“Every gambler knows that the secret to surviving is knowing what to throw away and knowing what to keep. ‘Cause every hand’s a winner and every hand’s a loser, and the best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep.”—Kenny Rogers, “The Gambler”
Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.
So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
I may no longer really practice the faith I was born and raised in, and I may be as big a hypocrite as the worst of them, but these passages are what makes me certain there are a lot of so-called Christians who have never bothered reading the Gospels.
They try to separate the government from the people and undermine the credibility of the government; they try to separate the security forces from the people by increasing pressure on them and getting the security forces to hide behind Hescos and things like that; and they try to keep development away.
So if they can keep NGOs away and they can keep other development expertise, then they can go to the people and say, “Look, you are not benefiting from the government. It doesn’t protect you; it doesn’t provide development; it can’t provide rule of law.”
”—Gen. Stanley McChrystal
I tuned into this on the radio, and without context, and without knowing who the speaker was, I wasn’t sure if he was talking about the Republican party, or Afghan insurgents.
“Now, if we can’t grow our economy, then it is going to be that much harder for us to reduce the deficit. The single most important thing we could do right now for deficit reduction is to spark strong economic growth, which means that people who’ve got jobs are paying taxes and businesses that are making profits have taxes — are paying taxes. That’s the most important thing we can do.”—Pres. Obama (via Atrios)