Quotes of 2004 – july

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* “The speech was impressive and you could hear the sound of a needle if one had dropped it at that time. The most sensational moment was the end of the speech when Mr. Bremer used a famous Arab emotional poem.”—Ali at Iraq the Model on Paul Bremer’s farewell speech

* “There was no farewell address to the Iraqi people.”—Rajiv Chandrasekaran in the Washington Post

* “I am ashamed to admit that there have been times when I wanted more chaos, more shocks, more disorder to teach our side a lesson. On Monday I found myself again hoping that this handover proves a failure because it has been orchestrated by the Americans.”—peace-loving UK columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. By “more chaos, more shocks, more disorder” she means “more deaths”

* “Go fuck yourself.”—Dick Cheney to Democrat Senator Patrick Leahy, leading to a scolding from The Guardian: “Nothing will persuade the president to drop his mentor from the team, not even an explosion of expletives”

* “I’m just posing a question.”—Michael Moore, after hinting that Bush invaded Afghanistan so his cronies could build an oil pipeline there

* “We don’t want anything in depth before the election.”—Mark Latham advisor Vivienne Schenker declines a Latham interview request from Nine’s Sunday show

* “Unjust war … international law … unilateral aggression … no WMDs … Afghanistan was bad enough, but Iraq … blahdee, blahdee, blah … These are good people. These are smart people. On many levels, these are very thoughtful people. And, it seems to me that they are very much like a group of folks that most of them despise. They are very much like fundamentalist Christians.”—at his 25th-year college reunion, Royce Dunbar discovers that his old friends have become Berkleyite Moore followers

* “He was clean-shaven – the fugitive’s beard of December had been sculpted back to his customary moustache.”—who the hell was the Sydney Morning Herald’s Paul McGeough looking at? During his court appearance, Saddam had the best beard since New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey

* “When John Howard, the Prime Minister of Australia, said Muttiah Muralitharan was a chucker, he was only saying what the rest of us were thinking – but it did the job. Murali withdrew from the present Sri Lanka tour of Australia … The Prime Minister of Australia knows about sport. Ours neither knows nor cares.”—British television presenter Michael Parkinson

* “He came off second best. He went down like the Titanic.”—Don Nelson describes his 1989 bout with Mark Latham, younger by 30 years

* “Could it be this awful man—albeit given less chance to be heard than the Nazis at the first Nuremberg hearings—actually knew less than we thought? Could it be that his apparatchiks and grovelling generals, even his own sons, kept from this man the iniquities of his regime?”—Robert Fisk devises a way out for Saddam Hussein that sounds very similar to David Irving’s Hitler defence

* “Viewers may come away from Moore’s movie believing some things that probably aren’t true.”—but that doesn’t matter, according to Paul Krugman, because the film tells “essential truths”

* “At least he’s got balls.”—Mark Latham fan Tomina Brown isn’t aware of Latham’s testicular cancer surgery

* “My parents, when we lived in Massachusetts, we lived on a farm, and I learned my first cuss word sitting on a tractor with the guy who was driving it.”—John Kerry reminisces about his first chauffeur

* “I had a pre-conceived notion they would all be rednecks who were only there because their daddies had been in the army. But I was wrong and I met the most amazing people over there … they had so much perspective on it, they were really deep and smart and had a lot of opinions.”—actress Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, who grew up in Berkeley, meets US troops in Iraq

* “When William F. Buckley Jr, who is to American conservatism what the Pope is to Rome, joins in the growing unease about the war in Iraq, you know that Bush is whacked.”—whatever you say, Phillip Adams

* “We don’t want Australian kids to grow up with American accents.”—actress Toni Collette, who this year bought a $5 million Sydney property after using an American accent in at least five of her movies

* “I hope that Australians that see this film will say to themselves, we need some regime change here in our country.”—Michael Moore, who hasn’t backed a winner since forever

* “People like you make me sick … You are panicking because your greedy, corrupt, controlling, manipulating regime is over. enjoy your time in those hot fires of hell !!! Reap as you shall sow.”—satisfied reader Jennifer M. Lynch

* “Latham has a ball.”—must the Sydney Morning Herald be so cruel?

* “Well, if Mark Latham thinks it’s a good idea and that’s what the party view is, then there’s merit in it. We’d accept it.”—Peter Garrett changes his opinion on US troops training in Australia after seconds earlier condemning the move: “The merits or otherwise of those issues need to be fully discussed by people, not simply unilaterally announced and then dumped on people in the middle of an election campaign, following on from comments from American foreign policy or defence officials”

* “Lap-dog?”—Adele Horin’s helpful suggestion to Eurotrash visitors seeking a description of Australia’s relationship with the US

* “This is a disgrace to our great country and this has come from none other than US President George W. Bush. This is nothing but an insult.”—Thiruvananthapuram-area youth M.A. Latheef, outraged that George W. Bush named his cat India

* “We’re reaching really encouraging numbers for a book that has, tellingly, received little mainstream press coverage. In other words, the message has entirely bypassed the old ways of communicating and succeeded in getting people excited and active. We reckon the mainstream press are a little scared that something, anything, can sell without their promotions, so maybe NHJ is a taste of much to come.”—Not Happy, John contributor Antony Loewenstein lauds the bypassing of “old ways of communicating”. Meanwhile the book’s author, Margo Kingston, was scheduled for interviews on TWENTY-ONE mainstream radio stations within five days

* “Michael Moore has been making some claims – mentioning me by name – which I believe distort the truth.”—Pete Townshend won’t get fooled again

* “The Diddler.”—John Kerry’s Yale nickname, arising from a soccer coach’s description of his diddling, non-advancing, extremely nuanced ball skills

* “He’s managed to distil reality and come up with something more powerful.”—Blur bassist Alex James reviews Fahrenheit 9/11

* “Its global stance has been one, quite explicitly, of advancing Australia’s national interests.”—Professor Peter Singer thinks the Australian government’s pursuit of Australian interests is a bad thing

* “Even then he had clearly awesome social skills.”—Garry Trudeau recalls his time at Yale with George W. Bush

* “It’s pure propaganda, and I fully support it because I oppose the war.”—60 Minutes reporter Richard Carleton reviews Fahrenheit 9/11

* “Another widespread and preposterous rumour is that Ayad Allawi has been showing up at IP stations and executing criminals himself, and I have heard this one from a very large number of people.”—Zeyad at Healing Iraq, July 1

* “Iyad Allawi, the new Prime Minister of Iraq, pulled a pistol and executed as many as six suspected insurgents at a Baghdad police station, just days before Washington handed control of the country to his interim government, according to two people who allege they witnessed the killings.”—Paul McGeough in the Sydney Morning Herald, July 17

* “Look at the lines at the Michael Moore movie! Look at Bush’s approval rating slip below 50 percent! Listen to the respected Democratic congressman who, when I asked how he thought the election was shaping up, said: ‘It’s over.’”—the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Matthew Miller rounds up Democrat optimism

* “She praised him and all of a sudden all bedlam broke loose.”—Aladdin casino president Bill Timmins describes events following singer Linda Rondstadt’s mention of Mike Moore

* “Mr President, allow me to start with a vote of thanks. Thank God that the fate of Israel and of the Jewish people is not decided in this hall.”—Israeli UN ambassador Dan Gillerman, following the UN’s vote against Israel’s security barrier. Australia was one of only six countries to support Israel

* “The fundamentalist Zionist lobby controls politics and the media in the US and Australia.”—Margo Kingston

* “Kerry has to be moved much further to the left … We’ve got to drag this whole country out of these intellectual dark ages.”—actress and Air America Marxette Janeane Garofalo

* “It’s like being inside a really bad TV show.”—Harry Shearer, voice of Monty Burns, at the Democratic National Convention. Dave Barry defined the theme of the convention as “strong strength through strongness”

* “Wow. I hope that doesn’t get out in the media.”—young DNC campaigner, on being told that John Kerry may be the wealthiest person to ever run for President

* “Teddy came a close second.”—Ethel Kennedy rates Bill Clinton’s speech as the highlight of DNC 2004

* “My name is John Kerry, and I’m reporting for duty!”—some guy in Boston

Posted by Tim B. on 12/23/2004 at 03:00 AM
    1. Correction:

      George W. Bush didn’t name “his new cat India.” India’s been in the Bush family over ten years—since before Bush held any elective office.

      Posted by Warmongering Lunatic on 2004 12 23 at 04:53 AM • permalink


    1. * “He’s managed to distil reality and come up with something more powerful.”—Blur bassist Alex James reviews Fahrenheit 9/11

      Bass solo! Bass solo!

      Posted by ErnieG on 2004 12 23 at 06:00 AM • permalink


    1. “Go fuck yourself.”—Dick Cheney

      Yeah for Cheney!!

      I wish MORE politicians would express how they really feel. I hate the platitudes and diplomat speech most stick with.

      Posted by CJosephson on 2004 12 23 at 07:48 AM • permalink


    1. * “We don’t want Australian kids to grow up with American accents.”—actress Toni Collette, who this year bought a $5 million Sydney property after using an American accent in at least five of her movies

      she promised to slash her wrists if howard won……..i’m still waiting, how can i send her a box of razors for christmas??

      Posted by vinnyboombutts on 2004 12 23 at 09:19 AM • permalink


    1. * “The fundamentalist Zionist lobby controls politics and the media in the US and Australia.”—Margo Kingston

      i know, it’s a jewish plot to take over the world.

      Posted by vinnyboombutts on 2004 12 23 at 09:23 AM • permalink


  1. “Go fuck yourself.”—Dick Cheney to Democrat Senator Patrick Leahy

    one down, mccain, harkin, lott, collins, hagel to go!

    Posted by guinsPen on 2004 12 23 at 02:55 PM • permalink