March 31, 2011

One man’s – or woman’s – trash is another’s treasure...


THE TRASH TO TREASURE RULE:

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
        A
popular proverbial saying in America since the late 20th century. Its basic meaning is that something which seems worthless to one person is often deemed valuable by another.


THE TRASHY MEN RULE:

“One woman’s trash is another woman’s boyfriend.” 
       Laura Ruby 
       American novelist
       Quip made by a character in Ruby’s novel I’m Not Julia Roberts (2007)


THE TRAMP STAMP VARIATION:

“One woman’s tramp stamp is another woman’s declaration of undying love — until she dumps the lying SOB and is stuck with his name forever.”  
       Alexis Munier
       American-born writer currently living in Switzerland
       From her entry about the term “tramp stamp” in The Little Red Book of Very Dirty Words (2009)


THE FAMOUS COHEN V. CALIFORNIA FREE SPEECH DECISION:

“One man’s vulgarity is another man’s lyric.”
       U.S. Supreme Court Justice John M. Harlan II (1899-1971)
       In majority opinion he wrote for the Supreme Court’s decision on
Cohen v. California (1971)
       The case involved an anti-Vietnam War activist named Paul Cohen, who had been convicted of “offensive conduct” and sentenced to 30 days in jail for publicly wearing a jacket that had “FUCK THE DRAFT” printed on it. The Court reversed Cohen’s conviction, finding that it violated his Constitutional right to free speech under the First Amendment.


THE INFAMOUS REUTERS POLICY ON TERRORISTS:

“We all know that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter and that Reuters upholds the principle that we do not use the word terrorist...To be frank, it adds little to call the attack on the World Trade Center a terrorist attack.” 
       Stephen Jukes  
       Global News Editor for the Reuters news service  
       Comments in an
internal memo sent to Reuters staff in September 2001 after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, regarding a still-continuing Reuters policy of avoiding use of the word terrorist.


THE OGDEN NASH QUIP:

“One man’s remorse is another man’s reminiscence.”        
       Ogden Nash
(1902-1971) 
       American poet and humorist 
       From his poem “A Clean Conscience Never Relaxes” (1936), included in his book I’m a Stranger Here Myself (1938)


THE BOOB JOB QUIP:

“One woman’s self-objectifying excess is another woman’s décolletage.” 
       Ann Scales
       American law professor and author 
       In her book Legal Feminism (2006)


THE CHARLIE SHEEN SPIT JOB QUIP:

“One man’s saliva is another man’s mousse.”
       Charlie Sheen, as the character Charlie Harper
       In an episode of his former TV series Two and a Half Men (
“Can You Eat Human Flesh with Wooden Teeth?”, first aired February 14, 2005)


THE OBAMA LIBYA POLICY VERSION:

“Obama’s partisans often praise what they call his ‘restraint’ and ‘caution,’ especially when dealing with foreign affairs. But one man’s caution is another man’s passivity and inaction, especially when the political calculus of making the wrong decision is factored in. Having stamped his foot weeks ago and demanded that Khadafy step down, Obama did absolutely nothing to back up his ultimatum, instead waiting for a UN resolution authorizing air strikes and then piggybacking on the British and the French.”  
      
Michael A. Walsh 
       New York Post columnist
      
In a column published on March 21, 2011


ROBERT HEINLEIN’S OBSERVATION ABOUT RELIGION:

“One man’s theology is another man’s belly laugh.” 
       Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988)
       American science fiction writer 
       One of the
sayings of the character Lazarus Long, in Heinlein’s novel Time Enough for Love (1973)


NICK MANCUSO’S OBSERVATION ABOUT RELIGION:

“One man’s superstition is another man’s religion!”  
      
Nick Mancuso, as the Indian police officer Youngman Duran
       In the
horror movie Nightwing (1979)

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