Mar. 9th, 2017 06:18 pm
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I can’t believe Trump called Obama “sick.” That’s like Stalin accusing Mother Teresa of crimes against humanity.
          -John Leguizamo
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Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.           -Benjamin Franklin, statesman, author, and inventor_1706-1790
Once or twice in every generation a line is crossed so egregiously that where you stood on the issue will forever define you. -Kara Vallow, artist (b. 1967)

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I snagged these two quote-y-quotes from [ profile] grrm
And I quote him, his words not mine
The late great Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said, "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." So make no mistake, when Kellyanne Conway talks about "alternative facts," what she means is lies.

Here's another quote for you: "“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it." That one is from Josef Goebbels. Keep him in mind when you hear the big lies repeated ad nauseum.
And I Unquote him

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Man do we, and by we I do mean Democrats, have a lot to learn from this quote.
A poor idea well written is more likely to be accepted than a good idea poorly written
          -Isaac Asimov, scientist and writer_1920-1992

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We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty…We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason.
          – Edward R. Murrow

From: The Daily Beast
This is on us, not just journalists but all citizens who are committed to putting patriotism ahead of partisanship. This is our Murrow moment. “We can deny our heritage and our history,” Ed Murrow warned, “but we cannot escape responsibility for the result.”

Murrow famously risked his career to confront a popular and powerful conservative populist demagogue, Senator Joe McCarthy. He secured his legacy through a commitment to independence and integrity.

McCarthy used lies and innuendo to intimidate critics, famously parading a fake list of communists in the State Department, accusing a Democratic administration of participating in a vast conspiracy to subvert our sovereignty and falsely declaring that the ACLU a communist front group. In an ironic bit of symmetry, among his aides was a young true believer named Roy Cohn, who would later become attorney for both mob bosses and Donald Trump. It was from Cohn that Trump learned to never apologize, always attack.

If you don't know about, or much about, Edward R. Murrow then let the
Good Night, and Good Luck, directed by George Clooney,
be your introduction. Excellent film with David Strathairn givng a stellar performance.

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For the past couple of years, I've begun the new year posting this quote from Neil Gaimon which, obviously, I particularly love.

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art - write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.
          _Neil Gaiman

Charlie & Snoopy Practice Gratitude, Learn To Say Thank You
From YouTube:
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others
         - Marcus Tullius Cicero
As YouTube puts it Shots of Awe host...'Jason Silva...freestyles complex systems of society, technology and human existence and discusses the truth and beauty of science in a form of existential jazz'
          Most of his vids work for me, some few don't.This one in particular, seems a great message for the beginning of the new year.

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...and finding them still completely relavent, I thought I'd post them to end off this year!

It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends
          -J.K. Rowling, author_b. 1965

Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
          -Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate_1872-1970

All I ask is this: Do something. Try something. Speaking out, showing up, writing a letter, a check, a strongly worded e-mail. Pick a cause -- there are few unworthy ones. And nudge yourself past the brink of tacit support to action. Once a month, once a year, or just once.
          -Joss Whedon, writer and film director_b. 1964

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This first quote speaks well to my participation in mission101, for me a project organizer without which many of the projects I have accomplished never would have been completed.

Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun.
Christina Rossetti_Poet_1830-1894


The question is whether or not you choose to disturb the world around you, or if you choose to let it go on as if you had never arrived.
Ann Patchett_Writer_1963 to current

At the moment, and into the forseeble future, I choose to disturb the world around me, not to just let it go on by as if I wasn't even here.
     The Trump effect cannot be allowed to represent who we are as Americans and the only way to mitigate its effect is for us to fight back. We accept the ugliness Trump's movement represents as the new normal and we are as much a part of the problem as those committing acts of hate in Trump's name.

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    Racism tends to attract attention when it's flagrant and filled with invective. But like all bigotry, the most potent component of racism is frame-flipping -- positioning the bigot as the actual victim. So the gay do not simply want to marry; they want to convert our children into sin. The Jews do not merely want to be left in peace; they actually are plotting world take-over. And the blacks are not actually victims of American power, but beneficiaries of the war against hard-working whites. This is a respectable, more sensible bigotry, one that does not seek to name-call, preferring instead change the subject and straw man.
            Ta-Nehisi Coates, writer and journalist

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The higher up you go, the more mistakes you are allowed. Right at the top, if you make enough of them, it's considered to be your style.
Fred Astaire, dancer, actor, singer, musician, and choreographer
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pratchett.jpg If you don't turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else's story.
          -Terry Pratchett, novelist (28 Apr 1948-2015)
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  Shelved rows of books warm and brighten the starkest room, and scattered single volumes reveal mental processes in progress -- books in the act of consumption, abandoned but readily resumable, tomorrow or next year
           -John Updike, writer (18 Mar 1932-2009)

I think this goes along nicely with the post I just made with the Obamas reading Where the Wild Things Are :) Enjoy!

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Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

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We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
     -E. M. Forster, novelist (1 Jan 1879-1970)

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...and, after rereading it, I decided that I wanted to do the same again for 2016 so much does
Mr. Gaiman's sentiments resonate with me :)

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art - write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.
         _Neil Gaiman

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Simple, to the point, and right.

'Men build too many walls and not enough bridges'.
          -Isaac Newton, physicist, mathematician, and philosopher (25 Dec 1642-1727)

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We have probed the earth, excavated it, burned it, ripped things from it, buried things in it, chopped down its forests, leveled its hills, muddied its waters, and dirtied its air. That does not fit my definition of a good tenant. If we were here on a month-to-month basis, we would have been evicted long ago.
               -Rose Bird, Chief Justice of California Supreme Court (2 Nov 1936-1999)
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Some books are meant to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested;  That is, some books are to be read only in parts; Others to be read, but not curiously; And some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.
          — Francis Bacon

So, what one (or two or three) book(s) did you find that had 'to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.'
For me, one would be American Gods by Neil Gamon, another 11/22/63 by Stephen King, and finally At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O'Neill.

I look forward to hear your choices :)
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Quote of the day from Wordsmith

A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking
          Jerry Seinfeld, comedian_Born 29 Apr 1954

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And one of my favorite writers at that!
220px-Gaiman,_Neil_(2007)     May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art - write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.
         _Neil Gaiman

Nicely said, Mr. Gaiman. Very nicely said :)



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