I AM IN CONTROL HERE

March 30 is I AM IN CONTROL DAY. According to holidayinsights.com, the genesis of the day goes back to March 30, 1981, when chaos reigned after President Reagan was wounded in an assassination attempt in Washington D.C., and Vice President Bush was out of town. Secretary of State Alexander Haig (in an attempt to calm the nation) famously and injudiciously announced, “As of now, I am in control here” — in a manner which suggested a putsch.

Well, when putsch comes to shove and a situation seems to be spinning out of control, obviously someone needs to get a handle and do something, otherwise you’re just going around in circles:

So, when it comes to control, we may benefit from what these wise guys and gal have to say:

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs — maybe you just don’t understand the situation. -Evan Esar

If I was meant to be controlled, I would’ve come with a remote. -Unknown

Taste cannot be controlled by law. -Thomas Jefferson

If they took all the drugs, nicotine, alcohol and caffeine off the market for six days, they’d have to bring out the tanks to control you. -Dick Gregory

The difference between want and need is self control. -Unknown

Never do something permanently foolish just because you are temporarily upset. -Unknown

Man does not control his own fate. The women in his life do that for him. –Groucho Marx

I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it. -Mae West

1 + 1 = 3 (if you don’t use a condom). -Unknown

What lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do. -Aristotle

Sorry to say, I must close for now. Please control yourself.

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10 comments on “I AM IN CONTROL HERE

  1. arekhill1 says:

    And if we can’t control ourselves, the best thing to do is emulate that concrete grinder by wrapping ourselves in the plastic tarp of self-importance and continuing to spin madly on.

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  2. mistermuse says:

    I’ve never heard the state of Earth described better, Ricardo.

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  3. Don Frankel says:

    They may have subdued that one but…

    It’s not like they didn’t warn us.

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    • mistermuse says:

      “I’ll be back” sounds like the warning cry of a believer in reincarnation, Don. Why a believer in the afterlife would want to come back here is beyond me, unless heaven is full-up or isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

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  4. Joseph Nebus says:

    To be fair, sometimes just having anyone push in any direction is what’s needed to get the right person doing the right thing, even if it’s just so that that first push doesn’t succeed.

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  5. BroadBlogs says:

    Love the quotes.

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  6. mistermuse says:

    Pardon my doubletalk, but I tend to be very choosy in choosing quotes to quote, so I appreciate that you appreciate them .

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  7. I was going to say that I love the quotes but someone quoted that before I did.

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  8. Mélanie says:

    I like Groucho Marx’s quotes, in general… 🙂 the condom one is funny and it does exist in French, too… btw, “condom” comes from this French village: 🙂
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Condom,_Gers

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  9. mistermuse says:

    I once wrote a post on humorous place names (mostly towns), but I wasn’t aware of Condom at the time. Now that you’ve educated me, I’ll have to include it if I ever do a sequel (I’m not sure if the original still exists, as I may have posted it on SPEAK WITHOUT INTERRUPTION, which unceremoniously dumped most of my posts in a space-saving purge).

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