“Strive to be the greatest man in your country, and you may be disappointed. Strive to be the best and you may succeed: he may well win the race that runs by himself.” – Benjamin Franklin

“I can only say that I am nothing but a poor sinner, trusting in Christ alone for salvation.” – Robert E. Lee

“The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be.” – Socrates

“I cannot think of a single example at any time or any place where there was a large measure of political freedom without there also being something comparable to a private enterprise market form of economic organization for the bulk of economic activity.” – Milton Friedman

“Conservatives are often accused of being anti-government. It’s an unfair rap – coming, ironically, from liberals whose blind faith in government causes plenty of social ills – but the myth persists. In fact, conservatives favor a limited government that carries out its express duties (and no more) as efficiently and effectively as possible.” – Rebecca Hagelin

“Our elites have become so insulated from reality that they imagine America can suffer defeat without inconvenience to themselves. Defeat would be an embarrassment to President Bush, but nothing more.” – Jack Kelly

“One of the scariest aspects of our times is how easy it is for glib loudmouths to turn us against each other, weakening the whole framework of society, on which we all depend.” – Thomas Sowell

“As a broad rule, intentions are the currency of the left, while results matter most to the right. That is why Bill Clinton made a point of feeling our pain, while Ronald Reagan insisted that facts were stubborn things.” – Jeff Jacoby

“In the wake of New York City’s ban on restaurant use of trans fat, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the ban is ‘not going to take away anybody’s ability to go out and have the kind of food they want, in the quantities they want… We are just trying to make food safer.’ That, my friends, is tyrannical double-talk.” – Walter Williams

“‘Castro Reportedly in Grave,’ begins an Associated Press headline. Unfortunately, the next word is ‘Condition’.” James Taranto

Jay Leno: It was so cold out [in L.A. today] that even celebrities stopped talking about global warming. … [Meanwhile], 2006 has been officially named the hottest year on record. When he heard this Al Gore said, “Yes! Oh wait… that’s terrible I mean.” … Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd is running for president. He says that he was been having conversations with the mirror over running. The mirror first said, “Who are you again?” The bad news is today the mirror said that it favors Barack Obama. … John Kerry is hiring staff and preparing another run for the White House. He is telling people he will not make the same mistakes again. This time, all new mistakes. … Apple unveiled their first combination iPod and cell phone. They say their goal is to create the most annoying person ever to sit behind you in a movie theater. … Taser international has begun selling a new stylish cell phone size stun gun for regular use by ordinary people. It’s $350, and sends 50,000 volts for 30 seconds and can be used 50 times before re-charging. Look, if you live in a neighborhood where you have to stun attackers 50 times before you get home, you might want to move to a better neighborhood.