December 31st, 2003


The 10 Dumbest Quotes of 2003 -- from About

#10: "I think that gay marriage should be between a man and a woman." —Arnold Schwarzenegger, during the California recall campaign

#9: When U.S. interrogators asked Saddam Hussein how he was, he responded: "I am sad because my people are in bondage." When offered a glass of water, he replied: "If I drink water I will have to go to the bathroom and how can I use the bathroom when my people are in bondage?"
#8: "You think you are big enough to make me, you little wimp? Come on, come over here and make me, I dare you…You little fruitcake. You little fruitcake. I said you are a fruitcake." —Rep. Peter Stark (D-Calif.) to Rep. Scott McInnis (R-Colo.), after McInnis told him to "shut up" during a legislative dispute
#7: "George Bush was not elected by a majority of the voters in the United States. He was appointed by God." —Lt. Gen. William Boykin, the defense undersecretary in charge of hunting down top terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan
#6: "My vision is to make the most diverse state on earth, and we have people from every planet on the earth in this state. We have the sons and daughters of every, of people from every planet, of every country on earth." —Former California Gov. Gray Davis, during the recall campaign

#5: "I still want to be the candidate for guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks." —Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean

#4: "Maybe we need a very small nuke thrown off on Foggy Bottom to shake things up like Newt Gingrich wants to do." —Television evangelist and Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson, on wiping out the State Department

#3: "My answer is bring 'em on." —President George W. Bush, challenging militants attacking U.S. forces in Iraq

#2: "Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don't know we don't know." —Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld

And the award for the Dumbest Quote of 2003:

"I triple guarantee you. There are no American infidels in Baghdad." —Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf (AKA "Baghdad Bob")

Possum Back

The big one. The dark night, the cats at the door, turkey scraps and ham scraps in my hand, flick on the light, cats run, two stay, and THE BIG POSSUM is back.

This time, when I walked out on the porch, it ducked underneath, so at least it is learning that people are a menace to it.


#101 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

50 million other people have reviewed this book. It is huge. I spent most of a day and a half reading it. I'd read enough reviews by accident that I knew someone died, but I couldn't remember who. Even knowing that, I couldn't be sure who was going to get it.

Our local Wally World offered a huge pile of them at $17 something, so I bought. I'm so compulsive...

and I see I've misscounted when I list them all individually. Somewhere in the 40'2, I used one number twice, so from then on, the list in here is misnumbered...

The List So Far:
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Reading Over My List

This is the time for the "best of" stuff, only counting books I read this year.

Here's my best fiction book of the year - about teachers (and, YES, I did read horse books...but I didn't get to Seabiscuit, but did see the film on Christmas Day.):

The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill

Best non-fiction from what I read this year:

The Universe in a Nutshell - Steven Hawking

What were your favorites?