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Things will probably come our alright, but sometimes it takes strong nerves just to watch.
   —  Hedley Donovan
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On This Day In:
2015 Lonely Teardrops
2014 Pleasurable Law
2013 Room For Justice
In The Minds Of Others
2012 Extinction, n.
2011 Snap!
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In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
  ―  Friedrich Nietzsche
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On This Day In:
2015 Remembering Oklahoma City
2014 Who Was That Masked Man?
2013 Enemy Mine
2012 Strengthen Me
2011 Service, Please
2010 The Church In Crisis…

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The most fundamental problem of politics is not the control of wickedness but the limitation of righteousness.
To seek to achieve [American values] by military occupation in a part of the world where they had no historical roots, imbued the American endeavor in Iraq with a Sisyphean quality.
Long ago, in youth, I was brash enough to think myself able to pronounce on ‘The Meaning of History‘.  I now know that history’s meaning is a matter to be discovered, not declared.
  —  Henry Kissinger
The three quotes are from the article “The Lion in Winter
Written by Walter Isaacson
In Time Magazine, September 22, 2014
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On This Day In:
2014 Be R-E-L-E-V-A-N-T
2013 Lacking
2012 So Small A Thing
2011 Is Your Time Valuable?

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The new generation, having inherited world mastery, had no time or inclination to defend it; that readiness for war which had characterized the Roman landowner disappeared now that ownership was concentrated in a few families and a proletariat without stake in the country filled the slums of Rome.
    —  Will Durant
From his book: “The History of Civilization:  Caesar and Christ
[A cautionary note to the 1%…  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2014 Always More Productive
2013 Is Not
2012 Loosely Translated
2011 Your Opinions Are Not My Facts

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Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens.  They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people in order to betray them.
  —  Joseph Story
Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States
[Found at one of the many blogs I follow:  http://jrbenjamin.com/
The specific post / page is at: http://jrbenjamin.com/2015/01/26/americas-threat-from-within/
Please visit the original site if you have a moment to spare…   —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
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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Let us never be afraid to engage, and if ever the day comes that we are; perhaps it’s time to reevaluate our positions.
[Found on one of the blogs I follow:   http://culturemonk.com/
The quote is from the specific post at:   http://culturemonk.com/2014/09/22/afraid-to-engage-really/
Please visit the original site if you have a chance.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2014 Ask Any Follower
2013 Cornered Or Surrounded?
2012 Escape
2011 Achievement
Not Unreasonable Enough

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First the Dominant Minority attempts to hold by force — against all right and reason — a position of inherited privilege which it has ceased to merit; and then the Proletariat repays injustice with resentment, fear with hate, and violence with violence when it executes its acts of secession.  Yet the whole movement ends in positive acts of creation — and this on the part of all the actors in the tragedy of disintegration.  The Dominant Minority creates a universal state, the Internal Proletariat a universal church, and the External Proletariat a bevy of barbarian war-bands.
     —  Arnold J. Toynbee
From his book: “A Study of History
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On This Day In:
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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