Famous Sayings #187 — ‘Those Who Make Peaceful Revolution Impossible …’

June 19, 2020

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

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President John F. Kennedy made remarks in the White House State Dining Room on the one-year anniversary of the Alliance for Progress. Taken via screenshot. (Video)

I have been thinking about this quote often and it was on my mind even before the start of 2020 and the events that have sparked this period of justifiable protest. What do I think about this quote? Of course, the answer will come after the explanation of what this quote means and why it was first uttered.

Who First Said, ‘Those Who Make Peaceful Revolution Impossible …’

Anyone who uses this quote will tell you that John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, first uttered this line, but they usually don’t tell you when. President Kennedy said this during a speech he made in the State Dining Room of the White House on March 13, 1962 (Wade). Kennedy was addressing Latin American diplomats and discussing the first anniversary of the Alliance for Progress.

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Famous Sayings #178 — ‘Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick’

January 31, 2020

Speak softly and carry a big stick. You will go far.

William Allen Rogers [Public domain], via Wikipedia

This was a post I meant to finish and publish on Sunday, January 26, but after hearing the tragic news about Kobe and Gianna Bryant and seven others that day, I hadn’t the heart to go on with my normal schedule. (You can read my thoughts about the tragedy here.)

Now, I was researching this topic early in 2019, but I had originally decided to postpone this post until January 26, 2020 because of the historical connection to this proverb. Does this proverb have any connection to current events? You bet it does.

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Famous Sayings #168 — ‘About-Face’

November 11, 2019

The councilman was opposed to the community garden project before doing an about-face this past week. I wonder what changed his mind.

A drill sergeant teaches a group of Training Corps cadets how to do an about face. Original image via The United States Army website.

Since it’s Veterans Day in the United States, I decided to look at another military term. This time, it’s a term that has been wide-scale civilian use. I first heard of the term in the military sense, but as of late, I hear it more often in civilian use.

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Famous Sayings #161 — ‘Hardheaded Person’

August 25, 2019

I told you not to hang out with those kids because they’d get you in trouble. You’re hardheaded.

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You might say that The Thing (Ben Grimm) is hardheaded, but his entire body is hard. Image by by Rich.S. via Flickr. Some rights reserved.

This is the second Famous Sayings post in as many days, but it involves a term that is easy to understand, although the type of person it describes may be somewhat difficult.

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Famous Sayings #159 — ‘Back in the Day …’

August 11, 2019

Your father used to be a pretty good point guard back in the day.

Image by Oberholster Venita from Pixabay.

I first heard this well-known and commonly used idiom in the 1990s through a rap song by Ahmad called, well, “Back in the Day.”

If this was the first time you’ve heard the saying, too, you might guess that it originated in the 1990s. However, this phrase in its current meaning might be much older.

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I Don’t Feel Very Patriotic Today

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Image by Mediamodifier from Pixabay

I’ve never quite understood why people feel so much loyalty to a country just because they were born there.

This might be a paraphrase of something I read a few years ago, but when I first read a statement like that, it startled me. At first, I thought that the person who wrote that was being “edgy,” but years later, I realize that that person had a point.

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You Want to Know What Bothers Me About This Whole Syria Debate?

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Here, Howard Dean is seen at a conference for the Liberal Democrats of the United Kingdom in March 2009. Dean, a former Vermont governor, ran for president in 2004 as an anti-war candidate. In 2018, he called Donald Trump a wimp for not pushing for a U.S. intervention in Syria. Dean represents a problem on the left. Image via Flickr by Liberal Democrats. Some rights reserved.

Can we justify bombing Syria and deposing Bashar al-Assad?

Yesterday, I talked about this topic and said once again, that I would not support such an action. I also questioned some of the “evidence” that Assad gassed his own people in April and the motivations of certain forces, like the White Helmets.

Today, I want to talk about the bad arguments I’ve read and heard in favor of a U.S. intervention in Syria. But first, let’s recap.

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Arguing Over the Internet Is Exasperating.

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Internet shouting matches: Who wins? Nobody.

Today, I planned to talk about the recent airstrikes carried out by the United States, the United Kingdom, and France on Syrian targets in depth, but I just need to vent right now. While doing research about the strikes and the surrounding events, I responded to a post someone made. That person was pretty nice to me, so I have no problem with him. However, I ended up arguing over the Internet with some other people and that crap was exasperating — and it was somehow more exasperating then arguing with someone face to face.

I was being push to the point of being mean, y’all! I finally decided to block one person because they were being an obnoxious twat. I don’t like being mean (or blocking people), but when the people I’m talking to are being disrespectful and intellectually dishonest, I have to put my foot down. I also need to take a break.

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Famous Sayings: #88 — ‘Four Score and Seven Years Ago …’

November 17, 2017

Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal…

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As many of us know, the following words came from Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, in what became known as the Gettysburg Address. He spoke these words at the dedication of the Gettysburg cemetery for fallen soldiers on November 19, 1863.

In The speech, Lincoln also said the following words:

The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here …

But the Gettysburg Address soon became the most notable speech Lincoln ever gave.

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Why Do We Use Fireworks on the Fourth of July?

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How did fireworks become a fixture in the United States? And in particular, why are they in heavy use on the Fourth of July?

Well, in order to answer the question, we must look at the history of fireworks. The history of fireworks is commonly traced back to ancient China.

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