Tuesday, June 13, 2006


It's a rare day when something written about something or someone does not give me chills. The honor today goes to a news item about two graduating seniors at Northpoint (N.Y.) High School who managed to slip quotes into their yearbook, under their respective photos, which were openly attributed to Adolf Hitler. The quotes are real, right out of Mein Kampf, and school officials are tapdancing like Bojangles Robinson on kitchen meth to explain how the quotes got past them, but the chills factor lies in the substance of the quotes themselves. To wit---

"Strength lies not in defense, but in attack."
"The great masses of people...will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one."

Why chills? Because the first quote could easily pass for the fundamental principle of Bush's approach to foreign policy, while I'm frankly surprised that Karl Rove doesn't have the second quote tattooed on his ass. Indeed, quote #1 is a fairly accurate summation of this administration's approach to governance in general, while #2 is the crux of their political strategy.

And, come to think of it, vice versa.

And here, I always thought Dubya's role model was Churchill.

IN OTHER NEWS, according to a widely-reported and fairly massive study of medical and health plan records by the Kaiser folks, people who drink a cup of coffee each day are at 20 percent less risk of contracting alcohol-induced cirrhosis of the liver, while those drinking four cups a day lower their risk by a full 80 percent. Naturally, being a wine enthusiast, I now drink four coffees a day.

Okay, they're Irish coffees...Is that a problem?


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