Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Families

"We have dealt with female-headed families not by putting the men to work but by giving the mothers and children welfare.  They might have wanted fathers and husbands; we have given them checks."
--Robert F. Kennedy, May 19, 1968

Monday, April 21, 2014

Dependency

"But the root problem is in the fact of dependency and uselessness itself.  Unemployment means nothing to do--which means nothing to do with the rest of us.  To be without work, to be without use to one's fellow citizens, is to be in truth the Invisible Man of whom Ralph Ellison wrote."
--Robert F. Kennedy, May 19, 1968

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Values II

"Out of 5.8 billion people in the world, the majority of them are certainly not believers in Buddhism. We can't argue with them, tell them they should be believers. No! Impossible! And, realistically speaking, if the majority of humanity remain nonbelievers, it doesn't matter. No problem! The problem is that the majority have lost, or ignore, the deeper human values - compassion, a sense of responsibility. That is our big concern."
--The Dalai Lama in Time, December 1997

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Eternal II

"But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.  It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your States as well as in the Federal Government."
--Andrew Jackson, Farewell Address, March 4, 1837

Friday, April 18, 2014

Already

"When an opponent declares, 'I will not come over to your side,' I calmly say, 'Your child belongs to us already...What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short  time they will know nothing else but this new community.'"
--Adolf Hitler , November, 1933

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Strict

"At this moment, America's highest economic need is higher ethical standards -- standards enforced by strict laws and upheld by responsible business leaders."
--George W. Bush, corporate responsibility speech - July 9, 2002

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Authority III

1st graffitiist: QUESTION AUTHORITY!
2nd graffitiist: Why?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Senior II

"This increase in the life span and the number of our senior citizens presents this Nation with increased opportunities: the opportunity to draw upon their skill and sagacity--and the opportunity to provide the respect and recognition they have earned.  It is not enough for a great nation merely to have added new years to life-- our objective must also be to add new life to those years."
--John F. Kennedy, Special Message to Congress 1963.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Earnings

"Earnings can be pliable as putty when a charlatan heads the company reporting them."
--Warren Buffett 1930-, American Investment Entrepreneur

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Ancestors

"My ancestors were Puritans from England. They arrived here in 1648 in the hope of finding greater restrictions than were permissible under English law at that time."
--Garrison Keillor (1942- )
American author, humorist, musician, and radio personality

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Indolent

"It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active.  The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt."
--John Philpot Curran:
Speech upon the Right of Election, 1790. (Speeches. Dublin, 1808)
as quoted in the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, NY, 1953, p 167
and also in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, Boston, 1968, p 479

Friday, April 11, 2014

Dinner II

"How can there be Peace, in the World, when there is violence at the dinner table?!"
--Donald Epstein, D.C.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Headless

"Patriotism is fierce as a fever, pitiless as the grave, blind as a stone and as irrational as a headless hen."
--Ambrose Bierce

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Madness II

"When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams -- this may be madness. To seek treasure where there is only trash. Too much sanity may be madness -- and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!"
--Miguel de Cervantes, "Man of La Mancha"

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Corporation

Corporation, n., An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility.
--Ambrose Bierce 1842-1914,
American columnist and writer of horror stories,
The Devil's Dictionary 1906

Monday, April 07, 2014

Forward

"The enemy aggressor is always pursuing a course of larceny, murder, rapine, and barbarism. We are always moving forward with high mission, a destiny imposed by the deity to regenerate our victims while incidentally capturing their markets, to civilize savage and senile and paranoid peoples while blundering accidentally into their oil wells or metal mines."
--John T. Flynn, As We Go Marching

Sunday, April 06, 2014

No

"God has no religion."
--Mahatma Gandhi.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Say II

"Democracy: In which you say what you like and do what you're told."
--Dave Barry

Friday, April 04, 2014

Perfect II

Don't wish for perfect health. In perfect health, there is greed and wanting. So an ancient said, " Make good medicine from the suffering of sickness."

Don't hope for life without problems. An easy life results in a judgmental and lazy mind. So an ancient once said, "Accept the anxieties and difficulties of this life".

Don't expect your practice to be clear of obstacles. Without hindrances the mind that seeks enlightenment may be burnt out. So an ancient once said, "Attain deliverance in disturbances".

--Zen Master Kyong Ho [1849-1912], in Thousand Peaks

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Rather

"Most people would rather die than think: many do."
--Bertrand Russell"

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Directly

"America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to decadence without the usual interval of civilization."
--Georges Clemenceau

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Ascribe

"Under the influence of politicians, masses of people tend to ascribe the responsibility for wars to those who wield power at any given time. In World War I it was the munitions industrialists; in World War II it was the psychopathic generals who were said to be guilty. This is passing the buck. The responsibility for war falls solely upon the shoulders of these same masses of people, for they have all the necessary means to avert war in their own hands. In part by their apathy, in part by their passivity, and in part actively, these masses of people make possible the catastrophes under which they themselves suffer more than anybody else. To stress this guilt on the part of masses of people, to hold them solely responsible, means to take them seriously. On the other hand, to commiserate masses of people as victims, means to treat them as small, helpless children. The former is the attitude held by genuine freedom-fighters; the latter the attitude held by the power-thirsty politicians."
--Wilhelm Reich:

Monday, March 31, 2014

Clear II

"I hear much of people's calling out to punish the guilty, but very few are concerned to clear the innocent."
--Daniel Defoe [Daniel Foe] (1660-1731)
English writer, famous pamphleteer, journalist and novelist,
wrote the novel Robinson Crusoe
Source: An Appeal to Honor and Justice, 1715

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Flock

"In your reaction to an imagined attack on your country or an insult to its government, you draw closer to the herd for protection, you conform in word and deed, and you insist vehemently that everybody else shall think, speak, and act together. And you fix your adoring gaze upon the State, with a truly filial look, as upon the Father of the flock."
--Randolph Bourne, The State

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Angels

"Women are Angels
And when someone breaks our wings....
We simply continue to fly.........on a broomstick...
We are flexible like that."

--Author Unknown

Friday, March 28, 2014

Core II

"The core issue facing the American people is this: Have the guardians become the terrorists?"
--Jacob G. Hornberger
American author, journalist, politician, founder and president of the Future of Freedom Foundation Source: Terrorism--Public and Private, The Tyrrany of Gun Control, 77 (Future of Freedom Foundation 1997).

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Tell II

. . . And holding out his shoe, asked them whether it was not new and well made.  "Yet," added he, "none of you can tell where it pinches me."
--Plutarch, Lives (vol. II, Life of Aemilius Paulus)~

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Berserk

"If you want to win anything-a race, your self, your life-you have to go a little berserk."
--George Sheehan

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Fallible

To vest a few fallible men -- prosecutors, judges, jurors -- with vast powers of literary or artistic censorship, to convert them into what J.S. Mill called the "moral police" is to make them despotic arbiters of literary products... If one day they ban mediocre books as obscene, another day they may do otherwise to a work of a genius. Originality, not too plentiful, should be cherished, not stifled. An author's imagination may be cramped if he must write with an eye on prosecutors or juries…
--Jerome D. Frank (1889-1957)
Source: US v. Roth (US 2nd Circuit Court Of Appeals, 1956) (Concurring Opinion)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Permission

"We are fast approaching the stage of ultimate inversion: the stage where government is free to do as it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission."
--Ayn Rand

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Reason IV

If Not For You

I would've died that day if not for you.
I would've given up on life if not for your kind eyes.
I would've used my teeth in fear if not for your gentle hands.
I would have left this life believing that all humans don't care

Believing there is no such thing as fur that isn't matted,
skin that isn't flea bitten, good food and enough of it,
beds to sleep on, someone to love me,
to show me I deserve love just because I exist.

Your kind eyes, your loving smile, your gentle hands
Your big heart saved me...
You saved me from the terror of the pound,
Soothing away the memories of my old life.

You have taught me what it means to be loved.
I have seen you do the same for other dogs like me.
I have heard you ask yourself in times of despair
Why you do it-

When there is no more money, no more room, no more homes
You open your heart a little bigger,
stretch the money a little tighter
Make just a little more room...to save one more like me.

I tell you with the gratitude and love that shines in my eyes
In the best way I know how
Reminding you why you go on trying.
I am the reason

The dogs before me are the reason
As are the ones who come after.
Our lives would've been wasted, our love never given
We would die if not for you.


--Author Unknown