Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Slivers Are Outnumbered

I saw the quotation below yesterday evening in the myriad of news and social media reports concerning the senseless bombings during the Boston Marathon. 

It's from a comedian I've never heard of before:
Patton Oswalt. (Putting in a little research here and there about the man I discovered he's been all over the place.) 

His words not only hit home but they stuck fast. I thought I would pass them along:

"Boston. Fucking horrible.
"I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, 'Well, I've had it with humanity.'
"But I was wrong. I don't know what's going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.
"But here's what I DO know. If it's one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we're lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they're pointed towards darkness.

"But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We'd have eaten ourselves alive long ago.

"So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, 'The good outnumber you, and we always will.'"

.......... Ruprecht ( this senselessness needs to STOP )

Monday, April 15, 2013


April 15th, 1947. Opening Day for the Brooklyn Dodgers and the start of the first season for Jackie Robinson in the major leagues breaking baseball's color barrier. 

Additionally it's the 5th annual commemoration of Jackie Robinson Day where - over the next few days - all major leaguers wear the number "42" on their jerseys among other festivities.

"My first thought was 'Can he help us win the pennant?' I didn't care about the color of his skin ..."
- Ralph Branca

"I do not care if the guy is yellow or black or if he has stripes like a fuckin' zebra. I'm the manager of this team and I say he plays."
- Brooklyn Dodgers manager Leo Durocher
stating emphatically to his team in 1947
"I still don't think people understand how much it plays into the Martin Luther King situation. The revolution that occurred at that particular moment, it mattered. That had to happen first to set that whole thing up. So when you're talking about Jackie Robinson, I don't think people realize the significance and really courage that went behind that, and in the movie it points that out - the courage to not fight back, to be able to win over that particular mind set to be able to make all of this work."
- Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon

.......... Ruprecht ( STOP thinking baseball's boring )


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Theater Of The Obvious - Talk Talk

Ladies & Gentlemen:

For your dining and dancing pleasure, may I present a real-life newspaper example of ... The Obvious:

.......... Ruprecht ( STOP )