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As far as possible the duty of a leader is to foresee dissatisfaction and to remedy injustice before complaints are made.  To accomplish this he must maintain close contact with the men he controls.  Let him go into the trenches if he is a general; let him arrive at the factory with his workmen now and then if he is the manager.  He must have some imagination; an understanding of other men’s lives is necessary to him, so that he may be able to protect those under him from unnecessary suffering.  The secret of gaining their affection is to feel affection for them and to be able to do their jobs as well as they do them themselves.  Men endure taking orders, and even like it, if the orders are given intelligently.
   —  André Maurois
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On This Day In:
2012 Legacy Of Star Trek (TOS)
2011 Tolerating The Intolerant
Passionate Germs
2010 Giants Win Game 1 In Philly (4 to 3)!!

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The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things.  Information is giving out; communication is getting through.
  —  Sydney J. Harris
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On This Day In:
2012 Egotist, n.
2011 Good And Bad

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We hope from – even demand of – our reading that it deliver us from the tyranny of the mundane.  There is more to life than these four walls.  And the soul sings – in reader and writer – to envision something larger behind that corner up ahead.
This quote was found at one of the blogs I follow: http://aholisticjourney.wordpress.com/
The specific post is:  http://aholisticjourney.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/the-writing-process-ii-why-we-read-part-4/
[Well worth the visit.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 Bore, n.
2011 Attaining High Office

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We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
  —  Ernest Hemingway
New York Journal-American (11 July 1961)
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On This Day In:
2012 Curtain Rods
2011 A Living Force
2010 BART Rides – A Tipping Point

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There is much to be said concerning retirement.  Some men cannot survive it because they have not prepared themselves for it.  For the man who has retained his curiosity, retirement in old age can be the most enjoyable period of his life; but he must be aware of the emptiness of public renown and desire the peace of obscurity; he must still have the wish to learn and understand; in his village, his garden, or his house, he must have some restricted personal occupation.  The wise man, after having given all his time to his public activities, now devotes himself entirely to his personal affairs and development; and this will be easier for him if he has been able to interest himself in poetry and the beauties of nature, even during his busiest years.  For myself, I cannot imagine a pleasanter old age than one spent in the not too remote country where I could reread and annotate my favorite books.  “The mind,” says Montaigne, “must thrive upon old age as the mistletoe upon a dead oak.”
   —  André Maurois
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On This Day In:
2012 And When I’m Gone…
2011 Complete Conviction

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As a teenager, I sought out this transformed reality in the proverbial escape into books away from my unhappiness.  We like to lose this world, our very self, in a good book.  But reading isn’t just anesthesia or a verbal trip to the theme park.  We’re not only running from something, in many cases, but running to.
[Found at one of the blogs I follow: http://aholisticjourney.wordpress.com/
The specific post is: http://aholisticjourney.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/the-writing-process-ii-why-we-read-part-4/  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 Suddenly
2011 Liberal Washington
2010 Giants Advance To NLCS!!

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Every kid should have a moment like this where they can see their dream coming true and realize how awesome it is to have someone believe in them no matter what.
   —  Michelle Marie Antell
[Found at one of the blogs I follow: http://michellemarieantellg.wordpress.com
The specific post is: http://michellemarieantellg.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/i-need-to-spill-some-happiness-on-you/
Check out MMA’s site for some terrific inspirational artwork and photography (and pictures of her daughter going off to college).  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 Two Views
2011 Still Looking For Examples
2010 Giants Win Away 3 – 2!!

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There must be no premature renunciation, physical or emotional.  The heart, like the body, needs exercise.  Naturally there can be no deliberate stirring up of emotion, but why, merely for reasons of age, should one deny oneself those that can be genuinely experienced?  Because old men in love are ridiculous?  They are ridiculous only if they forget that they are old men.  There is nothing ridiculous about two old people really in love.  Each still finds in the other those qualities which were admired in youth.  Tender consideration, affection, and admiration have no age.  In fact, it often happens that, when youth and its passions have vanished, love takes on an asceticism which is delightful.  Sensual misunderstandings disappear with physical desire and jealousy with youth; impetuosity wanes with the body’s strength.  From the remnants of a stormy youth may be created an agreeable old age.  Thus the existence of a couple resembles a river which leaps dangerously over jagged rocks near its source, but whose clear waters flow more slowly as it approaches the sea, its broad surface reflecting the poplars along its banks and the stars at night.
   —  André Maurois
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On This Day In:
2012 Keeping Faith
2011 Summon Us, Don’t Criticize Us
2010 Obama’s Wars – Book Review
Game Two – Hearbreaking Loss

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If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.
    —  Maya Angelou
[Widely available quote, but I was reminded of it when I found it at one of the blogs I follow: http://thesanctuaryofmyheart.com/
The specific post was:   http://thesanctuaryofmyheart.com/quotes-i-love/    —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 Are You An Expert?
2011 Joy!

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If you want to get laid, go to college.  If you want an education, go to the library.
  —  Frank Zappa
[I knew there was a difference between college and education!  —  KMAB  🙂 ]
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On This Day In:
2012 Perceptions Of Worth
2011 Flavor
2010 Giants Win 1-0 !!

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Patriotism means to stand by the country.  It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country.  It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country.  It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country.  In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.
  —  Theodore Roosevelt
(A Republican President known as “The Trust Buster” because he championed the breakup of monopolies.)
[This is the problem I have with the modern “Tea-Party” led Republican Party: they profess patriotism, yet are unable to tell the truth.  The judgment of history will be far kinder to President Obama than it will be to a Tea-Party demented (I mean dominated) GOP.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 30 Days To Go
2011 Altering The Course

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Marriage is not at all
what romantic lovers imagine it to be;
it is an institution
founded upon an instinct;
to be successful,
it requires not only physical attraction,
but will-power,
patience,
and the always difficult
acceptance of “the other”;
finally,
if these conditions are fulfilled,
a beautiful and lasting affection can be established
– a unique and,
to those who have never known it,
incomprehensible mingling
of love,
friendship,
sensuality,
and respect,
without which
there is no true marriage.
    —  André Maurois
[Once again, I’ve taken the liberty to re-format a quote (in this case, a single sentence) to match imagined poetry.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 Error Is Tolerated Here (So Far)
2011 In Defense Of Pain

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To laugh often and love much;
to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children;
to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others;
to give of one’s self;
to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived
— this is to have succeeded.
     ―     Bessie Anderson Stanley
[Taken from one of the blogs I follow: http://dshenai.wordpress.com/
The specific post is at: http://dshenai.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/insightful-inspirational-quotes-about-life/
Please visit his site as he routinely has interesting posts about science, arts, history, etc…
The original post is one long sentence.  I have modified the format to make it appear more poetic (“greeting card”-ish).  I hope no one minds…   —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 47%
2011 Conservative Values: Low And Lax
2010 A Non-Zero Sum Game
What If “c” Isn’t A Constant?
2009 Pictures from UCLA trip…

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Let me see if I’ve got this straight:  Back in the 1990’s a Republican came up with an alternative to “Hillary Health Care” (aka: “Socialized Medicine“), which was promoted by a conservative think tank (the Heritage Foundation), and which was tested in the real world by a Republican Governor (Mitt Romney in Massachusetts).  This same health plan was adopted by a Democratic Presidential candidate, who was elected.  The health care law was passed by both houses of Congress in March of 2010 (over three and a half years ago), with a phased implementation so the market place (and States) would have time to set it up in an orderly fashion.  The law was signed by the President and later approved by the Supreme Court (as Constitutional).
In 2010, Republicans took advantage of an off-year election (that is, no President running for office) to use (normally) low turnout to take over some state houses, most governorships and the House of Representatives.  Locally, they ran the advertised message as “Jobs, jobs, jobs!” and Republicans know how to “put people back to work”; their real promise was to make “this” President a failure and defeat him in his re-election.
Since 2010, the House has made NO effort to introduce ANY jobs bills, but has voted over 40 times to repeal “Obamacare”.  The Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare” is the signature piece of legislation to come out of President Obama’s first term in office.
In 2012, the sitting President was re-elected specifically running a pro-health care campaign with a five million vote majority (5,000,000) against an opponent who pledged to introduce a bill to overturn Obamacare his first day in office.  The House was retained by the Republicans by virtue of controlling a majority of state houses and thereby “gerrymandering” their districts so traditionally Republican districts were even more biased, yet if you totaled all the votes for all seats for the House, they “lost” the popular vote by over five hundred thousand (500,000) votes.  The Republicans DID lose seats, just not enough to lose the majority.  The Democrats picked up seven (7) seats, but they needed twenty-five to turn over control of the House.  By the way, the Democrats also picked up two (2) seats in the Senate.  Statewide voting for Senators is not subject to gerrymandering by the state legislatures and governors because each state is only allowed two seats.
Please watch the following opinion piece on what is happening regarding the current government shutdown and what it means to be a “conservative” in today’s Republican party…
— The video is from YouTube, but originally appeared on: “The Cycle” on MSNBC with Krystral Ball, who is one of the four hosts.
Romney/Ryan ran on a budget proposal which would have “slashed” the budget to a level ($967 Billion) which the nation soundly rejected.  “Soundly” here refers to the Electoral College landslide (332 vs 206), not the actual popular vote which was “only” 3% (five million votes) in favor of President Obama.
The column on the far left ($1203) is what the President’s budget asked for.  The column on the far right is the “Ryan Budget” proposal ($967).  The column next to it, second from the right, is the amount the Democratically controlled Senate is willing to pass as part of a “clean” Continuing Resolution (CR, $986).  Now, seriously, does this look like the Democrats are unwilling to negotiate?  Or, does it look like the Democrats have already capitulated and are willing to accept that even when you win an election, you still don’t get to run the country the way the people voted?
 — Image is from the MSNBC show: “Chris Hayes, All In
The next time you hear the “the American people” have spoken and we don’t want Obamacare or the Democrats don’t want to negotiate or that elections have consequences, understand the truth.  We The People have already decided in two Presidential elections and two of three House elections that we DO want the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and as far as the budget goes, there’s not much more to negotiate because we’ve already surrendered the whole pie to the Republicans.  Don’t look behind the curtain because the powers that be are getting what they want regardless of how We The People voted.
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On This Day In:
2012 What Are Your True Measurements
2011 What It Is All About
2010 The Magnificent Seven
Giants Fever!!

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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 fall.  Think of it – ALWAYS.
  —  Mahatma Gandhi
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On This Day In:
2012 What Are Your True Measurements
2011 What It Is All About
2010 The Magnificent Seven
Giants Fever!!

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