Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "War inside the red zone," April 12, 2003

This animal is formidable.

Steve O'Shea, research fellow with the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, on a 330-pound, 16-foot-long squid caught last week by Antarctic fishermen. The squid, which had eyes as big as dinner plates, was a young female. Mr. O'Shea said this type of squid grows much larger in adulthood.

I just want them to move to Oklahoma.

Houston Astros outfielder Lance Berkman, on the Dixie Chicks, whose lead singer Natalie Maines provoked controversy last month by telling a European audience that she was ashamed that President Bush is from Texas.

It was like the liberation of Paris.

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Army Lt. Col. Chris Hughes, on the reaction from civilians in Najaf, Iraq, last week after U.S. forces began taking control of parts of the city from Iraqi paramilitary fighters. Saddam Hussein had heavily persecuted the Shiite population of Najaf, considered the third-holiest city in the world by Shiite Muslims. Residents cheered U.S. soldiers and warned them away from minefields.

I'm bored.

Jo Hamlet, acting mayor of Mount Sterling, Iowa, population 40, giving an honest explanation about why he has proposed making lying a crime. "We're going to beat it around," he said. "You never know with the City Council around here what's going to happen."


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