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“When Women Rule – New York Times”:

“In one common experiment, the “Goldberg paradigm,” people are asked to evaluate a particular article or speech, supposedly by a man. Others are asked to evaluate the identical presentation, but from a woman. Typically, in countries all over the world, the very same words are rated higher coming from a man.

In particular, one lesson from this research is that promoting their own successes is a helpful strategy for ambitious men. But experiments have demonstrated that when women highlight their accomplishments, that’s a turn-off. And women seem even more offended by self-promoting females than men are.

This creates a huge challenge for ambitious women in politics or business: If they’re self-effacing, people find them unimpressive, but if they talk up their accomplishments, they come across as pushy braggarts.

The broader conundrum is that for women, but not for men, there is a tradeoff in qualities associated with top leadership. A woman can be perceived as competent or as likable, but not both.”


“I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution. But I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God. And that’s what we need to do – to amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than try to change God’s standards so it lines up with some contemporary view.”

-Mike Huckabee

“We rushed into the business with our usual disregard for a
comprehensive political scheme. We treated Mesop[otamia] as if
it were an isolated unit, instead of which it is part of
Arabia…. When people talk of our muddling through it throws me
into a passion. Muddle through! why yes, so we do–wading
through blood and tears that need never have been shed.”

– Gertrude Bell, scholar and diplomat, from a 1916 letter on


troop levels

“These improvements in the face of the general devastation look small and insignificant because the devastation is so much bigger.”

– HAIDAR MINATHAR, an Iraqi author, actor and director, on the effect of increased U.S. troop levels.


moral authority

“No one can stop Mr. Bush from freeing a pathetic little fall guy
like Scooter Libby. But only those who paid the ultimate price
for the avoidable bungling of Iraq have the moral authority to
pardon Mr. Bush.”

– Frank Rich, New York Times columnist, commenting on
U.S. President George W. Bush commuting the prison sentence
given to I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Jr. for perjury and
obstruction of justice in the C.I.A. leak case.