Monday, September 25, 2017

Bound

"If a man has his eyes bound, you can encourage him as much as you like to stare through the bandage, but he'll never see anything."
--Franz Kafka,
"The Castle" (1926)

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Flipping

"True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring."
--Martin Luther King Jr.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Reading

"I sometimes think that the American story is the one about the reading of the will."
--Lewis H. Lapham,
"Money And Class In America" (1989)

Friday, September 22, 2017

Opposition III

"If the opposition disarms, all is well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves."
--Joseph Stalin,
"The Political Report of the Central Committee, The Fifteenth Congress of the C.P.S.U.(B.) (December 7, 1927)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Ladder

"You cannot push any one up a ladder unless he be willing to climb a little himself."
--Andrew Carnegie

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Lag

"In England we have come to rely upon a comfortable time lag of fifty years or a century intervening between the perception that something ought to be done and a serious attempt to do it."
--H.G. Wells,
"The Work, Wealth and Happiness of Mankind" (1931)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Own II

"I may die a beggar, but with the Grace of God, I will not die a slave.
I will not be filed, stamped, briefed, debriefed, or numbered...
My life is my own."
--The Prisoner

Monday, September 18, 2017

First III

"If you're not going to offend somebody you don't need the First Amendment".
--Larry Flynt

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Rooms

"I walk through rooms of the dead, streets of the dead, cities of the dead: men without eyes, men without voices; men with manufactured feelings and standard reactions; men with newspaper brains, television souls and high school ideals."
--Charles Bukowski,
"Sunlight Here I Am: Interviews and Encounters, 1963-1993"

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Readin'

"I was in Nashville, Tennessee last year. After the show I went to a Waffle House. I'm not proud of it, I was hungry. And I'm alone, I'm eating and I'm reading a book, right? Waitress walks over to me: 'Hey, whatcha readin' for?' Isn't that the weirdest fuckin' question you've ever heard? Not what am I reading, but what am I reading FOR? Well, goddamnit, ya stumped me! Why do I read? Well . . . hmmm...I dunno...I guess I read for a lot of reasons and the main one is so I don't end up being a fuckin' waffle waitress."
--Bill Hicks

Friday, September 15, 2017

Resemblance

"Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first."
--Ronald Reagan,
Remarks at a business conference in Los Angeles (March 2, 1977)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Boat

"That life had been one without excitement, with no adventure. It had been too safe. All the elements that made it up were right there before his eyes, and nothing new could ever be expected. It was like, he had once thought, a little plastic boat that would sail on forever, without incident, until it finally sank, which would be a secret relief to all."
--Philip K. Dick,
"A Scanner Darkly" (1977)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Attention

"The President of the Universe holds no real power. His sole purpose is to take attention away from where the power truly exists..."
--Douglas Adams,
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Destruction II

"I apprehend no danger to our country from a foreign foe ... Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence, I must confess that I do apprehend some danger."
--Daniel Webster,
June 1, 1837

Monday, September 11, 2017

Truth IV

"If I'd written the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people--including me--would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism."
--Hunter S. Thompson
Rolling Stone, February 15, 1973


P.S. Happy Fake News Day!

TLC

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Grow II

"Most people don't grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging."
--Maya Angelou

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Free VI

"For some people, being free means being free to keep their feet on someone else's chest."
--Mike Royko

Friday, September 08, 2017

Socialistic

"Every socialistic type of government...produces bad art, produces social inertia, produces really unhappy people, and it's more repressive than any other kind of government."
--Frank Zappa,
Interview, "My Afternoon with Frank Zappa", Larry Rogak, (New York writer and attorney) Zappa.com (May 8, 1980)

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Mischief

"In every deed of mischief he had a heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute."
--Edward Gibbon

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Compensated

"His lack of education is more than compensated for by his keenly developed moral bankruptcy."
--Woody Allen

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Methods

"The effectiveness of political and religious propaganda depends upon the methods employed, not upon the doctrines taught. These doctrines may be true or false, wholesome or pernicious—it makes little or no difference."
--Aldous Huxley

Monday, September 04, 2017

Wasted II

"A plongeur is a slave, and a wasted slave, doing stupid and largely unnecessary work. He is kept at work, ultimately, because of a vague feeling that he would be dangerous if he had leisure. And educated people, who should be on his side, acquiesce in the process, because they know nothing about him and consequently are afraid of him."
--George Orwell,
"Down and Out in Paris and London"

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Self-Respecting

"A self-supporting and self-respecting democracy can plead no justification for the existence of child labor, no economic reason for chiseling workers' wages or stretching workers' hours."
--Franklin D. Roosevelt

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Tired III

"The workers of the nation were tired of waiting for corporate industry to right their economic wrongs, to alleviate their social agony and to grant them their political rights. Despairing of fair treatment, they resolved to do something for themselves."
--John L. Lewis

Friday, September 01, 2017

Time II

"Time is the most valuable thing on earth: time to think, time to act, time to extend our fraternal relations, time to become better men, time to become better women, time to become better and more independent citizens."
--Samuel Gompers

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Threat II

"We want only peace, to build up our country. World opinion is paying great attention to the threat against Democratic Kampuchea. They are anxious. They fear Kampuchea cannot oppose the Vietnamese. This could hurt the interests of the Southeast Asian countries and all of the world's countries."
--Pol Pot,
Interview with Elizabeth Becker (December 22, 1978),
quoted in "Pol Pot remembered", BBC News (April 20, 1998)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Concealing

"You must act with all energy. Mass searches. Execution for concealing arms."
--Vladamir Lenin,
Letter to G. F. Fyodorov, August 9, 1918

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Contender

"The pleasure isn't in owning the person. The pleasure is this. Having another contender in the room with you."
--Philip Roth,
"The Human Stain"

Monday, August 28, 2017

Passive II

"Children allowed to take responsibility and given a serious part in the larger world are always superior to those merely permitted to play and be passive."
--John Taylor Gatto,
"The Underground History of American Education: An Intimate Investigation Into the Prison of Modern Schooling"

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Dick Gregory, October 12, 1932 - August 19, 2017

I never learned hate at home or shame. I had to go to school for that.

I don't know why America always thinks she has to run all around the world forcing people to take our way of governance at the barrel of a gun. When you've got something really good, you don't have to force it on people. They will steal it!

Because I'm a civil rights activist, I am also an animal rights activist. Animals and humans suffer and die alike. Violence causes the same pain, the same spilling of blood, the same stench of death, the same arrogant, cruel and vicious taking of life. We shouldn't be a part of it.
 
In America, with all of its evils and faults, you can still reach through the forest and see the sun. But we don't know yet whether that sun is rising or setting for our country.

I buy about $1,500 worth of papers every month. Not that I trust them. I'm looking for the crack in the fabric.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Poems

"[I] do not like poems that resemble hay compressed into a geometrically perfect cube. I like it when the hay, unkempt, uncombed, with dry berries mixed in it, thrown together gaily and freely, bounces along atop some truck--and more, if there are some lovely and healthy lasses atop the hay—and better yet if the branches catch at the hay, and some of it tumbles to the road."
--Yevgeny Yevtushenko,
New York Times (February 2, 1986).