Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Quote of the Day

Fiat justitia, pereat mundus
[Justice must be done, even if the world be destroyed]
- King Ferdinand I

Monday, July 24, 2017

Quote of the Day

Laissez faire, laissez passer
[Liberty of action, liberty of movement]
- Vincent De Gournay

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Quote of the Day

The impossible often has a kind of integrity to it, which the merely improbable lacks.
- Douglas Adams

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Quote of the Day

In the current political vocabulary, ‘need’ means wanting to get someone else’s money. ‘Greed,’ which used to mean what ‘need’ now means, has come to mean wanting to keep your own. ‘Compassion’ means the politician’s willingness to facilitate the transfer.
-Joseph Sobran

Friday, July 21, 2017

Quote of the Day

That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
- Neil Armstrong

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Quote of the Day

If we take the route of the permanent handout, the American character will itself be impoverished.
- Richard M. Nixon

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Quote of the Day

The White House is the finest prison in the world.
- Harry S. Truman

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Quote of the Day

Today marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death.

One has no great hopes for Birmingham. I always say there is something direful in the sound.
- Jane Austen

Monday, July 17, 2017

Quote of the Day

What’s "just" has been debated for centuries but let me offer you my definition of social justice: I keep what I earn and you keep what you earn. Do you disagree? Well then tell me how much of what I earn "belongs" to you - and why?
- Walter Williams

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Quote of the Day

Not one of the learned gentlemen who pretend that the Mosaic laws are filled with justice and intelligence, would live, for a moment, in any country where such laws were in force.
- Robert G. Ingersoll

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Quote of the Day

We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
- Winston Churchill

Friday, July 14, 2017

Quote of the Day

We must be free or die.
- William Wordsworth

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Quote of the Day

Only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed.
- John F. Kennedy

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Quote of the Day

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
- Winston Churchill on the Battle of Britain

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Quote of the Day

The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.
- John F. Kennedy

Monday, July 10, 2017

Back to Scotland

I'm planning my 12th trip to Scotland in September & October. Tickets are booked, hotels are booked and rental car is booked & my membership card for Historic Scotland has been polished.

Itinerary:
Fri Sep 29: Oslo – Aberdeen - Dundee
Sat Sep 30: Dundee – Stirling
Sun Oct 1: Stirling – Edinburgh
Mon Oct 2: Edinburgh – North Berwick
Tue Oct 3: North Berwick – Dunfermline
Wed Oct 4: Dunfermline – Callander
Thu Oct 5: Callander – Oban
Fri Oct 6: Oban – Inverness
Sat Oct 7: Inverness – Aberdeen
Sun Oct 8: Aberdeen – Oslo

I’m renting a car at the airport and plan on swinging by Claypotts Castle, Broughty Castle, Doune Castle, Stirling Castle, Bannockburn House, Bannockburn Battlefield, Craigmillar Castle, Hailes Castle, Dirleton Castle, Tantallon Castle, Aberdour Castle, Dunollie Castle, Glenfinnan Viaduct (of Harry Potter fame), Urquhart Castle and Culloden Battlefield. I shall once again holler with the good people of Pure Malt and the other locals assembled at The Old Rectory Inn in Callander.

Alba, cruit mo chridhe... I'm coming home!

Quote of the Day

Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say: This was their finest hour.
- Winston Churchill on the Battle of Britain

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Quote of the Day

I am an Anarchist! Wherefore I will not rule, and also ruled I will not be!
- John Henry Mackay

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Quote of the Day

The history of governments: one man does something which is to bind another. A man who cannot be acquainted with me, taxes me; looking from afar at me, ordains that a part of my labors shall go to this or that whimsical end, not as I, but as he happens to fancy. Behold the consequence. Everywhere they think they get their money’s worth, except for these. Hence, the less government we have, the better, the fewer laws, the less confided power.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, July 7, 2017

Quote of the Day

Fundamentally, there are only two ways of coordinating the economic activities of millions. One is central direction involving the use of coercion - the technique of the army and of the modern totalitarian state. The other is voluntary cooperation of individuals - the technique of the marketplace.
- Milton Friedman

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Quote of the Day

American Football is a mistake. It combines the two worst elements of American life: Violence and committee meetings.
- George Will

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Quote of the Day

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
- Mark Twain

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Quote of the Day

Freedom is the right to question and change the established way of doing things. It is the continuous revolution of the marketplace. It is the understanding that allows us to recognize shortcomings and seek solutions.
- Ronald Reagan

Monday, July 3, 2017

Quote of the Day

I have lost friends, some by death, others through sheer inability to cross the street.
- Virginia Woolf

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Quote of the Day

Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
- C. S. Lewis

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Quote of the Day

Welche Regierung die beste sei? Diejenige, die uns lehrt, uns selbst zu regieren.
[Which government is the best? That, which teaches us to govern ourselves.]
- Goethe

Friday, June 30, 2017

Quote of the Day

A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke.
- Rudyard Kipling

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Quote of the Day

Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.
I have sent up my gladness on wings, to be lost in the blue of the sky.
I have run and leaped with the rain, I have taken the wind to my breast.
My cheek like a drowsy child to the face of the earth I have pressed.
Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.
- Amelia J. Burr, "A Song of Living"

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Quote of the Day

That’s the difference between me and the rest of the world! Happiness isn’t good enough for me! I demand euphoria!
- Bill Watterson, American cartoonist "Calvin and Hobbes"

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Quote of the Day

Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven’t got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die.
- Oscar Wilde

Monday, June 26, 2017

Quote of the Day

‘I hate a Roman named Status Quo!’ he said to me. ‘Stuff your eyes with wonder,’ he said, ‘live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask for no guarantees; ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away. To hell with that,’ he said, ‘shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass.’
- Ray Bradbury, "Fahrenheit 451"

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Quote of the Day

Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of the imagination.
- John Dewey