And now….a few I failed to add to the last post

I came across a few other items that should have been on the last post where I shared some quotes and/or sayings I’d found over the years. And now, without further ado, here we go.

Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest. Denis Diderot, 18th century French writer.
I like that one, but then I would.

This one I had posted on the lid of my toolbox when I worked at a company where we made radar systems and all the associated equipment for such systems.

My job is SO secret, even I don’t know what I am doing.

Works for most gummint types as well.

This was from my days at the University of Science, Music, and Culture. Also know as USMC, as in United States Marine Corps. See? We DID have a sense of humor, calling ourselves a university even.
here goes;

We the unwilling
Lead by the unknowing
Doing the impossible
For the ungrateful

We have done so much
For so long
With so little
We are now qualified
To do anything
With nothing.

another version had the last two lines as;
To to the impossible
With nothing.

Tommy, C Moore, Chief, Hat, and I figured the first version was better. We didn’t believe in impossibilities. Hey, we were just 18-21 year old young men, who just happened by then to be old beyond our years. War does strange things to the human psyche.
It also makes for some very, very dark humor, which I will NOT share on this blog nor anywhere else. I have no desire to “enjoy” a stay in the rubber room, thanks all the same folks.
I still think that humor IS situational. We knew that much of what we thought of as funny at that time, back in the states, would never ever be remotely funny in any way at all. And still, we did laugh at what we thought was funny at the time. Situational humor.

Until next time, assuming there will be one, PLEASE, be good to each other. Treat ALL people you meet the way you want to be treated. Just one small gesture, it may make the day for another. The world CAN be changed, all it takes is for each of us to do one small thing, like be nice to everybody we meet. Every big change had to start out small and then grow into something bigger. Give it a try, it just might work, but we’ll never know unless we try.
Stay safe.

And now………for something compltetly different

Today I want to share a few quotes and items I picked up over the years. Some from the internet, others from books or other print sources and/or various media. Yes, the heading IS from another old favorite of mine, Monty Python.
First up is one that I first found in late 1971 or early 1972. At the time I had returned from the war in Vietnam and was stationed at Camp LeJeune, which is outside Jacksonville, North Carolina. I used to go into town on most weekends, not just to drink at one of the many beer joints in town, but to often watch a movie and often to eat something other than standard Marine Corps mess hall food. I found a nice little book store just off the main drag in town. They had great variety of books, not a big store, but good selection, cross section of books. There I found the “Hobbit” and the entire “Lord of the Rings” book. I bought all four of them and read them all by June 1972, when my enlistment was over.
One short poem from the “Fellowship of the Ring” struck me and has stayed with me ever since. For various reasons, I really like it. It would be difficult to explain just what it means to me, but whatever meaning I do get from it, no doubt varies with time and what has happened over the years. Any way, enough of my lead up, here it is;

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And wither then? I cannot say.
by J.R.R. Tolkien
(from the Ballantine Books paper back edition page 62. 1969, sixth printing)
I have copies of this and one is posted on my computer desk so I can read it any time I am at the desk.

For what follows, where I know the author, or at least who supposedly said it, I will give the name. Those that were without attribution will be presented here the same way. There is no particular order to any of this, just random things I made note of over the years for various reasons.
First off, this sounds like a total no-brainer, until you see who said it.
“You cannot go around the world and violate the sovereignty of nations by force, coercion, or intimidation.” Sounds very reasonable, right? Now, who said this……Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel said this to China. Pot, kettle, anybody? Or, was Chuck implicating HIS own country in a very rare moment of true honesty? I’d bet it was absolute arrogance of the part of old Chuck. After all, everybody KNOWS that ONLY the US of A can do that and get off scot free, well…………sort of, sometimes.

“No people can be both ignorant and free.” Thomas Jefferson

“The news and the truth are not the same thing.” Walter Lippman

“All the war propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.” George Orwell

“The enormous gap between what U.S. leaders do…….and what Americans think their leaders are doing is one of the great propaganda accomplishments.” unknown to me

“Criticism in time of war is essential to the maintenance of any kind of democracy.” Robert Taft (R) Ohio

“The chief difference between genius and stupidity is genius has limits.” unknown author

An odd acronym that never caught on, I think it may have come from Paul Craig Roberts, but do not quote me on this. PIGAC PIGAC = Permanent insider government aristocracy class

This I believe was from Mr. P. C. Roberts, though somebody else may have been first.
“American media = Ministry of lies and deceit”

“Laws are cobwebs for the rich and chains for the poor.” August Spies labor activist and Haymarket martyr

“I know your religion isn’t true, the same way you know other people’s isn’t” Mark Twain

“Must helpless man, in ignorance sedated, roll darkling down the torrent of his state?” Samuel Johnson—Oxford Dictionary of Quotes

“With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But, for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.” Stephen Weinburg

“Whenever the poetry of myth is interpreted as biography, history, or science, it is killed….”
“Furthermore, it is never difficult to demonstrate that the science or history, mythology is absurd. When a civilization begins to reinterpret its mythology in this way, the life goes out of it, temples become museums, and the links between the two perspectives becomes dissolved.” Joseph Campbell

“A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; NO religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.” Albert Einstein

Supposedly Einstein also said; “Only two things are infinite. The universe and human stupidity, and I am not so certain about the universe.” Good one and true, no matter who first said it.

From some blog post, which blog, I forgot long ago, sorry. “The whole idea mankind was in need of redemption in the first place is based on the belief that a couple of nudists, in the very distant past, took dietary advice from a talking snake. And we wonder why the world is the screwed up mess it is.” This is an absolute KEEPER, my opinion, yours may vary.

“First they ignore you, then they make fun of you, then they fight you, then you win.”
First said by……??? Anybody have an attribution? Lenin? Trotsky? I have no idea.

“What a useful religion this Christianity is– the people oppress themselves” Unknown author

A made look at the “big three” religions from their own view points;
Christian…..Islam and Judaism are wrong.
Jew……Christianity and Islam are wrong.
Muslim……Judaism and Christianity are wrong.
atheist……you are ALL correct!
another favorite of mine, of course

“Faith isn’t a virtue; it is a glorification of a voluntary ignorance.” Anonymous

“Faith means not wanting to know what is true.” Nietzsche

“It could probably be shown by facts that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.” Mark Twain.

Until next time, PLEASE try and be good to each other.
Treat everybody you come in contact with the same way you want to be treated. We just could make this world a nicer place for us all. Give it a try, an honest try. You may like it.

Only in Louisiana

 

 

Today I have some items to share with any who stop by here about the state I live in. I moved here in April of 2000 after living in southern California for 41 years. OK, I did spend over two years outside California during that time. My tour in Vietnam, 1970-71 and then my last duty station was in North Carolina, September 1971 until the end of my enlistment in June 1972. Basically though, I was a resident of California from 1959 until 2000.

Enough of the background information. Early on in my time here, Louisiana, I was told that in this state, politics IS a contact sport. Yes, this is where Huey Long reigned as the closest thing the US of A has ever known as a dictator. While he was behind many various nasty things, he did do a lot of good for the common people. He did get bridges built, roads paved and free hospitals for ALL people, regardless of skin color. He provided, state money of course, for ALL school children to have books, paper, and pencils. Yes, this was all done with state funds, but, it was still way more than any other governor had done for the common, working class and poor people of this state.

Those who were alive during his life either love him or hate him. He was and still is that polarizing. In my opinion, the best biography of the man was done by T. Harry Williams. It is titled, simply; “Huey Long”. In my opinion, it is the only biography of Huey Long that is basically neutral. He points out the bad things he was responsible for, graft, greed, corruption, etc. He also tells the good he did for the common people.In short, a fair look at the man and his life.

Now, to recent events in this state. First off is a must read article some of you may have read by now. It was posted at the web site Think Progress. Yes, I know, some of my regular readers do not care much for this site for various reasons. I have not been a visitor to it for over a year myself as I got a bit tired of the slant some of the main authors seemed to have. We all have our own look on things and our own prejudices, big deal, that is life and we are all human. This article though needs to be read in my opinion.

The link follows http://www.thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/09/03/3478445/republican-judge-in-louisiana-breaks-marriage-equality
As I read this, it struck me as this. Of course! The guy was appointed by “saint” Ronnie, so what else would you expect? Yeah, I AM very cynical as well as being sarcastic.
Even the Supreme Court refused to say that marriage equality is illegal or unconstitutional. BUT, by shopping for a pliable judge, the Reich wingers found one. Where? Why in Louisiana, where else? You might be thinking about Mississippi or even Alabama. Well, they may have been next on the list for these “shoppers” I didn’t see that in the article. Yeah, I know, I need to go and read it again, closer. Probably will, but it just got me so damn angry I needed to post this rant NOW. As the old saying goes; strike while the iron is hot. Well, even if the outdoor temperature was 40 below zero, I’d still be damn hot about this clown.
I do not care one bit what you think of marriage equality. That is for you to decide. I will say now and any time, that while I am not gay, I DO believe that any two people who care about each other enough to want to get married should be able to do so legally. Look around this world we live in today. See all those damn fool wars going on all over the globe? See all those fellow human beings having NO access to safe, clean drinking water? See all those fellow human beings doing without proper diet? See all those fellow human beings with NO homes to live in? (Many of the homeless in the US of A are US military veterans. What ever happened to the bullshit slogan; “Support the troops”? Just WHAT “support” do those homeless vets get from the gummint that is supposed to provide them with decent treatment from the VA?) Think about those fellow human beings around the globe who live on less than $2.00 US per DAY, a great many of them survive, if you can call it that, on about $1.00 per DAY!
NOW, tell me after a few moments thinking about that last paragraph and tell me that this world does NOT need all the caring, loving people it can get. Come on, I dare you to. Hell, I double DOG dare you to do so. IF any two human beings give their mutual consent to enter into a marriage, they should be encouraged to do so, no matter if they are the same sex. Marriage does not only exist to produce offspring. As far as that goes, just look here in the US of A at the huge number of unwed mothers. Yeah, how’s THAT for your marriage is all about having children doing? Now, tell me again that this world does NOT need ALL the love, caring, happy marriages it can get. Remember, I DARE you to tell me that gay marriage should NOT be allowed. Well, screw that shit. ALL human beings have the absolute RIGHT to be happy and if two of them consent to get married, nobody should even think about blocking them, as long as they are of legal age and both consent. Two gay people being married does NOT in any way at all threaten me or make me less secure in any way. What harm does it do to you if two people of the same sex get married and live as happy as they are able to? How in hell could that ever harm you? IF you object to gay marriage, do NOT enter into one. See how bloody simple it is?
For my next point of this rant, please check CB Forgotston and his post of 4 September 2014.
This is part of an ongoing “saga” on the amendment to a bill in the state legislature on the last day of the session. It is a rider that increases, unconstitutionally, the retirement pay of the commander of the Louisiana State Police and one other retired trooper.
While this has been going on for some weeks now in Louisiana, very well covered by both CB Forgotston and Tow Aswell at “Louisiana Voice” web site (both are in the links on this page), the post today by CB was a stunner. The attorneys for the board told the board members to ignore the law. This amounts to criminal malfeasance according to CB. I emailed him, as I often do after reading his daily posts, to ask if attorneys are actually officers of the court as they are in most states. I had to ask him as Louisiana state law is NOT based on English Common Law as most of the US of A is, but on the Napoleonic Code. So, I asked him, while also telling him how angry it made me, to clarify that point. His reply was, YES, even in Louisiana attorneys ARE officers of the court.
Now, can anybody actually imagine an officer of the court saying to you; “Go ahead and break this law.” Or; “Go ahead and just ignore this law”? IF any court officer told me this, after the shock wore off, the first thing I’d be asking is OK bud, now IF/when I get in trouble for this, will you back me up? I’ll bet the whole bloody farm that said attorney will be nowhere to be found when I get caught. He/she will claim to never have heard of me ever, no matter how many times we’d been photographed in meetings, face-to-face, in public.
Just my opinion, not even worth the proverbial 2 cents now days is. these attorneys are guilty of a crime now.
What a state we have here in Louisiana. And some people think old Huey was bad. Well, lil’ Booby Jindal looks to take not just the cake, but the whole bloody damn bakery. Oh, by the way, Herr Jindal still “thinks” he can be president of the US of A. And, one more downer, it IS true that diaper Dave Vitter IS running for governor of Louisiana in 2015.

p.s. Rude pundit (link on this page) also gives his take on “judge” Feldman and his “decision” on marriage. Read at your own risk, Rude pundit does NOT mince his words.
OK, until next time, please try and be good to each other. This old world DOES need ALL the love it can get.