"It doesn't strike me as being motivated by intelligence concerns. I think it's about calling back power to the executive branch."
    John Cioffi, UCR assistant professor of political science and a nonpracticing attorney, on the National Security Agency's surveillance program, which has become the subject of a controversy over whether wiretapping is an illegal abuse of executive authority.

"The whole project was designed to present data in raw form rather than highly manipulated. That makes it more difficult. You have to do a little work to use this."
    Economics Professor Richard Sutch, who along with Economics Professor Susan Carter, was editor in chief of the five-volume “Historical Statistics of the United States,” an expansion of previous compilations that were published by the United States Census Bureau in 1949, 1960 and 1975.

"I would think it would have little chance of going anywhere unless there was a secession of South Carolina from the union."
    Edwin Gaustad, professor emeritus of history and religious studies, on workability of moving like-minded Christians to South Carolina with the intention of passing laws that line up with their biblical principles and interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.

"Leaf blowers run for only a few minutes a week per house. People are interested because it is very noticeable. The cloud of dust looks bad. But in the big scheme of things, it's not significant."
    Dennis Fitz, assistant research engineer at CE-CERT, on the results of a recent study that found that there is so little dust stirred up by leaf blowers that authorities don't need to regulate it.

“Basically, he's just got to convince them that he's a real Republican and it's not clear whether he can do that."
    Shaun Bowler, UCR professor of political science on Gov. Schwarzenegger’s somewhat shaky standings at the recently held state Republican convention.