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Issue: "Postmodern politics," Sept. 12, 1998

Money is not the root of all evil-not having money is.

An advertising claim from infomercial pitchman William J. McCorkle. Turns out the Bible had it right, however. Last week Mr. McCorkle went on trial for defrauding customers of $28 million through bogus get-rich-quick schemes. He could spend up to 20 years in jail.

I was like screaming really bad, so bad they had to close the door.

California resident Patricia Tinajero, on the difficult birth of her first child. When she requested an epidural, the anesthesiologist allegedly demanded a cash payment of $400. With hundreds of similar cases under investigation, the state legislature last week passed a law forbidding medical "blackmail."

Anglers have no place next to real sportsmen like Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods, who better represent the breakfast of champions.

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Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, on why fishing champ Denny Brauer should not be featured on boxes of Wheaties. Despite PETA's argument that fishing is cruel, the new cereal boxes will debut around Oct. 1.

She would have been appalled.

Rosa Monckton, a close friend of Princess Diana, on the week-long orgy of breast-beating and fawning tributes that marked the first anniversary of Diana's death.

Where are you going to find publicly known atheists?

Freedom from Religion Foundation official Annie Laurie, scoffing at claims that newly legalized prayers at county council sessions in Knox County, Ill., would be led by people of "any faith or no faith whatsoever."

People all thought it was a macabre idea, but let's be practical.

Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano, justifying his plan to correct the state's severe shortage of human organs by paying a reward to the families of organ donors.


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