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"Dance like nobody's watching; love like you've never been hurt. Sing like nobody's listening; live like it's heaven on earth."
-- Mark Twain
posted by donna beal on Jul 02, 2006 07:02PM

You see my kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its officeholders. The country is the real thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the body from winter, disease, and death. To be loyal to rags, to shout for rags, to worship rags, to die for rags--that is a loyalty of unreason, it is pure animal; it belongs to monarchy; let monarchy keep it. I was from Connecticut, whose constitution declares "that all political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority and instituted for their benefit; and that they have at all times an undeniable and indefeasible right to alter their form of government in such a manner as they may think expedient."

-Mark Twain, from "A Connecticut Yankee in King Aurthur's Court"

posted by Cody Phipps on Dec 29, 2006 06:24PM

Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.
~Albert Einstein
posted by Clint Phipps on Jan 05, 2007 09:02PM

Desire makes everything blossom; possession makes everything wither and fade.
~Marcel Proust
posted by Clint Phipps on Jan 10, 2007 09:24PM

"There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again."
--President George W. Bush, Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002
http://politicalhumor.about.com/library/blbushism-foolme.htm
posted by Kevin Thompson on Jan 21, 2007 01:20AM

"People can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. All you have to do is tell them they’re being attacked and denounce the pacifists for a lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country." Herman Goering, Nazi leader who created the Gestapo, sentenced to death at Nuremberg for war crimes.
posted by Cody Phipps on Feb 03, 2007 04:24PM

"Narwhales look like unicorns from the nose up." -- Katie Hine
posted by Cody Phipps on Feb 24, 2007 10:15AM

The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know.

For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence--on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.
Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed.
-JFK

posted by Cody Phipps on May 30, 2007 10:21PM

“It is the story of all life that is holy and good to tell and of us two leggeds sharing in with the four leggeds and the wings of the air and all green things for these are the children of one mother and their father is one spirit.”
Black elk
posted by Cody Phipps on Apr 13, 2008 10:50AM

"The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long
plastic hallway where pimps and thieves run free and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side."
~Hunter S. Thompson~
posted by Cody Phipps on Apr 19, 2008 01:22PM