Planet of the Apes

I caught the tail end of the first movie the other night and it caused me to think about all the various spin-offs of the movie. There was the book that started it all. The movie sequels. The TV show. (Which I somehow remember, even though it ended when I was five months old. I must remember it from syndication, although why a show that lasted only 14 episodes got syndicated, I don’t understand.) The cartoon show. But without a doubt, the greatest version of Planet of the Apes was the musical:

Sheer brilliance.

Fred Thompson: too sane to be President?

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But what sort of person is passionate about the political process? Not getting things done – but the process of gaining votes. Of going around pretending to be close personal friends with lots and lots of people one has never met before?

Fred Thompson is in the middle of a 40 town Iowa tour – so he is hardly lazy. And he does go on television shows – thus dealing with critics, such as myself, who attacked him for not going on enough shows. But what sort of person would enjoy all this?

A lunatic. Someone who was interested in office for its own sake – not as a means to reduce the size and scope of government.

It is not even enough to have a long record of service, going back to Watergate and taking down a corrupt Governor of Tennessee in the 1970’s. And having one of the most Conservative voting records in the United States Senate – before leaving it in disgust at how the system did not allow real reform.

No – someone has to enjoy the prospect for office for its own sake, not to reduce the size and scope of government and restore a Federal Republic. One must enjoy the whole process of politics – i.e. be crazy. Or one must pretend to enjoy it – i.e. be a liar.

And then people complain that politicians are either crazy or corrupt. When they shoo away anyone who comes along who is neither crazy or corrupt.

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Hat Tip: Instapundit.com

You want serious policy proposals? Thompson’s got them.

You want a conservative voting record? Thompson’s got it.

He’s giving conservatives what we claim we want. Let’s give him our votes. Come on, Iowa, do the right thing!

“One of the benefits of marriage is divorce”

Same-sex divorce challenges legal system – Washington Post- msnbc.com

Nearly 10,000 gay and lesbian couples married after the ruling. Massachusetts does not keep records on the number who have divorced, but lawyers who specialize in family cases say it is in the dozens. Those who choose to end their marriages soon discover that the trauma of divorce is compounded by legal and financial difficulties that heterosexual couples generally are spared.

“One of the benefits of marriage is divorce,” said Joyce Kauffman, a Boston divorce lawyer who has handled a dozen same-sex divorce cases. “But for a lot of couples, that benefit is very complicated and very costly in ways that heterosexual couples would never have to experience.”

Yeah, that’s why I would like to get married someday: to enjoy the benefits of marriage such as divorce. I can’t wait for that benefit!

As Tim Jones put it: “In addition, one of the most exciting things about driving is the possibility that you’ll get to find out first-hand what an air-bag deployment is really like, instead of watching it on Mythbusters. I haven’t experienced it yet, but every day brings new possibilities.”

Quote-a-palooza

“[T]here are particular moments in public affairs, when the people stimulated by some irregular passion, or some illicit advantage, or misled by the artful misrepresentations of interested men, may call for measures which they themselves will afterwards be the most ready to lament and condemn.” – James Madison

“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” – G. K. Chesterton

“Freedom conceives that the mind and spirit of man can be free only if he is free to pattern his own life, to develop his own talents, free to earn, to spend, to save, to acquire property as the security of his old age and his family.” – Herbert Hoover

“All that the law can do is to shape things so that no injustice shall be done by one to the other, and that each man shall be given the first chance to show the stuff that is in him.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“You can’t be for big government, big taxes, and big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy.” – Ronald Reagan

“My central problem [with Hillary Clinton’s candidacy] is that the next American president will very likely face another big bad thing, a terrible day, or days, and in that time it will be crucial- crucial- that our nation be led by a man or woman who can be, at least for the moment and at least in general, trusted. Mrs. Clinton is the most dramatically polarizing, the most instinctively distrusted, political figure of my lifetime. Yes, I include Nixon. Would she be able to speak the nation through the trauma? I do not think so. And if I am right, that simple fact would do as much damage to America as the terrible thing itself.” – Peggy Noonan

“The thought of having to choose between Huckabee and Hillary (or whomever the Left tosses up) come November 2008 is about as appealing to me as the option of watching Rosie O’Donnell river dance naked at 11:00 PM verses watching Rosie O’Donnell river dance naked at 11:15 PM.” – Doug Giles

“It seems to me that if the Democrats were really smart, they’d… run the man who best represents everything the left-wingers stand for… The fellow I have in mind is none other than Santa Claus. Old Saint Nick goes around bestowing gifts on those who haven’t worked for them, just like the Democrats, who do the same for the chronically unemployed and illegal aliens. And just as the little people do all the heavy lifting for Santa, the Democrats have their own set of elves; namely the middle-class taxpayers. Furthermore, Santa is obviously a liberal. Even though he, himself, only works one day a year, he thinks he’s entitled to decide who’s naughty and who’s nice.” – Burt Prelutsky

Quote-a-palooza

“[T]here are particular moments in public affairs, when the people stimulated by some irregular passion, or some illicit advantage, or misled by the artful misrepresentations of interested men, may call for measures which they themselves will afterwards be the most ready to lament and condemn.” – James Madison

“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” – G. K. Chesterton

“Freedom conceives that the mind and spirit of man can be free only if he is free to pattern his own life, to develop his own talents, free to earn, to spend, to save, to acquire property as the security of his old age and his family.” – Herbert Hoover

“All that the law can do is to shape things so that no injustice shall be done by one to the other, and that each man shall be given the first chance to show the stuff that is in him.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“You can’t be for big government, big taxes, and big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy.” – Ronald Reagan

“My central problem [with Hillary Clinton’s candidacy] is that the next American president will very likely face another big bad thing, a terrible day, or days, and in that time it will be crucial- crucial- that our nation be led by a man or woman who can be, at least for the moment and at least in general, trusted. Mrs. Clinton is the most dramatically polarizing, the most instinctively distrusted, political figure of my lifetime. Yes, I include Nixon. Would she be able to speak the nation through the trauma? I do not think so. And if I am right, that simple fact would do as much damage to America as the terrible thing itself.” – Peggy Noonan

“The thought of having to choose between Huckabee and Hillary (or whomever the Left tosses up) come November 2008 is about as appealing to me as the option of watching Rosie O’Donnell river dance naked at 11:00 PM verses watching Rosie O’Donnell river dance naked at 11:15 PM.” – Doug Giles

“It seems to me that if the Democrats were really smart, they’d… run the man who best represents everything the left-wingers stand for… The fellow I have in mind is none other than Santa Claus. Old Saint Nick goes around bestowing gifts on those who haven’t worked for them, just like the Democrats, who do the same for the chronically unemployed and illegal aliens. And just as the little people do all the heavy lifting for Santa, the Democrats have their own set of elves; namely the middle-class taxpayers. Furthermore, Santa is obviously a liberal. Even though he, himself, only works one day a year, he thinks he’s entitled to decide who’s naughty and who’s nice.” – Burt Prelutsky