Dover Bitch

Wednesday, May 30, 2007


Every now and then, I come across a sentence or paragraph that is so excellent I want to remember it forever. I'm going to keep this post as a permanent repository of such linguistic triumphs.

  • "The manifest absurdity of it is too obvious to require explanation." -- Judge Melvin Welles, on the $65 million lawsuit over a pair of lost pants

  • "Maybe we should pass a law that every new book, movie, play, etc. must include the words 'Islamofascism delenda est,' preferably as an acrostic." -- Roy Edroso, on the Right's agony over the lack of pro-GWOT literature

  • "Needless to say, the memo is authentic." -- Glenn Greenwald, after a litany of right-wing bloggers' claims to the contrary

  • "On second thought, if you put [Jonah] Goldberg out in a meadow with a bell around his neck it would probably not alter his level of contentment." -- Roy Edroso

  • "This is the last I shall write of Lady Atlas, leaving her to languish in the obscurity in which I discovered her. Deprived of the attention she craves and the traffic I sent, she faces a future of irreversible diminishment until only a noisy dot will remain. I could have made her a star, but now she'll be reduced to playing custom auto shows and competing with Edy Williams on the red carpet. It's sad it had to come to this, but I have fancier fish to fry, and it's time to toss her back into eternal sea that swallows all." -- James Wolcott

  • "This document is totally non-redactable and non-segregable and cannot even be meaningfully described." -- Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas Bondy on why a document that allegedly proves the government has been spying on Americans should, in his opinion (not mine), remain top secret