29 January 2010

QotD for 29 Jan., 2010

"I was regretting the past and fearing the future. Suddenly my Lord was speaking. 'My name is I AM.' He paused. I waited. He continued. 'When you live in the past with its mistakes and regrets it is hard. I am not there. My name is not I WAS. "'When you live in the future with its problems and fears, it is hard. My name is not I WILL BE. When you live in this moment it is not hard. I am here. My name is I AM.'" ---Helen Mallicoat

[shamelessly stolen from Lisa Edwards]

25 January 2010

QotD for 25 Jan., 2010

Considering both the recent senatorial election in Massachusetts and the Supreme Court campaign finance decision, the following seems apropos...
No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up. ---Lily Tomlin

22 January 2010

QotD for 22 Jan., 2010

“I hope we shall... crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and to bid defiance to the laws of our country.” ---Thomas Jefferson, letter to George Logan. November 12, 1816

19 January 2010

No hands but ours

If you're wondering where God is during catastrophes like the earthquake in Haiti, remember this:
Lord Christ, You have no body on earth but ours, no hands but ours, no feet but ours. Ours are the eyes through which Your compassion must look out on the world. Ours are the feet by which You may still go about doing good. Ours are the hands with which You bless people now. Bless our minds and bodies, that we may be a blessing to others. ---Saint Teresa of Ávila

[hat tip to the Rev. Ann Fontaine]

11 January 2010

Why We Are Here

A great, Lovecraftian parody of the infamous "Chick tract," a kind of booklet which way-out-there sorts of Christians used to hand off to unsuspecting normals, can be found in the Cthulhu Tract.

Bwahaha! Come on, monkey-boy! Admit you're a semi-evolved ape thing that is mercifully ignorant of the soul-blasting truths of the Cosmos! Iä! Iä! Cthulhu Fhtagn!

07 January 2010

QotD for 7 Jan., 2010

There is no technology that would be harmful in the hands of an individual that can’t be made more so – on an epic scale – in the hands of an entrenched bureaucracy. ---Sarah A. Hoyt, author

05 January 2010

Bono's got it all wrong

Jesus Diaz over at Gizmodo posts a righteous rant on the U2 lead singer's boneheaded opinions RE: file sharing and the music biz.
This is about two groups of fat cats fighting for money. First, you're rich and your pals at the music industry are rich. Second, those are rich service providers. In the middle, getting sandwiched between your throbbing shameless practices and thick hypocrisy, is the people. I can't speak for the rest of us, but I'm sick of you both.

Preach it.

04 January 2010

QotD for 4 Jan., 2010

Despite fearful rhetoric to the contrary, terrorism is not a transcendent threat. A terrorist attack cannot possibly destroy a country’s way of life; it’s only our reaction to that attack that can do that kind of damage. The more we undermine our own laws, the more we convert our buildings into fortresses, the more we reduce the freedoms and liberties at the foundation of our societies, the more we’re doing the terrorists’ job for them. ---Bruce Schneier, American cryptographer, computer security specialist, and writer