“Wish not so much to live long as to live well.” – Benjamin Franklin

“You want to make every pundit look bad? Then stand tall for what you believe. Don’t be shy. You want to stun the establishment? Then become a mighty force for conservative principles, and tackle the task with confidence and cheer… This may be a time of testing. But it’s not our swan song. Not by a long shot. Instead… this is our moment. This is the time to do what we do best- turn adversity into strength.” – the late Tony Snow, former White House Press Secretary

“A regrettable by-product of modern media proliferation is its frequent lack of restraint and good humor, especially on the Web. Tony Snow rose above such vituperation as a happy political combatant, which is one reason so many who knew him or watched him in action are now mourning his death from cancer on Saturday at age 53. As a columnist and radio talk show host, Snow was principled but never nasty. As the host of ‘Fox News Sunday,’ he exuded good will… And as White House press secretary, he cheerfully but forcefully sparred with reporters in making the President’s case on policy. No doubt because he was confident in his own convictions, he wasn’t defensive about his answers. This has not been universally true during the Bush Presidency. Above all, he took ideas and politics seriously… Tony Snow… set the right example.” – The Wall Street Journal

“One of the most naive notions is that politicians are trying to solve the country’s problems, just because they say so- or say so loudly or inspiringly. Politicians’ top priority is to solve their own problem, which is how to get elected and then re-elected. Barack Obama is a politician through and through, even though pretending that he is not is his special strategy to get elected.” – Thomas Sowell

“I don’t think our legal system should be that complex. I think that any system that requires that many of the country’s best minds, and they are the best minds, is too complex.” – Justice Antonin Scalia

“Barack Obama told a town hall meeting in Georgia… that parents need to make sure their kids are able to speak Spanish. So that’s his economic policy. He is going to have Americans pose as illegal immigrants so they can get low-paying jobs.” – Argus Hamilton

“No matter the peaks we have climbed in life we are all midgets next to his majestic holiness, the Barack of Obama.” – Mark Steyn

Jay Leno: The other day the plane that Barack Obama was on had some mechanical difficulties and was forced to land. Well, the National Transportation Safety Board did an inspection on the plane, and you know what they found? The bolts on the plane were fine, but apparently Jesse Jackson had taken some of the nuts off. … I’m sure you know by now, Jesse Jackson was overheard saying, and I’ll put this more delicately, that he wanted to cut Barack Obama’s testicles off. And Jesse has been… explaining what he meant by those comments. Do you need to explain that? … Hillary Clinton commented on the remarks, by saying, “I don’t know what the big deal is, I say that to Bill at least once a week.” … Jesse “The Nutcracker” Jackson said he made the comments when he thought the mic was off. Well that makes it so much better, doesn’t it? Here’s my question, why would Jesse Jackson ever go anywhere unless the mic was on? Right? He’s Jesse Jackson!

Let me see if I have this straight…

The hometown fans of Derek Jeter were chanting “overrated” at Jonathan Papelbon?

I turned the game off in the top of the 9th last night, so I missed the last 7 innings which apparently was some of the best All-Star game play in years. It’s still a shame the games start so late. Screw California, start the games early over here!

As a closing comment, (no pun intended) let’s hope that’s the only loss Brad Lidge takes all year.

Quotes of the Day

Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?
– Henry Ward Beecher

“[W]e are confirmed in the opinion, that the present age would be deficient in their duty to God, their posterity and themselves, if they do not establish an American republic. This is the only form of government we wish to see established; for we can never be willingly subject to any other King than He who, being possessed of infinite wisdom, goodness and rectitude, is alone fit to possess unlimited power.”

Instructions of Malden, Massachusetts for a Declaration of Independence, 27 May 1776

Reference: Documents of American Histroy, Commager, vol. 1 (97)