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June 27, 2005

“The tone has been too much of a permanent campaign. When you’re the minority, you need to fight. When you’re the governing majority, you need to produce.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“Your Government has unmistakable confidence in your ability to hear the worst, without flinching or losing heart. You must, in turn, have complete confidence that your Government is keeping nothing from you except information that will help the enemy in his attempt to destroy us.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“The Constitution this week is being nibbled to death by small men with press secretaries.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“You play fast and loose with facts, appeal to emotion, and be overly dramatic to get a reaction. It’s pretty much what Dvorak, Coulter, and a hundred other talking heads do everyday, but I found it distasteful my first time out.”
(More like this in: Web and Blogs) .:link:.
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“The fact that a professional worldwide newsgathering organization is devoting any time to an unpublished amateur like me should be seen as the equivalent of waving a white flag.”
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“A flag has to be worth torching. When a flag gets burned, that’s not a sign of its weakness but of its strength. If you can’t stand the heat of your burning flag, get out of the superpower business.”
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June 22, 2005

“Internet users know what’s evil and what’s not evil, and MSN Spaces is an evil thing to Chinese bloggers.”
(More like this in: Web and Blogs) .:link:.
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“Words are important. When Amnesty spokesmen use the word ‘gulag’ to describe U.S. human rights violations, they allow the Bush administration to dismiss justified criticism and undermine Amnesty’s credibility.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“Conservatives don’t want to talk about it because, with a few exceptions, they think their job is just to applaud whatever the Bush team does. Liberals don’t want to talk about Iraq because, with a few exceptions, they thought the war was wrong and deep down don’t want the Bush team to succeed. As a result, Iraq is drifting sideways and the whole burden is being carried by our military.”
(More like this in: Iraq) .:link:.
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“The death march of homicidal zombies in Iraq is trying to push us toward accepting the idea that acts of unrestrained violence against other human beings is now a normal part of politics. It is not normal. Any civilized person should want to resist the normalization of civilian killing as a political act — whether in Iraq, Spain, Indonesia or Kashmir.”
(More like this in: Iraq, Terrorism) .:link:.
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“Things aren’t getting better; they’re getting worse. The White House is completely disconnected from reality. It’s like they’re just making it up as they go along.”
(More like this in: Iraq, Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“Senators are endlessly polished and briefed; they spend their days relentlessly speechifying. The White House beckons, and some come to seem less like human beings and more like nation-states. Opinions turn into positions. Beliefs grow more abstract. Individual traits become parts of the brand. Since 1961, more than 50 senators have run for president and they have all lost.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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June 13, 2005

“When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more.”
John Adams, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“John Lennon said the Beatles were more popular than Jesus. No argument, it was true, they were. Well, even though the vast majority of people have never heard of Steve [Gillmor] or myself, we’re more influential than John Lennon or Bob Dylan ever were. We’re media hackers.”
(More like this in: Web Pundits) .:link:.
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“Blogger Dave Winer’s last words before his ego exploded.”
(More like this in: Web Pundits) .:link:.
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“Indeed, inventing reassuring bullshit may be humankind’s keenest survival skill. And now that we are our own greatest predator, it will probably kill us all.”
(More like this in: Witticisms) .:link:.
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June 11, 2005

“If Congress can regulate this under the Commerce Clause, then it can regulate virtually anything — and the Federal Government is no longer one of limited and enumerated powers.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“Once the Americans bombed a bus crossing to Syria. We made a big fuss and said it was full of merchants. But actually, they were fighters.”
(More like this in: Iraq) .:link:.
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“No one expected the democratization of media to be pretty, but the attendant lens abuse is enough to break this cinematographer’s heart.”
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“Only in the Mac community can the justifications for and against a given position flip-flop overnight with such fervor.”
(More like this in: Computers and Technology) .:link:.
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June 04, 2005

“Except for the ideologically devout, voters likewise are shaking loose the bonds of party loyalty and more and more joining the third party, the independents, either figuratively or literally. To a degree, the process becomes self-fulfilling. As voters less and less need the party to tell them what to think and whom to vote for, the parties more and more retreat to their hardcore ideological bases, thus further alienating mainstream voters who are less doctrinaire partisans and more eclectic individuals.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“For more than a half-year now since the presidential election, liberal Democrats have held endless rounds of closed-loop, self-referential meetings, meet-ups, rallies and conferences with each other vowing to win a new majority. So when are they going to go out there and start talking to all those others folks they have to convince?”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“‘You’re with us or against us’ works well when you’re fighting al Qaeda, but it doesn’t with Social Security, and they don’t seem to have another play in the book.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“Driving by women leads to evil. Can you imagine what it would be like if her car broke down? She would have to seek help from men.”
(More like this in: World Opinions) .:link:.
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“Even we at Fox News manage to get some lefties on the air occasionally, and often let them finish their sentences before we club them to death and feed the scraps to Karl Rove and Bill O’Reilly.”
(More like this in: Media and Entertainment) .:link:.


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