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Issue: "Power struggle," May 26, 2001

Not too bad.

14-year-old Nathaniel Brazill, to his lawyers after a West Palm Beach jury found him guilty of second-degree murder. He escaped a first-degree charge, which carries a mandatory life sentence in Florida. Nathaniel shot his English teacher in the doorway of the teacher's classroom last May 26. The shooting happened moments before the start of summer vacation and about two hours after a counselor sent Nathaniel home for throwing a water balloon.

[ACLU lawyers are] trying to dictate their ideas and morals on our community, and I don't appreciate that.

David Dobos, member of the Columbus, Ohio, school board, on an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit that seeks to ban public-school student choral groups from singing hymns.

I think you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things.

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CBS TV news personality Dan Rather, on Fox News' O'Reilly Factor, explaining why he finds Bill Clinton to be an "honest person."

I asked him the most important question, I think, that you could ask him: if he'd ever seen Caddyshack.

Jesse Ventura, governor of Minnesota and former XFL broadcast analyst, on his meeting with Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama. Gov. Ventura was referring to a 1980s comedy film in which star Bill Murray claimed he had once caddied for the Dalai Lama. Instead of receiving a tip, the Murray character said he received the assurance that on his deathbed, he'd gain "total consciousness." The Minnesota governor told a radio interviewer that he explained the film to the Dalai Lama, who then made him the same promise.

Withholding our UN dues may make us feel good, especially when we see a number of human-rights violators who went on that commission.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Conn.), saying that although he opposes a House of Representatives measure to condition payment of UN dues upon membership on the UN Human Rights Commission, he understands the sentiment. The United States was ousted from the panel on May 3 (WORLD, May 19, p. 7).


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