“Programming is the fine art of making a machine that has absolutely no intelligence act as though it does.”

Remember, Remember

I hope I’m not the only one who quotes this one today.

“Remember, remember, the fifth of November. The gunpowder, treason, and plot. I can think of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.”

Happy 5th of November, everyone.

p.s. And while we’re talking of remembering – don’t forget that November 17th is International Keith Day!

What I’ve Been Talking About!

“The Englishman William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, made an eloquent contrast of authority and power 200 years ago in Parliament: “The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown. It may be frail; its roof may shake; the wind may blow through it; the rain may enter; but the King of England may not enter; all his force dares not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement.” If society has regressed to where power alone is sufficient for government action, we have a police state. If power alone is sufficient, our lives are in jeopardy if we pique a police officer.”

I have added the emphasis to this quote. My hope is that this will make you think for a moment about the way we live today; the idea that your home, no matter how small or run-down, is YOURS, and that without due process of law, even the “king” (or in our case, any representative of our federal or state government) may not enter. Think about that… and how that may no longer be true these days.

*sigh* What times are these that I have lived to see… where freedom is surrendered because of fear and ignorance… where abuse of power is exercised by those who claim to be “protecting” us.


Current mood: Calm

Currently listening to: the wind

I’m re-writing this in a terse, shortened version because I lost my previous post due to internet problems. Argh.

On Sunday I went outside and found that I had a flat tire. It was freezing out and the wind was really cold, but I put the mini-spare on and drove down to John Fitch Highway to get it fixed. Turned out, there was no hole, no slash, no leak at all. It must’ve gotten cold and broken the seal with the rim or something, because it’s been fine since. Go figure.

Saw an interesting bumper sticker today. It said: “Have you seen my constitutional rights lately?”

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary

safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

— Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), Letter to Josiah Quincy, Sept. 11, 1773.

Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not

have, nor do they deserve, either one.

— President Thomas Jefferson. 1743-1826

Just some food for thought.