January 2014

  • January 31, 2014

    “The only reason bothers me is because it seems like it’s the accepted way of calling somebody the N-word nowadays.”

    -Richard Sherman, Professional football player with the Seattle Seahawks. Press conference, January 22, 2014

  • January 30, 2014

    “ higher education, as her campaign website says, with ‘the help of academic scholarships, student loans, and state and federal grants.’ Now that she is in a high-profile and hotly partisan race, it has come out that she also benefited from the moral and financial support of her second – now ex – husband. In the process, though, behavior we would expect and hardly notice in a man is being portrayed as freakish and problematic in a woman.”

    -Liza Mundy, Program Director at the New America Foundation. Politico article, January 24, 2014

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    • January 29, 2014

      “From an athlete’s perspective, to cancel the Olympics in regards to the threats would be absolutely devastating – especially since the Olympics – it’s really about people meeting together through sports and putting aside their countries’ differences for that time.”

      -Brian Boitano, American figure skater, former Olympic champion, and member of the US delegation to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Discussing possible security issues at upcoming Olympic games. CBS’ Face The Nation, January 26, 2014

    • January 28, 2014

      “I’m so sick and tired of all this violence, this gun violence. And how could I speak on it – you know – being one who has advocated violence and gun violence? The only way I could do it was through a song that spoke from the heart.”

      -Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dog), American rapper – known recently for his spiritual transformation and attitude shift. Discussing his song “No Guns Allowed.” CBS Sunday Morning, January 26, 2014

    • January 27, 2014

      “No one understands that the First Amendment is only important if you are going to offend somebody. If you ‘re not going to offend somebody, you don’t need protection of the First Amendment.”

      -Larry Flynt, “Hustler” magazine producer and First Amendment advocate. CBS SundayMorning, January 19, 2014

    • January 26, 2014

      “While Downton’s plot twist was more cynically deployed than Scandal’s, both shows exploited the drama of rape instead of exploring the realities of it.”

      -Jaclyn Friedman, executive director of Women, Action & The Media, The American Prospect, January 15, 2014.

    • January 25, 2014

      “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers.”

      -Daniel Boorstin, former Librarian of Congress (1975-1987), as quoted in “Book of Humorous Quotations” by Connie Robertson, 1998

    • January 23, 2014

      “Putting women’s traditional needs at the center of social planning is not reverse sexism. It’s the best way to reverse the increasing economic vulnerability of men and women alike.”

      -Stephanie Coontz, professor at the Evergreen State College, Op-Ed, New York Times, January 11, 2014

    • January 22, 2014

      “So what have we learned today that we didn’t already know? Nothing. We learned that the Academy Awards is racist. It always has been. 94% of the voting members of the academy are white. So both the Lone Ranger and Alone yet not Alone feed into the colonial fantasy BS that dominates hollywood stories about Indians.”

      -Adrienne Keene, blogger at Native Appropriations, responding to “The Lone Ranger” receiving the Oscar for best makeup and hairstyling and “Alone yet not Alone” receiving the Oscar for best song, at her blog, January 16, 2014.

    • January 21, 2014

      “With its strenuously chummy hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, its saccharine-bordering-on-absurd acceptance speeches and its deluge of tearjerking “inspirational” commercials that sought to forge a hitherto unsuspected link between Golden Globes and Humanity’s Greatest Achievements, the night was a deep dive into a pool of estrogen.”

      -Kyle Smith, entertainment columnist, New York Post, January 13, 2014

    • January 20, 2014

      “So yes, Dr. had many other goals, many other more transcendent, non-racial, policy goals, goals that apply to white people too, like ending poverty, reducing the war like aspects of our foreign policy, promoting the New Deal goal of universal employment, and so on. But his main accomplishment was ending 200 years of racial terrorism, by getting black people to confront their fears… That is what Dr. King did — not march, not give good speeches. He crisscrossed the south organizing people, helping them not be afraid, and encouraging them, like Gandhi did in India, to take the beating that they had been trying to avoid all their lives. Once the beating was over, we were free.”

      -Hamden Rice, commentator, Daily Kos, August 29, 2011.

      • January 19, 2014

        “The ‘Goonies’ are a close knit group. They believe in themselves, even though there are doubters throwing darts at them outside…’Goonies never say die.’ That’s pretty in-line with the mentality of our team.”

        -Robin Lopez, American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers. Willamette Week, January 8, 2014

      • January 18, 2014

        “…This is not a tool to bring down regimes. We never though of ourselves like this. We were just, you know, cracking jokes about the status quo. And it’s a way to deal with our differences…I think it’s a very healthy, cathartic way of freedom of expression. As a matter of fact, having a show like this reflects well on the government – that it allows something like this.”

        -Bassem Youssef, Egyptian cardiac surgeon and political satirist, known as “Egypt’s Jon Stewart.” AP interview. January 9, 2014.

      • January 17, 2014

        “Three years ago, I did not imagine my arm would move again. For so many days, it did not. I did exercise after exercise, day after day, until it did. I’m committed to my rehab and I’m committed to my country. And my resolution, standing with the vast majority of Americans who know we can and must be safer, is to cede no ground to those who would convince us the path is too steep, or we too weak.”

        -Gabrielle Giffords, former US Congresswoman who was shot in the head by a gunman. New York Times Article, January 7, 2014

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        • January 16, 2014

          “The Republicans tend to choose the candidate who came in second place in the last election, and Democrats tend to move on. Ask President Ed Muskie how it worked out to be the front-runner. Ask President Howard Dean how it worked out.”

          -Brian Schweitzer, former Democratic Governor of Montana, Slate interview, January 6, 2014

        • January 15, 2014

          “I just want to be able to work with my friends. And the people who are funny when you’re in the trenches, those are the people you want around you….the only disadvantage women have is have to keep f___ing answering the question of, ‘Is it hard, and are women funny?’ The men don’t have to answer that question. That’s the only impairment.”

          -Tina Fey, American actress, comedian, and producer. On women in comedy. Hollywood Reporter interview, December 2014

        • January 14, 2014

          “I feel passionately about issues, and I don’t hide my emotions from people. I am not a focus group-tested, blow-dried candidate or governor. Now that has always made some people, you know, uneasy. Some people like that style, some people don’t…But I am not a bully.”

          -Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey. Press Conference on the Fort Lee bridge scandal, January 9, 2014

        • January 13, 2014

          “That sound you’re hearing is the air going out of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s 2016 Republican Presidential aspirations, thanks to the scandal known as ‘bridgegate.’”

          -Robin Abcarian, LA Times Journalist, LA Times Article, January 8, 2014

        • January 12, 2014

          “What are the nuns doing that they can’t answer the phone? This is pope Francis, I wanted to offer you greetings for the end of the year. Maybe I’ll try to call again later. May God bless you.”

          -Pope Francis, in a voice mail left on the voice mail of convent in Spain, as reported by El Mundo, January 1, 2014

        • January 11, 2014

          “A half-century after racing the Russians to the moon, the U.S. is barely suiting up in the international race to secure interests in the Arctic.”

          -Rick Larsen, member of Congress (D-WA), in an op-ed, The Seattle Times, December 4, 2013

        • January 10, 2014

          “Perry is not infallible. She is human. And like any other human, in recognizing that an action directly or indirectly causes someone harm, she owns up to responsibility, apologizes, and does what we all hope humans do: try to do better.”

          -Syreeta McFadden, writer, on Melissa Harris-Perry’s apology to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney after she and guests on her show made some remarks about Romney’s grandchild, Feministing, January 6, 2013

        • January 9, 2014

          “Adults who enter into public life, implicitly consent to having less privacy, but their families, especially their children, should not be treated callously or thoughtlessly.”

          -Melissa Harris-Perry, host of MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry show, apologizing for some remarks she and guests made on her show about former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s grandchild, Mellisa Harris-Perry Show, January 4, 2014

        • January 8, 2014

          “The Congressional Budget Office is a reactionary socialist institution which does not believe in economic growth, does not believe in innovation and does not believe in data that it has not internally generated.”

          -Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House, in a speech in New Hampshire reported by CNN, November 21, 2011

        • January 7, 2014

          “I think I’m speaking for a bunch of girls when I say that the idea that feminism is completely natural and shouldn’t even be something that people find mildly surprising. It’s just a part of being a girl in 2013.”

          -Lorde, 17-year-old musician from New Zealand, in an interview with Tavi Gevinson, Rookie Magazine, January 2, 2014

        • January 5, 2014

          “I’m not a player, I’m an alien…My focus is on winning championships. I don’t focus on anything else. Aliens only want to win championships.”

          -Metta World Peace, Professional basketball player for the New York Knicks. Speaking to media about a meeting with Knicks owner James Dolan, December 27, 2013

        • January 4, 2014

          “I don’t have time to think about a false controversy. In the midst of all of the swirl about things like talking points, the administration’s been working very, very hard across the globe to review our security of our embassies and our facilities. That’s what we ought to be focused on.”

          -Susan Rice, US National Security Advisor, CBS 60 minutes, December 22, 2013

        • January 3, 2014

          “I am very sad to see that the Olympic Games in Sochi, for which we have so long and anxiously prepared, will come to pass with less brilliance and passion because of this unfortunate initiative that was so hastily — and I believe without thoughtful discussion — adopted by parliament.”

          -Maria Maksakova, Russian opera singer and MP for the ruling United Russia party, regarding anti-gay propaganda. Comments at a meeting of the United Russia party liberal wing, December 27, 2013

        • January 2, 2014

          “I think people loosely use the term ‘free speech.’ If the market wants to be such that people don’t want to watch someone, so be it.”

          -Greta Van Susteren, Fox News contributor and host of On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, on whether or not Phil Robertson’s TV suspension was a freedom of speech issue. On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, December 23, 2013

        • January 1, 2014

          “We all need to get the balance right between action and reflection. With so many distractions, it is easy to forget to pause and take stock.”

          -Elizabeth II, Queen of England, The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast 2013, December 25, 2013