By Powell, Gore, Miller, Churchill, Blyth, Bardot, etc.

Ross Mackenzie
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Posted: Jun 17, 2004 12:00 AM

A potpourri of quotations about topics in the news - some related and some un-....

Secretary of State Colin Powell, on the Palestinians: "What we need is, I believe, more responsible action on the part of the Palestinian Authority in order to bring terrorism under control - to make sure that violence is being brought to an end."

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Al Gore, on Bush and the terror war: (a) "In the presence of large campaign contributors, President Bush is a moral coward"; (b) "Osama bin Laden attacked us, but we couldn't find him in Afghanistan. And the light was better in Baghdad."

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Sen. Zell Miller, D-Ga., kicking off a national "Democrats for Bush" drive: "Fortunately, Democrats like us have a courageous and principled leader we're proud to support. It just so happens that he has a little 'R' after his name. ... Frankly, I've had it up to here with the politicians who claim to represent my party but really represent nothing but special-interest groups and their own partisan agendas. I remember when most Democrats were in favor of projecting America's power abroad, because we believed that America was a great force for good over evil. For decades the Democratic Party maintained peace through strength.

"We worked with Republicans to ensure that freedom and democracy would not falter in the face of any threat. These days it seems like some people in my party are motivated more by partisan politics than by national interest."

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Historian and author Paul Johnson: "Time and time again American presidents have been obliged to make dramatic decisions for the public good, without being able to quote legal chapter and verse to support them. Thus George Washington, assuming executive powers that had never before been exercised, put down the Whiskey Rebellion, which was threatening the basis of civil government, especially its right to raise taxes. Abraham Lincoln did the same in dealing with the South's secession. Theodore Roosevelt, through his determination to see the Panama Canal built ... brought a new country, Panama, into existence because its leading citizens were prepared to expedite the project. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in the strictest secrecy, authorized the expenditure of vast sums on the Manhattan Project in order to build the first nuclear bomb. And Harry Truman authorized its actual use against Hiroshima and Nagasaki, bringing the war in the Pacific to a speedy end and thus saving millions of lives. ... These presidents acted in what they believed to be the spirit of the U.S. Constitution and the best interests of their country. Attempting to consult national or global opinion or seeking guidance from the courts would have been impractical or led to fatal delays."

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David Gelernter, Yale professor and Unabomber victim: "People ask, why this big deal about Saddam? 'Isn't X evil too, and what about Y and how can you possibly ignore Z?' But we aren't automata; we are able to make distinctions. Some evil is beyond our power to stop. That doesn't absolve us from stopping what we can. All cruelty is bad. Yet some cruel and evil men are worse than others. By any standard we did right by overthrowing Saddam - and do wrong by denying or belittling that fact. The Democrats' refusal to acknowledge the moral importance of the Coalition's Iraq victory felt, at first, like the Clinton treatment - more relativistic, warped-Earth moral geometry in which the truth gradually approaches infinite malleability. ... But as we learned more about Saddam's crimes, and Democrats grew less convinced that the war was right and was necessary, their response took on a far more sinister color. It started to resemble the Holocaust Shrug."

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Winston Churchill, Oct. 8, 1940 - quoted here in relation to the war against terror: "Death and sorrow will be the companions of our journey, hardship our garment, constancy and valor our only shield. We must be united, we must be undaunted, we must be inflexible."

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Investor's Business Daily: "Refineries are straining to keep up with demand [for gasoline], but they can't. Though consumer need continues to rise, a new gasoline refinery has not been built in the U.S. since 1976. In fact, we now have fewer than half the 300 refineries we had in 1980. Meanwhile, cars are burning 40 percent more gasoline. So even small changes in the market are felt as big hits on consumer wallets."

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Weekly Standard Contributing Editor Noemie Emery, on Myrna Blyth: "Myrna Blyth spent 30 years in the sisterhood of the women's magazines, rising to become editor of Ladies' Home Journal. But now, with the publication of her book, 'Spin Sisters,' she has become a Benedict Arnold in skirts. Polls show that only about 21 percent of the American public calls itself liberal (as opposed to 43 percent that thinks itself moderate and 33 percent that tilts to the right). In the world of the feminized media, it is more like 99.9 percent. In this world, there is only one kind of political woman, and only one way for a woman to think."

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Myrna Blyth: "The Spin Sisters [who run the women's magazines] act like all women must agree with their liberal viewpoint, and if you don't, you're letting down the side as a woman. Men commentators don't expect men to agree with them just because they're men. And that's part of the one-sided nature of women's media. Women's magazines are especially biased. During the 2000 election, a [women's] magazine would say, a vote for Gore is a vote for you, even though their own readers had told them, in their own polls, half of them were going to vote for George Bush. Magazines had get-out-the-vote pieces written, in one magazine by Christie Brinkley, a Democratic delegate, and in another by Harvey Weinstein, a major Democratic fund-raiser. You never hear the opinions of conservatives in these magazines."

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Donald Trump, in his new book, "How to Get Rich": "Dan Rather is an enigma to me. He's got absolutely no talent or charisma or personality, yet year after year CBS apologizes for his terrible ratings."

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Aging French sex kitten Brigitte Bardot, in her new book, "A Scream in the Silence" - (1) On attitude: "It is sad to grow old, but nice to ripen." On the "worsening decadence of society": "Our lovely, kind streetwalkers have been replaced by girls from the East, Nigerians, travelers, transsexuals, drag queens, bearers of AIDS and other friendly gifts. . Having a risk-free 'go' is becoming a real exploit."