“The virtue shift has been paralleled by a governmental shift. As gifted politicians have sensed the changing psychology and national character of the country, they have learned to constantly scan the political horizon to identify each special interest group, make the necessary promises and then move to satisfy each group's claim on government largesse, or its demand for deeper government intervention to enforce adherence to each group's behavioral choices.”
– From “On Decadence” at the-american-interest.comWhat condition increased so rapidly in the 1980s in the U.S. that it became known as the “disorder of the '80s?”“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” – F. Scott FitzgeraldThe United States has “enemies around the world that need to understand that we're not going to tolerate this type of behavior. We also have allies around the world and allies in the region who also need to know that America will be there and stand up when it's necessary.” – House Speaker John Boehner as he emerged from a meeting about Syria at the White House.Anorexia nervosa.auspicate (AW-spi-keyt), v. – to initiate with ceremonies calculated to ensure good luck; inaugurate, as in: “The editorial writer wished the council would just get on with the meeting instead of trying to auspicate it first.”On this date in 1927, Philo Farnsworth demonstrated the first use of a television, in San Francisco; sort of the birth of the couch potato, eh? In 1963, the Beatles made their first TV appearance, on “Big Night Out” on ABC; no, Ed Sullivan didn't have them first.Suspension bridges were invented in China in 25 B.C, 1,800 years before such bridges were known in the West.