If by Rudyard Kipling


If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you

But make allowance for their doubting too,

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,

And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,

If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

And never breath a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;

If all men count with you, but none too much,

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,

And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!

Rudyard Kipling

Secretary Clinton’s Marxist Revelation – Quote

Dear Saul

When is that new book [Rules for Radicals] coming out—or has it come and I somehow missed the fulfillment of Revelation?

Hillary Rodham Clinton writing to Saul Alinsky in July 1971 via Read Hillary Clinton’s Letters to Saul Alinsky

Andrew’s Note:  If you’re not familiar with the book Secretary Clinton is describing as ‘Revelation’ it’s a Marxist dirty tricks manifesto which Alinsky dedicated to Lucifer himself.

A Comprehensive Counter-Terrorism Strategy – Quote

Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy…

President Barack Obama via TheBlaze.com

Andrew’s Note:  The fact that the President has promised that ‘no American combat troops will be deployed’ as part of our ‘comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy’ must have our adversaries shaking in their sandals and our friends in the region questioning our commitment. I’m not ready to go back to war, but the option of deploying troops should never be taken off the table.

Timing – Quote

Your best work involves timing. If someone wrote the best hip hop song of all time in the Middle Ages, he had bad timing.

Cartoonist & Author Scott Adams

Bureaucratic Mentality – Quote

The bureaucratic mentality is the only constant in the universe.

DeForest Kelley as Dr. Leonard McCoy in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home [HD]

The Ten Cannots – Quote

This Too Will Pass AKA The Ten Cannots

  • You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
  • You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
  • You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
  • You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
  • You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
  • You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
  • You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
  • You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
  • You cannot build character and courage by taking away men’s initiative and independence.
  • You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

Reverend William J.H. Boetcker (1916)

Andrew’s Note:  Grumpy G shared this quote with me and I thought it was misattributed because it sounded too contemporary.  I looked it up and yep, it was written by a Presbyterian Minister nearly a century ago…timeless truths.  Anybody have the President’s e-mail handy?  I think this would be a better sermon for the First Family than another one of Jeremiah Wright’s.

The Virus – Today’s Quote

“He took the 2009 pandemic flu virus and selected out strains that were not neutralised by human antibodies. He repeated this several times until he got a real humdinger of a virus,” said one scientist who was present at Professor Kawaoka’s talk.“He left no doubt in my mind that he had achieved it. He used a flu virus that is known to infect humans and then manipulated it in such a way that it would effectively leave the global population defenceless if it ever escaped from his laboratory,” he said.“He’s basically got a known pandemic strain that is now resistant to vaccination. Everything he did before was dangerous but this is even madder. This is the virus,” he added.

via Exclusive: Controversial US scientist creates deadly new flu strain for pandemic research – Science – News – The Independent.

Shot Multiple Times – Today’s Quote

“I don’t think anybody would argue that shot placement is the most important for terminal ballistics,” Langdon said. “Even though you say a .45 is better than a 9mm, it’s still a pistol caliber. Chances are if it is a determined adversary, they are going to have to be shot multiple times regardless of the caliber.”

Many law-enforcement shooting incidents have shown this to be reality, he said.

“I talked to a Chicago cop that shot a guy eight times with a .45 to kill him and that was a 230 grain Hydra-Shok,” Langdon said. “And that guy now carries a 9mm …he realized that handgun bullets suck. “You have to shoot people a lot with a handgun.”

via Army wants a harder-hitting pistol | Fox News

Andrew’s Note:  The U.S. Army adopted the .45 Caliber M1911 pistol on March 29, 1911 as the calibers in use previously were unable to stop the fierce Moro warriors of Mindanao Island in the Philippines.  The Moro were Muslim Philippine separatists fighting for a way of life that included slavery.  I wonder what our plans are for NATO interoperability once we adopt a round more robust than the 9mm.  I sure won’t miss that piece of crap M9 Beretta pistols though!

Weed Welfare – Today’s Quote

Basically, the city council wants to make sure that low-income, homeless, indigent folks have access to their medical marijuana, their medicine…

Berkeley California City Council Member Darryl Moore via Berkeley Requires Marijuana Dispensaries To Provide Free Weed For Low-Income Patients « CBS San Francisco

Andrew’s Note:  Weed Welfare…now free marijuana is a right too?

Happy 4th of July – Today’s Quote

Freedoms natal day is here.

Fire the guns and shout for freedom,

See the flag above unfurled!

Hail the stars and stripes forever,

Dearest flag in all the world.

Florence A. Jones

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