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Tuesday July 24, 2018

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.

Ted Williams, American Masters

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Posted at 12:07 PM on Jul 24, 2018 in category Quote of the Day
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Orwell Warned Us

Astonishing. Horrifying. Not surprising. 

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Posted at 06:29 AM on Jul 24, 2018 in category Quote of the Day
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Saturday July 21, 2018

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. 

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Posted at 06:40 AM on Jul 21, 2018 in category Quote of the Day
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Thursday July 19, 2018

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. 

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Posted at 05:46 AM on Jul 19, 2018 in category Quote of the Day
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Wednesday July 18, 2018

Quote of the Day

“The president has first and foremost his interests at the top of his mind, as opposed to the government‘s. That’s very clear over the past week and a half—between shitting on our NATO allies and kissing Putin's ass. He cares more about himself than the nation and any of us who serve it. ... Either he's compromised by Putin or he's a pussy, in which case he should grab himself.”

— U.S. diplomat in the article “U.S. Officials ‘at a Fucking Loss’ Over Latest Russia Sell Out,” by Spencer Ackerman, on the Daily Beast site

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Posted at 04:11 PM on Jul 18, 2018 in category Quote of the Day
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