Quotations of the day

“We want to declare very firmly that it was an American story that Edward Snowden was on this flight. This is a plot by the U.S. government to destroy President Morales’ image. We say this simply is a lie.” — Bolivian Defense Minister Ruben Saavedra after Bolivia’s presidential plane was rerouted to Austria because of suspicions the NSA leaker was on board.


“When you’ve got especially structures and residences involved, and you’ve got local resources, there’s a fair amount of social and political pressure, some of it self-generated by the firefighters, who want to do a good job. They don’t want to see a community burn down. They want to get in there.” — Dick Mangan, retired U.S. Forest Service safety official and consultant, on the deaths of 19 members of an elite Arizona firefighting crew.


“My wife and I check on things like eye drops and Chapstick to see if we’re allowed to take them on a plane, so it’s a little difficult to imagine that you aren’t checking the policies about your loaded firearm before you get to the airport.” — Sociology professor Jimmy Taylor after the government said more passengers are trying to board jetliners with weapons.

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