''Whether or not I have a view is irrelevan (AP) _ Judge Clarence Thomas turning aside questions about his views on abortion.

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''I think the president is 100 percent dictator, not a diplomat, not a politician.'' - Poet Jansug Charkviani on Georgian President Zviad Gamsakhurdia.

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''At the time, with the information we had - to this day I think we did the appropriate thing, the best that we could.'' - John A. Balcerzak, one of two officers fired for leaving a naked, intoxicated Laotian boy with Jeffrey L. Dahmer after investigating a report of a molested child.