July 2015

  • July 31, 2015

    “This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”

    -Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and 2016 republican presidential candidate. Interview with Breitbart News, July 26.

  • July 30, 2015

    “Let me ask you this, if you haven’t changed your mind once in 20 years, if you haven’t changed your mind in 20 years on any issue, then I’ll tell you, you’re not a thinking, breathing, living human being.”

    -Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey and 2016 republican presidential candidate- responding to gun rights activists who questioned his previous stance on gun control, in an Iowa town hall event. CNN, July 25.

  • July 29, 2015

    “Our hearts search for answers.”

    -Michael Russo, pastor at Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church in Lafayette, Louisiana. His comments come days after John Russell Houser shot 11 people, two fatally, in a Lafayette movie theater. USA Today, July 26.

  • July 28, 2015

    “It’s a historic moment.”

    -Carlos Alzugaray, longtime Cuban diplomat and analyst, speaking on the reopening of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, DC. The embassy has been closed since the US and Cuba severed ties in 1961. CBS News, July 20.

  • July 27, 2015

    “I’m the first Kenyan-American to be president of the United States. That goes without saying.”

    -President Barack Obama, speaking inside a Nairobi, Kenya gymnasium. CNN, July 26.

  • July 26, 2015

    “Kids are shorter than adults. They’re not stupider.”

    -Mo Willems, an award-winning children’s fiction writer and animator. Interview with Ask me Another host Ophira Eisenberg. NPR, February 12.

  • July 25, 2015

    “Mass incarceration makes our country worse off, and we need to do something about it.”

    -President Barack Obama- speaking on overhauling the criminal justice system. His comments were made at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Oklahoma. NPR, July 16.

  • July 24, 2015

    “This is a glorious day, for 70 years we wanted this.”

    -James Murphy, 94-year-old U.S. prisoner of war to Japan, receiving an official apology from executives of Mitsubishi Materials at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. Murphy was used as forced labor in the Japanese Mitsubishi copper mines during World War Two. Fox News, July 19.

  • July 23, 2015

    “We can’t afford that!”

    -A Netroots Nation conference attendee, interrupting Bernie Sanders when Sanders cited the Affordable Care Act as a law he supported that helped people of color by making health insurance more accessible. CNN, July 18.

  • July 22, 2015

    “I just appreciate the chance that I served my country.”

    -John R. Pedevillano, 93 year old retired Air Force 2nd LT- on receiving the Medal of Honor for his actions in WW2. July 8th, Associated Press.

  • July 21, 2015

    “It was just amazing, and it’s not easy. But, thank God, we were able to pull through, and Tiki has recovered very well.”

    -Dr. Hisham Ibrahim, Veterinarian at Good Shepherd Veterinary Hospital in Mars, Pennsylvania- After removing more than 70 non-food items from the stomach of an 8 year old Labrador retriever. July 11, NBC News, Washington.

  • July 20, 2015

    “I punched him on the back.”

    – Australian surfing legend Mick Fanning recalling the moment he was attacked by a shark on live television at the Jeffreys Bay Open in South Africa- TV interview immediately following the incident, July 19.

  • July 19, 2015

    “Our goal is not to amass information or to satisfy curiosity, but rather to become painfully aware, to dare to turn what is happening to the world into our own personal suffering and thus to discover what each of us can do about it.”

    -Pope Francis, in an Encyclical Letter released by the Catholic Church. June 24th, Huffington Post.

  • July 18, 2015

    “In a lot of these circumstances, families can kinda grow apart, or come together. I think in the end we got closer. You know, it’s hard sitting there listening to terrible attacks against family members,”

    -Matt Walker, son of presidential candidate and governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker- recounting the death threats their family received back in 2011 when his father was trying to cut Wisconsin state spending by curbing collective bargaining and breaking state unions. July 12 interview with CNN.

  • July 17, 2015

    “Based on the fact that none of the accusers, seen on the variety of news and talk shows, saw fit to push for criminal charges when the events occurred, tells me that they made a personal and calculated decision to live with whatever transpired.”

    -Archbishop Council Nedd II, founder of Project 21 black leadership network, defending Bill Cosby against his accusers. July 9, The Hill.

  • July 16, 2015

    “I’m sorry, I have heard enough about heritage. I am a lifelong South Carolinian. I am a descendant of Jefferson Davis, but that doesn’t matter.”

    -South Carolina Representative Jenny Horne, during an emotional speech at the South Carolina Capitol Building before a successful vote to remove a confederate flag that flies on the capitol property. July 9, NY Daily News.

  • July 15, 2015

    “I just appreciate the chance that I served my country.”

    -John R. Pedevillano, 93 year old retired Air Force 2nd LT- on receiving the Medal of Honor for his actions in WW2. July 8th, Associated Press.

  • July 14, 2015

    “It was just amazing, and it’s not easy. But, thank God, we were able to pull through, and Tiki has recovered very well.”

    -Dr. Hisham Ibrahim, Veterinarian at Good Shepherd Veterinary Hospital in Mars, Pennsylvania- After removing more than 70 non-food items from the stomach of an 8 year old Labrador retriever. July 11, NBC News, Washington.

  • July 13, 2015

    “If the tough decisions don’t get made, we are absolutely prepared to call an end to this.”

    -Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking about the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran. July 9, Reuters.

  • July 12, 2015

    “This fellow is the worst press we have ever had. He truly is ‘the amateur’ but a Marxist, too.”

    -George Roark, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention logistics specialist. Recently released email exchange between Roark, and CDC public health adviser William Adams regarding the surge of illegal immigrants last year at the U.S./Mexico border. June 9, 2014.

  • July 11, 2015

    “The sound of the ocean, it (used to put) me to sleep. It’s like my lullaby,” Angie told me. “Now, it’s more like slamming and hammering. It’s so noisy. It scares me at night. … It’s changed.”

    -Angie Hepisus, a local resident to the Marshall Islands, who fears that climate change (and the sea rise that accompanies it) will cause the eventual disappearance of the islands. Interview with John Sutter, CNN, July 1.

  • July 10, 2015

    “I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat.”

    -Mike Huckabee, Republican Presidential Candidate- speaking on the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states. NBC News, June 26

  • July 9, 2015

    “I want to see real, serious debate and action on guns, but it is not going to take place if we simply have extreme positions on both sides. I think I can bring us to the middle.”

    -Bernie Sanders, presidential candidate. Interview on gun control with CNN’s Jake Tapper, July 5.

  • July 8, 2015

    “This doesn’t feel real. It hasn’t sunk in, so unbelievable. We just made history.”

    -Carli Lloyd, after scoring three goals to lift the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team to a victory in the Women’s World Cup final. New York Post, July 5.

  • July 7, 2015

    “Mediocre people don’t like high achievers, and high achievers don’t like mediocre people.”

    -Nick Saban, Football Coach at the University of Alabama

  • July 6, 2015

    “It’s all about who can bring it out under pressure. That’s what separates champions from everyone else who is doing it. Serena Williams can come out, she can have a 104 fever, and she can still turn it all around. That is the difference between a great champion, and everyone else who aspires to be one.”

    -Vera Wang, Designer, as told to Jennifer Vineyard at New York Magazine, June 24, 2015

  • July 5, 2015

    “It’s very therapeutic for me to be like…’I’m not going to look like a malnourished bird.’”

    -Amy Schumer, Comedian, describing her weight, her appearance, and their relationship with her career. Press Conference, June 26, 2015

  • July 4, 2015

    “What do you say to a lesbian who’s married or a gay man who’s married who says, ‘Donald Trump, what’s traditional about being married three times?’”

    -Jake Tapper, CNN news anchor, suggesting to presidential candidate Donald Trump that his opinion on gay marriage may be hypocritical. CNN, June 27, 2015

  • July 3, 2015

    “Maybe we now realize the way racial bias can infect us even when we don’t realize it, so that we’re guarding against not just racial slurs, but we’re also guarding against the subtle impulse to call Johnny back for a job interview but not Jamal.”

    -Barack Obama, President of The United States, speaking about racism as he eulogized the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of nine people killed at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church by a white man committing an assumed hate crime. Eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, June 26, 2015

  • July 2, 2015

    “The Confederate flag causes a lot of people angst, and they are not able to see beyond that. I think the people of South Carolina should sit down and have an intelligent discussion about what can they use that captures their heritage, captures the heritage of America, and allows them to coexist in peace.”

    -Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon and the only African-American 2016 presidential candidate, Fox News, June 20, 2015

  • July 1, 2015

    “We should start calling this law, “SCOTUScare.”

    -Antonin Scalia, US Supreme Court Justice, voicing his disapproval at the Supreme Court’s role in upholding the Affordable Care Act – also known as, “Obamacare.” Dissent, June 25, 2015