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THOUGHTS OF THE DAY 4/16

TIME UNTIL NEXT POTUS ELECTION:

936 Days, 13 Hours, 39 Minutes, 15 Seconds

QUOTES OF THE DAY:

These outstanding insults are from an era before the English language got

boiled down to four letter words:

* A member of Parliament to Disraeli: “Sir, you will either die on the
gallows or of some unspeakable disease.”
“That depends, Sir,” said Disraeli, “whether I embrace your policies or your
mistress.”

* “He had delusions of adequacy.” – Walter Kerr

* “He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.” –
Winston Churchill

* “I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great
pleasure.” – Clarence Darrow

* “He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the
dictionary.” – William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).

* “Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I’ll waste no time reading
it.” – Moses Hadas

* “I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved
of it.” – Mark Twain

* “He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends..” – Oscar
Wilde

* “I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a
friend, if you have one.”
– George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

* “Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second ….if there is
one.” – Winston Churchill, in response.

* “I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.” –
Stephen Bishop

* “He is a self-made man and worships his creator.”
– John Bright

* “I’ve just learned about his illness. Let’s hope it’s nothing trivial.” –
Irvin S. Cobb

* “He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others.” –
Samuel Johnson

* “He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up.”
– Paul Keating

* “In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily.” –
Charles, Count Talleyrand

* “He loves nature in spite of what it did to him.”
– Forrest Tucker

* “Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?”
– Mark Twain

* “His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.” – Mae West

* “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.”- Oscar
Wilde

* “He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts…for support rather
than illumination.”
– Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

* “He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.” – Billy Wilder

* “I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it.” – Groucho
Marx.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

A study, to appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, finds that the U.S. is no democracy, but instead an oligarchy, meaning profoundly corrupt, so that the answer to the study?s opening question, “Who governs? Who really rules?” in this country, is:

“Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But, …” and then they go on to say, it’s not true, and that, “America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened” by the findings in this, the first-ever comprehensive scientific study of the subject, which shows that there is instead “the nearly total failure of ‘median voter’ and other Majoritarian Electoral Democracy theories [of America]. When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”

To put it short: The United States is no democracy, but actually an oligarchy.

The authors of this historically important study are Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page, and their article is titled “Testing Theories of American Politics.”

WORD OF THE DAY:

A BIDEN – A BIDEN is someone who smiles a big “used car salesman” smile at you while they lie through their teeth.  What they are saying makes no sense whatsoever, but that doesn’t stop a BIDEN from continuing on.  A BIDEN liar doesn’t do it for themselves, but on behalf of someone else.

RULE OF THE DAY:

Ex-Contractor Says he Hacked Into U-Md. Databases to Show Security Flaws’ Seriousness
Washington Post (04/10/14) Hedgpeth, Dana; Anderson, Nick

Former University of Maryland (U-Md.) contractor David Helkowski says that he hacked into the school’s databases and posted the university president’s private information to highlight cybersecurity problems in the university’s computer system. Helkowski is accused of accessing student grades, student and staff Social Security numbers and contact information, and of releasing the Social Security number and cell phone number for university President Wallace D. Loh in March. He has not, however, been charged in connection to a larger security breach in February that affected the personal information for approximately 300,000 U-Md. students and employees. Helkowski says that he felt the need to take matters into his own hands because he wanted to show that the security of the university’s system has not improved following the February breach. He has not been charged with any crime, and says that he considers himself a whistleblower. “I had to do it, because if I did not do that, they wouldn’t have acknowledged the seriousness of the problem,” Helkowski said. U-Md. did not respond, saying that it does not comment on ongoing investigations.

Nothing on a computer is safe!  Do not believe it!  Do not fall for it!  Do not embarrass yourself by it!  END OF STORY!

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