Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Friday, July 25, 2008


Dr. Randy Pausch has died. Dr. Pausch, if you are not familiar, was a well-loved professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University who contracted a particularly aggressive form of cancer. I've written about him before. Dr. Pausch was asked to deliver one of a series of lectures entitled "The Last Lecture." As I noted before, schools such as Stanford and the University of Alabama have mounted "Last Lecture Series," in which top professors are asked to think deeply about what matters to them and to give hypothetical final talks. For the audience, the question to be mulled is this: "What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance?"

Dr. Pausch's lecture, however, wasn't hypothetical.

He gave his lecture on Sept. 17, 2007. If you haven't seen it, block out 76 minutes of your time, plus ten or fifteen to recover from the experience. Trust me, it's worth it.

Dr. Pausch left the world a gift. What we do with it is up to us.

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