Curmudgeonalia
I see I taste I write Links What?
Herein you will find periodic observations and my opinions on life and politics; also cogent book reviews and commentary. I welcome and appreciate your comments and questions, and encourage you sign up for e-mail reminders at each new posting, and/or to log on often.
August 9, 2010

Following right along, and expanding

All of these quotes are from Winston Churchill, now applied to our political situation at home and the war on militant Islam abroad (with special emphasis on Obama's shameful, arrogant, naive and uninformed performance to date. Oh . . . and the occasional aside to the militants)

"Good intentions are no match for armed and resolute wickedness."

"The longer you can look back, the farther you can look forward."

"We owe to the Jews in the Christian revelation a system of ethics which, even if it were entirely separated from the supernatural, would be incomparably the most precious possession of mankind, worth in fact the fruits of all other wisdom and learning put together. On that system and by that faith there has been built out of the wreck of the Roman Empire the whole of our existing civilization."

"Silly people might discount the force of the United States." Some say the Americans are soft, others that they will never be united. They will fool around at a distance. They will never come to grips. ... But I have studied the American Civil War, fought out to the last desperate inch. I think of a remark made to me more than 30 years before, that the United States is like 'a gigantic boiler. Once the fire is lighted under it there is no limit to the power it can generate.'" (on the morning after Pearl Harbor)


Posted by Curmudgeon at 7:44 PM

August 7, 2010

Thought on the present scene

I found myself in a rather sardonic mood today, precipitated by milieu in D.C., so I did a quick run thru my thousands of quotes and submit these for your consideration:

"Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters."
Albert Einstein

"Liberals claim they want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views."
William F. Buckley

"Conservatives find it hard to live up to their moral code; liberals find it hard to locate theirs."
James Marone

"One of those disturbing tendencies in academic life is that there is a desire on the part of many in the name of open-mindedness to fall into a kind of relativistic denialism in which all positions are equally legitimate, all positions must be respected, and compromise must be entered into no matter what the starting point or reasonableness of the two parties."
Lawrence Summers

"In the last two years our Babylon on the Potomac -- with its irrational and unconscionable saddling of our grandchildren with multi-trillion dollar debt (and its bizarre foreign policy of loathing our friends and ourselves, and loving our enemies) -- has vexed the public into a state of deep fear and anguish. However, Americans don't stay scared long; we quickly convert fear to anger and anger to action. And so, now, two years of national panic and fear are being returned to sender in Washington. Now it is the ruling elite who find their daytime thoughts fretful and their night time sleep fitful.
Tony Blankley

"Traditional [Islamic] society is organically incompatible with the first principal of law in modern liberal democracy, namely that the state wields the monopoly of violence. Sharia in principle cannot be adapted to the laws of modern democratic states, for it is founded on the deeply-ingrained notion that the family is the state in miniature and that the head of family may employ violent compulsion just as does the state."
Spengler

Posted by Curmudgeon at 9:48 PM

May 29, 2010

Prelutsky says it like it is:

None of this is news, but it is nice to see it expressed succinctly.

"Affirmative action was created in order to give racial preferences to blacks in order to make amends for slavery and Jim Crow laws. But after nearly 50 years, try to suggest it's time to put racial quotas aside, and you will find yourself tarred as a racist.

"For the past 30 years, Islamics around the world have targeted Americans, but suggest that they constitute a toxic menace and you're labeled a racist.

"For the past quarter century, millions of Mexicans, who were not escaping political oppression, have felt entitled to stream across our border, to take advantage of our schools and hospitals, to fill our streets with drugs and flood our jails with criminals, and if we even complain about it, we're called racists.

"The unfortunate thing is that just as the Communists perverted the meaning of "comrade" and homosexuals perverted the meaning of "gay," the self-righteous leftists have perverted "racist." It no longer means a person who is racially intolerant, who would harm or subjugate another human being because of his skin color, but, instead, denotes someone who really is color-blind and who judges people solely on the basis of their character.

Today, the reality is that someone who attacks other people -- for instance, members of the Tea Party -- as racists, is, more likely than not, a racist, himself, who refuses to look beyond pigmentation."

Burt Prelutsky

Posted by Curmudgeon at 4:39 PM