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    Posted: 13-Jan-2007 at 19:19
This thread has been created for AE folk to post excerpts that they thought outstanding, for whatever reason (comedic, informative etc.), from something that they have read, based on any subject/topic. Include the title and a link or reference to the article, book, journal, website etc. in the format that I have used below.
 
Please don't discuss the merits of other people's chosen excerpts, and, the submissions should not be more than 5 paragraphs (ideally).
 
OK, I'll start of with this:
 
Quote With respect to Iran, one House member told Seymour Hersh, "There’s no pressure from Congress" to avoid military action. "The only political pressure is from the guys who want to do it." The coming war is an imperative of Empire, not just Republican extremism or the compulsion of Christian fascists courting Armageddon.
In fact, an attack on Iran is straight out of the Democrat’s playbook.
Stephen Zunes, Middle East Editor for Foreign Policy in Focus, remarked on the Democratic Party’s 2004 platform:

One possible target for American forces under a Kerry administration is Iran. The platform implies an American right to such military intervention by stating that "a nuclear-armed Iran is an unacceptable risk to us and our allies." No concern is expressed, however, about the already-existing nuclear arsenals of Iran’s neighbor Pakistan or of nearby Israel. Iran has called for a nuclear-free zone in the region, which the Democrats appear to reject, apparently because it would require America’s regional allies to get rid of their nuclear arsenals as well. The Democrats, like the Republicans, believe that instead of pushing for multilateral and verifiable arms control treaties, the United States can effectively impose a kind of nuclear apartheid, unilaterally determining which countries can have nuclear weapons and which countries cannot.

Get that: Iran has called for a nuclear free Middle East and the Democrats and Republicans alike have rejected that call.
From Lieberman to Obama to Clinton to Kerry to Harman to Bayh to Dean, the story is the same. Robert Dreyfuss writes that "just as the Democrats meekly got in line to support the invasion of Iraq, many (perhaps most) elected Democrats are demanding a confrontation with Iran, too. Some, such as Hillary Clinton, are even trying to out-Bush the president in demanding a showdown with Iran."

The Democrat’s position paper on "defense," "Real Security: Protecting America and Restoring Our Leadership in the World", says Democrats will "roll back the nuclear threats of Iran and North Korea." The document, gangster style, literally states that Democrats in power would make "an offer Iran cannot refuse" adding, "Iran should understand the existential threat of military response…"
 
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Quote from Clint Eastwood's character in the film, "UNFORGIVEN":

"We all got it comin', kid!"Nuke
 
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"First of all,a barbarian is the one who believes in barbarity."

Claude Levi-Strauss.
"There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. "
--- Joseph Alexandrovitch Brodsky, 1991, Russian-American poet, b. St. Petersburg and exiled 1972 (1940-1996)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Zagros Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18-Jan-2007 at 17:35
In their conservative, Christian, evangelical eschatology, Jesus Christ is supposed to ride down from heaven in some sort of golden chariot or something with angels blaring trumpets. There will be a "rapture" of the faithful, and they will be whisked up to the heavens to sit next to Christ's throne where, presumably, Pat Boone or somebody like him will lead a sing-along of "Onward Christian Soldier." Jews need not apply; the unbelievers will be "Left Behind." Condi Rice, John Bolton, General Boykin, Ted Haggard, and the rest of them can hold hands and greet Armageddon together. It will be a loving tribute to the "intelligent design" of a "creator" who would never hurt a stem cell but is willing to blast the whole planet to bits. [The music swells, a slow dissolve, roll credits.]
 
 
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Allah is the Creator of all human beings. Allah is the God for the Christians, the Jews, the Muslims, the Buddhists, the Hindus, the atheists, and others.
 
 
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See you later, Alligator
 
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"If sex and creativity are often seen by dictators as subversive activities, it's because they lead to the knowledge that you own your own body (and with it your own voice), and that's the most revolutionary insight of all."

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"I know some people,who know some people, that robbed some people"

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"There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. "
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bella detesta matribus

war are the dreads of mothers
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"It is good that war is so dreadful, or else we might grow too fond of it."~General Lee during the American Civil War.
"Dai Ichi Dai Man Dai Kichi"
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Don't be too superstitious it will only bring up missfortune.

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"Nothing is what rocks dream about"

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"Evolution has been observed. It's just that it hasn't been observed while it's happening."

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Divide and conquer
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Disgraced Celebrity Big Brother star Jade Goody is to be executed in the Baghdad jail where Saddam Hussain was hanged.
Channel Four and the reality TV show’s producers Endemol have responded to public criticism of Jade’s alleged racism with a surprise one-off revenge special. Goody is to be handed over to the Iraqi security forces for public execution and fans of Big Brother will be able to watch the execution live, as it is broadcast via a mobile phone.

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Comedy gold:
 
Quote Personality transplants are still rare and involve incredibly complex brain and heart surgery. Even if a suitable donor can be found there are dangers that the transplanted personality may reject its new body, which is thought to be a serious possibility in Michael Winner’s case.
 
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"Nothing is what rocks dream about"

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let slip the dogs of war
 
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