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Issue Date:  February 17, 2006

Quotable & Notable

“I’ve been stripped. … These were the women who were there when I first started, and who kind of took me in. And they’re leaving me.”

-- Actress Cicely Tyson at the funeral of Coretta Scott King recited a list of names of recently departed, including King, Shirley Chisholm and Rosa Parks

Making varsity, with a ball that has holes in it

-- Headline on a New York Times story about bowling being the fastest-growing high school varsity sport

“People were still raving about the food.”

-- Morou Ouattara, chef of the now-defunct Washington restaurant Signatures. The eatery’s client base was from Capitol Hill and they stopped coming amid revelations that owner Jack Abramoff used it for free meals and fancy fundraisers to sway lawmakers.

It gives “a whole new meaning to the term ‘women and children first.’ ”

-- Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., reacting to Bush administration plans to eliminate the $255 Social Security death benefit and take monthly survivor payments away from 16- and 17-year-old high school dropouts

“I want to suggest to you today that you see the flow of effective foreign assistance as tithing.”

-- U2 frontman Bono urging President Bush and U.S. lawmakers to boost aid to the world’s poor by $25 billion. Bono was a featured preacher at the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.

“I will avoid the movie like a slug avoids an overturned saltshaker.”

-- Tim Wilkins, founder and director of Cross Ministry, an organization that believes gays can leave homosexuality, commenting on the film “Brokeback Mountain”

National Catholic Reporter, February 17, 2006

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