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John Adams

"The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations ... This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution."

Quote by: John Adams
(1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President
Date: February 13, 1818

                                                                     John Quincy Adams

"[America] goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom."

Quote by: John Quincy Adams
(1767-1848) 6th US President
Source: Speech before the House of Representatives, July 4, 1821; quoted in William Bonner and Pierre
Lemieux (Editors), The Idea of America (Les Belles Lettres, 2003), p. 237


"The three aims of the tyrant are, one, the humiliation of his subjects; he knows that a mean-spirited man
will not conspire against anybody; two, the creation of mistrust among them; for a tyrant is not to be
overthrown until men begin to have confidence in one another -- and this is the reason why tyrants are at
war with the good; they are under the idea that their power is endangered by them, not only because they
will not be ruled despotically, but also because they are too loyal to one another and to other men, and do
not inform against one another or against other men -- three, the tyrant desires that all his subjects shall be
incapable of action, for no one attempts what is impossible and they will not attempt to overthrow a tyranny
if they are powerless."

Quote by: Aristotle
Source: Politics, Book V Chapter 11.

More food for thought!

A New Element Added to the Periodic Table

Research has led to the discovery of the heaviest element yet known to science. The new element, Governmentium (Gv), has one neuron, 25 assistant neurons, 88 deputy neurons, and 198 assistant deputy neurons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.

These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons. Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert; however, it can be detected, because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact.

A minute amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction that would normally take less than a second to take from four days to four years to complete.  Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2-6 years; it does not decay, but
instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neurons and deputy neurons exchange places. In fact, Governmentium's mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization will cause more
morons to become neurons, forming isodopes.

This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass. When catalyzed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium, an element that radiates just as much energy as Governmentium since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.

And haven't we had enough of this element lately?

In case you didn't know!

1.      Money isn't made out of paper. It's made out of cotton.

2.      The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp (marijuana) paper.

3.      The dot over the letter 'I is called a 'tittle'

4.      A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the  glass to the top.

5.      Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller

6.      40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of  Happy Meals.

7.      315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.

8.      The 'spot' on 7-UP comes from its inventor, who had red eyes.  He was albino.

9.      On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents, daily.

10.   Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister..

11.    Chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system; a few ounces will kill a small sized dog.

12.    Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.

13.     Most lipstick contains fish scales..

14.     Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants .

15.     Ketchup was sold in the 1830's as medicine.

16.     Upper and lower case letters are named 'upper' and 'lower' because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the 'upper case' letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the smaller, 'lower case' letters.

17.    Leonardo Da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time hence, multitasking was invented.

18.    Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

19.    There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

20.   The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan ; there was never a recorded Wendy before!

21.    There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and silver!

22.    Leonardo DaVinci invented scissors.. it also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips.

23.    A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly go mad and sting itself to death.

24.   The mask used by Michael Myers in the original ' Halloween ' was a Captain Kirk's mask painted white.

25.    If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar. (good to know)

26.    By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand.. (and you thought this list was completely useless)

27.    The phrase 'rule of thumb' is derived from an old English law, which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

28.    The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.                                              
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           29.    Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin   with.  It's the same with apples!

30.    Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!

31.     The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.

32.     Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.

33.     Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a space suit              damages it.

34.  George Carlin said it best about Martha Stewart. "Boy, I feel a lot safer now that she's behind bars.                           OJ Simpson and Kobe Bryant are still walking around; Osama Bin Laden too, but they take the ONE WOMAN in          America willing to cook, clean, and work in the yard, and they haul her off to jail".


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