don’t explain. refrain.
Patriotism having become one of our topicks, Johnson suddenly uttered, in a strong determined tone, an apophthegm, at which many will start: “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” But let it be considered that he did not mean a real and generous love of our country, but that pretended patriotism which so many, in all ages and countries, have made a cloak of self- interest. — Samuel Johnson, quoted in Boswell’s Life of […]
My mother was a beautiful woman. Everyone says so — both now and at the time. Hell, I said so, both now and at the time. We could all agree on that. And that was comforting, in a time of open warfare between us. But I have looked at many photo albums that are in her condo — way more than I knew existed. And she looks so… ordinary. Pretty, usually. Just pretty, at least. […]
.. so I can enjoy at leisure! www.AndrewSullivan.com – Daily Dish EMAIL OF THE DAY: “I voted for President Bush in 2000 and planned to do so again in November. My reason: national security and the man’s seeming personal integrity. As a Jew, I had a gut-level fear of the Christian Right but (1) did not believe Bush shared its worldview and (2) saw fundamentalist Christian support for Israel as indicative that the Christian Right […]
Random Quotes – The Quotations Page In science, ‘fact’ can only mean ‘confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.’ I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms. — Stephen Jay Gould
I watch NASA scientists on Devon Island pretend to be on Mars. I wish I were going with them, but I doubt that’s on the list of possibilities for this lifetime. I am a slug. I have not read today. I have spent the morning doing physical therapy and picking up Eddie the Cat from his second round of chemotherapy. Then, lunch with Buck, which contained mostly carbohydrates: macaroni and cheese, toasty things, and beer. […]