The Pamphleteer

During colonial times in America, if you wanted to convince or inform people about some issue that you considered important, you went to the local printer and got some pamphlets printed. You then handed them out, read them to anybody that was interested, nailed them to the town bulletin board, or the nearest tree. The first amendment was specifically written to protect this type of activity and the writers or "pamphleteers".

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Saturday, June 30, 2007
Refdesk Thoughts of the Day:

"Sir, I say that justice is truth in action."

-Benjamin Disraeli


"To every thing there is a season..."

"To every thing there is a season, and time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace."

-The Bible


"There are three things which are real..."

"There are three things which are real: God, human folly, and laughter. Since the first two pass our comprehension, we must do what we can with the third."

-Aubrey Menen


"It is not our affluence, or our plumbing..."

"It is not our affluence, or our plumbing, or our clogged freeways that grip the
imagination of others. Rather, it is the values upon which our system is built. These values imply our adherence not only to liberty and individual freedom, but also to international peace, law and order, and constructive social purpose. When we depart from these values, we do so at our peril."

-James William Fulbright


"If the Government becomes a lawbreaker..."

"If the Government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that in the
administration of the criminal law the end justifies the means - to declare that the
Government may commit crimes in order to secure the conviction of a private criminal - would bring terrible retribution."

-Louis Dembitz Brandeis


"If one man can be allowed to determine for himself what is law..."

"If one man can be allowed to determine for himself what is law, every man can. That
means first chaos, then tyranny. Legal process is an essential part of the emocratic

-Felix Frankfurter