Ross Mackenzie

Miscellaneous quotes on topics more or less in the news:

JAY LENO: "John Kerry's victory over Howard Dean has completely changed the presidential race around. Now instead of the rich white guy from Yale who lives in the White House facing off against the rich white guy from Yale who lives in Vermont, he may have to face the rich white guy from Yale who lives in Massachusetts. It's a whole different game."

FORMER SENATOR AND 1996 REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BOB DOLE: "On Fox News recently, my friend John Kerry stated: 'I've never made any judgments about any choice somebody made about avoiding the draft, about going to Canada, going to jail, being a conscientious objector, going into the National Guard.' Sen. Kerry did make a judgment, in 1992, when Bill Clinton - who did not serve - was running against Sen. Bob Kerrey, a Vietnam veteran. After Bob Kerrey criticized Gov. Clinton, John Kerry said, 'We do not need to divide America over who served and how.' He should stick to his previous position by acknowledging the honorable service of President Bush and the hundreds of thousands of other National Guard members defending America every day."

ANDREW GREELEY, A PRIEST AND AUTHOR OF 'PRIESTS: A CALLING IN CRISIS' AND THE FORTHCOMING NOVEL 'THE PRIESTLY SINS': "These are hard times for priests. They are under attack as perverts. More people are making more demands on fewer priests. ... Denial, research shows, is a major factor in clerical culture - the dark side of the priesthood. ... In general, priests are more likely to affirm that they are happy in their lives and satisfied with their work than are doctors, lawyers, teachers, professors and even married Protestant clergy. Priests, on average, seem to be about the happiest men in the country. Abusers, it seems clear, aren't being driven to crime by celibacy but by their own demons."

'NEW YORK TIMES' REPORTER DAVID KIRKPATRICK, ON PATRICK HENRY COLLEGE IN LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA. - THE NATION'S FIRST FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE PRIMARILY FOR HOME-SCHOOLERS: "Thanks to the generosity of its donors, Patrick Henry operates with no debt, eschews federal financial support and charges about $15,000 per student a year for tuition, about $10,000 less than some comparable small colleges. The average SAT score is about 1,320, roughly comparable to Notre Dame or the University of Virginia."

Ross Mackenzie

Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.

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