Monthly Archives: January 2009

Alexis de Tocqueville

On Democracy in America (1835, 1840):


A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.


America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.


Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.


The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.


The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.


Those that despise people will never get the best out of others and themselves.


Kerry SF-180 4 Years Today

It has been four years since John Kerry promised to sign his SF-180 and release his military records. He has yet to do so.

Monday Morning Musings

Watched Swing Vote this past weekend, and if you haven’t seen it you ought to. So many truisms, many, many funny moments. It had me laughing out loud.

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Fly Me to the Moon is a very cute little movie. Nostalgic too. Three little boy flies stow away on Apollo 11 so they can go to space and the moon. The CGI of the moon landing is terrific.

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I wonder what people who get on an airplane for the first time think. I mean because the aisles on TV and in the movies are so wide, and there’s room between the rows… Real airplanes aren’t like that at all.

Amazing Grace

As sung at the National Prayer Service this morning at the National Catherdral.

I don’t know who the singer is, but he is wonderful. A commenter at YouTube says his name is Wintley Phipps.

For New York's Junior Senate Seat

If Governor Paterson is going to appoint someone to fill Hillary Clinton’s seat, perhaps he should choose Charlie Rangel. That way Roland Burris won’t be alone in the Senate and we can get Charlie off the House Ways and Means Committee.

Monday Morning Musings

Just some silly stuff this morning:

1. How do you install your toilet paper roll?
a. Paper feeds from over the top
b. Paper feeds from below
c. Whichever way it happens to land

2. Speaking of toilet paper, are you a
a. buncher
b. folder

3. Do you clean the lint filter in the dryer…
a. after every load
b. before every load

4. Which do you like better
a. coffee
b. tea
c. soda pop
d. Booze

5. Do you snack on…
a. packaged snack foods (salty – chips, pretzels, etc)
b. packaged snack foods (sweet – cookies, snack cakes, Twinkies, etc)
c. fresh fruits and veggies.

There are no right answers to this little “quiz” and it won’t tell you anything about yourself or what kind of anything you are… Just a few silly questions.