Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "Beyond bread and circuses," Aug. 15, 1998

Forget money laundering. Now it's just laundering.

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, on the unsavory media stories about President Clinton, Monica Lewinsky, and the navy blue cocktail dress FBI crime lab technicians examined last week.

When you take religion out of the schools, other things take its place.... It gives a signal that religion is not important.

Jackson, Miss., district superintendent Bill Dodson, in a speech to 200 educators, stressing the importance of Christian student clubs in the public schools. Mr. Dodson said that without them, cultlike groups arise to take their place; he was referring to the Kroth group with which Pearl (Miss.) High School student murderer Luke Woodham was associated.

This is someone who had a bad time with pigeons at some point and is taking it out on them now.

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Alex Brash, chief of the Urban Park Rangers of New York City, on the serial pigeon killer who laces bird food with pesticide so lethal that some victims die before they're even finished swallowing.

If you build a boat, it must stay afloat.

O.J. Simpson lawyer Johnnie Cochran, in a mock trial of Harland and Wolff, manufacturer of the Titanic, under current U.S. liability laws. Mr. Cochran won the mock trial and $1.5 million in "damages" for his client, an actress who played the part of a Titanic victim's widow. The fictional widow said she also planned a sex discrimination suit against the ship's operator, White Star Line, because of its women-and-children-first policy.

Obviously if I had any control over what I did I wouldn't even have gotten on the airplane.

Thomas Kasper, after being sentenced last week to three years in prison for assaulting a flight attendant with hot coffee and threatening to "[take] this plane down" because he was refused a first-class upgrade. Testimony in his trial contended he was a manic-depressive who could not control himself. The judge, Dickran Tevrizian, didn't buy it and in sentencing Mr. Kasper said he had to consider "the deterrent factor."


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