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Sunday September 14, 2008

Movie Quote of the Day

"His lack of political knowledge, c'mon fellas, just makes him seem more a man of the people."

— Republican political operatives discussing running Ronald Reagan for governor of California in The Reagans (2003)

Posted at 03:30 PM on Sep 14, 2008 in category Quote of the Day, Movies, Politics
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Saturday September 13, 2008

Movie Quote of the Day

"I was running. I was always running. I was trying so hard to make the team that I was always offsides."

Phillip Baker Hall as Richard M. Nixon in Robert Altman's underrated one-man show, Secret Honor, from 1984.

Posted at 11:35 AM on Sep 13, 2008 in category Quote of the Day, Movies
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Tuesday September 02, 2008

Movie Quote of the Day

KOAT radio reporter: And now Mr. Federber. What is your reaction to this wonderful job being done here?
Mr. Federber: I think it's...wonderful.

--from Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole, a 1951 indictment of a reporter, Kirk Douglas, who manufactures a media circus involving a man trapped in a mine. The KOAT reporter isn't Douglas; he's just another bad reporter. Mr. Federber, the first tourist on the scene, is played by Frank Cady, who, in the 1960s, would play Sam Drucker on "Petticoat Junction," "Green Acres" and "The Beverly Hillbillies."

Posted at 06:43 AM on Sep 02, 2008 in category Quote of the Day, Movies
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Monday June 23, 2008

Fall of the American Empire Quote of the Day - II

"The informers about this time began to accuse wealthy men of charging more than the legal interest on loans—one and a half per cent was all that they were allowed to charge. The statute about it had long fallen in abeyance and hardly a single senator was innocent of infringing it. But Tiberius upheld its validity. A deputation went to him and pleaded that everyone should be allowed a year and a half to adjust his private finances to conform with the letter of the law, and Tiberius as a great favour granted the request. The result was that all debts were at once called in, and this caused a great shortage of current coin. Tiberius' great idle hoards of gold and silver in the Treasury had been responsible for forcing up the rate of interest in the first place, and now there was a financial panic and land-values fell to nothing."

— Robert Graves' I, Claudius, page 368-69

Posted at 02:23 PM on Jun 23, 2008 in category Quote of the Day, Politics
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Friday June 20, 2008

The Fall of the American Empire Quote of the Day

"The pay was certainly insufficient: the soliders had to arm and equip themselves out of it and prices had risen. And certainly the exhaustion of military reserves had kept thousands of soliders with the Colours who should have been discharged years before, and veterans were recalled to the Colours who who were quite unfit for service..."

— Robert Graves' I, Claudius, page 199, on a mutiny that broke out among Roman soldiers along the Rhine.

Posted at 12:03 PM on Jun 20, 2008 in category Quote of the Day, Books, Politics
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