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

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A Conversation I'm Sorry I Missed

A Conversation I'm Sorry I Missed

I had to do site work today, so I left a little early in order to stop at the best truck stop in Tucson on the way to the job site for a little breakfast.

As I approached the cash register to ring out, a gentleman a little older than I was in front of me. The cashier, in normal friendly terms, asked him if he'd enjoyed his breakfast. "It was good," he said, "but too much food!" His accent marked him as European, at a guess French or Belgian. "It's so wasteful when people are starving in Africa."


Flo behind the counter responded with a nuke:

"It's their karma."

Phillipe was taken aback. Literally. He took a step back, as though Flo had farted in his general direction. At that point Flo noticed me, and told Phillipe that I probably didn't want to stand around while they debated international aid issues, so he stepped out of the way so I could pay and be on my way.

But I wish I could have stayed. They went back at it as soon as I started walking away. I imagine that conversation got fascinating quite rapidly.

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