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Arizona SB1167: Fail to pass Senate

SB1167 failed to pass today with 13-15-2-0.

Sen. Sylvia Allen [R]
Sen. Andy Biggs [R]
Sen. Judy Burges [R]
Sen. Jeff Dial [R]
Sen. David Farnsworth [R]
Sen. Gail Griffin [R]
Sen. John Kavanagh [R]
Sen. Debbie Lesko [R]
Sen. Don Shooter [R]
Sen. Steve Smith [R]
Sen. Kelli Ward [R]
Sen. Steven Yarbrough [R]
Sen. Kimberly Yee [R]

Sen. Edward Ableser [D]
Sen. Nancy Barto [R]
Sen. Carlyle Begay [D]
Sen. David Bradley [D]
Sen. Lupe Contreras [D]
Sen. Andrea Dalessandro [D]
Sen. Adam Driggs [R]
Sen. Steve Farley [D]
Sen. Katie Hobbs [D]
Sen. Robert Meza [D]
Sen. Catherine Miranda [D]
Sen. Lynne Pancrazi [D]
Sen. Stephen Pierce [R]
Sen. Martin Quezada [D]
Sen. Bob Worsley [R]

Sen. Olivia Bedford [D]
Sen. Barbara McGuire [D]


The end of red-light SCAMeras in Arizona?


Ticketing cameras have been popping up in increased numbers over the last decade. Some of them only measure speed, others red-light running, some actively scan licence plates, and some do a combination of all those. To be honest, we all want to be safe on the road. Nobody likes it when someone runs a red light and certainly not when someone runs a red light and causes an accident. The question remains however of whether or not these ticketing cameras help curb the problem of speeding or red-light running. In fact, some argue that the cameras do more harm than good.

I agree with the sentiment that these cameras do more harm than good and I think anyone that lives with them would agree. I remember here in Arizona we had speed cameras on the highway and red light cameras on the corners. It was nearly a death trap on the highway where everyone would be cruising along ([above the speed limit] and when you got in the area of a speed camera everyone would slam on their brakes. Of course, logic should tell you that if everyone is suddenly slamming on their brakes that there is eventually going to be an uptick of rear-end collisions.

Whiplash anyone?

So while the cameras may have stopped people from speeding, did it actually make us more safe? If we traded decreased speed for an increase in rear-end collisions then I’d personally say that the safety of our community was degraded and I think that many would agree.

Likewise with red-light cameras and safety. We may have stopped people from running red lights but we have also increased the likelihood that people slam on their brakes at the sight of a yellow light instead of safely proceeding through and avoiding a rear-end collision. I know that I personally know where the cameras are at in my neighborhood and I try to avoid them. If I can’t avoid them then I approach them with caution – I’m always super paranoid that if I stop on yellow (to avoid running the red light) then I will be rear-ended by someone behind me who isn’t paying attention or simply isn’t expecting me to stop. I literally go through these intersections staring at my rear-view mirror! Scary – shouldn’t my eyes be forward and scanning the road in front of me?

We have all heard the reports when these cameras were being put in about how safe they made people – how people drove slower and ran less red-lights. But were those “studies” done by independent organizations, by lobbyist, or by the camera companies themselves? It seems to me that these studies very well may have been done by the latter two groups. This is even more true due to the fact of all the scandals and judgments handed down against these camera companies – everything from bribery to changing the yellow light timing to ensure more captures.

Here in Arizona we are pushing to finally rid ourselves of this cancer and return ourselves to a more sane, logical, and Constitutional way of nabbing those who break traffic laws by passing SB1167, entitled “Photo radar; prohibition.” So far the bill has managed to pass all paces and has picked up some notable endorsements, to include:

  • Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) supports a ban on photo ticketing. (citation needed)
  • Pinal County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) – Sheriff Babeu ended photo ticketing in his county immediately after taking office. He wrote Senator Ward aletter in support of SB 1167.
  • Phoenix Law Enforcement Association voted unanimously last week to support SB 1167
  • Richard Mack, a former two-term Graham County Sheriff, and current candidate for Navajo County Sheriff has been calling Arizona Senate members in support of SB 1167. (citation needed)

Tomorrow, 23 February 2015, is the day that the Arizona Senate votes on SB1167. Please consider contacting your Senator and telling them to vote YEA for SB1167. If you do not know their contact information then click here. The email I sent simply said “Please represent me by voting YEA for SB1167.”

Other items that you may want to consider that make red light cameras Unconstitutional:

  • 4th Amendment: The cameras scan the license plate and run the MVD data (your personal information) of every motorist in Arizona that passes by them, tracking people like cattle. This is a unwarranted search.
  • 5th Amendment: Photo tickets demand a fine be paid, or face the seizure of capital and possessions without offering due process. It’s simply a rubber stamp by an employee of the company who is collecting the fine.
  • 6th Amendment: There is no way to exercise your right to face your accuser, when the accuser is a machine.
  • 7th Amendment: There is no option for a trial because they’ve taken that right away from you with photo tickets, even though the fines can go as high as $350 in the state of Arizona.
  • 14th Amendment: Two sets of standards have been created for the same offenses. Red light and speed camera tickets are treated completely differently by the courts, which is a clear violation of your right to equal protection under the laws. And no machine can replace a sworn peace officer conduction traffic stops.

Below is a link with a collection of studies on whether or not red-light cameras increase public safety.

Red Light Camera Studies show increase in accidents

Arizona can do this. I reported in May 2010 about how Arizona got rid of the speed cameras on the highways – so this is totally possible, especially if we all call our politicians and tell them to support this bill!


2014 Mesa, Arizona, Mayor race

2014 Mesa, Arizona, Mayor race – check out Danny Ray.


Mesa has a choice this August:

• Do you want to continue building massive debt? The City of Mesa has amassed a total debt of nearly $1.5 BILLION (billion with a B). Since 1984, our debt has increased tenfold. Since just 2003, our debt has nearly doubled with no significant change in population size.

• Do you want your cost of living to keep rising? The cost of city services and taxes (water, sewer, trash, sales tax, and property tax) is rising much faster in Mesa than in neighboring communities. In 2004, Mesa boasted the lowest average cost of living and provided services at less than $1,200 per household. We have since increased to over $1,800 annually, surpassing Chandler, Gilbert, and even Scottsdale. This rapid increase reflects the fact that all city fees have been creeping up to satisfy interest payments on our massive debt.

• Do you want a healthy local economy? Economic vitality comes from free-market principles with a level playing field for businesses of all sizes. It is not within the scope of government to pick winners and losers; rather, government is obligated to treat all businesses equally under the law. This is not the way things currently stand. In addition, red tape created by an inefficient and costly permitting process is driving employers, shops, and services to neighboring communities.

Danny is working to bring attention to these important issues and increase citizen engagement in government. The burden is on us as citizens to fully engage and keep the rights and liberties that our Founding Fathers secured for us. We CAN work together as the people of Mesa to reverse the trend toward more control and less freedom.

Danny’s opponent is for continuing Mesa’s “upward momentum” but Danny believes we can continue to have positive growth and preserve the community we love WITHOUT massive debt.


2014 Primary Election: Arizona, CD5, LD17 (Chandler)

It is my duty as a citizen to vote and participate in politics. I consider myself a heavily leaning Conservative Libertarian and these are my initial thoughts on who to vote for in CD5/LD17.


REPRESENTATIVE, CD5: Salmon, Matt (no contest)



GOVERNOR: Frank Riggs

STATE SENATE, LD17: Yarbrough, Steve (no contest)

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, LD17 (2): Mesnard, J.D.; Weninger, Jeff





STATE MINE INSPECTOR: Hart, Joe (no contest)

CORPORATION COMMISSIONER (2): Little, Doug; Forese, Tom [3]



COUNTY ASSESSOR: Petersen, Paul (no contest)

CLERK OF THE SUPERIOR COURT: Jeanes, Michael (no contest)



MAYOR: Tibshraeny, Jay (no contest)

COUNCILMEMBER (3): Roe, Terry; Hartke, Kevin [4]



470: Yes



[1] I do not get a warm and fuzzy with anyone for Secretary of State. Reagan seems like Brewer who gave us Common Core. Pierce seems unenthusiastic. And Cardon is the rich-boy. Cardon may be the pretty-boy that doesn’t have any political ties or favors to repay.

[2] This is another toss-up. Nobody here is really pleasant to vote for in GOP. Brnovich Horne are neck-and-neck but neither of them really float my boat. I know that many people will shy away from Horne from his reputation but I personally feel that people enjoy slinging mud at him – none of the accusations have stuck. Is he really good at covering up or did someone paint a target at him that we all haven’t seen? I believe I erad that Brnovich hasn’t bothered practicing in quite some time.

[3] Ah, corporations. They are good… and bad. This seems like one of those positions that it will be hard to get into unless you have some sort of secret back-door money (uh, from corporations). That is the rumor with Little/Forsee but who knows.

[4]  I like Roe and voted for him last time. Hartke also seems like he has done decent. I am allowed three, but I don’t know if I will vote for three.

NOTE: Also to note locally, but out of my area that you may want to consider:

TEMPE: Matt Papke for Tempe City Council

MESA: Danny Rey for Mesa Mayor

LD20: Thurane Auck Khin for State Representative


A Message From Arizona’s Frank Riggs

Below is a message from Frank Riggs, a contender for the Arizona Governor position.

Dear Friend of Liberty,

I’m Frank Riggs, Republican candidate for governor of Arizona. I’m writing to ask for your support and vote in the Republican Primary. Mail ballot voting begins July 31st and primary election day is August 26th. The stakes are great if we’re going to restore fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, free markets and personal liberty in our state and country.

I’m the only candidate for governor with a deep and proven record of defending our liberties, constitutional principles and core conservative values. I’ve taken three oaths in my life: the soldier’s oath when I enlisted in the Army (I’m the only vet running for governor), the law enforcement oath to protect and serve the public when I became a police officer out of the Army, and the oath of office to support and defend the U.S. Constitution when I was sworn into Congress where I served three terms.

Actually, as I think about it, my fourth and most important oath was when I married my wife Cathy 34 years ago. Cathy’s a native daughter of Arizona born in Tucson. We’re the proud parents of three adult children, all married, and three grandchildren (our most recent grandchild was born July 24th!). Cathy and I met when we were both police officers and she shares my concern regarding the increasing militarization of law enforcement, especially at the federal level. There’s simply no constitutional justification for heavily armed, paramilitary law enforcement units in federal land use agencies like the BLM and Forest Service. I know you share the same concern. In fact, the pictures of the BLM “swat team” preparing to confront the Bundy family and their supporters with military-style weapons should shock the conscience of every liberty-loving American.

Here’s my statement on the role and responsibilities of law enforcement based on my (and Cathy’s) actual experience as police officers:

“As a police officer you’re trained that you’re best, most effective tool is your mouth and you learn quickly on the streets how to control and de-escalate situations verbally. Physical force is always a last resort. That’s how I conducted myself as a police officer and deputy sheriff for small and medium-sized law enforcement agencies.

When both Cathy and I were cops, federal law enforcement agencies (FBI, DEA) would always notify and coordinate their activities with local law enforcement. It was then their standard protocol to conduct search and seizure and arrest activities with and through local law enforcement, and should be now. There is absolutely no rationale or constitutional justification for federal land-use agencies (BLM and Forest Service) to have heavily-armed, paramilitary SWAT teams. As governor, I will notify them that they have no authority in Arizona and must stand-down, and that legitimate federal law enforcement agencies involved in interstate drug and crime interdiction must coordinate with state and local law enforcement in every instance, with the exception of the Border Patrol and Customs on or near the border (where they belong and the federal government should be focused on aggressively enforcing the law!).”

I recently met with members of the Arizona Liberty Caucus in Phoenix, thanks to John Laurie who arranged the meeting. We reviewed and discussed the candidate survey I completed which is attached. The meeting was informative and productive, and as you might imagine, a lively discussion and exchange of ideas! I hope you agree that my views are very consistent with the positions of the Liberty Caucus.

As a U.S. Congressman, I was proud to be a member of the Republican Liberty Caucus, a group of Republican members of the House of Representatives dedicated to individual rights, limited government and free enterprise. In my third and last term, I was asked by Speaker Newt Gingrich to chair the House Education Subcommittee, and along with Congressman Ron Paul, also a member of the Subcommittee, authored legislation converting federal education funds to block grants (the next best thing to eliminating that unconstitutional agency altogether, which was impossible with Bill Clinton in the White House). In fact, Dr. Paul and I served together at the only time in modern history when we were able to actually cut federal government spending and reduce the size, scope, reach and power of the federal government. When I left Congress to keep my term limits commitment, the federal budget was balanced and generated surpluses for four consecutive years thereafter, and we had fundamentally reformed welfare by imposing time limits and work requirements on welfare recipients.

My voting record earned me the highest ratings and endorsements of National Right to Life and the NRA, and accolades from other national organizations supporting school choice, private property rights, taxpayers, small business and free enterprise. I’m proud of my endorsements by Arizonans Against Common Core (for my promise to repeal Common Core on Day One and restore local control in K-12 education), the Arizona Chapter of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (for my promise to fight Medicaid expansion under Obamacare and protect patient and doctor rights) and from the National Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans Coalition, consisting of 70 veterans organizations and representing 250,000 veterans.

I’ve also been endorsed by State Senator Judy Burges, former State Senate Majority Leader Thayer Verschoor, and former State Senator and current Navajo County Supervisor Sylvia Allen. Undoubtedly, my “loudest” endorsement has come from Ted Nugent (yes, that Ted Nugent!). The “Nuge” is a proud patriot and outspoken defender of our individual liberties and unalienable rights, as endowed by our Creator, and enshrined and protected in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. All of these endorsements are on my campaign website where you can find more information about my candidacy and ways to help my campaign:

In closing, I want you to know I’m committed to protecting our state sovereignty and all Arizonans against federal government overreach. My candidacy threatens the political establishment because I can’t be bought and am not “owned” by them, nor do I “owe” anyone political favors. My character and leadership capabilities were forged by my military, law enforcement and congressional service that taught me the absolute importance of honesty and integrity. While my primary opponents are running their campaigns on bombastic, untested rhetoric and would require “on-the-job training,” I’m running on my deep, proven record. I’m tested and vetted, including by the Arizona Liberty Caucus, and ready to lead on Day One. You can trust me to be a champion of liberty, and the strong and courageous governor we need to make our state a bastion of freedom and a shining example of constitutionally limited government…of, by and for the people.

Yours in the Cause of Liberty!

Frank Riggs


Nobody is a Loser

“Baseball” by ~RedSoxfanatic

I grew up in a family with three other siblings. To say the least we were competitive – both academically and athletically. I was in the National Honor Society, Math League, and took honors classes. In my senior year of high school I actually took the most difficult load I could take while most took the easiest load they could. In college I made the President’s List almost every semester (which for those of you who don’t know is more prestigious than the Dean’s List at most schools). Athletically I played soccer, baseball, track, wrestling, cross country, and football. My siblings were better athletes than me as they were all on all-star teams but I probably bested them academically. 

My point in all this was there was recognition in my family that there were winners and losers. If you slacked off, your sibling would take the spotlight. If you worked hard then you would be recognized. If you failed academically (which at my house was getting a “C” on a report card) then you would get in trouble (grounding, loss of privileges, etc.) or maybe just Mom telling you that your siblings wouldn’t take care of you when you were off failing at life. However, today through our super sensitive, offend-nobody attitudes we are scared to offend anyone. 

Specifically speaking, nobody can be a loser in life – academically or athletically. I have heard all sorts of stories about people being moved onto the next grade with sub-par performance. So gone is the threat of you being “left behind” or your siblings being in the same grade as you. At my school we didn’t have summer school to allow you to “make up” your work so you could stay with your graduating class. Todayit sounds like some students rely on summer school – and even with this crazy opportunity they still almost fail. Then there are test scores which routinely get diluted and diminished. We have Common Core on the horizon which touts that it will “help standardize schools across the nation” but “won’t lower standards for anyone.” Which if you have any logic left in you should strike some bells – we can’t standardize the school without bringing the over performing schools down to the underperforming level. It doesn’t stop there though – you also can’t be a loser in sports these days either. 

When I played sports, even in T-ball and the first-year soccer, you were most definitely a winner or a loser. We kept score. The winner got to get snacks. The winner for the season got a trophy. After 3 outs, you switched sides. If you threw a tantrum the umpire would remove you from the field. If you sucked then you went home empty handed. I actually remember being an umpire for coach-pitch baseball (6-7yrs) and calling someone out after throwing a bat. While the parents were unhappy that I became forceful, they respected my rules. 

Last week my son got signed up for T-ball/coach-pitch baseball. I had heard these above rumors but I honestly couldn’t believe the rules placed in front of me. They don’t keep score. Unlimited outs. Everyone bats. Batters keep running until an infielder has possession and holds it over their head. Everyone gets a snack after each game and everyone gets a trophy at the end of the year. To me, that isn’t baseball… that is batting practice. To be honest, I am actually offended at the rules. I understand that these kids are 4-5yrs old but to me that is old enough to recognize that you can’t just show up and get rewarded for it. If that is the case then let’s just have them play from home on the Wii. 

Maybe I am just a hard ass and all this doesn’t matter. Maybe when they get a few years older and the next league actually has outs, innings, and they keep score things like that will make sense. However, I can’t help but think… kids for centuries have been playing sports and keeping scores – there were winners and losers. The world moved on when you lost and you could either chose to go home and practice and get better or go home and decide that you wanted to try your hand at something else that you could excel at so you didn’t have to go back to the field next week and get cremated by your superior opponent. Likewise, even the winners could chose to practice and maintain their greatness or sit around and lose later to the guy who went home and worked out and practiced to get better. 

I can’t help but to inject my political beliefs into all this and this is what I think I am most upset about. Today we are taught that it doesn’t matter what you do – all you have to do is exist and you are a winner. If you draw a picture as a kid, you’re Da Vinci. If you get a C in school (when last year you got straight A’s) then bravo, you passed. Show up to a sporting event and presto, you’re a winner. Buy a house and default on it – that’s OK, someone else will bail you out or force your lender to lower your contractual agreements so you can “afford” it. How about your business -want to take exponentially risky and unethical moves? That’s OK, you’re too big to fail and the American public will bail you out. Anyone and everyone should go to school and when you graduate everyone thinks they should be awarded that $80,000 job they were promised. Never mind that half the kids your age also graduated with the same degree and the market is super saturated with your degree, you were at the bottom of your class, you only showed up to a third of your classes, and you have no idea how to even balance a check book – the government is going to help you pay your bills by either completely forgiving your debt or forcing your lender to reduce the amount you owe. No responsibility for your actions these days. 

Greatness and success used to be awarded to those who went home and busted their rump to make it to the top. They knew that if they were too risky or didn’t work hard enough that they would be left with nothing except failure. They kept score with their competition – in the classroom or on the field. They wanted to be the best – for the trophy, the resume, the report card, or the fame. Today all that is gone “because we just want kids to have fun” or “we don’t want to hurt their feelings.” 

I say that is hogwash and that type of attitude is an underlying reason why society has some of the problems we have today.


Arizona: Stand Your Ground Law

What does Arizona’s Stand Your Ground law allow you to do and not do?

Original by Russell Richelsoph found here.

There has been a lot of publicity regarding Stand Your Ground self-defense laws since the unfortunate events in Sanford, Florida on February 26, 2012 involving George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin.  The news media repeatedly cited Florida’s Stand Your Ground self-defense law and as a result, these same self-defense laws have come under attack.  Arizona has very similar self-defense laws to Florida.

Unfortunately, the attack on Stand Your Ground, using the Zimmerman case as ammunition, has been mostly based on misinformation about the facts of the case and what Stand Your Ground Laws do and do not allow you to do.

So what are these Stand Your Ground self-defense laws that the news media is making such a fuss about? 

Arizona Self-Defense

In Arizona you are justified in threatening or using physical force to defend yourself against another to the extent that a reasonable person would believe it is immediately necessary to protect themself against another person’s use of unlawful physical force against them.  For example, if someone is punching you, or attempting to punch you, you may use just enough physical force against them to stop them from punching you.  You may not punch them until they fall to the ground and then start kicking them.

Arizona Self-Defense with Deadly Force

In Arizona, you are justified in threatening or using deadly physical force against another if a reasonable person would believe that deadly physical force is immediately necessary to protect yourself against the other’s use, or attempted use, of unlawful deadly physical force against you.  For example, if someone is threatening you with deadly force, such as a knife, bat, or a gun, you may use a level of physical force which may kill them in order stop them from harming you.  However, deadly physical force does not require a weapon.  If someone has you pinned down and is choking you, you would probably be justified in using deadly force to protect yourself.

The police and prosecutors look at many factors when deciding whether or not the use of deadly force is justified in a self-defense situation.  If a lone 140 pound woman is being physically attacked by a 250 pound unarmed man, the woman may be justified in using deadly physical force to defend herself.  The prosecutor is going to consider the reasonableness of the use of force in deciding whether to prosecute.  If a reasonable person would believe that the use of deadly force was necessary for the woman to protect herself, then it would be justified.

Arizona Stand Your Ground

Here is the supposedly controversial part of the law.  You do not have a duty to retreat before threatening or using deadly physical force if you are in a place where you may legally be and you are not engaged in an unlawful act.  Surprised?  All that Stand Your Ground means is that you do not have to run away if you would be otherwise justified to use deadly force.  This was not even an issue in the Zimmerman case.  Zimmerman was accused of provoking the situation and escalating it all the way to deadly force.  Stand Your Ground does not allow this.

Arizona Limitations on Self Defense

Arizona does place some limitations on the use of self-defense.  You are not justified in using physical force against another person in response to a verbal provocation.  If someone insults your mother, you are not justified in physical attacking them.

Likewise, you are not justified in using physical force to resist an arrest by a police officer, even if that arrest is unlawful, unless the police officer’s use of physical force exceeds that allowed by law.  If Officer Friendly is arresting you and you do not believe the charge is justified, you may not fight with Officer Friendly to try to prevent the arrest.  On the other hand, if Officer Friendly has you handcuffed and is bashing your head against the hood of his car, then you may be justified in using physical force to stop him and to protect yourself.  Keep in mind that in these situations, the prosecutor reviewing the case is going to give the police officers the benefit of the doubt.

Also, Arizona law does not permit you to use physical force if you were the one who provoked the encounter unless you withdraw from the encounter, or clearly communicate it is your intent to withdraw from the encounter, and the other person still attempts to use unlawful physical force against you.  If you go up to some big guy, punch him, and insult his mother, and the big guy starts beating you up, you are not justified in using physical force unless you attempt to leave and withdraw from the encounter and the other person continues attacking you.

You Have Been Involved in a Self-Defense Situation, What Should You Do?

Your goal in any self-defense situation should be to stop the threat.  The first thing you should do if you have been involved in a self-defense shooting is get to a safe place if you fear there may be other assailants who could attack you.  The next thing you should do is call 911 or have someone call 911 for you.  Make sure you give a good physical description of yourself and clearly state that you feared for your life, that you acted in self-defense, and give the dispatcher the location of where you defended yourself as well as your current location.  This is all you should say with regards to what happened.

If you are involved in a situation involving deadly physical force, do not be surprised if the police come to the situation with their guns drawn and they aggressively handcuff you.  This is routine.  When the police arrive, you should immediately place your weapon on the ground where they can clearly see it.  Cooperate with the police commands. This may involve you lying on the ground with your hands away from your body. 

DO NOT place your firearm back in your safe before police arrive unless you want the police to confiscate every weapon you have in the safe.

DO NOT try to explain yourself or what happened.  You should not answer any questions until you have had an opportunity to consult with an attorney.  Politely tell the police that you are not going to answer any questions until you have had a chance to speak with an attorney.  Even police officers involved in a shooting speak to an attorney from their union before they agree to be questioned about it.  You should exercise this same right even if it means you have to spend the night in jail.  It is better to spend one night in jail, than to spend years of your life in prison because you did not consult with an attorney before trying to explain your actions to police.

Our criminal department at Davis Miles McGuire Gardner would be happy to assist you if you are ever placed in a situation where you are required to defend yourself or your loved ones.  Do not hesitate to contact us ( or 480.733.6800) if you ever need our help.  We will represent you discreetly and professionally.


"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth... For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it." - Patrick Henry

"Politicians and diapers both need to be changed, and for the same reason." - Anonymous

"Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it." - William Penn

"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country" - Hermann Goering

"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do this I keep on doing." - Romans 7:18-19

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain