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There was an assumption that I was personally attacking Sarah Palin by impersonating her on TV.  No one ever said it was ‘mean’ when Chevy Chase played Gerald Ford falling down all the time.  No one ever accused Dana Carvey or Darrell Hammond or Dan Aykroyd of ‘going too far’ in their political impressions.  You see what I’m getting at here.  I am not mean and Mrs. Palin is not fragile.  To imply otherwise is a disservice to us both.
  —  Tina Fey
From her book: “Bossypants
[The REAL objection from the Republicans was not Ms. Fey was personally attacking Mrs. Palin because Mrs. Palin is “fragile”.  It was that Ms. Fey was pointing out IN PUBLIC Mrs. Palin’s utter and complete incompetence for the position she was campaigning for (Vice-President) due to her poor education, insufficient experience and lack of intellectual curiosity.  Not only was Mrs. Palin barely able to string words together into a rational sentence (a surprising poor impromptu speaker), she rarely knew what she was talking about (the issues), AND she didn’t care enough to find out what was correct before she spoke (lazy).
It is one thing to not know what you’re talking about; it is another thing to not know that you don’t know what you’re talking about; but, it is all together beyond the pale to know you don’t know what you’re talking about and to not care you don’t know it.
Mrs. Palin was the least competent nominee since Dan Quayle (Bush I’s, VP).  In my opinion, she was FAR less competent than Quayle, and although it does not seem possible, she remains so five years later!
This is what the “right” felt was “personal”: “Don’t point out to the voting public that the person we’re proposing be one-heartbeat from being President is ignorant (doesn’t know anything) AND illiterate (doesn’t read in an effort to learn anything), because she’s a female and we don’t expect much out of her anyway.”
With the number of truly intelligent and competent females in the Republican Party, it is a tragedy (and a continuing insult to the American People) that the GOP has had the hubris to put forward Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann for public office – let alone for the Vice Presidency and President. (Fortunately, Bachmann was forced out of the 2012 race early.)
It was most certainly a personal attack to point out Governor Palin’s intellectual incompetence.  But, it was not mean; it was patriotic!  And for Ms. Fey to imply the objection to her comedy was because Mrs. Palin was somehow “fragile” is equally disingenuous.  The best way to prevent / counter / defeat this type of personal attack is to put forward competent candidates.  Given the Romney / Ryan ticket in 2012, it doesn’t appear the Republicans have learned this lesson.  —  KMAB]
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The Only way to do all the things you’d like to do is to read.
  —  Tom Clancy
[Found on a blog I follow: http://dshenai.wordpress.com/
The specific post is:  http://dshenai.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/tribute-to-tom-clancy-with-his-insightful-quotes/
 Thanks Deo!  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
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People honestly calculate and, with good intentions, recalculate what reality is until they find a place where they are comfortable with their moral myths, where they can sit complacent.
— Lt. Col. Peter Fromm, U.S. Army, Retired;  Lt. Col. Douglas Pryer, U.S. Army;  and Lt. Col. Kevin Cutright, U.S. Army
From their article:  “The Myths We Soldiers Tell Ourselves (and the Harm These Myths Do)
Found at:
http://usacac.army.mil/CAC2/MilitaryReview/
Archives/English/MilitaryReview_20131031_art010.pdf
[Originally found via one of the blogs I follow:
http://carryingthegun.wordpress.com/
The specific post is:
http://carryingthegun.wordpress.com/2013/10/05/
the-ethics-of-the-marine-corps-urination-case/
  —  KMAB]
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Character is of the first importance, but intelligence is nevertheless essential.  It is desirable for a leader to have a broad education.  History and poetry increase his knowledge of human passions.  Culture offers the man of action opportunities now and then to capture his serenity; it puts at his disposal models of order and clarity.  It is, in a sense, a work of art to reconstruct a country or to lead an army, and the man who has acquired a sense of beauty from his studies will be the more successful for it.
    —  André Maurois
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On This Day In:
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I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work.  …I’ve never had a job in my life that I was better than.  I was always just lucky to have a job.  And every job I had was a stepping-stone to my next job, and I never quit my job until I had my next job.  Opportunities look a lot like work.
  —  Ashton Kutcher
From a speech at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards
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On This Day In:
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Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
  –  Susan Ertz
[I found this quote at a blog I follow:   http://interestingliterature.wordpress.com/
The specific posting was:  http://interestingliterature.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/20-quotations-about-life-love-and-death/  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
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Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem to be confidences or asides hidden from all else and unmistakably meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until it is discovered by an equal mind and heart.
  —  Ralph Waldo Emerson
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