QOTD

I’m rather flabbergasted that I’m putting a GW quote here!

It’s kind of hard to tell others to have an independent free press if we’re not willing to have one ourselves.

—George W. Bush

To All The Little Girls

From the YouTube page Isolde Fair writes:
Hi, Please subscribe to my channel :). I’m pretty excited, this now on Spotify! Many have also asked for a download of the song, you can now find it at iTunes & CD Baby: www.cdbaby.com/cd/isolde. Money will be donated to a music scholarship fund for young girls.The song will be on iTunes soon and sheet music will be available as well. This song started as an assignment in my music theory class (which is all girls) to write a song based on the inspirational words from Hillary’s concession speech. The message is that all girls (and women) should never doubt that they are valuable and powerful and can have their dreams come true. My friends from Sol La Music Academy in Santa Monica are playing the strings and singing with me. sollamusicacademy.org/ Thank you to everyone who made this video with me, to all the teachers and parents who helped us, and thank you for watching it.

QOTD

Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.

— Harry S. Truman

The Luckiest

Just because I think it’s lovely.

VOCES8: The Luckiest by Ben Folds

I don’t get many things right the first time
In fact, I am told that a lot
Now I know all the wrong turns, the stumbles and falls
Brought me here

And where was I before the day
That I first saw your lovely face?
Now I see it everyday
And I know

That I am
I am
I am
The luckiest

What if I’d been born fifty years before you
In a house on a street where you lived?
Maybe I’d be outside as you passed on your bike
Would I know?

And in a white sea of eyes
I see one pair that I recognize
And I know

That I am
I am
I am
The luckiest

I love you more than I have ever found a way to say to you

Next door there’s an old man who lived to his nineties
And one day passed away in his sleep
And his wife; she stayed for a couple of days
And passed away

I’m sorry, I know that’s a strange way to tell you that I know we belong
That I know

That I am
I am
I am
The luckiest

QOTD

A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and in him, he yields to his impulses, indulges in the lowest form of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal in satisfying his vices. And it all comes from lying to others and to yourself.
—Fydor Dostoevsky (1821 – 1881)

Important Words

If you want to preserve — I’m very serious now — if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press, and without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That’s how dictators get started.

—John McCain

Words & Power & All That

” … the authority of the executive, in the hands of a self-dealer, can be wielded against the people, and the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The whip of the executive can, through a Twitter feed, lash and intimidate, punish and humiliate, delegitimize the press and all of the imagined enemies with spasmodic regularity and easily provoked predictability.”

—Meryl Streep