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June 29, 2004

"We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."
-Senator Hillary Clinton

"So, you ladies ever been penetrated?"
-Glen Quagmire on Family Guy

It's rare that you hear a politician actually admit that they're planning to take things away from you (let alone admit what taxation really is), but that's what Senator Hillary Clinton did at a Democratic fundraiser for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer in San Francisco yesterday. This sort of thing is why people on the right have disdain for the big government elite types. Compare that to this snippet from a book review of the Communist Manifesto: "Therefore, the Communist society, in the eyes of Karl Marx, would allow the masses a chance to come together and unite for all people to work for the common good." Hmmmm.

If you ever have seen the Fox/Cartoon Network program Family Guy, then you need to take this quiz:

I'm a Quagmire
I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing.

My result: I'm a Quagmire (as in Glen Quagmire). Giggity giggity!

Speaking of Family Guy, I caught an episode of The Simpsons where Homer somehow obtained a hammock that had the ability to create clones of himself (it was one of those "Treehouse of Horror" shows). Anyway, at one point they showed a room full of cloned Homers... and in the background there was a shot of Peter Griffin (who some have claimed is a "Homer clone", which I reject as much as when people try to claim other morning show hosts are Howard Stern clones). However, it was well-played and quite funny at the time. The fact that they ended it with the original Homer drawing design (from the Tracy Ullman Show, going back to 1987) was one of those subtly brilliant moments that has helped that show stands out as one of the all-time greats...

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