Quote of the day…

…for the Faux news crowd:

“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities”
Voltaire

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    “A great war leaves the country with three armies – an army of cripples, an army of mourners, and an army of thieves.”
    German proverb

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    “All foundations, which support the CFR [Council on Foreign Relations] are in turn directed by men from Bechtel Construction, Chase Manhattan, Kimberly-Clark, Monsanto Chemical, and dozens of other corporations. Further, to complete the circle, most foundation directors are members of the CFR. In the early 1960s, Dan Smoot found that twelve of twenty Rockefeller Foundation trustees, ten of fifteen Ford Foundation trustees, and ten of fourteen Carnegie Foundation trustees were members of the CFR”
    G. William Domhoff

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    “Three of the biggest [terrorist] incidents before 9/11 were actually incidents of US culpability. In 1976, a Cuban airliner was brought down … the death toll was seventy-three … by Luis Posada Carriles, a longtime CIA operative, who was later indicted for terrorism. And the US refused to extradite him. They’re harboring him… The Indian Airlines bombing in 1985, an Indian jetliner was blown up, about 300 killed. The bombers were later found to have received training at a US camp in Alabama… The Iranian jetliner shot down by a US ship, the Vincennes, also with roughly 300 killed, in 1988, the captain of the ship who did that, he got a medal from Bush Senior for exceptionally meritorious service.”

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    “A red is any son-of-a-bitch who wants thirty cents an hour when we’re payin’ twenty-five!”
    John Steinbeck

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    The Republicans have emerged as a unique phenomenon in American history – a fervently doctrinal party, zealous, ruthless, antidemocratic …

    In ceasing to be a genuine opposition party the Democrats have smoothed the road to power of a party more than eager to use it to promote empire abroad and corporate power at home.
    Inverted Totalitarianism, by Sheldon Wolin, The Nation, May 19, 2003

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    “Clinton, and most other contemporary Democrats, did not and will not do what is best for us or the world we live in. We don’t pay their bills – the top 10 percent do, and it is their will that will always be done…

    So is there a difference between Democrats and Republicans? Sure. The Democrats say one thing (“Save the planet!”) and then do another—quietly holding hands behind the scenes with the bastards who make this world a dirtier, meaner place. The Republicans just come right out and give the bastards a corner office in the West Wing. That’s the difference.”
    Michael Moore

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    “In no small part because they coveted the same corporate money, Democrats practically walked away from the politics of struggle, leaving millions of working people with no one to fight for them. We see the consequences all around us in what a friend of mine calls “a suffocating consensus.” Even as poverty spreads, inequality grows, and our quality of life diminishes, Democrats have become the doves of class warfare.”
    Bill Moyers

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    “I warn you all.

    You were not elected to create a Democratic majority.

    You were elected to restore this country.

    You were not elected to serve the corporations and the trusts who the government has enabled for the last eight years.

    You were elected to serve the people.

    And if you fail to pass or support this legislation, the full wrath of the progressive and the moderate movements in this country will come down on your heads.

    Explain yourselves not to me, but to them.

    They elected you, and in the blink of an eye, they will replace you.
    If you will behave as if you are Republicans – as if you are the prostitutes of our system – you will be judged as such.

    And you will lose not merely our respect.
    You will lose your jobs!

    Every poll, every analysis, every vote, every region of this country supports health care reform, and the essential great leveling agent of a government-funded alternative to the unchecked duopoly of profiteering private insurance corporations.”
    Keith Olberman, calling out the “Blue Dog” Democrats who oppose a not-for-profit, government-run, public health care option, Countdown,

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    He only profits from praise who values criticism.”

    –Heinrich Heine,
    German poet

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    “Patriotism has got to be more than hanging out a flag and then sitting on your ass watching jets bomb Afghanistan.”
    Ruth Coniff

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    “”Fearful people are more dependent, more easily manipulated and controlled, more susceptible to deceptively simple, strong, tough measures and hard-line postures.””
    George Gerbner

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    “”We see how the powerful countries, all of them so-called democracies, manipulate multilateral bodies to the great disadvantage and suffering of the poorer developing nations.”
    Nelson Mandela

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    “There have never been so many civil wars as in the Kingdom of God.”
    Montesquieu

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    Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.
    George Orwell

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    The most worthless of mankind are not afraid to condemn in others the same disorders which they allow in themselves; and can readily discover some nice difference of age, character, or station, to justify the partial distinction.”
    Edward Gibbon

    Was he talking about Dems vs Repubs?

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    It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism while the wolf remains of a different opinion.”
    –William Ralph Inge

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    “Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly.”
    –Francis Bacon,
    British author and statesman

    So much for libtards.

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    “The United States has only one party – the property party. It’s the party of big corporations, the party of money. It has two right wings; one is Democrat and the other is Republican.”
    Gore Vidal

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    “A well-functioning democracy has a culture of free speech, not simply legal protection of free speech. It encourages independence of mind. It imparts a willingness to challenge prevailing opinion through both words and deeds. Equally important, it encourages a certain set of attitudes in listeners, one that gives a respectful hearing to those who do not embrace the conventional wisdom. In a culture of free speech, the attitude of listeners is no less important than that of speakers.”
    Cass Sunstein

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    “I have the greatest admiration for your propaganda. Propaganda in the West is carried out by experts who have had the best training in the world — in the field of advertizing — and have mastered the techniques with exceptional proficiency … Yours are subtle and persuasive; ours are crude and obvious … I think that the fundamental difference between our worlds, with respect to propaganda, is quite simple. You tend to believe yours … and we tend to disbelieve ours.”
    Soviet correspondent based five years in the U.S.

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    In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from.
    Peter Ustinov

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    Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them.
    Peter Ustinov

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    Peter again: The only reason I made a commercial for American Express was to pay for my American Express bill.

    More pearls:

    Basically I’m a very serious person, but I think the form it takes with me is comedy. I see the amusing side of all potentially pompous situations.

    Her virtue was that she said what she thought, her vice that what she thought didn’t amount to much.

    I have four children which is not bad considering I’m not a Catholic.

    It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously.

    To refuse awards is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal.

    Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.

    If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can’t be done.

    Critics search for ages for the wrong word, which, to give them credit, they eventually find.

    The point of living, and of being an optimist, is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come.

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    For me, this is somewhat powerful.

    I have a thing against faith. Peter hits the nail on the head – and I am conviced that unquestioning faith is laziness, and true “faith” requires questions and doubts.

    To simply state “I believe” is horseshit. You have to think about it for it to mean something.

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    First time I read it, I thought “well, FEAR unites us pretty effectively, too”.

    I mean, America has long been the home of unity through fear of “the other”, right? “They” hate us for our freedom, gay marriage threatens my marriage (seriously, WTF?), Russia was going to blow the shit out of us for years and now it’s the GWOT, we need to ban guns because some nut in Sandy Hook, CT did what nuts do…

    I’m not a “proud” American, these days. Just doing what I can to minimize the damage while “we” wait for “our saviour” to come along, I guess.

    And let me save you the bits, bytes, and electrons replying to that last bit. Yeah. I know. No “saviour” is coming. As long as the voters are A) apathetic, B) too brainwashed/caught up in their own ideology to see the system breaks down when they elect uncompromising fucksticks to “represent” them, C) made ignorant by a few corps controlling what they see and hear, and D) shitting their pants in fear of “the other” we’re never going to find, much less elect, a “saviour”.

    Lately, I’ve been thinking that refusal to tax the rich is tantamount to treason. If we don’t “redistribute wealth” the entire economy fails. The US economy, and the world economy. That’s just a fucking fact. Look at the Reagan and Bush years if you don’t believe me.

    Yet, Merkuns keep electing stupid bastards who think the full faith and credit of the US gov’t is a bargaining chip.

    Go figure.

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    “Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.”
    ― Gore Vidal, Screening History

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    “The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.”
    ― Gore Vidal

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    “[Professor] Frank recalled my idle remark some years ago: ‘Never pass up the opportunity to have sex or appear on television.’ Advice I would never give today in the age of AIDS and its television equivalent Fox News.”
    ― Gore Vidal, Point to Point Navigation

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    “There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party … and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat.”
    ― Gore Vidal

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    “In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all – security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.”
    ― Edward Gibbon

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    “Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”
    Mark Twain

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    “When the doctrine of allegiance to party can utterly up-end a man’s moral constitution and make a temporary fool of him besides, what excuse are you going to offer for preaching it, teaching it, extending it, perpetuating it? Shall you say, the best good of the country demands allegiance to party? Shall you also say it demands that a man kick his truth and his conscience into the gutter, and become a mouthing lunatic, besides?”
    Mark Twain

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