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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Writer's Life 11/8 - The Wait

The suspense is high. As we await the results, here are ten quotes on politics, my all-time favorite first. Anyone not cynical about the process might want to pass.
“My choice early in life was either to be a piano player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference.” ― Harry Truman
"I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts." - Will Rogers
"In politics stupidity is not a handicap." - Napoleon Bonaparte
"A fool and his money are soon elected." - Will Rogers
"Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least." - Robert Byrne
"In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant." - Charles de Gaulle
"We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate." - Kin Hubbard
"If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal." - Emma Goldman
"Under every stone lurks a politician." - Aristophanes
"Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation." Henry A. Kissinger

Some days at the floating book shop everything seems to break right. I snared the second best parking spot available, received donations in bulk from three sources, and had a bunch of sales. My thanks to those kind folks, and to Dave, who insisting on paying for two large cook books even though I offered them to him for free to pay him back for the hardcover mysteries he donated several years ago, He voted for Trump. My thanks also to the local home attendant who bought a Harlequin romance and a book on smoothies, and to Ira, who also voted for Trump, and who bought a Barbra Streisand bio and Rube Goldberg vs. the Machine Age; and to Crazy Joe, the scourge of radio talk show hosts, who also voted for Trump and grossly overpaid for a book on prostate health and The Greatest Science Stories Never Told: 100 Tales of Invention and Discovery to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy, by Rick Beyer. The people who man the phones at many of the stations Joe calls immediately hang up on him. He frequently gets through to Curtis and Kuby, and the latter, a disciple of the late radical lawyer William Kunstler, enjoys tearing into him. He is not afraid to air politically incorrect views and is frequently called racist. His passions are talk radio, obviously, and old music. My thanks also to Caroline, who donated a DVD and a 50 song CD on teenage idols; and to the Meals on Wheels lady, who gave me a fruit cup and apple juice. To show how ridiculously lucky the day was, I went to CVS for milk and saw that two of my favorites, Honey Nut Cheerios and Dr. Pepper, were on sale.

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