Archive for the ‘quotes’ Category

Solana on walls

April 19, 2007

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana:

“A wall that separates one country from another is not something that I like or that the European Union members like,” Solana said at a news conference in Mexico City. “We don’t think walls are reasonable instruments to stop people from crossing into a country.”

I wonder what Solana thinks about Israel and Korea.

public statements

April 17, 2007

Statement From the National Rifle Association
Monday, April 16, 2007
The National Rifle Association joins the entire country in expressing our deepest condolences to the families of Virginia Tech University and everyone else affected by this horrible tragedy.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families.

“Iran condemns the killing of Virginia university students and expresses its condolences to the families of victims and the American nation,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said in a statement, which was faxed to Reuters.


The National Rifle Association joins the entire country in expressing our deepest condolences to the families of Virginia Tech University and everyone else affected by this horrible tragedy.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families.

We will not have further comment until all the facts are known.

Andrew Arulanandam
Director of Public Affairs
National Rifle Association

Father Dennis Edward O’Brien, Sergeant, USMC

March 16, 2007

“It is the soldier, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who gives us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.” — Father Dennis Edward O’Brien, Sergeant, USMC

There are many different versions of the semi-famous statement above. It does not seem to be an actual quote from a real person; but it may contain some logical fallacies.

Who actually claims that reporters have given “us” freedom of the press?
Would not a publisher control a press anyway, not a reporter?

Who actually claims that poets have given “us” freedom of speech?
Most humans are born with the ability to speak, no soldiers required.

Who actually claims that campus organizers have given “us” the freedom to demonstrate?
Most humans are born with the ability or future ability to walk, talk, yell, sit, sing, and stand; no soldiers required.

Like an urban legend, the poem is peddled in many variations. It is usually attributed to a “Father Denis Edward O’Brien, USMC.” There’s never been a clergy in the Marines. The Navy provides the priests. But O’Brien was indeed in the Marines in World War II. He became a priest after his discharge, and died in 2002. When I reached his sister-in-law, Jenny O’Brien, in the Dallas area, she said the family has been discussing the poem “over and over and over again” in the last few months, trying to figure out its authorship because of the attention it’s gotten. Father O’Brien was an avid forwarder of e-mails. “We’re not sure whether he did this or whether someone on an e-mail picked it up and put his name on it,” Jenny O’Brien said. “He didn’t write poems, so far as I know.”

Karl Rove’s son

March 13, 2007

According to a congressman’s wife who attended a Republican women’s luncheon yesterday, Karl Rove explained the rationale behind the president’s amnesty/open-borders proposal this way: “I don’t want my 17-year-old son to have to pick tomatoes or make beds in Las Vegas.”

There should be no need to explain why this is an obscene statement coming from a leader in the party that promotes the virtues of hard work, thrift, and sobriety, a party whose demi-god actually split fence rails as a young man, a party where “respectable Republican cloth coat” once actually meant something.

Wal-Mart versus “union leaders”

December 17, 2006

Here are some quotes from
I wanted to save them here for historical purposes.

What’s At Stake

Working families choose to shop at their neighborhood Wal-Mart stores to save money, save time and to get everything they need in one convenient place. And associates choose to work at Wal-Mart because it offers good wages, solid benefits and a chance at a career. But some union leaders in Washington, D.C. don’t want working families to benefit from Wal-Mart. These union leaders want to tell us — America’s working families — where to shop and work.

The attack campaign waged on Wal-Mart by union leaders has one central goal: to unionize Wal-Mart’s workforce. Though they claim to want to help Wal-Mart become a better company, organizing the company’s 1.3 million U.S. associates, and collecting the millions of dollars in dues that would come along with such organization, is the sole motivation of these critics. That’s why they’re going after this company. With tens of millions of dollars at their disposal, they are determined to waste member dues to attack Wal-Mart. And they’re doing so while thousands of union jobs are disappearing and while union members shop at Wal-Mart in large numbers to save money. That’s wrong.

Despite this barrage of criticism, working families everywhere know what the unions won’t acknowledge: Wal-Mart is good for America’s working families. Working families continue to shop at Wal-Mart and line up by the thousands for jobs at Wal-Mart stores because Wal-Mart continues to save working families money and provide good jobs with competitive pay and affordable health care. It really is time for the union leaders to let working families decide where to shop and work.

Wal-Mart also brings much-needed jobs to America’s communities, affordable health care to American families, and generous donations to charities across the country.

Peres on terrorism

November 18, 2006

“It’s illogical to send a plane worth $100 million against a suicidal terrorist.”

-Shimon Peres

The Seven-fold path of the Blackness

November 18, 2006

“The Seven-fold path of the Blackness is to Think Black, Talk Black, Act Black, Create Black, Buy Black, Vote Black, and Live Black.”

-Dr. Maulana Karenga