TOTD 2017

TOTD 2017 Site Meister Wed, 01/11/2017 - 19:24

Back we are after a little vacation from posting during the year end holidays of 2016. Though starting off a little late this year, we hope to get back of the schedule, if time allows, of changing the Thought of the Day (TOTD) on a three day cycle. To reiterate from last year, “TOTD may be generated by an application called fortune-mod in a random semi-automatic process. The fortunes come from a database of over a million entries. Some of them are excellent, and most are apropos to the issue of the day. Some Thoughts of the Day are created on the whim of the site operator, or relate to current geopolitical topics, as the need arises.” We hope you enjoy these entries, and if you do, shoot me an email at to let me know.

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January 2017

January 2017 Site Meister Wed, 01/11/2017 - 19:33

Wednesday, 11th:
When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property.
Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, 17th:
They use different words for things in America.
For instance they say elevator and we say lift.
They say drapes and we say curtains.
They say president and we say brain damaged git.
Alexie Sayle

Saturday, 21st:
This too shall pass. It might pass like a kidney stone. But it will pass…
⇒ Anonymous Author

February 2017

February 2017 Site Meister Thu, 02/02/2017 - 14:21

January was a slow month for updating the Thought of the Day (TOTD). We hope that we will get more time this month to keep them from getting stale… smiley

Thursday, 2nd:
Sometimes when you look into his eyes you get the feeling that someone else is driving.
David Letterman

Obviously we are not keeping up here, LOL!

Thursday, 16th:
Boren's Laws:
(1) When in charge, ponder.
(2) When in trouble, delegate.
(3) When in doubt, mumble.
James H. Boren

Thursday, 23rd:
The truth is not free. It's that simple. If you change the truth, it is no longer true - so the truth is not free!
⇒ Jules Bean, about freeness of documentation

Monday, 27th:
    one who tells an unpleasant truth.
Oliver Herford

March 2017

March 2017 Site Meister Tue, 03/07/2017 - 20:08

Tuesday, 7th:
The truth about a man lies first and foremost in what he hides.
Andre Malraux

Thursday, 16th:
Some men love truth so much that they seem to be in continual fear lest she should catch a cold on overexposure.
Samuel Butler

Sunday, 26th:
Don't tell any big lies today. Small ones can be just as effective.

Tuesday, 28th:
How is the world ruled, and how do wars start? Diplomats tell lies to journalists, and they believe what they read.
Karl Kraus, "Aphorisms and More Aphorisms"


April 2017

April 2017 Site Meister Thu, 04/06/2017 - 14:11

Thursday, 6th:
Government lies, and newspapers lie, but in a democracy they are different lies.

Saturday, 15th:

Thursday, 20th:
Persistence in one opinion has never been considered a merit in political leaders.
⇒ Marcus Tullius Cicero, "Ad familiares", 1st century BC

Monday, 24th:
When the leaders speak of peace
The common folk know
That war is coming
When the leaders curse war
The mobilization order is already written out.

Every day, to earn my daily bread
I go to the market where lies are bought
I take my place among the sellers.
⇒ Bertolt Brecht, "Hollywood"


May 2017

May 2017 Site Meister Mon, 05/01/2017 - 15:42

Monday, 1st:
Democracy becomes a government of bullies, tempered by editors.
⇒ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, 6th:
The most costly of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind.
⇒ H. L. Mencken

Sunday, 14th:
Happy Mother's Day!
Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.
⇒ Edward Paul Abbey

Monday, 29th:
I have discovered the art of deceiving diplomats. I tell them the truth and they never believe me.
⇒ Camillo Di Cavour


June 2017

June 2017 Site Meister Mon, 06/05/2017 - 16:20

Monday, 5th:
Perhaps the most widespread illusion is that if we were in power we would behave very differently from those who now hold it -- when, in truth, in order to get power we would have to become very much like them.
⇒ (Lenin's fatal mistake, both in theory and in practice.)

Sunday, 11th:
There is no better way of exercising the imagination than the study of law.
No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets truth.”
⇒ Jean Giraudoux, "Tiger at the Gates"

Saturday, 17th:
A truth that's told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent.”
⇒ William Blake

Monday, 26th:
Remembering Neerja Bhanot, never forget heroines come from all nationalities!
Pan Am Flight 73


July 2017

July 2017 Site Meister Sun, 07/09/2017 - 17:08

Sunday, 9th:
       Telling the truth when you don't mean to.

Saturday, 15th:
Churchill's Commentary on Man:
       Man will occasionally stumble over the truth,
       but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.

Monday, 24th:
Obviously, a man's judgement cannot be better than the information on which he has based it. Give him the truth and he may still go wrong when he has the chance to be right, but give him no news or present him only with distorted and incomplete data, with ignorant, sloppy or biased reporting, with propaganda and deliberate falsehoods, and you destroy his whole reasoning processes, and make him something less than a man.
Arthur Hays Sulzberger


August 2017

August 2017 Site Meister Sun, 08/06/2017 - 12:39

Sunday, 6th:
Why don't somebody print the truth about our present economic condition? We spent years of wild buying on credit, everything under the sun, whether we needed it or not, and now we are having to pay for it, howling like a pet coon. This would be a great world to dance in if we didn't have to pay the fiddler.
The Best of Will Rogers

Friday, 25th:
One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. it is simply too painful to acknowledge -- even to ourselves -- that we've been so credulous. (So the old bamboozles tend to persist as the new bamboozles rise.)
Carl Sagan, "The Fine Art of Baloney Detection," Parade, February 1, 1987

September 2017

September 2017 Site Meister Thu, 09/14/2017 - 18:23

Saturday, 2nd:
Finding the occasional straw of truth awash in a great ocean of confusion and bamboozle requires intelligence, vigilance, dedication and courage. But if we don't practice these tough habits of thought, we cannot hope to solve the truly serious problems that face us -- and we risk becoming a nation of suckers, up for grabs by the next charlatan who comes along.
Carl Sagan, "The Fine Art of Baloney Detection," Parade, February 1, 1987

Thursday, 14th:
Tell the truth and run.
⇒ Yugoslav proverb

October 2017

October 2017 Site Meister Wed, 10/04/2017 - 20:17

Wednesday, 4th:
An ounce of clear truth is worth a pound of obfuscation.
⇒ Anonymous

Sunday, 8th:
Another possible source of guidance for teenagers is television, but television's message has always been that the need for truth, wisdom and world peace pales by comparison with the need for a toothpaste that offers whiter teeth *and* fresher breath.
Dave Barry, "Kids Today: They Don't Know Dum Diddly Do"

Wednesday, 11th:
In this world, truth can wait; she's used to it.
⇒ Anonymous

Friday, 20th:
According to all the latest reports, there was no truth in any of the earlier reports.
⇒ Anonymous

November 2017

November 2017 Site Meister Sun, 11/05/2017 - 14:21

Sunday, 5th:
Money is truthful. If a man speaks of his honor, make him pay cash.
Lazarus Long

Wednesday, 22nd:
Happy Thanksgiving!
There's a special place in hell for people who prey on children, …
Ivanka Trump


December 2017

December 2017 Site Meister Sat, 12/09/2017 - 11:36

Saturday, 9th:
…there can be no public or private virtue unless the foundation of action is the practice of truth.
George Jacob Holyoake

Saturday, 17th:
He who laughs last hasn't been told the terrible truth.
⇒ Anonymous

Saturday, 23rd:
Merry Christmas to All, even y'all lame, ineffective hackers!
Following -
When the great man learns the Way, he follows it with diligence;

When the common man learns the Way, he follows it on occasion;
When the mean man learns the Way, he laughs out loud;
Those who do not laugh, do not learn at all.
Therefore it is said:
Who understands the Way seems foolish;
Who progresses on the Way seems to fail;
Who follows the Way seems to wander.
For the finest harmony appears plain;
The brightest truth appears colored;
The richest character appears incomplete;
The bravest heart appears meek;
The simplest nature appears inconstant.
The square, perfected, has no corner;
Music, perfected, has no melody;
Love, perfected, has no climax;
Art, perfected, has no meaning.
The Way can be neither sensed nor known:
It transmits sensation and transcends knowledge.
Lao Tse, "Tao Te Ching"

Saturday, 30th:
Happy New Year! May 2018 be happy, fun, and profitable for you and yours!
Quiet -
Great perfection seems incomplete,
But does not decay;
Great abundance seems empty,
But does not fail.
Great truth seems contradictory;
Great cleverness seems stupid;
Great eloquence seems awkward.
As spring overcomes the cold,
And autumn overcomes the heat,
So calm and quiet overcome the world.
Lao Tse, "Tao Te Ching"