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

Monday, December 18, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: The Infinite Empathy of the Decider

“In this new century, there is a great divide between those who place no value on human life, and rejoice in the suffering of others, and those who believe that every life has matchless value, and answer suffering with compassion and kindness.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, December 14, 2006

“Ah yes.. The boundless empathy of the Decider.”

“An official of the Iraqi aid group said the assailants abducted 20 to 30 employees and visitors, but left women behind. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of security concerns.

Police, however, said they did not know how many people were kidnapped at the office in Andalus square. They said the gunmen arrived at the office in five pickup trucks.”
-Associated Press, December 17, 2006

“Iraqi police said they had found around 53 bodies in Baghdad in the last 24 hours, 9 of them apparently killed execution-style.”
-Reuters, December 16, 2006

On Thursday, gunmen in military uniforms kidnapped people from a commercial area in central Baghdad, police said. The attackers drove up in about 10 sport utility vehicles and began rounding up shop owners and bystanders. Police said 50 to 70 people were abducted, but at least two dozen were later released.
-Associated Press, December 17, 2006

“Last month, gunmen in Interior Ministry commando uniforms abducted scores of men from a Higher Education Ministry office building. The Education Ministry is predominantly Sunni Arab. About half of the victims were released.”
-Associated Press, December 17, 2006

“Things are bad in Iraq! The Decider leaps into action to solve the problems and protect innocent lives!”

“I put off my speech -- actually, I was quite flexible about when I was going to give my speech, to begin with -- and one of the main reasons why is I really do want the new Secretary of Defense to have time to get to know people and hear people and be a part of this deliberation. And he will not be sworn in until next Monday. I also -- one of the interesting things about this experience is that there's a lot of ideas and a lot of opinions. And I want to make sure I hear from as many of those ideas and opinions as possible.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, December 13, 2006

“Yes, the Decider needs to get as many ideas and opinions about Iraq as possible before invading… um… I mean before fixing the situation in Iraq. This kind of thing is torture for a man as empathetic as the Decider.”

“Also in the interview, Mr. Bush acknowledged that he sometimes had to take ‘sleep aids’ when traveling abroad, though ‘I must tell you, I’m sleeping a lot better than people would assume.’”
-New York Times, December 16, 2006


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