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Please know that my thoughts and prayers,
by Jo Bonner

Please know that my thoughts and prayers,
as well as those of many, many others here in Alabama and around the country,
are with each of you during this time.
- Jo Bonner

As horrific as this impact has been on my constituents,
it is only a small part of the overwhelming destruction
covering 90,000 square miles of the Gulf Coast.
- Jo Bonner

While the debate on the Patriot Act is far from over,
it is important that all Americans continue in this
dialogue and work together to ensure greater security for our nation.
- Jo Bonner

Relief organizations both large and small are coordinating deliveries of food,
clothing, water, and other basic necessities to those impacted by Katrina.
- Jo Bonner

 

Towns and cities throughout the United States have
opened their hearts and homes to thousands of families
displaced from their homes as a result of this horrific storm.
- Jo Bonner

I am very aware that there are many of you who have
friends and loved ones in the areas affected by this
storm who have been displaced or who have not yet been accounted for.
- Jo Bonner

The review process was conducted in an extremely bipartisan manner.
Minority members of the Judiciary Committee were responsible
for the invitation of 1/3 of the witnesses who appeared.
- Jo Bonner

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As more information becomes available,
and the magnitude of the storm's impact becomes even more apparent,
it becomes clear that this recovery will be lengthy.
- Jo Bonner

Help is even being offered from across the ocean,
as over two dozen countries have stepped forward to
offer financial and material support to the American people.
- Jo Bonner

There is one final point I would like to make this week.
As I said on the floor of the House during deliberation
of this latest supplemental,
hope is something Americans should never lose.
Let each of us, both by our words and actions,
continue to provide that hope.
- Jo Bonner

Nearly two weeks have passed since Hurricane Katrina
made landfall along the Gulf Coast,
and while we are still dealing with the tremendous devastation -
and will be for quite some time -
we are also seeing increased signs of recovery and help in our region.
- Jo Bonner

Hurricane Katrina this past week was certainly the
worst episode in what has become an all-too-familiar and tragic cycle,
and our nation is now faced with a set of unprecedented challenges.
- Jo Bonner

At many points during our nation's history,
there have been times - known in our history textbooks as "panics" -
when adverse conditions affecting the financial and
economic sectors of the country have caused individuals
to hoard more than they need.
- Jo Bonner

I have lived through many major hurricanes during my lifetime:
Camille,
Frederic, and Ivan, to name just a very few.
However, never have I seen destruction,
panic, and fear on this massive scale.
- Jo Bonner

President Bush, Secretary of State Rice,
and several cabinet level officials have visited Alabama's
Gulf Coast in recent days to tour the devastation and
to offer their continuing support and prayers for everyone affected by the storm.
- Jo Bonner

Living in this manner also gave them the opportunity
to locate targets and develop methods of attack that
would make the most impact on the population,
infrastructure, and governments of these areas.
- Jo Bonner

Since the September 11 attacks, nearly 400 individuals
have been arrested by the Justice Department as a result
of ongoing investigations into international terrorism.
Of that total, over half were convicted as a result of their actions.
- Jo Bonner

Never in our country's history have we witnessed a
natural disaster that has impacted so many people in such a wide area.
In fact, as of the writing of this column,
millions of people along the Gulf Coast have been displaced
from their homes in a period of only five days.
- Jo Bonner

I am certain more emergency supplemental bills will
be needed before this process is concluded.
In fact, there is a point I have repeated several times
recently which keeps the enormity of this situation in perspective.
- Jo Bonner

This emergency spending measure is certainly only the beginning,
since we here in Washington will continue to work closely
with the president and emergency agencies to ensure
they continue receiving the funding they need.
- Jo Bonner

There has certainly been criticism of the timing involved
in getting help to the victims of the storm,
and much of it may indeed be warranted.
However, this is not the time for pointing fingers;
rather,
it is the time for offering a helping hand to our neighbors in need.
- Jo Bonner

There are things we can all do to help,
including carpooling and traveling only when necessary,
in order to save gas during this time.
However, there is also something more important which we can all do:
buy only the gas which you need.
- Jo Bonner

The terrorist attacks of September 11,
2001, as well as more recent attacks in Madrid,
Spain, and London, England, showed in a very tragic
way just how vulnerable many areas of the world are
to these sorts of actions.
- Jo Bonner

Dr. Rice went well beyond offering a helping hand -
she went so far as to shed tears and share hugs with those who,
in a matter of just a few hours, had lost everything
to the rising floodwaters.
- Jo Bonner

While the level of support we can each provide certainly varies,
it is very important at this time that we all do what
we can to help our neighbors -
not only our immediate neighbors here in Alabama,
but those further away in Mississippi and Louisiana.
- Jo Bonner

It is during difficult times like this that the true
American spirit reveals itself.
I am not talking only of the response of local,
state, and federal governments, although they will
each play an extremely important role in this effort.
- Jo Bonner

The Inspector General issued six reviews and reports
on actions taken based on provisions of the act.
In those six reports, the IG found that not one violation
of an individual's civil liberties -
a total of zero -
had taken place since the act was instituted.
- Jo Bonner

Members of al Qaeda and other affiliated organizations
spent a great deal of time blending into the populations
of several nations around the world and exploring all aspects of life there.
- Jo Bonner

In an effort to provide my constituents with information
on how they can make contributions to a number of relief
and humanitarian organizations,
I have posted a short list of these groups and contact
numbers on my Internet website.
- Jo Bonner

Don't live your life to please other people.
- Oprah Winfrey

I don't know the key to success,
but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.
- Bill Cosby

A "No" uttered from deepest conviction
is better and greater than a "Yes" merely uttered to please,
or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

That you may retain your self-respect, it is better
to displease the people by doing what you know is right,
than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.
- William J. H. Boetcker

Keep busy - with tasks that inspire you,
motivate you, or please you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I was thinking that I might fly today.
Just to disprove all the things you say...
please be careful with me, I'm sensitive,
and I'd like to stay that way.
- Jewel

The freedom we are looking for
is the freedom to be ourselves,
to express ourselves. But if we look at our lives
we will see that most of the time
we do things just to please others ...
The worst part is that most of us
are not even aware that we are not free.
-Don Miguel Ruiz

It is the quality of our work which will please God
and not the quantity.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Growing up, I wanted desperately to please,
to be a good girl.
- Claire Danes

I would never have done what I'd done if I'd considered
my father as somebody I wanted to please.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

The Moon Cannot Be Stolen:
A thief entered the little hut of a Zen Master,
but discovered there was nothing to steal.
The Zen Master discovered the thief.
"You have come a long way to visit me," he told the prowler,
"and you should not return empty-handed.
Please take my clothes as a gift."
The thief was bewildered,
but he took the clothes and slunk away.
The Zen Master sat naked, watching the moon.
"Poor fellow," he mused,
"I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon."
- Traditional Zen Koan

Greetings, cosmic children of the universe.
Welcome to my serenity circle.
Please leave all bad vibes outside the healing vortex.
- the movie Shrek the Third (2007)

Women and cats will do as they please,
and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
- Robert A. Heinlein

No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers.
- Horace

If this is coffee, please bring me some tea;
but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.
- Abraham Lincoln

The house has to please everyone, contrary to the work of art which does not.
The work is a private matter for the artist.
The house is not.
- Adolf Loos

If one oversteps the bounds of moderation,
the greatest pleasures cease to please.
- Epictetus

If love is the answer,
could you please rephrase the question.
- Lily Tomlin

It is impossible to please all the world and one's father.
- Jean de La Fontaine

I don't care whose fault this was, just get it sorted!
And could someone please bring me something deep fat fried
and smothered in chocolate.
- the movie Shrek 2

I want you all to stand; will you do that for me,
please?
- James Dickey

Style is the dress of thought; a modest dress,
Neat, but not gaudy, will true critics please.
- Samuel Wesley

If any movie people are watching this show,
please, for me, have some respect.
You wanna sell some tickets, act like you know what you're talking about.
- Jeff Goldblum

If you're trying to please everyone,
then you're not going to make anything that is honestly yours,
I don't think, in the long run.
- Viggo Mortensen

Ardent love or desire introduced, as passionately longing
to please and glorify the Divine Being,
to be in every respect conformed to him,
and in that way to enjoy him.
- David Brainerd

He may not enter anywhere at the first,
unless there be some one of the household who bid him to come,
though afterwards he can come as he please.
- Bram Stoker

Please remember we all come from the same one and we
will all return to that one,
so there is no reason for fighting.
- Sean Paul

Please accept a promise from me in his name that I
will always live in the religion in which he died.
- Giacomo Meyerbeer

May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please,
but as the opportunity to do what is right.
- Peter Marshall

The day that I ever become hip...
please shoot me and put me outta my misery!
- Meat Loaf

Princeton is no longer a thing for Princeton men to please themselves with.
Princeton is a thing with which Princeton men must satisfy the country.
- Woodrow Wilson

It is in vain to hope to please all alike.
Let a man stand with his face in what direction he will,
he must necessarily turn his back on one half of the world.
- George Dennison Prentice

If you study the Talmud you please God even more than
you do by praying or fasting.
- Abraham Cahan

When you retire, it's a place in life,
a part of the journey.
You just don't quit work; you develop an attitude where
you can do what you please.
- Tom T. Hall

I always ask myself, would I want someone to do something
that wasn't comfortable for them just to please me? And the answer is no.
- Natalie Portman

If I like it, it's gonna be on my album.
You can't please everyone.
- Natasha Hamilton

Little things please little minds.
- Ovid

When trouble ends even troubles please.
- Sophocles

Next time I tell you someone from Texas should not
be president of the United States,
please pay attention.
- Molly Ivins

Who ever converses among old books will be hard to please among the new.
- William Temple

I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul,
to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience,
for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow.
- David Hobson

Please don't retouch my wrinkles.
It took me so long to earn them.
- Anna Magnani


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