Mr. Demetriou’s recent comment had me looking through his blog. It is interesting to see some anti-idiotarianism expressed from across the pond. Especially this bit about the leftists over there being as fed up with democracy as ours are over here. It does remind Mr. Fu of the quote from George Bernard Shaw that the British and the Americans are, “Two peoples separated by a common language.” Of course, Mr. Fu came about the quote via the movie Patton, so he can only be credited with a deep sense of American militarism.
Archive for Quotes
The literary quote of the day is hilarious: “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” Ernest Hemingway. Heh….
SLAPSHOT digs up a doozy, the first oil refinery to be built in the United States of American since 1976 has passed zoning a vote in Union County, South Dakota. The measure passed 58% for to 42% against. The Save Union County (interesting ACRONYM, SUC!) group which opposes the refinery promises regulatory delays and lawsuits.
While Mr. Fu sympathizes with the complaints of some of the citizens, the question remains, who is going to get the refineries? This is like an upscaled water treatment plant, we need them but very few people want them in their back yard. But something will be done in this country to fix the price of high gasoline. The short term answer is domestic production and refining. Mr. Fu is willing to bet the same people opposing this refinery have complained about the high price of gasoline and diesel fuel. That is irony.
There are complaints about the smell, one comment is,“Ever drive through the oil country in Kansas, Oklahoma, or Texas? The smell is very strong.” Ah, wow, you live in like South Dakota, not like there are not feed lots in South Dakota, and they smell just as bad or worse.
Mr. Fu suspects that even if they were talking about putting in a melt-down proof, non-smelling, non-polluting, non-radioactive emitting nuclear power plant that these same people would complain. There are always complainers and always some reason not to do something that is of benefit. As some British politician quoted some poet regarding the attitudes of some liberal, “The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on.”
Engineer: “But the user will know that means!”
Mr. Fu: “That assumes a user not in evidence.”
Benjamin Franklin Fairless, president of United States Steel Corporation (1950), stated: “You cannot strengthen one by weakening another; and you cannot add to the stature of a dwarf by cutting off the leg of a giant.”
Mr. Fu wrote this in response to a friend who was wondering what happened to “Christmas” stationery (slightly edited):
Yes, the redefining of Christmas into a Winter Holiday. Like a Winter Holiday is not religious in and of itself? The Druids were up to no good this time of year and everyone whose ancestors painted themselves blue knows it! While Jewish kids were spinning the dradel Mr. Fu’s ancestors were living in caves, only going out to shove rocks around for a religious experience.
Now that would be a real imposition of religion on someone, drag them out to a field outside of Lincoln, Nebraska and make them stack ten ton rock columns up in the snow. They think Christianity can be intrusive and obnoxious? They can just wait until a Druid drops a 20,000 pound rock on their numb foot in the middle of December trying to get the calendar back up and running in time for Winter Solstice!