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Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain

I do love a good Mark Twain quote.

It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”

One thing I really love about that quote is how it kind of spirals in on itself if you try to track down where Mark Twain said it because it just ain’t so, he never said that.

But it’s still a great saying because we all believe things that just ain’t so. …


With all of the talk of race, I’ve been thinking a lot about my experience growing up in San Jose, California, back when San Jose was known for orchards instead of silicon and software.

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San Jose, when it still had orchards

Most of San Jose, and certainly the part I grew up in, was pretty white. The east side of town was where the “Mexicans” lived. North of downtown was a section called Japantown that had managed to reform after the relocations during WWII. All of the gardeners and nurserymen in town were Japanese. There were a few Chinese and very, very few black people. The blacks were up in Oakland, San Francisco, Richmond, not Santa Clara Valley. Later, when I first bought a house in Santa Clara Valley I saw that the deed had a clause (no longer enforceable by then) prohibiting sale to blacks. My parents had of course inherited some racial attitudes, but there weren’t many occasions for them to pass them strongly on to me. I only saw black people occasionally on TV, and until the Civil Rights Movement, it would probably be someone like Louis Armstrong on a variety show. …


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George Washington

I recently saw an ad for some slogan t-shirts and one particular slogan caught my eye. It was a quote attributed to George Washington that I wasn’t familiar with:

The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference and they deserve a place of honor with al
The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference and they deserve a place of honor with al

The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference and they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good. When firearms go all goes, therefore we need them every hour.

I’m always curious about quotes and sources, so I did some searching and found an article about this particular quote on the excellent Quote Investigator website. …

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