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If you are out to describe
the truth,

leave elegance to the tailor

(Albert Einstein)

Find out just what any people
will quietly submit to

and you have
the exact measure

of the injustice and wrong
which will be imposed on them.

Frederick Douglas

Nothing's impossible
for the man who doesn't
have to do it himself.

( Weiler's Law)

Every idea
that made a critical difference
at Motorola

began life as a

minority opinion.

(Robert Galvin, Pres.)

Humans won't change
unless the pain
of not changing

is worse

than the pain
of changing.

(Richard Thieme)

". . .The more prohibitions you have,
the less virtuous people will be . . .

(From the Tao Te Ching, Chapter 57)

Show me a person who is not a liberal at twenty,
I'll show you a person with no heart.

Show me a person who is not a conservative at forty,
I'll show you a person with no mind.


"The more corrupt the government,
The more laws they pass"

(Publius Cornelius Tacitus 55-120AD)

To thine own self be true,
And it must follow,
as the night the day,

Thou canst not then
be false to any man.

Shakespeare (1564-1616)


As a young man I used to look
at my old man with his 38 waist
and big old pot belly hangin out
and say to myself "......."

Now that I'm the old man
with a 38 waist,
I just never realized how

truly debonair

my old man really was.


When the boot of government
is on your neck
it doesn't matter if it's
Right or Left.

It's Wrong.

(Unknown, sent on by a surfer)

Middle Age

I knew it was here when
I spent more time thinking




(An original by Gösta)

The way things work if you are in civil service
is that you have much more to


by screwing up than you have to


by doing excellently.

Therefore your #1 goal in bureaucratic life
is to make sure you don't screw up.

The easiest way to do that is become adept at both:

passing the buck and delay.

This is the way most of government is forever
fated to work in comparison to private industry
with its different drives and incentives.

(Source - Bob Leppo - Libertarian)

"I vant everyvone to do vell.
I yust vant to do ........

a leeeddle bit bedder"

(Kasper Kwilhaug (my friend))

Great Spirits
have always met with
violent opposition from
Mediocre Mixers.
(William Abernathy)

ONLY 3 kinds of people in this world:

  1. Those who go around dropping little pieces of paper.

  2. Those who go around picking up little pieces of paper.

  3. Those who sit around and bitch about how much litter there is in the world.

At any given point in time we are.................. each of us,

one of those people.

(An original by Gösta)

  • You become 21.
  • You turn 30.
  • You push 40.
  • You reach 50.
  • You make it to 60.
  • You hit 70.
You know,
All I try to do is make

Common Sense.

The problem is that there
just aren't that many

Common People

in the world.

(An original by Gösta)

If fifty million people say
a foolish thing,

It is still ....

A Foolish Thing.

(Anatole France (1844-1924)

.........Liberals consider people
basically, well,.... stupid;

Conservatives consider people
basically..... evil.

(Source - a Salon Thread)


I don't think you can make
a lawyer Honest
by an act of legislation.

You've got to work on his conscience.

And his lack of conscience
is what makes him a lawyer.

Will Rogers (1879-1935)

God put me on earth to accomplish
a certain number of things.

I'm so far behind
I ain't never gonna die.
Conservatives have a mission
to keep
all they can steal.

Liberals have an obligation
to share
the stolen loot with those
too lazy and/or stupid to steal.

Libertarians have a right
to shoot
anyone stealing from them...

(Source - Andy Havoc - Salon Thread)

First they came for the hackers,
but I never did anything illegal with my computer,
so I didn't speak up.

Then they came for the pornographers,
but I thought there was too much smut
on the Internet anyway,
so I didn't speak up.

Then they came for the anonymous remailers,
but a lot of nasty stuff gets sent
so I didn't speak up.

Then they came for the encryption programs,
but I could never figure out how
to work PGP anyway,
so I didn't speak up.

And then they came for me.

(Source - The Net - Unknown)

Economics is the right hand of the God
who created the world,

A sucker punch to remind us
how that real world works.
(Richard Thieme)

For what profit is it to a man
if he gains the whole world,

and loses his soul?

Matthew 16:26

After looking at those body builders on TV,
am I the only man who finds it ironic
his most important muscle


gets any bigger,
no matter how much exercise it gets?


Fools need Advice most,

but only wise Men
are the better for it.

( Ben Franklin)

Economy is a savings-bank,
into which men drop pennies,
and get $$$ in return

( Josh Billings (1815-1885)

If anger proceeds from
a great cause,
it turns to fury;

if from a small cause,
it is peevishness;

and so is always either
terrible or ridiculous.

( Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667)

Great minds discuss ideas
Average minds discuss events
Small minds discuss people

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For some people
Their need to seem better
Is much greater than
Their need to become better.

(Steve Amasfer)

Be wary of ascribing to
Machiavellian Machination


which can be explained by
Simple Stupidity.

(A "rephrased" by Gösta)

One problem with busy professionals,

They don't allow themselves time to

Just Think.

They already have the answers.


"Oh, I trust you alright.

I just don't believe you."

(She has a monstrous needle in her hand)

(Swede to his dentist.)

If you smell
something burning,

you just know she's doing
something serious.

Swede ... in the dentist chair

Whoever has power in his hands
wants to be despotic;

the craze for domination
is an incurable disease.

-- Voltaire, 1765


If the sex is good,
it's 20% of the marriage.

If it's not, it's 80%.
Joe Kelly's Dad - 1958

A good marriage takes
hard work sometimes.
Carol-Lou - Gösta's wife

Always fight fair.

The germ of destruction of our nation
is in the power of the judiciary.

An irresponsible body -
working like gravity by night and by day,
gaining a little today and a little tomorrow,

and advancing its noiseless step like a thief
over the field of jurisdiction,

until all shall render powerless
the checks of one branch over the other

and will become as venal and oppressive
as the government from which we separated."

Thomas Jefferson, 1821

Only puny secrets need protection.

Big discoveries are protected
by public incredulity.

Marshall McLuhan

are amiss in the world
when a man gets military honor
for killing one man
a dishonorable discharge
for loving another.

Spencer Spratley

(On Liberal Policy)

It is not the lack of compassion
that is a problem,

It is the lack of control
over the emotion
of compassion

That has harmed untold millions.

Greg Schiller

The ultimate result of shielding men
from the effects of folly
is to fill the world
with fools.

(Herbert Spencer)

Most secrets of knowledge
have been discovered by
plain and neglected men
than by men of popular fame.

And this is so with good reason.

For the men of popular fame
are busy on
popular matters.

Roger Bacon (c.1220-1292)

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Falsehood is never so successful
as when she baits her hook with truth,

and no opinions so fastly mislead us
as those that are not wholly wrong.

(Colton (1780-1832))

Love, then, hath every bliss in store;
'Tis friendship, and 'tis something more.

Each other every wish they give;
Not to know love is not to live.

(Gay (1688-1732))

If I knew...
that a man was
coming to my house
with the conscious design
of doing me good,

I should run for my life.

Thoreau (1817-1862)

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