Honore de Balzac is my new favorite author. Truth be told, I don’t think I have every read any of Balzac’s books. However, according to Leonard Sweet, Balzac drank more than 50 cups of coffee a day, which goes a long way to explaining Baudelaire’s description of him as “the novelist of energy and will.” Anyone who can drink almost as much coffee as me deserves my admiration.
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The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is: What does a woman want?
The right of revolution is an inherent one. When people are oppressed by their government, it is a natural right they enjoy to relieve themselves of the oppression, if they are strong enough, whether by withdrawal from it, or by overthrowing it and substituting a government more acceptable.
~ in Personal Memoirs, vol. 1
I never learned to swear. When a boy I seemed to have an aversion to it, and when I became a man I saw th folly of it. I have always noticed, too, that swearing helps to rouse a man’s anger; and when a man flies into a passion his adversary who keeps cool always gets the better of him. In fact, i could never see the use of swearing. I think it is the case with many people who swear excessively that they do not mean to be profane; but, to say the least, it is a great waste of time.
~ quoted in Cigars, Whiskey, and Winning Leadership Lessons, p. 9
Hi sunt inimici pessumi fronte hilaro corde tristi. [Your worst enemies are those whose faces are cheerful while their hearts are bitter.]
~ in Hypobolimaeus
Vivas ut possis quando nec quis ut velis. [Live as you can since you cannot live as you would.]
~ in Plocium
Serit arbores quae saeclo prosint alteri. [He plants trees to be useful to another generation.]
~ in Synephebi
Wisdom oft lurks beneath a tattered coat.
Suffer women once to arrive at an equality with you, and they will from that moment become your superiors.
Emas, non quod opus est, sed quod necesse est: quod non opus est, asse carum est. [Buy not what you can use, but what you cannot do without. What you do not need is dear at any price.]
~ quoted by Seneca in Epistulae, xciv, 28
Fures privatorum in nervo atque in compedibus aetatem agunt; Fures publici in auro atque in purpura. [Those who steal from private individuals spend their lives in stocks and chains; those who steal from the public treasure go dressed in gold and purple.”
~ in Praeda militibus dividenda
I have been thinking of President George W. Bush’s approval ratings and what I might suggest to him in order to improve them if I was called upon to act as a consultant.
Well, first we must work with image. As the old saying goes, clothes make the man. However, desperate times require desperate actions. So, lets skip right past clothes and go directly to Halloween costumes
I know what you are thinking… No, I do not think a Captain Jack costume would be helpful. It plays right into the current stereotype.
However, if we could get his twins into these scandalous pirate costumes we might be able to divert attention away from him. In fact, I think that we would almost certainly be able to do so. It just might save his presidency.
But, back to the POTUS. What clothes would make this man? Star Wars themed costumes? No, I don’t think Chewbaca or Darth Maul would be of help to us here. And Superman just might be too much. Batman? No, his political enemies would work that in ways unbecoming.
This is more difficult than I first thought it would be. Well, there are more than 8,000 different costumes available at the Costume Cauldron so we should be able to find something that works. And, since George will be unemployed come January I know how he can save some money.
There is a secret HAUNTED HOUSE backdoor on the Costume Cauldron website that gets people a great discount. To get the discount, go to the homepage and halfway down on the right you will find a line that reads “Our Store now has over 8,000 masquerade items for you to choose from!” Click on the brown comma in that line and it will give you the discount code.
I’ve got it! The perfect way to send the message that President bush is committed to stopping global warming — he and the First Lady can begin a Mr. and Mrs. Snowman tour. President Roosevelt is remembered for saving the free world, President Lincoln saved the Union, and President Bush will be known as the President who save the Snowman. COOL! (literally)
For years now I have suffered from Email OCD. If an email shows up in my inbox I can’t delete it without reading it, just to make sure that there isn’t something good in it. I subscribe to email alerts from the Washington Post, CBS News, and social action organizations. I’m on subscriber lists for bloggers on all kinds of topics including “blogging about blogging.”
My email inbox is always full. In fact, there are more than 2,100 emails in it right now. Arghh! But I am obsessive compulsive about not deleting an email, just in case there is something good in it.
Now my OCD is spreading. I record programs on my VCR and then cannot delete them unless watching them first because, I don’t want to miss out if there is something good in it.
Anyone know which VCR has the most memory for all the shows I record and won’t delete? Because someday I plan on watching them, lest I miss out on something good.
Lillian Ladele said her religious beliefs prevented her from conducting same-sex marriages. For that, she has been ridiculed and demoted. Richard Littlejohn has written a thought provoking article on it over at Mail Online. He, an agnostic who is an advocate of same-sex marriage, writes,
But that’s the problem with the diversity nazis.
Diversity doesn’t do dissent. While it embraces the fundamental right of people of just about every creed and colour to behave exactly as they please regardless of the law of the land, it doesn’t run to devout Christians.
Had Miss Ladele been a Muslim objecting to same-sex weddings on religious grounds, does anyone seriously believe she would have been hounded, ridiculed, persecuted and demoted by the Guardianistas who run Islington Council?
She’s not the only victim of this intolerant legislation, either.
Why is is it that diversity and toleration rarely extends to those who hold orthodox Christian beliefs?
It takes two steps to get to the answer.
1) Tolerance has been redefined such that it no longer means allowing others to hold viewpoints with which you disagree. Tolerance is now the codeword for relativity of truth, in which all ideas are supposed to be equally valid – equally right.
2) Why were Christians persecuted in Rome. It wasn’t because they worshiped Jesus, but because they worshiped him alone. Early Christians believed in eternal truths and thus had a standard by which they could judge the beliefs and actions of others. The Romans thought if they could get rid of the Christians they could get rid of criticism of their own way of life.
That is what is taking place today. Western Civilization has backtracked to the old Roman empire and the persecutions that took place in the first three centuries after Christ.
Current events demonstrate an attitude that says “Get rid of the Christians and there will be no standards by which to judge our beliefs and actions.”
Just as in the everyday world, where we immediately conclude design when we see a complex, interactive system such as a mousetrap, there is no reason to withhold the same conclusion from interactive molecular systems. This conclusion may have theological implications that make some people uncomfortable; nonetheless, it is the job of science to follow the data wherever they lead, no matter how disturbing.
~ Michael Behe, in The Sterility of Darwinism
I was driving through Fort Worth listening to an audio book of Epicenter: Why Current Rumblings In The Middle East Will Change Your Future. I had kind of drifted off into distant thoughts when the book’s author, Joel Rosenberg, who was reading the book said something that caught my attention. He indicated that the mistaken idea that Islam is the worlds fastest growing religion has reached almost “urban myth” status. That Islam is the fastest growing religion in North America and Europe, but that worldwide Christianity is the world’s fastest growing religion.
“Hmmmm,” I thought, and then went back to negotiating traffic.
A few days later I picked up Dinesh D’Souza’s book What’s So Great About Christianity and was again hit with the information that Christianity is spreading quickly through Asia, Africa, and South America.
And, today I read in VirtueOnline about a conversation between Muslim Scholars on Al-Jazeerah in which they express concerns over the large number of Muslims who are converting to Christianity. Specifically, they address the six million conversions which are taking place each year in Africa.
Does anyone good resources on this topic that they would like to recommend?