Best Quote of the Week – October 11, 2019

“Although I understand that I served at the pleasure of the President, I was nevertheless incredulous that the US government chose to remove an ambassador based, as best as I can tell, on unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives.”

Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, in testimony today in front of the U.S. House Congress, as part of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump

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Worst Quote of the Week – October 4, 2019

“I would think that if they were honest about it, they’d start a major investigation into the Bidens.  It’s a very simple answer. They should investigate the Bidens because how does a company that’s newly-formed and all these companies, if you look at – and by the way, likewise, China should start an investigation into the Bidens.  Because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with – uh – with Ukraine.”

– Faux President Donald Trump, in response to a reporter’s question about the Ukraine and former Vice-President Joe Biden.

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Best Quote of the Week – October 4, 2019

“I know I can speak for myself.  I forgive you.”

– Brandt Jean, 18-year-old brother of shooting victim Botham Jean, during his victim impact statement after the conviction of former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger.

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Retro Quote – Theodore Roosevelt and Patriotism

“Patriotism means to stand by the country.  It does not mean to stand by the President or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country.  It is patriotic to support him in so far as he efficiently serves the country.  It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country.  In either event it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth – whether about the President or about anyone else – save in the rare cases where this would make known to the enemy information of military value which would otherwise be unknown to him.”

Theodore Roosevelt, “The Great Adventure”, November 1918

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Worst Quote of the Week – September 27, 2019

“I want to know who’s the person that gave the whistle-blower the information, because that’s close to a spy.  You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart?  Right?  With spies and treason, right?  We used to handle them a little differently than we do now.”

– Donald Trump, in a speech to a select audience while at the United Nations on September 26, referring to the still-unidentified person who revealed details about his call with the president of the Ukraine

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Best Quote of the Week – September 27, 2019

“The actions of the Trump presidency have revealed the dishonorable fact of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections.  Therefore, today, I am announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry.”

– Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, initiating impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump

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Lunar Souls

Artist, writer, photographer and fellow blogger Art Browne has a unique – and sometimes twisted – view of our universe.  Which is why I know, without a doubt, that he is my long-lost twin brother!  When not tormenting spiders or ridiculing helpless cats on his blog, “Pouring My Art Out”, Brother Art captures some truly fascinating visions of the natural world.  In a recent series of simple cell phone shots, he photographed the moon in various stages and from various angles over San Diego, California.  A few of them are presented below.

I have to concede these lunar photos make me feel incredibly sentimental.  Every time I look up at the sky and see that glorious moon, I – sniff – always get homesick.

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