Quote du jour

“It was as if the media thought that money just appeared in the hands of some fortunate souls by way of miracle . . . or some unspoken and undiscovered criminal activity. But never by work. It was the oddest of political prejudices that wealth didn’t come from work, but rather from something else, a something never really described, but always implied to be suspect.” — Tom Clancy, The Bear and the Dragon

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Quote du jour (Trump in China)

Rush Limbaugh explained during hour 2 of yesterday’s show how spectacularly successful President Trump’s trip to Asia has been, and how the mainstream press hasn’t reported any of it because it doesn’t fit their narrative. This is something that deserves to be reported, for sure.

I know full well how easy it is get caught up in the media narrative, because it’s oppressive. It doesn’t stop. The media doesn’t show you anything positive. Look, Trump’s trip in China, Trump’s trip to Asia is a grand-slam home run. They’re not televising it. There’s not a single network that televised Trump’s arrival ceremony in China. There’s not a single network that televised all of the ChiCom children waving the American flags. There are more ChiCom children waving the American flag than we have NFL players waving the American flag. ChiCom kids are waving the American flag. They’re happy to see President Trump. President Trump, as I said yesterday, is representing the United States from a position of strength. The world needs it, the world celebrates it, the world wants it, and Trump is providing it.

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“I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God’s will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at a commensurate speed.” — excerpt from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Quotes du jour

Here’s a couple of gems from yesterday’s Rush Limbaugh show:

In the midst of all of this robust economic recovery action, Trump’s numbers are reported to be in the thirties. I’m telling you right now I don’t believe it. I don’t believe Trump’s numbers are in the thirties just like I don’t believe the Russians and Trump colluded to steal the election from Hillary, just like I don’t believe half, if not more, of what I saw reported in the news day in and day out. So in 2014, 60% of Americans said their dream of a great life was unachievable, but now 82% believe that it’s possible.

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Do you think Donna Brazile is distancing herself from some anvils that might be falling on Hillary fairly soon? …[T]he Mueller investigation might have some anvils in there that are ready to drop on Hillary and…Donna Brazile is trying to clear herself out of the landing area of the anvils.

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Quote du jour

From the Rush Limbaugh Show today, hour 1, right off the bat:

There aren’t any black women that made the trek to Harvey Weinstein’s hotel suite; therefore, in addition to everything else this is, it’s racist. This illustrates and demonstrates the problem of African-American women being cast in Hollywood. Because if the casting couch is the route — and if no producer wants an African-American actress on the casting couch — then there is casting couch racism.

https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2017/10/23/i-wish-id-had-the-guts-to-predict-this-on-the-radio/

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On Wednesday’s show, Rush Limbaugh offered the following explanation as to why so many Hollywood men are liberal, or at least give the appearance they are liberal:

How many of these guys in Hollywood actually are liberals? When the purpose of Hollywood is to get girls and then doing whatever you have to do and being whatever you have to be in order to get girls, if you think that you gotta be pro-choice and if you think you have to be supportive of every wacko feminist cause, and if that’s what it takes to succeed in Hollywood and to get girls, then that’s what you’ll do, whether you believe it or not. I think that explains a lot of it. I don’t know how much. It’s phoniness is the bottom line. But what it has led to is that the vast majority of the truly abusive anti-women behavior actually exists and takes place in liberalism, among people on the left who all have an immunity from it.

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Quote du jour (Calvin Coolidge on “the political mind”)

[The political mind] is a strange mixture of vanity and timidity, of an obsequious attitude at one time and a delusion of grandeur at another time, of the most selfish preferment combined with the most sacrificing patriotism. The political mind is the product of men in public life who have been twice spoiled. They have been spoiled with praise and they have been spoiled with abuse. With them nothing is natural, everything is artificial.

Quotes I’ve seen on Twitter in the last 48 hours

“When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.” ― Thomas Sowell

“The oldest fraud is the belief that the political left is the party of the poor and the downtrodden.”

If only liberals hated illegal aliens that currently come to America to rape children and women as much as they hate Christopher Columbus.

Bannon on @seanhannity tonight, “We’re going after the Republican establishment…going to challenge every Republican incumbent but Ted Cruz.”

Just got my annual notice that my health insurance premiums are rising. Can’t tell you how little I care about Bob Corker’s feelings.

Sharpton’s boycotting ESPN for suspending Jemele Hill who is boycotting ESPN ads because Jerry Jones is boycotting players who are boycotting the national anthem.

You can’t judge historic figures by today’s standards. If you were around in 1492, you’d probably be a tavern drunk, not a world explorer.

Pick up a copy of Captured by the Indians, and get back to me about this Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Day.

Are the 21% of women who ACTUALLY REPORTED smoking before/during pregnancy the same women who COULD afford tabacco, but not birth control?🤔

Criticising the most arcane, misogynistic, homophobic, violent belief system on the planet is not a “phobia,” it’s an intellectual duty.

Liberals pretend to love the 1st Amendment until Mike Pence uses his freedom of speech to leave the Colts game in support of America.

So, the President is supposed to suck up to a guy so petty that he’d tank tax reform the country desperately needs just to flip the bird to @realDonaldTrump? Doesn’t that kind of validate the President’s dim view of Corker? 🤔🇺🇸

“I’m not inclined to give up my ability to defend myself in response to demands by people who tell me they want me dead.”

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This is from The Rush Limbaugh Show on Wednesday (hour 1), where the Maha Rushie identifies yet another liberal contradiction.

[I]f you happen to be one of these lunatics on the left demanding that everybody be forced to give up their guns and you also believe that Donald Trump is the next Mussolini or Hitler, you realize what a great contradiction you’re making? You think you’re being led by the next totalitarian tyrant who is going to start putting political prisoners in jail and committing genocide against people he doesn’t like. At the same time you want to take away from yourselves and everybody else the primary way of defending against such a tyrant? Guns. These people are lunatics.

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Final Nixon quotes

On Tuesday, I finished reading the third and final volume of Stephen E. Ambrose’s monolithic biography of our 37th president, the great Richard M. Nixon. As I have done throughout, there are several quotes worth highlighting that I have collected, and this is the final installment. As always, some quotes are from Nixon himself, some are about Nixon or about the times in general.

Nixon claimed he was not guilty of criminal activity in the cover-up, because his motive was not criminal.

[Nixon] said of the United States that “no other nation in the world today has the power to save freedom, not only for ourselves but for others.”

“I believe in freedom of information, but I think it’s time we quit making heroes of people who take secret foreign policy documents and print them in the newspapers.”

At the Shreveport airport, he worked a crowd of five hundred or so and noted that he was “the only natural born citizen over 35 who cannot run for President.”

“Let me just make one thing clear. I’m not just going to fade away and live the good life in San Clemente, listening to the waves and playing golf. If I did that, turned my mind off, I would be dead mentally in a year, and physically, too.”

“You’ve got to learn to survive a defeat. That’s when you develop character.”

Still he thought Reagan would win. Carter’s weakness was “his record, his deeds. Reagan’s weaknesses are his words, and when you run against words, I think the one that is weak on deeds is going to lose.” And he ticked off the states Reagan would carry—and got all of them right.

“[A] cocktail party is an invention of the devil.”

He made dozens of speeches annually before prestigious organizations at home and abroad (he never took an honorarium for a speech).

“On reflection,” he wrote in 1990, “I am still not sure it was worth appearing on these programs because television is essentially an entertainment and not an educational medium.”

Asked what lessons Watergate held for him, he replied with his one-liner: “Just destroy all the tapes.”

Nixon guarded his access carefully. When Reagan floated the idea of calling in Ford, Carter, and Nixon for a pre-summit seminar, Nixon did some research into Ford’s and Carter’s schedules, found a date they could not make, and named that as the only time he could show up. The idea died.

“Two thousand years ago, the poet Sophocles wrote, ‘One must wait until the evening to see how splendid the day has been.’”

“In geopolitics the game never ends,” he wrote. “There is no point at which all sides cash in their chips. No victory is ever permanent and no defeat irredeemable.”

Americans want to be proud of their Presidents, and Nixon was one of them.

It was struggle that gave life meaning, not victory, but struggle. Victory was sweet, surely, but it had a downside; victory gained meant struggle ended. Thus Nixon’s habitual reaction to victory was depression.

Most losing candidates react to defeat by quitting public life. Nixon reacted to the humiliation of being forced to resign the Presidency by thrusting himself back into the arena.