Retro Quote – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“Anyone who has proclaimed violence his method inexorably must choose lying as his principle.”

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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Word of the Week – March 6, 2021

Epexegesis

Noun

Greek, 16th century

The addition of words to clarify meaning. Words added for the purpose of clarifying meaning.

Example: In speaking to hard-right conservatives, I often have to engage in epexegesis to get my point across.

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Tweet of the Week – March 6, 2021

Texans Get Huge Electric Bills After Ice Storm

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Book Blurb of the Week – March 6, 2021

“Ted Cruz: There is nothing more dangerous than a reckless asshole who thinks he is smarter than everyone else.”

John Boehner, former U.S. Congressman and Speaker of the House, on the dust jacket of his upcoming memoir, in which he also assails several other prominent Republicans, including former President Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell.

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Sappiest Quote of the Week – March 6, 2021

“I actually like President Trump. He’s been very nice to me.  He’s allowed me to be in his world. He allows me to give my two cents worth on issues when he was president.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, expressing his truest sentiments about former President Donald Trump on “The Sean Hannity Show” 03/01/21

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Most Delirious Quote of the Week – March 6, 2021

“I knew I needed to go to the podium.  I knew that’s what Christ would want me to do. I knew it’s what, as a woman of faith, I needed to do.”

Kayleigh McEnany, former White House spokeswoman on her brief role in the Trump Administration

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Worst Quotes of the Week – March 6, 2021

“The Biden administration must stop importing COVID into our country.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, regarding President Biden’s new immigration policy

“It was unfortunate, very unfortunate, that somehow the government was not able to manage those children in a way that they could be reunited properly.  It turned out to be more of a problem than I think any of us imagined it would be.”

Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, about family separation in immigration policy during the Trump administration

“The idea that for fur boy with the red, white, and blue and some of the other nuts in there were some sort of coordinated – it’s just a bunch of idiots, and some of them criminals … to the naked eye, it didn’t look coordinated.”

Laura Ingraham, dismissing claims by FBI Director Christopher Wray that the January 6 attacks on Capitol Hill were planned

Wray testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee this week about the riots.

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Best Quotes of the Week – March 6, 2021

“Abbott has purposefully injected a new infection into the state in the form of irresponsible policies that will promote unnecessary infection, hospitalization and death.”

Dr. Kavita Patel, on the announcement by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to reopen the state 100% to retailers, restaurants and other businesses, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

“The Republican Party’s biggest problem is that too many people of color are exercising their right to vote.  The party’s solution is a massive push for voter suppression that would make old-time Jim Crow segregationists proud.”

Eugene Robinson, in a Washington Post editorial

“I think a lot of us assumed that we were the dominant gene – if only because the country was changing so much – that out of its own self-interest the party would have to change.  We saw the dark side.  We thought it was a recessive gene.  And I don’t know any conclusion to come to except that we were wrong.”

Stuart Stevens, on MSNBC’s “The 11th Hour with Brian Williams” 03/03/21

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Retro Quote – Paul Tillich

“Language… has created the word ‘loneliness’ to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word ‘solitude’ to express the glory of being alone.”

Paul Tillich

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Word of the Week – February 27, 2021

Charivari

Noun

French, 17th century

A noisy mock serenade performed by a group of people to celebrate a marriage or mock an unpopular person. A series of discordant noises.

Example: Watching the charivari of conservatives in Orlando reminds me of the Saturday morning cartoons of my childhood.

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