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The Minnesota Board of Education voted to consider requiring all
students to do some "volunteer work" as a prerequisite to high school
Senator Orrin Hatch said that "capital punishment is our society's
recognition of the sanctity of human life."
According to the tax bill signed by President Reagan on December 22,
1987, Don Tyson and his sister-in-law Barbara run a "family farm." Their
"farm" has 25,000 employees and grosses $1.7 billion a year. But as a "family
farm" they get tax breaks that save them $135 million a year.
Scott L. Pickard, spokesperson for the Massachusetts Department of
Public Works, calls them "ground-mounted confirmatory route markers." You
probably call them road signs, but then you don't work in a government agency.
It's not "elderly" or "senior citizens" anymore. Now it's "chrono-
logically experienced citizens."
According to the FAA, the propeller blade didn't break off, it was
just a case of "uncontained blade liberation."
-- Quarterly Review of Doublespeak (NCTE)
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The Moral Majority is neither.
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The more control, the more that requires control.
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The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.
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The new Congressmen say they're going to turn the government around. I
hope I don't get run over again.
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The Official Colorado State Vegetable is now the "state legislator".
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The only winner in the War of 1812 was Tchaikovsky.
-- David Gerrold
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The poetry of heroism appeals irresitably to those who don't go to a war,
and even more so to those whom the war is making enormously wealthy."
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The polite thing to do has always been to address people as they wish to be
addressed, to treat them in a way they think dignified. But it is equally
important to accept and tolerate different standards of courtesy, not
expecting everyone else to adapt to one's own preferences. Only then can
we hope to restore the insult to its proper social function of expressing
-- Judith Martin, "Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly
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The politician is someone who deals in man's problems of adjustment.
To ask a politician to lead us is to ask the tail of a dog to lead the dog.
-- Buckminster Fuller