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