compiled by Diane Alden
ttempts to buy influence can come from any quarter. To the extent they succeed, even in small things, they will breed contempt for American government and somewhere down the road national security will suffer. Washington should be chastised by the famous words of Jugurtha, (a Roman general) leaving Rome after successfully bribing the Senate: "This is a city put up for sale, and its days are numbered if it finds a buyer."James Ring Adams, in
The American Spectator
How different folks might handle the dilemma of an overflowing water
Center, Bozeman, MT In Minneapolis, Minnesota, a man tied his dog to a tree and received a ticket for his transgression. In court the Judge gave him a choice, he could apologize and hug the tree or take a fine. The man replied, "Your honor, what planet am I on?" He took the fine.
In a similar breach of PC law a Minnesota man riding an old-fashioned high wheel bicycle was castigated by a woman walking her dog. Angrily she called him stupid, foolish and thoughtless because if he fell off the bike he might traumatize her Daschund who was wearing a doggie helmet. Turning her wrath elsewhere she spied the man who had tied his dog to the tree and screamed, "Dont you know you are traumatizing that tree!" Garage Logic Radio,
Minneapolis, Minnesota When you think about differences between morality of one people and another, do you think that the morality of one people is better or worse than that of another? Have any changes been improvements? If not, then of course there could never be any moral progress. Progress means not just changing but changing for the better. If no set of moral ideas were truer or better than another, there would be no sense in preferring civilised morality to savage morality, or Christian morality to Nazi morality...we all do believe that some moralities are better than others. C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity People can be divided into troublemakers and trouble averters, those who make waves and those who pour oil on wavy waters, the governed who risk chaos to gain freedom and the governed who will risk totalitarianism to achieve stability ... the simple truth is that all of us lean one way or the othertoward moral rebellion or submission. When does a dissident put his conscience above the law? William Safire, The First Dissident:
The Book of Job in Todays Politics.
When you scoff at feminine fashion trends;
Ogden Nash, The Voluble Wheel Chair
Of courage undaunted, possessing a firmness and perserverance of purpose which nothing but impossibilities could divert from its direction, careful as a father of those committed to his charge, yet steady of maintainence in order and discipline, intimate with Indian character, customs and principles, habituated to the hunting life ... honest ... sound of understanding and a fidelity to truth so scrupulous that whatever he should report would be as certain as if seen by ourselves ...