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Issue Date:  October 1, 2004

Quotable & Notable

“Wal-Mart does not have greeters at the door because the management is theologically committed to a culture of hospitality. They have them because they have figured out that people who feel welcome come back more often and spend more. I’d like to see us do at least as well as Wal-Mart in the hospitality department.”

-- Kristeen Bruun, a parishioner of Gesu (Jesuit) Parish in Milwaukee, writing in America

“It was a good year for God. But you gotta remember, his son had that big hit movie. He had to step up.”

-- Comedian and Emmy’s host Garry Shandling explaining the popularity of television shows that had God as a character

“Had we gone the invasion route, the United States could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land.”

-- George Bush Sr. explaining why his administration did not invade Iraq at the end of the first Gulf War, from his 1999 memoirs, A World Transformed

“Resurrection! He’s just like Jesus, and he’s back, and now it’s time for Ward 8 to be resurrected.”

-- Desiree Walker celebrating the election of former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry to the district council as a representative of Ward 8

“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone.”

-- Thomas Jefferson

National Catholic Reporter, October 1, 2004

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