The Wit of D.A. Ridgely

When I grow up, I want to be as witty as D.A. Ridgely.

In fact, I’ve enjoyed DAR’s aphorisms, satires, and quips so much that, well over a year ago, I began collecting quotes from his postings, both blogs and comments. The result is this article.

I had planned to post the collection as soon as I had 15 quotes that would work on a stand alone basis. However, Positive Liberty closed down, and I never got the opportunity there. So I’ve decided that now is the time.

As a result of Positive Liberty’s closure, I cannot link to the entries where each of these clever remarks were published. But the old Postive Liberty link system included most of the title, as well as the month and year portion of the date. I’ve tried to reconstruct the titles the best I can.

I suspect DAR’s not going to like this post much, but too bad, the rest of us will. Thanks DAR, for these “LOL” moments.

Ridgely quotes…

“…one of my favorite anecdotes. Whether true or not, it goes like this: As an older man with many adoring fans, Voltaire was once invited to a Parisian orgy. Surprisingly, he went. More surprisingly, he apparently comported himself so well during the festivities that he was invited to another. ‘No, my friends,’ he told them, ‘Once a philosopher, twice a pervert.’
– Betty Page, RIP (12/08 – comment)

“I suspect such occurrences are quite common when, as for example in the case of God, much of your better known works were ghost written.” (Remarking on the news that author Richard Cohen didn’t know, when confronted, what was on page 75 of his book).
– Kill the Gays More American Connections (12/09 – comment)

“***** reminds us, perhaps inadvertently, that being an American, like being an idiot, is often merely an accident of birth.” (Responding to a “love America or leave it jingoist,” who called other commenters “idiot”).
– Christians Should Reject The Pledge of Allegiance Too (1/09 – comment)

“I, for one, find the phrase ‘All in’ has an unavoidable sexual connotation, and an especially embarrassing one, at that, when followed by a question mark.”
– Hanley On Natural Rights (8/09 – comment)

“The tree of highway safety must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of suspected drunk drivers.” (The title of a post about an Idaho and Texas law that would permit police officers to draw blood for field sobriety tests).
– The Tree of Safe Highways Must Be Refreshed from Time to Time with the Blood of Drivers. (9/09)

“…there’s little if anything that libertarians, broadly construed, will not argue over, which is only one of the many reasons why the Libertarian Party is for the most part a politically ineffective crackpot magnet.”
– More on Howley on libertarianism (10/09 – comment)

“And I think even in a fake democracy, people ought to get what they want once in a while.”
– And I Think Even in a Fake Democracy People Ought to Get What They Want Once in a While (12/09)

“The point is that I’m not predisposed to disparage religious scholars or clergy, per se, or at least no more than I’m predisposed to disparage philosophers and lawyers. (Okay, so that may have been a case of damning with faint praise.)”
– When It Comes to Credentials, There Are Credentials and then There Are Credentials (12/09)

“I’m not worried about being called deeply hypocritical. I’m far too superficial for that.”
– Greenwald On Welsh: Embittered, Cliche-ridden, Deeply-hypocritical (12/09)

“This is what I get for relying on my increasingly undependable memory instead of fact checking, you know, things like facts. Oh well, when you get up in years sometimes your mind wanders and… oh look, a butterfly! Anyway, time to go. They’re serving rice pudding at the Home tonight. Yum!”
– Random SOTU Reflections (1/10 – comment)

“…as predictable as a government program cost overrun.” (A movie review)
– Constant Viewer: Iron Man (5/10)

“I’m toying with the idea of starting an anti-social network called Assbook where members just moon each other.”
– Two Minutes Hate: Facebook Edition (3/10 – comment)

“Had I written this post, I would definitely have titled it ‘Does Size Matter?'” (Responding to a post about why the pro and anti sides of the debate have reason to exaggerate or underestimate the very large number of people who consume pornography)
– Yes the Pornography Is as Big as It Says It Is (5/10 – comment)

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6 Responses to The Wit of D.A. Ridgely

  1. D.A. Ridgely says:

    Alas, I cannot take credit for some of those quotes. The “fake democracy” quip, for example, is verbatim George Carlin. Thanks for the kind words, though.

  2. I like Mr. Ridgely’s blogspot blog. I’ve read a good chunk of his posts there and really enjoyed them.

  3. AMW says:

    I was going point out the Carlin connection, but DAR beat me to it. My personal favorite quote is the title of one of his posts:

    “Ridgely, the wanton abuse of power is it’s own reward.”

    Or something like that.

  4. Heidegger says:

    Indeed, Mr. DAR has devilish and wicked wit—reminds me of Oscar Wilde. I’d bet my life he just loves Wilde and for that matter, the music of JS Bach—no logical reason, mind you, but there seems to be a certain symmetry in his thought processes that must hanker for the Big Fella, J.S. Bach—Herr Bach will NEVER disappoint on that matter!

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