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Smart Talk Sept. 8 

From the horse’s mouth The announcement that wildly conservative commentator Ann Coulter will speak at the predominantly black Philander Smith College in Little Rock prompted us to look up some of Coulter’s more memorable quotes. On academics: “In addition to racist and Nazi, how about adding traitor to the list of things that professors can’t be. And yes, I realize I just proposed firing the entire Harvard faculty.” On former president and Arkansas governor Bill Clinton: “Well, he was a very good rapist. I think that should not be forgotten.” On women: “It would be a much better country if women did not vote.” On the press: “My only regret with Timothy McVeigh [the Oklahoma City bomber] is he did not go to the New York Times building.” On the environment: “God says, ‘Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It’s yours.’ ” Quicker service As customers of Netflix, the video-rental-by-mail service, we were pleased the other day to get a new movie one day after returning a film we’d viewed. (Under Netflix, you pay a monthly fee to rent an unlimited number of movies, but may have no more than three at a time. They are shipped back and forth by mail. When you return one, another is shipped from your Internet-maintained list.) A Netflix spokesman explains that Little Rock service has improved, though not to the level of 35 larger cities. There’s now a “drop point” here. Little Rock renters mail movies back to a Little Rock address. It’s immediately recorded by computer at the distribution center (Houston for us). That means quicker service. But not quite so quick as having both a drop point and shipping center in the city in which you live. The spokesman says speedier service increases word of mouth, which increases business, which could produce more distribution centers in time. Pass the word. What might be huckabee? Gov. Huckabee told New Hampshire Republicans recently that he’d felt like General Custer the night before in Los Angeles, where he’d appeared on an HBO talk show and found himself, a defender of President Bush, surrounded by Bush critics. He better hope he didn’t antagonize one of those critics, sex columnist Dan Savage, or the governor and potential presidential candidate might find himself with more name recognition than he wants. Savage is credited with creating the slang term “santorum,” from the surname of U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Penn. An on-line slang dictionary defines santorum as a frothy amalgam of lubricant, fecal matter and ejaculate that is sometimes a by-product of anal sex. The dictionary says the Pennsylvania senator was so honored “because of his homophobic political statements.” A newspaper account of Huckabee’s appearance on the HBO show, “Real Time with Bill Maher,” said that Huckabee and Savage disagreed on gay marriage but it didn’t indicate the exchange was anything other than polite. • On academics: “In addition to racist and Nazi, how about adding traitor to the list of things that professors can’t be. And yes, I realize I just proposed firing the entire Harvard faculty.” • On former president and Arkansas governor Bill Clinton: “Well, he was a very good rapist. I think that should not be forgotten.” • On women: “It would be a much better country if women did not vote.” • On the press: “My only regret with Timothy McVeigh [the Oklahoma City bomber] is he did not go to the New York Times building.” • On the environment: “God says, ‘Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It’s yours.’ ” Quicker service As customers of Netflix, the video-rental-by-mail service, we were pleased the other day to get a new movie one day after returning a film we’d viewed. (Under Netflix, you pay a monthly fee to rent an unlimited number of movies, but may have no more than three at a time. They are shipped back and forth by mail. When you return one, another is shipped from your Internet-maintained list.) A Netflix spokesman explains that Little Rock service has improved, though not to the level of 35 larger cities. There’s now a “drop point” here. Little Rock renters mail movies back to a Little Rock address. It’s immediately recorded by computer at the distribution center (Houston for us). That means quicker service. But not quite so quick as having both a drop point and shipping center in the city in which you live. The spokesman says speedier service increases word of mouth, which increases business, which could produce more distribution centers in time. Pass the word. What might be huckabee? Gov. Huckabee told New Hampshire Republicans recently that he’d felt like General Custer the night before in Los Angeles, where he’d appeared on an HBO talk show and found himself, a defender of President Bush, surrounded by Bush critics. He better hope he didn’t antagonize one of those critics, sex columnist Dan Savage, or the governor and potential presidential candidate might find himself with more name recognition than he wants. Savage is credited with creating the slang term “santorum,” from the surname of U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Penn. An on-line slang dictionary defines santorum as a frothy amalgam of lubricant, fecal matter and ejaculate that is sometimes a by-product of anal sex. The dictionary says the Pennsylvania senator was so honored “because of his homophobic political statements.” A newspaper account of Huckabee’s appearance on the HBO show, “Real Time with Bill Maher,” said that Huckabee and Savage disagreed on gay marriage but it didn’t indicate the exchange was anything other than polite.
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