July 2013

July 1, 2013

“Four years ago, Kris and Sandy embarked upon a journey that most couples do not experience. By joining the case against Proposition 8, they represented thousands of couples like themselves in the fight for marriage equality.”

-Kamala Harris, California Attorney General, at the Wedding of Kris Perry and Sandra Stier who were two of the plaintiffs in the Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality in California, June 29, 2013

July 2, 2013

“I did not believe that as a member of that body that I should allow someone to make comments such as he was preparing to make that ultimately were just open rebellion against what the word of God has said, what God has said, and just open rebellion against God’s law.”

-Daryl Metcalfe, Republican Member, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, on why he used a procedural menuver to silence openly gay representative Brian Sims from making remarks on the floor of the State House about the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act, WHYY, June 27, 2013

July 3, 2013

“In fact, even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances. She was the daughter of as single woman, she was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas senate. It is just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters.”

-Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, In remarks to the National Right to Life Conference about Texas State Senator Wendy Davis who filibustered an anti-abortion bill for 13 hours, June 26, 2013

July 4, 2013

“Let’s face it; tax collectors have never been popular. The Bible puts them in the same category as extortioners and adulterers. Historically, they often enforced collections with arms. The American Revolution was born out of a tax rebellion. So it is hardly a surprise that the IRS is not a very popular institution. Recent physical threats against IRS employees involved in the Tea Party controversy attest to the enmity. Yet tax collection is a necessary evil.”

-Paul Gutterman, director of the Masters of Business Tax Program at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, The Star Tribune, June 30, 2013

July 5, 2013

“People ask me, ‘If you could be whatever you wanted to be, what would you be?’ My first answer is not ‘a great lawyer.’ It is, ‘I would be a great diva.’ But I totally lacked that talent, so the next best thing is the law.”

-Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice, WQXR’s “Operavore”, February 2, 2013

July 6, 2013

“Seriously, though, I’d like every man who doesn’t call himself a feminist to explain to the women in his life why he doesn’t believe in equality for women.”

-Louise Brealey, actor, The Guardian, January 21, 2012

July 7, 2013

“Mitt Romney’s former campaign manager has launched a super PAC to stop Hillary Clinton from becoming president. It makes sense because if there’s one thing Romney’s campaign manager is good at, it’s stopping someone from becoming president.”

-Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, June 21, 2013

July 8, 2013

“When I read the Wall Street Journal op-ed written by graduating high school senior Suzy Lee Weiss, I was immediately floored by her intelligence, fearlessness and sheer commitment to exposing the discriminatory inequities inherent in the college admission process. Many students rejected by their dream universities — in her case, Princeton, Yale, Vanderbilt and the University of Pennsylvania — would have accepted that they may not have met the needed admissions requirements; they may have even acknowledged that someone, somewhere may have been more qualified. But not ‘sassy’ Suzy, oh no. Suzy did what any self-respecting privileged, young, white woman would do — she used her familial connections with the WSJ to pave the way for her brilliant op-ed, which otherwise may have languished in darkness, never to be seen by human eyes. This literary phenomenon, which places the blame squarely on the shoulders of those pesky black and brown people who don’t deserve to go to college because, well, they’re black and brown, has exposed the world’s best-kept secret: ‘If it ain’t white, it ain’t right.'”

-Kirsten West Savali, contributing editor at NewsOne.com and former senior editor at YourBlackWorld.com, in a response to a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed written by Suzy Lee Weiss which allegedly sheds light on so-called “reverse racism,” Clutch Magazine, April 5, 2013

July 9, 2013

“Senator Jackson claims to be for the people, but he’s the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline.”

-Paul LePage, Governor of Maine, in an interview with WMTW News, June 21, 2013

July 10, 2013

“It is important to remember that Roe v. Wade did not mean that abortions could be performed. They have always been done, dating from ancient Greek days. What Roe said was that ending a pregnancy could be carried out by medical personnel, in a medically accepted setting, thus conferring on women, finally, the full rights of first-class citizens — and freeing their doctors to treat them as such.”

-Waldo Fielding, obstetrician and gynecologist, on his experience treating women before abortion was legal, New York Times, June 3, 2008

July 11, 2013

“The Girl Scouts announced that their pension plan has a $347 million deficit. The Girl Scouts are $347 million in debt so in addition to teaching girls about camping it also is preparing them for careers in government.”

-Jay Leno, Comedian, The Tonight Show, June 27, 2013

July 12, 2013

“There’s been a lot of analysis about the so-called gender wars. Me playing the so-called gender card because heavens knows no-one noticed I was a woman until I raised it, but against that background, I do want to say about all of these issues, the reaction to being the first female Prime Minister does not explain everything about my Prime Ministership, nor does it explain nothing about my Prime Ministership. I’ve been a little bit bemused by those colleagues in the newspaper who have admitted that I have suffered more pressure as a result of my gender than other Prime Ministers in the past but then concluded that it had zero effect on my political position or the political position of the Labor Party. It doesn’t explain everything, it explains some things. And it is for the nation to think in a sophisticated way about those shades of grey. What I am absolutely confident of is it will be easier for the next woman and the woman after that and the woman after that – and I’m proud of that.”

-Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia, on her resignation as PM, Huffington Post, June 26, 2013

July 13, 2013

“In the history of a nation, there are a few events such as this one. The accession of Croatia to the European Union is confirmation that each one of us belongs to the European democratic and cultural set of values.”

-Ivo Josipovic, President of Croatia, on the occasion of Croatia’s admittance into the European Union, ABC News, June 30, 2013

July 14, 2013

“Militarily, where is our commander in chief? We’re talking now more new interventions. I say until we know what we’re doing, until we have a commander in chief who knows what he’s doing, well, let these radical Islamic countries who aren’t even respecting basic human rights, where both sides are slaughtering each other as they scream over an arbitrary red line, ‘Allah Akbar,’ I say until we have someone who knows what they’re doing, I say let Allah sort it out.”

-Sarah Palin, half-term Governor of Alaska, on the President’s decision to provide more support to Syrian opposition at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference, ABCNews, June 15, 2013

July 15, 2013

“If Trayvon Martin had been born white he would be alive today. That has been established beyond all reasonable doubt. If he had been white, he never would have been stalked by Zimmerman, there would have been no fight, no funeral, no trial, no verdict. It is the Zimmerman mindset that must be found guilty – far more than the man himself. It is a mindset that views black men and boys as nothing but a threat, good for nothing, up to no good no matter who they are or what they are doing. It is the Zimmerman mindset that has birthed a penal system unprecedented in world history, and relegated millions to a permanent undercaste.”

-Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, on the acquittal of George Zimmerman, on Facebook, July 13, 2013

July 16, 2013

“The fundamental danger of an acquittal is not more riots, it is more George Zimmermans.”

-Jay Smooth, social and music commentator, Twitter, July 13, 2013

July 17, 2013

“You don’t criminalize and incarcerate people who have a disease. You treat and care for them.”

-Rev. Edwin Sanders, pastor of Metropolitan Interdenominational Church in Nashville, TN, at a meeting of a group of clergy working to decriminalize drug use, USA Today, June 14, 2013

July 18, 2013

“It should be clear by now, that despite centuries of being disappointed by the system, African-Americans believe in the value and potential of this democracy more than even white people do. We shed our lives for it; sacrifice our dignity to it; and internalize our anger in the face of it.”

-Brittney Cooper, assistant professor of Women’s Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University, Salon, July 14, 2013

July 19, 2013

“If we’re honest, we’ll have to admit that when one single group of people is conspicuously left behind, it never bodes well for society as a whole. In many ways, black men in America are a walking gut check; we learn from them a lot about ourselves, how far we’ve really come as a country, and how much further we have to go.”

-Joshua DuBois, former director of President Obama’s White House Office of Faith Based Initiatives and Community Partnerships and CEO of Values Partnership, Newsweek, June 19, 2013

July 20, 2013

“Whatever success I have achieved, whatever positions of leadership I have held have depended less on Ivy League degrees or SAT scores or GPAs, and have instead been due to that sense of connection and empathy — the special obligation I felt, as a black man like you, to help those who need it most, people who didn’t have the opportunities that I had — because there but for the grace of God, go I — I might have been in their shoes. I might have been in prison. I might have been unemployed. I might not have been able to support a family. And that motivates me.”

-Barack Obama, President of the United States, Commencement Speech at Morehouse College, May 19, 2013

July 21, 2013

“I don’t know how people can get so anti-something. Mind your own business, take care of your affairs, and don’t worry about other people so much.”

-Betty White, Actor, Parade, October, 2010

July 22, 2013

“We should also have confidence that kids these days I think have more sense than we did back then, and certainly more than our parents did or our grandparents did, and that along this long, difficult journey, you know, we’re becoming a more perfect union — not a perfect union, but a more perfect union.”

-Barack Obama, President of the United States, on racial relations getting better after the George Zimmerman not-guilty verdict, July 19, 2013

July 23, 2013

“TV news relies on the obvious and the repetitive. I just watched a network news show in the US tell us that sitting in a car on a hot day can get even hotter. That would be stupid once. It is insulting the tenth time. It is unbearable the hundredth time. Television news relies on conflict. Even BBC News depends on the jousting challenge. Far worse, CNN is about to resurrect the show Jon Stewart killed, the egregiously argumentative Crossfire (this is what happens when Stewart is allowed to take a summer off). TV news relies on adrenalin, on convincing us that long-since-broken news is still breaking.”

-Jeff Jarvis, professor at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism, on what’s wrong with TV news, The Guardian, July 18, 2013

July 24, 2013

“It finally happened. Kate Middleton gave birth to a baby boy today. The baby weighed about eight pounds. Americans were like, ‘How much is that in dollars?'”

-Jimmy Fallon, comedian, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, July 22, 2013

July 25, 2013

“What’s lacking in this moment is moral leadership. The country is begging for it, they are craving it. And I disagree with the president respectfully that politicians, elected officials, can’t occupy this space on race. Lincoln did, Truman did, Johnson did; President Obama did. He’s the right person in the right place, at the right time. But he has to step into his moment. I don’t want him to be like Bill Clinton, when he’s out of office, regretting that he didn’t move on Rwanda. I don’t want the president to look back, David, and realize that he didn’t do as much as he could have in this critical moment.”

-Tavis Smiley, talk show host, on President Obama’s comments on the the Zimmerman verdict aftermath, NBC’s Meet the Press, July 21, 2013

July 26, 2013

“I’m no bleeding-heart liberal; you know that. But, my god, we need to resolve this issue.”

-John McCain, US Senator (R-AZ), on Immigration Reform, Bloomberg, July 19, 2013

July 27, 2013

“It’s one thing to disagree about a verdict. It’s quite another to look at black people and say, ‘you know that thing you think is happening? It’s not. You’re crazy! You’re hallucinating.’ That’s fundamentally arrogant. And to the extent it has a racial element to it, it’s fundamentally racist.”

-Tim Gun, Author of Dear White America, MSNBC’s Mellisa Harris-Perry, July 20, 2013

July 28, 2013

“Obama care is bad for America. We’re going to do everything we can to make sure never happens.”

-John Boehner, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, CBS’s Face the Nation, July 21, 2013

July 29, 2013

“President Obama has issued a statement about the royal baby. He told him to hang on to the birth certificate. Those things come in handy.”

-Conan O’Brien, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, July 23, 2013

July 30, 2013

“There’s sort of a persistent misperception that talking about race is black folk’s burden. Ultimately, only men can end sexism, and only white people can end racism.”

-Benjamin Jealous, president of the NAACP, The New York Times, July 28, 2013

July 31, 2013

“In Congress, as immigration reform went from cheap talk to real legislation, the hard-liners circled the wagons, pressuring Speaker John Boehner into declaring the measure “dead on arrival.” Now Hannity is opposed to reform because he thinks “it won’t help the GOP in future elections,” and Hume calls his own argument “baloney,” contending that the Latino vote is “not nearly as important” as the white vote. This is an example of what psychologists call “adaptive preference formation,” or as Aesop allegorized in “The Fox and the Grapes”: if you can’t get something, convince yourself it wasn’t very good in the first place.”

-Richard Kim, executive editor of TheNation.com, The Nation, July 17, 2013