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Monday July 07, 2014

Quote of the Day

“A brief word on the non-performance of the Huffington Post in this matter, on their publishing ethic, and on the manner in which this institution conducts its business:

”The abdication of editorial responsibility in the case of aggregated sites such as Wikipedia or barely-edited copy dumps such as the Huffington Post is one of the sad retrenchments in news distribution and commentary. The ethos of such entities — hey, we don’t write the stuff; we’re just the blackboard it’s scrawled upon — sounds at first to be an ennobled argument for an open and unfettered marketplace of ideas, where some unseen hand of libertarian idealism ensures that better notions triumph over bad ones, and the lies are all, in the end, run down and brutalized by more powerful truths before much harm is done. Demagogues from Huey Long to Joseph Goebbels have an answer to that naivete; shit, John Kerry will sell you a used Swift Boat if you’re credulous enough to believe such tripe. ...

“Some of the best and most courageous journalism that I’ve witnessed involved the decision by good and careful editors NOT to publishing something incomplete, or inaccurate, or ethically impaired. Such things seldom happen with our present internet.”

-- David Simon, the creator of “The Wire,” after The Huffington Post published an inaccurate, and, to him, libelous column on him.

Posted at 04:19 PM on Jul 07, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Saturday June 14, 2014

Quote of the Day

“We have now reached the rather ironic situation in Iraq where we find ourselves allied with Iran in an effort to save the corrupt and thuggish government of Nouri al-Maliki, while the army we spent eight years training falls apart. I’m not going to pretend to have unique insight into Iraqi politics (I’d suggest reading Marc Lynch, for starters, as a way of getting up to speed on what has led to this point).

”But there are few people who understand Iraq less than the Republican politicians and pundits who are being sought out for their comments on the current situation.“

-- Paul Waldman, ”On Iraq, let's ignore those who got it all wrong,“ in The Washington Post. Recommended viewing in this regard (or any regard): ”No End in Sight." 

Posted at 05:41 AM on Jun 14, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Miss Me Yet? Part VI

“I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. ... I was able to get a sense of his soul.”

-- Pres. George W. Bush on Russian president Vladimir Putin, June 2001.

Miss Me Yet? George W. Bush

Posted at 05:32 AM on Jun 14, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Thursday June 12, 2014

Quote of the Day

“What is childhood but a gradual realization?”

-- Joe Posnanski, from his countdown of the greatest 100 baseball players, “No. 41: Pete Rose”

Posted at 01:30 PM on Jun 12, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Tuesday June 10, 2014

Quote of the Day

“So behave yourselves or you will go down in history as stupid and ill-mannered.”

--a Russian schoolteacher to her students as she points to the film cameras in Askold Kurov's “Leninland,” a documentary about a nearly abandoned museum to Lenin in Gorki, Russia. It played at the Seattle International Film Festival, which just ended after four weeks and 269 movies.

Posted at 02:43 PM on Jun 10, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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