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Wit and Wisdom for a One Party State

A handbook for government by wishful thinking

Monday, January 29, 2007

University, n. A trap for the unwary intellect.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Worthiness, n. The essential quality giving rise to worth, much as truthiness gives rise to truth.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Right, n. A legal claim or defense that is worth the paper it is written on.

2007 A. GONZALES 18 Jan. "The Constitution doesn’t say every individual in the United States or every citizen is hereby granted or assured the right of habeas corpus. It doesn’t say that. It simply says the right shall not be suspended."

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Psychology, n. The human capacity to hallucinate, which distinguishes us from mere animals.

2007 G.W. BUSH 16 Jan. "I mean, we've got a fantastic economy here in the United States, but yet, when you think about the psychology of the country, it is somewhat down because of this war."

Friday, January 12, 2007

Critical, adj. The corrupting tendency that causes a critical mass, a critical situation or a critical mind to eventually explode.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Unacceptable, adj. Insufficiently removed from one's own experience to be completely ignored.

2007 G.W. BUSH 10 Jan. "The situation in Iraq is unacceptable to the American people -- and it is unacceptable to me."

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Bias, n. The visible seam in imperfectly embroidered truth.

2006 A. DERSHOWITZ via NYSun 23 Aug. "When it comes to Israel and its enemies, Human Rights Watch cooks the books about facts, cheats on interviews, and releases predetermined conclusions that are driven more by their ideology than by evidence."
1996 G.H.W. BUSH "I want to salute Reverend Moon, who is the founder of the Washington Times and also of Tiempos del Mundo. A lot of my friends in South America don't know about the Washington Times, but it is an independent voice. The editors of the Washington Times tell me that never once has the man with the vision interfered with the running of the paper, a paper that in my view brings sanity to Washington, D.C."

Monday, January 01, 2007

Execution, n. Fatal prosecution.

2006 K. PORTER via About 11 Dec. "For many months, culminating in the mid-term elections, the American people have been agitating for a significant change in the execution of the Iraq war and occupation."