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Posted on 11/07/2002 10:37:56 AM PST by MTCJK

Although I am sure this has been done a number of times, please post your favorites for all to enjoy. I have started with a few of my own, and will give full credit to all YOU for these, none are my own originals

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Although I am sure this has been done a number of times, please post your favorites for all to enjoy. I have started with a few of my own, and will give full credit to all YOU for these, none are my own originals

The only "good" Indians I ever saw were dead. General William T. Sherman, Ft. Union, Arkansas 1869.

Show me a good loser, and I'll show you a loser. Vince Lombardi

Just when you think Dems can't get any lower, they cut a whole in the floor and climb down.

sink or swim California, you're own your own.

Forget Iraq -- looks like we should be declaring war on New Jersey!

How's that for goober peas?!

Thats tantamount to being proud about rearrainging the deck chairs on the Titanic

If we could tax liberal stupidity we could pay off the national debt.

We'll have a Democrat firing squad. You know, the one where we all stand in a circle." Paul Begala, Election Night 2002

As Winston Churchill said: In War: Resolution In Defeat: Defiance In Victory: Magnanimity

"I think a lot of people were concerned about national security," Daschle said (duh)

John F. Kennedy once observed, `Success has a thousand parents, failure is an orphan,'

It appears to me that the American people have voted to protect themselves.

Labor omnia vincit! (work conquers all!)

"Golf is a game who's aim it is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose." Churchill

"You lie down with the dogs, you get up with the fleas."

Bush has always had an amazing ability to manipulate people who thought they were smarter than him into making absolute fools of themselves.

Did you hear that doctors have now discovered a food that kills all sexual desire in women? Wedding cake!

1 posted on 11/07/2002 10:37:56 AM PST by MTCJK
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"Happy Father's Day, Mr. Limburgh."
2 posted on 11/07/2002 10:40:13 AM PST by Cyber Liberty
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To: Cyber Liberty
Least favorite on FR: "Move along, nothing to see here."

3 posted on 11/07/2002 10:42:55 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: anniegetyourgun
Yeah, yeah, "Are you series" and "All your quotes are belong to us" LOL
4 posted on 11/07/2002 10:43:53 AM PST by MTCJK
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To: anniegetyourgun
Got one that'll top that..."I am a BAD American!" ;)
5 posted on 11/07/2002 10:51:13 AM PST by TheBigB
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To: TheBigB
I wrote that one....
6 posted on 11/07/2002 10:55:28 AM PST by Cyber Liberty
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To: Cyber Liberty
Nice to meet you, Mr. Carlin...
7 posted on 11/07/2002 10:56:15 AM PST by TheBigB
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If you're not outraged then you're not paying attention!!!


"We are witnessing a global war between the corporatists (republicans) and the socialists (democrats)."

8 posted on 11/07/2002 10:56:41 AM PST by fone
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Can't remember who said it, but: "My greatest fear is that I'll die and end up voting Democrat."
9 posted on 11/07/2002 10:58:21 AM PST by tamikamaria
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To: TheBigB
Who's Carlin? I'm Ted Nugent!
10 posted on 11/07/2002 10:59:03 AM PST by Cyber Liberty
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To: Cyber Liberty
I can NOT remember who said this, but I love it. "He couldn't find a freight train if he were tied to the tracks." ROFLOL. FReepers rule. :)
11 posted on 11/07/2002 11:00:53 AM PST by Letitring
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To: Letitring
"We're looking at a toss-up going into December 7, and that's bad for Landrieu," says Louisiana political analyst John Maginnis.
12 posted on 11/07/2002 11:01:40 AM PST by MTCJK
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To: Cyber Liberty
Oops. My apologies, Mr. Nugent. Have some CHEESE
13 posted on 11/07/2002 11:02:03 AM PST by TheBigB
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Friends, don't let friends vote democratic.
14 posted on 11/07/2002 11:03:36 AM PST by Dallas
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"Scratch the leftist, discover the brownshirt."
"When the card table is knocked over and the lights go out, the smartest toughest most pragmatic and competent group is going to be on top when the lights come back on."
-- Travis McGee
"I do not live alone on this earth. I am surrounded by a roiling ocean of other humans. Were I to play the part of Prometheus I would surely want to see humanity warmed by the fire I had brought. Instead of charging at my fellow man, screaming, firebrand in hand, demanding that he behold what I have wrested from God (and scaring him away in the process), I should rather calmly take a smouldering ember to a group of my fellows and breathe on it that they might witness, unafraid, the wonder of flame being born."
--Prodigal Son
"In the approaching storm, subtle distinctions and wondrously inventive introspective thoughts will be contained in many a head found rolling down the gutter."
--John Valentine
"One can choose to live with cockroaches, or one can choose to get rid of them."
"They would rather curse the darkness than reach over and turn on the damn light switch in order to see that it was all a lie to begin with."

15 posted on 11/07/2002 11:03:43 AM PST by Savage Beast
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"The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can't get and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods." [H. L. Mencken]
16 posted on 11/07/2002 11:04:03 AM PST by xJones
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I don't remember who posted this , but I saved this:

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety,
deserve neither liberty nor safety." ------ Benjamin Franklin

That certainly reads differently after they knocked down our WTC Buildings, doesn't it?

17 posted on 11/07/2002 11:04:14 AM PST by Pagey
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To: anniegetyourgun
Least favorite on FR: "Move along, nothing to see here."

Yeah, right up there with the overused and idiotic, "Hold muh beer alert."

18 posted on 11/07/2002 11:07:19 AM PST by newgeezer
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Life's a bitch...and then you die.
19 posted on 11/07/2002 11:07:31 AM PST by pankot
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"I wish to die in my sleep like my father, not screaming my lungs out while plunging to Earth like his passengers."
20 posted on 11/07/2002 11:07:33 AM PST by JackIV
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To: MTCJK; mhking; Grampa Dave
"Hold Muh Beer Alert"


the myriad of descriptive phrases created by Grampa Dave

21 posted on 11/07/2002 11:08:54 AM PST by Shermy
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: Doctor Stochastic

It's hard for Conservatives to understand that dissent isn't crime and for the Liberals to understand that crime isn't dissent.
22 posted on 11/07/2002 11:13:49 AM PST by Protagoras
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How about "We'll burn that bridge when we get to it..."
From Letterman last night:

"You know your party's in trouble when your rising young star is Frank Lautenberg."

"It wasn't a total disaster for the Democrats; they retained control of 'The West Wing'."

"Call me nostalgic, but wasn't it nice to see Walter Mondale come out for one last ass-whipping?"

"People say the Republican candidates benefitted from the Bush bounce. That's not to be confused with the Clinton Bounce, which will get you landed in jail."
23 posted on 11/07/2002 11:14:50 AM PST by TMD
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"Authority has always attracted the lowest elements in the human race. All through history, mankind has been bullied by scum. Those who lord it over their fellows and toss commands in every direction and would boss the grass in the meadow about which way to bend in the wind are the most depraved kind of prostitutes. They will submit to any indignity, perform any vile act, do anything to achieve power. The worst off-sloughings of the planet are the ingredients of sovereignty. Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy the whores are us."


24 posted on 11/07/2002 11:16:28 AM PST by Protagoras
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To: Shermy; Crusty_Pant_Suit; Jim Robinson
I heard this from another FReeper...they referred to Bubba as

Dollar Bill

I almost fell out of my chair.

and of course

Referring to Hitlery as OR her pantsuit as "Ole Crusty"

Anyone know what happened to FReeper CrustyPantSuit

25 posted on 11/07/2002 11:18:04 AM PST by MotleyGirl70
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"You can't get good chinese takeout in China and cuban cigars are rationed in Cuba. That's all you need to know about communism."


26 posted on 11/07/2002 11:18:25 AM PST by Protagoras
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To: Cyber Liberty
"Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools that don't have the brains enough to be honest"

Benjamin Franklin

27 posted on 11/07/2002 11:20:16 AM PST by Protagoras
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"There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don't want the patient to get well."

Booker T. Washington, 1911

28 posted on 11/07/2002 11:21:55 AM PST by Protagoras
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I found this online a few years ago:

"The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism,
but under the name of Liberalism
they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist Program
until one day America will be a Socialist Nation
without ever knowing how it happened."

That Comment is Courtesy of Norman Thomas,
Six-time Socialist Party Presidential Candidate
and one of the founders of the ACLU.

I thought, "Hmmm,he's telling me what his plan is", and that's just what he's doing.That is how Brazen Socialists are! ( And Hillary's a U.S. Senator now...... )

29 posted on 11/07/2002 11:22:08 AM PST by Pagey
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"Capitalism is the unequal distribution of wealth. Socialism is the equal distribution of poverty."
30 posted on 11/07/2002 11:23:17 AM PST by Lando Lincoln
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To: Cyber Liberty
"Happy Father's Day, Mr. Limburgh."

LOL, are you series. That's funny, I never heard that one before.

Kind of like limburger cheese.

Limburger: n. A soft white cheese with a very strong odor and flavor (after Limburg, Belgium.)

31 posted on 11/07/2002 11:24:35 AM PST by MotleyGirl70
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Many have already been said, but I shall humbly add:

Are you logged in?

32 posted on 11/07/2002 11:25:05 AM PST by BureaucratusMaximus
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To: ThomasJefferson
"The floggings will continue until morale improves." - unknown
33 posted on 11/07/2002 11:30:07 AM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: billbears; Constitution Day; 4ConservativeJustices
Keep your powder dry, boys!
34 posted on 11/07/2002 11:32:22 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: All
"No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. You win the war, by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country!" - General George S. Patton, Jr. May 31, 1944
35 posted on 11/07/2002 11:34:10 AM PST by labowski
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To: MotleyGirl70
I like the Patton on your profile page....
36 posted on 11/07/2002 11:40:53 AM PST by Cyber Liberty
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To: tamikamaria
That has become my new slogan!!!!!
37 posted on 11/07/2002 11:41:07 AM PST by RaceBannon
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To: Savage Beast
on Clinton: "If I outlive the guy, they'll never grow grass on his grave while I'm still able to piss." ralph
38 posted on 11/07/2002 11:47:43 AM PST by cayuga
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To: MTCJK; stainlessbanner
"The two most abundant elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." -unknown
39 posted on 11/07/2002 11:50:36 AM PST by Constitution Day
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"It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say, and say the opposite."

Sam Levenson

40 posted on 11/07/2002 11:51:13 AM PST by bruin66
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Some of my favorites:

"We, the People are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts - not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution."

"What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence? It is not... the guns of our war steamers, or the strength of our gallant and disciplined army... our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms." --Abraham Lincoln, 1858

Alan Bock, `Orange County Register': "The median family of four ... paid $4,722 in federal taxes last year. That's enough to pay for a new curtain for the secretary of commerce's office, to bribe a farmer not to plant 38 acres with corn ... seven weeks of salary for a Customs man assigned to save us from the terror of high-quality, low priced foreign TV sets, or the subsidy on 6,000 bushels of wheat to prop up the Soviet regime. Surely civilization would collapse without such essential services."

Albert Einstein, "My First Impression of the U.S.A.", 1921: "The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the Prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this."

Albert Gallatin of the New York Historical Society, 7 October 1789: "The whole of the Bill [of Rights] is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals... It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of."

Alexis de Tocqueville: "The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money."

Andrew Ford (UseNet): "The price of liberty is, always has been, and always will be blood: The person who is not willing to die for his liberty has already lost it to the first scoundrel who is willing to risk dying to violate that person's liberty! Are you free?"

Andrew Ford (UseNet): "Without either the first or second amendment, we would have no liberty; the first allows us to find out what's happening, the second allows us to do something about it! The second will be taken away first, followed by the first and then the rest of our freedoms."

Benjamin Franklin, 1759 (Franklin B. Historical Review of Pennsylvania. 1759): "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Bill McIntire, Spokesman for the National Rifle Association, on Norfolk, Va. council's vote to cancel four gun shows, 1992: "Banning gun shows to reduce violent crime will work about as well as banning auto shows to reduce drunken driving."

"Guns cause crime, like flies cause garbage." --Author unknown.

Byron C. Radaker, Chairman and C.E.O., Congoleum Corp.: "Our government has found that the most effective way to control a person is not by the ballot or the bullet, but rather by the 'bucket'. Today, in a country that fought a revolution to rid itself of a repressive government and excessive taxes, government takes 40 percent of everything we earn in the form of taxes."

California citizen attempting to purchase a firearm for self-defense during rioting in Los Angeles, week of 30 April 1992: "What do you mean 'wait fifteen days'? This is America!"

Calvin Coolidge: "Nothing is easier than spending public money. It does not appear to belong to anybody. The temptation is overwhelming to bestow it on somebody."

Charles Evans Hughes, Justice of the supreme Court (1907): "... the Constitution is what the judges say it is."

Daniel Webster: "God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it."

Daniel Webster: "Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters."

David Veal (Usenet): "For every action there is an equal, and opposite, government program"

Edmund Burke (1729-1797): "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

Edmund Burke, 1784: "The people never give up their liberty but under some delusion." [Contrast the above with U.S. Senator Joseph Biden's statement: "Banning guns is an idea whose time has come" as reported on 18 November, 1993, by the Associated Press.]

Edward Abbey: "The tank, the B-52, the fighter-bomber, the state controlled police and the military are the weapons of dictatorship. The rifle is the weapon of democracy... If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government - and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws."

"See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime." --Frederic Bastiat

Gandhi: "You may think your actions are meaningless and that they won't help, but that is no excuse, you must still act."

George Bush, Made to Robert Sherman of American Atheist Press at the Chicago airport, August 27 1988. The exchange appeared in the Boulder Daily Camera on Monday February 27, 1989. It can also be found in "Free Enquiry" magazine, Fall 1988 issue, Volume 8, Number 4, page 16.: "I don't know that atheists should be considered citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God."

George Washington, Farewell Address: "Occupants of public offices love power and are prone to abuse it."

George Washington: "The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference -- they deserve a place of honor with all that's good ..."

H.L. Mencken: "Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats."

Harlon Carter: "Those who will not fight for their rights deserve to lose them."

Henry Ford: "Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason why so few engage in it."

James A. Kidney, `U.S. News & World Report': "Despite growing unease among the public and legal experts, judges ... are reaching into areas once considered the exclusive preserve of legislators, public administrators and the family."

James Earl Jones: "The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will loose."

James Madison: "Resistance to tyranny is service to God."

John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions of the Government of the USA, 471 (1787-88): "Arms in the hands of citizens [may] be used at individual discretion... in private self-defense..." [Contrast the above with Attorney General Janet Reno's statement: "Gun registration is not enough. I've always proposed state licensing... with some federal standards." as reported by the Associated Press and by ABC on 10 December, 1993.]

John F. Kennedy at Columbia University, (10 days before his assassination): "The high office of President has been used to foment a plot to destroy the American's freedom, and before I leave office I must inform the citizen of his plight."

Leroy Pyle on Assault Rifles: "You didn't hear Elliot Ness whining about Al Capone's machine gun."

Mark Twain: "What if you were an idiot, and what if you were a member of Congress? But I repeat myself."

"Those unaware are unaware of being unaware."

Mohandas Gandhi: "Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as cooperation with good."

Robert Heinlein, in a 1949 letter concerning "Red Planet": "...I am opposed to all attempts to license or restrict the arming of individuals...I consider such laws a violation of civil liberty, subversive of democratic political institutions, and self-defeating in their purpose."

Ronald Reagan: "It's time we rebelled."

Ronald Reagan: "When I am President, my number one priority will be to get big government off the back of the American people."

Samuel Adams: "If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."

Senator Edward V. Long: "The IRS has become morally corrupted by the enormous power which we in Congress have unwisely entrusted to it. Too often it acts like a Gestapo preying upon defenseless citizens."

Dem Sen. Howard Metzenbaum (sponsor) during the floor debate of the Brady Bill, 1993 "I don't care about crime, I just want to get the guns." "No, we're not looking at how to control criminals ... we're talking about banning the AK-47 and semi-automatic guns." "I'm not interested in getting a bill that deals with airport security... all I want to do is get at plastic guns."

Senator Sam Ervin: "... judicial verbicide is calculated to convert the Constitution into a worthless scrap of paper and to replace our government of laws with a judicial oligarchy."

Tacitus, 56-120 A.D.: "The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws."

Thomas Jefferson [A quote from Thomas Jefferson in a letter to William S. Smith in 1787. Taken from Jefferson, On Democracy 20, S. Padover ed., 1939]: "And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms....The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants"

Tom Anderson: "I wonder why some of the so-called guardians of freedom are so anxious to register guns and so reluctant to register Communists."

Winston Churchill: "If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."

"We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans..." - President Clinton (USA TODAY, 11 March 1993, page 2A)

Don't think of it as `gun control', think of it as `victim disarmament'. If we make enough laws, we can all be criminals.

"Liberals, it has been said, are generous with other peoples' money, except when it comes to questions of national survival when they prefer to be generous with other people's freedom and security." --William F. Buckley

"The object of war is not to die for your country, but to make the other bastard die for his." --General George S. Patton

"It appears that the murder rate inside prisons is ten times higher than that outside prisons. It must be due to all those Kalashnikov rifles that are issued to prisoners upon their incarceration." --Jeff Cooper in Guns & Ammo magazine, August, 1989.

"...and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one." --Luke 22:36

Charles A. Beard: "You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence."

41 posted on 11/07/2002 11:53:32 AM PST by Doomonyou
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"Despite the high cost of living, it remains popular."
42 posted on 11/07/2002 11:53:50 AM PST by asformeandformyhouse
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The only "good" Indians I ever saw were dead. General William T. Sherman, Ft. Union, Arkansas 1869.

Actually, no. Gen. Phil Sheridan.

43 posted on 11/07/2002 11:54:14 AM PST by Cincinatus
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Molon Labe! - Spartan General-King Leonidas to Xerxes, the Persian Emperor who came with 600,000 of the fiercest fighting troops in the world to conquer and invade little Greece, then the center and birthplace of civilization as we know it. When Xerxes offered to spare the lives of Leonidas, his 300 personal bodyguards and a handful of Thebans and others who volunteered to defend their country, if they would lay down their arms, Leonidas shouted these two words back.

Translation: "Come and get them!"

44 posted on 11/07/2002 11:58:02 AM PST by asformeandformyhouse
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To: Constitution Day; stainlessbanner
Now, look at this post of mine: It is put in "News/Activism." It is ACTIVISM, is that clear to you? We are formulating a strategy for having as much input as FReeperly possible in the new Senate

My new favorite phrase, I claimed it and neither one of you can have it!!

45 posted on 11/07/2002 11:58:12 AM PST by billbears
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From one of the Mondale/Coleman debate threads:

"I want to punch Mondale in the face."

I don't know who said it but I just made myself laugh again typing it!

46 posted on 11/07/2002 11:59:15 AM PST by Minnesoootan
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My father was from Virginia and had a way with colorful Southern colloquialisms.

One time when I was a teenager, I was moving some stuff around the house when he was trying to watch TV in the next room. After a while, he got exasperated by my racket and hollered, "Boy, you make more noise than two skeletons humping on a tin roof!"

I know that's not a deep, philosophical or sophisticated bon mot, but I think it is the funniest, most strangely poetic thing I've ever heard anyone say.
47 posted on 11/07/2002 12:15:57 PM PST by Media Insurgent
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To: pankot
and Mickey Mouse is another $%^OTI*$ rat
48 posted on 11/07/2002 12:21:20 PM PST by Man from Oz
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"In that instrument [the U.S. Constitution] we have laid
down the law [via the 13th Amendment], now and forever, 
that there shall be no slavery or involuntary servitude in 
this republic, except for crime."
Frederick Douglass (1817 - 1895)

"Sheep are happier of themselves, than under the care of wolves." Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
"The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers with the least possible amount of hissing." J.B. Colbert (1619-1683)
"I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load on us with perpetual debt. If we run into such debts, we must be taxed in our meat and drink, in our necessities and in our comforts, in our labor and in our amusements. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labor of the people, under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy." Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
"I esteem myself a good, persistent hater of injustice and oppression, but my resentment ceases when they cease, and I have no heart to visit upon children the sins of their fathers." Frederick Douglass (1817 - 1895)
"Public virtue cannot exist without private virtue." John Adams
"It is harder to preserve than to obtain liberty." John C. Calhoun, Speech in the Senate; January, 1848
"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
"I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations." James Madison, Speech in the Virginia Convention; June 16, 1788
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"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Colonel Charles Yancey
"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." John Adams
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"Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees; and both the trust and trustees are created for the benefit of the people." Henry Clay, Speech at Ashland, Kentucky [1829]
"When more of the people's sustenance is exacted through the form of taxation than is necessary to meet the just obligations of government and expenses of its economical administration, such exaction becomes ruthless extortion and a violation of the fundamental principles of a free government." Grover Cleveland, Second Annual Message; December, 1886
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"We have forgotten the gracious hand which has preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving Grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us." Abraham Lincoln
"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries." Winston Churchill
"A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government." Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address; March 4, 1801
"Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else..." Theodore Roosevelt
"Modern liberalism, for most liberals is not a consciously understood set of rational beliefs, but a bundle of unexamined prejudices and conjoined sentiments. The basic ideas and beliefs seem more satisfactory when they are not made fully explicit, when they merely lurk rather obscurely in the background, coloring the rhetoric and adding a certain emotive glow." James Burnham, Suicide of the West
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"I am certain that nothing has done so much to destroy the juridicial safeguards of individual freedom as the striving after this mirage of social justice." Fredrich von Hayek, Economic Freedom and Representative Government; 1973
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49 posted on 11/07/2002 12:23:38 PM PST by ricer1
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To: ThomasJefferson
I like PJ's "Circumcision Principle" as regards the budget.

You can lop 10% off the top of anything.

50 posted on 11/07/2002 12:25:12 PM PST by Spyder
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