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Sunday, June 08, 2008

Togs's Quotes for Sunday June 8 08

“Thirty years ago earlier, when the Chicago School counterrevolution took its first leap from the textbook to the real world, it sought to erase whole nations and create new ones in their place. Like Iraq in 2003, Chile in 1973 was meant to serve as a model for the entire rebel continent, and for many years it did. The brutal regimes that implemented the Chicago School ideas in the seventies understood that, for their idealised new nations had to be born in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil whole categories of people and their cultures had to be up “from the roots.”
Naomi Kline, page 330, The Shock Doctrine, The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.

“A parallel world of truth and lies, morality and immorality dominates how the crime in Iraq is presented to us. In recent months, the invaders have vanished. The US, having murdered and cluster-bombed and napalmed and phosphorus-bombed, is now a wise referee between, even a protector of, "warring tribes". The buzzword is "sectarianism", blurring the truth that most of the attacks by the resistance are against the foreign military occupiers: on average, one every 15 minutes. That the majority of Iraqis, Sunni and Shia, are united in their demand that US and British forces get out of their country now is of no interest. Has journalism ever been so voluntarily appropriated by black propaganda?”

John Pilger, Busy Fondling Their Self-Esteem, New Statesman 4-10-06
“Aboriginal people across Queensland and across Australia have lost allconfidence in the capacity of the criminal justice system to address ourneeds”,
Sam Watson, Socialist Alliance spokesperson on Indigenous issues.

A man like Santiago Alvarez, who can be heard on a telephone, calling on one of his underlings to throw C-4 explosives into Havana's Tropicana nightclub and "do away with all that"--all that being hundreds of people--a man like Santiago Alvarez who had machine guns, bazookas and grenades in a massive Miami arsenal, is sentenced to only a four-year prison sentence this week in a southern Florida federal court.Yet, the Cuban Five, five men who were in Miami working to prevent a terrorist like Alvarez from killing innocent people, who never possessed a weapon, who never engaged nor intended to engage in the "espionage conspiracy" they were falsely convicted of, received 15 years to double life after their 2001 trial, and the added punishment of being denied family visits.

Gloria La Riva.

The law doth punish man or woman
That steals the goose from off the common,
But lets the greater felon loose,
That steals the common from the goose.


What are laws but the expression of some class which has power over the rest of the community?

Thomas Babington Macauly, Baron Macaulay, 1830

The love of justice in most men is nothing more than the fear of suffering injustice.
Francois, Due de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims, (1665)
Justice is like a train that's nearly always late.
Yevgeny Yevtushenko, A Precious Autobiography (1963)
The only way to make the mass of mankind see the beauty of justice is by showing them in pretty plain terms the consequence of injustice.
Sydney Smith, quoted in Roads to Ruin, by E.S.Turner, (1950)
In any civilised society, a police force is a necessary evil, but some members of it are more evil than necessary.
Ken Buckley, President, Council of Civil Liberties, Sydney Morning Herald, 8 March 1969.
"I would like to know what business an honest man would have in the Police as it is an old saying it takes a rogue to catch a rogue..."

Ned Kelly, 'Jerilderie Letter', 1879, in Overland, No 84, 1981
"The law, in all its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges."

Anatole France, The Red Lily, (1894)
"I have never seen a situation so dismal that a policeman couldn’t make it worse."

Brendan Behan
"To the right wing “law and order” is often just a code phrase, meaning “get the niggers”.To the left wing it often means political oppression."

Gore Vidal (1975)
"The law isn’t justice. It’s a very imperfect mechanism. If you press exactly the right buttons and are also lucky, justice may also turn up in the answer."

Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye, (1953)
“Awestruck by Margaret Thatcher, Blair and Brown aped her achievements within their own party, squeezing old social-democratic ideas out of themselves, drop by drop. They were all market fundamentalists now. Deregulation and privatisation became a mantra and over the last ten years the social divide in the country between rich and poor increased more than even under Thatcher. Redistribution of wealth was no longer on Labour’s agenda.”
Tariq Ali, Power Can't Shape Truth Forever, New Labour is Dead
“Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.”
George Orwell
“The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on.”
Joseph Heller, Catch 22
Quotes compiled by John/Togs Tognolini for Togs’s Place.Com

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