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Government is in an endless pursuit of new ways to tax.

It’s tough enough to pay taxes but making out the income tax forms seems to make it worse.

They use to say that the only thing the government didn’t tax was taxes. Then President Johnson invented the surtax.

. . , the power to tax involves the power to destroy . . . Chief Justice John Marshall, Supreme Court Decision in McCulloch v. Maryland, March 6, 1819.

  1. This month in History: December

On December 1, 1917, a priest in Omaha, Nebraska, named Father Edward Flanagan found a unique institution of this day. It was called Boys Town, and its basic concept was centered in Father Flanagan’s firm belief that, in his words, “There is no such thing as a bad boy.” He defined the problem: it wasn’t bad boys; it was the conditions that created their problems. So he tried to put friendless boys into an environment where they could have a chance to grow up as good citizens.

On December 2, 1923, President Monroe told the European powers to stay out of the Western Hemisphere. We remember that as the Monroe Doctrine. The same document also stated: “In the wars of the European powers, in matters relating to themselves, we have never taken part, nor does it comport with our policy to do so.” We, like all other human beings of other nationalities, like to protect what we regard as our territory. And of course we think of it in global terms.

On December 3, 1967, Dr. Christiaan Barnard transplanted a human heart, in an operation assisted by his brother, Marius Barnard. After a full day’s work, the operation lasted nine hours and used a team of thirty people. The patient survived for 18 days, in Capetown, South Africa.  The donor heart came from a young woman, Denise Darvall, who had been rendered brain damaged in an accident on 2 December 1967, while crossing a street in Cape Town.[1] After securing permission from Darvall’s father to use her heart, Barnard performed the transplant. Rather than wait for Darvall’s heart to stop beating, at his brother Marius Barnard’s urging, Christiaan injected potassium into her heart to paralyse it and render her technically dead by the whole-body standard. Twenty years later, Marius Barnard recounted, “Chris stood there for a few moments, watching, then stood back and said, ‘It works.’

In this day of highlighting presidential candidates and their sex lives including President Clinton groping White House interns and President Kennedy’s well known habit of groping movie stars, (only the Kennedy brothers didn’t stop there) Barnard described in his autobiography The Second Life a one-night extramarital affair with Italian film star Gina Lollobrigida, that occurred in January 1968. During that visit to Rome he also received an audience from Pope Paul VI.

U.S. Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH) stated that Barnard sexually assaulted her when she was 23 years old attempting to grope her under her skirt, while seated at a business luncheon with Rep. Pete McCloskey. . . I think they made a movie about these things, “Doing what comes naturally.”

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Change the World

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot changed their minds cannot change anything. ~ George Bernard Shaw

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ~ Buckminster Fuller

“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” ~ Proverbs 27:17)

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Truman, Ford, Lowell, St. Matthew

A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic. –James Russell Lowell, 1970

If you can’t stand the heat you better get out of the kitchen. –President Harry S. Truman, in speech Dec 17, 1932

If you say you can or if you say you can’t, either way you’re right. –Henry Ford

Those who do well like criticism; those who do not do well, resent it. –Anonymous

Judge not, that ye be not judged. –Matthew 7:1

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Rights Are Abstract And Not Amenable To Reason By Evidence

Do not use “rights” in arguments or disputes. Though they feel like a trump card, rights are abstract and not amenable to reason by evidence. – Joshua Greene

Democracy is all very well as a political device. It must not intrude into the spiritual, or even the aesthetic world. – C. S. Lewis  

The rebellious slogan “All for Love” is really love’s death warrant (with the date of execution, for the moment left blank _________.) – C. S. Lewis  

 

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CHURCHILL ON ISLAM

He was a brave young soldier, a brilliant journalist, an extraordinary politician and statesman, a great war leader and British Prime Minister

“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy.

The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensual-ism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen; all know how to die; but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it.

No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.”

Winston Churchill, 1899.

(Check Wikipedia – The River War). The above was checked as true byhttp://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/churchillislam.asp

 

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Economics

It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is after all, a specialized discipline and one     that most people consider to be a “dismal science.” But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.              —Murray Rothbard

                Economic ignorance comes in different forms, and some types of economic ignorance are          less excusable than others.  But the most important implication of Rothbard’s point is that the worst sort of economic ignorance is ignorance about your economic ignorance.—Steven Horwitz. Read more at FEE.org/Horwitz  

                Aphorisms:

                Education has moved from three R’s to six: remedial reading, remedial ‘riting, and   remedial ‘rithmetic.

                The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance.

                It is hard to teach an old dog new tricks and easy to teach a new dog old tricks.

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Washington, D.C.

The capital city of the United States; “a city of Southern efficiency and Northern Charm” –John F Kennedy.

Washington is no place to a civilized man to spend the summer.  –President James Buchanan.

There are a number of things wrong with Washington. One of them is that everyone has been too long away from home.  –President Dwight D Eisenhower.
Washington, D.C. was named for the only President who didn’t have to live there.

Facts:

War is mankind’s oldest weakness.  No civilization yet created has been able to abolish it. In this Century alone the United States has been involved in four major wars—World Wars I and II, Korea and Vietnam—plus various military confrontations. In that same period, the world has tried to abolish war through non-aggression compacts, United Nations sessions, disarmament and arms limitation agreements, peaceful sanctions against aggressors, etc. But military preparedness continues to be reflected around the world in mounting armament sales and the increasing sophistication of equipment. The war against war is being waged at great cost.

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Anonymous Aphorisms: Science

Science is the ascertainment of facts and the refusal to regard facts as permanent.

To err is human; to try to prevent recurrence of error is science.

Science is forever rewriting itself.

Every science thinks it is the science.

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