Thursday, January 12, 2006

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts." - Mark Twain

"Politics is a pendulum whose swings between anarchy and tyranny are fueled by perpetually rejuvenated illusions." - Albert Einstein

"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some." - Charles Dickens

Number of U.S. Prisoners serving life sentences with no parole for crimes they committed while juveniles - 2,225

Number of prisoners serving such sentences in all other countries worldwide - 12

Percentage of Americans who said in November that the Valerie Plame scandal was of "great" importance - 51

Percentage who said, two months before President Nixon resigned, that Watergate was "very serious." - 49

Years since a White House official as senior as I. Scooter Libby had been indicted while in office - 130

Percentage approval rating of Bill Clinton the day after impeachment and George W. Bush in November, respectivelyl - 73, 37

-Source, Harper's Index