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Posted: Sunday, July 4, 2004 8:16 am | Updated: 5:02 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

BRICK to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., for uttering this gem during a Democratic Party fundraiser in San Francisco last week: "Many of you are well enough off that . . . the tax cuts may have helped you . . . We’re saying that for America to get back on track, we’re probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."

A more succinct version was uttered more than a century ago by a gent by the name of Karl Marx: "From each according to his means, to each according to his needs."

BOUQUETS to Mesa Public Schools Superintendent Debra Duvall and 12 other district educators for going to Mexico for two weeks of Spanish language immersion this summer. Duvall says Spanish fluency is important as Mesa’s Hispanic population continues to grow, and the immersion program is "a good opportunity to acknowledge how it feels to be a student who speeks one language in the home and is learning another language at school."

BRICK to the Islamic Republic of Iran, two of the "guards" at whose U.N. mission in New York have been expelled from the United States after they were "caught casing New York sites," according to the New York Sun. This is in line with a recent announcement in Tehran by one Hassan Abassi, head of an Iranian group known as Security Without Borders, that "We will map 29 sensitive sites in the United States, and give the information to all international terror organizations. . . . We know where America’s Achilles’ heel is."

BRICK to Prince Turki al-Faisal, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Britain, for backing Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah’s loopy assertion of "Zionist" complicity in the recent al-Qaida attack at the Yanbu oil facility that killed six Western contractors. Will the Arab world never stop concocting and swallowing such crackbrained, anti-Semitic conspiracy theories?

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