Thursday, June 30, 2005
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
The Tofte Project
Web site on sustainable living based on cabin on the North Shore of Lake Superior
An Argentine Family in Time
NPR : Senate Energy Bill Headed for Face-Off with House
NPR : Senate Energy Bill Headed for Face-Off with House:
"Key differences between the House and Senate bills include:
* The Senate is budgeting $18 billion for energy-related tax incentives; the House is asking for $8 billion in tax breaks for the energy industry.
* Senate tax breaks focus on promoting renewable energy sources like corn-based ethanol fuel, wind and solar, while also providing incentives for cutting energy consumption through the use of technologies like electric-gasoline hybrid vehicles.
* The House primarily targets its tax incentives on traditional energy industries like electric utilities, as well as promoting fossil fuels like oil, natural gas and coal.
* The Senate bill mandates a doubling of ethanol use in gasoline to 8 billion gallons per year by 2012, a measure intended to cut the amount of oil imported to the United States, as well as help farmers who grow the corn from which ethanol is derived.
* The House bill provides liability lawsuit protection for makers of the gasoline additive MTBE, a chemical intended to help curb air pollution from cars that can be poisonous if it leaches into groundwater.
* The Senate bill does not touch sensitive issues like drilling for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, something the president wants."
The Miniature Earth
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Iraq Realities Force Bush to Respond
Iraq Realities Force Bush to Respond:
"As with the Downing Street Memo, the (London) Times was quicker than any American news organization to document the gap between rhetoric and reality of U.S. policy in Iraq.
President Bush will address the American people Tuesday night amid mounting questions about claims of progress in Iraq. Polls show once-solid public support for the war has dissipated. Restive Republicans are increasingly critical. The coverage in the international online media highlights the administration's problem. While the White House complains that news organizations ignore signs of progress in Iraq, the Iraqi press itself is full of reports of chaos and corruption.
The secret negotiations, according to the Sunday Times, suggest how the United States may be trying to ease its predicament. 'The talks appear to represent the first serious effort by Americans and Iraqi insurgents to find common ground since violence intensified in the spring,' the paper said."
Cheney inserts foot in mouth and refuses to retract
One Good Move has the Daily Show as it breaks down the semantical dance of the administration as it backpedals on the "last throes".
Monday, June 27, 2005
The Top Ten Conservative Idiots
The Top Ten Conservative Idiots of the week, No. 203 :
"As polls show a disturbing erosion of support for Bush's Iraq policies, Republicans have been doing their best to once again tie the occupation to 9/11. Leading the charge last week was Karl Rove (1), who made perhaps the administration's most disgraceful (and dishonest) attempt yet to divide America."
Sunday, June 26, 2005
16 golden stairs from our run on Pikes Peak today. The "16 golden stairs" begin about half a mile from the summit of Pikes Peak--in actuality it is 32 switchbacks to the summit from the "16 Golden Stairs" sign. I ran a 3-2-1 (run down from the summit to 3 miles to go, run back to the top, run down to the 2 miles to go sign, back to the summit, run down to the 1 mile to go sign, back to the summit), this is a great workout at altitude--12 miles of running all above 12,000 feet elevation.
Is Cheney Allright?
From The Huffington Post
"The guy sent to pick me up by the Vail Valley Institute (where I’m speaking) told me that he had seen the VP’s motorcade speed towards the local hospital. Being an intrepid HuffPost reporter, I asked him to take me straight there. Upon our arrival, we encountered a high level of security -- and a lot of zipped lips: “We cannot tell you anything,” “No comment,” “That information is not available...” But one hospital staffer, obviously not schooled in the secretive ways of Cheney, let it slip: “He’s no longer here”. And since you cannot “no longer” be someplace you’ve never been, we can deduce -- though not confirm -- that Cheney did, in fact, pay a visit to the local hospital. "
Saturday, June 25, 2005
Enjoy your weekend. That's what they're doing in Glastonbury, England.
Friday, June 24, 2005
" Media Matters ," week ending June 24, 2005
" Media Matters ," week ending June 24, 2005 ... : "1,382 DAYS AFTER 9/11 -- TERRORIST ATTACKS AT AN ALL TIME HIGH: By objective measures, the Bush administration's approach to combating terrorism is an abject failure. Last year '[t]he number of serious international terrorist incidents more than tripled.' According to State Department data, 'attacks grew to about 655 last year, up from the record of around 175 in 2003.' How did the administration respond? By halting the publication of the State Department report. The year before, 'the State Department retracted its annual terrorism report and admitted that its initial version vastly understated the number of incidents.'
1,382 DAYS AFTER 9/11 -- OSAMA BIN LADEN STILL AT LARGE: More than three and a half years ago Bush vowed to capture terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden 'dead or alive.' He's failed. The administration wants you to think we are hot on his tracks. CIA Director Porter Goss said he had 'an excellent idea' where bin Laden is hiding. Vice President Cheney said he had 'a pretty good idea of a general area that he's in.' Note to the Bush administration: close doesn't count in terrorist manhunts.
1,382 DAYS AFTER 9/11 -- IRAQ WAR MAKING THINGS WORSE: According to the CIA, '[t]he war in Iraq is creating a training and recruitment ground for a new generation of 'professionalized' Islamic terrorists.' An in-house CIA think tank concluded that, since the U.S.-led invasion, Iraq has served as 'a training ground, a recruitment ground.' In the poorly planned aftermath of the invasion 'hundreds of foreign terrorists flooded into Iraq across its unguarded borders.' There is a serious risk Iraq is now 'creating newly radicalized and experienced jihadis who return home to cause trouble in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and elsewhere.'
1382 DAYS AFTER 9/11 -- LOOSE NUKES: The Bush administration has repeatedly asserted that nuclear weapons in the hands of our enemies is the greatest threat to America. "
Klein nailed on falsehoods in Al Franken Show g ... [Media Matters for America]
Karl Rove comments and commentary
Juan Cole asks "Why does Karl Rove hate our liberty and Way of Life?"
Andrew Sullivan sees Rove's outrageous comments as a transparent attempt to deflect from the administration's failures.
The Future: According to The Onion.
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Rove's Philosophical Differences and Other Republicans Stories : Wonkette
Monday, June 20, 2005
From my run up Pikes Peak on Sunday. I call this the "Mountains of Madness" after a novella by H.P. Lovecraft. As you run from the "three miles to go" sign to the "two miles to go" sign you know you have to reach the base of this monolith before you reach the sign... then you have the long traverse and a couple more switchbacks before you reach the "one mile to go sign"...
The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions
I read the 9/11 Commission Report shortly after it came out and at the time I thought it a decent study, very well written, and an excellent beginning of an explanation for the events leading up to 9/11. So, when I was perusing the new non-fiction section of the library last week I picked up this book with the same main title: The 9/11 Commission Report, but with a markedly different subtitle: Omissions and Distortions. I'm just over a 100 pages into it and I have to tell you I am simply astounded. Lots of questions raised that were never investigated--such as why did the head of Pakastan's ISI, Mahmoud Ahmad order Ahmad Umar Sheikh (subsequently in prison for the murder of Daniel Pearl, but that's a whole nother story of ISI and terrorist complicity well told by Bernard Levi) to wire 9/11 ring leader Mohamed Atta $100,000 shortly before 9/11? Here's a link for you: http://demopedia.democraticunderground.com/index.php/Mohamed_Atta
If you prefer the Wall Street Journal for your source here's another one: http://www.opinionjournal.com/best/?id=95001298
Mahmoud Ahmad was forced to retire within a couple of weeks after Mushareff was read the riot act and the story died on the vine. I was highly surprised when I did the research on the web to verify the story. What do you suppose would have happened if Sadaam would have wired $100,000 to Mohamed Atta and the FBI knew it and was able to verify it?
This is just one small item out of a book of surprise after surprise. I'm not sure I'm ready yet though for what I think he's leading up to.... I'll need a lot more convincing to believe our government was complicit in the attack on 9/11...
The 9/11 Commission Report: A 571-Page Lie
Sunday, June 19, 2005
FT.com / US - Clinton slams Guantanamo
FT.com / US - Clinton slams Guantanamo:
"Mr Clinton joined critics at home and abroad who have singled out the indefinite detention of prisoners without trial and widespread reports of human rights violations at Guantanamo. “It is time that there are no more stories coming out of there about people being abused,” he said.
Mr Clinton said the test for judging whether harsh treatment of terrorist suspects was justified was whether it challenged the “fundamental nature” of American society. If the answer is Yes, you have already given the terrorists a profound victory.”"
Saturday, June 18, 2005
The Free Press | Did Bush Steal 2004 Election?
t r u t h o u t - The Free Press | Did Bush Steal 2004 Election?:
The following text is the Introduction to the 767 page: Did George W. Bush Steal America's 2004 Election? Essential Documents.
This volume of documents is meant to provide you, the reader, with evidence necessary to make up your own mind.
Few debates have aroused more polarized ire. But too often the argument has proceeded without documentation. This volume of crucial source materials, from Ohio and elsewhere, is meant to correct that problem.
Amidst a bitterly contested vote count that resulted in unprecedented action by the Congress of the United States, here are some news accounts that followed this election, which was among the most bitterly contested in all US history:
* Despite repeated pre-election calls from officials across the nation and the world, Ohio's Republican Secretary of State, who also served as Ohio's co-chair for the Bush-Cheney campaign, refused to allow non-partisan international and United Nations observers the access they requested to monitor the Ohio vote. While such access is routinely demanded by the US government in third world nations, it was banned in the American heartland.
* A post-election headline from the Akron Beacon Journal cites a critical report by twelve prominent social scientists and statisticians, reporting: 'Analysis Points to Election ‘Corruption': Group Says Chance of Exit Polls Being So Wrong in '04 Vote is One-in-959,000.'
* Citing 'Ohio's Odd Numbers,' investigative reporter Christopher Hitchens, a Bush supporter, says in Vanity Fair: 'Given what happened in that key state on Election Day 2004, both democracy and common sense cry out for a court-ordered inspection of its new voting machines.'
* Paul Krugman of the New York Times writes: 'It's election night, and early returns suggest trouble for the incumbent. Then, mysteriously, the vote count stops and observers from the challenger's campaign see employees "
U.S. Code, Title 18, Part I, Section 1001
Found this on Your BB Sucks.:
U.S. Code, Title 18, Part I, Section 1001
Statements or entries generally
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully -
(1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact;
(2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or
(3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry; shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.
(b) Subsection (a) does not apply to a party to a judicial proceeding, or that party's counsel, for statements, representations, writings or documents submitted by such party or counsel to a judge or magistrate in that proceeding.
(c) With respect to any matter within the jurisdiction of the legislative branch, subsection (a) shall apply only to -
(1) administrative matters, including a claim for payment, a matter related to the procurement of property or services, personnel or employment practices, or support services, or a document required by law, rule, or regulation to be submitted to the Congress or any office or officer within the legislative branch; or
(2) any investigation or review, conducted pursuant to the authority of any committee, subcommittee, commission or office of the Congress, consistent with applicable rules of the House or Senate.
Hearings on the Downing Street Memo
Friday, June 17, 2005
The Trillion-Dollar Bet - New York Times
Alarming signs on the near term horizon. The combination of extraordinary tax cuts and extreme expenditures for the war in Iraq that have led to massive budget deficits and trade deficits AND a melt down in the housing market will cause a recession like we haven't seen since the 1930's. It is coming sometime before the end of this adminstration's term.
The Trillion-Dollar Bet - New York Times
"By DAVID LEONHARDT and MOTOKO RICH
Published: June 16, 2005
American homeowners have made a trillion-dollar bet that mortgage rates will remain near record lows for at least a few more years. But with some interest rates already rising, economists worry that the bet could turn bad."
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Interview -- Chris Hedges
Good Interview with Chris Hedges, author of the piece on The Religious Right, Soldiers of Christ II, Feeling the Hate with the Religious Right found in the May issue of Harper's Magazine.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Juan Cole: Informed Comment
Monday, June 13, 2005
The Raw Story | Radio vets purchase Ed Schultz; Liberal talk gains business cred
The Raw Story | Radio vets purchase Ed Schultz; Liberal talk gains business cred: "Two radio executives who made Clear Channel and Rush Limbaugh household are to announce today they have purchased The Ed Schultz show, America’s fastest-growing talk show in the country, RAW STORY has learned.
Veteran radio execs Randy Michaels and Stu Krane purchased the show from Democracy Radio, a non-profit which helps seed progressive talk radio hosts. Michaels’ and Krane’s new company, P1 will now carry the show. The protracted sale has been in the works since March."
Today's Early Bird
Wow. My jaw dropped this morning as I checked the Early Bird, a military compendium of the major news stories taken from leading newspapers nation-wide. Now that 59% of the populace thinks we should get out of Iraq anticipate more and more politicians joining in the clamor for an exit strategy--Republicans too. This has all the hallmarks of Viet Nam. More and more people will realize there is no end to this fiasco until it reaches critical mass and we abandon ship. Peace with honor and all that. There are no easy answers. Let this be a lesson to future leaders. The present bunch is hopeless.
1. Poll: USA Is Losing Patience On Iraq
(USA Today)...Susan Page
Nearly six in 10 Americans say the United States should withdraw some or all of its troops from Iraq, a new Gallup Poll finds, the most downbeat view of the war since it began in 2003.
2. Officers: Military Can't End Insurgency
(Philadelphia Inquirer)...Tom Lasseter
A growing number of senior American military officers in Iraq have concluded there is no long-term military solution to an insurgency that has killed thousands of Iraqis and more than 1,300 U.S. troops in the last two years.
3. As Iraqi Army Trains, Word In The Field Is It May Take Years
(New York Times)...Sabrina Tavernise and John F. Burns
...Despite the Bush administration's insistent optimism, Americans working with the Iraqis in the field believe that it could be several years, at least, before the new Iraqi forces will be ready to stand alone against the insurgents.
4. Advances Make War More Survivable
(Miami Herald)...Mark Washburn, Knight Ridder News Service
Situated about 60 miles north of Baghdad, Camp Anaconda's hospital has turned into a 60,000-square-foot modern facility where those caught up in the violent spiral are treated.
5. Army, Insurer In Iraq At Odds
(Los Angeles Times)...T. Christian Miller
Besieged financial services giant American International Group Inc. repeatedly has sought to derail an effort by the Pentagon that could save taxpayers millions of dollars on reconstruction work in war zones like Afghanistan and Iraq.
6. Terror Prison Debate Growing Louder
(Miami Herald)...Carol Rosenberg
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle Sunday urged inquiries into the fate and policies of the Guantánamo Bay terror prison -- the same day Time magazine revealed explicit details about the interrogation of a captive who was compelled to urinate on himself and bark like a dog at the base in Cuba.
Sunday, June 12, 2005
After our morning activities, Bekka running well above Barr Camp and back, and my manning a water station at mile 6 of the Garden of the Gods 10-miler and subsequent round trip to "Carpenter's Crossing" we made the trek to Denver to see Beautiful Boxer, a 4* Thai film about the national champion kickboxer who gradually transforms his/her life from male to tranvestite to finally female through a sex change operation. Amazing film. A must see! I highly recommend it.
The Secret Service is Entrusted to Protect the President, but the Secret Service Still Works for and is Accountable to the American People
This story WILL NOT DIE! As I drove back from Denver today after watching the most excellent Thai film "Beautiful Boxer" I listened to Ed Schultz on Sirius talk with Mark Udall. This is scandalous. Our tax payer dollars are paying for GWB and CO to push their propoganda on SS and exclude any but the "true believers" from his audience. I have been following this story of the "Denver 3" since it happened through the excellent follow through by the Denver Post. I love this newspaper. I cancelled my subscription to the right wing rag CS Gazette. IT STINKS!
The Secret Service is Entrusted to Protect the President, but the Secret Service Still Works for and is Accountable to the American People: "Colorado Representatives Mark Udall (D-2nd), Diana DeGette (D-1st) and Senator Ken Salazar are calling the Bush administration’s tactics a “cover-up” as the White House continues to hide the identity of the man who impersonated a secret service agent to forcibly remove three Colorado residents from a Presidential town hall on March 21st about privatizing Social Security.
The three Colorado lawmakers wrote a letter to Secret Service Director M. Ralph Basham to request a meeting and called on the agency to reveal details about the agency’s investigation. On March 21st, Karen Bauer, Alex Young, and Leslie Weise – the “Denver 3” – were forcibly removed by a man impersonating a Secret Service agent because the car they drove to the town hall had a bumper sticker that read, “No More Blood for Oil.”
The Secret Service launched an investigation into the matter and determined the man who removed the Denver 3 was not one of their agents. The White House maintains that it has the authority to preemptively deny Americans their Constitutional rights to assemble based on it’s own suspicion that someone might disrupt an event."
The Conservative, by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Found this timely lecture by Emerson while surfing the web. It still rings true...
"A Lecture delivered at the Masonic Temple,
Boston, December 9, 1841
The two parties which divide the state, the party of Conservatism and that of Innovation, are very old, and have disputed the possession of the world ever since it was made"
Saturday, June 11, 2005
Ministers were told of need for Gulf war ‘excuse’ - Sunday Times - Times Online
Ministers were told of need for Gulf war ‘excuse’ - Sunday Times - Times Online: "MINISTERS were warned in July 2002 that Britain was committed to taking part in an American-led invasion of Iraq and they had no choice but to find a way of making it legal.
The warning, in a leaked Cabinet Office briefing paper, said Tony Blair had already agreed to back military action to get rid of Saddam Hussein at a summit at the Texas ranch of President George W Bush three months earlier.
The briefing paper, for participants at a meeting of Blair’s inner circle on July 23, 2002, said that since regime change was illegal it was “necessary to create the conditions” which would make it legal.
This was required because, even if ministers decided Britain should not take part in an invasion, the American military would be using British bases. This would automatically make Britain complicit in any illegal US action."
I run a lot. I get outdoors as much as I can. I read and I think. I love intellectual confrontation. I'm a liberal secular humanist atheist who speaks French (and German). I am the opposite of the "Christian Right".
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“There is no question about it. In the next 40 years a Negro can achieve the same position that my brother has.”
Robert F. Kennedy (stated in 1968, when Robert was Attorney General, and his brother John had been the President)
“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” - Philip K. Dick
“The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists — that is why they invented hell.” Bertrand Russell
"Just as nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances there is a twilight... and it is in such a twilight that we all must be aware of change in the air--however slight--lest we become unwilling victims of the darkness."
-- William O. Douglas, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1939 to 1975
"If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."
-- James Madison
"You know, a long time ago being crazy meant something. Nowadays, everybody's crazy."
-- Charles Manson, serial killer and one-time cult leader
"A very popular error-having the courage of one's convictions: Rather it is a matter of having the courage for an attack upon one's convictions."
-- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche 1844-1900
"I have examined all the known superstitions of the world, and I do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology. Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned. What has been the effect of this coercion? To make one half the world fools and the other half hypocrites; to support roguery and error all over the earth."
-- Thomas Jefferson
"There are no sects in geometry. One does not speak of a Euclidean, an Archimedean. When the truth is evident, it is impossible for parties and factions to arise.... Well, to what dogma do all minds agree? To the worship of a God, and to honesty. All the philosophers of the world who have had a religion have said in all ages: "There is a God, and one must be just." There, then, is the universal religion established in all ages and throughout mankind. The point in which they all agree is therefore true, and the systems through which they differ are therefore false."
"A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest--a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
-- Albert Einstein
You fasten the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
As young people's blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud
-- Bob Dylan, 'Masters of War'
"Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes. And armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended. Its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war . . . and in the degeneracy of manners and morals, engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."
James Madison, April 20, 1795
"In the end the party would announce that 2 plus 2 made 5, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim, sooner or later, the logic of their position demanded it."
-- George Orwell, in 1984
"God was invented to explain mystery. God is always invented to explain those things that you do not understand. Now, when you finally discover how something works, you get some laws which you're taking away from God; you don't need him anymore. But you need him for the other mysteries. So therefore you leave him to create the universe because we haven't figured that out yet; you need him for understanding those things which you don't believe the laws will explain, such as consciousness, or why you only live to a certain length of time -- life and death -- stuff like that. God is always associated with those things that you do not understand. Therefore I don't think that the laws can be considered to be like God because they have been figured out. " --€”Richard Feynman
"I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.
"All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
"I do not mean by this declaration to condemn those who believe otherwise. They have the same right to their belief as I have to mine. But it is necessary to the happiness of man, that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving: it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe."
--Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason
"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."
--John Kenneth Galbraith
"We're all in this alone."
Long-haired preachers come out every night,
Try to tell you what's wrong and what's right;
But when asked how 'bout something to eat
They will answer with voices so sweet:
You will eat, bye and bye,
In that glorious land above the sky;
Work and pray, live on hay,
You'll get pie in the sky when you die.
-Joe Hill, Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), 1911
â€œThe more compelling our journalism, the angrier became the radical right of the Republican Party. Thatâ€™s because the one thing they loathe more than liberals is the truth. And the quickest way to be damned by them as liberal is to tell the truth.â€�
Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.
"Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need - a homely home and simple pleasure, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing." --Jerome K. Jerome
"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." -Benjamin Franklin
"A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise." --Aldo Leopold
"Living is a constant process of deciding what we are going to do." --Jose Ortega y Gasset
"The founders of our nation were nearly all Infidels, and that of the presidents who had thus far been elected [Washington; Adams; Jefferson; Madison; Monroe; Adams; Jackson] not a one had professed a belief in Christianity...."
"Among all our presidents from Washington downward, not one was a professor of religion, at least not of more than Unitarianism."
-- The Reverend Doctor Bird Wilson, an Episcopal minister in Albany, New York, in a sermon preached in October, 1831
"Undoubtedly, all men are not equally fit subjects for civilization; and because the majority, like dogs and sheep, are tame by inherited disposition, this is no reason why the others should have their natures broken that they may be reduced to the same level." --Henry David Thoreau
"There are plenty of good reasons for fighting, but no good reason ever to hate without reservation, to imagine that God Almighty Himself hates with you, too. Where's evil? It's that large part of every man that wants to hate without limit, that wants to hate with God on its side. It's that part of every man that finds all kinds of ugliness so attractive. It's that part of an imbecile that punishes and vilifies and makes war gladly." --Kurt Vonnegut in his novel Mother Night
"I am Diogenes the Dog. I nuzzle the kind, bark at the greedy and bite scoundrels."
--Diogenes of Sinope (c. 408-323 B.C.)
"Consider the lilies of the field,
how they grow;
They toil not, neither do they spin;
And yet I say unto you,
that even Solomon in all his glory
was not arrayed like one of these."
"Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear." - Thomas Jefferson