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Quote of the Day — June 22, 2009

Good morning, Netizens…

In this picture, (June 21, 2009 AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) an Iranian woman living in Germany weeps during a protest against the results of the Presidential elections in Iran and post election violence, in Berlin, Germany, Sunday. Which brings us to our quote of the day:

In politics you must always keep running with the pack. The moment that you falter and they sense that you are injured, the rest will turn on you like wolves.
R. A. Butler (1902 - 1982)

Quote of the Day — May 27, 2009

Good morning, Netizens…

I am wandering a bit afield here for today’s quote of the day, as I could not help but wonder how it would sit with each of you.

“I would have lost my virginity earlier than I did, at 22, (because) I would have been much more in touch with myself. To me, that’s a health regret.” (Brooke Shields, attributed to People Magazine)

Now mind you, I am in what some call the mid-60’s of life, and having lived a long and very colorful life, I hereby admit remembering the location and time when I lost my virginity at the International Odd Fellows Old Folks Home residents hall at the ripe of age of 21.

Do you remember losing your virginity, or is that even a charged issue for you today? Do you have any regrets, like Brooke Shields obviously does? Or, if you could relive that part of your lives, would you wait or hurry?


Quote of the Day — May 11, 2009

We Americans live in a nation where the medical-care system is second to none in the world, unless you count maybe 25 or 30 little scuzzball countries like Scotland that we could vaporize in seconds if we felt like it.

        Dave Barry (1947 - )

Quote of the Day — April 26, 2009

Good morning, Netizens…

The quote of the day comes from British writer Clive Barnes, who is frequently cited as thus:

Television is the first truly democratic culture — the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want.

Clive Barnes

Now that is a question which keeps poll-takers up late at nights, scratching their heads, manipulating numbers and attempting to project which television shows will “work” next season.

More than anything else, television shapes our news habits, for as several world-reknown journalists have observed, you can get a television viewers to sit vapidly in front of the Tube watching all the news of the day in half-hour segments with the clicker in their hands, but you cannot get them to read a morning newspaper.

Why is that, do you think?

Is it literacy or the lack thereof? Does television news give you something you cannot get from subscribing to and reading the morning paper? Is it the cost factor, that you never sense the cost of cable TV lurking behind the scenes when you are watching Randy Shaw, but you have to pay the Spokesman for reading the news?

Or, as Clive Barnes put it so eloquently, are the essentials which people have come to expect from television more terrifying than most would believe?


Quote of the Day — April 23, 2009

Good afternoon, Netizens…

The quote of the day perhaps has even greater meaning than perhaps its author might have foreseen.

Quote of the Day April 23, 2009

The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

Ronald Reagan (1911 – 2004)

With no offense intended to the author of Reaganomics, we have seen a few horrible changes to our national economy which mandates we add a few additions to how government views our national economy.

One: If you cannot solve the problem, by all means throw money at it. Money cures everything, right?

Two: If you are going to subsidize the United Auto Workers by financially underwriting GM, Chrysler and Ford, ignore how well their respective automobiles are selling. Obviously once things improve, Americans will begin buying new cars. Well, maybe.

Three: (Brightening) Look at the medical sector of the American economy. It continues unabated to grow each year. Ignore those comments that suggest the average American can no longer afford medical care nor insurance. Once things improve, Americans will begin buying insurance and everything will be good once more.

Four: Our nation’s economy will get better. (The choir chimes in with a heart-felt “Yeah, sure!” as the descent into an unknown future continues.

I wonder what Ronald Reagan would do if faced with similar circumstances? Anyone have any ideas?


Quote of the Day — April 17, 2009

Good morning, Netizens…

Somehow Barack Obama has already made it into the database that powers Quote of the Day, which comes as no surprise to me, given how “quotable” he has become before, during and since his ascendancy to the Presidency of the United States. So, without further ado, I’ll quote his words, wondering what people will say about him after his first term in office.

There’s new energy to harness, new jobs to be created, new schools to

build, and threats to meet, alliances to repair.

The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there

in one year or even in one term. But, America, I have never been more

hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you, we as a

people will get there.

There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won’t agree

with every decision or policy I make as president. And we know the

government can’t solve every problem.

But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will

listen to you, especially when we disagree. And, above all, I will ask you

to join in the work of remaking this nation, the only way it’s been done

in America for 221 years — block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand

by calloused hand.

Barack Obama (1961 - ), Election Night Speech in Chicago, 11-04-08


Quote of the Day — April 16, 2009

Good morning, Netizens…

Today’s random quotation takes me back to another time, another place.The quote of the day is:

You cannot make a man by standing a sheep on its hind legs. But by standing a flock of sheep in that position you can make a crowd of men.

Max Beerbohm (1872 – 1956)

Years ago, I met and, despite our obvious differences, became enamored of a Bishop of the Latter Day Saints in Wyoming who, despite being unlettered, having never completed high school, managed to read and retain some of the most-humorous aphorisms which he would dispense, at will, from behind the counter of his Napa Auto Parts Store to anyone willing to listen.

One of his favorite citations went, “If you can teach a horse how to canter, you’re doing good. However, if you can teach a horse to float on his back in the pond while whistling ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ you may have something.”

Unfortunately the Bishop’s son, who never had his father’s loquaciousness nor his abstract sense of humor, inherited the role of Bishop upon his father’s demise as well as titular ownership of the Napa Store.


Quote of the Day April 13, 2009

It takes only one drink to get me drunk. The trouble is, I can’t remember if it’s the thirteenth or the fourteenth.

George Burns (1896 - 1996)

Quote of the Day — April 2, 2009

Thomas Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.’ And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.

        Ronald Reagan (1911 - 2004)

When I first saw this quotation come up, I froze both the word of the day and quote of the day, which are processed together, until I had time to verify the authenticity and validity of what the late Former President Reagan was quoted as saying. After several hours spent fruitlessly looking for any alternatives to this quote, or perhaps a clarification of what was said, I have nothing to show but the quote, itself.

Now perhaps more to the question, did Ronald Reagan actually talk with Thomas Jefferson? It seems extremely unlikely, but the question remains nonetheless. According to this quotation, he did.

I guess I can blame it on the Internet.


Quote of the Day — March 31, 2009

Good morning, Netizens…

Our Quote of the Day:

Storms make trees take deeper roots.

Dolly Parton

If what, as Dolly Parton states, is truthful, is it not plausible that despite our present economic hardship, our nation is merely being rebuilt and rethought into substantially stronger fare? Is it possible that as the storm passes, our economy if not our nation will be rebuilt with stronger roots, better fiscal wisdom and perhaps to reemerge as the world leader we have repeatedly stated we are?

Or, conversely, as we have seen throughout our history, when storms come, trees topple and fall, edifices are thrown to the ground and people’s roots simply cease to exist. We have a clear choice between the acceptance of inevitable strengthening or abject failure.

Is how and when we make this decision determined largely by our faith in ourselves as a nation if not ourselves?


Quote of the Day — March 27, 2009

Good morning, Netizens…

Our quote of the day, which comes to us from television icon and sometimes-funny man, David Letterman, bespeaks how bad the air in Los Angeles is.

Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees.

David Letterman (1947 - )

Fortunately, most days of the year our air here in Spokane is better, at least so long as you do not have to shovel it, which sometimes happens. However, we have recently seen an upsurge in the number of peregrine falcons that have the same result on indigenous bird populations, with frightful efficiency.

They swoop out of the sky at a high rate of speed, snapping the neck of their target, and then lift off to someplace more private to eat their dinner, tossing the bones and various unwanted parts of their meal over the side. The only difference between Los Angeles and Spokane is that the birds are somewhat disembodied when they fall from the trees and the falcons are fat and happy.


Quote of the Day — March 26, 2009

Good morning, Netizens…

First, we delve into some essential truths about ourselves through the quote of the day:

A diplomat… is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.

Caskie Stinnett (1911- ), Out of the Red (1960)

Unfortunately my fate in life has nearly always been that when I tell someone to go to hell, it takes them at least an hour, perhaps longer, before they realize I have already left the room. Thus in most cases, I seldom have an opportunity to find out whether they found the pathway or not.

In a similar vein of thought, when I describe a person’s sins, I always prefer to describe their personal demons in as graphic a manner as possible, so there is not one shred of doubt to what sins I am referring.

I hazard a guess that I will never aspire to nor be a diplomat. Based upon the quote of the day, could you be considered a diplomat?


Quote of the Day — March 24, 2009

Good morning, Netizens…

We have a picture of Maugham, the author of our quote of the day, and what he wrote:

Follow your inclinations with due regard to the policeman round the corner.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965), ‘Of Human Bondage’, 1915

Perhaps if you are curious you might want to read the entire Wikipedia article on Maugham, as this British citizen and world-renown author was not only a multi-hued man of interesting experiences in the world, he was gay, and yet, because of the various places he lived, very discrete about it. In reading you can gather the scope and breadth of Maugham’s incredibly prodigious literary life as well as his world travels. Since “Of Human Bondage” is also a free Gutenberg text here, not to mention available in Kindel format from Amazon, you can easily obtain a copy of the book for your own personal library if you wish. Just remember that, according to several critics, Maugham often injected an autobiographical image or two into everything he wrote.

Now as to the quote itself, and without launching myself into the ongoing, deep, confusing and murky waters of the Spokane Police Department at this particular juncture in time, suffice it to say the quote is timelessly-irrespective of any law enforcement services anywhere in the world. It is a strong admonition to carefully consider your actions before you step forth onto the stage of the world and to always be aware of the policeman, to whom you may pose a particular threat.

Perhaps a classic example of this is you are driving down a long and largely empty road, and suddenly you become aware of a patrol car looming up in your rear-view mirror. You glance at your speedometer almost out of instinctual fear, do you not? Isn’t that human nature?

Just a modest thought for the morning in washed-out gray Spokane as we tremulously continue treading toward Spring.


Quote of the Day — March 20, 2009

Good morning, Netizens…

Our randomly-chosen quote of the day today:

“The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at seven-thirty in the morning feeling just plain terrible.”

This bit of truth comes to us from Jean Kerr (1922-2003) Writer and playright, who once wrote, “It’s pretty good for a girl who tried writing to justify not doing the dishes,” according to Los Angeles Times journalist Myrna Oliver. Author of a 1957 best–seller, “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” and many other plays and short pieces, her husband won a Pulitzer Prize as a theater critic for the New York Times.

I hate to disagree with someone so experienced in life, but when I get up in the morning, typically around 2:30 AM local time, my first thought is to see if the world as I know it to be, is still in existence. Since nothing much is moving about at that ungodly hour of the morning, no one to disturb my reveries and contemplations, it is a sacred period of time. When I wake up I always look forward to being able to write something functional, even if I do not necessarily agree with what others are saying about it.

Kerr often wrote in her Chevrolet, parked two blocks from her home in New York, for privacy’s sake. This was, of course, before the Internet gave us the tools to write anywhere at all, and thus be able to elude the hordes of people wanting to see into the world of introspective creativity.

Jean Kerr was both a prolific and terribly funny author. That says something about simultaneously writing in a Chevrolet and having six children, neither of which strike me as particularly easy tasks to master.


Quote of the Day — March 19, 2009

Good morning, Netizens…

Rather than simply post the quote of the day, after over a year of quoting some of the great thinkers, poets and raving mad of our times, I have decided to make the quote of the day part of my morning ritual by investing a tiny bit of my introspective processes. What better way that to start with one of my favorite authors, Edward Abbey?


No tyranny is so irksome as petty tyranny: the officious demands of policemen, government clerks, and electromechanical gadgets.

Edward Abbey (1927 - 1989)

Edward Abbey had me tied up in knots with his treatise (above) until he mentioned electromechanical gadgets. Since many of my associates and I make livings servicing many of those electronic gadgets to which Abbey pays backhand homage, I would have to demur from his reasoning, adding that you haven’t truly delved the depths of human depravity until you have encountered pious and sanctimonious people who manage huge computer networks.

They meet or exceed any standards ever set by policemen or government employees when it comes to being irksome.


Quote of the Day — March 18, 2009

The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982), Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, 1966

Quote of the Day — March 17, 2009

When you go into court you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty.

Norm Crosby

Quote of the Day — March 16, 2009

You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a firefly and still have room enough for three caraway seeds and a producer’s heart.

Fred Allen (1894 - 1956)

The Quote of the day — March 14, 2009

Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say ‘infinitely’ when you mean ‘very’; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.

C. S. Lewis (1898 - 1963)

Quote of the Day — March 13, 2009

Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists.

John Kenneth Galbraith (1908 - 2006)

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