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Wednesday, January 22, 2003



A Great Day For Words and Aphorisms

From the Air Force: "Spins", or Special Instructions.

Major Schmidt's descent and slowdown put his plane "in harm's way," the general said, violating both the rules of engagement and the pilots' special instructions, known as spins. "In my opinion this is a reckless disregard for the spins," he said.

And two from Tom, in an otherwise brilliant column:

Lawrence Summers... says: "In the history of the world, no one has ever washed a rented car."

and

...an American Indian saying — "If we don't turn around now, we just may get where we're going."

And I'll toss in an old Al McGuire saying from his college basketball broadcast days: "Don't be in a hurry to lose".

All deeply meaningful.

UPDATE: But Wrong! At least, Larry Summers is. It may not rank with the dispute over lighthouses (private or public?), but Brad DeLong's readers prove to be something other than the Boys of Summers.


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