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Quotation Of The Day

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Mark Twain's War Prayer.

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The Last American

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Dan Rather on "Alternative Facts"

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 16, 2017 at 4:52pm

Bertold, WOW! He doesn't hold back on his statement! Here are his other words of the song, "Pure Comedy":

"Where did they find these goons they elected to rule them?

What makes these clowns they idolize so remarkable?

These mammals are hell-bent on fashioning new gods

So they can go on being godless animals

Oh comedy, their illusions they have no choice but to believe

Their horizons that just forever recede

And how's this for irony, their idea of being free is a prison of beliefs

That they never ever have to leave

Oh comedy, oh it's like something that a madman would conceive!

The only thing that seems to make them feel alive is the struggle to survive

But the only thing that they request is something to numb the pain with

Until there's nothing human left

Just random matter suspended in the dark

I hate to say it, but each other's all we got"

~ Father John Misty, Pure Comedy, Lyrics, 


Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 16, 2017 at 11:26am

Loren, on that same theme, I just last night ran into the lyrics of Father John Misty's recent song Pure Comedy:

The comedy of man starts like this
Our brains are way too big for our mothers' hips
And so Nature, she divines this alternative
We emerged half-formed and hope that whoever greets us on the other end
Is kind enough to fill us in
And, babies, that's pretty much how it's been ever since

Now the miracle of birth leaves a few issues to address
Like, say, that half of us are periodically iron deficient
So somebody's got to go kill something while I look after the kids
I'd do it myself, but what, are you going to get this thing its milk?
He says as soon as he gets back from the hunt, we can switch
It's hard not to fall in love with something so helpless
Ladies, I hope we don't end up regretting this

Comedy, now that's what I call pure comedy
Just waiting until the part where they start to believe
They're at the center of everything
And some all powerful being endowed this horror show with meaning

Oh, their religions are the best
They worship themselves yet they're totally obsessed
With risen zombies, celestial virgins, magic tricks, these unbelievable outfits
And they get terribly upset
When you question their sacred texts
Written by woman-hating epileptics

Their languages just serve to confuse them
Their confusion somehow makes them more sure
They build fortunes poisoning their offspring
And hand out prizes when someone patents the cure

Comment by Loren Miller on May 16, 2017 at 8:05am

Nobody that has seen a baby born can believe in god for a second. When you see your child born, and the panic, and the amount of technology that is saving the life of the two people you love most in the world, when you see how much stainless steel and money it takes to fight off the fact that god wants both those people dead, no one, no one can look into the eyes of a newborn baby and say there's a god, because I'll tell ya, if we were squatting in the woods, the two people I love most would be dead. There's just no way around that. If I were in charge, no way. We need technology to fight against nature; nature so wants us dead. Nature is trying to kill us.
― Penn Jillette

This is a point which needs to be made repeatedly: that nature is almost universally HOSTILE toward life in general and Homo sapiens in particular.  Indeed, the process of birth has more roadblocks and potholes than one might care to count.  Without modern obstetrics and pre- and post-natal care, how many newborns would actually survive that nine-month gauntlet?

Comment by Loren Miller on May 15, 2017 at 5:29am

We owe a huge debt to Galileo for emancipating us all from the stupid belief in an Earth-centered or man-centered (let alone God-centered) system. He quite literally taught us our place and allowed us to go on to make extraordinary advances in knowledge.
― Christopher Hitchens

I wholeheartedly agree, and I suspect that the church was upset with Galileo less for denying that Earth was the center of the universe than that man ... or certain men ... did not occupy that location.

Comment by Gary S on May 14, 2017 at 10:58pm

Bertold, I like that quote. I have read many of Taibbi's works and have enjoyed all of them.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 14, 2017 at 10:34pm

To really win over the capital's beautiful people, and convince them of his capacity for responsible interventionism, the new president needed to get rid of the one tiny part of his entire barking-mad worldview that made a small bit of sense, i.e. , his reluctance to start schoolyard brawls abroad.

--Matt Taibbi

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 14, 2017 at 4:29pm

I thought I got that quote from "Brainy Quote", but now I can't find it there from either person.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 14, 2017 at 4:27pm

Yes Loren.  You're right.  I don't know how I got Stephen King tacked on that quote.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 14, 2017 at 2:20pm

Idaho, I'm pretty sure you quote came not from Stephen King but Stephen FRY.  In fact:

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 14, 2017 at 2:07pm

"That’s Donald Trump for you. Making America Great Again, one Wall Street millionaire at a time."

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