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Issue: "Tick, tick, tick ...," May 7, 2011

"All I wanted was the chance to walk where Jesus did here in Israel."

Teen idol Justin Bieber, complaining via Twitter about paparazzi who dogged him while sightseeing ahead of a Tel Aviv concert.

"They will not preach what they practice."

Author Charles Murray, in a lecture at the American Enterprise Institute, on "the new upper class and the upper middle class." Murray said the members of these classes "are behaving in all the right ways. They're getting married, they're working hard. . . . They're doing all the right stuff [but] they won't dare say: 'This is the way people ought to be.'"

"A culture that does not possess this common store of image and allegory will be a perilously thin one. To seek restlessly to update it or make it 'relevant' is to miss the point, like yearning for a hip-hop Shakespeare."

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Atheist author Christopher Hitchens, writing on the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. "To suggest that Saint Paul, of all people, was gender-neutral," Hitchens added, "is to re-write the history as well as to rinse out the prose."

"Two plus two is four. Never five, much less six or seven, as we have sometimes pretended."

Raul Castro, president of Cuba, in mid-April at the Cuban Communist Party's first Congress in 14 years. "No country or person," said Fidel Castro's brother, "can spend more than they have."

"There is a limit to what can be achieved by airpower to stop fighting in a city."

Dutch Brigadier General Mark Van Uhm, chief of NATO operations in Libya, on the challenge of protecting citizens in Misrata, Libya, which Muammar Gaddafi's forces have been attacking aggressively.


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