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Friday, January 05, 2007

Quotes for the week.

Here, below, are this blog's quotes for the week (not in any order).

1) "We're O.K. down here, but I've got two daughters up there. Let them know their father's O.K."
- Wesley Autrey, our person for the year, shouting to onlookers on a New York subway platform after he dived onto the tracks to save a man's life as an oncoming train rode over them.

2) "Keith is paying respect not only to the founding fathers' belief in religious freedom but the Constitution itself."
- Rick Jauert, spokesman for Rep.-elect Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress and who said he will take his private oath of office on a Koran, the moslem holy book.

3) "I became so frustrated with visiting inner-city schools [in the US] ... If you ask [inner city U. S.] kids what they want or need, they will say an iPod or some sneakers. In South Africa, they don't ask for money or toys. They ask for uniforms so they can go to school."
- Oprah Winfrey, responding to criticisms that she neglected the United States and opted instead to build an all girls school in South Africa.

4) "And so, as we open this session, I stake my party to a pledge: when faced with an urgent issue, we will act; when faced with a problem, we will seek solutions, not mere political advantage."
- Kentucky's Senior Senator and Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, displaying Henry Clay-like qualities of statesmanship.

5) "Saddam Hussein was responsible for committing... heinous crimes. The issue of capital punishment is for each and every [U.N.] member state to decide."
- Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the new United Nations chief, dismissing criticisms for not opposing the execution of Saddam Hussein and recognizing -- and respecting -- the sovereignty of UN member nations.



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