Quote-a-palooza

“Facts are stubborn things.” – John Adams

“One may smile and smile and be a villain.” – William Shakespeare (Hamlet)

“Everything that deceives can be said to enchant.” – Plato

“Which works best? Inflaming old hatreds and feeding paranoia among the next generation? Or teaching children that what they have in common is greater than their differences? The answer is obvious, but some people- both black and white- are deeply invested in preserving rather than healing wounds.” – Kathleen Parker

“There will always be more to do in order to create that elusive ‘more perfect union,’ but it’s important for spiritual- and political- leaders to remind us that social conscience has sometimes done its work, that some things in the past are definitely dead, and buried.” – Suzanne Fields

“Government… now resembles an irresponsible parent, spending the children’s wages and inheritance as if there were no tomorrow.” – Cal Thomas

“The U.S. can welcome immigrants while at the same time encouraging assimilation. Everyone is free to practice the customs and language of his native land, but today immigrants are actively discouraged from learning the few common things that bind this country together, such as English… Anti-immigration sentiment will only rise if assimilation continues to be a dirty word.” – John Fund

“Five years after the start of the war in Iraq, it’s become common wisdom- among mainstream media and Beltway pundits, anyway- that it’s all been a failure. They couldn’t be more wrong. The U.S. war in Iraq- and by extension, President Bush- started coming under withering criticism not too long after it started in March 2003. Quickly forgotten were these salient quotes, made just the year before: ‘We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.’ – Sen. Ted Kennedy, on Sept. 27, 2002. ‘It is clear… that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.” – Sen. Hillary Clinton, Oct. 10, 2002. ‘We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.’ – Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002. We could go on and on. Others said similar things. Suffice to say, support at the time for ‘doing something’ about Iraq was wide and deep. They even egged Bush on, urging him to get tough. Then, in the fall of 2002, Congress authorized Bush to go to war. Only later, in late 2003 and 2004, as polls showed public support waning, did many of those same prominent politicians who once enthusiastically stumped for war and even voted for it in Congress suddenly do an about-face. It stands as one of the most shameful political turnabouts in U.S. history. – Investor’s Business Daily

“We journalists make it a point to know very little about an extremely wide variety of topics; this is how we stay objective.”- Dave Barry

Jay Leno: Hey, anybody see the new $5 bill that just came out? The Treasury has taken steps to discourage counterfeiters, such as making it worth less than a dollar. … According to the latest polls, John McCain now in a double-digit lead over the Democrats. To give you an idea how far McCain is ahead in the polls, today, Hillary offered him the vice presidency. … According to a new CNN poll, John McCain would win the presidential election if only beer drinkers voted. Now, a Democrat, either Hillary or Barack would win, if only wine drinkers voted. But here’s the interesting part, if we all got really drunk on tequila, Ralph Nader might actually have a shot. … In more serious news, big controversy last week after State Department officials looked at passport files of all three major candidates. Turns out, they got a hold of John McCain’s Social Security number. You know what it is? Three. … Osama bin Laden has released another anti-American speech. And out of force of habit, Barack Obama denounced the remarks and said he wasn’t even in the room at the time the statements were being made. … Hillary Clinton was supposed to be our guest tonight, but she got pinned down by sniper fire. Who would have guessed Hillary would have more war stories than John McCain? … Hillary’s campaign is claiming she misspoke when she said she landed under gunfire during her trip to Bosnia. Turns out it was gunfire on a trip to L.A. … She now admits there weren’t any snipers. And today Bill Clinton said, “Hey, if I would have known there weren’t any snipers, I would not have sent her there in the first place.”

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