Saturday, May 31, 2008

Quote of the Day

To know what you prefer instead of humbly
saying Amen to what the world tells you you
ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Friday, May 30, 2008

Quote of the Day

Not to engage in the pursuit of ideas is
to live like ants instead of like men.

Mortimer Adler

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Quote of the Day

You owe it to us all to get on with what you're good at.

W.H. Auden

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Quote of the Day

We hang the petty thieves and appoint
the great ones to public office.


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Quote of the Day

Reality is that which, when you stop
believing in it, doesn't go away.

Philip K. Dick

Monday, May 26, 2008

Quote of the Day

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently
that which should not be done at all.

Peter Ferdinand Drucker

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Quote of the Day

Men are afraid to rock the boat in which they hope
to drift safely through life's currents, when, actually,
the boat is stuck on a sandbar. They would be better
off to rock the boat and try to shake it loose, or, better
still, jump in the water and swim for the shore.

Thomas Szasz

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Quote of the Day

If they can get you asking the wrong questions,
they don't have to worry about the answers.

Thomas Pynchon

Friday, May 23, 2008

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Quote of the Day

There is no greater challenge than to have
someone relying upon you; no greater
satisfaction than to vindicate his expectation.

Kingman Brewster

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Holy Guacamole!!

This quote from a piece about conservativism could apply to many (all?) movements.

I think it most certainly says it all about the feminist movement:

Pat Buchanan was less polite, paraphrasing the social critic Eric Hoffer:

“Every great cause begins as a
movement, becomes a business, and
eventually degenerates into a racket.”

Ain't that the truth!

Quote of the Day

History may be divided into three movements:
what moves rapidly, what moves slowly, and
what appears not to move at all.

Fernand Braudel

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Quote of the Day

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every
experience in which you really stop to look fear in the
face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

Monday, May 19, 2008

Quote of the Day

In my many years I have come to a conclusion
that one useless man is a shame, two is a law
firm, and three or more is a congress.

John Adams

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Quote of the Day

When my enemies stop hissing, I shall know I'm slipping.

Maria Callas

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Quote of the Day

There is only one success -
to be able to spend your life in your own way.

Christopher Morley

Friday, May 16, 2008

Quote of the Day

Character consists of what you
do on the third and fourth tries.

James Michener

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Quote of the Day

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible
will make violent revolution inevitable.

John F. Kennedy

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Quote of the Day

What we call progress is the exchange
of one nuisance for another nuisance.

Havelock Ellis

Monday, May 12, 2008

Quote of the Day

There are three kinds of lies:
lies, damned lies, and statistics.

Benjamin Disraeli

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Quote of the Day

The secret of joy in work is contained
in one word - excellence. To know how
to do something well is to enjoy it.

Pearl Buck

Friday, May 09, 2008

Quote of the Day

An acre of performance is
worth a whole world of promise.

William Dean Howells

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Quote of the Day

An appeaser is one who feeds a
crocodile - hoping it will eat him last.

Sir Winston Churchill

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Quote of the Day

Vitality shows in not only the ability
to persist but the ability to start over.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

From Anecdotes to Mythology

Yes, I'm stirred up again.

First, it was Diana Nyad and her "anecdotes" comment.

This time it's Penn State's Marie Hardin that's poured gasoline on the fire.

On her blog, Sports, Media & Society, she posted a piece about Title IX.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Still misunderstood: Title IX at 35

I've written before about media coverage of Title IX, and here's another study of interest to women's sports advocates: An analysis of editorials in the nation's major newspapers shows that "men as victims" mythology lives on even in arguments that generally support the law. It's the "we know women should have equal rights in theory, but ...." line of reasoning -- which can be used to ultimately justify inequity.

I wrote a comment that hasn't yet made it onto the post. In case it's never made public, here it is:

as a swimmer, coach, and father of sons who swim, i've seen first-hand the damage that title ix has caused in our sport.

to claim that it's "mythology" is a tremendous insult.

title ix activists have used spin, intimidation, as well as fudged statistics to hide the fact that title ix enforcement is wiping out men's sports.

thanks to title ix, more women have had opportunities in athletics than in the past. that's what it's supposed to be all about.

those who've had children may soon begin to look at it from a different angle, though.

many of their sons won't have the same opportunities to participate in collegiate athletics.

hardly a myth...more like a sad truth.

Quote of the Day

In any moment of decision, the best
thing you can do is the right thing.
The worst thing you can do is nothing.

Theodore Roosevelt

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Quote of the Day

The dead might as well try to speak
to the living as the old to the young.

Willa Sibert Cather

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Quote of the Day

Evil deeds do not prosper; the slow
man catches up with the swift.


Friday, May 02, 2008

The Truth Within the Lie

They sure hate to admit it, but Title IX activists know that men's sports are being harmed as a direct result of the way it's being enforced.

The latest to slip up and stray from the party line that "it's all about the money" is Diana Nyad.

She has strong opinions on athletic funding in colleges, saying that men's football and basketball should operate on their own budgets, and that would allow a number of men's sports, now relegated to club status, to make a reappearance.

"Like a lot of laws, like the Constitution itself, laws are instituted, and times change," she said. "Today, there are so many anecdotes of (men's) sports being dropped around the country, and it's just not because of Title IX.

"I'm not the only one who feels this way. Football and basketball should operate the way they do, and put aside all the rest of that pie, all the rest of the money that comes in through federal funding, and it should be divided equally among boys and girls sports, so we still have gymnastics, tennis, wrestling, what the men want to do, and all the things women want to do. Take football and basketball out of the equation.

"The law was never meant to take men away from playing sports."

Read the article from The Arizona Republic here.

Got that fellers?


Quote of the Day

Don't be fooled into believing that because
a man is rich he is necessarily smart.
There is ample proof to the contrary.

Julius Rosenwald

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Quote of the Day

I cannot and will not cut my
conscience to fit this year's fashions.

Lillian Florence Hellman