There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.
One characteristic of cults is that they strongly believe they alone are right in their beliefs and everyone else is wrong. — Billy Graham
But after September 11, having been hit once, how could we take a chance that Saddam might not strike again? — Ari Fleischer There’s a theory called Keynesianism, it brought us the Great Depression… — Grover Norquist
Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane. — Red (The Shawshank Redemption)
(WIL WHEATON dot VOX) I’m not here to say that the government is always right, but when the government tells you to do something, I’m sure you would all agree that I think you all recognize that is something you need to do. — Sen. Kit Bond (R-Missouri), explaining why his fellows had to lock … Continue reading “Senator Kit Bond: Authoritarian Asshole”
(via email) What we don’t see is that freedom is not a concept in which people can do anything they want, be anything they can be. Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do. — … Continue reading “Is Rudy Giuliani a Fascist?”
And finally, New Rule: Conservatives have to stop rolling their eyes every time they hear the word, “France.” Like just calling something “French” is the ultimate argument winner. As if to say, “What can you say about a country that was too stupid to get on board with our wonderfully-conceived and brilliantly-executed war in Iraq?”
Basically, first-term president Bush, you invaded to remove the threat of Saddam Hussein. And you, current president Bush, are there to battle the threat created by the lack of Saddam Hussein.
— Jon Stewart
I think it’s important to note that nobody hates the troops more than decorated war hero John Kerry. We’re all very, very lucky that we have draft-dodgers like George Bush and Dick Cheney to point that out to us. — Jimmy Kimmel
New Rule, in two parts: A) You can’t call yourself a think tank if all your ideas are stupid. And B), if you’re someone from one of the think tanks that dreamed up the Iraq War, and who predicted that we’d be greeted as liberators, and that we wouldn’t need a lot of troops, and … Continue reading “You can’t call yourself a think tank if all your ideas are stupid”