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" When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel - it's vulgar. "
" I've always found it easier to be funny than to be serious. "
" People asked me during the Iraq war if I was afraid to speak out. I said no. "
" It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America. "
" I want to point out, there are a lot of politicians who enjoy the political end of politics, but they're not interested in governance. And then, there are some that are really interested in governance and are just terrible at politics. "
" The idols of one's adolescence tend to endure - you never forget how you worshipped them. "
" I have known George W. Bush slightly since we were both in high school, and I studied him closely as governor. He is neither mean nor stupid. What we have here is a man shaped by three intertwining strands of Texas culture, combined with huge blinkers of class. The three Texas themes are religiosity, anti-intellectualism, and machismo. "
" You look at the large problems that we face - that would be overpopulation, water shortages, global warming and AIDS, I suppose - all of that needs international cooperation to be solved. "
" 'Get along, go along' is not an inspirational philosophy, and only God knows how much moral cowardice it has covered up over the years. Serve your time, collect your chits, and cash 'em in for your home state? No, I'd say we could ask for more than that from our senators. "
" The extent to which not just state legislatures but the Congress of the United States are now run by large corporate special interests is beyond mere recognition as fact. The takeover is complete. "
" One seldom expects the country's president to adequately note the passing of a rocker, but Jimmy Carter's assessment of Elvis Presley's appeal - 'energy, rebelliousness and good humor' - is remarkably close to the mark. "
" How come trying to explode myths about Texas always winds up reinforcing them? "
" I wouldn't say that dittoheads, as a group, lack the ability to reason. It's just that whenever I run across one, he seems to be at a low ebb in reasoning skills. "
" 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. "
" I left the 'Trib' in 1970 with the feeling that I would never have a career in establishment media of any kind. "
" I think one can easily make a case for taking out Saddam Hussein. In fact, one could probably be made on humanitarian grounds alone. But just as there's a downside risk to doing nothing about this man, there is a very serious downside risk to invading the country. "
" A teenage foot that never tapped to 'Heartbreak Hotel' in the '50s probably belonged to a hopeless grind. "
" Right before the Bush inauguration, many women were greatly reassured when Laura said of Roe v. Wade on the 'Today' show, 'No, I don't think it should be overturned.' Three days later, her husband reimposed the 'global gag rule' on groups abroad that receive U.S. funding for family planning. "
" The Internet goes doot-doot-doot - it goes sideways. There's nothing hierarchical about it. And the best thing about it is also the worst thing about it, which is there are no gatekeepers on the Internet. Consequently, there's a whole lot of bad information on the Internet. But I think that sorts itself out over time. "
" I spent my girlhood as a Clydesdale among thoroughbreds. "
" Those who imagine polygamy to be handy cover for promiscuity are apparently off the mark. If polygamists share one quality, it is that, polygamy aside, they are extraordinarily strait-laced. "
" All anyone needs to enjoy the state legislature is a strong stomach and a complete insensitivity to the needs of the people. As long as you don't think about what that peculiar body should be doing and what it actually is doing to the quality of life in Texas, then it's all marvelous fun. "
" Sometimes misunderstandings between bloggers and the MSM are the result of simple ignorance. "
" One nice thing about the benefit of long experience with la frontera is that we in Texas don't have to run around getting all hysterical about immigrants. The border is porous. When you want cheap labor, you open it up; when you don't, you shut it down. It works to our benefit - it always has. "
" The reason I take Rush Limbaugh seriously is not because he's offensive or right-wing, but because he is one of the few people addressing a large group of disaffected people in this country. And despite his frequent denials, Limbaugh does indeed have a somewhat cult-like effect on his ditto heads. "
" It is the stories we don't get, the ones we miss, pass over, fail to recognize, don't pick up on, that will send us to hell. "
" I'm sorry to say cancer can kill you, but it doesn't make you a better person. "
" Laura Bush, it seems, is used to cast a softer light on her husband, who then proceeds to reverse whatever she's just promised. "
" Guns do kill. Unlike cars, that is all they do. "
" 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. "
" If Bush does make it to the White House, he and Laura should have Ken Starr over for dinner. "