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

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Quotes of the Morning: Always Look On the Bright Side

“Tens of thousands marched through the streets of two Shiite holy cities Monday to mark the fourth anniversary of Baghdad’s fall.
The rally was called for by powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who commands an enormous following among Iraq’s majority Shiites and has close allies in the Shiite-dominated government.
A day earlier, the renegade cleric issued a statement ordering his militiamen to redouble their battle to oust American forces and argued that Iraq’s army and police should join him in defeating ‘your archenemy.’”
-Associated Press, April 9, 2007

“Some things in life are bad,

They can really make you mad,
Other things just make you swear and curse,
When you're chewing life's gristle,
Don't grumble,
Give a whistle
And this'll help things turn out for the best.
And...
-“Always Look On the Bright Side of Life”, Monty Python

“A huge anti-American protest swept two cities in Iraq today, but White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe told reporters this only underscores how much ‘progress’ the U.S. is making in that country.

Four years since the fall of Baghad, Iraq ‘is now a place where people can freely gather and express their opinions, and that was something they could not do under Saddam.’ Johndrove said, traveling with President Bush to Arizona.
He also noted that Moktada al-Sahr had called for ‘massive protests-- I'm not sure that we 've seen that, those numbers materialize.’
But the Associated Press reported this afternoon: ‘Tens of thousands of Shiites -- a sea of women in black abayas and men waving Iraqi flags -- marched from Kufa to Najaf on Monday, demanding U.S. forces leave their country on the fourth anniversary of fall of Baghdad. Streets in the capital were silent and empty under a hastily imposed 24-hour driving ban. ‘Demonstrators ripped apart American flags and tromped across a Stars and Stripes rug flung on the road between the two holy cities for the huge march.’
Johndroe also said: ‘While we have much more progress ahead of us -- the United States, the coalition and Iraqis have much more to do -- this is a country that has come a long way from the tyranny of Saddam Hussein.’”
-Editor and Publisher, April 9, 2007


“Always look on the bright side of life.
Always look on the light side of life.”
-“Always Look On the Bright Side of Life”, Monty Python


“The insurgency in Iraq is ‘in the last throes,’ Vice President Dick Cheney says, and he predicts that the fighting will end before the Bush administration leaves office.”
-CNN, May 31, 2005

“If life seems jolly rotten,

There's something you've forgotten,
And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing.
When you're feeling in the dumps,
Don't be silly chumps.
Just purse your lips and whistle.
That's the thing.
And...”
-“Always Look On the Bright Side of Life”, Monty Python


“One year after Vice President Dick Cheney predicted that the Iraqi insurgency was in its ‘last throes,’ the United States military said it had had to reassign 1,500 troops from Kuwait to Anbar Province.”
-New York Times, May 31, 2006

“President George W. Bush will lay out his new policy for Iraq in a prime-time speech Wednesday that is expected to call for a temporary troop increase but also establish a series of goals that the Iraqi government will be expected to meet to ease sectarian tensions and stabilize the country politically and economically.
A senior administration official said the president is expected to call for a temporary increase of up to 20,000 troops, for spending of up to $1 billion to help create jobs and boost the Iraqi economy, and possibly for new Middle East diplomacy. It was unclear whether Bush would say anything about how long the new troops, and the more than 132,000 troops already there, might stay.”
-International Herald Tribune, January 8, 2007

“The Pentagon is considering a plan to extend the tours of duty for up to 15,000 U.S. troops serving in Iraq, a defense official said Monday.
The idea is among options being considered in response to a request in the last couple of weeks by Gen. David Petraeus, U.S. commander in Iraq, said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the idea has not been approved.
Because Petraeus believes the troop increase President Bush announced in January has produced some momentum in fighting violence in Iraq, Petraeus wants to maintain troops at that level past the summer, the official said.”
-Associated Press, April 9, 2007

“President Bush said Tuesday his decision to send more troops to Baghdad is yielding ‘gradual but important’ progress in Iraq. He portrayed himself as steadfast while Democrats squabble over strategy.”
-Associated Press, March 6, 2007


“Always look on the bright side of life.
Always look on the right side of life.”
-“Always Look On the Bright Side of Life”, Monty Python


“Freedom's untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things.”
-Donald Rumsfeld, April 11, 2003

“For life is quite absurd

And death's the final word.
You must always face the curtain with a bow.
Forget about your sin.
Give the audience a grin.
Enjoy it. It's your last chance, anyhow.
So,...”
-“Always Look On the Bright Side of Life”, Monty Python

“A year ago, I did give the speech from the carrier, saying that we had achieved an important objective, that we'd accomplished a mission, which was the removal of Saddam Hussein. And as a
result, there are no longer torture chambers or rape rooms or mass graves in Iraq."
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, April 30, 2004


“Always look on the bright side of death,
Just before you draw your terminal breath.”
-“Always Look On the Bright Side of Life”, Monty Python


“Until Saddam's execution Saturday, most Sunnis sympathized with militants but avoided taking a direct role in the sectarian conflict -- despite attacks by Shiite militia that have killed thousands of Sunnis or driven them from their homes. The current Sunni protests, which appear to be building, could signal a spreading militancy.

Sunnis were not only outraged by Saddam's hurried execution, just four days after an appeals court upheld his conviction and sentence. Many were also incensed by the unruly scene in the execution chamber, captured on video, in which Saddam was taunted with chants of ‘Muqtada, Muqtada, Muqtada.’
The chants referred to Muqtada al-Sadr, a firebrand Shiite cleric who runs one of Iraq's most violent religious militias. He is a major power behind the government of Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.”
-Associated Press, January 1, 2007

“I think the Iraq government will be up to the task of defeating the insurgents. I think they dealt the insurgents -- I think the Iraqi people dealt the insurgents a serious blow when they -- when we had the elections.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, May 31, 2005


“Life's a piece of shit,
When you look at it.
Life's a laugh and death's a joke it's true.
You'll see it's all a show.
Keep 'em laughing as you go.
Just remember that the last laugh is on you.
And...”
-“Always Look On the Bright Side of Life”, Monty Python

“I am confident in our plan for victory ... I am confident in the will of the Iraqi people ... I am confident in the skill and spirit of our military. Fellow citizens, we are in this fight to win, and we are winning.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, January 31, 2006


“Always look on the bright side of life.
Always look on the right side of life.”
-“Always Look On the Bright Side of Life”, Monty Python

“PELLEY: Do you think you owe the Iraqi people an apology for not doing a better job? DUBYA: That we didn't do a better job or they didn't do a better job?

PELLEY: Well, that the United States did not do a better job in providing security after the invasion.
DUBYA: Not at all. I am proud of the efforts we did. We liberated that country from a tyrant. I think the Iraqi people owe the American people a huge debt of gratitude, and I believe most Iraqis express that. I mean, the people understand that we've endured great sacrifice to help them. That's the problem here in America. They wonder whether or not there is a gratitude level that's significant enough in Iraq.
-Interview with George ‘Dubya’ Bush, January 12, 2007


“Always look on the bright side of life!
Always look on the bright side of life!
Always look on the bright side of life!
Always look on the bright side of life!
Always look on the bright side of life!
Always look on the bright side of life!
Always look on the bright side of life!
Always look on the bright side of life!”
-“Always Look On the Bright Side of Life”, Monty Python

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