You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. You cannot help the wage-earner by tearing down the wage-payer. You cannot further the brotherhood of mankind by encouraging class hatred. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn. You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative. You cannot help man permanently by doing for them what they could do and should do for themselves.
– Although often attributed to Abraham Lincoln, he did not say this. The exact origin of this quote is unknown.
I, my son, my mother and a co-worker all suffer from this. Anyone else?
Well that explains it…
I didn’t realize this doesn’t happen to everyone.
Almost every morning on the way to daycare I would be strapped in the carseat and as we’d go around the on-ramp the sun would hit my eyes and: KABLOOEY! Egg McMuffin all over the seat. My mom had to stop giving me breakfast food until we got on the highway.
I cannot hear “Don’t Fear the Reaper” and not think of the SNL/Walken skit. Right in the middle of my second season marathon of Six Feet Under I had to stop the episode, and put in my old VHS tape that is always queued to the beginnig of that skit.
“He had me at the waving wheat right from the beginning. Americans love crops in stiff breezes.”—
Rachel Maddow, on the Obamomercial last night. (via soupsoup)
I actually changed the channel at that precise moment in fear that a slow motion scene of Barack & Michelle running towards each other to embrace in a wheat field was about to be portrayed. It would have pushed the Obama boner party past acceptable limits for me.
“It’s easy to be cynical about baseball sometimes. But only baseball, among all sports, gives you that moment of the last out. That one second where all the tension, all the anxiety, and all the hopes and fears explode into a giant cathartic roar. That’s the one thing that baseball has above all sports.”—
In 1845, before Florida, California, and Texas were states or slavery had been abolished, Congress needed to pick a time for Americans to vote. We were an agrarian society. We traveled by horse and buggy. Farmers needed a day to get to the county seat, a day to vote, and a day to get back, without interfering with the three days of worship. So that left Tuesday and Wednesday, but Wednesday was market day. So, Tuesday it was. In 1875 Congress extended the Tuesday date for national House elections and in 1914 for federal Senate elections.
Today, we are an urban society, and we all know how hard it is to commute to our jobs, take care of the children, and get our work done, let alone stand on lines to vote. Indeed, Census data over the last decade clearly indicates that the inconvenience of voting is the primary reason Americans are not participating in our elections.
If we can move Columbus Day, Presidents’ Day, and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Holiday for the convenience of shoppers, why not make Election Day more convenient for the sake of voters? First and foremost, it is time to end the deafening silence of good people on this vitally important issue. So we ask: Why Tuesday?
I wonder what percentage of Girl Scout cookies or whatever Boy Scouts sell are actually sold by their parents to people they work with. I don’t really blame them for doing it, but I thought the idea was for the kids to get out there and do the selling.
This message was brought to you in annoyance after being approached for the fifth time about buying something from the Girl Scouts.
EDIT: These Girl Scouts are only selling calendars and something else (I forget what). Selling GS cookies is a whole ‘nother story.
“BTW, will you be voting libertarian this year? That would appear to be the direction you’re heading in, and to be honest, I don’t understand why people who are crying “socialism” aren’t going in that direction as a large group.”—
I can’t speak for the Libertarians, but I imagine why a lot of them are voting for McCain is because of the two prominent choices, he is more likely to support the policies they believe in. And much like the many of the people that would prefer a Green candidate in the White House, they vote for Obama because he is closer to their ideals than McCain. It’s not rocket science.