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Thursday October 25, 2018

Tweet of the Day

This tweet yesterday, the bottom one, really hit home for me. The disconnect I feel listening to news coverage on NPR, say. It's like they‘re describing a monster rampaging through the city with the same tone in which they report a city council meeting. Then they quote an official who blames the taxicab driver for getting eaten by the monster: “The monster is the true victim here.” Then they bring in someone who disparages both sides for not being able to find common ground.

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Posted at 06:13 AM on Oct 25, 2018 in category Quote of the Day
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Friday October 12, 2018

Thank God for David Simon

Posted at 10:44 AM on Oct 12, 2018 in category Quote of the Day
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Lost and Foundations

“It's not just that the megaphones operated by 501(c)(3) groups and financed by a sliver of rich donors have gotten louder and louder, making it harder for ordinary citizens to be heard. It's that these citizens are helping foot the bill.”

— David Callahan, the founder and editor of Inside Philanthropy, a website focusing on the good, bad and ugly of high-end giving. He's quoted in Elizabeth Kolbert's New Yorker article on the history of foundations and modern philanthropy. Worth reading. Worth thinking about. Much in this country has gotten twisted—even giving.

Posted at 02:14 AM on Oct 12, 2018 in category Quote of the Day
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Wednesday September 05, 2018


“You can normally only do 10 percent of what he tells you to do. Ninety percent is fucking crazy.”

— a former West Wing official talking about Donald Trump, in Gabriel Sherman's Vanity Fair piece, “Everybody on the Inside Knows It's True”: Woodward's Reality Bomb Is Blowing Up the West Wing,“ about White House reactions to Bob Woodward's upcoming book, ”Fear." Yesterday, Trump tweeted fervent denials (from Sec. of Defense James Mattis and WH Chief of Staff John Kelly) to some of the scenes/quotes from the book that were previewed in The Washington Post.

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Posted at 05:56 AM on Sep 05, 2018 in category Quote of the Day
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Tuesday September 04, 2018


“Don't testify. It's either that or an orange jumpsuit.”

— attorney John Dowd advising his client, Pres. Trump, to not testify before Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to a Washington Post account of Bob Woodward's upcoming book, “Fear: Trump in the White House.” The Post story is startling both for Trump's vindictiveness and the amount of fear/contempt his advisers have for him and what he might do to the country. Put it this way: I‘ve long thought Trump is a disaster but (if this holds up) it’s worse than I imagined.

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Posted at 04:30 AM on Sep 04, 2018 in category Quote of the Day
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