Quotations of the day

September 13, 2012 - 3:33 AM

"We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, but there is absolutely no justification for this type of senseless violence. None." — President Barack Obama in a statement as the U.S. dispatched an elite group of Marines to Tripoli on Wednesday after the mob attack that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

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"Planners and pundits ought to consider that the riots and unrest following a Web entry about an obscure film are probably a fraction of what could happen following a strike — by the Israelis or U.S. — on Iran," — Retired Lt. Gen. Gregory Newbold, an endorser of the Iran report that said that a U.S. military strikes on Iran would shake the regime's political control and damage its ability to launch counterstrikes, but the Iranians probably would manage to retaliate, directly and through surrogates, in ways that risked igniting all-out war in the Middle East.

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"There are so many factors that are acting in this complex disease. Obesity is not just a disease simply of people drinking too much sugary soft drink. Just attacking one thing, individually, isn't going to do much." — Dr. Jeffrey Mechanick, a professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in a statement as health officials are expected to approve an unprecedented 16-ounce limit on sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, delis and movie theaters in New York City.