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Well, don't worry about it... It's nothing.
-- Lieutenant Kermit Tyler (Duty Officer of Shafter Information
Center, Hawaii), upon being informed that Private Joseph
Lockard had picked up a radar signal of what appeared to be
at least 50 planes soaring toward Oahu at almost 180 miles
per hour, December 7, 1941.
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Well, he didn't know what to do, so he decided to look at the government,
to see what they did, and scale it down and run his life that way.
-- Laurie Anderson
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What a strange game. The only winning move is not to play.
-- WOP, "War Games"
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What does it take for Americans to do great things; to go to the moon, to
win wars, to dig canals linking oceans, to build railroads across a continent?
In independent thought about this question, Neil Armstrong and I concluded
that it takes a coincidence of four conditions, or in Neil's view, the
simultaneous peaking of four of the many cycles of American life. First, a
base of technology must exist from which to do the thing to be done. Second,
a period of national uneasiness about America's place in the scheme of human
activities must exist. Third, some catalytic event must occur that focuses
the national attention upon the direction to proceed. Finally, an articulate
and wise leader must sense these first three conditions and put forth with
words and action the great thing to be accomplished. The motivation of young
Americans to do what needs to be done flows from such a coincidence of
conditions. ... The Thomas Jeffersons, The Teddy Roosevelts, The John
Kennedys appear. We must begin to create the tools of leadership which they,
and their young frontiersmen, will require to lead us onward and upward.
-- Dr. Harrison H. Schmidt
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"What George Washington did for us was to throw out the British, so that we
wouldn't have a fat, insensitive government running our country. Nice try
-- D.J. on KSFO/KYA
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What I want is all of the power and none of the responsibility.
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What is status?
Status is when the President calls you for your opinion.
Status is when the President calls you in to discuss a
problem with him.
Uh, that still ain't right...
STATUS is when you're in the Oval Office talking to the President,
and the phone rings. The President picks it up, listens for a
minute, and hands it to you, saying, "It's for you."
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What is the robbing of a bank compared to the founding of a bank?
-- Bertold Brecht
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What is the sound of one hand clapping?
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What orators lack in depth they make up in length.