tossed aside

"This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force"

-Dorothy Parker on Atlas Shrugged



"Most people who go to great lengths because they think they are doing something important are actually doing something ridiculous. Let's just cut the crap and do something ridiculous."




"So, as of right now, it's Chinese Ichiro one hit, regular Ichiro no hits."

-Orestas Destrada, Game 1 of the 2009 World Baseball Classic



"Caution: Discontinue use if redness or irritation develop."

-Box of Hanes Mid-Thigh Leggings



"The idea that the First Amendment permits government to ban publications that are "offensive" to some people puts an ominous gloss on freedom of the press. That test would make it possible to ban any paper or any journal or magazine in some benighted place. The First Amendment was designed "to invite dispute," to induce "a condition of unrest," to "create dissatisfaction with conditions as they are," and even to stir "people to anger." Terminiello v. Chicago, 337 U.S. 1, 4 . The idea that the First Amendment permits punishment for ideas that are "offensive" to the particular judge or jury sitting in judgment is astounding. No greater leveler of speech or literature has ever been designed. To give the power to the censor, as we do today, is to make a sharp and radical break with the traditions of a free society. The First Amendment was not fashioned as a vehicle for [413 U.S. 15, 45] dispensing tranquilizers to the people. Its prime function was to keep debate open to "offensive" as well as to "staid" people. The tendency throughout history has been to subdue the individual and to exalt the power of government. The use of the standard "offensive" gives authority to government that cuts the very vitals out of the First Amendment. 9 As is intimated by the Court's opinion, the materials before us may be garbage. But so is much of what is said in political campaigns, in the daily press, on TV, or over the radio. By reason of the First Amendment - and solely because of it - speakers and publishers have not been threatened or subdued because their thoughts and ideas may be "offensive" to some."

-Supreme Court Justice Douglas, dissenting in Miller v. California



"Mass media have a terrible impact on people who lack guidance."
--Folklorist Linda Degh



“Alcohol is like love. The first kiss is magic, the second is intimate, the third is routine. After that you take the girl's clothes off.” -Raymond Chandler



"Abstainer, n.: A weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure."

-Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary"


le futur

"Nous sommes en effet entrés dans un temps où la légitimité institutionnelle classique - une procédure législative embrayant sur des textes d'application - ne suffit plus, bien souvent, à rendre acceptables des projets ou des actes émanant des Etats. Il ne s'agit pas de concurrencer la représentation élue des citoyens, qui doit garder le dernier mot dans ses champs de compétence. Il s'agit de la nécessité où l'on est aujourd'hui de passer par de nouvelles formes de démocratie, dites "de proximité". L'environnement en est un champ important et il n'y aura pas de développement durable sans participation organisée des citoyens. Le "Grenelle" doit donc proposer des réformes de nos institutions qui reconnaissent ces démarches, et qui les ordonnent."

-Robert Lion



"NASA must complete the ISS so it can be dropped into the ocean on schedule in finished form."
—Robert L. Park