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Issue Date:  September 24, 2004

Quotable & Notable

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-- The number of books covering political topics on The New York Times best-seller list for nonfiction. In 2000, the Times list had one political title.

“People are excited. They’ve been waiting for this for a long time, and we have been preparing.”

-- Spokesperson for assault rifle maker ArmaLite before the Sept. 13 expiration of the 1994 assault weapon ban. Some manufacturers were offering new gun buyers coupons for accessories, such as high capacity magazines and flash suppressers.

“The focus of the U.N. has been to discuss issues between nations, whereas a lot of the conflict in the world today is between nations and people who feel they are commanded by God to shoot children and blow up buses.”

-- Jack Danforth, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who is trying to create a forum for religious leaders to resolve world conflicts

“Americans … have a better understanding of the seriousness of this threat.”

-- Russian defense minister Sergei Ivanov who says the U.S. administration has been more receptive than European officials to his assertion that Russia has “the right” to preemptive strikes against militant bases on foreign soil

“Restroom germs not only cause disease but also have learned to band together and form large, hostile organisms that walk among us undetected disguised as producers of ‘reality’ television.”

-- Humorist Dave Barry

National Catholic Reporter, September 24, 2004

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