Quote of the Day postsThursday August 14, 2014
Quote of the Day
“I hope this volume might become a spur to renewing that debate in these years—a time that cries for reckoning once more, in a nation that has ever so adored its own innocence, and so dearly wishes to see itself as an exception to history.”
-- Rick Perlstein, in the introduction to his third volume of conservative history, “The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan.” Cf. this post from last year. Or this quote from James Baldwin. Read it a lot the last few days on my Kindle, which, at least in my version, gives you the percentage you've read rather than a page number. What did I see? 2%. Wish me luck!
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“People in Ferguson drifted out of their homes to witness the macabre spectacle of Brown’s body on the street, a dismal stream of blood winding its way across the asphalt. The ensuing vigil tipped over into bedlam as some in those crowds, joined by others, broke into sporadic vandalism and looting on Sunday night. Then, after dark on Monday, police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. The ironies of race and policing were readily apparent: law enforcement using force to suppress outrage at law enforcement’s indiscriminate use of force. ...
”Three weeks ago, Eric Garner died as the result of N.Y.P.D. officers placing him in a choke hold, a banned tactic, following a confrontation over selling loose cigarettes. His death echoed that of Renisha McBride, the nineteen-year-old who was killed when she knocked on a stranger’s door following a car accident, which in turn conjured memories of Jonathan Ferrell, who was shot ten times and killed by officers in North Carolina soon after the death, in Florida, of Jordan Davis, shot by a man who wanted him to turn down his music, which in turn paralleled the circumstances of Trayvon Martin’s demise. For those who have no choice but to remember these matters, those names have been inducted into a grim roll call that includes Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, Amadou Diallo, and Eleanor Bumpurs.“
-- Jelani Cobb, ”The Anger in Ferguson," on The New Yorker site.
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“Each year over 30,000 people die in the United States in firearm-related incidents. Many of those deaths involve handguns. The adoption of rules that will lessen the number of those incidents should be a matter of primary concern to both federal and state legislators.”
-- Justice John Paul Stevens in his book, “Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution.” Chapter VI includes Justice Stevens' interpretation of the original meaning of the Second Amendment: “Concern that a national standing army might pose a threat to the security of the separate states.” He adds that for more than 200 years, “federal judges uniformly understood that the right protected by the text was lmited in two ways: first, it applied only to keeping and bearing arms for military purposes, and second, while it limited the power of the federal government, it did not pose any limit whatsoever on the power of states or local governments to regulate the ownership or use of firearms.” Even the broader rulings of the recent court (in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago), from which Justice Stevens dissented, are not as broad as people might think, limited, as they are, to guns used for protection.
With Sylvia Kristel as Cordelia
“We want to do King Lear,” Golan announced proudly.
“Who are you going to get to play that,“ Caan asked, ”Chuck Norris?”
-- From an early 1980s conversation between actor James Caan and producer Menachem Golan, as the latter, with cousin Yoram Globus, tried to get the former to become involved in their fledgling studio, Cannon Films, famous, or infamous, for low-budget schlockfests starring the likes of Chuck Norris. Cannon Films would go on to ruin, among other movies, “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.” and Captain America from 1990. Golan died today in his native Israel at the age of 85. The anecdote is via Nikki Finke's website.
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“First, the outsize Republican idolatry of Reagan is explained in part by the fact that there’s no one else in their history of whom they can really approve. The Bushes are a bad memory for most, Ford was a non-entity and Nixon was Nixon. Eisenhower looks pretty good on most historical rankings, but he’s anathema to movement conservatives: Eisenhower Republicans were what are now called RINOs. Going back a century, and skipping some failures/nonentities, Theodore Roosevelt is problematic for related but different reasons. Going right back to the beginning,and skipping more nonentities and disappointments, some Repubs still try to claim the mantle of the “party of Lincoln” but that doesn’t pass the laugh test. As many others have observed, the “party of Jefferson Davis” is closer to the mark. So, they have little choice but to present Reagan as the savior of the nation.”