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Monday May 23, 2016

Quote of the Day

Trump Mussolini

“He's not Hitler, as his wife recently said? Well, of course he isn't. But then Hitler wasn't Hitler—until he was. At each step of the way, the shock was tempered by acceptance. It depended on conservatives pretending he wasn't so bad, compared with the Communists, while at the same time the militant left decided that their real enemies were the moderate leftists, who were really indistinguishable from the Nazis. The radical progressives decided that there was no difference between the democratic left and the totalitarian right and that an explosion of institutions was exactly the most thrilling thing imaginable.”

-- Adam Gopnik, “The Dangerous Acceptance of Donald Trump,” in The New Yorker, May 20, 2016

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Posted at 02:14 PM on May 23, 2016 in category Quote of the Day
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Monday May 16, 2016

Something Else

I'm usually not a huge fan of Andy Borowitz's stuff on the New Yorker site, but “Obama Alienates Millions with Incendiary Pro-Knowledge Remarks” is pretty damn funny. And the closing quote is perfect:

“This fall, we will ask the American people, 'Do you want four more years of knowledge, or do you want something else?' ” Priebus said. “Because the Republican Party has something else.”

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Posted at 06:07 PM on May 16, 2016 in category Quote of the Day
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Wednesday May 11, 2016

Quote of the Day

“Voting against Trump is an act of allegiance to America. Even if Republicans are persuaded that [Hillary] is Claire Underwood out of 'House of Cards'—well, Claire Underwood is a more stable person to have in office than a cross between Sauron and Bozo the Clown.”

-- Adam Gopnik, “Going There with Donald Trump,” The New Yorker

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Posted at 06:16 PM on May 11, 2016 in category Quote of the Day
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Sunday May 08, 2016

Quote of the Day

“And you don't have excuses. You don't have to guess the number of jelly beans in a jar or bubbles on a bar of soap to register to vote. You don't have to risk your lives to cast a ballot. Other people already did that for you.”

-- Pres. Barack Obama during his commencement address to Howard University's Class of '16, urging a more strategic and thoughtful activism, including, per above, voting in midterm elections. 

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Posted at 08:19 AM on May 08, 2016 in category Quote of the Day
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Friday April 29, 2016

Quote of the Day

“As many of you probably know, I'm a Democrat. And as you may have seen, I've also been a fan of Bernie Sanders. Much of what he stood for and helped bring to the forefront in this primary are things I too have fought for. ... But having been through many bruising primaries in my life, I'm also a realist. From where I sit, the math is clear. Hillary will likely win, and she will be our nominee. But that doesn't mean Bernie didn't also win. He won in a myriad of ways, none more so than energizing the Democratic base in a way no one expected. Young people in particular have become so passionate about this election. Because they recognize the historic importance at stake is nothing less than the very soul of our nation. So I'm asking Democrats out there to take a pledge, along with me: #Vote Blue No Matter Who.”

-- George Takei in a mesage to progressives.

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Posted at 09:11 AM on Apr 29, 2016 in category Quote of the Day
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