We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
To give credit where credit is due, the good Junkman deserves this tip o' the hat.
I checked the quote on Google and only two hits popped up, with the other being:
"Facts - and lies - are stubborn things."
on some legal site I couldn't even get into. The clip above is from the Google blurb. So, indeed, our own Junkman (wiping tear from eye, picturing Trashman in Stephen King's 'The Stand') deserves the honor.
By the way, can anyone play the QQQ game? Are there rules? And, uh, do the judges take bribes? I mean, not to be too blunt about it, but one needs to ask.
I presume they have to be original, right? Well, I've given my first entry days and days of thought and I think I've got a real winner:
"Maggie's Farm is the best darn-tootin' blogsite in the whole gol'dang universe!"
Pretty good, huh? I'm going for that 'rustic approach', reaching out to the poorer denizens in this great land of ours, such as rednecks, crackers, and Yankees.
/I didn't say that
What's interesting is that Google also had the QQQ, posted a mere six hours ago, so the ol' 'bots are hard at work.
As far as this goes:
"Lies are stubborn things."
I like it because it goes right to the core of human beings, pride and ego. Even when one's lie has been clearly dismantled, there's just some mechanism inside of most people that makes it OH so hard to admit it. It's easier to just keep on spouting it and spend the next two weeks writing a 60,000-word essay to back it up.
In thinking it through, it appears to go right to other 'cores', as well, such as the three prime motivational factors; money, power and sex. There are thousands of scientists who knowingly lie daily about global warming in order not to jeopardize their research grants, thereby continuing to make the lie "stubborn" and hard to get rid of.
So, is it the lies that are stubborn, or the lying that make them so?
Twenty-four hours later, I've come to realize that I actually do have an official QQQ entry. I just checked on Google and it appears to be unique. The only reference was when I used it here in a comment a few weeks ago.
I note three sentences from an interesting article in this morning's WSJ:
all of which I tidily ("keep it pithy!") sum up with my QQQ entry.
"The problem for the campaigns, and this is new to our politics, is that these incidents -- no matter how petty (Samantha Power), or how large (Jeremiah Wright) -- will never go away. Once they enter the bitstreams of the Internet, they circulate without end -- on blogs, on political talk shows, in print."
"David Paterson confessed to using cocaine many years ago for fear it would somehow erupt from these ethers [the Internet], where it seems that everything is stored, and ticking."
Or, as I put it:
"Cut & paste is forever."
Actually, I was surprised that the above (or with an "and" instead of an ampersand) didn't come up with a zillion hits, it seems so obvious. But, then, so does "Lies are stubborn things", yet it also came up as unique on Google.
So that's my official entry. What steps will man take to achieve glory?
BTW, you might put that link on the site, it makes for a pretty cool read. (No h/t necessary) I'm going to link to it on my site, but I'm going to counter his "Web-led media" comment. I'd call the blogs "influential", but that's a long way from "leading".