AUSTIN, Texas - Best-selling author and columnist Molly Ivins, the sharp-witted liberal who skewered the political establishment and referred to President Bush as “Shrub,” died Wednesday after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 62. In a column in mid-January, destined to be her final submission, Ivins urged readers to stand up against Bush's plan to send more troops to Iraq. "We are the people who run this country. We are the deciders. And every single day, every single one of us needs to step outside and take some action to help stop this war," Ivins wrote in the Jan. 11 column. "We need people in the streets, banging pots and pans and demanding, 'Stop it, now!'"
Among millions of others, I will miss Molly's brilliant and irreverent commentary and mourn her passing. She was a voice for the common man and spoke truth to power.
"What you need is sustained outrage...there's far too much unthinking respect given to authority."
"The first rule of holes: when you're in one, stop digging."
" It's like, duh. Just when you thought there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between the two parties, the Republicans go and prove you're wrong."
"I know vegetarians don't like to hear this, but God made an awful lot of land that's good for nothing but grazing."
"Let me say for the umpteenth time, George W. is not a stupid man. The IQ of his gut, however, is open to debate. In Texas, his gut led him to believe the death penalty has a deterrent effect, even though he acknowledged there was no evidence to support his gut's feeling."