Quote of the Day postsFriday February 23, 2018
Quote of the Day
“As a moment in American politics, the pummelling of Rubio felt like an expression of collective rage at the falseness of so much that happens in Washington: the pivot, the dodge, the pallid follow-up question. Authenticity has rarely been more sought after in our public life—and, at once, so elusive. Accountability—the knowledge that the men and women we elect will act, foremost, in our interest and not that of their donors—has become a civic myth. Until a week ago, the students and parents of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School never intended to be part of politics in this way, so they reject its pieties and rhythms. In several minutes on a weeknight, they laid bare Rubio's central political flaw—inauthenticity—more vividly than I ever could in a magazine profile.
”It was easy to watch the town hall and wonder if this will be an inflection point in America's broken politics regarding guns—a moment when the force of money and political organization will actually be overwhelmed by the public desire to end the slaughter in American schools. But it is naïve to assume that it will necessarily be different this time; those choices are ahead, not behind.“
Evan Osnos, ”CNN's Town Hall on Guns and the Unmaking of Marco Rubio," The New Yorker
Quote of the Day
“For decades, in Trump's business dealings, he never paid a price for his salesman's hype, which repeatedly edged into falsehood. The Mueller investigation may now bring an unprecedented and overdue moment of reckoning.”
Jeffrey Toobin, “Trump's Miss Universe Gambit,” The New Yorker, a detailed article on the history of Trump's involvement with the Miss Universe pageant and in particular the 2013 pageant set in Moscow.
Someone Finally Said It
“If we actually want to do something about gun violence, both the dramatic mass shootings and the relentless toll of 30 or so gun homicides we experience each and every day, there is something we can do. It's simple and straightforward. Are you ready? Here it is:
Don't vote for Republicans.”
Paul Waldman, “The one thing we can do to address gun violence,” The Washington Post.
It's not true that there's nothing we can do. We could:— James Surowiecki (@JamesSurowiecki) February 15, 2018
Ban the purchase of all semi-automatic firearms.
Offer to buy back current semi-automatics for a high price.
Ban high-capacity magazines.
Put a hefty tax on ammunition.
To Be 84 and Not Give a Fuck
This Quincy Jones interview with David Marchese on the Vulture.com site has been making the rounds this week, and with good reason. Jones is 84, doesn't give a fuck (for the most part), and (mostly) tells all in a blunt, matter-of-fact, David Mamet manner.
Among the revelations:
- Michael Jackson was a greedy, Machivallean bastard (sure)
- JFK was killed on orders from Chicago mobster Sam Giancana (yeah, I need more on that)
- The Beatles sucked as musicians but Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen rocks (cough)
- Oprah shouldn't run for president (sure)
- Cyndi Lauper was a big complainer on the “We Are the World” set
- Tevin Campbell should‘ve been bigger (I think this every time I hear “Round and Round”)
- Marlon Brando slept with James Baldwin and Richard Pryor (Pryor’s widow has confirmed)
Beyond the gossip, there was wisdom:
Do you hear the spirit of jazz in pop today?
No. People gave it up to chase money. When you go after Cîroc vodka and Phat Farm and all that shit, God walks out of the room. I have never in my life made music for money or fame. Not even Thriller. No way. God walks out of the room when you’re thinking about money.
And this is from a man who doesn't believe in God:
Are you religious?
No, man. I know too much about it. I knew Romano Mussolini, the jazz piano player, the son of Benito Mussolini. We used to jam all night. And he'd tell me about where the Catholics were coming from. The Catholics have a religion based on fear, smoke, and murder. And the biggest gimmick in the world is confession: “You tell me what you did wrong and it‘ll be okay.” Come on. And almost everywhere you go in the world, the biggest structures are the Catholic churches. It’s money, man. It's fucked up.
But no surprise, this is my favorite quote. It's when Marchese asks if he's on board for Oprah for president and he says no. He says, “If you haven't been governor of a state or the CEO of a company or a military general, you don't know how to lead people,” and Marchese reminds him that Oprah is the CEO of a company. To which Jones says:
A symphony conductor knows more about how to lead than most businesspeople — more than Trump does. He doesn't know shit. Someone who knows about real leadership wouldn't have as many people against him as he does. He's a fucking idiot.
The piece is called “Quincy Jones in Conversation.” May all of our conversations be so interesting.