This isn’t conservatism; it’s a going-out-of-business sale for the baby-boom generation.

David Frum, conservative author (summing up his views on the rise of the Tea Party, and the last few years of the American conservative movement in his New York Magazine piece “When Did the GOP Lose Touch with Reality?”)






To be hanged, drawn and quartered was from 1351 a penalty in England for men convicted of high treason … Convicts were fastened to a hurdle, or wooden panel, and drawn by horse to the place of execution, where they were hanged (almost to the point of death), emasculated, disembowelled, beheaded and quartered (chopped into four pieces). Their remains were often displayed in prominent places across the country, such as London Bridge. For reasons of public decency, women convicted of high treason were instead burnt at the stake.

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Sometimes I’d rather be a tree frog. I don’t think they fall asleep worried that they’ve been a bad tree frog that afternoon or envying kingfishers or resenting their own diet or habitat. They just seem to spend 100% of their time being magnificent at being a tree frog. We spend most of our time regardless of our religion or lack of it, disappointed in ourselves, ashamed of ourselves, envious of others—always becoming and rarely being.

Stephen Fry, comedian (in response to the question “What precisely was the knowledge that God didn’t want Adam & Eve to have?”)