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Volume VII   [Year 2006]   Part 3

Issue #62 August: Third All-Quotes Issue
Issue #63 September: "Bush & Blackmail"
Issue #64 October: "The War In Iran"

Issues #56-58Issues #59-61Issues #65-66

Volume I   [Year 2000]
Issues #1-5

Volume II   [Year 2001]
Issues #6-8Issues #9-11Issues #12-14Issues #15-18

Volume III   [Year 2002]
Issues #19-21Issues #22-24Issues #25-27Issues #28-30

Volume IV   [Year 2003]
Issues #31-33Issues #34-35Issues #36-38

Volume V   [Year 2004]
Issues #39-41Issues #42-44Issues #45-47Issues #48-49

Volume VI   [Year 2005]
Issues #50-52Issues #53-55

Volume VIII   [Year 2007]
Issues #67-69Issues #70-72

Issue #62: Third All-Quotes Issue
[August 2006]

>+<    G.E. Nordell, editor    >+<

N E W S    &    L I N K S    o f    I N T E R E S T

==>  The amount of carbon dioxide in the air has increased from 280 ppm {parts per million} to 380 ppm
        in the 200 years that it has taken the world to become industrialized. — New Scientist Magazine, July 2005

==>  “The United States currently spends 16% of its gross domestic product on health care.”
         — The Atlantic Monthly, June 2006

==>  The folks in New Orleans & the Gulf Coast are not celebrating the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
        They are now protesting and demonstrating about the after-effects of ‘The Great Flood’, the man-made
        disaster from the feeble levees that broke before Katrina arrived.

==>  Since 1976, the federal budget has doubled, while [The Department of Housing & Urban Development]'s budget
        has declined by 65%." — Mother Jones Magazine, July-Aug 2006

==>  “Any U.S. citizen who does not vote is a coward and an ingrate.” — G.E. Nordell

        Most states allow voter registration until early October.
        Register NOW, vote on November 7th. Or hang your head in shame.
        N.A.S.E.D. roster of state election websites

==>  For Landmark Education Forum graduates:
        The 2006 Graduate Event {obsolete link} around the world happens Sept. thru Dec.
        Not taken the Landmark Forum course? Just do it!

==>  New & revised pages on the editor’s other primary website:

the First All-Quotes Issue was October 2003
the Second All-Quotes Issue was May 2004

"You are either part of the solution, or you are part of the problem."
— Eldridge Cleaver [1935-98]

"Be the change you want to see in the world."
— Mahatma Gandhi [1869-1948]

"Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced."
— James Baldwin [1924-87]

"Victory is his who even in defeat never surrenders, and so victory will be the people's."
— Baba Amte of India

"But words are things, and a small drop of ink, / Falling, like dew, upon a thought, produces /
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think."
— George Gordon, Lord Byron [1788-1824]

"President Bush is incompetent."
— U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters

"Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values."
Ayn Rand [1905-82] (in "Atlas Shrugged", 1957)

"Money is the barometer of a society's virtue."
Ayn Rand [1905-82]

"The Bush Administration is perhaps the most unnerving, duplicitous band of pirates
to ever occupy the White House."
— Ohio candidate for Congress Charles W. Sanders

"The atrocity is not Haditha, it is the [Iraq] war."
— Edward Fry, Laguna Beach, California

"The clearest sign of wisdom is continued cheerfulness."
— Michel E. de Montaigne [1533-92]

"I hope [that] we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already
to challenge our government to a trial by strength and [to] bid defiance to the laws of our country."
Thomas Jefferson [1743-1826]

"The word 'capitalism' does not appear at all in Adam Smith's 1776 ground-breaking 900-page 'Wealth of Nations'."
— Natylie Baldwin

"Marketing – the process by which capitalists constantly work to convince people of the need or desire
for [the glut of pointless items made available and sold to the public every day] – accounts for the majority
of waste in terms of labor, materials and money."
— Natylie Baldwin

"For fast acting relief, try slowing down."
— Lily Tomlin

"The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek."
Joseph Campbell [1904-87]

"Nowadays men lead lives of noisy desperation."
James Thurber [1894-1961]

"Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies within us while we live."
— Norman Cousins [1915-90]

"Hope is like a road in the country; there wasn't ever a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence."
— Lin Yu-T’ang [1895-1976]

"Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more."
Louis L'Amour [1908-88]

"God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh."
— Voltaire [1694-1778]

"To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to find the best
in others; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived ... this is to have succeeded."
Ralph Waldo Emerson [1803-82]

"The shortest distance between two points is usually under construction."
— Wayne H.

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

"Only when lions get to write history will hunters cease to be heroes."
— African proverb

"I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it."
— Dwight D. Eisenhower [1890-1969]

"To inform the minds of the people and to follow their will is the chief duty of those placed at their head."
Thomas Jefferson [1743-1826]

"Hell is other people at breakfast."
Jean-Paul Sartre [1905-80]

"You know back in 2000 a Republican friend of mine warned me that if I voted for Al Gore and he won,
the stock market would tank, we'd lose millions of jobs, and our military would be totally overstretched.
You know what? I did vote for Al Gore, he did win, and I'll be damned if all those things didn't come true."
— James Carville

"The tax which will be paid for education is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid
to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up if we leave the people to ignorance."
Thomas Jefferson [1743-1826]

"We can support the troops without supporting the President."
— U.S. Senator Trent Lott of Mississippi (in 1998)

"We will laugh at the extraordinary stupidity of the crowd."
— Galileo [1564-1642], in 1610

"To understand the universe, you must know the language in which it is written. And that language is mathematics."
— Galileo [1564-1642]

"I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career."
— Gloria Steinem

"Beer has food value, but food has no beer value."
— motto of Second Street Brewery in Santa Fe, New Mexico

"One repays a teacher poorly if one remains a disciple."
Friedrich Nietzsche [1844-1900]

"Politics left to itself bears a tyranny within itself."
— Emmanuel Levinas [1906-95]

"Work unswervingly to do something [that] you want in your local sphere."
— Václav Havel

"Life is ruled by chaos and chance, but made meaningful and worthwhile by love."
— Carina Chocano

"I love to do a good job more than anything else [that] I can think of."
— Archie Goodwin character, written by Rex Stout [1886-1975]

"A progressive believes that society can be made better, that it can be made better by informed people
acting in concert, and that it can be called 'better' only when it is better for everyone."
— Garrett Keizer

"We are here on earth to f*rt around. Don’t let anybody tell you any different."
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [1922-2007]

"The elementary beginning of true reason ... resides in the ability to recognize oneself, and others,
primarily as human beings, and to recognize the ultimate absoluteness of responsibility of each human being."
— James Agee [1909-55]

"A mind is a terrible thing to waste."
— activist Arthur A. Fletcher [1924-2005]

"Live your life like you're not afraid to die."
— country western song [2005]

"There is no doubt that human survival will continue to depend more and more on human intellect and technology. It is idle to argue whether this is good or bad. The point of no return was passed long ago, before anyone knew it was happening."
— Theodosius Dobzhansky [1900-75]

"The working man must take over the workplace."
Edward Abbey [1927-89]

"The only way to be free is to free yourself."
author Walter Mosley

"Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed
and working smoothly, it is completely honest."
Isaac Asimov [1920-92]

Each issue of WMail is posted on the Working Minds website; quotations are posted alphabetically by author.

N E X T   I S S U E: "Bush & Blackmail"

Issue #63: "Bush & Blackmail"
[September 2006]

>+<    G.E. Nordell, editor    >+<

N E W S    &    L I N K S    o f    I N T E R E S T

==>  ‘America Votes’ grassroots voter mobilization: www.AmericaVotes.org

==>  Join the Day of Mass Resistence on October 5th: www.WorldCantWait.net

==>  "If everyone reading this replaced the five most frequently used lights in their homes with compact
        flourescent bulbs, which use a quarter of the energy of regular bulbs, our country's consumption of coal
        would plunge overnight." — Erik Reese, in The Nation

==>  The A.C.L.U. continues its fight against legalizing unrestrained electronic surveillance of U.S. citizens.

==>  “Any U.S. citizen who does not vote is a coward and an ingrate.” — G.E. Nordell

        Most states allow voter registration until early October.
        Register NOW, vote on November 7th. Or hang your head in shame.
        N.A.S.E.D. roster of state election websites

==>  WAR NEWS: Leaves were abruptly cancelled for sailors last weekend at Norfolk Naval Station, in order to
        prepare the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower [CVN-69] for immediate deployment to the Persian Gulf. The super-
        carrier ‘Ike’ and its support ships carry ‘tactical nukes’ capable of delivery to targets in Iran. The fleet is expected
        to arrive by mid-October [i.e. before the November U.S. elections].

==>  Median incomes in the U.S.A. dropped 2.8% in the last 6 years; the worst states are Colorado (down 10.6%), Illinois
        (down 10.8%), Indiana & Missouri (each down 11.3%), Alabama (down 12.5%), Mississippi (down 13.6%), Michigan
        (down 14.9%) and Wisconsin (down 16.5%).
        — Washington Monthly Magazine (posted on their Political Animal blog)

==>  SAFETY TIP: Keep an extra car clicker on the night-stand beside your bed, along with a house key. Should you
        be wakened by someone attempting to break in, click the car alarm; this will usually scare off an intruder.
        If they do break in, you can escape with the car key and house key in hand. {Thanks, Billie}

==>  Based on a reader tip, I’ve begun posting prior WMail essays on the OpEdNews progressive syndication website,
        and recommend it for others who have similar postable content. {Thanks, Joel)

==>  For Landmark Education Forum graduates: The 2006 Graduate Event {link obsolete} around the world happens Sept. thru Dec.
        Not taken the Landmark Forum course? Just do it!

==>  Updated pages on this website:

        New & revised pages on the editor’s other primary website:

B U S H    &    B L A C K M A I L

        Mike Malloy, former host on Air America Radio, coined the useful term ‘Bush Crime Family’, because much of what the current administration does is illegal and-or clandestine, and their tactics match those of the Mafia or Cosa Nostra crime organizations.
        The business of the Bush Gang is not to govern the country, but the permanent takeover by force, by un-Constitutional means, by lies and threats and propaganda, of America – and installing a fascist dictatorship.

        Having already committed murder and treason and a slew of war crimes, violating various treaties including the U.S.-generated Geneva Convention of 1949, and abject refusal to enforce over 750 laws (the ‘signing statements’ fallacy), these crooks are not above simple blackmail.
        The secret warrantless wiretaps were begun before September 11, just weeks after taking over the White House. These illegal wiretaps and the outsourced illegal data-mining programs were entirely successful; that the illegal information has not been used to thwart al Qaeda is intentional.
        One of the things that the Bush Gang has done with the secret data-gathering & surveillance programs is to blackmail a few key opponents into fear-driven surrender.

* *          * *          * *          * *

        I figure that there are three obvious victims, based on recent public actions which have no other explanation. (Other victims are less prominent and harder to pinpoint; there are probably dozens, if not scores.)
        The various blackmail cases might be about sex or money or some other minor transgression which may not even be illegal, but is merely sordid enough to threaten the victim’s personal life or their political future: probably more hanky-panky than felony incidents.

        Senator John McCain stopped his verbal opposition to Bush’s policies, and his speech and demeanor of late point to damage to his previous independent cussedness that was never broken during his lengthy torture in Hanoi.
        And Senator Barbara Boxer stood behind the licker-of-G.O.P.-boots Senator Joe Lieberman going into the Connecticut primary – because she was ordered to.
        Sen. Joe is now under the absolute beck-and-call of the Republican Party. They have him by the short hairs, and he is extremely unhappy about it. It is logical to assume that he is victimized by some dirt uncovered by the Bush-Rove surveillance machinery.
        Karl Rove phoned Sen. Joe on the day after Joe’s primary loss; that call was announced as offering ‘support’ for Joe into the November general election – while the official G.O.P. candidate has been ignored.
        However, virtually everything the Bush administration states publicly is a lie. So it is not out of bounds to look for reasons why Lieberman is now a Republican favorite, and a lackey to the Bush Gang. And it is entirely consistent with the Bush Gang’s history to conclude that that call from Rove to Lieberman was actually for the purpose of tightening the screws and telling Sen. Joe what is going to happen if he loses to Ned Lamont in November.
        Sen. Joe Lieberman is a victim of political blackmail, and now even more dangerous to the Constitution than before, because he is scared. He is a cornered rat.
        As are others on both sides.

        The case of Gov. Blanco in Louisiana shows a different form of such blackmail: She ordered that nobody in her office will criticize Bush & the assistance to Katrina victims because whenever anyone does, the money-tap is shut off and nothing happens – until she or someone else goes begging to the Feds.

* *          * *          * *          * *

        The Bush Gang operates from a playbook partly modeled from “Mein Kampf” and Hitler’s diplomatic moves, along with intentional mistreatment of vast populations – the atrocities at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib and New Orleans and Darfur and Baghdad – and partly modeled after tactics gleaned from Mafia and Stalinist history.

        YOU are in danger. The U.S. Constitution is in jeopardy, and World War Three is imminent. (The War in Iran is already begun.)
        Every seat under contention in the U.S. November general election is critical. From state legislators to governors to all 435 Congressional races to the 33 Senate seats [of Class I], every vote for a Republican candidate is a vote against the U.S. Constitution and a vote for fascist dictatorship.
        This is a terrible moment in history, one that should not have been allowed to happen.
        But really bad things will happen unless YOU get into the fight and make a literal stand for Freedom and against totalitarianism, in all forms and all locations.

        The Mafia operates freely where the people show no opposition, and the Bush Gang will institute more and more totalitarian – ‘unitary executive’ – policies unless they are stopped, and November 7th is the critical moment.

[copyright 2006 by Gary Edward Nordell, all rights reserved]

Each issue of WMail is posted on the Working Minds website; quotations are posted alphabetically by author.


"The strongest man in the world is he who stands alone."
— Henrik Ibsen [1828-1905]

"If I can't dance I don't want to be in your revolution."
— anarchist Emma Goldman [1869-1940]

"The lack of money is the root of all evil."
Mark Twain [1835-1910]

"It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things:
freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them."
Mark Twain [1835-1910]

"Life, like money, is meant to be spent."
Erle Stanley Gardner [1889-1970]

"We all do no end of feeling, and we mistake it for thinking. And out of it we get an aggregation which we consider
a boon. Its name is public opinion. It is held in reverence. Some think it the voice of God."
Mark Twain [1835-1910]

"The meaning of life is a choice you make about the way [that] you live."
— South African activist Hilda Bernstein [1915-2006]

"When I look around me, I am often troubled to see how many people are mad."
Mark Twain [1835-1910]

"The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible."
Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

"When you are up to your ass in alligators, it's hard to remember your initial objective was to drain the swamp."
Werner Erhard

"Staying the course in Iraq is tearing the military, the Iraqi people, and our hearts apart."
— Kent Allan Robertson of Hillsborough, North Carolina

"Nobody’s civil to anybody anymore."
— Jeremiah Healy

"Washington [DC] is a dirty diaper that needs a change."
— James Carville

"Happiness is a function of accepting what is so."
Werner Erhard

"Building a strategy to avoid the almost certain future binds you as much to the almost certain future as committing to it."
Werner Erhard

"If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods.
And the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is."
Charles Bukowski [1920-94]

"The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosives and fallout. There are weapons that are
simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices, to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill,
and suspicion can destroy. And a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all of its own."
— Rod Serling [1924-75]

"You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun than with a kind word alone."
— Al Capone [1899-1947]

"To create Man was a fine and original idea; but to add the sheep was a tautology."
Mark Twain [1835-1910]

"It may be true that you can't fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country."
— Will Durant [1885-1981]

"Information is the currency of democracy."
Thomas Jefferson [1743-1826]

N E X T   I S S U E: "The War In Iran"

FOLLOWED BY: response to November election results

Issue #64: "The War In Iran"
[October 2006]

>+<    G.E. Nordell, editor    >+<

N E W S    &    L I N K S    o f    I N T E R E S T

==>  "Anyone against impeaching Bush & Cheney is soft on crime."
        — George McCalip {buttons available from him at cost at http://www.interestingtimes.info }

==>  The Union of Concerned Scientists is working to restore scientific integrity in the USA: click here

==>  WMail reader Joel S. Hirschhorn has published two worthy books:
        "Sprawl Kills: How Blandburbs Steal Your Time, Health & Money" [2005]
        "Delusional Democracy: Fixing The Republic Without Overthrowing The Government" [2006]

==>  "After World War Two, U.S. corporations paid 50% of the Federal budget; today they pay 7 percent."
        — Laura Flanders on Radio Nation

==>  AYN RAND DEPT.: Angelina Jolie is signed to play Dagny Taggart in the 3-part tv miniseries
        of Ayn Rand's novel, “Atlas Shrugged”; it is scheduled for broadcast in 2008.
        UPDATE Oct 2009: The on-again, off-again television mini-series of "Atlas Shrugged" is again listed on IMDb,
        with Angelina Jolie out as Dagny Taggart, and Oscar-winner Charlize Theron in; scheduled for broadcast in 2011.
        UPDATE June 2010: Actual filming was begun, with Taylor Schilling as Dagny Taggart.
        UPDATE April 2011: "Atlas Shrugged, Part I" was released in theaters on April 15 • official movie site
        UPDATE August 2012: "Atlas Shrugged, Part II" is scheduled for release in October, intended to influence the
        national elections. All info on the 3-part movie and on Ayn Rand's novel has been grouped on the
        Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore's "Atlas Shrugged" Page.

==>  "HMOs in California tripled their profits in the last 5 years."
        — Phil Angelides, 2006 candidate for CA Governor

==>  "97% of the increase in income over the past 20 years in the U.S. has gone to the top 20% of the families."
        — Noreena Hertz

==>  Frank S. Robinson has written a new & interesting book: "Life, Liberty & Happiness: An Optimist Manifesto"

==>  Long ago [Nov 2002] Issue #29 “War Is Good?” is a pertinent reminder of what to expect – again!! full issue or essay

T h e    W a r    I n    I r a n

        November 7th might be described as the end of the first quarter in the fight between the Fascists and the Patriots.
        But be very clear that this is not a game. It is a war. This is a fight for the soul of the United States of America.

* *          * *          * *          * *

        Laurence W. Britt wrote a 2003 article that has become very useful as a standard definition of Fascism. The article includes 14 points; the current Bush administration qualifies on every one of them.

        A Patriot is anyone willing to put everything at stake for the preservation of his/her country. The French found it in themselves to form the underground resistance during World War II. The stiff-upper-lip British suffered the Blitzkrieg and calmly went about their business. Mao walked across China; Gandhi walked across India; and Martin Luther King, Jr. walked across Alabama.
        Now it is our turn. The complacent sheep of modern America are unlikely to do much but bleat and jostle into a windless corner, each trying to get out of the cold weather.
        The First Revolutionary War was won against the mighty British Empire by about a quarter of the American population, led by men cited today in the history books for their courage.
        About another quarter of the population were Tories, who sided with King George, either actively or passively.
        The middle half or so did not much care about politics. Most were illiterate, they had farms to work, or jobs; they had families to feed; their hard lives were lit only by candles & whale oil and the smiles of their children.

        The present situation is likely similar as to proportions. One-fourth will back Freedom; another fourth are activley busting up the 230-year-old ‘experiment’ that is this country.
        What is missing is leaders. John Kerry was swift-boated out. Al Gore, Jr. is busy saving the planet. Democratic candidates in New Mexico are being slandered by creeps paid to simulate a ‘national survey’ outfit – this is also happening in your state.
        (Non-U.S. citizens should pay close attention, of course, because if democracy crumbles in the U.S., you will be next.)

* *          * *          * *          * *

        Karl Rove has promised G.O.P. big-wigs that there will be an ‘October Surprise’, a managed event intended to sway the state & national elections in November.

        Will the October Surprise be an attack on the sovereign nation of Iran? If not just prior to the election, then it will be planned for sometime before year-end.
        If the Democrats win one or both houses of Congress, then the entire Bush Gang will use every dirty trick in the book – the Fascist playbook – because the soul of America is not all that is at stake. Democratic control of Congress will restore oversight of the Executive Branch. That fact alone, that historical event will shut down the Fascist ‘unitary executive’ dictatorship of Bush, and we all will be very busy restoring Rule By Law.
        War-profiteers and perjurors and bribing lobbyists and other traitors will watch the renaissance of Freedom and Liberty – they will watch from behind the steel-barred windows of a prison cell.

* *          * *          * *          * *

        As hard as Patriots push, the Fascists will push back harder – and without moral impediments. Fascists do not play fair, these are killers and torturers already, and righteous indignation means nothing to them, nor Reason.
        The fight is on at this very moment: The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower super-carrier task force is en route for the Persian Gulf, armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles and ‘tactical’ nuclear warheads. The White House ordered in December 2004 that war plans be drawn up for an attack on Iran. Most of the Bush administra¬tion are signatories to the Project For The New American Century source document; and they regularly quote passages from or further the policies defined in the ’A Clean Break’ report of 2000.
        These Fascists are very dangerous indeed.

        The Patriot side lacks leaders, as I said. But where such leaders are going to show up is among the winners (and maybe losers) of the elections of November 7th, 2006.
        Or maybe not. Or maybe not soon enough.

        I often end my essays with the admonition ‘It is up to you!’
        Do you think that there is some other option?

* *          * *          * *          * *

        George W. Bush is lower than a smashed beer-can half-buried in the dirt beside a South Texas highway.

        The legend of the Alamo, that 1836 battle that prevented the decimation of Sam Houston’s still-gathering army of the Republic of Texas, includes the following tale.

        The 200 or so Texas patriots were led by Col. Wm. Travis, frontiersman Jim Bowie, and Davy Crockett, a former U.S. Congressman.
        Gen. Santa Anna of Mexico surrounded the Alamo mission buildings with 6,000 trained men and ordered the Tejano regulars and American volunteers to surrender or die.
        Travis put the matter to a vote. He drew a line in the sand with his sword and asked the men who were willing to die for the cause of Texas to cross that line. Bowie lay on a cot, with two bullet wounds, one in the knee; he asked to be carried across that line. (One man did not cross; he had a wife and child who needed him. So he was given the mission of sneaking thru the surrounding Mexican army with a message for Sam Houston – he got thru.)

        That ‘line in the sand’ is the U.S. Constitution.

[copyright 2006 by Gary Edward Nordell, all rights reserved]

Each issue of WMail is posted on the Working Minds website; quotations are posted alphabetically by author.


"Except for election day, politics is all show business."
G.E. Nordell

"It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes
one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper."
— Rod Serling [1924-75]

"The war in Iraq is a colossol blood-drenched fraud."
— Jonathan Schell

"Keep hope alive; let nothing break your spirit."
Rev. Jesse Jackson

"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won.
There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall, always."
— Mahatma Gandhi [1869-1948]

"It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder."
Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

"Support our oops." == new bumper sticker
"You go, Hugo!" == another bumper sticker

"There's going to be a revolution here before the American people agree to a draft."
— Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio

"No matter what the war advocates of our time tell us, no violent excursion ends well."
James Lee Burke

"You don't win wars by giving up your life for your country, you win by making the other S.O.B. give up his."
— Gen. George S. Patton [1885-1945]

"If everybody agrees on it, it's wrong."
James Lee Burke

"The majority is never right."
Robert A. Heinlein [1907-88]

"Each of us needs to get off our backside and go out into the streets and do what we can to help."
J.A. Jance

"Blow wind! Come wrack! At least we'll die with harness on our back."
Wm. Shakespeare [1564-1616] (in 'Macbeth' 1606, Act 5 Scene 5)

"What good is a newspaper unless it tells the truth and fights for the rights of the people?"
Louis L'Amour [1908-88]

"Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind."
John F. Kennedy [1917-63]

"That which is outside the possibility of choice is also outside the province of morality."
Ayn Rand [1905-82]

"Art is not a mirror to reflect reality [but] a hammer with which to shape it."
— Bertolt Brecht [1898-1956]

"When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country."
— comedian Elayne Boosler

"A man is not finished when he's defeated; he's finished when he quits."
Richard M. Nixon [1913-94]

"If you are going to live life on your own terms, there need to be terms,
and somehow you need to live up to them."
Robert B. Parker [1932-2010]

"When the media puts the truth next to a lie, that's not balance, that's distortion."
— Scot Tempesta {aka Scooter} then on K.L.S.D. radio in San Diego, California

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