Quotations of the day

AP News
Posted: Oct 23, 2013 3:01 AM

"The only way that you can have a crew member be in 'rest status' is if that blast door is shut and there is no possibility of anyone accessing the launch control center." — Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, the commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, after Air Force officers entrusted with the launch keys to nuclear-tipped missiles have been caught leaving open a blast door that is intended to help prevent a terrorist or other intruder from entering their underground command post.


"Let us not just look at the hand-cutting or the stoning or the caning per se, but let us also look at the conditions governing them. It is not indiscriminate cutting or stoning or caning. There are conditions and there are methods that are just and fair." — Mufti Awang Abdul Aziz, Brunei's top Islamic scholar, after Brunei's ruling sultan announced a new criminal law for Muslims that could include penalties like amputation for theft and stoning for adultery.


"U.S. counterterrorism operations are precise, they are lawful and they are effective." — President Barack Obama's chief spokesman, Jay Carney, defending drone strikes targeting al-Qaida operatives and others it deems enemies, rejecting reports by two human-rights groups questioning the legality of strikes they asserted have killed or wounded scores of civilians in Yemen and Pakistan.