“In Congress, um, I argued that if a single drunk and naked white man falls into a snow bank he might not be found until the spring thaw but if he falls into the snow with a naked black woman they could well be rescued before succumbing to exposure, or at least spotted from the air before spring. Of course some Congressmen were outraged that I would suggest that a naked black woman was somehow superior in a snow bank to a drunken, naked white man, which -- alas -- wasn’t what I meant: I meant that sometimes it’s better to work together, better to merge inherent strengths in individuals so as to survive accidents and foolishness or just to make some things, ah, like life and our country evolve in better ways.”
"The marketplace of ideas and ideals is exclusionary only in a society of suicides: in a healthy and dynamic society any human being’s ideas have both intrinsic and free market value; the former is of immense worth, sanctified within a culture of liberty, freedom, and equality, and the latter is of viable and active worth, each supportive of the other. While the first goes to the soul of a nation the other, uh, is a drivin force of pragmatic and creative survival."
Happy Puerto Rican Day:
"As New York’s annual Puerto Rican Day Parade moved along Fifth Avenue, voters on the home island cast ballots overwhelmingly endorsing statehood. The Associated Press reported that nearly half a million votes were cast for statehood, but the participation rate was just 23%, leading opponents to question the validity of the vote." - USA Today
Yesterday was Gay Pride Day:
"Thousands of revelers, some waving rainbow flags symbolizing gay rights, crowded Washington streets on Saturday for the city's gay pride parade in an annual party that saw anti-corporate protesters briefly block its route." - Lacey Johnson/ Reuters
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