Charles Darwin:

The very essence of instinct is that it’s followed independently of reason.

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Rita Mae Brown:

I believe in a lively disrespect for most forms of authority.

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Via Raw Story.

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Yip Harburg:

This we learn from Watergate that almost any creep’ll be glad to help the Government overthrow the people.

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Petrarch:

How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.

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Dave Barry:

You can only be young once. But you can always be immature.

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Peter Ustinov:

Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them.

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Off to drink liberally.

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Fun and fellowship for liberals. Join us and talk about anything in a relaxed atmosphere.

When: Thursday, September 25th, 6 p.

Where:
Croc’s 19 Street Bistro
620 19th Street (Map)

More here.

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David Lynch:

This whole world is wild at heart and weird on top.

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24 September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Cartoon illustrating a shoulder-fired missile launcher and eight+

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24 September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Lee Trevino:

My divorce came to me as a complete surprise. That’s what happens when you haven’t been home in eighteen years.

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23 September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Read Pia Glenn’s description of shopping while black. Here’s a snippet:

From the moment that I set my basket down, a store employee with a “Manager” name tag came over and stood behind me. The employee was a large, hulking, caucasian male. I don’t mention this arbitrarily. I never do. Anywho, I clocked him right away, but I honestly didn’t think much of it. A manager in a grocery store has every right to stand there, and I certainly can’t blame him for his physique.

And maybe he only appeared to be looking at me. The world doesn’t revolve around me; he could have actually been focused on who-knows-what in the distance beyond me, so I tried to ignore him and went on about my business.

A few items into ringing up my stuff, my peripheral vision told me that he hadn’t budged, and all that benefit of the doubt I was dispensing grew wings and flew right out the window. . . .

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23 September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

G. K. Chesterton:

“My country, right or wrong,” is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying, “My mother, drunk or sober.”

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22 September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Chuck Hawkins explains how Florida’s standardized testing is causing students to hate writing. A nugget (FCAT is the acronym for “Florida’s Comprehensive Assessment Test”):

So I spontaneously came up with an assignment: Write a 300-word article on why they hate writing. The results showed a barely submerged anger, and sometimes one that was boiling right on the surface. Remember, these are many of the best students in the state.

Fifty of the 109 students wrote with some emotion about nine years of being drilled to write the “FCAT way”: a formulaic, bloodless exercise that drained the fun out of putting pen to paper.

Follow the link to see three of the students’ essays.

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Dean Koontz:

There’s lots of law these days, but not much justice.

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21 September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Rachel analyzes ISIS’s propaganda strategy.

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21 September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Willa Cather:

The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young.

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20 September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

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