Ross Mackenzie

Hanging out some recent quotes on the clothesline. . .

Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Gumbleton of Detroit, 75, disclosing that 60 years ago he was sexually molested by a priest: "At some point (during a weekend cabin retreat, the priest) would start wrestling with one of us. Then he would be putting his hands into your pants . . . .I don't want to exaggerate that I was horribly damaged. It was not the kind of sexual abuse that many of the victims experience. . . . (Still, many victims) are intimidated, embarrassed. They just bury it. I understand that. I never told my parents. I never told anybody."

No. 2 al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in a video taunting President Bush following an air strike in Pakistan intended to kill him: "Butcher of Washington, you are not only defeated and a liar, but also a failure. You are a curse on your own nation and you have brought and will bring them only catastrophes and tragedies."

Singapore's former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew: "If terrorists succeed in forcing the U.S. and its allies out of Iraq, the jihadists will be triumphant and terrorism will spread worldwide. Osama bin Laden's and al-Qaida's objective is not to get Americans out of Iraq but to control Saudi Arabia and its oil - and after that, the world."

Yew, further: "The U.S. and Europe must discredit extremist ideology, which takes Koranic passages out of context, preaches hatred against non-Muslims, and seeks to spread Islam through violence. Muslims who want to be a part of the modern world of science and technology must confront and stop these Islamists from preaching violence and hatred. They must get the ulamas (Muslim scholars) and ustaz (religious teachers) to preach that Islam is a religion of peace, not terror, and that it is tolerant of other peoples and their faiths, as Muslim scholars have proudly asserted."

Trucker Larry Carl, 47, digging into an "animal style" Double-Double (two beef patties, two slices of American cheese, fried onions, sauce, lettuce and tomato) at an In-N-Out Burger location in Los Angeles, when asked whether he had heard about suits threatening the future of the 202-restaurant franchise legendary throughout the West: "Yeah, I heard about the court cases. I just hope they don't monkey with the menu."

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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