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Roosevelt the Ass

This inscription appears in the entrance to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Problems abound with Theodore Roosevelt’s statement, “If I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness.”. Roosevelt places peace and righteousness at odds with one another; many would say that peace, and nonviolence more generally, [...]

What Einstein Didn’t Say About Social Media Users Being Idiots, Announced Over Social Media

The following images are propagating quickly this week through the social media websites Facebook and Pinterest, attributing a quote about technology, social interaction and idiocy to Albert Einstein:

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Barack Obama and Benjamin Franklin: The Choice

Barack Obama said it recently:

Barack Obama discussed the idea of that choice in pledges he made in 2007 and then in 2008. As a candidate, many years closer to the attacks of September 11 2001, Barack Obama told us that we should reject the urge to choose between security and liberty:

As [...]

The Evolution of a Quote: Misconceived, Misattributed, Misconstrued

Yesterday a professional contact of mine shared the following message on Facebook:

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an [...]

On Freedom and the Right to Worship, Geert Wilders Gets Abraham Lincoln Backwards

At an anti-Muslim protest in New York City yesterday, Dutch politician Geert Wilders exercised the right of everybody in the United States — be they citizen or foreigner — to peaceably assemble and to speak freely. Wilders used his First Amendment rights of assembly and speech to argue for the revocation of American Muslims’ First [...]

“Greg Palast is the Most Important Investigative Reporter of Our Time” – God

Whenever I want hyperbole, I turn to Greg Palast. This means I don’t turn to Greg Palast very often, but I run into him on a regular basis through the newsletter he somehow keeps shoving into my e-mail inbox. Along with information I feel the need to verify elsewhere because it’s occasionally incorrect, each newsletter [...]

Then They Fight You, Then You Level Up Geek T-Shirt

It’s sad, but true: tales of protest don’t always end with “and then you win.”

A couple of weeks ago, Rowan summed up the hopelessness that plagues many progressive activists with a poster reworking Gandhi’s old slogan to read, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you die.”

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Congressional Cryptogram

A cryptogram of a quote from a member of Congress this week – can you figure it out? [...]

Ronald Reagan Was Wrong About Government

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: “Republicans want to take away my Social Security again” [...]

9 Days. No Sarah Palin Press Conference. Steal This Banner.

“You ask me my feelings on an issue and I’ll give it to you straight up, because that’s the only way a voter knows where his employee stands. Elected officials are exactly that—employees.” — Sarah Palin, September 30 1992.

9 days since Sarah Palin was announced as VP pick. 0 press conferences with Sarah Palin [...]

Palinism of the Day: My Middle Name is Weasel

“I am so sorry I’m such a weasel.” — Sarah Palin, October 8 2000