"You almost began to want to put the wall back up."?
–Robert Bork in the December 31 Washington Times, reacting to the spread of American popular culture in Eastern Europe
"Get some devastation in the back."?
–Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) to a photographer capturing his visit to tsunami-stricken Sri Lanka, reported by the Associated Press on January 7
"Don't cheerleaders all over America form pyramids six to eight times a year? Is that torture?"?
–defense attorney Guy Womack at the trial of Spc. Charles Graner, charged with stacking prisoners in nude pyramids at Abu Ghraib, January 10
Congress and blogs: two wonky tastes that taste even wonkier together. Joshua Tauberer's site GovTrack.us follows both legislation and legislators, identifying the most frequent no-shows, the biggest blabbermouths, and those most likely to sponsor doomed bills. It also rounds up blog commentary on each bill.
GovTrack was the winner of Technorati's first developer contest, which rewarded coders who came up with innovative ways to use the blog-tracking engine. To see the others, go to www.technorati.com/developers/contest.html.?