Thought for the Day

From The Vision of the Annointed, by Thomas Sewell:

Today, despite free speech and the mass media, the prevailing social vision (collectivist “liberalism”) is dangerously close to sealing itself off from any discordant feedback from reality.

51 pounds (!)

Yes, at the last weekly weigh-in for a while (I’m going on a two-month holiday hiatus) I clocked in at 228 pounds.

I made weight!

I was shooting for 230 by Halloween, and I made it. That also makes it 51 pounds lost since this adventure began back in August, at 279 pounds.

The short-term goal for now is to basically maintain about where I am (although I wouldn’t mind shedding a pound or two more) as the holiday season begins. That means not going crazy, of course, but the rules get relaxed a bit–like a “real-food” meal or two every day, and the occasional glass of wine, perhaps.

I also found out this week that I fit into 36-inch jeans. All of those 38-inch-waist shorts I bought recently are a bit loose. Oh, well.

It’s gooood.

Thought for the day

Thomas Jefferson:

“God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion.

The people cannot be all, and always, well informed.

The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive.

If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty.

And what country can preserve its liberties, if it’s rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance?

Let them take arms.

The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them.

What signify a few lives lost in a century or two?

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.

Context is important.

Thought for the day

From the book Power in the People by Felix Morley, as linked by Gary Galles at the Ludwig von Mises Institute[*1] :

The real sources of American strength…[rest] on the belief that the individual is at least potentially important, and that he fulfills himself through voluntary co-operation in a free society. This belief implies an instinctive hostility to the State—an agency created to discipline society and with a consequent tendency to assume the direction of all social functions.