P. T. Barnum:

Witchcraft is one of the most baseless, absurd, disgusting and silly of all the humbugs.

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Joseph Lancaster:

Many thousands of youth have been deprived of the benefit of education thereby, their morals ruined, and talents irretrievably lost to society, for want of cultivation: while two parties have been idly contending who should bestow it.

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As the Republican voter suppression tactics show, if you don’t use your vote, you will lose your vote.

Non-Voter ID:  Name:  I. M. Busy.  Address:  2 Lazy Street.  City:  Wasouttatown.  And so on.

Via Job’s Anger.

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Charles Lamb:

He is no lawyer who cannot take two sides.

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Off to drink liberally.

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Viggo Mortensen:

I’m not afraid of death, but I resent it. I think it’s unfair and irritating.

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Come help us celebrate.

When: 6:00 7:00 p. m., Tuesday, October 29.

Where:
Tripps Restaurant
101 South Independence Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA (map)

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Buddy Hackett:

As a child my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.

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Will Durant:

The political machine triumphs because it is a united minority acting against a divided majority.

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Boys are piglets.

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J. Robert Oppenheimer:

No man should escape our universities without knowing how little he knows.

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24 October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Marguerite de Valois:

The more hidden the venom, the more dangerous it is.

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Lillian Gish:

You can get through life with bad manners, but it’s easier with good manners.

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Emmeline Pankhurst:

Justice and judgment lie often a world apart.

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21 October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Sportswriter extraordinaire Bob Molinaro remembers the San Francisco earthquake of 1989. He was there. A nugget:

A few minutes before the scheduled start of Game 3 between the Oakland A’s and Giants, I was in a media workroom on the mezzanine at Candlestick Park when I heard a rumble from above. At first, we thought it was fans in the upper deck stomping their feet.

Then there came a stranger sound – like 62,000 people taking a collective deep breath – before the room began violently shaking. The lights went out as the shaking continued – for a total of 17 seconds, we would learn.

As this was happening, a feeling of helplessness began in my knees and sent me to the floor. I may have tried to crawl under a table. I remember thinking that I hope the TVs attached to the walls don’t come down.

At the time, my then-in-laws lived in the Bay Area and my father-in-law’s route home included the double-decker freeway that collapsed on itself. He happened to work late that evening.

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Groucho Marx:

There’s one way to find out if a man is honest – ask him. If he says, ‘Yes,’ you know he is a crook.

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Chuck Jones:

The older I get, the more individuality I find in animals and the less I find in humans.

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Gene Fowler:

He has a profound respect for old age. Especially when it’s bottled.

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18 October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

RIP Tim Hauser, founding member of Manhattan Transfer.

Vocal jazz at its best.

No, he wasn’t actually from New York City, but he might as well have been.

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18 October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: First Looks

Al Yankovic:

You fake something until you’re good at it.

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