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  •  Nonsense! (7+ / 0-)
    I'll go out on the limb and suggest that quoting sci-fi films in response to forcing the 4th Amendment into prostitution falls a bit short in describing what we can do.
    Nonsense!  Every situation can be described by quoting from sci-fi!
    Congress: "We will rule over all this land, and we will call it...
    'This Land'."

    FISA courts: "I think we should call it...your grave!"

    Congress: "Ah, curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!"

    NSA agent 1: "Something ain't right."

    NSA agent 2: "Sweetie, we're crooks.  If everything were right, we'd be in jail."

    (paraphrase) Kaylee: "I'd sure like to live in a non-surveilance state."

    Mal: "And I'd like to be the king of all Londinum and wear a shiny hat."

    "Can we maybe vote on the whole murdering people issue?"
    (paraphrase) Electorate: "What did I say to you about collecting and analyzing every detail of our private lives?"

    White House: "That it was manly and impulsive?"

    Electorate: "Yes, precisely. Only the exact phrase I used was 'don't'."

    (paraphrase): "What the hell's goin' on in the NSA? Were there monkeys? Some terrifying space monkeys maybe got loose?"
    Electorate: "So, what are we doing?"

    NSA: "Oh, crime."

    Electorate: "Crime?  Good, OK... crime..."

    (paraphrase) Electorate: "Don't fall asleep now. Sleepiness is weakness of character. Ask anyone! You're in charge. Know what happens you fall asleep now?"

    Democracy: "The intelligence services slit my throat and takes over."

    Electorate: "That's right."

    Democracy: "And we can't stop it."

    Electorate: "Well, I wash my hands of it. It's a hopeless case. I'll read a nice poem at the funeral. Something with imagery."

    Democracy: "You could lock the door and keep the power-hungry maniacs at bay."

    Electorate: "Oh, no, I'm starting to like this poetry idea now. 'Here lies my
    beloved Democracy, my autumn flower, somewhat less attractive now she's all corpsified and gross'..."

    Kaylee: "Well, we're headed for help... right?"

    Zoe: "((The President)) will come up with a plan."

    Kaylee: "That's good. Right?"

    Zoe: "Possibly you're not recalling some of his previous plans."

    Zoe: "You sanguine about the kind of reception we're apt to receive ((by spying on the world)), Cap'n?"

    Mal: "Absolutely." (beat) "What's 'sanguine' mean?"

    Zoe: " 'Sanguine'. Hopeful. Plus -- point of interest -- it also means

    Mal: "Well, that pretty much covers all the options, don't it?"

    "It's my estimation that... every man ever got a statue made of him was one kind of sumbitch or another."
    "A government is a body of people -- usually notably ungoverned."
    "In certain older civilized cultures, when men failed as
    completely as you have, they would throw themselves on their swords."
    "You guys always bring me the very best violence."
    "Can I suggest something that doesn't involve violence, or is this the wrong crowd for that?"

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