Thursday, May 28, 2009


Roland Burris burial site in Oak Woods Cemetery in Chicago, IllinoisAnd, and God knows number one, I, I wanna help Rod. Number two, I also wanna, you know hope I get a consideration to get that appointment.

-- Illinois Senator Roland Burris in the FBI transcript of a phone call discussing his potential senate appointment with former-Governor Rod Blagojevich's brother Rob, 13 November 2008

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Frame from Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb (1938), copyright Columbia PicturesRight now, to me he's, like, the dumbest person I ever came in contact with in my life.

-- Wanda Walker, on her brother, James Cromitie, who was charged in a plot to blow up two Bronx synagogues, New York Times, 22 May 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Same Age

iPods[S]ince the entire culture is defiantly refusing to grow up, parents and children are all now approximately the same age. We've got the same music on our iPods.

-- Karen von Hahn; I Like to Hang Out With My Teenager; The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada); 1 September 2007

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Eighteen Times

Norman Mailer, 1948, photograph by Carl Van VechtenI don't trust a man who uses the word evil eighteen times in ten minutes. If you're half evil, nothing soothes you more than to think the person you are opposed to is totally evil.

-- Norman Mailer (31 January 1923 - 10 November 2007), American novelist, journalist, poet, and playwright, BBC Newsnight, 2 April 2002

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Reputation For Generosity

Super Cheap Auto. Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, by BidgeeWe'd all like a reputation for generosity, and we'd all like to buy it cheap.

-- Mignon McLaughlin (1913-1983), American journalist and author

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Only Goodness

Sydney J. HarrisPatriotism is proud of a country's virtues and eager to correct its deficiencies; it also acknowledges the legitimate patriotism of other countries, with their own specific virtues. The pride of nationalism, however, trumpets its country's virtues and denies its deficiencies, while it is contemptuous toward the virtues of other countries. It wants to be, and proclaims itself to be, "the greatest", but greatness is not required of a country; only goodness is.

-- Sydney J. Harris (1917-1986), journalist and author, "What's Wrong with Being Proud?" in Pieces of Eight (1982)

Monday, May 18, 2009


Relay For LifeSaturday evening through early Sunday morning, the AppleTrotts team raised $308.51 selling chili dogs, chips, and drinks at Piatt County Relay For Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. That's 5 members of the Appleman family plus 5 members of the Trott family. Not too bad for a first effort, earned almost entirely on-site the night of the event.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

No Difference

Official portrait of William E. Borah, United States Senator from Idaho, 1907-1940If the press is not free, if speech is not independent and untrammeled, if the mind is shackled or made impotent through fear, it makes no difference under what form of government you live; you are a subject and not a citizen.

-- William E. Borah (1865-1940), Republican US Senator from Idaho

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Banking Should Not Be Exciting

Banker, from Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark, illustration by Henry HolidayBanking should not be exciting. If banking is exciting there is something wrong with it.

-- Clay Ewing, president of German American Bancorp., a community bank in Jasper, IN, New York Times, 12 May 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Respect That

Kicking in a door, searching for TalibanOur villages are not where the terrorists are. And that's what we keep telling the US administration, that the war on terrorism is not in the Afghan villages, not in the Afghan homes. Respect that. Civilian casualties are undermining support in the Afghan people for the war on terrorism and for the relations with America. How can you expect a people who keep losing their children to remain friendly?

-- Afghan President Hamid Karzai, on Meet the Press, 10 May 2009

Monday, May 11, 2009


Marble blocks in Marble, COWhat sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the human soul.

-- Joseph Addison (1 May 1672 - 17 June 1719), English politician and writer, The Spectator magazine, No. 215, 6 November 1711

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Birthday Redux

End of Daylight Saving TimeCoincidentally, all of the kids in my family (my siblings and I) were born on Wednesdays ... sort of. John was born Wednesday 14 May 1952, Jim on Wednesday 26 August 1953, David on Wednesday 1 January 1958, and I was born on Wednesday 6 May 1959 ... sort of.

From the Illinois Dept. of Public Health web site's FAQ on vital records --

Note: Prior to July 1, 1959, births and deaths were to be recorded on standard time, even though the community in which the birth or death took place was observing daylight savings time. On July 1, 1959, a new law became effective legalizing daylight savings time as being state standard time between the last Sunday in April at 2 a.m. and the last Sunday in October at 2 a.m. Since July 1, 1959, all births and deaths are recorded using the current time.

So prior to 1 July 1959, roughly 4% (1/24th) of births during DST in Illinois were recorded in standard time the day before. Everyone born between midnight and 1am DST had their birth time recorded as between 11pm and midnight the night before, in standard time. This places me among the last to experience this effect, as I was born at 12:23am on Wednesday 6 May 1959 (by the clock on the wall), which was officially recorded as 11:23pm on Tuesday 5 May.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

How Old Would You Be?

Satchel Paige, pitchingHow old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?

-- Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige (7 July 1906? - 8 June 1982), American Negro Leagues and Major League baseball pitcher

Monday, May 04, 2009


Lumber mill on Chernaia RiverIt is unfortunate that trees had to die for this story.

-- Dean Baker (13 July 1958-), American macroeconomist, co-founder and co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, on an article on the economy in the New York Times, "Beat the Press" blog, 1 May 2009