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Monday, January 09, 2006


* “I think it was a hell under Saddam.”—Iraqi-Australian Hassan Janabi after interviewer George Negus had described Iraq as “a hell on earth”

* “A clear majority of the supposedly civilised French and Dutch populations have put fear and self-protection ahead of global balance ... it is tempting to wonder whether democracy is not wasted on voters.”—Melbourne University Associate Professor Judith Armstrong after voters turned against the European Union

* “It was filled with perils, indescribable perils! And we arrived at three in the morning.”—international rescuer Sheikh Taj El Din Al Hilali on his perilous journey

* “If there is one powerful family on earth whose collective ear pricks at the sound of the word oil it is the Bushes. The Bush family takes the world to war at the sniff of the word oil.”—the late Bruce Wilson

* “I really wish a newspaper, somewhere, would actually pay a crazy ‘i am left wing, hear me roar’ kind of guy.”—Jeremy Jose, evidently waking up after several decades

* “Eight million Iraqi voters have finished risking their lives to endorse freedom and defy fascism. Three things happen in rapid succession. The right cheers. The left demurs. I walk away from a long-term intimate relationship.”—Keith Thompson quits the Left

* “Newly released records show that Bush and Kerry had a virtually identical grade average at Yale University four decades ago.”—the Boston Globe

* “The Left has been almost criminally negligent in fact-checking the Right; the Right has been absolutely vigilant in fact-checking the Left.”—leftist author Jesse Larner

* “It has killed far more people than Adolph Hitler.”—George Galloway on global capitalism

* “The Sheikh has done all he can. Sheikh Taj El-Din Al-Hilaly has left Iraq.”—a spokesman for Sheikh Taj El Din Al Hilali

* “The site you have requested contains material the ABC believes may be outside the scope necessary for its business operations. If you proceed, your activity will be logged and sent to your manager for review. The ABC does not regard the material contained in this site as reasonable for personal use, and if requested, you must be able to justify that your use of this site properly relates to ABC business.”—note that appears on ABC computers when staffers attempt to access this site

* “It is not possible for anyone to understand the full text.”—Valéry Giscard d’Estaing describes the EU constitution, wisely rejected by France

* “My mission is successful.”—Sheikh Taj El Din Al Hilali on learning that Douglas Wood had been freed

* “It’s simply stupid to call The Age a work in progress. Work stops every 24 hours and a paper comes out, Mr. Jaspan. Your work in progress is like having a conversation with someone with Tourette’s syndrome.”—Gideon Haigh reviews Andrew Jaspan’s Melbourne Age

* “God bless America.”—Douglas Wood’s first words after being rescued

* “Every so often a car would blow up and we would witness bodies flying in the air.”—Sheikh Taj El Din Al Hilali on his Iraqi rescue adventure

* “The more left-wing the Westerner, the more tolerant he is of right-wing Islamic extremism.”—Victor Davis Hanson

* “Andrew Bolt, Libby Gore, Sally Loane, Julie McCrossen, Jacinta Tynan, Garry McDonald, Paul Kelly the journalist not the singer, Laurie Oakes, Derryn Hinch, Tim Blair, Pru Goward, Paul McDermott, Paul Hogan, Paul Sheehan, Michael Duffy, Russell Skelton, John Lyons, Frank and Miranda Devine, Sol Lebovic, Helen Dalley, Catherine Lumby, Malcolm McGregor, Gerard Henderson, who used to be John Howard’s chief of staff, and the failed Liberal candidate Alan Jones ...”—Bob Ellis names and shames people he suspects of voting for John Howard

* “Their heads tilt because they have no spines.”—Toby at BYF explains the compassionate head-tilt

* “I don’t understand this decision. I do my job, I’m careful, I don’t leave my hotel.”—French journalist Anne-Sophie Le Mauff can’t work out why she’s been ordered to leave Baghdad and return to Paris

* “A blustering buffoon.”—The Age’s Tracee Hutchison slams “cringe-worthy” Douglas Wood, shortly before it was revealed Wood had endured the murder of fellow captives while held hostage

* “I wonder how the moonbats will reconcile that one with the allegation that Bush is an oil spiv.”—blogger Murph after Bush announced: “It is time for this country to start building nuclear power plants again”

* “It looks like Devine is the one that fabricated the quote.”—a “gotcha!” moment for academic Tim Lambert

* “Devine has actually taken the critical step in the fabrication herself.”—Professor John Quiggin sides with Lambert, and notes: “This obviously bogus quote is worse than anything I can recall seeing”

* “It was a mistake on my part to draw the conclusion that Miranda Devine was responsible for adding the quote marks, since I should have considered the possibility of an intermediate republication or reproduction of the quote. I apologise for this.”—Quiggin recants after it is revealed Devine had used a quote sourced from Age archives, earlier published in the Herald Sun

* “So what?”—failed Palestinian suicide bomber Wafa Samir al-Biss, asked if she’d considered the conquences of her planned attack on an Israeli hospital that treated many Palestinians

* “I was, I have to say, shocked by Douglas Wood’s use of the arsehole word, if I can put it like that, which I just thought was coarse and very ill-thought through and I think demeans the man and is one of the reasons why people are slightly sceptical of his motives and everything else.”—Age editor Andrew Jaspan believes Douglas Wood should have been more sensitive towards his kidnappers

* “Remember, one person’s ‘terrorist’ is usually someone else’s ‘freedom fighter.’”—the ABC style guide

* “Hope the truck’s got good suspension.”—a labourer observes the Opposition Leader clambering aboard a vehicle to address unionists

(Note: the rest of this year’s quotes may be found here, while the quotes of 2003 and 2004 are here)

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