"I feel the best way to ensure Americans' freedom is to tighten restrictions on that freedom in any way possible. Only through wiretaps, illegal searches and seizures, unfettered government intrusion, a controlled media and a complete crackdown on free speech can we ensure the liberties of all people." -- Attorney General John Ashcroft
That one came in fourth at Daily Kos Stupid Republican Quotes, lifted from liberalrage.
A New Year's meme, lifted from nutmeg3:
I had meant to take a moment to mention the passing of President Gerald Ford, the last Republican president I ever supported (of course, I was also 12, but still). He was a good man, which is a hard thing to say about many Republicans (or those that use that tag) today; a smart man, and really, a better leader than history remembers. He came in during a really tough time and it wasn't a job he wanted, but he did, really, a pretty good job when you look back at his accomplishments. May he rest in peace.
I can't help but note as I watch a brief retrospective on the rise and fall of Saddam Hussein (after his execution this morning), that they fail to mention in his rise to power, he was assisted by the United States, who approved of his opinions on Iran and supported his invasion of same. He wasn't the first bloody dictator we supported, and I have a feeling he won't be the last. When you look at history, it's staggering to realize just how many of the problems in the Middle East were actually caused by us in the West.
And, of course, I have to take another moment and remember the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. It's tough to lose those old legends!
As many people know I work for an insurance company; we insure a number of famous people and I occasionally see letters from their lawyers or agents as they work through their claims; but the other day I saw where one of our insureds was actually hit by a celebrity (or, rather, a member of a celebrity's family), who was then arrested for DUI. Of course, I can't mention names in a public forum, it's just one of those things I wanted to talk about.
So here we are, another year gone by. Fascinating how it both seemed so fast in retrospect and yet the time itself doesn't really move any "faster" now that I'm older - it's just the "looking back on" that seems shorter. If I have, indeed, lived approximately half my life, I hope I accomplish more in the second half...
Happy New Year!