Quotes of Note

January 5, 2004 Saddam's Capture: OK, But What About Those Funerals? "But haven't we learned how perilous foreign policy is for this president? I mean, right now, the way you're describing it, it's pretty rosy, and things are looking good for the president, for the country. But before Saddam was caught, not long ago, we were talking about casualties. We were talking about a situation where the president did not want to go to the funerals of a lot of the killed soldiers in Iraq, because why bring attention to the tragedy of-that was going on day after day there... continue reading
We Really, Really Like Gay Marriage "A New Underground Railroad: Hundreds of Americans, fleeing state laws, are going to Canada to marry." - Teaser headline to a story likening the ban on gay marriage to slavery, November 23. "Last week's ruling by the highest court in Massachusetts legalizing gay marriage was perfectly timed in many ways. It feels like a snowball effect, coming only months after Canada legalized marriage and three years after Vermont allowed civil unions for gay couples. And it comes just in time for same-sex couples to begin planning a June wedding." - Wedding pages writer Lois... continue reading
Reagan Stoked the AIDS Plague "This epic is, among other things, a searing indictment of how the Reagan administration's long silence stoked the plague of AIDS in the 1980's....Whatever his script's fictions, it accurately conveys the rancid hypocrisy among powerful closeted gay Republicans in Washington as AIDS spiraled." - Editor Frank Rich praising HBO's adaptation of the anti-Reagan, pro-gay play "Angels in America," November 16. Clinton's "Failure to Strengthen Government's Hand" Over the Economy "[Economist Joseph] Stiglitz offers a different and more illuminating sequence of events, one that helps to free us from blind faith in deficit reduction and the... continue reading
That's " Mr . Right-Wing Bloviator" to You, Pal "This week [CBS] replayed its craven Vietnam-era cancellation of the Smothers Brothers by yanking its Reagans mini-series after fire from right-wing bloviators and the Republican National Committee. - Editor Frank Rich, November 9. Warren Hoge's Rogue Commentary "America is now something of a rogue state, a pariah nation. People repeatedly say it isn't Americans we don't like, it is just Bush. He pushes hot buttons. Bush has so much to do with this rather stupendous fall-off in American popularity. It is quite amazing to think where we were the day after... continue reading
Extremist Republicans to Blame for Everything "Our political culture has not been infected by some virus from outer space, or from TV. The carrier was Newt Gingrich.Today's Republican Party is arguably the most extreme-the furthest from the center-of any governing majority in the nation's history." - Contributing writer James Traub, October 26, 2003 New York Times Magazine . Thatcher the Throwback "Mr. Howard, a former barrister and the son of Romanian-born immigrants, will be under pressure to win the support of moderate Tories who see him as a throwback to the right-wing policies of Margaret Thatcher." - Alan Cowell on... continue reading
"Ghoulish" Not To Let Terri Schiavo Die "But the State Legislature and Gov. Jeb Bush have mocked the courts' careful deliberations and embarked on a ghoulish medical journey by directing that her feeding resume. The courts should reaffirm [Terri] Schiavo's right to die in peace." - Editorial on the Terri Schiavo case, October 23, 2003 The World Still Hates Bush "Mr. Bush seemed determined to show that Iraq was a special case and to dispel the impression held in many parts of the world that he is impatient, trigger-happy and uninterested in building alliances. He sounds like a man who... continue reading
The Pope's Too Catholic "John Paul has won the hearts of many Catholics and alienated many others. He was boundlessly energetic and visionary in his travels but staunchly traditional in his interpretation of many church teachings." - Frank Bruni, marking the 25th anniversary of the Pope's reign, October 17, 2003 See TW Article "Some historians say [Pope John Paul II] played an important role in the collapse of Communism in Europe by exhorting fellow Poles and others under the grip of the Soviet Union to reject an ideology that he deemed oppressive." - Frank Bruni, October 17, 2003 See TW... continue reading
The Pope's Too Catholic "John Paul has won the hearts of many Catholics and alienated many others. He was boundlessly energetic and visionary in his travels but staunchly traditional in his interpretation of many church teachings." - Frank Bruni, marking the 25th anniversary of the Pope's reign, October 17, 2003 "Some historians say [Pope John Paul II] played an important role in the collapse of Communism in Europe by exhorting fellow Poles and others under the grip of the Soviet Union to reject an ideology that he deemed oppressive." - Frank Bruni, October 17, 2003 "[Pope John Paul II] widened... continue reading
That Didn't Take Long "The joyous bursts of gunfire that echoed throughout parts of Iraq on Sunday are already a distant memory." - Edward Wong, December 16, the day after the Times featured the captured Hussein on its front page. Boo-Frickity-Hoo "Taliban Detainee Is Depressed, Lawyer Says" - Headline to Neil Lewis' story on a lawyer visiting a client in Guantanamo Bay, December 18. Frank Rich, Relevant As Ever "In the final installment, the pre-eminent heavy of the first two parts, the evil wizard Saruman, has vanished-as out of sight, if not mind, as Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein."... continue reading
Al Sharpton, "Civil Rights Leader?" "The settlement is a welcome development for Mr. Sharpton, whose personal finances as a civil rights leader have often been stretched and shrouded in mystery." - Thomas Lueck on a lawsuit victory by race-baiter Al Sharpton, December 9. "Even his opponents concede, however, that Mr. Sharpton has the ability to marshal grass-roots efforts in the city's black and Hispanic neighborhoods, where he has made a name for himself as a civil rights advocate and street brawler." - Raymond Hernandez, December 12. Halliburton's Non-Profiteering Profiteers " Yes, Halliburton is profiteering in Iraq-will apologists finally concede the... continue reading