Thursday, December 29, 2005


A newspaper in West Virginia, the Herald-Dispatch, has a list of quotes from the top ten stories from Ohio. Here are the one I think are memorable:
"From the shores of Lake Erie to the banks of the Ohio River, I want them to know that you are sorry for what you have done." -- Franklin County Municipal Judge Mark Froehlich at Gov. Bob Taft's sentencing.

"It's one of the most blatant and excessive finance schemes we have encountered." -- Noel Hillman, chief of the U.S. Department of Justice's public integrity section, on the campaign donation charges against coin dealer Tom Noe.

"Driving home (after hearing six Marines from his son's battalion were killed), turning the corner, I had in my mind this bad image of a government vehicle waiting for me to get home. It's a terrible thing wishing that it can be someone else's tragedy." -- John Dyer, whose son, Lance Cpl. Christopher Dyer, 19, was killed in a roadside bombing two days after the other six died.

"We're glad it's over. We're happy to be back in the States." -- Maj. Stephen Lawson, commanding officer of Lima Company, on returning from a six-month stretch in Iraq during which the Marines unit lost 16 members...

Here are some other quotes to ponder:

House Republican Conference Chair Deborah Pryce (R-OH):” I think what the Democrats are doing with Karl Rove is just another politically motivated part of their agenda.” (CNN’s “Wolf Blitzer Reports,” 7/13/05)

Cowards cut and run, Marines never do.” Republican Rep. Jean Schmidt (OH-2).

"Can you smell money?!?!?!" Jack Abramoff wrote. --Quoted May 1, 2005, New York Times.

"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job...," President Bush (September 2, 2005).

"I just wish George had as much courage in his entire body as Casey had in his little pinky, then he would meet with me." Cindy Sheehan, Gold Star Mother.

"I like guys who've never been there that criticize us who've been there. I like that. I like guys who got five deferments and never been there and send people to war, and then don't like to hear suggestions about what needs to be done. I resent the fact, on Veterans Day, he criticized Democrats for criticizing them." Rep. Murtha on Bush and Cheney. (

From "I AM the federal government." -Tom DeLay, to the owner of Ruth's Chris Steak House, after being told to put out his cigar because of federal government regulations banning smoking in the building, May 14, 2003"Nothing is more important in the face of a war than cutting taxes." -Tom DeLay, March 12, 2003
"She certainly seems to respond to visual stimuli." Senator Bill Frist's diagnosis of comatose Terri Schiavo from an old videotape.

On CNN's ''Larry King Live" on Monday, Vice President Dick Cheney said of the violence in Iraq, ''I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency."