QUOTE: Support, not illumination

Friday, November 26, 2010


Legendary baseball broadcaster Vin Scully once said, “Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamppost—for support, not illumination.”

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But come to think of it, uber-controversial chitchat and proselytizing are unwelcome and not encouraged by most of us.

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But then keep your goons from bothering the rest of us. Unfortunately, these costumed dolts seem to think they have some right to use force on anyone who, without injuring someone else, object to their “help”.


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QUOTE: “You’re an extremist!”

Friday, October 22, 2010

“If you want government to intervene domestically, you’re a liberal. If you want government to intervene overseas, you’re a conservative. If you want government to intervene everywhere, you’re a moderate. If you don’t want government to intervene anywhere, you’re an extremist.”

— Joe Sobran (1946–2010)

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QUOTE: Almost reaching the goal

Sunday, October 3, 2010

“Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than before.” –Polybius

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QUOTE: The mission of bureaucrats isn’t what’s told to the public

Saturday, October 2, 2010

“The primary mission of all institutional managers (including school managers) is to cause their institution to grow in power, in number of employees, in autonomy from public oversight, and in rewards for key personnel. The primary mission is never, of course, the publicly announced one. Whether we are talking about bureaucracies assigned to wage war, deliver mail, or educate children, there is no difference.”

— German sociologist Robert Michel “Political Parties” (1911)

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QUOTE: GO for the BIG goals

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

“The fishing is best where the fewest go, and the collective insecurity of the world makes it easy for people to hit home runs while everyone else is aiming for base hits. There is just less competition for bigger goals. If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.” –Timothy Ferriss

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QUOTE: Total committment

Sunday, September 26, 2010

“The truth of the matter is that there’s nothing you can’t accomplish if: (1) You clearly decide what it is that you’re absolutely committed to achieving, (2) You’re willing to take massive action, (3) You notice what’s working or not, and (4) You continue to change your approach until you achieve what you want, using whatever life gives you along the way.” –Tony Robbins

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QUOTE: There’s nothing you can’t accomplish –Tony Robbins

Sunday, September 19, 2010

“The truth of the matter is that there’s nothing you can’t accomplish if: (1) You clearly decide what it is that you’re absolutely committed to achieving, (2) You’re willing to take massive action, (3) You notice what’s working or not, and (4) You continue to change your approach until you achieve what you want, using whatever life gives you along the way.” –Tony Robbins

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QUOTE: “Anything you really want, you can attain, if you really go after it.” –Wayne Dyer

Sunday, September 12, 2010

“Anything you really want, you can attain, if you really go after it.”

–Wayne Dyer

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QUOTE: School is a twelve-year jail sentence – John Taylor Gatto

Sunday, September 5, 2010

“School is a twelve-year jail sentence where bad habits are the only curriculum truly learned.” -– John Taylor Gatto


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QUOTE: Call me “Mr. Roubadoux!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Plot Summary for “ER” True Lies (1996)

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Carter laughs at the idea of Benton going with his sister Jackie, asks Jeanie to go with him. Carter does everything he can to get rid of Mrs. and Mr. Rubadoux. Having finally stabilized Mrs. Rubadoux, Carter is able to have her transferred to a nursing home only to have her return soon after in a coma. Even at that, he can’t quite bring himself to tell her husband Ruby that she will never recover.

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[Ruby is mad at Carter for lying to him about his wife]

Dr. John Carter: What do you want from me?
Jules ‘Ruby’ Rubadoux: The truth!
Dr. John Carter: Fine, your wife is dying and she isn’t leaving this hospital!
Jules ‘Ruby’ Rubadoux: Thank you!
[Ruby storms out]
Dr. John Carter: Ruby… I’m sorry.
Jules ‘Ruby’ Rubadoux: Call me “Mr. Roubadoux!”

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All I can think of is that ER episode?

SOOooo, am I just “Jules ‘Ruby’ Rubadoux”?

… … just like what the TV “john carter” did to a pathetic Red Buttons.

Channeling my inner John Wayne in “The Horse Soldiers” where Wayne (Marlowe) drinks heavily at the hotel bar and as his men blow up the depot, bitterly remarks to Secord that before the war he built railroads. When Hannah expresses puzzlement over Marlowe’s venomous attack on the exhausted Kendall, Marlowe confesses that the ineptitude of doctors killed his wife years earlier.

The line goes “held my wife while she died” and then “should have killed all of them”. Or like that!


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QUOTE: It’s impossible for education and schooling to be the same thing – John Taylor Gatto

Sunday, August 29, 2010

“I don’t think we’ll get rid of schools any time soon, certainly not in my lifetime, but if we’re going to change what’s rapidly becoming a disaster of ignorance, we need to realize that the school institution “schools” very well, though it does not “educate”; that’s inherent in the design of the thing. It’s not the fault of bad teachers or too little money spent. It’s just impossible for education and schooling ever to be the same thing.” –– John Taylor Gatto


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QUOTE: Your thinking is always correct

Thursday, August 26, 2010

“If you think you can do it, or you think you can’t do it, you are right.”

– Henry Ford

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QUOTE: “Life’s hard when you’re stupid.”

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

“Life’s hard when you’re stupid.” Sergeant John Stryker (John Wayne) Sands of Iwo Jima

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QUOTE: As if someone had set out to *prevent* children from learning – John Taylor Gatto

Sunday, August 22, 2010

“I’ve come to believe that genius is an exceedingly common human quality, probably natural to most of us… I began to wonder, reluctantly, whether it was possible that being in school itself was what was dumbing them down. Was it possible I had been hired not to enlarge children’s power, but to diminish it? That seemed crazy on the face of it, but slowly I began to realize that the bells and the confinement, the crazy sequences, the age-segregation, the lack of privacy, the constant surveillance, and all the rest of national curriculum of schooling were designed exactly as if someone had set out to *prevent* children from learning how to think and act, to coax them into addiction and dependent behavior.” – John Taylor Gatto


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QUOTE: Sit in confinement (like prison) – John Taylor Gatto

Sunday, August 15, 2010

“It’s absurd and anti-life to be part of a system that compels you to sit in confinement with people of exactly the same age and social class. That system effectively cuts you off from the immense diversity of life and the synergy of variety; indeed it cuts you off from your own past and future, sealing you in a continuous present much the same way television does…” – John Taylor Gatto


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QUOTE: Education should make you a unique – John Taylor Gatto

Sunday, August 8, 2010

“Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges; it should allow you to find values which will be your road map through life; it should make you spiritually rich, a person who loves whatever you are doing, wherever you are, whomever you are with; it should teach you what is important, how to live and how to die.” – John Taylor Gatto


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QUOTE: Children will not have an education – John Taylor Gatto

Sunday, August 1, 2010

“By preventing a free market in education, a handful of social engineers – backed by the industries that profit from compulsory schooling: teacher colleges, textbook publishers, materials suppliers, et al. – has ensured that most of our children will not have an education, even though they may be thoroughly schooled.” – John Taylor Gatto


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QUOTES: “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore.”

Monday, July 26, 2010

“Network (1976) – Memorable Quotes.” The Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Web. 20 July 2010. <http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074958/quotes>.

Howard Beale: I want you to go to the window, open it, stick your head out and yell: “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore.”

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QUOTES: “our guy” versus “their guy”

Friday, July 23, 2010

“The Constitution is intended to shield us from the government, and if we lower that shield because “our guy” is in the White House, you’ll be left without protection when “their guy” gets the White House the next time around.”

— The Pacific Legal Foundation’s Tim Sandefur

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QUOTES: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

“These are times that try men’s souls; the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” – Thomas Paine, from his essay “The Crisis”

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Perhaps, he should have written that “There are times in EACH generation that try men’s souls.”? Seems like we are being presented with ours. With politicians and bureaucrats that are as any as those that served King George!

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QUOTES: The cello can’t learn

Sunday, July 18, 2010


Musical analogies as to what makes for better pictures stood out even more clearly in my mind as friends, relatives, and former students shared memories in the Berkeley Hills garden of the home where my mother had lived her last sixty years. One ex-student and renowned teacher related how my mother used to say, “I don’t teach the cello. The cello can’t learn. I teach the human being.” She described my mother’s interest as less in prize proteges than in the development of human potential through unconventional approaches that allow people, “whether they are aged seven or seventy, amateur or professional, farmer or nun, to cross personal hurdles toward satisfaction when practicing their chosen art.” I remember coming home from school to find her crawling on the floor with a middle-aged Nobel laureate to demonstrate how his hands could carry lots of weight while his fingers could still move freely. She never confused physical tightness, or mental tightness, with lack of innate ability.

- Excerpt from Galen Rowell’s Inner Game of Outdoor Photography, by Galen Rowell

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QUOTE: The objection ofthe defense has been heard and overruled.

Saturday, July 10, 2010


A Few Good Men (1992)

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01:17:07 The defense strenuously objects and requests an 802 conference so that His Honor might have a chance to hear discussion before ruling.

01:17:15 The objection of the defense has been heard and overruled.

01:17:19 – Move to reconsider. – Your objection is noted.

01:17:22 The witness is an expert, and the court will hear his opinion!

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For some reason, I like this quote. It’s not used frequently enough. Peole just repeat and repeat themselves. Argh!

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QUOTE: The most sensitive “nerve” in the human body is the one attached to the wallet

Friday, July 2, 2010

“In my business arena, Tax Preparation, Audit Representation and Bookkeeping, the customer is SELDOM right. They are in fact not Customers but Clients (in the same sense that Doctors of Medicine have Patients and not Customers). Everybody is a tax or accounting expert (your bartender, your barber, neighbor, co-worker, etc.), and they firmly believe the half truths they hear about on the TV News or read in the Tabloids (such as the NY Times). Why? Because what their other sources tell them is less painful than what I tell them. It is human nature. The most sensitive “nerve” in the human body is the one attached to the wallet and that is where I often have to do surgery. So I have to take control of the relationship with my Clients and educate them so they ask me first before they make a move. If they could be ALWAYS right then Turbotax would put me out of business instead of bringing me so many more Clients.”

By Roger Garay, CEO at On Line Bookkeeping & Tax Service Inc

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Interesting, I’ll have to reflect upon the difference between Customer / Patient, Customer / Client, and Payer / Client.

Interesting about “The most sensitive “nerve” in the human body is the one attached to the wallet”. I disagree. It may be surpassed by the one attached to their perception of what is theirs (e.g., failing to let some one over in traffic; cutting in the queue ahead of others; (or the one that I do all the time) failure to merge early to get ahead. (Yeah, if I do pass the “final judgement”, vel non, then I’ll be doing a lot of time in Purgatory for my venial sins. I got a lot of them to atone for. Sigh!) And, another nerve is the one attached to their self-image.


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QUOTE: “I never questioned my decision in letting her go”

Monday, June 14, 2010


“I never questioned my decision in letting her go,” he told reporters Friday. “In this day and age we get overprotective with our children. If you want to look at statistics, look at how many teenagers die in cars every year. Should we let teenagers drive cars? I think it’d be silly if we didn’t.”

Laurence Sunderland, the father of 16-year-old Abby Sunderland,
who failed trying to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe solo.

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p.s., Interesting quote

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The Australian maritime authority did not say how much the rescue mission would cost but said it would not be seeking compensation for the search, which initially fell just outside of Australia’s search and rescue region. It was not immediately clear if the French vessel would seek compensation.

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Unfortunately, I don’t think it is fair for the Taxpayer to bear the cost. It may or not have been foolish. But, for sure, it shouldn’t be the taxpayers’ problem. Not that I wouldn’t bust a gut to save anyone. Kid or not. But this wasn’t an accident. The military can use the practice. But Dad should get the tab! He should have found a sponsor to pay for it?

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QUOTE: Art Linkletter who made childhood gaffes funny

Thursday, May 27, 2010


“Life is not fair … not easy.” Art Linkletter (Arthur Gordon Kelly; July 17, 1912 – May 26, 2010)

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QUOTE: “Do every act of your life as if it were your last.” ~Marcus Aurelius

Sunday, May 23, 2010

“Do every act of your life as if it were your last.” ~Marcus Aurelius

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