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jersey3730

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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2005 6:33:59 AM

It is said that politics is the second oldest profession, I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.

Ronald Reagan
(just named the Greatest american ever)
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RockCity
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 6:12:10 AM

“You know what's truly weird about any financial crisis? We made it up. Currency, money, finance, they're all social inventions. When the sun comes up in the morning it's shining on the same physical landscape, all the atoms are in place.”

-- Bruce Sterling
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drivebye
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 12:36:43 AM


"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."

---President Abraham Lincoln
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drivebye
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 12:33:28 AM

To SE3.5-

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”

---Stephen R. Covey
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[Edited by: drivebye at 9/17/2014 12:34:44 AM EST]
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drivebye
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 12:00:30 AM

rjhenn- "And it's only getting worse."

Sadly, I have to agree.
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 3:12:51 PM

"Think of the "you" as the wealthy and powerful."

Still belongs in "stupid quotes".
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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 1:07:30 PM

SE3.5 - "That one belongs in the "stupid quotes" topic."

Think of the "you" as the wealthy and powerful.
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ldheinz
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 11:07:48 AM

"In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure." – Bill Cosby
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Troller_Diesel
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 10:35:36 AM

We should develop solar energy, but it won't happen overnight.

-Little Troller_Diesel Jr - 16 years old.
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 10:31:40 AM

<<If you behaved nicely, the communists wouldn't exist.”

-- Jenny Holzer>>

That one belongs in the "stupid quotes" topic.
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ldheinz
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 10:21:44 AM

"You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame." – Erica Jong
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RockCity
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 6:13:42 AM

“Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.”

-- Otto von Bismarck
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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 3:02:14 AM

drivebye - "Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong."

~~~Richard Armour

And it's only getting worse.
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drivebye
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 11:08:47 PM


"Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong."

~~~Richard Armour
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ldheinz
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 10:59:43 AM

"I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do." – Leonardo da Vinci
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RockCity
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 6:26:36 AM

If you behaved nicely, the communists wouldn't exist.”

-- Jenny Holzer
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drivebye
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2014 9:44:31 PM


"What I fear most is power with impunity. I fear abuse of power, and the power to abuse."

~~~Isabel Allende
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2014 9:33:23 AM

"In the end, their credibility will melt away quite suddenly."
- Tony Heller
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2014 8:42:27 AM

<<The terrible thing about terrorism is that ultimately it destroys those who practise it. Slowly but surely, as they try to extinguish life in others, the light within them dies.

-- Terry Waite>>

If they had any light within, they would not be terrorists.

--my comment
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RockCity
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2014 2:31:04 AM

Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what's going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?

-- Will Rogers
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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2014 1:55:27 AM

"1) Whenever possible, consider alternative hypotheses; 2) Reframe the question; 3) Always remember that correlation does not entail causation; 4) Never forget the size of your sample; 5) Anticipate your own impulsivity and pre-commit[ment]; 6) Don’t just set goals. Make contingency plans; 7) Whenever possible, don’t make important decisions when you are tired or have other things on your mind; 8) Always weigh benefits against costs; 9) Imagine that your decisions may be spot-checked; 10) Distance yourself; 11) Beware the vivid, the personal, and the anecdotal; 12) Pick your spots; and 13) Try to be rational."

Gary Marcus, "Kluge: The Haphazard Evolution of the Human Mind"
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drivebye
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2014 10:19:49 PM


"When people begin to philosophize they seem to think it necessary to make themselves artificially stupid."

~~~Bertrand Russell
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2014 6:31:10 AM

By repetition, each lie becomes an irreversible fact upon which other lies are constructed.

-- John le Carré
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drivebye
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2014 12:25:05 AM


“When you do what you fear most, then you can do anything.”

~~~Stephen Richards
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2014 5:31:04 PM

Isis is not Islamic...

- b h obama
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RockCity
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2014 2:31:04 AM

The terrible thing about terrorism is that ultimately it destroys those who practise it. Slowly but surely, as they try to extinguish life in others, the light within them dies.

-- Terry Waite
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drivebye
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 10:26:46 PM


"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."

~~~Thomas Edison
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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 3:58:31 PM

"The capacity of the human mind for swallowing nonsense and spewing it forth in violent and repressive action has never yet been plumbed."
Robert A. Heinlein
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 11:24:03 AM

Where there is no vision, the people perish. —Proverbs 29:18

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. —Publilius Syrus

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. —Peter Drucker

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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 11:20:13 AM


"Things that are bad for business are bad for the people who work for business."

Thomas E. Dewey
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ldheinz
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 11:10:18 AM

"First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end." – Aristotle
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ldheinz
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 10:12:18 AM

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.” - Isaac Asimov
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 3:49:44 AM

“another tradition to politics, a tradition (of politics) that stretched from the days of the country’s founding to the glory of the civil rights movement, a tradition based on the simple idea that we have a stake in one another, and that what binds us together is greater than what drives us apart, and that if enough people believe in the truth of that proposition and act on it, then we might not solve every problem, but we can get something meaningful done.”

-- Barack Obama
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drivebye
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2014 11:10:17 PM


"When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it."

~~~Clarence Darrow
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ldheinz
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2014 10:35:45 AM

mweyant - "Cheap shot? Really?"

Yes, really. As I said, I copied my quote and did a search of the letter that I posted the link to, and it found it, word for word. Even the spacing and punctuation was identical. You called me a liar, and I proved that it was you who was lying. Remember, you started this.

mweyant - "The "quote" was not word for word from the letter I read and posted from what I felt was a reliable source."

Let me guess. You got it from a christian source, from someone whose income depends on distorting the truth.

"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be." – Lao Tzu

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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2014 5:39:26 AM

“If one cannot learn from the mistakes of others, one might as well become a Democrat.”

-- Esther M. Friesner
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2014 5:16:24 AM

“The collectivist mindsets of our time have weakened the most fundamental concept underlying the idea of individual rights: That the individual has a right to live for himself, guided by his own reasoning and judgment, and that he should not be considered and treated as a physical or financial beast of burden expected to sacrifice his life and its potentials for a tribe, whether it is called "the nation," the "social class," the "race," the "democratic majority," or "mankind."” – Richard Ebeling
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mweyant
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2014 1:18:34 AM

I didn't take a cheap shot at you, ldheinz. I have never taken a cheap shot at anyone on gasbuddy. Not at all sure where you are coming from, unless you equate not agreeing with someone as taking a cheap shot at someone.

The "quote" was not word for word from the letter I read and posted from what I felt was a reliable source. And I said so. Cheap shot? Really?

I won't be posting more about this, because I have nothing more to say.
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2014 11:45:49 PM


“You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

~~~Winston Churchill
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ldheinz
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2014 12:11:26 PM

"The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools." - Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)
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ldheinz
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2014 10:46:52 AM

"A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money." - G. Gordon Liddy
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ldheinz
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2014 10:41:57 AM

mweyant - "Regarding the letter from Jefferson to Cooper -- I noted that he was not exactly quoted, word for word."

Yes, he was EXACTLY QUOTED, word for word. (I did a cut and paste into the browser's find function to find it.)

mweyant - "But, more importantly, he stated what I indicated previously..."

Which I acknowledged, though it is clearly out of context. In your quote he clearly was stating that ALL belief systems should be independent of government interference, and vice versa. Essentially he was arguing for the "wall of separation" between church and state.

mweyant - "I will not be taking a cheap shot at anyone . . . :) "

Then why did you? I've noticed that when theists are caught in a lie they often tell yet another lie to attempt to weasel their way out of the first lie, as you just did.
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2014 5:27:55 AM

People are more impressed by the power of our example rather than the example of our power...”

-- Bill Clinton
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2014 1:46:33 AM

mweyant - "Regarding the letter from Jefferson to Cooper"

Of course, Jefferson thought so highly of standard Christianity that he created his own Bible, in order to remove much of the “superstitions, fanaticisms, and fabrications” that he felt corrupted the pure truth of Jesus' message.
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drivebye
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2014 12:13:42 AM


"There are no generalizations in American politics that vested selfishness cannot cut through."

~~~John Gunther
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2014 7:53:40 PM

"The best gift we can give back to you[veterans] in return for your honor and sacrifice is to keep the country you gave us, make her better, and never let you spend a moment wondering whether your service and sacrifice was worth it."

Trey Gowdy
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mweyant
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2014 7:30:31 PM

Regarding the letter from Jefferson to Cooper -- I noted that he was not exactly quoted, word for word. But, more importantly, he stated what I indicated previously -- ""The truth is that Christianity and Newtonianism being reason and verity itself, in the opinion of all but infidels and Cartesians, they are protected under the wings of the common law from the dominion of other sects, but not erected into dominion over them." This statement adds much more meaning to the conversation, and to omit it is disingenuous, in my humble opinion.

I will not be taking a cheap shot at anyone . . . :)
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2014 11:40:16 AM

"Keep your government hands off my Medicare!"
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ldheinz
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2014 11:32:22 AM

"If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on." – Sheryl Sandberg
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ldheinz
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2014 10:46:34 AM

“Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.” - Thomas Jefferson, letter to Dr. Thomas Cooper, February 10, 1814

Here is the entire text of that letter. As you can see, Jefferson DID INDEED make the statement that I quoted. There was no misquote. He ALSO made the statement that was later quoted. Note that there is no conflict between the two quotes. The second one was taken out of context, however, as Jefferson was arguing that the common law was NOT based on any religion.

rjhenn - "It's also amazing how many "famous quotes" demonstrate a serious lack of knowledge, intelligence, or perhaps integrity, in either the speaker or the one quoting them. "

Yes, I have learned to always question the integrity of those who base their morality on fantasy.
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2014 5:20:30 AM

“When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives.” - Robert A. Heinlein
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