Quote of the Day postsMonday September 29, 2014
“A male colleague, in a debate on the ERA, addressed her on the House floor: 'I just don't like this amendment. I've always thought of women as kissable, cuddy and smelling good.' She replied, 'That's the way I feel about men, too. I only hope for your sake that you haven't been disappointed as often as I have.'”
-- U.S. Rep. Millicent Fenwick (NJ-R), the model for Doonesbury's patrician politician Lacey Davenport, on the House floor in the mid-1970s; as reported in Rick Perlstein's “The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan.”
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“The drought wasn’t the thing. Yes, it had been 29 years since the Royals last reached the postseason—and baseball has completely turned upside down in those 29 years. The game has made the divisions smaller, added wildcards, rearranged the schedule, made it all but impossible for a team to NOT go to the postseason at least every now and again. The Royals would not go. But the drought wasn’t the thing—it was the hopelessness surrounding the drought. The Royals did not come close to the postseason. The Royals did things so mind boggling that the postseason seemed as far away as flying cars and trips to another galaxy. ...
”I think of a Royals player falling off first base like a cut down tree, and I think of another climbing the centerfield wall only to see the ball bounce off the warning track in front of him, and I think of two Royals players jogging to the dugout, each thinking the other would catch the ball which landed softly and happily in the grassy area they had left behind. I think of a player not wearing sunglasses, losing a ball in the sun and having it hit him in the face — he wore sunglasses on the plane right home to cover the shiner. I think of a pitcher so frustrated that he complained to the press that he can’t even get no-decisions.“
--Joe Posnanski, longtime Kansas City Royals sufferer, in his post, ”A Royals Toast," remembering the bad, the worse and the ugly as his team prepares for its first postseason in 29 years.
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“You can continue to defer your dreams in exchange for money and, you know, die without ever having done the thing you set out to do.”
-- Director Frank Darabont, who was offered $3 million by Rob Reiner who wanted to direct his script, “The Shawshank Redemption” (with Tom Cruise as Andy Dufresne); but Darabont wanted to direct it himself and held out, as recounted in Margaret Heidenry's excellent Vanity Fair piece, “The Little-Known Story of How The Shawshank Redemption Became One of the Most Beloved Films of All Time.” Sylvester Stallone actually has a similar story about “Rocky”: he would get big bucks for the script but they wanted Ryan O'Neal as the lead. He held out, too.
I actually hated this scene when I saw it in the theater. In my head I was yelling, “Quit emoting! Get out of there! You want to get caught again? Idiot!”
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“In honor of the Jeter, maybe the Yankees should disband. How can they possibly go on?”
-- Jerry Grillo, writer, husband, father, and fan of Willie Mays, during a Facebook discussion on how Jetered-out we have all become in this, Jeter's final, interminble retirement year. I, of course, have been saying similar things for a while (in May, July, mid-July, later July, end of July, early September, and mid-September, to name a few) but it took a rant from Keith Olbermann to get everyone else talking about it. Now even Yankee fans are admitting, yeah, maybe it is a bit much.
After another 0-fer today in the Yankees' elimination game, Jeter's got four left. Nobody pull any Denny McLain shit now.
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“I'm not sure, Mr. D'Souza, that you get it. And it is still hard for me to discern any personal acceptance of responsibility in this case.”
-- U.S. District Judge Richard Berman to right-wing pundit Dinesh D'Souza, who was then sentenced to eight months in a community confinement center for violating campaign finance laws by illegally reimbursing two “straw donors” (i.e., people who donated money on D'Souza's behalf and past his legal limit) in the ultimately unsucessful U.S. Senate candidancy of Republican Wendy Long, a longtime D'Souza friend. D'Souza was also fined $30,000, ordered to undergo therapy, and ordered to perform community service one day a week. He will get five years probation but avoided prison time.
Irresponsible, doesn't get it.