Vanity Fair interview with the reliably interesting political commentator Penn Jillette (with the eyeball-catching headline of "Penn Jillette Is Willing to Be a Guest on Adolf Hitler's Talk Show") is well worth a read.If you can get through one of the most irritating and politically clueless intros you'll read all month, this
Do you think Bullshit is fair and balanced?
We're very, very fair and very, very biased. (Laughs.) Which is what I want from all media, by the way. I want the anchor on the nightly news to come on and say, "I hate President Obama… and here's the news." All this whimpering in the press about how we shouldn't have news that's partial and subjective, it misses the point completely. It was (newspaper magnate William Randolph) Hearst that invented the idea that journalism should be in the middle. It was never like that before. It was the Ohio Democrat and the Minnesota Republican. They said it right in their titles. And then Hearst decided he could sell twice as many papers if he pretended that they didn't have a position. And of course that's always a lie.
R.I.P. - Pamela (Mrs. Audie) Murphy
HT: David Smith
"The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters." -- Frederick Douglass
"Liberty, according to m metaphysics, is an intellectual quality, an attribute
that belongs not to fate nor chance. Neither possesses it, neither is capable
of it. There is nothing moral or immoral in the idea of it. The definition of
it is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and
choice and power; it can elect between objects, indifferent in point of
morality, neither morally good nor morally evil." -- John Adams
"Liberty is not a cruise ship full of pampered passengers. Liberty is a man-of-war, and we are all crew." -- Kenneth W. Royce