Thanks to the Mountain Man for suggesting the William F. Buckley Jr. quote for the masthead. It comes from the Patriot Post (which you should subscribe to). Unfortunately, the entire quote is too long for Blogger to be happy (for some inexplicable reason, there is a 500 character limit for that area), so in the interest of completeness, here is the full quote:
I will not cede more power to the state. I will not willingly cede more power to anyone, not to the state, not to General Motors, not to the CIO. I will hoard my power like a miser, resisting every effort to drain it away from me. I will then use my power, as I see fit. I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth. That is a program of sorts, is it not? It is certainly program enough to keep conservatives busy, and Liberals at bay. And the nation free. -- William F. Buckley Jr.
Wise words from a wise man.