A Family Tree Meme

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1. Which famous person would you most like to learn that you are descended from?
George Washington. I think my admiration for him is fairly obvious. Maybe Bill Gates too. I could his billions to better use than he is.

2. Which famous person would you hate to learn that you are descended from?
Hitler. Stalin. Mao. Any of those mass murderers.

3. If you could be ancestor to any living famous person, who would it be and why?
President Bush. I’d teach him a thing or two about what he’s doing wrong.

4. If you could go back in time and meet any known ancestor(s) of yours, who would it be?
Grampa Smith. He died before I was born so I never got to meet him.

5. Tag five others:
Have at it, DCBA.

Quote-a-palooza

“Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.” —John Adams

“The republic was not established by cowards, and cowards will not preserve it.” —Elmer Davis

“What experience and history teach is this—that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.” —Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“Men will always be mad, and those who think they can cure them are the maddest of all.” —Voltaire

“To begin something and be unable to stick with it to the finish is far more damaging to your reputation than if you’d never begun it in the first place. Nitwit Democrats think anything that can be passed off as a failure in Iraq will somehow diminish only Bush and the neocons. In reality—a concept with which Democrats seem only dimly acquainted—it would diminish the nation, and all but certainly end the American moment.” —Mark Steyn

“Profiling isn’t aimed at demonizing Muslims; it’s aimed at saving lives, including Muslims.” —Kathleen Parker

“Unless we learn to see our enemies for who they are, we cannot hope to win this war. We’ve got to stop treating our own government as the enemy. We have to quit worrying about whether the rest of the world will love us when we take actions to protect ourselves. We have to give up the illusion that if we just retreat from the world or abandon Israel the Islamist fanatics will leave us alone.” —Linda Chavez

“Here’s my credo. There are no good guns, there are no bad guns. A gun in the hands of a bad man is a bad thing. Any gun in the hands of a good man is no threat to anyone, except bad people.” —Charlton Heston

“Imagine a private group that pays billions in taxes, creates millions of jobs and sells things at ultra-low prices. Too good to be true? It’s called Wal-Mart—and Democrats, for some reason, want to kill it off… This is all part of a recent trend among Democratic politicians using Wal-Mart as a foil to ingratiate themselves with middle-class voters. This may be good politics. We don’t know. But those who participate in such Wal-Mart-bashing reveal themselves to be economic illiterates of the most dangerous sort… A study by economic consultant Global Insight found that, from 1985 to 2004, Wal-Mart slashed food-at-home prices by 9.1%, goods prices by 4.2% and overall consumer prices by 3.1%. If those cuts don’t sound huge, consider that, all told, they saved mostly poor and middle-class consumers $263 billion—or $895 per person and $2,329 per household. By now, of course, it’s become obvious that Democrats aren’t so much anti-Wal-Mart as they are pro-organized labor… Yet despite unions’ widely disseminated claims, the wages that Wal-Mart pays its employees are competitive. In 2004, Global Insight found that the average wage nationwide for jobs equivalent to Wal-Mart’s was $8.46 an hour. Wal-Mart paid $9.17. Put bluntly, the war against Wal-Mart Stores is a war against the poor, and it’s shocking to watch a major political party carry it out… A Zogby Poll…found that 85% of frequent Wal-Mart shoppers pulled the lever for President Bush in 2004, and that 88% of people who never shop there voted for John Kerry. Maybe the split in this country isn’t so much red state versus blue, but Wal-Mart vs. non-Wal-Mart. And since 20% of Americans are Wal-Mart shoppers, Democrats might think twice before alienating them any more than they have so far.” —Investor’s Business Daily

“These are tough days for political satirists. Any satire about government boondoggles is soon upstaged by an actual government program that’s more inane than anything comedians could invent.” —John Stossel

“[I]f Bush sneered that John Kerry and Ted Kennedy and Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi’s constant companion is the white flag, they’d huff about how dare he question their patriotism. But, if you can’t question their patriotism when they want to lose a war, when can you?” —Mark Steyn

“France backed off its pledge to send seventeen hundred troops to Lebanon Thursday and offered to send two hundred. No wonder we keep testing positive in their bicycle races. Everyone looks like they’re full of testosterone when they’re surrounded by Frenchmen.” —Argus Hamilton

“[S]tupidity knows no ideology.” —John Fund