Monthly Archives: December 2020

December 2020 Countdown – December 23!

“If you keep on excusing, you eventually give your blessing to the slave camp, to cowardly force, to organized executioners, to the cynicism of great political monsters; you finally hand over your brothers.”

Albert Camus

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December 2020 Countdown – December 22!

“The greatest menace to freedom is an inert people.”

Louis Brandeis, U.S.Supreme Court Justice

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December 2020 Countdown – December 21!

“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.”

Cherokee Proverb

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December 2020 Countdown – December 20!

“Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.”

Edgar Cayce

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Retro Quote – Kate Chopin

“Perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer, rather than to remain a dupe to illusions all one’s life.”

Kate Chopin

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Word of the Week – December 19, 2020

Blatherskite

Noun

Scottish English, 17th century

Nonsense

A person who is prone to speaking nonsense

Example:  I occasionally watch the talking heads on right-wing TV and can only think: what a pathetic blatherskite!

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Tweets of the Week – December 19, 2020

An even cursory review of these two Tweets displays the wide gap between the ever-classy Jill Biden and the ever-cantankerous Donald Trump.

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Photo of the Week – December 19, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine shot at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex, on Friday, December 18, Washington.  His wife, Karen Pence, and U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams also received shots. Photo: Andrew Harnik, Associated Press

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Angriest Quote of the Week – December 19, 2020

“Millions of Americans are struggling during what should be a joyous time of year, yet Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is holding COVID-19 relief hostage. His ransom? Total immunity for corporations that recklessly endanger consumers and workers during the pandemic.

For months, McConnell has insisted that Congress take action to protect corporations alleged to engage in wrongdoing.

For months, McConnell has insisted that Congress should take action to protect corporations that are alleged to engage in wrongdoing and endanger their employees, consumers and patients. Companies that don’t provide protective equipment or mandate physical distancing in the workplace, for example, would face no civil liability when their workers become sick.

Even as Americans go hungry and confront homelessness, McConnell is trying to leverage the coronavirus emergency to greenlight corporate abuse, instead of helping vulnerable families.

Worse, he is lying to the American people about his motivation, claiming that an “epidemic” of coronavirus-related lawsuits must be addressed. The actual epidemic, of course, is COVID-19, taking thousands of lives every day and sickening the very workers businesses depend on for their profits.”

 – Rep. Katie Porter, in a video essay on December 15

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Most Conciliatory Quote of the Week – December 19, 2020

“Many of us hoped that the presidential election would yield a different result, but our system of government has processes to determine who will be sworn in on January 20.  The Electoral College has spoken.  So today, I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden.”

Sen. Mitch McConnell, in a speech on the Senate floor

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