August 2014

  • August 31, 2014

    “I don’t think you’re going to get that . There’s no doubt there are acts out there that would pay for exposure, but I think that’s the wrong message for the NFL to send.”

    -Gary Bongiovanni, editor of the concert data outfit “Pollstar,” on the NFL’s suggestion that musicians pay to perform at the Super Bowl. Forbes, August 21, 2014

  • August 30, 2014

    “The White House has something in common with the rest of America, and that is disdain for Congress. It is hard to blame them.”

    -Claire McCaskill, US Senator (Democrat – Missouri), as reported in The New York Times, August 18, 2014

  • August 29, 2014

    “I wasn’t given a fair trial or anything. It’s sad that this process can be abused and that the university can totally change somebody’s life, with very little evidence…In the real world, rape and sexual assault are crimes punishable by going to jail – and rightfully so. Why this left up to schools?”

    -Student at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, found responsible for sexual misconduct this year after an internal investigation he called biased. Washington Post, August 20, 2014

  • August 28, 2014

    “There are many youngsters who, only three days after they’ve been deported, are killed – shot by a firearm. They return just to die.”

    -Hector Hernandez, morgue director in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. On the fate of children deported after crossing American borders. Los Angeles Times, August 16, 2014

  • August 27, 2014

    “We have never been prouder of our son Jim. He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people.”

    -Diane Foley, mother of James Foley – American journalist who was kidnapped and beheaded by the militant group ISIS. Facebook post, August 19, 2014

  • August 26, 2014

    “The National Rifle Association often claims it is ‘America’s longest standing civil rights organization,’ but apparently these minor issues were more important than the murder of an unarmed teen by a policeman, and the subsequent attacks by a militarized force on unarmed Americans in a U.S. city. is the exact nightmare the NRA has been predicting. And yet, the NRA professes no kinship for those being crushed beneath the jackboots. It seems the NRA is only worried about the civil rights of white people.”

    -Cliff Schecter, Author, columnist, public relations specialist, and co-owner of “We Act Radio” in DC. Daily Beast, August 19, 2014

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    • August 25, 2014

      “CNN now stands for ‘Cops Not Needed Network.”

      -Andrea Tantaros, Fox News political analyst and conservative journalist. Criticizing CNN’s coverage of protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Fox News’ “The Five,” August 19, 2014

    • August 24, 2014

      “ not only built upon her own intellect, she spotted it in diapers, brought it in, and nurtured it. And, in a way, that’s her legacy. There is something that’s very special about a person’s passion when it becomes that person’s professional endeavor – her passion was politics… She absolutely saw everything with such clarity. It made us fantastic political reporters.”

      -Susan Zirinsky, senior executive producer of CBS’ “48 Hours.” Discussing the death of Dotty Lynch – academic, journalist, political pollster, and the first female chief polltaker for a presidential campaign. CBS News, August 10, 2014

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      • August 23, 2014

        “Three weeks ago, half the population didn’t know what ALS is. Now millions of people do, and that’s generated hundreds of thousands of contributors to the cause.”

        -Lance Slaughter, ALS Association Development Officer, on the viral “Ice Bucket Challenge,” in which participants dump ice water on themselves and challenge three friends to either donate to ALS research or dump water on themselves also. CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” August 15, 2014

      • August 22, 2014

        “Thirty-five is half a life. I can’t lose the other half. I’ve lost so much living as a shadow of a person.”

        -Vicky Beeching, British star of the American Christian rock genre, on her decision to come out as gay. The Independent, August 13, 2014

      • August 18, 2014

        “ Brown’s mom, Lesley McSpadden, is the latest African American mother whose tear-streaked face forces the nation to remember the name of yet another unarmed black teenager gunned down under questionable circumstances.”

        -Jonathan Capehart, MSNBC contributor and PostPartisan blog writer for the Washington Post. Washington Post, August 13, 2014

      • August 17, 2014

        “You never know what’s actually going on in a person’s life. You don’t know what happened to them before you met them…and that’s why they are the way they are. But I do think about it whenever I get in contact with my fans. I know this may be the only time they’ll ever meet me. I try to take advantage of that moment and be kind and grateful.”

        -Katy Perry, American pop artist, on meeting singer Gwen Stefani and the impact it had on her. Chicago Tribune, August 8, 2014

      • August 16, 2014

        “You know, we did a good job in containing the Soviet Union but we made a lot of mistakes, we supported really nasty guys, we did some things that we are not particularly proud of, from Latin America to Southeast Asia, but we did have a kind of overarching framework about what we were trying to do that did lead to the defeat of the Soviet Union and the collapse of Communism. That was our objective. We achieved it.”

        -Hillary Clinton, Former Secretary of State and former first lady. The Atlantic, August 10, 2014

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        • August 15, 2014

          “I…understand that age is kind of awesome. I am fortunate enough to know women like Gloria Steinem – who I think is one of the most stunning women on the planet – doesn’t touch her face. Diane Keaton, Annette Bening – all of these fabulous, fearless women who are flawless – they embrace it!”

          -Jennifer Aniston , American actress, Interview with Yahoo Beauty, August 8, 2014

        • August 14, 2014

          “ health system has completely collapsed. And by that I mean they don’t have capacity to even see patients. Every day they are seeing patients – mothers present with dead babies in their womb because there’s no one to do a C-section.”

          -Frank Glover, doctor, missionary, and president of health organization SHIELD in Africa. ABC’s This Week, August 10, 2014

        • August 13, 2014

          “People told me I was crazy for giving up my seat in the state Senate, but I knew we needed change. They reminded me that no incumbent governor had ever lost a primary election. That changed tonight.”

          -David Ige, Hawaii State Senator, on defeating sitting Governor Neil Abercrombie (D) in the state’s gubernatorial primary – the first time in Hawaii’s history that a sitting governor has lost their primary. Speaking to supporters on election night, August 9, 2014

        • August 12, 2014

          “If does not go on the offensive against ISIS…they are coming here. This is just not about Baghdad, this is just not about Syria, this is about our homeland. And if we get attacked because he has no strategy to protect us, then he will have committed a blunder for the ages.”

          -Lindsey Graham, US Senator (Republican-South Carolina), Fox News Sunday, August 10, 2014

        • August 11, 2014

          “Right now, it’s the Yazidis. Tomorrow it will be something else. It really is about eradicating anything and everyone that does not resemble ideology.”

          -Farah Pandith, former special representative to Muslim communities under former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the current secretary – John Kerry. Interview with CBS News, August 10, 2014

        • August 10, 2014

          “Every morning at school – they had schools in those barracks – we started the day with The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag….and there was the American flag flying over the camp. But I could also see the barbed wire fence – and the sentry towers with the machine guns pointed at us – from my schoolhouse window, as I recited the words, “with liberty and justice for all.”

          -George Takei, American actor and internet sensation, recalling his days as a young boy in an internment camp – set up by the American government for Japanese-American families after Pearl Harbor. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, July 23, 2014

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          • August 9, 2014

            “I think what we have created is a timid and often craven political culture in Washington. And I think the one thing that we haven’t really captured is the degree to which money is driving that. I think that Republicans are fearful of primary opponents, so they don’t want to move toward the middle – they move toward the extreme.”

            -Carolyn Ryan, Washington Bureau Chief at NBC and political editor of The New York Times, discussing why Republicans have had trouble agreeing among themselves on how to handle the current immigration crisis. Meet The Press, August 3, 2014

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            • August 7, 2014

              “You can’t have it all, all at once. Who — man or woman — has it all, all at once? Over my lifespan, I think I have had it all. But in different periods of time things were rough. And if you have a caring life partner, you help the other person when that person needs it.”

              -Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US Supreme Court Justice, on balancing work and personal life. Interview with Katie Couric for Yahoo News, July 31, 2014

            • August 6, 2014

              “This was a moment for Goodell to show that domestic violence will not be tolerated on his watch. This was a moment for the man who speaks of honoring the “Shield,” as if his league were West Point or Annapolis, to make players understand the part of their contract that carries a moral turpitude clause — that being a good citizen is more important than being a great football player. This was not a moment for a $45-million-a-year sports attorney, with no mental-health training in his background, to play domestic-abuse counselor and therapist in his Manhattan office.”

              -Mike Wise, Sports Columnist at The Washington Post, reacting to news that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would only suspend Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice for two games after he beat his wife. Washington Post, July 29, 2014

              • August 5, 2014

                “What we do know is that we know how to stop Ebola. It’s not easy, but it can be done – and even in Africa. In fact, we have stopped every previous outbreak, and I’m confident we can stop this one. But it’s going to be hard, because it’s spread through so many countries, and there’s such a risk of further spread in Africa.”

                -Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), discussing the current Ebola outbreak in Africa. CBS Face The Nation, August 3, 2014

              • August 4, 2014

                “I don’t believe we’ll ever be back to normal, but this is not going to be our new normal. We’re going to fix this. Our city is not going to be abandoned.”

                -D. Michael Collins, Mayor of Toledo, Ohio, on the current Lake Erie water crisis that has left over 500,000 people without drinking water. Press Conference, August 2, 2014

              • August 3, 2014

                “The really great athletes make their news on the field, not off the field.”

                -Jimmy Haslam, Owner of the Cleveland Browns, speaking to reporters after the Browns’ first preseason practice, July 26, 2014

              • August 1, 2014

                “I don’t think that it’s healthy for young girls to be looking at these beauty magazines and watching TV and these shows and thinking …you look at French film, Spanish film – they’re a little more open to quirks and human nature – that we’re not all symmetrical, not all the same shape…we need more of that.”

                -Natalie Dormer, English Actress – known for Game of Thrones, San Diego Comic Con’s annual “Women Who Kick Ass” Panel, July 26, 2014