Nov 29 - Dec 05, 2004





"Sometimes God tests you. I'm a fighter, and I've come back before."

(JOHN KERRY, former US Democratic presidential candidate, expressed the possibility of running for President again in four years)

"The President is not going to trim his sails or pull back."

(COLIN POWELL, U.S. Secretary of State, while disclosing President George W. Bush's plan to continue with his aggressive foreign policy following his election victory)

"The Americans are mistaken if they think they are going to end the resistance by occupying Fallujah."

(ABU KHALID, an Iraqi insurgent using a nom de guerre, speaking to a reporter by phone from inside the city during last week's attack by allied forces)

"Either you resolve it ... or you are just inviting utter disgust and frustration that will lead to the mushrooming of terrorist cells."

(ANWAR IBRAHIM, former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, criticizing Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra over the ongoing violence in predominantly Muslim southern Thailand)

"Canada cannot be the drugstore of the United States."

(UJJAL DOSANJH, Canadian Health Minister, warning that Americans sidestepping high prescription-drug costs at home by buying their medicines over the border may strain his country's health-care system)

"If I get a really good one that makes sense and ties us together ... there's maybe some meat on that chicken."

(ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Governor of California, on accepting offers to star in Japanese TV commercials to help reopen his cash-strapped state's Tokyo trade office)

"At the end of the day, we have to let the masses decide whether they like Britney Spears or not."

(SAAD MOHSENI, director of Afghanistan's Tolo TV, responding to a court order last week to shut down cable-television stations in the country to halt the airing of salacious Bollywood films and Western music videos)

"Shame on America, all their lectures on democracy and human rights ... and then they show us what is really in their hearts."

(LAILA HAMID, a Fallujah-born Baghdad secretary expressed)



"You have to get over your feelings and keep on pushing, just for the simple reason that you have another 170 Marines to take care of and make sure they come back."

(Company commander Captain Patrick Rapicault, talking to his marines in Iraq)

"Women buy more new cars than men do. But many could negotiate better for used."

(Times Magazine's survey about buying old or new cars in USA)

"How did you get your job? It is apparent to most of us in broadcasting that your father got you your job. And yet I really don't even think you're qualified to be the head of the commission."

(HOWARD STERN, radio shock jock, in a surprise call-in to a radio show at which Michael Powell, the Federal Communications Commission chief, was a guest. Powell, and later his father Colin, denied Stern's claim)

"It would be catastrophic. It would mean that people who give $100 and who write it off their income taxes couldn't do it anymore."

(JULIAN BOND, chairman of the N.A.A.C.P., on an IRS.)

"Congratulations, Mr. President."

(JOHN KERRY Democratic presidential candidate, conceding defeat to President Bush in a telephone call)

"When you start a day like this in Jackson Hole, it's going to be a good day."

(DICK CHENEY Vice President, after voting near his home in Wyoming)

"I think I go into a monastery."

(GEORGE SOROS Philanthropist and Kerry supporter, asked before the election what he would do if Bush won)

"Appoint Senator Kerry ambassador to France."

(DON IMUSRADIO TALKMEISTER, on what advice he would give President Bush)

"The objective of securing the safety of Americans from crime and terror has been achieved."

(JOHN ASHCROFT, Attorney General said in his handwritten letter of resignation to President George W. Bush)

"I am not apologizing for being a gay American but rather for having let personal feelings impact my decision making and for not having had the courage to be open about who I was."

(JAMES MCGREEVEY, former Governor of New Jersey, in his resignation speech in Trenton last week)

"It is a pity it was used in other inadmissible conflicts."

(MIKHAIL KALASHNIKOV, the Russian general who created the world's first Kalashnikov rifle)