Since May 1, 2002

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Started reading Free Republic during the 2000 election debacle.

Didn't make a post until almost two years later. Why? If there's an idea or comment I have, almost always another Freeper's already beat me to it, and usually articulated it better than I could have. More often than not, that's still the case.

Some of my favorite articles and posts that reflect my beliefs:

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And now, without further ado, random quotes which reflect my beliefs....

"There are basically only two ways of reducing a deficit -- cut spending or collect more taxes. When you see liberals in politics and in the media going ballistic about the deficit, you know that they are not thinking about cutting spending." - Thomas Sowell

"Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. Liberty is two wolves attempting to have a sheep for dinner and finding a well-informed, well-armed sheep." - Benjamin Franklin

Snippets of Wisdom from Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910)

"Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself."
"No one's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session."
"It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress."
"If you are a member of Congress (no offense) and one of your constituents who doesn't know anything, and does not want to go into the bother of learning something, and has no money, and no employment, and can't earn a living, comes besieging you for help. .. you throw him on his country. He is his country's child, let his country support him. There is something good and motherly about Washington, the grand old benevolent Asylum for the Helpless."

"Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." - Albert Einstein

11/05/06 - Considering the recent FR stance that has come to light. This last quote has been on my mind. I'm not sure its an actual Einstein quote.

The mission statement of FR has been posted as a point to buttress a wreckless assumption that was made. I have read and re-read that mission statement to see if there was something I misunderstood. I can't speak for the others, but I saw no conflict with that mission statement and my personal conservative beliefs and understanding of science. Given the history of posts of the others I have read in my time here on FR, I never had the impression that they were in conflict with that mission statement either. If anything, I felt they promoted it. In my view, FR has lost a valuable asset. My hope is that this can be reversed, but for now I can not help but feel dissappointed.

The scientific method is a good thing. Science is not religion. Religion is not science. Science is the how. Religion is the why.