August 2013

August 1, 2013

“Perhaps Abedin has come to terms with this imperfection, and agreed to let him go on with the sexts through the duration of another pregnancy. Or perhaps he’s through with trying to change, and is simply allowed, in his marriage, to use the Internet, as so many millions do, for fetishism and fantasy, so long as he never touches another woman? Or what if he and his wife have — gasp — an open marriage? Or even a marriage for show? Could we still admire her then, were we ever to know?”

-Emily Greenhouse, Columnist, on the relationship between Huma Abedin and her husband, New York City Mayoral Candidate, Anthony Wiener, The New Yorker, July 26, 2013

August 2, 2013

“The calls to repeal Obamacare would be more convincing if the House and Senate Republicans would tell us what they support (and they don’t necessarily have to be identical). No, a GOP plan won’t pass, but don’t Republicans have an obligation to put it out there (just as they have done on the budget)? I think so.”

-Jennifer Rubin, Columnist, The Washington Post, July 28, 2013

August 3, 2013

“To the long list of Russians whom President Vladimir Putin is persecuting, add gay people and those who support gay rights. Along with political dissidents, journalists and billionaire businessmen, they are increasingly the focus of repellent laws and repressive practices that could send them, and anyone who dares defend them, to jail.”

-Editorial Board, New York Times, July 28, 2013

August 4, 2013

“Between selfish indifference and violent protest there is always another possible option, and the key to developing a just and fair society as a leader is dialogue, dialogue, dialogue.”

-Pope Francis, Religion News Service, July 27, 2013

August 5, 2013

“It is precisely because of — not in spite of — the faith that defines my most essential self that I believe we are all equal in God’s eyes and that we all should enjoy the same legal rights and privileges no matter what our gender, race, creed, or sexuality might be.”

-Cathleen Falsani, Faith & Values columnist for the Orange County (CA) Register, Religion News Service, June 27, 2013

August 6, 2013

“An athlete of nontraditional sexual orientation isn’t banned from coming to Sochi, but if he goes out into the streets and starts to propagandize, then of course he will be held accountable.”

-Vitaly Mutko, Russian Sports Minister, on gay athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics to be held in Sochi, Russia after Russia passed an anti-gay “propaganda” law, AP, August 2, 2013

August 7, 2013

“The strike by our brothers in Guantanamo reveals the real odious and ugly face of America.”

-Ayman al-Zawahri, leader of al-Qaeda, on the hunger strike by several prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay Prison, Washington Post, August 1, 2013

August 8, 2013

“When I really wanted to have a cheat day, I had to have a kale chip.”

-Jennifer Aniston, actor, on her strict diet before she performed the role of a stripper in “We’re The Millers,” Access Hollywood, July 30, 2013

August 9, 2013

“Here’s the thing — the president is one of the most practically non-partisan presidents I have seen in the White House. I’ve been there since Ronald Reagan, and he really is working to try to get some bipartisan agreement.”

-Nancy Pelosi, former Speaker of the House, in an interview with the USA Today editorial board, August 2, 2013

August 10, 2013

“Responding to Pope Francis’s suggestion that the Pope is not capable of judging gays, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia contacted the Vatican today to say that he would be ‘more than happy’ to help the Pontiff do so.”

-Andy Borowitz, satirist, The New Yorker, July 30, 2013

August 11, 2013

“According to the New York Post, the Clintons are really angry about being compared to the Weiners, and rightly so. Bill Clinton took his sexual conduct seriously. Anthony Weiner just phones it in.”

-Jay Leno, comedian, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, July 30, 2013

August 12, 2013

“It’s just surreal at this point. I don’t think you guys can understand — it’s crazy.”

-Paul White, one of three winners in the $448 million Powerball Jackpot on August 8, 2013, Washington Post, August 9, 2013

August 13, 2013

“For too long, these companies were allowed to make big profits buying mortgages, knowing that if their bets went bad, taxpayers would be left holding the bag.”

-Barack Obama, President, on the closing of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, at a speech in Tuscon, Arizona, August 6, 2013

August 14, 2013

“President Putin is acting like a school-yard bully and doesn’t deserve the respect a bilateral summit would have accorded him.”

-Charles Schumer, Senator (D-NY), on the President’s decision to not meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a statement released August 7, 2013

August 15, 2013

“I value the idea that nothing’s permanent, that you have to be aware of it while it’s here.”

-Audrey Niffenegger, artist and author, on her inspiration for her artwork, Express, August 8, 2013

August 16, 2013

“President Obama is going to appear on ‘The Tonight Show’ with Jay Leno. That’s going to be awesome. The most powerful man in the country is going to interview President Obama.”

-Craig Ferguson, comedian, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, August 1, 2013

August 17, 2013

“I don’t oppose Islam as a country, but I do feel that their laws should not be welcome here in Australia. Less than 2% of Australians follow haram… Jews aren’t under haram, they have their own religion which follows Jesus Christ.”

-Stephanie Banister, a former candidate from the One Nation political party in Australia’s parliamentary elections makes a series of statements that are not based on fact (Islam is not a country, haram is any act forbidden by God and so isn’t something one ‘follows’, and most Jews are not followers of Christ), in an interview with 7 News, August 10, 2013

August 18, 2013

“The word Messiah is a title and it’s a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ.”

-Lu Ann Ballew, a family court judge from Tennessee changed the first name of a 7-month old from Messiah to Martin after his parents appeared in court over a disagreement about the child’s last name; his first name was not being contested by either parent, AP, August 12, 2013

August 19, 2013

“When you have any contact with real persecuted minorities you learn to use the word ‘persecuted’ very chastely. I think we are made to feel uncomfortable at times. We’re made to feel as if we’re idiots – perish the thought! But that kind of level of not being taken very seriously or being made fun of; I mean for goodness sake, grow up.”

-Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, in comments at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Huffington Post, August 16, 2013

August 20, 2013

“The way the Common Core standards are being implemented is more
imperial than empirical.”

-George Ball, former president of the American Horticultural Society and chairman of W. Atlee Burpee & Co., on the implementation of Common Core, the teaching standards required to receive Race To The Top funds, SF Gate, August 16, 2013

August 21, 2013

“Cutting two of the biggest networks out of the mix is a huge mistake for the GOP. If Republicans should have learned anything after 2012 it’s that they failed to engage adequately with voters, perhaps most notably with women. They didn’t lose only because the media wasn’t on their side. They lost because there were too many instances when — and too many issues on which — they failed to communicate.”

-Sabrina Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Independent Women’s Forum, on the Republican National Committee’s decision to boycott NBC and CNN if those networks air programs on Hillary Clinton’s life, The Hill, August 16, 2013

August 22, 2013

“Go photograph Egypt and show the world something important.”

-Benedict Cumberbatch, actor, in a handwritten note held up to paparazzi outside the filming of his TV show, Sherlock, BuzzFeed, August 17, 2013

August 23, 2013

“I don’t understand — why are they so famous?”

-Katie Couric, journalist, on the Kardashians, in an interview with In Touch magazine, August 15, 2013

August 24, 2013

“It’s right to ask questions about surveillance, particularly as technology is reshaping every aspect of our lives. It’s not enough for me, as president, to have confidence in these programs. The American people need to have confidence in them as well.”

-Barack Obama, President of the United States, in a News Conference, August 9, 2013

August 25, 2013

“There’s been many attempts to tell us we can’t work together because we’re too different. Don’t believe the hype! It’s about all of our civil rights, for everyone.”

-Donna Payne, Associate Director of Field Outreach, LGBT rights group Human Rights Campaign, in a speech at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of The March on Washington, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, August 24, 2013

August 26, 2013

“Dr. King’s oration 50 years ago helped us create a better world, although we do not yet have the world that Dr. King dreamed of. So this must not be a commemoration. This must be a continuation of that righteous fight to achieve racial and economic opportunity at the voting booth, in our schools, in our workplaces and in our communities.”

-Randi Weingarte, president of the American Federation of Teachers, at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of The March on Washington, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, August 24, 2013

August 27, 2013

“When they say no, you can’t have the Dream Act, no you can’t have marriage equality, no you can’t abolish the death penalty, no you can’t expand voting rights in any state south of the Mason-Dixon, we say – yes we can!”

-Benjamin Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP, at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of The March on Washington, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, August 24, 2013

August 28, 2013

“In 1992, as I was finishing high school, my 71-year-old paternal grandmother was murdered in a house robbery in Sahibabad, India. The killing remains unsolved, and the anguish it caused my family will never fade away. But in America, our criminal justice system has too often focused on vengeance and punishment (and racial suspicion) rather than on crime prevention, restitution for victims and the social and economic reintegration of released prisoners into our communities so that they do not turn to crime again.”

-Vanita Gupta, deputy legal director, American Civil Liberties Union, New York Times, August 15, 2013

August 29, 2013

“You take the limits off and say, ‘You can spend as much as you want,’ and people will spend and spend. People are appalled abroad. It’s a question I get asked all the time: Why should elections be determined by how much a candidate can spend and why should candidates spend most of their time these days raising the funds so that they will prevail in the next election?”

-Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice, Supreme Court of the United States, on the Citizens United decision, Bloomberg, August 24, 2013

August 30, 2013

“Firms are doing what they have to do, legally, but women are coming into Wall Street in large numbers — and they still are not making partner and are not getting into the positions that lead to the executive suites. There’s still an old-boy network. You just have to keep fighting.”

-Muriel Siebert, the first woman to buy a seat on the New York Stock Exchange and first woman to head one of the exchange’s member firms, in her obituary in The New York Times, August 25, 2013

August 31, 2013

“These Western countries hold a different negative view of the electoral process. Well, there’s nothing we can do about their moral turpitude.”

-Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe, rejecting allegations of vote-rigging after being sworn in, The Express, August 23, 2013