Quotes of Note

January 14, 2005 Times Lauds Anti-War Poet Fighting "Patriotic Jingoism" "The poetry of C. K. Williams is the antidote to patriotic jingoism, moral smugness and the imbecility of the easily amused. His fierce, unrelenting moral spotlight, turned unflinchingly on himself and the world around him, however, has intensified with war and terrorism." - From Chris Hedges' "Public Lives" profile of radical anti-war poet C.K. Williams, January 13. "Perception" That Cheney Is Running the Country "At the same time, [Bush friend Roland] Betts describes a president more concerned than he lets on about the perception among some critics that Vice President... continue reading
July 29, 2005 Support the Troops With Higher Taxes, Gas Rationing "From bases in Iraq and across the United States to the Pentagon and the military's war colleges, officers and enlisted personnel quietly raise a question for political leaders: if America is truly on a war footing, why is so little sacrifice asked of the nation at large? There is no serious talk of a draft to share the burden of fighting across the broad citizenry, and neither Republicans nor Democrats are pressing for a tax increase to force Americans to cover the $5 billion a month in costs from... continue reading
July 15, 2005 Seeing Class Warfare on a Pro-London Website "A few days ago, We're Not Afraid might have been a comfort. Today, there's a hint of 'What, me worry?' from Mad magazine days, but without the humor or the sarcasm. We're Not Afraid, set up to show solidarity with London, seems to be turning into a place where the haves of the world can show that they're not afraid of the have-nots." - Sarah Boxer about www.werenotafraid.com a website set up to support London in the wake of the 7/7 terror attacks, July 12. Blame Terror Attacks on Blair's... continue reading
July 01, 2005 Left-Wing Politics With Your Popcorn? "We have all heard the appalling statistics. More than 30 million Americans work low-wage jobs, and more than half the people who began the last decade in poverty are still there. Many are single mothers, battling a system intent on getting people off welfare without lifting them out of poverty. The documentary reveals a country rife with income inequality, short-term political thinking and ineffective tracking of deadbeat dads, a country in which filling a simple prescription for a child's asthma medication can put a family in the street." - New NYT movie... continue reading
June 17, 2005 Dictator in a "Spiffy Suit" In 1955 a clean-shaven young man in a spiffy suit came to New York with the wild notion of raising money to finance a revolution in his homeland, Cuba. Even then Fidel Castro knew the value of a good photo-op, so he was glad to meet a countryman, Osvaldo Salas, who lived with his family in the Bronx and made a living as a photographer. - Annette Grant, June 12 . "Thousands" Sent to Stalin's Gulag? "The [Amnesty International] report, released May 25, placed the United States at the heart of its... continue reading
June 3, 2005 Female's Indy 500 Finish Highlights Bush's Ignorance of Women "It is very conceivable that the gap-toothed [team cosponsor] David Letterman understands what revs a woman's engine more than the gender-gapped George W. Bush. Besides, knowing what women want is not the expertise of the Bush administration." - Sports columnist Selena Roberts , using female Indy 500 driver Danica Patrick fourth-place finish to rant against Bush and in favor of the federal Title IX mandating parity in funding for school-based male and female sports. The "Stern Message" of a Baby Photo-Op? "It was a White House photo-op with... continue reading
May 23, 2005 Newsweek's Koran Story? Blame Bush First "Republicans close to the White House said that although President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were genuinely angered by the Newsweek article, West Wing officials were also exploiting it in an effort to put a check on the press.Some news media commentators said that the White House was blaming the press for problems of its own making." - White House reporter Elisabeth Bumiller, May 18. A "Discredited" Claim that Iraq Supported Terrorism? "The White House has always insisted that Mr. Bush did not finally decide to carry out the invasion... continue reading
May 6, 2005 Stalinist Paul Robeson a "Celebrated Defender of Civil Rights" "The larger-than-life actor and activist Paul Robeson is a tall order for any play - or for that matter actor - to capture. Robeson was a dazzling polymath (not to mention a stunning physical presence): a star athlete and valedictorian at Rutgers; a lawyer; a world-famous singer and actor; and a celebrated defender of civil rights, social justice and Soviet socialism, who was ultimately blacklisted and had his passport revoked." - Critic Phoebe Hoban on Stalinist actor Paul Robeson in a review of a play about his life,... continue reading
April 15, 2005 Terri Schiavo "Necro-Porn" "Between Terri Schiavo and the pope, we've feasted on decomposing bodies for almost a solid month now. The carefully edited, three-year-old video loops of Ms. Schiavo may have been worthless as medical evidence but as necro-porn their ubiquity rivaled that of TV's top entertainment franchise, the all-forensics-all-the-time 'CSI.'" - Associate Editor Frank Rich, April 10. George W. Bush, "Fortunate Son"? "Nonetheless, [Bush campaign strategist Mark] McKinnon said that Mr. Bush had not gone so far as to include on his playlist 'Fortunate Son,' the angry anti-Vietnam war song about who has to go to... continue reading
April 1, 2005 Schiavo Supporters Like Witch-Hunters, the Taliban "An ABC News survey last weekend found that only 27 percent of Americans thought it was 'appropriate' for Congress to 'get involved' in the Schiavo case and only 16 percent said it would want to be kept alive in her condition. But a majority of American colonists didn't believe in witches during the Salem trials either - any more than the Taliban reflected the views of a majority of Afghans." - Arts editor/columnist Frank Rich, March 27. Liberal Pols In Danger of "Assassination" From Conservatives "America isn't yet a place where... continue reading