"It is easy to confuse what is with what ought to be, especially when what is has worked out in your favor."
- Tyrion Lannister

"Lannister. Baratheon. Stark. Tyrell. They're all just spokes on a wheel. This one's on top, then that's ones on top and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground. I'm not going to stop the wheel. I'm going to break the wheel."

- Daenerys Targaryen

"The Lord of Light wants his enemies burned. The Drowned God wants them drowned. Why are all the gods such vicious cunts? Where's the God of Tits and Wine?"

- Tyrion Lannister

"The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace. They never are."

- Jorah Mormont

"These bad people are what I'm good at. Out talking them. Out thinking them."

- Tyrion Lannister

"What happened? I think fundamentals were trumped by mechanics and, to a lesser extent, by demographics."

- Michael Barone

"If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to."
- Dorothy Parker

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Death Penalty repealed in New Mexico

In The Watchmen, Rorschach becomes a Dirty Harry-like vigilante after stumbling across a child killer who pleads guilty and pleads insanity and asks to be taken in to the authoritites in a mocking tone. No doubt some of the audience will agree with Rorschach's decision to execute the criminal on the spot, but the reality of the death penalty is mistakes are made in its application by fallible humans and they aren't worth it. Perhaps Bill Richardson is trying to gain favor in fighting off corruption charges as George Ryan did in Illinois, but it was the right decision none of the less.

(On the international front, though, Rorschach is right and psychopathic regimes need to be taken down. Unfortunately most won't go down without a fight.)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

What we've got here is a failure to communicate

(which is what Obama and Geithner should tell AIG about the bonuses.)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

If the Ongoing Clusterfuck (in the economy) had a soundtrack it should include Lily Allen tunes, like her song about schadenfreude, Smile, and new song The Fear.