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Saturday October 25, 2008

New Yorker Quote of the Day - II

"To put [undecided voters] in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. “Can I interest you in the chicken?” she asks. “Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it?”

To be undecided in this election is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken is cooked."

David Sedaris in the June 27th New Yorker

No tagsPosted at 09:46 AM on Oct 25, 2008 in category Quote of the Day
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New Yorker Quote of the Day - I

"Kristol was out there shaking the pom-poms."

—from Jane Mayer's article on how John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate in the Oct. 27th New Yorker.

More precise, it's a piece on how she wound up on everyone's radar. Blame those National Review/Weekly Standard luxury cruises that stopped off in Juneau in 2007. "The Governor was more than happy to meet with these guys," her aide said, and they were more than happy to meet with her. Starbursts followed. William Kristol was particularly smitten, to the point where, in a Fox News discussion on possible VEEPs this June, Chris Wallace told Kristol, "Can we please get off Sarah Palin?" Others beat the drums, and some beat those drums right next to John McCain. I suppose the real money quote is near the end: "By the time he announced her as his choice, the next day, he had spent less than three hours in her company." Yikes.

No tagsPosted at 09:43 AM on Oct 25, 2008 in category Quote of the Day
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Wednesday October 22, 2008

British Quote of the Day

"Democracy and capitalism are the two great pillars of the American idea. To have rocked one of those pillars may be regarded as a misfortune. To have damaged the reputation of both, at home and abroad, is a pretty stunning achievement for an American president."

—Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, the conservative mayor of London, channeling Oscar Wilde in his Daily Telegraph endorsement of Barack Obama for president of the United States.

No tagsPosted at 12:18 PM on Oct 22, 2008 in category Quote of the Day
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Movie Quote of the Day

"Tonight we got Hayfield. Like all the other schools in this conference they're all white. They don't have to worry about race. We do. But we're better for it."

—Coach Herman Boone (Denzel Washington) in Remember the Titans. It's not a good movie — there are very dishonest parts — but these lines, part of the "big game" speech, resonate beyond the film. They articulate my hopes about our country. Other countries, in Asia, in Europe, haven't really been dealing with racial matters for as long as we have, and haven't gone as far as we have. And I like to think we're better for it. 

No tagsPosted at 11:00 AM on Oct 22, 2008 in category Quote of the Day
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Tuesday October 21, 2008

TV Quote of the Day

“I have been watching my life. It's right there. I keep scratching at it, trying to get into it.”

—Don Draper (Jon Hamm) on this week's episode of “Mad Men.” 

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Posted at 08:18 AM on Oct 21, 2008 in category Quote of the Day
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