They that can give up essential liberty to
obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor
— Benjamin Franklin, 1755
Experience should teach us to be most on our
Guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are
beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion
of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to
liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning
but without understanding.
— Justice Louis D. Brandeis, 1928
Necessity hath no law. Feigned necessities,
imaginary necessities are the greatest cozenage that men can put upon
the Providence of God, and make pretences to break known rules
— Oliver Cromwell, 1654
Why of course the people don't want war. That
is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who
determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the
people along. Whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, a
parliament or a communist dictatorship, the people can always be
brought to the bidding of the leaders. All you have to do is tell them
they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of
patriotism and exposing the country to greater danger.
— Hermann Goering, at Nuremberg trials, 1945
Patriotism, n: The last resort of the scoundrel.
—Samuel Johnson, Dictionary of the English Language, 1755.
With all due respect to Samuel Johnson, it is
not the last resort. It is the first.
—Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, 1911
To announce that there must be no criticism of
the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or
wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable
to the American public.
— Theodore Roosevelt, 1918
Members of Congress who refuse to applaud my
speeches are committing treason.
Donald Trump, 2018.
Patriotism is supporting your country all the
time and your government when it deserves it.
— Mark Twain
The power of the Executive to cast a man into
prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and
particularly to deny him the judgement of his peers, is in the highest
degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government
whether Nazi or Communist.
— W. Churchill, Nov 21, 1943
When the people fear their government, there is
tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.
— Thomas Jefferson
Those who can make you believe absurdities can
make you commit atrocities.
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of
human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of
— William Pitt, 1783
The only thing necessary for the triumph of
evil is for good men to do nothing.
— Edmund Burke
Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am
Ende auch Menschen.
— Heinrich Heine, 1821
Dulce et decorum est pro oleo mori.
— George W. Bush
“Freedom” used to be defined as the
ability to do as you please. In the United States, it is now defined
as the ability to keep others from doing as they please.
La pensée ne doit jamais se soumettre, ni à un
dogme, ni à un parti, ni à une passion, ni à un intérêt, ni à une idée
préconçue, ni à quoi que ce soit, si ce n'est aux faits eux-mêmes,
parce que, pour elle, se soumettre, ce serait cesser d'être.
(Thought must never submit, neither to a dogma, nor to a party,
nor to a passion, nor to an interest, nor to a preconceived idea, nor
to whatever it may be, save to the facts themselves, because, for
thought, submission would mean ceasing to be.)
— Henri Poincaré , 1909
The real reason that we can’t have the
Ten Commandments in a courthouse: You cannot post “Thou shalt
not steal”, “Thou shalt not commit adultery”, and
“Thou shalt not lie” in a building full of lawyers,
judges, and politicians. It creates a hostile work
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When wearing one hat or another, I am:
Founder and former
Sysop of the Central Texas PC User Group.
Portrait and glamour Photographer. I have a
brochure and price list in PDF format.
Founder and forrmer
leader of the Linux Beginners Special
Interest Group (SIG).
really want to know, you can get Personal Info about me, too.
Words, Words, Words
One of my hobbies is reading dictionaries, and my few friends and many
acquaintances have learned the hard way not to get me
started on the subject of word origins. If you're game for examples
of this showing off, check my Words Page to
see why pen is unrelated to pencil and cube is unrelated to cubicle,
while pork is related to porcelain, Queen Guinevere is related
to a penguin, and an apple pie comes from a magpie! Have patience.
This is a big page and can take a while to load and
render, even with a fast connection and fast computer.
Another hobby is reading historical fiction, and recently I've put
together a web page called You Can't Say That!
on the subject of how the English language has changed over time, so
that a novel set two hundred years ago, for example, can't use some
now-common words, and the sense of others has changed greatly. If you
don't believe me, check the link to find out about the four-year-old
girl's violent orgasm, or the man drinking wine that had been
defecated by his butler.
For an unpaid political announcement, click here.
Go here for pictures of the December,
1999 meeting with Lois Bujold and Elizabeth Moon.
On January 5, 1999 I made a presentation on "Linux for the Windows
User" to the Centex PC User Group. Due to
many requests, I'm making it available here for browsing or
download. Click this link. I plan to
update it on the fly as (a) I get more information, and (b) I get
better ideas. It was last tweaked on 03/30/99; suggestions for
improvement are gratefully accepted.
This is a pitch on Emacs and Vi that I gave
to the Austin Linux Group, and also to the Linux Beginners SIG on
April 3, 2007.
This is a presentation on Intro to TCP and Packet
Filtering that I gave to the Linux Beginners SIG on March 12,
2002. Note that the animated movie shown at that meeting is called
"goodwarriors.mpg". The home page of the group that produced it is warriorsofthe.net. It's an
interesting page, with a lot of info on how and why the movie was
produced, as well as the ability to download it in several different
resolutions and languages. The version shown was the highest-res
version, it's about 125 MB in size. There's even a handy table
pointing out that the big version would take twelve hours to download
at 28.8 bps, so if you have a slow modem, I'd highly recommend
cultivating a friend with a broadband connection and a CD burner. If
another SIG would like to show the movie at their meeting, it's on the
club laptop as D:\Linux\goodwarriors.mpg. It's 12 minutes long and
well worth the time.
In July, 2012 I gave this presentation on
I am rather proud of these solid hardwood stands for the Amazon Kindle
e-book readers. I made one for myself and then a few friends wanted
me to make one for them, and then …. I really don’t want
to go into business, but if you see something you like drop me a line.
They’re $20 including shipping. In reality I’m floating
this as a trial balloon to see if anyone is interested.
- The woods in the front row are Padouk (red) and Walnut (dark
brown). In the back row, American Cherry (light tan, with K3) and
Bolivian Rosewood (in reality, very reddish black, with K2).
- They are finished with tung oil, which gives a nice satin surface.
- All woods darken with exposure to air and light, so don’t
trust the photo too far.
- Size is 3 1/2" x 5" x 1 1/2" high. The slot is 1/2" wide, which
is perfect for stability with the Kindle 2 or 3, as shown. The heavy
hardwood bases make them quite difficult to tip over.
- The stand holds the Kindle at a 15 degree slant, which is quite
comfortable for reading.
- These are sized for a “naked” K2 or K3. In other
words, without a case. The Kindle DX will fit the slot, but I
don’t know if it would need a larger and heavier base. The K2-K3
size will not fit the original Kindle (K1) or the B&N Nook,
both of which are thicker. If there was a demand, I could certainly
make them with wider slots, of course.
- Update — I just made a somewhat larger and heavier version
sized for the iPad, if anyone is interested.
- I have them in the woods shown plus Oak, Brazilian Cherry
(more reddish brown than American), and Mahogany. In other words,
those are the woods I have in my shop at the moment. If you want a
bunch of them in a particular wood, I’m certainly open to
negotiation. (Some tropical hardwoods are very expensive.)
Email me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested. If
you’re a distributor or something, the wholesale price would be
$10 each in quantities of at least ten.
Dorothy Dunnett Presentation
On September 23, 2000, I made a presentation at the Dorothy Dunnett
seminar in Philadelphia. Go here for
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