The Art of Tetman Callis

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February 8th, 2023 · No Comments

“We shall all no doubt be wise after the event; we study history that we may be wise before the event.” – John Robert Seeley (quoted by Duncan Bell in “John Robert Seeley and the Political Theology of Empire”) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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February 7th, 2023 · No Comments

“Idiocy in a family is one thing, and money is another.” – James Thurber, “Lavender with a Difference” Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit

February 6th, 2023 · No Comments

“One of saddest lessons in history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken.” – Carl Sagan, The Demon […]

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February 5th, 2023 · No Comments

“In the United States we have what is often called an adversarial system of justice. However, because it is adversarial—as distinct from inquisitorial—it is sometimes easy to forget that the purpose of the system is not to hold a contest for its own sake. The purpose of our system of justice is the orderly ascertainment […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

February 4th, 2023 · No Comments

“As a matter of case law, as well as common sense, the question of whether one parent has actually murdered the other is about as relevant as it is possible to imagine in any case involving whether the surviving parent should be allowed any form of child custody.” – Presiding Judge Sills, Guardianship of Simpson, […]

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February 3rd, 2023 · No Comments

“Congress may impose penalties in aid of the exercise of any of its enumerated powers. The power of taxation, granted to Congress by the Constitution, may be utilized as a sanction for the exercise of another power which is granted it.” – Associate Justice William O. Douglas, Sunshine Anthracite Coal Co. v. Adkins, 310 U.S. […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

February 2nd, 2023 · No Comments

“Central Florida is like a waiting line for hell, with overweight diabetics and geriatrics shuffling through the motions of life, no matter how much of it they have left.” – Dominic Gwinn, a/k/a “The Smoke Eater,” August 7, 2022 Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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February 1st, 2023 · No Comments

“We have so little time to engage with the art that our fellow humans have created, and of course nobody is obligated to like all of it. But to decide that someone’s work has no merit because that person is drunk, or sick, or unhappy, that is a judgment call that none of us should […]

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January 31st, 2023 · No Comments

“The city holds all property which it owns as trustee for the public, although certain classes or kinds of property, such as the public streets, the public squares, the courthouse, and the jail cannot be taken on execution against it, for reasons which are plain to be seen. Such property is so necessary for the […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

January 30th, 2023 · No Comments

“Should a mouse that a cat just swallowed be considered as a part of the cat? The concept of a ‘definite position’ is also only approximately defined: how far should a cat be displaced in order for it to be considered to be in a different position? If the displacement is much smaller than the […]

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Tags: Other Stuff · Science

January 29th, 2023 · No Comments

“I think about how angry I was that my dad didn’t take better care of himself. How he never went to a doctor, let himself become grossly overweight, smoked three packs a day, drank like a fish and never exercised. But then I think about how his colleague mentioned that, days before dying, my dad […]

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January 28th, 2023 · No Comments

“My Mama always said that at a certain age your soul shows on your face.” – nightmoth (@ Wonkette, July 28, 2022) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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January 27th, 2023 · No Comments

“It’s in surmounting perfection, or ignoring it, that you show what you’re capable of and what you refuse to be told you can’t do.” – Daniel Levin Becker, “Rhetoric and Rhyme: On Rap” Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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January 26th, 2023 · No Comments

“It is consoling to think that the emotions that music arouses in us have something to do with the makeup of the universe.” – David P. Goldman, “The Divine Music of Mathematics” Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Tags: Other Stuff · Science

January 25th, 2023 · No Comments

“Books once kept the boundaries between writer and reader distinct. Unless you met an author under the controlled circumstances of a public event, you’d never get a chance to say hello, much less insult their intelligence and demand they go to therapy. Now, you and 300 other furious strangers can tell an author to kill […]

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January 24th, 2023 · No Comments

“Denial, when one was accused, was a life force and would trump any desire to confess. An admission of guilt would knock the strength right out of you—making it easier for your arms to be twisted behind you and the handcuffs put on.” – Lorrie Moore, “Wings” Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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January 23rd, 2023 · No Comments

A clumsy mistake on my part led to my website having to be restored from backup; hence, the six-week gap that now exists in the posts. But I am here. I have been here all along. Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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December 9th, 2022 · No Comments

“They kicked me to the head of the stairs, and stretched me over a guard-bench, pommelling me. Two knelt on my ankles, bearing down on the back of my knees, while two more twisted my wrists till they cracked, and then crushed them and my neck against the wood. The corporal had run downstairs; and […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · The Great War

December 8th, 2022 · No Comments

“It was winter, and in the rain and the dark few men would venture either over the labyrinth of lava or through the marsh—the two approaches to our fortress; and, further, we had ghostly guardians. The first evening we were sitting with the Serahin, Hassan Shah had made the rounds, and the coffee was being […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · The Great War

December 7th, 2022 · No Comments

“The dead men looked wonderfully beautiful. The night was shining gently down, softening them into new ivory. Turks were white-skinned on their clothed parts, much whiter than the Arabs; and these soldiers had been very young. Close round them lapped the dark wormwood, now heavy with dew, in which the ends of the moonbeams sparkled […]

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December 6th, 2022 · No Comments

“Will not perfection, even in the least of things, entail the ending of this world? Are we ripe for that? When I am angry I pray God to swing our globe into the fiery sun, and prevent the sorrows of the not-yet-born: but when I am content, I want to lie for ever in the […]

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December 5th, 2022 · No Comments

“Palestine became a land of milk and honey to those who had spent forty years in Sinai: Damascus had the name of an earthly paradise to the tribes which could enter it only after weeks and weeks of painful marching across the flint-stones of this northern desert: and likewise the Kaseim of Arfaja in which […]

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December 4th, 2022 · No Comments

“Arabs of means rode none but she-camels, since they went smoother under the saddle than males, and were better tempered and less noisy: also, they were patient and would endure to march long after they were worn out, indeed until they tottered with exhaustion and fell in their tracks and died: whereas the coarser males […]

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December 3rd, 2022 · No Comments

“The Bedu were odd people. For an Englishman, sojourning with them was unsatisfactory unless he had patience wide and deep as the sea. They were absolute slaves of their appetite, with no stamina of mind, drunkards for coffee, milk or water, gluttons for stewed meat, shameless beggars of tobacco. They dreamed for weeks before and […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · The Great War

December 2nd, 2022 · No Comments

“Shepherds were a class apart. For the ordinary Arab the hearth was a university, about which their world passed and where they heard the best talk, the news of their tribe, its poems, histories, love tales, lawsuits and bargainings. By such constant sharing in the hearth councils they grew up masters of expression, dialecticians, orators, […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · The Great War

December 1st, 2022 · No Comments

“Nine-tenths of tactics were certain enough to be teachable in schools; but the irrational tenth was like the kingfisher flashing across the pool, and in it lay the test of generals. It could be ensued only by instinct (sharpened by thought practising the stroke) until at the crisis it came naturally, a reflex.” – T. […]

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November 30th, 2022 · No Comments

“War upon rebellion was messy and slow, like eating soup with a knife.” – T. E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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November 29th, 2022 · No Comments

“At last we camped, and when the camels were unloaded and driven out to pasture, I lay down under the rocks and rested. My body was very sore with headache and high fever, the accompaniments of a sharp attack of dysentery which had troubled me along the march and had laid me out twice that […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The Great War

November 28th, 2022 · No Comments

“It is blood that makes the cash grow green.” – Justin King, “Let’s talk about new defense spending on Ukraine” Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · The Forever War

November 27th, 2022 · No Comments

“Even in situations of poetry the French remained incorrigible prose-writers, seeing by the directly-thrown light of reason and understanding, not through the half-closed eye, mistily, by things’ essential radiance.” – T. E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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