For all those who attempted my name game challenges:
BELIEVE IT OR NOT’S ROBERT RIPLEY once received a birthday
greeting from a Chicago resident named Zeke Zzzpt.
NEW ANALOGY IN TOWN:
William Barr: Justice::Aaron Burr:tap dancing.
IT IS DIFFICULT TO PREDICT THE FUTURE The following sentence appeared in The Quarterly Review in 1825: "What can be more palpably absurd than the prospect held out of locomotion traveling twice as fast as stage coaches?" ** POLITICIANS/POLITICS No matter how paranoid you are, what the government is actually doing is worse than you can imagine. William Blum Don’t believe anything until it’s been officially denied. William Blum People used to complain that selling a president was like selling a bar of soap. But when you buy soap, at least you get the soap. In this campaign you just get two guys telling you that they really value cleanliness. David Brooks Somewhere out in the audience may even be someone who will one day follow in my footsteps, and presides over the White House as the President’s spouse. I wish him well. Barbara Bush. College address at Wellsley College on June 1, 1990 Politics? Politics are just like women: get into them seriously and you’re going to come out looking like an earthworm stepped on by a longshoreman’s boot. Charles Bukowski in a letter to Gerald Locklin (August 2, 1981) Political conflicts are merely surface manifestations. If conflicts arise you may be sure that certain powers intend to keep this conflict under operation since they hope to profit from the situation. To concern yourself with surface political conflicts is to make the mistake of he bull in the ring, you are changing the cloth. That is what politics is for, to teach you the cloth. Just as the bullfighter teaches the bull, teaches him to obey the cloth. William Burroughs Journal for the Protection of All Beings (City Lights Bookstore) …one of the terrible truths of presidential politics: it changes everybody who gets into it, generally for the worse, frequently for the awful. Gail Collins. The New York Times (February 7, 2015) As early as 1923 it had become clear that world revolution was no longer on history’s agenda, at any rate not in the form envisioned by Marxism. George C. Eckstein, reviewing Bukharin and the Bolshevik Revolution in The Nation (February 8, 1975) ** The exiled tyrant Pisistratus , planning his return to Athens in the early sixth century BC, hired an unusually tall woman named Phye to ride beside him in his in his chariot. She was to pretend to be the manifestation of the goddess Athena, the Patron of Athens. Herodotus gives her height as some four cubits---around 5’11”, more than a foot taller than the average woman at the time—and notes that not only was she dressed in full armour but was instructed of the bearing in which she might best beseem her part (according to Macauley’s inimitable translation . As Pisistratus and Phye trundled through the fields of Attica, fell over themselves to pay their respects., Herodotus notes that Pisistratus was immediately returned to power. Claire Hall. “The Day a God Rode In,”: reviewing “The Realness of Things Past: Ancient Greece and Ontological History” by Greg Anderson (London Review of Books) I have just received the following telegram from my generous Daddy, It says, “Dear Jack: Don’t buy a single vote more than is necessary. I’ll be damned if I’m going to pay for a landslide.” John F. Kennedy at the Gridiron Dinner (1958) ** If you agree with me on nine out of 12 issues, you should vote for me. If you agree with me on 12 out of 12 issues, you should see a psychiatrist. Ed Koch, Mayor of NYC Al Gore never claimed that he invented the internet, Howard Dean didn’t scream. Hillary Clinton didn’t say she was staying in the race because Barack Obama might be assassinated. And Wesley Clark didn’t impugn John McCain’s military service. Scott McClellan, the former White House press secretary in his tell-all memoir “What Happened.” But a true account of modern American politics should “What Didn’t Happen.” again and again we’ve had media firestorms over supposedly revealing incidents that never actually took place. Paul Krugman (NY TIMES. July 4,2008) ** Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies. Groucho Marx …I haven’t studied politics that much really. It just seems that you have to be in a constant state of revolution, or you’re dead. There always has to be a revolution, it has to be a constant thing, not something that’s going to change things, and that’s it, you know, the revolution’s going to solve everything. It has to be every day.” Jim Morrison, in an interview with John Tobler \ Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel. John Quinton Teddy Kennedy says, “These are times that will test all people. Are we up to the test?” And the people say, “The question is, can we get someone to take the test for us?” Mort Sahl ** In that first four weeks (AFTER OBAMA’S ELECTION), you probably remember, effigies were burned. Obama supporters were being beat up, all sorts if things like that. For me, it was all captured in the amazing case of the second and third graders in Idaho who were riding their bus on the way to school and chanting “Assassinate Obama!” It was an incredible moment. I think that –very much like David Duke, the ex-Klan leader, predicted – Americans woke up on November 5 and to some of them it was a rude shock. This black guy was going to be their president, and, by God, he was going to take his wife and kids and move into the White House. David Schimke. “Hate,Ink.” in UTNE READER (Jan-Feb. 10, 2010) ** Arguing with the Tea Party is like playing chess with a pigeon. No matter how good your argument the pigeon is going to knock all the pieces over, crap all over the board and strut around like it’s victorious. Charles Simmons ** Democrats work to help people who need help. That other party they work for people who don’t need help. That’s all there is to it. Harry S Truman ** NEW APP: HOW YOU CAN TELL RIGHT AWAY IF THE PERSON YOU ARE TALKING TO HAS ENOUGH MONEY TO MAKE IT WORTHWHILE FOR YOU TO BE THEIR FRIEND. AFTER ALL WHO WANTS TO WASTE THEIR TIME WITH POOR PEOPLE?
TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION ASKING THE SUPREME COURT TO VOTE UPON THE UNCONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Although many Americans are aware that the Supreme Court has been asked to deprive some 9 to 11 million Americans of their health insurance on the basis of an ambiguous four word phrase in the health-care provision , few Americans are aware of a case that will soon follow suit – - Americans Who Hate The General Welfare vs. The Constitution of the United States of America. Attorneys for the state rights have pointed out (and rightly so) that the majority of our 50 States were not in existence at the time the Constitution was approved (sometime in the l8th century we believe, although many citizens believe the Constitutional Congress, like the moon-landings, was a hoax). Here are the phrases called into question: " We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure he Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." First of all the phrase “We the people of the United States” was a blatant falsehood at the timeThe Constitution was drafted. many so-called people (women, slaves, children, and anyone who did not own property) were in no position to ordain anything. these disenfranchised chattle did not establish the Constitution. They could barely establish that they existed. Did any of the persons who voted for ratification of the Constitution produce voter IDs? How many tainted votes were cast? There should be a revote, with a prior ruling on how to count or not count hanging chads. Second: What about all the new States that have become part of the United States since. Each new State should be allowed to rewrite the Constitution to fit the needs of its citizens. Third, what about the phrase “promote the general welfare"? Anyone who did not own property could not vote, thus were in no position to ordain anything. These disenfranchised chattles did not establish the Constitution. They could barely establish that they existed. Now that is ambiguous. Does our Constitution endorse “The Welfare State”. We know we need guns to promote the general welfare, but do we really need Social Security and National Healthcare? The phrase "promote the general welfare" must be struck from the Constitution. Last, but not least, The Supreme Court will be asked to rule on whether the phrase “common defence” is spelled correctly . Since the usual spelling is defense, did the persons who drafted the Constitution have something sinister in mind. Were the Founding Fathers mocking the notion that there is such a thing as a “common defence” since Americans seem not to agree on many “common: issues.” This two word phrase should cause the Constitution to be nullified. Once again, we expect the court to be divided down along party lines and that the decision will come down to the vote one Supreme Court Justice. Yes, Justice. And last, but not least, The Supreme Court will be asked to rule on whether the phrase “common defence” is spelled correctly . Since the usual spelling is defense, did the persons who drafted the Constitution have something sinister in mind. Were the Founding Fathers mocking the notion that there is such a thing as a “common defence” since Americans seem not to agree on many “common: issues.” This two word phrase should cause the Constitution should Be nullified. Once again, we expect the court to be divided down along party lines and that the decision will come down to the vote one Supreme Court Justice. Yes, Justice.