“…Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote that ‘it takes a village’ to raise children. My parents and their friends thought it takes parents. They were sorry that some of my friends had maniacs for parents, but they didn’t interfere. And they didn’t want anyone poking their nose in our house, either.” (SEVEN, pg. 76)
“…can I say that my father was always looking out for me? No, I can’t…my father had demons that intruded on his parental duties…my father set a terrible example by inflicting unnecessary pain on his children. He did not do this on purpose. He simply could not control himself.” (SEVEN, pg. 77)
“…these kids have been taught one lesson very well in their twelve years of so-called schooling: They are not going to be held accountable for failure. When you have a lot of people believing that, you’re in real trouble.” (SEVEN, pg. 78)
“NAMBLA’s website, as of this writing, is still up and running.
You don’t want to go there, I’m guessing.” (SEVEN, pg. 80)
[from O’Reilly’s Ten Commandments of Effective Parenting, first seen in Who’s Looking Out For You?]
“3. Parents who are looking out for their children will be under control in the house. There will be no random violence, intoxication, sexual displays, uncontrolled anger, or vile language…If it is a chaotic mess, the parents are not looking out for the kids.
7. Rules will be enforced but explained. Parents who truly look out for their kids understand that there are rules in society and that high standards of behaviour are the key to a successful life. Rules are good. But rules must have a logical objective…
8. Parents will be honest at all times. Lead by example. No lying, no cheating, no nasty gossip, no cruelty, no manipulating…”
9. Parents will be respectful of their parents. Grandparent abuse or neglect is among the worst possible things a child can see. This is a very important commandment. You can’t effectively look out for your kids if you don’t look out for your folks. (Even if they don’t deserve it.)” (SEVEN, pgs. 81-4)
[from O’Reilly’s lame, satirical “secular Ten Commandments”]
“ONE: Thou Shalt Not Make Any Judgment Regarding Most Private Personal Behaviour. Man/Woman Is the Master/Mistress of the Universe and His/Her Gratification Is Paramount.” (EIGHT, pg. 89)
“Thanks to increased competition, you are now much more likely to hear all sides of a story. Sometimes that’s more information and more scandal than you might want to hear, but it’s your right and your job as a citizen to face up to it.” (EIGHT, pg. 90)
“The reason that we wretches [journalists] are under so much suspicion is that we are perceived as being arrogant. That charge is tossed my way often. I’ll let you make the call.” (EIGHT, pg. 91)
“We have an obligation to report on school principals like the one in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, who refused to publicly discipline two students who engaged in oral sex on a school bus in full view of other young students. I mean, what kind of message does an educator send when he believes disgraceful public conduct is a private matter?
The fourteen-year-old girl and the sixteen-year-old boy who humiliated themselves and corrupted other children most likely got their oral sex education from the entertainment media (or President Clinton). We have an obligation to scrutinize show business and so-called ‘celebrities’ who behave disgracefully. We have an obligation to hold the corrupters personally accountable.
But we are not doing it. And because of this cowardice and apathy, the forces of darkness are allowed to go to the bank unchallenged and, at times, even glorified.” (EIGHT, pg. 91)
“You will rarely see an article written about me that does not describe me as ‘contentious,’ ‘bombastic’, ‘a blowhard,’ or ‘bullying.’ While that assessment may be accurate… (EIGHT, pg. 92)
“…you can go ahead and hose people all day long, amassing great wealth and power, but what, exactly, does that mean? Nada, that’s what. Note to the greed-heads and evildoers: You may be remembered for your misdeeds, but only as objects of ridicule or revulsion.” (EIGHT, pg. 93)
“…most bad people, out of cowardice or self-interest, attempt to disguise their evil. Some get justice, but some do not. For me, that’s the most frustrating part of life: seeing evil individuals continue to harm people with impunity.” (EIGHT, pg. 94)
“Sex is supposed to be a private activity between consenting adults who are honest with each other, sharing pleasure and affection, and then shut up afterward.
Men, if a woman shares her body, take it as a gift of affection, not proof that you’re stud of the month.
Ladies, if you said yes without being forced, then don’t brag to your coworkers or your homegals.” (NINE, pg. 98)
“Dykes on Bikes? Take a hike! Can’t you ‘express yourself’ without throwing it in our faces?
…I don’t want to have to try to explain why Jack is dressed up like Jill or Jill is wearing a buzz cut. The kid shouldn’t have to be dealing with any sexual ideas at all, much less a couple of thousand folks marching around in drag or half-naked in order to ‘celebrate your sexuality.’ Give us all a break. Express your sexuality where the rest of us do, if we have any sense: at home, with the blinds drawn.” (NINE, pg. 99)
“Like Ann Landers, I’ve come up with a little manual for dealing with the opposite sex…Bring on the cheek-to-cheek, the heavy petting, and the home runs, but not ever with any of the following prohibited, ridiculous lines:
‘Look, I just want to talk to you. Nothing will happen if I come in.’ Lock the door.
‘Let’s be friends.’ Fine. Date her best friend.
‘My sister’s got two beautiful kids.’ Whatever you do, do not have sex with this woman.
‘I’m not that kind of girl.’ Get the telephone number of her best friend right now.” (NINE, pgs. 103-4)
“I don’t tolerate victimizers or charlatans or liars or manipulators.” (NINE, pg. 109)
“…I have instituted the two-call rule…If I call a person twice and don’t receive a call back, that relationship is over. I leave a short message saying that I will not be calling again.
“I want to deal only with people who are respectful of others, even in a casual setting such as a restaurant. Be aware of how others are treating you and question that treatment if you feel it isn’t square.” (NINE, pg. 110)
“If you have to convince someone to be your friend, the concept of friendship falls apart. Like love, you can’t force it.” (NINE, pg. 111)
“In my early years, I had no idea that I would rise so high in my career; nor did my friends. They were betting on the penitentiary.” (NINE, pg. 111)
“For people like me…disaster is always in play, constantly present on the horizon…both my mother and father were possessed by a nagging fear that stuff would inevitably go wrong.
“..Americans born into wealth and power usually do not have that fear. That’s because things always seem to work out for them. Money buys security from harm and often can mitigate difficult situations. Power, as we’ve discussed, leads to opportunities.” (TEN, pg. 118)
“Ms. [Rosie] O’Donnell demonizes anyone she disagrees with, and her musings are not to be questioned.” (TEN, pg. 119)
“Burt [Reynolds] took full advantage of Dallas [in 1977 while shooting Semi-Tough] with hot and cold running babes in his hotel suite and fleets of limos…I kind of liked him…But even I had enough smarts to see that he was headed for a fall. He was too cocky to the wrong people…” (TEN, pg. 123)
“What kind of power does Oprah wield? Well, Parade magazine reports that she makes $260 million a year.
Having that kind of money can literally drive a person crazy.
With everything almost instantly available, everything becomes rather ordinary. For that reason, the ultrawealthy, if they are not ultracareful, can become bored, jaded, or, even worse, sadistic or self-destructive. The awful behaviour of some celebrities and power brokers illustrates that point beyond a reasonable doubt. Just ask Caligula.” (TEN, pg. 127)
“I know that sometimes I come off as ‘all about me.'” (ELEVEN, pg. 142)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Sunday, April 23, 2017