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Issue: "The rise of localism," March 12, 2011

"He thinks you're fools."

The Atlantic Blogger Andrew Sullivan to "all those under 30 who worked so hard to get this man elected" after President Obama submitted a budget blueprint to Congress that failed to address the country's debt problems. "Either the U.S. will go into default because of Obama's cowardice, or you will be paying far far more for far far less because this president has no courage when it counts."

"What is Toronto?????"

The IBM computer Watson's response to the Final Jeopardy clue: "Its largest airport is named for a World War II hero; its second largest for a World War II battle." The computer's incorrect answer, which drew guffaws, didn't stop Watson from defeating past Jeopardy! stars Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. The correct answer is Chicago.

"As you watch the region, remember not to watch the demonstrators. Watch the men with the guns."

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Analysis of "Revolution and the Muslim World" by the global intelligence firm Stratfor. "The problem with revolutions," the report noted, "is that the people who start them rarely finish them. The idealist democrats around Alexander Kerensky in Russia were not the ones who finished the revolution. The thuggish Bolsheviks did."

"Christians are like bed bugs, who hide under the guise of so-called missionary work, and drink the blood of the innocent vulnerable people, and bed bugs should be killed or else they will continue drinking blood."

Unidentified speaker at a Hindu nationalist event held last month in Madhya Pradesh, India, and attended by an estimated 2 million. Volunteers distributed literature in the region calling on Christians to convert to Hinduism, and in some cases forcing them to sign declarations of their intent to do that.

"Well, she delegates a lot. That's what executives are supposed to do-delegate."

Former president of an Annandale, Va., civic association Mark Crawford, whose dog Beatha Lee was recently elected as the new president. Crawford put his dog's name on the ballot because he had served the maximum number of consecutive terms.


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