Thursday, November 16, 2017

I Believe

I believe the women.

-- Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, on whether he believes women who have accused Roy S. Moore, a Senate candidate in Alabama, of sexual misconduct when the women were teenagers, New York Times, 14 November 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Two Great Parties

There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other.  This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.

-- John Adams (1735 - 1826), American lawyer, author, and political theorist, second president of the United States, Letter to Jonathan Jackson (2 October 1780), "The Works of John Adams", vol 9, p. 511

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Orange Glow

Orange dots beckon.  They welcome with temptation, power, and promise.  All 262,000 of them reach out with their unearthly glow.

-- P. Gregory Springer, as quoted in Brian Dear's "The Friendly Orange Glow -- The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture", released 14 November 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017

I Really Believe

He said he didn't meddle.  He said he didn't meddle.  I asked him again.  And you can only ask so many times.  Every time he sees me, he says, "I didn't do that."  And I believe -- I really believe, that when he tells me that, he means it. ... I think he is very insulted by it, if you want to know the truth.

-- President Donald Trump, speaking of Russian President Vladimir Putin, aboard Air Force One, NPR, 10 November 2017

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Passing Grade?

If we gave each other Turing Tests how often would we grade each other as passing?

-- David Quinn, in an on-line conversation about Artificial Intelligence, November 2017

Tuesday, November 07, 2017


It seems clear that Ross lied to us, the latest in an apparent sequence of fibs, exaggerations, omissions, fabrications and whoppers that have been going on with Forbes since 2004.

-- Forbes Magazine, in a report removing Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross from its Forbes 400 list, and restating his wealth as ~$700M instead of $2.9B, 7 November 2017

Monday, November 06, 2017

Red And Blue Robes

I feel like we're taking off the black robes and we're putting on red and blue robes, and does that really serve the interests of justice?

-- Representative Marcia Morey, a Democrat who was a district court judge before entering the North Carolina legislature, on a Republican-led shift toward partisan elections for judges, New York Times, 19 October 2017