January 2015

  • January 31, 2015

    “This isn’t ISIS; no one’s dying. We’ll get through this.”

    -Tom Brady, NFL Quarterback for the New England Patriots, responding to accusations that he and/or his team had deflated footballs to gain an unfair advantage against the Colts. Press Conference, January 22, 2015

  • January 30, 2015

    “Let me be very clear: the single most offensive name that you can call an American Indian is ‘Redskin.’”

    -Brian Cladoosby, President of the National Congress of American Indians, State of the Indian Nations address, January 22, 2015

  • January 29, 2015

    “The most important thing to know as a staffer: please let the secret service know before you shoot off the confetti cannons.”

    -Mary Cheney, openly gay political activist and daughter of Dick Cheney – former Vice President of the United States. Speaking to students at American University, January 21, 2015

  • January 28, 2015

    “I can’t not march. I march for women who have made that wrong decision and suffered greatly; most of all I march for the unborn.”

    -Jeanne Monahan-Mancini, March for Life president, on the annual March For Life in Washington, DC. Interview with Catholic News Service, January 22, 2015

  • January 27, 2015

    “We were raised to live simply, not to waste. It was a lesson my mother taught me every rainy morning. You see, growing up, I had only one good pair of shoes. So on rainy school days, my mom would slip plastic bread bags over them to keep them dry. But I was never embarrassed. Because the school bus would be filled with rows and rows of young Iowans with bread bags slipped over their feet.”

    -Joni Ernst, US Senator (Republican – Iowa), GOP Response to the State of The Union address, January 20, 2015

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    • January 26, 2015

      “If we’re going to have arguments, let’s have arguments – but let’s make them debates worthy of this body and worthy of this country.”

      -Barack Obama, President of The United States, 2015 State of the Union address, January 20, 2015

    • January 25, 2015

      “ told the officer he was Jesus Christ and he was going to kill Boehner, because Boehner was mean to him at the country club, and because Boehner is responsible for Ebola.”

      -Christopher M. Desrosiers, United States Capitol Police (USCP) Special Agent, after it was discovered that House Speaker Boehner’s country club bartender attempted to poison and/or shoot him. Speaking to reporters, January 13, 2015

    • January 24, 2015

      “ could not reach him. Her arms could not cradle his body and plead for him to hang on. Her hands could not stroke his cheek, and she could not whisper hopefully, ‘It’s going to be O.K.’ Her eyes could not gaze into his and say what sisters are able to say without saying anything: ‘I love you.’”

      -Charles McRay Blow, Visual Op-ed Columnist for The New York Times, after video emerged depicting the shooting death of 12 year-old Tamir Rice by Cleveland police officers. The New York Times, January 11, 2015

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      • January 23, 2015

        “What if Christians were held accountable for their words and acts in the United States? What if every time Pat Robertson uttered another nonsensical comment about gays causing hurricanes the National Council of Churches, the National Association of Evangelicals and the U.S. Conference of Roman Catholic Bishops were forced to parade in front of the cameras and issue apologetic statements because a Christian pastor had once again dehumanized children of God, who are still victims of hate crimes in this nation?”

        -Rev. Chuck Currie, Director of the Center for Peace & Spirituality and University Chaplain at Pacific University, on the public treatment of Muslims after recent attacks by radical Islamic terrorists. Huffington Post, January 11, 2015

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        • January 22, 2015

          “Americans can directly relate to attacks on freedom of speech. They can directly relate to terrorism. And the impact in France is being compared to the impact of 9/11 in the United States. Boko Haram, by contrast, is viewed as a kind of civil war … and it’s all happening a very long way away.”

          -John Campbell, former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria, on the difference in global reactions to terrorist attacks in Paris and Nigeria. CNN, January 13, 2015

        • January 21, 2015

          “It is still not safe to go and pick up for burial.”

          -Musa Bukar, Chairman of the local government near Baga – where Boko Haram murdered up to 2,000 people on January 3, 2015. CNN, January 12, 2015

        • January 20, 2015

          “When I have children, I’m going to tell them to aspire to be third-string quarterbacks.”

          –Chantel Jennings, ESPN.com writer and host of Kick Off Live on ESPN, referencing Ohio State University’s victory in the first ever NFP National Championship game – third string quarterback Cardale Jones helped lead the team after an injury-filled season. Twitter, January 13, 2015

        • January 19, 2015

          “ Martin Luther King as an idea, Selma as an idea…what can happen with strategy, with discipline, and with love.”

          -Oprah Winfrey, American media personality, talk show host, and philanthropist. Actors from the movie “Selma” led a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama – marking the 50th anniversary of Selma and Dr. King’s birthday. Speaking to marchers, January 18, 2015

        • January 18, 2015

          “The first person Marco Rubio thanks in acknowledgments of new book: ‘My Lord, Jesus Christ.’ The second? ‘My very wise lawyer, Bob Barnett.’”

          -Carlos Lozada, Associate editor and nonfiction book critic at The Washington Post, Twitter, January 7, 2015

        • January 17, 2015

          “Community colleges should be free for those willing to work for it – because, in America, a quality education cannot be a privilege that is reserved for a few. I think it’s a right for everybody who’s willing to work for it.”

          -Barack Obama, President of The United States, announcing his plan to make two years of community college free for “everyone who’s willing to work for it.” Speech at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee, January 9, 2015

        • January 16, 2015

          “Nicholas Sparks is getting divorced. When he has a hard time dating, he’ll only have the unrealistic standards he created to blame.”

          -Craig Calcaterra, Chief Blogger at NBC’s HardBallTalk, Twitter, January 6, 2015

        • January 15, 2015

          “The movie Selma is a story about the American Civil Rights movement that totally worked and now everything is fine.”

          -Tina Fey, American actress, comedian, producer, and writer. Presenting at the 2015 Golden Globe awards, January 12, 2015

        • January 14, 2015

          “They say that nothing is going to be accomplished here; the division is wider than ever, so gridlock will be even greater. No, this won’t be done in a tidy way. The battle of ideas never ends, and, frankly, never should.”

          -John Boehner, US Congressman (R-Ohio) and Speaker of the House of Representatives. Addressing the House chamber after being reelected Speaker – 25 Congress members voted against Boehner, January 6, 2015

        • January 13, 2015

          “My brother was Muslim, and he was killed by people who pretend to be Muslims. They are terrorists, that’s it.”

          -Malek Merabet, brother of Ahmed Merabet – one of 17 people killed during three days of terrorist attacks in Paris – which with the murders at satirical news outlet Charlie Hebdo. Press conference, January 10, 2015

        • January 12, 2015

          “Today, Paris is the capital of the world.”

          -François Hollande, President of France, after radical Islamic terrorists murdered 12 people at the satirical news outlet Charlie Hebdo. Speaking to the crowd at a massive rally in support of victims, January 11, 2015

        • January 11, 2015

          “Gov. Mario Cuomo will be remembered as one of the great inspirational leaders of our time…I learned from Gov. Cuomo’s example and will always be grateful for his wisdom and generosity. His legacy continues to serve as a guide for me.”

          -Kirsten Gillibrand, US Senator (Democrat – New York), on the death of Mario Cuomo – former Governor of New York and well-known liberal speaker. Twitter, January 1, 2015

        • January 10, 2015

          “As much as I have loved doing the show, I cannot bring myself to rule out another Presidential run. So, as we say in television, stay tuned!

          -Mike Huckabee, political pundit and former Governor of Arkansas, on ending his Fox News TV show to consider a 2016 presidential run. Fox News’ “Huckabee,” January 3, 2015

        • January 9, 2015

          “We will never forget your sons and daughters who have died on our soil. They are now our sons and daughters.”

          -Mohammad Hanif Atmar, Afghan National Security Adviser, as the US formally ended its combat mission in Afghanistan. Flag-lowering ceremony, December 28, 2014

        • January 8, 2015

          “The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren’t treated the way I was. They treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights. Gender needs to be taught about in schools, the earlier the better. My death needs to mean something. My death needs to be counted in the number of transgender people who commit suicide this year…Fix society. Please.”

          -Leelah Alcorn (born Joshua Alcorn), 17-year-old transgender teenager who scheduled a suicide note to post online after her death. Tumblr, December 28, 2014

        • January 7, 2015

          “…You know what, it really is time for a change. You deceived us when you went to Obama and Pelosi to get your votes for the CrOmnibus. You said you’d fight amnesty tooth and nail – you didn’t. you funded it! And then you took the only hostage that Obama would like for us to shoot. It was a terrible strategy, and it follows a number of years of broken promises. It’s time for a change.”

          -Louis Gohmert, US Congressman (R-Texas), Pretending to speak to John Boehner – explaining his reasons for challenging Boehner for Speaker of the House in the new Congress. Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.” January 4, 2015

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          • January 6, 2015

            “Deeply saddened by the loss of Senator Edward Brooke. He was a true trailblazer; those of us who followed cannot thank him enough. Rest in peace.”

            -Tim Scott, US Senator (Republican – South Carolina), on the death of Edward Brooke – first African American popularly elected to the US Senate. Twitter, January 3, 2015

          • January 5, 2015

            “Stuart ’s flair and finesse brought flavor and coolness to ESPN, and he opened the door for many other minorities to follow in his footsteps. Stuart, my brother, you have left a positive, lasting impression on not only the sports world, but the entire world as a whole.”

            -Magic Johnson, retired professional basketball player and AIDS prevention advocate, On the death of Stuart Scott – ESPN sportscaster and anchor who died after a public battle with cancer. Twitter, January 4, 2015

          • January 4, 2015

            “Isn’t 007 supposed to handsome? Glad you think I’ve got a shot!”

            -Idris Elba, British actor, director, and musician rumored to be playing the next movie version of James Bond. Addressing public claims that James Bond cannot be black. Twitter, December 27, 2014

          • January 3, 2015

            “Wrongful convictions are a slow, torturous process. It would be so much simpler to be choked out and die at the hands of a cop than to spend the rest of your life in hell based on the malicious acts of a cop.”

            -Jon-Adrian “JJ” Velazquez, prisoner who has – for 17 years – been claiming he is in jail for a crime he did not commit. Letter to reporter Dan Slepian – Investigative Producer at Dateline NBC, December 5, 2014

          • January 2, 2015

            “The…problem in acknowledging good news – not just for the press but for the public – is that it has come to feel partisan, like an endorsement of whoever occupies the White House.”

            -Michael Grunwald, Senior Staff Writer for Politico Magazine, Politico, December 24, 2014

          • January 1, 2015

            “The Interview may be the most elaborately marketed movie of all time.”

            -Tom Philpott, Mother Jones writer and cofounder of Maverick Farms center for sustainable food education in North Carolina. On a controversial American film condemned by North Korea for a plotline surrounding the attempted assassination of Kim Jong Un. Twitter, December 23, 2014