June 2013

June 1, 2013

“They are blindly swinging a meat axe to the budget when they should be using a scalpel.”

-Senator Chuck Schumer, The New York Times, 2/10/2011

June 2, 2013

“We need to put the guns down, Just as importantly we need to put the gun metaphors away and permanently. Left, right, middle- politicians and citizens- sane and insane.”

-Keith Olbermann,TV Host, Countdown With Keith Olberman, MSNBC, 1/8/2011

June 3, 2013

“I’m not sure exactly why I chase storms. Perhaps it’s to witness the incredible beauty of what Mother Nature can create.”

-Tim Samaras, one of the storm chasers killed by a tornado on May 31, 2013 in Oklahoma, in a YouTube video uploaded July 27, 2012

June 4, 2013

“I will continue to do everything I can to advance our conservative constitutional principles that have served as the bedrock for who we are as a nation.”

-Michele Bachmann, Member, United States House of Representatives (R-MN), in a statement as she announced her decision to not run for another term, May 29, 2013

June 5, 2013

“The truth [is] that our nation endures because it has always been home to men and women who are willing to give their all, and lay down their very lives, to preserve and protect this land that we love.”

-Barack Obama, President of the United States, in a speech at the Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, May 27, 2013

June 6, 2013

“We are better than the cynicism and the pessimism that is regurgitated throughout Washington and the 24-hour cable news cycle.”

-Oprah Winfrey, American entrepreneur, commencement speech at Harvard University, May 30, 2013

June 7, 2013

“You know, I hardly know where to start. It’s kind of like Old MacDonald’s farm of scandals. Here a scandal, there a scandal, everywhere a scandal. But you don’t have to fear. The president has now asked Eric Holder to investigate Eric Holder.”

-Rand Paul, Member of the United States Senate (R-KY), LA Times, May 31, 2013

June 8, 2013

“In any given day [the Obama] administration has about 2 million employees, and things happen. We put in process procedures to make sure if there has been any wrongdoing, there will be appropriate consequences, and we will move on.”

-Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Barack Obama, boston.com, May 31, 2013

June 9, 2013

“Pope Francis said that atheists are still eligible to go to heaven. To return the favor, atheists said Popes are still eligible to go into a void of nothingness.”

-Conan O’Brien, Comedian, May 23, 2013

June 10, 2013

“How can you claim infallibility and claim that in these 114 [drone] strikes there was just one mistake — one person killed that was a civilian — and at the same time say, ‘Well, we don’t really know how many people were killed or who they were, but we know they weren’t civilians’? I don’t know how you can do that.”

-Richard Engle, NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent, The Rachel Maddow Show, June 5, 2013

June 11, 2013

“Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry.”

-Pope Francis, in his weekly audience, June 5, 2013

June 12, 2013

“Much of what I saw in Geneva really disillusioned me about how my government functions and what its impact is in the world. I realized that I was part of something that was doing far more harm than good.”

-Edward Snowden, whistle blower on the NSA PRISM data collection software, in a video posted at The Guardian, June 9, 2013

June 13, 2013

“The thing political figures fear most is a terror event that will ruin their careers. The biggest thing they fear is that a bomb goes off and it can be traced to something they did or didn’t do, an action they did or didn’t support. They all fear being accused of not doing enough to keep the citizenry safe.”

-Peggy Noonan, commentator, Wall Street Journal, June 8, 2013

June 14, 2013

“I want to respond personally to the outrageous press reports about PRISM. Facebook is not and has never been part of any program to give the US or any other government direct access to our servers.”

-Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, June 7, 2013

June 15, 2013

“Kids at school do not need Internet access. That means, Obama’s plan for government spending money for it is a waste. The Internet is for adults, and no kid should ever have Internet access without parental supervision. It’s a wild and dangerous world online.”

-Neil Stevens, Red State contributor, redstate.com, June 8, 2013

June 16, 2013

“You’re thinking to yourself, ‘How is it possible that I am going to pay back $150,000 in student loans? I’m never going to pay that back. What am I going to do?’ Listen to me and listen to me good, class of 2013. I want you to think back to all of these things you said to yourself, ‘I can’t do that. I can’t palpate a cow. And what’s worse,
palpating a cow or taking semen from a horse?’ But you did it, didn’t you?”

-Suzie Orman, Financial Advisor, at the Commencement Address to the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, May 25, 2013

June 17, 2013

“A new report says if Republicans want to win over young voters they need to get up to date with technology. Well, the GOP is listening because today they told young people everywhere to ‘be prepared to receive a very exciting fax from us.'”

-Conan O’Brien, talk-show host, Conan, June 4, 2013

June 18, 2013

“There is something continuously absorbing and intriguing about Iran that renders the paranoia it provokes entirely bearable. The country is spectacular, the people are approachable, friendly and remain westward-looking. Many are highly educated and skilled, and 6,000 years after the country began, they are still building. In short, they are people the west used to and should still do business with.”

-Jon Snow, Journalist, The Guardian, June 16, 2013

June 19, 2013

“Our desire is to have credible negotiations with the North Koreans, but those talks must involve North Korea living up to its obligations to the world, including compliance with UN Security Council resolutions, and ultimately result in denuclearisation.”

-Caitlin Hayden, US National Security Council spokesperson, BBC News, June 17, 2013

June 20, 2013

“It seems to me that the court will find some way of ruling [on marriage equality] without actually deciding the big question for the entire country one way or the other.”

-Carolyn Shapiro, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States, Chicago’s ABC affiliate WLS-TV, June 16, 2013

June 21, 2013

“The oil industry is doing the big fracks and pumping a substantial amount of water around here. When you have a big problem like the drought and you add other smaller problems to it like all the fracking, then it only makes things worse.”

-Ed Walker, General manager of the Wintergarden Groundwater Conservation District (Texas), Associated Press, June 17, 2013

June 22, 2013

“By making emergency contraception available to women of all ages, the FDA is taking an important step to reduce unintended pregnancies and put women in control of their futures.”

-Ilyse Hogue, Present NARAL Pro-Choice America, Associated Press, June 11, 2013

June 23, 2013

“The same conservatives who were all for the Patriot Act are now freaked out about this. They’re like, ‘When we said the president could do whatever the fuck he wanted, we didn’t mean a black guy.'”

-Bill Maher, comedian, Real Time with Bill Maher, June 7, 2013

June 24, 2013

“Successful adults often worked when they were young,” he writes in The Kansas City Star. “They mowed lawns, baby-sat, or had a lemonade stand. Learning how to work hard, provide good customer service, overcome challenges, ask for the sale, and understand the value of a dollar are invaluable life lessons that kids simply can’t get from a textbook.”

-Charlie Hamiliton, entrepreneur, Inc.com, May 20, 2013

June 25, 2013

“We all support the idea of a strong marriage, we all clearly like a good party. Call us hopeless romantics, call it the triumph of hope over experience—most of us think when people love each other and want to make that long-term commitment, that is a wonderful thing. So why would we stop a loving couple getting married just because they are gay?”

-Yvette Cooper, shadow home secretary and Labor M.P. for Pontefract and Castleford, on a bill in the U.K.’s Parliament to legalize same-sex marriage, The Guardian, February 6, 2013

June 26, 2013

“Wife, mom, lawyer, women & kids advocate, FLOAR, FLOTUS, US Senator, SecState, author, dog owner, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker, TBD…”

—Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s biography on Twitter

June 27, 2013

“Capitalism is about options, so shouldn’t people have the option to start a social business or a profit maximizing business or both? You have to use your creative power to make it happen. Nothing is beyond the capacity of human beings.”

-Muhammad Yunas, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, ExpertMarket, May 21, 2013

June 28, 2013

“[S]lavery did not destroy the black family even though it certainly was an attack on the black family. It made it difficult but I’ll tell you that the programs that began in the ‘60s, the programs that began to tell women that ‘you don’t need a man in the home, the government will take care of you,’ that and began to tell men, ‘you don’t need to be in the home, the government will take care of this woman and take care of these children.’ That’s when the black family began to deteriorate.”

-E.W. Jackson, Republican candidate for Lt. Gov, At a campaign rally, June 19, 2013

June 29, 2013

“Not every single commander necessarily wants women on the force, not every commander believes what a sexual assault is, not every single commander can distinguish between a slap on the ass and a rape because they merge all of these crimes together.”

-Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, Testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, June 4, 2013

June 30, 2013

“The politics on this are all scrambled up. You talk about strange bedfellows. Dianne Feinstein and John Boehner are together on this. They say (Snowden) is a traitor. Michael Moore and Glenn Beck are together on this. They say he’s a hero. This is Republicans’ worst nightmare. They don’t know who to hate. They hate Obama but they love spying. It’s like hearing an illegal immigrant had an abortion.”

-Bill Maher, comedian, Real Time with Bill Maher, June 14, 2013