Quote of the Day – Sam Harris

31 07 2007

Our prohibition of certain substances has led thousands of otherwise productive and law-abiding men and women to be locked away for decades at a stretch, sometimes for life. Their children have become wards of the state. As if such cascading horror were not disturbing enough, violent criminals — murders, rapists, and child molesters — are regularly paroled to make room for them. Here we appear to have overstepped the banality of evil and plunged to the absurdity at its depths.

Sam Harris





Quote of the Day – Thomas Jefferson

30 07 2007

Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man.

Thomas Jefferson 





Sam Harris

28 07 2007

It’s been requested that I post a brief bio of Sam Harris, even though I’ve posted a link to his wikipedia page several times now.  Nonetheless, here is the copied text from his wikipedia page:

Sam Harris is an American writer. He is the author of The End of Faith (2004), which was inspired by the September 11, 2001 attacks, and which won the 2005 PEN/Martha Albrand Award,[1] and Letter to a Christian Nation (2006), a rejoinder to the criticism the first book attracted. His articles have appeared in Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, The Times of London, and The Boston Globe.[2]

Harris’s writing focuses on neuroscience; philosophy, particularly philosophy of mind; and criticism of religion, for which he is best known. He has a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and is currently pursuing a doctorate in neuroscience,[3] conducting research into the neural basis of belief, disbelief, and uncertainty, using functional magnetic resonance imaging.[4]





Quote of the Day – James Madison

28 07 2007

During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution.

James Madison





Quote of the Day – John Lennon

27 07 2007

Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

John Lennon





Screw parliament, Prison Break is on!

27 07 2007

From the LA Times:

BAGHDAD — Missing from Thursday’s session of the Iraqi parliament were about half of the members, including the speaker, the former speaker and two former prime ministers.

Also missing: a sense of urgency.

American officials have been pressing Iraqi leaders to prove their commitment to ending sectarian strife by enacting landmark legislation before mid-September, when the Bush administration is to present its next report on Iraq to Congress.

But even as parliament’s month-long August break approaches, key issues aren’t being discussed. Quorums are marginal, or fleeting.

No fucking wonder there are so many problems in Iraq – even the representatives of the people don’t care.





Quote of the Day – Sam Harris

26 07 2007

Credit goes to Chrisopher Hitchens for distilling, in a single phrase, a principle of discourse that could well arrest our slide toward the abyss: ‘what can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.’

Sam Harris