Apparently I haven't gone on vacation yet, but I am -- very, very soon. I remember the book: The Wit and Wisdom of Spiro Agnew. -- the hundred or so pages were blank. Now that was funny! But I didn't buy it. As to the selections Julie gives us from WWDR, I don't really find them so outrageous. I find Rumsfeld himself outrageous -- and much, much worse than outrageous, I find him -- ach! let's not even go there. The man has too much to answer for already. Regardless or my personal opinion of Rumsfeld, I've never had much problem with the grammar or rationality of what he's been quoted as saying. Peculiar, unusually worded, quixotic, original -- yes, but that's usually bravoed for being creative. Maybe it's a case of the left not wanting to acknowledge creativity from people with whom it's in radical opposition. We're (the Left) quite willing to acknowledge their political skills, their technical skills, their administrative skills, their propaganda skills. Why does it then claw in our throats (or rather my throat, since I can only guess as to your throats) to acknowledge that those with whom I (we) deeply disagree can not only be rational, but original and humorous as well? I'll be the first to admit that humor among conservatives only makes me hate them all the more, because humor makes me like people and I don't want to like them. I deeply resent conservative humor. It's seditious. Humor for them is just a plot, a trick, an evil ploy to make me like them. Don't fall for it, Marxist-Liberal-Leftists, whatever you do, refuse to laugh. Go America. Go serious! Mike Geary not a smile within a mile in Memphis From: JimKandJulieB@xxxxxxx To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Thursday, November 09, 2006 10:38 PM Subject: [lit-ideas] I had absolutely no idea ... Click here: TIME: The Wit and Wisdom of Donald Rumsfeld We were all so busy making fun of Bush, we didn't pay enough attention to Rummy. On the other hand there is a striking resemblance between his ability to completely twist thoughts out of anything recognizable and that of Rummy. Julie Krueger e.g. -- (I do remember this one...) "As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns - that is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don't know we don't know." "I'm not into this detail stuff. I'm more concepty." In an interview with the Washington Post "It is unknowable how long [the war in Iraq] will last. It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months." To U.S. troops in Aviano, Italy" (in Feb of 2003) "Needless to say, the President is correct. Whatever it was he said." "We do know of certain knowledge that [Osama bin Laden] is either in Afghanistan, or in some other country, or dead. And we know of certain knowledge that we don't know which of those happens to be the case." "Well, you know, something's neither good nor bad but thinking makes it so, I suppose, as Shakespeare said." <blink> I think what we have here is a good evidence that Alzheimer patients actively pursue public office. One or two more: "That's all you guys do is read these books. You ought to get a life." To reporters during a press briefing" (gee, what do I want w/ a reporter who reads books?!) "If a person is determined to fight to the death, then they may very well have that opportunity." "I would not say that the future is necessarily less predictable than the past. I think the past was not predictable when it started."