Thursday, June 09, 2011

Quotes of the day

Tell [Tim] Wakefield he’s got my vote [for the Hall of Fame]--Robinson Cano

Sometimes we say thank God we don't have oil. We have to use our brains instead.--Armenia's Prime Minister, Tigran Sargsyan

The United Kingdom's experiment in a strategy of 'light-touch' regulation to attract business to London from New York and Frankfurt ended tragically.--Tim Geithner

Clearly [Timothy Geithner] wasn’t referring to derivatives regulation because as far as I can recollect there wasn’t any in America at the time.--Alexander Justham

Eleven months later, in December of 2007, the recession officially began. Dimon saw it coming. The Fed didn't.--John Carney

Academics want to have it both ways, and sometimes do. They want, that is, to work in an organization and enjoy its benefits and at the same time be their own bosses. The way they rationalize this condition of privilege (who wouldn’t want to enjoy it?) is to say that they work for no one or for everyone: they work for the common good.--Stanley Fish

Of the 44 U.S. presidents, all but a handful have been affiliated with a relatively narrow list of traditional Protestant denominations. Eleven were Episcopalians (12 if you count Thomas Jefferson, whose adult beliefs are a subject of debate), eight were Presbyterians, four were Methodists and four were Baptists. Others included Congregationalists, Dutch Reformed and Disciples of Christ. President Obama attended Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, a congregation with traditional Protestant roots despite its untraditional pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. In Washington, Obama has attended services at mostly black Protestant churches. The only chief executive whose roots were clearly outside that mainstream tradition was John F. Kennedy, a Roman Catholic. But among the leading candidates for this year's Republican presidential nomination, not one is a member of the Protestant denominations that for so long have dominated American political culture. Two of the potential candidates are Mormons (former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.); one is a member of an interdenominational evangelical church (former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty); two others are Catholics (former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Sen. Rick Santorum). Rep. Michele Bachmann, who says she's considering the race, worships at an evangelical Lutheran church; if elected, she'd be the first Lutheran president. But no matter who wins from this list, it won't be an Episcopalian, a Presbyterian or a Methodist.--Doyle McManus

Well, you can call yourself a Baptist and not be born again
A Presbyterian or a Methodist and still die in your sin
You can even be Charismatic shout and dance and jump a few
But if you hate your brother you wont be one of The Chosen Few.
Cause it won't be a Baptist that's sitting on The Throne
A Presbyterian or a Methodist that's calling us Home
And it won't be a Charismatic that plays that trumpet tune.--Imperials

Traditional economics would argue that illegal or immoral behavior should be most attractive to people who have little to lose. And yet successful people who have very high opportunity costs are still engaging in royally dumb activities. In fact, some researchers have argued that people with more to lose may be more likely to engage in risky, socially unacceptable and self-destructive behavior.--Catherine Rampell

... it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.--Immanuel
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