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Thirteen years of coffee and commentary. Tridecaphobes, beware.

March 28, 2013
by deCadmus
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“I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”

– Thomas Jefferson

Inscribed in the southeast interior wall of the Jefferson Memorial.

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September 11, 2011
by deCadmus
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All the anger in me has been bled. So too the jingoistic rush, the fierce urgency of nationalism that the events of ten years ago engendered. All that remains today is sorrow. Sorrow for our loss of innocents, and the loss of our innocence. Sorrow for the further losses of our young men and women who volunteered in the pure white heat of anger to take our response to their shores… whoever they were, and wherever that might lead them.

Ten years ago today I was glued to my television, witness to history and the awful, unfolding events of the day. Today… I’m tuning out. I might wish today’s commemorations would do more than mourn our losses, individual and collective. I might hope we could search for wisdom in the rubble of our ruins, rather than sow anger and fear anew. But that’s not good television, is it?

September 5, 2011
by deCadmus
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“All that serves labor serves the nation. All that harms is treason. If a man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool. There is no America without labor, and to fleece the one is to rob the other.”

— Abraham Lincoln

August 31, 2011
by deCadmus
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“With the release of his memoir, In My Time, the former vice president very clearly aims to have history reflect he is — at the least — a Dick to be reckoned with. In this matter he will no doubt succeed.”