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BluesHarp said...

“The sure foundations of the state are laid in knowledge, not in ignorance; and every sneer at education, at culture, at book learning, which is the recorded wisdom of the experience of mankind, is the demagogue's sneer at intelligent liberty, inviting national degeneracy and ruin.”  -George William Curtis

"Ignorance has always been the weapon of tyrants; enlightenment the salvation of the free." -Bill Richardson

"Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities" 
– Voltaire

"At least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political idols." - Aldous Huxley

"Humanity has many enemies. The worst of them are ignorance, arrogance, extremism, and violence." - Abbas Kadhim

“Ignorance and inconsideration are the two great causes of the ruin of mankind."
-John Tillotson

"Attempting to debate with a person who has abandoned reason is like giving medicine to the dead." ~ Thomas Paine

"Peace does not fare well where poverty and deprivation reign. It does not flourish where there is ignorance and a lack of education and information. Repression, injustice and exploitation are inimical with peace. Peace is gravely threatened by inter-group fear and envy and by the unleashing of unrealistic expectations. Racial, class and religious intolerance and prejudice are its mortal enemies." -- Frederik W. de Klerk

"It is the nature of every person to error, but only the fool perseveres in error. " -Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Where there is no vision, the people perish." -The Book of Proverbs

"Beware the ridiculous. It will one day rule you.” ― Steven Dietz, God's Country

April 3, 2012 at 7:44 a.m.
BluesHarp said...

“The sure foundations of the state are laid in knowledge, not in ignorance; and every sneer at education, at culture, at book learning,which is the recorded wisdom of the experience of mankind, is the demagogue's sneer at intelligent liberty,inviting national degeneracy and ruin.”  -George William Curtis

"At least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political idols."

“Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know.” - Aldous Huxley

"There are three classes of men; the retrograde, the stationary and the progressive."
- Johann Kaspar Lavater

"Refusal to believe until proof is given is a rational position; denial of all outside of our own limited experience is absurd." -Annie Besant

"Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition. "

"If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them."

"The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom."

"To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today."

"Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent."

"When I read about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that American society has found one more way to destroy itself."

"Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

-Issac Asimov (all seven)

March 28, 2012 at 6:45 a.m.
BluesHarp said...

Clay hits another one out of the park, holding a mirror to that dark side of our American experience that threatens all that we ostensibly stand for...and the reactions illustrate Pogo's theorem: "We have met the enemy, and he is US!"

What a MemeFest! The usual bald-faced display of majority white privileged fear, hate, hypocrisy and regurgitated lies from the Platinum 1% Pluto-FA$CI$T Daily Megaphone, delivered by insanely-paid ogres who would certainly be under serious mental health supervision unless thus employed. America is better than this, folks...

"Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself."  ~ Robert G. Ingersoll

"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion." 
- Edmund Burke

"Democracy is not the law of the majority but the protection of the minority."
 - Albert Camus

"Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe." -Frederick Douglass

"Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary." -Reinhold Niebuhr

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." - John Kenneth Galbraith

"What we have in this country is socialism for the rich and free enterprise for the poor." -Gore Vidal

"In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?" -Saint Augustine

March 26, 2012 at 10:07 a.m.
BluesHarp said...

Oh, and your "Hitch-Hiker" is dead-on graphic satire. Kudos! Nostalgia is a disease, when it comes to governance, and the "conservatives" have little else to sell, while they divert even more of our treasury to their elite 1% rich paymasters. As these Aristo-Plutocrats actually OWN corporate media, it's a calf-rope, since they so limit issues & debate to the knuckle-dragger-numbskullery and partisan vitriol the cretin-rabble crave. Hard to believe the old WWII warriors we are losing by the tens of thousands daily have been duped by the same 1930's fascist media techniques that created the monster they fought in 1940's Germany. Rove is the best Svengali there has ever been, and Fox provides him with a Mighty Wurlitzer to pump this democracy-destroying poison into what used to be OUR airwaves, 24-7. The result can be read above. Excuse me, as I feel like I need another shower after that trip into virtual American WalMart Hell-House...

March 23, 2012 at 9:03 a.m.
BluesHarp said...

You know those over-the-top photos of uber-tasteless folks shopping at WalMart, Clay?

I think I now know how they spend their time at home...

March 23, 2012 at 8:34 a.m.
BluesHarp said...

Yeow...Comment removed I commented on...

March 19, 2012 at 9:28 a.m.
BluesHarp said...

BTW, whether you know it or not, Clay Bennett represents a rare oasis of freedom, liberty, justice and democracy right here in Chattanooga. REAL Journalism is all about the essential function of questioning power. When the 1% elite corporates own the airwaves and press, it is rarely allowed. The "Liberal Media" is a huge hoax...a lie repeated often enough to gain (Nazi-style) legs.

Kudos to the Times for making a place for Clay. His work keeps America more honest...and strong.

March 19, 2012 at 9:25 a.m.
BluesHarp said...

Quotes on repeating the lies of the ruling (1%) elite... Why their 'useful idiots' vote against their own interests:

"Political extremism involves two prime ingredients: an excessively simple diagnosis of the world's ills, and a conviction that there are identifiable villains back of it all." -John W. Gardner

"Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim."
- George Santayana

"The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity- much less dissent." - Gore Vidal

"I wouldn't call it fascism exactly, but a political system nominally controlled by an irresponsible, dumbed down electorate who are manipulated by dishonest, cynical, controlled mass media that dispense the propaganda of a corrupt political establishment can hardly be described as democracy either." - Edward Zehr

"The ruling class has the schools and press under its thumb. This enables it to sway the emotions of the masses." - Albert Einstein

“The fundamentalist mind, running in a single rut for fifty years, is now quite unable to comprehend dissent from its basic superstitions, or to grant any common honesty, or even any decency, to those who reject them” -Henry Louis Mencken

“For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearance, as though they were realities and are often more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are.”  -Niccolo Machiavelli

March 19, 2012 at 9:04 a.m.
BluesHarp said...

"I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it." -Edith Sitwell

"Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped." -Elbert Hubbard

"Prejudice is the child of ignorance." -Hazlitt

"If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them." -Isaac Asimov

"The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge." Daniel J Boorstin

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." - William James

"Refusal to believe until proof is given is a rational position; denial of all outside of our own limited experience is absurd." -Annie Besant

“Ignorance and inconsideration are the two great causes of the ruin of mankind."
-John Tillotson

"Attempting to debate with a person who has abandoned reason is like giving medicine to the dead." ~ Thomas Paine

"Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." -Issac Asimov

March 17, 2012 at 8:09 p.m.
BluesHarp said...

Nothing illustrates ignorant thuggery like the reaction from illustrating ignorant thuggery.

March 17, 2012 at 7:49 a.m.
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