Words to remember
“Lest We Forget” is a saying for a reason.
—Joe Wormington, Toronto Sun, November 10, 2017
Fighting corruption and obscenity with…er, obscenity and corruption
Trump is a true conservative, the genuine article…. Trump’s personality rubs most people the wrong way, leading many to reject him out of hand. But for those able to look past his persona – his tweets, his vulgarity, his crassness, whatever—and to judge him on his substance, Trump presents as extraordinarily fit to be president, as a standup guy, a true conservative able to take on the corruption of the elites and the obscenity of political correctness.
—Lawrence Solomon, National Post, Nov. 10, 2017.
“I’d rather go fishing with Donna Brazile than go fishing with Hillary Clinton because you get the feeling you’ll be sleeping with the fishes by the end of the afternoon if you go fishing with Hillary.”
—Mark Steyn, on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Nov. 8, 2017.
The lawyers made me put that in
In the first months of 2017, coincident with Donald Trump’s arrival at the White House, one image captured public imagination like no other: the bronze statue of “Fearless Girl” defiantly standing her ground against Wall Street’s “Charging Bull….” In real life, of course, sticking a little girl in front of a charging bull is child abuse, not unlike a the [sic] spectre of a 14-year-old girl “dating” a 32-year-old Alabama district attorney. Any sentient person should have looked at the staged tableau and shouted: “Run, little bronzed girl, run! This won’t end well for you.”
—Anne Kingston, Maclone’s, Nov. 13, 2017.
Which is an odd statement, because it does
Once again attention is fixed on a mass public shooting in America. Once again all the usual things are being said and not said. And once again they miss the point, and sometimes the facts as well. Starting with the New York Times wondering why the United States has so many mass public shootings compared to other countries. Which is an odd question because it doesn’t.
—John Robson, National Post, Nov. 9, 2017.
—cnn.com, Oct. 4, 2017.
Americans are 10 times more likely to be killed by guns than people in other developed countries, a new study finds. Compared to 22 other high-income nations, the United States’ gun-related murder rate is 25 times higher. And, even though the United States’ suicide rate is similar to other countries, the nation’s gun-related suicide rate is eight times higher than other high-income countries, researchers said. The study was published…in the American Journal of Medicine
—cbsnews.com, Feb. 3, 2016.
I can’t seem to face up to the facts, I’m tense and nervous and I can’t relax...
Many liberals take for granted that guns dramatically increase domestic violence, and people who uphold the right of effective self-defence, a.k.a. “gun nuts,” are redneck losers prone to hate and instability…. What happened here is not that guns killed people. A bad man with a history of violence was allowed to roam free, warning signs were ignored and government bungled. But fundamentally, dozens of people died in Sutherland Springs because of evil, not because inanimate objects turn normal people into psycho killers.
—John Robson, op. cit.
Yeah, so go fuck ourselves!
It says something about the monomania of the avid climate change crusaders that they will reach for any grimy stick with which to beat Trump, even if the stick in question is the hideous and murderous dictator of Syria. The repeated headline the world over was this: Syria Plans to Sign the Paris Climate Deal. That Makes the U.S. the Only UN Country Opposing It. If that’s what it takes to bash Trump, well then Welcome Bashar. Has the COP 23 club not heard of Groucho Marx? Who wants to be part of a club that welcomes Bashar al-Assad to its membership? That welcomes a sign-on from the hell-state of Kim Jong Un?
—T. Rex Murphy, National Post, Nov. 10, 2017.
How about this column (like choux pastry only less nutritious)?
There are things everyone wants to do over. Your first marriage…. That one year you can’t remember because you were high…. That time you ate heartily of a croquembouche (a pyramid of choux pastry balls strung with threads of caramel) that had been sitting out in the shop all day because the French don’t understand the concept of refrigeration…. Wiping out the bison…. Destroying the cod stocks off Newfoundland so that I cannot eat bacalhau (like choux pastry but with fish)….
—Heather Mallick, Toronto Star, Nov. 10, 2017
The bear is still in therapy
“I wasn’t like the other children, playing football and doing things like that. I was alone, so I was always sketching and taking care of my teddy bear, and dressing it up, and putting a little cone bra on it…doing those kinds of stupid things.”
—Jean Paul Gaultier, quoted by Jeanne Beker, Globe and Mail, Nov. 11, 2017.
But despite my new addiction to detaining make-believe animals in an imaginary red ball, I had a hunch that Poke-mania wasn’t long for this world. I predicted, in a column in this newspaper, that it was only a matter of time before us Poke-folk would tire of the augmented reality game….
—Emma Teitel, Toronto Star, Nov. 9, 2017.