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01/09/22 05:34 AM #15631    


Jack Mallory

Joan--Does help one understand, if not sympathize with, the excesses of the Jacobins and Bolsheviks, doesn't it? Although these days the demands for the death penalty seem to come from the right rather than the left. 


Dr. Guillotine's inspiration reminds me of Kip's question to Nora. Where's the proud, Biblical support for the deceitful, hateful, adulterous former Executioner in Chief? We get Christianity thrust upon us without asking for it, but when an honest question is asked, crickets. 

01/09/22 12:49 PM #15632    


Jay Shackford

Redskins New Name

The biggest question going into February is:  What’s going to be the new name of The Washington Football Team (formerly the Washington Redskins).

According to news leaks,  the names under consideration are: RedWolves; Armanda; Presidents; Brigade; Defenders; Redhogs and Commanders.  Considering that in choosing any name one needs to think about logos and artwork, none of the seven under consideration seem that spectacular. There are indeed a lot of references to the military. I think we can do better.  So let’s have some fun with this. Thinking about animals, how about:

  • The Washington Cheetahs (world’s fastest land animal reaching speeds of 0 to 60 in four seconds; cougars and falcons, world’s fastest bird, already taken by University of Washington and Atlanta, respectively). 
  • The Washington Thoroughbreds
  • The Washington Stallions

On the political side of things:

  • The Washington Monuments
  • The Washington Filibusters
  • The Washington Hustlers
  • The Washington Escorts
  • The Washington Bodyguards
  • The Washington Do-Nothings
  • The Washington Know-Nothings
  • The Washington Scumbags
  • The Washington Clowns
  • The Washington Freedom Fighters
  • The Washington Truth-Tellers 
  • The Washington Procrastinators

On the medical side:

  • The Washington Pandemics
  • The Washington Vaccinators
  • The Washington Hot-Shots
  • The Washington Boosters
  • The Washington Distancers (with stadium seats realigned six feet apart) 

For die-hard Trump fans, how about:

  • The Washington Insurrectionists
  • The Washington Grifters (in honor of Joan) 
  • The Washington Body Snatchers
  • The Washington MAGAs
  • The Washington Suck-ups
  • The Washington Strongmen
  • The Washington Brandons (Trump’s favorite)
  • The Washington Predators 
  • The Washington January Sixers
  • The Washington Liars
  • The Washington Cheaters
  • The Washington Fat Boys
  • The Washington Tax Dodgers
  • The Washington Draft Dodgers
  • The Washington Immigrant Haters
  • The Washington Toddler Strippers
  • The Washington Separationists
  • The Washington Border Patrols
  • The Washington Kidnappers

Personally, I like the first on the list – The Washington Cheetahs, an animal that demonstrates the best of the NFL – speed, agility, strength, courage and intelligence to withstand the onslaught of the modern world that threatens their very existence on earth.   Cheetahs—as compared to RedHogs -- would also make for some very interesting logos, artwork and uniforms.  

But while we are changing the name, how about changing owners (Dan Snyder must go) and building a state-of-the-art stadium (along the lines of the one in LA) in the heart of the city where RFK now stands and has access to the metro and public transportation.  We need more than a name change; we need a complete do-over; we need a new fan base representing the broad-based population of the DC area – not just catering to the powerful lobbying,  business, corporate and political groups in town.  

Joan, it's good to see you back and posting. How's your recovery going? 


01/09/22 02:33 PM #15633    


Joanie Bender (Grosfeld)

Joan. Remember when Melania visited the border where immigrants were treated horribly wearing that jacket that said, I don't give a damn. I think her trying to sell those things pertaining to herself for huge personal bucks sums her up.

Jay. Those are amusing titles for the team. On a separate note I lost interest in watching them anymore no matter whatever their name will be. I know tho they still have lots of fans. I just like the Maryland terps but this is not meant to disparage loyal fans. Love joanie

01/09/22 09:45 PM #15634    


Stephen Hatchett

Jay, fun question.  Any number of satirical names come to mind, and you've named quite a few.  "Cheetahs" might fall into that category with a southern accent -- "Y'all are cheetahs."

But seriously, how about "Convoy".  Our greatest generation, led from DC, did great things to win WW2 that way. It characterizes a team that will push through.  (and a few MAGA hatted truck drivers, or wanna be's , might like it too)

Joan, you must be on the mend, but maybe in that stage where sounding off on something that for good reason pisses you off ventilates some of the steam from pushing through hurt.  I know it works that way for me. If so, great, you are pushing through!



01/10/22 09:41 AM #15635    


Jack Mallory

But Stephen, the former guy transformed the meaning of "convoy" to represent thousands of imaginary drug-crazed, Covid-infested sex traffickers and little children rampaging through Central America to storm our borders so they could vote Democratic. Going to be tough to do a team logo for them. 

01/10/22 11:48 AM #15636    


Stephen Hatchett

Well, Jack, there is that :(

01/10/22 04:44 PM #15637    


Joan Ruggles (Young)

So nice of several of you to inquire about my mobility! I'm S L O W L Y improving. Really tired of all this!

Anyway about a new name for the Redskins. I don't follow any sports but I kinda liked Jay's report that ARMANDA was being considered. Sort of a softening of armada with Amanda. Though as he points out, the all important graphics don't work if you want to sell some t-shirts. I think he's right about Cheetahs being a good choice, but I always thought the name should have something to do with the city they play in even though that's usually not the case. This all works well until the team moves. I'm thinking, Dolphins, Jazz, Brewers, 49ers, Steelers, Cowboys.  Started out making sense. Maybe Jay can explain what Red Sox and White Sox mean? I've always wondered. 

01/10/22 07:01 PM #15638    


Jack Mallory

First nature pic in a week or more. Pileated Woodpecker, or Punkpecker. Cloudy, drab day really makes that hair-do pop!


Tonorrows temps expected to be zero or below, with wind chill.

01/10/22 10:06 PM #15639    

Clifford Elgin

Living on the edge of the woods as we currently do we have a "Woody Woodpecker" who occassionally sits on the deck railing and looks at his own rellection.  Whe my wife pull;ed the shades down he flew over the horse trailer to look at himself in that window.  He's one of three different size woodpeckers we have around our woods.  We have a lot of birds around but my favorite has been the Indigo Buntings although we didn't see them this year.


01/11/22 06:17 AM #15640    


Jack Mallory

I'm not a "birder," Kip, like my mom was. I can only ID the big, striking birds. I wouldn't even spot the Pileated Woodpeckers because they usually hang out WAY up in the trees, but their pecking is loud enough to draw attention.  Even then they're usually so far up and behind branches that pIx aren't possible. I just got lucky with this one, was able to maneuver through the woods enough to get a pretty clear shot. 

Had a nice chat with Jennifer Harting on the phone last night. She and I can keep each other laughing almost non-stop!


Weather this morning, taking Tasca out. Can't wait until it gets up to 9 degrees, so I can change into shorts. Maybe get the kayak out!



01/11/22 10:41 AM #15641    


Stephen Hatchett

Don't kayaks make pretty good sleds, like saucers you can actually steer.  Think I'll try loading mine up on the truck roof and headin up to the Sierras.  Not to sled but to photograph the faces while I'm chaining up at the 4000' mark or so. :)

01/11/22 01:42 PM #15642    


Jack Mallory

My kayaking outfit today. From the outside in:

  • parka shell 
  • gaiter
  • down parka
  • down vest
  • heavy flannel shirt
  • thermal underwear 


‚ÄčIt's gone up to -7. 

01/11/22 02:29 PM #15643    


Glen Hirose



            Snowtop Caps Regular


            You do know your internal compass doesn't work up here? 

             Please Doris... I checked "MapQuest". OK?


01/11/22 06:37 PM #15644    


Jack Mallory

I use Waze, Glen. Better at warning me where the polar bears have set up their speed traps. It's warmed up considerably, though. 


Deb's booth at Antiques on Elm. 


01/12/22 08:58 AM #15645    


Jay Shackford

Given the outrageous attacks on Anthony Fauci by two Republican senators yesterday at a Senate committee hearing on the pandemic, I thought it would be worthwhile to post an excerpt from Lawrence Wright’s recent book, “The Plague Year,” that I first posted on Oct. 30 last year. 

October 30, 2021

(Editor’s note: Below is a passage from Lawrence Wright’s “The Plague Year,” which was published earlier this year.  In chapter 20, titled The Hedgehog and the Fox, he makes an insightful comparison between the personalities of Anthony Fauci and President Trump – one that really sums up Trump’s inability to fight the pandemic.  Wright is best known for his book about Osama bin Laden titled  “The Looming Tower.”  Besides being a gifted writer, he’s a kind of historian/journalist who sees trends in world events and undercurrents of history long before his fellow journalists.)  Enjoy….

The Play-doh Truth

There was an erudite parlor game that Oxford undergraduates used to play in the 1930s. It derived from a fragment of Greek poetry which said, “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” Depending on their understanding of this Delphic verse, the undergraduates would divide personalities into hedgehogs or foxes. Hedgehogs are dogged and concentrated; they live their lives believing that the world is organized by universal laws, even if those laws are not entirely graspable. Foxes are scattered and contradictory, taking what they need for their journey without a real destination in mind. The game is a bit like casting a horoscope with only two astrological signs.

Isaiah Berlin took the hedgehog/fox dichotomy as a starting point for his famous lecture on Tolstoy. He later admitted he never meant it seriously. He insisted that he didn’t intend the fox to be superior to the hedgehog, or vice versa, and he acknowledged that a single person could encompass both qualities. Tolstoy, for instance, confounded the distinction.

Anthony Fauci and Donald Trump, however, thoroughly embodied these opposing archetypes. They were in some glancing ways very much alike: New Yorkers, both in their seventies, immensely confident, optimistic, neither requiring more than five hours of sleep at night. In other respects, they were almost comically opposite. “We had this interesting relationship,” Fauci later recalled, “a New York City camaraderie thing.”  That wouldn’t last. 

Fauci is small, trim, dapper, an “unflappable bullet of a man,” as Natalie Angier once memorably described him. He has the hedgehog’s intensity, working sixteen to seventeen hours a day, taking only Sundays off to be with his family. He used to run seven miles at lunchtime, no matter what the weather, but he switched to power-walking with his wife at night. He has led the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) through six administrations, rejecting promotions or the prosperous lure of private industry. His idea of fun is “being with my wife and children and eating fried calamari, drinking a glass of wine.”

Trump has led a life marked by chaos and full of great wealth, spectacular bankruptcies, three marriages, two divorces, Playboy models and porn stars, cheated workers, showy skyscrapers, failed casinos, television stardom, tabloid fame—a life spent surfing the wave of popular culture without ever probing deeply into any defining pursuit. Even his run for the presidency was whimsical, as much for brand promotion as it was for revenge against what he perceived as Barack Obama’s slights. 

Whimsy and grievance—what he termed his gut feelings—drove him and the nation that he dragged behind him, but it was never clear where he was taking us, nor perhaps did he know or especially care.

The relationship between Trump and Fauci was wary. They were handcuffed to each other, Fauci needing the president to allow him to do his job, Trump needing to keep the one person America trusted most in his camp. From Trump’s perspective, Fauci was dangerous because he didn’t have enough to lose and could not be relied upon to bend to the president’s will, as had nearly everyone who remained in his administration. Unlike the CDC, HHS, and the FDA, Fauci’s institution had not been bullied into submission by political appointees. Fauci and his colleagues at NIAID were outliers in the Trump-era medical research establishment, but they were also the best hope for a workable, effective, and politically timely vaccine.

To trim Fauci’s vast constituency, the president pushed him off the Sunday morning news shows and onto talk radio and webinars. But Fauci’s influence remained unsquashable, an ever- present reminder of the peril the country was in, honestly admitting the blunders committed by the most powerful nation in the world, the one ostensibly best prepared to face such a catastrophe, but now pitied, feckless, and beaten.

Trump belittled Fauci while also envying his appeal. He retweeted that there was a conspiracy “by Fauci & the Democrats to perpetuate Covid deaths to hurt Trump.” The president told Sean Hannity that Fauci was “a nice man, but he’s made a lot of mistakes.” He accused Fauci of misleading the country about hydroxychloroquine, which Trump continued to cling to as a miracle cure even after the FDA withdrew its emergency authorization. “He’s got this high approval rating, so why don’t I have a high approval rating, and the administration, with respect to the virus?” Trump wondered aloud at a press briefing. “It can only be my personality.” A recent poll had showed that for information about the coronavirus, 67 percent of voters trusted Fauci, compared with 26 percent for Trump.

Fauci, a devout fan of the Washington Nationals, was invited to throw out the first pitch for the World Series champions, who were playing in an empty stadium like all teams in this spectatorless year. As Fauci was preparing to walk to the mound, wearing a Nats mask, Trump told the press that he had been invited to throw out a first pitch as well. “I think I’m doing that on August 15 at Yankee Stadium.” No one had told the Yankees. Later Trump tweeted that his own busy schedule made it impossible to accommodate the August date. “We will make it later in the season!”

Covid-19 told us more about these two men than any other individuals in the country. For Fauci, science was a self-correcting compass, always pointed at the truth. For Trump, the truth was Play-doh, and he could twist it to fit the shape of his desire. 



01/12/22 10:50 AM #15646    


Jack Mallory

Thanks for that reminder post, Jay. The Trumpublicans seem now to believe that by adding more lies to more exaggerations to more out of context quotes they can create an environment in which their mob is likely to solve their Fauci problem with threats or actual violence. Following their model of Germany, Spain, and Italy in the 1930s. Will our Reichstag fire get set prior to this year's elections, or will they wait for 2024? 

01/15/22 12:47 PM #15647    


Jay Shackford

More Mojo, Joe!

Jan. 15, 2022, 10:18 a.m. ET

By Maureen Dowd

The New York Times

Opinion Columnist


Oh, the tribulations of Job Biden! Kyrsten Sinema humiliated him. Mitch McConnell disrespected him. The Supreme Court blocked him. Vladimir Putin scorned him. Inflation defied him. Covid stalked him. Even Stacey Abrams stiffed him.

There are any number of sentiments to feel about what the president is enduring right now, and we should feel all of them. Pity, anger, disappointment, embarrassment — and hope that he can get it going, because the alternative is really bad.

As hapless as Biden and his coterie are, we can’t give up on the president because he’s all that stands between us and the apocalypse at the hands of Trump, DeSantis, Pence, Kristi Noem and future Chief Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

President Biden fancied himself another Master of the Senate. Unfortunately, he was thinking about the Senate of 1984. He was supposed to be Mitch McConnell’s equal in senatorial cunning. But, so far, McConnell — the Einstein of obstruction — has been astonishingly successful in ruining Biden’s agenda.

Biden’s one big accomplishment, infrastructure, was achieved with McConnell’s support because there was enough home-state pork in the bill to fix the potholes on Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail.

When President Biden went up to the Senate on Thursday to have lunch with the Democrats, after being publicly stabbed in the heart by Sinema, he couldn’t help but lapse into the gauzy mists of the past, the good old days when he could reason with Webster, Clay and Calhoun. (Maybe not with Calhoun.)

In the private meeting in the Kennedy Caucus Room, Biden said how much it meant to him when he was newly elected to the Senate and Ted Kennedy took him out to lunch, according to some in attendance. The president noted with melancholy that he had seen the Senate dining room empty, where once all the senators hobnobbed and worked out deals in a hive of bipartisan collegiality. Reiterating a point he made in his big voting rights speech in Atlanta, he said that even Strom Thurmond — the onetime segregationist presidential candidate — had become more supportive of voting rights than Republicans are now.

But slurping navy bean soup with McConnell and John Thune isn’t going to break the fever. No matter how many times Biden mentions Strom Thurmond, he’s not coming back.

“Strom Thurmond?” Nancy Pelosi said after Biden brought Thurmond up in the voting rights speech in Atlanta. “None of us have a lot of happy memories about Strom Thurmond.”

The problem has been the same from the start. It’s not the Senate, country or world that Biden longingly remembers. Republicans aren’t open to persuasion. Their goal, as it was with Barack Obama, is to make Biden’s presidency a failure.

One of the many fallacies of zany/creepy Sinema’s tremulous logic in her Senate speech about why the filibuster must be preserved is that she faults the Democrats for not working harder and striving more to bring Republicans on board for protecting voting rights.

Psst! Senator Sinema. That’s the whole point. Republicans don’t actually want everyone to vote, unless they’re rural or white. And they don’t want to help Biden. This is all to their advantage. McConnell is not a sucker.

The Republicans know that making it easier to cast ballots during the pandemic helped elect two freshman Democrats from Georgia and made Chuck Schumer, not McConnell, the leader of the Senate. And McConnell doesn’t want that to happen again. Even though Schumer is such a pushover that he backed down from his promise of a voting rights showdown by Martin Luther King Day because winter weather threatened.

But Sinema feels more talking is required. “We need robust, sustained strategies that put aside party labels and focus on our democracy,” she declared. Yeah, like that’s going to happen. She’s as delusional about the Senate as Biden is.

Biden was elected to be Not Trump, to be a comfortable old shoe. He overpromised and underdelivered. People wanted competence and stability and instead we get incompetence and instability.

Biden is running the White House like a Senate office with his familiar white-guy innermost circle from the old days.

But the real problem is the president himself, who can’t shake the cobwebs of the Judiciary Committee that held its biggest hearings in the same ornate caucus room where he met with Democrats on Thursday.

He is too in the weeds on process. He’s so lost in the snows of yesteryear that he is continuing his Amtrak Joe nearly-every-weekend commute to Delaware, albeit with better wheels, trading in the train for Marine One.

We want the president to rise above it and be an inspirational figure. We don’t want the incremental updates of his negotiations with Joe Manchin.

We want to see Covid under control. We want to see the sacred right to vote protected. We want the grocery shelves stocked with affordable milk and meat. We want a president who tells us that we will get through this and we will be stronger for it.

Joe Biden better Build Better or he won’t be Back. If he doesn’t turn it around, he has cleared the way to a Republican rout in this fall’s midterms. And in 2024, who knows how bad it can get?

Poor us.

01/15/22 05:49 PM #15648    


Jack Mallory

She's plagiarizing my brain again, Jay. Trumpublimob won't have to steal what's handed to it. 


First walk, this morning.  


At least we don't have a tsunami warning.



01/16/22 12:09 PM #15649    


Joanie Bender (Grosfeld)

I don't agree with Maureen Dawd and all the Biden dumping going on. It's so easy to criticize when things go bad. He got good covid relief thru and infrastructure and his and the progressive's push for Build Back Better would have leveled the playing field, dealt with climate and child tax credit and so much more to raise people out of poverty. I admit he should have tackled voting rights first but he is now going all out and he isn't responsible that Sinema and Machin like the filibuster more then voting rights. As for Dowd's comment against Schumer, he made the vote for Tues because one of the Senators has covid and should be able to come in person by then. There is no virtual voting allowed in the Senate..

As for inflation, it's worldwide caused by the pandemic but unimployment is at an all time low for improvement in just one year of the Biden presidency. How quickly people rate someone poorly. saying as Dowd did that he over promised and underdelivered. I guess she feels he is responsible for two Democratic Senators and 50 Republican Senators saying no to voting rights and Build Back Better. If he didn't try for those the criticism would be he underpromised and underdelivered. Love, Joanie

01/16/22 03:28 PM #15650    


Jack Mallory

Joanie, there's lots a woulda/shoulda/couldas in how and why Biden's agenda has often floundered, lots a fingers to point in different directions. But while pointing fingers, the point to concentrate on is Dowd's last paragraph: 

"Joe Biden better Build Better or he won’t be Back. If he doesn’t turn it around, he has cleared the way to a Republican rout in this fall’s midterms. And in 2024, who knows how bad it can get?"

If it gets as bad as she fears, I'll vote for Biden. But I'll probably have an anti-Trump sticker on the kayak rather than a pro-Biden one.

01/16/22 03:41 PM #15651    


Joanie Bender (Grosfeld)

Still don't see why it's Bidens fault if the gang WON'T vote for the build back better bill and voting rights. You know that saying. You cans lead congress to water but you can't make them drink. Having said that. I agree that the midterms and Biden's Presidency and DEMOCRACY depend on getting this across the finish line. I'm very worried. I think it's more than Biden. It's all of us calling senators, marching, contributing. Whatever we can do.. Love joanie

01/16/22 06:37 PM #15652    


Jay Shackford


Novax and Amy and the Supremes

Bye, Bye Novax Djocovid – Oh yes, I knew it would eventually happen – Serbian tennis star and anti-vaxer Novak Djokovic, 34, is challenging baseball’s gambling “Mr. Hustle” Pete Rose and steroid-happy, home-run king Barry Bonds as the biggest boneheads in the world of sports during the past 50 years. Novak’s final appeal to avoid getting himself thrown out of Australia was hanging by a tattered racket thread over the weekend. Finally, that thread snapped on Sunday. 

Djokovic got his exit papers for lying about his vaccination status and his travels and activities prior to arriving in Australia, opening the door for Rafael Nadal, 35, to win the Open and become the all-time leader in major championships with 21.  Currently, Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer, 40, who is injured and unable to compete in this year’s Australian Open and is one of my all-time favorite athletes on-and-off the court, are tied with 20 major championships apiece. Novak is not the first super athlete to lie about his vaccination status.  Think Aaron Rogers of the Green Bay Packers.  And his problems are just beginning.  Consider the challenges confronting officials running the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open as well as other major tennis tournaments in the U.S. and around the world?   Will Novak be banned from competing?

Amy and the Supremes – Talking about vaccinations, look at the Supreme Court’s split decision this past week on the issue of mandatory vaccinations.  On one hand, the court said in a 5-4 decision it was okay for hospitals and other health care facilities collecting federal payments from Medicare and Medicaid to require vaccinations and testing for all their employees (doctors, nurses and others working the halls of hospitals and nursing homes). That decision affects about 10 million health care workers, of which about 30% are not fully vaccinated. That 30% number is scary!  

On the other hand, Amy and the Supremes* struck down by a 6-3 vote the proposed OSHA requirement saying that all employers with more than 100 employees must require Covid-19 vaccinations or regular testing for their employees to keep the workplace safe.  That ruling covers some 84 million Americans working in tens of thousands of workplaces.  This decision is a major setback for the country’s efforts to vaccinate the entire country.  Currently, only about 62.9% Americans eligible for shots have received two vaccinations.  When you count the booster shots, that percentage falls to 35%.  WTF! No wonder this virus keeps spreading and hospitalizations are skyrocketing.   

Surprisingly, the biggest opponents of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the OSHA rule are major companies and employers who had used the proposed ruling as political cover to require vaccinations and testing to keep their workplaces safe for their employees.  When their employees complained about the ruling, bosses just replied, “Hey, this is a national requirement.  We don’t have any choice but to follow the rules and require vaccinations and testing. If you don’t like it, you can always go elsewhere to get a job.  But to work here you need to get your vaccinations!”  That OSHA ruling last year led to millions of hesitant workers getting their shots.  

Now, thanks to Amy and the Supremes, that political cover is gone and everything is thrown into limbo. Just watch the chaos about to erupt -- all the crazies, anti-vaxers, Trumpsters, culture warriors and a few white supremacists will come out of the woodwork – filing lawsuits and fighting to get their jobs back, along with back pay and benefits.  The twisting irony here is that you would be hard pressed to find a single Supreme Court law clerk or anyone else working within spitting distance of the Supreme Court that isn’t vaccinated and had their booster shots.  But who cares about those poor suckers working shoulder-to-shoulder at some meat packing plant 2,000 miles away outside of Greeley, Colorado.  

*During Jerry Brown’s first term as governor of California in the late 70s and early 80s, my West Coast builder friends used to complain and joke about the liberal influences of “Jerry Brown and the Supremes,” referring to the California Supreme Court’s decisions on land use and environmental issues that would drive my builder friends nuts. That was back in the good old days when we used to have heated but respectful debates on the appropriate role of government in American life. Today the stakes are much greater – we are talking about efforts to combat a worldwide pandemic that has already killed nearly 900,000 Americans– not to mention future decisions by Amy and the Supremes on abortion, climate change, voting rights, gun rights and other rulings that could take us back to the dark ages.   



01/17/22 02:23 PM #15653    


Jack Mallory


As the first generation that grew up with Anne Frank's diary, and the most immediate heirs to our antifa parents' experiences with fascism and anti-Semitism, this will be of interest to many of us. This is especially true as fascism and anti-Semitism have reappeared in our daily headlines over the past several years.

One of the investigators speaks to those who fear that a critical look at our past somehow risks erasing history. “I truly believe that investigating the past and our interpretation of it is not a finite exercise,” he says. Understanding history is not a do-it-and-it's-done process, but often an on-going exploration, involving not only new evidence but new eyes, new attitudes, and new values applied to earlier human behaviors and cultures. 


01/18/22 09:49 AM #15654    


Jack Mallory

Trump trolls for support from his racist followers. It's been rare to see such divisively bigoted, blatantly untrue, but unashamedly public tactics since the Dixiecrats of the 60s.


“The left is now rationing lifesaving therapeutics based on race, discriminating against and denigrating, just denigrating, white people to determine who lives and who dies. If you’re white, you don’t get the vaccine, or if you’re white, you don’t get therapeutics.” Failed Presidential candidate Donald Trump.


It's enough to gag a maggot.

01/18/22 08:58 PM #15655    


Jay Shackford

(Editor’s note: I’m starting to get an email every day or so from a site called, “Inspiring Quotes.” This morning it was Gandhi’s turn.  I haven’t checked out the site yet because I know Jack will cover my ass and do his due diligence.  Just kidding Jack. In any event, I thought the Gandhi quotes were worth sharing with you guys. Enjoy.)  

Inspiring Quotes from Gandhi

Before he was given the title of Mahatma, or "great soul," for helping lead India to independence from British rule, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born to a poor family in Porbandar, India, on October 2, 1869. Though he only received an elementary education, Gandhi was a shy child and found companionship in books, especially the Indian classics. These stories had a profound effect on him, with their overarching values of truth and love. 

Gandhi was an average student. His time at school was interrupted when, at only 13, he married the 14-year-old Kasturbai Makhanji Kapadia in an arranged marriage. He went on to graduate from high school, but dropped out of college. A family friend then recommended that Gandhi be sent to London to study law. Despite some objections from his family and concerns that England would corrupt him, Gandhi packed his bags and set off for London. He arrived in 1888 and began studying law and jurisprudence at University College, London. 

At 22, Gandhi became a barrister and returned to India, but his law practice in Bombay failed. He accepted a job offer as a lawyer in South Africa, which at the time was also part of the British Empire. Gandhi knew that he would be in South Africa for at least a year, but he ended up staying for 21 years. It was in South Africa that he developed his political and ethical views, in large part due to the discrimination he was subjected to because of his skin color and heritage. Gandhi fought for the rights of both Indians and Africans in South Africa, and was later proclaimed a national hero.

In 1915, Gandhi returned to India as a known Indian nationalist and social activist. He became the leader of the Indian National Congress; 10 years later, India declared its independence from British rule. It was a long struggle. Gandhi demanded immediate independence in 1942, to which the British responded by imprisoning him and thousands of congressional leaders. Ultimately, Gandhi led India to its independence, and is now considered the father of his country. Today, he is globally respected for his policy of nonviolent protest, or satyagraha, in his political and social activities. As Gandhi once wrote, “Nonviolence is not a weapon of the weak. It is a weapon of the strongest and the bravest.” 

Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu nationalist in 1948. His legacy, however, has never faded, and he left the world with many words of wisdom about the value of compassion, courage, and tolerance. They are words we can live by, whatever our path in life.

In a gentle way, you can shake the world.

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

Love is the strongest force the world possesses and yet it is the humblest imaginable.

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fail. Think of it — always.

An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.

If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.

It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.

A “No” uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a “Yes” merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.

It is beneath human dignity to lose one’s individuality and become a mere cog in the machine.

It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.

Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.

Mutual courtesy and respect is the foundation of culture.

To give service to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.

The law of love knows no bounds of space or time.





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