Wednesday, September 20, 2006

It must be liberal day over at google

You can tell because the day ends with "y"

So here are my 3 quotes of the day:
I had an epiphany a few years ago where I was out at a celebrity party and it suddenly dawned on me that I had yet to meet a celebrity who is as smart and interesting as any of my friends. - Moby
Acceptance without proof is the fundamental characteristic of Western religion, rejection without proof is the fundamental characteristic of Western science. - Gary Zukav
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. - Benjamin Franklin

Quote 1: Moby, everything is more interesting than you. I don't know how you became a celebrity, but you are not interesting enough to merit being a quotable person.

Quote 2: As stated by a person who knows nothing of Western Theology or Western Sceince. Because both statements are fundamentally false. Western theology has become increasingly complex, and western science has become increasingly linked to politics. Oh, and Fatwa! you have defamed Jesus! I am totally calling you out. Bike racks, after school.

Quote 3: Yeah yeah yeah, it's Ben's most famous quote after, "why does it burn when I pee?"

Nothing wrong with this quote, except for the fact that people who quote him tend to forget every other principle from the founding, but remember this and the Danbury letters as proof positive that a) gwb is dumb and b) being a liberal is good.

Essential liberty is a concept that is complex and worthy of deeper discussion, too bad it's always thrown out as a one off for people being against even basic security measures by this administration.

As a basis of comparison, consider the following, the government can force you to keep and quarter troops in times of war against your consent. In times of peace, you must either consent or they cannot stay. THAT is essential liberty, and even then, the founders were aware of times where essential liberty must give way. Why? because as essential as it is as a liberty interest, it is secondary to the "existence" interest.

But using the founding fathers to attack the US government is easy, because most people dont' spend any time with it, and people don't want to attack the founders. Then again, people are more than happy to accept every other historical transgression against the founders... Wickard v Fillburn etc.

Google, I love your search engine, your email service, and the easy way your image service helps me find porn, but this is just a bad day for you and quotes.

Especially since when it comes to protecting "essential liberty" you are tough with the US government, but roll over for the Chinese all day long.

Talk is cheap, especially other people's talk.

Google. You can SUCK IT.

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