Here are some quotes that recently inspired me. What they inspired me to do, is anybody’s guess – perhaps eat ice cream, I don’t know. Geez, don’t be so picky about where you get your inspiration, just enjoy the quotes.
From Mel Brooks in a recent LA Times interview about Get Smart the movie:
Q: How do you feel that 40-some years later, the situation hasn’t improved as far as the CIA being out of touch?
A: “It’s true. They’re still out of touch. In a strange way, they’re still kind of supermen, kind of SS troops: We’re blond and the best and everyone else should be incinerated. They argue about waterboarding! Is it right to shove water up a person’s nostrils? Or maybe we shouldn’t do it as much. Or maybe we should do half as much water up his nostrils. They just simply don’t see the picture. They don’t know right from wrong. That’s what makes a satire of these government bureaus really funny.”
Scott McClellan, former Bush press secretary confirming charges of lying among Bush administration’s top folk in his new book:
“I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice President, the President’s chief of staff, and the President himself.”
–Thomas Jefferson, Autobiography, in reference to the Virginia Act for Religious Freedom:
“Where the preamble declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed by inserting “Jesus Christ,” so that it would read “A departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion;” the insertion was rejected by the great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mohammedan, the Hindoo and Infidel of every denomination.”
This next quote may inspire me to move to Japan if McCain becomes President:
“Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno.”
John McCain 1998, reducing political discussion to the evaluation of the attractiveness of the President’s teenage daughter (Chelsea just turned 18 at that time). This ‘joke’ was about as funny as the later ‘McCain fathered an illegitimate black baby’ one-liner that stemmed from the George W. Bush 2000 political campaign.
Judge Jack Skeen Jr., Texas, while sentencing a 17 year old High School junior to 8 years (!) in prison for making a fake threatening phone call to a rival high school player,:
It’s “the times we live in”
The same Judge Jack Skeen, Jr., in 2000, before he was a judge after his case got a 29 year old man sentenced to 16 years (!) in prison for stealing one Snickers candy bar:
“It was a king size,” Smith County assistant district attorney Jodi Brown
I am not sure when “the times we live in” started for Judge Skeen, but it has been over 8 years so far of his ‘times’ of pushing for outrageous harsh punishments. Grab a Snickers bar around Skeen, and you won’t be doing anything for a while.
Then United States Senator Robert Kennedy in a speech over 40 years prior to Obama’s Democratic nomination for President of the United States:
“And now we have an Irish Catholic as president of the United States. The same kind of progress can be made by U.S. Negroes.”
Photos: MLK and RFK from RobertFKennedy.net
2000 year old man from the Serious Comedy Site
Thomas Jefferson statue from Flickr – JeffQ’s pics
Scott McClellan with Rove, Cheney and other Bush criminal gang from JAMD through viewimages.com
The very attractive Chelsea Clinton photo from The Tartan Online, Carnegie Mellon’s Student Newspaper
Snickers Prison from Advertolog.com
Obama smoking from this guy‘s myspace page