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The Middle East is literally going up in flames,
by Alcee Hastings

The Middle East is literally going up in flames,
as is California, and Katrina's problems haven't been solved,
and Congress' response is to criticize Federal judges.
- Alcee Hastings

The world is better because of Coretta Scott King.
She affected countless lives and her voice will be deeply missed,
especially by those who carry on her incredible undertaking.
- Alcee Hastings

I am pleased to see that many of the world's leaders
have publicly recognized that the crisis in the Middle
East was deliberately incited by terrorist organizations.
- Alcee Hastings

Today, barely 5 percent of all containers coming into
the United States through our ports are scanned.
- Alcee Hastings

 

Usually, it is not my habit to address religious issues on the floor.
I strongly believe in a person's right to religious freedom,
as well as the separation of church and state.
- Alcee Hastings

I find it difficult to believe that God would want
us to strip the courts of their powers to interpret the laws of this land,
albeit with the divergent opinions.
I shudder that my colleagues do not understand the
dynamics of the Federal judiciary.
- Alcee Hastings

Today, the Federal minimum wage purchases less than
it has at any point in the last 50 years.
Let me repeat: The Federal minimum wage purchases less
than it has at any point in the last 50 years.
- Alcee Hastings

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The actions of the terrorist organizations,
Hezbollah, in Lebanon, and Hamas, in Gaza,
against Israel are unconscionable.
Instead of working towards peace, these terrorist organizations
have chosen to perpetuate the violence.
- Alcee Hastings

Unprovoked attacks on Israel's borders,
murdering Israeli soldiers, taking Israeli hostages
and showering rockets targeting and killing Israeli
civilians are not furthering any legitimate goal.
- Alcee Hastings

Given the fact that most religions share basic values,
it is most unfortunate that religious people can be
played off against each other so easily.
One possible reason for this may be that people do
not know enough about other people's beliefs.
- Alcee Hastings

If Americans want to see results instead of rhetoric,
if taxpayers would like solutions instead of sound bites,
and hard work instead of horse trading,
I suggest you take a short look, and it won't take much longer,
at the accomplishments of this Congress.
- Alcee Hastings

Nearly 60 years ago, the international community made
a commitment to put an end to the crime of genocide
by ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Prevention
and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
- Alcee Hastings

Mr. Speaker, I am deeply concerned that many regions
of this world are suffering from the effects of armed
conflicts with religious aspects.
I believe that the differences of faith are not the
real reason for these conflicts.
- Alcee Hastings

If today is anything like the typical day of the past 3 years,
three American soldiers will die in Iraq or Afghanistan,
the Taliban will get a little stronger in Afghanistan
and the civil war will continue to be enhanced in Iraq.
- Alcee Hastings

While few religious leaders and scholars would doubt
the commonalities that exist among the various religious groups,
the followers of these religions unfortunately struggle
in their effort to peacefully coexist.
- Alcee Hastings

Moreover, I want us to urge political and religious leaders,
and all peoples of the world, to move forward in a conciliatory spirit,
to deal with religious matters in a responsible and balanced way,
and to focus on their common grounds.
- Alcee Hastings

Yesterday in this country we had people die of hunger and malnutrition.
In some parts of this country, the infant mortality
rate rivals that of sub-Saharan Africa.
We have a public education system that ranks below
that of almost any other Western nation.
- Alcee Hastings

Not just Christians and Jews, but also Muslims,
Buddhists, Hindus and the followers of many other religions
believe in values like peace,
respect, tolerance and dignity.
These are values that bring people together and enable
us to build responsible and solid communities.
- Alcee Hastings

Three Rules of Work:
Out of clutter find simplicity;
From discord find harmony;
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
- Albert Einstein

Walk on road, hmmm?
Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe.
Walk middle, sooner or later get squish just like grape.
Here, karate, same thing.
Either you karate do "yes" or karate do "no."
You karate do "guess so," squish just like grape. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

The youth gets together his materials
to build a bridge to the moon,
or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth,
and, at length, the middle-aged man
concludes to build a woodshed with them.
- Henry David Thoreau

Love is what makes two people
sit in the middle of a park bench
when there is plenty of room at both ends.
- Anonymous

Middle age is when your broad mind and narrow waist begin to change places.
- E. Joseph Cossman

One of the greatest titles we can have is "old friend."
We never appreciate how important old friends are until we are older.
The problem is we need to start our old friendships when we are young.
We then have to nurture and grow those friendships over our middle age
when a busy life and changing geographies
can cause us to neglect those friends.
Today is the day to invest in those people
we hope will call us "old friend" in the years to come.
- Grant Fairley

Don't worry about that chair with a hole in the middle.
It's merely waiting to be reupholstered.
- the movie Casino Royale (1966)

It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary
to put all the play and learning into childhood,
all the work into middle age,
and all the regrets into old age.
- Margaret Mead

Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle.
- Bob Hope

Middle age is the awkward period when Father Time starts
catching up with Mother Nature.
- Harold Coffin

Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young,
the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old.
- John Ciardi

Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking
that in a week or two he will feel as good as ever.
- Don Marquis

A story should have a beginning, a middle,
and an end...
but not necessarily in that order.
- Jean-Luc Godard

In politics the middle way is none at all.
- John Adams

Middle age is youth without levity, and age without decay.
- Doris Day

The really frightening thing about middle age is the
knowledge that you'll grow out of it.
- Doris Day

The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age.
- Orson Welles

Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve.
Middle age is when you're forced to.
- Bill Vaughan

Men who consistently leave the toilet seat up secretly
want women to get up to go the bathroom in the middle
of the night and fall in.
- Rita Rudner

I think the state has some serious problems.
Just look at the layoffs going on across the state,
not just in Chicago.
It affects the middle class.
It pushes people down.
- Richard M. Daley

There doesn't seem to be a lot of middle ground with me.
- Nathan Lane

Public interest in most of the Middle East was slight at that time;
the Arab-Israeli conflict was all that people were
interested in and that was not my specialty.
- Juan Cole

I've always looked upon the Ducks as caricature human beings.
Perhaps I've been years writing in that middle world that J.R.R.
Tolkien describes, and never knew it.
- Carl Barks

Litigation takes the place of sex at middle age.
- Gore Vidal

I didn't come from a trailer park.
I grew up middle class and my dad had money and my mom made my lunch.
I got a car when I was sixteen.
I'm proud of that.
- Kid Rock

Almost all my middle-aged and elderly acquaintances,
including me, feel about 25, unless we haven't had our coffee,
in which case we feel 107.
- Martha Beck

Life is like a B-movie.
You don't want to leave in the middle of it but you
don't want to see it again.
- Ted Turner

The middle class, that prisoner of the barbarian 20th century.
- Sinclair Lewis

One marvels why the middle classes still insist on
so much discomfort for their children at such expense to themselves.
- E. M. Forster

One of the many things nobody ever tells you about
middle age is that it's such a nice change from being young.
- William Feather

With guests who are 'in the middle of the fight,'
we're able to hear their point-of-view on the topics,
as well as advance our own feelings.
- Sean Hannity

The middle of the road is for yellow lines and dead armadillos.
- Jim Hightower

You will go most safely in the middle.
- Ovid

There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong,
but the middle is always evil.
- Ayn Rand

What ever our wandering our happiness will always be
found within a narrow compass,
and in the middle of the objects more immediately within our reach.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

I always thought security was a joke at New York airports,
and in U.S.
airports to begin with.
You can go through any European or Middle Eastern airport
and things are a lot tougher.
- Richard Drew

Today's global landscape is increasingly interconnected.
China and the Middle East play critical roles towards
international peace and security.
- Rick Larsen

I feel like I just grabbed a big juicy worm with a
right sharp hook in the middle of it.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

One of the strengths of our nation has always been
a strong middle class who could afford their own homes
and send their children to school.
- James Sinegal

Unless an entire row of people got up in the middle
of a performance and left the theater in disgust,
I felt as though I hadn't done my job.
- Jeremy Piven

When I'm not at the keyboard, I'm generally reading,
practicing tai chi or middle eastern dance,
or cooking.
- Sarah Zettel

Without action, we are going to continue to allow Iran
to be a safe harbor for terrorists,
see its economy further deteriorate,
and see the Middle East further destabilize.
- Russ Carnahan

White middle- and upper-class men have a longer journey to go than many people.
- Holly Near

And I also have a camera, a Web cam,
and I have one at home,
so I can hook up and talk to the girls,
and they can see me while we're on the bus in the middle of nowhere.
- Lee Ann Womack

Middle age: when you begin to exchange your emotions for symptoms.
- Irvin S. Cobb

The global importance of the Middle East is that it
keeps the Far East and the Near East from encroaching on each other.
- Dan Quayle

I toured the Middle Eastern countries with the ballet.
- Leslie Caron

I know he played on the last record but I don't wake
up in the middle of the night thinking of Eric Clapton.
- Jack Bruce

We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity -
romantic love and gunpowder.
- Andre Maurois

The middle years of childhood arrive just as your own
are getting uncomfortably close.
- Marguerite Kelly

Life is not orderly.
No matter how we try to make life so,
right in the middle of it we die, lose a leg,
fall in love, drop a jar of applesauce.
- Natalie Goldberg

Biography can be the most middle-class of all forms,
the judgment of little people avenging themselves on the great.
- Edmund White

That just seems like a tough thing to do...
just work in the middle of a company for your entire life.
You just do the same thing out of college until you're 60,
and then you retire.
- Luke Wilson


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