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  "The [Ninth] Amendment is almost entirely the work of James Madison. It was introduced in Congress by him and passed the House and Senate with little or no debate and virtually no change in language. It was proffered to quiet expressed fears that a bill of specifically enumerated rights could not be sufficiently broad to cover all essential rights and that the specific mention of certain rights would be interpreted as a denial that others were protected...

"I do not mean to imply that the Ninth Amendment is applied against the States by the Fourteenth. Nor do I mean to state that the Ninth Amendment constitutes an independent source of rights protected from infringement by either the States or the Federal Government. Rather, the Ninth Amendment shows a belief of the Constitution's authors that fundamental rights exist that are not expressly enumerated in the first eight amendments and an intent that the list of rights included there not be deemed exhaustive.

"In determining which rights are fundamental, judges are not left at large to decide cases in light of their personal and private notions. Rather, they must look to the 'traditions and [collective] conscience of our people' to determine whether a principle is 'so rooted [there] ... as to be ranked as fundamental.'" - Justice Arthur Goldberg, Griswold v. Connecticut (1965)

"Admittedly, a homosexual can be conditioned to react sexually to a woman, or to an old boot for that matter. In fact, both homo- and heterosexual experimental subjects have been conditioned to react sexually to an old boot, and you can save a lot of money that way." -William S. Burroughs  

"To take photographs is to hold one's breath when all faculties converge in the face of fleeting reality. It is at that moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy." - Henri Cartier-Bresson

 "The prejudice of unfounded belief, often degenerates into the prejudice of custom, and becomes at last rank hypocrisy. When men, from custom or fashion or any worldly motive, profess or pretend to believe what they do not believe, nor can give any reason for believing, they unship the helm of their morality, and being no longer honest to their own minds they feel no moral difficulty in being unjust to others.

"It is from the influence of this vice, hypocrisy, that we see so many church-and-meeting-going professors and pretenders to religion so full of trick and deceit in their dealings, and so loose in the performance of their engagements that they are not to be trusted further than the laws of the country will bind them. Morality has no hold on their minds, no restraint on their actions." -Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason, Part Three: Examination of the Prophecies, 1807

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." - Thomas Jefferson

"Indeed, the Government's asserted "failure" of the Internet rests on the implicit premise that too much speech occurs in that medium, and that speech there is too available to the participants. This is exactly the benefit of Internet communication, however. The Government, therefore, implicitly asks this court to limit both the amount of speech on the Internet and the availability of that speech. This argument is profoundly repugnant to First Amendment principles." -Judge Stewart Dalzell, ACLU v. Reno

"He does not gain control of her uterus just because she gave him visitation rights to her vagina." - Varid46 - AOL ACLU forum

"Sexuality poorly repressed unsettles some families; well repressed, it unsettles the whole world." -Karl Kraus (1874-1936)  

"It is essential that we realize once and for all that man is much more of a sex creature than a moral creature. The former is inherent, the other is grafted on." -Emma Goldman (1869-1940)

 "Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction." - Blaise Pascal

"Men need to be despunked regularly. It's when they're not getting a regular despunking that they start causing problems. I call that a service, not a nuisance." - Cynthia Payne, Madam

"Sophisticated persons masturbate without compunction. They do it for reasons of health, privacy, thrift and because of the remarkable perfection of invisible partners." - P.J. O'Rourke  

"All women think they're ugly, even pretty women. A man who understands this could fuck more women than Don Giovanni. They all think their cunts are ugly. They all find fault with their figures. Even models and actresses, even women you think are so beautiful that they have nothing to worry about do worry all the time." - Erica Jong  

"What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness." - Count Leo Tolstoy

"In this business only the bizarre is profitable. The basic components of sex are so mundane: a little heat, a little friction, a little lubrication. One must dress up such cheap raw materials considerably if he hopes to vend them at a high profit. Packaging is everything."  -Trevanian

"Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise." — James Madison to William Bradford  

"Who ever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you." — Friedrich Nietzsche, The Fort  

 "Reason should be destroyed in all Christians."— Martin Luther

"Where rights secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation which would abrogate them." — Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436, 491

"Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people... Be not intimidated, therefore, by any terrors, from publishing with the utmost freedom ... nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberty by any pretenses of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery, and cowardice." — John Adams

"Today, those who believe that the war on terror requires the sacrifice of our liberties like to argue that 'the Constitution is not a suicide pact.' In a sense, however, the Declaration of Independence was precisely that. By signing Jefferson's text, the signers of the declaration were putting their lives on the line. If the rebel American militias were beaten on the battlefield, their ringleaders could expect to be hanged as traitors. They signed anyway, thereby stating to the world that there is something worth more than life, and that is liberty." - Barbara Ehrenreich, NY Times, July 4, 2004

And on that important note ... so long till next time ... 


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