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    wishingwell

    "Professional" pundits are regularly attacked and ridiculed for their ridiculous predictions, but that goes for "amateur" prognosticators here, too.

    One of the things I've seen disappear from our national political scene is a sense of humility. It's gone.

    Everybody freaking knows exactly what will happen, and their pronouncements are frequently delivered from on high
    with a new, unprecedented arrogance.

    People used to preface their opinions with, "I could be wrong, but," "This is just my opinion, but," "This is my concluding, unscientific postscript, but"--all this is gone with the wind.

    Socrates at the end of his life said the one thing that kept him ahead of his colleagues was that he knew that he didn't know anything.

    I'm thinking of a particular gaggle of Kossacks here when I say, please learn from Socrates. He's way ahead of you.

    Old-timers know these expressions. They're still good:
    You don't know shit from Shinola. You don't know your ass from a hole in the ground.

    "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

    by Wildthumb on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 12:46:42 PM PST

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