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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March 11, 2011

“Winning Isn’t Everything” (as proven by Charlie Sheen)...



THE FAMOUS RED SANDERS & VINCE LOMBARDI QUOTE:

“Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” 
       This line is most often associated with Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi (who did say it), but UCLA football coach Henry “Red” Sanders
said it first.


THE CHARLIE SHEEN PRINCIPLE:

“Is there any better way to teach your children that ‘winning isn't everything’ than Charlie Sheen?”
       Blogger Jed Resnik
       Post on his
Entertainment Weakly blog, March 7, 2011


THE CHARLIE SHEEN POWER PLAY:

  KANSAS CITY (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) Look out green energy, you’ve got some serious competition. The unexplainable, frenzied voltage that has transmogrified a once bankable sitcom star into a bottomless source of unbridled and erratic kilowatts is exactly what the Kansas City Royals plan on powering Kauffman Stadium with this season.  
  “Actor Charlie Sheen will act as the sole electrical source for the park,” said Keith Decker, Stadium Operations Director....Sheen will disconnect from the highly insulated cables that attach to his nose, penis, and anus once a day to give his motivational speech to members of the Royals.  
  “I hope they’re ready,” said Sheen. “These guys are going to experience a level of freaked out paranoia and a buzz that’ll make a cocaine-HGH cocktail seem like fuckin’ mother’s milk brother…Wooooo! Winning isn’t everything, winning is me. Winning!
       Faux news story posted on
The Sportsman's Daily website, March 4, 2011


THE LEBRON JAMES VARIATION:

NANCY GRACE: “Because we couldn't get Charlie Sheen on the show, we have the next best thing: LeBron James...Mr. James, we've noticed a sudden change in your attitude. What gives?”
LEBRON JAMES: “Right, Nancy. Look, for years people have shamed me into trying to be something I'm not – a winner. I'm fed up. Winning isn't everything. Yeah, I said it. I'm losing. Everything.”
       Faux news transcript posted on the CSNNE.com
Wicked Good Sports blog, March 2, 2011


THE CANCER PATIENTS’ COUNTERQUOTE:

“Whoever said winning isn’t everything never had to fight cancer.” 
       A popular saying among people who are trying to beat, or have beaten, cancer


VINCE LOMBARDI’S OWN COUNTERQUOTE:

“While winning is not everything, trying to win is everything.”
       Vince Lombardi
       In a speech at the American Dairy Association’s annual meeting in 1962
       Quoted by Vince Lombard, Jr.
in his book What It Takes to Be #1: Vince Lombardi on Leadership (2003)

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