A few quotes to ponder as we head into the weekend:
“Oh, well. When the Feds surround my place for the big shootout, I hope my home gets described as a ‘compound’ just before it goes up in smoke. Cool.” –Mark Steyn, National Review Online, in response to a Department of Homeland Security report warning of dangerous right-wing extremist activity.
“Make no mistake, dear readers, we are living under tyranny. Especially to those who voted for Barack Obama and a Democratic Congress, you are living in denial if you believe otherwise. This is not hyperbole.” — The Sarasota Observer, in an article un-hyperbolically titled “Live Free or Die.”
“For now, though, one can’t help but note that these ‘conservatives’ seem so very angry about a federal government program designed to do nothing other than protect the glorious Homeland from Terrorists. And we know that this is the purpose of the DHS program because that’s what the Government said its purpose is. So what else is there to know? That’s the lesson we all learned over the last eight years: Bush said that all of his secret surveillance programs were only directed at Al Qaeda, so how can anyone say otherwise?” — Glenn Greenwald, Slate, in response to right-wing criticism of the Department of Homeland Security
“The white cloth with the blue lettering inched toward the ceiling, shiny and new, and for a moment, it was like watching the first raising of the flag of a new country.” – Gary Shelton, St. Petersburg Times, For Rays, raising of banners buries bad old days
“I fundamentally misunderstood what was going on.” — Ben Affleck, upon discovering that his hometown paper, the Boston Globe, is in danger of going out of business.
“I think everyone has their own style in interacting. I think everyone has their own style in journalism. Look, I’m a girl from the South! Sometimes I laugh.” – Sarah Lacy, responding to criticism that she laughed when her interviewee called another reporter a “douche bag.”