"Don't ask: 'How did we get here?' This country was built on the racist abomination of slavery, a wrong that was never truly corrected. This country was born here. The question is: 'How can we change?'" --Wendy Molyneux, 2018-01-12
"If you are saying 'Oh well, boys will be boys' in reference to sexual assault, YOU are the one who is saying that all men are inherent rapists. Feminists believe that men aren't inherently violent but are instead taught that. Just so we're clear on who is truly 'anti-men' here." -- Lauren Rankin (@laurenarankin), 2018-09-17
"If your avatar isn't of a person(s) I'm always going to assume you are a sentient octopus who's somehow snuck a phone in his tank" -- Delirium & Delight (@deliriumatnight), 2018-09-18
"Mythologies of false gods have done less damage in the world than the mythology that people who know of the true God are somehow separated from Him based on their behavior. Sin won't keep God away from you, but shame will keep you trying to hide from God.
"The cross was not a legal loophole God the Father needed, like some accountant, to get your 'sin problem' off the books. The cross was God's way of dealing with your shame problem, so nothing would hold you back from Him. There was NEVER anything holding Him back from you."
-- Jonathan Martin (@theboyonthebike), 2018-10-13
"They [Russia] learned what anyone watching 20th century U.S. history would have learned: that while working through left wing and nonwhites activists will get you under permanent FBI surveillance and hostility, working with banksters and right wing supremacists will leave you literally getting away with murder." -- CP, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments [thanks to realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]
"I wish I knew how to fold an origami construction crane. I'd fold my thousand and look on in blank incomprehension when someone told me I was doing it wrong." -- Helmut Monotreme, Alicublog, comments [thanks to realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]
Not all immigrants are treated equally or being targeted by immigration agents. For example, there are approximately 50,000 undocumented Irish immigrants in the U.S., as CNN reported, yet they are not facing the threat of police raids and deportations. 'If this was about immigration, then the undocumented Irish and European folks would be a part of the roundups,' Oso said. 'The people being deported are from Mexico, Central America, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. So, this is about keeping America white, not making America great.'
"She also said that 'the roots of the anti-immigration movement are directly rooted to white nationalism and the white citizens councils, and are related to maintaining the white power structure in narrowly defining who is American and is free to live in the country.'"
-- David Love, quoting Tia Oso, national organizer for the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, in the Atlanta Black Star, 2017-03-20 [I'm pretty sure I got the link to this from someone else on Dreamwidth, but it took me so long to get around to reading it and copying the bit I wanted to quote, that now I can't find the link to it that I followed to get there.]
"There are some things that are as basic and as structural in history, and if we don't know these things, we are in danger of destroying ourselves and our world. Discerning the signs of history, will tell us first that evil carries the seed of its own destruction. That is just as true as the rising and setting of the sun." -- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (b. 1929-01-15, d. 1968-04-04), "Discerning the Signs of History", 1964-11-15
"When you believe 'boys will be boys,' you raise men that are boys." -- wife of BallsOut (@bjcreigh), 2018-09-25
"Rereading Lord of the Rings 10 years later, only to realize that the Ring is my smartphone." [photo of an ebook reader follows, displaying the following snippet from Tolkein]
Bilbo drew his hand over his eyes. 'I am sorry,' he said. 'But I felt so queer. And yet it would be a relief in a way not to be bothered with it any more. It has been so growing on my mind lately. Sometimes I have felt it was like an eye looking at me. And I am always wanting to put it on and disappear, dom't you know; or wondering if it is safe, and pulling it out to make sure. I tried locking it up, but I found I couldn't rest without it in my pocket. I don't know why. And I don't seem able to make up my mind.'
-- the artistic side of Somesanity (@flysanityfly), 2018-09-22
"Rapists, sexual assaulters, and those who protect them will tell us that they are not unique, that all men act like they do -- with violence. They tell us that to try to convince us it's true, and unfortunately, sometimes, they succeed.
"They are wrong. They are lying. They are trying to normalize something that is not normal, because if they can normalize it, they can't be held accountable for their terrible acts. Choosing to rape isn't normal. Assault is not an inherent quality of being a man. It is vital that we identify this behavior and never de-stigmatize it, never accept those who want us to believe it's the status quo."
"In a perfect world, I don't think it [one's sexual orientation] is anyone else's business, but I do think there is value in standing up and being counted." -- Anderson Cooper
[Today is National Coming Out Day. Coming out seems to be less of a big deal nowadays in a general, abstract sense, but it can still be a huge thing personally, and not everyone can afford to, or feels they can afford to come out. There's been progress; there's room for more. Visibility is still important. Me, I'm a trans woman who loves women. People don't assiciate me with closets, but not everyone has been kept up to date on shifts in my identity, status, and presentation, so here I am: this is me, Daphne-who-was-d'Glenn. I'm not above using Coming-Out Day as catching-up day. :-) ]
"The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists, who are dedicated to justice, peace, and brotherhood. The trailblazers in human, academic, scientific, and religious freedom have always been nonconformists. In any cause that concerns the progress of mankind, put your faith in the nonconformist!" -- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (b. 1929-01-15, d. 1968-04-04), Strength to Love, 1963
"Those who can, do. Those who understand, teach." -- Lee S. Shulman, "Those who understand: Knowledge growth in teaching", Educational Researcher vol. 15, no. 2, February 1986 (pp. 4-14)( additional context and a longer form of the quotation, for the curious )
Wikiquote notes that the short form is often attributed to Aristotle -- and that's how I first saw it, but it didn't sound right, so I went to Qikiquote to check, and found there a helpful link to the paper it's from.
"The court's strength as an institution of American governance depends on people believing it has a certain kind of legitimacy -- on people believing it's not simply just an extension of politics, that its decision making has a kind of integrity to it. If people don't believe that, they have no reason to accept what the court does." -- US Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, 2018-09-27
[Sorry I don't have a Thanksgiving quote for my Canadian friends today.]
Skin Horse, 2018-10-01:
Dr. Virginia Lee: You're a very bad man. Dr. Ao[*]: Oh, no, I'm really a very good man. But in reality, good men must make hard choices.
adam: There are no hard choices. There are merely choices that make good men into bad men with excuses. awgiedawgie: I disagree. Truly good men face hard choices every day. Wrong choices can turn one into a bad man. Right choices can also turn one into a good man who looks bad to the casual onlooker. But if one continues to be a good man, one will continue to face hard choices.
But in this case, I am with Dr. Lee. He is a very bad man. He may have objectives that might appear to be good on their own -- such as world peace, and a date with Virginia -- but his methods for achieving those goals are evil.
Bruce A Munro: The thing is, people who talk about needing to make "hard choices" usually mean choices that will be hard on other people.
(Additional context for Dr. Ao being a very bad man here, in the 2018-09-29 strip.)
[*] Character has several identities / aliases, some of which would be spoilers for anyone who hasn't read recent strips, but in this scene he is appearing as Dr. Ao.
"I can't believe it's October, and I'm still writing, 'Oh God, oh God, I'm so tired and this nightmare keeps going, Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn,' on my checks." -- K.B. Spangler, 2018-10-01 (comment is dated 2018-09-30 but is attached to the A Girl And Her Fed strip posted 2018-10-01)
"The continued existence of straight women in 2018 should utterly disprove the idea that homosexuality is a choice." -- Abby Spice, Mama (@clapifyoulikeme), 2018-01-09
"Sin, he reflected, is not what it is usually thought to be; it is not to steal and tell lies. Sin is for one man to walk brutally over the life of another and to be quite oblivious of the wounds he has left behind." -- Shusaku Endo (b. 1923-03-27, d. 1996-09-29), Silence (1966; English translation 1969) [I saw this flit past on FB just before the FB app crashed. I don't remember who posted it, but I caught enough words to Google the quotation.]
To my friends celebrating the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, may you find inspiration in Francis' life and works, and may your pets be well behaved today.
"Whenever I read articles questioning what Democrats stand for, I wonder if the writers are paying any attention to what candidates are saying about policy." -- Paul Krugman, 2018-08-16
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