It is dull enough to confuse the eye in following, pronounced enough to constantly irritate and provoke study, and when you follow the lame uncertain curves for a little distance they suddenly commit suicide—plunge off at outrageous angles, destroy themselves in unheard of contradictions.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman: The Yellow Wallpaper
President Bush was quick to portray the Abu Ghraib horror show as the work of a few bad apples. But it has long been evident that the abuse problem there, as elsewhere, was systemic. It flowed from a culture of permissiveness in the treatment of detainees, encouraged by top Bush administration officials and based on disrespect for longstanding legal prohibitions against torture and other mistreatment.
“I am sad and ashamed to be part of a student body that is quick to support a man who is accused of sexual assault, simply because he is a good football player, and even quicker to condemn the alleged victim of the crime as a liar.”
Student to Mary Coburn, Vice President of Student Affairs at Florida State University