Friday, November 21, 2008

Greatest Of Virtues

Bust of CiceroGratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.

-- Marcus Tullius Cicero (3 January 106 BC - 7 December 43 BC), Roman statesman, lawyer, political theorist, and philosopher

Thursday, November 20, 2008


General Motors headquarters buildingWhat was good for the country was good for General Motors, and vice versa.

-- Charles Erwin Wilson, then-GM president, in Senate confirmation hearings to become President Eisenhower's Secretary of Defense, 1953

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Herbert AgarCivilization rests on a set of promises; if the promises are broken too often, the civilization dies, no matter how rich it may be, or how mechanically clever. Hope and faith depend on the promises; if hope and faith go, everything goes.

-- Herbert Agar, American author

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Keys To The Kingdom

Key to the city of Tokyo, JapanHe who is able to fix the public utilities holds the keys to the kingdom in terms of winning the support of the Iraqi people and ultimately ending this conflict.

-- Army Sgt. Alex J. Plitsas, on conditions in the Sadr City section of Baghdad, New York Times, 22 April 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

Stand Up

Cat standing on hind legsThis vote shows that the Iraqis have figured out how to stand up for themselves, to Iran and to the U.S.

-- Michael O'Hanlon, specialist in Iraq at the Brookings Institution, on the Iraqi cabinet's approval of a security agreement calling for a full withdrawal of American forces by the end of 2011, New York Times, 17 November 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

Well-Laid Plan

Tim CavanaughA well-laid business plan is no guarantee against the disappearance of the industry on which it is based.

-- Tim Cavanaugh, American libertarian writer and editor, Reason Online, May 2003

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Grim ReaperPeople are grieving. There was a death. Their money died.

-- Barbara Goldsmith, semiretired psychotherapist in Delray Beach, Florida, New York Times, 13 November 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Cure Every Ill

Advertisement for a cure-allCongress seems to want to cure every ill known to man except unconstitutional government and high taxes.

-- Charley Reese (1937-), American syndicated columnist

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Joseph SobranPoliticians never accuse you of "greed" for wanting other people's money -- only for wanting to keep your own money.

-- Joseph Sobran (1946-). American journalist and writer

Monday, November 10, 2008


Rosa Parks with the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Seen November 5 On a Handmade Sign in West Philly

Rosa had to sit so Martin could walk,
Martin had to walk so Barack could run,
Barack had to run so our children can fly.

-- Scott Paul, in The Washington Note blog

Friday, November 07, 2008

RIP Studs Terkel

Studs Terkel memoir book coverMy epitaph, I hope, will be, "Curiosity did not kill this cat."

-- Louis "Studs" Terkel (16 May 1912 - 31 October 2008), American author, historian, radio personality, and actor, 1999 National Public Radio interview

Thursday, November 06, 2008

RIP Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton on the cover of Time MagazineWe are all assumed, these days, to reside at one extreme of the opinion spectrum, or another. We are pro-abortion or anti-abortion. We are free traders or protectionist. We are pro-private sector or pro-big government. We are feminists or chauvinists. But in the real world, few of us hold these extreme views. There is instead a spectrum of opinion.

-- Dr. John Michael Crichton (23 October 1942 - 4 November 2008), American author, film & TV producer, "Mediasaurus: The decline of conventional media" - Speech at the National Press Club, Washington D.C. (7 April 1993)

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Obama Victorious

Almost-final electoral map from CNN.comThis victory alone is not the change we seek; it is only the chance for us to make that change.

-- President-elect Barack Obama, in his victory speech, 4 November 2008

Whatever our differences, we are fellow Americans. And please believe me when I say no association has ever meant more to me than that.

-- Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain, concession speech, 4 November 2008

No matter how they cast their ballot, all Americans can be proud of the history that was made yesterday,

-- Out-going president George W. Bush, regarding Obama's victory, 5 November 2008


In Piatt County, IL where I live, McCain won with 4988 votes (55%) to Obama's 3856 votes (43%).

In Champaign County, IL where I work, Obama won with 48,351 votes (58%) to McCain's 33,748 votes (40%).

Of the 8 times that I have voted in a presidential election, this marks just the second time that the candidate I voted for has won. No wonder I'm a cynic about national politics.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Don't Have To Think

VoteThe whole reason we have elected officials is so we don't have to think all the time.

-- Homer Simpson