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Re: Quote of the day: Because I'm not the smartest guy in the room . . .
« Reply #50 on: September 11, 2019, 04:39:46 pm »
Hmmm... I usually don't eat breakfast, so no guns for me? :neener

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    Re: Quote of the day: Because I'm not the smartest guy in the room . . .
    « Reply #51 on: September 13, 2019, 01:48:44 pm »
    From Mark Twain:

    If we would learn what the human race really is at bottom, we need only observe it in election times.
    - Mark Twain's Autobiography


    The laws of Nature take precedence of all human laws. The purpose of all human laws is one -- to defeat the laws of Nature. This is the case among all the nations, both civilized and savage. It is a grotesquerie, but when the human race is not grotesque it is because it is asleep and losing its opportunity.
    - Autobiographical dictation, 18 June 1906. Published in Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 2 (2013)

    Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.
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    Re: Quote of the day: Because I'm not the smartest guy in the room . . .
    « Reply #52 on: September 13, 2019, 07:24:58 pm »
    Excellent.   :thumbup1    A true American sage - if such a thing exists.  Of all the authors I have ever read, I think his style is the one I would seek to adopt or adapt if I took up the pen.  Producing anything resembling his work would require a great deal more talent than I possess but its nice to dream about from time to time when I am enjoying a glass of whiskey and a decent cigar.
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    « Reply #53 on: September 13, 2019, 11:39:03 pm »
    " Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows or with both.  The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those they oppress. " 
                                                     
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    Re: Quote of the day: Because I'm not the smartest guy in the room . . .
    « Reply #54 on: September 15, 2019, 01:09:24 pm »
    " The mind cannot support moral chaos for long.  Men are under as strong a compulsion to to invent an ethical setting for their behavior as spiders are to weave themselves webs."

    John Dos Passos
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    « Reply #55 on: September 15, 2019, 05:12:23 pm »
    " The mind cannot support moral chaos for long.  Men are under as strong a compulsion to to invent an ethical setting for their behavior as spiders are to weave themselves webs."

    John Dos Passos

    I typically refer to this as someone having "delusions of humanity"  :coffee .
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    Re: Quote of the day: Because I'm not the smartest guy in the room . . .
    « Reply #56 on: September 15, 2019, 07:49:40 pm »
    “Civilizations have the morality and ethics they can afford."
    -Senator Jellison, in Dr. Pournelle's Lucifer's Hammer.


    I'll mention that the actions and decisions made in the U.S. over the last half-dozen decades have gradually lowered what we can currently afford, which is not a good thing.

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    « Reply #57 on: September 15, 2019, 11:21:37 pm »
    Agreed.   :coffee
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    « Reply #58 on: September 19, 2019, 10:43:58 am »
    The price has not been lowered,  it has simply been deferred to later generations,  who will wind up paying in full plus interest.



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    I'll mention that the actions and decisions made in the U.S. over the last half-dozen decades have gradually lowered what we can currently afford, which is not a good thing.
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    « Reply #59 on: September 19, 2019, 03:12:24 pm »
    " It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong. "   
                                                   Thomas Sowell
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    « Reply #60 on: September 19, 2019, 05:37:05 pm »
    " It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong. "   
                                                   Thomas Sowell

    That one's a gem.  IMHO, at present Thomas Sowell IS one of the smartest guys in the room.
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    « Reply #61 on: September 19, 2019, 05:47:35 pm »
    I meant to imply that soon we will not be able to afford the lofty  morality and ethics which "we" as a society currently espouse. Then comes the "crash" and the brutality which will almost inevitably follow. 
    The price has not been lowered,  it has simply been deferred to later generations,  who will wind up paying in full plus interest.

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    « Reply #62 on: September 19, 2019, 05:53:45 pm »
    That one's a gem.  IMHO, at present Thomas Sowell IS one of the smartest guys in the room.


    No argument from me on that score. 
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    « Reply #63 on: September 19, 2019, 06:54:46 pm »
    No argument from me on that score.
    Or me.

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    Re: Quote of the day: Because I'm not the smartest guy in the room . . .
    « Reply #64 on: September 21, 2019, 04:31:23 pm »
    Ours is a world where people don't know what they want and are willing to go through hell to get it.

                         - Don Marquis


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    « Reply #65 on: September 22, 2019, 01:20:12 am »
    "Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere."           G. K.  Chesterton
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    « Reply #66 on: September 22, 2019, 01:39:30 am »
    "Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere."           G. K.  Chesterton

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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
    Ray Chapman, used to say that the 125-grain Magnum load’s almost magical stopping power was the only reason to load .357 instead of .38 Special +P ammunition into a fighting revolver chambered for the Magnum round. I agree. - Massad Ayoob

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    « Reply #67 on: September 28, 2019, 09:54:28 pm »
    I have only one firm belief about the American political system, and that is this: God is a Republican and Santa Claus is a Democrat.

    God is an elderly or, at any rate, middle aged male, a stern fellow, patriarchal rather than paternal and a great believer in rules and regulations. He holds men accountable for their actions. He has little apparent concern for the material well being of the disadvantaged. He is politically connected, socially powerful and holds the mortgage on literally everything in the world. God is difficult. God is unsentimental. It is very hard to get into God's heavenly country club.

    Santa Claus is another matter. He's cute. He's nonthreatening. He's always cheerful. And he loves animals. He may know who's been naughty and who's been nice, but he never does anything about it. He gives everyone everything they want without the thought of quid pro quo. He works hard for charities, and he's famously generous to the poor. Santa Claus is preferable to God in every way but one: There is no such thing as Santa Claus.

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    « Reply #68 on: September 29, 2019, 01:19:36 am »
    " The capacity of the human mind for swallowing nonsense and spewing it forth in violent and repressive action has never yet been plumbed. "

    Robert A. Heinlein
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    « Reply #69 on: September 29, 2019, 11:11:58 pm »
    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, most of them imaginary."
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    « Reply #70 on: October 02, 2019, 11:18:22 pm »
    " You know, if government were a product, selling it would be illegal. "     P.J. O'Rourke ,  "The Liberty Manifesto" ca1993

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    « Reply #71 on: October 03, 2019, 12:37:50 am »
    " You know, if government were a product, selling it would be illegal. "     P.J. O'Rourke ,  "The Liberty Manifesto" ca1993

    Okay, explain this one. Every election we get sold and buy one government product package or another  :hmm .
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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
    Ray Chapman, used to say that the 125-grain Magnum load’s almost magical stopping power was the only reason to load .357 instead of .38 Special +P ammunition into a fighting revolver chambered for the Magnum round. I agree. - Massad Ayoob

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    « Reply #72 on: October 03, 2019, 01:10:15 am »
    True.  Government stinks.  All government.  Ours stinks a little less than some.  Sometimes.  Or it could just be that I'm up wind.   :cool   

    Understand that P.J. O'Rourke is an author and political satirist.  Kind of a conservative - ish libertarian sort of fellow.  As a creature who makes his living inside Washington's Beltway he takes a very jaundiced view of government in general and our federal government in particular.  He savages all forms of government everywhere ( another quote of his: " You can't get Chinese carry out food in China and cigars are rationed in Cuba.  That tells you all you need to know about communism." ) and while his main target is governments he makes a pretty fair observer of the human condition.  Personally, I consider him the late 20th century's successor to Mark Twain. 

    I believe his observation from the quote in question is designed to illustrate the point that has been made before:  Government, at its best is barely tolerable and at its worst completely intolerable.  As in if a product were as bad for us as government is, the government would ban the sale of it. 

    To get a little better feel for his style pull up the WikiQuote site which has quotations from all his published books. 
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    « Reply #73 on: October 03, 2019, 05:10:49 pm »
    Another of his quotes on communism, commenting on the general dirtiness and dinginess of East Berlin, "Perhaps the greatest indictment of communism is that it could do this to a nation of Germans."
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    « Reply #74 on: October 03, 2019, 05:27:49 pm »
    Yup.  I like his stuff but if you read too much of it you run the risk of developing the Irish predilection for frequenting pubs and complaining.   :cool
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