ERROL CASTENS: Stand up for yourselves – in more ways than one

By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal

Ideas have consequences,” author Richard Weaver famously said. Not having ideas has consequences, too. The prime example is Washington, where every perceived need is an absolute for somebody, and nobody seems to have any ideas to prioritize them, so we march down the road to bankruptcy.

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On the same subject, the ever-less-sustainable national debt proves most lawmakers and bureaucrats want to have your cake and eat it, too.

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Watch this video (www.embracethis.co.uk/) and see if you can keep from tearing up – or buckling up.

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My GPS lady, whenever I do something she disagrees with – like driving on Highway 7 between Oxford and Holly Springs, which she insists isn’t there – constantly says, “Recalculating, recalculating.” It probably wouldn’t bother her if she weren’t such a calculating woman in the first place.

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While we’re on gender-based subjects, someone has invented – and, not surprisingly, is promoting – a toilet that handles No. 1 and No. 2 separately, allowing No. 1, which is reasonably sterile, to be recaptured for its fertilizer value.
Men are being urged to sit “for the planet’s sake.” I’m wondering why we don’t get any brownie points for all the recycling we’ve done in the woods and fields – or for the fact that urinals have always operated with far less water than toilets.

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A few recent quotes that bear repeating:
• “Bigotry is not dead in America, but it is a lot more diverse than it used to be.” – James Taranto
• “It takes a certain amount of knowledge just to understand the extent of one’s own ignorance.” – Thomas Sowell
• “Only a person who risks is free.” – Dan Miller
• “The first thing a child learns in school is to stop asking questions that can’t be answered.” – Robert Brault
• “Government must allow people to take responsibility. … There are so many laws designed to protect us, but ironically it is these very laws that often absolve us from taking responsibility for our own actions.” – Rabbi Naftali Brawer
• “It is government’s chief purpose to secure our natural rights. But the right to care for one’s health does not imply that government must provide health care, any more than our right to eat, in order to live, requires government to own the farms and raise the crops.” – Congressman Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
• “We have to pass the (health care) bill so that you can, uh, find out what is in it.” – U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)

Contact Daily Journal Oxford Bureau reporter Errol Castens at (662)
281-1069 or errol.castens@djournal.com.