Friday, December 31, 2010

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Thought for Today

"To prejudge other men's notions before we have looked into them is not to show their darkness but to put out our own eyes."

~~~~~ John Locke

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Thought for Today

"It is wise to direct your anger towards problems – not people; to focus your energies on answers – not excuses."

~~~~~ William Arthur Ward

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Thought for Today

"If you are not egotistical, you will welcome the opportunity to learn more."

~~~~~ John Templeton

Monday, December 27, 2010

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Thought for Today

"When an action is once done, it is right or wrong for ever; no accidental failure of its good or evil fruits can possibly alter that."

~~~~~ William Kingdon Clifford

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Thought for Today

"Next to a circus there ain't nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas spirit."

~~~~~ Kin Hubbard

Friday, December 24, 2010

Thought for Today

"There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity."

~~~~~ Nathaniel Branden

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Thought for Today

"What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don't like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don't expect freedom to survive very long."

~~~~~ Thomas Sowell

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Thought for Today

"Party leads to vicious, corrupt and unprofitable legislation, for the sole purpose of defeating party."

~~~~~ James Fenimore Cooper

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Heirloom Jam Cake Recipe

Here in Lebanon, TN, one of the most respected members of our community is JB Leftwich. He is retired from a long and successful career as teacher, journalist, and businessman. Although he is now 91 years old, he still writes a regular weekly column, "Second Thoughts," for The Lebanon Democrat, our local daily newspaper.

In his latest column, Mr. Leftwich mentions a special cake which was one of his mother's specialties, and which his wife still bakes for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. He was kind enough to furnish the recipe. Here it is, exactly as he wrote it:

Grandma's Jam Cake

3 1/2 c. flour
6 whole eggs
1 1/2 c. buttermilk
2 c. sugar
1 c. butter
2 c. seedless blackberry jam
2 c. walnuts
1 c. candied orange peel
1 box raisins
2 tsp soda
2 tsp cloves
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp allspice

Directions: Cook in a large stem pan greased and sprinkled with flour and at 250 to 300 degrees for about three hours. While cooking, place pan of water in oven under cake.

Enhance the flavor by placing the baked cake in a closed container with slices of apples scattered about. An ounce of Bourbon in a small open bottle or flask adds another dimension.

Source: JB Leftwich, "Second Thoughts," The Lebanon Democrat, 11/27/09 (republished 12/17/10)

Thought for Today

"You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips."

~~~~~ Oliver Goldsmith

Monday, December 20, 2010

Thought for Today

"America is God's Crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all the races of Europe are melting and re-forming!"

~~~~~ Israel Zangwill

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Thought for Today

"The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind."

~~~~~ James Truslow Adams

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Thought for Today

"Never ask of money spent
Where the spender thinks it went.
Nobody was ever meant
To remember or invent
What he did with every cent."

~~~~~ Robert Frost

Friday, December 17, 2010

Thought for Today

"There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare."

~~~~~ Sun Tzu

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thought for Today

"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty."

~~~~~ John Adams

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Thought for Today

“His career delivers this message: It can be wiser to follow than to lead. Let the innovators hit the beaches and take the losses; if you hold back and follow, you can clean up in peace and quiet.”

~~~~~ David Gelernter

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Thought for Today

"If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error."

~~~~~ John Kenneth Galbraith

Monday, December 13, 2010

Thought for Today

"Would you bet your paycheck on a weather forecast for tomorrow? If not, then why should this country bet billions on global warming predictions that have even less foundation?"

~~~~~ Thomas Sowell

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Thought for Today

'When walking through the "valley of shadows," remember, a shadow is cast by a Light."

~~~~~ Austin O'Malley

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Thought for Today

"When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves."

~~~~~ Viktor E. Frankl

Friday, December 10, 2010

Thought for Today

"Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing."

~~~~~ Thomas A. Edison

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thought for Today

"The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding."

~~~~~ Louis D. Brandeis

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Thought for Today

"Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone."

~~~~~ Frederic Bastiat

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Thought for Today

"If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see."

~~~~~ Henry David Thoreau

Monday, December 6, 2010

Thought for Today

"Political tags – such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth – are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire."

~~~~~ Robert A. Heinlein

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Thought for Today

"An autobiography usually reveals nothing bad about its writer except his memory."

~~~~~ Franklin P. Jones

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Thought for Today

"My experience has been in a short 77 years that in the end when you fight for a desperate cause and have good reasons to fight, you usually win."

~~~~~ Edward Teller

Friday, December 3, 2010

Thought for Today

"The possession of arbitrary power has always, the world over, tended irresistibly to destroy humane sensibility, magnanimity, and truth."

~~~~~ Frederick Law Olmsted

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thought for Today

"The income tax created more criminals than any other single act of government."

~~~~~ Barry Goldwater

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Thought for Today

"As a small businessperson, you have no greater leverage than the truth."

~~~~~ John Greenleaf Whittier

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thought for Today

"When your outgo exceeds your income, the upshot may be your downfall."

~~~~~ Paul Harvey

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thought for Today

"There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all."

~~~~~ Peter Drucker

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thought for Today

"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive."

~~~~~ Thomas Jefferson

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thought for Today

"Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you."

~~~~~ Carl Sandburg

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thought for Today

"We need more of the Office Desk and less of the Show Window in politics. Let men in office substitute the midnight oil for the limelight."

~~~~~ President Calvin Coolidge

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thought for Today

"The public, more often than not, will forgive mistakes, but it will not forgive trying to wriggle and weasel out of one."

~~~~~ Lewis Grizzard

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thought for Today

"People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as he was at the beginning, there will be no failure."

~~~~~ Lao Tzu

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thought for Today

"A half truth, like half a brick, is always more forcible as an argument than a whole one. It carries better."

~~~~~ Stephen Leacock

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thought for Today

"The federal deficit is outrageous. For years I've asked that we stop pushing onto our children the excesses of our government. And what the Congress finally needs to do is pass a constitutional amendment that mandates a balanced budget – and forces government to live within its means. States, cities, and the families of America balance their budgets. Why can't we?"

~~~~~ Ronald Reagan

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thought for Today

"There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual, but you cannot make him respect you."

~~~~~ William Hazlitt

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thought for Today

"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries."

~~~~~ Winston Churchill

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thought for Today

"I would rather die than do something which I know to be a sin, or to be against God's will."

~~~~~ Joan of Arc

Monday, November 15, 2010

Thought for Today

"The proverb warns that 'You should not bite the hand that feeds you.' But maybe you should, if it prevents you from feeding yourself."

~~~~~ Thomas Szasz

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Thought for Today

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

~~~~~ Robert A. Heinlein

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Thought for Today

"What is a moderate interpretation of the text? Halfway between what it really means and what you'd like it to mean?"

~~~~~ Antonin Scalia

Friday, November 12, 2010

Thought for Today

"Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death."

~~~~~ Omar N. Bradley

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Thought for Today

"In the days ahead we need to systematically redevelop our approach to this [terrorism] problem, recognizing that the worst outcome of all is one in which terrorists succeed in transforming an open democracy into a closed fortress."

~~~~~ Ronald Reagan

Monday, November 8, 2010

Thought for Today

"From the beginning of our history the country has been afflicted with compromise. It is by compromise that human rights have been abandoned."

~~~~~ Charles Sumner

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Thought for Today

"We live in a world of guns, bombs and terror. To conquer hate seems a nigh-impossible task."

~~~~~ Theodore Bikel

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Thought for Today

"No man can purchase his virtue too dear, for it is the only thing whose value must ever increase with the price it has cost us. Our integrity is never worth so much as when we have parted with our all to keep it."

~~~~~ Ovid

Friday, November 5, 2010

Thought for Today

"No tendency is quite so strong in human nature as the desire to lay down rules of conduct for other people."

~~~~~ William Howard Taft

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thought for Today

"If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance."

~~~~~ Orville Wright

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Thought for Today

"What people fail to appreciate is that the currency of corruption in elective office is, not money, but votes."

~~~~~ James L. Buckley

Monday, November 1, 2010

Thought for Today

"One of the annoying things about believing in free will and individual responsibility is the difficulty in finding someone to blame your troubles on. And when you do find someone, it's remarkable how often their picture turns up on your driver's license."

~~~~~ P.J. O'Rourke

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Thought for Today

"Habit with him was all the test of truth; It must be right: I've done it from my youth."

~~~~~ George Crabbe

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Thought for Today

"If we only wanted to be happy, it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, and that is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are."

~~~~~ Charles de Montesquieu

Friday, October 29, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thought for Today

"The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults."

~~~~~ Alexis de Tocqueville

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Thought for Today

"It is defeat that turns bone to flint; it is defeat that turns gristle to muscle; it is defeat that makes men invincible."

~~~~~ Henry Ward Beecher

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Thought for Today

"This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer."

~~~~~ Will Rogers

Monday, October 25, 2010

Thought for Today

"Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks."

~~~~~ Warren Buffett

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Thought for Today

"Like its politicians and its war, society has the teenagers it deserves."

~~~~~ Joseph Priestley

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Cowardly Liberal Journalists

The Juan Williams firing has been thoroughly dissected and debated from every conceivable angle – except for one.

Maybe I've missed it, but I haven't seen anyone describe how all of Juan Williams' courageous liberal colleagues at NPR rose as one and resigned in mass protest at his unconscionable treatment. Oh, that's right – no one has described it because it never happened. In fact, not one of Juan's fellow NPR journalists, friends and colleagues who worked with him for a decade, has uttered so much as a peep in his defense.

To me, their silence is deafening. Acquiescence in evil equals tacit approval of evil.

The so-called professional journalists at NPR – every man and woman of them – ought to be hanging their heads in shame. They have proven beyond any doubt that they are exactly what we on the right have always suspected: hot air balloons – gasbags devoid of any real substance who go wherever the prevailing leftist doctrinal winds carry them, then collapse in a heap once they run out of (OPM) fuel.

If nothing else, Juan Williams has learned who his real friends are.

Thought for Today

"To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals – this alone is worth the struggle."

~~~~~ William Osler

Friday, October 22, 2010

Thought for Today

"The genius of the American system is that through freedom we have created extraordinary results from plain old ordinary people."

~~~~~ Sen. Phil Gramm

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thought for Today

"No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation."

~~~~~ Gen. Douglas MacArthur

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Thought for Today

"The principle of maximum diversity operates both at the physical and at the mental level. It says that the laws of nature and the initial conditions are such as to make the universe as interesting as possible. As a result, life is possible but not too easy. Always when things are dull, something new turns up to challenge us and to stop us from settling into a rut. Examples of things which make life difficult are all around us: comet impacts, ice ages, weapons, plagues, nuclear fission, computers, sex, sin and death. Not all challenges can be overcome, and so we have tragedy. Maximum diversity often leads to maximum stress. In the end we survive, but only by the skin of our teeth."

~~~~~ Freeman Dyson

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Thought for Today

"If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it. It's much easier to apologize than it is to get permission."

~~~~~ Rear Admiral Grace Hopper

Monday, October 18, 2010

Thought for Today

"A Roman divorced from his wife, being highly blamed by his friends, who demanded, 'Was she not chaste? Was she not fair? Was she not fruitful?'

Holding out his shoe, asked them whether it was not new and well made. Yet, added he, none of you can tell where it pinches me.

~~~~~ Plutarch

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Thought for Today

"Any idiot can face a crisis – it's day to day living that wears you out."

~~~~~ Anton Chekhov

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Thought for Today

"You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength."

~~~~~ Marcus Aurelius

Friday, October 15, 2010

Thought for Today

"I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active – not more happy – nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago."

~~~~~ Edgar Allan Poe

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thought for Today

"Yes, there's such a thing as luck in trial law but it only comes at 3 o'clock in the morning. You'll still find me in the library looking for luck at 3 o'clock in the morning."

~~~~~ Louis Nizer

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Thought for Today

"People can be divided into two classes: those who go ahead and do something, and those who sit still and inquire, 'Why wasn't it done the other way?'"

~~~~~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Thought for Today

"The Government of the absolute majority instead of the Government of the people is but the Government of the strongest interests; and when not efficiently checked, it is the most tyrannical and oppressive that can be devised."

~~~~~ John C. Calhoun

Monday, October 11, 2010

Thought for Today

"One of life's best coping mechanisms is to know the difference between an inconvenience and a problem. If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire – then you've got a problem. Everything else is an inconvenience. Life is inconvenient. Life is lumpy. A lump in the oatmeal, a lump in the throat and a lump in the breast are not the same kind of lump. One needs to learn the difference."

~~~~~ Robert Fulghum

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Thought for Today

"All greatness of character is dependent on individuality. The man who has no other existence than that which he partakes in common with all around him, will never have any other than an existence of mediocrity."

~~~~~ James Fenimore Cooper

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Thought for Today

"Hold fast to the Bible. To the influence of this Book we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization and to this we must look as our guide in the future."

~~~~~ Ulysses S. Grant

Friday, October 8, 2010

Thought for Today

"If you are poor, though you dwell in the busy marketplace, no one will inquire about you; if you are rich, though you dwell in the heart of the mountains, you will have distant relatives."

~~~~~ Chinese proverb

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Thought for Today

"No power in society, no hardship in your condition can depress you, keep you down, in knowledge, power, virtue, influence, but by your own consent."

~~~~~ William Ellery Channing

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Thought for Today

"I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."

~~~~~ Elie Wiesel

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Thought for Today

"When you innovate, you've got to be prepared for everyone telling you you're nuts."

~~~~~ Larry Ellison

Monday, October 4, 2010

Thought for Today

"The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which mean never losing your enthusiasm."

~~~~~ Aldous Huxley

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Thought for Today

"The opportunities of man are limited only by his imagination. But so few have imagination that there are ten thousand fiddlers to one composer."

~~~~~ Charles F. Kettering

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Thought for Today

"What light is to the eyes – what air is to the lungs – what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man."

~~~~~ Robert Green Ingersoll

Friday, October 1, 2010

Thought for Today

"There are two ways of meeting difficulties: You alter the difficulties or you alter yourself to meet them."

~~~~~ Phyllis Bottome

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thought for Today

"Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort."

~~~~~ John Ruskin

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Thought for Today

"Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Thus the beneficiaries are spared the shame and danger that their acts would otherwise involve... But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them and gives it to the other persons to whom it doesn't belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime. Then abolish that law without delay ... No legal plunder; this is the principle of justice, peace, order, stability, harmony and logic."

~~~~~ Frederic Bastiat

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Thought for Today

"The pleasure we derive from doing favors is partly in the feeling it gives us that we are not altogether worthless. It is a pleasant surprise to ourselves."

~~~~~ Eric Hoffer

Monday, September 27, 2010

Thought for Today

"Nothing is so galling to a people not broken in from the birth as a paternal, or, in other words, a meddling government, a government which tells them what to read, and say, and eat, and drink and wear."

~~~~~ Thomas Babington Macaulay

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Thought for Today

"The safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death."

~~~~~ Voltaire

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Thought for Today

"If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters."

~~~~~ Alan K. Simpson

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Thought for Today

"There is, in fact, no recognized principle by which the propriety or impropriety of government interference is customarily tested. People decide according to their personal preferences."

~~~~~ John Stuart Mill

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Thought for Today

"The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth; that the error and truth are simply opposite. They are nothing of the sort. What the world turns to, when it is cured on one error, is usually simply another error, and maybe one worse than the first one."

~~~~~ H. L. Mencken

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Thought for Today

"For how many things, which for our own sake we should never do, do we perform for the sake of our friends."

~~~~~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

Monday, September 20, 2010

Thought for Today

"What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes in any new branch of commerce when he knows not that his plans may be rendered unlawful before they can be executed?"

~~~~~ James Madison

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Thought for Today

"A few years' experience will convince us that those things which at the time they happened we regarded as our greatest misfortunes have proved our greatest blessings."

~~~~~ George Mason

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Thought for Today

"Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care."

~~~~~ William Safire

Friday, September 17, 2010

Thought for Today

"A half truth, like half a brick, is always more forcible as an argument than a whole one. It carries better."

~~~~~ Stephen Leacock

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thought for Today

"It is immoral from almost any point of view to refuse to defend yourself and others from very grave and terrible threats, even as there are limits to the means that can be used in such defense."

~~~~~ Herman Kahn

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Thought for Today

"Liberty is the condition of duty, the guardian of conscience. It grows as conscience grows. The domains of both grow together. Liberty is safety from all hindrances, even sin. So that Liberty ends by being Free Will."

~~~~~ John Acton

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Thought for Today

"My father was the son of immigrants, and he grew up bilingual, but English is what my father taught me and what he spoke to me. America's strength is not our diversity; it is our ability to unite around common principles even when we come from different backgrounds."

~~~~~ Ernest Istook

Monday, September 13, 2010

Thought for Today

"Fortunate people often have very favorable beginnings and very tragic endings. What matters isn't being applauded when you arrive – for that is common – but being missed when you leave."

~~~~~ Baltasar Gracian

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Thought for Today

"I am certain that I speak on behalf of my entire nation when I say: September 11th we are all Americans – in grief, as in defiance."

~~~~~ Benjamin Netanyahu

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Thought for Today

"The Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist, and believed blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations."

~~~~~ John Adams

Friday, September 10, 2010

Thought for Today

"Freedom is a lonely battle, but if the United States doesn't lead it – sometimes imperfectly, but mostly with honor – who will?"

~~~~~ Cal Thomas

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Thought for Today

"Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company."

~~~~~ Booker T. Washington

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Thought for Today

"When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him."

~~~~~ Jonathan Swift

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Thought for Today

"The repose of sleep refreshes only the body. It rarely sets the soul at rest. The repose of the night does not belong to us. It is not the possession of our being. Sleep opens within us an inn for phantoms. In the morning we must sweep out the shadows."

~~~~~ Gaston Bachelard

Monday, September 6, 2010

Thought for Today

"The American Constitution is the greatest governing document, and at some 7,000 words, just about the shortest."

~~~~~ Stephen Ambrose

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Thought for Today

"There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves."

~~~~~ Jane Austen

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Thought for Today

"A power has risen up in the government greater than the people themselves, consisting of many and various and powerful interests, combined into one mass, and held together by the cohesive power of the vast surplus in the banks."

~~~~~ John C. Calhoun (speech – May 27, 1836)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Thought for Today

"It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable, that those who will not risk cannot win."

~~~~~ John Paul Jones

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Thought for Today

"Of government, at least in democratic states, it may be said briefly that it is an agency engaged wholesale, and as a matter of solemn duty, in the performance of acts which all self-respecting individuals refrain from as a matter of common decency."

~~~~~ H.L. Mencken

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Thought for Today

"Between two groups of people who want to make inconsistent kinds of worlds, I see no remedy but force."

~~~~~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Thought for Today

"There is nothing so fatal to character as half finished tasks."

~~~~~ David Lloyd George

Monday, August 30, 2010

Thought for Today

"The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power."

~~~~~ Daniel Webster

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Thought for Today

"The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults."

~~~~~ Alexis de Tocqueville

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Thought for Today

"If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience."

~~~~~ Robert Fulghum

Friday, August 27, 2010

Thought for Today

"The strength and power of a country depends absolutely on the quantity of good men and women in it."

~~~~~ John Ruskin

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thought for Today

"The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries."

~~~~~ James Madison

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Thought for Today

"It is immoral from almost any point of view to refuse to defend yourself and others from very grave and terrible threats, even as there are limits to the means that can be used in such defense."

~~~~~ Herman Kahn

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Thought for Today

"As a result of America's efforts to realize the ideals of equality and freedom, blacks in America are now the freest and richest black people anywhere on the face of the earth including all of the nations that are ruled by blacks."

~~~~~ David Horowitz

Monday, August 23, 2010

Thought for Today

"The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes."

~~~~~ Aristotle

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Thought for Today

"There's no particular relationship between spending and educational results. Most education spending is actually on salaries, and that's allocated according to political muscle."

~~~~~ Peter Brimelow

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Thought for Today

"People shop for a bathing suit with more care than they do a husband or wife. The rules are the same. Look for something you'll feel comfortable wearing. Allow for room to grow."

~~~~~ Erma Bombeck

Friday, August 20, 2010

Thought for Today

"The public, more often than not, will forgive mistakes, but it will not forgive trying to wriggle and weasel out of one."

~~~~~ Lewis Grizzard

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Thought for Today

"We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already."

~~~~~ Georg C. Lichtenberg

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Thought for Today

"How would it be possible if salvation were ready to our hand, and could without great labor be found, that it should be by almost all men neglected? But all things excellent are as difficult as they are rare."

~~~~~ Baruch Spinoza

Monday, August 16, 2010

Thought for Today

"Technology is a gift of God. After the gift of life it is perhaps the greatest of God's gifts. It is the mother of civilizations, of arts and of sciences."

~~~~~ Freeman Dyson

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Thought for Today

"I know of no higher fortitude than stubborness in the face of overwhelming odds."

~~~~~ Louis Nizer

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Thought for Today

"The people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes."

~~~~~ Lao Tzu

Friday, August 13, 2010

Thought for Today

"Here the skeptic finds chaos and the believer further evidence that the hand that made us is divine."

~~~~~ Robert Moses

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thought for Today

"Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday."

~~~~~ John Wayne

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Thought for Today

"Most of my advances were by mistake. You uncover what is when you get rid of what isn't."

~~~~~ R. Buckminster Fuller

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Monday, August 9, 2010

Thought for Today

"In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution."

~~~~~ Alexander Hamilton

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Thought for Today

"Whatever government is not a government of laws, is a despotism, let it be called what it may."

~~~~~ Daniel Webster

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Thought for Today

"A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while, he knows something."

~~~~~ Wilson Mizner

Friday, August 6, 2010

Thought for Today

"And above all things, never think that you're not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. My belief is that in life people will take you at your own reckoning."

~~~~~ Isaac Asimov

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Thought for Today

"There is no better proof of a man's being truly good than his desiring to be constantly under the observation of good men."

~~~~~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Thought for Today

"I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed."

~~~~~ Booker T. Washington

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

Thought for Today

"Fighting terrorism is not unlike fighting a deadly cancer. It can't be treated just where it's visible – every diseased cell in the body must be destroyed."

~~~~~ Col. David Hackworth

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Thought for Today

"The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don't let them put you in that position."

~~~~~ Leo Buscaglia

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Thought for Today

"God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right even though I think it is hopeless."

~~~~~ Chester W. Nimitz

Friday, July 30, 2010

Thought for Today

"Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five."

~~~~~ John Updike

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thought for Today

"Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message."

~~~~~ Malcolm Muggeridge

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Thought for Today

"The real scientist is ready to bear privation and, if need be, starvation rather than let anyone dictate to him which direction his work must take."

~~~~~ Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Thought for Today

"The capacity of man himself is only revealed when, under stress and responsibility, he breaks through his educational shell, and he may then be a splendid surprise to himself no less than to his teachers."

~~~~~ Dr. Harvey Cushing

Monday, July 26, 2010

Thought for Today

"The great secret of doctors, known only to their wives, but still hidden from the public, is that most things get better by themselves; most things, in fact, are better in the morning."

~~~~~ Lewis Thomas

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Thought for Today

"It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated... it is finished when it surrenders."

~~~~~ Ben Stein

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Thought for Today

"If you are the master be sometimes blind, if you are the servant be sometimes deaf."

~~~~~ R. Buckminster Fuller

Friday, July 23, 2010

Thought for Today

"Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified."

~~~~~ Samuel Johnson

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thought for Today

"Anti-Semitism is a noxious weed that should be cut out. It has no place in America."

~~~~~ William Howard Taft

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Thought for Today

"You're a sovereign as a citizen. If you're not involved in your government, you're not doing your job. In the long run that's very bad for the Republic."

~~~~~ Michael Novak

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Thought for Today

"Not to be cheered by praise, not to be grieved by blame, but to know thoroughly one's own virtues or powers are the characteristics of an excellent man."

~~~~~ Satchel Paige

Monday, July 19, 2010

Thought for Today

"I have struck a city – a real city – and they call it Chicago... I urgently desire never to see it again. It is inhabited by savages."

~~~~~ Rudyard Kipling

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Thought for Today

"An evil person is like a dirty window, they never let the light shine through."

~~~~~ William Makepeace Thackeray

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

Thought for Today

"In the final analysis, the questions of why bad things happen to good people transmutes itself into some very different questions, no longer asking why something happened, but asking how we will respond, what we intend to do now that it happened."

~~~~~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thought for Today

"The question of who is right and who is wrong has seemed to me always too small to be worth a moment's thought, while the question of what is right and what is wrong has seemed all-important."

~~~~~ Albert Jay Nock

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Thought for Today

"Vain-glorious men are the scorn of the wise, the admiration of fools, the idols of paradise, and the slaves of their own vaunts."

~~~~~ Francis Bacon

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Thought for Today

"The greatest humiliation in life, is to work hard on something from which you expect great appreciation, and then fail to get it."

~~~~~ Edgar Watson Howe

Monday, July 12, 2010

Thought for Today

"Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character."

~~~~~ Horace Greeley

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Thought for Today

"A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says 'I was beaten,' he does not say 'My men were beaten'."

~~~~~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

That, in a nutshell, is why Obama is not, never was, and never will be a leader.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Friday, July 9, 2010

Thought for Today

"Incumbent, n.: Person of liveliest interest to the outcumbents."

~~~~~ Ambrose Bierce

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Thought for Today

"Surely the best way to meet the enemy is head on in the field and not wait till they plunder our very homes."

~~~~~ Oliver Goldsmith

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Thought for Today

"We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind of self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."

~~~~~ James Madison

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Monday, July 5, 2010

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Thought for Today

"The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it: so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it."

~~~~~ Elbert Hubbard

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Thought for Today

"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."

~~~~~ Theodore Roosevelt

Friday, July 2, 2010

Thought for Today

"Don't fall in love with politicians, they're all a disappointment. They can't help it, they just are."

~~~~~ Peggy Noonan

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Thought for Today

"A professional is a person who can do his best at a time when he doesn't particularly feel like it."

~~~~~ Alistaire Cooke

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Thought for Today

"I know I am not only the bad conscience of the Nazis. I am also the bad conscience of the Jews. Because what I have taken up as my duty was everybody's duty."

~~~~~ Simon Wiesenthal

Monday, June 28, 2010

Thought for Today

"Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability."

~~~~~ John Wooden

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Thought for Today

"For the American people are a very generous people and will forgive almost any weakness, with the possible exception of stupidity."

~~~~~ Will Rogers

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Thought for Today

"President Barack Obama doesn't deserve the reputation he's had for his style and temperament and for being gracious, civil, bipartisan and post-racial. He is often ungracious, uncivil, hyper-partisan, race-oriented and vindictive. He mocks and ridicules almost for sport. More than any president in my memory, he often does not comport himself presidentially. Why does this matter? Well – if I even have to answer that – he is the face of America. ... He came into office with a reputation for being sophisticated, gentlemanly, above the political fray and open-minded. But it was a facade, facilitated by good looks, a seemingly pleasant demeanor and an extraordinarily fawning – and forgiving – media. He has been getting a pass on his unseemly conduct for way too long, which partially explains the disconnect between his personal likability and the unpopularity of his socialist agenda. ... [H]e is exactly the opposite of who he billed himself to be: 'I will bring a new type of politics to Washington.' As a committed liberal ideologue, he is neither a uniter nor one willing to consider both sides of an issue. But it's not just his extremist views that are divisive. He is also often personally divisive, petty and mean-spirited."

~~~~~ David Limbaugh

Friday, June 25, 2010

Thought for Today

"Prejudice is a raft onto which the shipwrecked mind clambers and paddles to safety."

~~~~~ Ben Hecht

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Thought for Today

"If we only wanted to be happy, it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, and that is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are."

~~~~~ Charles de Montesquieu

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Thought for Today

"Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it."

~~~~~ Lao Tzu