Pro-gun Web site warns against bogus quotations

On Facebook this morning, I ran across this quotation attributed to Adolf Hitler: 1935 will go down in History! For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient and the world will follow our lead to the future! The fact that there’s no reliable record of Hitler ever having said any such thing hasn’t prevented the widespread circulation of this bogus quotation. Some people seem not to understand that one of the reasons God created Google was to make it easier for us to disprove nonsense. It took me less than a minute, for example, to use Google to disprove that false Hitler quotation. And the most interesting thing about my quickie research on this matter is that I found the refutation of the Hitler quotation on a pro-gun Web site (HERE). I don’t agree with the overall objective of the guys who run this site, but I like the fact that they warn against people on their side of the gun debate using false quotations. The site has a whole section devoted to bogus quotes attributed to the nation’s Founding Fathers. One example is this passage alleged to have been written by George Washington: Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence. The church, the plow, the prairie wagon, and citizen’s firearms are indelibly related. From the moment the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to ensure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable. Every corner of this land knows firearms, and more than 99 99/100 percent of them by their silence indicate they are in safe and sane hands. The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference; they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good. When firearms go, all goes; we need them every hour. And there’s this one attributed to Thomas Jefferson: The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. Nor did James Madison actually say this: The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be questioned. The moral of the story is that you do your cause no great service when you try to peddle bogus quotations. We live in the age of Google, which makes it easy to refute such...

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The top 10 political quotes of 2012

According to Aaron Blake of the Washington Post, the honors for the 10 most memorable political utterances of the year go to Barack Obama, Mitt Romney (twice), Joe Biden, George W. Bush,  Newt Gingrich, Todd Aiken, Former Florida GOP Chairman Tom Slade, Romney campaign adviser Eric Fehrnstrom and Clint Eastwood. Check them out HERE. Meanwhile, I can think of lots of other quotes that are at least as memorable as some of those on Blake’s list. The shortest of them is Rick Perry’s “Oops,” which did a lot to end his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. If you can think of any others, share them with us in the comments...

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Here are the 10 best quotes of 2012 — and one of Mitt Romney’s gems tops the list

Fred Shapiro, associate librarian at Yale Law School, has released his seventh annual list of the most notable quotations of the year. Top honors go to Mitt Romney for this memorable passage: There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what … who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims. … These are people who pay no income tax. … and so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. Romney also took second place, while remarks by President Obama ranked third, fourth and fifth. The other notable quotes on the list came from Rep. Todd Akin, Romney campaign adviser Eric Fehrnstrom, socialite Jill Kelly, South Korean rapper PSY, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Sen. Saxby Chambliss and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Check them out...

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