"There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life." -- John Lennon (b. 1940-10-09, d. 1980-12-07)
"People keep saying to me, 'as a comedian, aren't you just a little bit happy that Trump won?' And I gotta say, that makes me want to stab those peope in the eye with a fondue fork." -- Stephen Colbert, on the CBS television program The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, 2016-11-30 (during his "Midnight Confessions" bit)
"Unusual for his time, Nicholas became a saint because of the quality of his life, not the nature of his death, as he was not martyred, as were most saints of that era." -- Carol Myers, quoted in "Why St. Nicholas puts candy in boots and stole our hearts" by Sertan Sanderson, 2015-12-04
"Some might say that we have lost the saintly seriousness of the season, that we have made it too lighthearted and silly and forgotten the real meaning of things. But it is good for us to laugh, and to laugh at ourselves, be a little silly and ridiculous, and even a little childish." -- Professor Adam English, ibid
Gregorian: 2016 December 06 -- Saint Nicholas' Day
Julian: 2016 November 23
Hebew: 5777 Kislev 06
Islamic: 1438 Rabi`al-Awwal 06
Persian: 1395 Azar 16
Indian: 1938 Agrahayana 15
Coptic: 1733 Hathor 27
"Someone please explain to me how baking a cake for a gay wedding supports gay marriage but voting for a racist isn't supporting racism." -- @TianaGuptill, 2016-11-27
"@TianaGuptill excellent point! Has anyone been able to answer that question because I would love to hear the answer." -- @athenalmwatkins, 2016-11-28
"@athenalmwatkins Literally no one has tried to explain. My words have been shared all over social media, still nothing." -- @TianaGuptill, 2016-11-28
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-11-30:
"Mr. Trump should have laughed off the recount in Wisconsin as a quixotic waste of time from a defeated opponent. Instead, he is treating the matter as a personal affront. How, then, will he react if tensions rise in the South China sea, the Baltics or the Middle East?"
"It is as though we are all trapped in an abusive relationship with the next U.S. president."
-- John Ibbitson
(submitted to the mailing list by Glenda Wall)
"As a veteran of many an electoral defeat at the polls, may I remind you of the proper Texan attitude toward slaughter at the polls?
"A few years before Billie Carr died this September at age 74, a friend called to ask how she was doing. 'Well,' she said, 'They just impeached my boy up in Washington, there's not a Democrat left in statewide office in Texas, the Republicans have taken every judgeship in Harris County, and yesterday I found out I have cancer.'
"'I think I'll go out and get a pregnancy test because with my luck, it'll come back positive.'"
-- Molly Ivins (via Jone Johnson Lewis' collection of quotations on about.com)
My sweet, sweet Perrine, the cat who squeaked, drama-kitty, who wandered into my life thirteen and a half years ago mostly starved and proceeded to give me affection, stories, and the occasional live mouse over the years, died around 18:45 tonight after an undetermined illness[*].
I am not thinking straight. I'm not sure I'm really thinking. My head seems to have turned into a snot-factory. If you want to know how I'm doing ... I don't know yet. I'll figure that out when I can think again.
I got thirteen and a half years of stories. She got thirteen and a quarter years of better health than she came to me with, and a human to sleep on. Thirteen years ... wasn't enough.
2016 really fucking sucks.
[*] Blood tests and physical exaam ruled out most of the easy-to-treat stuff and all of the easy-to-diagnose things, so we were in a "try to treat the symptoms and watch for more clues" stage.
"I'm sorry, everyone, but I must ask for some support in addressing this hateful and ignorant man. Look up, please. Someone look up because I can't do this alone." -- posted on Medium.com by Being Liberal, which is described as a FB community, with the note "Originally posted on Facebook" ... but looking ar recent posts in the Being Liberal FB community only found me a reshare of the Meium.com version, not the original post. So I don't know what individual to attribute the essay to, unless Being Liberal is an authorship entity as well as a community...?
"This is not something which is in any way, in my view, the precinct of the left. It is in fact the precinct of rational people when looking to encourage work and community engagement and give people a floor beneath which they're not allowed to fall." -- Hugh Segal, Conservative political strategist, quoted in "Ontario pilot project puts universal basic income to the test" by Ashifa Kassam, 2017-10-28
"It's so ironic that people are gearing up for Thanksgiving when Native Americans are being tear gassed and shot with rubber bullets and water hoses as we speak." -- attribution unclear but the name I've seen most often when there's any name on it at all, is @17thsoulja or @17thsoulja4
"'There's no courage', The Prophet said, 'before the war has begun.'
Drunkards vaunt their bravery when you speak of war.
But in the blaze of battle they scatter like mice.
I'm astonished by the man who wants purity
And yet trembles when the harshness of polishing begin...
When a man beats a carpet again and again
It's not the carpet he's attacking, but the dirt in it."
-- Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (b. 1207, d. 1273-12-17), translated by Andrew Harvey
[I was going to use this during the rhetorical buildup to the next US war or new-front-in-ongoing-war ... but a recent post by Kat Tanaka Okopnik made me realize how else it applies.]
"America likes to brand itself as 'the land of opportunity,' but from elsewhere in the world, the cost of that opportunity is shockingly high. It looks more and more like the land of oligarchy, where those with privilege move higher and higher up more and more easily, and those below have to scramble with all their might, sacrificing everything and never making a bad decision to even have a shot at being upper middle class. And if you don't get there? Well you shouldn't have made that bad decision that one time, it's your fault. Christ, even your poster boys for innovation and striking it rich -- Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates -- went to freaking Harvard. Land of opportunity, huh? Yeah, when the next Facebook is founded by a guy working out of a college dorm at Indiana State, you might be able to say that without irony."-- Pete Ross, 2016-04-26