"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

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sometimes William Safire's On Language column makes me laugh:
The geezersphere will remember the previous vogue use of model to describe the willowy women on whom clothes designers draped their creations. That word’s meaning was later applied by captious caption writers to any attractive female in a tabloid’s photos. (I had a date once in the 1950s with the model Nancy Berg, who along with the cover girls Suzy Parker and her sister Dorian Leigh broke the $100-an-hour modeling fee. In that era, those were the models to follow, blazing the trail for today’s supermodels.)
In hindsight, if Obama gets decent health care reform, forgoing the Swedish model of banking reform may be seen smart polically for it placated the deficit hawks who are suspicious of government. If not, it will be seen as a risky move, things could have easily turned out worse, which allowed the banking sector to remain in bad shape and hurt the economic outlook more than necessary.