Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Today's Truth

"No matter if the science is all phony, there [are] collateral environmental benefits...climate change [provides] the greatest chance to bring about justice and equality in the world."

Christine Stewart (born January 3 1941)
Former Canadian politician and Environment Minister

Source: Calgary Herald, December 14 1998

Nice one, the mask slips and the truth is revealed - a watermelon environmentalist (green on the surface, red under the skin) reveals the true motive behind the Global Warmist strategy.

When is a rapist not a rapist?

When he's a member of the Hollywood elite, clearly. Then it's not "rape-rape" as famed jurist Whoopi Goldberg asserts here:

How many other types of rapist do you think Whoopi Goldberg would try to defend? None, I expect.

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Today's Truth

"Government does not tax to get the money it needs; government always finds a need for the money it gets."

Ronald Wilson Reagan - (1911–2004)
Hollywood star, President of the Screen Actors Guild, 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975) and 40th President of the United States (1981–1989)

Tom DeLay dances like a Wild Thing

My friends, there were rumours a while back that Lord Mandelson was keen on appearing on Strictly Come Dancing at some time in the future (presumably when his team are back in opposition next year), there have even been rumours that Ann Widdecombe might be up for strutting her stuff on the show.

Well now the precedent has been set for politicians on the programme, with former House Majority Leader, Republican firebrand Tom "The Hammer" DeLay. If our Parliamentarians can be this good it would be worth watching:

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Today's Truth

"The principle of free speech is no new doctrine born of the Constitution of the United States. It is a heritage of English-speaking peoples, which has been won by incalculable sacrifice, and which they must preserve so long as they hope to live as free men."

Robert M. Lafollette, Sr. - (1855-1925)
American politician who served as the 20th Governor of Wisconsin (1901–1906) and Republican Senator from Wisconsin (1906–1925), ran for President of the United States as the nominee of his own Progressive Party in 1924

Source: Speech, 6 October 1917

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Today's Truth

"Today, when a concerted effort is made to obliterate this point, it cannot be repeated too often that the Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private individuals -- that it does not prescribe the conduct of private individuals, only the conduct of the government -- that it is not a charter for government power, but a charter of the citizen's protection against the government."

Ayn Rand - (1905-1982)
Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright and screenwriter

Certainly something to bear in mind when reading the rather different new European Constitution/Lisbon Treaty.

Monday, 21 September 2009

P.J. O'Rourke identifies smugness and self-importance

My friends, there's a great profile of P.J. O'Rourke in a recent edition of The Daily Telegraph. In it he identifies correctly the priggish nature of the Left, even when they are trying to be funny:

...he criticises the smugness and self-importance that he feels has crept into some political satire – not surprisingly, a trait he sees more on the Left than on the Right. “It does not do for a political humourist to be smug. We’re not offering policy alternatives; we’re pointing out political absurdities. We’re the ones switching on the kitchen lights and watching the cockroaches scamper. But we’re not going in there to stamp on them. That shouldn’t be our role.”

The piece goes on to mention that he is the most quoted living writer in The Penguin Dictionary of Modern Humorous Quotations, and asks P.J. which is his personal favourite:

...he opts for an observation he made in 1993 that is enjoying a new lease of life today: “If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free,” he famously opined at a gala dinner for the libertarian Cato Institute as the then First Lady Hillary Clinton pursued her doomed efforts to reform the health care system.

“It’s very flattering to invent a catchphrase that sticks around and hear those words being quoted again,” he says, 16 years later. “They probably stand up to analysis and time because they’re true.”

Quite right, P.J., quite right.

Today's Truth

"We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debt, as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our calling and our creeds... [we will] have no time to think, no means of calling our miss-managers to account but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers... And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for [another]... till the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery... And the fore-horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression."

Thomas Jefferson - (1743-1826)
US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President

Source: Letter to Samuel Kercheval, Monticello, July 12, 1816

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Today's Truth

"English character and English freedom depend comparatively little on the form which the Constitution assumes at Westminster. A centralised democracy may be as tyrannical as an absolute monarch; and if the vigour of the nation is to continue unimpaired, each individual, each family, each district, must preserve as far as possible its independence, its self-completeness, its powers and its privilege to manage its own affairs and think its own thoughts."

James Anthony Froude - (1818-1894)
British author and historian

Source: Short Studies on Great Subjects - (1872)

Andy McNab has the BNP in his sights

My friends, the odious Nick Griffin and his fellow sub-moronic racist socialists in the British National Party have managed to upset someone who I wouldn't want to see get angry with me, the British SAS hero turned author, Andy McNab.

Nothing British (the conservative anti-BNP site) is reporting that Griffin and his brethren are attempting to hijack some goodwill aimed at the superb Help for Heroes charity by holding an auction for signed copies of two of McNab's best-sellers. McNab's response is most welcome, demanding his books back:

“When someone called me to say that the BNP was using one of my books in a publicity stunt, I was sick to the stomach.

“I served with men of all colours and from many nationalities. They were all equal to me. That’s what the army teaches you. Nick Griffin thinks differently. He thinks the British Army should be for whites-only. He thinks heroes like Johnson Beharry, our only living VC, should be sent back to Grenada.

“He doesn’t understand that what makes the British Army great, and what makes this country great. It’s the way we draw together people from all around the world and give them ideals worth believing in: tolerance, fairness, decency, looking out for the little guy.

“It’s the British way of doing things.

“That’s why I’ve asked for my books back. Because I don’t want anything to help the BNP promote their poisonous politics of segregation and hatred.”

Here's a tip, Griffin, give them up - don't make him come and take them...

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Today's Truth

"When a government controls both the economic power of individuals and the coercive power of the state...this violates a fundamental rule of happy living: Never let the people with all the money and the people with all the guns be the same people."

P. J. O'Rourke - (born November 14 1947)
US humorist, journalist, and political commentator