Good Quotes: Making somebody salute the flag…

Making somebody salute the flag with your boot on their throat is NOT patriotism. It’s fascism.

Repeat this until you understand it.

@Stonekettle (Jim Wright) on Twitter, 9/25/2017 (718 replies, 44,027 retweets, 101,605 likes after 24 hours)

Good Quotes: Extremism thrives amid ignorance and anger, intimidation and cowardice.

Extremism thrives amid ignorance and anger,
intimidation and cowardice.

–Hillary Clinton, April 3, 2013, referencing the assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai
by the Taliban, in the “Women in the World” Keynote speech.

Good Quotes: …Total Eclipse of the Facts

What we have witnessed was a total eclipse of the facts.

Don Lemon, CNN anchor, in response to Drumpf’s rally speech in Phoenix on August 22, 2017, 10 days after the murder of a Charlottesville anti-Nazi protester and injury of 19 others by a white supremacist in a car.
Report on the Drumpf’s speech.

Good Quotes: Nazis Are Like Cats

Nazis are like cats.

If they like you, it’s probably because you’re feeding them.

John Oliver (to Donald Drumpf) on This Week Tonight 8/13/2017, day after a white supremacist terrorist murdered 1 & maimed 19 in Charlottesville, VA with his car.

Good Quotes: Carl Sagan Predicts 2016 in a 1996 Book

…science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking.
I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time —
when the United States is a service and information economy;
when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries;
when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few,
and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues;
when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes,
our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true,
we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.
The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content
in the enormously influential media, the 30-second sound bites (now down to 10 second or less),
lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition,
but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance.

Carl Sagan, 1996, The Demon-Haunted World

Good Quotes: Trumpism is an Easygoing Belief System…

Trumpism is an easygoing belief system that indulges and excuses
the stiffing of contractors,
the conning of students,
the bilking of investors,
the exploitation of women and
the practices of nepotism and self-dealing.

A faith that makes losing a sin will make cheating a sacrament.

-Michael Gerson, Washngton Post, July 13, 2017

Good Quotes: Choose Your Leaders with Wisdom…

Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought.
To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears.
To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool.
To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen.
To be led by a liar is to ask to be told lies.
To be led by a tyrant is to sell yourself and those you love into slavery.
— Octavia Butler, Parable of the Talents, 1998
I am glad that this observation by Butler was rediscovered and popularized during the beginning of the 45/bannon/putin/pence/kusher regime as it really fit.