September 16th, 2010

“You can’t be honest. I didn’t want to answer questions, even to say what my weekend plans were.” 

– Maj. Margaret Witt, a lesbian, who was discharged from the army in 2007 under its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. (The New York Times)

“I won’t go out. I’ll send people to shop for me. I’ll stay home, very simply.”

– Oum Al Khyr, a 45-year-old Muslim woman who lives on the outskirts of Paris, on recent legislation passed by the French Senate that will prohibit Muslim women from wearing a face-covering veil. (Al Jazeera)

“There’s just a lot of nutty things she’s been saying that just simply don’t add up.”

– Karl Rove, a Republican strategist, on Christine O’Donnell, a Tea Party candidate who won the Republican nomination for Delaware’s senate race. (The New York Times)

“They shot to hit us and they could have killed us. We all lay down hoping we wouldn’t be hit.”

– Gaspare Marrone, the captain of a Sicilian fishing ship that was shot at by a Libyan patrol boat. While no one was injured and Libya has apologized for the incident, Marrone said it was clear that the crew were fishermen, dismissing any idea of a misunderstanding. (BBC)

“Any indication that they’re moving from bullets to ballots, as imperfect as it might be, is a good indicator.”

– Staffan de Mistura, the top U.N. representative in Afghanistan, on apparent attempts by Taliban leaders to bolster their political standing in anticipation of a reconciliation process. (Washington Post)

“We would like to announce that in 2012 … that we will both be … voting!”

– Glenn Beck, a conservative commentator for Fox News Network, at a Sept. 11 commemoration in Anchorage, Alaska, on the prospects of a Beck-Palin ticket for the 2012 presidential election. (The New York Times)

“You gonna run, Glenn?” 

– Sarah Palin, also present at the Sept. 11 commemoration, to Glenn Beck. (The New York Times)

“Uh, no.”

– Glenn Beck’s reply. (The New York Times)