“I often feel that 'cynical' is a term of abuse hurled at people who are judged to be insufficiently 'positive' by those who believe that negativity is the real cause of almost all the world's ills. This allows them to breezily sweep aside sceptical doubts without having to go to the bother of checking if they are well-grounded. In this way, for example, Edward Snowden's leaks about the CIA's surveillance practices have been dismissed because they contribute to 'the corrosive spread of cynicism.'”
– From “In praise of cynicism” at guardian.co.ukWhen does a baby's first smile occur?“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” – C. S. Lewis“I mean, these are things that most people like.” – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, responding to criticisms that he is creating a nanny state.Between four and six weeks after birth.scabrous (SKAB-ruhs). Adj. – full of difficulties; indecent or scandalous; risque; obscene, as in: “It was such a contentious council meeting the scabrous minutes of the session had to be kept under lock and key.”On this date in 1858 the first-ever fee was charged to see a baseball game; whole country downhill ever since, huh?According to RandomHistory.com, Presidents James Madison and Thomas Jefferson were once arrested together for taking a carriage ride in the countryside of Vermont on a Sunday, which violated the laws of that state.