"I respect everyone's right to have an opinion. That doesn't mean I respect everyone's opinion, nor should I." -- Lauren Rankin, 2016-09-11
"We don't accomplish anything in the world alone and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that create something." -- Sandra Day O'Connor (b. 1930-03-26; Supreme Court justice 1981-09-25 to 2006-01-31)
"if I ever get killed in some way that gets covered in a news source, I fully expect all of you to say, 'Well, she was actually a bit of a bitch, and really, it's only a surprise that her death wasn't in a bar fight, or in combat with alien invaders.' Even though only the first part of that is true, I really hope that given the chance to memorialize me to the media, you'll take full advantage of that." -- Stephanie Clarkson, (b. 1971-12-15, d. 2016-07-19) 2012-12-29
"[...] while I was giving out coffee [to people waiting in line to vote in 2012] I was trying to be very non-partisan; I would say neutral things about just thanking people for voting, regardless. One person asked me who I supported, though, and I looked down at the coffee and said, 'Well, I took my personal supplies, and spent an hour and a half brewing coffee, and then I took public transit, and came down here to redistribute my wealth to the public because I thought it might help you. So I bet you can figure out who I *don't* support.'" -- Stephanie Clarkson, (as thespian), 2012-11-06
And a quotation I've already used before but fits too well here today to leave out:
"Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale." -- Lauren DeStefano
[To my friends who celebrate it, blessed Mabon! For folks who merely mark the equinox or celebrate it in other ways, happy equinox! (10:21 EDT / 14:21 UTC for folks who want to mark the minute the the equator aligns with the sun.)]
"Peace is a matter of education more largely than of legislation ; although the latter is necessary. [...]
"The writers of war histories keep up this race and sectional prejudice by writing each from his own party standpoint. They suppress many facts, and belittle the strength, courage and magnanimity of their opponents, and too often color and magnify the usually very insignificant cause of the war itself. [...]"
"But we do not stop by putting these highly colored and erroneous histories into our libraries for the edification and instruction of mature readers. They are too often condensed into school books for the instruction of the young, who imbibe the hatreds and prejudices of ourselves and of our ancestors. We have ten statues to the soldier where we have one to the philanthropist.
"A recital of their wars constitutes the largest portion of the history of Christian nations ; while the strides that they have made in commerce, in manufactures, and the arts, constitute the least.
"The love of home and country are undoubtedly meritorious attributes, and self-sacrifice for country has always been held in high esteem, but it is but another form of self-love, and it is quite possible to make this love not only excessive, but unjust. There is another and a higher love â the great love of humanity, of peace, of justice and equality â that should be taught to our youth as well. To die for one's country has been usually con- sidered the highest order of patriotism ; but to live for one's country is something higher."
-- Belva Ann Lockwood (b. 1830-10-24, d. 1917-05-19; National Equal Rights Party candidate for President of the US in 1884 and 1888) address to the National Council of Women, 1895-02-28 ( text, scan)
"It's #20effing16. Racism isn't going to die out by itself, and especially not if you keep providing it safe harbor. So yes, the safe space I create around me is not for you. We'll probably calm down if you let us protest quietly and peacefully instead of making it clear that there's *no* form of protest that you will allow, if it comes to your attention. Only ineffectual, ignorable protest is good enough. We got that." -- Kat Tanaka Okopnik, 2016-09-06
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-09-13:
"I have had the privilege to live in France with my family for more than six years. The days of beans and rice are far behind. Yet the scars of Guantanamo are never far from view. I wonder, at times, whether I will ever be free of the sense of pain and loss I feel. I also wonder what scars burden the soldiers who were ordered to mistreat us, now that they know it was in error, and I hope they are cared for and given the opportunity to learn from those mistakes. I am struck by the angry political rhetoric that continues to surround Guantanamo in the United States, and I truly hope that America, like me, will someday have the chance to put Guantanamo into its past and to resume a constructive existence." -- Lakhdar Boumediene, an Algerian who was held for over seven years at an American prison camp in Guantanamo. He was released when a review showed there had been no credible evidence of any wrongdoing on his part. Quoted in Astro Noise: A Survival Guide.
(submitted to the mailing list by Mike Krawchuk)
"I'm a pacifist, but the most American thing you can do [to defend their civil liberties] is to dissent, and the most un-American thing you can do is to stifle dissent. When you feel threatened by the suppression of your liberties, you exercise them to the nth degree, you scream your head off every chance you get. You talk to people you don't agree with. Really good advice: Every day, talk to at least two people who don't agree with you. It's the only way it is going to get done." -- Utah Phillips (b. 1935-05-15, d. 2008-05-23)
(Putting this out on multiple communication channels; you may see it more than once.)
Boston folks: I plan on coming up for Stephanie's memorial service and am way behind on making plans (because I'm way behind on everything, which is a problem). I need to figure out whom of the folks I'd like to see up there might have time to hang out at some point, where to stay (looks like I've got the most important nights covered, but if folks want me to hang around longer I may need to find additional people to impose upon), rides, etc., ... And for a few of y'all I only had info in my phone that just died, and not everything got copied over to the backup phone when I moved the SIM card. Whoops. (I'm also having trouble keeping media straight -- who prefers email, who prefers SMS, who prefers Facebook.)
If you'd like to hang out while I'm in town (and/or have a spare couch or bed you wouldn't mind my landing on for a few days) and haven't heard from me directly -- or if I guessed wrong about your preferred channel -- please drop me a line so I can figure out whom I might get to see when. Thanks.
I prefer email (dglenn@panix) but will be checking SMS (919-649-5862) and Facebook (d.glenn.arthur).
"For many, many years, when I would say these things, other white people would call me names: 'Oh, you're a hatemonger, you're a Nazi, you're like Hitler.' Now they come in and say, 'Oh, you're like Donald Trump.'" -- white supremacist William Johnson, quoted in "Why A Vote for Trump is a Vote for Mainstreaming Anti-Semites," by Yair Rosenberg, Tablet magazine, 2016-08-29 (thanks to realinterrobang for quoting this earlier)
"There's a world of difference between remembering and fetishizing.
Remembrance is sobering.
Fetishizing perpetuates the violence.
And it's exactly what our enemies wanted."
-- Laura Mandel, 2014-09-12 (non-public comment)
[Most years, I see multiple examples of both on this date: sober remembrances, and things that look anything but sober.]
Gregorian: 2016 September 11
Julian: 2016 August 29
Hebrew: 5776 Elul 08
Islamic: 1437 Dhu I-Hijja 09
Persian: 1395 Shahrivar 21
Indian: 1938 Bhadra 20
Ethiopian: 2009 Meskerem 01 (New Year Day)
Coptic: 1733 Thout 01 (New Year Day)
"You can't drive cats crazy because they are already." -- barticle35, 2016-08-31
"I've caught the red dot. It lives inside a little metal tube. I've managed to trap it inside and make it do my bidding." -- Coyoty, 2016-08-31
Both quotes are from comments under that day's Breaking Cat News strip.
|Captain Alexia Murtaugh:||Civilization cannot afford for us to be afraid.|
|Commodore Karl Tagon:||Pithy. What if those words end up on your tombstone?|
|Captain Alexia Murtaugh:||Put it where lots of people can read it.|
-- from Schlock Mercenary by Howard Tayler, 2016-06-25