[In no particular order.]

Don't take my word for anything.
Educate yourself.
Do not believe anything that anyone tells you and trust no-one - until proven beyond a reasonable doubt. - Bodyweight Workout Resource

"An antisemite used to be someone who hates Jews; nowadays an antisemite is someone Jews hate." - Gilad Atzmon at's_razor
 The anti-dote to most conspiracy theorists and Middle East rumour-mongering idiots.

Obama with regards to his non-fiscal policies (generally speaking)

George Bush the elder for pretty much everything about his presidency. Good job.

George W. Bush for his immediate post-9/11 leadership and efforts on behalf of undocumented Latino illegal immigrants, minus the whole Iraq thing. Errrmmm and the whole authorizing torture thing. Yeah, pretty much should be prosecuted for that, what with the whole US being a signatory to the UN Convention on Torture and all, signed by good old President Ronald Reagan. Doesn't mean "W" didn't do some good things, though.

People working for peaceful solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

James Randi

Non-violent protesters against the Israeli civilian and military presence in Gaza/West Bank  sNSFW (two bad words)

Shin Bet, Mossad and the IDF (generally speaking they do a good job at protecting their country in a mostly legit way under difficult circumstances).

Gen. McChrystal

Mordechai Vanunu - ordinarily I'm not for whistleblowers on friendly governments, but if your country has nuclear weapons I think its people deserves to know. NPT and all that. Yeah, like ummm transparency, you know? As much as possible, anyway. - Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength 

Bruce Schneier

Eliahu Zvieli, Holocaust survivor from Hungary. Labor, concentration camp survivor. Rents rooms to Arab students in town that used to be mixed, then turned Jewish-only with the creation of Israel, then turned mixed again. Refuses to give in to racist pressure to kick out his Arab renters. "You can't give in to terror." Phosphorus and arsenic - all the same as far as making life is concerned. Mono Lake. Rewriting how many hundreds of years of biology textbooks? How many (male) scientists ever said "Phosphorus is essential to life, without it no life can exist."

Adrian Lamo for realizing he was dealing with a traitor who could cause a lot of dead civilians.

Generally speaking I'm not a huge fan of Hillary Clinton. Good job as Secretary of State, though.
"Give women equal rights, and an entire nation is more stable and secure." Hells to the yeah. Middle East. Asia. Russia. Africa. South America.

Jack L. Goldsmith
...resigned from the Justice Department after only nine months on the job because he disagreed with its legal rationalizations for waterboarding and other counter-terrorism tactics.

Dr Mobin Akhtar

'I have it. I can't make it any better than that. I've got it down the line.' - Tom Ferebee, bombardier, Enola Gay.

"You weep for Santiago, and you curse the marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to."
Jack Nicholson as COL Jessup, USMC in "A Few Good Men"

Einstein remarked, "The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weakness, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still purely primitive, legends which are nevertheless pretty childish."

"All my life, I have had a reputation for being cold, unfeeling. Some have called me heartless, ruthless, even cruel. I am not. I am not beyond emotional response or compassion. But I possess - and my masters count this as perhaps my paramount virtue - a singular force of will. Throughout my career it has served me well to draw on this facility and steel myself, unflinching, at all that this wretched world can throw at me. To feel pain or fear or grief is to allow myself a luxury I cannot afford.
Lores Vibben had served with me for five and a half years. In that period she had saved my life twice. She saw herself as my aide and my bodyguard, yet in truth she was more of a companion and a fellow warrior. When I recruited her from the slums of Tornish, it was for her combat skills and brutal vigour. But I came to value her just as much for her sharp mind, soft wit and clear head.
I stared down at her body for a moment. I believe I may have uttered her name."
"Eisenhorn" by Dan Abnett There just might be some hope for Islam with people like him around. Except he's dead now. With luck some people paid attention. Or will pay attention to him, or stuff like what he tried to make happen.

"I personally am holding out for the day when tall, over-40 guys with bad knees, a low pain tolerance, a wishy-washy attitude about training and winning, a 40-meter sprint time of 5.5 seconds or more, and a vertical jump of less than 20 inches get to go head to head just with one another."
"The CrossFit Fairness Doctrine" by Paul Eich in CFJ 72 Aug 2008

"Here's a young guy with perfect teeth and clear skin and the kind of job you bother to write the alumni magazine about getting. You know he was too young to fight in any wars, and if his parents weren't divorced, his father was never home, and here he's looking at me with half my face clean shaved and half a leering bruise hidden in the dark. Blood shining on my lips. And maybe Walter's thinking about a meatless, pain-free potluck he went to last weekend or the ozone or the Earth's desperate need to stop cruel product testing on animals, but probably he's not."
Chuck Palahniuk

"On my last Cosmo cover," she explains, "they added about five inches to my breasts. It's very funny. I have, like, massive knockers. Huge. Absolutely massive."
- Elizabeth Hurley for Details magazine

"I think women see me on the cover of magazines and think that I never have a pimple or bags under my eyes. You have to realize that's after two hours of hair and makeup, plus retouching. Even I don't wake up looking like Cindy Crawford."
- Cindy Crawford

Voltaire - “Le malheur des uns fait le bonheur des autres.”

At the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, [Native American Jim Thorpe] won the pentathlon and the decathlon... "Sir, you are the greatest athlete in the world," Sweden's king, Gustav V, declared at the awards ceremony.
"Thanks, King," Mr. Thorpe replied.

World-Class Fitness in 100 Words:
■ Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.
■ Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast.
■ Five or six days per week mix these ele- ments in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense.
■ Regularly learn and play new sports.
- CrossFit Journal, October 2002

"People seem to have acquired the idea that they have the inalienable right to stroll through life without having sweated, picked up anything heavy, worked hard, or eaten less than they wanted at every meal." Mark Rippetoe, CrossFit Journal article

We live in peace and pretend at it. But in truth there are always wars, thundering unseen around us, just beyond the curve of our sight. The greatest foolishness is that no man wishes to know the truth. He is happy to live his life as silent guns cut the sky above his head. - attributed to the remembrancer Ignace Karkasy, in Nemesis by James Swallow

Cool points are highly desirable and very sought after and may at some point in the future be redeemable for very exclusive, awesome things and/or services. Void where prohibited. Some restrictions apply. Cool points (tm) do not in any way infer a contract or liability or right to claims on the part of the cool points awardee.

We learned about savagery from the Japanese... But those sixteen-to-nineteen-year old kids we had on the Canal were fast learners... At daybreak, a couple of our kids, bearded, dirty, skinny from hunger, slightly wounded by bayonets, clothes worn and torn, wack off three Jap heads and jam them on poles facing the 'Jap side' of the river... The colonel sees Jap heads on the poles and says, 'Jesus men, what are you doing? You're acting like animals.' A dirty, stinking young kid says, 'That's right Colonel, we are animals. We live like animals, we eat and are treated like animals--what the fuck do you expect?' - Guadalcanal, recounted by Ore Marion, USMC

[I]f Michael Moore had had his way, Slobodan Milosevic would still be the big man in a starved and tyrannical Serbia. Bosnia and Kosovo would have been cleansed and annexed. If Michael Moore had been listened to, Afghanistan would still be under Taliban rule, and Kuwait would have remained part of Iraq. And Iraq itself would still be the personal property of a psychopathic crime family, bargaining covertly with the slave state of North Korea for WMD. You might hope that a retrospective awareness of this kind would induce a little modesty. To the contrary, it is employed to pump air into one of the great sagging blimps of our sorry, mediocre, celeb-rotten culture. Rock the vote, indeed. - Christopher Hitchens

Hitchens went further in his criticism of Moore on MSNBC's Scarborough Country television program:
But speaking here in my capacity as a polished, sophisticated European as well, it seems to me the laugh here is on the polished, sophisticated Europeans. They think Americans are fat, vulgar, greedy, stupid, ambitious and ignorant and so on. And they‘ve taken as their own, as their representative American someone who actually embodies all of those qualities.

Chinese characters are so complex that the country's revolutionary leader Mao Zedong told the US journalist Edgar Snow in 1936: "Sooner or later, we believe, we will have to abandon characters altogether if we are to create a new social culture in which the masses fully participate." 

A new documentary American: The Bill Hicks Story serves as a reminder of how lucky I was to get away with a mild rebuke. In one clip taken from a live performance, he rounds on a heckler. “Once again,” he screams at the audience, “you, the pee’d on masses, ruin anything anyone tries to do because you can’t do it on your own.”  - Andy Fyfe, writing for The

The first person to popularize the term bushidō was Japanese author Nitobe Inazō, a converted Quaker living in Philadelphia and married to an American wife, in his 1899 book Bushidō: The Soul of Japan, which was originally written and published in English and only later translated into Japanese. In this work, Inazō scoured Japanese tradition in an effort to recover an indigenous code of behavior analogous to the Western ideal of chivalry, which he then embedded with his own Christian ideology. Although Nitobe presented this concept as a timeless Japanese tradition which he had simply been taught as a child, he obscured his own numerous interpolations and extrapolations, and his efforts to unite diverse strands of Shintō and Buddhist teachings into a single unified code. Upon publication Nitobe's work was a massive success...

"And, you know, politics aside, the success of Sarah Palin and women like her is good for all women - except, of course —those who will end up, you know, like, paying for their own rape ‘kit ‘n’ stuff, But for everybody else, it’s a win-win. Unless you’re a gay woman who wants to marry your partner of 20 years - whatever. But for most women, the success of conservative women is good for all of us. Unless you believe in evolution. You know - actually, I take it back. The whole thing’s a disaster."
- Tina Fay PBS Mark Twain Prize acceptance speech cut "due to length"

- Unconfirmed wording of supposed classified ad placed by Ernest Shackleton for one of his many unsuccessful Antarctic Expeditions. Whether it's true or not I don't really care. It's bloody cool.

"Francis runs away from a lion, which is what most sensible men would do if faced by a lion, and his wife promptly cuckolds him with the English manager of their big-game hunting expedition. As we all know, good wives admire nothing in a husband except his capacity to deal with lions, so we can sympathize with the poor woman in her trouble. But next day Macomber, faced with a buffalo, suddenly becomes a man of superb courage, and his wife, recognizing that[...] for the future she must be a virtuous wife, blows his head off. [...] To say that the psychology of this story is childish would be to waste good words. As farce it ranks with "Ten Nights in a Bar Room" or any other Victorian morality you can think of. Clearly, it is the working out of a personal problem that for the vast majority of men and women has no validity whatever."
- Frank O'Connor. Personally I think he's wrong and it's just a damn good story that too many people read too much into. But that's just me. Good criticism well written.

"In both everyday and military events, your mind should not change in the least, but should be broad and straightforward, neither drawn too tight nor allowed to slacken even a little. Keep the mind in the exact center, not allowing it to become sidetracked; let it sway peacefully, not allowing it to stop doing so for even a moment. You should investigate these things thoroughly."
-- Miyamoto Musashi, Go Rin No Sho, The Water Chapter.

Reagan on torture:
"The United States participated actively and effectively in the negotiation of the Convention . It marks a significant step in the development during this century of international measures against torture and other inhuman treatment or punishment. Ratification of the Convention by the United States will clearly express United States opposition to torture, an abhorrent practice unfortunately still prevalent in the world today.

The core provisions of the Convention establish a regime for international cooperation in the criminal prosecution of torturers relying on so-called 'universal jurisdiction.' Each State Party is required either to prosecute torturers who are found in its territory or to extradite them to other countries for prosecution."

"The terrifying truth is that the Roswell crash involved a research balloon. But to admit that would mean that numerous people saw utterly banal, commonplace materials and managed to not only fail to recognize what it was but convince themselves it was something strange and fantastic; it would furthermore force us to admit that decades of fanciful stories of crashed aliens at Roswell were invented out of thin air and, despite evidence to the contrary, a good percentage of the American people will believe anything. This is the utterly disturbing reality that these crazy stories help us to ignore. (I'm sorry, the CIA's mind control rays made me write that.)"  bob_d at

"When a child has an imaginary friend, we call it cute and play along. When an adult has an imaginary friend, we call it schizophrenia and treat him with drugs. When many adults share an imaginary friend, we call it religion and get yelled at when we point out the similarities between points two and three." - Anonymous