A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

Recent entries:
“You can’t tax your way to prosperity. You can’t bomb your way to security. And you can’t ban your way to liberty” (4/21)
“You can’t bomb your way to security” (4/21)
“You can’t bomb your way to democracy” (4/21)
“You can’t ban your way to freedom” (4/21)
“If you can’t expose crime in the government, you don’t really have a government. You have a dictatorship…” (4/21)
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“Heck of a job, Brownie!” or “Heckuva job, Brownie!”

“Democrats fall in love; Republicans fall in line”

Watermelon (green on the outside, red on the inside)

“New York is the city where the future comes to rehearse”

“Liberal with sanity” (Ed Koch)

“Nothing Sacred But the Truth” (New York Observer)

Nutcracker and Nemo (sweet liquor punch)

“Right down Broadway” (straight and true, said of a baseball pitch)

“As Maine goes, so goes the nation”

“Don’t vote—it only encourages them”

“A camel is a horse designed by a committee”

“The best argument against democracy is a five minute talk with the average voter”

Eleventh Commandment (“Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican”)

Campechana (seafood cocktail)

“What goes around, comes around”

“Politics ain’t beanbag”

“Now that food has replaced sex in my life, I can’t even get into my own pants”

“Eat Now—Pay Waiter” (restaurant sign)

“Don’t stand outside and be miserable; come inside and get fed up” (restaurant sign)

“It was so cold in Washington that I saw a politician with his hands in his own pockets”


Reich-wing (Third Reich + right wing)

Founding Fathers

“How ‘bout them Cowboys?”

New York Crimes (New York Times nickname)

“Look to your right, look to your left—one of them won’t be here next year”

New York Daily Ooze (New York Daily News nickname)

Page Fix or Page Sick (Page Six nicknames)

“Put all your eggs in the one basket and—WATCH THAT BASKET”

New York Pest (New York Post nickname)

“If you’re bored in New York, it’s your own fault”

Gay White Way (Broadway)

Panic Beach or Panic Island (Broadway and West 47th Street, opposite Palace Theatre)

Republicon (Republican + con)

Democrook (Democrat + crook)

Dummycrat (dummy + Democrat)

“There are only two sports in Texas—football and spring football (practice)”

“I’m not confused—I’m only well-mixed”

Decepticrat (deception + Democrat)

“The broker made money and the brokerage firm made money – and two out of three ain’t bad”


Buckraker (buck + muckraker)

“You gotta throw the corn where the hogs can get it”

“From hell to breakfast”

“From hell to Harlem” (“From Hades to Harlem”)

“Hell for breakfast” (“Hell-bent for breakfast”)

“Hell-bent for election”

Balkan Burger (pljeskavica)

MSDNC (MSNBC nickname)

Faux News (Fox News nickname)

Fox Noise or Faux Noise (Fox News nickname)

Fixed News (Fox News nickname)

“Don’t let the bastards grind you down” (Illegitimi non carborundum)

“More money has been lost reaching for yield than at the point of a gun”

“Allagaroo!” (CCNY cheer)

“All the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair”

Crony Capitalism

Blue Collar

White Collar

Red State/Blue State

Blue State/Red State

Purple State

“Live in the know” (Wall Street Journal slogan)

Sock Puppet

“As government expands, liberty contracts”

“Perception is everything (in politics)”

Populist (Populism)

“When the race gets tough, step on the gas”


“The two enemies of the people are criminals and government…”

Lobbyist (Lobbying)