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Issue: "Weapons of mass hysteria," March 15, 2003

It burns our throats to say good things to people.

Francois Momal, research director for the Gallup Organization in Paris, on the difficulty French managers have in giving workers positive feedback.

They're acting like gamblers.

Rev. Tom Grey, executive director of the National Coalition Against Gambling Expansion, on the dozens of state governments that are considering proposals to expand gambling in order to close budget deficits. Mr. Grey notes that many states with gambling also have budget deficits.

A curse be on your mustache, you traitor.

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Izzat Ibrahim Douri, a top aide to Saddam Hussein, shouting at Kuwait's state minister for foreign affairs at an Islamic Conference meeting last week.

I can't believe that Dan Rather didn't just kill Saddam Hussein when he was interviewing him.

Former basketball star and TNT sports analyst Charles Barkley, who also suggested that Mr. Rather should have said, "Hey Saddam, let's go get something to eat," to set up an attack with a fork.

We're going to be asked to give up disposable income for Lent.

Tom Kloza, analyst at the Oil Price Information Service, on widespread predictions that the price of gasoline will continue to rise this spring. The nationwide average price for a gallon of gas last week was $1.684. The average price exceeded $2.00 in California.


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