“If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created not just as it looked when we got through with it.”
Monthly Archives: March 2021
Retro Quote – Lyndon B. Johnson
Filed under History
Word of the Week – March 27, 2021
Latin, 17th century
Absurdly outmoded or old-fashioned. Of or relating to a time before the biblical flood.
Example: Like 8-track tape players and dial phones, the political process in Washington seems so antediluvian.
Filed under News
Tweet of the Week – March 27, 2021
Photo of the Week – March 27, 2021
Georgia State Rep. Park Cannon (D-Atlanta) is placed into the back of a Georgia State Capitol patrol car after being arrested by Georgia State Troopers at the Georgia State Capitol Building in Atlanta, Thursday, March 25, 2021. Cannon was arrested by Capitol police after she attempted to knock on the door of the Gov. Brian Kemp office during his remarks after he signed into law a sweeping Republican-sponsored overhaul of state elections that includes new restrictions on voting by mail and greater legislative control over how elections are run. Photo: Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP
To anyone familiar with the history of race relations in the United States, the image of an African-American getting arrested by a bunch of White police officers in a Southern state over a dispute about voting rights is inescapable.
Worst Quotes of the Week – March 27, 2021
“I’m of the point of view that I still think the most likely etiology of this pathology in Wuhan was from a laboratory. Escaped. Other people don’t believe that. That’s fine. Science will eventually figure it out.”
Former CDC Director Robert Redfield to CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, on the origins of the COVID-19 virus
Redfield declared that he believes the coronavirus “escaped” from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and that it was spreading as early as September or October of 2019 though he stressed that it was his “opinion.”
“They will break down, they are breaking down, Tucker. I have said this before, and I’m telling you I’m worried that I’m right, the right is going to pick a fascist within 10 to 20 years. Because they’re not going to be the only one – the only ones on the outs. There’s 60, 70 million of us. We’re not a tiny minority, and if we’re going to be all treated like criminals and all subject to every single law, while antifa Black Lives Matter guys go free and Hunter Biden goes free, then the right’s going to take drastic measures.”
Jesse Kelly, declaring conservatives could end up supporting a fascist for elected office if left-wing anarchists gain more power
“It did bother me a little bit. I can understand where they’re coming from in a certain way, but I think it wasn’t the appropriate forum to be able to have these kinds of discussions.”
Prince Albert II of Monaco, on the recent interview Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan had with Oprah Winfrey
Albert told BBC that he found the pair’s “public display of dissatisfaction” inappropriate given the form in which it was delivered.
Best Quotes of the Week – March 27, 2021
Protestors in Atlanta earlier this week
“If racism and acts of violence are prevalent, we need to bring that to the forefront and not sweep it under the rug.”
Margaret Ann Kercher, a lawyer in Austin, Texas, on recent attacks on Asian-Americans
“We live here. We pay taxes. We work here. This is our life. This is a country of immigrants, all of the immigrants, so there is nothing we can do better than love each other, than work together.”
Xiaoxu Zheng, a 36-year-old medical researcher at Georgia State University, commenting on the rise in anti-Asian violence over the past year
Zheng who has been in the U.S. for 10 years and lives in suburban Atlanta with his wife and two children, said the protest was his first political event.
“They had lived through an unprecedented planetary pandemic, but they could not survive this: they could not outlive America’s gun epidemic. That proved more fatal than the virus.”
John Pavlovitz, in an essay on the recent gun violence in Atlanta and Boulder, Colorado
In Memoriam – Larry McMurtry, 1936-2021
“You expect far too much of a first sentence. Think of it as analagous to a good country breakfast: what we want is something simple, but nourishing to the imagination. Hold the philosophy, hold the adjectives, just give us a plain subject and verb and perhaps a wholesome, nonfattening adverb or two.”
In Memoriam – Beverly Cleary, 1916-2021
“Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school.”
Retro Quote – Charles Darwin
“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”
Charles Darwin, “The Descent of Man”
Word of the Week – March 20, 2021
Greek, 16th century
The use of more words than are necessary to convey meaning, either as a fault of style or for emphasis.
Example: My tendency towards pleonasm always arises when I talk about my writing projects.