Quotes

Notably Quotable: “”There’s nothing in the middle of the road but …”

  “There’s nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead armadillos.”  — Jim Hightower ***** “Jill Biden may have settled for her husband, but I’m not sure why anyone else should.” — Sarah Jones, columnist, New York Magazine. ***** “The nation is still reeling from two mass shootings. The financial markets are yo-yoing by hundreds of points. A bomb in Afghanistan, where we’re still at war, killed 63 revelers at a wedding. Tension between the United States and Iran continues to mount. North Korea keeps testing new missiles. India is playing with fire in Kashmir. Hong…

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Notably Quotable: “Rep. Thomas Massie introduced a bill to get rid of all gun-free zones in schools…”

“Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced a bill to get rid of all gun-free zones in schools. If he believes gun-free zones are the problems, he will get rid of the gun-free zone around the U.S. Capitol and House and Senate office buildings. Instead, he too hides behind his gun-free zone.” — Sarah K. Burris, Here are the top 7 places hypocritical Republicans won’t let you take a gun. ***** “Gun control has paralyzed 535 people this year — they’re called the United States Congress.” — Bill Maher (8/9/19) ***** “By 6:01 p.m., after just a little more than two hours, he…


Notably Quotable: “If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is…”

“If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but the one who causes the darkness.” — Victor Hugo, Les Misérables ***** “It is time for us to simply realize that this country will not heal — all that a country is a collection of people — people heal when there’s deep truth-telling,” Marianne Williamson said. “We need to recognize when it comes to the economic gap between blacks and whites in America, it does come from a great injustice that has never been dealt with. That great injustice has…


Notably Quotable: “Dear America: You are waking up, as Germany once did, to the awareness that …”

“Dear America: You are waking up, as Germany once did, to the awareness that 1/3 of your people would kill another 1/3, while 1/3 watches.” — Werner Herzog  tweet ***** “I decided not to dwell on it, and just do my job.” — ProPublica, A Border Patrol Agent Reveals What It’s Really Like to Guard Migrant Children. ***** “I used to work in US intelligence advising presidents on risk. The biggest threat to our country today is the Republican Party.” — Paul Nailer, The Independent (7/18/19) ***** “We need to go to the future,” she says. “Why is he so popular?…


Notably Quotable: “The worst enemy of life, freedom and the common decencies is…”

  “The worst enemy of life, freedom and the common decencies is total anarchy; their second worst enemy is total efficiency.” — Aldous Huxley ***** “Planet Before Profit” — Extinction Rebellion UK protest banner ***** “Liberal democracy organizes society around respect for the dignity, equality and freedom of all human beings. Fascism, by contrast, organizes society around the vilification of outsiders. In this administration’s rhetoric toward undocumented immigrants from Central America and religious minorities, we have been subject to classic fascist tropes for some time. “ — Jason Stanley, author of “How Fascism Works”. ***** “What he did to me is…


Notably Quotable: “There’s a direct relationship between the ballot box and the bread box, and…”

  “There’s a direct relationship between the ballot box and the bread box, and what the union fights for and wins at the bargaining table can be taken away in the legislative halls.” — Walter Reuther, President of the UAW ***** “Pity the nation whose people are sheep/And whose shepherds mislead them/Pity the nation whose leaders are liars/Whose sages are silenced/And whose bigots haunt the airwaves/Pity the nation that raises not its voice/Except to praise conquerers/And acclaim the bully as hero.” — Lawrence Ferlinghetti ***** “Our nation is operating concentration camps for refugee children. We need to stop denying that and…


Forget Trump’s Carnival Show Fourth: A Lincoln Remembrance Appropriate To July 4th

  “In March 1864, a decade after Alvan Bovay founded the Republican Party in Ripon [WI], a delegation from the New York Workingman’s Democratic Republican Association came to the White House to offer the country’s first Republican president an honorary membership  in their labor organization, “None are so deeply interested to resist the present rebellion as the working people,” Abraham Lincoln told them, after accepting the honor. “Let them beware of prejudice, working division, and hostility among themselves. The most notable feature of a disturbance in your city last summer was the hanging of some working people by other working…


Notably Quotable: “Power doesn’t corrupt…”

“Power doesn’t corrupt; it reveals.” — Gabriel Sherman, CABLE IS ABOUT ONE THING: NICHE”: HOW TRUMP BECAME TRAPPED IN ROGER AILES’S WORLD (6/27/19) ***** “Climate change shapes every other political question. It does not belong on a laundry list of topics, because we can’t build a better world without a livable planet.” — Thea N. Riofrancost, The Democratic Debates Showcased the Most Dangerous Form of Climate Denial (In These Time 6/28/19) ***** “We have a press which thinks that covering both “sides” of a debate is more important than divining the truth behind the debate.  Balance has replaced accuracy, truth, data, and facts…


Notably Quotable: “No one’s standard of living will …”

“No one’s standard of living will change. Nothing would fundamentally change.” — Joe Biden, Joe Biden Promises Rich Donors He Won’t ‘Demonize’ The Wealthy If Elected President (6/19/19) ***** “If you are  right-wing populist, you can beat a corporate Democrat. Scott Walker did it three times here.” — David Poklinkoski, president of IBEW Local 2304 from, “The Fall Of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest Of A Progressive Bastion And The Future Of American Politics” (2018) p.186. ***** “There are a lot of reasons to why the middle class is collapsing. Certainly the anti-union efforts on the part of corporate America have been significant,…


Notably Quotable: “If you don’t know where you’re going…”

“If you don’t know where you’re going, all roads will lead you there.” — Lewis Carrol ***** “To make matters worse, the DNC has refused to host a climate debate and announced that it will bar from the debate stage any candidates participating in one in another venue. In censoring a serious discussion of climate, the DNC aligns itself with President Trump’s anti-climate agenda.” — Alison Rose Levy, The DNC Strategy Will Defeat Climate Voters, Not Trump (TruthOut 6/16/19) ***** “We’re not protecting our children. If you can’t learn from the past, it’s going to continue happening.” — Flo Rice, substitute teacher who was wounded…


Notably Quotable: “No business which depends for existence on…”

“No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933. ***** “I don’t want to be the America of 10 years back or 20 years back or 30 years back. I want to build a better America and I think this is our moment to do that.” — Sen. Elizabeth Warren ***** “Last year, Americans spent more than $80 billion playing state lotteries. That’s around $250 for each citizen, more than what was spent on concerts, sporting events and movie tickets combined….


Notably Quotable: Wake Up And…

“Wake up & smell the covfefe!!!” — Protest sign at anti-Trump London protest. ***** “You said that your investigation’s work ‘speaks for itself.’ It doesn’t.” — Robert De Niro, “Robert De Niro’s Open Letter To Robert Mueller: ‘Leave Your Comfort Zone’ And Testify” ***** “Snit Hits The Fan” — New York Daily News headline over latest Trump breakdown. ***** “The entire foreign policy is based on a single unstable individual’s reaction to perceptions of slights or flattery. If someone says something nice about him, they are our friend; if they say something unkind, if they don’t kiss the ring, they…


Notably Quotable: “Never underestimate the power of stupid people…”

“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.” — George Carlin ***** “Democrats who are reluctant to impeach might want to take note of the reaction from voters in Republican Justin Amash’s district.” — John Nichols, “Optimism is a political act. Those who benefit from the status quo are perfectly happy for us to think nothing is going to get any better. In fact, these days, cynicism is obedience.” — Alex Steffen, The Bright Green City ***** “The crusade for the unborn fires up Christian zealots and anti-abortion fanatics with righteous indignation that can lead to violence. It…


Notably Quotable: “I don’t know why…”

  “I don’t know why. They ‘trust me’. Dumb fucks.” — Mark Zuckerberg replying to a friend in the early days of Facebook on why people were signing up in droves. Business Insider (5/13/10) ***** “Ignore the religious rhetoric and moral posturing about abortion. This debate is not about the sanctity of life. It is about corporate capitalists who desperately need more bodies and intend to coerce women to produce them.” — Chris Hedges, “The Abortion Debate Is Not About The Sanctity Of Life — It’s About Corporate Capitalism” (5/20/19) ***** “There is always more misery among the lower classes than…


Notably Quotable: “When plunder becomes a way of life…”

  “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” — Frederic Bastait ***** “We cannot, we simply cannot, have a presidency that is run as if it were a king or dictator.” — House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) ***** “Of course, to stay, you must be seen as on his team, so you make further compromises. You use his language, praise his leadership, tout his commitment to values. And then…


Notably Quotable: “Hell is empty…”

“Hell is empty, and all the devils are here.” — William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act 1, Scene 2 ***** “Real power is — I don’t even want to use the word — fear.” — Donald J. Trump, – Bob Woodward’s, Fear: Trump In The White House ***** “If I’m still the majority leader of the Senate after next year, none of those things are going to pass the Senate. They won’t even be voted on. So think of me as the grim reaper.” — Sen. Mitch McConnell on a 2020 progressive legislative agenda . ***** “When the history of Trump’s presidency…


Notably Quotable: “If we had confidence…”

  “If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state.” — From the Mueller Report: Here are 11 key lines from the Mueller report. ***** “Mueller’s quote of Trump, when first learning a special counsel had been appointed – “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m fucked” – has already become a national tagline. Why, Americans wonder, would Trump be “fucked” if he hadn’t done something so awful as to cause its revelation to “fuck” him?” —…


Notably Quotable: “Being honest may not get you a lot of friends…”

“Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones.” — John Lennon ***** “Since 2001, every American taxpayer has spent almost $24,000 on the wars — equal to the average down payment on a house, a new Honda Accord, or a year at a public university.” — Mind Unleashed, We Have Spent $32 Million Per Hour on War Since 2001, (3/25/19) ***** “So long as the fundamental structures of the economy remain unchanged, state action will disproportionately benefit capitalist interests at the expense of everything else.” —   “The ABCs of Socialism”…


Notably Quotable: “Stop trying to navigate systems of power…”

“Stop trying to navigate systems of power and start building your own party.” — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ***** “A basic principle of modern state capitalism is that costs and risks are socialized to the extent possible, while profit is privatized.” – Noam Chomsky ***** “This country has socialism for the rich, rugged individualism for the poor.” – The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ***** “Everyone believes in the atrocities of the enemy and disbelieves in those of his own side, without ever bothering to examine the evidence.” — George Orwell, “Looking Back on the Spanish War” ***** “In these…


Manufacturing Consent: Generating Apathy To Preserve The Status Quo

  “Advertisers don’t like the public sphere, where audiences are relatively small, upsetting controversy takes place, and the settings are not ideal for selling goods. Their preference for entertainment underlies the gradual erosion of the public sphere under systems of commercial media, well exemplified in the history of broadcasting in the United States over the past seventy-five years. But entertainment has the merit not only of being better suited to helping sell goods; it is an effective vehicle for hidden ideological messages. Furthermore, in a system of high and growing inequality, entertainment is the contemporary equivalent of the Roman “games…


Notably Quotable: “The great enemy of freedom is the alignment of political power with wealth.”

  “The great enemy of freedom is the alignment of political power with wealth. This alignment destroys the commonwealth – that is, the natural wealth of localities and the local economies of household, neighborhood, and community – and so destroys democracy, of which the commonwealth is the foundation and practical means.” ― Wendell Berry ***** “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.” ― Eric Hoffer, The Temper of Our Time ***** “In October 1964 in the state of Mississippi, the civil rights movement suffered fifteen killings, four woundings, thirty-seven churches bombed or burned, and…


Aldo Leopold On The Penalty Of The ‘Ecological Education’

“One of the penalities of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the marks of death in a community and believes itself well and does not want to be told otherwise.” — Aldo Leopold, “A Sand County Almanac” (1949).


Thursday Jan.26, 2017

“Welcome To The United States Of Embarrassment.” – Women’s March Protest Sign in Madison, WI.


Thursday Jan 26, 2017

“Welcome To The United States Of Embarrassment.” – Women’s March Protest Sign in Madison, WI.


Sunday February 26, 2017

“The political machine triumphs because it is a united minority acting against a divided majority.”  – Will Durant


Monday February 27, 20117

“When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money.”  – Native American teaching