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

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Quotes of the Morning: Safety in Numbers

“Virginia Tech became the scene of the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history — one that left 33 people dead, at least 15 others injured and some shaken students questioning whether school officials could have done more to stop the carnage.”
-USA Today, April 18, 2007

“The shootings at the Virginia Tech campus were a terrible, terrible tragedy, and I do not want to make light of them at all, but some of the coverage has been a little.. extreme.”

"It is an act of evil on a scale that we've never seen in this country before."
-ABC on the Virginia Tech shootings, April 16, 2007

“Really? I seem to remember that 9/11 was a little bit of competition. You know, thousands dead.. That kind of thing. It was big in the news at the time. Maybe this kind of thing is shocking because we don’t hear about it a lot. America is a pretty darn safe place to be overall. When life is safe the shocks seem much worse.”

“At a news conference shortly after their outing, McCain, a Republican, and his three congressional colleagues described Shorja as a safe, bustling place full of hopeful and warmly welcoming Iraqis – ‘like a normal outdoor market in Indiana in the summertime,’ offered Representative Mike Pence, Republican of Indiana, who was a member of the delegation.”
-New York Times, April 3, 2007

“Huh.. I guess Iraq is just as safe as the United States. Let’s look at how their week has been going.”

“The latest massacre of Iraqi children came as 21 Shia market workers were ambushed, bound and shot dead north of the capital.
The victims came from the Baghdad market visited the previous day by John McCain, the US presidential candidate, who said that an American security plan in the capital was starting to show signs of progress.”
-London Times, April 3, 2007

“Hey… Wrong week! We’re trying to compare this week here to there.”

“Police in Ramadi uncovered 17 decomposing corpses buried beneath two schoolyards in a district that until recently was under the control of al-Qaida fighters. At least 85 people were killed or found dead across the country Tuesday.”
-Associated Press, April 17, 2007

“Not fair. You can’t compare the murders in an entire country to the Virginia Tech shootings. If you looked at the entire U.S. there might have been 85 murders the other day. No comparing apples to oranges.”

“In a sign that Shiite death squads are on the move again after more than two months of quiescence, 25 bodies, most tortured, were found dumped in Baghdad on Tuesday.”
-Associated Press, April 17, 2007

“Ok, so that is just one city, but still, that is only 25 people tortured and murdered. Not as big a deal as Virginia Tech.”

“Six bombs exploded in predominantly Shiite Muslim sections of the capital Sunday, killing at least 45 people in a renewal of sectarian carnage that set back the U.S. push to pacify Baghdad.”
-Associated Press, April 16, 2007

“Six bombs! That isn’t the same as a single shooter at all, and that was across the city. To be fair you would have to look at a single incident.”

“And in the holy Shiite city of Karbala, health officials raised the toll from a bombing Saturday close to one of the sect's most sacred shrines, saying 47 people were killed and 224 wounded.”
-Associated Press, April 16, 2007

“Ok.. You might have a point. Still, Virginia Tech was probably the worst thing to ever happen at a University.”

“Bombings and shootings in Baghdad on Tuesday killed 107 people and wounded more than 285, most of them in neighborhoods where the militia of a powerful anti-American Shiite cleric holds sway.
A suicide bomber and a car bomb killed at least 70 people and wounded 170 more at entrances to a once-prestigious university in Baghdad. “
-CNN, January 17, 2007

“This isn’t to make light of the tragedy in Virginia. No one should ever have to go through what the survivors and the families of the victims are going through. This is just to point out that what happened there is happening just about every single day in Iraq, a country with about a tenth of the population of the U.S., and there we set it all in motion.”


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