Saturday, May 19, 2018

Invitation

"I accepted an invitation to talk to the women's branch of the Ku Klux Klan... I was escorted to the platform, was introduced, and began to speak...In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered."
--Margaret Sanger,
"An Autobiography" (1936)

Friday, May 18, 2018

Defense II

They call me "a teacher, a fomenter of violence." I would say point blank, "That is a lie. I'm not for wanton violence, I'm for justice." I feel that if white people were attacked by Negroes — if the forces of law prove unable, or inadequate, or reluctant to protect those whites from those Negroes — then those white people should protect and defend themselves from those Negroes, using arms if necessary. And I feel that when the law fails to protect Negroes from whites' attacks, then those Negroes should use arms if necessary to defend themselves. "Malcolm X advocates armed Negroes!" What was wrong with that? I'll tell you what's wrong. I was a black man talking about physical defense against the white man. The white man can lynch and burn and bomb and beat Negroes — that's all right: "Have patience"..."The customs are entrenched"..."Things will get better."
--Malcolm X,
"The Autobiography of Malcolm X" (1965)

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Proles

"But the proles, if only they could somehow become conscious of their own strength, would have no need to conspire. They needed only to rise up and shake themselves like a horse shaking off flies. If they chose they could blow the Party to pieces tomorrow morning. Surely sooner or later it must occur to them to do it? And yet --!"
--George Orwell

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Strangest

"This is the strangest life I've ever known."
--Jim Morrison,
"Waiting for the Sun"

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Gladiatorial

The demolition derby is, pure and simple, a form of gladiatorial combat for our times.
--Tom Wolfe
(March 2, 1931 - May 14, 2018)
"Clean Fun at Riverhead"

Monday, May 14, 2018

Respectable II

"If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable."
--Louis D. Brandeis

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Ecclesiastical

"For most people reform meant relief from ecclesiastical extortions."
--Barbara Tuchman
"A Distant Mirror" (1978)

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Honourable

"The only politician ever to have entered parliament with honourable intentions, was Guy Fawkes."
--Terry Deary

Friday, May 11, 2018

Poke

"There's something that doesn't make sense. Let's go and poke it with a stick."
--Steven Moffat

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Culture III

"Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on 'I am not too sure.' "
--H. L. Mencken
(1880-1956)

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Valued

"[The founding fathers] conferred, as against the Government,
the right to be left alone -- the right most valued by civilized men."
--Justice Louis D. Brandeis
(1856-1941) US Supreme Court Justice
1928

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Wishes

"It is an approved maxim in war, never to do what the enemy wishes you to do, for this reason alone, that he desires it."
--Napoleon Bonaparte
(1769-1821)

Deadlines

"I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by."
--Douglas Adams,
"The Salmon of Doubt"

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Fallacy II

"The illusion of Sin and Guilt, the madness of our species, is the act of cursing the world under the misapprehension that one is cursing only one part of it. To curse the fig tree, as in the funniest and most misunderstood parable of Jesus, is to curse the soil in which it grew, the seed, the rains, the sun; the whole world, eventually — because no part is truly separate from the whole. The fallacy is that one can judge the part in isolation from the whole is 'the Lie that all men believe.'"
--Robert Anton Wilson,
"The Historical Illuminatus" as spoken by Sigismundo Celine

Aggregation

"We all do no end of feeling, and we mistake it for thinking. And out of it we get an aggregation which we consider a boon. Its name is public opinion. It is held in reverence. Some think it the voice of God."
--Mark Twain,
"Corn-Pone Opinions" (1925)

Friday, May 04, 2018

Sake

"Man exists for his own sake
and not to add a laborer to the State."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
(1803-1882)
Source: Journal, 1839

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Happier

"So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?"
--Hunter S. Thompson

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Insult

"I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said."
--William F. Buckley Jr.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Here II

"I'm here to change the world, and if I am not, I am probably wasting my time."
--Utah Phillips

Monday, April 30, 2018

Unique II

"Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else"
--Steven Wright

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Negates

"The human mind has a primitive ego defense mechanism that negates all realities that produce too much stress for the brain to handle. It’s called Denial."
--Dan Brown ,
"Inferno" (Robert Langdon, #4)

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Amiss

Something is amiss.

When children shoot up other children in school, it's a national tragedy, and a week of mourning.

When grown men are killing unarmed young, yes unarmed young, it bespeaks the leagues of fear residing in these men's hearts; that they've created a world in which they themselves have become useless.

Then it makes front page, and it becomes business as usual.

Something is amiss here.

If adults don't truly grow up, then their young may never get the chance.

--Justin K. McFarlane Beau

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RIP Alfie Evans, - May 9, 2016 - April 28, 2018

TLC

Friday, April 27, 2018

Tolerance III

"Evil preaches tolerance until it is dominant, then it tries to silence good."
--Archbishop Charles J. Chaput

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Suits

"We seldom stop to think that we are still creatures of the sea, able to leave it only because, from birth to death, we wear the water-filled space suits of our skins."
--Arthur C. Clarke,
"Space and the Spirit of Man" (1965)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Powerless

"But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain - that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist."
--Lysander Spooner

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Pygmies

"The rules when the giants play are the same as when the pygmies enter the market."
--William O. Douglas,
Dissenting, Scherk v. Alberto-Culver Co., 417 U.S. 506, 526 (1974)

Monday, April 23, 2018

Experiments

"Why are scientists now using lawyers in laboratory experiments instead of rats? Three reasons: (1) lawyers are more plentiful than rats, (2) there is no danger the scientists will become attached to the lawyers, and (3) there are some things rats just won't do."
--Gerry Spence

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Tremble

"For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can't readily accept the God formula, the big answers don't remain stonewritten. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command or faith a dictum. I am my own God. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us."
--Charles Bukowski,
"The Meaning of Life: The Big Picture", Life Magazine (December 1988)

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Windy

"All the windy ways of men
Are but dust that rises up,
And is lightly laid again."
--Alfred Tennyson,
"The Vision of Sin" (1842)

Friday, April 20, 2018

Disregarding

"I wonder if being sane means disregarding the chaos that is life, pretending only an infinitesimal segment of it is reality."
--Rabih Alameddine,
"Koolaids: The Art of War"

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Charter

"...there is no provision in the Charter itself that contemplates ending war. It is true the Charter provides for force to bring peace, but such use of force is itself war... The Charter is a war document not a peace document... Not only does the Charter Organization not prevent future wars, but it makes it practically certain that we shall have future wars, and as to such wars it takes from us the power to declare them, to choose the side on which we shall fight, to determine what forces and military equipment we shall use in the war, and to control and command our sons who do the fighting."
--J. Reuben Clark, Jr.
One-time U.S. Under-secretary of State, and Ambassador to Mexico
Source: Regarding the U.N. Charter, September 20th, 1945

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Scary

"Almost everyone I've talked to says, ‘We’re going to move to Houston.’ What I’m hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality.

And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this, this is working very well for them."

--Barbara Bush, September 5, 2005
Interview following a visit to the Astrodome where Hurricane Katrina refugees were being kept

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"Why should we hear about body bags and deaths? It’s not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?"

--Barbara Bush,
Interview, Good Morning America, March 18, 2003

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Subsidy

"Today, the people who would use guns to violate rights have little trouble getting them, while those who would use them to defend their rights have increasing trouble getting them. ... Gun control is in effect a subsidy for criminals."
--Sheldon Richman
V.P. of Future of Freedom Foundation, author
Source: The Right to Life Equals the Right to Possess Firearms, The Tyranny of Gun Control, 41 (Future of Freedom Foundation 1997).