Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "Face Off," Aug. 9, 1997

We know that many people think this is an unnecessary way of taking advantage of energy.

Bo Forslund of Sweden's national organization of morticians, commenting upon a government proposal to use heat generated by crematoriums to keep some Swedish homes warm in the winter.

This baby's never going down! I feel safer already.

PHIL RUBIN of Hollywood after Glenn Sequeira, a Catholic priest, blessed his 1970 GTO in southern California's fourth annual "Blessing of the Cars." The owner of a 1955 Ford explained the importance of the blessing: "It's like some people carry a four-leaf clover, or boxers cross themselves before the bell rings. It's just a little something you can do to feel like someone's on your side."

The White House is like a subway-you have to put in coins to open the gates.

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Democratic National Committee benefactor JOHNNY CHUNG, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. Mr. Chung told the newspaper that one day before he handed a $50,000 check for the DNC to Hillary Clinton's top aide, a White House aide specifically solicited the money.

I propose we do not seek to defend or perpetuate failing schools to which we would not send our own children. We should advocate the closing and redesign of failing schools.

SANDRA FELDMAN, president of the American Federation of Teachers, in her first speech as president of the organization. She called on AFT members to advocate "drastic change" to improve public schools, but at the same time reasserted her opposition to school choice through the use of education vouchers.

Clearly if Newt Gingrich walked out with a guy with a swastika on his arm, people would have jumped all over it.

CNN's FRANK SESNO, commenting on his network's and other news media's failure to report a story embarrassing to congressional Democrats during budget negotiations. Reporters observed but failed to report that the "hard-working, average" American whom Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) trotted out to represent someone who would benefit from the White House tax proposal bore a swastika tattoo on his arm. Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz criticized the elite media-including his own paper-for not reporting the story.

We've taken back the word 'fat' the way the gay community has taken back the word 'queer.'

Sally Smith, executive director of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, which held its annual convention last week. A Reuters story on the convention said in a tongue-in-cheek lead, "The 400 conventioneers checking in Tuesday at the Cherry Hill Hilton are some of the hotel's biggest customers."


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