But for the present age, which prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, representation to reality, appearance to essence . . . truth is considered profane, and only illusion is sacred. Sacredness is in fact held to be enhanced in proportion as truth decreases and illusion increases, so that the highest degree of illusion comes to be the highest degree of sacredness. — Ludwig Andreas von Feuerbach
They finally indicted Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK), for accepting $250,000 in home-improvement work in exchange for political favors. If Stevens is found guilty, he should be punished. It is, however, unfortunately remarkable that the U.S. Justice Department pursued a powerful Republican politician. Some crimes, it seems, are too notorious even for the politically compromised Justice Department to ignore. Others, especially those committed within the department itself, are not.