Quote of the Day postsWednesday 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
I will never stop being shocked at how quickly and with such ease the Republican elected officials are willing to let our democracy erode and world standing fade, and cede to a tyrant who was installed by a foreign adversary. Self-serving cowards. https://t.co/JvCcdslOXo— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) July 14, 2018
And the answer to Trump's query is obvious: Obama did try to do something, in a joint, bipartisan statement, but he was torpedoed in this regard by Mitch McConnell, who, for the millionth time in his sad career, put party above country.
Literary Quote of the Day
“Does this old poop have any advice for young people in times of such awful trouble? Well, I'm sure you know that our country is the only so-called advanced nation that still has a death penalty. And torture chambers. I mean, why screw around?
”But listen: If anyone here should wind up on a gurney in a lethal-injection facility, maybe the one at Terre Haute, here is what your last words should be: ‘This will certainly teach me a lesson.’
“If Jesus were alive today, we would kill him with lethal injection. I call that progress. We would have to kill him for the same reason he was killed the first time. His ideas are just too liberal.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., speech at Clowes Hall, Indianapolis, April 27, 2007, from the book “Armageddon in Retrospect.”
Literary Quote of the Day
“Love is where you find it. I think it is foolish to go looking for it, and I think it can often be poisonous.
”I wish that people who are conventionally supposed to love each other would say to each other, when they fight, ‘Please—a little less love, and a little more common decency.’“
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. in the intro to his 1976 novel, ”Slapstick." I've quoted this often, usually to deaf ears, particularly mine.
‘No Moral Center’
“The theatre of cruelty unfolding at the southern border last week was the purest distillation yet of what it means to be governed by a President with no moral center.”
Margaret Talbot, “The Trump Administration's Family Values,” the main Talk of the Town piece in the July 2 issue of The New Yorker. By the way, that's the lede. The rest is just as good. Most of ain't exactly news but it's insightful and bare-knuckled and sad that we‘ve come to this. That we’ve come to this and 40% of the population is still cool with it.