“Ron Paul’s Ideas No Longer Fringe” 

—headline, Los Angeles Times, January 2

“Whenever he wakes up, he says: ‘What day is it? Is it January 1 yet?’ ” 

—the lawyer of a wealthy, terminally ill entrepreneur determined to stay alive until the estate tax is phased out completely in 2010, quoted in The Wall Street Journal, December 30 

“Peppermint oil is an unregulated over-the-counter drug.” 

—official statement on the suspension of New York fifth-grader Sara Greiner from John Mandracchia-Sawmill Intermediate School for bringing in a bottle of the minty oil and adding drops to glasses of water for her friends, Commack School District website, December 25

“It’s morally wrong, and now it’s illegal.” 

—state police superintendent Col. Brendan P. Doherty at a press conference announcing 14 arrests under a new Rhode Island prostitution law banning indoor solicitation, December 11

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