Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Done Dosing

Gonna give the dose a rest for a while. See if I can't come up with something a little more interesting...

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Ambrose's Antidote: COMPROMISE

COMPROMISE, n. Such an adjustment of conflicting interests as gives each adversary the satisfaction of thinking he has got what he ought not to have, and is deprived of nothing except what was justly his due.

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We cannot start Mitchell, the Mitchell Plan, until the cycle of violence has been crushed and broken.

GWB
20 Jun 2001
Washington, D.C.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Ambrose's Antidote: COMMONWEALTH

COMMONWEALTH, n. An administrative entity operated by an incalculable multitude of political parasites, logically active but fortuitously efficient.

This commonwealth's capitol's corridors view,
So thronged with a hungry and indolent crew
Of clerks, pages, porters and all attaches
Whom rascals appoint and the populace pays
That a cat cannot slip through the thicket of shins
Nor hear its own shriek for the noise of their chins.
On clerks and on pages, and porters, and all,
Misfortune attend and disaster befall!
May life be to them a succession of hurts;
May fleas by the bushel inhabit their shirts;
May aches and diseases encamp in their bones,
Their lungs full of tubercles, bladders of stones;
May microbes, bacilli, their tissues infest,
And tapeworms securely their bowels digest;
May corn-cobs be snared without hope in their hair,
And frequent impalement their pleasure impair.
Disturbed be their dreams by the awful discourse
Of audible sofas sepulchrally hoarse,
By chairs acrobatic and wavering floors --
The mattress that kicks and the pillow that snores!
Sons of cupidity, cradled in sin!
Your criminal ranks may the death angel thin,
Avenging the friend whom I couldn't work in.

K.Q.

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I am a person who recognizes the fallacy of humans.

GWB
19 Sep 2000
Comment made on TV talk show, Oprah.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Ambrose's Antidote: COMMERCE

COMMERCE, n. A kind of transaction in which A plunders from B the goods of C, and for compensation B picks the pocket of D of money belonging to E.

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I don't think we need to be subliminable about the differences between our views on prescription drugs.

GWB
12 Sep 2000
Quoted by Slate magazine from comments in Orlando, Florida.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Ambrose's Antidote: COMMENDATION,

COMMENDATION n. The tribute that we pay to achievements that resembles, but do not equal, our own.

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I've supported the administration in Colombia. I think it's important for us to be training Colombians in that part of the world. The hemisphere is in our interest to have a peaceful Colombia.

GWB
11 Oct 2000
Presidential Debate in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Ambrose's Antidote: COMFORT

COMFORT, n. A state of mind produced by contemplation of a neighbor's uneasiness.

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The point is, is that I want America to lead the nation -- lead the world -- toward a more safe world when it comes to nuclear weaponry.

GWB
27 Jan 2000
Quoted in the New York Times.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Ambrose's Antidote: COENOBITE

COENOBITE, n. A man who piously shuts himself up to meditate upon the sin of wickedness; and to keep it fresh in his mind joins a brotherhood of awful examples.

O Coenobite, O coenobite,
Monastical gregarian,
You differ from the anchorite,
That solitudinarian:
With vollied prayers you wound Old Nick;
With dropping shots he makes him sick.

Quincy Giles

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Our nation must come together to unite.

GWB
4 Jun 2001
Remark made in Tampa, Florida.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Ambrose's Antidote: CLOSE-FISTED

CLOSE-FISTED, adj. Unduly desirous of keeping that which many meritorious persons wish to obtain.

"Close-fisted Scotchman!" Johnson cried
To thrifty J. Macpherson;
"See me -- I'm ready to divide
With any worthy person."
Sad Jamie: "That is very true --
The boast requires no backing;
And all are worthy, sir, to you,
Who have what you are lacking."

Anita M. Bobe

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She is a member of a labor union at one point.

GWB
2 Jan 2001
The president-elect, announcing Linda Chavez as his nomination to be secretary of the Department of Labor.