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Collecting Crazy, Hatefilled and Lunatic Liberal Quotes!
Us ^ | 12/28/2003 | by Laz

Posted on 12/28/2003 7:54:14 AM PST by Lazamataz

I have a project. I'm collecting the most outrageous, lunatic, and hatefilled liberal quotes available.

We all know the left has been losing it lately. Let's document it.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bds; gaffe; quotes; saddamfreude
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1 posted on 12/28/2003 7:54:14 AM PST by Lazamataz
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To: Admin Moderator
Typo in the title: Hatefilledm = Hatefilled,

Could you do the honors?
2 posted on 12/28/2003 7:55:29 AM PST by Lazamataz (I slam, you slam, we all slam, for Islam!)
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To: Lazamataz
This FR link has many quotes:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1047624/posts
3 posted on 12/28/2003 7:59:21 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Lazamataz
Lately, just about every time Howie opens his mouth you'll get a perfect specimen of hate.
4 posted on 12/28/2003 8:00:40 AM PST by EggsAckley (......................... IT'S NOT MY FAULT ! ! ! ...................................)
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To: Lazamataz
You're gonna need a bigger hard drive...
5 posted on 12/28/2003 8:00:43 AM PST by dirtboy (New Ben and Jerry's flavor - Howard Dean Swirl - no ice cream, just fruit at bottom)
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To: Lazamataz
Julianne Malveaux on Clarence Thomas:

"I hope his wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter and he dies early like many black men do, of heart disease. "

6 posted on 12/28/2003 8:03:02 AM PST by tacticalogic (Controlled application of force is the sincerest form of communication.)
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To: Lazamataz

"Bush has f*cked up the war in Iraq."

7 posted on 12/28/2003 8:03:27 AM PST by Joe 6-pack
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To: Peach
The few that were in there have been extracted already.
8 posted on 12/28/2003 8:03:27 AM PST by Lazamataz (I slam, you slam, we all slam, for Islam!)
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To: Lazamataz
Any Harold Pinter quote. There was one when Bush visited GB recently where Pinter wanted Bush to wash down his cucumber sandwiches with a glass of blood.

I think the thread was titled, "Dear Mr. President"...

9 posted on 12/28/2003 8:03:35 AM PST by sauropod ("If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.")
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To: Joe 6-pack
Was that a geniune Kerry quote?
10 posted on 12/28/2003 8:04:24 AM PST by Lazamataz (I slam, you slam, we all slam, for Islam!)
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To: Lazamataz
Kerry in Rolling Stone magazine, I believe.
11 posted on 12/28/2003 8:06:16 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Lazamataz

12 posted on 12/28/2003 8:06:47 AM PST by Lazamataz (I slam, you slam, we all slam, for Islam!)
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To: Lazamataz
If this source is to be believed...
13 posted on 12/28/2003 8:06:50 AM PST by Joe 6-pack
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To: Lazamataz
Happy hunting at Saddamfreude Watch.
14 posted on 12/28/2003 8:08:05 AM PST by dighton
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To: Lazamataz
http://www.mediaresearch.org/notablequotables/bestof/2002/welcome.asp

Scroll down.
15 posted on 12/28/2003 8:08:59 AM PST by Ex-Dem (>>>--------------->)
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To: dighton
Can I task you with pulling quotes from that source? Representatives and candidates get first priority, but news anchors/reporters/commentators and celebrities are also okay.
16 posted on 12/28/2003 8:10:23 AM PST by Lazamataz (I slam, you slam, we all slam, for Islam!)
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To: Lazamataz
And more here.

http://www.mediaresearch.org/notablequotables/bestof/2003/
17 posted on 12/28/2003 8:10:43 AM PST by Ex-Dem (>>>--------------->)
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To: Lazamataz
Here's a treasure trove of quotes, some good, some completely insane from this year: QUOTES OF 2003

My personal favorite is this one, because it shows the true nature of the left:
• "I had a horrible feeling in my stomach when I saw that Hussein had been captured." -- poster at Democratic Underground

18 posted on 12/28/2003 8:11:55 AM PST by ABG(anybody but Gore) (...And second prize goes to Kenny, for his Edward James Olmos impersonation!)
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To: Lazamataz
This is a good idea Laz!
Didn't hillary say "What did Bush know & when did he know it?" Implying he knew about 9/11 before hand.
19 posted on 12/28/2003 8:11:56 AM PST by Ditter
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"Democracy is being practised in Zimbabwe."

Jacob Zuma, Vice-President of South Africa.

Quoted after Mugabe's re-election in 2002.

20 posted on 12/28/2003 8:12:14 AM PST by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: Ditter
I'm not sure, but Hillary Clinton *did* say: "The invasion of Afganistan by Russia was a good thing, in that it raised the level of Women's rights there"
21 posted on 12/28/2003 8:19:15 AM PST by Lazamataz (I slam, you slam, we all slam, for Islam!)
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To: Lazamataz
Q. Your comment about wishing for "a million Mogadishus" has attracted the most attention. I read your letter in the "Columbia Daily Spectator," which gave some more context, but I have to confess I don't see how the context changes the meaning of that statement.

A. I was referring to what Mogadishu symbolizes politically. The U.S. invasion of Somalia was humiliated in an excruciating way by the Somali people. And Mogadishu was the premier symbol of that. What I was really emphasizing in the larger context of my comments was the question of Vietnam and that historical lesson. ... What I was intent to emphasize was that the importance of Vietnam is that it was a defeat for the U.S. war machine and a victory for the cause of human self-determination.

Q. I'm a little hazy on the rhetorical connection between Mogadishu and Vietnam.

A. The analogy between Mogadishu and Vietnam is that they were defeats for U.S. imperialism and U.S. military action against people in poor countries that had none of the sophisticated technology or weaponry that the U.S. was able to mobilize against them. The analogy between Mogadishu and Iraq is simply that there was an invasion of Somalia and there was an invasion of Iraq.

Q. Just so we're clear: Do you welcome or wish for the deaths of American soldiers?

A. No, precisely not. That's one of the reasons I am against the war. I am against the war because people like George Bush and his war cabinet are invested in needlessly wasting the lives of people who have absolutely no interest in perpetrating this war and should not be there. And any responsibility for the loss of their lives will rest in the hands of the warmakers on the side of the U.S.


22 posted on 12/28/2003 8:19:22 AM PST by Joe 6-pack
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To: All
Every 100 posts (if this thread goes slowly) or 250 posts (if it goes quickly) I will recompile and repost the bullet list of quotes.

I need other freepers to do some significant 'legwork' because I have a slow dialup connection.

23 posted on 12/28/2003 8:21:15 AM PST by Lazamataz (I slam, you slam, we all slam, for Islam!)
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To: Joe 6-pack
Excellent. There are a few choice ones in there.
24 posted on 12/28/2003 8:22:35 AM PST by Lazamataz (I slam, you slam, we all slam, for Islam!)
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To: Lazamataz
Dean told his fellow democrats to "Remember that George Bush is the enemy" during a debate and right in the middle of a war.
25 posted on 12/28/2003 8:22:45 AM PST by KC_Conspirator (This space for rent)
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To: Lazamataz
One of my all time favorites was by former Assemblyman Dick Floyd of Wilmington, California:

"Let's cut this sanctity of marriage crap and get down to what it is that people really feel and do."

26 posted on 12/28/2003 8:24:48 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (Fighting for Freedom and Having Fun)
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To: Joe 6-pack
how about one from carol mostly bombed...... something about bush's troops in Iraq are renegades
27 posted on 12/28/2003 8:24:53 AM PST by Kewlhand`tek
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To: KC_Conspirator
Ted (Chappy) Kennedy:

"There was no imminent threat. This was made up in Texas, announced in January to the Republican leadership that war was going to take place and was going to be good politically. This whole thing was a fraud."

Source: http://www2.bostonherald.com/news/opinion/...edt09202003.htm
28 posted on 12/28/2003 8:24:56 AM PST by LisaMalia (Buckeye Fan since birth!!)
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To: Lazamataz
"I inform the proud Muslim people of the world that the author of the Satanic Verses book which is against Islam, the Prophet and the Koran, and all involved in its publication who were aware of its content, are sentenced to death."

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
FATWA issued February, 1989

29 posted on 12/28/2003 8:26:15 AM PST by Joe 6-pack
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To: Lazamataz
How about satan-worshipping, demon-spawned Muslims?
30 posted on 12/28/2003 8:26:31 AM PST by stuartcr
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To: stuartcr
See my #29....
31 posted on 12/28/2003 8:28:01 AM PST by Joe 6-pack
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To: Lazamataz
Do you want to me to actually post all the quotes from that site?
32 posted on 12/28/2003 8:28:07 AM PST by Ex-Dem (>>>--------------->)
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To: Lazamataz
Check out that Wellstone "Memorial Service" from a few months back. A goldmine! Especially the part where Trent Lott got booed off the premises.


33 posted on 12/28/2003 8:28:44 AM PST by martin_fierro (Holder of an M.A. Degree in The Obvious)
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To: Lazamataz
In honor of the great Lazamataz:

“If she had lived, Mary Jo Kopechne would be 62 years old. Through his tireless work as a legislator, Edward Kennedy would have brought comfort to her in her old age.”

– Charles Pierce in a January 5, 2003 Boston Globe Magazine article. Kopechne drowned while trapped in Kennedy’s submerged car off Chappaquiddick Island in July 1969, an accident Kennedy did not report for several hours.

34 posted on 12/28/2003 8:32:54 AM PST by FormerACLUmember (A person is only as big as the dream they dare to live.)
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To: Lazamataz
This can't be your whole list is it?

You got the classics by Babs, Asner and Moore right?

Here's a famous, 2002 Asner quote:

"I feel that George Bush's actions are desecrating the America that I grew up in and believed in. He is making us an imperialist government. He is choosing to replace heads of state and government he doesn't like."

Deeply Saddened Daschle, March 2003:

"I'm saddened, saddened that this president failed so miserably at diplomacy that we're now forced to war."

35 posted on 12/28/2003 8:33:23 AM PST by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions = Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: Lazamataz
While chatting about Saddam with NBC's Pentagon correspondent, Jim Miklaszewski, Katie Couric states:

"So, they haven't been able to confirm reports he was taken to Tikrit, and then Mosul, and then hopefully to Syria.

36 posted on 12/28/2003 8:37:39 AM PST by LisaMalia (Buckeye Fan since birth!!)
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To: Ditter
"Didn't hillary say 'What did Bush know & when did he know it?' Implying he knew about 9/11 before hand"

Yes. Hillary said it on the Senate floor in early 2002.

Democrats are the party of shadow projection.

37 posted on 12/28/2003 8:40:08 AM PST by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions = Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: Lazamataz
"If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier...just as long as I'm the dictator..."

--Washington, DC, Dec 18, 2000

38 posted on 12/28/2003 8:41:41 AM PST by WhiteGuy (Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press...)
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To: Ex-Dem
Do you want to me to actually post all the quotes from that site

The best ones, if you could. I have a horrible slow dialup connection.

40 posted on 12/28/2003 8:42:03 AM PST by Lazamataz (I slam, you slam, we all slam, for Islam!)
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To: Lazamataz
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3351915.stm

"I don't know where those words come from but that is not what (ISG chief) David Kay has said," he [Bremer] said.

"I have read his reports so I don't know who said that.

"It sounds like a bit of a red herring to me. It sounds like someone who doesn't agree with the policy sets up a red herring then knocks it down."

The soon to be ousted, crypto-lib Paul Bremer, carelessly discounting Tony Blair's reporting of the truth about the massive weapons programs and hidden caches of WMD we've found in Iraq.

41 posted on 12/28/2003 8:43:07 AM PST by IndyGOPer (Bremer a liberal termite chewing the timbers? Fire him now!)
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To: Lazamataz
Once we had statesmen to match any other civilized country. Patriotic, educated, aware, steeped in history, phlosophy, political science, military affairs.

Now we have an intellectual reign of terror, a rabble with wild hair, wild speech, hysterical rhetoric, because we are now all equal. No longer does a statesman need to know intimately what happened before he himself was born. And we must pretend that the most irrational, outrageous and ignorant statements imagineable have equal value as the distillations of wisdom that are the result of a lifetime of study and effort. We now are expected to react to the basest instincts of man, all in the name of compassion and understanding. The new Dark Ages.

Now we have Hilary, Kerry, the Kennedy idiot child, Dean, and egalitarian abortions like McKinney, Murray, Sharpton. I won't even deem so-called journalists the court jesters of mindless socialism as worthy of mention, even as a footnote. As for certifiable idiots in film, theater and entertainment, they can be dismissed as the ravings of the town idiots, albeit some with wealth, but devoid of anything else of value.

Let's just deal with it and go on. Or allow things to fall apart and start over.

42 posted on 12/28/2003 8:43:51 AM PST by Publius6961 (40% of Californians are as dumb as a sack of rocks.)
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To: Lazamataz
I've been collecting some notables on my FreepPage since the 'Rats debates started...


43 posted on 12/28/2003 8:43:54 AM PST by CounterCounterCulture
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To: Lazamataz
At least two of these critters would resent the name liberal. Lie down with dogs . . .

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“Sunday's capture of Saddam Hussein made it a great day — a great day for empty rhetoric and meaningless posturing by politicians and journalists.”

Harry Browne.

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“The war in Iraq is more the result of America’s agenda than Hussein’s. The violence in Iraq (multiple bombings since Hussein’s capture) is a result of Washington’s terrible miscalculations. The threat from terrorism (Pakistan’s leader nearly assassinated) has been made worse by Bush policies. The structure of American alliances has been needlessly undermined (hence James Baker’s mission). America’s extreme belligerence is imitated elsewhere (Sharon’s faith in ‘overwhelming force’), making the world far more dangerous. These issues must not be blotted out in the glare of the media celebration of Saddam Hussein’s capture. That he was caught in a hole, obviously unrelated to the guerrilla resistance, is a turning point in nothing that matters now: not in restoring order to Iraq, not in rebuilding structures of international law, not in thwarting terrorism, not in stemming the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, not in reconciling the West and the world of Islam.”

James Carroll.

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“I kind of feel the terrorists have won by making me write this, since it ought to be obvious to any idiot, but yes, I’m quite pleased that a monstrous mass murderer (though a former ally to Messrs. Reagan, Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld) will be brought to justice and will not be able to threaten anyone ever again. However, just as obviously, it does little to justify what remains a dishonest, self-destructive, hubristic adventure that continues to undermine our security and the stability of the region with each passing day, but there it is.”

-- Eric Alterman.

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“Was the capture of Saddam Hussein a major victory for the United States? It was certainly a victory in the extended Iraq war. It was a victory for President Bush over the man who plotted to kill his father. It was a victory for the U.S. military and its intelligence service -- especially for the lieutenant and the corporal who figured out how to find him. It was a victory for the Republican Party’s plan to keep a stranglehold on American politics. But was it, as the president told us, a victory in the ‘war on terrorism’?”

“Despite the media hoopla and the White House spin doctors, it was not.”

-- Andrew Greeley.

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“So Saddam Hussein, who hasn’t broken any American laws, will stand trial under the supervision of President Bush, who has pretty much shelved the U.S. Constitution.”

-- Joe Sobran.

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See links and more at Saddamfreude Watch.

44 posted on 12/28/2003 8:44:30 AM PST by dighton
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To: WhiteGuy
Haha. I saw that quote and he was grinning from ear to ear. It was clearly a joke.

I suppose you're going to quote Reagans "The bombs fly in 10 minutes" next.

45 posted on 12/28/2003 8:46:40 AM PST by Lazamataz (I slam, you slam, we all slam, for Islam!)
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To: dighton
Thanks pal! You're a trooper.
46 posted on 12/28/2003 8:48:26 AM PST by Lazamataz (I slam, you slam, we all slam, for Islam!)
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To: Lazamataz
This Wesley Clark quote needs to be thrown back in his face:

"And I'm very glad we've got the great team in office, men like Colin Powell, Don Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice... people I know very well - our president George W. Bush. We need them there." - Clark in remarks delivered at the Pulaski County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner in Little Rock, Arkansas on May 11, 2001 [drudge]

47 posted on 12/28/2003 8:48:40 AM PST by LisaMalia (Buckeye Fan since birth!!)
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To: Lazamataz
Here ya go. Assorted liberal media bias/idiot newsies/Dem brownnosing/etc quotes. http://www.mediaresearch.org
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“Attorney General John Ashcroft has earned himself a remarkable distinction as the Torquemada of American law. Tomas de Torquemada...was largely responsible for... [the] torture and the burning of heretics – Muslims in particular. Now, of course, I am not accusing the Attorney General of pulling out anyone’s fingernails or burning people at the stake (at least I don’t know of any such cases). But one does get the sense these days that the old Spaniard’s spirit is comfortably at home in Ashcroft’s Department of Justice.”
– Former CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite in his syndicated column published in the September 22 Philadelphia Inquirer.

Former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan: “I think the media and the Democratic Party spent the 1990s saying, ‘None of this matters. You can do anything to women. We’ll beat ‘em up, we’ll put private eyes on them....’”
Time columnist Joe Klein: “Wait a second!...You can beat ‘em up?”
Noonan: “As a matter of fact Bill Clinton was literally charged with that. He was charged with worse things than, than Arnold [Schwarzenegger].”
Klein: “He was charged with those things by lunatics. He was never legally charged with that.”
Noonan: “Whoa! He was charged by Juanita Broaddrick. I don’t think that it’s fair to call her a lunatic.”
Klein: “That? Yes, I do think that she was an extremist.”
– Exchange on the Oct. 12 Chris Matthews Show.

National Public Radio correspondent Nina Totenberg: “Now they’ve got this guy [General Jerry Boykin], who’s head of the intelligence section in the Defense Department, who’s being quoted as telling various groups, while he’s in uniform, that this [war] is a Christian crusade against Muslims....I mean, this is terrible, this is seriously bad stuff....I hope he’s not long for this world.”
Host Gordon Peterson: “You putting a hit out on this guy or what?...What is this, The Sopranos?”
Totenberg: “No, no, no....In his job, in his job, in his job, please, please, in his job.”
– Exchange on Inside Washington, October 18.

Diane Sawyer: “I read this morning that he’s [Saddam Hussein] also said the love that the Iraqis have for him is so much greater than anything Americans feel for their President because he’s been loved for 35 years, he says, the whole 35 years.”
Dan Harris in Baghdad: “He is one to point out quite frequently that he is part of a historical trend in this country of restoring Iraq to its greatness, its historical greatness. He points out frequently that he was elected with a hundred percent margin recently.”
– ABC’s Good Morning America, March 7.

“I want to speak to you today about war and empire.... We are embarking on an occupation that, if history is any guide, will be as damaging to our souls as it will be to our prestige and power and security....We have forfeited the goodwill, the empathy the world felt for us after 9/11, we have folded in on ourselves....We are far less secure today than we were before we bumbled into Iraq. We will pay for this, but what saddens me most is that those who will by and large pay the highest price are poor kids from Mississippi or Alabama or Texas who could not get a decent job or health insurance and joined the army because it was all we offered them.”
– New York Times reporter Chris Hedges in a May 17 commencement address at Rockford College in Illinois, as quoted by the Rockford Register Star. The graduates booed Hedges off the stage.

“In the past several weeks, your policy on Iraq has generated opposition from the governments of France, Russia, China, Germany, Turkey, the Arab League, and many other countries; opened a rift at NATO and at the UN; and drawn millions of ordinary citizens around the world into the streets in anti-war protests. May I ask what went wrong that so many governments and peoples around the world now not only disagree with you very strongly, but see the U.S. under your leadership as an arrogant power?”
– ABC White House correspondent Terry Moran to President Bush at a prime-time press conference, March 6.

Lesley Stahl: “The Powell Doctrine in military terms is that you throw a massive force, if you’re going to go to war, make it huge. There are now criticisms, we’re beginning to hear, that this force isn’t massive enough.”
Colin Powell: “It’s nonsense....The United States armed forces, with our coalition partners – the British, principally, and the Australians – have gone 300 miles deep into Iraq in a period of five days. That is a heck of an achievement.”
Stahl: “Yeah, but our, the rear is exposed.”
Powell: “It’s not. Exposed to what? Exposed to small-“
Stahl: “Exposed to Fedayeen, exposed-“
Powell: “Fine. So? We’ll get them in due course....”
Stahl: “Are you saying you’re not worried or concerned about guerilla warfare?”
Powell: “Of course we are and that, and we’re trained to handle this....They’re not threatening the advance.”
Stahl: “But you can’t get your supplies, well you can’t-“
Powell: “Who says?”
Stahl: “-can’t get the humanitarian-“
Powell: “Who says?”
Stahl: “-well you can’t get the humanitarian aid in there.”
Powell: “Only because the minefields haven’t been cleared at the port of Umm Qasr....The situation will change rapidly.”
– Exchange on CBS’s 48 Hours, March 25, the 6th day of the war.

“We should change our attitude toward the United Nations. There has to be some power in the world superior to our own....We should not have attacked Iraq without the okay of the United Nations....Now we have to live with that mistake. We’re living with it, and too many of our guys are dying with it.”
– CBS’s Andy Rooney in what correspondent Mike Wallace billed as a “serious” commentary at the conclusion of the October 12 60 Minutes.

“You became First Lady like no other First Lady before you. You had your own interests, you got involved in public policy. No First Lady had done that without being severely criticized. Did you realize what you were getting into?”
“I don’t think people realize how strong your faith is.”
– Barbara Walters to Hillary Clinton in a June 8 ABC special promoting her book, Living History.

“Senator Hillary Clinton is at Ground Zero this morning to attend the September 11th anniversary ceremony, and she joins us now. Good morning, Senator Clinton....You’ve fought so much for the heroes of 9/11. You have sought money for firefighters, you’ve taken the EPA to task for toning down their report on air quality at Ground Zero. Has enough been done for the heroes, the people who fought so bravely on that day?”
– CBS’s Hannah Storm to New York Senator Hillary Clinton on The Early Show, September 11.

“This week we were surprised to see several hundred artists and writers walking through the streets of Baghdad to say thank you to Saddam Hussein. He had just increased their monthly financial support. Cynical, you could argue at this particular time, but the state has always supported the arts, and some of the most creative people in the Arab world have always been Iraqis. And whatever they think about Saddam Hussein in the privacy of their homes, on this occasion they were praising his defense of the homeland in the face of American threats.”
– ABC’s Peter Jennings in Baghdad, concluding the January 21 World News Tonight.

“By the way, ‘No blood for oil,’ from many people who are opposed to the war is, is not complicated at all. They believe the United States wishes to occupy Iraq in the long term to have the oil. Just so we understand why they wear those little buttons, ‘No blood for oil.’”
– Jennings on World News Tonight, March 20.

“Saddam Hussein may have been, or may be, a vain man, but he has allowed himself to be sculpted heavy and thin, overweight and in shape, in every imaginable costume – both national, in historic terms, in Iraqi historic terms – in contemporary, in every imaginable uniform, on every noble horse. The sculpting of Saddam Hussein, which has been a growth industry for 20 years, may well be a dying art.”
– Jennings during ABC’s live coverage at about 10:45am EDT on April 9, shortly before U.S. Marines helped cheering Iraqis topple their former dictator’s statue.

“The size of the demonstrators, at least here, at least in Europe, seems to underscore, Chris, that there are now perhaps two world superpowers. There’s the United States and then there are those millions of people who took to the streets opposing U.S. policy.”
– MSNBC’s David Shuster to Hardball host Chris Matthews, February 17.

Left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore: “What happened to the search for Osama bin Laden?...You don’t think they [the U.S. government] know where he is?”
Bob Costas (astonished): “You think they know where Osama bin Laden is and it’s hands off?”
Moore: “Absolutely, absolutely.”
Costas: “Why?”
Moore: “Because he’s funded by their friends in Saudi Arabia! He’s back living with his sponsors, his benefactors. Do you think that Osama bin Laden planned 9/11 from a cave in Afghanistan? I can’t get a cell signal from here to Queens! I mean, come on, let’s get real about this. The guy has been on dialysis for two years. He’s got failing kidneys....I think the United States, I think our government knows where he is and I don’t think we’re going to be capturing him or killing him any time soon.”
– Exchange on HBO’s On the Record with Bob Costas, May 9.

“The lie that brought us into war was that Iraq was a threat to us....It was an attempt at a corporate takeover. This was about oil. It wasn’t about human rights. It’s not about human rights....It is the Bush/Cheney cartel’s fault....Team Bush is more radically corrupt than Richard Nixon ever tried to be....It is, in fact, a conspiracy of the 43rd Reich.”
– Left-wing activist/comedienne Janeane Garofalo on CNN’s Crossfire August 20, halfway through her week as the show’s guest co-host.

“Being a man, I’ve got to say that we’ve got this guy in the White House who thinks he is a man, you know, who projects himself as a man because he has a certain masculinity, and he’s a good old boy, and he used to drink, and he knows how to shoot a gun and how to drive a pickup truck, et cetera, like that. That’s not the definition of a man, God dammit!”
– Actor Ed Harris speaking at a January 21 NARAL Pro-Choice America banquet televised on C-SPAN.

Craig Kilborn: “Use the words ‘compassionate’ and ‘conservative’ in the same sentence while being neither ironic nor scornful.”
Actor/activist Tim Robbins: “That’s a tough one. Neither ironic nor scornful?”
Kilborn: “Yeah.”
Robbins: “Alright. F*** compassionate conservatives!”
– Exchange in “5 Questions” segment on CBS’s Late Late Show, October 30. CBS bleeped the F-word.

Carole Simpson: “Even though the U.S. spends twice as much per person as any other developed country on health care, the U.S. is the only developed country that fails to provide universal coverage for all its citizens....”
Medical Editor Tim Johnson: “We have a country that wants to believe it is the best in everything, but until all of us embrace the idea that health care should be a right, not a privilege, our system cannot be glibly described as, quote, ‘the best in the world.’”
– ABC’s World News Tonight/Sunday, October 19.

“I decided to put on my flag pin tonight – first time. Until now I haven’t thought it necessary to display a little metallic icon of patriotism for everyone to see....I put it on to take it back. The flag’s been hijacked and turned into a logo – the trademark of a monopoly on patriotism....
“When I see flags sprouting on official lapels, I think of the time in China when I saw Mao’s Little Red Book on every official’s desk, omnipresent and unread. But more galling than anything are all those moralistic ideologues in Washington sporting the flag in their lapels while writing books and running Web sites and publishing magazines attacking dissenters as un-American....I put this on as a modest riposte to men with flags in their lapels who shoot missiles from the safety of Washington think tanks, or argue that sacrifice is good as long as they don’t have to make it....I put it on to remind myself that not every patriot thinks we should do to the people of Baghdad what bin Laden did to us.”
– Bill Moyers on PBS’s Now, February 28.

“The failure of Democratic politicians and public thinkers to respond to popular discontents...allowed a resurgent conservatism to convert public concern and hostility into a crusade to resurrect social Darwinism as a moral philosophy, multinational corporations as a governing class, and the theology of markets as a transcendental belief system....Their stated and open aim is to change how America is governed – to strip from government all its functions except those that reward the rich and privileged benefactors....It is the most radical assault on the notion of one nation, indivisible, that has occurred in our lifetime. I’ll be frank with you: I simply don’t understand it – or the malice in which it is steeped....And I don’t know how to reconfigure democratic politics to fit into an age of sound bites and polling dominated by a media oligarchy whose corporate journalists are neutered and whose right-wing publicists have no shame.”
– Moyers in a June 4 speech at a conference sponsored by the Campaign for America’s Future, according to a text version posted on commondreams.org.

“It’s the richest Americans – the top one percent – who get the lion’s share of the tax cuts, people like Secretary of the Treasury John Snow, [and] Vice President Dick Cheney....Eleven million children in families with incomes roughly between $10,000 and $26,000 a year will not be getting the check that was supposed to be in the mail this summer. Eleven million children punished for being poor, even as the rich are rewarded for being rich.”
– Moyers on his PBS newsmagazine Now, May 30.

“To many New Yorkers, the scenes of a city under siege were achingly familiar. New Yorkers watching the televised bombing of Baghdad yesterday said they were riveted by the raw and uninterrupted display of American military might. But for some, the bombing brought back particularly visceral and chilling memories. They could not help thinking about Sept. 11, and how New York, too, was once under assault from the skies.”
– New York Times reporter David Chen in a March 22 news story headlined “Baghdad Bombing Brings Back Memories of 9/11.”

“I’d say the chances are about 50-50 that humanity will be extinct or nearly extinct within 50 years. Weapons of mass destruction, disease, I mean this global warming is scaring the living daylights out of me.”
– CNN founder Ted Turner at an Associated Press Managing Editors seminar Sept. 27, according to an AP story in the September 29 Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“Once upon a time, a scientist named Galileo said the Earth was round, and the political leaders of the time said, ‘No, no, Galileo it’s flat,’ and Galileo got life under house arrest for his little theory. Today, the vast majority of scientists will tell you the Earth is getting warmer and most would agree that industry is at least in part to blame. So far nobody’s gone to jail for saying that, which doesn’t mean the idea isn’t squarely at the center of a political dust up – and not an insignificant one at that because, if the charges leveled against the White House are true, an important environmental question is being twisted or ignored for the sake of politics.”
– CNN’s Aaron Brown on NewsNight, June 19. Galileo was actually punished by the Catholic Church for saying the Earth revolves around the sun.

“If you see a whole monkfish at the market, you’ll find its massive mouth scarier than a shark’s. Apparently it sits on the bottom of the ocean, opens its Godzilla jaws and waits for poor unsuspecting fishies to swim right into it, not unlike the latest recipients of W’s capital-gains cuts.”
– Food writer Jonathan Reynolds in a July 27 New York Times Magazine article about Norway’s seafood.

“There’s an article in the Style section of the Washington Post this morning. It says you’ve logged 26 years of personal minutiae, filling 4,400 two-by-three inch notebooks, color-coded by season. An example: ‘12:17' – this is when you made the announcement – ‘Ascend stage, stumble, regain balance; 12:18: Applause, ‘Where the Streets Have No Name,’ plays (U2); 12:19: Clap, wave; 12:20: Adjust tie (red, white stripes); 12:21: Double thumbs up; 12:22: Sing along with National Anthem, right hand on heart.’ What, what do you do this for?!”
– Katie Couric to Senator Bob Graham on Today, May 7, apparently unaware the article she quoted from was a spoof of the presidential candidate’s diary.

Bob Schieffer: “I’ve seen some estimates that it may cost up to $50 billion to fix this. Who’s going to pay that?”
Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham: “....ratepayers, obviously, will pay the bill because they’re the ones who benefit....”
Schieffer: “Wait, wait, wait. Let’s back up. Ratepayers – that means people who pay in their electric bills. So you’re saying the customers are going to have to pay for this?...Excuse me for asking, but, I mean, aren’t the companies going to have to bear some of this cost?”
– Exchange on CBS’s Face the Nation, August 17.

“Is your SUV a weapon of terrorism? Some people think so. They’re taking out ads to tell you why.”
“Coming up in our next half-hour, is your SUV a weapon of mass destruction?”
– Substitute Today co-host Lester Holt plugging a story on claims buying oil aids terrorism, Dec. 17, 2002.

“What would you advise the United States to do today to fight al-Qaeda?...What would be the wise course for the United States to follow now in Iraq?”
– George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week, Aug. 3, interviewing Libyan dictator Moammar Qaddafi, sponsor of anti-American terrorist attacks in the 1980s.

“What must it be like to live in Rush Limbaugh’s world? A world where when anyone other than conservative, white men attempts to do anything or enter any profession, be it business, politics, art or sports, the only reason they’re allowed entry or, incredibly, attain excellence is because the standard was lowered. Be they liberals, people of color, women, the poor or anyone with an accent.... Edgy, controversial, brilliant. What a way to shake up intelligent sports commentary. Hitler would have killed in talk radio. He was edgy, too.”
– CBS Sunday Morning contributor Nancy Giles on October 5.

“Rush Limbaugh has been more than a bit unkind to me more than once. He’s also been unkind to Al Franken, who in turn has been unkind to him. He’s taken shots at Michael Wolff, New York magazine’s media critic and Michael is hardly the retiring sort. So, here we all are, Al, Michael, and me, and the subject is Rush – made worse, no doubt, by the permanent smirk that seems to be attached to my face.”
– CNN’s Aaron Brown on the October 10 NewsNight after Limbaugh announced he was seeking treatment for an addiction to prescription pain medicine.

“Derrick Jackson, who’s a columnist for the Boston Globe, Tim, back in July when ESPN hired Rush Limbaugh, he wrote a column about some of the comments that Mr. Limbaugh has made in the past. In the 1970s, according to this column, Limbaugh told an African-American caller, ‘take that bone out of your nose and call me back.’ He goes on to say Limbaugh has always had crime and black people on the brain. He once said, ‘have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?’...Given the fact that Rush Limbaugh has made these kind of inflammatory comments in the past, was it appropriate for ESPN to hire him in this capacity?”
– NBC’s Katie Couric to Tim Russert on the October 2 Today. Couric did not identify Jackson as a left-wing columnist or note that his source was a book published by a far-left group more than 10 years ago.

CBS’s Lesley Stahl: “Today you have broadcast journalists who are avowedly conservative....The voices that are being heard in broadcast media today, are far more – the ones who are being heard – are far more likely to be on the right and avowedly so, and therefore, more – almost stridently so, than what you’re talking about.”
Host Cal Thomas: “Can you name a conservative journalist at CBS News?”
Stahl: “I don’t know of anybody’s political bias at CBS News....We try very hard to get any opinion that we have out of our stories, and most of our stories are balanced.”
– Exchange on Fox News Channel’s After Hours with Cal Thomas, January 18.

“I don’t think anybody who looks carefully at us thinks that we are a left-wing or a right-wing organization.”
– Peter Jennings, as quoted by USA Today’s Peter Johnson in a September 9 article on Jennings’ 20 years as sole anchor of ABC’s World News Tonight.

“I think the press was muzzled, and I think the press self-muzzled. I’m sorry to say, but certainly television and, perhaps, to a certain extent, my station was intimidated by the administration and its foot soldiers at Fox News. And it did, in fact, put a climate of fear and self-censorship, in my view, in terms of the kind of broadcast work we did....The entire body politic...did not ask enough questions, for instance, about weapons of mass destruction. I mean, it looks like this was disinformation at the highest levels.”
– CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on CNBC’s Topic A with Tina Brown, September 10.

“It took conservatives a lot of hard and steady work to push the media rightward. It dishonors that work to continue to presume that – except for a few liberal columnists – there is any such thing as the big liberal media. The media world now includes (1) talk radio, (2) cable television and (3) the traditional news sources (newspapers, newsmagazines and the old broadcast networks). Two of these three major institutions tilt well to the right, and the third is under constant pressure to avoid even the pale hint of liberalism....What it adds up to is a media heavily biased toward conservative politics and conservative politicians.”
– Former Washington Post and New York Times reporter E.J. Dionne in a Dec. 6, 2002 Washington Post op-ed.

“Within the United States, there is growing challenge to President Bush about the conduct of the war and also opposition to the war. So our reports about civilian casualties here....help those who oppose the war.
“Clearly, the American war planners misjudged the determination of the Iraqi forces....And I personally do not understand how that happened, because I’ve been here many times and in my commentaries on television I would tell the Americans about the determination of the Iraqi forces, the determination of the government, and the willingness to fight for their country. But me, and others who felt the same way, were not listened to by the Bush administration.
“Now America is re-appraising the battlefield, delaying the war, maybe a week, and re-writing the war plan. The first war plan has failed because of Iraqi resistance; now they are trying to write another war plan.”
– Then-NBC/MSNBC/National Geographic Explorer correspondent Peter Arnett’s comments on Iraq’s state-controlled television network, March 30, shown by C-SPAN.

“Our greatest accomplishment as a profession is the development since World War II of a news reporting craft that is truly non-partisan, and non-ideological, and that strives to be independent of undue commercial or governmental influence....
“It is that legacy we must protect with our diligent stewardship. To do so means we must be aware of the energetic effort that is now underway to convince our readers that we are ideologues. It is an exercise of, in disinformation, of alarming proportions, this attempt to convince the audience of the world’s most ideology-free newspapers that they’re being subjected to agenda-driven news reflecting a liberal bias. I don’t believe our viewers and readers will be, in the long-run, misled by those who advocate biased journalism.”
– Then-New York Times Executive Editor Howell Raines accepting the “George Beveridge Editor of the Year Award” at a National Press Foundation dinner shown live on C-SPAN2, February 20.
48 posted on 12/28/2003 8:48:43 AM PST by Ex-Dem (>>>--------------->)
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To: Joe 6-pack
I am a little hazy here. The torrent of inanities uttered in the last two years is overwhelming. Who was that exchange with? An attached name would be useful. Any of our current traitors could have issued that mindless compendium of stupidities.
49 posted on 12/28/2003 8:48:44 AM PST by Publius6961 (40% of Californians are as dumb as a sack of rocks.)
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To: Lazamataz
A few from Andrew Sullivan's site (his award winners for 2003):

SONTAG AWARD WINNER 2003 (for egregious moral equivalence in the war on terror) : "My anti-Americanism has become almost uncontrollable. It has possessed me, like a disease. It rises up in my throat like acid reflux, that fashionable American sickness. I now loathe the United States and what it has done to Iraq and the rest of the helpless world. I can hardly bear to see the faces of Bush and Rumsfeld, or to watch their posturing body language, or to hear their self-satisfied and incoherent platitudes. The liberal press here has done its best to make them appear ridiculous, but these two men are not funny. I was tipped into uncontainable rage by a report on Channel 4 News about "friendly fire", which included footage of what must have been one of the most horrific bombardments ever filmed. But what struck home hardest was the subsequent image, of a row of American warplanes, with grinning cartoon faces painted on their noses. Cartoon faces, with big sharp teeth. It is grotesque. It is hideous. This great and powerful nation bombs foreign cities and the people in those cities from Disneyland cartoon planes out of comic strips. This is simply not possible. And yet, there they were." - Margaret Drabble, mistaking a newspaper column for a therapist's couch, in the Daily Telegraph.

SONTAG AWARD RUNNER UP 2003: "Unelected in 2000, the Washington regime of George W Bush is now totalitarian, captured by a clique whose fanaticism and ambitions of "endless war" and "full spectrum dominance" are a matter of record. All the world knows their names: Bush, Rumsfeld, Rice, Wolfowitz, Cheney and Perle, and Powell, the false liberal. Bush's State of the Union speech last night was reminiscent of that other great moment in 1938 when Hitler called his generals together and told them: "I must have war." He then had it." - John Pilger, the Daily Mirror.

VON HOFFMAN AWARD WINNER 2003 (for egregiously bad predictions): "In Baghdad the coalition forces confront a city apparently determined on resistance. They should remember Napoleon in Moscow, Hitler in Stalingrad, the Americans in Mogadishu and the Russians at Grozny. Hostile cities have ways of making life ghastly for aggressors. They are not like countryside. They seldom capitulate, least of all when their backs are to the wall. It took two years after the American withdrawal from Vietnam for Saigon to fall to the Vietcong. Kabul was ceded to the warlords only when the Taleban drove out of town. In the desert, armies fight armies. In cities, armies fight cities. The Iraqis were not stupid. They listened to Western strategists musing about how a desert battle would be a pushover. Things would get 'difficult' only if Saddam played the cad and drew the Americans into Baghdad. Why should he do otherwise?" - Simon Jenkins, the Times of London, in an article called - yes! - "Baghdad Will Be Near Impossible to Conquer," March 28.

VON HOFFMAN AWARD RUNNER UP 2003: "Every so often in life you have to go out on a limb. So here goes: Arnold Schwarzenegger will not be the next governor of California. What's more, his loss will represent an important moment in a shift in American politics that has been in gestation for some time now -- toward a politics in which voters make decisions more on the basis of their cultural affinities than in response to a candidate's charisma or fame... And in the week he's been a candidate, Schwarzenegger's numbers sure haven't gone up. His first round of morning talk-show appearances was judged pretty awful. More recently, as the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday, there's been enough grumpiness in the Arnold camp that a fairly major shake-up has already taken place, with people like George Gorton, Schwarzenegger's chief adviser over the last couple of years, relegated to the second tier. When campaigns do that, leaks to the press from the disgruntled faction are the inevitable byproduct. And once a campaign gets a reputation as disorganized or divided, that becomes the scent the media decide to track, and the reputation becomes a difficult one to shake." - Michael Tomasky, August 13, relying on the L.A. Times for news, in the American Prospect.

BEGALA AWARD WINNER 2003 (for extreme liberal hyperbole): "I think this is a deliberate, intentional destruction of the United States of America," - Bill Moyers on the Bush administration, as quoted in the Nation.

BEGALA AWARD RUNNER UP 2003: "I feel far more vulnerable and frightened than I ever have in my 50 years on the planet. It is the United States government I am afraid of. Meanwhile, here in our great democracy, Americans go along with the program or remain silent, too afraid of the Muslim bogeymen thousands of miles away to recognize the Christian ones in our midst. Fearful that we will be verbally attacked, or shunned, or lose our livelihoods if we dare question the meanness that characterizes our government and, increasingly, defines our national character. I do not feel safer now than I did six, or 12, or 24 months ago. In fact, I feel far more vulnerable and frightened than I ever have in my 50 years on the planet. It is the United States government I am af raid of. In less than two years the Bush administration has used the attacks of 9/11 to manipulate our fear of terrorism and desire for revenge into a blank check to blatantly pursue imperialist objectives internationally and to begin the rollback of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and most of the advances of the 20th century." - Jill Nelson, MSNBC.

Qwinn
50 posted on 12/28/2003 8:49:03 AM PST by Qwinn
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