realinterrobang (realinterrobang) wrote,

Quotes, Even the Abyss Looks Away Edition

Saw a troll deriding fellow political scientist (and curator of TrumpWatch) Ari Kohen and referring to him as (((ari kohen))) like the nazis do and my first thought was "If you need a code to tell you that a guy named Ari Kohen is jewish you're both an asshole and a really shit Nazi."
-- Gin and Tacos, Facebook

They'll register my car when they pry it from my cold dead hands!
-- Pere Ubu, Alicublog, comments

[H]is voice sounds like a constipated mosquito
-- Wojciech, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

The problem with opening up the door to the general public is that the general public tends to walk through it.
-- Lt. (Ret.) Joe Kenda, "Homicide Hunter: Time Bomb"

It's my job to make bad things happen to bad people.
-- criminologist and author Michael Arntfield, interviewed in "To Catch a Killer: Jackie English"

Nothing says economic anxiety like screaming “Jews will not replace us”
-- David Chapman, Facebook, comments

It used to be that when we talked about affordable housing we actually worried about social housing. Really what we are talking about today is people who are able to be fully employed, but are not able to afford housing. That is a whole new problem.
-- former City of Toronto chief planner Jennifer Keesmat, quoted in Jacqueline Hansen, "Ultra-low rental vacancy rates highlight 'desperate' struggle to find affordable housing," CBC

Jesus. THESE PEOPLE. If Obama came out in favor of soft furry kittens these assholes would be down by the river with squirming canvas bags.
-- Pere_Ubu, Alicublog, comments

There are people who think Trump has already successfully accomplished purely fictional things.
-- mds, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

A phd friend of my sister was drafted. He told them that they didn’t want him, he was too smart. That didn’t help him. One day he was told to paint a truck. So he did. Every stinking part of it. Windows, seats, tires, etc, etc. The powers that be were not amused. To say the least. But when questioned his statement was, “The order was to paint the truck. I painted the truck. Had the sargent only wanted the green parts painted he should have ordered that. Had he only wanted the green metal parts painted, that should have been the order. I followed the order to the letter, as I’ve been instructed.”
-- Ruckus, Balloon Juice, comments

I’m certainly in the mood to applaud [FCC] Chairman Pai. With two cast iron skillets. While his head is between them.
-- Tom Smith, Facebook, comments

Stop the Listening Tours. Stop the Cletus Safaris into Trumpland to try to "figure out" a demographic that is rapidly disappearing. Above all, stop insisting that if we all just come together and Have a Beer and talk things out we are going to bridge the divide between the pure nihilism and authoritarian tendencies of the Trump right and the rest of the world. They are not listening. They don't want to be your friend. They most likely hate your guts just for not being one of them. They've demonstrated repeatedly, and to an almost comical extreme with Roy Moore, that they are not interested in evaluating the political world objectively. They will do whatever mental gymnastics are necessary to support their team.

I do not understand what is so compelling about finding a way to save and convert vicious, obstinate white people who vote Republican when 46% of Americans of voting age do not vote and they are disproportionately Asian, black, and Hispanic. There are far more votes to be won, and it will be far easier to win them, among people who do not vote than among these mythical white conservatives who are going to become your friend and start voting Democratic because we're nice to them.
-- Ed, "Death to Discourse," Gin and Tacos

We're going to need smart people, educated people, if we ever want to put the world back together again. Because the only thing people who are proud of their ignorance are good at is wrecking shit and making people miserable.
-- D Sidhe, Alicublog, comments

When I talk with locals about the GOP seriously considering repeal of the SALT deduction, which would devastate the area, I can always spot the Republican, whose response is some variation of "Pffft, they wouldnt do that to us." Willful denial of reality is always an option.
-- Sly, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

Victor Shea works for a mining company in Cripple Creek, Colorado. They've been around for well over 100 years. They've bought enough explosives over that period of time to blow up the entire state of Colorado.
-- Lt. (Ret.) Joe Kenda, "Homicide Hunter: Time Bomb"

Who is bald, has a fu manchu mustache, and wants to kick all the arabs out of mongolia?
Genghis Kahane !
-- Mo Gelber, Facebook, comments

Before the Vegas slaughter Nevada was already one of a considerable number of states with gun deaths totaling higher than traffic deaths. … Anybody who thinks gun deaths are at a level they can live with [heh] is a sociopath who needs clinical help.
-- TenguPhule, Balloon Juice, comments

[T]he crime stats do not matter to Mr. and Mrs. MiddleAmerica. What DOES matter is what pours forth from their TV screens every evening. By its nature, crime tends to be a lead story. So you hear about some crime every night, and you're convinced the world is filled with criminals.

My own mother is kind of a case in point. When I was a kid, my mother steered me quite firmly away from racism. She made sure I understood just what it means to be a minority, and that there really is no difference between people. Fast forward to today. My mother has lived in Florida for 20-odd years, and the news every night begins with some Black person committing a crime--usually murder or some kind of assault, or a string of burglaries or robberies. My mother has slowly become racist from steady exposure to this. She says things now that I find offensive and embarrassing, and I gently try to get her pack toward the path of righteousness. But the effects of the nightly news dump are, I fear, irreversible.
-- Derelict, Alicublog, comments

[T]he race to the bottom has so many implications and consequences that are individually lamented, but you never see them addressed as a system in public discussion. When people don't make the link between low prices, low-skill/low-wage jobs, vulture capitalists, and the economic and environmental fallout they necessarily create, it's hard to know what to even hope for in this discussion. Or it would be if there were hope of a discussion before the bottom drops out.
-- Machine Earning, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

The defining challenge of our era is not how to deal with a shortage of manpower, but what to do with a large and growing number of people who are sidelined from economic activity because the labor market has no use for them.
-- @DanFriedman81, Twitter

No man is an island, but each person is an Oceania.
-- Jeff Cav, Facebook, comments

It is safe to say – and I'm willing to go out on quite a limb here – that a person who straight-up admits that they would rather vote for a serial pedophile than a Democrat is not a person worth talking to, nor one whose opinions will be affected by discourse. Don't reach out to them. Don't waste your time talking to them. The only way to deal with them is to out-organize, out-motivate, and out-vote them.
-- Ed, "Death to Discourse," Gin and Tacos

If a mixed-race person is white enough to pass, how does that person deal with the trappings of a racist culture where you’re forced to choose a side?
-- Gail Lukasic, "My mother spent her life passing as white. Discovering her secret changed my view of race — and myself.", Washington Post

I have never really been able to process the relationship with bowel evacuating panic that so many members of this society nurture with such loving tenderness...
-- Provider_UNE, Alicublog, comments

The Trump administration's approach to governance is that of a bratty toddler confronting a neat stack of blocks: Knock it down and scatter the pieces.
-- Eugene Robinson, "Future presidents must restore what Trump has destroyed," The Chicago Tribune

I was once a Man trapped in a woman's body. And then i was born...
-- Dani Oppenheimer, Facebook, comments

I seem to recall stories--fairy tales, perhaps?--that U.S. law had something to combat monopolies and price fixing and trusts. Guess I was dreaming or something. So I guess I will turn on my Comcast cable TV, which is the only provider in my state. I have been assured that having only one cable provider is not anti-competitive because I'm always free to not watch TV or have internet access.

One can read business books as a kind of critical theory. Twenty years ago or so, there was a mini-boom in explaining why monopolies and duopolies were the way it has to be. Tbh psychologically it's probably true that we consumers like not having too many choices.
-- Derelict and bianca steele, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

We need a shorthand way to talk about these incidents. My best idea so far is to say “2.5” This refers to the lesser known but obviously existing 2nd and a half amendment, which states it is the unalienable right of a white man to take out as many people as he can before finally killing himself, either by cop or blowing his own brains out. This is obviously a right because if it wasn’t, we’d try to do something to prevent it. “2 point five” would most commonly said with a shrug in the same way you’d respond to complaints about the weather. Yeah it sucks that it’s raining / your son just got killed, but nothing we can do about it.
-- ChrisH, Balloon Juice, comments

They're morons. They're not smart enough to organize a trip to the bathroom.
-- Lt. (Ret.) Joe Kenda, "Homicide Hunter: Time Bomb"

Remember who you are, not who idiots make you feel like you are for a while.
-- D Sidhe, Alicublog, comments

"You're watching 'Cooking with James' on the Cooking Channel! Today's episode: 'Why Is There So Much Fire?'"
-- Paul Drye, Facebook, comments, on james_nicoll's Facebook page

Multi-billion dollar global conglomerates are so much more responsive to local interests and voter concerns than elected officials.
-- AlaninSF, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

“populists” are not interested in building anything, the just want to hurt the people they resent
-- @AndyfromTuscon, Twitter

The easiest way to save money on your taxes is to not work. Americans who earn money from investments instead of a job get to pay lower rates. Let's level the playing field between the idle rich and normal people by treating all money the same. However, as an extra leveler, all working-age Americans who earn a majority of their money from investments have to write "Labor Makes; Wall Street Takes" at the top of their tax returns. Within the next three months, IRS-hired goons will then schedule an appointment either at home or a place of employment to deliver a government-sponsored wedgie. Not only will this encourage the flow of capital into paychecks instead of into Wall Street, but it will also provide a much-needed boost to America's flagging goon-related labor markets.
-- Evan Mintz, "A modest tax proposal: End payroll taxes, hire IRS goons and bring back the guillotine," Houston Chronicle

Big Gravity is keeping us DOWN, man!
-- John Trindle, Facebook, comments

The submarines [U-boats] were really pretty bad things. You could sit out on the corner at Cape Cod, and watch a submarine every day. They come up, and knock, uh, knock some damn tramp steamer off. This was your standard show!
-- MIT physics professor George Valley, interviewed in "Modern Marvels: Radar"

As for the war on Christmas, yeah, I'm starting to hear it from them as, "Merry Christmas, Jew."
-- BiloSagdiyev, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments

Ah, yes, those noble scrimpers and savers who worked hard to be born to someone who makes a lot of money. Why won't somebody think about how hard it is for them?
-- mds, Alicublog, comments

Every single journalist, every single media outlet that has over past 10 years or more allowed @GOP to lie through their teeth in interviews and on camera, and presented it as a "point of view" is responsible for what is happening in this country right now. every single one
-- @jljacobson, Twitter

I want to get a scholarship to ACLU
-- Tyler Swift, Facebook, comments

[S]afety regulations can be a suicide pact.

It's not a suicide *pact* if only one side has to suicide.

We have suicide vouchers now so employers can commit suicide when it's convenient for them.
-- Bizarro Mike, Bijan Parsia, and Tige Gibson, Laywers, Guns, and Money, comments

I wish I knew how to fold an origami construction crane. I'd fold my thousand and look on in blank incomprehension when someone told me I was doing it wrong.
-- Helmut Monotreme, Alicublog, comments

Dear Sassy Gays: there's a cost to being the useful idiot ventriloquist dummy of conservatives, and it's always gonna be your wellbeing.
-- @BillyArmagh, Twitter

It may be the humerus bone that's broken, but Stuart is certainly not finding it amusing.
-- narration, "Benidorm ER, Series 1 Episode 1"

Goodbye, living paycheck to paycheck. Hello dying paycheck to paycheck
-- Sarah Riedener, Facebook, comments

Any time you decide to take a course of action that your heart tells you is wrong, listen to your heart. Don't do something that you will be sorry for for the rest of your life.
-- Lt. (Ret.) Joe Kenda, "Homicide Hunter: Time Bomb"

Death has befallen me … but the covenant has not been revoked. I’m lying on the ground, tumbled like these tombstones. But I have not been rejected.
-- Jewish theologian Martin Buber, quoted in Gideon Remez, "A Find Unlocks Comics Mystery," Tablet Magazine, on visiting the Jewish cemetery in Worms, Germany, in 1933
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