Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, in a 1995 piece for the University of Chicago Law Review: "When the Senate ceases to engage nominees in meaningful discussion of legal issues, the confirmation process takes on an air of vacuity and farce, and the Senate becomes incapable of either properly evaluating nominees or appropriately educating the public."
Billionaire (and major gold-bug) Thomas Kaplan, on global economic instability: "I've reached a point where I feel the only asset I have confidence in is gold."
Screenwriter, director, and song scribbler Jonathan Kahn (aka Jon David) -- a rare Hollywood conservative: "In Hollywood, being a conservative is the kiss of death."
Middle East Forum director Daniel Pipes, discussing Israel's May 30 boarding of a Gaza bound blockade-runner -- on Turkey's support of a home-grown group linked to terror: "(Until now,) the Turkish government has been very careful to abide by the rules and keep its nose clean and keep itself totally removed from violent groups. Now the true face of the regime is coming to light."
Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens, on the Gaza blockade-runner incident: "The choice of evils that endlessly confronts Israeli policy-makers is not something they can simply wash their hands of by 'ending the occupation.' They tried that before -- in Gaza. Is there (an American) liberalism that is capable of recognizing this? Or are we again at the stage where it has been consumed by its instinct for fellow-traveling? In 1968, Eric Hoffer wrote: 'I have a premonition that will not leave me; as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us. Should Israel perish, the holocaust will be upon us.' By 'us' he meant liberals, too, and maybe most of all."
Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, at a Senate Environment Committee hearing -- on the Deepwater Horizon undersea oil gusher: "We in Louisiana...not only have our eyes on (the environment), we have our heart invested in it and we are making a living on the (Mississippi River) delta. But we need the oil that comes from offshore to keep this economy moving. We must examine what went wrong, weigh the risk and rewards, fix what is broken, and move on...If we could do without this oil, we would. But we simply cannot -- not today, not in the near future."
The late New York Democratic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan: "Never pass major legislation that affects most Americans without real bipartisan support. It opens the door to all kinds of political trouble."
Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.
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