Quotations of the day

AP News
Posted: Feb 20, 2013 3:01 AM

"If the Chinese government flew planes into our airspace, our planes would escort them away. If it happened two, three or four times, the president would be on the phone and there would be threats of retaliation. This is happening thousands of times a day. There needs to be some definition of where the red line is and what the repercussions would be." — Former FBI executive assistant director Shawn Henry in comments as public evidence mounts that the Chinese military is responsible for stealing massive amounts of U.S. government data and corporate trade secrets.


"I fail to understand how I could be charged with murder, let alone premeditated murder, as I had no intention to kill my girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp." — Oscar Pistorius in a sworn affidavit as the double-amputee Olympian face charges of premeditated murder in the shooting death of Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model and reality TV star.


"People will lose their jobs. The unemployment rate might tick up again. So far at least, the ideas that the Republicans have proposed ask nothing of the wealthiest Americans or the biggest corporations. So the burden is all on the first responders, or seniors or middle class families." — President Barack Obama lashing out against Republicans, saying they are unwilling to raise taxes to reduce deficits.