Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Quote of the Day

Reporting since the election has made clear that Trump and his top advisors have little or no interest in learning about the Russian covert operation against American democracy.  Trump himself repeatedly called the whole thing a hoax -- and at the same time, blamed Obama for not doing anything about it ... But there is one area where Trump's team seems to have been intently interested: rolling back U.S. sanctions against Russia ... And as soon as the Trump team took control of the State Department, it started working on a plan to lift sanctions and return to Russia two compounds in Maryland and New York that the Obama administration had confiscated because they were bases for espionage.

-- Hillary Rodham Clinton, What Happened, p. 358

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Quote of the Day

I have a pile of her letters.  When I look through them, it all comes back to me -- how much I'd loved the early letters, how charmed I'd been, how flattered, how much less charming they began to seem, how burdensome they became, and then, finally, how boring.  The story of love.

-- Nora Ephron, I Remember Nothing, p. 87

Monday, March 19, 2018

Quote of the Day

In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.

-- Michael J. Morell, "I Ran the C.I.A. Now I'm Endorsing Hillary Clinton."

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Quote of the Day

When you want to change the world, you stand up and change it.  Don't wait for someone else to do it for you.

-- Tom Morello, "Prophets of Rage's Tom Morello on Why 'Bad Presidents Make for Great Music'"

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Quote of the Day

Trump doesn't think in terms of morality or human rights, he thinks only in terms of power and dominance.  Might makes right.  Putin thinks the same way, albeit much more strategically.  And Trump appears to have fallen hard for Putin's macho "bare-chested autocrat" act.  He doesn't just like Putin -- he seems to want to be like Putin, a white authoritarian leader who could put down dissenters, repress minorities, disenfranchise voters, weaken the press, and amass untold billions for himself.  He dreams of Moscow on the Potomac.

-- Hillary Rodham Clinton, What Happened, p. 334

Friday, March 16, 2018

Quote of the Day

You always think that a bolt of lightning is going to strike and your parents will magically change into the people you wish they were, or back into the people they used to be.  But they're never going to.  And even though you know they're never going to, you still hope they will.

-- Nora Ephron, I Remember Nothing, p. 51

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Quote of the Day

What should be beyond doubt is that foreign interference in our elections is wrong, period.  And the threat we face, from without and within, is bigger than one campaign, one party, or one election.  The only way to heal our democracy and protect it for the future is to understand the threat and defeat it.

-- Hillary Rodham Clinton, What Happened, p. 327