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A Bittersweet Happy Birthday

“Freedom belongs to the strong.” ~Happy Birthday, Richard Wright       ***

One of a Kind

“I’ve been in more laps than a napkin.” ~Happy Birthday to a true American original, Mae West! ***

A Lesson in Standing Tall

“A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.” -Franklin Roosevelt, who was stricken with polio on this day in 1921. ***

Amen

“The church is a sort of hospital for men’s souls and as full of quackery as the hospital for their bodies.” ~Henry David Thoreau, “Walden,” published this day in 1854 ***

Anything to Declare?

Say what you want about the customs department, immigration department or homeland security. They know how to state the obvious. Even when it makes them look a bit looney. Yesterday, Buzz “Man in the Moon” Aldrin tweeted an image of his favorite astronautical memorabilia: the customs declaration form that absolutely had to be completed when … Continue reading

Fear, Loathing and the Independent Mind

“It is very nearly impossible to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.” ~Happy Birthday, James A. Baldwin ***

The Cuckoo’s Nest

43 years ago today, Democratic VP candidate Thomas Eagleton withdrew from the McGovern ticket because he once had psychiatric treatment. Hoping this guy with the Cuckoo’s nest will do the reverse. ***

It’s only a Bribe

“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” ~Alexis de Tocqueville, born this day in 1805. ***

And the Bible Says …

“No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says; he is always convinced that it says what he means.” ~George Bernard Shaw, born this day in 1856   ***

Happy Birthday, Clifford Odets

“Life shouldn’t be printed on dollar bills.” ~Clifford Odets, born this day in 1906. ***

Have YOU Got the Guts?

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr. This is an official Civil Defense Film produced in cooperation with the Federal Civil Defense Administration and in consultation with the Safety Commission of the National Education Association. ***

Now, We Know You Must Have Some Good Ideas…

LEND US A HAND? Lester & Charlie are researching for a new book called Rising Stars, and we’re looking for a few good men and women who started their careers in arts or entertainment and it led to progressive activism. Here are a few examples: *A USO girl who left the chorus line to help … Continue reading

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