December 2014

  • December 31, 2014

    “Anyone who’s standing with us, we want you to not use Eric Garner’s name for violence, because we are not about that. I’m standing here in sorrow about losing those two police officers.”

    -Gwen Carr, Mother of Eric Garner – killed by an NYPD police officer, speaking to reporters about two murdered NYPD officers, December 21, 2014

  • December 30, 2014

    “We forget these are criminals they’re out there apprehending. De Blasio’s out there on the front lines defending these criminals. But the people who are defending his own family, he’s not out here for. And I find it disgraceful…As the leader of this city, he needs to show a little more support for the cops. They’re the ones that are dying for us. Simple.”

    -Bernice Cruz, childhood friend of murdered NYPD officer Rafael Ramos, discussing NYPD’s anger at Mayor De Blasio’s handling of racial tension in the city – which may have led to the death of two officers. Fox News, December 22, 2014

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    • December 29, 2014

      “On this day long ago, a child was born who – by age 30 – would transform the world. Happy Birthday Isaac Newton – born Dec 25, 1642.”

      -Neil deGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist, author, pundit, and Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Tyson set off a social media firestorm with controversial Christmas-day comments such as the one above. Twitter, December 25, 2014

    • December 28, 2014

      “I’m basically a libertarian. I’m a conservative on economic matters, and I’m a social liberal.”

      -David Koch, American businessman, conservative activist, and political donor. Barbara Walters’ “The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014” on ABC, December 14, 2014

    • December 27, 2014

      “I don’t like that people put on me – on women – that you’ve failed yourself as a female because you haven’t procreated…This continually is said about me: that I was so career-driven and focused on myself; that I don’t want to be a mother, and how selfish that is…Even saying it gets me a little tight in my throat.”

      -Jennifer Aniston, American actress, Allure magazine interview, December 15, 2104

    • December 26, 2014

      “As doctors and dentists, we share a singular core value that binds us together: an unflinching commitment to improve the lives of our patients. This is our true north. But how this value is reflected in your work – your vision – will be unique to you.”

      -Vivek Murthy, confirmed 12/15/14 as Surgeon General of the United States. Speaking to graduates of Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine, May 29, 2014

    • December 25, 2014

      “Almost impossible to believe that Tom Coburn’s last sentient act in the Senate is blocking a bipartisan veterans suicide bill. Sleep Well, Senator.”

      -Rachel Maddow, political commentator, author, and host of The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. Twitter, December 12, 2014

    • December 24, 2014

      “Hashtags from horrific events may not fix what’s happening, but #illridewithyou & #IndiawithPakistan provide glimmers of hope in dark times.”

      -Rishi Iyengar, TIME Reporter, after thousands shared messages of support for Muslims following two attacks by religious extremists – a school attack in Pakistan and a hostage situation in Australia. Twitter, December 16, 2014

    • December 23, 2014

      “Ok, that’s the show. From eternity, I’m Stephen Colbert. Jon?”

      -Stephen Colbert, last words spoken on the series finale of The Colbert Report. The Colbert Report, December 18, 2014

    • December 22, 2014

      “Two of New York’s finest were shot and killed, with no warning, no provocation. They were, quite simply, assassinated — targeted for their uniform.”

      -William Bratton, NYPD Police Commissioner, on the unprovoked killing of two NYPD police officers, Press Conference, December 20, 2014

    • December 21, 2014

      “The actual name – Steve Urkel – he is a friend of…one of our producers. And he can’t order pizza. I don’t think he’s had a decent phone order of anything in the last 20 years.”

      -Jaleel White, American actor, discussing negative effects of the continued fame of his Family Matters character, Steve Urkel. HuffPost Live, December 9, 2014

    • December 20, 2014

      “I behaved badly, and I will have to live with that, but my own inexcusable arrogance is not a flaw in the Affordable Care Act.”

      -Jonathan Gruber, on his now-infamous Affordable Care Act comments referring to voters as “stupid.” Testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, December 9, 2014

    • December 19, 2014

      “Must every story about campus rape panic begin with the standard caveat, ‘sexual assault on campus is a serious problem’?”

      -Scott Greenfield, Criminal defense lawyer and blogger at Simple Justice. Twitter, December 8, 2014

    • December 18, 2014

      “I think we may need to call something in the future different, but it is working…Obamacare, no question, has a very bad brand that has been driven intentionally by a lot of misinformation and a lot of paid advertising.”

      -Kathleen Sebelius, former Secretary of Health and Human Services who resigned after the botched Healthcare.gov rollout. POLITICO’s “Lessons from Leaders” event, December 10, 2014

    • December 17, 2014

      “I hear a lot of people say, ‘Hey, it’s been two years, things should be getting better. But experts tell us from a recovery standpoint, in its infancy.”

      -Melissa Glaser, Community Outreach Liaison for Newtown’s Recovery and Resiliency Team. The Newtown Bee, December 14, 2014

    • December 16, 2014

      “My son was 12 years old, just a baby, a baby, my baby, the youngest out of four…I want to thank the nation for supporting us. That’s the only way I’m standing today – that I’m standing right now.”

      -Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice – whose 12-year-old son was killed by police while he was holding a fake gun. Justice for All March in Washington, DC, December 13, 2014

    • December 15, 2014

      “Whatever your views are on EITs (Enhanced Interrogation Techniques), our nation and in particular this agency did a lot of things right during this difficult time to keep this country strong and secure.”

      -John Brennan, CIA Director, addressing the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture. Press conference, December 11, 2014

    • December 14, 2014

      “You know, maybe there was a little hanky-panky . There was like maybe a kiss on the roof.”

      -Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former president George W. Bush, after being asked if she had ever “fooled around” in the White House. Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live!” December 4, 2014

    • December 13, 2014

      “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race…It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”

      -Stephen Hawking, theoretical physicist, author, and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge, BBC, December 2, 2014

    • December 12, 2014

      “The science of climate change is unforgiving, no matter what the deniers may say. Sea levels are rising, ice caps are melting, storms, droughts and wildfires are wreaking havoc.”

      -Hillary Clinton, former first lady, senator, and Secretary of State, and potential 2016 presidential candidate. Speaking at the League of Conservation Voters dinner, December 1, 2014

    • December 11, 2014

      “It takes a lot of effort … for an examiner to go out and look at court reports, look at judges’ documents, try to find a final disposition so we can get back to a gun dealer on whether they can sell that gun or not. And we don’t always get back to them.”

      -Kimberly Del Greco, FBI manager, discussing issues with the national background check system. Associated Press, November 26, 2014

    • December 10, 2014

      “For the first time in major college football, there is now a playoff bracket…Before this year, there was one championship game. The number one ranked team played number two. And those teams were picked using a peculiar formula with the help of computers – always a controversial process. And before 1992, the national champion was chosen by a poll of insiders – again, pretty controversial. So now, finally, fans have nothing to complain about…”

      -Arun Rath, weekend host of NPR’s All Things Considered, NPR, December 7, 2014

    • December 9, 2014

      “The time for remorse would have been when my husband was screaming to breath.”

      -Esaw Garner, widow of Eric Garner – who died after an NYPD officer placed him in a chokehold. After being asked if she could accept the apology of the officer who killed her husband. Press conference, December 3, 2014

    • December 8, 2014

      “We want our country to go in a conservative direction, where the patients have the power; where we have no shame in using American natural resources to create better jobs for working families; where we, the people, have the power and not the federal government.”

      -Bill Cassidy, US Congressman and Senator-elect (R-Louisiana), after defeating Democrat Mary Landrieu in a runoff election. Victory speech, December 6, 2014

    • December 7, 2014

      “I hate white people who come to me with all their race-related questions. Like, go read a book. I am not your literal Encyclopedia Brown.”

      -Alexis Wilkinson, first black woman to be named President of Harvard’s 138-year-old comedy magazine, “The Harvard Lampoon.” Twitter, November 15, 2014

    • December 6, 2014

      “My favorite athlete ever is Magic Johnson. Magic Johnson’s all about passing. It’s all about, like, setting up players, setting up people. I like dishing out and watching somebody jam. Actually, I get great pleasure from that.”

      -Chris Rock, American actor and comedian, CBS Sunday Morning, November 30, 2014

    • December 5, 2014

      “It takes a lot of effort … for an examiner to go out and look at court reports, look at judges’ documents, try to find a final disposition so we can get back to a gun dealer on whether they can sell that gun or not. And we don’t always get back to them.”

      -Kimberly Del Greco, FBI manager, discussing flaws in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) – especially on high-sale days such as Black Friday. Interview with The Associated Press, November 26, 2014

    • December 4, 2014

      “…Ray today.”

      -Janay Rice, wife of NFL player Ray Rice – now infamous after video showed him beating Janay unconscious. Speaking to ESPN’s Jemele Hill, November 28, 2014

    • December 3, 2014

      “The Obama administration is now in the market for their fourth secretary of defense. When the president goes through three secretaries, he should ask, ‘Is it them, or is it me?’”

      -Howard “Buck” McKeon, US Congressman and House Armed Services Chairman (R-California), on news that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is stepping down. Speaking to reporters, November 24, 2014

    • December 2, 2014

      “I’ve lived in Washington for nearly 50 years, so I have met all the presidents, many senators, many congress people, and many governors. And I always said the best politician – at the height of his political life – was Marion Barry.”

      -Carol Schwartz, Republican politician who ran against both DC Mayor-Elect Murial Bowser and former Mayor Marion Barry, Reflecting on Marion Barry’s life after his death on November 23rd. WMAL Interview, November 24, 2014

    • December 1, 2014

      “The decision…to announce the decision at 8:30 p.m. CT was foolish and dangerous. Here’s the thing about that time of night: it’s dark. Anyone – anyone! – should have known the decision in the Brown case would have been controversial. A decision not to indict, which was always possible, even likely, would have been sure to attract protests, even violence. Crowd control is always more difficult in the dark.”

      -Jeffrey Toobin, author and senior legal analyst for CNN and The New Yorker. After a grand jury decided not to indict the white officer who shot and killed a black teen in Ferguson, MO – leading to rioting and protests. CNN op-ed, November 25, 2014