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Four Color Politics

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

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: Seeming Orderly

“Let me say a few words about important values we must demonstrate while all of us serve in government. First, we must always maintain the highest ethical standards. We must always ask ourselves not only what is legal, but what is right. There is no goal of government worth accomplishing if it cannot be accomplished with integrity.
Second, I want us to set an example of humility. As you work for the federal government there is no excuse for arrogance, and there’s never a reason to show disrespect for others. A new tone in Washington must begin with decency and fairness. I want everyone who represents our government to be known for these values.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, October 15, 2001

“Amen sir, and that is why I was so happy to see Tom Delay step down as head of the House. There are just too many scandals involving him to keep him in that position. I’m sure that the Republicans have another qualified individual to step up and lead the new moral revolution that Newt spoke of in the House.”

“Blunt, R-Mo., wrote at least three letters helpful to Abramoff clients while collecting money from them. He swapped donations between his and DeLay's political groups, ultimately enriching the Missouri political campaign of his son Matt.

And Blunt's wife and another son, Andrew, lobby for many of the same companies that donate to the lawmaker's political efforts.
Blunt's main competitor for the House majority leader's post is Rep. John Boehner R-Ohio, chairman of the House committee that oversees education and labor.
Boehner in 1996 admitted he distributed a tobacco political action committee's campaign checks on the House floor, but said at the time he would never do it again.”
-Associated Press, January 11, 2006

“Hey, in Boehner’s defense (heh.. I said Boehner) that was, like, 10 years ago. He’s changed, just like Alito did from 15 years ago when he said that Roe v. Wade should be overturned. Long time ago. No need to think about it. We should focus on current events, not ancient history”

“A judge on Tuesday ordered two British men to stand trial on charges of leaking a government memo in which President Bush reportedly suggested to British Prime Minister Tony Blair bombing the headquarters of the Arab satellite news channel Al-Jazeera.”
-Associated Press, January 10, 2006

“And in our current events are a couple of people in England who are being accused of leaking a British memo stating that Dubya wanted to bomb an Arabic news channel.”

“White House spokesman Scott McClellan called the newspaper's claims ‘outlandish and inconceivable.’ Blair has said he had no information about any proposed U.S. action against Al-Jazeera.”
-Associated Press, January 10, 2006

“Luckily the story is ‘outlandish and inconceivable’, so it can’t possibly be true. I guess that the trial isn’t really happening after all, since you can’t leak a memo that doesn’t really exist. I wonder why then it still seems to be happening?”

“Dictatorships seem orderly -- when one man makes all the decisions, there is no need for negotiation or compromise.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, January 10, 2006


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