“It’s ironical to me that we’re living in a time…where we actually now can’t do anything until we talk to our loan officer in Beijing. We have a Communist banker. That’s where deregulation got us. It’s like Ayn Rand got loaded and woke up next to Keynes.”

â€"West Wing actor Bradley Whitford at a press conference on Capitol Hill, April 6

“If I’m corrupt, it’s because I take care of my district.”

â€"Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), quoted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 29

“My grandfather was not a monkey!”

â€"shouted by an unidentified woman at a Texas State Board of Education meeting focused on guidelines for teaching science, quoted by the Associated Press, March 26

“What’s Medicaid? I know I hear itâ€"I really don’t know what it is.”

â€"Texas state Rep. Gary Elkins (R-Houston), three hours into a committee meeting on two dozen Medicaid-related bills, quoted in the Austin American-Statesman, March 19

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  1. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won’t get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books. In other words, there’s more to the books of the Bible than most will ever grasp. I’m not concerned that Mr. Crumb will go to hell or anything crazy like that! It’s just that he, like many types of religionists, seems to take it literally, take it straight…the Bible’s books were not written by straight laced divinity students in 3 piece suits who white wash religious beliefs as if God made them with clothes on…the Bible’s books were written by people with very different mindsets.

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