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And all those angry letter writers
Like Disgusted from the Isle-of-Wight
And Mad from Hull and Outraged from Leeds
And Slightly Annoyed from Berwrick-on-Tweed
Will instantly change their tune.
Tim Minchin, "Five Poofs and Two Pianos"

"Jew-and-a-Half had done what he could. He had written a letter."
Isaac Babel, "How it was done in Odessa"

Hans Blix: I'm sorry, but the UN must be firm with you. Let me see your whole palace, or else...
Kim Jong-il: Or erse what?
Hans Blix: Or else we will be very, very angry with you... And we will write you a letter, telling you how angry we are.

Sir Humphrey: How about a Strongly Worded Letter?
Hacker: And get an even more strongly worded letter back? Copied to all the dailies? No thanks!

"My email to Miss Parton garnered no reply. I do not know why. I thought it was very courteous. Here it is in its entirety:

“Hi Dolly-

My name is RD Reynolds, and I run a website called I usually love your work (I openly sob to Hard Candy Christmas at least 50 times every December), but I have to ask…what the heck were you thinking naming Hulk Hogan ‘Starlight Starbright’? That’s the stupidest name in the history of man. I mean, seriously, you really must have had your head up your anus to come up with that one. I’m so livid about this, that I think I’ll burn down Dollywood in an attempt to adequately express my anger.

Your friend,

RD Reynolds

PS – I love your jugs.""

"You might want to brace yourself, but adding "#bpspill" doesn't do a goddamn thing and never will. It turns out that unless you're manning an ICBM silo or are Professor X, changing the world probably requires you to at least stand up. Maybe more! Similarly ineffective is drawing The Little Mermaid covered in oil, though it makes a welcome change from the other sticky substances the Internet usually covers her in."

"It turns out that BP have actual money fountains (other than the one they just used to make the Gulf of Mexico go second in chess), so we need a stronger approach than saying, "Gosh, that's awful," while being ecologically buggered with thousands of gallons of oil-lube. "Awareness" just means you're conscious while the buggering takes place. We need awareness and murderous revenge.", on BP

It's just... Look, I just have a hard time believing you when you say your house is on fire but you’re not doing anything about it.
What do you mean "not doing anything"? I'm circulating petitions, registering voters. I've got a "Fire Kills" bumper sticker on my car. I just sent a check to the campaign of the new candidate for mayor...
Fred Clark mocking modestly "panical" political activism in "They don't really believe it".

"Find me a quill, quickly! I believe I will write these men a sternly worded missive, packed with subtle barbs and tawdry insinuations. If that does not get their attention, I don't know what will."

"You've kidnapped a member of my crew, and I must say — in a somewhat emphatic tone — that this is not terribly nice and I ask that you return her at your earliest possible convenience! ...If that's okay."
SF Debris summing up Captain Picard's reaction to the Ligonians abducting Lt. Yar in "Code of Honor"

Dogenheimer: You're making me angry
An angry comment is what I'm gonna write
Parry: And I'll reply to your angry comment:
"Hey, Dogenheimer, get a LIFE!"
Parry Gripp, "Poobrador"

"Stop sending people to kill me! We've already captured five of them, one with a bomb and another with a rifle... If you don't stop sending killers, I'll send one to Moscow and I won't have to send another."
Josip Broz Tito, to Josef Stalin. Funnily enough, it worked.


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