Sunday, July 17, 2005

Quotation Station

Blue Moon of Kentucky, Stop That Smiling
I don’t get around much any more, so it was news to me that the official license plates of Kentucky bear a smiley-face icon, called “Mr. Smiley,” with the motto, “Kentucky: It’s that friendly!” The design, AP informs me, was unveiled by then-Governor Paul Patton in 2002. Reaction was swift.

“Some drivers drew a mustache on the smiling sun's image or covered it up with a frowning-face sticker or duct tape. Others even paid extra money not to have Mr. Smiley greet other drivers …. The backlash brought a surge in sales of specialty plates…. Mr. Smiley even irritated some state legislators, who proposed several bills over the past two years to change the plates.”

On January 1, Mr. Smiley will be history. Current Governor Ernie Fletcher is supposed to announce the change on Tuesday. The new slogan will be “Unbridled Spirit.” And perhaps the license plate will show a picture of a fierce horse, or a brooding pony.

Are the terrorists downsizing?
Anne-Marie Slaughter over at tpm café ponders:

“After all the predictions of apocalyptic terrorism, the assurances that we are in a new era in which al Qaeda’s chief goal must be to top its last attack in drama and number of deaths (hence the overriding likelihood that it will try to acquire and use a weapon of mass destruction), we seem to be back to fairly ordinary – albeit horrible – bombings of transport systems.”

Belgravia Dispatch wonders the same thing:

“…[D]on't you think that, for a Big Bang style attack in London--a major world and financial capital and home to the so hated Bush Poodle Tony--don't you think al-Qaeda would have put to use the very best explosives it had at its disposal? …”

And Rush Limbaugh had these words of condolence:
"It's like I said -- 40 people dead, 150 seriously wounded, 1,000 wounded out of over 1 million people in that transit tube. It's not a successful terrorist attack, folks."

Brit Hume’s reaction to the London bombing.
"My first thought when I heard - just on a personal basis, when I heard there had been this attack and I saw the futures this morning, which were really in the tank, I thought, 'Hmmm, time to buy.'"

Fox’s Stuart Varney finds a plus side!
"It takes global warming off the front burner. It takes African aid off the front burner. It sticks terrorism and the fight on the war on terror, right up front all over again."

Fox’s John “Ever-tasteful” Gibson had this to say:
If the International Olympic Committee “…had picked France instead of London to hold the Olympics, it would have been the one time we could look forward to where we didn't worry about terrorism. They'd blow up Paris, and who cares? This is why I thought the Brits should let the French have the Olympics - let somebody else be worried about guys with backpack bombs for a while."

In other news, Karl Rove – whistleblower
WSJ editorial-July 13
“For Mr. Rove is turning out to be the real ‘whistleblower’ in this whole sorry pseudo-scandal. He's the one who warned Time's Matthew Cooper and other reporters to be wary of Mr. Wilson's credibility. He's the one who told the press the truth that Mr. Wilson had been recommended for the CIA consulting gig by his wife, not by Vice President Dick Cheney as Mr. Wilson was asserting on the airwaves. In short, Mr. Rove provided important background so Americans could understand that Mr. Wilson wasn't a whistleblower but was a partisan trying to discredit the Iraq War in an election campaign. Thank you, Mr. Rove.”

Yeah, thanks a heap. As a matter of fact, for his ceaseless efforts to bring unvarnished truth to the media, why not give Karl Rove a medal, made out of that Niger uranium?


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