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To demonize the press, to characterize it as not just mistaken but malign, is to lay the groundwork for repression.
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The enemy in any democracy is not dissent, from either within or without.  Dissent, in fact, is essential.  The enemy is dishonesty, ignorance, indifference, intolerance.  The ability to hold journalists accountable has never been greater, and we take legitimate criticism as a challenge to do better.  Attempts to suppress, dismiss and control, on the other hand, we understand as exactly what Thomas Jefferson warned against.
   —  Nancy Gibbs
Editor of Time Magazine
From her editorial: “Jefferson’s Warning to the White House“, dtd: 13 February 2017
[Thomas Jefferson’s comment was that given the choice of government without newspapers, or newspapers without government, he’d choose newspapers over government.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2016 It Ain’t Easy
(Leap Year 29th) Or Try To, Anyway…
(Leap Year 29th) Circles Within Circles
2015 A Series Of Funerals
2014 And Your Point Is?
2013 Infinitely Care
2012 In My Room
(Leap Year 29th) Stingray – TV Series Review (This is my most popular post since starting my blog – hands down! It still draws hits almost every week. The hits seem to come mostly from Central Europe. I guess the show must be in syndication there.)
(Leap Year 29th) A Single Thread
2011 Lyrical Mixture
Teaching = Translating

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As a general rule, nobody has money who ought to have it.
   —  Benjamin Disraeli
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On This Day In:
2016 A Little Lost
2015 This High Place
2014 Elected Madness
2013 Well Written
2012 Related Parts
2011 The King Is Oscar
Better Reputation?

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In the Soviet Union every worker is a government worker, and they have a saying:  “As long as the bosses pretend to pay us, we will pretend to work.
   —  Tom Clancy
From his novel: “The Hunt For Red October
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On This Day In:
2016 And Songs Too…
2015 On The Road To Failure
2014 Each Moment
2013 Conversation
2012 4 Down, 11 Done (At Last)
I’m Not Afraid
2011 Who’s Risk Is It, Anyway?

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A man who cannot tolerate small ills can never accomplish great things.
   —  Chinese Proverb
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On This Day In:
2016 Resolute Will
2015 Absorbed And Civilized
2014 Relax And Lead
2013 Location, Location, Location
2012 Are You Really Good?
2011 Relatively Objective, Anyway

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Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.
   —  Samuel Johnson
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On This Day In:
2016 Reflections
2015 Is It Time Yet?
2014 Ask Any Follower
2013 Cornered Or Surrounded?
2012 Escape
2011 Achievement
Not Unreasonable Enough

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I walk our family dog “Shiva” most every day.  She loves sniffing fences, grass, trees and posts of various types (including fire hydrants).  Most times she takes a “little” longer than I would like her to and I give her a slight tug on the leash or say her name to get her to move along to the next smell.  I think from now on I may give her a count of 10 instead of a count of seven.  After all, I should allow time for the comments as well as for the blog post.

Dog Blogging

Dog Blogging

[The above image is from the comic strip “9 Chickweed Lane“, which I read most every day at the following site:  http://www.gocomics.com/9chickweedlane
The actual post date was 19 February 2017.  I’m not sure how to create a link to the specific posting.
I do NOT own the rights to the image, I have not asked permission to repeat it, and am I NOT hoping to make any profit from showing it.  It is merely being used because it made me laugh out loud.
If you find the comic amusing, please visit the creator’s (Brooke McEldowney) post at gocomics.com and give it a “like”.   Oh, and click on the image to see a larger version / more readable   —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2016 Just Spicy
Only One Part
2015 Positive Acts Of Creation
2014 One Thing Is Clear
2013 Corrections
See Greatness
2012 Gemutlichkeit
2011 Back On The Asphalt
It Is Just Not The Same

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Those who welcome death have only tried it from the ears up.
    —  Wilson Mizner
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On This Day In:
2016 Making It Up
A Missed Beat
2015 We Are All Explorers
2014 Still Trying To Cope
2013 Dear Diary (A good chuckle!)
2012 Conveniently Sequential
2011 King’s Speech Number Four
Rational Probability

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The tumults in America I expected would have produced in Europe an unfavorable opinion of our political state.  But it has not.  On the contrary, the small effect of those tumults seems to have given more confidence in the firmness of our governments.  The interposition of the people themselves on the side of government has had a great effect on the opinion here.  I am persuaded myself that the good sense of the people will always be found to be the best army.  They may be led astray for a moment, but will soon correct themselves.  The people are the only censors of their governors: and even their errors will tend to keep these to the true principles of their institution.  To punish these errors too severely would be to suppress the only safeguard of the public liberty.  The way to prevent these irregular interpositions of the people is to give them full information of their affairs thro’ the channel of the public papers, and to contrive that those papers should penetrate the whole mass of the people.  The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.  But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them.  I am convinced that those societies (as the Indians) which live without government enjoy in their general mass an infinitely greater degree of happiness than those who live under European governments.  Among the former, public opinion is in the place of law, and restrains morals as powerfully as laws ever did any where.  Among the latter, under pretence of governing they have divided their nations into two classes, wolves and sheep.  I do not exaggerate.  This is a true picture of Europe.  Cherish therefore the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention.  Do not be too severe upon their errors, but reclaim them by enlightening them.  If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, judges and governors shall all become wolves.  It seems to be the law of our general nature, in spite of individual exceptions; and experience declares that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the governments of Europe, and to the general prey of the rich on the poor.
   —  Thomas Jefferson
Letter to Edward Carrington
16 Jan. 1787
[All emphasis, italics, bolding and underlining were added by me and do not appear in the original.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2016 Lost Opportunity
2015 Are You Listening Ladies?
2014 Practice, Practice, Practice
2013 A Fist Full Of Confusion
2012 Teaching Faith
2011 The Heart Of Terror
The Proportion Of Gravity And Probability

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In the modern world, wars must be outlawed, because none of the global problems we are facing can be resolved by war —  not poverty, the environment, migration, population growth or shortages of resources.
   —  Mikhail Gorbachev
From his opinion piece titled: “It all looks as if the world is preparing for war
In “Time Magazine“, dtd: 13 February 2017
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On This Day In:
2016 Largely A Mystery
2015 Tools And Weapons
2014 Likes And Dislikes
2013 Pillars Of Learning
2012 Another JCoM Review
Move It
2011 Expected Value

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A Dog’s Last Will & Testament

Before humans die, they write their last will and testament, give their home and all they have to those leave behind.  If, with my paws, I could do the same, this is what I’d ask…
To a poor and lonely stray I’d give my happy home; my bowl and cozy bed, soft pillow and all my toys; the lap, which I loved so much; the hand that stroked my fur; and the sweet voice that spoke my name.
I’d will to the sad, scared shelter dog the place I had in my human’s loving heart, of which there seemed no bounds.
So, when I die, please do not say, “I will never have a pet again, for the loss and pain is more than I can stand.”
Instead, go find an unloved dog, one whose life has held no joy or hope, and give my place to him.
This is the only thing I can give…
The love I left behind.
    —   Anonymous
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On This Day In:
2016 Wiser But Less Cocksure
2015 Not Today
Wicked
2014 …Am Too
2013 Credible?
2012 Both
2011 Risking Hidden Linkage

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Every President must endure a gap between what he would like and what is possible.
   —  President John F. Kennedy
From the Foreword to “Decision-Making in the White House“, written by Theodore C. Sorensen
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On This Day In:
2016 Nor My Dogs
2015 Say What?
I’m A Dog, Too!
Beginnings
2014 Astonishing Choices
2013 Three Hard Tasks
2012 The Only Remains
2011 Personal Capability
What Price Failure?
Both Of W’s Elections
Tea (Baggers) Anyone?

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The bosom of America is open to receive not only the opulent & respectable Stranger, but the oppressed & persecuted of all Nations & Religions; whom we shall wellcome to a participation of all our rights & previleges, if by decency & propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.
   —  George Washington
Letter to Joshua Holmes, 2 December 1783
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On This Day In:
2016 Given The Choice
Why Is He Wearing Red?
2015 Within The System
2014 None But…
2013 Obviously Longer
2012 A Childhood Poem
Who Are You Callin’ Leather-Faced?
2011 In No Particular Order
The Need For Proof

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Joy multiplies when it is shared among friends, but grief diminishes with every division.  That is life.
   —  R.A. Salvatore
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On This Day In:
2016 I Went To The Woods…
2015 I’ve Got To Run
2014 Which Is It?
2013 Making You Stronger
2012 Sick Of Being Sick
Greater Than Power
2011 Clear, Specific And Measurable
2010 The Runner’s High
Into The Dark…

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Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence.  And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.
   —  Meryl Streep
Accepting an achievement award at the Golden Globe Awards
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On This Day In:
2016 Wants
2015 Let Us Join
2014 Feeling Kept?
Chillin’
2013 The Lucky Few
2012 A Post-Valentine’s Day Message
2011 Risk, Lyrics, Starting Over, And My Trip To The ER
Lucky Choice

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[Happy Valentine’s Day, Hil!!  You are always on my mind…
All my love,
Always,
Your Kev
XXX
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On This Day In:
2016 Happy Valentine’s Day – 2016!!
2015 To My Special Lady
2014 Awakening
2013 Drowsy In Comfort
2012 Happy Valentine’s Day
2011 Own Your Bible

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