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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2003 2:56 pm 
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Does anyone know where PJ O'Rourke found the title for his book "Parliament of Whores"?

Bunyan? Cromwell? Any ideas?


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A president, however, must stand somewhat apart, as all great presidents have known instinctively. Then the language which has the power to survive its own utterance is the most likely to move those to whom it is immediately spoken.
~ J.R. Pole (b. 1922), British historian. “The Language of American Presidents,” Parliament of Whores (1980)
http://www.bartleby.com/66/88/44788.html

"Even among the staff of the European Parliament, lesbians were the most vocal supporters of the whores' congress."
~ unattributed remark, Copyright © 1989 by William A. Henkin
http://www.sexuality.org/l/wh/whvindic.html

Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy the whores are us.
~ P.J. O'Rourke
http://www.spuddie.net/orourkequotes.htm
It has a better ring to it than a "parliament of crapweasels"
http://www.interglobal.org/weblog/archives/001815.html
"Even if his veto of the (loan) guarantees is overridden, he will have won high marks for his courage, and exposed congress for what it has become, a Parliament of Whores incapable of standing up for U.S. national interests, if AIPAC is on the other end of the line."
- Pat Buchanan, Syndicated column, December 18, 1991
"The Democrats are the party of government activism, the party that says government can make you richer, smarter, taller, and get the chickweed out of your lawn. Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work, and then get elected and prove it."
—P.J. O'Rourke, Parliament of Whores, published by Atlantic Monthly, June 1991
http://www.quotationspage.com/search.ph ... file=other
http://www.theihs.org/libertyguide/peop ... 75854.html
http://www.theatlantic.com/unbound/inte ... -08-08.htm
http://www.conservativeforum.org/authquot.asp?ID=129


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It's a great book; P.J. O'Rourke has a blistering wit. I've always assumed the title is a play on Chaucer's poem Parliament of Fowls, which is about courtly love -- hence, the contrast with "whores" as the tawdry opposite.


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A "blistering wit?" Now that sounds like something new to my ears. (I'll have to read it.) Right now I am up to my groin in "exotic humanity." :D


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He has a great essay regarding the soon to be constructed World War II Memorial in the April editon of Atlantic Monthly,

"The Veterans of Domestic Disorders Memorial: How to Remember the Not-Quite Greatest Generation" :lol:


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