“Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore.”—César Chávez (via annaharo)
“Given that the service sector accounts for close to 85 percent of the U.S. economy, the strong performance on this index suggests that the overall recovery may be continuing to build on the positive momentum at the end of the year.”—Millan Mulraine, a senior strategist at TD Securities, quoted in this story
TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie, one of the most strident Republican critics of President Obama’s health care overhaul, announced on Tuesday that he would accept federal money to expand the Medicaid program in New Jersey…
…It came a week after Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, a former health care executive, reversed his previous position and joined a number of Republican governors taking federal money to expand Medicaid. The Supreme Court ruled last year that though the law was constitutional, states could choose not to expand their programs.
”—The New York Times. Funny how Republican governors are so on board with Obamacare when it’s an off-year.
Your very agreeable letter of the 15th is received. I regret the necessity of saying I have no daughter. I have three sons—one seventeen, one nine, and one seven. They with their mother constitute my whole family. As to the whiskers, as I have never worn any, do you not think that people would call it a piece of silly affectation were I to begin wearing them now?
I am your true friend and sincere well-wisher,
”—Abraham Lincoln replying to a letter from 9-year-old Grace Bedell of Ripley, NY, suggesting he grow a beard
“I’m not the official version of anything. I’m just an artist who does what he wants, what feels best. And if people think that Lincoln isDaniel Day-Lewis, it’s not going to be my problem or Steven Spielberg’s problem.”—Pablo Larraín, Director of the Oscar-nominated film, “No”, on the controversy over the historical accuracy of his and other historical films contending for awards this year.