RE: Bachmann and Keller Quotes

After posting, I realized that while they both raise real concerns about where we as a country are headed, there seemed to be little in response each of us could individually do.  Political activism can affect change, but takes a lot of individual commitment to make it effective.  Voting is generally a slow process, lacking…

The Test of a Democracy

Hellen Keller stated in a in article from The Home Magazine, April 1935 that “the test of a democracy is not the magnificence of buildings or the speed of automobiles or the efficiency of our transportation, but rather the care given to the welfare of all the people.” (courtesy of The Yale Book of Quotations,…

Michele Bachmann’s Washington Insider

Now that the dust has (somewhat) settled from the government shutdown, here is one reason why it happened:  As quoted in the Washington Post on Saturday September 28th, in an article by Ed O’Keefe and Rosalind S. Helderman, Bachmann (referring to the inevitability of a government shutdown) is quoted as saying “We’re very excited.  It’s…

Oscar Wilde’s Words

“When people agree with me, I always feel I must be wrong,”  Oscar Wilde (year unknown), from the Quotations of Oscar Wilde, Simon Drew, 2004. Oscar Wilde was known for his exuberant lifestyle and cutting wit, and has numerous well-known sayings.  With Wilde, one is not always sure if he is satirizing what he is…

Follow Up on Crime and Punishment

I did a little research on where these “extra” imprisoned people were coming from (compared to imprisonment rates in other nations)  and found an interesting article from the Wisconsin State Journal by Gary Field and John Emshwiller, July 23, 2011 (Many Failed Efforts to Count Nation’s Federal Crime Laws).  Looking back to the criminaljusticeusa.com blog referred…

Crime and Punishment

This quote was found after I saw a reference to the large US prison population and is from Herbert Packer, a US Legal Scholar who lived from 1925 to 1972, a period that saw many dramatic changes in US law and our society and culture.  He said “crime is a sociopolitical artifact, not a natural phenomenom.  We…

Budgeting Fun Follow-up

How does this tie in to your personal freedom?  The better you understand your finances, the more informed decisions you can make- from deciding that maybe you don’t need that newest cell plan, to creating a way to switch jobs or careers if you want to.  Sometimes something as simple as replacing an expensive cable…

Budgeting Fun???

For many people the term budget is similar to “diet,” both being things we think we should do and keep putting off for the next day.  And many people would rather have their fingernails slowly ripped off than submit to either a budget or diet.  However, an idea of HOW you spend your money and…

Wikileaks and Snowden

Regardless of where you stand on the controversial Wikileaks and Snowden situations, this quote from William Westmorelend, one of the leading US commanders during the Vietnamese War, should give us pause:  “Vietnam was the first war ever fought without any censorship.  Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.”  Ah, so if…

Wise words from Virgil

“Audentis Fortuna iuvat,”  translated means “Fortune Favors the Brave.”  I love this quote because it is true in almost all areas of life.  Be brave, be courageous, and you make your own fortune (not necessarily money…relationships, a satisfying career). Bravely set forth and do not let doubt or fear hold you back.  A corollary to…