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Argument From Oliver Wendell Authority

“Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes, U.S. Supreme Court, 1927

So said the long-serving, widely respected Supreme Court justice. Can’t you just hear that basso profundo. Cast James Earl Jones for the reenactment. Cast Morgan Freeman.

“It would be strange if it could not call upon those who [...]

Barack Obama and Benjamin Franklin: The Choice

Barack Obama said it recently:

Barack Obama discussed the idea of that choice in pledges he made in 2007 and then in 2008. As a candidate, many years closer to the attacks of September 11 2001, Barack Obama told us that we should reject the urge to choose between security and liberty:

As [...]

The Evolution of a Quote: Misconceived, Misattributed, Misconstrued

Yesterday a professional contact of mine shared the following message on Facebook:

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an [...]

Foods are Proof that God Wants Us to Be… What?

If you ever visit the historical sites of Boston or Philadelphia, you’ll notice t-shirts and buttons for sale at just about every available souvenir stand, referencing Benjamin Franklin’s quote, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Made by historically-minded Guatemalan and Chinese sweatshop workers, these pieces of swag offer [...]

Americans Elect makes first communication with Irregular Times: a Takedown Notice

I am happy to say that today, after nearly a year of trying, I finally got someone at Americans Elect to communicate with me.

I’m sorry to say that the content of the communication was a takedown notice.

Last night, I reported on Americans Elect Chief Technology Officer Joshua Levine’s contention on his question-and-answer website [...]

#19 Way to Exasperate a Liberal: Lampoon Al Gore For Something He Didn’t Say Citing a Book that Doesn’t Exist

James Delingpole continues his series of 365 Ways to Drive a Liberal Crazy with the following zinger in my inbox:

Quote the wisdom of Al “Nature Watch” Gore: “A zebra does not change its spots.”

Oooooh! Why that drives me to… check facts. After all, much of what Delingpole has previously claimed to be true [...]

Palinism of the Day: To Save the Union, Stop Paying Attention

“If Americans are paying attention, unfortunately, our country could evolve into something that we do not even recognize, certainly that is so far from what the founders of our countries had in mind for us.”

– Sarah Palin, Monday June 8, 2009

Palinisms Page: Please Help Us Build Our Collection

We’ve been blogging the bizarre statements of Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin as they come up, but now it seems there are enough for a permanent catalog to be organized. And here it is: a Palinisms page dedicated to the collection of as complete as possible a repository of Governor Sarah Palin’s hair-spun wisdom and [...]

Palinism of the Day: My Middle Name is Weasel

“I am so sorry I’m such a weasel.” — Sarah Palin, October 8 2000

Ben Franklin on Success and Peace

Getting out of bed in the morning is a war. Resting an extra 15 minutes is the best peace there is. There never was a good war or a bad peace, Mr. Franklin. Remember that. [...]

Obama-Einstein 2008: Just Words

Albert Einstein spoke the same message that Barack Obama speaks today: That we do not need to be restricted to the fears and hatreds of our predecessors. We can overcome it. Germany did not listen to Albert Einstein in 1932. Will America listen to Barack Obama in 2008? [...]