May 6th, 2010

“But as friends, as Jews, we want to tell you that you are going down a wrong path.”

– A petition signed by a group of over 3,000 European Jews addressed to Israel. The group, known as JCall, considers the Israeli occupation and settlements in the Palestinian territories morally and politically wrong. (Al Jazeera)

“Just sort of a bigoted woman.”

– Gordon Brown, prime minister of Great Britain, after speaking with Gillian Duffy, a 65-year-old British woman. With parliamentary elections scheduled for May 6, the remark hurt Brown’s Labour Party, which is in a tight race with the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. (The New York Times)

“Jack Bauer might have caught him in 24. But in the real world, 53’s not that bad.” 

– Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly after the FBI arrested a suspect of the attempted Times Square bombing only 53 hours and 20 minutes after the smoking vehicle was first spotted. (The Associated Press) 

“We’re definitely happy and a little bit surprised. Usually this type of thing goes in a different way.”

– Majid Al Kabban, the lawyer of a newly-wed couple caught by police having sex in a car in Dubai. The couple were released after Kabban argued successfully that the car was a private place so the couple’s actions did not violate Dubai’s strict public indecency laws. (BBC)

“We don’t shred the Constitution when it is popular. We do the right thing.”

– Glenn Beck criticizing Republican opposition to reading Miranda rights to terror suspects. (The Washington Post)