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The 11/14/13 Joy Jar

15 Nov

Most people, no matter their race, creed, religion, or national origin want to live in peace. They want their government to deliver basic services and protect them from aggression by outsiders. There are times of totalitarianism where the government becomes the enemy because the government lives by its own strange brand of truth. Dagmar Hovestädt of CNN reported in the article, Germany’s Stasi past looms over NSA spying furor:

It was the Stasi, the “shield and sword” of the Communist party, that was charged with ensuring the power of the party. And it did that mostly by monitoring of people and their behavior. Because even in a regime as repressive as East Germany, people wanted to express who they really were. Many found the courage to follow their hearts and thus became a danger to the existing power structure. That is why the Stasi became an all-encompassing entity in East Germany. It had to have its eyes and ears everywhere possible to make sure “enemies” of the party were uncovered early and disrupted in their activity. http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/29/opinion/nsa-germany-stasi-shadows/

Today, the U.S. President was trying to walk back campaign rhetoric concerning the healthcare law. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the truth wherever it can be found.

In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
George Orwell

We often want one thing and pray for another, not telling the truth even to the gods.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

One must be very particular about telling the truth. Through truth one can realize God.
Ramakrishna

In the last few years, the very idea of telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth is dredged up only as a final resort when the alternative options of deception, threat and bribery have all been exhausted.
Michael Musto

There are two ways of lying. One, not telling the truth and the other, making up statistics.
Josefina Vazquez Mota

Telling the truth, and confronting the challenge, is what politics is about.
Johann Lamont

In the process of telling the truth about what you feel or what you see, each of us has to get in touch with himself or herself in a really deep, serious way.
June Jordan

The great advantage about telling the truth is that nobody ever believes it.
Dorothy L. Sayers

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.”
William Faulkner

“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”
Franz Kafka

“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.”
Spencer Johnson

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it.”
Cicero

“In a room where
people unanimously maintain
a conspiracy of silence,
one word of truth
sounds like a pistol shot.”
Czesław Miłosz

“Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving.”
James E. Faust

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“Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“It has always been the prerogative of children and half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But a half-wit remains a half-wit, and the emperor remains an emperor.”
Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones

“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“If an offense come out of the truth, better is it that the offense come than that the truth be concealed.”
Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d’Urbervilles

“The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. “One word of truth outweighs the world.”
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“Truth never damages a cause that is just.”
Mahatma Gandhi

The 11/05/13 Joy Jar

6 Nov

Today is Election Day in the state of Washington. Moi is always amazed that elections come and go peacefully whether one is involved or interested. There is something to be said for a regular process for making decisions, even if not everyone is not happy with the outcome. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is Election Day.

“The major problem—one of the major problems, for there are several—one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them.
To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it.
To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”
Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

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“Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.”
Gore Vidal, Screening History

“A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”
Abraham Lincoln

“When one with honeyed words but evil mind
Persuades the mob, great woes befall the state.”
Euripides, Orestes

“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Free election of masters does not abolish the masters or the slaves.”
Herbert Marcuse

Every election is determined by the people who show up.”
Larry J. Sabato, Pendulum Swing

In a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy.”
Matt Taibbi, Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America

“In a democracy, someone who fails to get elected to office can always console himself with the thought that there was something not quite fair about it.”
Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War

To win the people, always cook them some savoury that pleases them.”
Aristophanes, The Knights

“…they say if you don’t vote, you get the government you deserve, and if you do, you never get the results you expected.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

The ruling power is always faced with the question, ‘In such and such circumstances, what would you do?’, whereas the opposition is not obliged to take responsibility or make any real decisions.”
George Orwell

“Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable — the art of the next best”
Otto von Bismarck

The 10/13/13 Joy Jar

13 Oct

Moi loves to walk ALL over and periodically she loves to give thanks to God for her feet. Without her feet, she wouldn’t be able to get around as effectively. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is moi’s feet.

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
Abraham Lincoln

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
Dr. Seuss

Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.
Theodore Roosevelt

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.
Saint Augustine

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
Henry David Thoreau

Show me your hands. Do they have scars from giving? Show me your feet. Are they wounded in service? Show me your heart. Have you left a place for divine love?
Fulton J. Sheen

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.
Patrick Henry

By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet.
Thomas Merton

The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service. The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless.
Billy Graham

It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.
Emiliano Zapata

The 01/30/13 Joy Jar

29 Jan

Moi loves her big bag or big purse, whatever you want to call it. Actually, moi has several big bags. She keeps all her stuff in it, whether it is immediately needed or not. After all, you might need this or that and someone else might need this or that. They are actually big enough to be useful in Seattle, a city which instituted a plastic bag ban. These days one brings a bag on shopping trips or has to purchase a bag in Seattle. Moi has her calendar, umbrella, smart phone, snacks, lip gloss, and all manner of other stuff. Sometimes, there are snacks. Of course there are pens. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is her big bag.

“Don’t give a woman advice; one should never give a woman anything she can’t wear in the morning”
Oscar Wilde

You’re never too fat for a new purse.
Nia Vardalos

No people is wholly civilized where a distinction is drawn between stealing an office and stealing a purse.
Theodore Roosevelt

Open your mouth and purse cautiously, and your stock of wealth and reputation shall, at least in repute, be great.
John Zimmerman

Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”
“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”
“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”
Coco Chanel