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While I have not been here too long, I have noticed that partisan debate is sharp, and dissent is not always well received. Honest differences of opinion and principled compromise often seem to be the victim of a determination to score points against one's opponents.

But the American people sent us here to be their voice. They understand that those voices can at times become loud and argumentative, but they also hope we can disagree without being disagreeable. At the end of the day, they expect both parties to work together to get the people's business done.

What they do not expect is for one party, be it Republican or Democrat, to change the rules in the middle of the game so they can make all the decisions while the other party is told to sit down and keep quiet.

The American people want less partisanship in this town, but everyone in this Chamber knows that if the majority chooses to end the filibuster, if they choose to change the rules and put an end to democratic debate, then the fighting, the bitterness, and the gridlock will only get worse.


-- Barack Obama, a senator at the time, speaking in the Senate on April 13, 2005, about the "nuclear option" to change the chamber's filibuster rule:

One From One Leaves Two (1934)

Abracadabra, thus we learn
The more you create, the less you earn.
The less you earn, the more you're given,
The less you lead, the more you're driven,
The more destroyed, the more they feed,
The more you pay, the more they need,
The more you earn, the less you keep,
And now I lay me down to sleep.
I pray the Lord my soul to take
If some Soul Commission hasn't got it before I wake.
 
-- Ogden Nash


It is never worth a first class man's time to express a majority opinion. By definition, there are plenty of others to do that. -- G.H. Hardy


Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty. -- John F. Kennedy


When Byrd became senator in 1959, West Virginia ranked No. 39 in median family income, and No. 42 in per capita income. Today, it's No. 48 in both categories.

Senator Byrd's highway in W.V.


"Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society." Mark Twain


The struggle in the world today for the hearts of and minds of mankind is based on one simple question: Is man born to be free, or slave? In country after country, people have long know that the answer to that question. We are free by divine right. Ronald Reagan, 1982, during the crackdown on Solidarity


The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money. Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835

"I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody." Barack Obama, on the campaign trail in 2008

"Atlas Shrugged", Ayn Rand, 1957


"By the way, How to design program is very great and beautiful literary work. My brother and I enjoy it very much as we enjoy Victor Hugo's Les Miserables. Even, HTDP is easier to understand than many discourses in Les Miserables(with part on Generative Recursion as the only exception)." Regards, Eko Hermiyanto

I wonder how far Moses would have gone if he'd taken a poll in Egypt? What would Jesus Christ have preached if he'd taken a poll in Israel? Where would the Reformation have gone if Martin Luther had taken a poll? It isn't polls or public opinion of the moment that counts. It is right and wrong, and leadership--men with fortitude, honesty and a belief in the right that-makes epochs in the history of the world. Harry Truman

You know the difference between a liberal and a cannibal? A cannibal eats only his enemies. Lyndon Johnson

The maxim "Nothing but perfection" may be spelled "Paralysis". Winston Churchill

(Was he thinking of programming languages?)


Despite many scholars finding calculating with Indian symbols helpful in their work, the business community continued to use their finger arithmetic throughout the tenth century. Abu'l-Wafa, who was himself an expert in the use of Indian numerals, nevertheless wrote a text on how to use finger-reckoning arithmetic since this was the system used by the business community and teaching material aimed at these people had to be written using the appropriate system. the Arabic numeral system

On Research: I'm talking about a specific, extra type of integrity that is not lying, but bending over backwards to show that you're maybe wrong, that you ought to have when acting as a scientist. And this is our responsibility as scientists, certainly to other scientists, and I think to laymen. Richard P. Feynman, "Surely you're joking Mr. Feynman"

On theory vs practice: Once there were two research groups, one American and one French. The American group had solved a practical problem. The French group looked at their solution and said "very nice, but will it work in theory?"anonymous

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