A coupla’ lines too good not to pass on

December 26th, 2007
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Annual retrospectives count among my least-enjoyed form of column. So who would have thought that one of these look-backs would prove one of my favourite reads of 2007? Today’s piece by George Will, the sometimes boring and not-infrequently overbearing yet usually insightful dean of conservative American columnists, this year took the approach of recounting some of the year’s weirdest and wackiest utterances from across the political and social spectrum.

First, the quote of a lifetime from former New York mayor and current contender for the Republican presidential nomination Rudy Giuliani:

“I took a city that was known for pornography and licked it.”

Second, a comment on a subject dear to the hearts of many of our readers:

In March, when a planned trek by two explorers to the North Pole, intended to dramatize global warming, was aborted because of temperatures 100 degrees below zero, an organizer of the consciousness-raising venture explained that the cancellation confirmed predictions of global warming because “one of the things we see with global warming is unpredictability.”

Enjoy the rest of the holidays. As Mark Steyn pointed out in this reprint of a previous column, in America the “Christmas holidays” last exactly one day, while in Britain they’re drawn out until two weeks before Valentine’s Day. Here in Canada, “the middle power” and “honest broker” of the Liberal mindset has, in this one happy instance, indeed found the Golden Mean.

And on that note, having spent four days visiting my dear parents, tomorrow Mrs. K. and I will round out the “Christmas Holidays” by commencing a road-trip around some of B.C.’s finest ski areas.

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