President Dwight D. Eisenhower exit speech - Jan.17,1961

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"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars…"


"California, Wild, Sweaty, Important, the land of Lonely and Excited Eccentric Lovers come to forgather like birds, and the land where somehow everybody looked like Broken-down, Handsome, Decadent, Movie Actors"     -    On The Road ~ Jack Kerouac

"People willing to trade their freedom for security deserve neither and will lose both"  - Ben Franklin

"Authority is not truth, truth is authority" - Me

"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind"  - Dr. Seuss

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable"  - JFK

"Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth." /  "If you cant explain it simply, you dont understand it well enough." - Albert Einstein

"We are all connected to each other biologically, to the Earth chemically and to the rest of the Universe automatically... It's not that we are better than the Universe. We are part of the Universe. We're in the Universe and the Universe is in us."  ~  Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson

“There is no security in following the call to adventure.”  -  Joseph Campbell

"It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men. - " Sam Adams

"Churches are human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind." -  Thomas Pain

"This would be the best of all possible worlds if there were no religions in it."  -  John Adams

The Bible is "a 400-year-old English translation of a group of tangentially related ancient Middle Eastern texts transcribed from Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic oral histories."

- Stephen Colbert    (...and conspicuously borrows myths from older text (such as the "Legends of Gilgamesh"))

"Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to the poor" ~ Black Sabbath "War Pigs" 1970

"An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all." / “Religion is like a blind man looking in a black room for a black cat that isn’t there and finding it!”
~ Oscar Wilde

Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact."  ~ William S. Burroughs

"Adam was but human - this explains it all. He did not want the apple for the apple's sake, he wanted it only because it was forbidden. The mistake was in not forbidding the serpent; then he would have eaten the serpent." ~ Mark Twain

"There is no way to rule innocent men... where there aren't enough criminals, one declares so many things to be a crime...

that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws." ATLAS SHRUGGED ~ Ayn Rand

"A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded"  - Abraham Lincoln

"Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded." ~ Abraham Lincoln  -  speech, 18 Dec. 1840, to Illinois House of Representatives

"Don't do drugs because if you do drugs you'll go to prison, and drugs are really expensive in prison"  - John Hardwick

"I've never had a problem with drugs. I've had problems with the police"  - Keith Richards

"I used to have a drug problem but now I make enough money"  - David Lee Roth

"Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs,

we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power"  - P.J. O'Rourke

"I would rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy"

"I never drink water, fish fuck in it"  - W.C. Fields

"I liked 18 year old girls when I was 18 and I still do"  - George Burns at age 95

"Believe you can or believe you can not, either way you're right"

"You are insatiable… you’ve ruined me for all other men" (Marie, trying to catch her breath)

“Tony, you’re the best.”  - Don Rickles

“The only thing Kim Jong-un ever conquered was a box of doughnuts. Sorry Pugsly but the truth is there’s only one erratic Korean I’m afraid might kill me and it’s not you. It’s the one driving next to me on the 405. I’m not worried about you but I do worry about America’s Military Industrial Complex using any excuse to ramp up the war machine again. Be careful Mr. Kim. I know threatening America is fun but the reason it could bite you in the ass is with Afghanistan winding down, America is dangerously close to not having a war. And if you know our history, that is something we will not tolerate because when America doesn’t have a war it gets a little sad. It does. It gets a little introspective. We start contemplating stuff like poverty, schools, our crumbling infrastructure and that’s no fuckin’ fun. Just like we are the Gun Country, c’mon, we are the War People. We don’t need a lot of encouragement. Preemptive wars, just wars, wars of choice, wars of liberation, drug wars, wars we put on the credit card. Anything with “war” in the title, we are so there… We’ve been at war with somebody or another for 216 of our 237 years. At some point don’t you have to look in the mirror and say “it’s me”? Our Defense Budget uses up to 50% of our discretionary spending…. By 2020 we will have spent a Trillion Dollars on Afghanistan and Iraq just on the interest! So I’m sorry North Korea but you’re just going to have to kill yourself cause America needs to start defining PEACE as Strength!"    -   Bill Maher 4-12-13

"The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be... The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists."   - MLK Jr.

"War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today. "  - JFK

"Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win. ~ Sun Tzu   (The Art of War)

“...we were back at home, and I had returned to that reassuring but profoundly unsatisfactory state known as 'being in one's right mind.” ― Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception

 “I get that FOX News opposes the Syria peace plan because it’s modus operandi is to foment decent in the form of a relentless and irrational contrarianism to Barrack Obama and all things Democratic to advance it’s ultimate objective of creating deliberately misinformed body politics of fear anger mistrust and discontent is the manna upon which it sustains it’s parasitic succubus-like existence.”  -  Jon Stewart 9-11-2013

Abraham Lincoln Quote on Corporate Takeovers:
“The “Money Powers” prey upon the nation in times of peace and conspire against it in times of adversity. It is more Despotic than Monarchy, more insolent than Autocracy, more selfish than Bureaucracy. It denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes. I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my Country. Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption will follow and the “Money Power” of the Country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.”   Abraham Lincoln

·  Smedley Darlington Butler was a Major General in the U.S. Marine Corps, the highest rank authorized at that time, and at the time of his death the most decorated Marine in U.S. history  -  on  INTERVENTIONISM  -- Excerpt from a speech delivered in 1933, by Major General Smedley Butler, USMC.: -
........War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.

I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we'll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.

I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.

There isn't a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to. It has its "finger men" to point out enemies, its "muscle men" to destroy enemies, its "brain men" to plan war preparations, and a "Big Boss" Super-Nationalistic-Capitalism.

It may seem odd for me, a military man to adopt such a comparison. Truthfulness compels me to. I spent thirty- three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country's most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle- man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.

I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912 (where have I heard that name before?). I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.

During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents."  -- Excerpt from a speech delivered in 1933, by Major General Smedley Butler, USMC.
 a Major General in the U.S. Marine Corps, the highest rank authorized at that time, and at the time of his death the most decorated Marine in U.S. history.

"I was an angry man. I still am probably, an angry old man. You're not going to take that away from me. I don't think my feelings about how society's down trodden my kind of working class people, I don't think those are false emotions at all. It's not put on. There's no airs or graces about it, you know? We suffer! And you can fuck off for it!"  -

  John Lydon AKA Johnny Rotten, Dec. 2007

"Some claim that Evolution is just a theory as if it were merely an opinion. The theory of Evolution, like the theory of Gravity, is a scientific fact. Evolution really happened. Accepting our kinship with all life on Earth is not only solid science, in my view it;s also a soaring spiritual experience." ~ Neil Degrasse Tyson 3-15-2014

“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled.” – Mohammed

“Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

“The world is a book and he who doesn’t travel only reads one page.” –     St. Augustine

“The News? No, no, no. What it should be called is – Some news within prescribed parameters in keeping with the agenda of our sponsors designed to exasperate your fear and limit your freedom, followed by the weather forecast”   -  Russell Brand - Oct. 2013

“How was your date? Was it kissfull?”  - Marco Stengel (age 7)  3-2015

“No business which depends foe existence on paying less than living wages to it’s workers has any right to continue in this country. By living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence level – I mean the wages of decent living.”   -     Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Dop we want to live in a society where people work full-time and still have to get government assistance and go on food stamps? – If you have a business model that can’t survive without paying people poverty wages, maybe you should go out of business.”    Nick Hanahuer (famous venture capitalist)

“It’s not the critic who counts; Not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena…”  Theodore Roosevelt

“Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you are scared.” - Eddie Rickenbacker

“The business model of Wall Street is fraud” – Bernie Sanders 11-14-2015

“Religion was invented when the first con man met the first fool” – Mark Twain

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience”  -  Mark Twain

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”   -  African Proverb

"If you feel safe in the area you're working in, your not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you're capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depths. And when you don't feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you're just about in the right place to do something exciting."   DAVID BOWIE

“The only reason to take geometry is to know that sometimes in life you have to do things you don’t want to do.”   - Edward Bennett Williams

“You know, at the end of the day the making of any motion picture is a kind of elegant car-wreck, characterized by the sort of ultimate politics of compromise.”

                                                                                                                                            -  Thom Mount 2012 – former president of production – Universal Studios

“On me the tempest falls. It does not make me tremble.”    -   Aeshylus (Prometheus Bound)