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Four Color Politics

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

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Quotes of the Morning

"In cases like this one, where there are serious questions and substantial doubts, our society, our laws, and our courts should have a presumption in favor of life. This presumption is especially critical for those like Terri Schiavo, who live at the mercy of others."
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, March 21, 2005

“Mr. Bush of course oversaw the implementation of the death penalty in over 150 cases while governor of Texas. The legal summaries he used to decide whether or not to grant clemency were rarely more than a page long and were filed by Alberto Gonzales. Texas under Bush had the highest execution rate in the country. To be perfectly clear.. Bush oversaw the highest number of implementations of the death penalty of any governor in the history of the United States of America.”

"Number of death sentences upheld by Texas courts since 1990 for men whose lawyers slept during their trials: 3"
-Harper’s Magazine, September 1999

“At every step in the death penalty process in Texas, a litany of grossly inadequate legal procedures fail to meet recognized minimum international standards for the protection of human rights."
-Amnesty International, 1998

"A conservative government is an organized hypocrisy."
-Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

"A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation."
-Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965)

"Nothing seems to me to be rarer today then genuine hypocrisy. I greatly suspect that this plant finds the mild atmosphere of our culture unendurable. Hypocrisy has its place in the ages of strong belief: in which even when one is compelled to exhibit a different belief one does not abandon the belief one already has."
-Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)


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