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Notable Quotables – 3/27/06

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Quotes of Note that reflect what conservatives think. Or are up against.


Telling the Truth, Teachers and Anger

John Stossel recently featured a segment on teachers, their mighty unions and how no matter how much money we throw at the schools, the children’s test scores keep going down. Seems Stossel made the teachers’ unions very mad, as the bitter truth often does.

From Townhall.com Stossel’s response.

By John Stossel

Teachers unions are mad at me because I hosted an ABC News TV special titled “Stupid in America.” But when they criticize my “bias and ignorance,” I don’t hear them refute the points listed in the show. They don’t refute them because they can’t.

RINO Alert

Lincoln Chafee is considered a doddering fool by most Republicans and more, he is anything but loyal to the conservative cause. A RINO is a Republican In Name Only and for sure, while we can understand Russ Feingold’s move to censure the President as being good for Feingold’s presidential ambitions, to have a member of the President’s own party embrace this silly notion speaks volumes about Chafee.

As an aside, we hear Chafee either won’t run again or will not be supported by one dime of GOP support.

From CitizenOutreach:

THE RINO KING

“Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold’s (D-Wis.) resolution to censure President Bush for what he called ‘illegal wiretapping’ drew sharp denunciations from the White House and Senate Republicans on Monday … One liberal GOP senator, Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, offered some praise for Feingold, saying the resolution would be ‘positive’ if it fueled debate over the legality of some policies in the war on terrorism.”

– Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 3/14/06

A Little FDR Wisdom

Image hosted by Photobucket.comWhen you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. — Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Well Worth Remembering

Wars are not easy things and they are seldom won with peace restored as quickly as we’d like. Many are frustrated with the slowness of Iraq to form a permanent government but best to remember, as quoted from the NY Post:

The members of Iraq’s political class have chosen hope – chosen to fight their battles at the bargaining table rather than in the streets. By doing so, they are, in fact, offering an example of what democratic institutions are intended to do. They are supposed to replace armed conflict with political negotiation conducted by those who might otherwise take up weapons to get their way.

This Is Scary

Ruth Ginsburg, former head of the ACLU and now the only female on the Supreme Court, spoke recently about the mighty court’s penchant for citing foreign law. A concept that, silly me, seems a bit absurd when considering American cases.

Below, from Powerline.com a quote from a recent speech by Ms. Ginsburg:

To a large extent, I believe, the critics in Congress and in the media misperceive how and why U.S. courts refer to foreign and international court decisions. We refer to decisions rendered abroad, it bears repetition, not as controlling authorities, but for their indication, in Judge Wald’s words, of “common denominators of basic fairness governing relationships between the governors and the governed.”

Okaaaaay. But we do have a constitution already set up real nice like for the great Justices to interpret. If those basic fairnesses “governing relationships between the governors and the governed” aren’t in our own fine constitution then they mean nothing in terms of the United States of America. It gets kicked backed to the elected legislators to deal with. What part of this does Ginsburg not understand?

Jimi Hendrix?

Indeed. And it’s a thought worth pondering.

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Rainbow Bridge

We’d just lost a beloved dog who owned us on this earth for 15 years. Our grief was palpable. Soon after her death this missive came into my email. The author is anonymous and the message is reiterated across the mighty Internet so much that it has become a bit of folklore wisdom.

Sure, it’s a bit of fantasy and for sure again, there’s likely no rainbow bridge except in a bereaved mind. Still, the notion that our beloved pets will be healthy again, will run and romp and — the best concept of all — be there to meet us when we too cross over, is comforting.

So forgive this indulgence and who knows, perhaps the reader is facing or has recently faced the loss of a pet.

For you, keep the dream of Rainbow Bridge in your heart. It helps the ache.

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Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.

There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.

There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

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  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    You’re being too hard on Chaffee. What he said was very noncommittal, and echoes what Bush himself said last week when he demanded that Congress express their concern in action through legislation as opposed to bickering. This tendancy to damn any Republican who isn’t in lockstep with the administration is contrary to the individualistic traditions of the GOP and those who think that we should all follow the party line just because it’s the party line are the real RINOs. It’s a big tent, and it has room for Chaffee. Or at least it should.

    Dave

  • http://patfish.blogspot.com/ Pat Fish

    It is rumored that Chafee has Alzenheimer’s.

    I don’t like him with or without Alzenheimers but this might be why he won’t run again.