Rita Mae Brown:

Morals are private. Decency is public.

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Margaret Atwood:

Stupidity is the same as evil if you judge by the results.

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Moved below the fold because it autoplays on some systems.

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Elizabeth I of England:

One man with a head on his shoulders is worth a dozen without.

Sir Walter Raleigh would no doubt agree.

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Isaac Asimov:

A poor idea well written is more likely to be accepted than a good idea poorly written.

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Roy Edroso explains how Cliven Bundy is standing on a principle:

Extremism in the defense of freebies is no vice.

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Otto von Bismarck:

Politics ruins the character.

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Jane Austen:

Nobody minds having what is too good for them.

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Lyndon B. Johnson:

If you can convince the lowest white man that he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll even empty his pockets for you.

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Shaun Mullen explains.

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A trend?

Jobless claims increased by 2,000 to 304,000 in the week ended April 12 from a revised 302,000 the prior period that was the lowest since September 2007, a Labor Department report showed today in Washington.

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The four-week average of claims, a less-volatile measure than the weekly figure, dropped to 312,000, the lowest since October 2007, from 316,750 the week before.

Claims may be in for some bigger swings in coming weeks as the Easter holiday, which varies from year to year, can complicate the adjustment of claims data for seasonal variations.

The number of people continuing to receive jobless benefits declined by 11,000 to 2.74 million in the week ended April 5, the fewest since December 2007.

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17 April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Samuel Johnson:

No estimate is more in danger of erroneous calculations than those by which a man computes the force of his own genius.

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16 April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

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16 April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

John Maynard Keynes:

The businessman is only tolerable so long as his gains can be held to bear some relation to what, roughly and in some sense, his activities have contributed to society.

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15 April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

When I have to fly somewhere, I do everything I can to avoid Allegheny Airline U. S. Air U. S. Airways, because, call it what you may, it’s still Agony Airlines.

Turns out, they can’t ever twit properly.

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15 April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Dante:

Small projects need much more help than great.

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14 April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Josh Billings:

It is much easier to repent of sins we have committed than to repent of sins we intend to commit.

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13 April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

SNL on Republican “rebranding”:

Via C&L.

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13 April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Jules Verne:

It is a great misfortune to be alone, my friends; and it must be believed that solitude can quickly destroy reason.

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12 April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Henry Steele Commager:

The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates in the end the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion.

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