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Four Color Politics

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

Friday, January 13, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: Heck of a Good Set of Quotes

“There is an old saying that goes, ‘How could you tell he was lying? His lips were moving.’ Our current President, I think, is at least more honest that that. I would recommend though that if you hear that someone or something is a ‘heck of a’ something that you run for high ground (or simply away) as quickly as possible..”
-Skippy


“Brownie, you're doin' a heck of a job.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, September 2, 2005

“Sure, we all remember the classic from when New Orleans was drowning, but how about these?”
-Skippy


“I'm proud to be traveling with the Speaker, Denny Hastert. He's a good, solid American. And he's doing a heck of a job as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, January 6, 2006

“Former FBI translator turned whistleblower, Sibel Edmonds is now appealing her case to the U.S. Supreme Court. In March 2002, she was fired and she has been fighting now for nearly 3 years to blow the whistle on US government failures prior to 9-11. She has faced fierce opposition from the Bush administration, the FBI and some in Congress. This week, she grabbed headlines again after Vanity Fair published a major story about her. What is making news from that piece are allegations surrounding Illinois congressman and Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert.
Vanity Fair alleges that Hastert may have been the recipient of tens of thousands of dollars of secret payments from Turkish officials in exchange for political favors and information. In the article, titled ‘An Inconvenient Patriot,’ Edmonds says that she gave confidential testimony about the payments to congressional staffers, the Inspector General and members of the 9/11 Commission. Edmonds says that she heard of the payments while listening to FBI wiretaps of Turkish officials who were under surveillance by the FBI.”
-Democracy Now!, August 10, 2005

“They call that ‘fund raising’ in the House these days. Just ask Tom DeLay.”
-Skippy


“Ambassador Randy Tobias, who is the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, and has done a heck of a job.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, December 1, 2005

“Concerned Women for America (CWA), the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, praised the Bush administration for its swift efforts to begin staffing the Global AIDS Initiative, beginning with a highly qualified manager, Randy Tobias, former Eli Lilly CEO, as the first director.
‘The American people have quickly joined in support of the President’s initiative to bring hope and healing to the people of Africa,’ said Michael Schwartz, CWA’s Vice President for Government Relations. ‘The President articulated a clear, bold vision in his State of the Union address to completely overhaul the U.S. approach to the AIDS epidemic in Africa. The plan has garnered broad support because it rejects the failed, condom-based methods of the past.
‘The ‘San Francisco’ model hasn’t worked here, and our President refuses to send a proven failure to the people of Africa and the Caribbean. His compassion requires real solutions for this crisis, and he is offering true hope through the ‘Uganda model’ known by the abbreviation ‘ABC’ – A, remaining abstinent, B, being faithful to one uninfected person, and C, condoms for high-risk populations such as prostitutes. Uganda is the only country in the world to significantly lower HIV/AIDS rates, from 21 percent to 6 percent since 1991.
‘CWA applauds the Mr. Tobias for sharing the philosophies of this President and accepting the nomination to carry out this historic initiative to implement the Ugandan model. Mr. Tobias has an impressive background in business. This new position presents a new challenge in a new field of endeavor in a new location. We are confident that, sharing the President’s vision, he will bring his talents to bear in addressing the AIDS crisis in Africa. CWA looks forward to working with Mr. Tobias, as it has with the administration in passing the AIDS initiative, and to sharing the knowledge and experience of our experts on abstinence, AIDS and other significant family issues.”
-Concerned Women of America, July 7, 2003

“Yes, that would be the Concerned Women of America who recently said this..”
-Skippy


“The iconic Barbie Doll has become another tool for promoting gender confusion among children. On the Barbie Web site, www.Barbie.com, there is a poll that asks children their age and sex. The age choices are 4-8, but as Bob Knight, Director of CWA’s Culture & Family Institute, notes children are given three options for their choice of gender.”
-Concerned Women for America, December 30, 2005

“If they like Randy Tobias (who still sounds like a character on Arrested Development), then I know I don’t.. Just saying.”
-Skippy


“I want to thank Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton. Speaking about Nortons, Gale Norton is doing a heck of a good job in my Cabinet.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, September 14, 2005

“Norton's nomination has drawn heavy fire from environmental groups, including Greenpeace and the Sierra Club. In television, radio and newspaper advertisements, the groups have derided Norton as an ‘anti-environmental extremist’ who would favor logging, grazing and mining interests over land conservation.
In the early 1980s, Norton served in the Interior Department under the controversial then-Secretary James Watt, with whom she had worked earlier at the conservative Mountain States Legal Foundation.
Even some Republican groups have raised their eyebrows over Bush's choice to make Norton responsible for managing nearly half a million acres of federal lands, and enforcing laws that protect threatened and endangered species.
Through her earlier confirmation hearings, Norton called herself a ‘conservative and conservationist.’ She criticized former President Bill Clinton and former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt for issuing executive proclamations protecting millions of acres of public land, saying Western lawmakers and local residents were left out of the decision-making process.
Norton, a constitutional lawyer, is a strong backer of the concept of states' rights, and has often questioned the constitutional role of the federal government in enforcing a number of environmental and other laws, including statutes governing land use, species conservation and surface mining.”
-CNN, January 29, 2001

“Yes, that sounds like someone that Dubya would appreciate. The type who think that he has no power to protect the environment, but total power (read: dictatorial) to protect the nation.”
-Skippy


“It's good to be in old Tom Ridge's home town. He's a good friend, he's a good man, and he's doing a heck of a good job in reorganizing the Department of Homeland Security.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, September 4, 2005

Nearly three years after it was formed, the immense Department of Homeland Security remains hampered by severe management and financial problems that contributed to the flawed response to Hurricane Katrina, according to an independent audit released yesterday.
-Washington Post, December 29, 2005

“Another rousing success.”
-Skippy


“I appreciate so much Secretary Rod Paige for joining us. I like to remind people that he actually knows what he's talking about when it comes to public schools because he was a Superintendent for Public Schools in Houston, Texas. It's a pretty tough assignment, I want you to know. It's not an easy school district to govern. But he did a heck of a good job.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, September 9, 2003

“Education Secretary Rod Paige called the National Education Association a ‘terrorist organization’ Monday as he argued that the country's largest teachers union often acts at odds with the wishes of rank-and-file teachers regarding school standards and accountability.”
-CNN, February 23, 2004

“Charming.”
-Skippy


"Vice President Cheney is a great Vice President. He's done a heck of a good job for our country."
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, February 26, 2004

‘’Nuff said.”
-Stan ‘the Man’ Lee

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