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Right this way sir…we’re warming up your special corner in hell right now!



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The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.

John F Kennedy




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Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will.

2713 Frederick Douglas

Where justice is denied

where poverty is enforced

where ignorance prevails 

and where one class

is made to feel that society

is an organized conspiracy

to oppress, rob

and denigrate them

neither persons

nor property will be safe.

– Frederick Douglass

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Democrats face historic losses in next election.

via The Congressional Map Has A Record-Setting Bias Against Democrats | FiveThirtyEight

Don’t Feed The Monkeys! 3 Ways To Help People Solve Their Own Problems

Source: Don’t Feed The Monkeys! 3 Ways To Help People Solve Their Own Problems

Brokenness, transformation, wisdom

Beautiful are those whose brokenness gives birth to transformation and wisdom.


– John Mark Green –

Traitors, by Frank Walker

Traitors, by Frank Walker

via Book extract: IBM’s secret Nazi shame – NZ Herald

Love is

the absence of judgement.

– Dalai Lama –

OH God!

God save us from people who mean well.

Vikram Seth

I’ll never make this picture again.

One Sunday morning. After the second line. Walking back to my car. You just never know what you are going to find along the way. In this neighborhood, many of the houses have been repaired. But, just. They are functional houses that were brought back after the storm. Some are still boarded up. Waiting for […]

via You Just Never Know — STORYTELLER

Look, writing is hard.

It’s like some vile, incurable disease: There are bad days, and there are worse days. And writing well is a two-stage process: (1) write not so well; (2) fix it. Knowing that Stage 2 is coming, you can relax a little during Stage 1; your inner editor will diligently revise the clumsy, turgid bits later.


Jim Holt


Do I make myself clear?

What really matters is making your meaning clear beyond a doubt, Evans tells us. And the key to clarity, he insists, is concision.


Harold Evans

“I don’t see how Trump isn’t completely fucked.”

via Trump Officials on Comey Memo: ‘Don’t See How Trump Isn’t Completely F*cked’

Everything worth doing is worth doing badly.”

Ever tried. Ever failed, No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.


G.K. Chesterton & S.  Beckett

It’s just very, very jarring for the kids, to suddenly have their family ripped apart.


“For me this period has really been about looking at my weaknesses and failures and owning my side of the street,” the actor said. “I’m an [asshole] when it comes to this need for justice. I don’t know where it comes from, this hollow quest for justice for some perceived slight. I can drill on that for days and years. It’s done me no good whatsoever. It’s such a silly idea, the idea that the world is fair. And this is coming from a guy who hit the lottery, I’m well aware of that. I hit the lottery, and I still would waste my time on those hollow pursuits.”


Brad Pitt

In Defense of Louisiana’s History

Take these statues down. I like Mitch.


“So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war,” President Abraham Lincoln famously said upon meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, in 1862.

Of course, we cannot know for certain if these were Lincoln’s exact words to Stowe, but the quote endures, even if it is folklore, because it expresses a fundamental truth about the popularity and the persuasiveness of Stowe’s book, which, at that point, was more than a decade old.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin was a phenomenally successful book. In its first year, it sold more than 300,000 copies in the United States, the equivalent of around 4.1 million copies today (though if you adjust the number to account for the proportion of the population who could legally purchase a book in 1852, it’d be at Harry Potter levels).

Its influence and its lasting legacy are impossible to overstate. A…

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What are you afraid of?

“My God, what is the country coming to? What are we afraid of?”

Raymond Chandler

The New Ten Commandments, plus one

I.   $ am the lord thy god.

II.  Thou $halt have no other god$ before me. Thou $halt balance the budget.

III. Thou shalt not speak ill of any other Republican.

IV.  Thy workers will labor 24/7 for as little as you can pay.

V.  Thou shalt honor only conservative Supreme Court nominees.

VI.  Thou shalt bear heat, stand thy ground, bomb the shit out of THEM and use nukes if you have them.

VII.  Thou shalt grab them by their pussies and oppose abortion.

VIII.  Thou $halt pay no taxe$. Thou shalt not pay a living wage. Thou shalt not feed the hungry, clothe the neckid, visit the imprisoned, care for the sick, nor comfort the elderly.

IX.  Thou shalt speak alternative facts.

X.  Marriage is meant for one man and a series of progressively younger women.

XI.  Thou shalt win.

Do you count?

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted

– William Bruce Cameron –

plowshares into swords

And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: because they beat their plowshares into swords, and their pruning hooks into spears: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Storytelling Images

Think about all the money America is getting ready to spend at home and abroad.

Consider the visuals of the first acts of this American President…

…taking away aid for Americans who need our help.

Think about those images…

…still thinking?

Close your eyes for a moment now…

…are those pictures firmly in your mind?

Let those images and their stories flood your thoughts this morning.

Helping poor Americans First is wrong.




My apologies to and thanks for the inspiration this morning go out to


American demand for Stolichnaya Vodka is skyrocketing. US orders are outstripping on-hand inventory on the east coast to meet demand for the “Stoli-tini” (Stolichnaya and Tony Chachere’s Famous Creole Cuisine Bloody Mary, one to three on the rocks).

#Stolichnaya #AP

prosecutor who got Cohn disbarred

He considered Cohn a mentor.

– Mike Gentile –

Roy Cohn’s longtime secretary

Something Cohn had, Donald liked.

– Susan Bell –

Wanna bet?

I bet there are more sinners in Heaven than there are sinners in Hell.

like it or not the global market is the big ocean you cannot escape from

Are we looking at another Treasure Fleet moment right now, and failing to see the danger of elite-driven rentier mercantilism?


Der Donald

Civil liberties end when an attack on our safety begins.

Donald Trump, 1989

Tyranny Arises

Tyranny arises on some favorable emergency.

– James Madison –

What good are you?

What will matter is the good we did, not the good we expected others to do.

– Elizabeth Lesser –


Fear Everyone

Expel the Stranger

Blame the Poor

Ignore the Sick

Feed the Rich

Love Only Thyself

Trust Only Caesar

Throw Lots of Stones


From Marc Calvert courtesy of Dances With Squirrels on Stronger Together (Google+)

“Not My President” series, Leslie Hall Brown

In her “Not My President” series, Leslie Hall Brown creates collages mixing photography and illustration.

via Leslie Hall Brown — Discover

Don’t wait

via Don’t Wait For Mardi Gras to Visit New Orleans

don’t take the name of the Lord in vain

“You don’t take the name of the Lord in vain with your lips. You take it in vain with your life. It isn’t the people outside the church who take God’s name in vain. They’ve never taken it so they can’t take it in vain. It’s the people on the inside, the nice people who would not dare let one little cuss word fall over their lips—they’re the ones many time whose lives are totally unchanged by the grace of God. They’re the ones who take the name in vain.”

Clarence Jordan
-‘Persisting Threats to Authentic Faith,’ “The Substance of Faith.”

==> Follow Clarence Jordan on Facebook for more quotes and excerpts.


official deception, secret surveillance, manipulation of the past by a totalitarian or authoritarian state



Trump aide calls immigration order a ‘massive success story’


“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.”


 “War is peace. Freedom is slavery.  Ignorance is strength.”


“Big Brother is Watching You.”


“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”


“Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”


“The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.”


“The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power.”


“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”


“Orthodoxy means not thinking–not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”


“For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?”


“Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power”


George Orwell 

happiness schmappiness

There are lots of ways of being miserable, but there’s only one way of being comfortable, and that is to stop running round after happiness. If you make up your mind not to be happy there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have a fairly good time.


Edith Wharton

laugh…when you can

Always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine.


George Gordon Byron 

Who are you?

Two things define you: Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.


Ron Beaubien 

Do you believe?

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

– Eleanor Roosevelt –

Fight the right war.

The war against hunger is truly mankind’s war of liberation.

– John F. Kennedy –

Cristian Mihai: Anxiety

Originally posted on Karma Is A Funny Thing: Anxiety. It overwhelms me. Last night was the worst in a long time. I lost three hours of sleep because of it. Alone with my thoughts and not sure what to do with myself… My husband took our kids to his Mother’s for a overnight. It…

via Anxiety. — Cristian Mihai

the most delicious soup ever created

The history of the greatest soup in the world, Billi Bi Soup, involves American millionaires, Greek princesses, racing boats and, of course, legendary chefs.

via The Greatest Soup In The World — We Are Chefs

Ray Laskowitz, STORYTELLER

The little cat. You liked him. I really liked him. So, I made a bunch of pictures. These are some of them. They are about getting ready before the second line. And, the first few minutes after the club hits the streets. Here’s how it goes. The clubs and supporting krews meet somewhere to finish […]

via That Little Cat — STORYTELLER

Ray Laskowitz, STORYTELLER

This picture says it all. About getting your hair cut. About getting photographed. About being forced to do anything. I’m not exactly sure about the interaction between the barber and his customer, but the man with the shears has a pretty good grip on the kid’s head. While the barber was cool with my work, his customer […]

via It Ain’t Easy — STORYTELLER

Robert Mann: Amazing Grace

By Robert Mann Among dozens of moments that define the historic, consequential presidency of Barack Obama was his moving eulogy of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., in June 2015. Pinckney and eight of his parishioners had died days earlier, victims of a young man’s violent racism. It […]

via Barack Obama’s amazing grace —

Thank God For Friends

The capacity for friendship is God’s way of apologizing for our families.


Jay McInerney 

On dreaming

All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.


―from SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM: A Triumph by T. E. Lawrence 

Robert Mann

By Robert Mann During almost 20 years working in the U.S. Senate, I learned how simple acts — a phone call, a letter, a face-to-face conversation — can influence a member of Congress. When I worked in Sen. John Breaux’s Baton Rouge office, we sometimes took 100-plus phone calls a day on an issue. That was […]

via Indivisible: Protecting progressivism in the Trump era — Something Like the Truth

Magic 8-balling in a post-fact world

it’s hard to lift one’s boat when the tide is going out


Yogi Berra, the future ain’t what it used to be!

How can we possibly navigate in this chaotic world for the next four years? Oh some use a Magic 8 ball, while others turn to Ouija boards . 



Slow growth and widening inequality continue to spur populist uprisings around the world

inequality increases

U.S. economy into a recession 

defense industry booms

permafrost melts releasing plague

emerging global middle class

Saudi Arabia teeters on the edge of instability as Mohammed bin Salman attempts to wean the kingdom off oil

Mass consolidation takes place in the cyber security market

economic growth persistently anemic 

Capital leaves South Africa

Currency wars intensify

Latin America rebounds on the back of a boom in agricultural commodities

Technological innovation accelerates

China’s economy continues to decelerate

Consumers begin demanding livestock be raised without the use of antibiotics

Rapidly rising populations in Africa and India

OPEC agrees to again cut oil production

Passive investing begins losing its appeal as active managers take advantage of these distortions to outperform indices


 “There are two types of forecasters: those who don’t know and those who don’t know they don’t know.” John Kenneth Galbraith:




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