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Thursday, September 02, 2004

Thursday September 2, 2004. Google News now has Japanese and Korean editions.

***Ooh, shiny: Steeple People thrift store's clothing bag sale was down to a dollar. Most of the men's clothes had been cleaned out; but I found enough to mostly fill a bag.

And then I looked at cheap jewelry. I sometimes use such things to focus my mind, and there was a box of 50ยข stuff.

Looked at one thing, got a bit lost in looking at it. Yes, this would be useful as a meditation focus!

From the free box, I got a cup. One side has a picture of a cute elephant labelled GOP and the words "5th District IRs ON THE GO!" (For a while, the Minnesota Republican Party was officially Independent Republican.) On the other side: "You can not build /Character and courage /By taking away people's /Initiative and independence," attributed to Abraham Lincoln.

I agree with this; I merely happen to think Republicans and conservatives are more likely to do this more than Democrats and liberals.

But alas! Lincoln did not say these things. They were written in 1916 by the Rev. William J. H. Boetcker, a Presbyterian clergyman and pamphlet writer. In 1942, a group called the Committee for Constitutional Government gave out a great many leaflets entitled "Lincoln on Limitations" that contained on one side a real Lincoln quote and on the other side the 10 Boetcker statements. Boetcker was credited with his statements on the leaflet, but their proximity in print to one real quote by Lincoln, plus the title of the leaflet, led people to think that Lincoln had said the ten listed statements. They were repeated in many printed sources, and are still regarded by many as authentic Lincoln quotes. Carl Sandburg, Lincoln's most famous biographer, dismissed them as spurious.

***Across Lyndale Avenue to the Wedge. Their ATM (which doesn't charge a fee for Twin City Co-op withdrawals) was out of order. I decided to go to TCC's Minneapolis office, and use one of the ATMs there.

Note for those who like Emma Bull's War for the Oaks: the "witch's tower" is across University Avenue from the credit union.

On the way, I noticed that one bar had a sign saying "Cash Recycling". I looked again, and it said "Cash Machine."
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