Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "The Mormon Olympics," Feb. 16, 2002

You can only afford decadence when there's affluence.... When a crisis like this happens, it reminds you that you can't afford to be just frivolous your entire life.

Singer-songwriter Jewel, arguing that people are looking for "substance" in music after the 9/11 attacks.

You cannot condemn al-Qaeda and hug Hamas.

National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, in a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference on foreign leaders who may want to remain cozy with some terrorist groups. "There is no such thing as a good terrorist and a bad terrorist," she said.

Well, they could have left off 'Indivisible' instead.

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Sara Lattie, of Dubuque, Iowa, on Dr Pepper's new patriotic can that features the Pledge of Allegiance, only without the phrase "under God." She says she called Dr Pepper/Seven Up Inc. about the omission, and an official told her that the can didn't have enough space for the entire pledge.

I learned more applicable life skills in cut, load, and stack than in all of my classes.

Marc Barringer, a student at Texas A&M University, on the school's decision not to revive its traditional annual bonfire. University officials had suspended the 90-year-old tradition after the 59-foot-high stack of logs used to build the bonfire collapsed on Nov. 18, 1999, killing 12 students and injuring 27.

Here we are honoring a man for his contribution to the education of our kids, but if you read his lyrics he is talking about promiscuous sex, crystal meth, snorting cocaine.

Missouri State Rep. Charles Portwood, objecting to an event last week at the Missouri Capitol in which Gov. Bob Holden and some lawmakers honored St. Louis rapper Nelly and his group, the St. Lunatics. Members of the group have promised to play basketball with students at high schools that increase participation in standardized tests.


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