"Among other evils which being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised." -- Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527)
-- Arthur C. Clarke (1917 - 2008)
"Freedom is not free." --Unknown
“Science can destroy religion by ignoring it as well as by disproving its tenets. No one ever demonstrated, so far as I am aware, the non-existence of Zeus or Thor - but they have few followers now.”
"All that is required for ignorance and superstition to triumph is for men of Science to be silent." -- Steve Crye
"Going fast doesn't mean you're not stopping to smell the roses - you're smelling more roses!" -- Hans Florine
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." -- Constitution of the United States of America
"... But the man who produces an idea in any field of rational endeavor - the man who discovers new knowledge - is the permanent benefactor of Humanity. Material products cannot be shared, they belong to some ultimate consumer; it is only the value of an idea that can be shared with unlimited numbers of men, making all sharers richer at no one's sacrifice or loss....." -- John Galt, 'Atlas Shrugged'
"My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute." -- Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982), from Works, Vol. iv, p. 365.
"Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who
can labor in freedom." -- Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955), 'Out of My Later Years,' 1950
"The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom." -- Supreme Court Justice William Orville Douglas
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." -- Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
"The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of
one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that
oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the
beginning if it is to be stopped at all." -- H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)
"The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as his father, in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter" -- Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety." -- Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)
"A rational man is guided by his thinking, not by his feelings or desires...he does not regard 'because I want it' or 'because I feel like it' as a sufficient cause and validation of his actions...he does not act until he is able to say: 'I want it because it is right.' " -- Ayn Rand, "The ethics of Emergencies", 1963
Politics, Ranting, Opinions, Spray, Essays and stuff we couldn't classify
Global Warming Letter to R&I Magazine February 2006
Ethics Letter to Rock and Ice Magazine October 2004
Letter to Rock and Ice Magazine December 2002
The immoral stupidity of drug testing
Guard Training Workshop Fall 2001
TPWD rejects Access Fund $100,000 offer
Notes from the Tigua-sponsored public hearing 1999
John Sherman's Predictions about Hueco -"Bottoms Up!"
10th annual Rock Rodeo (not)
Useless March 2000"Planning" meeting with TPW & politicos rec.climbing reports - an apology
American Alpine Club letter to TPWD 4.10.00
Useless July 1998 "Planning" meeting with TPW & politicians CouchPotatoism! You can help preserve access!
Adventures with Sydney
Letter to Climbing Magazine June 2000
Round Room 1997 - protest of proposed restrictions
The Hypocrisy of Anti-climbing regulations
Roger Derryberry's eulogy for Warren Harding
Kurt Smith's Potrero Chicho Problems
Central Texas Climbing & Enchanted Rock
Cave Rock Bigots
Hueco Trash 2000
The End of Faith: Sam Harris
Soarin' Over California
Islam in a frenzy over a few silly cartoons
"The Myth of the Manger Scene' "
One of our goals at huecotanks.com is to encourage clear thinking through proper use of language. The dictionary is a good place to start.
ra·cism n. 1.The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others. 2.Discrimination or prejudice based on race. racist adj. and n.
Native n. 1. One who, or that which, is born in a place or country referred to; a denizen by birth; an animal, a fruit, or vegetable, produced in a certain region; as, a native of France.
American n. A native of America; — originally applied to the aboriginal inhabitants, but now applied to the descendants of Europeans born in America, and especially to the citizens of the United States.
Aborigines n. pl.
1. The earliest known inhabitants of a country; native races.
2. The original fauna and flora of a geographical area
Evil n. 1. Anything which impairs the happiness of a being or deprives a being of any good; anything which causes suffering of any kind to sentient beings; injury; mischief; harm; opposed to good....4.Something that is a cause or source of suffering, injury, or destruction: the social evils of poverty and injustice