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By Anonym 13 Sep

Molly Ivins

I'm sorry that government involves filling out a lot of forms. ... I'm sorry myself that we're not still on the frontier, where we could all tote guns, shoot anything that moved and spit to our hearts' content. But we live in a diverse and crowded country, and with civilization comes regulation.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Molly Ivins

Texas is a fine place for men and dogs, but hell on women and horses.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Molly Ivins

Rank imperialism and warmongering are not American traditions or values. We do not need to dominate the world.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Molly Ivins

It's hard to convince people that you're killing them for their own good.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Molly Ivins

Populism is the simple premise that markets need to be restrained by society and by a democratic political system. We are not socialists or communists, we are proponents of regulated capitalism and, I might add, people who have read American history.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Molly Ivins

One thing that corporations do not do is give out money out of the goodness of their hearts.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Molly Ivins

Next time I tell you someone from Texas should not be president of the United States, please pay attention." [Shrub Flubs His Dub, The Nation, June 18, 2001]

By Anonym 14 Sep

Molly Ivins

Mostly, Texas women are tough in some very fundamental ways. Not unfeminine, nor necessarily unladylike, just tough!

By Anonym 14 Sep

Molly Ivins

Listen to the people who are talking about how to fix what's wrong, not the ones who just work people into a snit over the problems. Listen to the people who have ideas about how to fix things, not the ones who just blame others.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Molly Ivins

The government can now delve into personal and private records of individuals even if they cannot be directly connected to a terrorist or foreign government. Bank records, e-mails, library records, even the track of discount cards at grocery stores can be obtained on individuals without establishing any connection to a terrorist before a judge. According to the Los Angeles Times, Al Qaeda uses sophisticated encryption devices freely available on the Internet that cannot be cracked. So the terrorists are safe from cyber-snooping, but we're not.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Molly Ivins

When politicians start talking about large groups of their fellow Americans as 'enemies,' it's time for a quiet stir of alertness. Polarizing people is a good way to win an election, and also a good way to wreck a country.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Molly Ivins

It is quite reasonable to subscribe both to the old saw that no good girl was ever ruined by a book and to the perception that it is not good for children to be constantly exposed to the sexual violence in our popular culture. Protecting children seems to me logically, legally, and rather easily differentiated from censorship.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Molly Ivins

I still believe in Hope - mostly because there's no such place as Fingers Crossed, Arkansas.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Molly Ivins

Politics is not a picture on a wall or a television sitcom that you can decide you don't much care for.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Molly Ivins

Being slightly paranoid is like being slightly pregnant - it tends to get worse.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Molly Ivins

In Texas, we do not hold high expectations for the [governor's] office; it's mostly been occupied by crooks, dorks and the comatose.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Molly Ivins

I think of Texas as the laboratory for bad government.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Molly Ivins

Margaret Atwood, the Canadian novelist, once asked a group of women at a university why they felt threatened by men. The women said they were afraid of being beaten, raped, or killed by men. She then asked a group of men why they felt threatened by women. They said they were afraid women would laugh at them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Molly Ivins

Naturally, when it comes to voting, we in Texas are accustomed to discerning that fine hair’s-breadth worth of difference that makes one hopeless dipstick slightly less awful than the other. But it does raise the question: Why bother?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Molly Ivins

The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Molly Ivins

When Michael Jackson, a poor black boy who grew up to be a rich, white woman, married Elvis Presley's daughter the Scientologist. Makes you proud to be an American, dudn't it?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Molly Ivins

Sometimes I think Texas exists as a reality check for those who might wander too far toward the precious.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Molly Ivins

The first rule of holes: When you're in one stop digging.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Molly Ivins

Although a life-long fashion dropout, I have absorbed enough by reading Harper's Bazaar while waiting at the dentist's to have grasped that the purpose of fashion is to make A Statement. My own modest Statement, discerned by true cognoscenti, is, "Woman Who Wears Clothes So She Won't Be Naked.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Molly Ivins

My friend Mercedes Pena made me get in touch with my emotions just before I had a breast cut off. Just as I suspected, they were awful. "How do you Latinas do this all the time in touch with your emotions?" I asked her. "That's why we take siestas," she replied.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Molly Ivins

Conservatives are fond of pointing out there are problems in this world can't be solved by throwing money at them. There are even more that can't be solved by dropping bombs on them.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Molly Ivins

The myth of the inevitability of economic globalization is based largely on the work of Milton Friedman, and easily the most underreported story of our time is that the current economy proves Friedman flatly wrong.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Molly Ivins

California is now close to spending more on prisons than it does on higher education - surely the death warrant of a civilization.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Molly Ivins

So keep fighting for freedom and justice, beloveds.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Molly Ivins

Some days, I'd feel better with Punxsutawney Phil in the Oval Office - at least he doesn't lie about the weather.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Molly Ivins

So keep fightin' for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't you forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Molly Ivins

What stuns me most about contemporary politics is not even that the system has been so badly corrupted by money. It is that so few people get the connection between their lives and what the bozos do in Washington and our state capitols.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Molly Ivins

Next time I tell you someone from Texas should not be president of the United States, please pay attention.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Molly Ivins

Manners are just a formal expression of how you treat people.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Molly Ivins

Oh, hell, I can’t go on a spiritual journey—I'm constipated.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Molly Ivins

I have been attacked by Rush Limbaugh on the air, an experience somewhat akin to being gummed by a newt. It doesn't actually hurt, but it leaves you with slimy stuff on your ankle.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Molly Ivins

How the American right managed to convince itself that the programs to alleviate poverty are responsible for the consequences of poverty will someday be studied as a notorious mass illusion.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Molly Ivins

Conservatives have been mad at the Supreme Court since it decided to desegregate the schools in 1954 and seen fit to blame the federal bench for everything that has happened since then that they don't like.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Molly Ivins

You could probably prove, by judicious use of logarithms and congruent triangles, that real life is a lot more like soap opera than most people will admit.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Molly Ivins

Whenever you hear a politician carry on about what a mess the schools are, be aware that you are looking at the culprit.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Molly Ivins

Americans are not getting screwed by the Republican Party. They're getting screwed by the large corporations that bought and own the Republican Party.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Molly Ivins

We often seem to be swimming through such a miasma of sexual violence - in advertising, television programming, heavy metal, rap, films, and worst of all, in the home - that even First Amendment absolutists sometimes daydream about how nice it would be to have government-as-nanny just outlaw all this effluent.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Molly Ivins

I know vegetarians don't like to hear this, but God made an awful lot of land that's good for nothing but grazing.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Molly Ivins

There are two kinds of humor. One kind that makes us chuckle about our foibles and our shared humanity -- like what Garrison Keillor does. The other kind holds people up to public contempt and ridicule -- that's what I do. Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful. I only aim at the powerful. When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel -- it's vulgar.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Molly Ivins

With politicians, artful evasion is always preferable to the outright lie.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Molly Ivins

I think most of us become nicer as we get older, less judgmental, less full of certitude; life tends to knock a few corners of us as we go through. Cancer, divorce, teenagers, and other plagues make us give up on expecting ourselves - or life - to be perfect, which is a real relief.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Molly Ivins

On the whole, I prefer not to be lectured on patriotism by those who keep offshore maildrops in order to avoid paying their taxes.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Molly Ivins

One function of the income gap is that the people at the top of the heap have a hard time even seeing those at the bottom. They practically need a telescope. The pharaohs of ancient Egypt probably didn't was a lot of time thinking about the people who build their pyramids, either.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Molly Ivins

The recent death of Gene McCarthy reminded me of a lesson I spent a long, long time unlearning, so now I have to re-learn it. It's about political courage and heroes, and when a country is desperate for leadership. There are times when regular politics will not do, and this is one of those times.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Molly Ivins

It's all very well to run around saying regulation is bad, get the government off our backs, etc. Of course our lives are regulated. When you come to a stop sign, you stop; if you want to go fishing, you get a license; if you want to shoot ducks, you can shoot only three ducks. The alternative is dead bodies at the intersection, no fish, and no ducks. OK? (Getting Control of the Frontier, Gainsville Sun, March 22, 1995)