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December 19, 2004

The Face of Evil

"The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don't alter their view to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views which can be uncomfortable if you're one of those facts."— Dr. Who - Face of Evil...

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December 13, 2004

They Are Always Blind

One of the biggest changes in politics in my lifetime is that the delusional is no longer marginal. It has come in from the fringe, to sit in the seat of power in the Oval Office and in Congress. For the first time in our history, ideology and theology hold a monopoly of power in Washington. Theology asserts propositions that cannot be proven true; ideologues hold stoutly to a world view despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality. When ideology and theology couple, their offspring are not always bad but they are always blind. And there is the danger: voters and politicians alike, oblivious to the facts.— Bill Moyers Battlefield Earth...

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December 6, 2004

Quote of the Day

Colonoscopy: It's sort of like jury duty for your butt &mdash James Wolcott...

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November 16, 2004

Selfishness

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." —John Kenneth Galbraith...

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November 9, 2004

A Glorious Day

"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron." - H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)...

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November 5, 2004

Generosity

"Stop thinking this is all there is. Realize that for every ongoing war and religious outrage and environmental devastation and bogus Iraqi attack plan, there are a thousand counter-balancing acts of staggering generosity and humanity and art and beauty happening all over the world, right now, on a breathtaking scale, from flower-box to cathedral. Resist the tempation to drown in fatalism, to shake your head and sigh and just throw in the karmic towel. Realize that this is the perfect moment to change the energy of the world, to step right up and crank your personal volume; right when it all seems dark and bitter and offensive and acrimonious and conflicted and bilious, there's your opening. Remember magic. And, finally, believe you are part of a ground swell, a resistance, a seemingly small but actually very, very large impending karmic overhaul, a great shift, the beginning of something important and potent and unstoppable."—Mark Morford, columnist for the San Francisco Gate Thanks Jim...

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October 10, 2004

Just A Reminder

"People who claim they support free speech but try to destroy people whose speech they disagree with are liars. When confronted with speech we disagree with, we are entitled only to exercise our own free speech and say, "I disagree." But if we attempt to punish the people with whom we disagree, we are revealing ourselves as fascist bullies. Trying to silence someone with whom you disagree is not respecting free speech. It is the act of a totalitarian who fears above all an open and honest debate... There is no free speech when people have to sacrifice their careers in order to utter an honest opinion." — Charlie Reese, Journalist...

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August 10, 2004

Vanity

"Bush has one of the emptiest faces in America. He looks to have no more depth than spit on a rock. It could be that the most incisive personal crime committed by George Bush is that he probably never said to himself, �I don�t deserve to be president.� You just can�t trust a man who�s never been embarrassed by himself. The vanity of George W. stands out with every smirk. He literally cannot control that vanity. It seeps out of every movement of his lips, it squeezes through every tight-lipped grimace. Every grin is a study in smugsmanship."—Norman Mailer...

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July 18, 2004

Censorship

"Fuck the censors. They're prepostreous; an imposition on society. Who the hell do they think they are telling me what I can read or see? Who are these people who are allowed to watch all this? What do you do with them at the end? Lock them up in an insane asylum? Put them in prison because they've become a danger to society or to themselves? Or should we give them compensation for exposing themselves to images, like we do to people who get exposed to radiation?" ��� - Roman POLANSKI - Index on Censorship - Polish-American film director and screenwriter (1933-)...

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July 11, 2004

The Unfortunate Man

"Live among the mentally afflicted and ask yourself whether their eloquent moaning and complaining, their displaying misfortune, does not fundamentally have the object of hurting those who are with them: the pity which these then express is a consolation for the weak and suffering, inasmuch as it shows them that all their weakness notwithstanding, they possess at any rate one power: the power to hurt. In this feeling of superiority of which the manifestation of pity makes him conscious, the unfortunate man gains a sort of pleasure; in the conceit of his imagination he is still of sufficient importance to cause affliction in the world." -Nietzsche...

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July 1, 2004

Where Is It Written

"Where is it written that if you don�t like religion you are somehow disqualified from being a legitimate American?� What was Mark Twain, a Russian?� When did it become un-American to have opinions about the origin and meaning of the universe that come from sources other than the body of dogma of organizations approved by the federal government as certifiably Judeo-Christian?� Is it American to believe that God ordered Tribe X to abjure port, or that he caused Leader Y to be born to a virgin, why is it suddenly un-American to doubt the prime mover of this unimaginably vast universe of quintillions of solar systems would likely be obsessed with questions involving the dietary and biosexual behavior of a few thousand bipeds inhabiting a small part of a speck of dust orbiting a third-rate star in an obscure spiral arm of one of millions of more or less identical galaxies?" —Hendrik Hertzberg via Eric Alterman's Altercation in a piece called Pot Calling the Kettle Atheist well worth the read....

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June 15, 2004

Goethe

"No one is more a slave than the one who thinks he is free without being free." — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe...

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June 8, 2004

Not Theology

"Politics is not religion and we should govern on the basis of evidence, not theology"— Bill Clinton...

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Lessons of History

"We must never forget that without a compass, without remaining faithful to the lessons of history, there can be no future. We have also a duty of vigilance, also a duty to fight ruthlessly all these upsurges and seedbeds of hatred that feed on ignorance on obscurantism and on intolerance. And we have a duty of remaining faithful to our values so that our generation may build and pass on to our children a world of progress and freedom, as is indeed their birthright -- to build that society which bears the hallmark of respect and dialogue, of tolerance and solidarity that was the very quintessence of the struggle we are commemorating today, to keep alive for all time the spirit of hope."— Jacque Chirac June 6, 2004...

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Cowardice and Corruption

Moral cowardice and intellectual corruption are the natural concomitants of unchallenged privilege. ��� - Noam Chomsky...

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June 4, 2004

Books

The possession of a book becomes a substitute for reading it. -- Anthony Burgess...

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April 26, 2004

The Episode Dubya Missed

"Conquest is easy. Control is not." ��� - James T. Kirk - Episode 39...

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April 25, 2004

Liberty

"In America the majority raises formidable barriers around the liberty of opinion; within these barriers an author may write what he pleases, but woe to him if he goes beyond them." ��� - Alexis de TOCQUEVILLE ~ French politician and writer (1805-1859)...

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April 11, 2004

What Is A War Criminal?

What kind of victory is it when someone is left defeated? What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy. What is a war criminal? Was not war itself a crime against God and humanity, and, therefore, were not all those who sanctioned, engineered and conducted wars, war criminals? The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Non-cooperation with evil is a sacred duty. ���— Mahatma Ghandi...

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April 5, 2004

Alone

There is a place where we are always alone with our own mortality, where we must simply have something greater than ourselves to hold onto — God or history or politics or literature or a belief in the healing power of love, or even righteous anger. Sometimes I think they are all the same. A reason to believe, a way to take the world by the throat and insist that there is more to this life than we have ever imagined. — Dorothy Allison...

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March 1, 2004

You're A Writer

"All good books have one thing in common - they are truer than if they had really happened, and after you've read on of them you feel that all that happened, happened to you and that belongs to you forever: the happiness and unhappiness, good and evil, ecstasy and sorrow, the food, the wine, beds, people and the weather. If you can give that to readers then you're a writer"—Ernest Hemmingway...

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February 25, 2004

Dumb And Dumber

There's a fine line between dumb and dumber. It's the same line that separates Dub's upper lip from his lower lip....

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February 17, 2004

The Important Thing

"It is peculiar to the nature of Man, to be inquisitive into the causes of the events they see, some more, some less; but all men to much, as to be curious in the serch of the causes of their own good and evil fortune." —Thomas Hobbes "The important thing is to not stop questioning."—Albert Einstein...

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February 16, 2004

Attitudes

"The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes."—William James...

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February 12, 2004

Raskolnikov

"We say outright: these are madmen, yet these madmen have their own logic, their teaching, their code, their God even, and it's as deepset as it could be." —Dostoevsky...

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February 8, 2004

John Steinbeck

"The ancient commission of the writer has not changed. He is charged with exposing our many grievous faults and failures, with dredging up to the light our dark and dangerous dreams for the purpose of improvement." —John Steinbeck, Nobel Prize acceptance speech, 1962...

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January 25, 2004

An In-house Quarrel

"Let's look this thing in the eye once and for all. To applaud the US Army's capture of Saddam Hussein, and therefore in retrospect justify its invasion and occupation of Iraq, is like deifying Jack the Ripper for disemboweling the Boston Strangler. And that after a quarter-century partnership in which the Ripping and Strangling was a joint enterprise. It's an in-house quarrel. They're business partners who fell out over a dirty deal. Jack's the CEO."&mdash Arundhati Roy more...

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January 12, 2004

Having

"The more we allow ourselves to be the servants of having, the more we shall let ourselves fall prey to the gnawing anxiety which having involves."&mdash Gabrial Marcel...

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