This Week In Quotes: April 30 – May 6

Absent Israeli action, no one should base their future plans on anything except coping with a nuclear Iran. — John Bolton

Even if containment and deterrence might be more successful against Iran than just suggested, nuclear proliferation doesn’t stop with Tehran. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey and perhaps others will surely seek, and very swiftly, their own nuclear weapons in response. Thus, we would imminently face a multipolar nuclear Middle East waiting only for someone to launch first or transfer weapons to terrorists. Ironically, such an attack might well involve Israel only as an innocent bystander, at least initially. — John Bolton

KERRY PICKET (Wash. Times): Do you think the (Tea Partiers) outside are generally dangerous or no?

REP. CARSON: Oh absolutely. I worked in homeland security. I’m from intelligence, and I’ll tell you, one of the largest threats to our internal security…I mean terrorism has an Islamic face, but it really comes from racial supremacist groups. (inaudible) Its the kind of thing we keep a threat assessment on record [for]. — Rep Andre Carson

It would be a little easier for the rest of us not to live in fear if the president’s entire national security strategy didn’t depend on average citizens happening to notice a smoldering SUV in Times Square or smoke coming from a fellow airline passenger’s crotch. But after the car bomber and the diaper bomber, it has become increasingly clear that Obama’s only national defense strategy is: Let’s hope their bombs don’t work! — Ann Coulter

Kids who wear American flag t-shirts on 5 May should have to share a lunchroom table with those who wear a hammer and sickle on 4 July. — Roger Ebert

Stephen Trejo and Jeffrey Groger studied the intergenerational progress of Mexican-American immigrants in their scholarly work, “Falling Behind or Moving Up?” They discovered that third-generation Mexican-Americans were no more likely to finish high school than second-generation Mexican-Americans. Fourth-generation Mexican-Americans did no better than third.
If these results continue to hold, the low skills of yesterday’s illegal immigrant will negatively shape the U.S. work force into the 22nd century. The failure to enforce the immigration laws in the 1990s and 2000s means that the U.S. today has more poorly skilled workers, more poverty and more workers without health insurance than it would have generated by itself. — David Frum

Faux intellectuals cling bitterly to Marx and his ilk because the common man rightfully rejects them. How else could they justify their salary? How could they be seen as the holders of some secret knowledge if the country is already based on best principles laid out by brighter and better men than they? — George

I just returned a little while ago from a special lunch for the Board of Trustees at AEI. We had a presentation where the optimist thought we were heading for slow growth and probably a recession. The pessimist predicted that the EU goes off a cliff and takes the world with it. The global economy is going to you-know-what. I return to my desk to see these crazy Dow numbers. I’m buying gold – and bottled water. — Jonah Goldberg

I said Islam was wicked and evil — I don’t believe Mohammad can lead anybody to God — Rev. Franklin Graham

Americans value immigration. They recoil from lawlessness. And frustration over the impotent border enforcement has manifested itself in a flailing overreach. Arizona’s law isn’t a referendum on Latinos or even immigration itself. It’s an unambiguous rebuke of Washington. — David Harsanyi

You can’t have a country without oil unless you want to play Renaissance fair 24/7. — Frank J.

Now, there are many many beautiful and sexy older women. But 40 is not, never will be, ‘the new 20.’ It’s only the new 20 for those who never learned not to behave like an alleycat the first time around. — LauraW

This law of ‘frontier justice’ — where law enforcement officials are required to stop anyone based on ‘reasonable suspicion’ that they may be in the country illegally — is reminiscent of a time during World War II when the Gestapo in Germany stopped people on the street and asked for their papers without probable cause. — Connie Mack (R-Fla.) on the Arizona immigration law

For the cost of Obama’s spendulus, the U.S. could have had an income tax moratorium for a year. That would have been economic stimulus. — Gabriel Malor

(The unanimous vote of House Republicans vote against the stimulus bills) “set the tenor for the whole year … That helped to create the tea-baggers and empowered that whole wing of the Republican Party to where it now controls the agenda for the Republicans. — Barack Obama

So many of us acted as though the struggle for social justice and the struggle for right is over don’t realize that the struggle is not over until we achieve equality. Someone was saying to me the other day, Rev. Sharpton, we’ve got an African-American president. We’ve achieved the dream of Dr. King, and I told him, that was not Dr. King’s dream … but the dream was not to put one black president in the White House. The dream was to make everything equal in everybody’s house. President Obama is in the White House to help us get there but we’re not there yet. — Al Sharpton

Today’s liberals favor indignation over information. — George Will

In fact, 52 percent of U.S. homicides are committed by blacks, 49 percent of homicide victims are black and 93 percent of them were murdered by fellow blacks. The level of crime in black communities is the result of government’s failure to perform its most basic function, namely the protection of its citizens. — Walter Williams

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