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Democracy demands debate and dissent - fierce, sustained, and unflinching when necessary.—Dan Rather
My most favorite phrase of the inauguration ceremonies: "May God Bless Us All"—KamalFM
This isn't the 80's any longer, information doesn't vanish; it's all out there. You are going to regret the next 4 years.—The hacker/activist group: Anonymous to Trump
It is possible to persuade the incoming president to act to curb Iran’s activity in the production of ballistic missiles, its regional subversion and its aid to terror organizations. But precisely the act of cancelling the agreement will negate the legitimacy of our positions in the international community. When a conflict with Iran develops, the other powers will blame us for dragging Trump into doing this. They will not come to our aid.—Amos Yadlin, former Israel Military Intelligence Chief
“Shaquille O’Neal (7'1") and I (4'10") have an average height of six feet, two inches." —Robert Reich
When exposing a crime is treated as committing a crime, you are being ruled by criminals.—Anonymous
George Bush says he speaks to god every day and Christians love him for it. If George Bush said he speaks to god through his hair dryer, they would think he was mad. I fail to see how the addition of a hair dryer makes it more absurd.—Sam Harris
There isn't time, so brief is life, for bickerings, apologies, heartburnings, callings to account. There is only time for loving, and but an instant, so to speak, for that.—Mark Twain
The liberal media would like Trump’s presidency to go directly from inaugural address to Watergate. Don't bet on it.—Niall Ferguson
A historian's role is to re-imagine the past—with all its uncertainties and possible futures—on the basis of sources.—Niall Ferguson
Calling out the press is not entirely unheard of. Obama scolded reporters for doing things he didn't approve of; Nixon obsessed about the hostile liberal press. What's different is how happy Trump is to personalize his battles. Un-presidential? Yes. Unpopular? I suspect not. Media has to accept attitudes towards journalism have shifted according to partisan bias, and there are a lot of conservatives who disbelieve unfavorable reporting of Trump simply because they don't trust its source.—Timothy Stanley, CNN
Lest we forget, Rafsanjani was founding father of IRI & helped bring Khomeini to power. Iran’s true agent of change languishing in jail.—Nazanin Boniadi, Iranian-American actress
No journalist should be subjected to belittling and delegitimizing.—Shepard Smith
If I had told you that we would open up a new chapter with the Cuban people, shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program without firing a shot, and take out the mastermind of 9/11… you might have said our sights were set a little too high. But that’s what we did. That’s what you did.—Barack Obama
In two weeks time this will be history ... enjoy it while it lasts folks ... Obamamania is coming to an end. He was a good president for America no doubt ... but a disaster for the world and the middle east in particular. No president was hailed by the biased media during his entire presidency as Barack Hussein Obama was to nauseating effect ... and to think some are complaining about the North Korean Leader's Personality Cult ?—Darius Kadivar on Obama's "Goodbye" (CNN FB Page )
History will likely be a cruel judge of the Obama administration's risk-aversion on Syria. Nobody will understand how the administration could not have done more in the face of the largest single refugee flow since the end of the World War II, the hundreds of thousands killed and the destruction of an entire society. The image of a failure to counter Russia and Iran will likely stick the outgoing administration like a barnacle to the side of a boat.—David Aaron Miller
The JCPOA does not take any options off the table for you or any future president. Indeed it makes it much easier for you to know if and when Iran heads for a bomb. It provides both time and legitimacy for an effective response. Our technical judgment is that the multilateral JCPOA provides a strong bulwark against an Iranian nuclear-weapons program. We urge you to preserve this critical U.S. strategic asset.—Top U.S. scientists
The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you are wonderful, and don't forget to make some art. Write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year , you surprise yourself. —Neil Gaiman
[Former Austrian Ambassador to Tehran Michael] Postl noted that he had asked someone close to [Majlis Speaker Ali] Larijani whether he was aware of the rapes of [2009] election-related prisoners. The interlocutors said that not only was Larijani aware, but all officials were aware of what was going on inside the prison.—US Amb. Glyn T. Davies

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Songs of My Homeland, Honiball Joseph, February 25, 2017 - Cupertino, CA
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