May 2013

May 1, 2013

“That #WHCD [White House Correspondents Dinner] was pathetic. The rest of America is out there working our asses off while these DC assclowns throw themselves a #nerdprom.”

-Sarah Palin, Twitter, April 27, 2013

May 2, 2013

“Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience.”

-Coretta Scott King, Civil Rights Activist, Press Conference on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 1994, Washington D.C., June 23, 1994

May 3, 2013

“I have no faith in their [the Koch Brothers] belief in the importance of a free and robust watchdog press. Frankly, such a press seems antithetical to their goals and harmful to their influence in the political process.”

-Anonymous Journalist at the Chicago Tribune, as quoted by Jim Romenesko, media critic,, April 22, 2013

May 4, 2013

“Judging by today’s young people that I encounter when I go to schools to speak, we are in for a better tomorrow. They listen. They are very perceptive. They take it to heart.”

-Norman Frajman, Holocaust Survivor, Religion News Service, April 25, 2013

May 5, 2013

“Radicalization does not happen to young people with a strong grounding in the American Muslim mainstream; increasingly, it happens online, and sometimes abroad, among the isolated and disaffected.”

-Suhaib Webb, imam of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center and Scott Korb, NYU professor, Op-ed, The New York Times, April 24, 2013

May 6, 2013

“People want to cut the childish political posturing. With the problems facing the country, our campaigns have become an embarrassment to democracy.”

-John Porter, Politico, 10/4/2010

May 7, 2013

“We’ve entered a period where there isn’t a single narrative about anything. ‘Feminism’ has given way to what other women have termed ‘feminisms’ — all the various ways that we seek justice and equality.”

-Latoya Peterson, New York Times, 3/16/2012

May 8, 2013

“Wishing for the end to AIDS and extreme poverty in Africa is like wishing that gravity didn’t make things so damn heavy. We can wish it, but what the hell can we do about it?”

-Bono, Commencement Speech at the University of Pennsylvania, 5/19/2004

May 9. 2013

“The deserts of the Middle East are in need of water, not bombers.”

-Golda Meir, Speech given in 1957, published in Women at the Podium: Memorable in History, 2000

May 10, 2013

“We have too many people worried about the next election and not worried about the next generation.”

-Paul Ryan, The New York Times, 4/16/2011

May 11, 2013

“Freedom of expression is the foundation of human rights, the source of humanity and the mother of truth.”

-Liu Xiaobo, Statement to the Nobel committee, 12/10/2010

May 12, 2013

“We have big hearts but short attention spans.”

-Bill Keller, The New York Times, 4/17/2011

May 13, 2013

“The easy thing to do is to go in your corner and throw political spitballs.”

-David Plouffe White House senior adviser, The New York Times 4/9/2011

May 14, 2013

“I believe that if you have something to contribute, you should be willing to come forward.”

-Dame Joanna MacGregor, British concert pianists, The Express on Sunday, 06/01/2002

May 15, 2013

“When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government – the anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous.”

-Clarence Dupnik, Pima county Sheriff, Press Conf Rep Gifford Shooting, 1/7/2011

May 16, 2013

“Thank God I never lost that childlike innocence and the purity of vision and naivete. …That childlike innocence was most useful, because if I was a bit wiser, I wouldn’t have been able to do anything, perhaps. So I’m glad I was not smart.”

-Imelda Marcos, former First Lady of the Philippines, Time Magazine, July 5, 2004

May 17, 2013

“Make no mistake, the president will find in our new majority the voice of the American people as they’ve expressed it tonight: standing on principle, checking Washington’s power, and leading the drive for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable government.”

-John Boehner, Speaker of the House, election night victory speech, 11/2/2010

May 18, 2013

“If you’re going to do something wrong, do it big, because the punishment is the same either way.”

-Jayne Mansfield, American actor, as quoted by Paula Munier in “On Being Blonde: Wit and Wisdom from the World’s Most Infamous Blonds,” 2004

May 19, 2013

“Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.”

-Isaac Asimov, Russian born writer and biochemist, as quoted in “The Mammoth Book of Zingers, Quips, and One-Liners” edited by Geoff Tibballs, 2004

May 20, 2013

“You just get a lot more perspective and oxygen to your brain when you’re outside the Beltway.”

-Mark McKinnon, Bush Capmaign Strategist, Politico, 12/27/2010

May 21, 2013

“What we have been living for three decades is frontier capitalism, with the frontier constantly shifting location from crisis to crisis, moving on as soon as the law catches up.”

-Naomi Klein, Author, answering questions at a constituent lunch in Geneva, 9/18/2010

May 22, 2013

“If you’re scared then you shouldn’t be in politics.”

-Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA), CNN’s State of the Union, 1/16/2011

May 23, 2013

“We did not go to Iraq to bring democracy any more than Roosevelt went to war against Hitler to democratize Germany, though that became American policy once the Nazis were defeated.”

-Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State, No Higher Honor, 2011

May 24, 2013

“The complicity on Wall Street is sickness! If you think the big firms are being honest well, sweetheart, go think something else!”

-Sandy Lewis, Columnist, The New York Times, 9/15/2012

May 25, 2013

“Let us be sure that those who come after will say of us in our time, that in our time we did everything that could be done. We finished the race; we kept them free; we kept the faith.”

-President Ronald Reagan, State of the Union Address, 1/25/1984

May 26, 2013

“Success is not about who never fails. It is about who can spring – or even stagger – back up.”

-Samantha Power, Senior Advisor to President Obama, Commencement address at Pitzer-Claremont College, 5/22/2008

May 27, 2013

“Freedom is fragile and must be protected. To sacrifice it, even as a temporary measure, is to betray it.”

-Germaine Greer, Feminist, The Female Eunuch, 1970

May 28, 2013

“There is no evidence that we can succeed in the twenty-first century with an anti-government strategy.”

-President Bill Clinton, Politico Playbook, Sept. 24, 2011

May 29, 2013

“You have to wonder if President Obama at some level doesn’t want to lead. Maybe he just wants to be loved.”

-Maureen Dowd, Columnist, New York Times, 6/22/2011

May 30, 2013

“The way to build a fair and just society is not through baby steps or incremental goals, but with big steps, and big solutions… and an obvious backbone to match.”

-Elizabeth Edwards, Wife of John Edwards, Consumer Watchdog’s Rage for Justice Dinner, 6/8/2007

May 31, 2013

“The deficit and debt is like a cancer. And it’s going to destroy our country from within.”

-Erskine Bowles, Clinton Chief of Staff, TIME, 12/19/2010