Friday, January 18, 2019

Continuous

"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle."
--Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Bootstraps

"It’s all right to tell a man to lift himself by his own bootstraps, but it is cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps."
--Martin Luther King Jr.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Nose

"Morality is the best of all devices for leading mankind by the nose."
--Friedrich Nietzsche

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Casualty

"As many as six out of ten American adults have never read a book of any kind, and the bulletins from the nation’s educational frontiers read like the casualty reports from a lost war."
--Lewis Lapham,
"Gag Rule: On the Suppression of Dissent and the Stifling of Democracy"

Monday, January 14, 2019

Wish II

"As a medical doctor, it is my duty to evaluate the situation with as much data as I can gather and as much expertise as I have and as much experience as I have to determine whether or not the wish of the patient is medically justified."
--Jack Kevorkian,
Quoted in "Years of Minutes" Andy Rooney (2f004)

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Measure V

"You measure democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists."
--Abbie Hoffman

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Cannibalism

"If he became convinced tomorrow that coming out for cannibalism would get him the votes he needs so sorely, he would begin fattening a missionary in the White House yard come Wednesday."
--H.L. Mencken,
The American Mercury (March 1936) - referring to Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Friday, January 11, 2019

Recall

"And recall, it was the FDA that approved Vioxx, which led to more than sixty thousand deaths."
--Jim Marrs,
"Population Control: How Corporate Owners Are Killing Us"

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Involved

Luke: Alderaan? I'm not going to Alderaan. I've got to go home. It's late, I'm in for it as it is.
   
Obi-Wan: I need your help, Luke. She needs your help. I'm getting too old for this sort of thing.
   
Luke: Listen, I can't get involved! I've got work to do! It's not that I like the Empire, I hate it, but there's nothing I can do about it right now. It's such a long way from here.

--"Star Wars"
(First Movie)

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Armies II

"To California or any place--every one a drum major leading a parade of hurts, marching with our bitterness. And some day--the armies of bitterness will all be going the same way. And they'll all walk together, and there'll be a dead terror from it."
--John Steinbeck,
"The Grapes Of Wrath"

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Mythology II

"Property taxes' rank right up there with 'income taxes' in terms of immorality and destructiveness. Where 'income taxes' are simply slavery using different words, 'property taxes' are just a Mafia turf racket using different words. For the former, if you earn a living on the gang's turf, they extort you. For the latter, if you own property in their territory, they extort you. The fact that most people still imagine both to be legitimate and acceptable shows just how powerful authoritarian indoctrination is. Meanwhile, even a brief objective examination of the concepts should make anyone see the lunacy of it. 'Wait, so every time I produce anything or trade with anyone, I have to give a cut to the local crime lord??' 'Wait, so I have to keep paying every year, for the privilege of keeping the property I already finished paying for??' And not only do most people not make such obvious observations, but if they hear someone else pointing out such things, the well-trained Stockholm Syndrome slaves usually make arguments condoning their own victimization. Thus is the power of the mind control that comes from repeated exposure to BS political mythology and propaganda."
--Larken Rose

Monday, January 07, 2019

Crushed

"Limiting the power of government, in order to liberate the individual, was the great American revolutionary insight. Too much cooperation, avoiding conflict from ordinary people, these things aren’t acceptable in America although they may suit China, Indonesia, Britain, or Germany just fine. In America the absence of conflict is a sign of  regression toward a global mean, hardly progress by our lights if you’ve seen much of the governance of the rest of the world where common people are crushed like annoying insects if they argue."
--John Taylor Gatto,
"The Underground History of American Education: An Intimate Investigation Into the Prison of Modern Schooling"

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Sentiments

"This disposition to admire, and almost to worship, the rich and powerful, and to despise or, at least, neglect persons of poor and mean conditions, though necessary both to establish and to maintain the distinction of ranks and the order of society, is, at the same time, the great and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments."
--Adam Smith,
"The Theory of Moral Sentiments" (1759)

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Strenuous II

"In these strenuous times, we are likely to become morbid and look constantly on the dark side of life, and spend entirely too much time considering and brooding over what we can't do, rather than what we can do, and instead of growing morose and despondent over opportunities either real or imaginary that are shut from us, let us rejoice at the many unexplored fields in which there is unlimited fame and fortune to the successful explorer and upon which there is no color line; simply the survival of the fittest."
--George Washington Carver

Friday, January 04, 2019

Delicious

I may be vile and pernicious
But you can't look away
I make you think I'm delicious
With the stuff that I say
I'm the best you can get
Have you guessed me yet?
I'm the slime oozin' out
From your TV set.

--Frank Zappa,
 "I'm the Slime"

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Shadows IV

"...nearly all men are afraid, and they don’t even know what causes their fear--shadows, perplexities, dangers without names or numbers, fear of a faceless death. But if you can bring yourself to face not shadows but real death, then you need never be afraid again, at least not in the same way you were before. Then you will be a man set apart from other men, safe where other men may cry in terror. This is the great reward."
--John Steinbeck,
"East Of Eden"

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Two-Bit

"How anybody expects a man to stay in business with every two-bit wowser in the country claiming a veto over what we can say and can't say and what we can show and what we can't show--it's enough to make you throw up. The whole principle is wrong; it's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't eat steak"
--Robert A. Heinlein

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Imagination IV

"I have found that--just as in real life--imagination sometimes has to stand in for experience."
--Steve Martin,
"An Object Of Beauty"

Monday, December 31, 2018

Movie

"Everybody, everybody everywhere, has his own movie going, his own scenario, and everybody is acting his movie out like mad, only most people don’t know that is what they’re trapped by, their little script."
--Tom Wolfe,
"The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test"

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Memory II

"One day, you’ll be just a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one."
--Author Unknown

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Lost III

"I am free and that is why I am lost."
--Franz Kafka

Friday, December 28, 2018

Rainbow

I chased a rainbow
I caught up with it
It was filled with people
I stepped into the rainbow
I asked them "what are you doing"
They said
"Looking for the rainbow."

--Robert Blake, "Black Rainbow"

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Arena

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
--Theodore Roosevelt,
"Citizenship In A Republic" speech, April 23, 1910

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Views II

"Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views."
--William F. Buckley Jr.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Reign

"Should the church be trying to erect a spiritual reign of terror over people by threatening earthly and eternal punishment on its own authority and commanding everything a person must believe and do to be saved? Should the church's word bring new tyranny and violent abuse to human souls? It may be that some people yearn for such servitude. But could the church ever serve such a longing?
  
When holy scripture speaks of following Jesus, it proclaims that people are free from all human rules, from everything which presumes, burdens, or causes worry and torment of conscience. In following Jesus, people are released from the hard yoke of their own laws to be under the gentle yoke of Jesus Christ. Jesus' commandment never wishes to destroy life, but rather to preserve, strengthen, and heal life."

--Dietrich Bonhoeffer,
Discipleship (1937)
"Preface", as translated by Barbara Green and Reihhard Krauss (2001).

Monday, December 24, 2018

Prophetic II

Huey: (narrating) I am not a prophet, but sometimes I have prophetic dreams, like the one where I was at a garden party.
   
Huey: Excuse me. Everyone, I have a brief announcement to make. Jesus was black, Ronald Reagan was the Devil, and the government is lying about 9/11. Thank you for your time and good night.
  
(The people suddenly erupt into a riot. Huey wakes up, and is immediately smacked by Granddad.)
   
Granddad: Mmm-hmm! You were havin' that dream where you made the white people riot, weren't you?
   
Huey: But I was telling the truth!
  
Granddad: How many times have I told you, you better not even dream about tellin' white folk the truth! You understand me? (walks away) Shoot! Makin' White people riot! You better learn how to lie like me! I'm gonna find me a white man and lie to him right now!

--"Boondocks", episode "The Garden Party" by Aaron McGruder

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Awe

"Every time I went to a family gathering, I was the boy who made it. I was a Professor at Harvard and everybody stood around in awe and listened to my every word, and all I felt was that horror that I knew inside that I didn't know. Of course, it was all such beautiful, gentle horror, because there was so much reward involved."
--Ram Dass

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Something IV

"Well, then, arrest him. You can accuse him of something or other afterward."
--Issac Asimov,
"Foundation" (1951)

Friday, December 21, 2018

Noncooperation

"I became convinced that noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good."
--Martin Luther King Jr.,
"The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr."

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Lose

"Some lose all mind and become soul, insane.
some lose all soul and become mind, intellectual.
some lose both and become accepted"
--Charles Bukowski

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Tools II

"When we talk about justice in America we're really talking about justice brought about by the people, not by judges who are tools of the establishment or prosecutors who are are equally tools of the establishment or the wardens or the police officers."
--William Kunstler