Quote of the Day, 7-23-09

“Welcome to the Information Age! Where the voices in your head may freely converse with the digital avatars of similar paranoids who reside thousands of miles from your bunker!” –Sadly, No!

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Quote(s) of the Day, 2-6-09

“When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not a pastime to her more than she is to me?”

“How many valiant men we have seen to survive their own reputation!”

“No matter that we may mount on stilts, we still must walk on our own legs. And on the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.”

All three by Michel de Montaigne, Essays.

Incoming French Philosophy!

Just to let you know, this upcoming month is the Month of Montaigne for me.  All of my QODs (Quotes Of the Day) will be derived from Michel de Montaigne’s seminal work of philosophy, the Essays.  I will also try to read as much as possible and post summaries of his various essays on this very blog.  And by remarkable coincidence, February 28th is his birthday.  So keep an eye out for that, because it’s gonna be a doozy.  More details and biographical info on this remarkable guy will be on their way this week.

Quote of the Day, 1-28-09

“I love my past. I love my present. I’m not ashamed of what I’ve had, and I’m not sad because I have it no longer.” -Colette

Conservatives for Gay Marriage!

Well, conservatives in the sense of “keep that government out of my life” sort.  This article is top-notch, and totally Me-approved.  A selection:

The fact of the matter is that the majority will change its mind. The fickleness of the majority is not limited to same sex marriage – the majority will change their minds on just about every question ever asked of them. Just because the majority wants to oppress a minority, does not mean they should be allowed to. Our government and our constitution is setup in such a way that, where it exists at all, such tyranny can be overcome.

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The way people talk about traditional family values, one would almost think that they want the government to tell them how to rear their children. The fact is no one wants to be told how to rear their children. Is it the government’s place to regulate family life?

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Want your kids to grow up right? Then do your job as a parent and teach them right.

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You want to know if legalizing same sex marriage is going to lead to pedophilia and polygamy? It won’t. Traditional family values legislation might – but gay marriage won’t.

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Equal protection under the law is an absolute, inalienable right. America is freedom and opportunity. We are diverse, tolerant, and reasonable. Discrimination goes against every fiber of our being. It is not who we are, it is not what we are, it is not where we are headed. Same sex marriage is on the horizon. It is as inevitable as the first amendment. It is as inevitable as the civil rights movement. It is as inevitable as women’s rights.

Amen.  Read the whole story to get the full flavor of it.