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Issue: "Iraq: The image war," May 22, 2004

"What better place to do this than here, in the middle of hell?"

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Michael Fuller, on making a public profession of faith and being baptized by a Navy chaplain in a battle-scarred school building in Fallujah that had been the site of intense fighting between Marines and Iraqi insurgents. Chaplains report strong attendance at worship services in Fallujah.

"Do your patriotic duty."

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Peter Costello, treasurer of Australia, encouraging families to have more than two children. Australia, like other developed countries, faces an emerging pension crisis due in part to low birth rates. In a budget announced last week, the government promised $2,083 for every baby born after June.

"It's the cool thing to do."

Craig Gross, founder of XXXchurch.com, on a new fashion fad of wearing Jesus-related clothing, such as shirts and caps that say "Jesus is my homeboy." Madonna, Beyoncé, Pamela Anderson, and Ashton Kutcher are among the celebrities who sport such clothing.

"All our ad-libs are gone."

ABC sports broadcaster Al Michaels after players crashed into his courtside table and scattered his notes during a playoff game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers.


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