some grace ... "] Dennis Prager, February 3, 2022

"When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews." Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

When the canceled iron dome missile defense funding for Israel was restored, AOC burst into tears:  "When you [Democrats] vote to let terrorists kill Jews, that is anti-semitism." Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post, September 23, 2021

Q. "There were funds allocated to continue backing Israel, which hurts my heart, because it's an ethnic genocide.[sic]" Anti-semitic university student
A. "Your voice, your perspective, your experience, your truth[sic] – should not be suppressed." Vice President Kamala Harris, Fairfax, Virginia, September 28, 2021
["It's getting worse: Iran is using that [Kamala Harris] video to help spread its anti-Israel propaganda." —Stuart Varney]

'How to bring nuclear war starting in the middle east':  "President Joe Biden will force Israel to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iran by offering the Iranian regime a new nuclear deal that guarantees it will develop nuclear weapons, something Israel and its Sunni Arab neighbors cannot allow and survive." Joel B. Pollak, March 11, 2022  ["But there is extreme danger of Biden's insanity, incredible weakness, stupidity and treachery (with his removal of American support, sanctions, and other deterrence) leading to rapid escalation with the much smaller Israel only seeking (as it has done in the past against other nations) to destroy Iran's threatening nuclear facilities, but despite Israel's 'Iron Dome' missile defenses, Iran (and/or its terrorist proxies) counterattacking successfully against Israel's population with Iran's ballistic missiles (or Israel concluding that Iran already has the nuclear capability they have long promised to use), forcing Israel on hair trigger to use nuclear weapons to wipe out Iran to avoid Israel's own anihilation (as Iran continually threatens) in Biden's middle east war." Beth Simon, March 18, 2022]

"... Government spending is taxation. ... You need sound money, free trade, minimal regulations, low rate flat taxes, and spending restraint. You get those five ... this economy will roar and we'll bring that deficit right down with it." —Arthur Laffer

"Free trade is not based on utility but on justice." —Edmund Burke

"People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it." —Chinese Proverb

"If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law." —Winston Churchill

"It must not be forgotten that it is especially dangerous to enslave men in the minor details of life." —Alexis de Tocqueville

"I can tolerate risk – it's losing money that bothers me." —Lbill

"A foole and his money is soone parted." —J. Bridges, 1587

"The welfare state has always been judged by its good intentions, rather than its bad results." Thomas Sowell

"You only get one sunrise and one sunset a day and you only get so many days on the planet. A good photographer does the math and doesn't waste either." Galen Rowell

Don't Gossip:  "Saying truthful bad things causes you to be perceived as bad, so if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. The religious prohibition against gossiping ('bearing false witness') and the common advice about saying good things or keeping quiet has been subjected to scientific investigation and found to be correct because it causes people's judgment processes to be strongly influenced to the detriment of the gossiper. When you say specific negative things about someone, people make and gain impressions using an unconscious and irrational psychological effect that causes the listener to attribute the specific negative traits more to you, the innocent person who is gossiping, than to the guilty person being gossiped about, and this is not overcome by the listener knowing the negative gossip to be correct and to apply only to the person being gossiped about! This boomerang effect in interpersonal communications is called spontaneous trait transference. Trait transference works the same with positive statements, so that saying good things about someone rubs off on you as the person saying the good things. Perceptions are trait-specific, so for example, deceit, cruelty, immorality, etc. are separate — accusing someone else of lying, make you thought of as a liar — not just a non-specific 'bad' person." Rev. Charles P. Miller

"We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question that divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct." —Niels Bohr

"Macs WANT to be anthropomorphosized." —Nick May

"If not us, then who? If not now, then when?" John Lewis, 1961

"Washington, D.C., [has] all the charm of a northern industrial city and all the efficiency of a southern town." —John F. Kennedy

"I try to be cynical, but it's hard to keep up." —Lilly Tomlin

"The stone age did not end for lack of stone." —attributed to the former Saudi Oil Minister, Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani

"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge." —Charles Darwin

Monopolies:  "We don't care; we don't have to. We're the phone company." —Lily Tomlin's character, Ernestine

"Its a dangerous business going out your front door." —J.R.R.Tolkien

"The Google policy on a lot of things is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it." —Eric Schmidt, Google Executive Chairman

"The only free cheese is in a mousetrap." —Gekko

" ... conservatives ... have no place in the State of New York." —New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, January, 2014

"There's no doubt that there's some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black president." President Obama

"Keep an open mind, but not so open that your brain falls out." —Richard Feynman

"Government is not reason, it is not eloquent, it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." —George Washington

"The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home." —James Madison

"Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate." —"Shmoo"

"Chocolate is cheaper than therapy and you don't need an appointment." —Catherine Aitken

"Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity, nothing exceeds the criticisms made of the habits of the poor by the well housed, well warmed, and well fed." —Herman Melville

"If you tax people who work and pay people who don't work, don't be surprised if you find a lot of people not working." —Arthur Laffer

"If you are not rich or if you are not financially secure, blame yourself." —Herman Cain

Guaranteed income:  "There is no reason why, in a society that has reached the general level of wealth ours has attained, the first kind of security should not be guaranteed to all – some minimum of food, shelter, and clothing sufficient to preserve health and the capacity to work." Friedrich Hayek

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." —Thomas Jefferson

"I am better off than he is – for he knows nothing and thinks that he knows. I neither know nor think that I know." —Socrates

"The more I know, the more I know I don't know." —Paraphrasing Socrates

"I call my lawyer and say, 'Can I ask you two questions?' He says, 'What's the second question?'" Henny Youngman

"Anybody who thinks talk is cheap has never argued with a traffic cop." Henny Youngman

"I thought talk was cheap until I saw our telephone bill." Henny Youngman

"The original idea of the index fund—own the entire U.S. stock market, own it at low cost, hang on to it forever ... " —John C. Bogle

The Expert Problem:  "Even if skilled experts in the field exist, as a non-expert you have no reliable way of knowing who the best experts are." JoMoney

"Do not save what is left after spending; instead spend what is left after saving." —Warren Buffett

"You don't have to see the whole staircase to take the first step." —Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see." —Arthur Schopenhauer

"History is actually written by those with far too much time on their hands." Sejanus Aelianus

U.S. Fatalities:  "35,092 motor vehicle fatalities in 2015." Wikipedia

"15,872 homicides in 2014." CDC

"List of Murderers Released to Murder Again!" Repeat offender statistics

NYC shootings up 86% as of May, 2021:  "If we want to reduce violent crime, if we want to reduce the number of people in our jails, the answer is to stop building more of them ... " —Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

"7,881 black homicide victims in 2016 (up from 7,039 in 2015)." —FBI Uniform Crime Reporting

Violence and murder in New York City spiked significantly:  "We now have fewer people in our jails than any time since World War II, and we are safer for it and better for it." —Democrat New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, July 2020

'Defund police' – Why are murderers up 800% in Portland Oregon in 2020?: "We must re-imagine what public safety looks like." Vice President Kamala Harris, former California Attorney General, former San Francisco District Attorney  ["Kamala Harris encouraged Americans to donate to the so-called Minnesota Freedom Fund which bailed out the rioters, looters, assaulters, and anarchists from jail." President Donald J. Trump]
● "Suck it up. Defunding the police has to happen. We need to defund the police." Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO),'Squad' member, who just spent $70,000 on her armed private security
● "You don't have one bad apple. You don't have four bad apples. You have a system-wide problem in that police department ... And only by completely dismantling that system and rebuilding it intentionally with the community members at the table do you have any hope of getting it right." Failed Senate and presidential candidate Robert Francis 'Beto' O'Rourke (D-TX)
● "The 'defund the police' movement, is one of reimagining the current police system to build an entity that does not violate us, while relocating funds to invest in community services." Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN),'Squad' member
● "Defunding police means defunding police ... It does not mean budget tricks or funny math. ... The fight to defund policing continues." Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY),'Squad' member

"From chaos, dictatorship arises. That is the lesson of human history." Candace Owens

"I can't imagine thinking that the way to solve the problem of people stealing basic necessities out of desperation is to prosecute them." —Cynthia Nixon ["Walgreens Closes 17 San Francisco Stores Due To 'Out Of Control' Shoplifting."]

"Forty-nine of every 50 muggings and murders in [New York City] were the work of black or Hispanic criminals. ... Blacks and Hispanics commit 96 percent of all crimes in the city." Patrick J. Buchanan

"Nearly all of the loss of life and shooting victims are centered in the Black and brown communities." —Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michael Moore, January 3, 2021

"Gun violence is surging in cities, and hitting communities of color hardest: [In New York] … in June, 97% of the shooting victims were minorities…" —NBC News, July 9, 2020

"I think defunding the police has got to be one of the dumbest ideas ever ... " —Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, [R], June 1, 2021 ["Poll finds only 18 percent support 'defund the police.'" ... "Related stupidity: arresting criminals and immediately releasing them from jail to reoffend ('ending cash bail'), early release of convicted dangerous violent felons from prison, electing George Soros sponsored district attorneys committed to not prosecuting criminals, failing to suppress 574 leftist 2020 riots, looting, and arson in many American cities, or opening the southern U.S. border to illegal immigration of previously deported convicted dangerous violent criminals, gang members, and repeat offender murderers and rapists?" Michelle Brown]

'Cities Will Set Murder Records Because of "Soros Effect":'  "It's no secret that [George] Soros, with an estimated net worth of $8.6 billion, has been financing a multitude of progressive-left politicians and causes for years. It’s also no secret that electing radical, criminal-friendly district attorneys is at the top of his list of priorities. Soros-backed DAs in major U.S. cities have instituted brazenly lax enforcement policies that have helped unleash an unprecedented wave of crime across urban America. ... 12 major U.S. cities have already posted record-setting murder rates in 2021." WABC Investigative Report, December 15, 2021

"Our prisons are filled today almost exclusively with fatherless men." —Heather Mac Donald, Manhattan Institute

"Seventy percent of black kids enter life without a father in the home, and Obama even once said a kid raised without a father is five times more likely to be poor and commit crime, nine times more likely to drop out of school, 20 times more likely to end up in jail. Now the question ought to be why have we gone from having 25% of black kids born outside of wedlock ... in 1965, to 70% now. Are we having a discussion about whether the welfare state has incentivized women to marry the government, and allowed men to abandon their financial and moral responsibility?" Larry Elder, December 21, 2020

" ... make sure that kids hear words; a kid coming from a very poor school, a very poor background will hear 4 million words fewer spoken ... " —Joe Biden, September 12, 2019

Stop and Frisk:  "Ninety-five percent of your murders – murderers and murder victims – fit one M.O. You can just take a description, Xerox it, and pass it out to all the cops. They are male, minorities, 16 to 25 … That's true in virtually every city … People say, 'Oh my God, you are arresting kids for marijuana that are all minorities.' Yes, that's true. Why? Because we put all the cops in minority neighborhoods … Because that's where all the crime is. And the way you get the guns out of the kids' hands is to throw them up against the walls and frisk them." Michael Bloomberg, Former New York City Mayor, Aspen Institute, 2/10/2015 Speech

Michael Brown saying 'hands up don't shoot.':  "We found it was a complete and total lie. The fact is police shootings against blacks, according to the CDC, are down 75% in the last 45 years. ... The police are more hesitant, more reluctant to use deadly force against blacks than on whites. If you look at black men who've been killed unarmed last year, there were 17. You were more likely as a black person to be injured by lightning than to be killed as an unarmed black man by cops. By contrast, there were 500 whites that were killed, not all of whom were unarmed. ... The whole thing is bogus." Larry Elder, Salem Radio, 2017

Hands up don't shoot:  "71% of 233 blacks fatally shot by police in 2016 (down from 259 in 2015) were carrying a knife or gun." —Washington Post Fatal Force Database

Black people are not disproportionally targeted by police:  "Justice Department statistics show that blacks are in fact killed 2 1/2 times more often than whites are by police. ... But that is far less than what the data would predict, given black crime rates. Take New York City, for example, … blacks are 35 times more likely to commit robberies than whites, 38 times more likely to commit murders, and 51 times more likely to engage in shootings … " … "blacks were murdered, approximately 93 percent by other blacks." Peter Kirsanow, Attorney and member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

"Women shall be presumed to be socially and economically disadvantaged." Legislative language

"Women are like teabags. We don't know our true strength until we are in hot water!" Eleanor Roosevelt

"A picture is worth a thousand words; A missed picture is only worth a sigh." —Araldite

"Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life." Anonymous

"Intellectual work is misnamed; it is a pleasure, a dissipation, and is its own highest reward. The poorest paid architect, engineer, general, author, sculptor, painter, lecturer, advocate, legislator, actor, preacher, singer, is constructively in heaven when he is at work; and as for the magician with the fiddle-bow in his hand, who sits in the midst of a great orchestra with the ebbing and flowing tides of divine sound washing over him – why, certainly he is at work, if you wish to call it that, but lord, it's a sarcasm just the same. The law of work does seem utterly unfair – but there it is, and nothing can change it: the higher the pay in enjoyment the worker gets out of it, the higher shall be his pay in cash also." —Mark Twain, 'A Connecticut Yankee'

"An awful lot of electrons were terribly inconvenienced in the making of this post." —Dr Croubie

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." —Ralph Waldo Emerson

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." —Arthur Schopenhauer

"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win." Attributed to Mahatma Gandhi

"Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it." Jonathan Swift, 'The Examiner', No. XIV, November 9, 1710

"As Abraham Lincoln once said, 'the problem with quotes on the Internet is that they are very hard to verify.'" thecoller, at r/formula1 on Reddit

'536 A.D. was the worst year to be alive':  "Glacier cores reveal Icelandic volcano that plunged Europe into darkness. ... A mysterious fog plunged Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Asia into darkness, day and night—for 18 months. 'For the sun gave forth its light without brightness, like the moon, during the whole year,' wrote Byzantine historian Procopius. Temperatures in the summer of 536 fell 1.5°C to 2.5°C, initiating the coldest decade in the past 2300 years. Snow fell that summer in China; crops failed; people starved. The Irish chronicles record 'a failure of bread' ... Not 1349, when the Black Death wiped out half of Europe. Not 1918, when the flu killed 50 million to 100 million people, mostly young adults." Ann Gibbons, 'Science', November 15, 2018

"I don't foresee any Black Swans appearing in the future." —Brad baw703916

"Complexity is easy; Simplicity is hard." —Edmund Keane

"We are spending more money than we have ever spent before and it [the 'New Deal'] does not work ... we have never made good on our promises ... I say after eight years of this [FDR] administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started ... and an enormous debt to boot." —Henry Morgenthau, Jr., U.S. Treasury Secretary, 1939 [when the federal government spent 4.3% of GDP vs. 26% in 2009]

"... The [two trillion dollar federal corvid-19 pandemic] stimulus plan ... will hurt the economy. It won't help the economy; it will make the recovery slower than it otherwise would have been, which is really a shame. It will increase debt besides. ... This stimulus plan will make things worse, not better. What we need to do is let people who work and produce keep their income, not have the government take it. And by putting that stimulus package in, just like in the 2008-2009 period, and in the great depression, it will make the economy worse not better. ... Government spending is taxation. Government doesn't create resources … they re-distribute resources. Whenever the government spends a trillion dollars, it takes a trillion dollars from workers and producers ... So government spending is taxation and as such government spending will reduce the growth rate of the U.S. and will hurt the economy in bad bad times. ... We need free markets more than ever." —Arthur Laffer, April 2, 2020

"Welfare Nation: In the 4th quarter of 2011 more Americans were on welfare than working full-time, with 108.6 million Americans receiving welfare while only 101.7 million were working full-time." —Data from U.S. Census Bureau

"Secret Service: Nearly one hundred billion dollars stolen in pandemic relief funds ... most ... from unemployment fraud." The Associated Press, NBC News, December 22, 2021

Obama's pastor preaches:
"No no no, Not God bless America, God damn America. That's in the Bible." —Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Chicago, April 11, 2003
"Now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back into our homes' front yard. America's chickens are coming home to roost." —Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Chicago, September 16, 2001
"The government lied about inventing the HIV virus [sic] as a means of genocide against people of color." —Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Chicago, April 11, 2000

"Our problem is not that [Obama] is a bad person. Our problem is that he is a bad President. These are tired and old big government ideas that have failed every time and everywhere they have been tried. These are ideas that people come to America to get away from." —Senator Marco Antonio Rubio (R-FL), son of Cuban refugees

"... We stand for free peoples and free markets." —Condoleezza Rice, Former U.S. Secretary of State

" ... we are an imperfect union and have been since the beginning. I've seen for myself how the original sin of slavery weaved white supremacy into our founding documents and principles." Biden's United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, National Action Network speech, April 14, 2021

"The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite." —James Madison, 'The Federalist No. 45'

"The Federal Government can do most anything in this country." Congressman Pete Stark, (D) California

"I have altered our agreement; pray I don’t alter it further." —Darth Vader

"There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order, this lukewarmness arising partly from fear of their adversaries ... and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had actual experience of it." —Niccolo Machiavelli

"Disclaimer: I am making all of this up." —Anon.

"Don't Steal – The government hates competition." Bumper Sticker

"A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do." West Point Cadet Honor Code

"I have wondered at times about what the 10 Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress." —Ronald Reagan

"To do creative work I must be completely free." —Nikola Tesla

"Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify." —Henry David Thoreau

"Biggest most blatant lie I can ever remember from a President.":  "We will keep this promise: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what." —Obama, June 15, 2009

"False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil." —Socrates

"If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace." Thomas Paine, 'The Crisis', 1776

Film vs. digital fashion photography:  "I'm still looking for that perfect woman but I want mine airbrushed, not Photo-Shopped." —Tom Cheshire

"Never try to impress a woman, because if you do she'll expect you to keep up the standard for the rest of your life." W. C. Fields

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." —Mark Twain

"If it can be written or thought, it can be filmed." —Stanley Kubrick

" ... the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera." —Yousuf Karsh

"You press the button, we do the rest." George Eastman

"It's about time we started to take photography seriously and treat it as a hobby." —Elliott Erwitt

"You have lots of hobbies, but you don't do any of them." —Mother-in-law

"It's life ... activities available, just add meaning." —A Beautiful Mind (motion picture)

"Luck favors the prepared." —Louis Pasteur

"The more I practice, the luckier I get." —Arnold Palmer

"At a gallery opening in New York, years ago ... Ernest Hemingway said to Irving Penn, 'I like your photographs, what kind of camera do you use?' Penn replied, 'I like your novels, what kind of typewriter do you use?'" —Steve Porte

"Nice pen, bet you write good stories with it." —Nikonparrothead

"If you don't read the newspaper, you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed." —Mark Twain

"The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers." Thomas Jefferson

"Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire, 'Questions sur les miracles', 1765

"As the press of this country now exists, it would seem to be expressly devised by the great agent of mischief, to depress and destroy all that is good, and to elevate and advance all that is evil in the nation. The little truth that is urged, is usually urged coarsely, weakened and rendered vicious, by personalities; while those who live by falsehoods, fallacies, enmities, partialities and the schemes of the designing, find the press the very instrument that the devils would invent to effect their designs." James Fenimore Cooper, 'The American Democrat', 1838, p. 134

Percent saying they have a 'Great Deal' or 'Quite a Lot' of confidence in:
"NEWSPAPERS 21%; TELEVISION NEWS 16%" —Gallup poll, July, 2021

"I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who." —Kipling

"I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me." —Isaac Newton

"Private property and freedom are inseparable." —George Washington

"Property must be secured, or liberty cannot exist." —John Adams

"Windows 8 ... weak on tablets, terrible for PCs ... misguided ... smothers usability ... a monster that terrorizes poor office workers and strangles their productivity." Jakob Nielsen

"Neurotics build castles in the sky; Psychotics live in them; and Psychiatrists collect the rent." Anonymous

"Some 94% of U.S. healthcare organizations have suffered a data breach in the past two years, and 45% have admitted to experiencing 5 such breaches over the same period. ... 73% of healthcare providers surveyed admit that they still have insufficient resources to prevent and detect data breaches ... and 67% of organizations don't have controls to prevent and/or quickly detect medical identity theft." Ponemon Institute

"I think people wouldn't have such a low opinion of mold if it was shiny." Anonymous

"Please do not feed the animals ... the animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves." —National Park Service (posted sign)

"Philanthropists ignore the fundamental cause of poverty, including poor health care, around the world: lack of capitalism. Wherever and to whatever extent capitalism exists, the productive ability of individuals is unleashed, enabling them to make their lives progressively better. The West used to be as poor as Africa today; it is capitalism that made us rich. ... Anyone who is truly committed to helping the world’s poor should first and foremost use their charitable dollars and their public platforms for the promotion of capitalism." Yaron Brook, Ph.D.

Fighting poverty with capitalism:  "Businessmen ... do the right thing by not giving money to charity ... [because] ... the value added to the world ... creating better products and services for all of us ... the multiplier effect [of investment] ... is much greater than the value he will ever add in any kind of charitable activity." —Yaron Brook, Ph.D. with John Stossel

"I know that, at this very moment, there are radio signals from other civilizations passing through this room which we could detect if we but pointed our antennas in the right direction and tuned to the right frequency." Frank Drake

" ... I'm terrified about what will happen to interest rates once financial markets wake up to the implications of skyrocketing budget deficits ... my prediction is that politicians will eventually be tempted to resolve the crisis the way irresponsible governments usually do: by printing money, both to pay current bills and to inflate away debt. And as that temptation becomes obvious, interest rates will soar. It won't happen right away ... But unless we slide into Japanese-style deflation, there are much higher interest rates in our future." Paul Krugman, 2003

"You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich." —William John Henry Boetcker, 1916

"No poor man ever gave me a job." —Ronald Reagan

"Anything wise can be attributed to Lincoln, and anything funny can be attributed to Twain." —Winston Churchill

"Welcome to New York … Everybody here was someone else before." Taylor Swift, 1989
[Remember to listen to music!]

What Obama's favorite soak-the-rich tax advocate really thinks:  "I will not pay a dime more of individual taxes than I owe, and I won't pay a dime more of corporate taxes than we owe. And that's very simple ... I will do anything ... to reduce Berkshire's tax rate ... For example, on wind energy, we get a tax credit if we build a lot of wind farms. That's the only reason to build them. They don't make sense without the tax credit." Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway CEO, 2013

"If solar power scaled like computer-tech, a single postage-stamp-size solar array would power the Empire State Building. That only happens in comic books." Mark P. Mills, Foundation for Economic Education, 41 Inconvenient Truths on the 'New Energy Economy'

"If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up." Ferris Bueller

"I can see Russia from my house!" —Former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, the former Alaska Governor, actually never said this.
[This hilarious satirical statement was made by comedian Tina Fey on 'Saturday Night Live,' impersonating Sarah Palin. The Christian Science Monitor ranks this political misquote as one of the 10 most famous things never actually said.]

"During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet." Al Gore

"Let them eat cake." Falsely attributed to Marie Antoinette

"Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people, that can, may revolutionize, and make their own of so much of the territory as they inhabit." —Abraham Lincoln, Speech to Congress, January 12, 1848

"Any single man must judge for himself whether circumstances warrant obedience or resistance to the commands of the civil magistrate; we are all qualified, entitled, and morally obliged to evaluate the conduct of our rulers. This political judgment, moreover, is not simply or primarily a right, but like self-preservation, a duty to God. As such it is a judgment that men cannot part with according to the God of Nature. It is the first and foremost of our inalienable rights without which we can preserve no other." John Locke

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

"For God's sake, let's always keep Vanguard a place where judgment has at least a fighting chance to triumph over process." Jack Bogle

"There's no place like this place anywhere near this place so this must be The Place." Ken Hamilton's mother

Productivity recommendations:  "In general, always pick common sense as your guide. If following a company rule is obviously ridiculous in a particular situation, such that it would make for a great Dilbert cartoon, then the rule should change." Elon Musk, April, 2018
["There have been hundreds of automotive startups, both electric and combustion, but Tesla is the only American carmaker to achieve high volume production and positive cash flow in the past 100 years." —Elon Musk, November 11, 2021]

"'Cause I don't care too much for money; Money can't buy me love" The Beatles, 'Can't Buy Me Love'

"Somebody said to me, 'But the Beatles were anti-materialistic.' That's a huge myth. John [Lennon] and I literally used to sit down and say, 'Now, lets write a swimming pool.'" [Sir James] Paul McCartney

"In the U.S., the richest 1 percent of men lives 14.6 years longer on average than the poorest 1 percent of men, while among women in those wealth percentiles, the difference is 10.1 years on average." MIT News

From Prison — The Democrats' Scheme for an American Marxist Counterrevolution:  
The blueprint for "Obamacare [was] written in prison by convicted felon [Robert Creamer, the husband of Illinois Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and also a lobbyist for George Soros' 'Open Society Institute']." Logan Inkosovo
[Robert Creamer's jailhouse book (while serving time for bank fraud and tax evasion) "[Listen to Your Mother:] Stand Up Straight! [How Progressives Can Win] advanced the notion ['deeply influenced' by Saul Alinsky] that the Democratic Party could win a permanent majority in Congress by doing the following:
        ● passing a national health care bill, thereby turning more people into wards of an ever-expanding government, and of the party that works to grow government; and
        ● giving amnesty to all illegal immigrants, thereby creating, virtually overnight, a large new constituency of Democratic voters.

"[Obamacare] is probably the most complex piece of legislation ever passed by the United States Congress ... it is just beyond comprehension ... " Senator Jay Rockefeller, Democrat, West Virginia, Obamacare architect

Rep. Kevin Brady's Obamacare Organization Chart
Rep. Kevin Brady's Obamacare Organization Chart

"I am a CPA. My clients are unable or unwilling to jump through the 'hoops' the regulators have established. Hence they are just sitting on the sidelines rather than investing and creating jobs." Terrence Nemec

"We are heading for hard times. We are dismantling this country. We are getting soft. We have the government as our biggest competitor. The government needs to get out of the way and let us work." Goya Foods President/CEO Robert Unanue, November 18, 2021

"After the second world war we cut our government spending by 60% and the economy boomed. We cut ourselves all the way to a big surplus." —George Gilder

"You cannot cut your way to deficit reduction." —Nancy Pelosi

"Good Grief!" —Charlie Brown

"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." —Samuel Adams

"In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority." Edmund Burke  [That is one of the fundamental reasons why our founding fathers made the United States a constitutional republic, not a democracy.]

"Government is simply the biggest corporation, with the sole monopoly on violence." —Elon Musk, 2021

"That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves." —Henry David Thoreau

" ... all adults should own their lives and property, and have the right to make their own choices as to how they live their lives, as long as they respect the same right of other people." Judge James P. Gray

"Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual." Thomas Jefferson

The Golden Rule (negative form): "That which is hateful to you, do not unto another: This is the whole Torah. The rest is commentary — [and now] go study." —Hillel, first-century-BCE rabbinic sage

Take the Human Respect Test:  "Are you okay if someone gets killed over this?" —Mike Sertic, Advocates for Self-Government


"A Massachusetts woman this week won the right to wear a colander on her head in her driver's license photo after citing religious reasons. Lindsay Miller identifies as a 'Pastafarian' and member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which some critics call a parody religion." Andrea Noble

"I, like most of the American people, don't begrudge people success or wealth ... That's part of the free market system." —U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama, II

"I am not a crook." —U.S. President Richard Milhous Nixon

"Academic politics are so vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.” —Henry Kissinger, et al

"I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes." —Anon.

Innominate:  "Patient complains, 'I have this nameless dread, doctor.'   Dr. replies, 'don't worry, we have names for everything.'" —Joke

"Any fool can take a picture but a photographer that can make an ugly [person] look good will have a job for life" —Groucho Marx

"If you don't want to work, you have to work to earn enough money so that you won't have to work." —Ogden Nash

"The universe is big. Really big." —Douglas Adams

"The American Republic will endure until the day the Congress discovers it can bribe the public with the public's money." —Alexis de Tocqueville

Politician: "I can't be bought, but occasionally I can be rented." —Old Washington saw

"The production of a perfect picture by means of photography is an Art; the production of a technically perfect negative is a science." Ferdinand Hurter & Vero Charles Driffield, 1890

"If it sells, it's art." Frank Lloyd Wright

On internet advertising vs. privacy: "If you're not paying for something, you're not the customer; you're the product being sold." —blue_beetle

Orwellian VPN Block message:  "YouTube (owned by Google) does not let you watch videos anonymously." —YouTube Privacy Warning

"Nobody is listening to your telephone calls." —President Obama, "The Drone Ranger"

"There’s a photograph everywhere and it's the photographer's job to find it." —Anonymous

Death Panel:  "Some people live. Some people die." —Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, comments on giving Sarah Murnaghan, a dying 10 year old Pennsylvania girl with end-stage cystic fibrosis, a death sentence by deliberately refusing her a life saving adult lung transplant (Sebelius' action was subsequently overruled by a judge)

Baracknophobia: "There hasn't been a bigger con man in the White House than Barack Obama." Ralph Nader, June 2013

"Lie back and think of Mars." —Elon Musk, Twitter

"When starships transporting colonists first depart the solar system, they may well be headed toward a Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite discovered planet as their new home." George R. Ricker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"There are many things the government can't do, many good purposes it must renounce. It must leave them to the enterprise of others. It cannot feed the people. It cannot enrich the people. It cannot teach the people." —Lord Acton

"I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally." —W. C. Fields

"The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design." —Freidrich Hayek

"If I could say it in words, I wouldn't need a camera." Lewis Wickes Hine

Robert Frost's response when asked to explain a poem: "You want me to say it worse?"

"If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint." Edward Hopper

"Civility is not a sign of weakness." —JFK

"[President Obama] has been an unmitigated disaster to the country." —Former Vice President Richard Cheney (in a 75 minute speech given just three weeks after receiving a heart transplant)

"The history of taxation shows that taxes which are inherently excessive are not paid. The high rates inevitably put pressure upon the taxpayer to withdraw his capital from productive business." —Andrew Mellon, U.S. Treasury Secretary during the 1920's

"For a few hundred dollars, you can get equipment that is 95% perfect. You will go broke trying to get that last 5%." —David Charlap's grandfather

"Although the moon is smaller than the earth, they are about the same distance apart." —Nathan Tenny

"If you believe everything you read, better not read." —Japanese proverb

"Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it." —Ellen Goodman

"Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. ... Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you're being had." Michael Crichton

"My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize." —Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA), Congressional Hearing  [He was being serious – he actually thought this was possible.]

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

Predicting the future:  "Aspidomancy by sitting in a drawn circle; Cephaleonomancy by boiling a donkey's head; Anthropomancy by human sacrifice; Apantomancy by chance encounters with animals; Chresmomancy by the ravings of lunatics ... " Nova

"We are bits of stellar matter that got cold by accident, bits of a star gone wrong." —Sir Arthur Eddington

"If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk?" —Laurence J. Peter

Any Pro tips to help with Decluttering?:  "Move overseas. Your shipment will be lost. Collect the insurance. This is the ultimate pro tip. I can tell from firsthand experience that it works well." livesoft

"A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures." —Daniel Webster

"Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something." —Robert Heinlein

"You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether what you're doing is work or play." —Warren Beatty

"All my life, I always wanted to be somebody.  Now I see that I should have been more specific." —Jane Wagner, The Search For Intelligent Life In The Universe, performed by Lily Tomlin

" ... you can't do by executive order unless you're a dictator" Joe Biden, October 15, 2020

"Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!" —Oliver Hardy (of Laurel and Hardy)

"Technology is anything that wasn't around when you were born." —Alan Curtis Kay

"If you don't fail at least 90 percent of the time, you're not aiming high enough." —Alan Curtis Kay

"If others would think as hard as I did, then they would get similar results." —Sir Isaac Newton

"Consensus is the absence of leadership." —Margaret Thatcher, former British Prime Minister

Our Internet Surveillance State: "The Fourth Amendment does not protect communications held in electronic storage [sic], such as email messages stored on a server, because internet users do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in such communication." —Office of Chief Counsel, IRS Criminal Tax Division, 2009

"The only thing a thief steals that can't be replaced is whatever faith you had left in other people." Anonymous

"It’s more important for a photographer to have very good shoes than to have a very good camera." —Sebastião Salgado

Scientific method:  "In general we look for a new law by the following process. First we guess it. Then we compute the consequences of the guess to see what would be implied if this law that we guessed is right. Then we compare the result of the computation to nature, with experiment or experience; compare it directly with observation, to see if it works. If it disagrees with experiment it is wrong." —Richard Feynman

"We can use words to denote not only objects and events in the outside world but also more abstract concepts. This ability leads to another strikingly human characteristic, one that is seldom mentioned: our almost limitless ability for self deception ... Whatever the answer, the only sensible way to arrive at [nature's secrets] is through detailed scientific research. All other approaches are little more than whistling to keep our courage up. Man is endowed with a relentless curiosity about the world. We cannot be satisfied forever by the guesses of yesterday, however much the charms of tradition and ritual may, for a time, lull our doubts about their validity. We must hammer away until we have forged a clear and valid picture not only of this vast universe in which we live but also of our very selves." Francis Crick, 1989

"47 of ... 53 ... 'landmark' ... cancer research ... publications ... could not be replicated." Sharon Begley, 2012

"Half of all published studies turn out to be incorrect, and it was found that 84.7% of statistics [sic] are entirely made up!"

"There is a 0.273972% chance that it's your birthday." —pseudostat 

"If your experiment needs statistics, you ought to have done a better experiment." —Ernest Rutherford

Lacking falsifiability:  "Not even wrong." Wolfgang Pauli

"Superstition is the religion of feeble minds." —Edmund Burke

"The large print giveth, but the small print taketh away." —Tom Waits, Small Change

"He who believes that the past cannot be changed has not yet written his memoirs." —Torvald Gahlin

"The single most useful [photography] advice I ever got was to make sure that I have the lens pointed at something that's actually interesting." —Matt Laur

"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty." —Patrick Henry

"When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon." —Thomas Paine

"No people will tamely surrender their liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and virtue is preserved." —Samuel Adams

"I believe each individual is naturally entitled to do as he pleases with himself and the fruit of his labor, so far as it in no wise interferes with any other man’s rights—that each community, as a State, has a right to do exactly as it pleases with all the concerns within that State that interfere with the rights of no other State, and that the general government, upon principle, has no right to interfere with anything other than that general class of things that does concern the whole." Abraham Lincoln, July 10, 1858

"The era of big government is over." —William Jefferson Clinton, State of the Union Address (when government was half the size)

"Film is cheap. Opportunities are priceless." —Mongo

"The more I know about people, the better I like my dog." —Mark Twain

"I love mankind... it's PEOPLE I can't stand!!" —Linus

"It costs 1.75 trillion dollars [per year] to comply with just [United States] Federal regulations – that is a number larger than just eight economies in the world." —Senator Ron Johnson (R) Wisconsin, 11/7/2011

"The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first." —Thomas Jefferson

"The pioneers of a warless world are the [youth] who refuse military service." —Albert Einstein

To save the soul of America:  "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety." —Benjamin Franklin

"There is nothing in the world which cannot be misunderstood or abused." —Alfred Nobel (with 355 patents, including for his invention, dynamite, that was not used to build the Central Pacific Railroad)

"[Walt Disney] lacked imagination and had no good ideas." Kansas City Star editor who fired Disney in 1919

Did you know that breathing into a paper bag to treat hyperventilation syndrome was invented by New York City physician Alexander Winter, M.D.? (The medical journals refused to publish his article about the easy treatment he had created, but eventually the Journal of the American Medical Association published his letter to the editor describing the simple cure which is now almost universally known and often shown being used in movies and TV dramas.)

"I typically prefer buying the best since I have done so many times the most expensive route: buy cheap, buy better and buy best and you end up having 3 of each item ... " —Samuli Vahonen

"On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time." George Orwell

"There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant." —Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Nothing shocks me. I'm a scientist." —Indiana Jones

"Is this the right room for an argument?" —Monty Python's Flying Circus

"We shall consider ourselves unauthorized to saddle posterity with our debts, and morally bound to pay them ourselves." —Thomas Jefferson

"Don't ever sign your name to debt where you have no ownership of the asset securing it." Tamarind

Rule #1:  "Never be a burden on your kids." Point

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

"It is preposterous that businesses are under attack in the United States of America" Steve Wynn

"Friedman Doctrine:  The social responsibility of business is to increase its profits." Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman, 'The New York Times', 1970  [Contradicting the woke corporate conflicts of interest of 'ESG'.]

"There is no such thing as a profit; there are only costs." —Peter Drucker
[Profits are the cost of capital – would you invest in a company without them? – as wages are the cost of labor.]

"Start every day with a smile, and get it over with." —W. C. Fields

"Results are uncertain even for the more experienced photographers." —Matthew Brady

"If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera." —Lewis Hine

"The quickest way to make money at photography is to sell your camera." —Anon.

"What are you going to do with them after you look at the pictures?" —Tita

"Few people have the resources to resist authority." Yale Professor Stanley Milgram, "The Perils of Obedience"

"Everyone has a plan, until they get hit." —Mike Tyson

"To explain all nature is too difficult a task for any one man or even for any one age. 'Tis much better to do a little with certainty, and leave the rest for others that come after you, than to explain all things by conjecture without making sure of anything." —Sir Isaac Newton

"The important thing is never to stop questioning." —Albert Einstein

"Do, or do not. There is no 'try'." —Yoda

Build Back Better Blunder = $trillions:  "But whether they know it or not they overwhelmingly support it." —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, October 12, 2021

Huge trainwreck: "We have to pass the [Obamacare] bill so that you can find out what is in it ... " —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

Unions warn in a letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi that Obamacare will "shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class. ... Perverse incentives are causing nightmare scenarios. ... [Obamacare] will destroy the very health and wellbeing of our members along with millions of other hardworking Americans." James P. Hoffa, general president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters; Joseph Hansen, international president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union; and Donald “D.” Taylor, president of UNITE-HERE

Obamacare Taxes:  "Within the 2013 to 2022 budget period, there seems little debate that the health-care law has about $1 trillion in taxes." Washington Post Fact Checker

"You can't derail something when it has already left the station." Covered California executive director Peter Lee to "rebut mounting criticism over the rollout of Obamacare nationwide."

"Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly." Dalai Lama

"It's not about the ones who say no, but about the ones who say yes. Your life isn't made up of people who aren't in it." —David Geffen

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world." Albert Einstein

"It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission." Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

Social Security:  "The Social Security Act was signed by FDR on 8/14/35. Taxes were collected for the first time in January 1937 and the first one-time, lump-sum payments were made that same month. Regular ongoing monthly benefits started in January 1940." Social Security History FAQ

"B(a) = PIA(a) x (1 - e(n)) x (1 + d(n)) x Z(a) + max((.5 x PIA*(a) - PIA(a) x (1+d(n))) x E(a,q,m), 0) x (1- u(a,q,n,m)) x D(a)" Social Security Benefit Amount

When asked what camera he uses: "Whatever I can carry." —Ansel Adams, at about age 80

Soft bigotry of low expectations:  "I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, I observed in different countries that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves and became richer." —Benjamin Franklin, 1766

Success Sequence:  "Finish high school, get a full-time job and wait until age 21 to get married and have children. ... of American adults who followed these three simple rules, only about 2 percent are in poverty and nearly 75 percent have joined the middle class ... " Ron Haskins, Brookings Institution

"This is America; work hard, believe in yourself, invest in yourself, finish high school, don't have a kid outside of wedlock, get married before you have a kid, and you will not be poor. This is a message that white liberals ought to be giving, but they're not." Larry Elder, December 21, 2020

"Waste not, want not. ... Acting rich is the best way to stop being rich." Finridge

"Fed report finds 75% of $800 billion Paycheck Protection Program didn't reach employees." Joe Mueller, July 8, 2022

"We have suggested as a fundamental guiding rule that the investor should never have less than 25% or more than 75% of his funds in common stocks, with a consequent inverse range of between 75% and 25% in bonds." —Benjamin Graham (Warren Buffett's mentor), writing in 'The Intelligent Investor,' 1973

"All predictions are wrong, but every prediction is wrong in its own way." —livesoft

"Best advice I ever got ... 'Let me tell you all you need to know about the investment business: Nobody knows nuthin'.' " —John C. Bogle, Founder, Vanguard Investments

"The honest answer is: nobody knows." JDave

"It's not supposed to be easy. Anyone who finds it easy is stupid." Charlie Munger

"In finance, if you're certain of anything, you're out of your mind." —William Bernstein

The ultimate stock market prediction:  "It will fluctuate." John Pierpont Morgan

"I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people." —Sir Isaac Newton
[Isaac Newton was not just one of the world's three greatest physicists, he was also Master of the British Royal Mint.]

"You can afford any car when your net worth increases or decreases by that amount on an average market day. It's the livesoft rule." Nicolas

"Risk is what's left over when you think you've thought of everything. Thinking too hard can sometimes make more risk in investing, not less." Wanderingwheelz

"It is always wise to expect the unexpected." —John Bogle

Lawlessness in America: "There ain't no rules around here – we're trying to accomplish something – and therefore when the deal goes down, all this talk about rules – we make them up as we go along ... " Alcee Hastings, Chairman, Rules Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, Democrat, Florida, March 20, 2010

"If you don't tie our [Congress'] hands, we'll keep stealing." —Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.)

"The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it." —H. L. Mencken

"Don’t worry about the unsustainable. The unsustainable won't last.” —Herb Stein

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." Thomas Jefferson

" ... it takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the [health care] legislation together to control the people." —Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), the longest serving member of the House of Representatives

"It's legal to hunt humans ... " —Dianne Feinstein, Senator (D-CA)

"No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session." Gideon J. Tucker in Final Accounting in the Estate of A. B., 1866

"When the capital development of a country is the byproduct of the operations of a casino, the job is likely to be ill done." John Maynard Keynes

"All electronics gear works on smoke. If you let the smoke get out, it stops working." —Robert Wallis

"There is a crack in everything, that is how the light gets in." —Leonard Cohen

"The bigger the government the smaller the citizen." Dennis Prager

Washington's War on Prosperity:  "There will be a time for them to make profits ... Now is not that time." —Barack Hussein Obama, II, 44th President of the United States

"I don't worry about the constitution ... it doesn't matter to me." —Rep. Phil Hare (Democrat - Illinois)

"Civilization is not inherited; it has to be learned and earned by each generation anew." Will and Ariel Durant, 'The Lessons of History'

🇺🇸 "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free·" Ronald Reagan, 40th President of United States

"Freedom is never granted. It is earned by each generation." —Hillary Clinton

"In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress." —John Adams

"Gentlemen: You have undertaken to cheat me. I won't sue you, for the law is too slow. I'll ruin you."
  Yours truly,    —Cornelius Vanderbilt

"I was tired yesterday and I'm tired again today. I'm retired." —Sleepless

"My get up and go got up and went." Idiom

"I love a good nap. Sometimes it's the only thing getting me out of bed in the morning." —JoeRetire

"One small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." Neil Armstrong, 1930-2012, R.I.P.

" ... President Obama['s] ... decision to cancel ... America’s only path to low Earth orbit ... will have wasted our current ten plus billion dollar investment ... and ... lost the many years required to recreate the equivalent of what we will have discarded. ... to be without carriage to low Earth orbit and with no human exploration capability to go beyond Earth orbit for an indeterminate time into the future, destines our nation to become one of second or even third rate stature. ... the USA is far too likely to be on a long downhill slide to mediocrity. ... " Neil Armstrong, Commander, Apollo 11, James Lovell, Commander, Apollo 13, and Eugene Cernan, Commander, Apollo 17

"By the end of my second term, we will have the first permanent base on the moon, and it will be American." —Newt Gingrich, presidential candidate, January, 2012

"Under my plan of a cap and trade [carbon dioxide tax] system electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket." ... "if somebody wants to build a coal fired plant they can, it's just that it will bankrupt them ... " —Barack Hussein Obama

"Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe ... " —Steven Chu, Ph.D., September, 2008, prior to taking office as U.S. Secretary of Energy

"The EPA does not anticipate that this proposed rule [destroying the coal industry] will result in notable CO2 emission changes, energy impacts, monetized benefits, costs, or economic impacts by 2022." Environmental Protection Agency

Explaining the policy that the federal Environmental Protection Agency intended to "crucify" oil and gas companies like Romans conquering villages in the Mediterranean, stating, "... find the first five guys they saw and ... crucify them." Al Amerdariz, the top EPA official for the oil rich Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana region 6. (For example, the EPA tried to crucify one of the best companies, filing baseless false charges that were thrown out of court, against Range Resources among the first drillers to discover the potential of the biggest gas field in America.)

"There's no such thing as ethical oil. There's only dirty oil and dirtier oil." —Al Gore, Former U.S. Vice President

"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." —Sir Winston Churchill

"Hurry, before this wonderful product [petroleum] is depleted from Nature's laboratory!" —Advertisement for Kier’s Rock Oil, 1855

"With no assured source of [new] domestic [oil] supply in sight, the United States is confronted with a crisis of the first magnitude." —U.S. Geological Survey report to the Senate, 1916

Gasoline price up 41%, a hidden inflation tax, hurting the middle class:  "Reaching a whole new level of stupid, the Biden administration asks OPEC (foreign oil) to increase production, while making every possible attempt to destroy CLEANER American oil and gas. Not just stupid, but anti-American." Congressman Dan Crenshaw, Texas (R), former United States Navy SEAL officer, Tweet, August 11, 2021

"The country is going to hell. It's being run by incompetent people." —Former President Donald J. Trump, August 18, 2021

Biden's description of Obama:  "I mean, you've got the first sort of mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a story-book, man." Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) 2007

"If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black." Joe Biden, May 21, 2020

"You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. And I'm not joking," —Joe Biden

" I oppose busing ... It's an asinine concept ... " ... "Unless we do something about this, my children are going to grow up in ... a racial jungle ... " ... "My bill strikes at the heart of the injustice of court-ordered busing. ... " Joe Biden, 1977
["In last night's debate [June 27, 2019 in Miami, Florida] ... California Sen. Kamala Harris attacked former Vice President Joe Biden for working with racist Democratic Senators Herman Talmadge of Georgia and Jim Eastland of Mississippi in pushing a ban on government-ordered and court-ordered school busing."]

"I did not oppose busing in America." Joe Biden

"I'm beginning to get bored by my own talk here." Joe Biden, June 11, 2020

"I'm going to get in trouble with my staff." Joe Biden

"I also think about Joe Biden who says 'if you aren’t voting for me, you ain't black,' who argued that Republicans would 'put us back in chains,' who says there's no diversity of thought in the black community. Mr. Vice President, look at me. I am black. We are not all the same, sir. I am not in chains. My mind is my own and you can’t tell me how to vote because of the color of my skin. Joe Biden is a backwards thinker in a world that is craving forward-looking leadership. There's no wisdom in his record or plan. Just a trail of discredited ideas and offensive statements." —Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron

"I'm not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be." Barack Obama, "comedian"

"WARNING: Obamacare may be hazardous to your health." Billboard in Times Square, New York City (parodying cigarette warning label), Heritage Foundation

" ... Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster! Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions. ... " —President Donald J. Trump

" ... on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy." —Douglas Adams

"It's far better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone ... " Marilyn Monroe

Iran's President says Israelis have no mideast roots: "They have no roots there in history." Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." —Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 1871, the Jewish population was double any other group in Jerusalem: "The Mohammedans are four thousand ... The Jews are eight thousand ... " —William H. Seward (former Secretary of State under President Abraham Lincoln), "Travels around the World," 1873

"Why UN resolution condemning Israel is Wiesenthal Center's top anti-Semitic incident of 2016." Rabbi Marvin Hier and Rabbi Abraham Cooper

Disgusting, dehumanizing, extremely offensive:
All the Republican rats. Opinion by Ann Telnaes,
'Washington Post' Editorial cartoonist, Dec. 18, 2020

Washington Post depicts Trump supporters as rats in Nazi propaganda style political cartoon
'Washington Post' depicts Trump supporters
as rats in Nazi propaganda style political cartoon

"Remember, Gaza got withdrawal of Israeli settlements a decade ago and it's now become a haven for terrorism, warfare, and missiles going into Israel. So we have tried the anti-settlement thing. And by-the-way, I'm going to be blunt here, 'anti-settlement' means Jew free. We should have learned from World War II, we should not tolerate that anywhere in the world. ... When the U.S. is not active in the world, we get a replay of the 1930's when we nearly lost civilization. We have to be active. We make mistakes, but when we withdraw we see what's happening in the world today. It becomes more unsafe and eventually it comes right up to our shores." —Steve Forbes

"We will never, ever tolerate antisemitism here in NY or anywhere in the world. The recent surge in attacks is horrifying. We stand with our Jewish communities in condemning this violence." Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, (D) NY, Twitter, May 23, 2021

"When I was in office we were known as the Peace Presidency because Israel's adversaries knew that the United States stood strongly with Israel and there would be swift retribution if Israel was attacked. Under Biden, the world is getting more violent and more unstable because Biden's weakness and lack of support for Israel is leading to new attacks on our allies." —Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States, May 11, 2021

Middle east peace:  "The Palestinians continue to teach their school kids that it's great to murder Jews. They continually pay out great sums of money in pensions to people who murder Jews and do terror attacks and they continuously delegitimize Israel as a nation. This is not about land ... This is about the existential life of Israel. And it comes down to this: this is not a political, diplomatic; this is not an economic, or even a military issue. It is – and let me be blunt – and it is going to shock people to say it – this is ultimately a theological question – you cannot avoid it. It comes down to whether that land was given through the promise of Isaac or Ishmael. And that goes back a lot further than the Balfour agreement, UN resolution, 1967, 1973, Oslo in '93 – you can go through all of those and say those were the markers. No they weren't – this goes back to Abraham, and if you don't take it back there, you're not going to see it resolved successfully, because that's where it originated." —Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee

"We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect. ... And we will send a clear signal that there is no daylight between America and our most reliable ally, the State of Israel. ... We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem." —President Donald J. Trump

"There's plenty of money in the world, plenty of money in this nation, it's just in the wrong hands." —Bill De Blasio, Mayor, New York City (D), January, 2019

"I am proposing a tax on the wealth of the richest Americans." —Senator Elizabeth Warren (D) Mass., January, 2019

Preaching class warfare:  "I want these billionaires to stop being free loaders [sic]. I want them to pick up their fair share [sic]." —Senator Elizabeth Warren

"I see people say 'the rich have to pay their fair share.' ... The top 1% of Americans pay 37% of all the income taxes. The top 1% basically pay more then the lowest 90%. So who's carrying the freight here? The most successful are not only paying their 'fair share,' they are paying the most, by far. Attempt to tax them, they will avoid the taxation and they will stop investing and taking risks. It's a nonstarter. … I don’t know where these people [are coming from] … 'Pay your fair share' … What are you talking about? The most successful already pay all the taxes ... give them an incentive to take risk." Larry Kudlow

Calling for the destruction of America's economy:  "It's way past time to put an end to the era of shareholder capitalism." —Joe Biden, July 9, 2020

"I have never known much good done by those who profess to trade for the public good." —Adam Smith, 1776

"Competition is merely the absence of oppression." —Frédéric Bastiat

" … the full Obama agenda of building back better." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, September 28, 2021

"Look at the Democrat debate. We have a Socialist there and none of the Democrats want to distance themselves from the Socialist. These people are Communists. The Democrat Party is dead. There are no Democrats left. They're all Communists and all they want to do is take other peoples' money and rob people of the American Dream ... " —Sandra Lynn 'Sam' Sorbo, October 16, 2015

"Democratic Socialism is the Scenic Route to Serfdom." Cato Video

"These days, the American dream is more apt to be realized in South America, in places such as Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina where incomes are actually more equal today than they are in the land of Horatio Alger. Who's the banana republic now?" —Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders, 2011

"We believe in the American dream, not in the socialist nightmare." President Donald J. Trump

Fatal Conceit: The erroneous socialist idea that "man is able to shape the world around him according to his wishes." F. A. Hayek

Summary of American Leftists' Strategy of using 'Premeditated Lawlessness' and chaos to seize power permanently:
"Make cities unsafe, riot, loot, burn the cities, encourage homelessness, legalize quality of life crimes, leave windows broken, defund the police, release criminals immediately with 'cashless' bail to reoffend, refuse to prosecute crimes, disarm the citizens to make them defenseless, keep violent gang membership lawful, fund cartels via drug prohibition, resulting in an epidemic of 90,000 overdose deaths yearly due to erratic illegal narcotic dosages taken by addicts (avoidable deaths that would be prevented if pharmacists dispensed FDA approved pharmaceuticals prescribed to addicts, as in Portugal), demolish the statues, rewrite history, attack America's founding documents, principles, and fathers falsely as 'racist', indoctrinate students to hate themselves, other races and the United States to create self-segregated waring tribes ('oppressed' vs. 'oppressors') instead of a diverse harmonious 'melting pot', force inner city chaos to the suburbs by federalizing zoning, extort States and municipalities by creating then threatening to withhold federal subsidies to exercise federal powers denied by the constitution, reject Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 'dream', instead promote racial discrimination as 'equity', corrupt the ideology of academia, educators, corporate and political leaders to undermine the culture, indoctrinate employees, with companies like AMEX telling workers falsely that 'capitalism is racist' in 'corporate festivals of self loathing', partisan press, fake news, censor, cancel culture, stifle debate, disincentivize the nuclear family, marriage and fatherhood, subsidize not working, promote gender dysphoria, destroy women's sports, mandate predator access to women's bathrooms and prisons, denegrate capitalism, free markets, merit and success, strangle the economy with regulations promulgated by a deep state permanent unelected bureaucracy, destroy America's energy independence, empower America's enemies, make the electrical grid dependent upon unreliable (intermittant, when the sun shines, or the wind blows in non-icing conditions) 'renewable' energy sources, oppose reliable (continuous) energy such as nuclear [using newer safe modular reactor designs where a meltdown becomes impossible], hydropower, and carbon captured fossil fuel, mandate expensive, limited range electric vehicles using large packs of lithium ion batteries that burst into flames if punctured in a crash, that America lacks both the mining resources to manufacture and electricity to power, oppose creation of new American mines to send manufacturing to China, mandate expensive solar power, wind power, and electric vehicle infrastructure that requires burning vast quantities of coal in China to manufacture (while pretending that this is 'green'), prevent fracking (and disallowing subsitution of cleaner natural gas for coal and oil, the method used by the United States to successfully and uniquely meet the CO2 reduction goals of the Paris Climate Accord), make gasoline, natural gas, and fuel oils unaffordable which most hurts the poor, create foreign dependency on hostile countries by shifting fossil fuel production from the U.S. to the unstable middle east and Russia, and manufacturing to China, disrupt the U.S. economy with unaffordable 'green new deal' measures that admitedly actually fail to significantly reduce 'climate change', confiscatory taxation sufficient to decimate U.S. capital investment and innovation, to imperil tax revenues resulting from reduced economic activity, to impoverish the middle class, to make it difficult for parents to be present to care for their children, to make American companies uncompetitive, and to offshore employment, increase minimum wage to make uneducated and unskilled people unemployable, while raising prices, and while surging unskilled illegal immigration, oppose school choice to empower educational bureaucracies and teacher unions to oppress minorities, damage the quality of American education, neglect exceptionally talented students which stifles future innovation, and provide our international opponents with a competitive advantage, permit big tech and media companies to censor users, competitors and the news, and to invade privacy, ignore court decisions, politicise law enforcement, deny due process and equal protection, fabricate evidence, spy on Americans, investigate without predicate, impeach at a whim, politicise the judiciary, political prosecutions and prisoners, sanctuary cities, open the U.S. Southern border causing the largest Covid-19 super-spreader event, prohibit States from enforcing laws, obstruct and void immigration law + amnesty to alter voter demographics, encourage fraudulent voting, delegitimize elections, federalize elections and police powers, pack the Supreme court, end the Senate fillibuster, and add 4 Democrat D.C.+P.R. Senators to create perpetual one party rule, leaving the minority permanently powerless and disenfranchised, unconstitutional executive orders, regal presidency, fabricate administrative authority, never let a crisis go to waste, mandate lockdowns and shutdowns, centralize power, undermine the Constitution, end separation of powers and checks and balances, unaffordable wasteful wild out-of-control socialist spending of TRILLION$ to debauch the currency ... " Carol Simmons

"Lenin is said to have declared that the best way to destroy the capitalist system was to debauch the currency. ... There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and it does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose." John Maynard Keynes, 1919

"More liberty, more freedom, belief in the Constitution, lower taxes, less bureaucracy, less regulation, constitutionalists on the bench, secure borders, legal immigration, energy independence, law and order, safety and security, school choice, free and fair trade, peace through strength, second amendment, pro-life." 'Make America Great' agenda

"There's not a huge difference between people who want something and people who are getting it, other than the ability to take a risk." —Sam Parr

NCAA, wokeness – 'Cheating', while mainstream media coverup controversy:  "Parents of the UPenn women's swim team are demanding the NCAA change [biologically erroneous and discriminatory] rules [that one year of hormore therapy (testosterone suppression medication) after puberty erases permanent male-female differences] that have permitted transgender swimmer Lia Thomas to compete [unfairly against women]. 'At stake here is the integrity of women's sports.'" Shawn Cohen, 'Daily Mail', December 15, 2021

"The art market has no better an idea of what constitutes a good photograph than anyone else does." Michael C. Johnston

"44% of Philadelphia public school teachers who have school-age kids put their kids in a private school." —Larry Elder, July 20, 2020

Live video game warning

"Be yourself. No one can say you're doing it wrong." —Charles M. Schulz

"Be yourself. Everyone else is taken." —Oscar Wilde

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

"One out of three people still believe Hillary Clinton was the legitimate winner in 2016. One out of three, a different group, think that Donald Trump was the legitimate winner in 2020. So only one out of four voters think the right person was declared President in each of the last two elections." —Scott Rasmussen, Public Opinion Pollster, June 21, 2021

God Save the Queen:  "We have put together, I think, the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics." Joe Biden, October 24, 2020

Pants on Fire:  "Joe [Biden], speaking to a reporter, while running for president in 1988: 'I think I probably have a much higher IQ than you do, I suspect. I went to law school on a full academic scholarship, the only one in my — in my class to have a full academic scholarship. In the first year in law school I decided didn't want to be in law school and ended up in the bottom two-thirds of my class, and then decided I wanted to stay, went back to law school, and in fact ended up in the top half of my class. I won the international moot-court competition. I was the outstanding student in the political science department at the end of my year. I graduated with three degrees from undergraduate school and 165 credits — I only needed 123 credits. And I'd be delighted to sit down and compare my IQ to yours if you'd like Frank.'
The problem is that literally nothing in that statement is true. None of it. Biden Said He Received Full Scholarship, Graduated Top of His Law School Class — He Lied." John Salvatore
[Biden is just a terrible liar:  "Biden now concedes that he did not graduate in the top half of his law school class, that he does not have three degrees from college, and that he was not named outstanding political science student in college." TV reporter, during previous failed Biden presidental run]
["Biden actually went to school on a half scholarship, and ended up near the bottom of his class, and earned only one degree, not three. Now Biden says it is right and memory failed him." Sam Donaldson]

"Our Nation is in deep peril. We are in a fight for our survival as a Constitutional Republic like no other time since our founding in 1776. The conflict is between supporters of Socialism and Marxism vs. supporters of Constitutional freedom and liberty. … H.R. 1 and S. 1, (if passed), would destroy election fairness and allow Democrats to forever remain in power violating our Constitution and ending our Representative Republic." 'Flag Officers 4 America' Open letter from 120 retired Generals and Admirals

"We have to focus on the single most sacred right we have ... The right to vote. The right to vote. ... The struggle is no longer just who gets to vote or make it easy for eligible people to vote. It's about who gets to count the vote – whether your vote counts at all ... It's a sinister combination of voter suppression and election subversion ... It's un-American, it's undemocratic, it's unpatriotic and sadly, it is not unprecedented." Joe Biden, January 12, 2022

Eliminating the filibuster would be 'A Doomsday for Democracy':  "Bottom line is very simple: The ideologues in the Senate want to turn what the Founding Fathers called 'the cooling saucer of democracy' into the rubber stamp of dictatorship. We will not let them. They want, because they can't get their way on every judge, to change the rules in mid-stream, to wash away 200 years of history. They want to make this country into a banana republic, where if you don't get your way, you change the rules. Are we going to let them? It'll be a doomsday for democracy if we do." Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), 2005

Ending the filibuster: "I think this is the single-most significant vote any one of us will cast in my 32 years in the Senate ... and we should make no mistake. This nuclear option is ultimately an example of the arrogance of power. It is a fundamental power grab by the majority party ... designed to change the reading of the constitution ... the Senate ought not act rashly by changing its rules to satisfy a strong-willed majority acting in the heat of the moment." ... "It is not only a bad idea, it upsets the constitutional design and it disservices the country ... No longer would the Senate be that 'different kind of legislative body' that the Founders intended. ... " ... "Mark my words. history will judge this ... majority harshly. Harshly. If it makes this catastrophic move." Joe Biden, U.S. Senate, May 23, 2005

'Seems like yesterday, the first time I got arrested'[sic]:  " ... I support changing the Senate [filibuster] rules ... Will you stand against voter suppression?[sic] Yes or no. ... Will you stand against election subversion?[sic] Yes or no. Will you stand for democracy?[sic] Yes or no. ... Do you want to be on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis?[sic] This is the moment to decide ... " Joe Biden, Atlanta, Georgia, January 11, 2022  ["I've never heard a speech this grotesque, revolting, and vulgar ... It was shameful and horrifying." Deroy Murdock, 'National Review Online', Contributing Editor, January 17, 2022]  
["Biden's first year in office a 'failure'. ... The president has failed badly ... he went far left – he embraced ... socialism ... tone-deaf ... nasty ... divisive and insulting: you don't agree with me? You're a racist." Stuart Varney]

Biden's Approval Rating:  "33% Approve; 53% Disapprove." —Quinnipiac University, January 7-10, 2022, Survey of 1,313 adults (±2.7%)

"Those who think they can, and those who think they can't, are both right." —Henry Ford

Clarke’s Law: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Arthur C. Clarke

Clark’s Law: "Any sufficiently advanced cluelessness is indistinguishable from malice." — J. Porter Clark

"Don't attribute to malice what can be more easily explained by incompetence." —lstone19

"Consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk." Edward Weston

"Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible." —Albert Einstein

"My husband has bet me $20 you won't say even three words to me. What do you answer to that?" Calvin ["Silent Cal"] Coolidge: "You lose."

"You're guaranteed to miss 100% of the shots you don't take" —Wayne Gretzky

"Scarcity is a myth perpetrated by those that want the protection racket of regulation." Andy Kessler

"Mom said not to show people that you're clever. Because if they're not clever they don't like it." Peter, 'Doc Martin' S1:E6

"Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible." Doug Larson

"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it." —'K', Men in Black

"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools." —Douglas Adams

"[Obama] was a social activist in the Saul Olinsky school that says rich people are mean, businesses are terrible, take down the power structure, go after them ... " —Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York City, 11/3/2010

"[Obama] is embarassed by America and our success and ... the feeling is mutual." —Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota Governor, 11/3/2010

'Turn on, tune in, drop out':  "If you remember the '60s, you really weren't there." Charlie Fleischer

A deadly problem getting worse by the week:  "El Paso is awash in fentanyl in the schools, on social media, [and] on the streets. They've had a six fold increase in fentanyl deaths there. … Two out of every five fentanyl pills there seized on the street in El Paso have a lethal dose of fentanyl in them." —John Daniel Davidson, the Federalist, according to the outgoing head of the DEA in El Paso, Texas, October, 2021

Massive casualties from easily avoidable overdoses, disease transmission, and shootings in America's war on drugs: "The addiction rate of people put on prescription opioids was about 1%. It's very rare that a doctor prescribes a pain killer for a patient in pain who then gets hooked and becomes a heroin addict. ... our opioid overdose problem is not a product of the patient-doctor relationship. It's a product of drug prohibition ... " Policy Report: The Myth of an Opioid Prescription Crisis

Drug decriminalization:  "Portugal enacted one of the most extensive drug law reforms in the world when it decriminalized low-level possession and use of all illicit drugs nearly a decade and a half ago. Results of the Portuguese experience demonstrate that drug decriminalization – alongside a serious investment in treatment and harm reduction services – can significantly improve public safety and health." Drug Policy Alliance

"If you haven't become addicted, it's coming soon to a website near you." Anna Lembke, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Chief, Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic, Stanford University

"We have piled deficit upon deficit, mortgaging our future and our children's future, for the temporary convenience of the present ... government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem." —President Ronald Reagan, January 21, 1981

Art Laffer, Laffer Curve,1981"We have four basic general areas of policy: The one everyone focuses on is low rate flat taxes; our second policy was sound money – the value of the dollar maintained itself over time; the third area which was free trade; and the fourth area is what we call 'incomes policies' – these are all the indirect ways government can effect businesses – regulations or minimum wage, union activity – all four of those are equally important; you can't have a healthy economy with any one of those being out of kilter." —Arthur Laffer

"In the past I voted Democrat, because they were (mostly) the kindness party. But they have become the party of division & hate, so I can no longer support them and will vote Republican. Now, watch their dirty tricks campaign against me unfold … " Elon Musk, May 18, 2022

"There is, I would argue, a direct line from the Laffer curve, to January 6, to Buffalo.[sic]" Paul Krugman, 'The New York Times', May 16, 2022
["Only a really sick mind would come up with that ... jerk." ... " ... crazy ... really wacked out far left guy who is a hater. He is just what Elon Musk is talking about, 'a hater'. ... Is that not the worst the American spirit embodiment, the American psyche, or the American culture you have ever heard? ... No wonder people are running away from that crowd. ... That’s the hatred that’s driving a Musk to Republicans. ... This is the kind of hatred that people don’t want ... "—Larry Kudlow, May 18-19, 2022; "Unfortuately from Paul Krugman it's expected. It's just the type of slur when they don't have facts, when they don't have truth, they say things like this. ... I think he's a bad economist. ... " —Arthur Laffer, May 18, 2022]

"I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters." Frank Lloyd Wright

"A conservative is a liberal who got mugged." Frank Rizzo

"Wisdom comes from experience. Experience comes from bad decisions." —Anon.

"I love America, but I can't spend the whole year here. I can't afford the taxes." —Mick Jagger

"Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money they don't have for something they don't need." —Will Rogers

"Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game." —Donald Trump

"Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work." —Robert Orben

"Always borrow money from a pessimist — he doesn't expect to be paid back." —Anonymous

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

"Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right." —Isaac Asimov

"In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is." —Variously attributed to Yogi Berra, Albert Einstein, Chuck Reid, and Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut

"Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, criminal, grasping, and unintelligent." —Henry Louis Mencken

"Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under." —Henry Louis Mencken

"Every election is a sort of advance auction of stolen goods." —Henry Louis Mencken

"The left-wing mob is trying to demolish our heritage so they can replace it with a new repressive regime that they alone control. They're tearing down statues, desecrating monuments, purging dissenters. ... The left is not trying to promote justice or equality, or lift up the downtrodden. They have one goal, the pursuit of their own political power. ... And if you give power to people that demolish monuments and attack churches, and seize city streets, and set fire to buildings, then nothing is sacred and no one is safe." ... "We embrace the noble vision of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and believe that people should not be judged based on the color of their skin, but the content of their character." —President Donald J. Trump, Turning Point USA event, Phoenix Arizona, June 23, 2020
[Reacting to mob desecrating and attempting to tear down the Freedmen’s Monument in Lincoln Park, Washington, DC, dedicated by Frederick Douglass in 1876, paid for by freed slaves to honor Lincoln, a statue depicting President Abraham Lincoln emancipating the slaves from bondage.]

"Celebrate the progress America has made on delivering its promise of equality and opportunity and highlight the resilience of its people ... in the spirit of 1776, the date of America's true founding." Civil Rights Leader, Robert L. Woodson

"An expert is someone who has made every possible mistake in a narrow field." —Neils Bohr

"The lady of the house has to be a pretty swell sort of person to put up with the annoyance of a photographer." —The Little Technical Library: Developing, Printing, and Enlarging

Be the best:  "And when you discover what you will be in your life, set out to do it as if God Almighty called you at this particular moment in history to do it. Don't just set out to do a good job. Set out to do such a good job that the living, the dead or the unborn couldn't do it any better. If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well. If you can't be a pine at the top of the hill, be a shrub in the valley. Be the best little shrub on the side of the hill. Be a bush if you can't be a tree. If you can't be a highway, just be a trail. If you can't be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are." —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Barratt Junior High School, Philadelphia, October 26, 1967

"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities." —Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address

The torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans:  "And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country." President John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961

Call for Censorship Commission:  "We're going to have to figure out how we rein in our media environment so that you can't just spew disinformation and misinformation. [sic]" Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Instagram @AOC, January 14, 2021

Demand for Censorship:  "We have to turn down the ability of these conservative influencers to reach these huge audiences. There are people on YouTube, for example, that have a larger audience then daytime CNN." Former Facebook executive Alex Stamos

Enemies list:  "Is anyone archiving these Trump sycophants for when they try to downplay or deny their complicity in the future?" Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Enemies list:  "You better believe it. We just launched the Trump Accountability Project to make sure anyone who took a paycheck to help Trump undermine America [sic] is held responsible for what they did." —Hart Sevugan

"An enemies list is ugly, undemocratic and un-American. … action to silence a critic is unlawful." Representative Adam Schiff, Twitter, August 15, 2018

Intimidating Republicans: " ... future employers might see your character defined during adversity." —Jake Tapper, November 9, 2020

"If you're not taking flak, you're not over the target." —Air Force saying

"Let's remember that tens of millions of people voted for the status quo, even when it meant supporting lies, hate, chaos, and division [sic]." —Michelle Obama, November 7, 2020

"Anything more than 500 yards from the car just isn't photogenic." —Edward Weston

"The Space Elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing." —Sir Arthur C. Clarke

"You do not take a photograph. You make it." —Ansel Adams

"Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?" —Charles Bukowski

"A photograph must be more interesting than the thing photographed." —Gary Winogrand

"Photography has been my way of bearing witness to the joy I find in seeing the extraordinary in ordinary." —Harold Feinstein

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." —Maya Angelou

"A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people." —Annie Leibowitz

"The photograph fulfills my deep need to stop things from disappearing." —Dorothy Bohm

"The creative adult is the child who survived." —Ursula Leguin

"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge." —Charles Darwin

"If you keep on talking that much sense, you're going to break the Internet." —Grevture

"In 46 years as a photographer, I have never yet taken a good picture at a time when I did not have my camera with me." Dave Jenkins

"Don't let anybody tell you that it's corporations and businesses that create jobs." —Hillary Clinton, 2014

"There are no bad pictures; that's just how your face looks sometimes." Abraham Lincoln

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. ..." C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock: Essays on Theology (Making of Modern Theology)

Vaccinate your children!:  "Measles killed 110,000 children worldwide in 2017, most of them under age 5." World Health Organization

"Never forget that professionals built the Titanic." —Father Brown

Titanic exhibit closed due to water damage
Titanic exhibit closed due to water damage.

"That's not fake. It's real plastic." —Andy Warhol

"When picking between two evils, I choose the one I haven't tried before." —Mae West

"I used to be Snow White, but I drifted." —Mae West

"I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way." Jessica Rabbit

"You're only as old as who you feel." Vera S1:E2

"Keep sharp knives away from younger people, and keep sharp lenses away from older people." —SkyRunR

"We live in a democracy. We don't live in a monarchy. I'm not the king. I'm the President. And so, I can only implement those laws that are passed through Congress." —Barack Obama, Univision Radio, October 25, 2010

"You can't keep snakes in your backyard and expect that they will only bite your neighbors." —Hillary Clinton

"For those few people knocking me for tweeting at three o'clock in the morning, at least you know I will be there, awake, to answer the call!" —Donald J. Trump

" ... the stupidity of the American voter ... was really really critical for [the Obamacare law] to pass" ... "a very clever ... exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter." —Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, M.I.T. Professor and Healthcare Economist

"Right now, unless you and the Obama Administration enact an equitable fix, the ACA [Obamacare] will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class." Highly publicized warning letter to Senator Harry Reid and Representative Nancy Pelosi from labor leaders including Jimmy Hoffa, Jr., July 2013

"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." Albert Einstein

"There was nobody at NSA who really had a full idea of how the program was operating at the time." Anonymous intelligence official

"We should bleed America economically by provoking it to continue in its massive expenditure on its security, for the weak point of America is its economy, which has already begun to stagger due to the military and security expenditure." al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, 9/12/2001, explaining how they plan to do to the United States exactly what the U.S. did to collapse the Soviet Union

"Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted." Vladimir Lenin

"Everywhere that capitalism ... took hold, national wealth began to increase and poverty began to fall. Everywhere that capitalism didn't take hold, people remained impoverished. Everywhere that capitalism has been rejected since then, poverty has increased." —Charles Murray

"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. ... It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government's reckless fiscal policies ... Americans deserve better." —Senator Barack Obama, 2006

"Ask any manufacturer what holds him or her back and they will tell you that they can't operate in a fog of total uncertainty concerning how they will be taxed or how government spending will impact them or their customers directly ... And as to asking their opinion of the impact of regulation on their businesses – from the Affordable Care Act to the thousands of other regulations enumerated in the Federal Register – don’t even go there, unless you delight in hearing profanities." —Richard Fisher, President, Dallas Federal Reserve Bank

"Psychotics think two and two make five. Neurotics know that two and two make four – but they can't stand it." —Anonymous

"You know horses are smarter than people. You never heard of a horse going broke betting on people." —Will Rogers

"The market is the most efficient mechanism anywhere in the world for transferring wealth from impatient people to patient people." —Warren Buffett

Survival of the fittest:  "Of all the companies on the Fortune 500 in the year 2000, more than half no longer exist." —, December 9, 2020

"I'm an indexer. I own the market. And I'm happy." John Bogle

"Be yourself, everyone else is already taken." —Oscar Wilde

Origin of the criminal conspiracy:  "It's time for Trump to answer serious questions about his ties to Russia.[sic]" ... "Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank.[sic]" —Hillary Clinton, Tweets (completely knowingly false and baseless), October 31, 2016

[Inauguration Day!] The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun:  "The effort to impeach President Donald John Trump is already underway." Washington Post, Headline, January 20, 2017

Coup d'état attempt began within 10 days after Trump inauguration:  "#coup has started. First of many steps. #rebellion. #impeachment will follow ultimately. #lawyers" Mark S. Zaid, Lawyer for impeachment "whistleblower" (@MarkSZaidEsq) January 31, 2017

"Viva le Resistance." Kevin Clinesmith, FBI lawyer, who later pled guilty to falsifying evidence

Coup d’état: = Election Tampering:  "The fact is President Obama knew everything. Vice President Biden, as dumb as he may be, he knew everything. And everybody else knew everything ... and Comey and Brennan and Clapper. They all were terrible, and they lied to Congress. They spied on my campaign, which is treason. They spied both before and after I won. Think of that. Using the intelligence apparatus of the United States to take down a President, a legally elected President, a duly elected President of the United States. It's the single biggest political crime in the history of our country ... We caught them. ... They're all guilty as hell. ... It goes right to Obama, and it goes right to Biden." —President Donald J. Trump, August 16, 2020

"They spied on my campaign. They got caught." —Donald J. Trump, June 2, 2022

"Trump really was spied on." Wall Street Journal Editorial Board, February 14, 2022

'Clinton's campaign paid tech firm to 'infiltrate' Trump servers' – 'Trump accuses Hillary Clinton campaign of TREASON after Special Counsel John Durham said they paid tech firm to hack into his White House and Trump Tower servers to find Russia links:'  Hillary The Spy, NY Post Cover"The latest pleading from Special Counsel ... Durham provides indisputable evidence that my campaign and presidency were spied on by operatives paid by the Hillary Clinton Campaign in an effort to develop a completely fabricated connection to Russia. This is a scandal far greater in scope and magnitude than Watergate and those who were involved in and knew about this spying operation should be subject to criminal prosecution. In a stronger period of time in our country, this crime would have been punishable by death. ... " Donald J. Trump, February 12, 2022  
["Can you imagine that, what should be the biggest story of our time, bigger than Watergate, is getting absolutely no mention, ZERO, in the New York Times, Washington Post, ABC Fake News, NBC Fake News, CBS Fake News, ratings-dead CNN, and MSDNC. This in itself is a scandal, the fact that a story so big, so powerful, and so important for the future of our Nation is getting zero coverage from LameStream, is being talked about all over the world. Just like they wouldn’t talk about the many Biden corruption scandals prior to the Election, (or for that matter now!), they won't talk about this, which is potentially even bigger. It shows how totally corrupt and shameless the media is. ... " Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America, February 14, 2022]

'Only two campaigns have ever paid the tech firm in question':  "Biden had firm at center of Trump hacking scandal on campaign payroll. The campaign paid Neustar Information Services ... According to [Justice Department Special Counsel John] Durham, Neustar's chief technology officer, Rodney Joffe, accessed sensitive web traffic data that the company maintained on behalf of the White House executive office in order to collect 'derogatory' information about Donald Trump. Joffe allegedly provided the information to Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann, who in turn gave it to the CIA during a meeting in February 2017." Chuck Ross, February 15, 2022

"Our Legal System is CORRUPT, our Judges (and Justices!) are highly partisan, compromised or just plain scared, our Borders are OPEN, Inflation is RAMPANT, gas prices and food costs are 'through the roof,' our Military 'Leadership' is Woke, our Country is going to HELL, and Michael Sussmann is not guilty. How's everything else doing? Enjoy your day!" Donald J. Trump, Truth Social, May 30, 2022

Lawyer Michael Sussman who infected FBI with Hillary Clinton's Russia hoax was acquittal:  "If anything, it makes me want to fight even harder. If we don't win, our country is ruined. We have bad borders, bad elections, and a court system not functioning properly. Our country is being systematically destroyed." Donald J. Trump, June 2, 2022

Willful blindness:  "It is astonishing that the media refuses to see what is one of the biggest stories in decades. The Obama administration targeted the campaign of the opposing party based on false evidence." Jonathan Turley, Professor of Law, George Washington University, The Hill, July 25, 2020

'CNN implosion':  "Caller After Caller After Caller Mocks CNN's Brian Stelter During Merciless C-SPAN Interview. CNN host Brian Stelter was skewered ... on C-SPAN's Washington Journal by a stream of callers who derided him and his left-wing network as liars and propaganda ministers. ... During a segment where the show took calls from viewers, Stelter was viciously mocked for the left-wing propaganda that he and CNN spew on an hourly basis. ... 'Mr. Stelter is the biggest minister of misinformation I have ever heard' ... 'There was zero collusion from the Trump administration and Russia.'" Samantha Chang, June 11, 2021

Pulitzer prizes for fake news:  "Do not believe any article or story you read or see that uses 'anonymous sources' ... Only accept information if it has an actual living name on it. The Fake News Media makes up many 'sources say' stories. Do not believe them!" —Donald J. Trump  [U.S. 2022:  "Just 26% ... trust ... news media." Reuters Institute report]

TV's Corporate Masters:
"ABC = Disney; CBS = CBSViacom; NBC = Comcast; CNN = AT&T; Yahoo! News = Verizon"
Lou Dobbs

Political prosecutions:  "Show me the man, I'll find you the crime." Attributed to Lavrentiy Beria, Soviet Minister of Internal Affairs, U.S.S.R.

"I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve." —Jane Austen

"I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other." —Jane Austen

"There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort." —Jane Austen, 'Emma'

"There are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don't know we don't know." Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, February 12, 2002  [But, there are also unknown knowns, things that are known, just not by us, or that we have forgotten, or misunderstood, or are too difficult or complex, or that we are too lazy or lack the time or patience or prerequisites to learn, or that have been withheld from us by censorship or cancel culture or secrecy or paywalls, or obscured by disinformation or propaganda, or are too upsetting, or truths that our beliefs prevent us from accepting, or a myriad of other ways of remaining ignorant, or that could be known but aren't, or that we pretend not to know. —Karen Smith]

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" Mary Oliver, from poem, 'The Summer Day'

"Arguing about camera systems is a highly sublimated form of tribal warfare. It's also way easier than making a compelling photograph." —Howard Cubell

"Work like hell, tell everyone everything you know, close a deal with a handshake, and have fun." 'Doc' Harold Edgerton, MIT Professor who invented electronic strobe flash photography

"By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day." —Robert Frost

Nikola Tesla, b. July 10, 1856: "Inventor of radio (1891), wireless communication, remote controls, practical electrical power [polyphase alternating current], neon signs (1893), arc light, the speedometer, RADAR, the microwave oven, the fluorescent lamp (1890), X-rays, hydroelectric power (1896), SONAR, the magnetometer, secure communications, the guided weapon, the gas-turbine rotary wing aircraft (1924) and ... the spark plug in 1897 ... " Nikola Tesla descendent

"An optimist says 'the glass is half full.' A pessimist says 'the glass is half empty.' But the engineer says 'the glass is twice as large as it needs to be.'" —tarnish

"We don't stop playing with trains because we get old; we get old because we stop playing with trains." —Belmondo

"The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco." —attributed to Mark Twain

"Today is the first day of the rest of your life." Charles Dederich

"Today is yesterday, tomorrow." Anonymous

"Today is the tomorrow you dreamed about yesterday." —Joseph S. Wisniewski

"Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That's why we call it the present." Eleanor Roosevelt

"Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it." —Niels Bohr

"Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future." —Neils Bohr

"It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future." —Yogi Berra

"Predictions are preposterous." ... "I can't predict the future and I don't have respect for people who try to." Jackie Mason

"The world wouldn't be – In such a snarl – If Marx had been Groucho – Instead of Karl." —Irving Berlin

"The only thing new in this world is the history that you don't know." —Harry S Truman

Danger of government regulation in America: "A network of small, complicated rules. It does not break wills, but softens them. It does not tyrannize, it hinders, represses, stupefies, and finally it reduces each nation to being nothing more than a flock of timid animals, of which the government is shepherd." Alexis De Tocqueville, "Democracy in America," 1840

"The recession of 1914 gave [President Woodrow] Wilson and the Democrats the stigma of having regulated prosperity out of the economy." Carl J. Mayer, Personalizing the Impersonal: Corporations and the Bill of Rights, 41 Hastings L.J. 586 (1990)

"Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it." —Thomas Jefferson

"Outside its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or economically as the private sector." —Ronald W. Reagan

"Whatever you are, be a good one." —Abraham Lincoln

"No matter where you go, there you are." Air Force Lt. Col. C. Gordon Furbish

"Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations – entangling alliances with none." —Thomas Jefferson

"If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians." — Warren Buffett

"I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery ... I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so." —President Abraham Lincoln, inaugural address, 1861

"You know you can't please everyone so you got to please yourself." —Rick Nelson

"Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera." Yousuf Karsh

"Art is making something out of nothing and selling it." —Frank Zappa

"A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government until their demands are satisfied. Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government by those who have sworn to support it, is unthinkable and intolerable." —President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Steve: "Don't you ever sleep???????"; Paul: "I have a condition called insomnia photografica. Nothing serious. My doctor says I can live to be a hundred years old. Thanks for your concern!"

"A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it." —Max Planck

"Real cost of government – the total tax burden – equals what government spends plus the cost to the public of complying with government mandates and regulations and of calculating, paying, and taking measures to avoid taxes." ... "Anything that reduces that real cost – lower government spending, elimination of costly regulations on individuals or businesses, simplification of explicit taxes – is a tax reform." —Milton Friedman, 1999

"I pray Heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this [White] house and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof." —John Adams, writing to his wife Abigail, on Nov. 2, 1800, his second day as President

"Nothing in President Obama's statement came close to being correct." The Washington Post, March 4, 2013, "Four Pinocchio's"

"People will believe a big lie sooner than a little one, and if you repeat it frequently enough, people will sooner or later believe it." —Walter Langer, Psychoanalyst

"At some point when messages get repeated over and over people just start believing them rather than trying to figure out if they're true or not." Thom Hogan

Liar, Liar, pants on fire:  "We will not be adding more to the national debt." —Barack Hussein Obama, II, 2/18/2010 [the month that Obama added a record $223 billion to the national debt – more than previous entire years!]

" ... driving up our national debt ... adding ... trillion[s of] dollars ... that's irresponsible, its unpatriotic." —Barack Hussein Obama

Another whopper: "You got their plan, which is let's have dirtier air, dirtier water, [and] less people with health insurance ... [sic]" Barack Hussein Obama

Biden's ridiculous claim:  "Joe Biden was not arrested in South Africa while trying to see Nelson Mandela [in prison], his campaign has conceded. The US presidential contender had repeatedly said he was arrested during a trip there in the 1970's ... " BBC News, February 26, 2020

" ... it is not because we care about children, and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child. NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power, and we have power because there are more than 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars in dues each year." —Robert Chanin, who was the head lawyer for the National Education Association, Teacher's Union (the largest Labor Union in the United States)

The Biggest Threat to America Is America Itself:  "Greeks have higher high school graduation rates. ... Fifteen-year-olds in Russia, Poland, Latvia and many other countries are better at math than their American counterparts ... As for reading, one-fifth of American 15-year-olds can't read at the level expected of a 10-year-old. How are those millions of Americans going to compete in a globalized economy?" Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times, June 23, 2021

"Put not your trust in princes ... " —Psalm 146:3

[What are the other things?] "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard ... " President John F. Kennedy, Rice University, September 12, 1962
[If you would like one of the special lunar Hasselblad cameras actually used on the moon by the Apollo astronauts, they are available for free. You just need to retrieve a lunar camera for your collection from where they were left behind, on the surface of the moon. — Moon rocks were returned to the earth instead!]

America's goal in the Cold War: "My idea of American policy toward the Soviet Union is simple, and some would say simplistic ... It is this: We win and they lose." —Ronald Reagan to Richard V. Allen, 1977

"[The Chinese government is] trying to stop history, which is a fool's errand. They cannot do it. But they're going to hold it off as long as possible." U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's assertion that the repressive Chinese system will eventually collapse

"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you." —Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"

"Do not fold, spindle or mutilate." —From an IBM punch card

"Ne-ver mind … " Emily Litella

"Go west, young man, go west!" John L.B. Soule, Terre Haute Express, 1851

"One of the most important things in life is what Judge Learned Hand described as 'that ever-gnawing inner doubt as to whether you're right.' If you don't have that, if you think you've got an inside track to absolute truth, you become doctrinaire, humorless and intellectually constipated. The greatest crimes in history have been perpetrated by such religious and political and racial fanatics, from the persecutions of the Inquisition on down to Communist purges and Nazi genocide." Saul Alinsky

"May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion." —Dwight D. Eisenhower

The politician's prayer:  "May the words I utter today be tender and sweet, because tomorrow I may have to eat them." —Senator John McCain

"If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself." —Albert Einstein

"If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid." —Epictetus

"Photography is 90% mental, the other half is the equipment." —paraphrase of Yogi Berra by RBFresno

"Personally I never liked a photo just because it was in focus or properly exposed. Achieving that shouldn't make you feel like a photographer – you need to take the medium well beyond that. Shock, inspire, create beauty, make a social commentary, etc. – that's photography." —Graham Mitchell

Nikon mirrorless camera autofocus settings:  " ... went to the Z6/Z7 Reference Manual and found all of the settings that affect AF and multiplied together the numbers of options. ... There are 14 settings, some of which have only 2 options, but one has 7 options ... The total came to 1,290,240. Who says these cameras aren't complicated?" DeSch

"Riding a Harley, playing a guitar though a vacuum tube Marshall amplifier, listening to an album on vinyl and shooting a rangefinder ... all some of lifes great choices." —millsart

"Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes." —Mahatma Gandhi

"If you want to succeed, double your failure rate." Thomas Watson, IBM President

"Well, when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal." President Richard Nixon

" 'Richard Nixon, if he were alive today, would feel vindicated that all the crimes he committed against me – which forced his resignation facing impeachment – are now legal.' (Thanks to the Patriot Act and other laws passed in recent years.)" Daniel Ellsberg

"I know a man who doesn't pay to have his trash taken out. How does he get rid of his trash? He gift wraps it, and puts in into an unlocked car." Henny Youngman

"I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant." Robert McCloskey, U.S. State Department spokesman, at a press briefing during the Vietnam War

"Wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then." —Bob Seeger

"Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy." —Sir Isaac Newton

"Never install version point zero of anything." —Gates' Law

New Deal failed: "We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work." —Henry Morgenthau, Jr., U.S. Secretary of the Treasury under FDR, 1939

"We didn't admit it at the time, but practically the whole New Deal was extrapolated from programs that Hoover started." —Rexford G. Tugwell, New Deal Architect

"Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn't so."—Ronald Wilson Reagan,

"Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." —Albert Einstein

"What is harder, is trying to photograph the past." —Paul VanAudenhove

"A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true." —Sir Isaac Newton

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it." —Upton Sinclair

"You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's." The Tenth Commandment

"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

"Greed has fed more mouths than charity ever could." —Rush Limbaugh

"An across-the-board, top-to-bottom cut in personal and corporate income taxes ... to expand the incentives and opportunities of private expenditures." President John F. Kennedy (D), Speech advocating income tax cuts to grow the economy, New York Economic Club, December 1962

"Lower taxes, less government spending on domestic programs and fewer regulations mean a better economy for everybody." Larry Elder

"In both spirit and substance, our tax system has come to be unAmerican. By lowering everyone's tax rates all the way up the income scale, each of us will have a greater incentive to climb higher, to excel, to help America grow. The power of these incentives will send one simple straightforward message to an entire nation. America go for it." —President Ronald Reagan, 1985

Freedom from the Income Tax:  "Could America exist without an income tax? The idea seems radical, yet in truth America did just fine without a federal income tax for the first 126 years of its history. Prior to 1913, the government operated with revenues raised through tariffs, excise taxes, and property taxes, without ever touching a worker’s paycheck." —Ron Paul

"National corporate tax rates: United States 35%, France 33%, China 25%, United Kingdom 19%, Germany 15%, Ireland 13%." —Deloitte, 2017  [United States corporate tax rate was lowered to a more internationally competitive 21% in 2018 .]

Dynamic business strategy by ice hockey analogy:  "Go [/skate] to where the puck is going, not where it has been." Walter Gretzky

"Difficult to predit the future is!" —Yoda, "Star Wars"

"Nobody understands quantum mechanics." Richard Feynman

"Why would anyone want to photograph an indisputably colorful world in monochrome? If color film had been invented first, would anybody even contemplate photographing in black and white?" Russell Miller

"Black and white ... creates a nostalgia for the present." —'American Masters' Woody Allen: A Documentary (2011)  
[Caution – widespread complicated misinformation: According to a detailed disclosure by Woody Allen's son, a psychotherapist.

Required consent dialogue:  "My legislation would enact affirmative consent standards in all colleges and universities. What does that look like? We must move from 'no means no' to 'yes means yes.' Without an affirmative yes, it's sexual assault." —Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Twitter, October 19, 2021

"As the famous inventor Thomas Edison said, 'The problem with quotes on the Internet is that you can't track down who actually said them.'"

"Nothing in life prepares you to be famous." Jeff Foxworthy

"Above all, try something." —Franklin D. Roosevelt

"This is my last election ... After my election, I have more flexibility." —Barack Obama ... "caught on an open microphone, telling outgoing Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev that he would be more amenable to Russian interests on the issue of missile defense if he survived the November [2012] elections."

"Gentlemen. You can't fight in here. This is the War Room!" President Merkin Muffley

"The private sector is doing fine." Barack Obama, June, 2012, while 23 million Americans lack full time employment and the Federal Reserve reports that Americans' median net worth shrank from $126,000 in 2007 to $77,000 in 2010.

"Our young men should spend more time considering the composition and merit of their images, and less time with magnifying glasses counting how many bricks and shingles they can resolve."—From an 1841 Paris newspaper article on Daguerrotype photography.

"This notion that somehow we caused the deficits is just wrong. It's just not true." —President Barack Hussein Obama II, June, 2012.

"This [California] budget is a slow-motion train wreck, and you’re driving the bus." —Senator Tom Berryhill

"You might keep your ear to the ground for a bit before pulling the trigger." —Louis Meluso

"You can have too many lenses but never enough!" —Marc S.

"It's Déjà Vu all over again!" —Yogi Berra

History: "Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past." —George Orwell

"There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them." —George Orwell

"There's a sucker born every minute." George Hull

"A millimeter makes all the difference [in how you position your camera.]" Henri Cartier-Bresson

"Optimism is the belief that good things will happen to you and that negative events are temporary setbacks to be overcome." —Mayo Clinic definition

"A gaffe is when a politician is caught telling the truth ... " —CNN

"So it's not that I don't believe in your future, it's just that I've been waiting for it so long that it seems like it's almost the past."Skot Nelson

"I never worry about the future; it comes soon enough." —Albert Einstein

"One who makes no mistakes makes nothing at all." —Giacomo Casanova

"Do one thing everyday that scares you." —Eleanor Roosevelt

"In the end it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." —Abraham Lincoln

"If I'd followed all the rules, I'd never have gotten anywhere." —Marilyn Monroe

"Life is either daring adventure or nothing at all." —Helen Keller

"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." —Mae West

"I've found that it's much easier to get close to wild animals when I act more like a prey species than like a predator (don't try this with large meat-eaters). After an hour or so of prey-like behavior they figure out I'm not a threat and treat me like background scenery." Douglas Herr, Nature Photographer

"[The electric car] has been long recognized as the ideal solution ... cleaner and quieter ... much more economical." —New York Times, November 12, 1911, over a hundred years ago.

California mandates only electric cars by 2035:  "California's record of rolling blackouts – unprecedented in size and scope – coupled with recent requests to neighboring states for power begs the question of how you expect to run an electric car fleet that will come with significant increases in electricity demand, when you can't even keep the lights on today." EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to California Governor Gavin Newsom, September, 2020

"I guess it's like Belloc said to Indy in Raiders Of The Lost Ark, 'Bury it in the sand for 1,000 years and it becomes priceless.'" Maggie Osterberg

"I’m not saying we won't get our hair mussed, but 10 to 20 million [dead] tops!" Gen. Buck Turgidson

The Information Revolution:  "The explorers of the modern era are the entrepreneurs, men with vision, with the courage to take risks and faith enough to brave the unknown. These entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States. They are the prime movers of the technological revolution." —President Ronald Reagan, speaking to students at Moscow State University, USSR, 1988

"The constitutional lawyer in the White House [President Obama] seems determined to demolish the foundations of our civil liberties." Noam Chomsky

"Welcome to the wonderful world of software subscriptions, the gift that goes on taking." —Neil Maller

"Tell me what other profession would have allowed me to enter both the lions' cage at the Vincennes Zoo and Picasso's studio?" Robert Doisneau, Photographer, 1912–1994

African Safari:  "28 Land Cruisers surrounding a sleeping lion in the Ngorongoro." Thom Hogan

"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company." —President George Washington

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace." —Samuel Adams

"Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding." President James Madison, who kept the notes at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787

Oyez! Oyez! Oy Vey:  "Modern cell phones ... are now such a pervasive and insistent part of daily life that the proverbial visitor from Mars might conclude they were an important feature of human anatomy." U.S. Supreme Court

"We have perfect cameras. We have perfect lenses. We make perfectly clean pictures. And very often they are perfectly boring. ... " —Jaap Veldman

"A new U.S. poll shows Americans think President Barack Obama is the country's worst president since World War II." Voice of America, July 2, 2014

"No photographer is as good as the simplest camera." —Edward Steichen

"Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen [pounds] nineteen [shillings] and six [pence], result happiness ... Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery." Wilkins Micawber, character in Charles Dickens' David Copperfield

"Worse than not knowing what you're good at is knowing what you do best, but not liking doing it and wanting to do something that you know you aren't as good at or even unsuited to doing." Dave Lumb

"Every person alive is host to about 100 trillion bacterial cells. They outnumber human cells 10 to one and account for 99.9 percent of the unique genes in the body." Jane E. Brody

"Price, Quality, Speed – pick any two." —Anonymous

How to get the great shot: "f/8 and be there." —Arthur 'Weegee' Fellig

"There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult." —Warren Buffett

"No helmet system can protect you from serious brain and/or neck injuries including paralysis or death. To avoid these risks, do not engage in the sport of football." Warning on football helmet

"There is no alternative way, so far discovered, of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system." —Milton Friedman

"It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with the experiment, it's wrong." —Richard Feynman

"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge." —Charles Darwin

"As the saying goes, you can never be too rich, too thin, or have too many backups." Scott Citron

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows." —Epictetus

"A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth." Richard Avedon

"If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be under the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." —President James Madison

"The one who dies with the most camera equipment wins!" dotyj

"We've had cameras without mirrors for a hundred years. When we say 'mirrorless' we actually mean that it is a digital camera with interchangable lenses, capable of a viewing system that views through the lens, and yet there is no reflex mirror." BeBu Lamar

"I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." —President Thomas Jefferson

Obamacare:  "This bill takes what I call the spaghetti approach – which is take a bunch of ideas that might work and throw them against the wall and see what sticks." — Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, M.I.T. Professor and Healthcare Economist

"For me simply by executive order ignore those Congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President" ... "I know that some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own. ... But that just not how our system works. That's not how our democracy functions. That's not how our Constitution is written." ... "This notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true." ... "The problem is that I'm the President of the United States, I'm not the Emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed." ... "The easy way out is to try to yell and pretend that I can do something by violating our laws."—President Obama, 2011-2013

"If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin." —Samuel Adams

"The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite." —President Thomas Jefferson

"The best thing about this group of candidates is that only one of them can win." —Will Rogers

'Vinyl [music] records are continuing their improbable comeback':  "Now, at the end of 2021, vinyl sales have beaten CDs for two years running, currently representing 6.6% of all music sales—the highest level since 1988. Vinyl records now account for two-thirds of revenue from physical formats. ... The LP was nearly dead; long live the LP!" Luddite Mike

"Big companies are like marching bands. Even if half the band is playing random notes, it still sounds kind of like music. The concealment of failure is built into them." —Douglas Coupland

"An expert is someone who knows more and more about less and less until he knows everything about nothing." Nicholas Butler

"I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics." —Richard Feynman

"Do not trust any statistic you did not fake yourself." —Winston Churchill

"I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money." —Pablo Picasso

"Without heroes we are all plain people and don't know how far we can go." —Bernard Malamud

"Where there is no law, there is no liberty." —Benjamin Rush

Ma Bell Monopoly: "We don't care – we don't have to – we're the phone company." Lilly Tomlin, SNL

"Don't believe everything you read on the internet." —Thomas Jefferson

"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something, and I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do." —Edward Hale

"If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization." —Weinberg's Second Law

"I detest the man who hides one thing in the depth of his heart and speaks forth another." —Homer

Politifacts 2013 Lie of the Year: "If you like your [health] plan you can keep it." President Obama

"There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice." —Montesquieu

"Trolls ruin the Internet. We know who you are and we're watching you." —Anonymous

"I wouldn't mind being a doctor if I didn't have to be around sick people." —M.A.S.H.

Hint – 90 miles off Miami: "I think it would be unrealistic for me to map out exactly where Cuba will be ... " —President Obama, December, 2014

"Anger consumes and kills the soul." Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson

"It's easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." —Frederick Douglass

"The first half of our lives are ruined by our parents, and the second half by our children." —Clarence Darrow

"We have paid a heavy price for having a President whose priority is expanding his own power. The Constitution is treated like a nuisance." —Senator Barack Obama

"The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam." —Barack Obama 9/25/2012

"I think [Obama] is the worst president of my lifetime. I fundamentally disagree with him. I think he's doing a lot of things wrong." —Former Vice President Dick Cheney

"I do not believe that the president [Obama] loves America. ... He wasn't brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country. ... he criticizes America. His grandfather introduced him to Frank Marshall Davis who was a communist. [Giuliani also citing Obama's early life influences, friendship with terrorists such as Weather Underground Pentagon bomber Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, Obama being a disciple of radical community organizer Saul Alinsky, 17 years with Chicago pastor Reverend Jeremiah Wright who preaches 'God damn America' after the 9/11 attack, and Obama's stated desire to 'fundamentally transform America.'] ... This is an American president I've never seen before. ... The reality is, from all that I can see of this president, all that I've heard of him, he apologizes for America, he criticizes America ... I don't feel this love of America [from Obama]. I believe his initial approach is to criticize this country, and then afterwards to say a few nice things about it. ... I don't hear from him what I heard from Harry Truman, what I heard from Bill Clinton, what I heard from Jimmy Carter, which is these wonderful words about what a great country we are, what an exceptional country we are. ... Some people thought it was racist – I thought that was a joke, since he was brought up by a white mother, a white grandfather, went to white schools, and most of this he learned from white people. This isn't racism. This is socialism or possibly anti-colonialism." Rudy Giuliani, former New York City Mayor, 2/2015

Anti-Americanism:  "The myth of America as the greatest nation on earth is at best outdated and at worst, wildly inaccurate." New York Times Opinion, c. 7/4/2019

"If it be asked, what is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? The answer would be, an inviolable RESPECT for the Constitution and Laws." —Alexander Hamilton

"A Nation of well informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins." —Benjamin Franklin

"The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God." President John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961

"I think that things must always be stated clearly. Yes, France is at war with terrorism, jihadism, and radical Islam." —Manuel Valls, French Prime Minister

"It is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its laws ['sharia'] on all nations and extend its power to the entire planet." —Imam Hassan al-Banna, founder in 1928 of al-Ikhwan al-Muslimin ("The Muslim Brotherhood" with motto stating " ... Jihad is our way. Death in the service of God is the loftiest of our wishes. ... ")

President of Egypt, speaking to Imams, 2015: "It is inconceivable that the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire Islamic world to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing, and destruction for the rest of the world. Impossible. That thinking, ideas that we have sanctified over the years is antagonizing the entire world. ... Is it possible that 1.6 billion Muslims should want to kill the rest of the world's inhabitants, that is 7 billion, so that they themselves may live? Impossible. I say and repeat again that we are in need of a religious revolution. You Imams are responsible before Allah. The entire world is waiting for your next move, because this Islamic world is being torn, it is being destroyed, it is being lost. And it is being lost by our own hand." —Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Egyptian President

"Muslims ... have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism." —Hillary Clinton, 11/2015

"Vast numbers of Christians do not believe that if you leave the Christian religion you should be killed for it. Vast numbers of Christians do not treat women as second class citizens. Vast numbers of Christians do not believe if you draw a picture of Jesus Christ you should get killed for it. So yes, does ISIS do Khmer Rouge-like activities where they just kill people indiscriminately who aren't just like them? Yes. And would most Muslim people in the world do that or condone that? No. But most Muslim people in the world do condone violence just for what you think. ... There was a Pew poll in Egypt done a few years ago – 82% said, I think, stoning is the appropriate punishment for adultery. Over 80% thought death was the appropriate punishment for leaving the Muslim religion. I'm sure you know these things. ... So to claim that this religion is like other religions is just naive and plain wrong. It is not like other religions. The New York Times pointed out in an op-ed a couple weeks ago that in Saudi Arabia just since August 4th, they think it was, they have beheaded 19 people. Most for non-violent crimes including homosexuality." Bill Maher

"We will ... unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth." —President Donald J. Trump, 1/20/2017

"This is a war ... within Islam." —Jordanian King Abdullah, II, 11/2015

"Whoever kills an innocent person, it is as though he has killed all of mankind." —Quran

"The 'refugee' crisis:  Hijra is a core part of jihad ... Islamic conquest through migration. The objective is to overwhelm non-Muslim territories with Muslim populations until they achieve domination through sheer numbers." Monica Crowley

Rotterdam Mayor to Muslim immigrants living in Holland:  "It is incomprehensible that you can turn against freedom ... But if you don't like freedom, for heaven's sake pack your bags and leave." ... "Stop seeing yourself as victims, and if you don't want to integrate, leave." —Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam, a Moroccan-born Muslim and son of an Imam, 2015

"Don't believe everything you read on the internet." —Abraham Lincoln

"Every joke has a bit of a joke. ... The rest is the truth." —Marat F

"First comes the spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter, and then we have spring and summer again ... In a garden, growth has its seasons as long as the roots are not severed, all is well and all will be well, and all will be well in the garden." —Chauncey Gardiner, "Being There"

"I like to watch TV." —Chauncey Gardiner, "Being There"

"Using 100% recycled electrons – because I care." —Roger Cole

"My friends know I always have my camera. I have explained that it is like them always having their cell phones. They might need to take a call; I might need to take a picture." —Mark Amos

"When someone shops for a sailing boat, they look for a very slender and graceful exterior, an extremely roomy interior with full standing height everywhere, and they want it for free." —Peter Norlin (1941-2012), Swedish yacht designer

"They say you can see if you will like sailing if you stand in a shower, tearing up $50 bills." Edward Ingold

"[definition] Boat (noun): A hole in the water into which you pour money." —Anonymous
["B.O.A.T. is an acronym for 'break out another thou$and.'"]

"The two happiest days in a sailor's life are the day he buys a boat and the day he sells it." —Anonymous

"You're gonna need a bigger boat." —MrHollywood

Sounds Sirius:  "When we take care of our daughter's cuddly needy yappy nippy squirmy lap dog puppy all day, so that she can go boating and ocean fishing down the shore with our son-in-law and granddaughter, are those the dogs days of summer?" —Grandma and Grandpa

"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose." ("The more things change, the more they stay the same.") —Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

"I don't eat ramen noodles because I'm poor. No, I'm rich because I eat ramen noodles." —moewcat

"We judge photographers by the photographs we see. We judge cameras by the photographs we miss." —Haim Zamir

"You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time." John Lydgate, c. 1370–c. 1451

"If you don't know who the mark is, get up and leave the table, because it's you." —Old adage among professional poker players

"When we look at the history of gun control in this country, it has been to keep guns out of the hands of black people." —Professor Jason Nichols, University of Maryland (Citing work by Adam Winkler at UCLA)

"Racism is foundational to the Second Amendment and its inclusion in the Bill of Rights." ACLU tweet, July 25, 2021
"The second amendment is about rifles, not racism." Jonathan Turley

'BLM has called for the end of the nuclear family':  "We don't need traditional nuclear families for Black thriving.[sic] ... " Associate Professor of Africana Studies Brittany Cooper, Rutgers University, December 1, 2021

"Seventy percent of black kids are raised without fathers and Obama said a kid without a dad is five times more likely poor, nine times more likely to drop out of school, and twenty times more likely to end up in jail. It is far and away the biggest problem in this country that is being ignored. ... The answer is to undo the welfare state." —Larry Elder

More malarkey!:  "According to the intelligence community, terrorism from white supremacy is the most lethal threat to the homeland today [sic], not ISIS, not Al-Qaeda, but white supremacists." —Joe Biden, June 2021

Totally Condemning White Nationalists and Neo-Nazis:  "You had people, and I'm not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally, but you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists, OK, and the press has treated them absolutely unfairly. Now, in the other group also, you had some fine people but you also had troublemakers, and you see them come with the black outfits and with the helmets and with the baseball bats. You got a lot of bad people in the other group too." —President Donald J. Trump, C-SPAN, August 15, 2017, after Charlottesville        [Caution: Frequently misquoted.]

"In one voice our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul." —President Donald J. Trump, August, 2019

Biden – Trump rematch [false narrative – the 'Charlottesville Hoax' repeated]:  "I had no intention of running for president again, and, until I saw those folks coming out of the fields in Virginia carrying torches and carrying Nazi banners and literally singing the same vile rhyme that they used in Germany in the early 20s, or 30s … He [Trump] said 'there are good people on both sides,'[sic] and that's when I decided that I wasn't going to be quiet any longer." Joe Biden, NATO, Brussels, Belgium, March 24, 2022

"We choose truth over facts." Former Vice President Joseph Biden, August 8, 2019

" ... young black entrepreneurs ... don't have lawyers. They don't have accountants ... " Joe Biden, Tulsa, Oklahoma, June 1, 2021

"There is no difference between a black entrepreneur and a white entrepreneur in success, except the black entrepreneur usually doesn't have a lawyer, usually doesn't have an accountant … " Joe Biden, Orangeburg, South Carolina, December 17, 2021

"Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids … " Former Vice President Joe Biden, August 8, 2019

"I like kids better than people." Joe Biden, U.S. Senate Ceremonial Swearing-In, January 06, 2015

"You're a lying dog-faced pony soldier." Joe Biden  [Also see:  Joe Biden's 12 worst gaffes of all time.]

"You're a one horse pony. [sic]" Joe Biden to Fox reporter, Wilmington Delaware, December 22, 2020

Confusing:  "Those who say the blood of Liberty, the blood of Patriots, you know, and all the stuff about how we're gonna have to move against the government, well the tree of Liberty is now watering the blood of Patriots. What's happened is that there never been if you want any think you need to have weapons to take on the government, you need F-15's and maybe some nuclear weapons." Joe Biden, June 23, 2021

"Covid is taken this year just since the outbreak has taken more than 100 years look here the lives it's just when you think about it more lives this year than any other year for the past hundred years." —Joe Biden, Pittsburgh, September 1, 2020

Bit Rot: "We are nonchalantly throwing all of our data into what could become an information black hole. ... We don’t want our digital lives to fade away. If we want to preserve them, we need to make sure that the digital objects we create today can still be rendered far into the future ... we stand to lose an awful lot of our history ... If there are photos you really care about, print them out." —Vint Cerf

"What if the hokey pokey really is what it's all about?" —Seth Ellis

"In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act." George Orwell

"The problem with mixing color and black-and-white [photographs shown] together is that color is so great it makes black-and-white look bad, and black-and-white is so great it makes color look bad." Michael C. Johnston

"Such commentary has become ubiquitous on the Internet and is widely perceived to carry no indicium of reliability and little weight." —Digital Media News v. Escape Media Group, May 2014

"Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed, and are right." —H.L. Mencken

"I read somewhere that smartphone years are roughly equivalent to dog years." Mike Johnston

"Pseudonymous posting of thoughts involves a human form of camouflage, a method of hiding widely used by various species to avoid being attacked." Alan Smithee

"Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. " Franklin D. Roosevelt, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933

"Wall Street makes money on complexity. Everyone else makes money on simplicity. If it isn't simple and cheap, don't buy it." —Scott Burns

"Never buy anything you don't understand." —Mark Grant

"We ignore the real diamonds of simplicity, seeking instead the illusory rhinestones of complexity." Jack Bogle

"No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess." —Sir Isaac Newton

"President Barack Obama 46% Favorable; President Jed Bartlet 82% Favorable; President Frank Underwood 57% Favorable; President David Palmer 89% Favorable; President Laura Roslin 78% Favorable; President Fitzgerald Grant 60% Favorable" Reuters-Ipsos Presidential Popularity Poll, March, 2015

"Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously and accepting both of them." —George Orwell

"Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care." —Theodore Roosevelt

"The world is going to pieces and people like Adams and Weston are photographing rocks." —Henri Cartier Bresson, in the 1930's

Get lost:  "I regret that I'm unable to help you further." —Galawdawg

Unquotable Yes: "You might very well think that; I couldn't possibly comment." Francis Ewan Urquhart

Whatever: "This morning I had meetings with Ministerial colleagues and others. In addition to my duties in this House, I will be having further such meetings later today. ... I refer the right honourable gentleman/lady to the answer I gave some moments ago." Prime Ministers Question Time, UK Parliament

Productivity recommendations:  "Excessive meetings are the blight of big companies and almost always get worse over time. Please get [rid] of all large meetings, unless you're certain they are providing value to the whole audience, in which case keep them very short. Also get rid of frequent meetings, unless you are dealing with an extremely urgent matter. Meeting frequency should drop rapidly once the urgent matter is resolved. Walk out of a meeting or drop off a call as soon as it is obvious you aren't adding value. It is not rude to leave, it is rude to make someone stay and waste their time." Elon Musk, April, 2018

"I really dislike [Apple's] hide-and-seek user interface design." Dan Y

Playing it safe rarely leads to the best outcome: "Fear ruins good work." anonymous advertising executive

"To be honest, most of my pictures suck. The saving grace of that admission is that most of your pictures suck, too. How could I possibly know such a thing? Because most of everybody's pictures suck, that's how. I've seen Cartier-Bresson's contact sheets, and most of his pictures sucked." Michael C. Johnston

"The leave-me-alone coalition thinks that government doesn't know everything and that government really shouldn't be telling us what to do." —Rand Paul

"Give me Liberty or give me Debt!" —with apologies to Patrick Henry

Obama Drama: "We now have over nine trillion dollars of debt that we are going to have to pay back, $30,000 for every man, woman, and child – that's irresponsible, it's unpatriotic." —Presidential Candidate Barack Obama, 2008

"We don't have an immediate crisis in terms of debt, in fact, for the next ten years its going to be in a sustainable place." —President Barack Obama, March, 2013, at $16 trillion national debt and counting

"A private central bank issuing the public currency is a greater menace to the liberties of the people than a standing army ... We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt." —Thomas Jefferson

"If you had somebody who ... wanted to take America down ... it would look exactly like what Barack Obama is doing. I think his actions ... are those of the worst president we've ever had." —Former Vice President Dick Cheney, April 7, 2015

2008: "For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback."
2016: "Now we're feeling what not having hope feels like." —First Lady Michelle Obama

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." —President Thomas Jefferson

Police ordered "Do not engage" – Riots, looting, and setting fire to the city: "We also gave those who wish to destroy (our city) space to do that as well." —Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, (D) Baltimore, April 25, 2015

Anti-police sentiment:  "A movement with the goal of saving black lives at this point is getting black lives taken, because 80% of our murder victims here in Chicago are male blacks. Less than 0.5% of all the shootings in this city involve police officers shooting civilians." —Garry McCarthy, Former Chicago Police Superintendent, 1/1/2017

"There are now four sides to every story – yours, mine, the truth, and the Internet version." —thelovealive quoted in The Frictionary

Favorite saying quoted by Virginia Mason Clement Cooper: "Water is the wine of architecture." —Ada Louise Huxtable

"The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about." —Oscar Wilde

"Paper and wires." —Donna Lauré Cooper [digital and wireless just not being sufficiently permanent and reliable]

"It is one of the truly odd pieces of Apple 'culture,' going back into the Jobs and Wozniack days, to develop superbly innovative software then let it die a slow death through neglect before killing it. I have no clue why this is so, but history is indisputable on the question." Robert Sorrels

"All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth." —Friedrich Nietzsche

"The trouble with normal is it always gets worse." —Bruce Cockburn

"We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run." —Amara's Law

"Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist." Kenneth E. Boulding

"It ain't easy being me, but someone's gotta do it." —Anonymous

"Never explain ... your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway." —Elbert Hubbard

"If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking." —Ben Franklin

"I was ambushed at credibility gap." —Button worn by Morley Safer while reporting in Vietnam

"Trespassers are the leading cause of railway deaths in the United States. Every year they account for 430 fatalities." —Engineering Disasters (TV program), The History Channel

"People get ready / There's a train a-coming / You don't need no baggage / You just get on board / All you need is faith / To hear diesels humming / You don't need no ticket / You just thank the Lord ... " Eva Cassidy (Lyrics)

"A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest." —Albert Einstein

"It's not San Andreas' fault." —Anonymous

"We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true." —Prof. Robert Silensky

"By ensuring that no one in government has too much power, the Constitution helps protect ordinary Americans every day against abuse of power by those in authority." —U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts

Q. "Don't the voters deserve to know where you stand [before the 2020 Presidential election] on [packing the Supreme Court] … ?" —DiMattei
A. "No, they don't deserve ... " —Joe Biden

Packing the Supreme Court: Q. "Are you open to expanding the size of the Supreme Court?"
A. "I am open to that discussion." Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), The New York Times, 2019

"[Obama] gives everything away in advance. ... He makes Chamberlain look like Churchill." —Steve Forbes, 6/1/2015

"Today, once again, the United States is the most respected country on earth." —President Obama, 6/1/2015

"You must stay within the barricades once you enter the [Texas Southern University] arena ... There will be NO opportunities to interview Hillary Clinton. Her speech will be her interview." —Memo to the Press, 6/3/2015 [red color in original]

"I made my money the old-fashioned way. I was very nice to a wealthy relative right before he died." —Malcolm Forbes

"Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit." —George Carlin

"The best way to signal is to speak with your feet." —A wise manager once told me ...

"I am having an out of money experience." Anonymous

"People are living longer than ever before, a phenomenon undoubtedly made necessary by the 30-year mortgage." Doug Larson

"A father is someone who carries pictures in his wallet where his money used to be." —Anonymous

"All heiresses are beautiful." —John Dryden

"Somebody said to me, 'But the Beatles were anti-materialistic.' That's a huge myth. John and I literally used to sit down and say, 'Now, let's write a swimming pool.'" —Paul McCartney

"A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it." —Bob Hope

"I used to be a banker, but I lost interest." Anonymous

The most important question to ask about a prospective spouse:  "Do you enjoy each other." Dennis Prager

"You know what I did before I married? Anything I wanted to." Henny Youngman

"The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret." Henny Youngman

"Someone stole all my credit cards, but I won't be reporting it. The thief spends less than my wife did." Henny Youngman

"You don't know a woman till you've met her in court." Norman Mailer

'Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned':  "Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned." William Congreve's play, 'The Mourning Bride', 1697

"I had plastic surgery last week. I cut up my credit cards." Henny Youngman

"Someday I want to be rich. Some people get so rich they lose all respect for humanity. That's how rich I want to be." —Rita Rudner

"If you owe the bank $100 that's your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that's the bank's problem." —J. Paul Getty

"When you've got them by their wallets, their hearts and minds will follow." —Fern Naito

"We didn't actually overspend our budget. The allocation simply fell short of our expenditure." —Keith Davis

"I rob banks because that's where the money is." Willie Sutton

"When a fellow says it ain't the money but the principle of the thing, it's the money." —Artemus Ward

"If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion." Paraphrasing Tom Sims

"Rise early, work hard, strike oil." —J. Paul Getty

"Asimov's Laws of Robotics (1940):
First Law: A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
Second Law: A robot must obey the orders given by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
Third Law: A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law."

"A computer shall not harm your work or, through inaction, allow your work to come to harm." Jef Raskin

"Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people that they don't like." —Will Rogers

"I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house." —Zsa Zsa Gabor

"The most important thing accumulated wealth buys is freedom." —M. Lebuf

Terrible advice: "Life isn't a passive activity. Investment shouldn't be either." —T. Rowe Price

Investing: "Compared with costly actively managed funds, over time, low-cost index funds ['Bogle's folly'] create extra wealth of 65% for retirement plan investors." John C. Bogle, Founder of Vanguard

Investment 'advisors':  "With stock valuations high and bond yields so low, it is natural to look for alternatives. Unfortunately the solution to this problem is to save more and work longer. But you can't make a living telling people that bald truth." Day9

Prudent Investing Psychology:  "We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful." —Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway 1986 Annual Report

"Of all the companies on Fortune 500 in the year 2000, more than half no longer exist." —, TV advertisement, October 20, 2020

"Never invest in anything that you can't explain to a reasonably intelligent 12 year old." —Jane Bryant Quinn

The extremely wealthy:  "only select from the heap what is most precious and agreeable. They consume little more than the poor, and in spite of their natural selfishness and rapacity, though they mean only ... the gratification of their own vain and insatiable desires, they [inevitably] divide with the poor the produce of all their improvements. They are [thus] led by an invisible hand to make nearly the same distribution of the necessaries of life [as] ... had the earth been divided into equal portions." Adam Smith, 1776

"If you want to help the poor, help them feel uncomfortable in their poverty." —Benjamin Franklin

"Myth" of Meritocracy – [Politically incorrect supposed] "Racist" Microaggressions: " ... the most qualified person should get the job. ... America is the land of opportunity." University of California, Office of the President

Language Police:  "Picnic, she/he, you guys, ladies and gentlemen, freshman, disabled person, african-american, people of color, policeman, long time no see, no can do, rule of thumb, homeless person, addict, crazy, mentally ill, committed suicide, victim, survivor, abusive relationships, prostitute, tribe, trigger warning." Just a sample of banned words and phrases from Brandeis University's Oppressive Language List

No more disabled, handicapped, or elderly (Language Police):  "CDC publishes 'inclusive' language guide, says calling people 'alcoholics,' 'uninsured,' 'elderly' is 'stigmatizing.'" Ashe Schow

Weaponizing language (hijacking a phrase or word, altered false meaning, propaganda):  "Conspiracy theory, anti-vaxxer [conflate oppose vaccine vs. oppose mandate], global cooling/global warming/climate change, assault rifle, weapons of war, liberal/progressive, [existential threat, fossil fuel, nuclear energy, clean energy, green, electric vehicle, emission free, domestic terrorist, denier, oppressor, oppressed, equity, white supremacist, racist, voting rights (election takeover bills), democracy, district attorney, bail reform, homeless, sanctuary city, public option, modern monetary theory, mostly peaceful, insurrection, illegitimate election]." Dan Bongino

Word goes woke [Language Police]:  "Microsoft introduces new feature that suggests PC alternatives when someone types phrases that could offend snowflakes ... The software ... suggested altering astronaut Neil Armstrong's famous quote from 'one giant leap for mankind', to 'humankind' or 'humanity' instead. " Sam Baker, 'Daily Mail', January 12, 2022  
["Can you believe this:  Microsoft ... will tell you what language you are allowed to use. Go on Word and write 'mankind' and Microsoft will change it without asking you, just change it to 'humankind.' ... " —Stuart Varney, January 14, 2022
Microsoft Word's new Orwellian Inclusive Intrusive Language Checker:  "Mankind Humankind;  Postman Mail Carrier;  Maid House Cleaner;  Master Expert;  Manpower Workforce;  Showgirl Performing Artist;  Mistress Lover."]
[More Owellian newspeak:  "'Modern supply side economics' (as used by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen at Davos, 2022) now means 'Economically mistaken big government socialism', and 'Modern monetary theory' (as used regarding the Federal Reserve) now means 'Recklessly inflating the money supply'. So the adjective 'Modern' now means 'Socialist' and contradicts the actual meaning of the phrase it pretends to modified."]
["Google pauses spellcheck-like feature pushing 'inclusive' language suggestions ... " Alec Schemmel,, April 26, 2022]

"Headless Body in Topless Bar." Greatest headline in New York newspaper history by Vincent A. Musetto

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." —President Abraham Lincoln

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