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Wednesday Quotable

Mark Twain was a cynical yet funny feller.  I dig his way of communicating his satire and sarcasm.  Today, the temperature didn’t break 50 degrees F until about 10:00 AM at my house, according to my weather station.  From all reports I have heard, we won’t even break 60 degrees all day.  So, it  that is actually pretty cold for those of us here in Homestead.  Here’s what Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain for those of you in Rio Linda) has to say about cold weather in an area that is notoriously hot all year.

In India, “cold weather” is merely a conventional phrase and has come into use through the necessity of having some way to distinguish between weather which will melt a brass door-knob and weather which will only make it mushy.

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Wednesday Quotable

I am blessed to be part of a great family that loves me and is loved by me. Today’s quotable x2 is about family.

The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works is the family.
-Lee Iacocca

In times of test, family is best.
-Burmese Proverb

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Wednesday Quotable – Thanksgiving

Thank you Lord, for giving me such a great wife and home.  Thank you for my brother, sister-in-law, nieces, nephew, mom, dad, and all the other wonderful blessings of family.  Thank you for your provision!

Some hae meat and canna eat, –
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit.
~Robert Burns

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Wednesday Quotable

Let me qualify the proceeding quote by saying that Paul said the things he struggled to do the things he wanted to do and did things he did not want to do. Truly, happiness and joy is being obedient to the will of the Lord. But we should all strive to accomplish the following while being obedient to God’s will.

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

-Mahatma Gandhi

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Wednesday Quotable

For the last 8 years, save a short period after 9/11, this nation has been in constant division and disunity. The nation has been torn by ideological divides on issues of foreign policy, social security, and economic/tax policy. The nation has spoken, and though I believe they have been misinformed by the mainstream media (who have done us a great disservice by investigating the lives of private citizens like “Joe the Plumber” more than the Democratic nominee for POTUS), their voice has been heard loud and clear. Abraham Lincoln quoted Matthew 12:25 in his call for unity and freedom in the Emancipation Proclamation. My new president (elect) Barack Obama will be faced with huge challenges. I will pray for God’s grace and wisdom as he leads our country through difficult times. If he fails to make good and wise decisions, I fail. If he succeeds in leading this nation in the right direction, I succeed. Therefore, now is the time to stand together in unity.

A house divided against itself cannot stand.
-Abraham Lincoln

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Wednesday Quotable

Benjamin Franklin was one of the great figures of American history.  He was not a supporter of democracy in its purest form, but he did support a representative style of democracy.  You elect leaders, they lead.  This is the form of government we have today, though we are more democratic than he envisioned on many levels.  His quotes on freedom and liberty still hold water today.

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.

Here is another great quote by Franklin:

This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.

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Wednesday Quotable Two-play

You can very well see the following philosophy behind the words of Barack Obama when he talks about “trickle up” economics and spreading the wealth. For a two-play of Wednesday’s quotable, these are the words of none other than Karl Marx which laid the foundation for Marxist Communism:

From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.

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With Senator Barack Obama’s response to “Joe the Plumber” revealing his position on hyper progressive taxes as a means of spreading the wealth, we no longer have to parse words. Obama’s plan is a form of socialism.

Senator Obama said,

“My attitude is that if the economy’s good for folks from the bottom up, it’s gonna be good for everybody. I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

I’ve said all along that I do not dislike Senator Obama. He seems like a decent guy. He’s likable, has a beautiful family, and he has ascended to positions of power in a relatively short time. But his policies are not pro-America, and they are certainly not just or fair. They are punitive to those who want to move from their current place or class to a higher position. They seek to “spread the wealth” and he actually said it out loud. Today’s quotable comes from one of our nation’s greatest presidents and an icon of labor, civil rights, and American patriots. Here is what President Abraham Lincoln would have to say in response to Senator Barack Obama:

“Property is the fruit of labor…property is desirable…is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.”

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Wednesday Quotable

Some great quotes that give you a little pause with this giant spending bill that will probably be passed.  I’m not taking a position, but I just want to put this out for thought.

The Social Contract is nothing more or less than a vast conspiracy of human beings to lie to and humbug themselves and one another for the general good. Lies are the mortar that bind the savage individual man into the social masonry.
– H.G. Wells

Fear is the foundation of most governments.
– John Adams

“Fiat justitia, pereat coelum.” (Let justice be done, though heaven fall.)
-John Quincy Adams

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Wednesday Quotable

It’s obvious that there are people who constantly look for the reason that they cannot make it. Then there are others who are constantly looking for ways to succeed. I love this quote.

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.”

– George Bernard Shaw

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