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US President Barack Obama describes Russian President Vladimir Putin:

“I know the press likes to focus on body language, and he’s got that kind of slouch, looking like the bored kid in the back of the classroom,” Mr. Obama added. “But the truth is, is that when we’re in conversations together, oftentimes it’s very productive.”

NYT

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Wow, that is arrogant for Obama to say. He really likes to take pot shots at leaders he doesn't like which shows putting himself ahead of what benefits US policy. He's also taken shots at Netanyahu.

Anyway, here's an old Bush quote on Putin:

I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straight forward and trustworthy and we had a very good dialogue.

I was able to get a sense of his soul.

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Lucien Bouchard, 74, ex-PM of Quebec discusses the Charter of Quebec Values:

«La solution apparaît, M. Parizeau met le doigt dessus», dit M. Bouchard, dans une entrevue qu'il nous accordait hier à son bureau du centre-ville.

...

«Les signes religieux seraient interdits uniquement pour ceux qui exercent des fonctions coercitives de l'État: juges, procureurs, gardiens de prison, policiers; les services de l'État seraient donnés et reçus à visage découvert; les textes réaffirmeraient la laïcité de l'État, la neutralité religieuse, l'égalité hommes-femmes et les règles de sagesse déjà exprimées par les tribunaux.

«Certains vont trouver que ce n'est pas assez, mais personne ne va trouver que ça va trop loin.»

«On ne peut pas faire ça sans enlever le crucifix à l'Assemblée nationale, toutefois. On est mûrs pour ça. Même l'Assemblée des évêques est d'accord!

«Est-ce qu'on voudrait être plus catholique, pardon plus patrimonial, que les évêques?» demande-t-il sourire en coin.

«Le gouvernement peut frapper un coup de circuit! Il est possible, je dirais même probable, que l'Assemblée nationale vote à l'unanimité un tel compromis. Ce serait un triomphe. Au lieu de diviser les Québécois, ça les rassemblerait, je pense que tout le monde serait soulagé et même fier. Ce serait une charte de la laïcité, pas des "valeurs". Ça montrerait qu'on est capables de se réunir autour de grands enjeux.»

La Presse

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Lucien Bouchard, 74, ex-PM of Quebec discusses the Charter of Quebec Values:

La Presse

Do you have that in English?

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I believe he's saying that the proposed law should be changed so that it only applies to those state-actors with "coercive powers" (judges, prison guards, police, prosecutors etc) since the face of the state should adhere to the concept of ' la laïcité' - where the state does not interfere with religious affairs and religion does not interfere with state affairs. He believes that restriction of the proposed rule should not apply to all government employees but only to those noted above. He believes that the National Assembly will unanimously approve such a compromise and the compromise will avoid serious divisions amongst Quebecers themselves.

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Mike Duffy, 67, independent Senator:

“The millions of Canadians who voted for Prime Minister Harper and the thousands of Tories gathering in Calgary this week would be shocked to see how some of these people, some of these Tories, operate,” Mr. Duffy ventured. “They have no moral compass. Oh, they talk a great game about integrity, but, in my experience, they demonstrate every day that they do not understand the meaning of the phrase ‘the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.’ ”

Macleans

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Fred Litwin, blogger, gay, Conservative party member:

"I get more reaction from gay people" who aren't Conservative, says Fred Litwin, one of the organizers of the biennial fabulous blue tent parties, and president of the Free Thinking Film Society.

Litwin, who has been known to say that he has to come out as Conservative to his gay friends, was one of the party members in 2011 who helped arrange the first blue tent party.

"Look, when I first started blogging under the name 'gay and right' back in 2003 or 2004, I used to get three different types of email. I'd get [small-c] conservatives who were really pissed off that I was gay, I'd get gay people who were really pissed off that I was Conservative, and then I would get a whole bunch of gay people who are like, holy f--k, I found somebody [similar]," he said.

CBC

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It stands to reason, and it's a good sign of homosexuality's normalization in Canadian society.

There is nothing inherently Leftist about gay rights.

It was just a temporary cultural phenomenon that only the Left has been supporting gay rights....much to the right's (and, hell, the "centrist's") shame.

But that's all about to change...and it's a good thing, since gay rights need not be polarized through ideological partisanship. Not any more.

Normalization.

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Tom Flanagan, 70, one time campaign manager and chief of staff:

“I hope nobody ever probes everything I did as campaign manager and chief of staff,” he says, biting into a roasted tomato.

“You do things that, you know, are kind of edgy. And that happens fairly frequently, so you get in the habit of pushing the envelope.”

Global News

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Tom Flanagan, 70, one time campaign manager and chief of staff:

Global News

This quote is interesting too:

Stephen is a predator.

Flanagan never ceases to ... entertain.

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Kathleen Wynne, 60, Ontario Premier discusses the resignation of Albertan Premier Alison Redford:

“I hope that it’s not the case that there was a gender issue in terms of the decision that she made,” Wynne said Saturday.

“Would it be a shock to me if there were some part of the decision that had to do with her being a woman? It wouldn’t be a shock to me.”

“She’s a smart woman and had a very solid grasp on national interests ... I really, really benefited from her insight,” Wynne said.

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“I’m very aware when I walk through the halls of Queen’s Park and I look at the pictures on the wall year after year after year of all men, and all white men, so if we think that federal and provincial politics have not been a bastion of white male privilege then we have to give our heads a shake,” she said.

Canoe

Edited by August1991

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McDonald's:

“Like many other multi-national companies, McDonald’s is currently evaluating potential business and regulatory implications which may result from the evolving situation in Crimea,” the company said on its website. ”We believe it is prudent and responsible to sort through these details thoroughly. Additionally, due to the suspension of necessary financial and banking services, we have no option but to close our three restaurants in Crimea. It is important to note that this is strictly a business decision which has nothing to do with politics. We are taking numerous steps to support our employees during this time. We hope to reopen our restaurants soon so we can welcome back our loyal customers. ”

Forbes

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Zbigniew Brezinski, 76, Jimmy Carter's NSA guy talks on MSNBC's Morning Joe (15 April 2014):

I think we have to convince Putin that what he's doing is really risky to Russia itself. I think we've taken some steps in that direction, but I think they could be intensified. And I think talking, not doing much, but at least talking to the Ukrainians about if the need arises, providing them some defensive weaponry would make sense. It would send a signal. The Ukrainians did ask us for help in that regard. Do you know what our answer has been? We offered them prepackaged food for their soldiers. Well, you can't win a military conflict by throwing pancakes at somebody.

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Steve Wynn, 72, Las Vegas casino owner:

If you run a business, if you are responsible for a lot of people, you come to grips with the reality that you have to have discipline. You have to protect the enterprise in order to take care of the employees. So, therefore, you can't be wasteful. You can't squander things or you jeopardize other people. So, running a business gives you a sense of compassion that is defined in different terms than someone who just thinks of themselves as generous...

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In response to an incident where 9 and 12 year old students added poison to a schoolteacher's water bottle, Police Commissioner Bratton said. “God knows where kids get these ideas.” (link).

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George Bush Jnr on presidential golf in May 2008:

"I don't want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf," Bush said in a White House interview with the Politico.

"I feel I owe it to the families to be as -- to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal."

Bush said he decided to stop playing golf on Aug. 19, 2003, when a truck bomb in Baghdad killed U.N. special representative Sergio Vieira de Mello and more than a dozen others.

He said he received word of the attack while playing golf during a stay at the family ranch near Crawford, Tex. Press reports at the time indicate he took the call from Condoleezza Rice, then his national security adviser.

"They pulled me off the golf course, and I said it's just not worth it anymore to do," Bush said in yesterday's interview.

Washington Post

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Considering that GWB bears a good deal of responsibility for the present mess in Iraq, we might all be better off if he had played more golf.

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Considering that GWB bears a good deal of responsibility for the present mess in Iraq, we might all be better off if he had played more golf.

Wilbur, if you want to respond, let's take this to another thread. But to blame Bush Jnr for the mess in Iraq is like blaming Winston Churchill for the division of Berlin into East and West.

Except for Israel, there is no functioning civilized society, democratic state in the Middle East. Lebanon comes closest and it suffered a civil war from 1975-92. Saudi Arabia is an insufferable "monarchy" created by compromise with religious fanatics - only sustainable because of oil. And so on. GWB bears absolutely no "responsibilty for the present mess" in Iraq or anywhere else in the Middle East.

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August, don't post shit if you don't want people to comment on it.

Damn right he bears a lot of responsibility for the present situation Iraq. By indulging in regime change, he created the conditions for the present mess.

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Jonathan Kay, 48, National Post journalist on his involvement with writing Justin Trudeau's book "Common Ground":

“... during the period when I worked on the book, I was removed from my oversight duties pertaining to editorial content on the subject of federal politics. And that’s all I’ll say to Sun News on this.”

Toronto Sun, October 2014 Edited by August1991

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