November 18, 2016

If a foreign government had imposed this system of education on the United States, we would rightfully consider it an act of war.
- Glenn T. Seaborg, National Commission on Education, 1983

I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.
-Ronald Reagan

The short fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium, at large.
-- unknown

Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.
-  Mark Twain

Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society.
- Aristotle 

Gun bans don't disarm criminals, gun bans attract them.
- Walter Mondale

To him who is in fear everything rustles.
- Sophocles

When goods don't cross borders, soldiers will.
- Frederic Bastiat

"Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, 
every time we object to a thing being done by government, the  socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We 
disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then 
the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against 
equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not 
want the state to raise grain."
- Frederic Bastiat, The Law

 Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to 
be exceeded, here and there, now and then, are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently 
despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this 
tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people 
then slip back into abject poverty.
This is known as 'bad luck'.
- Robert A. Heinlein

"The innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm 
defenders in those who may do well under the new." 
- Nicolo Machiavelli

"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the 
government of any other." - John Adams

    Dont forget nothing.
    Have your musket clean as a whistle, hatchet scoured, sixty rounds powder and ball, and be ready to march at a minutes warning.
    When you?re on the march, act the way you would if you was sneaking up on a deer. See the enemy first.
    Tell the truth about what you see and what you do. There is an army depending on us for correct information. You can lie all you please when 
    you tell other folks about the Rangers, but dont never lie to a Ranger or officer.
    Dont never take a chance you don?t have to.
    When were on the march we march single file, far enough apart so one shot cant go through two men.
    If we strike swamps, or soft ground, we spread out abreast, so its hard to track us.
    When we march, we keep moving till dark, so as to give the enemy the least possible chance at us.
    When we camp, half the party stays awake while the other half sleeps.
    If we take prisoners, we keep em separate till we have had time to examine them, so they can?t cook up a story between em.
    Don?t ever march home the same way. Take a different route so you wont be ambushed.
    No matter whether we travel in big parties or little ones, each party has to keep a scout 20 yards ahead, 20 yards on each flank, and 20 yards 
    in the rear so the main body can?t be surprised and wiped out.
    Every night you?ll be told where to meet if surrounded by a superior force.
    Dont sit down to eat without posting sentries.
    Dont sleep beyond dawn. Dawns when the French and Indians attack.
    Dont cross a river by a regular ford.
    If somebodys trailing you, make a circle, come back onto your own tracks, and ambush the folks that aim to ambush you.
    Dont stand up when the enemys coming against you. Kneel down, lie down, hide behind a tree.
    Let the enemy come till hes almost close enough to touch, then let him have it and jump out and finish him up with your hatchet.
~Major Robert Rogers, 1759

August 09, 2015

It's human nature to both make limits, and chafe at them.

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

C students:
I have thought that a man of tolerable abilities may work great changes if he first forms a good plan and makes the 
execution of that same plan his whole study and business.
-Benjamin Franklin

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for 
themselves teachers to suit their own passions,  and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
- 2 Timothy 4:3-4 ESV

Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself.
-Abraham Lincoln

A man's home may be his castle, but that does not keep the government from taking it.
-United States v. Hendler

"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the 
government of any other."
-John Adams

Sergeant First Class Bennie G. Adkins distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity 
at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an Intelligence Sergeant 
with Detachment A-102, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces, during combat operations 
against an armed enemy at Camp A Shau, Republic of Vietnam, from March 9 to 12, 1966
 Sergeant First Class Adkins led the group while evading the enemy until they were rescued by helicopter 
on March 12, 1966. During the 38-hour battle and 48 hours of escape and evasion, fighting with mortars, 
machine guns, recoilless rifles, small arms, and hand grenades, it was estimated that 
Sergeant First Class Adkins had killed between 135 and 175 of the enemy while 
sustaining 18 different wounds to his body.

Universities are signal places for idleness, looseness, profaneness, prodigality, and gross 
ignorance. We are at pains to make them scholars but not men. To talk rather than to 
know which is true canting. We pursue false knowledge and mistake education extremely.
-William Penn
[He was referring to the Universities of England in the mid 1600"s]

Just because you do not take an interest in politics 
doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being 
governed by your inferiors.

Here are six Conundrums of socialism in the United States of America:
1. America is capitalist and greedy - yet half of the population is subsidized.
2. Half of the population is subsidized - yet they think they are victims.
3. They think they are victims - yet their representatives run the government.
4. Their representatives run the government - yet the poor keep getting poorer.
5. The poor keep getting poorer - yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.
6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about - yet they want  America to be more like those other countries.

There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. The one absolutely certain way of bringing this 
nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become 
a tangle of squabbling nationalities.
-Theodore Roosevelt

"Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and 
rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and gave him triumphal processions. Blame the people 
who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the 'new, wonderful, good society' which shall now be 
Rome's, interpreted to mean: more money, more ease, more security, more living fatly at the expense of the industrious."
-Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value -- zero."
-Voltaire, 1729

Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty. 
-Calvin Coolidge

I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this 
administration, somehow you're not patriotic. And we should stand up and say we 
are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.
 - Hillary Clinton"v=NJxmpTMGhU0

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands 
at times of challenge and controversy.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

...every project has several stages:
3.Panic and hysteria,
4.Search for the guilty,
5.Punishment of the innocent, and
6.Praise and honor for the nonparticipants.

In response to the Department of Homeland Security's recent announcements about threat alerts, John Cleese (or some other guy) had this to say:
The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent terrorist threats and have therefore raised their security level from "Miffed" to "Peeved." Soon, though, 
security levels may be raised yet again to "Irritated" or even "A Bit Cross." The English have not been "A Bit Cross" since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies 
nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from "Tiresome" to "A Bloody Nuisance." The last time the British issued a "Bloody Nuisance" 
warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from "Pissed Off" to "Let's get the Bastards." They don't have any other levels. This is the reason they have 
been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from "Run" to "Hide." The only two higher levels in France 
are "Collaborate" and "Surrender." The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France's white flag factory, effectively 
paralyzing the country's military capability.

Italy has increased the alert level from "Shout Loudly and Excitedly" to "Elaborate Military Posturing." Two more levels 
remain: "Ineffective Combat Operations" and "Change Sides."

The Germans have increased their alert state from "Disdainful Arrogance" to "Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs." They 
also have two higher levels: "Invade a Neighbor" and "Lose."

Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels.

The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new 
Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

Australia, meanwhile, has raised its security level from "No worries" to "She'll be alright, Mate." Two more escalation levels remain:
"Crikey! I think we'll need to cancel the barbie this weekend!" and "The barbie is canceled." So far no situation has ever warranted use 
of the final escalation level.

February, 2014
Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play. 
-Joseph Goebbels

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last 
resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
-Thomas Jefferson

Guns are our friends because in a country without guns, I'm what's known as 'prey'. All females are.
-Ann Coulter

The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the 
government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure 
almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.
-Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf 

"A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition." -- Rudyard Kipling

I also believe that every new handgun sale or transfer should be registered in a national registry. 
 -Hillary Clinton

If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves. 
 -Joseph Stalin

If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun. 
 -Pres. Obama 

April, 2013

Heisenberg and Schrodinger Were Speeding Along... ... and get pulled over.

Heisenberg is in the driver's seat. The officer asks, "Do you know how fast you were 
going?" Heisenberg replies, "No, but I know exactly where I am!" The officer looks 
at him, confused, and says, "You were going 108 miles per hour!" Heisenberg throws 
his arms up and cries, "Great! Now I'm lost!"

The officer, now more confused and frustrated, orders the men outside of the car, and 
proceeds to inspect the vehicle. He opens the trunk and yells at the two men, "Hey! Did 
you guys know you have a dead cat back here?" Schrodinger angrily yells 
back, "We do now, a-hole!" 

"The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother's care, shall be in state institutions at state expense." -- Karl Marx

January, 2013

By calling attention to a well regulated militia, the security of the nation, and the right of each 
citizen to keep and bear arms, our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of 
our economy. Although it is extremely unlikely that the fears of governmental tyranny which 
gave rise to the Second Amendment will ever be a major danger to our nation, the Amendment 
still remains an important declaration of our basic civilian-military relationships, in which 
every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason, I 
believe the Second Amendment will always be important.

US Federal Budget
U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000
* New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000
* National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
* Recent budget cuts: $ 38,500,000,000
Let's now remove 8 zeros and pretend it's a household budget:
* Annual family income: $21,700
* Money the family spent: $38,200
* New debt on the credit card: $16,500
* Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
* Total budget cuts so far: $38.50

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain 
the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government"
-- Thomas Jefferson, 1 Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334

"The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference - they 
deserve a place of honor with all that's good"
-- George Washington

"The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed."
-- Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers at 184-188

"Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of 
depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest."
-- Mahatma Gandhi

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve 
neither liberty nor safety."
-- Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759.

"Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's 
purposes are beneficient... The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by 
men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding."
-- Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

"Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue."
-- Barry Goldwater

"I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political 
world as storms in the physical."
-- Thomas Jefferson, Letter to James Madison, January 30, 1787

The people of the various provinces are strictly forbidden to have in their possession any 
swords, short swords, bows, spears, firearms, or other types of arms. The possession of 
unnecessary implements makes difficult the collection of taxes and dues and tends to foment 
-- Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Shogun, August 1588

"This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall 
grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of 
amending it or their revolutionary right to dismember it or overthrow it."
-- Abraham Lincoln, 4 April 1861

"One of the ordinary modes, by which tyrants accomplish their purposes without 
resistance, is, by disarming the people, and making it an offense to keep arms."
-- Constitutional scholar Joseph Story, 1840

Men trained in arms from their infancy, and animated by the love of liberty, will afford neither a 
cheap or easy conquest.
-- From the Declaration of the Continental Congress, July 1775.

"As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives [only] moderate exercise to the 
body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball 
and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let 
your gun, therefore, be the constant companion to your walks."
-- Thomas Jefferson, writing to his teenaged nephew.

"Taking my gun away because I might shoot someone is like cutting my tongue out because I 
might yell `Fire!' in a crowded theater."
-- Peter Venetoklis

...Virtually never are murderers the ordinary, law-abiding people against whom gun bans are 
aimed. Almost without exception, murderers are extreme aberrants with lifelong histories of 
crime, substance abuse, psychopathology, mental retardation and/or irrational violence 
against those around them, as well as other hazardous behavior, e.g., automobile and 
gun accidents."
-- Don B. Kates, writing on statistical patterns in gun crime

"Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but 
citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and 
who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom."
-- John F. Kennedy

The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered as the palladium 
of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against usurpation and 
arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first 
instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them."
-- Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story of the John Marshall Court

"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and 
a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action."
-- George Washington, in a speech of January 7, 1790

"A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves ... and include all men capable of
bearing arms."
-- Senator Richard Henry Lee, 1788, on "militia" in the 2nd Amendment

"...quemadmodum gladius neminem occidit, occidentis telum est." [...a sword never kills 
anybody; it's a tool in the killer's hand.]
-- (Lucius Annaeus) Seneca "the Younger" (ca. 4 BC-65 AD),

False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or 
trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because 
one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils except destruction. The laws that forbid 
the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither 
inclined nor determined to commit crimes.
-- Cesare Beccaria, as quoted by Thomas Jefferson's Commonplace book

No kingdom can be secured otherwise than by arming the people. The possession of arms is 
the distinction between a freeman and a slave.
-- "Political Disquisitions", a British republican tract of 1774-1775

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it 
always to be kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to 
be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the Atmosphere.
-- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Abigail Adams, 1787

& what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time that his 
people preserve the spirit of resistance" Let them take arms.
-- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Col. William S. Smith, 1787

"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that 
jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up 
that force, you are inevitably ruined."
-- Patrick Henry, speech of June 5 1788

Are we at last brought to such a humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted 
with arms for our own defence" Where is the difference between having our arms in our own 
possession and under our own direction, and having them under the management of Congress" If 
our defence be the *real* object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with 
more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands"
-- Patrick Henry, speech of June 9 1788

"To disarm the people... was the best and most effectual way to enslave them."
-- George Mason, speech of June 14, 1788

"The great object is, that every man be armed. [...] Every one who is able may have a gun."
-- Patrick Henry, speech of June 14 1788

That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just 
liberty of the press or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United states 
who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms...
-- Samuel Adams, in "Phila. Independent Gazetteer", August 20, 1789

A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares about more than he 
does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless 
made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
-- John Stuart Mill, writing on the U.S. Civil War in 1862

An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.
-- Robert A. Heinlein, "Beyond This Horizon", 1942

The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to permit the conquered Eastern 
peoples to have arms. History teaches that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races 
to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so.
-- Hitler, April 11 1942

The right to buy weapons is the right to be free.
-- A.E. Van Vogt, "The Weapon Shops Of Isher", ASF December 1942

Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and 
respected, is the right of the citizens to keep and bear arms. [...] the right of the citizens to bear arms 
is just one guarantee against arbitrary government and one more safeguard against a tyranny which 
now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.
-- Hubert H. Humphrey, 1960

No matter how one approaches the figures, one is forced to the rather startling conclusion that the 
use of firearms in crime was very much less when there were no controls of any sort and when 
anyone, convicted criminal or lunatic, could buy any type of firearm without restriction. Half a 
century of strict controls on pistols has ended, perversely, with a far greater use of this weapon 
in crime than ever before.
-- Colin Greenwood, in the study "Firearms Control", 1972

Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they 
demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final 
defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the 
secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few 
outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws."
-- Edward Abbey, "Abbey's Road", 1979

If I were to select a jack-booted group of fascists who are perhaps as large a danger to American 
society as I could pick today, I would pick BATF [the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms].
-- U.S. Representative John Dingell, 1980

.. a government and its agents are under no general duty to provide public services, such as police 
protection, to any particular individual citizen...
-- Warren v. District of Columbia, 444 A.2d 1 (D.C. App.181)

The conclusion is thus inescapable that the history, concept, and wording of the second amendment to the 
Constitution of the United States, as well as its interpretation by every major commentator and court in the 
first half-century after its ratification, indicates that what is protected is an individual right of a private 
citizen to own and carry firearms in a peaceful manner.
-- Report of the Subcommittee On The Constitution of the Committee On
The Judiciary, United States Senate, 97th Congress, second session
(February, 1982), SuDoc# Y4.J 89/2: Ar 5/5

In recent years it has been suggested that the Second Amendment protects the "collective" right of 
states to maintain militias, while it does not protect the right of "the people" to keep and bear 
arms. If anyone entertained this notion in the period during which the Constitution and the Bill of Rights 
were debated and ratified, it remains one of the most closely guarded secrets of the eighteenth 
century, for no known writing surviving from the period between 1787 and 1791 states such a thesis.
-- Stephen P. Halbrook, "That Every Man Be Armed", 1984

To make inexpensive guns impossible to get is to say that you're putting a money test on getting 
a gun. It's racism in its worst form.
-- Roy Innis, president of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), 1988

I don't like the idea that the police department seems bent on kepping a pool of unarmed victims 
available for the predations of the criminal class.
-- David Mohler, 1989, on being denied a carry permit in NYC

Americans have the will to resist because you have weapons. If you don't have a gun, freedom of speech 
has no power.
-- Yoshimi Ishikawa, Japanese author, in the LA Times 15 Oct 1992

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
-- John F. Kennedy 

August 27, 2012
Directv HD-PVR has removed the 'autotune' feature and added an ethernet jack. This manual:
gives examples of sending commands to the Directv receiver via LAN.

This is an unholy kludge to restore autotune.

/usr/bin/links"major=360 ;
sleep 30 ;
/bin/kill `/sbin/pidof /usr/bin/links`

50 19 26 * * /root/tv/

(netcat with at would be a better solution. It could also be done on Windows 
with Scheduled Tasks.)

Windows 7 notes
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Windows XP notes

Secure Linux server setup
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"In this work, when it shall be found that much is omitted, let it not be forgotten that much likewise is performed." Samuel Johnson, 1775, upon completion of his dictionary.

"...The other thing about blogs is that written text fails to capture the full range of rich human communication. It's easy to take more offense than is necessary to the wrong choice of words. Minor and casual criticism can quickly ferment into a difficult stink, and attempts to bury it can often just make it worse. Blog entries are like emails that cc: to the entire world..."

"There are four boxes to be used in defense of liberty:
soap, ballot, jury, and ammo. Please use in that order."
-Ed Howdershelt

"Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger."
-Franklin P. Jones

"A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason."
- J.P. Morgan

"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed."
-- Albert Einstein

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