Thursday, December 31, 2015

Thought for Today

"A farmer traveling with his load
Picked up a horseshoe on the road,
And nailed it fast to his barn door,
That luck might down upon him pour;
That every blessing known in life
Might crown his homestead and his wife,
And never any kind of harm
Descend upon his growing farm."

~~~~~ James Thomas Fields

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

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 (anticipating Donald Trump?)

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Thought for Today

"Outside of the Constitution we have no legal authority more than private citizens, and within it we have only so much as that instrument gives us. This broad principle limits all our functions and applies to all subjects."

~~~~~ Andrew Johnson

Monday, December 28, 2015

Thought for Today

"Oh leave the Wise our measures to collate.
One thing at least is certain, light has weight.
One thing is certain and the rest debate.
Light rays, when near the Sun, do not go straight."

~~~~~ Arthur Eddington

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Thought for Today

"The accumulation of skill and science which has been directed to diminish the difficulty of producing manufactured goods, has not been beneficial to that country alone in which it is concentrated; distant kingdoms have participated in its advantages."

~~~~~ Charles Babbage

Friday, December 25, 2015

Thought for Today

"Economy, prudence, and a simple life are the sure masters of need, and will often accomplish that which, their opposites, with a fortune at hand, will fail to do."

~~~~~ Clara Barton

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Thought for Today

"We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery."

~~~~~ Samuel Smiles

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Thought for Today

"I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature and that power, whether vested in many or a few, is ever grasping, and like the grave, cries, 'Give, give.'"

~~~~~ Abigail Adams

Monday, December 21, 2015

Thought for Today

"There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable; for in politics there is no honour."

~~~~~ Benjamin Disraeli

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Thought for Today

"I was guilty of judging capitalism by its operations and socialism by its hopes and aspirations; capitalism by its works and socialism by its literature."

~~~~~ Sidney Hook

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Thought for Today

"When faith is lost, when honor dies, the man is dead."

~~~~~ John Greenleaf Whittier

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Thought for Today

"Before you contradict an old man, my fair friend, you should endeavor to understand him."

~~~~~ George Santayana

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Thought for Today

"The idea that global warming is the most important problem facing the world is total nonsense and is doing a lot of harm."

~~~~~ Freeman Dyson

Monday, December 14, 2015

Thought for Today

"If we should have to fight, we should be prepared to so so from the neck up instead of from the neck down."

~~~~~ Jimmy Doolittle

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Thought for Today

"Communism possesses a language which every people can understand - its elements are hunger, envy, and death."

~~~~~ Heinrich Heine

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Thought for Today

"Are right and wrong convertible terms, dependent upon popular opinion?"

~~~~~ William Lloyd Garrison

Friday, December 11, 2015

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

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Thought for Today

"It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellow men."

~~~~~ George MacDonald

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Thought for Today

"He that has light within his own clear breast
May sit in the centre, and enjoy bright day:
But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts
Benighted walks under the mid-day sun;
Himself his own dungeon."

~~~~~ John Milton

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Thought for Today

"Watch out when you're getting all you want. Fattening hogs ain't in luck."

~~~~~ Joel Chandler Harris

Monday, December 7, 2015

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Thought for Today

"The need for Government is the need for force; where force is unnecessary, there is no need for Government."

~~~~~ Rose Wilder Lane

Friday, December 4, 2015

Thought for Today

"If an eloquent speaker speak not the truth, is there a more horrid kind of object in creation?"

~~~~~ Thomas Carlyle

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Thought for Today

"If you can't ignore an insult, top it; if you can't top it, laugh it off; and if you can't laugh it off, it's probably deserved."

~~~~~ Russell Lynes

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Thought for Today

"Authors are ordinary people who usually start to live apart, in the imagination, because they don't fit in with normal, healthy people."

~~~~~ Henry Williamson

Monday, November 30, 2015

Thought for Today

"It is in men as in soils where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not."

~~~~~ Jonathan Swift

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Thought for Today

"You can always get the truth from an American statesman after he has turned seventy, or given up all hope of the Presidency."

~~~~~ Wendell Phillips

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thought for Today

"Next to power without honor, the most dangerous thing in the world is power without humor."

~~~~~ Eric Sevareid

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thought for Today

"I do beseech you to direct your efforts more to preparing youth for the path and less to preparing the path for the youth."

~~~~~ Ben Lindsey

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thought for Today

"'Tis known by the name of perseverance in a good cause, and of obstinacy in a bad one."

~~~~~ Laurence Sterne

Monday, November 23, 2015

Thought for Today

"Frequently the more trifling the subject, the more animated and protracted the discussion."

~~~~~ Franklin Pierce

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Thought for Today

"In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant."

~~~~~ Charles de Gaulle

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Friday, November 20, 2015

Thought for Today

"Don't tell your friends about your indigestion. 'How are you' is a greeting, not a question."

~~~~~ Arthur Guiterman

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thought for Today

"I have had many troubles in my life, but the worst of them never came."

~~~~~ James A. Garfield

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Thought for Today

"I think that everything you do helps you to write if you're a writer. Adversity and success both contribute largely to making you what you are. If you don't experience either one of those, you're being deprived of something."

~~~~~ Shelby Foote

Monday, November 16, 2015

Thought for Today

"The kind of doctor I want is one who when he's not examining me is home studying medicine."

~~~~~ George S. Kaufman

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Thought for Today

"I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way."

~~~~~ Franklin Pierce Adams

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

Thought for Today

"Laws are generally found to be nets of such a texture, as the little creep through, the great break through, and the middle-sized are alone entangled in it."

~~~~~ William Shenstone

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thought for Today

"Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad."

~~~~~ Fyodor Dostoevsky

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Monday, November 9, 2015

Thought for Today

"The old man, of whom we know how he has become what he is, is more of an individual than the young man; for it is only in the course of an eventful life that men are differentiated into full individuality."

~~~~~ Erich Auerbach

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Thought for Today

"Every year of my life I grow more convinced that it is wisest and best to fix our attention on the beautiful and the good, and dwell as little as possible on the evil and the false."

~~~~~ Richard Cecil

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Friday, November 6, 2015

Thought for Today

"Governmental aid is a drawback rather than an assistance, as, although it may facilitate in the routine of artistic production, it is an impediment to the development of true artistic genius."

~~~~~ John Philip Sousa

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Thought for Today

"We Americans are the best informed people on earth as to the events of the last twenty-four hours; we are the not the best informed as the events of the last sixty centuries."

~~~~~ Will Durant

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Thought for Today

"There are many causes why a people politically ignorant cannot be roused to action. Perfect political ignorance must be accompanied by indifference to the general interests of society, and thus one of the most powerful motives which can act on the human mind is totally destroyed."

~~~~~ Benjamin Robbins Curtis

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Thought for Today

"Truth gets well if she is run over by a locomotive, while error dies of lockjaw if she scratches her finger."

~~~~~ William Cullen Bryant

Monday, November 2, 2015

Thought for Today

"America's present need is not heroics but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration."

~~~~~ Warren G. Harding

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Thought for Today

"A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion."

~~~~~ Grantland Rice

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Thought for Today

"A man can stand a lot as long as he can stand himself. He can live without hope, without friends, without books, even without music, as long as he can listen to his own thoughts."

~~~~~ Axel Munthe

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Thought for Today

"As for the assertion that nuclear weapons prevent wars, how many more wars are needed to refute this arguments? Tens of millions have died in the many wars that have taken place since 1945."

~~~~~ Joseph Rotblat

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Thought for Today

"Manners are especially the need of the plain. The pretty can get away with anything."

~~~~~ Evelyn Waugh

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Thought for Today

"I know how easy it is for some minds to glide along with the current of popular opinion, where influence, respectability, and all those motives which tend to seduce the human heart are brought to bear."

~~~~~ Benjamin F. Wade

Monday, October 26, 2015

Thought for Today

"No accurate thinker will judge another person by that which the other person's enemies say about him."

~~~~~ Napoleon Hill

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Thought for Today

"Whoever will be free must make himself free. Freedom is no fairy gift to fall into a man's lap. What is freedom? To have the will to be responsible for one's self."

~~~~~ Max Stirner

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Friday, October 23, 2015

Thought for Today

"Beware prejudices. They are like rats, and men's minds are like traps; prejudices get in easily, but it is doubtful if they ever get out."

~~~~~ Francis Jeffrey

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Thought for Today

"Beware of missing chances; otherwise it may be altogether too late some day."

~~~~~ Franz Liszt

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Thought for Today

"Have the courage to face a difficulty lest it kick you harder than you bargain for."

~~~~~ Stanislaus I

Monday, October 19, 2015

Thought for Today

"By the breaking in of enraged merciless armies, flourishing countries have been laid waste, great numbers of people have perished in a short time, and many more have been pressed with poverty and grief."

~~~~~ John Woolman

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Thought for Today

"Not drunk is he who from the floor -
Can rise alone and still drink more;
But drunk is They, who prostrate lies,
Without the power to drink or rise."

~~~~~ Thomas Love Peacock

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Thought for Today

"What other nations call religious toleration, we call religious rights. They are not exercised in virtue of governmental indulgence, but as rights, of which government cannot deprive any portion of citizens, however small."

~~~~~ Richard Mentor Johnson

Friday, October 16, 2015

Thought for Today

"Israel has created a new image of the Jew in the world - the image of a working and an intellectual people, of a people that can fight with heroism."

~~~~~ David Ben-Gurion

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Thought for Today

"It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them."

~~~~~ P. G. Wodehouse

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Thought for Today

"I have only one yardstick by which I test every major problem – and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?"

~~~~~ President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

"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 J. Nock

Monday, October 12, 2015

Thought for Today

"A big part of the problem that we face today is that our children have been taught at schools that every idea is right, that no one should criticize others' positions, no matter how odious."

~~~~~ Ed Royce

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Thought for Today

"Distinctions between citizens solely because of their ancestry are by their very nature odious to a free people whose institutions are founded upon the doctrine of equality."

~~~~~ Justice Harlan Stone

Friday, October 9, 2015

Thought for Today

"People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do."

~~~~~ Lewis Cass

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Thought for Today

"A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way."

~~~~~ Caroline Gordon

Monday, October 5, 2015

Thought for Today

"We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter."

~~~~~ Denis Diderot

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Thought for Today

"Let every man, every corporation, and especially let every village, town, and city, every county and State, get out of debt and keep out of debt. It is the debtor that is ruined by hard times."

~~~~~ Rutherford B. Hayes

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Friday, October 2, 2015

Thought for Today

"I endeavor to be wise when I cannot be merry, easy when I cannot be glad, content with what cannot be mended and patient when there be no redress."

~~~~~ Elizabeth Montagu

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Thought for Today

"Our forefathers made one mistake. What they should have fought for was representation without taxation."

~~~~~ Fletcher Knebel

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Thought for Today

"Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it."

~~~~~ Truman Capote

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Thought for Today

"The worst evils which mankind has ever had to endure were inflicted by bad governments."

~~~~~ Ludwig von Mises

Monday, September 28, 2015

Thought for Today

"Begin to free yourself at once by doing all that is possible with the means you have, and as you proceed in this spirit the way will open for you to do more."

~~~~~ Georges Clemenceau

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Thought for Today

"To do easily what is difficult for others is the mark of talent. To do what is impossible for talent is the mark of genius."

~~~~~ Henri Frederic Amiel

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Thought for Today

"That every person is desirous to obtain, with as little sacrifice as possible, as much as possible of the articles of wealth."

~~~~~ Nassau William Senior

Friday, September 25, 2015

Thought for Today

"Some things you'll never know, and some things you'll wish you never knew."

~~~~~ Eric Williams

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Thought for Today

"The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well."

~~~~~ Horace Walpole

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Thought for Today

"Though man a thinking being is defined,
Few use the grand prerogative of mind.
How few think justly of the thinking few!
How many never think, who think they do!"

~~~~~ Jane Taylor

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Thought for Today - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

"I really know nothing more criminal, more mean, and more ridiculous than lying. It is the production either of malice, cowardice, or vanity; and generally misses of its aim in every one of these views; for lies are always detected, sooner or later."

~~~~~ Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

Monday, September 21, 2015

Thought for Today

"Go into something because you really like it, and then do it with a drive and enthusiasm so that it isn't work."

~~~~~ John Kluge

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Thought for Today

"All there is to thinking is seeing something noticeable, which makes you see something you weren't noticing, which makes you see something that isn't even visible."

~~~~~ Leo Strauss

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Thought for Today

"And if you cannot remain indifferent, you must resolve to throw your weight into that balance in which the fate and condition of man is weighed."

~~~~~ Lajos Kossuth

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Thought for Today

"Liberty does not exist where rights are on one side and power on the other. To be liberty, rights must be armed with vital powers. A people cannot be free who do not participate in the control of the government which operates upon them."

~~~~~ Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar II

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Thought for Today

"Determine to do some thinking for yourself. Don't live entirely upon the thoughts of others. Don't be an automaton."

~~~~~ James Cash Penney

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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

Monday, September 14, 2015

Thought for Today

"A lecture is an occasion when you numb one end to benefit the other."

~~~~~ John Gould

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Thought for Today

"The greatest truths are the simplest, and so are the greatest men."

~~~~~ Julius Charles Hare

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Friday, September 11, 2015

Thought for Today

"One sheds one's sicknesses in books – repeats and presents again one's emotions, to be master of them."

~~~~~ D. H. Lawrence

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Thought for Today

"The race of man, while sheep in credulity, are wolves for conformity."

~~~~~ Carl Clinton Van Doren

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Thought for Today

"To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very good but that most people can't eat it."

~~~~~ Leo Tolstoy

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Thought for Today

"In between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed."

~~~~~ Sid Caesar

Monday, September 7, 2015

Thought for Today

"The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth."

~~~~~ Edith Sitwell

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Thought for Today

"When the government violates the people's rights, insurrection is, for the people and for each portion of the people, the most sacred of the rights and the most indispensable of duties."

~~~~~ Marquis de Lafayette

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Friday, September 4, 2015

Thought for Today

"Every pessimist who ever lived has been buried in an unmarked grave. Tomorrow has always been better than today, and it always will be."

~~~~~ Paul Harvey

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Thought for Today

"God knows how many things a man misses by becoming smug and assuming that matters will take their own course."

~~~~~ Loren Eiseley

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Thought for Today

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

~~~~~ Alan K. Simpson

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Thought for Today

"Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people."

~~~~~ Kin Hubbard

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Thought for Today

"If you are worthy of its affection, a cat will be your friend but never your slave."

~~~~~ Theophile Gautier

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Thought for Today

"Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall."

~~~~~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Thought for Today

"There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one's self on lies and fables."

~~~~~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (presciently writing about Obama?)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thought for Today

"I report to you that our country is challenged at home and abroad: that it is our will that is being tried and not our strength; our sense of purpose and not our ability to achieve a better America."

~~~~~ Lyndon B. Johnson

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Thought for Today

"It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."

~~~~~ Mother Teresa (on abortion)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Thought for Today

"Books open your mind, broaden your mind, and strengthen you as nothing else can."

~~~~~ William Feather

Monday, August 24, 2015

Thought for Today

"Don't let the opinions of the average man sway you. Dream, and he thinks you're crazy. Succeed, and he thinks you're lucky. Acquire wealth, and he thinks you're greedy. Pay no attention. He simply doesn't understand."

~~~~~ Robert G. Allen

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Thought for Today

"What you think means more than anything else in your life. More than what you earn, more than where you live, more than your social position, and more than what anyone else may think about you."

~~~~~ George Matthew Adams

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Thought for Today

"Words are also seeds, and when dropped into the invisible spiritual substance, they grow and bring forth after their kind."

~~~~~ Charles Fillmore

Friday, August 21, 2015

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Thought for Today

"Do what you love to do and give it your very best. Whether it's business or baseball, or the theater, or any field. If you don't love what you're doing and you can't give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short. You'll be an old man before you know it."

~~~~~ Al Lopez

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Thought for Today

"To keep your marriage brimming,
With love in the loving cup,
Whenever you're wrong, admit it;
Whenever you're right, shut up."

~~~~~ Ogden Nash

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Thought for Today

"A man with a surplus can control circumstances, but a man without a surplus is controlled by them, and often has no opportunity to exercise judgment."

~~~~~ Marshall Field

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Thought for Today

"Never let an inventor run a company. You can never get him to stop tinkering and bring something to market."

~~~~~ E. F. Schumacher

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Thought for Today

"Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures; none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them; and, in short, I am not ashamed to profess a deep love for these quiet creatures."

~~~~~ Thomas de Quincey

Friday, August 14, 2015

Thought for Today

"Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem."

~~~~~ John Galsworthy

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Thought for Today

"Where the roots of private virtue are diseased, the fruit of public probity cannot but be corrupt."

~~~~~ Felix Adler

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Thought for Today

"Do not be fooled into believing that because a man is rich he is necessarily smart. There is ample proof to the contrary."

~~~~~ Julius Rosenwald

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Thought for Today

"The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart."

~~~~~ Robert Green Ingersoll

Monday, August 10, 2015

Thought for Today

"I have discovered the art of deceiving diplomats. I tell them the truth and they never believe me."

~~~~~ Camillo di Cavour

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Thought for Today

"God has two dwellings; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart."

~~~~~ Izaak Walton

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Friday, August 7, 2015

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Monday, August 3, 2015

Thought for Today

"You will find in politics that you are much exposed to the attribution of false motive. Never complain and never explain."

~~~~~ Stanley Baldwin

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Thought for Today

"The industrial revolution has tended to produce everywhere great urban masses that seem to be increasingly careless of ethical standards."

~~~~~ Irving Babbitt

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Thought for Today

"Study as if you were going to live forever; live as if you were going to die tomorrow."

~~~~~ Maria Mitchell

Friday, July 31, 2015

Thought for Today

"Most economic fallacies derive from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another."

~~~~~ Milton Friedman

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thought for Today

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government has grown out of too much government."

~~~~~ John Sharp Williams

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Thought for Today

"The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint, but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic colours breaking through."

~~~~~ Alexis de Tocqueville

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Thought for Today

"I don't think that science is complete at all. We don't understand everything, and one can see, within science itself, there are many inconsistencies. We just have to accept that we don't understand."

~~~~~ Charles H. Townes

Monday, July 27, 2015

Thought for Today

"When I am dead, I hope it may be said:
His sins were scarlet, but his books were read."

~~~~~ Hilaire Belloc

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Thought for Today

"We deem those happy who from the experience of life have learnt to bear its ills without being overcome by them."

~~~~~ Carl Jung

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

Thought for Today

"The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance."

~~~~~ John Philpot Curran

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thought for Today

"People who want to understand democracy should spend less time in the library with Aristotle and more time on the buses and in the subway."

~~~~~ Simeon Strunsky

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Thought for Today

"Painting will have to deal more fully and less obliquely with life and nature's phenomena before it can again become great."

~~~~~ Edward Hopper

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Thought for Today

"They never taste who always drink:
They always talk, who never think."

~~~~~ Matthew Prior

Saturday, July 18, 2015

When Evil Visited Our City

Guest post from Mark West of the Chattanooga Tea Party.

When Evil Visited Our City

It was another quiet, sunny day in beautiful Chattanooga, affectionally known as “Scenic City” Tennessee.  Just a few weeks earlier our city with such charm and character was voted “Best Town Ever” by hundreds of thousands of Americans.  And yet, on the morning of July 16 at 10:45  the peace in our city was tragically shattered in a sudden and violent manner.  In the moments that followed, our city was drawn into a worldwide battle between good and evil.  Previous to July 16, our sleepy neighborhoods, bustling shops, busy ballfields and overflowing restaurants seemed to insulate us from this enemy, which to date had been advancing in their one-sided war, with very little opposition.  

Our leaders, entrusted with the security of the world’s sole superpower, like too many Americans, have wished this evil away.  Many of our leaders at all levels, both federal and state, have refused to acknowledge the truth of the ideology known as “radical islam” or “islamic terrorism.” 

Ignoring a deadly virus in one’s body does not eliminate the certain death that virus will cause. Likewise, refusing to mouth the words “islamic terrorist” does not insulate innocent citizens from the evil that most certainly awaits them. 

Unfortunately my fellow Chattanoogans and I know the truth of this evil ideology.  We have seen it first hand.  We have witnessed the physical effects.  And tragically, there are four families whose lives have been forever changed with the reality that their beloved Marine will never return home.   

But, did this have to happen?  Could this virus evil have been stopped?  As importantly, will our state and national leaders once and for all place the lives of their citizens above their stubbornness and political correctness? 

We all know the story of the boy who cried wolf for some time to a point that folks around him stopped listening to him so that when the wolf finally showed up, there was no one to kill the wolf and save the boy. 

For many years now there have been many in our nation crying wolf.  The wolf is radical islam.  Here in Chattanooga our organization has been warning our community of this evil for years.  And our movement across Tennessee has been expressing a dire warning to our political leaders, both in Nashville as well as Washington.   

In 2013 a group of over 500 concerned Tennesseans met US Attorney Bill Killian in Manchester, TN to express our opposition to his veiled threat that if citizens expressed an “inappropriate” negative sentiment towards Islam that they could be charged and prosecuted.  For many of us, the extent of our comments was to assert that Islam is not a religion of peace, in opposition to what we’ve heard regurgitated since a few days after 9/11.  Truthfully, our assertion is backed up with irrefutable evidence at infinitum.  The meeting with Killian was a volatile gathering because of Killian’s antagonistic attitude towards citizens who, while perhaps unruly at times, believed that their cry of “wolf” was unquestionably justified. 

Fast forward to yesterday and we heard from the same US Attorney Bill Killian at a news conference in Chattanooga just a few hours after 4 marines were killed.  Ironically, or perhaps sadly, the warning by hundreds of citizens who cried “wolf” about the threat of radical islam was tragically validated when Killian admitted that Chattanooga was struck by domestic terrorism.  

There’s no jubilation in being right about a tragedy.  In fact, there is sadness, frustration and anger.  Too many of us are experiencing these emotions because once again the policies of our nation, guided by men like Killian, Governors, Congress and the Commander in Chief continue to result in dead Americans.  

Whether it’s the fourteen murdered and twenty-nine wounded by Nidal Hasan (which was falsely documented as “workplace violence”) or now our own four tragic deaths and several wounded in Chattanooga, these senseless deaths might have been prevented if we merely had a Commander in Chief and many other elected officials who would speak truth.  

Wishing a war or an enemy away will not cause them to dissipate.  Rather, such behavior only emboldens and enables terrorists like Abdulazeez.  Only an aggressive pursuit of our enemy with the intent of total victory will insure their destruction and secure the lives of our citizens. 

So, will this happen?  I can see only one way this will occur.  You and I must recommit ourselves to never, ever allow this to occur again.  We must remember the ache within our soul on July 16 at 10:45am.  We must never allow that pain to diminish or depart.  And with that understanding that this threat continues, we must step up today, tomorrow and the next day to demand truthfulness by our leaders in identifying our enemy and action by the same in pursuing those enemies to the gates of hell to defeat them… or else, evil will once again visit our community, our state, our nation.  

But then, it will be too late. 

Thought for Today

"There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write."

~~~~~ William Makepeace Thackeray

Friday, July 17, 2015

Thought for Today

"'Tis the voice of the sluggard;
I heard him complain,
You have waked me too soon,
I must slumber again."

~~~~~ Isaac Watts

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thought for Today

"Every once in a while, someone will mail me a single popcorn kernel that didn't pop. I'll get out a fresh kernel, tape it to a piece of paper and mail it back to them."

~~~~~ Orville Redenbacher

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Thought for Today

"Journalism: A profession whose business is to explain to others what it personally does not understand."

~~~~~ Lord Northcliffe

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Thought for Today

"When you can't have what you choose, you just choose what you have."

~~~~~ Owen Wister

Monday, July 13, 2015

Thought for Today

"We have but one flag, one country; let us stand together. We may differ in color, but not in sentiment. Many things have been said about me which are wrong, and which white and black persons here, who stood by me through the war, can contradict."

~~~~~ Nathan Bedford Forrest

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Thought for Today

"Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people."

~~~~~ John Quincy Adams

Friday, July 10, 2015

Thought for Today

"A fanatic is a man that does what he thinks the Lord would do if He knew the facts of the case."

~~~~~ Finley Peter Dunne

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Thought for Today

"Reduce the number of lawyers. They are like beavers – they get in the middle of the stream and dam it up."

~~~~~ Donald Rumsfeld

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Thought for Today

"Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities – because it is the quality which guarantees all others."

~~~~~ Joseph Chamberlain

Monday, July 6, 2015

Thought for Today

"Where you have no religion, you are sure to have no government, for as religion disappears, anarchy takes place and fixes a compleat Hell on earth till religion returns."

~~~~~ Daniel Morgan

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Thought for Today

"I have found out one thing and that is, if you have an idea, and it is a good idea, if you only stick to it you will come out all right."

~~~~~ Cecil Rhodes

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Thought for Today

"Any man who does not like dogs and want them about does not deserve to be in the White House."

~~~~~ Calvin Coolidge

Friday, July 3, 2015

Thought for Today

"Audiences are always better pleased with a smart retort, some joke or epigram, than with any amount of reasoning."

~~~~~ Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thought for Today

"The State Department desperately needs to be vigorously harnessed. It has too big a role to play in the formulation of foreign policy, and foreign policy is too important to be left up to foreign service officers."

~~~~~ Evan G. Galbraith

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Thought for Today

"It is vain to expect a well-balanced government without a well-balanced society."

~~~~~ Gideon Welles

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Thought for Today

"Is not liberty the destruction of all despotism – including, of course, legal despotism?"

~~~~~ Frédéric Bastiat

Monday, June 29, 2015

Thought for Today

"Lord, deliver me from the man who never makes a mistake, and also from the man who makes the same mistake twice."

~~~~~ Dr. William J. Mayo

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Thought for Today

"The deepest personal defeat suffered by human beings is constituted by the difference between what one was capable of becoming and what one has in fact become."

~~~~~ Ashley Montagu

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Thought for Today

"The subconscious is ceaselessly murmuring, and it is by listening to these murmurs that one hears the truth."

~~~~~ Gaston Bachelard

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thought for Today

"If it was necessary to tolerate in other people everything that one permits oneself, life would be unbearable."

~~~~~ Georges Courteline