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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Saturday, December 31, 2011 – Carl Sagan

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Saturday, December 31, 2011 – Carl Sagan


“All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value.”

And

“But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.”

And

“For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”

And

“For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.”

And

“I am often amazed at how much more capability and enthusiasm for science there is among elementary school youngsters than among college students.”

And

“I can find in my undergraduate classes, bright students who do not know that the stars rise and set at night, or even that the Sun is a star.”

And

“If we long to believe that the stars rise and set for us, that we are the reason there is a Universe, does science do us a disservice in deflating our conceits?”

And

“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”

And

“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.”

And

“Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.”

And

“Personally, I would be delighted if there were a life after death, especially if it permitted me to continue to learn about this world and others, if it gave me a chance to discover how history turns out.”

And

“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.”

And

“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”

And

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”

And

“The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous.”

And

“The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.”

And

“The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent.”

And

“We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.”

and

“We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.”

And

“Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.”

And

“The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what’s true. We have a method, and that method helps us to reach not absolute truth, only asymptotic approaches to the truth — never there, just closer and closer, always finding vast new oceans of undiscovered possibilities. Cleverly designed experiments are the key.”

And

“Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever it has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved?”

And

“The suppression of uncomfortable ideas may be common in religion and politics, but it is not the path to knowledge; it has no place in the endeavor of science.”

And

“Matter is composed chiefly of nothing.”

And

“Other things being equal, it is better to be smart than to be stupid.”

And

“Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.”

And

“Humans are very good at dreaming, although you’d never know it from your television.”

And

“In the fabric of space and in the nature of matter, as in a great work of art, there is, written small, the artist’s signature.”

And

“We on Earth have just awakened to the great oceans of space and time from which we have emerged. We are the legacy of 15 billion years of cosmic evolution. We have a choice: We can enhance life and come to know the universe that made us, or we can squander our 15 billion-year heritage in meaningless self-destruction. What happens in the first second of the next cosmic year depends on what we do, here and now, with our intelligence and our knowledge of the cosmos.”

And

“As a boy Kepler had been captured by a vision of cosmic splendour, a harmony of the worlds which he sought so tirelessly all his life. Harmony in this world eluded him. His three laws of planetary motion represent, we now know, a real harmony of the worlds, but to Kepler they were only incidental to his quest for a cosmic system based on the Perfect Solids, a system which, it turns out, existed only in his mind. Yet from his work, we have found that scientific laws pervade all of nature, that the same rules apply on Earth as in the skies, that we can find a resonance, a harmony, between the way we think and the way the world works. When he found that his long cherished beliefs did not agree with the most precise observations, he accepted the uncomfortable facts, he preferred the hard truth to his dearest illusions. That is the heart of science.”

And

“Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar”, every “supreme leader”, every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

And

“A scientific colleague tells me about a recent trip to the New Guinea highlands where she visited a stone age culture hardly contacted by Western civilization. They were ignorant of wristwatches, soft drinks, and frozen food. But they knew about Apollo 11. They knew that humans had walked on the Moon. They knew the names of Armstrong and Aldrin and Collins. They wanted to know who was visiting the Moon these days.”

And

“Education on the value of free speech and the other freedoms reserved by the Bill of Rights, about what happens when you don’t have them, and about how to exercise and protect them, should be an essential prerequisite for being an American citizen — or indeed a citizen of any nation, the more so to the degree that such rights remain unprotected. If we can’t think for ourselves, if we’re unwilling to question authority, then we’re just putty in the hands of those in power. But if the citizens are educated and form their own opinions, then those in power work for us. In every country, we should be teaching our children the scientific method and the reasons for a Bill of Rights. With it comes a certain decency, humility and community spirit. In the demon-haunted world that we inhabit by virtue of being human, this may be all that stands between us and the enveloping darkness.”

And

“When we consider the founders of our nation: Jefferson, Washington, Samuel and John Adams, Madison and Monroe, Benjamin Franklin, Tom Paine and many others; we have before us a list of at least ten and maybe even dozens of great political leaders. They were well educated. Products of the European Enlightenment, they were students of history. They knew human fallibility and weakness and corruptibility. They were fluent in the English language. They wrote their own speeches. They were realistic and practical, and at the same time motivated by high principles. They were not checking the pollsters on what to think this week. They knew what to think. They were comfortable with long-term thinking, planning even further ahead than the next election. They were self-sufficient, not requiring careers as politicians or lobbyists to make a living. They were able to bring out the best in us. They were interested in and, at least two of them, fluent in science. They attempted to set a course for the United States into the far future — not so much by establishing laws as by setting limits on what kinds of laws could be passed. The Constitution and its Bill of Rights have done remarkably well, constituting, despite human weaknesses, a machine able, more often than not, to correct its own trajectory. At that time, there were only about two and a half million citizens of the United States. Today there are about a hundred times more. So if there were ten people of the caliber of Thomas Jefferson then, there ought to be 10 x 100 = 1,000 Thomas Jefferson’s today. Where are they?”

Wikipedia:  Carl Sagan

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Friday, December 30, 2011 – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Friday, December 30, 2011 – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”

And

“A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.”

And

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

And

“If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”

And

“There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.”

And

“Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.”

And

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

And

“Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated.”

And

“We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

And

“On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?” Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?” And Vanity comes along and asks the question, “Is it popular?” But Conscience asks the question “Is it right?” And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right.”

And

“I say to you that our goal is freedom, and I believe we are going to get there because however much she strays away from it, the goal of America is freedom.”

And

“Peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all our might to protect its right to exist, its territorial integrity. I see Israel as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy. Peace for Israel means security and that security must be a reality.”

And

“The tough mind is sharp and penetrating, breaking through the crust of legends and myths and sifting the true from the false. The tough-minded individual is astute and discerning. He has a strong austere quality that makes for firmness of purpose and solidness of commitment. Who doubts that this toughness is one of man’s greatest needs? Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”

And

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

And

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

And

“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

And

“Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state, sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.”

“I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor’s lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.”

“This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.” And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California! But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee! Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

“When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

And

“The time is always right to do what’s right.”

And

“Each of us lives in two realms, the “within” and the “without.” The within of our lives is somehow found in the realm of ends, the without in the realm of means. The within of our [lives], the bottom — that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals, and religion for which at best we live. The without of our lives is that realm of instrumentalities, techniques, mechanisms by which we live. Now the great temptation of life and the great tragedy of life is that so often we allow the without of our lives to absorb the within of our lives. The great tragedy of life is that too often we allow the means by which we live to outdistance the ends for which we live.”

And

“Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say that I was a drum major for peace; I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter. I won’t have any money to leave behind. I won’t have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind. And that’s all I want to say.”

“We all have the drum major instinct. We all want to be important, to surpass others, to achieve distinction, to lead the parade. … And the great issue of life is to harness the drum major instinct. It is a good instinct if you don’t distort it and pervert it. Don’t give it up. Keep feeling the need for being important. Keep feeling the need for being first. But I want you to be the first in love. I want you to be the first in moral excellence. I want you to be the first in generosity.”

And

“Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like any man, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

Wikipedia:  Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Washington Post Details What YOUR “Elected Leaders” Actually Did in 2011…..NOTHING! – That’s Right the Complete Nitwits and Absolute Morons Otherwise Known as the “Elected Leaders” of the American Republic Did NOTHING In 2011 and Now They Are ALL On A 30 Plus Day “Break” To Rest Up After They Did NOTHING In 2011 – Yes, That is the TRUTH About Washington DC in the Early 21 st Century and No Doubt Historians Will Remember and Write About These Complete Nitwits and Absolute Morons and They Will Go Down In History as the Stupidest Leaders of Any Country in the History of Planet Earth – Memo to Senator Dick Lugar: YOU Have Been on the Public Payroll for 40 Plus Years Which Means YOU Are Part of the Damn Problem In Washington DC! – People of Indiana: Send Any Random Zoo Animal to Washington DC Instead of Lugar and Indiana and the American Republic Will Be A Lot Better Off!

The Washington Post has two stories out this morning that shows completely what a bunch of Complete Nitwits the Absolute Morons in Washington DC really are otherwise known as the “Elected Leaders” of the American Republic. Yes, it really does take some Complete Nitwits and Absolute Morons to “celebrate” passing a two-month extension to a payroll tax cut bill like they had debated and passed the Declaration of Independence which the Complete Nitwits and Absolute Morons otherwise known as the “Elected Leaders” of the American Republic did last week.

The TRUTH is that the Complete Nitwits and Absolute Morons known as YOUR “Elected Leaders” did….

NOTHING

….in 2011 and the following two Washington Post stories prove that Ugly TRUTH:

The dirty secret in Uncle Sam’s Friday trash dump, Bryan R. Lawrence, Washington Post

Washington’s year of drama leaves little done regarding debt, Lori Montgomery, Washington Post

First to the “Washington’s year of drama” story by Lori Montgomery:

“Reid Ribble, a Wisconsin roofing contractor-turned-Republican lawmaker, has helped change the way Washington talks about the national debt. That’s not to say he has done much about the debt itself.

Nearly a year ago, Ribble and other newly elected House Republicans came to Capitol Hill on a single-minded mission to shove the federal debt to the top of the congressional agenda. They succeeded. At every opportunity, they demanded cuts in spending, forcing a series of white-knuckle showdowns that have kept the government in a state of perpetual crisis. Washington nudged close to a public conversation about the kind of government taxpayers want and what they are willing to pay for it.

Last week, however, Ribble went home for the holidays with little to show for all the political drama. The debt stood at $15.1 trillion, $1 trillion more than when he got to town. By the end of next year, projections show, it will grow by an additional $1 trillion. Ribble said he and his allies had cut spending for 2012 by only about $7 billion, a sliver so tiny Ribble could measure its impact in minutes.”

Doesn’t the above make you Proud to be an American?

If it does then YOU ARE NOT AN AMERICAN!

These Complete Nitwits and Absolute Morons otherwise known as the “Elected Leaders” of the American Republic did…

NOTHING

…in 2011 except argue with each other and play stupid political games and the TRUTH is the American People could have elected zoo animals from zoos around America and got more done in Washington DC in the last year and the thing about zoo animals is that they actually have morals and integrity whereas OUR “Elected Leaders” will sell themselves like cheap hookers to anyone that throws a few dollars out in the street in front of Capitol Hill.

Now to what Joe Friday would have called the FACTS in Bryan K. Lawrence’s story on “Uncle Sam’s dirty secret”:

“Releasing information on the Friday before a big holiday is a time-tested way to bury bad news. So when the Government Accountability Office’s fiscal 2011 financial statements for the federal government were released on the Friday before Christmas, it made sense to read them closely.

Since 1997, the United States has been a rare example of a government willing to publish financial statements using accrual accounting, which counts the cost of promises made as well as cash paid out. And the GAO’s professionalism over the years has won it a reputation for impartiality and effectiveness.

That professionalism is evident in the GAO analysis of the net present value of the Social Security and Medicare promises Washington has made to Americans. “Net present value” means the total that would have to be set aside today to pay the costs of these programs in the future. The government puts these numbers in appendices, rather than in headlines. But the costs are real.

In fiscal 2011, the cost of the promises grew from $30.9 trillion to $33.8 trillion. To put that in context, consider that the total value of companies traded on U.S. stock markets is $13.1 trillion, based on the Wilshire 5000 index, and the value of the equity in U.S. taxpayers’ homes, according to Freddie Mac, is $6.2 trillion. Said another way, there is not enough wealth in America to meet those promises.

If the government followed corporate accounting rules, that $2.9 trillion increase would be added to the $1.3 trillion cash deficit for fiscal 2011 that has been widely reported. And a $4.2 trillion deficit is something that Americans need to know about.”

Yes, you read that RIGHT!

If the US Government used the accounting requirements that are placed upon businesses in the private sector the deficit just for 2011 actually increased not by the outrageous amount of….

$1.2 Trillion Dollars

BUT

$4.2 Trillion Dollars

…because these Complete Nitwits and Absolute Morons known as the “Elected Leaders” of the American Republic do not have the GUTS nor the COURAGE to deal with the Very Damn Serious problem of the $100 Trillion Plus Dollars of Unfunded Liabilities that are primarily in the retirement programs of Social Security and Medicare and the reason that he Complete Nitwits and Absolute Morons do not deal with serious problems is because dealing with them would require taking TOUGH VOTES and COWARDS do not take tough votes and Washington DC is filled with Lot of Damn COWARDS.

Check out the TRUTH about the Federal Debt, Federal Deficits and the Unfunded Liabilities of YOUR country the American Republic that the Complete Nitwits, Absolute Morons and COWARDS otherwise known as the “Elected Leaders” of OUR country do not have the Guts nor the Courage to deal with at….

US Debt Clock.org

Yes, the TRUTH is Very Damn Ugly and then we read stories like this one about Republican Senator from Indiana Dick Lugar who is up for re-election this year….

GOP Senator says Tea Party challenges “killed off” efforts for Republican majority, The Hill

…where Dick Lugar made this beyond stupid comment:

““A Republican majority in the Senate is very important, and Republicans who are running for reelection ought to be supported by people who want to see that majority,” Lugar said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.””

What the Hell?

Dick Lugar thinks a “Republican majority in the Senate is very important?”

Memo to Dick Lugar: The Republicans had the White House, the US Senate and the US House for SIX Damn years from 2001 to 2007 and what did the Republicans do exactly?

They ran up lots of Damn debt (not as much as is being run-up right now but lots of Damn debt) and they allowed America to get involved in a Very Stupid War in Iraq that will once all of Iraqi veteran care in the coming years is counted in will cost the American Republic over $2 Trillion Dollars, 40,000 plus casualties and for what exactly?

To take out a two-bit dictator like Saddam Hussein?

Here’s a newsflash for Dick Lugar who has been in the US Senate since 1977 and on the public payroll since 1968:

YOU are part of the Damn problem you Complete Nitwit and Absolute Moron!

YOU have been in Washington DC for over 30 years and if the people of Indiana had sent any random zoo animal to Washington DC the country would be a lot better off today because YOU Dick Lugar are part of the generation of Complete Nitwits that are destroying the American Republic with your Idiocy like agreeing to a two-month payroll tax cut extension when you should have been demanding that the leadership in the US Senate do something Americans do every day of their lives….

DOING REAL WORK!

Here is the TRUTH: Dick Lugar is a Complete Nitwit that has been on the government payroll since 1968 when he became mayor of Indianapolis which also means Dick Lugar hasn’t done an honest day’s work in over…

40 Damn Years!

Hell, right now Dick Lugar like the rest of the US Senators is laying around on his ass on a…

37 Day Break

…for the Holidays and even when he gets back to Washington DC will do what these Complete Nitwits and Absolute Morons did in 2011….

NOTHING!

Please, someone tell Dick Lugar that if the people of Indiana sent this fellow….

…to Washington DC to represent them this fall that the people of Indiana and the American Republic would be a lot better off!

Oh, you say that Dick Lugar believes like most of these Complete Nitwits and Absolute Morons in Washington DC believes that he is God’s gift to Planet Earth and that the Great Dick Lugar deserves another six years in the Senate on the public payroll so he can take off half the year and when he is in Washington DC do…

NOTHING.

Yes, that is the only thing that makes sense.

The Bottom-Line is the Complete Nitwits, Absolute Morons, Gutless Cowards and Candy Ass Pussies otherwise known as the “Elected Leaders” of the American Republic who are at this very moment on multiple week vacations doing what they do best…

NOTHING

….could be replaced by random zoo animals from the zoos of America and the American Republic would be a lot better off and since the zoo animals cannot be bought off with a few dollars like OUR “Elected Leaders” can some real legislation that would actually benefit the American People might get passed because the Sorry Excuses for American Citizens otherwise known either as Lobbyists or Scum of the Earth (Lobbyists and Scum of the Earth mean the same thing) could not buy off zoo animals like they can buy off OUR “Elected Leaders.”

Yes, people of Indiana, go to the local zoo and run any random zoo animal against Dick Lugar this fall and if the zoo animal wins the American Republic and American People will be much better off!

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Thursday, December 29, 2011 – Davy Crockett

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Thursday, December 29, 2011 – Davy Crockett


“I leave this rule for others when I’m dead – Be always sure you’re right — THEN GO AHEAD!”

And

“Fame is like a shaved pig with a greased tail, and it is only after it has slipped through the hands of some thousands, that some fellow, by mere chance, holds on to it!”

And

“I would rather be beaten and be a man than to be elected and be a little puppy dog. I have always supported measures and principles and not men. I have acted fearless[ly] and independent and I never will regret my course. I would rather be politically buried than to be hypocritically immortalized.”

And

“I have suffered my self to be politically sacrificed to save my country from ruin and disgrace and if I am never a gain elected I will have the gratification to know that I have done my duty.”

And

“If one man in the country could take all the money, what was the use of passing any bills about it?”

And

“It was expected of me that I was to bow to the name of Andrew Jackson… even at the expense of my conscience and judgement. such a thing was new to me, and a total stranger to my principles.”

And

“Let your tongue speak what your heart thinks.”

And

“Throughout the day no time for memorandums now. Go ahead! Liberty and independence forever.”

And

“We have the right as individuals to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money.”

And

“You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas.”

And

“I am at liberty to vote as my conscience and judgement dictates to be right, without the yoke of any party on me… Look at my arms, you will find no party hand-cuff on them!”

And

“I must say as to what I have seen of Texas, it is the garden spot of the world. The best land & best prospects for health I ever saw is here, and I do believe it is a fortune to any man to come here. There is a world of country to settle”

And

“I know not whether, in the eyes of the world, a brilliant death is not preferred to an obscure life of rectitude. Most men are remembered as they died, and not as they lived. We gaze with admiration upon the glories of the setting sun, yet scarcely bestow a passing glance upon its noonday splendor.”

And

“Money with them is nothing but trash when it is to come out of the people. But it is the one great thing for which most of them are striving, and many of them sacrifice honor, integrity, and justice to obtain it.”
Comment to a friend about the US Congress, as quoted in The Life of Colonel David Crockett

And

“Born on a mountain top in Tennessee
The greenest state in the land of the free
Raised in the woods so’s he knew ev’ry tree
Kilt him a b’ar when he was only three
Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier
Fought single-handed through many a war
Till the enemy was whipped and peace was in store
And while he was handlin’ this risky chore
He made himself a legend forever more
Davy, Davy Crockett, the man who knew no fear.”

Wikipedia:   Davy Crockett

The Iranians Are Going To Stop Oil From Flowing Through the Straits of Hormuz? – Please, Don’t Make Us Laugh! – The US Navy Could Destroy the ENTIRE Iranian Navy In ONE Day and Only Incompetent Boobs In Leadership Positions of the American Republic Could Cause Oil To Stop the Flow of Oil From the Persian Gulf By Curtailing US Military Force….BUT….Judging By the Idiocy Coming Out of Washington DC Lately Maybe The People In Charge Are So Stupid That They Would Not Allow the US Navy To Destroy the Iranian Navy If They Dared To Try and Stop the Flow Of Oil Out of the Persian Gulf – If the Leadership of the American Republic Will Not Protect the National Interests of OUR Country and Keeping Major Shipping Lanes Open Is In the National Interest of the American Republic and Its People Then America Will Need New Leadership That Will Defend OUR Country and Its’ Interests

Everyone here at Mad As Hell And… got a good laugh when reading the following New York Times story this morning:

Iran Threatens to Block Oil Shipments, as U.S. Prepares Sanctions, David E. Sanger, New York Times

“A senior Iranian official on Tuesday delivered a sharp threat in response to economic sanctions being readied by the United States, saying his country would retaliate against any crackdown by blocking all oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz, a vital artery for transporting about one-fifth of the world’s oil supply.”

Really?

Since we here at Mad As Hell And… have REAL World Experience in the Persian Gulf in the US Navy (as opposed to 99.9 percent of American leadership and the American media which often have ZERO experience or time served in the US military) and have transited through the Straits of Hormuz dozens of times and spent a big chunk of our lives in the Persian Gulf/Middle East before, during and after Desert Storm in 1990/1991 we have some news for the Iranians and anyone else that is worried that the Iranians could stop the flow of oil out of the Persian Gulf.

The Sorry Ass Iranians and their Pitiful Navy could NOT stop the flow of oil through the Straits of Hormuz….BUT…if the Iranians were able to stop the flow of oil out of the Persian Gulf for even 1 day then the President of the United States should be immediately impeached and the top leadership at the Pentagon should be immediately fired and replaced with people that would actually defend the national interests’ of the American Republic.

The Bottom-Line is that US Navy could if it wanted to destroy the ENTIRE Iranian Navy and any land-based surface-to-surface and/or surface-to-air missile systems in Iran in less than 1 Day with only ONE US Aircraft Carrier task group and that is the TRUTH because the Iranian Navy and defense forces along the coast or Iran are a Complete Joke.

The Iranian Navy and the Navy of the Army of the Islamic Revolution currently have at their disposal:

5 Frigates
3 Corvette (smaller than a frigate)
26 old Soviet submarines
24 Fast Attack Craft
98 Large Patrol Craft
30 Torpedo Boats
16 Hovercraft
65 Aircraft
Several batteries of Chinese made anti-ship missiles

Like we said, if any US Navy ships or aircraft are attacked or any US military/non-military installations in the Middle East are attacked or Iran moves to restrict the movement of commercial or military ships in the Straits of Hormuz/Persian Gulf ONE Aircraft Carrier Attack Group will easily be able to destroy the ENTIRE Iranian Navy in very short order and ANY President that allowed any current to close any main shipping lanes anywhere in the world including the Straits of Hormuz is not fit to be President of the United States of America.

As for the Iranian threats to close the Straits of Hormuz let’s make sure the Iranians are very clear on a few things:

1. The current Iranian government is not going to be allowed to procure an atomic/nuclear weapon because a majority of the Western world believes that Iran would hand over an atomic/nuclear weapon they got their hands on to terrorists to attack Western targets

2. Whether the current Iranian government ever gets their hands on an atomic/nuclear weapon or not IF there is another major or minor attack on the United States of America by terrorists or any nation states we certainly hope that ALL countries in the Middle East understand completely that the American People are beyond fed-up with the Idiocy that is the 6 th century that much of the Middle East lives in and another attack on America or any of its allies originating from that region of the world would REALLY piss of the American People and they would elect people that this time that would not waste time taking out two-bit dictators like Saddam Hussein but would instead people that would start removing entire cities, areas and regions from the face of the Earth.

Maybe the Iranians and anyone else that would wish the American Republic ill will should ask the Japanese and Germans about what happens when you REALLY piss of the American People.

The Iranians are going to….

“…block all oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz?”

Please, don’t make us laugh because if the United States of America’s military is allowed to defend the national interests’ of the American Republic there is NO Chance in Hell the Iranians could stop even ONE drop of oil from transiting the Straits of Hormuz and if the Iranians do make a move to do anything the US Navy should destroy and remove the Iranian Navy and any Iranian military forces that threaten commercial shipping or military forces in the Persian Gulf from the face of the Earth.