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Quotables

Issue: "Clinton unites conservatives," Oct. 10, 1998

Who knows who's destined to do what? Only God has that answer.

New York Yankees reliever Mike Stanton, asked whether the Yanks were "destined" to win the World Series again this year.

These kids are out of control.

Fort Worth, Texas, police officer Jeff Valmores on seven 12- to 15-year-old public-school boys accused of aggressively sexually harassing girls on a bus. When the boys were confronted, they denied doing anything. Then they were shown a videotape from a bus security camera that showed scenes of the boys groping the girls and holding them down and simulating sexual acts. After the accused and their parents were shown the video, they said nothing. Officer Valmores said, "One of these little girls says every day this goes on."

Just to get the call on that day was like a wedding present from God.

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Christy Crocker, on her new husband's receiving word-during the couple's wedding reception-that a kidney donor had been found. The Crockers shared a single dance and quickly cut their wedding cake. Then he in his dinner jacket and she in her wedding gown got into a car decorated with "just married" signs for the 80-mile drive to the hospital.

The Mr. Cop role stopped right there. Too many things fell into place.

Los Angeles policeman Kelly Benitez on finding his long-lost father on a traffic stop. The officer pulled over a motorist driving with expired tags, demanded the man's license, noticed the last name, and asked if he ever knew a woman named Debra. Paul Benitez then realized the officer was his son. The two men embraced and Officer Benitez let his dad off with a warning-about renewing his plates.

The president is mentally and emotionally unstable.

Ex-presidential candidate Ross Perot, in a speech at the Reform Party's annual convention last weekend. Mr. Perot blamed President Clinton's problems on brain physiology ("the part of the brain that controls morality and honesty never got connected") and said that if Mr. Clinton "loves his country, he will go." Unofficial Clinton political assassin James Carville-who termed himself "Corporal Cueball" of the Clinton Army on last weekend's Meet the Press-said of Mr. Perot, it takes one to know one. "He's about a half a quart low, to tell you the truth," Mr. Carville said.

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