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"No Justice, No Peace."

"Can't we all just get a bong?" :)

"People who have what they want are very fond of telling people who haven't what they want that they don't want it." 
-- Samuel Clemens aka "Mark Twain"

"That rifle on the wall of the laborer's cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there!"
-- (1940) George Orwell in the democratic socialist weekly Tribune, quoted in "Orwell: The Authorized Biography," by Michael Shelden.

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
-- Theodore Roosevelt, Republican President.

"It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government.
-- Thomas Paine, American revolutionary.

"My country, always. My government when it deserves it." 
-- Mark Twain.

"Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official." 
-- Theodore Roosevelt, President

"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has 'closed', the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. AND I AM CAESAR." 
-- Julius Caesar.

"The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home."
-- James Madison.

"Secular schools can never be tolerated because such schools have no religious instruction, and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith ... we need believing people."
-- Adolf Hitler, April 26, 1933, from a speech made during negotiations leading to the Nazi Vatican Concordant of 1933.

"I've seen the future, baby, it is murder." 
-- Leonard Cohen.

"And as for your male and female slaves whom you may have--from the nations that are around you, from them you may buy male and female slaves. Moreover you may buy the children of the strangers who dwell among you, and their families who are with you, which they beget in your land; and and they shall become your property."
-- Leviticus 25:44-45. Old Testament. New Geneva Study Bible, 1995.

"God put hatred in men's hearts for good reason: to ensure justice." 
-- Thomas Paine, American revolutionary.

"I came to America because of the great, great freedom which I heard existed in this country. I made a mistake in selecting America as a land of freedom, a mistake I cannot repair in the balance of my lifetime."
-- Albert Einstein, 1947.

"The whole earth is in jail and we're plotting this incredible jailbreak."
-- Wavy Gravy.

"The horrors experienced by many young inmates, particularly those who are convicted of nonviolent offenses, border on the unimaginable. Prison rape not only threatens the lives of those who fall prey to their aggressors, but it is potentially devastating to the human spirit. Shame, depression, and a shattering loss of self-esteem accompany the perpetual terror the victim thereafter must endure." 
-- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun. In Farmer v. Brennan. 
http://www.spr.org - Stop Prisoner Rape (SPR).

"We may be the generation that sees Armageddon." 
-- Ronald Reagan, in a 1980 interview with criminal televangelist Jim Bakker, quoted from "A Brief History of the Apocalypse."
In 1971, Reagan commented to James Mills regarding events in Libya, "For the first time ever, everything is in place for the Battle of Armageddon and the Second Coming of Christ."

"The 'wall of separation between church and state' is a metaphor based on bad history, a metaphor which has proved useless as a guide to judging. It should be frankly and explicitly abandoned.
-- Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, Dissenting Opinion in Wallace v. Jaffree (1985). "Nominated Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States by President Nixon on October 21, 1971; sworn in on January 7, 1972. Nominated Chief Justice of the United States by President Reagan on June 17, 1986; sworn in on September 26, 1986.

"Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French...What is going on in Palestine today cannot be justified by any moral code of conduct...If they [the Jews] must look to the Palestine of geography as their national home, it is wrong to enter it under the shadow of the British gun. A religious act cannot be performed with the aid of the bayonet or the bomb. They can settle in Palestine only by the goodwill of the Arabs... As it is, they are co-sharers with the British in despoiling a people who have done no wrong to them. I am not defending the Arab excesses. I wish they had chosen the way of non-violence in resisting what they rightly regard as an unacceptable encroachment upon their country. But according to the accepted canons of right and wrong, nothing can be said against the Arab resistance in the face of overwhelming odds."
-- Mahatma Gandhi, 1938. Quoted in "A Land of Two Peoples." Editor: Mendes-Flohr.

"When I said during my presidential bid that I would only bring Christians and Jews into the government, I hit a firestorm. `What do you mean?' the media challenged me. `You're not going to bring atheists into the government? How dare you maintain that those who believe in the Judeo-Christian values are better qualified to govern America than Hindus and Muslims?' My simple answer is, `Yes, they are.'"
-- from Pat Robertson's book, "The New World Order," page 218.

"We should invade their countries, kill their leaders, and convert them to Christianity. We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That's war. And this is war."
-- Ann Coulter, conservative pundit, in the wake of 9/11. "This is War" column, Sept. 12, 2001. Also quoted in the Toronto Star, Sept 23, 2003.

"When Plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in a society, they create for themselves in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it."
-- Fredric Bastiat.

"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.

"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.

"...underlined recently by Bush's declaration that 'I loathe Kim Jong Il,' made to the Washington Post's Bob Woodward -- has heightened the regime's paranoia about a U.S. attack ...People talk about North Korea being crazy, but it's not. It's purely rational for a nation with no assets being threatened by the world's major power to develop insurance against attack" 
-- Time magazine, Jan. 13, 2003, page 28.

"Then we saw a young girl about twenty years old lying in the grass. We could see that she was unarmed and wounded in the chest. We marked her with smoke because we saw a squad not too far away. The smoke was green meaning it's safe to approach. Red would have meant the opposite We were hovering six feet off the ground not more than twenty feet away when Captain Medina came over, kicked her, stepped back, and finished her off. He did it right in front of us. When we saw Medina do that, it all clicked. It was our guys doing the killing"
-- Larry Colburn, helicopter door-gunner, describing one killing March 16, 1968 during the hours-long massacre of over 500 civilians at My Lai, Vietnam. Account is from page 347 of the great 2003 book, "Patriots: the Vietnam War remembered from all sides." Page 343: "They never received a single round of hostile fire."

"The total Federal, State, and local adult correctional
-- incarcerated or in the community --
grew by 150,700 during 2002 to reach a new high of
more than 6.7 million. About 3.1% of the U.S. adult
or 1 in every 32 adults, were
incarcerated or on probation or parole at yearend

--Bureau of Justice Statistics. August 2003 report.

"To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace." 
-- Tacitus.

"At some point my friends and I began to ask, how can a country that produced hippies and such cool people also fight a war and kill people and act cruelly? You would see American GMC trucks go by and soldiers reaching down to whack a girl riding a bicycle. They would yank at her hat and she would get thrown and she would die. You would see Americans do this and feel like they can do anything in our country. But then you'd take an English class with an American soldier from Ohio who seemed just as nice as anyone, yet he was a soldier too."
-- Nguyen Qui Duc, South Vietnamese now living in the USA. From page 297 of the 2003 book, "Patriots: the Vietnam War remembered from all sides."

"A first attempt to recover the right of self government may fail, so may a second, a third, etc. But as a younger and more instructed race comes on, the sentiment becomes more and more intuitive, and a fourth, a fifth, or some subsequent one of the ever renewed attempts will ultimately succeed... To attain all this, however, rivers of blood must yet flow, and years of desolation pass over; yet the object is worth rivers of blood and years of desolation. For what inheritance so valuable can man leave to his posterity?" 
--Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 1823.

"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the American flag." 
-- Huey Long.

"It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government." 
-- Thomas Paine.

I remember a helicopter pilot in the Delta who said, "I must've shot up fifteen, twenty sampans and you shoulda seen those little mothers jump in the water. I got most of them." I said, "Were they VC [Viet Cong]?" He said, "Who the fuck cares?"
--Frank Maguire, officer in Vietnam, 1965-71. From page 444 of the 2003 book, "Patriots: the Vietnam War remembered from all sides."

"These so-called governments are in reality only great bands of robbers and murderers, organized, disciplined, and constantly on the alert." 
-- Lysander Spooner, 1869.

"At Randolph [Air Force Base, Texas] in the early fifties, Dr. Hubertus Strughold and many other former Nazi scientists worked on aerospace medicine. Dr. Strughold has been called the father of American aerospace medicine. He also headed the Third Reich’s Institute of Aviation Medicine. At Dachau and other places, this institute carried out cold water experiments in which Jews were slowly frozen to death, and hyperbaric experiments in which they were subjected to lower and lower air pressure until they exploded. In these experiments, people routinely died in hideous agony. Strughold was named Chief Scientist of the USAF Aerospace Medical Division in 1961. He received the Americanism Medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1985, the Texas Senate declared June 15, 1985 to be Dr. Hubertus Strughold Day."
--Whitley Strieber. Mar 14, 2003.

"But--we're like roaches, people like you and me. Step on us and we learn to flatten ourselves out. Spray us and we breed children who actually thrive on the spray. Irradiate us and we learn to eat radiation for our supper. We will not be silenced, never quite, never entirely."
--Whitley Strieber. Nov 18, 2002.

In 1940, when he was eight, many of his neighbors joined the resistance against the French. One day, some of them were arrested. "They were tied together with a steel wire pierced thorugh their palms and led away." 
--Nguyen Quang Sang. A Vietnamese. From page 215 of the 2003 book, "Patriots: the Vietnam War remembered from all sides."

"When it shall be said in any country in the world, 'My poor are happy; neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive; the rational world is my friend, because I am a friend of its happiness': -- when these things can be said, then may that country boast of its constitution and its government. Within the space of a few years we have seen two revolutions, those of America and France."
-- Thomas Paine. 1792. Rights of Man, Part Second. Page 446. Full text of book is here:

"...Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law."
-- Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

"The Diem government had many public executions. A lot of people in the West denied that it happened but Diem made no bones about it. They advertised the executions and there were pictures in the paper of people getting their heads chopped off by a guillotine. ... In 1959, when I went around with the map teams there were many military outposts where they summarily chopped off the heads of people they thought were Communists. They put the heads on stakes right in front of their outposts, sometimes with two cigarettes up the nostrils. They even invited people to take pictures of it. They were very proud of themselves."
-- Ngo Vinh Long, South Vietnamese living in the USA. From page 58 of the 2003 book, "Patriots: the Vietnam War remembered from all sides."

"The Bolivarian Circles [Simon Bolivar, 1783-1830, South American liberator] are very similar to the Workers Councils of Paris 1968. There's also a Situationist tendency in some of what we see in the Venezuelan revolution. One of my best writers recently put that word, revolution, in quotation marks, but I don't. The surrounding of the TV stations, the confrontation with 'the spectacle,' Chávez's own willingness to confront the corrupt Commercial Media and legalize Community TV and radio, these things are showing the entire world a way out of this media mess. I love it. None of this means I think that a Chávez government or a Lula government or a Lucio government or any other government is all honey over cornflakes. But the insistence that any movement be 'perfect' or 'correct' is the quickest route to a permanent state of defeat."
-- Al Giordano of NarcoNews.com . San Francisco Indymedia interview, December 2002.
http://sf.indymedia.org/news/2002/12/1552703.php and

"Today, in Venezuela, the uniformed Armed Forces build housing and infrastructure. It's interesting; one of the key demands of the 'opposition' is to prohibit the army from building houses! The poor cheer when the military enters their neighborhoods, because they're usually coming to build some houses. Not, like before, when they came to round up the dissidents and repress the social movements. Chávez's reform of the military, his purge of the 'School of the Americas' trained coup-plotters, his opening the spaces for Community TV and radio, his political movement's creation of and support for the Bolivarian Circles, this, no one can deny, is a revolution by any standard. I'm not going to hold it against him or them that
they did it via an electoral path.
To the contrary, the Venezuelan 'war machine' has drawn a new map for how to navigate government power to fight the larger global State. In April, the battle forever changed the military. In December, the battle forever changed the oil apparatus and economic structure. Next up: the revolution in Media."
-- Al Giordano of NarcoNews.com . San Francisco Indymedia interview, December 2002.
http://sf.indymedia.org/news/2002/12/1552703.php and

"To hear the oligarchs and the Commercial Media screech about the Bolivarian Circles, you would think they are armed paramilitary organizations of vampires coming to drink their precious children's blood. I went and spent time with these Circles. Do you know what they're really doing? The old guy in every neighborhood who loves the architecture, the history, you know him, these guys even exist in San Francisco and New York, the one who goes and spends hours at the library researching the construction of the local church? Well, this guy is now in the Bolivarian Circle. And for the first time he has an eager audience of children and adults and elders all excited to study and learn the history of their barrio. And the lady who understands herbs and natural medicine is holding very popular workshops and training sessions to help everyone understand it. She's the Bolivarian Circle, too. So is the neighborhood baseball team, and kids who do rap or theater. They're the Bolivarian Circles, too. That's what they are 'armed' with: library books, herbal remedies, boomboxes and baseball gloves."
-- Al Giordano of NarcoNews.com . San Francisco Indymedia interview, December 2002.
http://sf.indymedia.org/news/2002/12/1552703.php and

"The roots of the Bill of Rights Defense Committees, it is important to remember, are in the pre-revolutionary committees of correspondence, initiated by Sam Adams and the Sons of Liberty in Boston in 1754. ... These committees, as Supreme Court Justice William Brennan once told me, were a precipitating cause of the American Revolution." 
-- Nat Hentoff. Resistance Rising! True Patriots Networking. Village Voice, November 22nd, 2002.
http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0248/hentoff.php and
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cannabisaction/message/610 and
http://www.bordc.org Bill of Rights Defense Committee. Modern-day group.

We pulverized villages from the air if we merely imagined that we received hostile fire. I witnessed it with my own eyes and I saw the leaflets we dropped which said, "If you fire on us, we will destroy your village," and then a follow-up leaflet that said, "You did fire on us, and we did destroy your village." And U.S. planes were actually bombing churches. They would see the church, target it, and blow it up. I saw that happen.
-- Jonathan Schell, author of many books. Reporter in Vietnam 1966-67. From page 206 of the 2003 book, "Patriots: the Vietnam War remembered from all sides."

"Perhaps no single step contributed so much to cement the union of the colonies, and the final acquisition of independence, as the establishment of committees of correspondence. This supported a chain of communication from New Hampshire to Georgia that produced unanimity and energy throughout the continent."
-- Mercy Otis Warren. History of the Rise and Progress and Termination of the American Revolution. Book published in 1805. She (Mercy) was an "historian, playwright, and political pamphleteer."
http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0248/hentoff.php and

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty,
the tranquility of servitude greater than
the animating contest for freedom,
go home from us in peace.
We seek not your counsel, nor your arms.
Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you.
May your chains set lightly upon you,
and may posterity forget
that ye were our countrymen."
-- Samuel Adams

"It's real easy. I was born, went to 'Nam, lived in a bottle for 20 years, then found God and ganja. ... Yeah, I was the first person arrested, tried, and acquitted for felony cultivation and felony cultivation for sales in the state of California under Proposition 215."
-- Charles Edward "Eddy" Lepp. "Eddy's Medicinal Gardens and Chapel." Emerald Triangle, California. October, 2002.

"Drug users are as dangerous to our national security as any terrorist."
-- U.S. President Ronald (6) Wilson (6) Reagan (6), 1986.

"Parallel to the training of the body a struggle against the poisoning of the soul must begin. Our whole public life today is like a hothouse for sexual ideas and simulations. Just look at the bill of fare served up in our movies, vaudeville and theaters, and you will hardly be able to deny that this is not the right kind of food, particularly for the youth...Theater, art, literature, cinema, press, posters, and window displays must be cleansed of all manifestations of our rotting world and placed in the service of a moral, political, and cultural idea."
-- Adolf Hitler, "Mein Kampf", Vol. 1, Chapter 10. Published in 1925.

"War is God's way of teaching Americans geography"
-- Ambrose Bierce


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