Quote of the Day postsFriday August 17, 2018
Quote of the Day
“[Citizens United] changed our political system from a democracy to an oligarchy. Money is now preeminent. I mean, it's just gone to hell now.”
(Former) Pres. Jimmy Carter, 93, in the Washington Post piece, “The Un-Celebrity President: Jimmy Carter shuns riches, lives modestly in his Georgia hometown,” by Kevin Sullivan and Mary Jordan. It's about simple living. He's not exactly kind to Trump, either, calling him a disaster, and saying there's an “attitude of ignorance toward the truth” with him. But his harshest words seem to be for this idiot SCOTUS decision.
Interesting tidbit: “Carter has been an ex-president for 37 years, longer than anyone else in history.”
Quote of the Day
“He is the greatest hitter who ever lived. It's not even an argument.”
Wade Boggs, in the hour-long documentary, “American Masters: Ted Williams,” which aired last night on PBS. You can also see it here. It's a quick watch. I wanted something longer, with more ballplayers. But I loved the stories from his longtime fishing buddy. Also loved the matter-of-fact way Boggs says the above, with a slight shrug at the end, and a tone that implies anyone who does argue it isn't worth talking to.
Orwell Warned Us
“The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” George Orwell, “1984”— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 24, 2018
“Just remember, what you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.” Donald Trump, 2018 https://t.co/NXajB0BNBS
Astonishing. Horrifying. Not surprising.
The Week that Wuz
“Like a mad experiment proving the elasticity of time, the Trump era has confounded our temporal sensibilities. The past seven days have witnessed the hostile questioning of an F.B.I. agent by Republican members of the House of Representatives intent on exonerating the Trump campaign from the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation; Mueller’s indictment of twelve Russian intelligence officials on charges of interfering in the 2016 election; a bizarre set of exchanges between Donald Trump and NATO; a visit to the United Kingdom, during which the President insulted Prime Minister Theresa May; a press conference in Helsinki, in which he all but offered President Vladimir Putin a foot massage; and the arrest of a Russian woman with ties to the National Rifle Association on charges of espionage.
This level of intrigue would be overwrought for a season of “Homeland”; as a moment in our national affairs it is vertigo-inducing.”
Jelani Cobb, “In Celebrating Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama Indicts Trumpism,” The New Yorker. After the above was published, news broke of the Cohen/Trump tapes—Cohen recording Trump talking hush money for Playboy model Karen MacDougal prior to the 2016 election—as well as Trump's invite to Putin to arrive in this country. Plus whatever the fuck happened today.
Quote of the Day
“Don't sleep on the NRA piece. It's the funnel to the whole GOP, not just Trump.”
Rick Perlstein, author, via Facebook yesterday. He provided a link to this piece in The New York Times about Maria Butina at the National Prayer Breakfast. Basics: right-wing Christians see kindred spirits in Russian homophobia; Russians sees access to halls of American power via same Christians and the NRA. Set oven to 2016. Bake.