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.

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Entry from August 11, 2014
“‘Moderate Republican’—that’s kind of like having a gun rack on a Volvo”

“‘Moderate Republican’—that’s kind of like having a gun rack on a Volvo” (also, “‘Compassionate Conservative—that’s kind of like having a gun rack on a Volvo") is a joke by American comedian Robin Williams (1951-2014). The “Compassionate Conservative” version was cited in print in 2006; Williams possibly said it on The Tonight Show with host Jay Leno. The “Moderate Republican” version was said in a 2009 concert, when Williams was referring to Republican California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

A Volvo is a family car; gun racks are more usually found on pickup trucks.


Wikipedia: Robin Williams
Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and stand-up comedian. Rising to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork & Mindy (1978–1982), Williams went on to establish a successful career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting.

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“Compassionate Conservative”, that’s kind of like having a gun rack on a Volvo.
. Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Google Groups: rec.music.makers.guitar
A Test for Your Listening Skills
Stephane Boucher
12/5/01
(...)
Where do you put the gun rack on a volvo?

Plenty Of Fish (POF)
~$Brittney$~
Posted: 2/27/2006 12:52:12 PM
“Compassionate Conservative’, that’s kind of like having a gun rack on a volvo.”
~ Robin Williams

Canada.com
Death is nature’s way of saying, ‘Your table’s ready’
So, to mark his back-to-back-to-back shows, here’s a look back at 20 of our favourite Williams quotes from the stage, movies and television. Well, at least the ones we can print:

BY THE VANCOUVER PROVINCE DECEMBER 8, 2008
(...)
“‘Compassionate conservative.’ That’s kind of like having a gun rack on a Volvo.”

Dallas (TX) Morning News
From the archives: Williams brings rapid-fire riffs to Nokia Theatre
By JOY TIPPING Staff Writer
Published: 11 August 2014 07:00 PM
Updated: 11 August 2014 07:00 PM
This review was first published on February 22, 2009.
(...)
The comedian, 57, proved utterly fearless on subjects as diverse as “moderate Republicans” ("That’s like having a gun rack on a Volvo - not something you see very much") and the alarmingly petite women who compete in Olympics gymnastics. “They’re not women! They’re Shetland females!”

Car Talk
MrPhil
March 2009 edited March 2009
Factory gun racks would be nice also.

Hmm. There would probably be a requirement to turn your name and address over to the BATF, no?

Robin Williams had a funny video recently where he was commenting on California’s Governator. He said, “he’s a moderate Republican. That’s like a gun rack on a Volvo—you don’t see too many of those.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Monday, August 11, 2014 • Permalink