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" 'Duck Dynasty' is a ridiculous show, and long may it wave. America and democracy will endure. They've seen a lot worse. "
" If American forces leave Afghanistan, the Taliban is going to do what to America? Don't say you're worried about what they will do to the Afghan people. If that was America's concern, America's operational presence there would be much different. "
" We Americans are hard on almost everything. We are hard on our vehicles, our marriages and our heroes. Mostly, however, we are hard on ourselves. "
" The opportunity to write for the 'L.A. Weekly' has been one of the better breaks that has come my way in a long time. "
" Sarah Palin embarrasses herself almost immediately upon opening her mouth to speak or upon moving her fingers to send messages to her dull flock. "
" If you paid Americans a living wage, they would be able to pay for products made by Americans in America. "
" I have been listening to the Stooges' self-titled first album for well over half my life, and it remains one of the most exciting and essential records I have ever had the good fortune to come into contact with. "
" You can't get your head around something if you're yelling. "
" I come from a town of great musicians: Washington, D.C. It's no joke, that history. "
" There is no place in the world like Australia. Not even its beautiful neighbor New Zealand. "
" I'm pessimistic. I don't think that justice always gets the right person. "
" I think Perry Ferrell put independent music on a very good path with Lollapalooza. "
" I am an employment hyena. I am happy to make a meal of what the lions leave behind. "
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" I hate painting with a broad brush, but I think the birther thing, at its root, is racist. The guy was born in Hawaii. A black guy is president. It's cool. Get over it. Just deal with it. There's nothing you could show these birther people that would shut them up. "
" I don't know how much you follow current events. For some, there's not enough time to keep up on what's happening; for others, the news is too depressing, and peering too deeply fills one with boiling frustration all too quickly. "
" Now and then, someone is able to look at an empty space, conclude it would be a great place to start a revolution, and bravely go forward. "
" I would like go to Palestine and interview people there about what their lives are like; same thing in Iran. "
" To me, the real 'state of the union' is found in how Americans react to current events. "
" Everyone who knows me knows that I'm a hopeless romantic who listens to love ballads and doo-wop songs all the time. "
" Collecting records is, for many, beyond a hobby. "
" When people make my country look bad, I can't stand it. "
" I have come to the conclusion that it's a waste of time to have too much pride in anything. Perhaps it's good to have a sense of duty, a jealous zeal to protect or improve, but pride ultimately is only that which stands vulnerable to offense and degradation. "
" I think, to a great degree, we humans still divide ourselves into two species, even though we are monotypic. There are males and females. We see them as different and not equal. "
" Maybe I'm just a psycho, and the stage is a better place to go than either the loony bin or somewhere else. "
" 'The Great Gatsby' is a book I have read a few times, and it seems to get heavier every time I come to visit. "
" Seasonal change in Los Angeles is often a very subtle thing. It's not as if we finally stop having to shovel the snow out of our driveways and can put our parkas back in the closet. "
" The fact is, in the minds of many, Trayvon Martin received the appropriate punishment for a true crime: He was black, male and dared to walk outside. In life, young Trayvon was just a teenager; in death, he has been transformed into a scary, lurking, suspicious, prone-to-violence spook. "
" We're at peak oil, peak water, peak resources, and so either we figure it out and let science lead or we head down a very bad, dark trail to where a lot of people aren't going to make it. "
" I mean Black Flag happened. I was lucky. I don't think I could have put together something with one percent of that oomph on my own. "
" Being unique is never easy, and often, by the time culture catches up with you, there are only a few people who notice. "
" With any advent in technology, any technological innovation, there is the good and the bad. "