that quote is from winston churchill. chris matthews writes in praise of him in his recent book, now, let me tell you what i really think, which i have out on loan from the jp library. very good read on many things besides democracy and churchill: al gore, reagan, dubya, tip o’neill, clinton, and even the hideous so-called ‘sport’ of bull fighting is covered. matthews has a blog that’s worth checking out as well. while i’m on the subject of the great w churchill, i must mention that i visited his birthplace in july, blenheim palace. impressive place with a great park and gardens, but it still bothers me a little to see all the money spent on royalty and lavishness in this country. they’ve been squawking loudly about the soon-to-be-built princess diana memorial in hyde park here because it isn’t loud,audacious, or significant enough. i guess they want another hideous money pit like the prince albert memorial. don’t these people understand subtlety and class without gaudiness? (though i think i like the runner-up more…the water dome in the lake).