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February 19, 2015

"Yazidi women and children [are to be] divided according to the Sharia amongst the fighters of the Islamic State who participated in the Sinjar operations [in northern Iraq]... Enslaving the families of the [infidels] and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Sharia that if one were to deny or mock, he would be denying or mocking the verses of the Koran and the narrations of the Prophet...and thereby apostatizing from Islam."

– conclusion of ISIS study group considering the question of whether Iraq's Yazidis should be put to death or enslaved

February 18, 2015

"We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women. If we do not reach that time, then our children and grandchildren will reach it, and they will sell your sons as slaves at the slave market."

– chief ISIS spokesperson Sheikh Abu Muhammad al-Adnani

February 16, 2015

"A recent Bankrate poll found that almost two-thirds of Americans didn't have savings available to cover a $500 repair bill or a $1,000 emergency room visit."

– Paul Buchheit, in "New Evidence That Half of America is Broke"

February 13, 2015

"Did they only come for lice and petloleum?"

– Argentine president Cristina Kirchner, tweeting about investment meeting with China's president and business leaders

February 12, 2015

"Friends, this is a very important post I respectfully ask you to read through. Forgive its length. May it help you nail the coffin that's given shelter to a corrupt press that would stop at nothing in their fight against right."

– Sarah Palin blog post on Brian Williams

February 10, 2015

"Williams: "I guess I do say to myself and others, 'I've got this!' And I don't know where that unbridled confidence comes from. And I've done some ridiculously stupid things under that banner, like being in a helicopter I had no business being in in Iraq with rounds coming into the airframe."Baldwin: "Did you think you were going to die?"Williams: "Briefly, sure." "

– Brian Williams, interviewed by Alec Baldwin, March 4, 2013

February 09, 2015

"I was remembering something I tend to forget: the war with Hezbollah in Israel a few years back where there were Katyusha rockets passing just underneath the helicopter i was riding in. A few years before that, you go back to Iraq, and I looked down the tube of an RPG that had been fired at us and had hit the chopper in front of ours. And I'm so fortunate to be sitting here."

– Brian Williams, in a 2007 interview

February 09, 2015

"Here's a view of rockets I have never seen, passing underneath us, 1,500 feet beneath us. And we've got the gunner doors on this thing, and I'm saying to the general, some four-star: 'If we're just 1,500 feet [in the air]...it wouldn't take much for them to adjust the aim and try to do ring toss right through our open doors, would it?'...Anytime you want to cross over to the other side, baby, travel with me."

– Brian Williams, to Jon Stewart in 2006

February 07, 2015

"Cars were king. If you had transportation out of town to high ground you might eat, you might get some water. So here we are driving through town in our rental cars. Eight troopers had to cover us by aiming at the men in the street just to tell them, 'Don't think of doing a smash-and-grab and killing this guy for the car.' I carried a case of Vienna sausage, cans of Vienna sausage, as collateral in case we had a smash-and-grab cracking. I was gonna offer it to someone in exchange for my life."

– Brian Williams, on covering Katrina in New Orleans

February 05, 2015

"Williams: "Two of our four helicopters were hit by ground fire, including the one I was in."  Letterman: "No kidding!"  Williams: "RPG and AK-47."   Letterman: "What altitude were you hit at?"  Williams: "We were only at 100 feet doing 100 forward knots..."  Letterman: "What happens the minute everybody realizes you've been hit?"  Williams: "We figure out how to land safely -- and we did. We landed very quickly and hard..."  Letterman: "I have to treat you now with renewed respect. That's a tremendous story."  "

– Brian Williams on David Letterman show, March 26, 2013

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