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December 4, 2011 in Uncategorized by iconoclast_555 | 87 comments
…for the Faux news crowd:
“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities”
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iconoclast_555 on February 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm
“A great war leaves the country with three armies – an army of cripples, an army of mourners, and an army of thieves.”
iconoclast_555 on February 9, 2012 at 1:47 pm
“All foundations, which support the CFR [Council on Foreign Relations] are in turn directed by men from Bechtel Construction, Chase Manhattan, Kimberly-Clark, Monsanto Chemical, and dozens of other corporations. Further, to complete the circle, most foundation directors are members of the CFR. In the early 1960s, Dan Smoot found that twelve of twenty Rockefeller Foundation trustees, ten of fifteen Ford Foundation trustees, and ten of fourteen Carnegie Foundation trustees were members of the CFR”
G. William Domhoff
iconoclast_555 on February 9, 2012 at 1:48 pm
“Three of the biggest [terrorist] incidents before 9/11 were actually incidents of US culpability. In 1976, a Cuban airliner was brought down … the death toll was seventy-three … by Luis Posada Carriles, a longtime CIA operative, who was later indicted for terrorism. And the US refused to extradite him. They’re harboring him… The Indian Airlines bombing in 1985, an Indian jetliner was blown up, about 300 killed. The bombers were later found to have received training at a US camp in Alabama… The Iranian jetliner shot down by a US ship, the Vincennes, also with roughly 300 killed, in 1988, the captain of the ship who did that, he got a medal from Bush Senior for exceptionally meritorious service.”
iconoclast_555 on February 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm
“A red is any son-of-a-bitch who wants thirty cents an hour when we’re payin’ twenty-five!”
iconoclast_555 on February 10, 2012 at 5:03 pm
The Republicans have emerged as a unique phenomenon in American history – a fervently doctrinal party, zealous, ruthless, antidemocratic …
In ceasing to be a genuine opposition party the Democrats have smoothed the road to power of a party more than eager to use it to promote empire abroad and corporate power at home.
Inverted Totalitarianism, by Sheldon Wolin, The Nation, May 19, 2003
iconoclast_555 on February 10, 2012 at 5:04 pm
“Clinton, and most other contemporary Democrats, did not and will not do what is best for us or the world we live in. We don’t pay their bills – the top 10 percent do, and it is their will that will always be done…
So is there a difference between Democrats and Republicans? Sure. The Democrats say one thing (“Save the planet!”) and then do another—quietly holding hands behind the scenes with the bastards who make this world a dirtier, meaner place. The Republicans just come right out and give the bastards a corner office in the West Wing. That’s the difference.”
iconoclast_555 on February 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm
“In no small part because they coveted the same corporate money, Democrats practically walked away from the politics of struggle, leaving millions of working people with no one to fight for them. We see the consequences all around us in what a friend of mine calls “a suffocating consensus.” Even as poverty spreads, inequality grows, and our quality of life diminishes, Democrats have become the doves of class warfare.”
iconoclast_555 on February 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm
“I warn you all.
You were not elected to create a Democratic majority.
You were elected to restore this country.
You were not elected to serve the corporations and the trusts who the government has enabled for the last eight years.
You were elected to serve the people.
And if you fail to pass or support this legislation, the full wrath of the progressive and the moderate movements in this country will come down on your heads.
Explain yourselves not to me, but to them.
They elected you, and in the blink of an eye, they will replace you.
If you will behave as if you are Republicans – as if you are the prostitutes of our system – you will be judged as such.
And you will lose not merely our respect.
You will lose your jobs!
Every poll, every analysis, every vote, every region of this country supports health care reform, and the essential great leveling agent of a government-funded alternative to the unchecked duopoly of profiteering private insurance corporations.”
Keith Olberman, calling out the “Blue Dog” Democrats who oppose a not-for-profit, government-run, public health care option, Countdown,
iconoclast_555 on February 11, 2012 at 6:52 am
He only profits from praise who values criticism.”
iconoclast_555 on March 3, 2012 at 4:25 am
“Patriotism has got to be more than hanging out a flag and then sitting on your ass watching jets bomb Afghanistan.”
iconoclast_555 on March 3, 2012 at 4:26 am
“”Fearful people are more dependent, more easily manipulated and controlled, more susceptible to deceptively simple, strong, tough measures and hard-line postures.””
“”We see how the powerful countries, all of them so-called democracies, manipulate multilateral bodies to the great disadvantage and suffering of the poorer developing nations.”
iconoclast_555 on March 3, 2012 at 4:28 am
“There have never been so many civil wars as in the Kingdom of God.”
iconoclast_555 on March 3, 2012 at 4:29 am
Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.
iconoclast_555 on March 3, 2012 at 4:40 am
The most worthless of mankind are not afraid to condemn in others the same disorders which they allow in themselves; and can readily discover some nice difference of age, character, or station, to justify the partial distinction.”
Was he talking about Dems vs Repubs?
iconoclast_555 on March 22, 2012 at 7:42 am
It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism while the wolf remains of a different opinion.”
–William Ralph Inge
iconoclast_555 on April 20, 2012 at 4:08 am
“Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly.”
British author and statesman
So much for libtards.
iconoclast_555 on May 19, 2013 at 6:31 am
“The United States has only one party – the property party. It’s the party of big corporations, the party of money. It has two right wings; one is Democrat and the other is Republican.”
iconoclast_555 on May 19, 2013 at 6:32 am
“A well-functioning democracy has a culture of free speech, not simply legal protection of free speech. It encourages independence of mind. It imparts a willingness to challenge prevailing opinion through both words and deeds. Equally important, it encourages a certain set of attitudes in listeners, one that gives a respectful hearing to those who do not embrace the conventional wisdom. In a culture of free speech, the attitude of listeners is no less important than that of speakers.”
iconoclast_555 on May 19, 2013 at 6:35 am
“I have the greatest admiration for your propaganda. Propaganda in the West is carried out by experts who have had the best training in the world — in the field of advertizing — and have mastered the techniques with exceptional proficiency … Yours are subtle and persuasive; ours are crude and obvious … I think that the fundamental difference between our worlds, with respect to propaganda, is quite simple. You tend to believe yours … and we tend to disbelieve ours.”
Soviet correspondent based five years in the U.S.
iconoclast_555 on July 7, 2013 at 10:10 am
In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from.
iconoclast_555 on July 7, 2013 at 10:12 am
Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them.
iconoclast_555 on July 7, 2013 at 10:58 am
Peter again: The only reason I made a commercial for American Express was to pay for my American Express bill.
Basically I’m a very serious person, but I think the form it takes with me is comedy. I see the amusing side of all potentially pompous situations.
Her virtue was that she said what she thought, her vice that what she thought didn’t amount to much.
I have four children which is not bad considering I’m not a Catholic.
It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously.
To refuse awards is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal.
Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.
If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can’t be done.
Critics search for ages for the wrong word, which, to give them credit, they eventually find.
The point of living, and of being an optimist, is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come.
iconoclast_555 on July 7, 2013 at 11:48 am
For me, this is somewhat powerful.
I have a thing against faith. Peter hits the nail on the head – and I am conviced that unquestioning faith is laziness, and true “faith” requires questions and doubts.
To simply state “I believe” is horseshit. You have to think about it for it to mean something.
Timbuk3 on July 7, 2013 at 11:02 pm
First time I read it, I thought “well, FEAR unites us pretty effectively, too”.
I mean, America has long been the home of unity through fear of “the other”, right? “They” hate us for our freedom, gay marriage threatens my marriage (seriously, WTF?), Russia was going to blow the shit out of us for years and now it’s the GWOT, we need to ban guns because some nut in Sandy Hook, CT did what nuts do…
I’m not a “proud” American, these days. Just doing what I can to minimize the damage while “we” wait for “our saviour” to come along, I guess.
And let me save you the bits, bytes, and electrons replying to that last bit. Yeah. I know. No “saviour” is coming. As long as the voters are A) apathetic, B) too brainwashed/caught up in their own ideology to see the system breaks down when they elect uncompromising fucksticks to “represent” them, C) made ignorant by a few corps controlling what they see and hear, and D) shitting their pants in fear of “the other” we’re never going to find, much less elect, a “saviour”.
Lately, I’ve been thinking that refusal to tax the rich is tantamount to treason. If we don’t “redistribute wealth” the entire economy fails. The US economy, and the world economy. That’s just a fucking fact. Look at the Reagan and Bush years if you don’t believe me.
Yet, Merkuns keep electing stupid bastards who think the full faith and credit of the US gov’t is a bargaining chip.
iconoclast_555 on July 12, 2013 at 4:44 pm
“Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.”
― Gore Vidal, Screening History
iconoclast_555 on July 12, 2013 at 4:45 pm
“The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.”
― Gore Vidal
“[Professor] Frank recalled my idle remark some years ago: ‘Never pass up the opportunity to have sex or appear on television.’ Advice I would never give today in the age of AIDS and its television equivalent Fox News.”
― Gore Vidal, Point to Point Navigation
iconoclast_555 on July 12, 2013 at 4:48 pm
“There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party … and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat.”
― Gore Vidal
iconoclast_555 on January 27, 2014 at 6:27 pm
“In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all – security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.”
― Edward Gibbon
iconoclast_555 on March 25, 2014 at 4:11 pm
“Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”
iconoclast_555 on March 25, 2014 at 4:12 pm
“When the doctrine of allegiance to party can utterly up-end a man’s moral constitution and make a temporary fool of him besides, what excuse are you going to offer for preaching it, teaching it, extending it, perpetuating it? Shall you say, the best good of the country demands allegiance to party? Shall you also say it demands that a man kick his truth and his conscience into the gutter, and become a mouthing lunatic, besides?”
iconoclast_555 on November 24, 2014 at 6:41 pm
Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people’s minds and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead. ”
iconoclast_555 on December 12, 2014 at 7:10 pm
“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered…I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies… The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”
iconoclast_555 on December 12, 2014 at 7:20 pm
Extract from Thomas Jefferson to George Logan
Poplar Forest near Lynchburg Nov. 12. 16.
I hope we shall take warning from the example and crush in it’s birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and to bid defiance to the laws of their country.
iconoclast_555 on March 18, 2015 at 7:26 pm
The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature.
Fr those who wave the flag overmuch
Uniformityville_horror on May 30, 2015 at 1:03 pm
David Muller, Dean of Medical Education at Mt. Sinai, found on Medscape.com in an article about finding medical students in English Majors.
“Science is the foundation of an excellent medical education, but a well-rounded humanist is best suited to make the most of that education.”
Good one, Icon.
I would put “The greed of Generals is found to be the most profoundly damaging to nations and most traitor-like quality of human nature.”
I stopped waving the flag when the stupidity of the Bush the Stupider US Congress tried to pass a resolution for “Freedom Fries” when France had better intelligence on Iraq pre-illegal-invasion-and-occupation. That ended my need to wave the flag.
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