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Notable Quotables 3/20/06

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Quotes of Note that reflect what conservatives think. Or are up against.

Oscar 2006 Quotes for Posterity

Compiled by Blogcritics own Eric Olsen.

We begin with the infamous George Clooney quote. Which was, ladies and gems, a rambling verbal vomit session that said pretty much of nothing.

Clooney, on behalf of Hollywood, was a bit full of himself, granting tinsel town with such social progression as civil rights to AIDS to Oscars for minorities.

I don’t know about that AIDS thing and I’d sure like to see Clooney’s proof that Hollywood was on the cutting edge of HIV-positive. As for pride of being “out of touch”, I suggest that hey, stay out of touch Hollywood. Us idiots out here in la-la land just won’t go to your movies.

Yeah. That’s the ticket.

“I would say that, you know, we are a little bit out of touch in Hollywood every once in a while. I think it’s probably a good thing. We’re the ones who talk about AIDS when it was just being whispered, and we talked about civil rights when it wasn’t really popular. And we, you know, we bring up subjects. This Academy, this group of people gave Hattie McDaniel an Oscar in 1939 when blacks were still sitting in the backs of theaters. I’m proud to be a part of this Academy, proud to be part of this community, and proud to be out of touch.”

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We move on to Paul Haggis, whose acceptance speech was a little more humble. Although, again, Crash was not a movie seen by very many. And that awful song! Imagine, Academy Award musical history occupied by a song titled “It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp.”

But at least Haggis didn’t break his arm patting himself and the Hollywood elite on their backs for social movements they had nothing to do with.

Paul Haggis, Best Original Screenplay for Crash: “I just want to thank those people who take big risks in their daily lives, when there aren’t cameras rolling. When there aren’t people there to applaud. And the people out there who stand up for peace, and justice, and against intolerance. So I dedicate this to them. Thank you very much.”

Mine Own Fine Quotable

Indeed. Published in Reader’s Digest’s monthly compilation of memorable quotes. It was true then, and it’s still true now.

Owning a pet is the best thing about being human. No other animal invites a different species into their “nest,” providing love and food for nothing else but the sheer pleasure of their company.

Reader’s Digest-Pat Fish-1995

Grand Canyon Quote

Culled from an anecdote from an email list of older folks with fond memories. Thought this would be a great time to include a picture of the new Grand Canyon walkway. Imagine being able to walk out into the abyss of the canyon for a real view of grandeur and a nice dose of humility.

Image hosted by Photobucket.comAT THE GRAND CANYON, our guide was a student who attended college in a large city. We asked him what he felt was the greatest change in going from rural to urban living.
“In the city,” he said, “you can only see from horizon to horizon what man has made.” Then he looked out over the awe-inspiring splendor of the canyon. “Here,” he concluded softly, “you can see from horizon to horizon what God has made.”

Might Be True …

…but maybe not.

From Citizenoutreachblog.com, we have John Fund musing on possible burn out by the Bush administration team. Fund lists Katrina, the Miers nomination to the UAE port deals as examples of administration screw-ups. I take exception to the Katrina item as no one screwed up more than the local government in that debacle. As for Miers, well I don’t know what that was all about. And that UAE deal did fly under the radar, right by those supposed to monitor such stuff.

If Fund is right and there’s a lot of White House leaking going on-this from an administration renown for its closed mouth- than it’s possible the gang at the White House is burning out.


“The two most dysfunctional management cultures I know of right now are the Bush White House and Yale University. From Katrina to Harriet Miers to Dubai, Team Bush is showing signs of being insular, burnt out, and desperately in need of new talent. The White House is also beset by an increasing number of leaks, the clear result of people frustrated that the higher-ups don’t appear to be listening.”

On Education

With the revelation of that Colorado teacher who preached in class that the United States was the most violent country in history, the below quote is perhaps truer than ever.

From Muth’s News and Views:


“In days of old, teaching right from wrong was the responsibility of parents; schools exclusively taught the basics and neither teachers nor parents were charged with crimes for disciplining unruly children. Today, the ‘village,’ governmentally empowered to educate and look after our children, is producing arsonists and anarchists. It’s ironic that our “evolved” liberal institutions of learning increasingly are producing graduates who have no ethics, no understanding of morality and no mastery of the skills that can reasonably be described as the basics of education.”

– Columnist Frank Salvato

Marriage and Its Secrets

Compiled by the Grandparentsrus email list, including wisdom on marriage from Winston Churchill!

“People stay married because they want to, not because the doors are locked.”
– Paul Newman (1925-) from the film Winning

“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”
– Germaine Greer

“To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the wedding cup, whenever you’re wrong, admit it; whenever you’re right, shut up.”
– Ogden Nash

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  • Bliffle

    “Quotes of Note that reflect what conservatives think. Or are up against.”

    Amazing that self-styled conservatives, in full posession of the administration, both houses of congress and the Supreme Court, still project the image of pooor beset underdogs.