Friday, June 27, 2014

Quote of the day......

Concepts of justice

must have hands and feet

or they remain sterile abstractions.

The hands and feet we need

are efficient means and methods 

to carry out justice in every case

in the shortest possible time

and at the lowest possible cost.

-- Justice Warren E. Burger
(1907-1995) Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1969-1986)

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By freethinking I mean the use of 

the understanding in endeavoring to find out 

the meaning of any proposition whatsoever, 

in considering the nature of the evidence 

for or against, and in judging of it according to 

the seeming force or weakness of the evidence.

-- Anthony Collins
(1676-1729)

Source: A Discourse of Freethinking, 1713

Monday, June 23, 2014

Homeless Ambition........

Everyday I see a great dream.

A great Possibility.

Yet each day passing 

I get on with next to nothing. 


Quote of the day.....

"Protection, therefore, against the tyranny of 

the magistrate is not enough;

there needs protection against the tyranny of 

the prevailing opinion and feeling,

against the tendency of society to impose,

by other means than civil penalties,

its own ideas and practices as rules of conduction 

those who dissent from them."--

 John Stuart Mill(1806-1873) 
 Source: On Liberty, 1859


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It is a maxim among lawyers that whatever 

hath been done before may be done again, 

and therefore they take special care to record 

all the decisions formerly made against 

common justice and the general reason of mankind. 

These, under the name of precedents,

they produce as authorities to justify 

the most iniquitous opinions, and the judges 

never fail of directing them accordingly."-- 

Jonathan Swift(1667-1745)
 Source: Gulliver’s Travels, 1726


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You do not examine legislation in 

the light of the benefits it will convey 

if properly administered, but 

in the light of the wrongs

it would do and the harm 

it would cause if improperly administered."

Lyndon B. Johnson(1908-1973) 
37th US President (1963-1969)