Tag: Quote of the Day

QOTD: Government “Accounting”


The one major fiscal area where generally accepted accounting principles and independent accountants have remained rare is in government.  Indeed, a century later, most state governments, while often requiring their creatures to adhere to GAAP, do not do so themselves.  And the federal government–the largest fiscal entity on earth–still keeps its books in much the same way as it did in the nineteenth century.  With no countervailing forces, such as the Wall Street banks and the Stock Exchange, to exert the needed pressure, the “managers” of government–the legislators, governors, and presidents–have been able to put their self-interests ahead of those of the “stockholders”.

The above quote, from author John Steele Gordon in his book “An Empire of Wealth“, written in 2004, pretty fairly describes the way our U.S. governments keep their books, and who benefits from the “loose” accounting found everywhere these days.

Quote of the Day: On Safetyism


“The nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master and deserves one.” – Alexander Hamilton

Hamilton wrote this in the context of the Quasi-War with France and the Barbary Wars against North African states. A nation unwilling to defend its rights and borders soon gets conquered by foreign states and ends up ruled from afar. Or, having paid the Dane-Geld, discovers they never get rid of the Dane.

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GENERAL ORDER NUMBER 3 General Order, No. 3 The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them, […]

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Quote of the Day: Crusades and Woke Folk


“The surest way to work up a crusade in favor of some good cause is to promise people they will have a chance of maltreating someone. To be able to destroy with good conscience, to be able to behave badly and call your behavior ‘righteous indignation’ – this is the height of psychological luxury, the most delicious of moral treats.” – Aldous Huxley

This quote perfectly describes the appeal of Wokism. At its heart, it is the opportunity to bully and maltreat others “for the greater good.” It is also why the most egregious of the woke folk are all idlers, people with no constructive purpose in life. It is easier to destroy than to create. And if one is unable to create, jealousy of those who can is a frequent feature. Wokism is the cause that allows you destroy and be proud of it.

Quote of the Day: Responsibility


“Responsibility without authority is slavery.” – Rollo Tomassi

This is a quote that cuts to the heart of what is wrong with Critical Race Theory. It assigns responsibility for actions to those who did not perform them while simultaneously denying those with responsibility for “fixing” the problem the authority to do so. All you can do is admit fault, accept guilt, and do what your masters demand of you. Isn’t that the very definition of slavery – of being a slave?

Quote of the Day: Questions of Science


“In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.” – Galileo Galilei

I hate appeals to authority when it comes to science. These always raise a red flag with me. “Trust the Science” is the technocrat’s version of “Because, shut up.” Science by its nature does not invite trust, it invites skepticism. Scientific progress is made by those challenging the science, and being convinced of its validity through reasoning.

Quote of the Day: No Apologies


“I am only resolved to act in that manner, which will, in my own opinion, constitute my happiness, without reference to you, or to any person so wholly unconnected with me.” – Elizabeth Bennet to Lady Catherine de Bourgh in Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

Jane Austen not only anticipated the “me too” movement in Pride and Prejudice, but also a “cancel culture” of a sort. Surely Lady Catherine assumed she had within her power the capacity to destroy Elizabeth Bennet’s hopes for marrying her nephew, perhaps as well as her reputation. And she might have if Elizabeth had apologized and deferred to her demands. Yet she held herself as an equal to her opponent and refused to acquiesce to a lady who believed herself to be the very embodiment of wealth, establishment, and propriety. It seems to me that this response, or the modern equivalent, should be the statement of anyone faced with unjust demands for an apology.

Quote of the Day: MLK on Our Colleges


“If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. Be careful, ‘brethren!’ Be careful, teachers!” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Despite failings, Martin Luther King, Jr., was a man of remarkable vision. He stated this over 60 years ago. Back then our colleges and universities were centers of academic excellence, stressing the importance of finding knowledge through constant questioning and by challenging the conventional verities. Today? They are occupied by close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts.

QotD – Freedom


Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

– Ronald Reagan

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I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this government: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is […]

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QotD – Crooked Politicians


Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I’ll show you a crook. – Harry Truman

Harry Truman was an honest politician.  He left the White House without a fortune and refused to profit off the Presidency by accepting positions on corporate boards. Presidents since then, especially Democrats? Not so much. The only President since Truman that left office poorer than when he entered it was Donald Trump. Whatever failing you may think Trump may have had, profiting from political office was not one of them.

Quote of the Day: Generation of Humanity


“If allowed to continue, objectification might draw the man to engage in conversation with the woman with the aim of taking her on a series of dates, which might then lead to a sexual encounter that could then become a long-term relationship and even culminate in a marriage that produces children and thus burdens the woman with the uniquely essential and gratifying task of shaping a new generation of humanity in the hallowed and elevated role of motherhood for which untold descendants may one day rise up and call her blessed.

And we wouldn’t want that.

Feminists are very opposed to objectification. Fortunately, feminists are rarely objectified themselves. But they’ve heard about it and they say it sounds dreadful and they would never, ever want it to happen to them.”

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One of the consequences of such notions as ‘entitlements’ is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence. – Thomas Sowell As usual Dr. Thomas Sowell offers us excellent Sowell food for thought. What makes this quote […]

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Quote of the Day: Selective Quotation


“The only good Indian is a dead Indian.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie, 1935

Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote the sentence quoted above. Those exact words appear on page 284 of Wilder’s classic children’s book, Little House on the Prairie. Were those the words of little Laura herself, written in maturity as she remembered them from childhood? Or was such a slur spoken by Laura’s beloved Pa? If not Pa, did Ma utter that condemnable statement, out of fear of her neighbors on the prairie? Or worse, out of pure hatred?

For a book that was published nearly a century ago, it’s no spoiler alert to reveal that, in fact, it was the Ingalls’ neighbor Mr. Scott who made the remark. You may wonder why I just didn’t include any information about the speaker in the first place since the full quote is written, “‘The only good Indian is a dead Indian,’ Mr. Scott said.”

Quote of the Day: The Texas Declaration of Independence


Today is San Jacinto Day, the day Texas won its independence from Mexico at the Battle of San Jacinto. Seven weeks earlier at Washington on Brazos, Texas had declared its independence. At San Jacinto, they secured it.

The battle involved only around 2000 participants – roughly the total attendance of two Five-A high schools with their faculties. The age distribution of the combatants was likely only a few years older. Most of the common soldiers were in their late teens or very early twenties. Yet the result of the battle changed North American history decisively, opening the path for the United States to spread to the Pacific coast along the section that fell outside the Louisiana Purchase.

Quote of the Day: Seen By One


“The lover sees this plain woman crowned with the light of heaven. She walks in beauty. Her eyes are windows to Paradise to him. Her body, every inch of it, is an incarnation and epiphany of celestial grace. In her he finds the ecstatic vision that his heart has sought. All this passionate intensity […] is not illusion. [….] The lady is as glorious as he sees her to be. It has been given to him who loves her, to see the truth about her. The rest of us bystanders, mercifully, have not had our eyes thus opened, else we would all go mad. It would be an intolerable burden of glory if we all saw unveiled, the splendor of all other creatures, all the time. . . . We cannot bear very much reality.” — Thomas Howard

In The Evidential Power of Beauty, Fr Thomas Dubay makes the following claim. Who knows you best? Almost invariably, the answer is the person who loves you most. Love is interested. Love digs deep.

Quote(s) of the Day: The Economic Straitjacket Tightens in Communist China


The title of the story in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday is: “Ant Falls in Line as China Tightens Oversight” (behind paywall).

For those who don’t recognize the name, Ant Financial is the financial technology (fintech) arm of the great Communist Chinese company Alibaba, and it is run by Alibaba’s former CEO, billionaire Jack Ma. Last year, Ant Financial was right on the cusp of going public, at an estimated value of $300 Billion. Less than three days before that, the Communist Chinese government put a halt to it, claiming that the company was violating its laws. There was also the issue of the speech Mr. Ma gave, mocking and criticizing the Chinese financial regulators. We all know that Communists don’t have much of a sense of humor. Here is a selection of quotes from the article, describing the new way that Ant Financial will be doing business.

QotD – Morality


Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike. – Oscar Wilde

This quote sums up the essence of Wokism. It is weaponized morality. Define everything as a moral absolute and use it as a club to beat those you dislike with. After all, if they are immoral, then you can dismiss them as not quite human.