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He isn’t a real boss until he has trained subordinates to shoulder most of his responsibilities.
   —  William Feather
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On This Day In:
2016 You Just Have To Care
Day 4 – Blending
2015 My Slow Education
2014 Great Service
2013 You Really Should Wear More Sweaters
Here I Am God
2012 The Serenity Prayer
2011 The Victory Of Life

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There is no load that will break a man down so quickly and so surely as a load of revenge.  The man who tries to get even with others has few opportunities of gratifying his hatred, but he is all the time corroding himself.
   —  William Jennings Bryan
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On This Day In:
2016 Both Particle And Wave
2015 Deep In Debt
2014 The Difference
2013 My Heart Is Described
2012 Keen To Be Alone
2011 The Ideal Business…
2010 55

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I believe that every human being with a physically normal brain can learn a great deal and can be surprisingly intellectual.  I believe that what we badly need is social approval of learning and social rewards for learning.
    —  Isaac Asimov
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On This Day In:
2016 In Search Of Words
Day 2 – Blending
2015 At What Price?
2014 Intricate And Subtle Order
2013 Attention To Detail
2012 Aequanimitas!
2011 Consider This

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I’m not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything.  I’ve always been a freak.  So I’ve been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know.  I’m one of those people.
    ―  John Lennon
When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.  When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I wrote down ‘happy’.  They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.
  ―  John Lennon
[When I was young I was asked what I wanted to be when I grow up, I used to reply: “Young.”   Now, when asked (usually sarcastically) the same question, I reply: “Old.”   I guess that’s just the cowboy in me…
Happy Birthday to me!  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2016 One More, Please
2015 Infinite Adventure
2014 Unpaved
2013 Headstones
2012 Keeping Young
2011 Lessons Well Learned

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I made up my mind long ago to follow one cardinal rule in all my writing — to be clear.  I have given up all thought of writing poetically or symbolically or experimentally, or in any of the other modes that might (if I were good enough) get me a Pulitzer prize.  I would write merely clearly and in this way establish a warm relationship between myself and my readers, and the professional critics — Well, they can do whatever they wish.
     —  Isaac Asimov
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On This Day In:
2016 Ripple
2015 Amazing Or Full Of Wonder?
2014 Are You Confused?
2013 But The Odds Are Against It
2012 Far Better Off With Books
2011 Timid And Fainthearted

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There are two types of poor people, those who are poor together and those who are poor alone.  The first are the true poor, the others are rich people out of luck.
     —   Jean-Paul Sartre
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On This Day In:
2016 Wavelengths Of The Earth
2015 God Said What To You?
2014 Not Saying
2013 Ears And Tongue
2012 The Story Of Joe (Middle-Class Republican)
2011 Happy Birthday, Diana
Depending On Kindness

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Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.
  —  Edward Abbey
[The “Great Negotiator” failed to negotiate with the other side (the Dems) at all.  The “Great Closer” failed to seal the deal within his own party.  “I have a GREAT plan to replace Obamacare!  And it will cover everybody, be cheaper, much cheaper, and better!”  But he refused to let anyone see it before the election.  After the election, he accepted Paul Ryan’s plan – basically, a tax break (“give-away”) to the wealthy, and a screw-job to the poor, the working poor, the elderly and women.  The final proposal – take it or leave it, I’m taking names and I get even – health care without ambulance service, without guaranteed prescription coverage, without pregnancy coverage, and without HOSPITAL coverage!  And these are just the main one’s that I’m upset about.  There were others, too!  Oh, and let’s try to cover up the effects of the law until after the next election, by not having them start to take effect for two years (after the next mid-terms).  Gee…  I wonder why the Republicans are getting roasted when they go back to their home districts for a “town hall” meeting?
Now, I am no expert in the arcane rules of Congressional reconciliation, but I understand that if a bill has been voted on once and failed, the chamber it failed in is not allowed to submit the proposed bill for a second shot at reconciliation.  This means had there been a vote, which failed, the Republicans would not be able to have a revote on the same bill.  They would have to put it through the regular procedure and then it could be filibustered within the Senate.  By removing the bill and not voting, the Republicans are positioning themselves to get a second bite at the cherry without facing the filibuster.  Look for them to try to “sneak” the bill by in the House at a later date.  This is going unmentioned amongst all the “Obamacare is the law of the land indefinitely”, malarkey.  They just want to twist some arms out of the spotlight.   You heard it here first…
It seems the price of health care is eternal vigilance and constant protest!  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2016 Punishing Red Binge
2015 Bits In The Soup
2014 More Beef, Less Bull
2013 Where Are Your Mountains
2012 Spherical Knowledge Of Hamsters
2011 Taking Stock Over Time

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[Happy Birthday, Bro!  The Revolution’s comin’,  It’s just a minute away…  (It may or may not be televised, so stay positive.)  But what do I know?  Love ya — KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2016 60, Little Bro!
2015 Vision and Courage
2014 58 – Little Bro
2013 New Adventures And Old Hopes
Caving In
2012 Bits And Bobs And Birthdays
Always Hope
2011 Wet Snow And Long Hills

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Oh, God of Dust and Rainbows,
Help us to see
That without the dust the rainbow
Would not be.
   ―  Langston Hughes
[Every act of terrorist violence diminishes us as mankind.  My thoughts and prayers go out for the people of London, for the injured and the dead, for their families and friends, and for the security forces protecting the innocent.   —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2016 Don’t Default
2015 Her Pilgrim Soul
2014 Three Observations
2013 Robbed Again
2012 Good Hearts
2011 Interesting Reading
What Are You Lookin’ At?

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Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
   –  P.J. O’Rourke
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On This Day In:
2016 Beyond The Foundation
2015 Become An Affliction
2014 Just Setting Out
2013 Scott’s Inscription
2012 Good Knowledge
2011 Social Safety Nets

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Choice

All your life, you will be faced with a choice.  You can choose love or hate…  I choose love.
   —  Johnny Cash
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On This Day In:
2016 Growing Worlds
2015 Change The Tide
Martyr, n.
2014 You, Too!
2013 Bitter Stand
2012 Lost For Words
2011 On Market Reactions…

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Still Waiting…

I suspect the truth is that we are waiting, all of us, against insurmountable odds, for something extraordinary to happen to us.
   —  Khaled Hosseini
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On This Day In:
2016 Same Old, Same Old
2015 Shout!
2014 I Hear Voices
2013 Ethics And Standards
2012 Swing Higher
2011 Convicted For Life

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There are too many books I haven’t read, too many places I haven’t seen, too many memories I haven’t kept long enough.
   —  Irwin Shaw
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On This Day In:
2016 Not Yet, Anyway
2015 On Pornography
2014 Nudge, Nudge
2013 The Journey Will Be Joy
2012 Hopeful Flights
2011 Irrationally Predictable
Lawful Restraint

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Expressing hatred is like using poison gas – some of it is bound to blow back on you.
   —  Eugene J. Benge
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On This Day In:
2016 Poor Management Choices
2015 Is It Still Dark Out?
2014 Rule One
2013 Spelling God’s Name
2012 Love Your Life And Sing
Feeling Under the Weather?
2011 Cheers, Friend!

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The odds are against getting even with people because the odds are they’ll get even with you.
   —  Robert Half
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On This Day In:
2016 Prayer, Too
2015 History, n.
2014 See It Sometime
2013 Precious Friend
2012 It Couldn’t Be Done
Feeling Surrounded?
2011 Surprise!

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