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Four Color Politics

Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Quotes of the Morning: Democracy Marches On!

“Phil: What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?

Ralph: That about sums it up for me.”
-Groundhog Day

“Let it never be said that I won’t admit when I’m wrong. When Bush wanted to invade Iraq to show that he was serious about Democracy, I doubted. Well, I doubt no more. Yesterday multiparty democracy came to Nepal.”

“For the second time in three years, Nepal's king has dismissed the government and declared a state of emergency, plunging the conflict-plagued Himalayan nation into further crisis.
Professing himself a champion of multiparty democracy, King Gyanendra announced on state-run television today that he had sacked the country's multiparty government, including the same prime minister he had dismissed in October 2002, then later reinstated. He said he would form a new government under his ‘chairmanship.’”
-New York Times, February 1, 2005

“Nepal! N-E-P-A-L! Viva Nepal! Viva Nepal!”
-Eddie Murphy, The Golden Child

“See, the king overthrew the government... again… because he supports democracy. He had to burn the village to save it apparently. I think that his devotion to democracy shows that he can be as strong an ally to the United States as our good friend Pakistan is. Sniff.. It makes you proud doesn’t it? There’s good news in other places too..”

“United States officials were surprised and heartened today at the size of turnout in South Vietnam's presidential election despite a Vietcong terrorist campaign to disrupt the voting.
According to reports from Saigon, 83 per cent of the 5.85 million registered voters cast their ballots yesterday. Many of them risked reprisals threatened by the Vietcong.
The size of the popular vote and the inability of the Vietcong to destroy the election machinery were the two salient facts in a preliminary assessment of the nation election based on the incomplete returns reaching here.”
-New York Times, September 4, 1967

“Oops.. A second mistake. That was Vietnam in 1967. My bad.”

“I was in the Virgin Islands once. I met a girl. We ate lobster and drank pina coladas. At sunset we made love like sea otters. That was a pretty good day. Why couldn't I get that day over and over and over?...”
-Phil Connors (Bill Murray), Groundhog Day


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