Monday, November 30, 2009

Next Time

Tareq And Michaele SalahiThe next time it will be a far worse reality than a reality TV show.

-- Rep. Peter T. King, who called on Congress to investigate how 2 uninvited guests appeared at the White House for a state dinner while aspiring to be featured on "The Real Housewives of Washington", New York Times, 27 November 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Just To Be Alive

Pictogram for happyGratitude, appreciation, giving thanks. No matter what words you use, they all mean the same thing. Happy. We're supposed to be happy. Grateful for friends, family. Happy just to be alive.

-- From "Grey's Anatomy"

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Motor City Thanksgiving

New Orleans: Thank you message in the grotto of Our Lady of Guadalupe ChurchThanksgiving is not an anachronism whose time is past. It is much more than a holiday to celebrate a meal shared between the Pilgrims and Native Americans. It is a time to reflect and be thankful for what we have -- not for what we cherish, desire or envy.

-- Ted Nugent, America Rocks, 28 November 2002

Monday, November 23, 2009


Male north american turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)TURKEY, n. A large bird whose flesh when eaten on certain religious anniversaries has the peculiar property of attesting piety and gratitude. Incidentally, it is pretty good eating.

-- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Where The Silence Is

Silence, Adam AyariGo to where the silence is and say something.

-- Amy Goodman (b. 1957), investigative journalist, columnist and author

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Next In Importance

MortarboardNext in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained.

-- James A. Garfield (1831-1881), 20th President of the US, letter accepting the Republican nomination to run for President, 12 July 1880

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Paid In Liberty

Robert Louis Stevenson, portrait by Girolamo NerliThe price we pay for money is paid in liberty.

-- Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), novelist, essayist, and poet

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Nidal HasanThere won't be a lot of guilt-innocence maneuverability there.

-- Thomas H. Dunn, former defense lawyer for the Army, on possible defense strategies for Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who is accused in the Nov. 5 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, TX, New York Times, 16 November 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Tasted It

The Lady and the Unicorn: TasteWe got more than just a whiff. We practically tasted it with the impact.

-- Peter H. Schultz, professor of geological sciences at Brown University, on a satellite crash that confirmed the presence of water on the moon, New York Times, 14 November 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009


LIFEThere are just over 100 people in the world serving sentences of life without the possibility of parole for crimes they committed as juveniles in which no one was killed. All are in the United States. And 77 of them are in Florida.

-- Adam Liptak, New York Times, 7 November 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sesame Street

Sesame StreetSally, you've never seen a street like Sesame Street. Everything happens here. You're gonna love it!

-- Gordon Robinson (character), the very first line spoken on the very first episode, 10 November 1969. Sesame Street is the longest running children's program on US television.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

In Sarah We Trust

Sarah PalinWho calls a shot like that? Who makes a decision like that? It's a disturbing trend.

-- Sarah Palin, on a 2005 decision approved by President George W. Bush to put "In God We Trust" on the edge -- rather than the face -- of new presidential dollar coins, November 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Safe To Assume

SafeAlthough CREW has been unable to uncover the demographic makeup of [these companies], it seems safe to assume the vast majority of their employees are not pregnant women, infants and children, young adults up to 24 years old, and healthcare workers.

-- Melanie Sloan of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, after more than a dozen companies were given the vaccines, including Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase, 5 November 2009

Monday, November 09, 2009

Berlin Wall

After the fall, Berlin 1990Niemand hat die Absicht, eine Mauer zu errichten! (No one has the intention of erecting a wall!).

-- DDR State Council Chairman Walter Ulbricht, press conference, 15 June 1961, prior to the 13 August 1961 establishment of the Berlin Wall, which finally came down on 9 November 1989

Friday, November 06, 2009

Small Enough To Fit

Constitution of the United StatesI want a government small enough to fit inside the Constitution.

-- co-founder Harry Browne (1933-2006)

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Not Evil

MickeyMickey is never going to be evil or go around killing people.

-- Warren Spector, creative director of Junction Point, a Disney-owned game developer overhauling the image of Mickey Mouse, New York Times, 5 November 2009

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Train Set

Bachmann Santa Fe FlyerThis is all happening because my father didn't buy me a train set as a kid.

-- Warren Buffett, joking about his decision to buy a railroad, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation, New York Times, 4 November 2009

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Karzai Wins!

Afghan President Hamid Karzai (right) and Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah Abdullah (center) meet with Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld (left foreground) in the Pentagon on June 14, 2004Anybody can win unless there happens to be a second entry.

-- George Ade (1866 - 1944), American writer, newspaper columnist, and playwright

Monday, November 02, 2009

At Once

Signature of Calvin CoolidgeWe cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.

-- Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), 30th president of the United States