This Week In Quotes: August 14 – August 20

It’s the famous liberal two-step: First screw something up, then claim that it’s screwed up because there’s not enough government oversight (it’s the free market run wild!), and then step in and really screw it up in the name of “reform.” — Ann Coulter

And yet, the fact is that “me Tarzan, you Jane” is ultimately what makes us hot. That’s what these feminists, who are trained to really, truly believe they want a man who is mostly like a woman, admit in these posts “tee hee, I know I’m not supposed to like this, but I kinda do.” You know why? Evo-freaking-lution. Women like the men who take care of them. Whether it’s put food on the table or beat back the saber-tooth tiger. We’re programmed to crave the man who behaves…like a man. — Karol Markowicz

Russia’s Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, spent his vacation in the Southern Siberian wilderness riding a horse with his shirt off. This is a case where you really believe this vacation is in total character. No one joins the KGB and works their way up its ranks for show. I think this is truly the kind of person who rises to the level of “big man on campus” in Russia, and we’re seeing him interact with nature and bring it to its knees, much like every Russian woman after viewing his vacation photos. — Rachel Marsden

“Barack Obama’s health care plan should have an appearance before its own policy end of life panel, to be put out of business.” — Tim Pawlenty

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America is the Afghanistan of the western world: That’s to say, it has a slightly higher infant mortality rate than other developed nations (there are reasons for that which I’ll discuss in an upcoming column). That figure depresses our overall “life expectancy at birth.” But, if you can make it out of diapers, you’ll live longer than you would pretty much anywhere else. By age 40, Americans’ life expectancy has caught up with Britons’. By 60, it equals Germany’s. At the age of 80, Americans have greater life expectancy than Swedes. — Mark Steyn

I had an elderly British visitor this month who’s had a recurring problem with her left hand. At one point it swelled up alarmingly and so we took her to the emergency room. They did a CT scan, X-rays, blood samples, the works. In two hours at a small, rural, undistinguished, no-frills hospital in northern New Hampshire, this lady got more tests than she’s had in the last decade in Britain — even though she goes to see her doctor once a month. He listens sympathetically, tells her old age often involves adjusting to the loss of mobility, and then advises her to take the British version of Tylenol and rest up. Anything else would use up those valuable resources. So, in two hours in New Hampshire, she got tested and diagnosed (with gout) and prescribed something to deal with it. It’s the difference between health “care” (i.e., going to the doctor’s every month to no purpose) and health treatment — and on the latter America is the best in the world. — Mark Steyn

I attended the first YearlyKos convention, and have kept up with later ones, and it’s safe to say that for many self-styled “progressives,” the war in Iraq was the animating cause of their activism. They hated the war, and they hated George W. Bush for starting it. Or maybe they hated the war because George W. Bush started it. Either way, it was war, war, war.

Now, not so much.

…For many liberal activists, opposing the war was really about opposing George W. Bush. When Bush disappeared, so did their anti-war passion. — Byron York

Incidentally, its not that I openly despise Meghan McCain; its truly hard to despise something that has absolutely no substance to it whatsoever. Its that I find it odd, considering how many children the conservatives I know have, that she (and the left) believe she is the only conservative to have ever had sex. — E. M. Zanotti

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