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Quotables

Issue: "Walk the Talk," Nov. 15, 1997

I used to think that Barney was a lovable character, but now I think he's just the biggest bully on the block.

TED GIANNOULAS, a/k/a The Famous San Diego Chicken sports mascot, after being served a federal lawsuit by attorneys representing the company holding the rights to the children's television character Barney the purple dinosaur. Mr. Giannoulas is accused of copyright infringement for an act involving a mock Barney character that the chicken performed at professional basketball and baseball games. The lawsuit complains, "Specifically, Giannoulas would punch, flip, stand on, and otherwise assault the putative 'Barney.'" Lawyers for the real Barney want $100,000 for each time the chicken performed the skit.

I regret my lack of honesty.

U.S. District Judge JAMES WARE, President Clinton's nominee to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, on his withdrawal from consideration. Judge Ware admitted fabricating a story that he was the brother of a black teenager shot to death in 1963 after a church bombing in Birmingham, Ala., an event he called "a defining experience, a turning point in my life." The judge, who was appointed to the federal bench by President Bush, admitted his lie after The Birmingham News found Virgil Ware's real brother, also named James, who said, "I couldn't believe a judge would do something like that, being a man of the law."

We horse around a little bit. There are some animal sounds we make occasionally.

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Lawyer GARY JEWEL, admitting a key contention of his angry former law partner George Rich, who is suing Mr. Jewel for "intentional infliction of emotional distress" for oinking like a pig, braying like a mule, and yelling like a hyena during business hours in the office. Mr. Jewel says he and his two assistants did nothing out of line.

I am extremely troubled that at a time when teen-age drug abuse is doubling ... a television show of the caliber of Murphy Brown would portray marijuana as medicine.... [T]he show sends the message to our children that marijuana must be OK because it's medicine.

Drug Enforcement Administrator THOMAS CONSTANTINE, criticizing the CBS sitcom for having the title character smoke pot to relieve nausea brought on by chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer. Marc Flanigan, executive producer of Murphy Brown, responded: "We had no political agenda. We are not advocating the medical use of marijuana."

I hate these people-everybody hates these people. This is a big problem from a moral, ethical, and social point of view.

BRAD WEBER, executive vice president of Interactive Telecom Network, an access provider for pornographic Internet sites. Mr. Weber complains in The New York Times's Cyberweek about Web site publishers who provide stolen passwords for free access to subscription-only porno sites.

I am extremely troubled that at a time when teen-age drug abuse is doubling ... a television show of the caliber of Murphy Brown would portray marijuana as medicine.... [T]he show sends the message to our children that marijuana must be OK because it's medicine.

Drug Enforcement Administrator THOMAS CONSTANTINE, criticizing the CBS sitcom for having the title character smoke pot to relieve nausea brought on by chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer. Marc Flanigan, executive producer of Murphy Brown, responded: "We had no political agenda. We are not advocating the medical use of marijuana."

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