Saturday, June 1, 2024

'I am not what I am' — Traitors and villains explain themselves

The Circle of Traitors: Dante's Foot Striking Bocca degli Abbate, by William Blake (Met)

“Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages. ”
                      —Judas Iscariot

“There is no other way of enjoying riches and money than by riotous extravagance; only stingy and ungenerous fellows keep a correct account of what they spent.”

"I am not what I am.”
                        —Iago, "Othello"

"Love to my country actuates my present conduct, however it may appear inconsistent to the world, who very seldom judge right of any man's actions." 
                       — Benedict Arnold

"I think I have done well, though I am abandoned, with the curse of Cain upon me."
                        —John Wilkes Booth

"Every time a boy falls off a tricycle, every time a black cat has gray kittens, every time someone stubs a toe, every time there's a murder or a fire or the marines land in Nicaragua, the police and the newspapers holler 'get Capone.'"
                         —Al Capone

"Stalin is left standing and wins; I fall and lose. History only concerns itself with victors and the volume of their conquests; triumph justifies everything."
                         —Benito Mussolini 

"It is untrue that I or any other person in Germany wanted war in the year 1939. It was desired and instigated exclusively by those international statesmen who are either of Jewish origin or work for Jewish interests."
                          —Adolf Hitler

"I am convicted unfairly and die innocent."
                      —Vidkun Quisling

“I believe I’m innocent of this crime and that I did not commit this crime."
                     —Sirhan Sirhan

"Remorse for what? You people have done everything in the world to me. Doesn't that give me equal right?"
                       —Charles Manson

"People don't want to know the truth and the honesty of it. If they want to be convinced, they're brainwashed into what they believe. Then fine, go ahead and kill me. But vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord. You will have executed someone who didn't commit the crime...I have no knowledge of the crime whatsoever. Never have had."
                       —John Wayne Gacy

 "I never intended or agreed to spy against the United States."
                      —Jonathan Pollard

"I am an innocent man. I don't believe most of America believes I did it."
                     —O.J. Simpson

"I was just convicted in a rigged political witch hunt trial: I did nothing wrong."
                       —Donald Trump


  1. “People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.
    Well, I’m not a crook. I’ve earned everything I’ve got.” --Richard Nixon

  2. The ignorance of basic civic functions of our government has never been more obvious. It saddens me that people here, who have the birthright of freedom, are so willing to give it all up for a lying, convicted felon.
    The worst? The memes comparing Chump to Jesus Christ. I find that blasphemous. This sicko will do anything to crook his way into power. Those that continue to support this felon make me sick. How can you purport to be a Christian, yet support a person so far removed from your alleged Christian values?

    1. If I had a hammer
      I'd hammer in the morning
      I'd hammer all my nails
      Into those tiny hands...

  3. I never knew that traitor Quisling said that. I wonder if he knew his name became a word meaning traitor before the Norwegians shot him to death for treason!

    1. He might have. "A vile race of Quislings—to use a new word which will carry the scorn of mankind down the centuries—is hired to fawn upon the conqueror, to collaborate in his designs and to enforce his rule upon their fellow countrymen while groveling low themselves." — Winston Churchill, June 12, 1941.

    2. Look up EGD from July 19, 2018, when Mr. S told use everything you never wanted to know about the life and death of Vidkun Quisling. Read the post again. Mr. S. told us a lot.

      Even the Germans came to dislike him and distrust him. Quisling talked Hitler into invading Norway, which could have remained neutral, as Sweden did. Norwegian disapproval of Quisling was estimated to be at 99%. The people of Norway strongly resisted the German occupation, and hundreds of thousands of German troops had to be diverted from other fronts, in western Europe and in Russia.

      Quisling's regime was ineffective, inefficient, and hated. Even the Germans grew tired of his bungling. And yet, even at the very end, he shouted out: "I am the savior of Norway!" at his trial for treason. Called his conviction unfair, and said he would die as an innocent man. Sounds all too familiar. Except for the dying. But there's always the hope of a stroke-and-croak.

  4. That's a great list. And now we have another inductee to the Hall of Infamy. An annex may be required.

  5. Thanks for doing the research that led to this list of appropriate quotations.

  6. I have in conversation explained that the speculation about criminal behavior would be decided through the courts. people treat me like a crackpot.
    trump has been convicted!
    guilty on all counts! a felon. there is no dispute.

    appeal to follow

  7. If we can believe anything from Trump's lying foul mouth the notion that he raised $34 million within 24 hours of his conviction is a wake up call - as if the container ship of his previous and ongoing assaults on humanity isnt enough. What kind of society do we live in that does such a poor job of critical thinking that people are still throwing money at this supervillain? Are the flaws in our economic, political and educational systems explanations for so many people to go against simple common sense, human decency, and self-preservation? Is America that dark and twisted at the roots, greedy and racist and hateful that human beings cannot recognize the evil they worship blindly?

    1. Signs point to yes...(Magic 8 Ball answer)

    2. Ever since 2020, this self-serving traitor has disparaged American democracy and the electorate which voted against him (by a large margin) by focusing on the "rigged election," which was decidedly valid.

      Now, necessarily, as a convicted felon, he turns to disparaging the "rigged" American legal system, this judge and this obviously valid verdict. It's amazing to read about the folks rushing to send him more money because of his being convicted and bear in mind that they are members of the "law and order" party.

      Do those people not realize how guilty a rich, white man needs to be in order to be tried for something, let alone convicted? Turns out, THIS guilty (as in quite clearly guilty) happened to be just enough.

  8. I have often wondered (on a more milder level), throughout the years and multiple presidents of either party, "There are 300-something-million people in this country, and THIS is the best we can find for a leader?"

    That, of course, was based on the charming idea that we elect people on merit, according to our grade school teachers, and so it was a bit of a shock to eventually learn that no, they are elected on the basis of who raised the most money, or made the right friends, or dug up compromising information on the right friends, or was simply enough of a bully to get his way.

    A more recent addition was the strategy of appealing to really stupid people, those who will believe anything they're told, people with no critical thinking skills or common sense. They had been ignored since practically Day One of this country, a great, big,... oh, what's a good phrase here... "basket of deplorables," but what a big basket it was! Now they have someone to rally around, someone with power, and it's a position for which many other sleazeballs aspire to reach when their current leader goes away (in any fashion).

  9. Stupidity loves company. Throughout the ages

  10. “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” So America may wither and die due to the ignorance of the electorate. 😞

  11. Surely the Cardinal was not a stupid or ignorant man. And alluding to the idea that his views were rooted in bigotry is I think mistaken.

    I strongly agree that religious leaders are often wrong. But Don't they have the same right in a democracy to express their views to our representatives?

    So long as the representatives don't base their actions on religious underpinnings everybody's doing their job.

    I feel that what's going on with any kind of anti-gay sentiment has a large component of fear. People are afraid of the other.

    For the most part, people are afraid. that is fear is a larger part than anything that causes discrimination and bias. There is a segment of humanity that is cruel and angry. But I'd like to believe the majority of us are kind and reasonable. I know that many Catholics are and somehow assume that their leadership is. They're just frightened of losing their power


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