He should be famous . .

I love that game of "Which Famous People Have You Seen/Met?" The six degrees of separation thing. The waitress who got yelled at by some movie star, the guy who hit some senator's dog.

I knew this guy a gazillion years ago--we went to the same small high school. Of all my brushes with the famous or semi-famous, this guy's the coolest -- just because of what he said on March 1st to a Maryland State Senator:

Senator Nancy Jacobs: Mr. Raskin, my Bible says marriage is only between a man and a woman. What do you have to say about that?

Jamie Raskin: Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You didn't place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible.

[He's running for office in Maryland, by the way.]


  1. is nanza over here defaming my name in some way????????

    ~*&*^$!#()*^$....that's Hungarian for....i hired the chimp.....!!!!!

  2. Andrew5:54 PM

    Now THAT is a politically quotable quote.

  3. What a SNAP. I wonder how she responded -- after the standing ovation and drown-her-out applause, of course.

  4. Three cheers for Mr Raskin!

  5. The best I can offer in the way of meeting the famous and semi-famous is that I once asked the German secretary of culture (who was not secretary of culture back then, just a local politico) to speak a little less loud in a restaurant, because no one else was interested in his political opinions. He began every sentence with "Today in parliament..." so that every last person in the place would get it that he was important - what an idiot!

    That Raskin person sounds pretty cool, by the way.

  6. Oh very cool quote. And since you *know* him, perhaps you can use it as well.

    Let's see--I went to school with Josh Previn (Andre Previn's son) and Patrick Kennedy, but never met either guy. I was in grade school with Evan Dando from The Lemonheads, same grade, some class, almost six years, never said much more than "Hi" to him. My father once asked Alan Dershowitz to leave our house because he had come close to insulting my mother during an ACLU meeting in the living room. My brother is friendly with Bob Vila.

    Man, I can name drop more than I thought. Tis a touch embarrassing. I'll shut up now.


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