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He is convinced that with the help of God he will win.

— Svetozar Vujacic, a lawyer for Radovan Karadzic, who was “twice indicted for genocide for the massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in the town of Srebrenica in 1995 and for the 43-month siege of Sarajevo,” on his plans to conduct his own defense at the Hague tribunal; July 23.

Always be prepared for demonstrators, even if the local organization tells you that there will not be any. It is the responsibility of the Lead Advance to have in place an effective plan for dealing with demonstrators.

— from the Presidential Advance Manual dated October 2002 used to prepare locations for visits by President Bush; emphasis added.

Wall Street got drunk — that’s one reason I asked you to turn off your TV cameras.

— President Bush’s candid assessment of the housing and financial markets at a closed Republican fund-raiser in Houston; Miya Shay, a reporter at the Houston television affiliate of ABC, obtained a videotape of the president’s comments; July 23.

Q: … I understand the President obviously could be more candid in his comments in a private situation. But why is it that he could not have been candid in these kind of terms on this subject when —
MS. PERINO: He said these other things before, and I think you should go back and look at the press conferences over the past year as the markets have been in a downturn, especially when it comes to talking about the housing issue and subprime issue. So I think that he has said things similar in public before, and we do have private moments as everybody gets to have a private moment. The President was at a private residence at a private fundraiser, and obviously everybody got a chance to see that because someone decided to release some video of it. It is what it is.
Q: That’s pretty sharp criticism of Wall Street, in particular, for the way it handled —
MS. PERINO: I actually don’t think that — I don’t think the criticism is any different, it’s just said with a little bit more candor and more bluntly.

exchange between reporter and press secretary Dana Perino at a White House press briefing; July 23.

NASA does not track UFOs. NASA is not involved in any sort of cover up about alien life on this planet or anywhere in the universe. Dr Mitchell is a great American, but we do not share his opinions on this issue.

— from a NASA statement after astronaut and moon-walker Edgar Mitchell, a veteran of the Apollo 14 mission, said during an Australian radio interview that the fact that extra-terrestrials have visited Earth on several occasions has “been well covered up by all our governments for the last 60 years or so, but slowly it’s leaked out and some of us have been privileged to have been briefed on some of it”; July 24.

It is important for the Advance Team and all volunteers to be on the lookout for potential demonstrators. Volunteers should be instructed to contact the Advance person on site (whether it is the Lead, Press or Site Advance) when they see demonstrators. Always check with local police to inquire of any demonstration permits issued prior to a visit.

— from the Presidential Advance Manual dated October 2002 used to prepare locations for visits by President Bush; emphasis added.

He made it possible not just for blacks to sit at the black desk, but to sit at every desk in American politics. He is my political father.

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Donna Brazile, Jackson’s field director in 1984 who became the first African American to manage the campaign of a major party’s nominee when she ran Al Gore’s effort in 2000, reports Kevin Merida of The Washington Post, on Rev. Jesse Jackson; July 13.

The soldiers from the movement, a lot of them lack the ability to be critical of the community because so much of their life has been challenging the forces against their community. The black community needs more than ever for a self-reflection, places where we can talk seriously about our own responsibility to our children and the values we want for our children. We don’t have enough places where we are brutally honest about how we parent or why it is that so few of us are married.

— Sheryll Cashin, a Georgetown law professor, in Kevin Merida’s Post story about the waning influence of Rev. Jesse Jackson; July 13.

Barack Obama didn’t just come down on a beam of light from another planet. Jesse is part of that history. Whatever else you say about Jesse, you can’t deny him that.

— Kevin Alexander Gray, who managed Rev. Jesse Jackson’s South Carolina campaign in 1988, from Kevin Merida’s Post story; July 13.

If, in my low moments, in word, deed or attitude, through some error of temper, taste, or tone, I have caused anyone discomfort, created pain, or revived someone’s fears, that was not my truest self. If there were occasions when my grape turned into a raisin and my joy bell lost its resonance, please forgive me. Charge it to my head and not to my heart. My head — so limited in its finitude; my heart, which is boundless in its love for the human family. I am not a perfect servant. I am a public servant doing my best against the odds. As I develop and serve, be patient: God is not finished with me yet.

— Rev. Jesse Jackson in his address to the Democratic National Convention; July 18, 1984.


A protester hangs a sign in the “free speech zone” near the site of the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.

These squads should be instructed always to look for demonstrators. The rally squad’s task is to use their signs and banners as shields between the demonstrators and the main press platform. If the demonstrators are yelling, rally squads can begin and lead supportive chants to drown out the protestors (USA!, USA!, USA!). As a last resort, security should remove the demonstrators from the event site. The rally squads can include, but are not limited to, college/young republican organizations, local athletic teams, and fraternities/ sororities.

— from the Presidential Advance Manual dated October 2002 used to prepare locations for visits by President Bush; emphasis added.

To ensure our government continues to speak out for those who have no other voice, I recently issued a directive instructing all senior U.S. officials serving in undemocratic countries to maintain regular contact with political dissidents and democracy activists. The challenge for future presidents and future Congresses is to ensure that America always stands with those seeking freedom — and never hesitates to shine the light of conscience on abuses of human rights across the world.

— President Bush, in remarks on the “Freedom Agenda”; July 24; emphasis added.

They believe their constitutional rights were violated, as do I, and that’s the stuff lawsuits are made of. When you are punished by not being allowed to listen to your president speak because of speech you have on your bumper sticker, that is a classic First Amendment issue.

— Dan Recht, lawyer for three people “forcibly removed” from one of President Bush’s town meetings because they displayed a bumper sticker on their car — reading “No More Blood for Oil” — condemning the administration’s Middle East policies; March 30, 2005.

We opened our eyes in this bookstore.

— Najah al-Hayawi, 62, the eldest son of “Abdul Rahman al-Hayawi, … a mild-mannered Sunni Muslim with an appreciation for Arabic calligraphy, [who founded] the Renaissance, … the oldest bookshop on a street that has preserved a literary tradition through empire, colonialism and monarchy,” reports Sudarsan Raghavan of the Washington Post Foreign Service; “car bombing … killed his son and his brother and razed his family’s bookshop on Baghdad’s storied Mutanabi Street”; July 12.

As a former prosecutor and a former attorney general, Gov. Gilmore is a forceful advocate for transparency by public officials. Neither Gov. Gilmore nor his staff noticed this clerical error as the Senate form was signed and forwarded to the Secretary of the Senate, but the Governor today instructed his staff and his financial adviser to amend the Senate disclosure form and provide the correct information as soon as possible.

— statement from the Senate campaign organization of former Virginia governor James S. Gilmore III, a Republican, after The Washington Post’s Tim Craig reported Mr. Gilmore had “submitted false information on two financial disclosure forms that hid his ties to a government contractor embroiled in a legal dispute over allegations that two of its executives had conspired to defraud the federal government”; July 24.

If the demonstrators appear to be a security threat notify the Secret Service immediately. If demonstrators appear likely to cause only a political disruption, it is the Advance person’s responsibility to take appropriate action. Rally squads should be dispatched to surround and drown out demonstrators immediately.

— from the Presidential Advance Manual dated October 2002 used to prepare locations for visits by President Bush; emphasis added.

Remember — avoid physical contact with demonstrators! Most often, the demonstrators want a physical confrontation. Do not fall into their trap! Also, do not do anything or say anything that might result in the physical harm to the demonstrators. Before taking action, the Advance person must decide if the solution would cause more negative publicity than if the demonstrators were simply left alone.

— from the Presidential Advance Manual dated October 2002 used to prepare locations for visits by President Bush; emphasis in original.

America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You’ve gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say, “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.” You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country cannot just be a flag. The symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Now show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then you can stand up and sing about the land of the free.

— President Andrew Shepherd, played by Michael Douglas, in the movie “The American President.”

It is organized violence on top which creates individual violence at the bottom. It is the accumulated indignation against organized wrong, organized crime, organized injustice which drives the political offender to his act. To condemn him means to be blind to the causes which make him. I can no more do it, nor have I the right to, than the physician who were to condemn the patient for his disease. You and I and all of us who remain indifferent to the crimes of poverty, of war, of human degradation, are equally responsible for the act committed by the political offender.

— Emma Goldman, in her address to the jury; she and Alexander Berkman were sentenced to two years in jail for conspiring to “induce persons not to register” for the draft; July 9, 1917.

People here have never seen a pole dance, and for that reason they don’t associate it with stripping or women of ill repute. I knew if I could give people a positive first impression of this as a clean, fun, social activity, people wouldn’t just accept it, they’d embrace it.

— Luo Lan, 39, of China whose pole-dancing-for-fitness school now has five studios with plans to open six more this year; July 20.

photo credits:

• Rev. Jesse Jackson with former president Bill Clinton: Janet Mayer
• DNC protester in Boston: William B. Plowman, Getty Images
• pole dancing in China: Shiho Fukada, The New York Times

Quotabull is a weekly feature of Scholars & Rogues.

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Written by Dr. Denny Wilkins

July 25, 2008 at 3:25 pm

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