Some of my favorite quotes/sayings

MISREPRESENTED: Obama has declared that the U.S.A. is no longer a Christian nation. 
One sentence in Obama's prepared remarks for his keynote address at the "Call to Renewal" conference sponsored by Christian Sojourners in 2006 read as follows:

Whatever we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.
Despite the fact that Obama misspoke when he actually delivered the speech, saying, "Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation — at least, not just," his clear intent was to be inclusive, not to disavow the country's predominantly Christian make-up altogether.

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me.
Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

If it was perfect, everyone would do it.  LE

Loyalty above all else, except honor.

from David Emery
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "You receive a message addressed to many recipients -- often a much-recycled joke, story, list, urban myth, etc. There are millions of these floating around; many of us simply delete them unread. But you, the 'Reply All' abuser, read it and decide to respond with some clever comment of your own (such as 'LOL'). And instead of hitting 'Reply,' which would inflict your reply only on the sender, you hit 'Reply All,' thereby forcing everybody on the recipient list to receive, and delete, yet another useless piece of e-mail. Please do not take this personally, 'Reply All' people, but: everybody hates you. We hate you almost as much as we hate the people who mass-mail this Internet sludge in the first place." -- Dave Barry, humorist

from David Emery
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "Paranormal phenomena are like miracles in that they seem to violate physical law though -- again like miracles -- their seeming impossibility may simply be due to our ignorance of the operative forces or principles. In the absence of any good evidence, it's not reasonable to believe in the existence of paranormal phenomena. But when faced with good evidence that a paranormal event took place, the most reasonable thing to do is start looking for a natural explanation." --Shick and Vaughn, How to Think About Weird Things

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” Jung

"and like all philosophical discussions, it ended in utter chaos"

"No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong."
Albert Einstein

Truism of the Month... (Dec 2005 from
Life's tough, it's tougher if you're stupid.
It's too bad that stupidity isn't painful.

Remember kids, stay in school, cause if you can get smart enough to become a university professor, you can trick your students into buying your beer and stuff.  Doug McKenzie

Love means ......valuing the other person more than yourself. MJJ

From a colleague in response to a student's asking if there are extra credit opportunities in a particular class: consider:
Imagine a doctor who's messed up by removing the wrong lung from his patient, and then asks "Is there anything I can do for extra credit?"
Imagine a lawyer who fouls up so that his client gets 20 years in prison, and who then asks "Is there anything I can do for extra credit?"
Imagine a volleyball player whose team has just lost a tough match and who then asks the ref "Can we do anything for extra credit?"
My point, of course, is that we've got to put all our eggs into the basket of getting things right in the first place. Only in school does anyone talk of "extra credit." And so, no, I usually don't offer it, because I know that without it you'll put all your effort where it should be--into doing the best you can with the regular course assignments and into becoming the best teacher you can be.

"These people are in just about as much jeopardy as I am having dinner." Johnny Carson dissing reality shows like Survivor in the June issue of Esquire.

"They've lived longer, they're more confident about their choices and they don't have to be hip and cool anymore, which I think is a godsend — you make really bad choices when you are trying to be hip." — Jodie Foster on why she's looking forward to turning 40 in November.

Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back.
Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can't build on it;
it's only for wallowing in.
--Katherine Mansfield

At this point, the length of this conversation is way out of proportion with my interest in it. -- Dan Rydell

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler.  --Albert Einstein

There is nothing more frightening than ignorance in action. -- Goethe

This definition of psychology is from one of my Intro students: It is the science of the human mind as it was learned from rats and college students ... with the occasional other source.

A lot of people forwarding email hoaxes have an extraordinary degree of faith and believe that whatever they read on the Internet must be true.  The reality is, as long as there is spam and people continue to blindly assume the reliability of email, people will keep sending hoaxes.
-- Philip Reitinger, U.S. Dept. of Justice

The Internet is unquestionably the greatest medium for the dissemination of information since the invention of ink and paper.  Unfortunately, it is also the greatest medium for the dissemination of misinformation since the invention of the political campaign.
-- Robert L. Wolke

And finally, you'll find some ranting well worth the read concerning the Bill of No Rights through one of my favorite sites. 
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