Quote-a-palooza

“The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.” —Marcus Aurelius

“Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.” —Albert Einstein

“Judges…rule on the basis of law, not public opinion, and they should be totally indifferent to pressures of the times.” —former Chief Justice Warren E. Burger

“Permissiveness is the principle of treating children as if they were adults; and the tactic of making sure they never reach that stage.” —Thomas Szasz

“I say this struggle is one about values. Our values are worth struggling for. They represent humanity’s progress throughout the ages and at each point we have had to fight for them and defend them. As a new age beckons, it is time to fight for them again.” —British Prime Minister Tony Blair

“If you are ever morally confused about a major world issue, here is a rule that is almost never violated: Whenever you hear that ‘world opinion’ holds a view, assume it is morally wrong.” —Dennis Prager

“Bad advice can be an excuse for ineffectual policies. It cannot long remain an excuse for having bad advisers in the first place.” —Alan Keyes

“Sen. Arlen Specter voted to approve a border fence with Mexico in principle, then voted for requiring consultations with Mexico before any fence may be built, then voted against funding it, then voted to spend $1.8 billion to build it. Pennsylvania’s other GOP senator—Rick Santorum—consistently voted to build the fence and voted against consultations. Last week, the Senate voted 94-3 for the funding. It voted in July by 71-29 not to fund it. It voted by 56-41 in May to consult with Mexico about the fence (effectively killing it). After in the same month it voted by 83-16 to build it—in principle. We thought the Senate was supposed to be collegial but this is like clown college… And that doesn’t mean the 370 miles of fence and 461 miles of vehicle barriers will be constructed. We await final votes on the underlying bills and reconciliations with the House. So, let’s not count this as a victory. The only thing we can say about the vote to pay for a fence is that it gets voters angry about the illegals’ invasion a bit off the senators’ and their parties’ backs as the midterm elections approach. We can also say of Arlen Specter and his kowtowing to Mexico—ah, do we have to think about him? But we can say Rick Santorum behaved fittingly in this convoluted and embarrassing episode.” —Pittsburgh Tribune Review

“If a drunken Mel Gibson did indeed call out, ‘Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world,’ then there can be only one possible place for a man who believes such things: as the next Secretary General of the United Nations.” —David Frum

Jay Leno: was so hot in Cuba, Fidel Castro said he’s looking forward to being put on ice. … Castro’s condition has been listed as a stable but homeless looking condition. … As you know, the elderly Fidel Castro is recovering from surgery in Cuba. It was pretty serious. I understand he was rushed to the hospital on Donkey One. … As you know President Bush is currently on vacation in Texas. He said he’s going to try and do absolutely nothing for the next ten days. His advisors think this is the best way to bring his approval rating up. Just don’t do anything. … On a trip to Estonia, Senators McCain and Hillary Clinton got into a vodka-drinking contest. See that shows you how two sides can get together. When a McCain and a Clinton can both end up acting like a Kennedy.