Why I write this
To whom it is written
The spoken word
v. the written word
What is winning?
Really Simple Stories
Save the Planet,
Save the Environment
Unified Theory of Physics
Dungeons and Dragons
Condemnation v. Consequences
v. Problem Solving
My association with Behold!
Information is Free
The Patriot ... Not!
The Greatest Entertainers
The struggle in my State
World War starts on your doorstep
Conclusions v. Facts v. Relevant Facts
(The sayings in quotes are from memory and might be awaiting the proper references. Any quotes attributed to an author might be paraphrased at this time but will be constantly reviewed for accuracy to the original quote. Hey, I'm just getting started. The unquoted sayings are my own.)
"A man with a gun is a citizen. A man without a gun is a subject." John Lott
(The reverse is also true, a subject has no right to a gun and a citizen has a right to a gun. Study that 14th amendment!)
Where brave men go, timid follow.
Most people spend their lives trying to stay dry on a sinking ship.
The world is the way it is because the middle class can still afford it.
History is driven by what the public will tolerate or, more bluntly, by public stupidity.
If you insure it, you don't own it.
"Let us dare to read, think, speak and write." John Adams, 1765.
It is the desire of the politician to reduce the qualifications of citizenship so the obligations of his office are likewise reduced.
Secession was rebellion; reconstruction is treason.
In his most arrogant and condecending voice, the Sheriff asked, "What exactly is it you are trying to do?"
I replied, "To get you to act in your capacity as Sheriff of this County and not as a State Peace Officer."
The Sheriff answered, "You believe something that very few people understand." He turned around and walked away, ending the conversation.
In the 1960s, a Peace Officer said to me, "Without a Drivers License, you are nobody. In fact, I can't even write you a ticket."
A retired deputy Sheriff was conversing with his friend at a business place and said, "We did a lot of things I never really understood. When I got my radio certificate, my badge number was put on it. But when I wrote tickets, I had to use my State number on it." I mentioned that as a radio operator, you were acting in the capacity of a deputy Sheriff but when you wrote those tickets you were acting in the capacity of a State Peace Officer. He looked at me, turned around and walked away, ending the conversation.
"The God of Israel does not keep me alive just to row this boat."
(Charlton Heston as Judah Ben Hur in the movie Ben Hur)
The problem is not so much evil people doing wicked things but the vast majority of good people unwittingly helping them get so much done.
A joke travels faster, and farther, than useful information.
"In the animal kingdom, one animal does not think it improper to devour another as food and it does this without remorse. In the human kingdom, the same thing is accomplished through legal process." (Wil Durant, author of multi-volume History of the World)
The truth goes far, unless there is no one to carry it.
If there ever was something, which if you wanted it done you had to do it yourself, this is it.
Good dies daily but evil is carefully passed down from one generation to the next.
There was no severability clause in the original Constitution for the United States of America. The document must be taken as a whole. No part of it can be brought to conflict with the rest of it. Each of its provisions must square with the four corners of the Constitution (case cite). However, with the supposed post-civil war amendments added, there are now five corners and the original Constitution is now tainted in its interpretation. Some of the post-civil war amendments claim to modify or repeal specific parts of the original; but nonetheless, the supposed additions of these amendments corrupt everything about the original Constitution. Even the promises of our Forefathers to Our Posterity in the Preamble are rendered meaningless, without any direct mention of the Preamble in those amendments, if the post-civil war amendments are considered valid. People clamor for a return to the principles of the Constitution, yet do not question the addition of those amendments to it. Addition is another word for Change and Change has the same effect as Destroy.
"I met the most wonderful girl. She's intelligent, has a great personality, she's attentive, courteous, charming, generous, wise, level-headed ... you know, I think I can change her". (famous comedian's standup comedy piece, use the Contact page if you want your credit here)
"Man who ride tiger find it difficult to dismount."
(paraphrased from an old chinese proverb)
"Your success depends on proper selection of ancestors."
(there is a practical application to this wry paraphrased old chinese proverb)
Since there is not yet a clear winner, and not everyone has joined in the fray, we are still in the process of choosing sides.
"The quality of a bucket of water shows the nature of the well from which it was drawn."
I study many things. Turns out, they are all related.
"Most Christians Aren't"
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be."
"That the Founding Fathers came up with three co-equal branches of Government; that somewhere in the late eighteen hundreds, along came the Congress and set up an independent regulatory agency; that Congress gave to the head of that agency executive powers; and that Congress has repeated that in subsequent years, from 1890 through today; and if, in fact, the head of an independent regulatory agency is not serving at the pleasure of the President, that is, able to be fired by the President, relieved without cause by the President, then, what the Congress has attempted to do is unconstitutional, i.e., they have essentially ESTABLISHED A QUASI-EXECUTIVE BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT, which is a FOURTH BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT sitting out here." Hearings Before the Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate Ninety-Ninth Congress, Second Session, On the Nomination of Judge Antonin Scalia, To be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, August 5 and 6, 1986, Serial No. J-99-119, Page 50. (emphasis added)
ATTORNEY - FRIEND OR FOE? "His [the attorney] first duty is to the courts and the public, not to the client, and wherever the duties to his client conflict with those he owes as an officer of the court in the administration of justice, the former must yield to the latter." 7 C.J.S. Attorney & Client section 4, p. 802.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves among those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not as a traitor, he speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their garments, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared." Cicero, 42 B.C.
"... Now, it is manifest that the supreme law of the land can only be established by the sovereign power. And as the Constitution was so established by the people of the United States, it results, of necessity, that the sovereign power is here declared to be the people. Every citizen, therefore, being one of the people, has his share of the sovereign power. And every officer holds his authority, directly or indirectly, by the will of the people, under the Constitution. This is the great guaranty of our universal suffrage, by which alone the will of the people can be properly ascertained. And it confers a dignity and value on the title of American citizen, which made it worthy of all high and honorable estimation. ...`No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States.' And this follows naturally from the preceding principle. For there can be no title of nobility higher than the sovereign power. But the people are themselves the sovereign power. And each citizen is, in his own right, a sharer in the sovereignty. Hence, there can be no title above the citizen, and any other badges of nobility, conferred by the authority of the people, would therefore involve a manifest incongruity. This provision, however, does not forbid those words of special reverence which our forefathers imported from Europe, and which were in general use before the Constitution was established. For these are terms of office, and not titles of nobility. It is not anti-republican to give the epithet of Excellency to the President or Governor, whom the people have elected, as the more excellent, to occupy those exalted stations. Neither is it anti-republican to call him Honorable, whom the people have honored by putting him into the office of Judge or Legislator. But titles of nobility, on the contrary, are personal privileges of superior rank, which have no respect to the choice of the citizens, no necessary connection with the official duty of public service, and no regard to the equal rights of the community. And hence, the Constitution wisely prohibits them, as inconsistent with its fundamental principle." THE AMERICAN CITIZEN: His Rights and Duties, According to the Spirit of the Constitution of the United States, by John Henry Hopkins, D.D., LL.D. (1857).
James D. Barnatt, in an Oregon Law Review Treaties, titled "Public Licenses and Private Rights", in part, quoted is the following:
"The popular understanding of the word 'license' [required by government for the performance of various activities] undoubtedly is a permission to do something which, without the license, would not be allowable. The object of the license is to confer a right that does not exist without the license."
" ... if this instrument had been called an exemption, instead of a license, it would have given a better idea of its character. Licensing acts, in fact, in legislation, are universally restraining acts ..."
"A license is merely a permission to do what is unlawful at common law, or is made so by some statute or ordinance, including the one authorizing or requiring the license."
"... the requirement of a license is not intended as a privilege, but as a common restraint---and a restraint upon the activities authorized by the common law."
"Thus a 'right' becomes a 'privilege'. ... and this is true whether the licenses are issued by the state or local governments or by the Federal government. That is just why licenses are required --- to restrict the liberty in activities already existing at common law."
"The 'liberty' guaranteed by this Constitution 'must be interpreted in the light of the common law, the principles and history of which were familiarly known to the framers of the Constitution.' This liberty denotes 'rights of the individual ... to engage in any of the common occupations of life ... and generally to enjoy those privileges long recognized at common law as essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men.'"
"...What is law?" In its primary and highest sense, considered in the abstract, it might be defined simply as the expressed will of God. It has been well said, "Justice is the offspring of law, as law is the offspring of God." Law in general, as civilized men recognize it, actually or potentially, exists in or results from the harmony of the universe and the natural relations and fitness of things. Cicero says, that in his day learned men defined law to be "the highest reason implanted in nature, which prescribes those things which ought to be done, and forbids the contrary." It is not merely an arbitrary or positive rule of action, created by a mortal sovereign's will. Neither is it something invented by human intelligence. It may be discovered by us through Revelation, or evolved by human wisdom through the results of observation and experience...." Thoughts on Codification of the Common Law, (1882), by Albert Mathews.
"This country and this people seem to have been made for each other, and it appears as if it was the design of Providence... With equal pleasure I have as often taken notice that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people - a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs, and who, by their joint counsels, arms, and efforts, fighting side by side throughout a long and bloody war, have nobly established their general liberty and independence." The Federalist Paper's, No 2, Jay, p.38, Rossiter Edition.
"The action of Congress in passage of the first Legal Tender Act was
placed distinctly upon the ground of the existing imperative need of
government, and the LEGAL TENDER clause was urged and adopted as a
WAR MEASURE." Julliard v. Greenman, 110 US 425, (1884). (emphasis
"The forced loans of 1862 and 1863, in the form of legal tender
notes, were vital forces in the struggle for national supremacy. They
formed a part of the public debt of the United States, the validity
of which is solemnly established by the Fourteenth Amendment to the
Constitution." Julliard v. Greenman, 110 US 432.
"Where words are defined in a particular statute, and it is clear
that Legislature intended to give to such words a different
meaning than one generally and ordinarily given to such words,
statutory definition is one to be applied." (emphasis added), Sisk
v. Arizona Ice & Cold Storage Co., 141 P.2d 395.
"Where act uses the word in a special sense which it defines,
definition by average man or by ordinary dictionary is not a
substitute for the definition contained in the act." National
Homeopathic Hospital Ass'n of D.C. v. Britton, 147 F.2d 561.
"A bill of attainder is defined to be, 'a legislative Act which inflicts punishment without judicial trial', where the legislative body exercises the office of judge, and assumes judicial magistracy, and pronounces on the guilt of a party without any of the forms or safeguards of a trial, and fixes the punishment". In re De Giacomo, (1874), 12 Blatchf. (U.S.) 391; 7 Fed. Cas. No. 3,747, p. 33.
[9, 10] "The privileges and immunities clause of the fourteenth Amendment protects very few rights because it neither incorporates any of the Bill of Rights nor protects all rights of individual citizens ... Instead this provision protects only those rights peculiar to being a citizen of the federal government; it does not protect those rights which relate to state citizenship ..." Jones v. Temmer, (Aug. 1993), 829 F. Supp. 1226
"When the citizen is governed by the military power, he is not governed by the soldier's code of military law, but he is said to be governed by martial law; and this law is perfectly distinct and entirely different from military law, to which soldiers are subject." Griffin v. Wilcox, 21 Indiana 370, P. 376, (1863), Kerr Reporter, Supreme Court of Indiana, Nov. Term 1863
In a treatise titled: All the Laws but One Civil Liberties in Wartime,
William H. Rehnquist. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1998., p. 256, ISBN
"This is a treatise on the conflict between constitutional compliance and
the doctrine of necessity, particularly during wartime. The title is from
Lincoln's message of July 4, 1861, to Congress, justifying his
proclamation of April 27, 1861, suspending the Habeas Corpus Act adopted
by the First Congress, and following his defiance of the order of
Chief Justice Taney in Ex Parte Merriman. Lincoln argued that although
the qualified prohibition of suspension of habeas corpus in Article I
Section 9 Clause 2 was grouped with the powers and prohibitions of
Congress, the Constitution was silent concerning which branch could legally
exercise the implied authority to suspend it, and asserted that in an
emergency when Congress was not in session the president had that
authority. He said that the writ of habeas corpus, which had been
fashioned "with such extreme tenderness of the citizens' liberty," if
strictly enforced as interpreted by Justice Taney would allow "all the
laws, but one, to go unexecuted, and the government itself go to
pieces, lest that one be violated." The original charges against
Merriman were for treason and other offenses for involvement in the
burning of bridges north of and leading to Baltimore, Maryland, but
Merriman was arrested by federal troops, charged in a military court, and
held at Fort McHenry. Due to delays by Taney and others in prosecuting
the case against him, Merriman was released on bail in the summer of
1861 and never tried. The remaining members of Congress later adopted
an act authorizing the president to suspend habeas corpus under certain
"The source and origin of the power to establish military
commissions, if it exists at all, is in the assumed power to declare what
is called martial law. I say what is called martial law; for, strictly
speaking, there is no such thing as martial law ... Let us call the thing
by its right name; it is not martial law, but MARTIAL RULE. And, when we
speak of it, let us speak of it as abolishing all law, and substituting
the will of the military commander ... There is a maxim of our law which
gives the reason and the extent of the power: 'Necessitas quod cogit
defendit.'" ['Necessitas quod cogit defendit' = Necessity justifies what it
"What is called proclaiming martial law IS NO LAW AT ALL; but MERELY FOR THE SAKE OF 'PUBLIC SAFETY,' in circumstances of great EMERGENCY, setting aside all law, and acting under the military power: a proceeding which requires to be followed by an act of indemnity when the disturbances are at an end." 8 Atty. Gen. Op. 365, 367, February 3, 1857. (emphasis added)
"In this country it is still worse. Martial law is a thing not mentioned by name, and scarcely as much as hinted at, in the Constitution and statutes of the United States. And our law books, whether civil or military, do not afford any correct or useful information on the subject." 8 Atty. Gen. Op. 365, 366, February 3, 1857.
"Life is a gift which man has received from God, and which society incessantly endeavors to secure to him, even before he is born, from the very instant he exists in ventre sa me`re. The law does not alone punish the homicide of a man who is born, but it punishes as a misdemeanor, whoever has procured the criminal abortion of a woman quick with child, even with her consent. And though the mother appears to have some rights over the foetus, which is yet a part of herself, she is punishable for attempting its life.
An infant in ventre sa me`re, or in its mother's womb, is considered as having the rights of a man born, whenever it is for the interest of his life or his preservation that he should so be. It is for this reason that if a woman quick with child should be capitally convicted, her execution will be delayed until after her confinement. 1 Bouvier's Institutes of American Law, (1851) No. 203, pp 86, 87.
Gen. 35: "17 And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also. 18 And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin. 19 And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem. 20 And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel's grave unto this day."