Quote(s) of the Week (August 3, 1997)
On Finally Hearing the Music...
- "After the mice ran through a maze in about 10
minutes, Merrell played classical music to one group and
heavy metal to another for 10 hours a day. After three
weeks, the mice exposed to classical music made it
through the maze in a minute and a half. The rock-music
group took 30 minutes. Merrell added he had to cut
my project short because all the hard-rock mice killed
each other. None of the classical mice did
- --An article in the
Prince William Journal concerning Suffolk, VA high school
student David Merrells science fair experiment,
which finished first in regional and state competition.
Front page of the 8/3/97 edition.
On Constitutional Protection...
"The oddest thing about America is that pornography is
nowadays deemed to be protected by the Constitution while
those who wrote and ratified the Constitution regarded
pornography as so loathsome that it was unnecessary to forbid
- --Roger Scruton, writing in "Very
Safe Sex," in the July 28th issue of
On Governmental Protection...
"The levee had been identified as needing fortification
since 1990, reports Angela Antonelli in The Weekly Standard. The
Army Corps of Engineers was explicit: Loss of life is
expected without remedial repair. However, the elderberry
bushes sometimes sheltered the threatened North Valley Elderberry
Longhorn Beetle, forcing the town to spend six years on
mitigation studies required by the Endangered Species Act."
- --Paul Akers, an
editorial writer for the Scripps Howard News Service,
concerning the levee break in the town of Arboga, CA
which flooded the town, killing three people and forcing
others to flee for their lives. The 37 elderberry bushes
were also destroyed. Washington Times for 7/29/97. Page
On Capital Gains...
"If I bought a home for $100,000 10 years ago and now
sell it for $150,000, the Internal Revenue Service taxes the full
$50,000 profit. But what if all of that gain in price
is due solely to inflation? That means it would cost me $150,000
in current dollars to buy a home of similar value. But after I
pay my capital gains taxes, I have lost on my investment in real
dollars. Now I cannot even replace the value of my home."
- --Josette Shiner,
managing editor of the Washington Times, explaining why
capital gains needs to be indexed against inflation. From
an editorial in the Washington Times on 8/2/97. Page A12.
On the Latest Minority Group...
"Trees and rocks have rights to their own freedom, to go
their own way untrammeled and unfettered by man."
- --Michael McCloskey,
chairman of the Sierra Club, in an article by nationally
syndicated columnist John Leo concerning all the new
"rights" that are being claimed in every corner
of society. Washington Times for 8/2/97. Page A10.
On A Good Laugh...
"The President believes in the divine power of
- --White House Press
Secretary Mike McCurry, answering questions during a
press conference about why Clinton was meeting with
former Governor William Weld. Weld is lobbying for the
appointment as Ambassador to Mexico, but his confirmation
would be nearly impossible to get through Congress. The
comment was made with a smirk and the press pool erupted
with laughter. From NBC Today Show footage on 7/31/97.