Monday, November 07, 2005


T. S. Elliot:
"When good does evil to fight evil, it becomes indistinguishable from the evil it is fighting."

Catherine Crier, author of Contempt: How the Right Is Wronging American Justice
"Today the radical Right is winning, and they know it. Sooner rather than later, we may be living in a very different country, a country that had been ours, a country that will be theirs." Before being plucked as a legal commentator on national television, Crier was a Republican judge in Texas.
"I no longer believe things will get better," Crier concludes, "unless and until America's real majority -- the rational, pragmatic, tolerant, Constitution-loving preponderance of U.S. Citizens -- expresses its outrage and takes action against this attempted hijacking of our beloved Republic." Source

Eric Alterman:
“You know, I’m getting a little tired of wondering, “How will the Bush cheerleaders spin this one?” every time fresh evidence appears that they were deliberately misleading the nation into war, and that this deception is responsible for the deaths of 2000 Americans, the wounding of more than ten thousand more, and the killings of tens of thousands of others, as well as the torture of who knows how many people, and the hatred of America world-wide, as well as the creation of more terrorists, one of whom, eventually, will attack us, and kill more of us, starting the whole thing again, leading to more excuses by Bush cheerleaders for their deliberate deception…” Source

Anna Quindlen:
"The leaders of the Democratic Party should take time off from their fund-raisers and visit the Vietnam Memorial, too. They should remember one of the most powerful men the party ever produced, Lyndon B. Johnson, and how he was destroyed by opposition to the war in Vietnam and bested by those brave enough to speak against it.
At least Johnson had the good sense to be heartbroken by the body bags. Bush appears merely peevish at being criticized. Someone with a trumpet should play taps outside the White House for the edification of a president who has not attended a single funeral for the Iraqi war dead." Source

  • More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
    * Woody Allen

  • Pessimism, when you get used to it, is just as agreeable as optimism.
    * Arnold Bennett

  • The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.
    * James Branch Cabell

  • I don't consider myself a pessimist. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel soaked to the skin.
    * Leonard Cohen

  • He that hopes no good fears no ill.
    * Thomas Fuller

  •, in brief, playing the sure game. You cannot lose at it; you may gain. It is the only view of life in which you can never be disappointed. Having reckoned what to do in the worst possible circumstances, when better arise, as they may, life becomes child's play.
    * Thomas Hardy

  • If we see light at the end of the tunnel,
    It's the light of the oncoming train.
    * Robert Lowell

  • How many pessimists end up by desiring the things they fear, in order to prove that they are right.
    * Robert Mallet

  • There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist, except an old optimist.
    * Mark Twain

  • Logic and sermons never convince,
    The damp of the night drives deeper into my soul.
    * Walt Whitman


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