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Saturday December 20, 2014

Quote of the Day

“Are Republicans really going to spend the first year of their new majority trying to undo everything the president has done — to roll back the clock? Will they defend isolation of Cuba against the wishes of most young Cuban-Americans? Will they restore a family-destroying deportation policy, when Obama's de-emphasis on sending illegal immigrants home has already given him a 15-point boost among Latinos? Will they take away health insurance from millions who never had it before? Will they insist that nothing can be done on climate change, while an agreement is on the table for the world's two biggest polluters, the United States and China, to do something significant?

”The President Obama of the last six weeks is willing to take that bet.“

-- Timothy Egan, ”Obama Unbound," in The New York Times. I agree with much of this but not the last sentence. Obama has already made his mark a thousand times over.

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Posted at 09:13 AM on Dec 20, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Friday December 19, 2014

Quote of the Day

“Here's hoping North Korea pre-hates the next Expendables sequel.”

-- Jerry Grillo, Atlanta.

Along with everyone else, Deadline has craeted a timeline on the Sony hack attack, which, the FBI confirmed today, was in fact perpetrated by North Korea under the guise of the hacking group “Guardians of Peace.” It's good to remember that the movie chains started pulling out first, after threats to its theaters were made by GOP. Then Sony pulled the movie from the few theaters remaining. I don't get why they don't go Video-on-Demand, to be honest, but the criticism has been rampant: from George Clooney (who also faulted the media for publishing hacked salacious emails) to Pres. Obama, who sympathized but wished Sony had come to him before essentially bowing to terrorist demands. Is this the first time a country has cyber-threatened an international corporation? A brave new world. 

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Posted at 04:27 PM on Dec 19, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Wednesday December 17, 2014

Quote of the Day

“There's no black male my age, who's a professional, who hasn't come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn't hand them their car keys.

”[But] the small irritations or indignities that we experience are nothing compared to what a previous generation experienced. It's one thing for me to be mistaken for a waiter at a gala. It's another thing for my son to be mistaken for a robber and to be handcuffed, or worse, if he happens to be walking down the street and is dressed the way teenagers dress.“

-- President Barack Obama, in People magazine of all places, where he also said his favorite movie of the year was ”Boyhood."

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Posted at 06:55 PM on Dec 17, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Monday December 15, 2014

The True Innovation of the Very Rich

“Those at the top have learned how to suck money from the rest in ways that the rest are hardly aware of. That is their true innovation.”

-- Joseph Stiglitz, Chair of the Council of Economist Advisors (1995-97) and chief economist at the World Bank (1997-2000), in “The Price of Inequality,” as quoted in Nick Davies' “Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch.” 

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Posted at 06:09 PM on Dec 15, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Sunday December 14, 2014

Quote of the Day

ShortList.com: Christian Bale recently said he felt jealous to see Ben Affleck wearing the cape and cowl – do you ever get that?

Michael Keaton: No. Do you know why? Because I’m Batman. I’m very secure in that.

-- from ShortList's Q&A with current Birdman, and former Batman, Michael Keaton. Great line. But it would be nice to know who did the interview, ShortList. 

Michael Keaton: I'm Batman

Keaton in 1989: “I'm Batman.”

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Posted at 09:35 AM on Dec 14, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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