Monthly Archives: January 2014
I’ve never been to New York City and not sure if I really have plans to ever visit. I don’t want to be disappointed by a city that’s not as sterling as the reputation it once had.
In a super city like New York the government probably needs to take on a bigger scale than in other places in order to provide the services that it must so I’ll give a little bit on having a larger than normal government for the circumstances.
Still I feel for the people of New York for having to put up with Nanny Bloomberg types and all his baloney(though not too bad since they voted for him after all).
At this point in time New York is a microcosm of America. Struggling, confused, dejected, hopeless, and leaderless.
It would be awfully nice if Bloomberg and Obama would back off a little with the need to be on everyones case all the time. For folks who like to present themselves as “fighting the establishment”, they do an awfully good job of being the establishment itself.
Maybe not going quite this far, but somewhere in between is surely easy to find.
Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to pleaes an individual – or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.
– Samuel Adams, Boston Gazette, April 16, 1781.
I have always found it odd that some people say they do not regret the choices they made or the way things turned out in their lives following some series of events. I myself have many regrets. While it is true that I have learned a lesson from each of them, I would have preferred to have been firm in my knowledge of those lessons without having to learn them the hard way.
Therefore I enjoyed reading this small paragraph(between father and daughter) from the novel Scaramouche, by Rafael Sabatini.
“I have nothing to regret,” she said.
“So every fool says at first. Nor would you admit it if you had. You are like that. You go your own way in spite of advice from older heads.”
There you have it. Once again art demonstrates the truth of life much more precisely than I could ever have said myself.
War is not the best engine for us to resort to; nature has given us one in our commerce, which if properly managed, will be a better instrument for obliging the interested nations of Europe to treat us with justice.
– Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thomas Pickney, May 29, 1797.
The truth is that any sex-conscious practice defeats itself by sidetracking the thought from the matter in hand to a social-issue — an important one, without question. And on that issue, it is hardly plausible to think that tinkering with words will do anything to enhance respect for women among people who do not feel any, or increase women’s authority and earnings in places where prejudice is entrenched.
From Dawn to Decadence(pg. 83).
That is for all the PC warriors out there who would rather argue semantics than legitimate issues. Replace “women” with any other minority term and you’ve got a regular NBC news slot.