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" Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful. "
" Should a girl like me, in whom the milk of human kindness flows copiously for everyone, from protein-shy Hottentots to the glandular obese, actually aim a few swift boots at the prone form of Sen. Phil Gramm? Nah. But it's tempting. "
" I intensely covered Bush when he was Governor of Texas. "
" In truth, there is no rational argument for guns in this society. This is no longer a frontier nation in which people hunt their own food. It is a crowded, overwhelmingly urban country in which letting people have access to guns is a continuing disaster. "
" Conservatives, in general, are anti-immigrant for the same reasons they have always been anti-immigrant - a proud tradition in our nation of immigrants going back to the days of the Founders, when Ben Franklin thought we were going to be overrun by Germans. But Business likes illegal workers. "
" Legislative language is governed by a law of etymology that is also the ancient code of the bureaucracy: It doesn't have to be right, it just has to be close enough for government work. If they understand what you mean, it doesn't matter what you say or how you say it. "
" The stakes they play for in politics are paper and money. The chips they play with are your life. "
" One of the things I said was that I had been in great hopes that I would become a better person as a result of confronting my own mortality, but it actually never happened. I didn't become a better person. "
" Behind a smoke screen of high-profile female appointees and soothing slogans, George W. Bush is waging war on women. "
" In order to understand why George W. Bush doesn't get it, you have to take several strands of common Texas attitude, then add an impressive degree of class-based obliviousness. What you end up with is a guy who sees himself as a perfectly nice fellow - and who is genuinely disconnected from the impact of his decisions on people. "
" The idols of one's adolescence tend to endure - you never forget how you worshipped them. "
" Racists seem obsessed by the idea that illegal workers - the hardest-working, poorest people in America - are somehow getting away with something, sneaking goodies that should be for Americans. You can always avoid this problem by having no social services. This is the refreshing Texas model, and it works a treat. "
" Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. "
" Even I felt sorry for Richard Nixon when he left; there's nothing you can do about being born liberal - fish gotta swim, and hearts gotta bleed. "
" I do object to those who jump from political hackery to flackery and expect respect. "
" Many a time freedom has been rolled back - and always for the same sorry reason: fear. "
" I only aim at the powerful. When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel - it's vulgar. "
" I believe in practicing prudence at least once every two or three years. "
" The trouble with capitalism as a system is that only those who have or can get capital can make it work for them, and that leaves out damn near all of us. "
" There is more hooey spread about the Second Amendment. It says quite clearly that guns are for those who form part of a well-regulated militia, i.e., the armed forces including the National Guard. The reasons for keeping them away from everyone else get clearer by the day. "
" Sometimes misunderstandings between bloggers and the MSM are the result of simple ignorance. "
" If Bush does make it to the White House, he and Laura should have Ken Starr over for dinner. "
" The Kurds will not be allowed to have an independent country because Turkey wouldn't stand for it; they have their own Kurdish population. "
" I dearly love the state of Texas, but I consider that a harmless perversion on my part and discuss it only with consenting adults. "
" I have always been a left-winger and an outsider. I loved being that. I was perfectly cheerful with that role. Then suddenly, you're one of the talking heads on 'Nightline,' and you think you must have sold out. "
" Laws were changed and regulations repealed until an Enron can set sail without responsibility, supervision, or accountability. "
" Guns do kill. Unlike cars, that is all they do. "
" Those who think of freedom in this country as one long, broad path leading ever onward and upward are dead damned wrong. "
" Public campaign financing isn't perfect and can doubtlessly be improved upon as we go. "
" Keep fighting for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. "
" I spent my girlhood as a Clydesdale among thoroughbreds. "