March 2014

  • March 31, 2014

    “No, we didn’t get it cleared, but we don’t get your pop flies cleared either and those go higher than this thing did.”

    -A spokesperson for the Washington Nationals Baseball Team, as quoted by the Associated Press, responding to an Federal Aviation Administration complaint that the team was using a small drone with a camera to create promotional materials. The commercial use of drones is banned in the United States. Associated Press, March 16, 2014.

  • March 30, 2014

    “All political movements are like this: we are in the right, everyone else is in the wrong. The people on our own side who disagree with us are heretics, and they start becoming enemies. With it comes an absolute conviction of your own moral superiority. There’s oversimplification in everything, and a terror of flexibility.”

    -Doris Lessing, British writer and Nobel-Prize recipeint, as quoted in Salon, November 11, 1997

  • March 29, 2014

    “Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg apparently called President Obama directly to complain about NSA and how it spies on ordinary Americans. That’s right, the guy who runs Facebook got mad at the NSA for spying on people. Talk about the pot unfriending the kettle!”

    -Jimmy Fallon, the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, March 14, 2014

  • March 28, 2014

    “I feel it is our inherent duty as a humane society, above any intangible responsibility, to invest in our world’s children’s
    potential, passion and confidence.”

    -Masiela Lusha, Albanian-American actor and poet, as quoted in the Tolucan Times, October 27, 2010

  • March 27, 2014

    “I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.”

    – Elenor Roosevelt, wife of U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and diplomat, as quoted in “Today’s Health,” October, 1966

  • March 26, 2014

    “A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back — but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.”

    -Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, as quoted in “The Art of Winning Commitment: 10 Ways Leaders Can Engage Minds, Hearts, and Spirits,” by Dick Richards, published in 2004

  • March 25, 2014

    “The fundamental differences between Marxian and traditional orthodox economics are, first, that the orthodox economists accept the capitalist system as part of the eternal order of Nature, while Marx regards it as a passing phase in the transition from the feudal economy of the past to the socialist economy of the future.”

    – Joan Robinson, British economist, “An Essay on Marxian Economics,” published in 1966

  • March 24, 2014

    “Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.”

    – John Kenneth Galbraith, Canadian-American Economist, “Economics, Peace and Laughter,” published in 1971

  • March 23, 2014

    “I’ve always said, I like my coffee like I like my men…I don’t drink coffee.”

    -Ellen DeGeneres, Comedian and host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. March 13, 2014, The Ellen DeGeneres Show

  • March 22, 2014

    “America is running a fever, but there are no emergency rooms.”

    -Edward Markey, US Senator (Democrat – Massachusetts), discussing climate change. All-night Senate session on Climate Change. March 10, 2014

  • March 21, 2014

    “At the moment, the U.S. is talking loudly and carrying a small stick. Economic sanctions and visa denials won’t impact Russia in serious ways, nor will they make Ukraine an economically viable and democratic country. Furthermore, Americans have no desire and no reason to go to war with Russia over Crimea.”

    -Katrina Vanden Heuvel, Editor of “The Nation” magazine. This Week with George Stephanopoulos, March 14, 2014

  • March 20, 2014

    “ doesn’t feel that long ago to you and me. But…a generation of people who don’t even know that it happened are now going into work and experiencing this. They see the signs now that say ‘sexual harassment is prohibited,’ but they don’t know how we got there.”

    -Anita Hill, Social Policy Professor at Brandeis University, famous for her allegations of sexual harassment against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Daily Show with Jon Stewart, March 13, 2014

  • March 19, 2014

    “It’s the one thing we can all relate to no matter what religion, what color, what nationality: we can all relate to sex and love.”

    -Enrique Iglesias, Spanish-American musician, CBS Sunday Morning, March 16, 2014

  • March 18, 2014

    “Russia is a gas station masquerading as a country. It’s kleptocracy, it’s corruption, it’s a nation that’s really only dependent upon oil and gas for their economy.”

    -John McCain, US Senator (Republican – Arizona). CNN’s “State of the Union,” March 16, 2014

  • March 17, 2014

    “These issues have crept up on us. Our rights are being infringed more and more on every side, and the danger is that we get used to it. So, I want to use the 25th anniversary for us all to do that, to take the web back into our own hands and define the web we want for the next 25 years.”

    -Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web, discussing the 25th anniversary of the internet – and the need for an internet bill of rights. Interview with The Guardian, March 11, 2014

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    • March 16, 2014

      “Feeling a little small? Well, in the context of the cosmos, we are small.”

      -Neil Degrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist, author, and pundit. Educational TV series “Cosmos,” March 9, 2014

    • March 15, 2014

      “There is one lesson from the past, in particular, that we cannot afford to ignore: You cannot make progress on gender equality or broader human development without safeguarding women’s reproductive health and rights.”

      -Hillary Clinton, Former Secretary of State, discussing International Women’s Day, United Nations speech, March 7, 2014

    • March 14, 2014

      “Depicting the pope as a sort of Superman, a star, is offensive to me…the pope is a man who laughs, cries, sleeps calmly, and has friends like everyone else. A normal person.”

      -Pope Francis, 266th and current Pope of the Catholic Church. Corriere della Sera – Italian daily paper, March 5, 2014

    • March 13, 2014

      “You can’t build a base for a candidacy in a year, or two years, or even four years. The only way to get candidates worth having is to build the social force that will create candidates worth having.”

      -Adolph Reed, Political commentator and professor of Political Science at The University of Pennsylvania. Salon Interview, March 9, 2014

    • March 12, 2014

      “We have got to be advising our male candidates. We cannot have any stupid comments this year. No stupid comments!”

      -Kate Obenshain,Vice President of Young America Foundation and Fox News contributor. Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) panel on conservative women, March 8, 2014

    • March 11, 2014

      “Far too often, the Ukrainian issue is posed as a showdown: whether Ukraine joins the East or the West. But if Ukraine is to survive and thrive, it must not be either side’s outpost against the other – it should function as a bridge between them.”

      -Henry Kissinger, American diplomat, political pundit, and former Secretary of State. Washington Post, March 5, 2014

    • March 10, 2014

      “The worst thing about Daylight Savings is that clocks now set themselves, so I can’t lie about why I’m late on Monday.”

      -Jack Mackenroth, American model, fashion designer, & the first openly HIV positive contestant on TV’s “Project Runway.” Twitter, March 9, 2014

    • March 9, 2014

      “If we truly want gender equality, we need to challenge the assumption that more is always better, and the assumption that men don’t suffer as much as women when they’re exhausted and have no time for family or fun. And we need to challenge those assumptions wherever we find them, both in the workplace and in the family. Whether it’s one more meeting, one more memo, one more conference, one more play date, one more soccer game or one more flute lesson for the kids, sometimes we need to say, ‘Enough!’”

      -Rosa Brooks, law professor at Georgetown Law School, Foreign Policy Magazine, February 21, 2014.

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      • March 8, 2014

        “Today, unfortunately, the right to vote seems to have become a partisan issue. Democrats seek to guarantee and expand voting rights. Republicans try to undermine and suppress voting rights.”

        -Donna Brazile, Vice Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee, CNN Opinion Article, February 27, 2014.

      • March 7, 2014

        “ feels like you’re watching performance art. A lot of the time. I don’t believe them, I don’t believe what they say, I don’t think they’re being absolutely sincere. I think it’s performance art. And most of them are bad actors.”

        -Kevin Spacey, American actor and producer, on spending time with government leaders, Daily Show with Jon Stewart, February 18, 2014.

      • March 6, 2014

        “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, then don’t go to war.”

        -Bernie Sanders, member of the U.S. Senate (I-VT), On Senate Republicans blocking veterans’ health bill due to budget concerns, CNN’s “Wolf,“ February 26, 2014

      • March 5, 2014

        “The Winter Olympics in Sochi wrapped up yesterday. Canada beat Sweden for the gold medal in men’s hockey. People in Canada were going crazy. They spent all night knocking over cars, and then picking them back up and leaving a nice note.”

        -Jimmy Fallon, host of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, February 24, 2014

      • March 4, 2014

        “To those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences, they are not. Audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money. So the world is round, people!”

        -Cate Blanchett, American Actress, while accepting an Oscar Award for Best Actress, Academy Awards, March 2, 2014

      • March 3, 2014

        “This is for the 36 million people who have lost the battle to AIDS and to those of you out there who have ever felt injustice because of who you are or who you love. Tonight, I stand here in front of the world for you.”

        -Jared Leto, America actor, while accepting an Oscar Award for Best Supporting Actor, Academy Awards, March 2, 2014.

      • March 2, 2014

        “So are all the kids on the East Coast repeating school next year? Get ready to see a lot of hairy eighth graders. Storm brain drain.

        -Olivia Wilde, American actress. On the amount of winter weather school closures this year. Twitter, February 15, 2014

      • March 1, 2014

        “There is no debate in the scientific community…We need to change things, not to deny what’s happening.”

        -Bill Nye, American scientist, TV show host, educator, and comedian. Speaking to Rep. Marsha Blackburn about the existence of climate change. Meet The Press, February 23, 2014