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Posted 11 May 2019 - 12:45 PM

View PostRich T Bikkies, on 11 May 2019 - 03:40 AM, said:

This is why the Republican Party is in the state it is.

I wish it were in only one State. Would've happily given West Virginia and threw in black lung for free.

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Posted 11 May 2019 - 02:32 PM

View PostProbabilistic, on 11 May 2019 - 12:45 PM, said:

I wish it were in only one State. Would've happily given West Virginia and threw in black lung for free.
Gee, I wonder why the Dear Leader hasn't proposed building a new Trump Tower in Charleston, WV. The lobby could be lined with polished anthracite, since he Digs Coal so much. Show those loyal West Virginians how much you appreciate them, with your own money, Donald!
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Posted 14 May 2019 - 03:28 PM

So ... much ... sickness. Trump and Barr aren't interested in defending a law against female genital mutilation in the U.S. Yes, it has been performed. Yes this would make it federally legal. Yes there are people in this country who would have it performed on their daughters. No, Trump and Barr don't seem to care.

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In the United States, half a million girls are at risk for this form of torture, according to the CDC. Fortunately, female genital mutilation has been banned by federal law for the last 20 years. Would it surprise you to learn, however, that this ban is about to lapse? Or that it’s about to lapse because Donald Trump and Bill Barr are refusing to defend the ban in court? Qs though the cruel whimsy of the Trump administration hasn’t been disgusting enough, add this to your the list of the Mad King’s most gruesome decisions.

To repeat: The Trump administration is refusing to defend the national ban on torturing young girls in the most awful and breathtakingly indefensible way imaginable, depriving innocent victims from enjoying relatively normal lives, depriving them of sexual pleasure, and depriving them of the ability to become pregnant, while sentencing them to lives of pain, despair and psychological torment.

Last month, solicitor general Noel Francisco, third-ranking official at the Justice Department, sent a letter to Dianne Feinstein alerting the California senator that Trump’s DOJ would no longer defend the law in court. This follows a ruling by a federal judge named Bernard Friedman in the Eastern District of Michigan, who struck down the law as unconstitutional noting that the FGM ban didn’t “require interstate activity” to make FGM illegal. In other words, the judge believed there needs to be explicit interstate language to make the federal law valid, and that simply isn’t the case.

By way of additional background, the ban was struck down as part of a case in which a Michigan doctor arranged with the family of two seven-year-old girls from Minnesota to travel to Michigan, where their clitoral hoods were mutilated. The law was used to prosecute the doctor, Jumana Nagarwala, in federal court. But since the interstate aspect of the crime wasn’t explicit in the law, Judge Friedman dismissed the charges against the doctor.

So there we are: The torture of young girls is on the verge of legalization in America because a judge found a loophole for it, and as far as we can tell, the president and the attorney general agree. Anyone who says this presidency isn’t a national emergency isn’t paying attention.

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 03:36 PM

So ... much ... corruption. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) issued a second in a series of reports called Rigged Justice 2.0. Here are some of the findings on what has been going on in the most corrupt administration in U.S. history.

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Among the key findings:
  • A rapid decline in the number of white collar crime enforcement actions pursued by the federal government, bringing enforcement activity to a 20-year low — down 33.5 percent from 2013, and down 41 percent from 1998;
  • A decline in monetary penalties and enforcement actions across nearly every federal government agency, including drops in penalty amounts of more than 80% during the administration’s first 20 months at the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Federal Communications Commission;
  • A failure to punish banks and financial firms that break the law, including a more than 50% decline in the number of cases brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Securities and Exchange Commission, and DOJ; and
  • Massive declines in the number of federal government employees responsible for enforcing federal laws that protect the security of our financial markets, the safety of our workplaces, and the quality of our air and water.
“The Trump administration has treated their billionaire buddies and corporate campaign contributors like the old friends they are,” reads the report, “handing them the keys to government regulatory decisions, and neutering the federal government’s enforcement tools to address and prevent corporate crime.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 11:35 AM

AFAIC Steve Mnuchin just admitted that he doesn't know enough to be in his position. If somebody at that level doesn't know what the law says they must do and is too dumb to figure out who to ask then they are worthless. He should just quit.

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin wants the courts to decide whether he is allowed to defy a congressional request for the President’s tax returns.

During a Wednesday Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing, Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) asked whether he believes that Congress has a “legitimate interest” in reviewing Trump’s returns.

“There is a difference in interpretation between Congress and us and the Department of Justice around this law,” Mnuchin said during his testimony before Senate Appropriations.

He went on to offer a civics lesson to the senator: “This is why there are three branches of government. If there is a difference of opinion, this will go to the third branch of government.”

Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) issued a subpoena for Trump’s returns on Friday, after sending a request for them in April under a 1924 statute that empowers the chairman of the House Ways and Means committee to demand the returns of any filer. The statute states that the Treasury Secretary “shall furnish” the returns to Congress.

Mnuchin has refused the requests so far. His appearance before the Senate on Wednesday marks his first public comments on the matter since receiving the subpoena.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 04:41 PM

Selling off state owned assets at a discount. Sound familiar? [*cough* Russia *cough*] The kleptocracy continues.

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Last year the Trump administration said it had abandoned plans to sell these taxpayer assets, built up during the Great Depression and fostering economic growth ever since.

But now the mercurial president is itching to sell Bonneville Power Administration in the Pacific Northwest, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Southwestern Power Administration and Western Area Power Administration. The plan is at Page 38 of the latest Trump budget.

These valuable taxpayer-owned assets would be sold at deep discounts to their net worth, essentially another Trump scheme to transfer wealth from millions of taxpayers to a relatively few and already rich Wall Street investors.

BPA transmission charges after a sale would rise by at least 24%, utility economist Robert McCullough calculated for DCReport.

TVA would experience a whopping 41.3% increase in transmission costs. Its annual rate of return on assets would more than triple under private ownership to almost 11%.

McCullough is a cheerful Oregon utility economist. He has a long track record of exposing utility industry cost estimates as low-ball fantasies designed to trick regulators and customers. He was formerly the chief economist for Portland General Electric, a for-profit Oregon monopoly.

BPA’s rate of return is 3.71% annually, while a Warren Buffet-controlled electric utility in Oregon, PacifiCorp, requires a return twice that high at 7.41% annually.

“A privatized BPA transmission system would be above 10%” on its required rate of return once corporate income taxes are factored in, McCullough calculated.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 04:52 PM

To all you Trumpian numbnuts out there; you're f***ing being fleeced. You're nothing more than marks to Trump.

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The White House on Wednesday asked social media users to submit their tales of suspected political bias by platforms like Facebook, Twitter and others. It also asked for a lot of personal information, with little explanation of how it would be used.

“The Trump Administration is fighting for free speech online,” read a White House tweet Wednesday. “No matter your views, if you suspect political bias has caused you to be censored or silenced online, we want to hear about it!”

The survey landing page blared that “SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS should advance FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Yet too many Americans have seen their accounts suspended, banned, or fraudulently reported for unclear ‘violations’ of user policies.” If you suspect political discrimination, it said, “share your story with President Trump.”

In exchange for an opportunity to vent to the President, respondents have to submit their zip code and email address, even if they later opt-out of receiving “email newsletters” from the White House — which will be used “so we can update you without relying on platforms like Facebook and Twitter.”

Respondents must also agree to the conditions of the White House’s user agreement, giving the government an irrevocable license to use the data in any way “in perpetuity, throughout the world, and in all forms of media.”

In response to several detailed questions — What sort of material will survey respondents get from the White House? Which officials or offices will have access to survey data? How does the White House want to regulate these companies? — a White House spokesperson, Judd Deere, offered little detail, repeating a statement he’d given other outlets.

“The White House wants to hear from all Americans – regardless of their political leanings – if they have been impacted by bias on social media platforms,” Deere said.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 04:59 PM

One of Trump's original grifters, Scott Pruitt, owes we the people a chunk of change.

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The EPA should consider asking its former administrator, Scott Pruitt, to pay $123,942 back to the government, internal government investigators said Thursday. That’s the combined extra cost to taxpayers of flying Pruitt and his security detail in first- or business-class luxury over several trips in 2017.

The former administrator famously began flying first class regularly in May 2017 in order to avoid people cursing him out in public.

As EPA Office of Criminal Enforcement director Henry Barnet told Politico in February last year: Pruitt’s team felt “it would be better suited to have him in business or first class, away from close proximity from those individuals who were approaching him and being extremely rude, using profanities and potential for altercations and so forth.”

Thursday’s report, the result of audit by the EPA’s Office of Inspector General, asserts that the EPA under Pruitt’s watch didn’t have “clear delegation of authority” for approving Pruitt’s flights, nor did it “always justify” using non-contract air carriers.

“Compliance with federal regulations in the selection of first/business class carrier and flights was not documented,” added a press release accompanying the report, which also dinged Pruitt’s habit of bringing a phalanx of guards with him everywhere he went.

“The EPA improperly approved business-class travel for Protective Service Detail agents and other staff accompanying the Administrator on international travel,” it read. The IG’s office already concluded in September last year that Pruitt’s security team was unjustified and needlessly expensive.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 17 May 2019 - 08:12 AM

View PostLFC, on 16 May 2019 - 04:52 PM, said:

To all you Trumpian numbnuts out there; you're f***ing being fleeced. You're nothing more than marks to Trump.
This doesn't give them any info on these idiots that they don't already have.
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Posted 20 May 2019 - 04:29 PM

Completely unqualified nominee for the Federal Reserve Stephen Moore is still whining. Boo, f***ing, hoo. He really is the perfect Republican. He doesn't know shit but speaks like he's an authority, stays on message no matter what reality shows, and never EVER takes responsibility for his own actions.

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Former almost-Federal Reserve Board nominee Stephen Moore explained to radio station WMAL why he would not return to CNN as an analyst: “you go to restaurant and you get salmonella, you don’t go back to that restaurant.”

“They basically begged me to come over from Fox and they begged me to sign a renewal for my contract,” he said. “Then literally, the day after I was announced for the Fed, they turned their knives against me. They were vicious and vile.”

Moore was felled by a combination of scandals, including his own sexist past writings, trouble with the IRS and a joke about evicting “a black family from public housing” when the Obamas left the White House.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 20 May 2019 - 05:25 PM

View PostLFC, on 20 May 2019 - 04:29 PM, said:

Completely unqualified nominee for the Federal Reserve Stephen Moore is still whining. Boo, f***ing, hoo. He really is the perfect Republican. He doesn't know shit but speaks like he's an authority, stays on message no matter what reality shows, and never EVER takes responsibility for his own actions.

He is dumber than I thought. CNN paid him to mouth off, not to coodle and flatter him forever more.

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 10:32 AM

Yet another asshat in the Trump administration illegally using personal email for government business.

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But what about her emails?

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Monday joined the club of Trump officials revealed to have used private email addresses for government business, a practice that often violates the rules for retaining documents for the benefit those who want to examine the public record.

President Trump’s supporters might be excused for not hearing about the news over the roar of a campaign rally chanting “Lock her up!” at the mention of Hillary Clinton’s name on Monday night.

In a brief letter Monday, the Education Department’s acting inspector general, Sandra D. Bruce, said that her office found emails DeVos had received on her private email accounts from a sender “who was offering advice on potential candidates for Departmental positions.”

DeVos herself, between Trump taking office and April 2018, sent a “limited” number of emails relating to official business from a private account, per the letter. The department failed to turn up those emails in responding to a public records request. But the inspector general separately found emails sent from DeVos’ private accounts on the departmental email system, Bruce wrote.

“We did not identify any instances where the Secretary forwarded emails from her personal accounts to her Department email accounts,” Bruce wrote, flagging that Devos’ emails “related to government business were not always being properly preserved.”

But let’s not be too hard on DeVos, she’s hardly alone. Here’s a brief list of current and former senior Trump administration officials confirmed or reported to have used private email addresses or messaging apps for official business:

Mike Pence (as Indiana governor); Jared Kushner; Ivanka Trump; Steve Bannon; Reince Priebus; Gary Cohn; Stephen Miller; K.T. McFarland; James Comey; Kris Kobach and other former members of Trump’s bogus voter fraud commission; John Gore, to correspond with members of the President’s bogus voter fraud commission; and Scott Pruitt (as EPA administrator and Oklahoma attorney general).

LOCK THEM UP! LOCK THEM ALL UP!
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 10:34 AM

Kansas Kris Kobach is insane. He's also completely incompetent which is why Trump is considering him again.

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Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will acquiesce to being the Trump administration’s immigration czar — but only if they agree to his ten-point list of demands.

According to the New York Times, those dealbreakers include being named DHS Secretary by November, some coveted West Wing real estate and weekends off. He also wants to be the main television presence on immigration issues, to have unfettered access to the Oval Office and to have use of a private jet.

The White House was reportedly taken aback by Kobach’s presumptuousness. They are also considering former acting ICE head and once regular Fox News contributor Tom Homan for the gig.

Kobach has long been the king of unflattering headlines.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 11:43 AM

Guess Kobach wasn't a true believer so much as he was a grifter. He was not as smart as he thought though. The others kept their grifter aspirations secret until they were actually in office.

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 11:44 AM

View Postgolden_valley, on 21 May 2019 - 11:43 AM, said:

Guess Kobach wasn't a true believer so much as he was a grifter. He was not as smart as he thought though. The others kept their grifter aspirations secret until they were actually in office.

The Trump administration; now with pre-approved grift!
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 04:26 PM

Baron of Befuddlement Ben Carson just tried to answer basic questions about mortgages and foreclosures, something the head of HUD should be fairly well versed in. It wasn't pretty.

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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson appeared before the House Oversight Committee, where he need a Democratic congresswoman to get him up to speed on some basics of his job.

Carson, who has served as President Donald Trump’s HUD secretary since early 2017, appeared unfamiliar with basic terms and acronyms cited by Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) as she questioned him on foreclosures and other housing issues.

“Do you know what an REO is?” asked Porter, a former University of California-Irvine professor and public interest lawyer.

Carson seemed baffled: “An Oreo?”

Porter, who wrote one of the first academic studies of foreclosure fraud, slowly spelled out the difference between the phonetically similar acronym and brand-name cookie.

“No, not an Oreo,” she said. “An REO.”

“Real estate,” Carson guessed.

“What’s the ‘O’ stand for?” Porter asked.

“Organization?” he said.

Porter explained that REO stood for real estate-owned property, which was the term used when property goes into foreclosure, before she tried to resume asking the Cabinet secretary on the issues that concerned her constituents.

Afterward, the congresswoman expressed shock that Carson lacked such basic knowledge about his job.

“I asked @SecretaryCarson about REOs – a basic term related to foreclosure – at a hearing today,” Porter tweeted. “He thought I was referring to a chocolate sandwich cookie. No, really.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 05:19 PM

Carson is only there because he was nice to Trump and because Trump's a NYC real estate guy he thought the "urban" of HUD meant black inner city.

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 08:27 AM

View Postgolden_valley, on 21 May 2019 - 05:19 PM, said:

Carson is only there because he was nice to Trump and because Trump's a NYC real estate guy he thought the "urban" of HUD meant black inner city.

That may be Trump's reasoning. What could possibly be Carson's?!

Perhaps he performed neurosurgery on himself at some point. Appears to be a case of inadvertent lobotomy.

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 08:37 AM

View PostProbabilistic, on 22 May 2019 - 08:27 AM, said:

That may be Trump's reasoning. What could possibly be Carson's?!

Perhaps he performed neurosurgery on himself at some point. Appears to be a case of inadvertent lobotomy.

I firmly believe that Carson is somewhere well along the autism spectrum. There's seriously something not right about him.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 01:47 PM

Why is he so obsessed with Oreos?
Pray for Trump: Psalm 109:8

"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Second inaugural address January, 1937





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