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Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Quotes of the Morning: Those Who Do Not Study History...

“Just to be clear… This is just a little romp through history. I’m not saying that anyone ‘is’ anything by comparing statements. Bush is NOT the leader of Germany in the 1940s.”

“The receptive powers of the masses are very restricted, and their understanding is feeble. On the other hand, they quickly forget. Such being the case, all effective propaganda must be confined to a few bare essentials and those must be expressed as far as possible in stereotyped formulas . . . only constant repetition will finally succeed in imprinting an idea on the memory of the crowd.”
-Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf, 1925

“President Bush plans to reactivate his reelection campaign's network of donors and activists to build pressure on lawmakers to allow workers to invest part of their Social Security taxes in the stock market . . . The campaign will use Bush's campaign-honed techniques of mass repetition, never deviating from the script and using the politics of fear to build support — contending that a Social Security financial crisis is imminent when even Republican figures show it is decades away.”
-Washington Post, Social Security Push to Tap the GOP Faithful, January 14, 2005

“The great masses of the people . . . more easily fall a victim to a big lie than to a little one, since they themselves lie in little things, but would be ashamed of lies that were too big. Such a falsehood will never enter their heads and they will not be able to believe in the possibility of such monstrous effrontery and infamous misrepresentation in others . . . Therefore, something of even the most insolent lie will always remain and stick —a fact which all the great lie-virtuosi and lying-clubs in this world know only too well and also make the most treacherous use of.”
-Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf, 1925

“Eichmann had one more reason why this day of the conference had become unforgettable. Although he already did his best to help in the Final Solution, he still harbored some doubts about ‘such a bloody solution through violence,’ and these doubts were now dispelled. ‘Here now, during this conference, the most prominent people had spoken: the popes of the Third Reich.’ Now he could see with his own eyes and hear with his own ears that it was not only Hitler, not only Heydrich or the sphinx Muller, not only the SS or the party, it was the elite of the good old civil services who vied and fought with each other for the honor of being the first in these ‘bloody’ matters.”
-Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, 1963

“With an estimated price tag of $40 million, the three-day celebration that is President Bush's second inauguration will be the most expensive ever. The lavish dinners, parties and fireworks began on Tuesday and will continue through his swearing-in on Thursday, followed by a parade and nine official inaugural balls . . . The cost will be paid by individual and corporate donations, while the city of Washington is being asked to pay for an estimated $17 million in security costs.”
-BBC News, January 19, 2005

“Albert Speer, in charge of armament production, drew up a memorandum to Hitler on January 20 — the twelfth anniversary of Hitler's coming to power — pointing out the significance of the loss of Silesia. 'The war is lost,' his report began, and he went on in his cool and objective manner to explain why . . .
The Fuehrer, Guderian later related, glanced at Speer's report, read the first sentence and then ordered it filed away in his safe. He refused to see Speer alone, saying to Guderian: ‘He always has something unpleasant to say to me. I can't bear that.’"
William L. Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, 1959

“Mr. Powell's bleak assessment, less than three weeks before Iraqis are due to elect a parliament, reflects what advisers close to the administration and former officials describe as an understanding in the State Department and Pentagon of the depth of the crisis. But, they say, this is not a view accepted by President George W. Bush . . .
According to Chas Freeman, former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia and head of the independent Middle East Policy Council, Mr Bush recently asked Mr Powell for his view on the progress of the war. ‘We're losing,’ Mr Powell was quoted as saying. Mr Freeman said Mr Bush then asked the secretary of state to leave.”
-Financial Times. Powell gives bleak assessment of Iraq security problems, January 12, 2005


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