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Published Wednesday, May 25, 2016 @ 8:32 PM EDT
May 25 2016

On May 25, 1925, John T. Scopes was indicted in Tennessee for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution.

Thank heavens all that foolishness is behind us now.


I wake up the morning, I am severely optimistic, more than anybody could imagine. I believe that today is going to be the day America figures it all out. I'm convinced of it. We've made every mistake humanly possible, haven't we? So today, just by accident, we might stumble onto the answer. And then I pick up the paper and go, 'Son of a bitch!'
-Lewis Black


Donald Trump is now ahead of Hillary Clinton in the polls. This was reported today in the Washington Post and 2,000 years ago in the Book of Revelations.
-Conan O'Brien

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Published Tuesday, May 24, 2016 @ 2:16 PM EDT
May 24 2016

This butterfly is a bilateral gynandromorph: literally half male, half female. My nominee for North Carolina's state insect.

Categories: North Carolina; Politics

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Quotes of the day: Drew Carey

Published Monday, May 23, 2016 @ 4:17 AM EDT
May 23 2016

Andrew Allison "Drew" Carey (born May 23, 1958) is an American actor, comedian, sports executive, and game show host. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and making a name for himself in stand-up comedy, Carey eventually gained popularity starring in his own sitcom, The Drew Carey Show, and serving as host of the U.S. version of the improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, both of which aired on ABC.

Carey has appeared in several films, television series, music videos, a made-for-television film, and a computer game. He has hosted the game show The Price Is Right since 2007 on CBS. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


I have a position of indirect respect and oblique power.

I like to think of my house as nothing more than a glorified console for my television; the ultimate stereo cabinet.

I think that if anyone bothered to take a survey, they would find a sharp decline in atheism during the winters in Cleveland, Ohio.

I wish I could end every rap song I didn't like with a buzzer.

I'm not a good lover, but at least I'm fast.

If frogs could fly... well, we'd still be in this mess, but wouldn't it be neat?

It isn't premarital sex if you have no intention of getting married.

Know what I do when I watch the news now? I turn it off, I get out my bible, I turn to the book of Revelations and just start checking stuff off.

Libertarians are conservatives who still get high.

The difference between Las Vegas and Atlantic City is the difference between getting conned by a beautiful call girl and getting mugged by a crack head.

The only way I'd need a pain reliever to enjoy sex is if all of my fantasies came true at the same time.

There is no such thing as too much fun. People need to know it is okay to tell jokes and be happy.

Vegas is everything that's right with America. You can do whatever you want, 24 hours a day. They've effectively legalized everything there.

You say tomato, I say bourbon and coke.


(May 23 is also the birthday of Margaret Fuller.)

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Published Sunday, May 22, 2016 @ 3:21 PM EDT
May 22 2016

A country that demands moral perfection in its foreign policy will achieve neither perfection nor security.
-Henry Kissinger

Americans used to roar like lions for liberty. Now we bleat like sheep for security.
-Norman Vincent Peale

Decency, security, and liberty alike demand that government officials shall be subjected to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen.
-Louis Brandeis

Distrust and caution are the parents of security.
-Benjamin Franklin

Earthly possessions dazzle our eyes and delude us into thinking that they can provide security and freedom from anxiety. Yet all the time they are the very source of all anxiety.
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Even in the common affairs of life, in love, friendship, and marriage, how little security have we when we trust our happiness in the hands of others!
-William Hazlitt

I believe that in our constant search for security we can never gain any peace of mind until we are secure in our own soul.
-Margaret Chase Smith

I used to think that one of the great signs of security was the ability to just walk away.
-Jack Nicholson

If your heart is full of fear, you won't seek truth; you'll seek security.
-William Sloane Coffin, Jr.

In matters of national security emotion is no substitute for intelligence, nor rigidity for prudence. To act coolly, intelligently and prudently in perilous circumstances is the test of a man- and also a nation.
-Adlai E. Stevenson II

It is inevitable, that eventually the people will demand absolute security from the state... And absolute security is absolute slavery.
-Taylor Caldwell

It is my experience that most claims of national security are part of a campaign to avoid telling the truth.
-Ben Bradlee

Most people want security in this world, not liberty.
-H.L. Mencken

No one can build his security upon the nobleness of another person.
-Willa Cather

Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Only the insecure strive for security.
-Wayne Dyer

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
-Helen Keller

Security is when everything is settled. When nothing can happen to you. Security is the denial of life.
-Germaine Greer

The confidence and security of a people can be measured by their attitude toward laxatives.
-Florence King

The key to security is public information.
-Margaret Chase Smith

The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.
-John Dalberg-Acton

The only real security is not in owning or possessing, not in demanding or expecting, not in hoping, even. Security in a relationship lies neither in looking back to what it was, nor forward to what it might be, but living in the present and accepting it as it is now.
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The spiritualist and the politician are magicians, one offering diversion, the other security, in exchange for a suspension of common sense.
-David Mamet

The system, though it may not be perfect in every part, is, upon the whole, a good one; is the best that the present views and circumstances of the country will permit; and is such an one as promises every species of security which a reasonable people can desire.
-Alexander Hamilton

The thirst for liberty does not seem to be natural to man. Most people want security in this world, not liberty. Liberty puts them on their own, and so exposes them to the natural consequences of their congenital stupidity and incompetence.
-H.L. Mencken

The word 'security' is a broad, vague generality whose contours should not be invoked to abrogate the fundamental law embodied in the First Amendment. The guarding of military and diplomatic secrets at the expense of informed representative government provides no real security...
-Hugo Black

There are one hundred men seeking security to one able man who is willing to risk his fortune.
-J. Paul Getty

There is no inverse relationship between freedom and security. Less of one does not lead to more of the other. People with no rights are not safe from terrorist attack.
-Molly Ivins

There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity.
-Douglas MacArthur

There never has been security. No man has ever known what he would meet around the next corner; if life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.
-Eleanor Roosevelt

Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life then of death.
-James F. Byrnes

Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.
-Jiddu Krishnamurti

Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing, through the overtaking and possessing of a wish discovers the folly of the chase.
-William Congreve

We must plan for freedom, and not only for security, if for no other reason than that only freedom can make security secure.
-Karl Popper

We spend our time searching for security and hate it when we get it.
-John Steinbeck

We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower

Categories: Quotes on a topic; Security

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Published Saturday, May 21, 2016 @ 2:45 PM EDT
May 21 2016


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Smart kid

Published Friday, May 20, 2016 @ 10:32 AM EDT
May 20 2016

Categories: Dogs

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Observation of the day

Published Thursday, May 19, 2016 @ 10:18 AM EDT
May 19 2016

Categories: Observations; Republicans

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Quotes of the day: Omar Khayyám

Published Wednesday, May 18, 2016 @ 9:23 AM EDT
May 18 2016

Omar Khayyám (May 18, 1048 – December 4, 1131), was a Persian mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and poet, who is widely considered to be one of the most influential scientists of the middle ages. He wrote numerous treatises on mechanics, geography, mineralogy and astronomy. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread- and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness-
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!

A Hair perhaps divides the False and True...

Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend,
Before we too into the Dust descend...

As far as you can avoid it, do not give grief to anyone. Never inflict your rage on another. If you hope for eternal rest, feel the pain yourself; but don’t hurt others.

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.

Dead yesterdays and unborn tomorrows, why fret about it, if today be sweet.

Don't pursue happiness! Life is as short as a sigh. The dust of people that were once famous turn with the reddish clay on the wheel you are looking at. The universe is a fata morgana; life is a dream.

Drink wine and look at the moon and think of all the civilisations the moon has seen passing by.

Drink wine. This is life eternal. This is all that youth will give you. It is the season for wine, roses and drunken friends. Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.

Each Morn a thousand Roses brings, you say;
Yes, but where leaves the Rose of Yesterday?

I have not asked for life. But I try to accept whatever life brings without surprise. And I shall depart again without having questioned anyone about my strange stay here on earth.

I value the lover's sighs of happiness and I despise the hypocrite mumbling his prayers.

In monasteries, seminaries, retreats and synagogues, they fear hell and seek paradise. Those who know the mysteries of God never let that seed be planted in their souls.

Men talk of heaven, - there is no heaven but here; Men talk of hell, - there is no hell but here; Men of hereafters talk and future lives, - O love, there is no other life - but here.

Poor soul, you will never know anything of real importance. You will not uncover even one of life's secrets. Although all religions promise paradise, take care to create your own paradise here and now on earth.

Realise this: one day your soul will depart from your body and you will be drawn behind the curtain that floats between us and the unknown. While you wait for that moment, be happy, because you don't know where you came from and you don't know where you will be going.

Scholars really have nothing to teach you. But from the soft touch of the eyelashes of a woman you will know all there is to know about happiness.

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.

The thoughtful soul to solitude retires.

There was the Door to which I found no Key;
There was the Veil through which I might not see:
Some little talk awhile of Me and Thee
There was- and then no more of Thee and Me.

Today is the time of my youth I drink wine because it is my solace; Do not blame me, although it is bitter it is pleasant, It is bitter because it is my life.

Waste not your Hour, nor in the vain pursuit
Of This and That endeavour and dispute;
Better be jocund with the fruitful Grape
Than sadden after none, or bitter, Fruit.

When I want to understand what is happening today or try to decide what will happen tomorrow, I look back.

When you have planted the rose of Love into your heart your life has not been in vain.

Yesterday This Day's Madness did prepare;
To-morrow's Silence, Triumph, or Despair:
Drink! for you know not whence you came, nor why:
Drink! for you know not why you go, nor where.


(May 18 is also the birthday of Mary McLeod Bethune and Tina Fey.)

Categories: Omar Khayyám; Quotes of the day

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Published Tuesday, May 17, 2016 @ 8:52 AM EDT
May 17 2016

By ceaseless efforts to live the good life we maintain our moral sanity. Not from without, but from within, flow the divine waters that renew the soul.
-Felix Adler

Humility is the best evidence of sanity.
-Stuart Wilde

I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.
-Edgar Allan Poe

I had a quick grasp of the secret to sanity- it had become the ability to hold the maximum of impossible combinations in one's mind.
-Norman Mailer

I hope for peace and sanity- it's the same thing.
-Studs Terkel

Neither conscience nor sanity itself suggests, that the United States is, or should or could be the global gendarme.
-Robert McNamara

Nothing I read about grief seemed to exactly express the craziness of it; which was the interesting aspect of it to me- how really tenuous our sanity is.
-Joan Didion

Now it is symptomatic of our rusty-beer-can type of sanity that our culture produces very few magical objects.
-Alan Watts

Order is the sanity of the mind, the health of the body, the peace of the city, the security of the state. Like beams in a house or bones to a body, so is order to all things.
-Robert Southey

People who develop the habit of thinking of themselves as world citizens are fulfilling the first requirement of sanity in our time.
-Norman Cousins

Psychotics are consistently inconsistent. The essence of sanity is to be inconsistently inconsistent.
-Larry Wall

Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting.
-John Russell

Sanity is a cozy lie.
-Susan Sontag

Sanity is a madness put to good uses; waking life is a dream controlled.
-George Santayana

Sanity is a small box; insanity is everything.
-Charles Manson

Sanity is an illusion caused by alcohol deficiency.
-N.F. Simpson

Sanity is not truth. Sanity is conformity to what is socially expected.
-Robert Pirsig

The one impulse in man which cannot be erased is his impulse toward freedom, his impulse toward sanity, toward higher levels of attainment in all of his endeavors.
-L. Ron Hubbard

The plague of mankind is the fear and rejection of diversity: monotheism, monarchy, monogamy and, in our age, monomedicine. The belief that there is only one right way to live, only one right way to regulate religious, political, sexual, medical affairs is the root cause of the greatest threat to man: members of his own species, bent on ensuring his salvation, security, and sanity.
-Thomas Szasz

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you.
-Rita Mae Brown

There is no insanity so devastating in man's life as utter sanity.
-William Allen White

Work is our sanity, our self-respect, our salvation. The day's work is the center of everything.
-Henry Fording

Categories: Sanity

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Published Monday, May 16, 2016 @ 3:49 AM EDT
May 16 2016

Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
-John Quincy Adams

Courage applies when one has a choice.
-Katharine Graham

Courage cannot be counterfeited. It is one virtue that escapes hypocrisy.
-Napoleon Bonaparte

Courage enlarges, cowardice diminishes resources. In desperate straits the fears of the timid aggravate the dangers that imperil the brave.
-Christian Bovee

Courage has you say in a defiant spirit you can take everything from me, you could cut me deep, you could render me in shame but you will never ever stop me from loving those who mock me, from loving those that hate me, from loving those who don't forgive me, from loving the cynics, from loving the darkness so much that I myself through my small acts of consistent unyielding love may bring on the light.
-Cory Booker

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.
-G.K. Chesterton

Courage is as often the outcome of despair as of hope; in the one case we have nothing to lose, in the other everything to gain.
-Diane de Poitiers

Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.
-John Wayne

Courage is being the only one who knows how terrified you are.
-Tom Clancy

Courage is contagious. If a leader shows courage, others get the idea.
-David McCullough

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.
-Rev. Billy Graham

Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared.
-Eddie Rickenbacker

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.
-George S. Patton, Jr.

Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.
-Benjamin Disraeli

Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.
-Arthur Koestler

Courage is not a virtue of value among other personal values like love or fidelity. It is the foundation that underlies and gives reality to all other virtues and personal values.
-Rollo May

Courage is often lack of insight, whereas cowardice in many cases is based on good information.
-Peter Ustinov

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
-Mark Twain

Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
-Winston Churchill

Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death.
-Harold Wilson

Courage is the ladder on which all other virtues mount.
-Clare Boothe Luce

Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without it we can't practice any other virtue with consistency. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.
-Maya Angelou

Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.
-Amelia Earhart

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
-Winston Churchill

Courage may be virtue, where the daring act is extreme; and extreme fear no vice, when the danger is extreme.
-Thomas Hobbes

Courage without conscience is a wild beast.
-Robert G. Ingersoll

Categories: Courage; Quotes on a topic

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