21 March 2010

Ask not what America will do for you...

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
-John F. Kennedy, 1961 Inauguration Address

Seek not good from without: seek it from within yourselves or you will never find it.

We shall always hope to find them strongly supporting their own freedom—and to remember that, in the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.
-John F. Kennedy, 1961 Inauguration Address

What concerns me is not the way things are, but rather the way people think things are.

Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate. Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.
-John F. Kennedy, 1961 Inauguration Address

Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for youask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
-John F. Kennedy, 1961 Inauguration Address

The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.

Chief Justice John Roberts and Obama White House: a tit for tat
“On the other hand,” he continued, “there is the issue of the setting, the circumstances, and the decorum. The image of having the members of one branch of government, standing up, literally surrounding the Supreme Court, cheering and hollering while the court – according the requirements of protocol – has to sit there expressionless, I think is very troubling.

Internet aids terrorist recruiting, radicalization, Pentagon says
Militant groups and some individuals have “maximized” the use of technologies such as the Internet. Government officials say the case of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who allegedly attempted to blow up an American airliner in Detroit on Christmas Day, points to just how fast groups can radicalize an individual. Mr. Abdulmutallab was identified, contacted, recruited, and trained all within six weeks, according to a Pentagon counterterrorism official. That’s much faster than the two and a half years it took for Osama bin Laden to hatch the plan to attack the US nine years ago. While the two plans vary widely in scope, the faster time frame indicates how adaptive radicalized groups and individuals have become, say experts.

Nancy Pelosi steeled White House for health push
A good summary of the health care battle thus far.

Health care reform bill 101:
A good plain-English look at what exactly is in the healthcare bill.

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