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August 28, 2005

“The usual right wing nutcases were a bit flummoxed because I was tweaking their favorite whipping boy, the media, so they were uncharacteristically quiet. The leftie nutcases were off balance because I also had a dig at the Bush subterfuges while digging at the media for ignoring them. Split the difference and you get e-mail peace.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“I’m sure the members of the Christian Coalition won’t take my suggestions, but they might want to consider making a rule that anyone who calls himself a Christian has to have some passing acquaintance with the teachings of Jesus. I’m no Biblical scholar but I am absolutely sure that Jesus never suggested assassinating anyone.”
(More like this in: Religion and Faith) .:link:.
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“We don’t need a Manhattan Project to find our way out of our current energy trap. The technologies already exist. But what we’re searching for is perhaps even harder — political leadership and vision.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“A country that displays an almost ruthless commitment to efficiency and performance in every aspect of its economy — a country that switched to Japanese cars the moment they were more reliable, and to Chinese T-shirts the moment they were five cents cheaper — has loyally stuck with a health-care system that leaves its citizenry pulling out their teeth with pliers.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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August 22, 2005

“You are a very small man. And like other small men who act as you have acted, you have a Napoleonic complex and a need to compensate for what you lack. Little person, big bomb.”
(More like this in: Atlanta, Terrorism) .:link:.
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“As the investigation progressed, it became obvious that the bomber’s intention was to kill and maim as many innocent people as possible, including children of all ages who were enjoying a Friday night concert in Centennial Park. There were no religious, political or environmental issues involved with placing the bomb in a large crowd of innocent bystanders. The placing of the bomb was a gross act of cowardice by a contemptible domestic terrorist.”
(More like this in: Atlanta, Terrorism) .:link:.
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“As a Christian, I realize that forgiveness will come. But, for now, this is about you and addressing the damage that you caused to life, property, and to the reputation of our great country. You based your actions on some sort of religious belief that I find sick, twisted and demonic. I will always be haunted by the memory of Ms. Hawthorne in a pool of blood, as well as the sight of her daughter, Fallon, crying out for her mother while lying in pain because shrapnel had ripped through her body, exposing flesh, blood and bone.”
(More like this in: Atlanta, Terrorism) .:link:.
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“I get to go on being a part of society. I get to laugh out loud and have others laugh with me. I get to speak up and be heard and I will! I will trump your evilness with kindness and love for the remainder of my days.”
(More like this in: Atlanta, Terrorism) .:link:.
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“Two more weeks, folks, before we take them on, head on. No calls for a truce will be brooked. The DLC has used those pauses in the past to bide their time between offensives. Appeals to party unity will fall on deaf ears ... We need to make the DLC radioactive.”
Kos, “anti-war” advocate
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“Why are they charging higher prices for gas? Because people will pay it. Apparently, we’re not changing our driving habits much. Blame this on ourselves. This country has not built a new refinery in 30 years, we stopped new oil exploration ... and put a moratorium on offshore drilling.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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August 16, 2005

“There is only one time in the history of each planet when its inhabitants first wire up its innumerable parts to make one large Machine. Later that Machine may run faster, but there is only one time when it is born. You and I are alive at this moment.”
(More like this in: Internet) .:link:.
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“How could we create so much, so fast, so well? In fewer than 4,000 days, we have encoded half a trillion versions of our collective story and put them in front of 1 billion people, or one-sixth of the world’s population. That remarkable achievement was not in anyone’s 10-year plan.”
(More like this in: Internet, Web and Blogs) .:link:.
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“The House Rules Committee is perhaps the free world’s outstanding bureaucratic abomination — a tiny, airless closet deep in the labyrinth of the Capitol where some of the very meanest people on earth spend their days cleaning democracy like a fish.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“Keep my name out of your mouth. Keep my family’s name out of your mouth.”
Donovan McNabb, to Terrell Owens
(More like this in: Sports) .:link:.
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August 12, 2005

“The original al Qaeda are hiding in the mountains, not a technologically very well-equipped place. Iraq is an urban combat zone. Technology is a big part of that. I don’t know how to distinguish the Internet now from the military campaign in general in Iraq.”
(More like this in: Internet, Terrorism, War) .:link:.
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“I still like you, TiVo. I hope your little deal with Comcast works out so I can use the brilliant TiVo service again. I hope you get off your lazy asses and build a HD TiVo. But until that happens, it’s going to be just a little bit easier to live without TiVo after dealing with your assholes in customer support.”
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“Clearly, there is no place in modern reporting for this kind of unregulated, unprotected access to readily available facts, let alone in capriciously using them to illustrate areas of concern. We apologise unreservedly, and will cooperate fully in helping Google change people’s perceptions of its role just as soon as it feels capable of communicating to us how it wishes that role to be seen.”
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“I’m struck by the irony in a march for freedom that requires registration — it seems that freedom is only for those who provide their personal details before walking down a public street in our nations capitol.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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August 06, 2005

“We didn’t know we were supposed to be affected by this. So we weren’t. We went to college and got jobs and raised families. We didn’t know we were supposed to go crazy. We weren’t looking to change the world. Our objective was to shorten the war. We were civilians in uniform. We just wanted to get out.”
(More like this in: War) .:link:.
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“You don’t have to be Muslim, or poor, or an extremist, to feel the romantic pull of terrorism. You can be a middle-class American and a lapsed Catholic whose grandmother happened to come from Donegal.”
(More like this in: Terrorism) .:link:.
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“I am not being profiled because of racism but rather because Islamist fanatics have declared war on my society. They are the dark power that leads me to an experience in which my individuality is corroded. This is tragic; but it strengthens my resolve to support the war that seeks to destroy terrorism.”
(More like this in: Terrorism) .:link:.
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“There’s an old business phrase, from long before the Internet ... ‘Make a customer happy, and he’ll tell a friend. Make a customer angry, and he’ll tell ten friends.’ Today’s digital reality multiplies that by a couple of orders of magnitude.”
(More like this in: Business, Internet, Web and Blogs) .:link:.
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August 03, 2005

“We played ‘Mustang Sally’ for them. Sigh. That song has killed more musicians than heroin.”
(More like this in: Music) .:link:.
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“It was once thought that one of the best things about this medium was that it routed around the gatekeepers in the mainstream media. And it did. It did it so well that it evolved gatekeepers of its own.”
(More like this in: Web and Blogs) .:link:.
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“Cats, who live indoors and love to prowl, are the soul of the blogosphere. Dogs would never blog.”
(More like this in: Cats, Web and Blogs) .:link:.
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“By jettisoning any pretense to free-market principles, the GOP is defining itself entirely as the party of the religious right.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“Politics, n. Strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.”
Ambrose Bierce
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“I couldn’t even finish the show, and as I write this it is playing in the background, and I hear someone screaming in agony. I wasn’t aware the show was filmed in front of a live studio audience.”
John Cole, reviewing Over There
(More like this in: Media and Entertainment) .:link:.


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