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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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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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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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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Dante:

Small projects need much more help than great.

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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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SNL on Republican “rebranding”:

Via C&L.

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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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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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11 April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Barbara Taylor Bradford:

When you are a strong woman, you will attract trouble. When a man feels threatened, there is always trouble.

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10 April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Reg Henry listens.

My wallet has been acting up. Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed in a recent ruling that money is a form of free speech vital to democracy, my greenbacks want to get out and buy the best politicians they can. Without, of course, any hint of corruption.

Read the rest.

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10 April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Henry van Dyke:

It is better to desire the things we have than to have the things we desire.

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09 April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

I grew up with hunters.

My father did not hunt, but my cousin and his friends did. I know that the steak in the grocery store did not somehow magically appear encased in cellophane. Somewhere, an animal died so we could dine on its bits.

Humans are omnivores. I can live with that (see the recipes link, up there, at the top of the page.)

Here are some essential hunting tips.

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09 April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Victor Hugo:

The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring.

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08 April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Off to drink liberally.

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08 April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Groucho Marx:

Military justice is to justice what military music is to music.

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07 April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Drinking Liberally is a gathering place for liberals. Socialize and laugh in a friendly atmosphere.

When: 6 p., Tuesday, April 8.

Where:
Uno Chicago Grill
5900 Virginia Beach Blvd
(Janaf Shopping Center) (map)

Tuesdays for Norfolk, Thursdays for Virginia Beach to make it easier for persons with commitments on either day to catch at least one per month.

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