December 15th, 2003

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Dennis Miller

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Your politics have drifted right in recent years. How come?
I'm left on a lot of things. If two gay guys want to get married, I could care less. If a nut case from overseas wants to blow up their wedding, that's when I'm right. (Sept. 11) was a big thing for me. I was saying to liberal America, "Well, what are you offering?" And they said, "Well, we're not going to protect you, and we want some more money." That didn't interest me.

Who in politics inspires you?
George Bush. He's been dealt an amazingly heavy hand of cards here, and I think he's doing his best ... Bush had the balls to start something that's not gonna be finished in his lifetime. The liquidation of terrorism is not gonna happen for a long time. But to take the first step? Ballsy.

Explain how the war in Iraq makes sense to you as a response to 9/11.
Like there's no chance that the secular state of Iraq and Islamic fundamentalists cohabitate? They both think we're Satan. How about that as a nice point of departure for them car-pooling? I wish there was a country called al-Qaedia that we could have invaded, but there wasn't. (Saddam was) the only one who had a home address.

A lot of California Republicans want you to run for Senate. Will you?
At some point that involves moving to Washington, D.C., sitting in a room all day with a moron like Barbara Boxer. I'm just not interested. I like open minds, and I think in Washington right now, we might as well start painting those people red and blue.

Should we be worried that the country seems increasingly polarized politically?
I'm not worried. Most Americans will let liberals and conservatives play their games because most Americans don't pay attention. They're out there earning a living, trying to bounce their kids on their laps and watch Trista and Ryan's wedding.
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Why are anime characters so cute?

Ever wonder? I've heard all the theories that there are certain evolutionary throwbacks in our nature that make us find certain features appealing, mainly those found in children. It seems to be a cross species sort of effect since people almost always find baby animals more attractive than their adult counterparts. The large eyes are one clear feature in this as I'm sure are others that while I can't immediately point out an artist could. The strange thing is if we actually viewed an anime figure in real life the effect would be grotesque, no? I can't imagine that having eyes the size of half your head would actually look appealing in the real and non-drawn world. Nor would the teeny tiny little mouths that somehow can expand to fill the other half the of head taken up by the eyes nor the nearly nonexistant nose. That being the case, isn't it amazing that through practice and trial and error that these animators and artists have managed to exploit these preferences that most likely developed over the course of hundreds of thousands of years of evolution without somehow going so far that it becomes repulsive.
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