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web posted October 22, 2007

"I believe that these newscasts in 2005 and 2006 played the biggest single role in helping to turn public opinion against the war." -- media critic Howard Kurtz on Iraq

"What is clear to me, is that [the media is] perpetuating the corrosive partisan politics that's destroying our country and killing our service members who are at war." -- retired Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez

"I have a million ideas. The country can't afford them all." -- Hillary Clinton

"The pitter-patter you hear, behind the earnest applause for Gore's Nobel Prize, is the sound of Democrats in flight, running from such ideas as fast as their feet can carry them. A radical shift to clean energy is on the agenda of no mainstream politician, least of all those now on the stump in Iowa and New Hampshire." -- James Taranto

"We're brainwashing our children. They're going to the Gore movie ['An Inconvenient Truth'] and being fed all this. It's ridiculous." -- Dr. William Gray, a pioneer in the science of seasonal hurricane forecasts at Colorado State University

"Do not think for one second that the Clinton campaign hasn't hired someone to sit at the Secretary of State's office in New Hampshire to make certain no papers are submitted on Gore's behalf prior to the November 2 filing deadline which would make him eligible for the first-in-the-nation primary there in early January." -- Rich Galen

"[T]he better description of Clintonism is slipperiness. Adaptability. Cynicism, if you like... [Hillary] has no principles. Her liberalism is redeemed by her ambition; her ideology subordinate to her political needs." -- Charles Krauthammer

"If the Turks cut off our ability to use Incirlik [Air Base], there's no question that this could jeopardize our troops on the ground in Iraq. And frankly, if this is just the latest in the Democrats' string of back-door attempts to force a retreat from the war against al Qaeda, it's certainly the most dangerous." -- House Minority Leader John Boehner

"Some think the way to beat the Democrats in November is to be more like them. I could not disagree more. I believe that conservatives beat liberals only when we challenge their outdated positions, not embrace them. This is not a time for philosophical flexibility, it is a time to stand up for what we believe in." -- presidential candidate Fred Thompson

"Meanwhile, Gore is now being urged to jump into the presidential race and save Democrats from the allegedly too-hawkish Hillary Clinton. I doubt he will. But you'll know he's considering it if he starts slimming down faster than the Antarctic shelf. When Al Gore starts getting carb-neutral, we're really in trouble." -- Mark Steyn

"Why is it that liberals seem to believe that recycling cans is an important issue, but defeating terrorism isn't? Why do they put so much stock in the blathering of Al Gore and Michael Moore?... What is wrong with these people?" -- Burt Prelutsky

"I mean, if we do Hillary-care and socialized medicine in this country, where are the Canadians going to go for health care?" -- Rudy Giuliani

"Hillary Clinton took a tour of Iowa on a bus she named the ‘Middle Class Express.' She had to be talked into it. Her aides convinced her it looked a lot more humble than touring the state in a Gulfstream jet called the ‘Air of Inevitability'." -- Argus Hamilton

"China is outraged that we would honor the Dalai Lama at the White House. I hope they don't try to get back at us -- you know, maybe put lead in our toys or antifreeze in our toothpaste." -- Jay Leno

web posted October 15, 2007

"[I]f [Democrats] can expand [SCHIP] coverage to families up to 400% of the poverty line and individuals up to the age of 25, Democrats can go to 800% of poverty ($160,000 per year) and individuals up to 65 (when Medicare kicks in). National. Health. Insurance." -- Rich Galen

"The president and his party would be easier to pity, even to shower with a little compassionate conservatism, if they had not abandoned their promises and principles six years ago to give the Democrats lessons in how to blow through billions of dollars in search of a bridge to nowhere." -- Wesley Pruden

"A bilingual nation can't and won't cut it. Language enshrines and perpetuates cultural division, of which surely we have enough right now." -- William Murchison

"Unlike Republicans in most cases, the Democrats actually know they are lying. They just don't care." -- Jonah Goldberg

"Above all, I believe this country needs change, and continuing the 20-year hold on the White House of the same two families is not my idea of change." -- Ted Sorensen

"Is this good for our democracy, this air of inevitability? Is it good in terms of how the world sees us, and how we see ourselves? Or is it something we want to break out of, like a trance? It would be understandable if [the Bush and Clinton families] were families of a most extraordinary natural distinction and self-sacrifice. But these are not the Adamses of Massachusetts we're talking about. You've noticed, right?" -- Peggy Noonan

"What the 2008 campaign is really about is the next phase in what has become an almost century old argument on the role of government in American life." -- Jeffrey Lord

"Florida Democrats filed suit against the national Democratic party... to force the party to recognize their convention delegates. We know how this will end. No matter who wins the lawsuit, John Edwards gets 40 percent of the settlement." -- Argus Hamilton

"However, we are talking about a Democratic primary and, therefore, traditional measurements of sanity should not be taken." -- Rich Galen

"Someone sent me an email the other day that said when Hillary Clinton thinks ‘private sector' she thinks that's a new recruit to the Army." -- Mitt Romney

"I'll come right out and admit that I understand Islamic terrorists far better than I do American liberals." -- Burt Prelutsky

"Keith Olbermann, MSNBC's answer to a question no one asked, declared this week that I'm the ‘worst person in the world.' This is not as bad as it might seem. It's sort of like being called uncool by the asthmatic assistant recording secretary of the high school chess team." -- Jonah Goldberg

"During a recent speech, President Bush said, ‘My job is a decision-making job. As a result, I have made a lot of decisions.' Apparently, Bush's decision that day was to write his own speech." -- Conan O'Brien

"It's starting to get nasty out on the campaign trail. This week a spokesman for John Edwards is accusing Barack Obama of stealing John Edwards' ideas. Obama apparently has a secret plan to slip into third place." -- Jay Leno

web posted October 8, 2007

"I'm black, so I'm supposed to think a certain way. I'm supposed to have certain opinions. I don't do that. You don't create a box and put people in and then make a lot of generalizations about them." -- Justice Clarence Thomas

"Justice Thomas does not revel in the victory of having reached the pinnacles of power through the sheer strength of his own will and hard work... Instead of gloating in sweet victory over his tormentors when he was narrowly confirmed after a bloody perversion of the process, Justice Thomas is mournful over how such an austere institution as the United States Senate could become so corrupt." -- Rebecca Hagelin

"I believe in affirmative action, but I have to acknowledge there are arguments against it. One of the more cogent is the presence of Justice Clarence Thomas on the U.S. Supreme Court." -- The Washington Post's Eugene Robinson

"I just want everyone to understand that this dialogue is not about, ‘Can we vote our way out of a war?' We have an enemy who has declared war on us. We are in a war. They want to stop us from living the way we want to live our lives... We will prevail; there's no doubt about that." -- outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Peter Pace

"The Democratic Congress quickly passed a national health insurance bill, drafted in secret and protected from amendment, that constitutes the most important legislation of this session. While designed for a presidential veto, it is national health insurance -- through the front, not the back, door. Democrats view it as no-lose: either landmark health care will be enacted over President George W. Bush's veto, or, if overridden, they'll have a lovely 2008 campaign issue." -- Robert Novak

"Free-speech rights aren't violated when private institutions deny speech in their name. My free-speech rights have not been denied by the fact that for years the Democratic National Committee has refused to invite me to speak at its confabs. Nor would it be censorship if this newspaper dropped my column. Freedom of speech also includes the right not to say something." -- Jonah Goldberg

"The whole culture of wearing flags on our lapel and saying ‘we' when referring to the United States and, even the ‘shock and awe' of the initial stages, it was just too jubilant and just a little uncomfortable." -- CBS anchor Katie Couric

"Hillary Clinton is either having a really good time out on the campaign trail, or she's the master of a shrewd political skill, disarming her critics with a gleam in her eye and a roar straight from the belly." -- ABC reporter Kate Snow on Hillary's contrived, shrieking laughter on the Sunday morning-show line-up

"She's never going to get out of our faces... She's like some hellish housewife who has seen something that she really, really wants and won't stop nagging you about it until finally you say, fine, take it, be the damn president, just leave me alone." -- The New Republic's Leon Wieseltier on Hillary Clinton

"It's the seventh inning and humanity is, ah, down by two runs. Now, we've got to score three runs in the, in the next, ah, in the next two innings, and we've got to hold them right where they, where they are. So, it's, it's, it's real tricky. It's ah... We're in a dangerous spot, but we can, we can pull it out if we, ah, if we really work together and, and go to work on it, and do the smart things and, and stop doing the dumb things, like bombing, ah, Third World countries." -- Ted Turner

"We didn't have the terror threat [in 1992]." -- Bill Clinton

"The pen is not mightier than the sword if your enemy is confident you will never use anything other than your pen. Sometimes it's not about ‘freedom of speech,' but about freedom. Ask an Iranian homosexual. If you can find one." -- Mark Steyn

"Reacting with stupefied indignation whenever someone disagrees with them -- especially in a way that makes people point and laugh at liberals -- they seem to be in a constant state of outrage. Liberals... have a look of perpetual outrage, kind of the way Nancy Pelosi has a look of perpetual surprise." -- Ann Coulter

"Kiefer Sutherland was arrested for drunk driving in West Hollywood. The star made an illegal u-turn and was pulled over. The cops had a pretty good idea Kiefer Sutherland was drunk after he identified himself as Special Agent Jack Daniels." -- Argus Hamilton

"Speaking of Bill Clinton, yesterday at a global conference for poverty and education, former President Bill Clinton met with actress Angelina Jolie. Before the meeting, Clinton looked himself in the mirror, took a deep breath, and said, ‘Bill, this is the moment you've been training for your whole life'." -- Conan O'Brien

"It's official -- Congress now has the lowest approval rating of any Congress in the history of the United States. It is just 11 percent. In fact, their approval rating is so low, today they were invited to speak at Columbia University." -- Jay Leno

"Congressional Democrats are trying to divert attention from insulting our military leader in Iraq and pandering to the loony left by attacking Rush Limbaugh. He is one of the strongest supporters of our troops. Yet Democrats claim he's not being strong enough. I wonder who General [David] Petraeus and his troops think is most supportive?" -- Fred Thompson

web posted October 1, 2007

"All of our nuclear activities have been completely peaceful." -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad to the UN

"In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country. We don't have that like in your country... In Iran we do not have this phenomenon." -- Mahmud Ahmadinejad at Columbia University, neglecting to mention that homosexuals are executed in Iran

"If [Adolf] Hitler were in the United States and wanted a platform from which to speak...[and was] willing to engage in a debate and a discussion to be challenged by Columbia students and faculty, we would certainly invite him." -- Columbia University's Dean John Coatsworth

"When the President flatly asserts [Iran is] seeking nuclear weapons, he's overstating the facts. We are suspicious, we have strong suspicions, but we don't have facts that they are. If we escalate the tensions, if we succumb to hysteria, if we start making threats, we are likely to stampede ourselves into a war, which most reasonable people agree would be a disaster for us." -- The Carter administration's national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski

"[Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad] is genuinely religious, genuinely humble, there are no fancy clothes, fancy cars. He lives with his wife and his three children -- they live in an apartment in Tehran. He is a very modest man and said to be absolutely incorruptible as well." -- CBS's Scott Pelley

"Ahmadinejad's not a liberal. He's a conservative. He's very right wing. He was welcome at Columbia University. You shouldn't be complaining." -- Fox News' Alan Colmes to author David Horowitz

"What value do you think Ahmadinejad's comments will add to the debate in this country?" -- ABC's Chris Cuomo to Columbia president Bollinger

"Here's a leader who's advocated the destruction of Israel, denied the Holocaust, and is accused by our government, the United States government, of supplying both fighters and equipment to insurgents in Iraq, to kill U.S. troops. Why would you ever want him on your campus?... Why didn't you allow Minuteman founder Jim Gilchrist that same opportunity to be challenged? I know that he spoke there last year, and his speech was interrupted by students who stormed the stage, but he had a speaking engagement coming up October 6th that was canceled. Why do you allow Ahmadinejad there and not the founder of the Minuteman Project?" -- CNN's John Roberts to Columbia University President Lee Bollinger

"It's too bad that the leadership of Columbia University hasn't learned the lesson...[that] America honors freedom of expression by being a refuge for the oppressed, not by giving a soapbox to the oppressors." -- Newt Gingrich

"One basic problem with nationalized health care is that it makes medical services seem free. That pushes demand beyond supply. Governments deal with that by limiting what's available." -- John Stossell

"In her latest plan to transform the American health care system, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton invokes a word she usually reserves for abortion: choice. It sounds good, but like all things Clinton, you have to look behind the facade to discover reality." -- Cal Thomas

"Sometimes Hillary Clinton leaves me breathless with the sheer arrogance of her assumption that the American people are like a bunch of straw-chewing rubes eager to buy her latest brand of snake oil." -- Michael Reagan

"Only two groups of Americans should worry about Hillary Clinton's new health-care plan: the healthy and the sick. The healthy are going to pay more, since one of Clinton's ideas is to prohibit insurance companies from giving them a discount." -- National Review

"Lest we smugly sneer at college seniors for what they don't know, we should see how we answer these questions ourselves: Where does the phrase the ‘wall of separation' between church and state appear? What Supreme Court decision ended legal racial segregation in the United States? Why were the Federalist Papers written? What is federalism? What is the Monroe Doctrine? What is meant by a ‘progressive' tax?" -- Suzanne Fields

"If we kept the payroll-tax rate exactly the same but applied it to all earnings and not just the first $97,000, we could eliminate the entire Social Security shortfall."  -- Barack Obama

"The president of Iran gave a speech in New York City... and thousands of New Yorkers are really upset about it. The New Yorkers said, ‘If we want to hear a short-tempered Iranian man yell at us, we'll take a cab'." -- Conan O'Brien

"Hillary Rodham Clinton unveiled her new healthcare plan. Unlike her old healthcare plan, which took longer to read than most cancers take to kill you, this one's instant and painless -- just a spoonful of government sugar to help the medicine go down."  -- Mark Steyn

"Bill Clinton appeared on the ‘Daily Show' Thursday and the former president made some news. He said he may slit his throat if he becomes First Lady. No one knew if he was kidding or just promising anything to get conservatives to vote for Hillary."  -- Argus Hamilton

"I think she'd make a much better first lady than Bill Clinton." -- Fred Thompson on his wife Jeri

"Like actress Sally Field, I am a mom. Unlike Sally Field, I do not live in La-La Land. We breathe a different brand of oxygen. We hold diametrically opposed worldviews. We have nothing in common but stretch marks." -- Michelle Malkin

"Has anyone else noticed the nonexistence of a charitable organization known as ‘Lawyers Without Borders'?" -- Ann Coulter

"According to a new report out of Cuba, Fidel Castro is near death, but is clinging to life and he is determined to outlive the Bush presidency. Wow, just like Dan Rather." -- Jay Leno



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