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Monday, June 13, 2016

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''I would have made a good Pope.''
President Richard Nixon

"We have men and we have rocks in plenty, we have everything.”
Dost Mohammad Khan;

A gaggle of GOP bigs
All went zag in a nation that zigs
A definitive rout
And they can’t figure out
They’re the 21st century’s Whigs


Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature
Kin Hubbard
Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear..
Thomas Jefferson

In 1905, T Roosevelt told Congress “There is no enemy of free government more dangerous and none so insidious as the corruption of the electorate.”

Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made.
John Godfrey Saxe 19th century American poet


The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."
Bertrand Russell

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
Mae West
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It's not the men in your life that matters, it's the life in your men.
Mae West
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Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.
Mae West
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It is better to be looked over than overlooked.
Mae West
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I've been things and seen places.
Mae West
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Getting married is like trading in the adoration of many for the sarcasm of one
Mae West
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An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises.
Mae West
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She's the kind of girl who climbed the ladder of success, wrong by wrong
Mae West
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When a man gets up to speak, people listen, then look. When a woman gets up, people look; then, if they like what they see, they listen.
Mae West
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When women go wrong, men go right after them.
Mae West
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"Our passions......... are good servants but bad masters".
Sir Roger L'Estrange

Money makes a good servant, but a bad master.
Francis Bacon


To say "I love you" one must know first how to say the "I".
Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

Who is John Galt?
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

What is man? He's just a collection of chemicals with delusions of grandeur.
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Money will not purchase happiness for the man who has no concept of what he wants.
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Man is the only living species that has the power to act as his own destroyer - and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.
Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness

The fortune my spirit is not to be blown into coins of brass and flung to the winds as alms for the poor of the spirit.
Ayn Rand Antham

To be free, a man must be free of his brothers. That is freedom. This and nothing else.
Ayn Rand, Anthem

I swear by my life and my love of it that I shall not live for the sake of another man nor ask another man to live for mine.”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
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Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes her laws.
Mayer Amschel Rothschild
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In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.
H. L. Mencken
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Midas, they say, possessed the art of old, Of turning whatsoe'er he touch'd to gold; This modern statesmen can reverse with ease – Touch them with gold, they'll turn to what you please.
John Wolcot
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He's not a Republican, he's a Republican't.
Author Unknown
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History: An account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools.
Ambrose Bierce
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George Crespigny Brabazon Vivian, 4th Lord Vivian, DSO TD (21 January 1878 — 28 December 1940) was a British soldier who served with distinction in both the Second Anglo-Boer War and World War I.

On 1 August 1903 Vivian married Barbara Cicely Fanning. They had a daughter, Daphne Winifred Louise who was born on 11 Jul 1904 and a son, Anthony Crespigny Claude Vivian, 5th Baron Vivian, born on 4 March 1906. They divorced in 1907. The co-respondent was Alfred Curphey.

Divorce Court File: 8023. Appellant: George Crespigny Brabazon Vivian, Lord Vivian. Respondent: Barbara Cicely Vivian, Lady Vivian. Co-respondent: Alfred Curphey. Type: Husband's petition for divorce

South Africa, 1906
Tuberculosis reaches epidemic proportions in South Africa.
2 May — Lord Alfred Milner, British colonial secretary and the High Commissioner for Southern Africa, returns to Britain.
6 May — British troops kill over 60 Zulus during a punitive expedition near Durban

Curphy squandered his wife's moderate means, talked Mellon into a $20,000 loan,...moved into Mellons Forbes street home...In 1904 she told Mellon she wanted a divorce...Mellon offered Cuphy $20,000.....Curphy returned in 1908...Mellon gave her an allowance of $20,000 a year...in 1909 Mellon offered Nora income from a trust fund of $600,000 trust fund, with a down payment of $250,000...joint custody but children must never see Curphy and Nora together....1909 the children saw them together...1910 Mellon insisted that children live only with him...Mellon had the divorce laws changed allowing for a private hearing before a judge....Nora described Mellon's lawsuit as “Gold fighting against one lone woman. Gold may take my babies from me.” ,

Never tell a story because it is true: tell it because it is a good story.
John Pentland Mahaffy


  1. Tax shelter promoter sets up two companies, Company A and Company B and funds each company with $50. Company A buys a briefcase for the $50.
  2. Client comes to promoter and says, "I have a $10 million capital gain." Promoter says, "No problem, I can eliminate that gain for you by generating a $10 million loss to offset your gain."
  3. Promoter devises the following plan:
  1. Client purchases the $50 briefcase from Company A by paying Company A $1,000,050
  2. Client pays $50 in cash. In addition (here's the tax shelter part), Client "pays" another $10 million by signing a promissory note (a promise to pay) payable to Company A for $10 million in 30 years . For tax purposes, Client purchased the briefcase for the cash payment and the promissory note, so the tax cost for Client's briefcase is $1,000,050.
  3. Client then sells the briefcase to Company B for $50. Thus, economically, Client is made whole; Client paid $50 for the briefcase and sold the briefcase for $50. However, Client's tax basis in the briefcase was $10,000,050 and by selling the briefcase for $50, Client incurred a $10 million loss! That loss will then be used to offset Client's $10 million capital gain, effectively zeroing out his tax liability.
  4. Assume that Company B then sold the briefcase back to Company A for $50. Promoter is ready for his next client now that Company A has the briefcase and Company B has $50, and the pattern can be repeated.


Hitler visits a lunatic asylum, where the patients all dutifully perform the German greeting. Suddenly, Hitler sees one man whose arm is not raised. "Why don't you greet me the same way as everyone else," he hisses at the man. The man answers: "My Führer, I'm an orderly. I'm not crazy!"

The true Aryan is as blond as Hitler, as slim as Göring and as tall as Goebbels.

An adjutant bursts into Görings office: "The Reichstag is on fire!!". Göring checks his watch and says: "What, already?"

Two men encounter one another on the street, and the first one says: "Nice to see you out again. How was in the concentration camp?"
The second men replies; "It was great. Mornings we got breakfast in bed, with our choice of freshly ground coffee or cocoa. We did some sports, and then there was a three-course lunch with soup, meat and dessert. After that we played some board games and took a nap. And after dinner, they showed movies."
The first man can't believe his ears. "Wow! And the lies they spread about the place. Recently I was talking to Meyer, who also spent some time there. He told me horror stories."
The second man nods seriously and says: "That's why he got sent back."

Hitler and Göring are standing atop the Berlin radio tower. Hitler says he wants to do something to put a smile on Berliners' faces. So Göring says: "Why don't you jump?"

A factory worker, Marianne K., was executed for telling this joke. Her husband had been killed in Stalingrad.

If Hitler, Göring and Goebbels were on a ship in a storm and the ship would sink, who would be saved? Answer: Germany.

Hebdomadal, refers to something that occurs every seven days

Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and, with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him a super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.


Bafflegab: (deliberately) unintelligible jargon, esp. as used for the purposes of obfuscation by politicians.
Flapdoodler: a charlatan, a politician, a speaker of portentous but empty words.
Flip-flopper: A person, esp. a politician, who (habitually) changes his or her opinion or position.
Heeler: a hanger-on who performs tasks for a politician or political party in the hope of personal aggrandizement.
lollie boy: a politician’s ‘gofer’.
Mr. Nyet: any person (esp. a politician in the Soviet Union) noted for having a negative or uncompromising attitude.
Pollywog: a person (esp. a politician) who is considered untrustworthy.
Quockerwodger: a politician acting in accordance with the instructions of an influential third party, rather than properly representing their constituents.
Rent-a-quote: designating someone (esp. a politician) who may be relied upon by the media to provide a comment, esp. one expressing a strong or contentious opinion, either in any circumstances or when a particular issue is being discussed.
Snollygoster: a shrewd, unprincipled person, esp. a politician.
Tirekicker: a politician or other decision-maker, one who discusses and debates, but fails to act.


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