Saturday, December 16, 2006

Why Orwell's Warnings
Haven't Lost Any Punch

'A man may take a drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail all the more completely because he drinks. It is rather the same thing that is happening to the English language. It becomes ugly and innacurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier to us to have foolish thoughts.'
--George Orwell, writing 60 years ago in his justly celebrated essay Politics and the English Language.

'Don Rumsfeld is the finest Secretary of Defense the nation has ever had.'
--Vice President Dick Cheney, speaking yesterday at Rumsfeld's going-away ceremony.


At 7:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Bush conclude the whole event by saying that he(Rummy) had done a 'heck of a job!'?

At 9:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Attention Comrade,
Please visit to learn about our Orwellian protest of the Military Commisisons Act, which invalidated Habeas Corpus.
O' Brien

At 10:52 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Bush will never live down that infamous post-Katrina comment of his. And that's an interesting initiative of yours, O'Brien. Good for you, and good luck with it.


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