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Reinhold Niebuhr:

Not necessarily every standard that every church tries to enforce upon the society is from the society’s standpoint a good standard.

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Paul Newman:

A man can only be judged by his actions, and not by his good intentions or his beliefs.

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Guy de Maupassant:

Any government has as much of a duty to avoid war as a ship’s captain has to avoid a shipwreck.

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George Burns:

It’s hard for me to get used to these changing times. I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty.

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Petrarch:

Who naught suspects is easily deceived.

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Off to drink liberally.

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Jim Wright takes a look at Republicans’ presidential prospects. A nugget:

Republicans are headed into 2016 the same way they went into Iraq and Afghanistan: ass backward into the unknown and no idea what the hell they’re going to do if they win.

Their election strategy, hell their plan for the country should they win the Senate and maybe even the White House in 2016, is based almost entirely on “We hates Obama, Precious, we hates him!” while gleefully rubbing their hands together and cackling maniacally – other than that they’ve got nothing.

Do read the rest. It just gets better.

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John Wooden:

The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.

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

When: Thursday, August 28th, 6 p.

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

More here.

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This blog turns nine today and shows no sign of going away.

I’m old and I’m outraged and I’m not planning on going anywhere.

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Eugene McCarthy:

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies.

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The Virginia Beach NAACP and the Virginia Beach African-American Leadership Forum are hosting a Keep Our Children Alive prayer vigil at Mount Trashmore Park, Virginia Beach, at 7:00 p. m., Thursday, August 28, 2014.

Click for more information (PDF).

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26 August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Voltaire:

Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy, the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.

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25 August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Willa Cather:

Give the people a new word and they think they have a new fact.

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24 August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Akismet has caught well over 200 spam comments in the last 24 hours. The bottom-dwellers have been restless.

Not one of the spam comments has made it to the front page.

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24 August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Ravel’s Bolero a la jazz trio. It is delightful.

Via Classic Arts Showcase.

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24 August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Facebook can be a lonely place

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24 August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Connie Schultz had one recently. Read her report.

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24 August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Rebecca West:

Unfortunately, all gatherings convened for the betterment of the human lot show a tendency to gas themselves, and not with laughing-gas either.

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