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Morning Quotes

September 16, 2007

“I believe that Western civilization, after some disgusting glitches, has become almost civilized. I believe it is our first duty to protect that civilization. I believe it is our second duty to improve it. I believe it is our third duty to extend it if we can.” – P. J. O’Rourke

“At the core of liberalism is the spoiled child – miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding, ill-disciplined, despotic and useless. Liberalism is a philosphy of sniveling brats.” — P.J. O’Rourke

“The American political system is like a gigantic Mexican Christmas fiesta. Each political party is a huge pinata — a papier-mache donkey, for example. The donkey is
filled with full employment, low interest rates, affordable housing, comprehensive medical benefits, a balanced budge and other goodies. The American voter is blindfoled and given a stick. The voter then swings the stick wildly in every direction, trying to hit a political candidate on the head and knock some sense into the silly bastard.” – P.J. O’Rourke, “Parliament of Whores”

“You can’t get good chinese takeout in China and cuban cigars are rationed in Cuba. That’s all you need to know about communism.” – P.J. ORourke

“Malthus,”, says [former] Vice President Al Gore in Earth in the Balance, “was right in predicting that the population would grow geometrically.” Al, as the father of four children, should know. — P.J. O’Rourke, All the trouble in the world. The lighter side of famine, pestilence, destruction and death.

“The college idealists who fill the ranks of the environmental movement seem willing to do absolutely anything to save the biosphere, except take science courses and learn something about it.” — P.J. O’Rourke

“There is no virtue in compulsory government charity, and there is no virtue in advocating it. A politician who portrays himself as ‘caring’ and ‘sensitive’ because he wants to expand the government’s charitable programs is merely saying that he’s willing to try to do good with other people’s money. Well, who isn’t? And a voter who takes pride in supporting such programs is telling us that he’ll do good with his own money — if a gun is held to his head.” — P.J. O’Rourke

“Good news: Hillary Clinton is coming to New York to be our senator. They’re saying now that she bought a house in Westchester. . . . It must have been very traumatic emotionally, because buying a house — this is probably the first legal real estate deal she’s been involved with.” — David Letterman, CBS “Late Show” 6/30/99

“Hillary is tougher and more disciplined than Bill is. And she’s more analytical. Among his faults, he has a tendency not to think of the consequences of the things he says. I think she knows. She’s got a a ten-second delay. If something comes to her mind she doesn’t think will play right, she cuts it off before anyone knows she’s thinking it.” — 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft

“The independent counsel concludes that Mrs. Clinton’s sworn testimony that she had no input into [presidential aide David] Watkins’ decision or role in the travel-office firings is factually inaccurate.” — Independent Counsel Robert Ray’s official assessment of the credibility of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s testimony under oath.

“Our challenge is much more pervasive than it would be if we were just facing one enemy in one place. [Instead there is] the Middle East, Iraq, North Korea, Iran. There’s a relatively long list that we believe are linked to the al Qaeda network in the Philippines, in Indonesia and in Yemen and other places. That makes it very clear that this is a global network.” — Hillary Rodham Clinton, borrowing a page from President Bush’s “axis of evil” speech, during a weekend address in Dix Hills, N.Y.

“As women and as lawyers, we must never again shy from raising our voices against sexual harassment.” – Hillary Rodham Clinton, at a 1992 American Bar Association luncheon praising Anita Hill.

“…when President Clinton went into Kosovo, he didn’t have Security Council authorization.” — Senator Hillary Clinton, Sept. 15, 2000, Meet the Press

“At a minimum Hillary was Bill’s defender and sexual enabler. At maximum, she was actually a co-abuser of these exploited women she should have defended as her feminist sisters.” — The Hillary Blitz, By Lowell Ponte, | June 10, 2003

“The only real model for a Hillary presidency is that of Richard Nixon. Like Nixon, Hillary hides a personality driven by paranoia, fear, and hatred for enemies, and a willingness to get even and do what it takes to prevail, behind a sencerity and good nature.” — Long time Clinton advisor Dick Morris, Rewriting History