Charles Hamilton Houston:

Christianity has always seemed to fight a losing battle against race.

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You can find him here.

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Beverly Jones:

Romance, like the rabbit at the dog track, is the elusive, fake, and never attained reward which, for the benefit and amusement of our masters, keeps us running and thinking in safe circles.

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Claudette Colbert:

Why do grandparents and grandchildren get along so well? The mother.

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Naomi Klein:

The truly powerful feed ideology to the masses like fast food while they dine on the most rarified delicacy of all: impunity.

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Johann Sebastian Bach:

It’s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.

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The Uber mentality goes rogue.

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David Hume:

The life of man is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster.

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Contrary to what you might think, there are only three Star Wars movies. Any others are counterfeit.

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Family matters.

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Hubert Humphrey:

Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism.

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22 January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

My local rag’s David Hall writes of the funeral of Carl Long, a man of many firsts (“he helped break the color barrier in the Carolina League in 1956 . . . .became Kinston’s first black Trailways bus driver, its first black deputy and its first black detective”). The column is worth a read, but this bit leapt out at me.

Long remembered, clear as day, riding on a team bus over the segregated South’s back roads and seeing black men hanging from trees, their lives taken in the name of an accepted hatred.

One more time: When next you hear someone romanticizing “the Lost Cause,” ask him or her to specify out loud for all to hear just precisely what cause was lost.

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22 January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Ali Hewson:

Sadly, I haven’t had a brain cell since I had children.

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21 January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Finley Peter Dunne:

The past always looks better than it was. It’s only pleasant because it isn’t here.

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20 January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Every year, there is a spate of stories about words added to various dictionaries.

In my local rag, Bernadette Kinlaw points out that, every year, words are also dropped from dictionaries. Here are a few of this year’s casualties:

Cyclogiro

This is an aircraft that flies because of its rotating blades.

Deliciate

When you deliciate, you indulge in feasting. I’m going to use that word starting today.

Frigorific

A frigorific thing causes or creates cold. The polar vortex is like that.

Read her list. Several of them are words I’ve actually heard of (alienist, for one). I have heard somewhere gyrocopter, but not cyclogiro.

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20 January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

James Otis:

It is a clear truth that those who every day barter away other men’s liberty will soon care little for their own.

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19 January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

William Powell:

I highly recommend worrying. It is much more effective than dieting.

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18 January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Waylon Jennings:

I may be crazy, but it keeps me from going insane.

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17 January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Philip Seymour Hoffman:

One person’s religion is another person’s cult.

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