Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 20 Dec 2009 19:44:18 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

From Ceres, Chapter 39, by L. Neil Smith:

A person had better be prepared to defend himself in this world, because, thanks mostly to the laws of Physics, nobody--not your neighbors, not your friends, not even your family, and especially not the police--can be counted on to be there when you need them.

I've repeated this observation many times in speeches I've given over the years. When the day comes that someone in the audience asks me, "What's the police?", I'll know that someone was listening.

--The Diaries of Rosalie Frazier Ngu

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