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May 31, 2005

“At a time when the Army and Marine Corps are struggling to fill their ranks, many conservatives are determined to limit the ability of women and gays to contribute to the war effort. Are they more concerned with winning culture wars at home or winning the war on terrorism abroad?”
(More like this in: Politics and Government, War) .:link:.
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“In our free society, they took their best shot and they didn’t succeed. When you have people on the far right and far left unhappy, you may be in about the right position.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish; where no public official either requests or accept instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source; where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials, and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all.”
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“I think the world changed when the news media, during a big event, would turn to a bystander and ask him what he thought. I remember watching a news report once after someone was killed, and they asked a six-year-old how she felt. Suddenly the voice of the irrelevant party has equal importance to the relevant party.”
(More like this in: Media and Entertainment) .:link:.
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May 27, 2005

“James Dobson: Who does he think he is, questioning my conservative credentials? Some of his language and conduct is quite un-Christian, and I don’t appreciate it.”
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“Chaos can be a positive thing. Chaos is inherently part of the creative act. To embrace creativity means you must also embrace chaos. Things don’t happen when everything is neat and ‘just so’. Creativity is all about disruption. The people who tell you that creativity is pain-free are liars. The people who tell you they’ve got a plan are liars. There is no plan. There’s just you, God and the need to invent.”
(More like this in: Art, Creativity, Inspiration) .:link:.
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“When people like myself say American values must be emulated and America is a bastion of freedom, we get Guantanamo Bay thrown in our faces. When we talk about the America of Jefferson and Hamilton, people back home say to us: ‘That is not the America we are dealing with. We are dealing with the America of imprisonment without trial.’”
(More like this in: America, Terrorism) .:link:.
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“Pat had high ideals about the country; that’s why he did what he did. The military let him down. The administration let him down. It was a sign of disrespect. The fact that he was the ultimate team player and he watched his own men kill him is absolutely heartbreaking and tragic. The fact that they lied about it afterward is disgusting.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government, War) .:link:.
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“I was watching Dr. Frist’s speech on the Senate floor regarding the compromise over judicial filibusters and had decided to create my own drinking game based around his usage of the term ‘up or down vote.’ I am currently in the emergency room of St. Joseph’s hospital in Burbank with alcohol poisoning.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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May 23, 2005

“The American people have no idea what we’re passing. And we have plenty of time to show them what we’re passing. Polls mean nothing.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“I’m leaving the left — more precisely, the American cultural left and what it has become during our time together. I choose this day for my departure because I can no longer abide the simpering voices of self-styled progressives — people who once championed solidarity with oppressed populations everywhere — reciting all the ways Iraq’s democratic experiment might yet implode.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“Although considered as holy in Islam and mentioned in the Quran dozens of times, the Bible is banned in Saudi Arabia. This would seem curious to most people because of the fact that to most Muslims, the Bible is a holy book. But when it comes to Saudi Arabia we are not talking about most Muslims, but a tiny minority of hard-liners who constitute the Wahhabi Sect. The Bible in Saudi Arabia may get a person killed, arrested, or deported.”
(More like this in: Religion and Faith) .:link:.
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“Calling on the individual man or woman on the street to make conclusive judgments is beneath journalistic dignity. If polls involving hundreds of people carry a cautionary note indicating a margin of error of plus-or-minus five points, what kind of consumer warning should be glued to a reporter’s ad hoc poll of three or four respondents?”
(More like this in: Media and Entertainment) .:link:.
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May 19, 2005

“In a nutshell, I can’t figure out why half of America thinks Bush is the enemy and the other half wants to blame the fags for everything, and I am tired of being polite to either group.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“We’re in the middle of an ideological war against people who want to destroy us, and what have the most powerful people on earth become? Whining media bashers.”
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“We’re not saying it absolutely happened but we can’t say that it absolutely didn’t happen either.”
Mark Whitaker, Newsweek
(More like this in: Media and Entertainment) .:link:.
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“Weblog posts could be written and edited over the course of a week before they are posted, but they rarely are. Prolific posting demands hasty writing. Blog culture rewards strong opinion. Bloggers link to other blogger’s posts to argue with them. For all these reasons, blogging often rewards aggression and knee-jerk reactions in a way that face-to-face discussions do not.”
(More like this in: Web and Blogs) .:link:.
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May 16, 2005

“The Centennial Olympic Park bombing has been nothing but mistakes for nine years, from the cretins on the emergency phones who first hung up on Eric Rudolph then joked when they couldn’t find the address for the park, to the hysterical Richard Jewell coverage by the AJC, to the federal bungling that tipped Rudolph to flee into the forest, to the recent plea bargain that allowed a right-wing domestic terrorist to air his twisted views as if he were just another conservative blogger.”
(More like this in: Atlanta) .:link:.
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“Frankly, the election of the president drew from Americans who describe themselves as moderates, which is about 45 percent of Americans today. That’s something we overlook at our own peril.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“I don’t believe the American people will uphold any political party that puts political exploitation above national interest. Surely we Republicans aren’t that desperate for victory. While it might be a fleeting victory for the Republican Party, it would be a more lasting defeat for the American people. Surely it would ultimately be suicide for the Republican Party and the two-party system that has protected our American liberties from the dictatorship of a one-party system.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“Since 1789, the Senate has rejected nearly 20 percent of all nominees to the Supreme Court, many without an up-or-down vote [...] But 208 of the president’s 218 judicial nominees have been approved. That’s right: the Senate has confirmed 95 percent of Mr. Bush’s judicial nominees. That’s a higher percentage of approval than any of his three predecessors achieved.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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May 11, 2005

“Oddly enough in the blogosphere, which is romanticized as this populist utopia, it too has created an elite class of opinion mongers.”
(More like this in: Web and Blogs) .:link:.
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“The hype comes from unemployed or partially employed marketing professionals and people who never made it as journalists wanting to believe. They want to believe there’s going to be this new revolution and their lives are going to be changed.”
(More like this in: Web and Blogs) .:link:.
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“[Nancy] Grace may be blonde, but she is about as perky as a roach bomb, coating every story she reports — if reports is the right word for her prejudicial presentations — with bile and fury.”
(More like this in: Media and Entertainment) .:link:.
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“The North Koreans have learned how to use irrationality as a bargaining tool.”
(More like this in: World Opinions) .:link:.
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May 06, 2005

“The post-invasion phase of the operation (‘Phase IV’) there has been the most poorly planned U.S. military mission since Somalia in 1993 — if not Lebanon in 1983 — with greater consequences for national security than any use of force since Vietnam.”
(More like this in: Iraq, War) .:link:.
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“President Bush has presided over the largest overall increase in inflation-adjusted federal spending since Lyndon B. Johnson. Even after excluding spending on defense and homeland security, Bush is still the biggest-spending president in 30 years.”
Stephen Slivinski, Cato Institute
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“One of the worst scandals in American military history happened on their watch, under their direction, at least partly due to conditions under their control. And yet, the highest-ranking individual to see prosecution so far for these abuses is a Staff Sergeant.”
(More like this in: Iraq, War) .:link:.
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“The greatest danger for those of us who dislike George Bush is that our instincts may tip over into a desire to see his foreign policy objectives fail. No reasonable person can oppose the president’s commitment to Islamic democracy.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.


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