Verbatim: Nov. 21, 2005

  • "Obviously anyone who blows himself up in a wedding hall is not someone who wants the good of his country or the good of any human being." MARWAN MUASHER, Deputy Prime Minister of Jordan, commenting on three near simultaneous suicide bombings last week that killed at least 57 people in Jordan

    "The No. 1 question [from my constituents] was about you and your profitability. And I have to tell you, it's not terribly fun to defend you." LARRY CRAIG, G.O.P. Senator of Idaho, to the five oil executives who appeared last week at congressional hearings, where politicians asked the oilmen about amassing record-high profits while consumers bore the brunt of soaring oil and natural-gas prices

    "The Last Action Hero bombed, but he still got $20 million. But this is a real sock in the gut." BILL WHALEN, research fellow at the Hoover Institution, commenting on Arnold Schwarzenegger and the failure of all four of the initiatives that the California Governor was supporting in last week's special election, as his approval rating slipped to 33%

    "There are legal services for downloading music and movies. This service is not one of them." GROKSTER, in a farewell message on its website last week, as the company, whose popular software enabled peer-to-peer file sharing, shut down after losing a copyright-infringement case brought by the entertainment industry that went to the Supreme Court

    "I'll be a student from 7:50 to 2:30, and then I'll work on mayor stuff from 3 to 6." MICHAEL SESSIONS, 18, on balancing his schoolwork with his new duties as mayor of Hillsdale, Mich. By garnering 670 votes, the high school senior beat incumbent Doug Ingles, 51, by 64 votes

    "I've gained no wisdom, no insight, no mellowing. I would make all the same mistakes again today." WOODY ALLEN, director and actor who turns 70 next month, on aging ungracefully

    Sources: Washington Post; New York Times; Washington Post; New York Times; CNN; Vanity Fair