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Mary Tyler "Molly" Ivins (August 30, 1944 – January 31, 2007) was an American newspaper columnist, author, political commentator, and humorist.
Born in California and raised in Texas, Ivins attended Smith College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She began her journalism career at the Minneapolis Tribune where she became the first female police reporter at the paper. Ivins joined The Texas Observer in the early 1970s and later moved to The New York Times. She became a columnist for the Dallas Times Herald in the 1980s, and then the Fort Worth Star-Telegram after the Times Herald was sold and shuttered (1991). Her column was subsequently syndicated by Creators Syndicate and carried by hundreds of newspapers.
A biography of Ivins, Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life, was co-written in 2010 by PEN-USA winning presidential biographer Bill Minutaglio and W. Michael Smith.
The Forbes Media Guide Five Hundred, 1994 said:
Ivins's pithy assessments of politics and life at large crackle with broad Texas humor. Combining her talent for culling information with her razor-sharp wit, she throws a powerful knockout punch. ... Whether one agrees with her or not, Ivins's pen pierces both the brain and the funny bone.
It's hard to argue against cynics -- they always sound smarter than optimists because they have so much evidence on their side.
What you need is sustained outrage...there's far too much unthinking respect given to authority.
Think of something to make the ridiculous look ridiculous.
Democracy requires a certain relish for confusion.
How the American right managed to convince itself that the programs to alleviate poverty are responsible for the consequences of poverty will someday be studied as a notorious mass illusion.
Rank imperialism and warmongering are not American traditions or values. We do not need to dominate the world.
I know: Guns Don't Kill People. But I suspect that they have something to do with it. If you point your finger at someone and say, Bang, bang, you're dead, not much actually happens.
I think of Texas as the laboratory for bad government.
Public campaign financing isn't perfect and can doubtlessly be improved upon as we go.
Michael Jackson was a poor black boy who grew up to be a rich white woman.
Conservatives are fond of pointing out there are problems in this world can't be solved by throwing money at them. There are even more that can't be solved by dropping bombs on them.
So keep fighting for freedom and justice, beloveds.
So keep fightin' for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't you forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce.
Freedom fighters don't always win, but they're always right.
Nice is a pallid virtue. Not like honesty or courage or perseverance. On the other hand, in a nation notably lacking in civility, there is much to be said for nice.
Anyone who thinks humans are not capable of so fouling their own nest that the land and the waters can no longer be productive just hasn't been paying attention.
When Michael Jackson, a poor black boy who grew up to be a rich, white woman, married Elvis Presley's daughter the Scientologist. Makes you proud to be an American, dudn't it?
Sit up, join up, get on line, get in touch, find out who's raising hell and join them. No use waiting on a bunch of wussy politicians.
We've had trickle down economics in the country for ten years now, and most of us aren't even damp yet.
There is no inverse relationship between freedom and security. Less of one does not lead to more of the other. People with no rights are not safe from terrorist attack.
Sometimes misunderstandings between bloggers and the MSM are the result of simple ignorance.
He was so narrow minded he could see through a keyhole with both eyes.
As for George Bush of Kennebunkport, Maine- personally I think he's further evidence that the Great Scriptwriter in the Sky has an overdeveloped sense of irony.
A teenage foot that never tapped to 'Heartbreak Hotel' in the '50s probably belonged to a hopeless grind.
Texas is not a civilized place. Texans shoot one another a lot. They also knife, razor, and stomp one another to death with some frequency. And they fight in bars all the time.
Humanism is not alive and well in Texas. Different colors and types of Texans do not like one another, nor do they pretend to.
Texas liberals are the camels of good news. We can cross entire deserts between oases.
Sometimes I think Texas exists as a reality check for those who might wander too far toward the precious.
No one has ever accused Texas of being in the vanguard of social progress. This is the most macho state in the U.S. of A. By lore, legend, and fact, Texas is 'hell' on women and horses.
The more a body tries to explode all the foolish myths that have grown up about Texas by telling the truth, the more a body will wind up adding to the mythology.
In Texas, we do not hold high expectations for the governor's office; it's mostly been occupied by crooks, dorks and the comatose.
I prefer someone who burns the flag and then wraps themselves up in the Constitution over someone who burns the Constitution and then wraps themselves up in the flag.
I dearly love the state of Texas, but I consider that a harmless perversion on my part, and discuss it only with consenting adults.
The extent to which not just state legislatures but the Congress of the United States are now run by large corporate special interests is beyond mere recognition as fact. The takeover is complete.
It's a monstrous idea to put people in prison and keep them there.
If Democrats in Washington haven't got enough sense to own the issue of political reform, I give up on them entirely.
There are times a country is so tired of bull that only the truth can provide relief.
One of the few things I like about Bill Clinton is that he has very good manners. If his momma were still alive, I would congratulate her.
Jimmy Carter was unquestionably the most moral president of my lifetime, but he wasn't much of a president.
One of the more urp-making habits of media mavens is presuming to speak for the American people, as in 'The American people won't stand for this!'
Am I the only person covering politics who ever noticed that Newt Gingrich is actually a nincompoop?
I spend most of my life feeling like I've been shot out of a cannon.
The uproar of the late '60s -- the antiwar movement, black riots, angry women. It was a wonderful time.
When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel -- it's vulgar.
I only aim at the powerful.
I only aim at the powerful. When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel -- it's vulgar.
I really think the single most important thing to remember about trying to fix the schools is that there is no such thing as an instant result.
I had sort of given up on conventional journalism. I found it far too restrictive.
New York is just as provincial as anyone else.
The trouble with capitalism as a system is that only those who have or can get capital can make it work for them, and that leaves out damn near all of us.
Those who think of freedom in this country as one long, broad path leading ever onward and upward are dead damned wrong.
One thing I have learned from Johnny Faulk, Texas, and life, is that since you don't always win, you got to learn to enjoy just fightin' the good fight.
I wouldn't say that dittoheads, as a group, lack the ability to reason. It's just that whenever I run across one, he seems to be at a low ebb in reasoning skills.
To mistake Midland for the volk heartland is the West Texas equivalent of assuming that Greenwich, Connecticut, is Levittown.
I left the 'Trib' in 1970 with the feeling that I would never have a career in establishment media of any kind.
Don't get me started about the media double standard.
There's been a lot of experience with torture in history. It doesn't work.
The danger of the blogosphere is reading only those you agree with. While there are right-wing blogs that are entertaining freak shows, it's hard to find substantial journalism there.
Having breast cancer is massive amounts of no fun. First they mutilate you; then they poison you; then they burn you. I have been on blind dates better than that.
I don't have any children, so I've decided to claim all the future freedom-fighters and hell-raisers as my kin.
I'd worked for the 'Dallas Times Herald' for ten years, and its death was a kick in the gut the like of which I cannot recall ever having experienced.
It is the stories we don't get, the ones we miss, pass over, fail to recognize, don't pick up on, that will send us to hell.