As they were saying.
"You know what scares me? I think Iran as finally mastered the art of how to weaponize irony." -Jon Stewart, reaction to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's condemnation of Moammar Gadhafi's suppression of Libyan dissidents. (Feb. 24 edition)
"Guns kill people. I'm not opposed to the Second Amendment. I'm not opposed to hunters. I don't understand why we have to sell magazines with 33 bullets. If it takes you 33 bullets to kill a deer, you're not a sportsman. And armor-piercing bullets - the last time I saw a deer with a bulletproof vest was a long time ago." -Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York and gun-control advocate.
"Typical Rumsfeld, rather slimy maneuver." -H.R. Haldeman, diary entry by President Richard Nixon's chief of staff, on an incident involving then WH advisor and future defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
"It looks increasingly like the rescue of the auto industry was an overall success, saving hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of jobs and bolstering the country's manufacturing base for years (if not decades) to come. Maybe it's time to start giving President Obama some credit for it - and recognizing that, when properly managed, the federal government can do a lot of good." - New Republic columnist Jonathan Cohn's reaction to GM's report last week of its first annual profit since 2004.
"Consider the stategic decision by Harper and his Conservatives to begin referring to large corporations as 'job creators'. It's easy to see why they're doing it - it's the same reason Kirstie Alley refers to a tray of Twinkies as a 'nibble.' Harper wants to keep cutting corporate taxes - but huge corporations are saddled with a bad reputation. ...But job creators - those guys are great! Who wouldn't support tax cuts for those guys?" -Maclean's columnist Scott Feschuk, observing that, not for the first time, the Tories have lifted an idea from U.S. conservatives in renaming a policy to make it seem more palatable. Most recently the House GOP's proposed harsh cuts to social programs have been relabeled "budget relief." It works the other way, too, concocting derogatory terms for popular things the GOP wishes to abolish. Thus "estate taxes," a means by which the well-to-do are made to help fund social services, became the "death tax." And "end-of-life hospital deliberations" among patients, relatives and physicians that Obamacare seeks to have Uncle Sam pay for rather than loved ones, became "death panels." In symbolically voting down Obamacare as one of its first acts, the GOP-controlled House dubbed it a 'jobs killer.'