Category Archives: Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day

Sometimes it’s better to attract a smaller group of people intensely than a large group of people blandly.–Jonathan Rosenbaum

No, he wasn’t talking about blogs. But he could have been.

Quotes of the Day

We have no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with Al Qaeda.–George W Bush

Saddam Hussein was a patron of terrorism and had long-established ties with Al Qaeda.–Dick Cheney

We have no credible evidence that Iraq and Al Qaeda cooperated on attacks against the United States.–Preliminary 9/11 Commission Report

It is not inconsistent for Iraq to have ties with Al Qaeda and not to have been involved in 9/11 or other potential plots against America.–Dan Bartlett, White House communications director

Quotes of the Day

From a NY Times report on Stephanie Herseth’s win in South Dakota, voters explain why they did what they did:

The president got us into something awful over there, and I don’t know how we’re going to get out. It’s really an awful situation. It can’t help but influence the way you vote.–Eleanor Nold

Stephanie’s personal appeal is definitely her biggest asset, but the Iraq thing is also part of it. She doesn’t talk about it because she doesn’t have to. People are so upset with the way Bush is handling everything that I really think it’s playing a role in this election.–Sarah Ebeling, who edits Parker’s weekly newspaper, The New Era

We’re in a big mess over there. No one in Washington planned for what was going to happen. That was a big mistake.–Dale Wojahn, businessman

It was very much a local race run on local issues.–Thomas Reynolds, Republican US Representative and chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee

Quotes of the Day

If Iraq is important enough to bleed for, isn’t it important enough to pay for?Ronald Brownstein, LA Times

We had no business launching this war. Now we’re left with the tragic absurdity of a clueless president riding his bicycle in Texas while Americans in Iraq are going up in flames.Bob Herbert, NY Times

To announce that there must be no criticism of the president . . . right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.–Teddy Roosevelt, 1918

Quote of the Day

Tom Engelhardt on Junior’s poll-dip and Kerry’s poll-stasis:

[D]espite the multimillions spent [already by the Bush Campaign] and the copious images pixeled onto TV screens, the President’s poll numbers kept dropping, not in relation to Senator Kerry but in relation to himself. He was, it seemed, battling his own past self, and somehow he was losing.

Quote of the Day

Nothing good or just can be built on the destruction or suffering of others.–George W Bush, May 14, 2004

Quote of the Day

Scenes From a Coverup–Billmon

Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself.–Justice Louis D Brandeis

Pundit Quotes of the Day

“Americans won’t take casualties for the credibility of the Bush administration. That’s not a good enough reason for people to die.”–La Dowd

“[B]efore the games can begin, the war must be won, and no war is won until the losing side knows it has lost.”George Will

Quotes of the Day

No matter how you measure it, the economy is the best it’s been in ten years.–Tom DeLay

What is it with you guys? You think not getting caught in a lie is the same thing as telling the truth?–Joe Turner (Robert Redford, Three Days of the Condor)

Recession means that people’s incomes, at the employer level, are going down, basically, relative to costs, people are getting laid off.–George W Bush

He had a mind so fine that no idea could violate it.— T. S. Eliot

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.–Douglas Adams

Quotes of the Day

The earnings potential is so powerful that the patriotism issue may have to take a back seat.–Kate Barton, partner in the corporate accounting firm, Enst&Young, talking about corporations ducking out of their tax obligations by becoming a Bermuda corp on paper

Haven’t we already given money to rich people?–George W Bush

To be clever enough to get all the money, one must be stupid enough to want it. — G. K. Chesterton

My father says that almost the whole world is asleep. Everybody you know. Everybody you see. Everybody you talk to. He says that only a few people are awake and they live in a state of constant total amazement.–Patricia Graynamore (Meg Ryan, Joe Versus the Volcano)

Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.–Calvin Coolidge

Quotes of the Day

A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.–James Madison (Thanx to Randy Paul)

I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance.–Reuben Blades

I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.–Will Rogers

I glance at the headlines just to kind of get a flavor for what’s moving. I rarely read the stories, and get briefed by people who are probably read the news themselves.–George W Bush

Mankind have a great aversion to intellectual labor; but even supposing knowledge to be easily attainable, more people would be content to be ignorant than would take even a little trouble to acquire it.–Samuel Johnson

Quotes of the Day

[We will] take the next steps of space exploration: human missions to Mars and to worlds beyond.–George W Bush

He reminded me a little of Walt Disney’s version of a mad scientist.–Steven Spielberg

The complete lack of humility for nature that’s being displayed here is staggering.–Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum, Jurassic Park)

Before we go to Mars, we must retake our own planet.–Al Franken

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.–Isaac Asimov

We are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. But they’ve got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go.–Timothy Leary

Quotes of the Day: On TV

On some TV screens there was a constant reminder for the American people — “March to War.” War is not a very pleasant subject in people’s minds (and) it’s not conducive for the investment of capital.–George W Bush

Some people get so rich they lose all respect for humanity. That’s how rich I want to be. — Rita Rudner

War is not nice.–Barbara Bush

Wars have never hurt anybody except the people who die.–Salvatore Dali

The hell with that. Show me the money.–Rod Tidwell

Quote of the Day: War

Quote of the Day

War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.

I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we’ll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.

I wouldn’t go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.

There isn’t a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to. It has its “finger men” to point out enemies, its “muscle men” to destroy enemies, its “brain men” to plan war preparations, and a “Big Boss” Super-Nationalistic-Capitalism.

It may seem odd for me, a military man to adopt such a comparison. Truthfulness compels me to. I spent thirty- three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country’s most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle- man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.

I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912 (where have I heard that name before?). I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.

During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.–Maj Gen Smedley Butler, USMC, from a speech he delivered in 1933 (Thanks to Nabakov)

Quotes of the Day

Then it don’t matter. Then I’ll be all aroun’ in the dark. I’ll be ever’where–wherever you look. Wherever there’s a fight so hungry people can eat, I’ll be there. Wherever there’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, I’ll be there. I’ll be in the way guys yell when they’re mad–an’ I’ll be in the way kids laugh when they’re hungry an’ they know supper’s ready. An’ when our people eat the stuff they raise, an’ live in the houses they build, why, I’ll be there, too.–Tom JoadWho cares what you think?–George W Bush