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Thought for Tuesday, Jul 31, 2007

"Sliiiime in the Ice Machine!".

-Marvin Zindler
From his restaurant reports for
KTRK Channel 13 Houston


Thought for Monday, Jul 30, 2007

For the want of a nail the shoe was lost,
For the want of a shoe the horse was lost,
For the want of a horse the rider was lost,
For the want of a rider the battle was lost,
For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost--
And all for the want of a two penny nail.

-Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac,
a version of the quotation

tftd substituted 'two penny' for 'horseshoe' in the last line
as that is how tftd remembers it.

Thought for Friday, Jul 27, 2007

"80 Mbytes of storage for less than $12,000!"
boasts one (Computerworld Ad).

dot dot dot and even better, 300MB for under $20k!

-Ads Computerworld staff found when they
went through old print issues of Computerworld
as part of their 40th anniversary celebration


Thought for Thursday, Jul 26, 2007


Receiving a million dollars tax free
will make you feel better than being
flat broke and having a stomach ache.

-Dolph Sharp, "I'm O.K.,
You're Not So Hot"

Thought for Wednesday, Jul 25, 2007

It's much harder to look busy
than it is to be busy.

-Matthew A. Nickols

Thought for Tuesday, Jul 24, 2007

If Patrick Henry thought that taxation without representation was bad,
he should see how bad it is with representation.

Thought for Monday, Jul 23, 2007

Never worry about theory as long as the machinery does what it's
supposed to do.
-- R. A. Heinlein

Thought for Friday, Jul 20, 2007

A lack of leadership is no substitute for inaction.

Thought for Thursday, Jul 19, 2007

Take your pick-

The good that men do lives after them.

-Ruth Gordon (1896-1985) Actor
Bits and Pieces July 2007


The evil that men do lives after them;
the good is oft interred with their bones.

_Julius Caesar_

Thought for Wednesday, Jul 18, 2007

Golden Oldie

We usually see only the things we are looking for-
so much so that we sometimes see them where they are not.

-Eric Hoffer,
_The Passionate State of Mind_

Thought for Tuesday, Jul 17, 2007

Direct from that (iPhone) manual:

Do not attempt to dry iPhone with an external heat source,
such as a microwave oven or hair dryer.

Do not drop, disassemble, open, crush, bend, deform,
puncture, shred, microwave, incinerate, paint or insert
foreign objects into iPhone.

Do not take notes, look up phone numbers or perform
any other activities that require your attention while driving.
Jotting down a to-do list or flipping through your address
book takes attention away from your primary responsibility,
driving safely.

Turn off iPhone (press and hold the Sleep/Wake button,
and then drag the on-screen red slider) when in any
area with a potentially explosive atmosphere.

And here's a special bonus to anyone who lives in
Las Vegas; Palm Springs, Calif.; Phoenix; or other
notorious hot spot: "Operate iPhone in a place where
the temperature is always between 0 degrees and
35 degrees C (32 degrees to 95 degrees F)."

-As reported in "10 things you must never do with a friend's iPhone"
ComputerWorld July 16, 2007


Thought for Monday, Jul 16, 2007

Golden Oldie

It doesn't matter how good an eggs looks.
If it smells, there's something wrong.

Dieckhoff's Law

(According to the character Captain Muller in Jack Higgins'
_Night of the Fox_ speaking of 'old Dieckhoff, Chief of Detectives
in Hamburg'.)

Thought for Friday, Jul 13, 2007

Beware of triskaidekaphobia today.

Thought for Thursday, Jul 12, 2007

7. You only need two tools in life: WD-40 and duct tape.
If it doesn't move and should, use the WD-40. If it
shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape.

-Amazingly Simple Home Remedies


Thought for Wednesday, Jul 11, 2007

One of the annoying things about believing in free choice
and individual responsibility is the difficulty of finding
somebody to blame your problems on. And when you do find
somebody, it's remarkable how often his picture turns up
on your driver's license.

-P.J. O'Rourke
From the Masters:
29 Jun 2007

Thought for Tuesday, Jul 10, 2007

We love flattery, even though we are not deceived by it,
because it shows that we are of importance enough
to be courted.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson,
writer and philosopher (1803-1882)
From A.Word.A.Day

Thought for Monday, Jul 9, 2007

One ought every day at least,
to hear a little song,
read a good poem,
see a fine picture, and,
if it were possible,
to speak a few reasonable words.

-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)
DailyInbox Presents
June 21, 2007

Thought for Friday, Jul 6, 2007

We hope that, when the insects take over the world,
they will remember with gratitude how we took them
along on all our picnics.

-Bill Vaughan (1915-1977)
Bits and Pieces May 25, 2007

Thought for Thursday, Jul 5, 2007

Politics is the art of looking for trouble,
finding it whether it exists or not,
diagnosing it incorrectly,
and applying the wrong remedy.

-Ernest Benn
Bits and Pieces June 2007

Or as VF so eloquently phrased a response to
an audit suggestion. "This is an ineffective
solution to a non-existent problem."

Thought for Tuesday, Jul 3, 2007


tftd will resume on or about July 5, 2007

The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to
dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and
to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to
which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent
respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the
causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to
secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their
just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of
Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the
People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying
its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form,
as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and
Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long
established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and
accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to
suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing
the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses
and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to
reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty,
to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future
security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and
such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former
Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is
a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct
object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To
prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for
the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing
importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be
obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts
of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of
Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and
formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual,
uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records,
for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly
firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others
to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation,
have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State
remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from
without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that
purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to
pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the
conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to
Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their
offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of
Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the
Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the
Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our
constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their
Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders
which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province,
establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries
so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing
the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and
altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested
with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection
and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and
destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to
compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with
circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most
barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to
bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their
friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to
bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages,
whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all
ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the
most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by
repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act
which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have
warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend
an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the
circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to
their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the
ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would
inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have
been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must,
therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and
hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in
General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world
for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of
the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That
these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent
States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown,
and that all political connection between them and the State of Great
Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and
Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace,
contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and
Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of
this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine
Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and
our sacred Honor.

The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

Column 1
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton

Column 2
North Carolina:
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton

Column 3
John Hancock
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Column 4
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean

Column 5
New York:
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark

Column 6
New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton

Thought for Monday, Jul 2, 2007

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to
someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special
friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine,
and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored
to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed
are made whole and strong again, just as we remember
them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one
small thing; they each miss someone very special to them,
who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes
when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.
His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers.
Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over
the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special
friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion,
never to be parted again. The happy kisses
rain upon your face; your hands again caress
the beloved head, and you look once more into
the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from
your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...

In memory of:

Luke 1991-2006
Lucy 1992-2007

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