Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "Summer Travel 2001," May 12, 2001

This is not like losing one's hair or not liking one's nose.

San Francisco city supervisor Mark Leno, arguing that the city's new policy of paying for employees' sex-change operations will not be used frivolously. The measure offering benefits to male city workers who want to become women and female city workers who want to become men passed the board 9-2 April 30 and awaits the signature of Mayor Willie Brown, who has said he supports it.

That's a pretty big change for your wife of many years to tell you. That's a shock.

CNN founder Ted Turner, in an interview with The New Yorker on Jane Fonda's telling him that she had become a Christian. Mr. Turner told the magazine his wife's newfound faith had played a role in the couple's pending divorce. The billionaire media titan, who says he became an atheist after his sister died, recently derided CNN employees as "Jesus freaks" after noticing that some had ashes smeared on their foreheads following an Ash Wednesday service. He subsequently apologized.

Please know that I will continue to defend both a woman's right to choose and the protection of women in our society.

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Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), who says he mistakenly voted in favor of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act-which makes it a federal crime to kill or injure an unborn child during the commission of a crime against a pregnant woman. Abortion-industry lobbyists were mystified by the reliably pro-abortion congressman's vote on the measure, which despite its specific exemption of abortionists who deliberately kill unborn children was a litmus-test vote for the "pro-choice" side. A spokesman for the 31-year House veteran explained that his boss's vote was inadvertent, possibly caused by putting the voting card in the wrong slot.

Our job was as players, last time I remember.

Phoenix Suns guard-forward Mario Elie, unhappy that he was required to appear in area malls to help sell tickets after the team failed to sell out home playoff games. "Suddenly," cracked St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Jeff Gordon, "basketball was too much like a real job."


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