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William Safire

William Lewis Safire (December 17, 1929 – September 27, 2009) was an American author, columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter.

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🤴🏽 Never assume the obvious is true. - William Safire 💰
.reprints a letter from archives from Julia Child to William Safire about the grammar of wine
"Think up before you drink up": See letter to William Safire about
(my only quibble is that there's never a reason to say "chianti from California." Chianti is a place, not a grape!)
See Julia Child's letter to William Safire on how to correctly capitalize the names of wines
A letter from the cook to the language expert has recently been made available to the public
Read Julia Child’s Letter to William Safire on How to Correctly Capitalize the Names of Wines
- William Safire's rules for writing as seen in the New York Times Do not put statements in the negative form And don't
"Only in grammar can you be more than perfect." William Safire
Who are they? They haven't had a conservative since William Safire.
"Never, ever use repetitive redundancies... Proofread carefully to see if you any words out." - William Safire
Made it through Judy Miller (reporter) and William Safire years Rarely read the opinion pages at NY Time…
That was William Safire's writing for Spiro Agnew. "Nattering nabobs of negativism."
Op-ed writers of integrity A M Rosenthal, William Safire, Russell Baker et al published the research about the 1944 facts for me & everyone
That was IN New York Times in an *opinion* piece by conservative William Safire
BizManQuotes: Never assume the obvious is true. - William Safire |
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emails - Why can't you just say Hillary is a liar? Did the NYT's moral courage die with William Safire?
Guess he never read Jack Anderson, Vic Reisell, Bob Novak, or William Safire.
William F. Buckley, Jr., William Safire, Bill Cosby and Edgar Bronfman, Sr. all Medal of Freedom recipients but...
Proofread carefully to see if you words out. ~ William Safire
20+ years ago NYT columnist William Safire wrote Hillary Clinton "is a congenital liar”. Right then and now.
"Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care.". William Safire
Marc Thiessen reminded us of the fact the Great late William Safire called Hillary "a congenital liar" Words ring true
Obama’s ‘blizzard of lies’ By Marc A. Thiessen In 1996, the late, great New York Times columnist William Safire published a column, “Blizzard of lies,” in which he laid out a series of falsehoods by Hillary Rodham Clinton and declared “Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our First Lady — a woman of undoubted talents who was a role model for many in her generation — is a congenital liar.” Today, Americans of all political stripes are coming to a similar, sad realization about our president. A recent Fox News poll asked Americans “How often does Barack Obama lie to the country on important matters?” Thirty-seven percent said “most of the time,” 24 percent said “some of the time,” and 20 percent said “only now and then.” Just 15% said “never.” Think about that: 81 percent of Americans believe that Obama lies to them at least “now and then” on “important matters.” That is simply stunning. These Americans are right. The lat ...
"If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times: Resist hyperbole." - William Safire
William Safire on Clinton v. Jones oral arg. Didn't like his seat: "caged monkeys in a zoo observing human visitors."
Poetry and Photos by Poetic Fool: William Safire’s Rules for Writers
Why use a modifier to set straight a not-quite-right noun when the right noun is available?. WILLIAM SAFIRE.
Remember to never split an infinitive.The passive voice should never be used. And don't start a sentence with a conjugation.-William Safire
Nobody stands taller than those willing to stand corrected. . -William Safire
Like William Safire writing that speech for if Neil Armstrong and his crew had perished, we'll in advance.
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William Safire coined one of Spiro T. Agnew's most famous barbs, "nattering nabobs of negativism."
I think I'm turning into who William Safire described in the speech written for Spiro Agnew.
“A mania for neatness drains the blood from the grinning cheeks of language,” William Safire
Hey, William Safire, is it Pepsis Throwback or Pepsi Throwbacks? Think it's the 1st one but, either way, 14 empties in my bed is DEPRESSION.
The first ladyship is the only federal office in which the holder can neither be fired nor impeached. ~William Safire
When articulation is impossible, gesticulation comes to the rescue. William Safire
Repeatedly writing "attorneys general" always takes me back to this: William Safire Orders Two Whoppers Junior
Never assume the obvious to be true - William Safire
Took me a while to get to the point today, but that is because I did not know what the point was when I started. - William Safire
Mr. William Safire is the obvious choice, but he is currently unavailable.
The late William Safire commented on that in one of his famed NYTM articles...
No. 2: Even William Safire - who was THE Grammar Nazi - said ending a sentence with a preposition was acceptable,...
Precious: Based on the novel Push, by William Safire
William Safire: Eschew the trashy and embrace the readworthy. |
The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right. William Safire
Ok all of my HATERS what do you have to say about this : Ever since Obama was elected to the White House, conservatives and gun enthusiasts have been screaming about how likely Obama is to take away peoples firearms. People talk of the "Clinton ban" which restricted assault weapons in 1994 and claim another Democrat in the White House is bad news for gun owners. But is this truthful? Are Democrats more for Gun Control than Republicans? We examine historical and recent legislation to reveal that a lot of what people are saying is total BS... Reagan's administration passed more restrictive gun laws than any other administration (including the dubiously-named "Firearm Protection Act of 1986 which banned citizens owning automatic weapons without special permission). And the "Clinton ban" was actually named after Ronald Reagan's press secretary after James Brady was shot by a nutjob. In 1969, journalist William Safire asked Richard Nixon what he thought about Gun Control. "Guns are an abomination," Nixon repl ...
Giving a small dinner party tonight for William F. Buckley Jr, Professor Henry Higgins, Charles Krauthammer, Dame Margaret Thatcher, William Safire and George Will. Conversation without a "like" or "I go" in the offing. (Yes, Bill Higgins, I realize most of them are dead. )
“People react to fear, not love,” Richard Nixon once told his aide, William Safire. Buttressing the concept, the Trickster added: “They don’t teach you that in Sunday School—but it’s true.” It is the elemental nature of politics that Chris Christie was descr...
GLOBAL DISORDER SCORECARD - As the U.S. retreats, a reader's guide to the world's traumas. Dec. 30, 2013 Wall Street Journal Editorial The world is messy, and it is getting more so as the U.S. retreats from its role as the protector of global order. With civil wars, uprisings against governments and other bloody disputes proliferating, it can be hard to tell the good guys from the bad. As a reader service and in the spirit of the late William Safire, here's our scorecard for the new age of disorder going into 2014. • In the Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is threatening and bribing to pull authoritarian Viktor Yanukovych away from Europe and into Moscow's orbit. Street protestors and the opposition want to join the West with its rule of law and greater democratic transparency. Enlarge Image Russian President Vladimir Putin Associated Press Whom to root for: The opposition. Without Ukraine, Russia can't become a new empire, and a democratic victory in Kiev might have a useful demonstration eff ...
cleaning up some files...ran into some old quotes. I, like every soldier of America, will die for the freedom of the press, even for the freedom of newspapers that call me everything that is a good deal less than being a gentleman. Dwight D. Eisenhower, press conference, Moscow, August 14, 1945 Writing for a newspaper is like running a revolutionary war; you go into battle not when you are ready but when action offers itself. Norman Mailer, The Presidential Papers, 1963. The press is the enemy. Richard M. Nixon, comment on the press, as remembered by William Safire, Before the Fall, 1975. There are only two forces that can carry light to all corners of the globe--the sun in the heavens and the Associated Press. Mark Twain, speech, Associated Press, New York City, September 18, 1906 If we are not to have a chance to fulfill our one potentiality--the power of loving--why were we not born men? At least we could have had an occupation then. Ruth Benedict, in Margaret Mead, An Anthropologist at Work, 1951 [Wom ...
Re: Hillary A great book to read to get some insight into the irremediable incompetence of Hillary Clinton is Peggy Noonan's work, "The Case Against Hillary Clinton". I believe you can get it on as well. Whatever Filegate and Benghazi didn't tell you about her, Peggy Noonan will. William Safire said it best twenty years ago, "Hillary Clinton is a congenital liar".
Did you know that Richard Nixon actually got a speech (written by William Safire) prepared if Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became stranded on the moon? It's quite true, and quite scary actually. It started with: "Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace, will stay on the moon to rest in peace.-" And it ended with: "-For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind."
Good Morning To My Culturally Percussive Independent Activists: SInce Today is Election Day, here are a few Baby Booming Thoughts to take with you into the voting booth. Enjoy. You’re a Baby Boomer Who Is Probably “Over-The-Hill” ……. * When you rent an RV to take a cross-country sojourn and wind up staying at a Four Star hotel because everything regarding modern conveniences in your motor home is nothing more than a complete pain in your butt. * When the New York Times had James “Scotty” Reston, Tom Wicker, Russell Baker, William Safire, Seymour Hersh, and R.W. Apple as ace reporters… and superbly reported the news! * It should also be noted that Pete Hamill and Jimmy Breslin were writing for the, then, un-Murdoch Post. * When Vice President Richard M. Nixon needed a shave before the end of his first Presidential Debate with Senator John F. Kennedy. * When you looked forward to reading what Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were uncovering in the Nixon White House during the “Watergate” ...
November 2, 1938, 75 years ago: Patrick Joseph Buchanan is born. Unlike a lot of people who become political figures, he was actually born and raised in Washington, D.C. And it wasn’t because his father was in politics or government service: He was an accountant. As a not-poor Irish Catholic, and a descendant of 2 Confederate veterans, coming of age in the 1950s, Pat naturally leaned toward Senator Joe McCarthy and conservatism. He became a journalist and then worked for Richard Nixon's 1968 campaign. In the Nixon White House, he became a speechwriter, alongside William Safire (who would spend 31 years writing a column that belied the New York Times' liberal reputation) and John McLaughlin (who would found and still hosts "The McLaughlin Group," with Pat as a regular off and on since the show's beginning in 1982). To this day, Pat is an apologist for Nixon. In spite of having worked for Nixon, Pat has never been implicated in any of the crimes that fell under the umbrella term "Watergate." Nor, as Whi . ...
"There is no 'slippery slope' toward loss of liberty, only a long staircase where each step down must first be tolerated by the American people and their leaders." ~ Senator (Wi.) Alan Simpson a. "Once the down staircase is set in place, the temptation to take each next step will be irresistible."(William Safire, "The Computer Tattoo." The New York Times, Sep. 9, 1982)
I think we have a need to know what we do not need to know. - William Safire
Scandalmonger (Harvest Book): The bestselling historical novel that exposes the less than honorable side of ou...
Learn how to write to your audience, which is not William Safire, but rather, the Second Department. Recognize!
Reviewers seem to have trouble with the plural of "iPhone 5s". It is, of course, "iPhones 5s".
No one flower can ever symbolize this nation. America is a bouquet. • William Safire
Almost in the same genre, my fave is Lend Me Your Ears, Great Speeches in History by William Safire.
By elevating your reading, you will improve your writing or at least tickle your thinking. -William Safire
“Never assume the obvious is true.” William Safire. Read my RAG DOLL. You'll see
Eschew the trashy and embrace the readworthy. Remember the acronym GWIGWO: Good Writing In, Good Writing Out. WILLIAM …
Never use a preposition to end a sentence with. WILLIAM SAFIRE.
Steer clear of incorrect forms of verbs that have snuck in the language. ~ William Safire
"What did the ancients know of space travel and genetic engineering? And we are the next generation's ancients." -- William Safire
As if George Washington hasn’t been credited enough with laying the foundation stones of the American republic, a new discovery might put one more feather in his cap. Our leading Founding Father could have been author of the country's name. The identity of who coined the name “United States of America” has eluded historians for years. Online sources vary greatly, erroneously crediting Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, and others. But a letter written by Washington’s aide-de-camp on Jan. 2, 1776, discovered this past Memorial Day, suggests that Washington might have been one of the first people – if not the first person – to utter the words "United States of America." Previously, William Safire and a bevy of Oxford and American researchers essentially concluded in 1998 that Thomas Jefferson was the originator. Jefferson wrote “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” in the header of his “original Rough draught” of the Declaration of Independence sometime on or after June 11, 1776. ...
Subject: Obama's Bodyguard of Lies - By Geoffrey P. Hunt President Obama and his people deserve at least one accolade: they have perfected lying into an art form. Is anyone in Obama's closest orbit a truth-teller? Jay Carney, press secretary, lied about the Benghazi talking points, the effects of the federal budget sequestration, and Eric Holder; Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, a "congenital liar" according to the late William Safire in a 1996 NY Times column, lied to Congress about her role in the Benghazi security breach, and subsequent cover-up; Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the UN, lied to the American people on five successive TV news-interview shows about a video provoking the Benghazi attacks; Eric Holder, Attorney General, lied to Congress and to federal judges about his role and intentions in obtaining the surveillance and wiretapping authorization for journalist James Rosen; Douglas Schulman, IRS Commissioner, lied to Congress about the IRS not targeting opponents and political enemies of th ...
Frightening!! The following article was written and published in the New York Times in 2002 by columnist William Safire, "You Are a Suspect" By William Safire, NYT, November 14, 2002 If the Homeland Security Act is not amended before passage, here is what will happen to you: Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazine subscription you buy and medical prescription you fill, every Web site you visit and e-mail you send or receive, every academic grade you receive, every bank deposit you make, every trip you book and every event you attend -- all these transactions and communications will go into what the Defense Department describes as ''a virtual, centralized grand database.'' To this computerized dossier on your private life from commercial sources, add every piece of information that government has about you -- passport application, driver's license and bridge toll records, judicial and divorce records, complaints from nosy neighbors to the F.B.I., your lifetime paper trail plus the latest ...
Almost 20 years ago, early in the Clinton-Rodham-Gore era, the late New York Times columnist William Safire charged that First Lady Hillary Clinton was so routinely dishonest in her reaction to the many scandal-"gates" of which she and husband Bill were being accused as to merit the derisive label o...
John Fund The late columnist William Safire once said that a good clue that someone in Washington was engaged in “an artful dodge,” i.e., a cover-up, was that they used the phrase “mistakes were made.” Safire defined it as a “passive-evasive way of acknowledging error while distancing the speaker from responsibility for it.” The phrase became infamous when both Richard Nixon and Ron Ziegler, his press secretary, deployed it to explain away Watergate without explaining who did what and when or whether any ill motive was involved. Astonishingly, the Internal Revenue Service resurrected the Nixonian expression within hours of its clumsy revelation that it had targeted tea-party groups and other organizations with “patriot” or “9/12” in their names. “Mistakes were made initially,” the official IRS statement on May 10 read, implying that the mistakes ended after a short “initial” period. We now know that the scandal and cover-up unfolded over a three-year period, and the IRS publicl ...
I see the Republicans are trying to figure out how to grow the party. Let me tell you what Democrats can do not of you Republicans seem to be able to do. For one, have an intelligent conversation. When a liberal sees that I am both libertarian/centrist and well informed on the issues and the facts, most pretty quickly drop the pretenses and are able to engage in an intelligent conversation. Conservatives, no matter how hard they try, cannot recognize the errors of their own arguments, let alone have any perception concerning the folks they talk to. Like those who want to confide in my their own xenophobic bigotry before I tell them I was no born in America. Since the days of William Safire, William F. Buckley, and even the folksy Paul Harvey, conservative have nothing but the shrill, partisan voices full of rhetoric and propaganda like Limbaugh, Beck, Krauthammer, those at Fox News. Thomas Sowell writes a good column a few times a year, but mostly he carries water for the Republicans. What the GOP misses ...
FOR THOSE OF YOU WANTING TO FOLLOW THE PROMPTS: WRITING PROMPT WEEK 23: un·de·cid·ed (nd-sdd) adj. 1. Not yet determined or settled; open: Our position on this bill is still undecided. 2. Not having reached a decision; uncommitted: undecided voters. n. pl. un·de·cid·eds One, such as a voter, that has not yet reached a decision: "Will this joint interview make up minds among the vast throng of undecideds?" (William Safire). “When we think of failure; Failure will be ours. If we remain undecided; Nothing will ever change. All we need to do is want to achieve something great and then simply to do it. Never think of failure For what we think, will come about.” Maharishi Mahesh Yogi “Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them.” Dr. Laurence J. Peter “The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided.” Casey Stengel “The imagination of a boy is healthy, and the . ...
Sunday reading from William Safire. One of his speeches--written for Nixon--appears in our upcoming print issue.
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Blast from the past: William Safire Orders Two Whoppers Junior | The Onion - cc
When duty calls, that is when character counts ~ William Safire
"Never use a large sword where a dagger will do." ~ Sir William Safire of Bronx
"Hillary is a congenital liar...she is in the longtime habit of lying..." William Safire, TheNYTimes, 1996
Late-1979, New York Times columnist William Safire compiled a list of "Fumblerules of Grammar" — rules of...
The late William Safire was right i.e that Hillary is a congenital.. er congenial liar.
Why do puns, even from such brilliant minds as Cicero, Quintilian, Shakespeare, Groucho Marx, Victor Borge, William Safire and Rodney Dangerfield, get no respect -- no respect, et al?
Greg Stumbo has used the term “safety net” at least twice recently when talking about our pensions -- on a television news program and in a State Journal article today. Language is powerful and the use of this term is deliberate. Stumbo is attempting to make us appear as public supplicants rather than as public workers who have earned a pension guaranteed by an inviolable contract. I’m getting ready to e-mail this: Message to Greg Stumbo: Stop using the term “safety net” in regards to earned government pensions. Safety net is a metaphor for welfare – non-contributory “social programs or assistance to protect the needy.” (“Safire’s New Political Dictionary” by William Safire, Random House, New York, 1993). Kentucky government retirees have earned their pensions through years of service and money taken from each and every paycheck. Repeating for emphasis: we EARNED our pensions. (Eva)
Neler oluyor biraz anlamak için ,William Safire'ın 2001 tarihli makalesini bir okuyun derim... The Turkey Card By WILLIAM SAFIRE Reached by cell phone in purgatory, where he is expiating his sin of imposing wage and price controls, Richard Nixon agreed to an interview with his former speechwriter. Q: How do you think the war in Afghanistan is going? Nixon: You call that a war? Light bombing of a bunch of crazies with beards, based on a policy of Afghanization before you even get started? That's strictly reactive and purely tactical. Q: Would you send in a couple of divisions of American ground troops? Nixon: No. The Bush people are employing the right tactics in their "phase I" — suppressing terrorist operations, helping the opposition make trouble, playing for breaks with payoffs and assassinations. What they fail to see is the global picture. They need to develop a grand strategy. Q: Which is — Nixon: Know your real enemy. It's not just bin Laden and his terrorist cells. It's the movement threaten ...
In response to Mark Sandlin's post of William Safire's Great Rules of Writing, I give you Neil Gaiman's 8 Rules of Writing. Gaiman is not quite so grandiose (I used a big word, Billy. Bite me) as Safire. He's more warm and cuddly. So are his rules: 1. Write 2. Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down. 3. Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it. 4. Put it aside. Read it pretending you’ve never read it before. Show it to friends whose opinion you respect and who like the kind of thing that this is. 5. Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong. 6. Fix it. Remember that, sooner or later, before it ever reaches perfection, you will have to let it go and move on and start to write the next thing. Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving. 7. Laugh at your own jokes. 8. The main ...
I remember that.I sat and read William Safire's novel "Full Disclosure" with ice bags...35 years ago.
Perhaps if William Safire were still alive there'd be consequences for fortune cookies that spout aphorisms rather than fortunes.
"The 'rent's will pay for the 'swhench's 'za... -- William Safire",
-Knowing how things work is the basis for appreciation, and is thus a source of civilized delight. William Safire
What we don't need to know for achievement, we need to know for our pleasure. - William Safire
"The Pope is uniquely entitled to pontificate. -- William Safire",
As William Safire once wrote in the NYTimes, "Hillary Clinton is a congenital liar." She must testify BEFORE the Senate takes up Kerry.
*** Nixon disavowed his lifetime membership in in 1968 when org got too crazy for him.Told William Safire "guns are an abomination"
Wow. Check out this speech written by William Safire for Nixon to be given if Armstrong/Aldrin were trapped on the moon
Today in History: 1903: Orville and Wilbur Wright make the first powered heavier than air flights in the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina 1929: Pulitzer prize winning journalist William Safire born in New York City 1935: Maiden flight of the Douglas DC-3 airplane 1969: US Air Force's Project Blue Book terminated
Text of a speech, revealed in 1999, prepared by Nixon's then speechwriter, William Safire, to be used in the event of a disaster that would maroon the astronauts on the moon. Includes audio of Safire discussing the speech with Tim Russert on Meet The Press.
"I Can Ha' Dat?": How One Sentence Destroyed a Nation. Free title if you're William Safire.
Book reco, "How Not to Write" by the late NYT columist and Pulitzer Prize winner, William Safire. Witty!
Ready for today's trivia question? Click the link below to submit your answer, a pair of tickets to "A State of the Union Conversation" at The Smith Center for Performing Arts is up for grabs! "In a segment on "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" called "New York Perspectives," which NewsHour personality got the perspectives of three New York Times columnists: editorial page editor Gail Collins and columnists William Safire and Frank Rich?"
William Safire is dead and prescriptive linguistics is dying. Use "saturative" without shame.
Why, yes... I am reading William Safire at the moment. However did you guess?
just allowed "evite." Surprised it's now a common verb. Not sure what William Safire would have said about that.
Didn't William Safire say something about killing all copyeditors, gleefully?
William Safire was my favourite columnist of all time: Here's my favourite column of his:
I wish that William Safire were around to tell me whether the word is "woot" or "whoot," as in "woot, there it is."
I'm going to channel my inner William Safire Truck. Except I'm much more prone to base anger than intellectual nuance.
Jennifer Rubin isnt a journalist. Reminds me of a crappy William Safire of the Times who called me up to scream at me about Israel> ***
William Safire had a great phrase that applies to today's libs: "shrilling themselves out of the debate." So very fitting these days.
Reading the NYTimes op/ed page makes me miss William Safire.
too much personally identifiable information, sadly. I did reference William Safire.
To write good code is a worthy challenge, and a source of civilized delight. -- stolen and paraphrased from William Safire
Missed the William Safire Seminar on Neuroethics at FENS this summer? See reporting, audio, & PPs at our EDAB site
You gonna get all William Safire in us?
William Safire's Rules for Writers --> via
I referred to something at work today as a "Byzantine Bilge Basin". Hope I would have made William Safire proud.
"The best rule for dealing with who vs. whom is this: Whenever whom is required, recast the sentence." — William Safire
'No one flower can ever symbolise this nation. America is a bouquet' - William Safire
The bandwagon effect has begun. Four years ago, personalities on the moderate right from Colin Powell to Peggy Noonan to Christopher Buckley endorsed Obama - a big sign that McCain was going down. I remember William Safire and others endorsing Clinton in October of 1992, signaling the defeat of George H.W. Bush. And, in the other direction, moderates on the left like Ed Koch endorsed Bush in 2000 as Gore went down to defeat. And so I am pleased and encouraged to see this morning that this year's trend is.Democrats endorsing Romney. Like this:
Pat Buchanan, Ben Stein, and William Safire all wrote speeches for President Nixon. . . . . . Anybody ever heard of doing your own work?
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(from Boyd's "Last Battell", via an entry in the William Safire anthology "The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time", p.28)
So I'm reading "Scandalmonger" by William Safire and I'm struck by the fact that the Republican party hasn't evolved in over 200 years - they're STILL arguing for no taxes and no federal government. Um, guys? It's 2012. Let's move up a step or two on the political evolutionary ladder, shall we?
Earlier, John channeled the spirit of William Safire and gave us an imaginative and probably not inaccurate assessment of President Obama’s motivation for refusing to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu later this month during the meetings of the United Nations General Assembly. Given Obama’s...
Columnist and conservative speechwriter William Safire died yesterday at age 79. Here is the speech he drafted for President Nixon to read in the event that Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong found themselves stranded to die on the moon. I am happy to note that Messrs. Aldrin and Ar...
Two days before Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon, speechwriter William Safire sent 12 sentences to President Nixon ’s chief of staff.
Neil Armstrong, who died on Saturday, is being remembered as the astronaut who took the the first step on the moon. But the successful lunar landing on July 20, 1969, was not a given. A memo of a speech drafted by William Safire just days before the landing, is surfacing again on the Web. The [...]
Memo from William Safire to H.R. Haldeman. Contents: A speech for Richard Nixon to deliver in case Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin died on the moon.
Gotham City ( /ˈɡɒθəm/ GOTH-əm) is a fictional American city appearing in comic books published DC Comics, best known as the home of Batman. Batman's place of residence was first identified as Gotham City in Batman (Winter 1940). New York Times journalist William Safire described Gotham City as "...
A specter is haunting American politics: the specter of Richard Nixon, whose career as a politician created the image-drenched, spin-ridden political culture that now dominates elections and daily governance. David Greenberg, the author of Nixon's Shadow, notes that he came from California, "where Hollywood's influence and the rise of professional consultants first made 'image' central to campaigns." Embracing the new techniques of TV and public relations, Nixon "recruited aides from public relations (William Safire), advertising (H.R. Haldeman) and television (Roger Ailes). In 1968, he won the presidency as a 'New Nixon,' through a strategy designed to control his image. When journalist Joe McGinniss detailed this strategy the next year in The Selling of the President, shamefaced reporters vowed to get wise to such manipulation. ... Since Nixon, we have grown wise to the sleights of modern politics - and politicians have reacted by devising craftier methods."
I was emailed this...figure I share."Cardinal rule for all hitters with two strikes on them: Never trust the umpire!." -- Robert Smith as quoted by William Safire and Leonard Safir in Words of Wisdom
Archivist at Syracuse University Library on William Safire's personal correspondence & research files on deposit at SUL
...of course it was written for him. William Safire or Pat Buchanan, forget which.
Safire Saturday! Rule 19: Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms. – William Safire
Charlie Rose with William Safire; Mario Vargas Llosa (November 28, 2001): A discussion on politics and writing t...
Aliteration of the week: "the rhetorical Rottweillers of the religious right rant...". And only 40 years after William Safire's "nattering nabobs of negatism." (spoken but not conceived by Spiro Agnew)
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