Kevin has worked on:
Kevin's work has been on:
Rough approximation of topics:
Acting and the movie business
Education (college, wisdom, learning)
Religion (spirituality, church)
Economics and other moral issues
Dumb quotes from REALLY dumb people
My thoughts on the Origin of the Universe
A nice article on the evils of Prozac
And another on SSRIs involved in murder/suicides
And another on how the FDA approved Avandia
The Drugging of America
Some good quote books include (of course there are many more good sources... like this page!):
- Nick Harris, "I Wish I'd Said That," Castle, Secaucus, 1988
- Alan L. Mackay, "A Dictionary of Scientific Quotations," Institute of Physics Publishing, Philadelphia, 1992
- George Seldes, "The Great Thoughts," Ballantine, NY, 1985
- Have a life before you try to put one up onscreen.
- Eric Bana, in Premiere Magazine, February 2006, when asked for his best bit of acting advice
- People don't like it when you do too many things. Who the hell knows? I guess it's confusing to them.
- Julian Schnabel, painter and movie director, in Entertainment Weekly #578, 1/19/2001
- Is it a crime to be multi-talented?
- Margaret Lobenstine, Secrets of the Renaissance Soul
- Fully capable professional actors don't show up "full blown" in Hollywood, New York or London -- they learn their jobs on the job. Becoming a brilliant actor and THEN succeeding in the business is a pipe dream. It happens about as often as Haley's Comet drops by.
- Reprinted from ACTOR'S TOOL KIT, the email course just for subscribers of Show Biz How-To -- The Free Actor's Monthly. Get your own free subscription by going to: showbizhowto.com Copyright © 2006 Bob Fraser Productions All Rights Reserved
- Know the material. Don't bump into the furniture, and have a good relationship with the people you work with.... The job becomes easier when you enjoy what you're doing, and I found an area I really do enjoy.
- Brendan Fraser, in Entertainment Weekly #1032/1033, 1/30/09
- Actors don't become actors because they're brimming with self-confidence. Ross Jones, my junior high drama
teacher, would, at a certain point in every school production, address the cast: "Remember," he'd say, "we are all
here because we're not all there." An actor's burning ambition, when you think about it, is to spend as much
time as possible pretending to be somebody else. For those of us lucky (or unstable) enough to become professional
performers, the uncertainty about who we really are only increases. For many actors, this self-doubt is like a worm
eating away at you and growing, incongruously, in direct proportion to your level of success. No matter how great the
acceptance, adulation, and accumulation of wealth, gnawing at you always is the deep-seated belief that you're a fake,
a phony. Even if you can bullshit your way through whatever job you're working on now, you'd better prepare for the
likelihood that you're never going to get another one.
- Michael J. Fox, in Lucky Man
- What a wonderful life- to get paid to suspend reality for 12 weeks or 14 weeks for doing something that you would die to do for nothing. It's just a great life.
- Frank Yablans, producer, DVD special features looking back at the production of Mommie Dearest
- It's not a quote, and it's not mine, but this is the funniest sound effect I've ever heard in a movie.
- Steven Spielberg's Hook
- So who is Kid Rock? The loving single dad who spends his Christmases visitng US troops in Iraq and days off go-karting with his son, or the platinum bad boy reveling in Playmates and boozy excess? "You can make me out to be whatever you like," he concedes, grinning. "I'll hang out here at the bar, sit and drink and take pictures and have fun with people. And when I step on the stage, I'm gonna grab my d--- and turn my hat to the side, and there's nobody bigger than me. That's kinda the attitude I take when I'm on stage, but it's a lot different when I'm off it. I've never tried to be anything except who I am," he continues, twisting the fat brown nub of a cigar between his fingers. "It's gotten me in trouble, it's gotten me accolades, it's made me money, got me sued, made me fall in love, made me hate women, it's made me everything you can think of. And I'm the last person you're gonna hear complain."
- Kid Rock interview with Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly #1021/1022, 11/21/08
- First we must learn to be human beings- we mustn't just be our professions
- James Coburn, as quoted in "Hollywood How To" by Bob Fraser, November 2004
- Nowadays, if someone is thinking of me for a part, I go see them, and whether it means, you know, reading
a scene or whether it means just sitting there and having them look at you, when I walk out of those things I always
feel best if I know that I didn't make any attempt at all to be whatever it was I was supposed to be- because you can't
second-guess those things. For exactly the reasons that David [Lynch] says, you know, they look at you and they see
something that works in the context of their vision of the movie. It's impossible to second-guess that. You can just
be there and let them decide whether or not you're right.
- Christopher Walken, in Premiere, July-August 2004
- President Bush brought the full weight of his approval ratings to a much-hyped appearance on NBC's "Deal or No Deal," resulting in the lowest Monday rating in the game show's history. The episode was down 27% from its season average in the 18-49 demo.
- As reported in the 4/25-27/08 Hollywood Reporter
- It's all just a job. I don't think it's any different from house painting. You go in there and give your bid, and labor away. It's kind of blue-collar in a sense, I think, writing. I feel like a janitor sometimes.
- David Ayer, script doctor and screenwriter of Dark Blue, S.W.A.T., U-571, and The Fast and the Furious, as quoted in Premiere, March 2003
- A western can talk about today in the past tense.
- Peter Fonda, concerning "3:10 to Yuma" as reported by Rebecca Winters Keegan in TIME, 10/1/2007
- I hate Vegas. I do. What they are selling is a little bit of the high life. They mix it in with all this
glam and sex and so it gives people a charge in life, which, quite frankly- all this artifice and pressure I find
redundant; I don't need to come to Vegas to do that. You walk on a set and there's nothing scarier than when everyone
goes quiet and everyone- all the grips- look at you, and as soon as you get it right, we can all go home. I don't need
to look for pressure.
- William H. Macy, in Premiere, December 2003-January 2004
- To me, this is what living's all about. When you're creating, making stuff. To me, it's not work. It's play. Why work when you can play?
- Robert Rodriguez, director of El Mariachi and the Spy Kids series of films, in response to the question "What do you do for you?", NY Daily News, 7/28/02
- I'd rather be a failure at something I love...than a success at something I hate.
- George Burns
- Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
- Will Rogers
- If opportunity isn't knocking, build a door.
- Milton Berle
- I'm the guy who says, "Look, I would work 10 hours a day digging a ditch for the money they're paying us." That's where I come from. My theory is: If the money's the same, gimme the shovel, I'll dig, I'll break rocks, I'll drive railroad spikes. But to make this kind of bread and I don't have to lift anything heavy? Tell a few jokes? Ohhh-hohhh, bubby!
- Matt LeBlanc, in Entertainment Weekly, 5/3/02
- People ask me to do Yoda's voice and I don't. It only cheapens him.
- Frank Oz, in Entertainment Weekly
- I've always chosen not to talk about my personal life. It just kind of trivializes it when you see it in print.
- Jodie Foster, in Premiere, March 2002
- I've always sort of liked that there were two of me- the person people think I am and the person I actually am.
- This has been going on with me for 30 years. Directors are always telling me not to do that stuff. ("Jack-isms") But you've got to use yourself as an actor. That's half the job. And what if I told you I've spoken with a different accent in every single part I've played? I mean, I haven't done an Englishman or anything that obvious, but I try to find a voice and a physicality for every character. I've played restrained and I've played unrestrained. I know when the critics are going to say "Look how over-the-top this maniac has gone this time." But I want to be able to have the freedom to do that, too.
- Jack Nicholson, in Entertainment Weekly, 1/3/03
- Acting is not being yourself for a living. It's disappearing into other people.
- John C. Reilly, in Entertainment Weekly #682, 11/15/02
- You want to be confident enough to play the nervous guy onstage. You can't just be a real nervous guy.
- Eddie Brill, standup comic and comedian booker for Late Night With David Letterman, Time Out NY, 11/28-12/5/02
- You know, we're doing the same gags as the Super-8 crap we used to do in high school. We just have more money.
- Bruce Campbell (actor, author) to Sam Raimi (director) on the set of Spider-Man, in Entertainment Weekly #650/651, 4/26/02
- There's a rebel lying deep in my soul. Anytime anybody tells me the trend is such and such, I go the opposite direction. I hate the idea of trends. I hate imitation; I have a reverence for individuality. I got where I am by coming off the wall. I've always considered myself too individualistic to be either right-wing or left-wing.
- Clint Eastwood, as quoted in the Hollywood How To, Feb 2005
- Sometimes if you want to see a change for the better, you have to take things into your own hands. I don't believe in pessimism. If something doesn't come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it's going to rain, it
will. If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster.
- Clint Eastwood, as quoted in the Hollywood How To, Feb 2005
- Quit now, you'll never make it... If you disregard this advice, you're halfway there.
- David Zucker, when asked to give his advice to people who want to succeed in show business, as quoted in the Hollywood How To, Feb 2005
- Follow up from HHT author and Benson scribe Bob Fraser: Being rejected on a regular basis will be a central feature of your ENTIRE career in show business. In show business, rejection happens all the time Ė to everybody.
- The power of the film is that the theme should be revealed in image, not in words. Ambiguity is encouraged in the theater, but ambiguity in the movies is verboten. To me, the movie reveals very clearly by the end exactly why everyone is doing what they're doing. There is no contextualizing. They just do, they are.
- Sam Mendes, in Premiere magazine, August 2002
- Writing a book is a bit like going on location for a movie. You're absent from your life, your family, and your friends. You're psychologically gone, so you might as well be physically gone. It can feel very strange, almost like I've taken a psychedelic. It's as if I'm residing in a very detailed fantasy world and then I have to get up and walk outside. It can be very uncomfortable.
- Michael Crichton, in Entertainment Weekly, 11/29/02
- Whenever I come to town, Kathryn and I go to the biggest, grossest, most commercial film we can find. She recognizes that pop culture can be high culture, that it has its finger on a pulse.
- Willem Dafoe in Premiere magazine regarding film director Kathryn Bigelow, August 2002
- Other than being a scientist who finds a cure for some dreaded disease, the next best thing in life is entertaining the public.
- Vince McMahon, Chairman of the WWF, in Entertainment Weekly #518-519, 12/24-31/1999
- You spend all your life trying to do something they put people in asylums for.
- Jane Fonda in Leslie Halliwell's Filmgoers' Book of Quotes
- Acting is a question of absorbing other people's personalities and adding some of your own experience.
- Paul Newman in Leslie Halliwell's Filmgoers' Book of Quotes
- Monumental scale applied to psychological taboo creates farce.
- Tim Griffin, commenting on Helmut Newton's paintings and Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut", in Time Out NY, 10/11-18/01
- Imagination, industry, and intelligence- "the three I's"- are all indispensable to the actress, but of these three the greatest is, without doubt, imagination.
- Ellen Terry, actress (1848-1928), in her The Story of My Life
- The curtain went up. You saw the bride start to sing. And at that moment, the whole theater started to sing along. That's what I thought the movies were about- to sing along. It fascinated me.
- Milos Forman, director of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, "The People vs. Larry Flynt" and "Man on the Moon" about the second movie he ever saw (a silent version of a Czech opera- Disney's 1937 Snow White was his first), in Entertainment Weekly #516, Winter 1999
Education (college, wisdom, learning)
- There may come a day when you wake up, and you do what you have to do instead of what you want to do... Put that day off for as long as you can.
- KSK, January, 2009
- People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use
- Soren Kierkegaard
- Do not accustom yourself to use big words for little matters.
- Samuel Johnson
- When you rain down trophies on anyone that walks within 50 yards of the field, you're denigrating achievement.
- Brad Bird, director of "The Incredibles" (and winner of an Annie for his voice work therein as "Edna", in Entertainment Weekly, Special Oscar Guide 2005
- I didn't want anyone to kiss my ass, I just wanted to get to a place where they couldn't kick it.
- Michael J. Fox in Lucky Man
- The danger is not that we aim too high, it is that we aim too low and reach it.
An interesting article on the value of working with your hands
- It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.
- William G. McAdoo
(a gentle reminder for "type-A" students despite our slipping educational standards)
- An article called "How to Empty Your Head"
- Thomas Moore, author of "Writing in the Sand: Jesus and the Soul of the Gospels," in the July-August 2009 issue of Spirituality and Health
- Psychiatry enables us to correct our faults by confessing our parents' shortcomings.
- Laurence J. Peter
- What luck for rulers that men do not think.
- Adolf Hitler, courtesy of domai.com
- To doubt everything or to believe in everything are two equally convenient solutions- both dispense with the need for thought.
- Henri Poincare, Science and Hypothesis, seen on the NYC subway
- Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd.
- Edith Sitwell, courtesy of domai.com
- I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.
- Thomas Jefferson
Infographic courtesy of LearnStuff.com
- The best thing to do would be to designate everywhere as clothing optional, and we could leave little fenced in areas for the prudes to prance around in. Call them 'Prudist Camps'. They could peer out of their fences and indulge in their offensive 'I'm offended' behaviour whenever they saw a natural person walk by, without bothering the rest of us.
Body shame, like prejudice, is not natural. It is learned from others and benefits no one.
- Two thoughts of the day found on Domai.com
- When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like as hour. That's relativity.
- Albert Einstein
- Worrying is like a rocking chair- it gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere.
- attributed to Glenn Turner, New Zealand cricket player; also espoused by Ryan Reynolds' character in the eponymous film Van Wilder
- You can not MAKE someone live up to their potential.
- KSK, date unknown
- The biggest mistake people make in life is not making a living at doing what they most enjoy.
- Malcolm Forbes, as quoted in "Hollywood How To" by Bob Fraser, November 2004
- One day, a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.
He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down.
A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovelful of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.
As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!
Life is going to shovel dirt on you- all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.
Remember there are five simple rules to being happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred - Forgive.
2. Free your mind from worries - Most never happen.
3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.
NOW, enough of that crap...
The donkey later came back and bit the shit out of the farmer who had tried to bury him. The gash from the bite got
infected, and the farmer eventually died in agony from septic shock.
MORAL FROM TODAY'S LESSON:
When you do something wrong and try to cover your ass, it always comes back to bite you.
- unknown, mass email, 2004
- You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now.
- Joan Baez
- Too often, we confuse activity with productivity, and they are NOT the same thing!
- Philip E. Humbert, Ph.D., TIPS e-newsletter, 7/13/03
- People with good self esteem can accept responsibility for their mistakes.
- Peter Sklar, 8/18/01
- This universe would run a lot better if everyone would stop thinking they were the center of it.
- (caveat: you CAN'T be the center of the universe....*I* am!)
- KSK, 8/14/02
- At the gym today, I was signed up for a treadmill, and when my reservation time arrived, the treadmill was in use. I asked the woman on it when she'd be
finished and if she'd signed up. She didn't speak English. No one on the gym staff spoke Spanish. I explained as best I could with my high school level understanding of
the language and with hand gestures, but she just stared at me blankly, making no effort. She seemed to think the situation almost amusing, and I found myself getting
a little angry. In this case, the woman was just plain stupid, because once I did get her to understand, she did the exact same thing to another person on a
different treadmill, another person on a stairmaster, and then a fourth person on a lifecycle. Now, imagine a lack of communication in a disagreement over something
that really MATTERED. (Imagine what happens when stupid people disagree and can't communicate...actually, you don't have to imagine, just read the headlines.)
- KSK, 7/31/02
- Ew, bad visual. I've gotta go wash my brain out.
- Lauren Murray, 6/24/02
- The truth is a lie that's never been found out.
- VERY drunk prophet/philosopher/bum on the #1 train, NYC, NY, 2AM, 2/3/02
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- I'd rather sit here (and shit shit) than go to class (and learn shit).
- Unknown, 2001, written in a bathroom stall in the men's room on the third floor of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, NYC, NY
- Then you'll never amount to anything but shit.
- Reply written beneath it.
- Ain't that the shit?
- Reply written beneath that.
- Who gives a shit?
- Reply written beneath THAT!
- No information is bad.....Bad information is worse.
- KSK, 11/26/00
- Real maturity comes when doing the right thing is the meal- the pat on the back is "candy" and it feels good; but you're moving in the right direction when doing the right thing just feels good.
- Peter Sklar, 6/6/97
- Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.
- KSK, 6/00
- And I feel really lucky. I always wonder. Are people who have incredibly fortuitous careers aware of that? Or do they wake up going "Oh no, another day?" Because I wake up every morning going "Yeah!!!! I'm not working in that tire warehouse!!!!"
- Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, in Entertainment Weekly #510, Winter 1999
- The greatest wisdom is to recognize one's lack of it.
- Stanislavski, in Building a Character
- Law school teaches you nothing about morality, nothing about right and wrong. It simply teaches you to argue BOTH sides of any argument effectively....So effectively that no matter which side is paying you, you can win.
- Charles Crawford, 11/9/94
- Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checked by failures...than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
- Theodore Roosevelt, quoted in US Airways Attache magazine, January 2000
- Most education gears you to the role of critic more than artist.
- James Toback, screenwriter, in Making it in Hollywood
- Always flinch when hearing an offer- you'll get more! If you don't, the "salesman" or "buyer" will take advantage of you.
To the timid, frightening.
To the comfortable, threatening.
Most people would rather be comfortable than excellent.
- KSK, 1998
- People think of good and bad teachers as engaged in the same activity, as if education was a substance, and that bad teachers supply a little of the substance, and good teachers supply a lot. This makes it difficult to understand that education can be a destructive process, and that bad teachers are wrecking talent, and that good and bad teachers are engaged in opposite activities.
- Keith Johnstone, in Impro
- In one moment I knew that the valuing of men by their intelligence is crazy, that the peasants watching the night sky might feel more than I feel, that the man who dances might be superior to myself....From then on I noticed how warped many people of great intelligence are, and I began to value people for their actions, rather than their thoughts.
- Keith Johnstone, in Impro
- If a child is creative, he's likely to be more difficult to control, but that isn't a reason for disliking him.
- Keith Johnstone, in Impro
- Most people lose their talent at puberty. I lost mine in my early twenties. I began to think of children not as immature adults, but of adults as atrophied children.
- Keith Johnstone, in Impro
- Results of the 1992 National Adult Literacy Study showed that only 11 percent of 4-year college graduates and 4 percent of 2-year graduates scored at a level where they were likely to be successful at a task such as summarizing two ways lawyers may challenge prospective jurors. About half of the 4-year graduates and 3 out of 5 2-year graduates scored at a level where they were likely to be unsuccessful at READING A BUS SCHEDULE [emphasis mine]. "I would say that we have a high percentage of students getting their high school (or even middle school) education in college- and at considerable family or taxpayers' expense.
- Albert Shanker, president of the American Federation of Teachers, AP story, The Bloomington Herald-Times, 12/10/94
- ...so many instructors seem apparently willing to sacrifice their class standards to the goals that students should be better "problem solvers" and have higher "self esteem." Of course, both these goals are admirable and ones that all of us strive for in the classroom, but not at the expense of course integrity. Under a self-esteem regime, America is becoming a nation of feel-good mediocrities.
- editorial in Chemical and Engineering News, 11/14/94
- Every one of these has a purpose. And that is to inundate you with so much information that you can't possible digest it.
- Professor R.N.Grimes, UVA Chemistry 432, Inorganic Chemistry, 4/9/1990
Religion (spirituality, church)
- I've always found statues of the Buddha to instill more reverence than those of Jesus on the cross. I think it's easier to relate to a man at peace than a man in pain.
- KSK, 5/9/03 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
- ...lots of beautiful things have beginnings and endings (including life)- the fact that they end doesn't mean they weren't special and worthwhile for you.
- Jamie Bufalino (yes, the "Get Naked" sex columnist), TimeOutNY, 3/24/11
- Laughter and spiritual growth are innately linked. "HA HA" is related to "AH HA," the sound one makes upon the realization of truth. Deepak shows us that there is darkness in the world and that comedy is a candle.
- Mike Myers, in the forward to Deepak Chopra's Why is God Laughing?
- For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life?
- Jesus of Nazareth
- The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.
- Sir Richard Francis Burton
- When religious institutions exclude women from their heirarchies and rituals, the inevitable implication is that females are inferior... Religious groups should stand up for a simple ethical principle: any person's human rights should be sacred, and not depend on something as earthly as their genitals.
- Nicholas D. Kristof, 1/9/10, New York Times
- True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess.
- Louis Nizer
- There is only one perpetrator of evil on the planet: human unconsciousness.
- Ekhart Tolle
- If everyone...just lived their lives and let others do the same, God would be in every moment, in every grain of mustard, in the fragment of cloud that is there one moment and gone the next. God was there, and yet people believed they still had to go on looking, because it seemed too simple to accept that life was an act of faith.
- Paulo Coelho, in Veronika Decides to Die
- Worthies and sages are tested by abuse. Only an insignificant, lightweight person is always praised and never criticized.
- Nichiren Daishonin (WND, 303), founder of the Soka Gakkai International school of Buddhism
- To be despised by fools is the greatest honor.
- Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, first President of the SGI
- Both related by SGI President Ikeda to Orlando Bloom in a meeting with the actor July 30, 2006, in Japan
- The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for.
- I just have to pray to God and say thanks, because it could have been worse. It was a miracle. I guess God was watching over me- or a guardian angel.
- Cavell James, after a stray bullet came through the wall of her home, went through her shoulder and lodged in her intestines, as reported in the NY Daily News 6/2/03 (perhaps better suited for the end section...)
- The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.
- Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to John Adams
- I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own- a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotism.
- Albert Einstein, in the New York Times, 1930
- I cannot see how a man of any large degree of humorous perception can ever be religious- unless he purposely shut the eyes of his mind and keep them shut by force.
- Mark Twain, in his journal
- All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
- Thomas Paine, in The Age of Reason
- I cannot believe in the immortality of the soul...No, all this talk of an existence for us, as individuals, beyond the grave is wrong. It is born of our tenacity of life- our desire to go on living- our dread of coming to an end.
- Thomas Edison, in the New York Times, 1910
- Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd, and bloody religion that has ever infected the world.
- Voltaire, in a letter to Frederick the Great (interesting parallel story in Richard Bach's One)
- My own view of religion is that of Lucretius. I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race.
- Bertrand Russell, 1930
- To regard [Jesus] as God, and to pray to him, are to my mind the greatest possible sacrilege.
- Leo Tolstoy, after being excommunicated by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox church
- If we all lived forever, where would you park?
- "Dr. Thomas", on the TV show Night Court, episode "Death Takes a Halloween"
- There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths. Almost inevitably, some part of him is aware that they are myths, and that he believes them only because they are comforting. But he dares not face this thought! Moreover, since he is aware, however dimly, that his opinions are not rational, he becomes furious when they are disputed.
- Bertrand Russell
- It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read.
- Thomas Jefferson
- Maybe the real God's not omnipotent. Maybe he's just been around so long he knows everything.
- Bill Murray's character in the movie "Groundhog Day"
- I live each day with the sins of the world on my shoulders....feeling helpless for I do not know if I have the capacity to heal the obvious ills of humanity, and frustrated that I do not know where to begin trying.
- Anonymous, 1/25/95
- We are the bearers of a larger hope. We bring hope and courage not hell and despair to the religious arena.
- Carl Seaburg
- As to the gods, I have no way of knowing either that they exist or do not exist, or what they are like.
- Protagoras, 5th century B.C.E.
- Man is certainly stark mad: he cannot make a worm, yet he will make gods by the dozen.
- Michel de Montaigne, 1500's
- How unsatisfying life must be if everything good that happens to you is the result of praying... If God is responsible for all that is good, and you are responsible for all that is bad.
- KSK, 3/15/98 & 6/6/03
Economics and other moral issues
- I went to a Chinese restaurant. They had a suggestion box. I wrote "Free Tibet."
- Stand-up comic Mike DeStefano
- A nice, simple explanation of the 2008 subprime mortgage collapse.
- author unknown, please let me know if you made it!
- This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself
as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the
being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances
complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
- George Bernard Shaw, as quoted by Michael J. Fox in Lucky Man, quote given to
him by Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates
- The day that Microsoft makes a product that doesn't suck is the day they start making vacuum cleaners.
- T-shirt slogan, unknown
- Complete nudity in itself is not erotic. It becomes so only when preceded by or contrasted to a state of dress. In this limited context then, all clothes become somewhat immoral, if we define immorality as inciting sexual interest. Habitual nakedness may indeed be capable of elevating man to a higher mental plane.
- Lucy Irvine
Whoever is behind the terrorists-have-won fearmongering "if you see something, say something" campaign clearly hasn't seen Terry Gilliam's 1985 film Brazil. Compare:
- What's interesting about O'Donnell is... not that she's an anti-gay activist with a lesbian sister. She's also a family-values champion who is single, childless and sharing a house with a man... It is one thing to preach conservative values... Women who are smart enough to make a living as the charming tribunes of right-wing ideology are usually too smart to actually live by it.
- Michelle Goldberg, quoted in TIME 10/4/10, from her 9/20/10 post on The Daily Beast about why women like Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell rule the right-wing grass-roots movement
And thanks to the folks at fulana.org for the parody on the left below. Origin unknown of one on right.
- The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.
- Sir William Osler
- Itís so simple. Most people who canít afford health insurance also are too poor to owe taxes. But if you give them a deduction from the taxes they donít owe, they can use the money theyíre not getting back from what they havenít given to buy the health care they canít afford.
- Stephen Colbert, in response to President Bush's 1/07 State of the Union Address wherein he proposed tax cuts to make insurance more affordable for the uninsured
- You can't fool all the people all the time, but some people are fools all the time.
- KSK, 12/7/07
- The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.
- David Friedman
- I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war
- Abraham Lincoln (Nov. 21, 1864 letter to Col. William F. Elkins), as given to me by Robert Galinsky
- No help is better than bad help.
- KSK, date unknown, approx. 2001, sadly ignored when dealing with his storage venture
- Incompetent people are dangerous.
- KSK, 2008, reflecting on ignoring the above
- This country is reverting back to the state which caused its formation... A corporate dictatorship or monarchy is still a dictatorship or monarchy. Eventually, it will impact people's lives enough to spark revolt (or invasion). Media conglomerates with political ties tell a weak, fearful, and unthinking public what to believe. Those who question are either too few, too silent, or too busy.
- KSK, 5/18/04
- Ishmael thought for a moment [and said] "Among the people of your culture, which want to destroy the world?"
[I replied] "Which want to destroy it? As far as I know, no one specifically wants to destroy the world."
"And yet you do destroy it, each of you. Each of you contributes daily to the destruction of the world."
"Yes, that's so."
"Why don't you stop?"
I shrugged. "Frankly, we don't know how."
"You're captives of a civilizational system that more or less compels you to go on destroying the world in order to live."
"Yes, that's the way it seems."
"So. You are captives- and you have made a captive of the world itself. That's what's at stake, isn't it?- your captivity and the captivity of the world."
"Yes, that's so. I've just never thought of it that way."
"And you yourself are a captive in a personal way, are you not?"
"How so?...I have an impression of being a captive, but I can't say why I have this impression."
"A few years ago...many young people of this country had the same impression. They made an ingenuous and disorganized effort to escape from captivity but ultimately failed, because they were unable to find the bars of the cage. If you can't discover what's keeping you in, the will to get out soon becomes confused and ineffectual."
- Daniel Quinn, Ishmael
- The common people will let (liberty) go, oh yes. They will sell liberty for a quieter life. That is why they must be led, sir, driven, pushed.
- Stanley Kubrick, in A Clockwork Orange
- They are lying to me and I hate being lied to. If you say you're going to do something, and then I find out you didn't do it, I'm going to call you on it. And when I do, don't act like I just pissed in your front pocket.
- Joe Carnahan, film director, Premiere magazine, 1/2003
- How shocking it is, this movie keeps reminding you, that there was a time in this country when politicians could get away with fearmongering and intimidation. When they could rise to power by preying on people's paranoia. When they could cow the nation into thinking dissent was somehow disloyal. Thank God that could never happen again.
- Benjamin Svetkey, in his review of George Clooney's "Good Night, and Good Luck", Entertainment weekly Special Oscar Guide 2006, #862/863, 2/10/06
- A society that will trade a little freedom for a little security, loses both and deserves neither.
- Thomas Jefferson
- A powerful national government may encroach considerably upon the liberty of individuals as well as of the different States, and assume responsibility for it, without weakening...if only every citizen recognizes such measures as means for making his nation greater.
- A quote from President Bush (the second) to drum up support for govt policies during the Iraq war, perhaps? Nope, that'd be Adolph Hitler. From Ron Paul in his book The Revolution: A Manifesto quoting Felix Morley's book Freedom and Federalism
- The great mass of people will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one.
- Because it seems so relevant today, one more from psycho Hitler's Mein Kampf (1925), courtesy of domai.com. Are you going to believe the lies, folks?
- I call it ugly and shameful. As journalism, it's immoral, and as entertainment, it's outright pimpery. Thirty-five years ago I wrote a novel called The Running Man, in which viewers watched fugitives run until they were executed on national television. I never expected to see anything remotely like it for real, but I never imagined Nancy Grace...and I've got a pretty nasty imagination.
- Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly, 10/6/06
- There is no stronger advocate for free-market capitalism than myself. The free market spawns efficiency, and efficiency means the elimination of waste. Waste is pollution, so in a true free-market economy you would eliminate, as nearly as you can, pollution. In a true free-market economy you can't make yourself rich without making your neighbors rich and without enriching your community. Polluters make themselves rich by making everybody else poor. They raise standards of living for themselves by lowering the quality of life for everybody else, and they do that by escaping the discipline of the free market and forcing the public to pay their production cost. You show me a polluter, I'll show you a subsidy. Corporations are externalizing machines; they are constantly trying to figure out a way to avoid their own costs and foist it out on the public.
I'll give you an example. When the coal companies, the utilities, discharge mercury into the air they are avoiding one of the costs of bringing their products to market, which is the cost of properly disposing of a dangerous processed chemical. When they avoid the costs they can out-compete their competitors, they can out-compete gas and oil and wind power. But the costs don't disappear. They go into the fish, they make children sick, they permanently injure children's lungs, they put people out of work, they acidify the lakes in the Adirondacks and they've destroyed the forest cover of the Appalachian Mountains all the way from Georgia up into Quebec. Those impacts impose costs on the rest of us that should be reflected in the price of that product. All of the federal environmental laws are meant to restore free-market capitalism in America. I don't even consider myself an environmentalist anymore. I'm a free marketeer. I go out into the marketplace, I track down the polluters and I say to them, We are going to force you to internalize your costs the same way that you're internalizing your profits. Americans have to understand that there is a huge difference between free-market capitalism which democratizes our country, that brings us prosperity and efficiency, and the kind of corporate crony capitalism which is as antithetical to democracy in America as it is in Nigeria. [emphasis mine, ksk]
- For the Sake of Our Children, by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Published in the Winter 2005 issue of EarthLight
- NYC has put up and required businesses to put up THOUSANDS of flyers telling residents conserve water and report leaks
- It takes 300L (79.25 gal) of water to refine 1kg paper, or 36 gallons of water to refine 1 pound of paper (nevermind how much chlorine to bleach it, trees to make it, etc.)
- Given approximately 100 sheets of paper per pound, it boggles the mind how much water was wasted telling residents to conserve it.
- noted by KSK, summer 2002
- To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
- President Theodore Roosevelt
- The hottest place in hell is reserved for those who are morally neutral.
- Intolerance is a difficult legacy to disown, despite one's best efforts.
- Sons of Mississippi by Paul Hendrickson (second quote is a paraphrasing in Time Out New York, 3/27-4/3/2003)
- The unknown future rolls toward us. I face it for the first time with a sense of hope. Because if a machine, a terminator, can learn the value of human life, maybe we can too.
- Terminator 2: Judgement Day, by James Cameron and William Wisher Jr.
- McDonald's Canada is being sued by a Toronto family that claims a severed rat's head was found nestled between the toppings of a Big Mac that was about to be eaten by a nine-year-old girl. The $11.2 million lawsuit against McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Ltd., a wholly owned unit of McDonald's Corp., came about after an incident the family alleges took place in June 1999 at a Toronto outlet of the hamburger chain.
- March 27, 2001, Reuters, as seen on iwon.com
- Rats are back in season in Vietnam's Mekong Delta, with tonnes being brought to the market daily by rice farmers for sale to bars and restaurants.
The Tuoi Tre Chu Nhat (Youth Sunday) Magazine said at least three tonnes of rats were being brought to market daily in the southern province of Bac Lieu.
They are destined to be served up as rat sour soup, fried rat, curried rat and grilled rat, all popular dishes in the rice farming Delta, where the rodents are a scourge for crops.
Rat meat is sold at $1.70 per kg for top cuts down to $0.80 for the lowest grade, the paper said.
The report said data from the Bac Lieu Agriculture and Rural Development Service showed up to 270,000 rats had been caught on 84,000 acres of rice fields in the province so far this year.
It said rat catchers were managing to earn up to $4 a day. They were disappointed last year when heavy floods that lasted for months in the Delta nearly wiped out the rat population, but the phenomenal reproductive rate of the rodents means no shortage lasts for long.
- ONE DAY EARLIER, Reuters, as seen on iwon.com
- The masses are asses, and common sense is so uncommon.
- Unknown, heard at NYC bar Swift, 12/17/02
- Stupid people only care about themselves, but don't know how.
- Peter Sklar, 8/23/01
- You have compiled an abysmal record of capitulating to big business at the expense of the nation's public health, public lands and wildlife.
- Robert Redford declining Interior Secretary Gail Norton's invitation to an "environmental" event, Hollywood Reporter, 5/14/01
- What's the big deal with nudity? The body is not only a sexual thing. By revealing your body, you actually reveal very little about yourself.
- KSK, 3/28/01
- We are a people obsessed with treating symptoms rather than causes or responsibility. For example, we invent decongestants to relieve a stuffy nose, instead of promoting good hand washing to prevent colds. People throw their cigarette butts and other garbage in the streets, so we create an entire industry to treat the problem (street sweeping), instead of increasing littering fines. What a colossal misappropriation of resources.
- KSK, 12/3/00
- Something similar to this sentiment is magnificently explored in the "broken window theory" of UCLA's James Wilson and Rutgers University's George Kelling
- People in other countries work for 80 cents an hour and the government allows it because they figure any work/pay is better than none...In this country, the welfare program makes it so that isn't true. Until we in the USA are willing to pay a decent price for a decent product, we will continue to put ourselves out of jobs by exploiting foreign labor.
- KSK, date unknown
- These days teenagers are dying because of the idea of "dissing". He disrespected me so I shot him. Happens on the subway all the time. Happens on the street. What does this have to do with sports? Sports that once taught youth to temper their natural aggressions with a gentlemanly code now teach street attitude. Survival of the baddest. And that is probably the most destructive myth of our time, an ethos that is sending a generation...to early graves.
- Glen O'Brien, in an article in the August 1994 Details
- Games these days promise an incredibly realistic experience of virtual reality.....but so few people experience reality.
- KSK 11/19/00
- When will people realize we can't "correct" the past, and we can't predict the future?
- KSK, 6/22/95
- The extreme right wing serves as a focus for people's hate and insecurity.
- KSK, date unknown
- The moral of the story of "the boy who cried wolf" is either don't lie, or don't tell the same lie twice.
- "Garak", on TV show Star Trek- Deep Space Nine
- Villians who twirl their mustaches are easy to spot. Those who cloak their actions in good deeds are far more dangerous.
- "Captain Picard", on TV show Star Trek- The Next Generation, episode "The Drumhead"
- Gangs teach no sense of pride, honor or discipline. Members live each day attempting to gain only a sense of power.
- KSK, 11/27/93
- Winners forget they're in a race- they just like to run.
- Joe Pesci, in movie "With Honors"
- Why is it that whenever you think you can do some good, the nice people always step in and mess things up?
- F. LaGuardia, mayor of New York City
- It's not where you go, but knowing in your heart that you're going somewhere.
- KSK, date unknown
- Do people think their cigarette butts or gum in the water fountain actually GO somewhere?
- KSK, date unknown
- It's a lot easier to humanize animals than it is to humanize humans.
- Chuck Jones, on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, 10/28/93, when asked why animals were used in cartoons
- Money and power are part of an elusive quest for people with no ego....If you know you're better than others, it doesn't matter if you're poor and powerless. HA!
- KSK, 6/24/00
- It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure you haven't lost the things money can't buy.
- George Lorimer
- If you say someone is a challenge, consider that the word challenge means "a test of one's abilities or resources in a demanding undertaking." Consider that anything or anyone posing a "Challenge" to us may seem enticing and/or perhaps even interesting, but the reality is, sometimes it may not be "good for us." Is that what you believe you need to do....."test your resources and abilities?" If your answer is yes, perhaps you may want to ask yourself why? Just what is it you feel necessary to prove and who do you believe you're trying to prove this "something" to? Furthermore, why would something or someone who we perceive as "a demanding undertaking" be of any genuine interest to us? Is it because we have nothing better to do? Is it because we need to "struggle" for something before we can find it rewarding, or is it really because we are trying to prove something to ourselves.......that we are worthwhile; that we are "Winners," a success, conquerors.........???????
- Shani Shulman, 12/11/02
- Finding your "soulmate" may not be enough....The person must also have a complementary agenda to THIS life. And complementary can take on a whole spectrum of meanings, from "similar" to "opposite". Your current love may have a similar outlook on life, but a different agenda, or vice-versa. And you are not so much blinded by love as blinded by the MOSTLY good relationship to see that this person is partially (or mostly) good for you, but not ideal. You must have faith (and patience) that the ideal exists, and that through some twist of fate, you are destined to meet.
- KSK, 11/9/94
- We are travelers on a cosmic journey- stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal, but the expressions of Life are ephemeral, momentary, transient. Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, one said "This existence of ours is as transient as Autumn clouds. To watch the birth and death of human beings is like watching the movements of a dance. A lifetime is like a flash of lightning in the sky, rushing by like a torrent down the steep mountain." We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other...to meet...to love...to share. This is a precious moment, but it is transient. It is a little parentheses in eternity. If we share with caring, lightheartedness, and love, we will create abundance and joy for each other...and then this moment will have been worthwhile.
- Deepak Chopra, in Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
- We're really working at staying together, because I don't want to stand in that LINE to get divorced.
- Bobby Lyle, 12/10/96
- I've often commented that "sex drives everything", at least in this country, but I think maybe (universally) it's a quest for satisfaction. Of course, most people wouldn't recognize that that's what they're looking for, nor are they patient enough to seek it out, and perhaps too blind to see it when found.
- KSK, 9/9/98
- I've either loved hundreds of times, or never at all....I'm not sure which.
- KSK, 6/98
- If equal affection cannot be,
Let the more loving one be me.
- W.H. Auden poem quoted on the WB network's "Felicity" 11/3/98 and in NYC subway's "Poetry in Motion" 2002
- I miss [her], but life is certainly easier without her.
- Winona Ryder as Suzanna in the feature film Girl, Interrupted
- I Dream
- I dream of coming home to find you
- asleep in my bed.
- I dream of watching you watch movies.
- I dream of taking you
- everywhere I've been in my life
- and in my mind.
- I dream of you and me
- without disappointments
- without appointments
- without dreaming.
- KSK 4/10/01
- I fell in love on the subway
- Stand clear of the closing doors, please.
- Your eyes. Your hair. Your hands.
- Our life together.
- Next stop, Union Square.
- Our stop!!
- Our stop!
- The doors closed, and you were gone.
- ksk 5/5/06
- Quiet Soup Vacuum
- i am empty
- but overflowing,
- exhausted and
- wildly contented.
- in this silent stillness
- there is nothing left,
- but homemade
- vegetable soup.
- want some?
- djk 4/19/07
- Al Gore
(stream of consciousness writing class with Mark Weston, exercise #1, 8/21/00)
- All gored. Full of holes. Bloody. Ruined. Tree huggers aren't bloody, except when called so by British loggers.
Ozone, be gone! The internet is mine. I started it, and I AM A MACHINE. Jim Henson's last wish, but oh, so much more boring
than Kermit. Little pig lover. Does Gore love the police too? Who knows? Not me. Probably not him until his advisors advise.
Nearly at the bottom of the page. Gonna have to flip. Wouldn't Gore make a funny gymnast in his suit? Har dee har har harrrrrrrr.
Buzzing in my ear. A teleprompter for a speech. Attention ladies and germs, the President of the United States......will it be me?
Is my intention strong enough to make it so? Yodel ay de ho. Itchy snitchy. Does Gore ever scratch his balls? Does he have
balls? Why isn't he flashy like Bush? Bush's balls. HA! He's had 8 years to get a makeover, but Bush IS his Daddy's boy. It's
US Government mafioso- Kennedys and Bushs coming out our bloody gored balls. Ouch. That's disgusting. Election erection
time. Gore - stiff - erection. HA! (end of 5 minute time limit)
- Beauty- A partial Revelation
(stream of consciousness writing class with Mark Weston, exercise #2, 8/26/00)
- Runing down the hill I see children playing, laughing, singing, talking, learning... loving. It gives me hope. I forget the
pushing on the subway- the lack of exhaling as I drive along the city streets. Clogged with noise and death and destruction... And
beauty. The lights of Times Square bring a smile to my face each time I'm there. It's real? It's not a movie set. So much fun. Damn
loud music. Snap back to reality momentarily. Responsibility crashing in. Death. There she lies, the car bumper sticking right out of
her chest. Tears in her parents' eyes as I tell them "no, her body hasn't been taken to the hospital yet." Contrasts of life. Extremes as
I walk the middle path. What do the 8 sides on the Buddhist Wheel of Becoming mean? That class seems so long ago. The Watcher
just asked if I'm rambling. I'll kick your ass, man! Expurgate. Regurgitate. Pontificate. A girl named Kate. Beep beep. No more rhymes.
This ain't no stinking poem. Sunny days. Starry nights. The stars are beautiful here. I love pointing the Milky Way out to others I see. I
love looking up at them alone. And yet how I long for that hand I feel in mine to be there. Where is my starry-eyed child?- the match out
there for the one that is ME? Beep beep. Acknowledge all that is around you. THIS is really real. Live it. Love it. Aaaaaah! My pen is
running dry!! Tina saves the day. Now why couldn't I control how much ink was there? That's a stupid, off topic question. What am I
hiding from? Avoiding writing down why I return here? Oh yes. That's it. Beautiful people, beautiful land. The energy is flowing like a
peaceful but powerful river. Niagara Falls of souls. Crashing, mixing, so much power and energy, focussed. The river knows not why it
flows nor how it is channelled. It just IS. This is so fun! Rules, rules, rules to channell the souls. And my, look at the output! No flashlight
at night for me. The path is lit by the light of all these wonderful people around me... Pen-givers all. Life is good. I am not alone. I can
feel everyone here. Electricity crackles between our hands. Can they feel it too? Or am I alone? No, just more AWARE than some. God,
I want them to see!! (end of 5 minute time limit)
- I was driving down the street where we used to live,
- and where there once was a big, beautiful, round tree,
- there was nothing.
- I wanted to tell you our tree was gone,
- but so were you.
- KSK 12/3/98
- Split Family
- Child loves Dad unconditionally
- delinquent with support
- Mom sues Dad but
- you can't collect what doesn't exist
- No matter how much Father says
- Father loves
- Mother remarries
- The Drunk Stepfather with money
- Money to raise the Child and
- Pay for College
- Money which buys Stepfather the right
- to "touch" the Child?
- Can I love the Child of this
- Split Family
- KSK 6/16/93
- Quick to apologize
- Quick to forgive
- Too quick to simply say live and let live
- KSK, 10/14/93
- Key Largo
- Party with Dad
- Palm trees, beaches, sand, rocks,
- Setting sun over the ocean
- Publix? Well, it pays the bills
- Relaxing, tanning, (fishing), having fun
- Cracktown! Please, stay away.
- Be careful, my
- Beautiful Princess
- KSK, 7/93
- Blond hair, blue eyes
- There's more than corn in Indiana.
- So young, so full of life
- Violated, yet innocent
- Still, so full of Love
- Only now
- Who she IS
- she can do
- If only the aura I see and feel
- Can manifest itself in
- KSK, 1996
- The weather was beautiful
- so I took a drive
- To see if you were okay,
- To see if you were alive.
- I'm worried about you, your problems-
- I really do understand.
- I want to help you if you'll let me-
- Help you with your plans.
- The fire in you is so pure, so bright
- I feel I could just die
- When someone near you wets the flame
- and I can't hold you when you cry.
- In this game of life, there's pain,
- but you must know, pain ends-
- You can be joyful, and confident- you're not alone
- I'll always be your friend.
- KSK, 4/7/99
Dumb quotes from REALLY dumb people
- Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA's job.
- Phil Angell, Monsanto's director of corporate communications. "Playing God in the Garden" New York Times Magazine, October 25, 1998.
- (Even if this were ethically acceptable, who do you suppose sits on the FDA approvals committee?)
- We do not and cannot accept the principle that incompetence justifies dismissal, that is victimization.
- Peter Sellers as union man in "I'm All Right, Jack" (only on the list because 2 con men have been using this precise argument with me for several years, and the courts have allowed it... Sellers meant it in jest, folks!)
- Kenny MacAskill- name of the Scottish Justice Minister who released the Lockerbie bomber (who killed 270 people on Pan Am 103) on compassionate grounds, citing his advanced prostate cancer.
- Emily Sapp- name of a 15 year-old high school student suspended for wearing a t-shirt that "disrupted the learning process" (it said "Islam is of the devil") who defended her shirt by saying "the people are fine- the people are people- they can be saved like anyone else."
- Caster Semenya- name of gold-winning South African (fe)male runner being genetically tested to determine if she is actually a he
- Okay, so maybe you don't find these funny, but I found the consonance of the 3 names amusing because they were within 5 pages of each other in the 9/7/09 edition of Time magazine
- I've been in NYC for 3 years. I did 2 student films and 2 independents, and after that, I was just sick of it. I wanna do some bigger films- get some bigger parts. During the day, I'm a chiropractor. So, I'm hoping to do some work here, and then go to LA.
- Daniel M., overheard at The Actors Connection, NYC, 3/25/03
- Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson suggested Thursday that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stroke was divine punishment for "dividing God's land." "God considers this land to be his," Robertson said on his TV program "The 700 Club." [Way to preach God's love, Pat!]
- as reported in The Hollywood Reporter, 1/6/06
- Jurors in Jefferson County, after awarding $150 million in separate asbestos and diet pill cases and who were accused in a "60 Minutes" story of being vindictive toward Yankee drug companies and/or levying large awards in hopes of getting a cut, are suing 60 Minutes for $597 million in actual damages and $5.9 billion in punitive damages.
- AP Story, 7/3/03
- This is a case of "a liberal judge standing up and saying we can't acknowlege God in our courtroom."
- NewsWire, 11/19/02, Dean Young, Exec. Dir. of Christian Family Association, following a federal court ruling that a 5,300 pound monument of the Ten Commandments installed after hours and without the permission of the other justices in Alabama's judicial building by state chief justice Roy Moore must be removed at his expense
- After reading your article "TV That's Good for Your Kids" it was reported to me that Bert and Ernie are gay. My grandchildren will not be watching "Sesame Street" anymore, and I hope you will relay that message to executive producer Michael Loman.
- Julianne H. Sallee, Pocahontas, AZ, letter to the "TV Guide" editor 12/18-24/93
- Response from the Children's Television Workshop: "Bert and Ernie do not portray a gay couple and there are no plans for them to do so in the future. They are puppets, not humans."
- Martha Rocha, who represented Brazil in the Miss Universe contest 47 years ago, but
lost because of two extra inches (five cm) in the hips, has since had two plastic surgeries. "If the pageant permits, I think
girls should have plastic surgery," Rocha told local media. "As a matter of fact, that way anybody can participate, they just
have to correct whatever isn't pretty."
She said this following a quote from Juliana Borges, named "Miss Brazil" 2001, who had plastic surgery four times and underwent 19 smaller procedures, one of many
competitors determined to nip and tuck their way to beauty. Ms. Borges said, "Plastic surgery made me more beautiful and gave me confidence in
myself and the perfect measurements that won me this title."
(A new obsession with cleavage, sparked by Brazil's buxom supermodel Gisele
Bundchen, has helped make Brazil the capital of plastic surgery in per capita terms, surpassing the former champion, the United
States, in 2000. Experts say the industry's success is due in part to the fact that
plastic surgery is a status symbol. Unlike the United States, Brazil's "siliconadas" proudly display their enhancements on
magazine covers. "Plastic surgery
symbolizes modernity, shows you have money to spend," said U.S. anthropologist Alex Edmonds. "In Brazil, beauty is not something
natural, it's something you have to work at.")
- Reuters, 3/27/01
- The bible says "Adam and Eve" not "Adam and Steve"
- "Chris" of Norristown PA at an anti-gay rally, AP story, date unknown
- I hate to practice, but I love to win.
- Snickers candy bar commercial
And finally, some interesting observations...you choose the dummy. That being said, I'm not trying to incite a riot with this page. I'm a big believer in being pro-peace rather than anti-war....
- Two for me. None for you.
- Twix candy bar slogan
- Government-run (or even regulated) health care is "socialist." Police departments, fire departments, schools, and libraries are not.
- Saddam Hussein was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush's daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him, and a bad guy when Bush needed a diversion.
- Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is Communist, but trade with China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international harmony.
- The United States should get out of the United Nations, and our highest national priority is enforcing U.N. resolutions against Iraq.
- A woman can't be trusted with decisions about her own body, but multi-national corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind without regulation.
- Jesus loves you and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hillary Clinton.
- The goal of terrorists is to have people live in terror. Masked government troops with machine guns now patrol the NYC subway, where it is repeatedly posted and announced that "backpacks and other large containers are subject to random search by the police." Do you think subway riders feel safer, or have the "terrorists" won?
- Similarly, according to MTA ads, 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something in response to their anti-terror campaign in 2007. According to a January 7, 2008 New York Times report, no one knows what they saw, what it resulted in, or even how this number was determined.
- The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches while slashing veterans' benefits and combat pay.
- If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won't have sex.
- A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our long-time allies, then demand their cooperation and money.
- Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy. Providing health care to all Americans is socialism.
- HMOs and insurance companies have the best interests of the public at heart.
- Global warming and tobacco's link to cancer are junk science, but creationism should be taught in schools.
- A president lying about an extramarital affair is a impeachable offense. A president lying to enlist support for a war in which thousands die is solid defense policy.
- Government should limit itself to the powers named in the Constitution, which include banning gay marriages and censoring the Internet.
- Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you're a conservative radio host. Then it's an illness, and you need our prayers for your recovery.
- Due to popular outrage, Don Imus was fired by CBS radio for making a relatively innocuous, admittedly racial comment on his radio show- and was paid several million dollars of the contract he'd just signed to compensate him for his early termination. Due to popular demand, ABC radio hired him to a new multimillion dollar contract several months later. His comment got him paid twice to do the same job.