George Orwell:

The best books… are those that tell you what you know already.

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Then, again, maybe not so much.

A University of Pennsylvania fraternity has issued an apology for posting a Christmas photo to Facebook on Sunday that included a black blow-up sex doll.

The photo depicted 29 members of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity – none of them African American – posing with what was described as a Beyoncé sex doll. According to the Daily Pennsylvanian, one of the members had received the as doll a gag gift during a Secret Santa event.

How could persons so stupid get into an Ivy League Scho–oh, never mind.

Afterthought:

Open your eyes, see the racism. The distance between this frat’s antic and blackface minstrel shows is nil, and their apology is bunk.

They apologize because they got caught.

Pah!

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky:

Humiliate the reason and distort the soul.

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Susan B. Anthony:

I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women to the practical recognition of the old Revolutionary maxim. Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.

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Jean Cocteau:

Elegance ceases to exist when it is noticed.

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Bennett Cerf:

Banquet: a plate of cold, hairy chicken and artificially coloured green peas completely surrounded by dreary speeches and appeals for donations.

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Stanley Hauerwas:

Americans assume that we never go to war to sustain our wealth, because war must be understood as a moral enterprise commensurate with our being a democracy.

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Off to drink liberally.

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Jimmy Breslin:

The number one rule of thieves is that nothing is too small to steal.

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10 December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Wavy Gravy:

And I also thought that Richard Nixon was the greatest political education we have ever had, but it looks like we need to relearn them again.

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09 December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

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

When: Thursday, December 11, 6 p.

Where:
Harold’s
4445 Virginia Beach Blvd (east of Barnes and Noble facing the Boulevard)
Virginia Beach, VA (map)

More here.

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09 December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Clifton Fadiman:

Experience teaches you that the man who looks you straight in the eye, particularly if he adds a firm handshake, is hiding something.

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08 December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Alvin Toffler:

Profits, like sausages… are esteemed most by those who know least about what goes into them.

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07 December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Frederick the Great:

If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one of them would remain in the army.

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06 December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Privileged twits.

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06 December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Maximillien Robespierre:

The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.

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05 December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

My local rag points out that two remain afloat.

Eighteen shipyards on the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts were part of the effort that, by 1943, cranked out ships at the rate of about three a day, and a cost of about $1.8 million each.

The idea was to build them faster than they could be sunk, though by the end of the war, only 229 of the 2,710 ships built had been lost, Porter said.

A little more than 441 feet long, about 57 feet wide, with a draft of roughly 28 feet, they could carry about 10,000 tons of cargo, enough to fill about 300 railroad cars.

Pictures at the link.

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05 December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Rebecca West:

All our Western thought is founded on this repulsive pretence that pain is the proper price of any good thing.

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04 December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Rex Stout:

I can dodge folly without backing into fear.

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