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Theo Boer
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Theo Boer



Issue: "Border gridlock," Aug. 9, 2014

‘Some slopes truly are slippery.’

Professor Theo Boer of Utrecht University in the Netherlands on proposals to legalize euthanasia in Britain. Once a prominent supporter of euthanasia, he now says euthanasia in the Netherlands is no longer a last resort but a normal procedure: “I was wrong—terribly wrong, in fact.”

‘We are using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the difference between his country and Hamas terrorists who are launching rockets from Palestinian territory.

‘It’s just ... ripped our guts again.’

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Greg Burrows, an Australian whose niece was killed when a Malaysian Airlines flight was shot down over Ukraine. Burrows had also lost a brother and sister-in-law in the mysterious Malaysian Airlines crash over the Indian Ocean.

‘Dear every single Republican ever, When will U learn that Barack Hussein Obama is simply smarter than U? Stand down.’

April Sands, a Federal Election Commission employee, in a 2012 tweet. Sands during work hours tweeted political statements and fundraising pleas for President Barack Obama and other Democrats during the 2012 election. The FEC inspector general sought to bring criminal charges against Sands, but her computer hard drive allegedly crashed and was recycled. Sands formerly worked under Lois Lerner, an IRS official whose computer also mysteriously crashed, erasing two years of emails when she was leading efforts to target conservative groups.

‘It’s a lie. It’s a lie. It’s a lie. I wouldn’t buy a used car from a university president.’

Economist Richard Vedder, who studies higher education finances, on claims by university administrators that they are trying to hold down costs. Said Vedder: “They’ll say, ‘We’re making moves to cut costs,’ and mention something about energy-efficient lightbulbs, and ignore the new assistant to the assistant to the associate vice provost they just hired.” A study from the American Institutes for Research found the number of administrative and professional employees at U.S. colleges and universities more than doubled between 1987 and 2012, despite much slower growth in the number of students and faculty.


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