Quotes&Science22 May 2009 06:37 am

First the setup:

About 90 Krueger Middle School students got an early jump on the activities at this week’s BioBlitz at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

The event, sponsored by National Geographic, is bringing in thousands of scientists and other volunteers to catalog as many plants and animals as possible….

Now the quote of the day:

“We even have cactus in the dunes,” Jaden Lance noted.

I like that. “We even have cactus in the dunes” would be a good title for my next book. (OK, my first book, but you get the idea.) Now how about a coda:

A seventh grader found a ladybug crawling along a blade of grass and showed it to a few classmates.


Quotes19 May 2009 07:41 am

…the student-run nursery offers water-smart succulents, propagated by the kids themselves…

Shall I explain? Shall I tell you it is in Santa Rosa and the sale was last week? Shall I go further and provide a photo?

NO! I shall not.

But I will tell you how smart those kids are, propagating water-smart succulents.

Quotes22 Apr 2009 04:53 pm

Well, this is a first; a quote from Andrew Sullivan.

The punishment for these crimes was the death penalty.

See here for the full context.

Quotes14 Apr 2009 02:52 pm

Sometimes I wonder.

‘Today there is much focus on our rights,” Justice Thomas said…. “Shouldn’t there at least be equal time for our Bill of Obligations and our Bill of Responsibilities?”

Quotes10 Apr 2009 08:08 am

Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL):

“There is no reason to say that I’m the illegitimate grandson of an alligator.”

Yes, that’s a real quote.

Backstory is here.

Quotes16 Mar 2009 09:45 am

There’s so much recent news of the looting of the American taxpayer by the banking, insurance and financial companies. Geithner’s lack of action to AIG’s bonuses could be the precipitating cause of some serious pushback. But anyway, this little article in the NYTimes really gets right to the heart of the ongoing screwing of the American public by those responsible for crashing the system.

A 29-year-old man who works for a large investment management firm and was at Bagatelle’s brunch (racking up four- and five-figure tabs) one recent Saturday and at Merkato 55’s the next, put it another way:

“If you’d asked me in October, I’d say it’d be a different situation, and I don’t think I’d be here. Then the government gave us $10 billion.”

via Dailykos

Quotes27 Feb 2009 08:17 am

I haven’t done any political quotes in a while, and I don’t really want to. But then along came these 2 quotes from the Conservative Political Action Conference. I must quote them. You cannot stop me.

“My Bad”
Michael Steele (RNC) on the last 8 years of Republican governance.

Followed up with:

“Michael Steele! You be da man!”
Michele Bachmann (R-MN)

Quotes05 Dec 2008 04:33 pm

From my parents’ congressman (at least my Mom votes for him):

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA): “[Obama] says we only have one president at a time. I’m afraid that overstates the number of presidents we have. He’s got to remedy that situation.”

Quotes04 Nov 2008 06:48 am

Quotes03 Nov 2008 04:56 pm

Whoever is training their babies to vote for Obama must know that they are not old enough to vote! I believe this should be looked into by the Bush DOJ. Vote fraud by babies is still vote fraud.

via Yes We Can (hold babies).

Quotes02 Nov 2008 08:36 am

Quotes01 Nov 2008 10:59 am

Who knew when I started posting political quotes that I would be able to post a political quote about cactus! Certainly I never imagined such a thing was possible. But here it is, a quote comparing a presidential candidate to a cactus:

The stately saguaro cactus is a fitting symbol of the southwestern desert state of Arizona, found on license plates and front lawns and state flora registries, cutting a pitchfork profile both defiant of and shaped by the elements around it. It is also a good symbol for the Arizona senator who hopes to lead the nation, Republican presidential candidate John McCain. He, too, is sometimes considered prickly…

I guess it makes sense since McCain is from Arizona and all.

Quotes31 Oct 2008 09:29 am


You’ll just have to click this link to find out more, if you’re not afraid….

(I’d be afraid, very afraid, if I were you.)

Quotes29 Oct 2008 11:39 am

“I shared my peanut butter and jelly sandwich.” Barack Obama

Polls&Quotes21 Oct 2008 06:57 pm

50-47 Obama, with 325 Electoral votes. You heard it here first. I should be a pundit. 

Quotes20 Oct 2008 09:14 pm

The post-mortems have already started.

(T)he big mistake was picking the Disasta from Alaska.

I think it’s too soon. Everyone should vote in 15 days, and then we can settle on the reasons McCain lost.

And here, have a cactus:

Opuntia basilaris

It’s a little fuzzy. This shot was actually taken 6 years ago with a film camera and digitally scanned! Yes, kids, they used to have something called “film”.

Quotes19 Oct 2008 07:42 pm

California’s proposition system is awful overall, but Prop 8 this year — the anti-gay one — is pure bigotry. No on 8.

Quotes16 Oct 2008 10:31 am

From Reuters

US Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain (R-AZ) reacts to almost heading the wrong way off the stage after shaking hands with Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) at the conclusion of the final presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, October 15, 2008. REUTERS/Jim Bourg (UNITED STATES) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008

My apologies. This photo is not indicative of anything, doesn’t represent my personal opinions or the opinions of anyone else on this blog, and certainly has no relevance to the election at hand. But it’s hilarious! That McCain is such a scamp.

Quotes14 Oct 2008 03:19 pm

…the tragedy is that this election year does look quite a bit like Hoover vs. Roosevelt (and given that choice, I’ll take Hoover)…
Jonah Goldberg

via roy edroso

Quotes11 Oct 2008 08:19 pm

Gail Collins:
Remember how we used to joke about John McCain looking like an old guy yelling at kids to get off his lawn? It’s only in retrospect that we can see that the keep-off-the-grass period was the McCain campaign’s golden era. Now, he’s beginning to act like one of those movie characters who steals the wrong ring and turns into a troll.

Here’s a cactus picture for you:

It’s the Button Cactus! Epithelantha micromeris.

Indeed it is cute as a button.

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