Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Quotation of the day for May 27, 2014

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Quotation of the Day for May 27, 2014

"And so it occurred to me (after my fifth pint of IPA) to spin my speculative political satire around the fact that there is only one man on the global political scene today who has what it takes to be a plausible Republican candidate for President Of The United States at the next presidential election.

"This man: Vladimir Vladimirovitch Putin.

"Let me enumerate the ways in which this man makes sense as a candidate. He's only 62 years old--not as youthful as Barack Obama, but still well within the age range for POTUS. He has proven experience of leading an aggressive, declining, former military superpower bristling with nuclear weapons and suffering from eating disorders and a tendency to binge on breakaway republics when nobody is looking. As a former KGB Colonel he understands the needs of the security state like no US president before him, except possibly George H. W. Bush (a former Director ofthe CIA); he's exactly the right man to be in charge of the NSA, post-Snowden. As a Russian he clearly likes his tea, so he'll go down well with that wing of the party. Nobody can accuse him of being soft on terrorism, or communism, or gay rights. Nobody can question his virile, macho manhood either, not with his state-run press agency circulating photographs of him bareback-riding a bear. He's an instinctive authoritarian, a daddy figure, totally in love with god, guts, and guns--and if anyone says otherwise he'll put powdered Polonium in their soup."

- Charlie Stross, writer.


Submitted by: Terry Labach
May 27, 2014

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