Two ways of looking at today's center-of-attention:
"Before mass leaders seize the power to fit reality to their lies, their propaganda is marked by its extreme contempt for facts as such," -- Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism [via Goodreads]
"Remember, [...] we are not crowning a king, or bowing down to a dictator. Tomorrow our new employee starts his temp job. We're the boss." -- Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc), 2016-01-19
"Cynical thought: Democrats and Republicans both want what's best for people. The problem isn't that they don't agree on what's best. It's that they don't agree on who counts as people." -- Rob Wynne, 2017-01-13
"Perhaps rephrased as "Republicans include fewer people in the set of 'people.'"" -- Blind Lemming Chiffon, comment
"I've been known to say: 'Having a brain that can see multiple points of view is an asset, but having a brain that INSISTS on seeing multiple points of view when you just want to drink your coffee in peace is troublesome.'" -- firecat, 2017-01-14
[Happby birthday to merde!]
"[...] I think all the heretics I have known have been virtuous men. They have the virtue of fortitude or they would not venture to own their heresy; and they cannot afford to be deficient in any of the other virtues, as that would give advantage to their many enemies; and they have not like orthodox sinners, such a number of friends to excuse or justify them. Do not, however mistake me. It is not to my good friend's heresy that I impute his honesty. On the contrary, 'tis his honesty that has brought upon him the character of heretic." -- Benjamin Franklin (b. 1706-01-17[*], d. 1790-04-17), letter to Benjamin Voughan[**], 1788-10-24
[*] Recorded as 6 January 1705 in the Julian calendar, which England and her colonies used at that time; retconned to the equivalent Gregorian date, 17 January 1706, when the Gregorian calendar was adopted in 1752. See a calendar for September 1752 for the changeover (on a Unix/Linux computer, type "cal 9 1752"). Note that different countries adopted the Gregorian calendar in different years.
[**] The Presidentship he mentions having served in at the start of the letter refers to the President of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, the office Franklin held from 1785 to 1788. After 1790 that office was done away with and Pennsylvania started having a Governor instead.
[When I went looking for a Franklin quotation to use today, I found there are a metric %$^#ton of misattributed, faked, and even anachonistic quotes incorrectly bearing his name. That happens with most of the Founding Fathers, as well as Mark Twain, and Abraham Lincoln (who famously said, "The problem with Internet quotes is that you can't always depend on their accuracy" -- or so Google tells me) ... but I think Franklin's large actual output of aphorisms and epigrams makes his an especially tempting name to attach to any unsourced, obscure, or just-made-up proverb that sounds kind of like his style.]
Three quotations from Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (b. 1929-01-15, d. 1968-04-04) that speak to me especially loudly today:
"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane."
"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitableâ¦ Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals."
"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2017-01-12:
"Our party was founded on the abolition of slavery, it has fought for civil rights, it helped create the National Parks system under Teddy Roosevelt, we created NASA under Eisenhower, and under Nixon we created the EPA. Donald Trump won on banning and registering Muslims, racist statements about Mexicans, expanding the role of government, denying climate change, ignoring the First amendment, and destroying the civil rights for countless millions. How can we as a party, as Americans, simply say nothing?" -- Larry West, Republican Committee Person, 22nd Ward, Philadelphia, PA.
(submitted to the mailing list by Bob Bruhin)
"Schadenfreude is chocolate for the soul. That's why ours are full of cavities." -- Davan MacIntire, in Something Positive by R.K. Mllholland, 2007-02-09
[Happy birthday to maugorn!]
"So if we're going to be serious about race going forward, we must uphold laws against discrimination -- in hiring, and in housing, and in education, and in the criminal justice system. That's what our Constitution and highest ideals require. But laws alone won't be enough. Hearts must change. [...]
"For native-born Americans, it means reminding ourselves that the stereotypes about immigrants today were said, almost word for word, about the Irish, and Italians, and Poles -- who it was said were going to destroy the fundamental character of America. And as it turned out, America wasn't weakened by the presence of these newcomers; these newcomers embraced this nation's creed, and this nation was strengthened."
-- President Barack Obama, Farewell Address, 2017-01-10
[I never got around to using this quote when it was fresh, though it sounded like maybe a good idea at the time. What I'm hearing lately about Trumplethinskin reminded me I still had this buried in the quotes-queue, and it might be a good time to dust it off.]
"After President Obama's recent and second primetime news conference, I had a wonderful letter from a viewer saying that she just does not think that the President should exercise the privilege of calling on the reporters. That the reporters should get together, they should meet, and choose one of their own to call on the reporters." -- Bill Moyers (b. 1934-06-05), on the PBS television program Bill Moyers Journal, 2009-04-03
"Music is what feelings sound like." -- Bo Bennett
"Scratch most feminists and underneath there is a woman who longs to be a sex object. The difference is that is not all she wants to be." -- Betty Rollin (b. 1936-01-03)
"It is so easy to write off anger as an invalid emotion when you have never had anyone question your humanity." -- J Mase III, 2017-01-03
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-01-26:
"Trump's irresponsible, inflammatory rhetoric and deliberate propagation of misinformation have created a frightened and hostile atmosphere that could embolden people to violence. He's the swaggering guy in old Westerns buying drinks for everyone in the saloon while whipping them up for a lynching." -- Kareem Abdul Jabber, Time Magazine, 12/9/2015
(submitted to the mailing list by Dorene Smith)
[To my friends observing the Tenth of Tevet, may you have an easy fast.]
Gregorian: 2017 January 07
Julian: 2016 December 25 -- Christmas in old-calendar Orthodox churches
Hebrew: 5777 Teveth 09
Islamic: 1438 Rai`ath-Thani 08
Persian: 1395 Dey 18
Indian: 1938 Pausa 17
Coptic: 1733 Koiak 29 -- Christmas in the Coptic church
"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home." -- Edith Sitwell
[Wishing a joyful and meaningful holiday to my friends and kin celebrating Theophany / Epiphany today! This marks the end of Western and new-calendar-Orthodox Christmas. It's also Christmas Eve for old-calendar Orthodox churches (e.g. some Russian Orthodox).]
"In nature there's no blemish but the mind;
None can be call'd deform'd but the unkind.
Virtue is beauty, but the beauteous evil
Are empty trunks o'erflourish'd by the devil."
-- Antonio, in Twelfth Night, or What You Will (act 3, scene 4), by William Shakespeare
"Instead of telling disabled kids 'you can do anything you want if you put your mind to it,' I think we should tell them, 'the things you are capable of doing matter.'
"A person can't live on a increasingly strained hope that someday they'll be good enough, especially if all you ever do is tell them who they are and what they do now is worthless."
-- fullyarticulatedgolkdskeleton (thanks to Sara and others for sharing this earlier)
[Today is the eleventh day of Christmas.]
"If people pushed racists to empathize with us as much as they push us to empathize with them, we wouldn't have half the problems we have now" -- @jane_anon, 2017-01-02
"Endorsing Social Justice if you're privileged is simply expressing the preference to be a Citizen in Heaven rather than a Ruler in Hell." -- Charlie Stross (@cstross), <a href="https://twitter.com/cstross/status/815621739396956161?s=02> 2017-01-01</a></p>
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-04-13:
"That's not to say there's not a lot of great stuff out there, but a lot of people are dissatisfied with it. A lot of journalists who want to do great stuff are dissatisfied. Advertisers and brands are dissatisfied. We're still stuck in some very naive thinking, with the idea that people consuming media means that's what they want - it's like, well, we put junk food in front of them and they ate that, so that must be what they want." -- Ev Williams, co-founder and former chief executive of Twitter, on web media.
(submitted to the mailing list by Mike Krawchuk)
Gregorian: 2017 January 01 -- happy Gregorian new year! Also the 8th day of Christmas.
Julian: 2016 December 19
Hebrew: 5777 Teveth 03 -- eighth day of Chanukah; ends at sundown
Islamic: 1438 Rabi`ath-Thani 02
Persian: 1395 Dey 12
Indian: 1938 Pausa 11
Coptic: 1733 Koiak 23
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