Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "Homeland insecurity," Nov. 10, 2001

I actually don't have an opinion on that, and it's important I not have an opinion on that.

ABC News president David Westin, in response to a student's question about whether the Pentagon was a "legitimate" terrorist target during an Oct. 23 speech at Columbia University. After the remark provoked heated criticism, Mr. Westin decided it was important to develop an opinion: "I was wrong," he admitted last week.

She's either lying in court or lying to the press to try to save face.

Los Angeles deputy district attorney Eleanor Hunter, on 1970s radical and former fugitive Sarah Jane Olson, who last week pleaded guilty to possessing bombs with intent to murder police officers in 1975. Ms. Olson later said she was innocent of the charge and only pleaded guilty because "law enforcement has risen in credibility" since the 9/11 terrorist attacks and a jury wouldn't give her a fair hearing.

Things are sliding. People are displaying 'In God We Trust' everywhere.

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Sterling, Va., high-school student Jordan Kupersmith, after the U.S. Supreme Court last week rejected his appeal that challenged a Virginia law requiring the state's public schools to begin each day with a minute of silence.

It's going to be tight. They're starting to say that at school now. It means awesome.

Seguin, Texas, 10-year-old Lizzie Ruiz, on the upcoming movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, based on the first novel of J.K. Rowling's best-selling children's series. The film, which is scheduled to open on Nov. 16, has already generated millions of dollars in advance ticket sales, and analysts say it could become the biggest box-office hit of all time.

Will New York City make running around looking for people talking on their cell phones a priority? I doubt that right now.

Marta Genovese of the New York chapter of the American Automobile Association, in The Wall Street Journal, on a new state law banning the use of handheld cell phones while driving. The law took effect last week.


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