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Issue: "Brothers up in arms," Oct. 26, 2002

"The biggest news is the dawning of the black hat. The father is wearing an Izod jersey and the son looks likes he came from Lithuania."

City University professor Samuel Heilman, quoted in The New York Times concerning the resurgence of Orthodox Judaism in New York City.

"It's a lot cooler to be mentally ill than so-called normal. I'm proud to be mentally ill."

Actress Margot Kidder, speaking at a Marin County (Calif.) gathering this month.

"The government offered no explanation for how it tabulated paper ballots from remote regions across the country of 22 million people overnight."

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Associated Press report on last week's Iraqi "referendum" on whether Saddam Hussein should have seven more years in power. The official totals: Yes-11,445,638, No-0.

"I'd love to see the indignation about homicide bombers that is reserved for smokers. You smoke in this town and you're dead."

Screenwriter Dan Gordon, complaining to the Los Angeles Times that the film industry "takes stands on everything" but has a "puzzling silence" on Israel. The Times noted that Hollywood liberals have "strong misgivings" about Israel's policies concerning Palestinians.


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