- Solzhenitsyn: Always good for a bracing slap or six right across the chops. He seems to think Harvard isn’t all that:
This new way of thinking, which has imposed on us its guidance, did not admit the existence of intrinsic evil in man nor did it see any higher task than the attainment of happiness on earth. It based modern Western civilization on the dangerous trend to worship man and his material needs …
- Today is, after all, 18th of Brumaire. Make of that what you will.
- Thinking today, after the polls close, I’ll break my fast with some guacamole and a very strong margarita or two – it can be seen either as celebratory or a retreat into comfort food. (By all reports, I make killer guacamole (chop, don’t crush, the avocados; garlic, fresh lime and cilantro – plenty of all three) and margaritas (Cuervo is death – use Sauza Commemorativo, Grand Marnier and the best store-bought mix you can get (making your own margarita mix is past the diminishing returns threshold, IMHO)). My beloved will need it, too.
- The Last Starfighter is always good for some inspirational quotations:
Alex Rogan: There’s no fleet, no Starfighters, no plan? One ship, you me, and that’s it?
Grig: Exactly. Xur thinks you’re still on Earth. Classic military strategy: surprise attack.
Alex Rogan: It’ll be a slaughter!
Grig: That’s the spirit!
Alex Rogan: No, MY slaughter! One ship against the whole armada?
Grig: Yes, one gunstar against the armada. I’ve always wanted to fight a desperate battle against incredible odds.
Grig: I had hoped that by putting you in the thick of battle, a great Starfighter would emerge. But alas. Perhaps… there was never one within you to begin with. I shall take you home. You still may live a long and fruitful life back there. That is, until the Kodan reach Earth.
Lord Kril: Damage report!
Kodan Officer: Guidance system out. Auxiliary steering out.
Lord Kril: Divert! Divert!
Kodan Officer: She won’t answer the helm! We’re locked into the moon’s gravitational pull. What do we do?
[sound of Lord Kril’s eyepiece swinging over left eye]
Lord Kril: We die.
Alex Rogan: We did it.
Grig: Yes, we actually did, didn’t we?