More proverbs, mantras, aphorisms and precepts; because that’s what we need!

Huxley College president, Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff in “Horse Feathers” (Paramount, 1932)

Boredom is a luxury.

Drama feeds on itself while everyone else starves.

Agreeing to disagree is the beginning of the argument, not the end of it.

An opinion is only as good as one’s ability to back it up.

Stupid Reichstag. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

Once upon a time, in 1933, German Nazis blamed the German Communist Party’s Antifaschistische Aktion (Antifa) group, formed in 1932 in defense against Nazi brownshirts, for a fire that burned down the Reichstag, the German parliament. The Reichstag coalition of Nazis and the German Nationalist People’s Party exploited the fire…

“Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some Assembly Required.” Wearing their hearts on their sleeves, or any other part of a t-shirt. If we didn’t know it before January 6, 2021, we cannot pretend we don’t anymore. (Photo by Alejandro Alvarez at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, posted on Twitter, Nov. 30, 2017)

In the midst of the vigils and memorials for the anniversary of thousands of Trump fans violently storming the US Capitol, CNN reported that a former Trump White House official in testimony to House select committee investigators said that “then-President Donald Trump initially refused to tweet the words ‘stay peaceful’…

“It’s not for lack of trying; Can’t put my finger on it”

The Four Freedoms by Norman Rockwell for the Saturday Evening Post (1943)

The pursuit of happiness is often held up as a noble desire, but nobody really pursues disappointment. Freedom comes without guarantees and often enough ends up in frustration. So, we all want second chances.

We all want to…

U2 performing “New Year’s Day” on the British TV show The Tube on March 16, 1983. (Photo by Erica Echenberg; Redferns/Getty Images)

Marking the relentless march of time, as the great Gregorian number increases, loses alot of its fun the older I get. The pressure to fall into step and make with the anticipation as if any holiday meant as much or the same to everyone else simply gets to be too…

Peter Finch as TV news anchor Howard Beale in the film Network, written by Paddy Chayefesky, directed by Sydney Lumet (MGM, 1976).

The right wing punditocracy over on Fox News was not having its share of all the fun as they watched their target audience wreak havoc in our nation’s capital on January 6, 2021.

In fact, the stars of the prime-time lineup — beside GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy, as we…

The Fox News headquarters Christmas tree set on fire the night of Dec. 7. (Sky News)

In New York City, on the night of December 7, someone who is now in police custody set the Fox News headquarters Christmas tree on fire, upsetting Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt.

“It’s a tree that unites us, that brings us together. It is about the Christmas spirit, it…

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) salutes the MAGA mob on his way into the Capitol on January 6, 2021, to vote against the certification of Electoral College vote count for the election of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. “I don’t know who came into the Capitol or not,” Hawley explained after the insurrection. (Photo by E&E News and Politico via AP)

“The left is attacking America,” Republican US Senator from Missouri Josh Hawley recently explained in an interview with Axios on HBO. “They’re saying that America is systemically oppressive and men are systemically responsible.”

Something to keep in mind when right-wing fake patriots and cynical centrists denigrate *the left* is that…

The Oasis Casino in Jericho, Palestine, has been shuttered since the turn of the century (Photo by David Silverman/Newsmakers)

If you were around, in the United States of America back then, remember the war in Vietnam.

I grew up watching the Vietnam War and its protests and conflicts that tore Americans apart on television; and hearing the big kids in the neighborhood stressing over draft lotteries; and the statements…

Barry Dredze

Just another mortal, tweaking my cognitive map on the fly.

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