Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Feelers and Thinkers

This weeks blog is sayings of feelers and thinkers. Can you tell the difference? Also included are some of the dumb and dumber sayings of the past weeks along with a closing thought of humor. Hope you enjoy reading as much as I have enjoyed putting it together.


"Back in the thirties we were told we must collectivize the nation because the people were so poor. Now we are told we must collectivize the nation because the people are so rich." --National Review founder William F. Buckley Jr. (1925-2008)

"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there'd be a shortage of sand." --Nobel prize-winning economist Milton Friedman (1912-2006)


"It's recently been reported that President Obama is refusing to allow banks to repay their TARP funds. In other words, he's declined to allow them to exercise the 'accountability' he has rhetorically embraced. ... Could it be, after all, that President Obama's objective isn't so much to demand responsibility from the private sector than it is to strengthen the government's control over it?" --columnist Carol Platt Liebau

"Five minutes of explanation to James Madison, and he'll have a pretty good idea what a motorcar is (basically a steamboat on wheels; the internal combustion engine might take a few minutes more). Then try to explain to Madison how the Constitution he fathered allows the president to unilaterally guarantee the repair or replacement of every component of millions of such contraptions sold in the several states, and you will leave him slack-jawed." --columnist Charles Krauthammer

"[M]ore important than the left's hypocrisy is their ongoing disrespect for the Constitution when it suits their political ends. We are living in a time when the very integrity of the Constitution is being threatened daily, from federal bailouts to federal assumption of control over private business." --columnist David Limbaugh

"Socialists believe in government ownership of the means of production. Fascists believed in government control of privately owned businesses, which is much more the style of this government. That way, politicians can intervene whenever they feel like it and then, when their interventions turn out badly, summon executives from the private sector before Congress and denounce them on nationwide television." --economist Thomas Sowell

"If the Republicans can't break out of being the right-wing party of big government, then I think you would see a third party movement in 2012.... Remember, everything Obama's doing, Bush started last year. If you're going to talk about big spending, the mistakes of the Bush administration last year are fully as bad as the mistakes of Obama's first two, three months." --former House Speaker Newt Gingrich


Looking to the wrong guy: "I think we all find [Obama] very charismatic, very handsome, and almost with the responsibility of being a savior on his shoulders." --CBS's Julie Chen

Downplaying mediocrity: "The president's stagecraft on this trip and his star power have really held up all through his trip to Europe so far. As Jake [Tapper] pointed out, though, on the substance the president hasn't gotten all he wanted either at the G-20 or at this NATO summit, but he's done a good job of managing expectations." --ABC's George Stephanopoulos

Still bashing Bush: "The last president we had that went to Europe, I mean no one wanted to see him. There was great hostility. This president's changed the tone. Just changing the tone was a great plus for the United States." --ABC's Sam Donaldson

Drooling over the First Lady: "With Michelle [Obama], you can almost feel those warm arms. You know, there's a kind of real red-blooded feel to her. But there's also -- I mean she's almost like overtaking Oprah, I think, as the kind of inspirational 'it' girl at this point. ... She's also, I think, getting a kind of almost Princess Di-like empathy going at this point." --CBS's Tina Brown

Blame the Right: "[G]un sales are up, violence is back on the front page and conservatives are calling for revolution. Is the red-hot rhetoric of the Right helping foment something dangerous in this country?" --MSNBC's David Shuster


This week's "Leftmedia Buster" Award: "You have to look really hard to find it, but the American mainstream media are glancing at the stunning Obama bow before the King of Saudi Arabia, but only for the purpose of dismissing it. The Hotline, widely read among political pros, publishes a brief note focusing on conservative blog reactions, not the incident itself, in its 'Blogometer' feature. The implication is that only right wing kooks care about such matters. Quite clearly, many in the media would rather nobody reported on the incident, but since news is leaking out, they feel a need to minimize it, and make sure nobody important ever sees the full extent of the leader of the free worlds' self-abasement before a slave-holding absolute monarch, whose country exports Salafism worldwide." --American Thinker editor Thomas Lifson


Making up languages: "It was also interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate. There's a lot of -- I don't know what the term is in Austrian -- wheeling and dealing -- and, you know, people are pursuing their interests, and everybody has their own particular issues and their own particular politics." --Barack Obama, who apparently doesn't know that Austrians speak German

From the supremely arrogant America-hater-in-chief: "In America, there is a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive." --Barack Obama **"One should remind Mr. Obama and the Europeans how America has 'shown arrogance' by saving Europe from itself innumerable times in the 20th Century. World War I, World War II, the Cold War, and the wars in the Balkans were largely resolved by American blood, treasure, and leadership. One can be 'dismissive, even derisive' toward Europeans because they pretty much caused those conflicts and then dithered, for the most part, until those arrogant Americans had to step in to clean up their mess. Much of the problems of the Third World, including the rise of Islamo Fascism, can be laid at the doorstep of European colonial practices, including the chaotic and often bloody process of decolonialization that took place starting with the end of World War II. Africa is a butcher shop and the Middle East is a cockpit of terror and war, not because of American 'arrogance', but European stupidity when it ran those two places." --columnist Mark Whittington

Moral relativism: "[O]ne of the great strengths of the United States is -- although as I mentioned, we have a very large Christian population, we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation; we consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values." --Barack Obama on our nation, which was founded on Judeo-Christian principles and values ++ "We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world -- including in my own country." --Barack Obama to the Turkish Parliament **"The most significant event connected to the Islamic faith that has shaped the character of the United States was the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001." --author Robert Spencer


He's changed America, alright: "You have given renewed hope not only to the citizens of the United States of America, but to all citizens in all parts of the world. I want to thank you for your leadership, your vision and your courage, which you've already shown in your presidency, and congratulate you on the dynamism, energy and indeed the achievements that you have been responsible for. Your first 70 days in office have changed America, and you've changed America's relationship with the world." --British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to Obama

You first: "We, like the rest of the world community, are awaiting a world free of nuclear arms. Our expectation from the U.S. and others is to take serious and practical measures toward nuclear disarmament and dismantling of weapons of mass destruction." --Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi

Logical fallacies: "We have 32 people being murdered by guns every day in this country. If peanut butter or pistachio nuts or spinach killed that number of people once in one day, they'd be pulled by the FDA." --Michael Wolkowitz, member of the board of trustees for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence **Apply that logic to alcohol or automobiles and see where it gets you.


President Obama and the First Lady met with Queen Elizabeth and the royal family at Buckingham Palace. Actually, you know why they did that? This is all part of Obama's campaign to reach out to those people without any real jobs.

A lot of Americans don't understand the role of the queen. The queen is merely a figurehead. She wields no real political power. Or, as we call it in this country, the vice president.(And if anyone has seen or read about the VP this week this is hilariously true. )


We are going to put an end to the notion that the American taxpayer exists to fund the federal government.


Anonymous said...

LOL Thank you. I needed this, BB

Anonymous said...

What Brenda said.

However, I would like to offer you a few words of caution. Let us not demean the British monarch, even as part of our unique American levity. We may be forced to petition her for readmission as a colony between now and 2012.

Ticker said...

How about we petition Belize rather than the UK to become a colony . It's much warmer and the folks aren't near as prudish as the Brits. LOL

GM Roper said...

I'm in favor of petitioning Costa Rica... the people are wonderful and there is REAL opportunity there. Well, there would be if they accept us.

Great post Ticker, I always come away with a fresh viewpoint when I come here.

Ticker said...

TY GM. I just thought some of these would be interesting and some really funny even if a bit on the scary side considering the sources.
There are times when looking for things is easier than writing. Today was one of those.

Leslie said...

Yes, thanks for posting this! If we don't laugh some time...we will cry all the time. Nice collection.

I'm up for Belize!!! And they speak English as their first language!

Ticker said...

"I'm up for Belize!!! And they speak English as their first language!"

Yep, no press one for English in Belize. LOL Ain't it a shame we have to.

Before long the question will be
Can you cay "Hope and Change" in Spanish?

EDGE said...

Have a Happy and Safe Easter weekend!

Ticker said...

Same to you Edge. I have eggs to hide for the grandkids, if I can keep their momma from eating them before I get them colored. LOL

Jeff Dreibus said...


I appreciate the chuckles. Yes, I agree that, on balance, those who "think" remain more on-target than those who "feel".

Howerver, there are notable exceptions to this general rule. Rush Limbaugh, "The Most Dangerous Man To America", is certainly at the top of that list.

Jeff Dreibus