seeking knowledge and laughter, putting a bullseye on inaccuracy


Arranging the right words in the right order can be quite powerful

Olbermann Goes Off

Olbermann recently did a live commentary from NY at Ground Zero. While I disagree with some minor points, it is a rather moving piece that you can on the No Refunds Theatre Co. blog.

Perhaps my favorite part:

Not once in now five years has this President ever offered to assume responsibility for the failures that led to this empty space, and to this, the current, curdled, version of our beloved country.

Still, there is a last snapping flame from a final candle of respect and fairness: even his most virulent critics have never suggested he alone bears the full brunt of the blame for 9/11.

Half the time, in fact, this President has been so gently treated, that he has seemed not even to be the man most responsible for anything in his own administration.


If you are kind to everybody, then you will make good decisions because people will give you good information, and if you are truthful to everybody, they will be truthful to you

- Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google - quoted in Wired magazine, 'Feeling Lucky' in July, 2006 issue.


Utah Phillips has long been an inspiration for me. In The Past Didn't Go Anywhere, Utah talks about Ammon Hennessy in the track titled "Korea."

I'd always wanted to write a song for that old man. He never wanted one about him - he's that way - but something mulched up out of his thought, his anarchist thought. Anarchist in the best sense of the word. Oh so many times he stood up in front of Federal District Judge Ritter, that old fart, and he'd be picked up for picketing illegally, and he never plead innocent or guilty - he plead anarchy.

And Ritter'd say, "What's an anarchist, Hennessy?" and Ammon would say, "Why an anarchist is anybody who doesn't need a cop to tell him what to do." Kind of a fundamentalist anarchist, huh?

And Ritter'd say, "But Ammon, you broke the law, what about that?" and Ammon'd say, "Oh, Judge, your damn laws the good people don't need 'em and the bad people don't obey 'em so what use are they?"


My life is my message.

Great Minds

Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the

- Elbert Hubbard


It is our mind, and that alone, that chains us or sets us free.

- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Oh, That's Why!

God wrote (the Bible) in English for a reason: So it could be taught in our public schools.

- Stephen Colbert in an address to Knox College (referenced from onegoodmove

Zen Calendar

A couple of quotes from the Zen page-a-day calendar.

Great doubt results in great enlightenment, small doubt results in
small enlightenment, no doubt results in no enlightenment.

- Yuan-Hsien

Zen is a way of liberation, concerned not with discovering what is good
or bad or advantageous, but what is.

- Alan Watts


I really like this quote by Coetzee in Elizabeth Costello

The man is seduced not because he has a will to resist that is cleverly overcome, but because being seduced is a pleasure in itself. One yields for the sake of yielding.

Comfort Zones

Venturing into self-help land...

A ship in a harbor is safe - but that is not what ships are for.

- John A Shedd

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