Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "Pilgrims' progress," Nov. 28, 1998

I don't have the ability anymore to practice medicine. I have a law degree that I cannot use. I've suffered humiliation.

Barbara Battalino, a former Veteran's Administration psychiatrist prosecuted by the Clinton Justice Department for lying about sex in a civil lawsuit. She plea bargained to six months of home detention. Ms. Battalino discussed her feelings about President Clinton on NBC's Today. One hundred fifteen people sit in federal prison today for the crime of perjury.

The normal rules of journalism don't apply in hip-hop ... because there's a greater threat of violence.

Jesse Washington, editor in chief of Blaze magazine, after he was kicked and beaten by a rap producer because a photograph in the publication revealed the producer as the Madd Rapper. Mr. Washington was treated and released from the hospital.

I.R. Smith

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Payee on an altered taxpayer's check to the IRS. The General Accounting Office issued a report last week charging that IRS employees embezzled $5.3 million from 1995 to 1997. An unidentified IRS official commenting on the report said, "We are aware that there are instances where people embezzle or clone checks, but we don't think it is widespread."

He's not a pervert. This was not his personal collection. He was in it for the money.

Loren Weiss, attorney for Raymond McArthur-Jones, providing an alternate explanation for her client's guilt in a child pornography case. Mr. McArthur-Jones was sentenced last week in Salt Lake City to 23 months in prison for hiding images of children on his adult pornography Web site.

I told them I couldn't compound the lie that black fathers don't care about their children. I was proud of the family life I was able to introduce to television.

Esther Rolle, explaining her insistence that the family in the Norman Lear television show Good Times be headed by a man rather than a single mother. Ms. Rolle died last week at 78.


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