"Any religion that professes to be concerned with the souls of men and is not concerned with the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them, and the social conditions that cripple them is a dry-as-dust religion. Such a religion is the kind the Marxists like to see - an opiate of the people." -- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (b. 1929-01-15, d. 1968-04-04), Stride Toward Freedom, 1958
[About Dick Armey] "If ignorance ever goes to $40 a barrel, I want drillin' rights on that man's head." -- Molly Ivins (via Jone Johnson Lewis' collection of quotations on about.com)
"I realized what each of these iron lung users have in common are the aid of generous, mechanically skilled friends and family. And that's probably the main reason they've been able to live long and full lives, despite the hardships and anxieties of depending on aging machinery to survive." -- Jennings Brown, "The Last of the Iron Lungs", 2017-11-20:
"The easiest way to save money on your taxes is to not work. Americans who earn money from investments instead of a job get to pay lower rates. Let's level the playing field between the idle rich and normal people by treating all money the same. However, as an extra leveler, all working-age Americans who earn a majority of their money from investments have to write 'Labor Makes; Wall Street Takes' at the top of their tax returns. Within the next three months, IRS-hired goons will then schedule an appointment either at home or a place of employment to deliver a government-sponsored wedgie. Not only will this encourage the flow of capital into paychecks instead of into Wall Street, but it will also provide a much-needed boost to America's flagging goon-related labor markets. " -- Evan Mintz, "A modest tax proposal: End payroll taxes, hire IRS goons and bring back the guillotine," Houston Chronicle [thanks to realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]
"It takes a lot more than Donald Trump to orchestrate the kind of feeding frenzy that's currently playing out in Washington. Nothing about this would work if not for the fact that hundreds of Republican Party members of Congress wake up each morning and decide anew that they are indifferent to the myriad financial conflicts of interest in which Trump and his family are enmeshed. Moral and political responsibility for the looting ultimately rests on the shoulders of the GOP members of Congress who decided that the appropriate reaction to Trump's inauguration was to start smashing and grabbing as much as possible for themselves and their donors rather than uphold their constitutional obligations. But it really is true that in this case, the fish rots from the head." -- Matthew Yglesias, "We're witnessing the wholesale looting of America," Vox [thanks to realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]
A tweet from Trischa (@trischagoodwin), 2017-12-07:
"I mean, humans are killing the earth, it's not committing suicide." - one of my kids at dinner #treehuggerkids #pleasedontsaythatatschool
"As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular." -- Oscar Wilde (b. 1854-10-16, d. 1900-11-30), "The Critic as Artist" (1891)
"I have the consolation to reflect that during the period of my administration not a drop of the blood of a single fellow citizen was shed by the sword of war or of the law." -- Thomas Jefferson (b. 1743-04-13, d. 1826-07-04, US President 1801-1809), 1818-02-14
"Where exactly is the bottom? And at what point do you pull back from associating yourself with a political party and a religious term you once took pride in but that are now doing harm to the things you treasure?" -- Peter Wehner, "Why I Can No Longer Call Myself an Evangelical Republican" 2017-12-09
"Looking at Republicans budget you'd think big economic problem is rich are too poor and poor are too rich. They want you to think 140 million are being lazy, not 400 greedy. When working full-time at minimum wage earns $250 week, problem is wages, not workers" -- Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo), 2018-04-08
"Capital needs to flow freely across borders to maximize
Raw materials need to flow freely across borders for optimal use.
Consumer products need to flow freely across borders to seek the optimal market.
Labor needs to ... EMERGENCY SHUT DOWN OF ARGUMENT IMMINENT!
-- njorl, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments [thanks to realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]
"We need not wonder that so much importance is attached to our Lord's resurrection. It is the seal and memorial stone of the great work of redemption, which He came to do. It is the crowning proof that He has paid the debt He undertook to pay on our behalf, won the battle He fought to deliver us from hell, and is accepted as our guarantee and our substitute by our Father in heaven. Had He never come forth from the prison of the grave, how could we ever have been sure that our ransom had been fully paid? Had He never risen from His conflict with the last enemy, how could we have felt confident that He has overcome the power of death from the devil? But thanks be unto God, we are not left in doubt. The Lord Jesus really rose again for our justification." -- J.C. Ryle
[A joyous Easter to my Greek cousins and other Orthodox friends! Χριστος Ανεστη!]
"I have noticed that what cats most appreciate in a human being is not the ability to produce food which they take for granted, but his or her entertainment value." -- Geoffrey Household
"One of the things that tends to happen in the marginalized genres is, when they come into prominence, the people who come into prominence are never the people that those within the genre feel are the most important." -- Samuel R. Delany (b. 1942-04-01), in an interview by Adam Fitzgerald published 2017-12-05 [thanks to twistedchick for linking to this]
"Since Eisenhower, the only Republican presidents to not commit clearly impeachable offenses are Ford, a 2-year nonentity of a president, and Bush Jr., who is still a bottom 5 president of all time. That most media outlets still refuse to cover the Republican Party in those specific terms is proof positive that they are still, 60-odd years on, not able to deal with the actuality of the conservative movement. Reagan was mentally impaired but still popular? So the fuck what? The public deserved to know that he had sold weapons to the Iranians in contravention of a ban that he had personally imposed so that he could fund right-wing death squads in Nicaragua, again in contravention of US law. Impeaching Reagan might embolden the Russians? So the fuck what? We had begun impeachment against a president who wasn't mentally impaired a decade prior for lesser crimes without serious repercussions in the Cold War.
"Even if these arguments weren't obvious at the time (and they were), the fact that we allowed Reagan to get away with it directly resulted in the competitive Reagan idolatry that has dominated the Republicans since at least the mid-90s to the devastating results best seen in the Iraq War but also encompassing the consistent Republican embrace of corruption and the consistent Republican repudiation of anything approaching science or even response to evidence. Every single Republican pathology seen today has its roots in our failure to fully prosecute Iran-Contra. In my reckoning, it ranks there with only the Iraq War in terms of our country's biggest geostrategic blunders in history, both clearly ahead of Vietnam. That the media and Democratic Party of the 80s decided it was best to just let the shithead get away with it is entirely inexcusable on the merits. Every justification thereof I have yet seen is at best pathetic, and far more often actively dishonest."
"I agree with Dante, that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality. There comes a time when silence becomes betrayal." -- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (b. 1929-01-15, d. 1968-04-04), "Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam", 1967-04-30 [emphasis added] Note explanation in Wikiquote about the Dante reference being a nod to a JFK quote, and the passage in Dante's Divine Comedy that Kennedy, in turn, had probably been referring to.
"Give me a good sharp knife and a good sharp cheese and I'm a happy man. " -- George R.R. Martin
"Software being 'Done' is like lawn being 'Mowed'." -- Jim Benson, 2016-08-27
[Happy Cheese Weasel Day, everyone!]
"They act as if love can protect the most vulnerable members of their family from the repercussions of their political choices. It cannot." -- Roxane Gay, 2018-03-29
"For me the most radical demand of Christian faith lies in summoning the courage to say yes to the present risenness of Jesus Christ." -- Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging [via Goodreads]
[Happy Easter! Χριστος Ανεστη! Christ is risen!]
"Thus, after all of this publicity in the past year, I reluctantly was forced to conclude that the only people who talk about transgender people (more than transgender people themselves), are the ones who would be much happier if there weren't any transgender people to talk about in the first place.
"But this isn't transgender visibility.
"Real visibility requires actual transgender people living authentically and openly. When we put ourselves out there, it is the most powerful weapon we have to fight back against the caricatures put forth [...]"
-- Brynn Tannehill, 2018-03-30
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