May 2014

  • May 31, 2014

    “The relationship has truly been fine. Our defense cooperation and intelligence sharing, which has been substantial in both directions, and our work on anti-missile and anti-rocket defense have been very good. And this work continues under Chuck Hagel and President Obama – and I’m pleased with that. That doesn’t mean we can’t have differences of opinion on Iran.”

    -Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, On his relationship with President Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. Bloomberg interview, May 16, 2013

  • May 30, 2014

    “…I tried to kill myself. It was a feeble attempt, but I did. And I got put in a mental hospital for a month, and I got myself straight and worked on my mental health…it’s nothing that I hide. It’s nothing to be proud of or to be ashamed of. It’s part of my life, you know? And I’m still here!”

    -Audra McDonald, Tony-winning Broadway actress and singer, CBS Sunday Morning, May 25, 2014

  • May 29, 2014

    “So when I say that – as a clinic – we were only functioning at 50 percent or less, I’m being generous. It’s as if the whole staff had made an agreement that we would only keep the clinic open for half a day – although our veterans are waiting 30 days for follow up care, they’re waiting 25 days for their first appointment. That was what I encountered.”

    -Dr. Jose Mathews, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University and former Chief of Psychiatry at the VA Hospital in St. Louis. Discussing “blowing the whistle” on alleged poor patient care at the VA. Charlie Brennan radio show, May 20th, 2014

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    • May 28, 2014

      “Jail is just another micro-society. It just happens that here, the problems are far more out in the open, we don’t live with the facades of lies that democracy or capitalism creates for us.”

      -Cecily McMillan, Occupy Wall Street activist accused of assault on police officer, via phone from Rikers Island jail as she awaited sentencing. Mashable interview, May 19, 2014

    • May 27, 2014

      If I see a black kid in a hoodie and it’s late at night, I’m walking to the other side of the street. And if on that side of the street, there’s a guy that has tattoos all over his face – white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere – I’m walking back to the other side of the street…While we all have our prejudices and bigotries, we have to learn that it’s an issue that we have to control…”

      -Mark Cuban, Owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, discussing racism and prejudice. Inc. interview, May 21, 2014

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      • May 26, 2014

        “Our country was born out of a desire to be free. And every day since, it’s been protected by our men and women in uniform – people who believed so deeply in America, they were willing to give their lives for it.”

        -Barack Obama, President of The United States, Memorial Day “Tribute to Our Fallen Heroes,” Weekly Address, May 24, 2014

      • May 25, 2014

        “Please, please tell me I’m not the only one who think it doesn’t matter how people are dressed or how they move their bodies, we should still treat them with respect and decency. And enough with the slut shaming. Please. Goddamn I’m not responsible for some perverted 45 year old dad lusting after me because I have a sparkly dress on and a big ass for a teenager. And if you think I am, then maybe you’re part of the problem.”

        -Clare , on getting kicked out from her prom because some of the fathers chaperoning complained, on her sister’s blog,, May 12, 2014.

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        • May 24, 2014

          “There’s a reason survivors choose not to go to the police, and that’s because they’re treated as the criminals. The rapists are innocent until proven guilty but survivors are guilty until proven innocent, at least in the eyes of the police.”

          -Emma Sulkowicz, about her experience as a victim of sexual violence on Columbia University’s campus, the Columbia Spectator, May 16, 2014.

        • May 23, 2014

          “Jeb Bush is my friend. I think he’d make a great president. I’ve nudged him for some time.”

          -John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives (R-Ohio), in comments before the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, May 12, 2014.

        • May 22, 2014

          “The Senate used to be a place of great debate and accomplishment. Now it is run like a dictatorship shutting out the voices of millions of Americans.”

          -John Cornyn, Senate minority whip (R-Texas), AP, May 13, 2014.

        • May 21, 2014

          “You can be walking down the street for a chat, but until you’ve got the selfie out of the way, people aren’t ready to talk.”

          -David Cameron, prime minister of Great Britain, about the change in campaigns, The Evening Standard, May 13, 2014.

        • May 20, 2014

          “Any adverse event for a veteran within our care is one too many. We can and we must do better.”

          -Eric Shinseki, secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, testifying before a senate panel, May 15, 2014.

        • May 19, 2014

          “Advice to writers: Sometimes you just have to stop writing. Even before you begin.”

          -Stanislaw Lec, polish poet, “Unkempt Thoughts,” published January 1, 1967.

        • May 18, 2014

          “The coming firestorm over new power-plant regulations won’t be a genuine debate — just as there isn’t a genuine debate about climate science. Instead, the airwaves will be filled with conspiracy theories and wild claims about costs, all of which should be ignored. Climate policy may finally be getting somewhere; let’s not let crazy climate economics get in the way.”

          -Paul Krugman, economist, New York Times, May 11, 2014.

        • May 16, 2014

          “—already powerful and accomplished by the time the scandal erupted—escaped comparatively unscathed; her power has surely only grown in the decades since the impeachment saga. But the legitimacy of that power is constantly questioned, by those on the right and on the left, based on the time her husband dallied with Lewinsky.”

          -Rebecca Traister, senior editor, New Republic, May 7, 2014

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          • May 15, 2014

            “In both darker and lighter versions of fairy tales, a woman’s suffering is demanded in exchange for true love and happily ever after. She must be trapped in a tower or poisoned by an apple or forced to spin straw into gold. She must wait for the hand of a man who is fooled not once but twice before he finds her. Throughout any given season of “The Bachelor,” the women exclaim that the experience is like a fairy tale. They suffer the machinations of reality television, pursuing — along with several other women, often inebriated — the promise of happily ever after. Instead of bleeding from the foot to fit a golden slipper, they bleed their dignity, one episode at a time.”

            -Roxane Gay, American author, The New York Times, May 11, 2014

            • May 14, 2014

              “In battle, combatants engaged in war against America get no due process and may lawfully be killed. But citizens not in a battlefield, however despicable, are guaranteed a trial by our Constitution. No one argues that Americans who commit treason shouldn’t be punished. The maximum penalty for treason is death. But the Constitution specifies the process necessary to convict.”

              -Rand Paul, United States Senator (R-KY), on his demand to see White House memos justifying the use of drones to kill American citizens, The New York Times, May 12, 2014

            • May 13, 2014

              “We all accuse Vladimir Putin of Cold War nostalgia, but Washington’s elites — politicians and intellectuals — miss the old days as well. They wish for the world in which the United States was utterly dominant over its friends, its foes were to be shunned entirely and the challenges were stark, moral and vital. Today’s world is messy and complicated. China is one of our biggest trading partners and our looming geopolitical rival. Russia is a surly spoiler, but it has a globalized middle class and has created ties in Europe.”

              -Fareed Zakaria, opinion writer, Washington Post, May 8, 2014

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              • May 12, 2014

                “The President congratulates Michael Sam, the Rams and the NFL for taking an important step forward today in our Nation’s journey. From the playing field to the corporate boardroom, LGBT Americans prove everyday that you should be judged by what you do and not who you are,”

                -White House statement, May 10, 2014

              • May 11, 2014

                “We’re all finished. I have to leave some farewell words before I die.”

                -A student trapped on the sinking Korean ferry, as quoted in the Washington Post, May 3, 2014.

              • May 10, 2014

                “Look how thick this bill is. I could end you with this bill, man.”.

                -J.P. Morrell, Louisiana State Senator, D-New Orleans, before presenting a 272-page bill on the Senate floor, May 1, 2014.

              • May 9, 2014

                “L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling was recorded on tape making racist comments. He now has been banned from the league for life. Great, just where Sterling wanted to end up – the blacklist.”

                -Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, April 30, 2014.

              • May 8, 2014

                “These days, the House Republicans actually give John Boehner a harder time than they give me. Which means orange really is the new black.”

                -Barack Obama, President of the United States, White House Correspondents’ Dinner, May 3, 2014.

              • May 7, 2014

                “I am a little jet lagged from my trip to Malaysia…The lengths we have to go to to get CNN coverage these days.”

                -Barack Obama, President of the United States, White House Correspondents’ Dinner, May 3, 2014.

              • May 6, 2014

                “This is not Armatrix screwing over the people of New Jersey. It’s the legislature screwing over the people of New Jersey.”

                -Andy Ramond, owner of a Maryland gun store that will soon offer a smart handgun, triggering a New Jersey law requiring all hang guns sold in New Jersey to have smart technology by 2017, The Washington Express, May 3, 2014

              • May 5, 2014

                “Let’s face it, Fox News, you’ll miss me when I’m gone. It’ll be harder to convince the public that Hillary Clinton was born in Kenya.”

                -Barack Obama, President of the United States, White House Correspondents’ Dinner, May 3, 2014.

              • May 4, 2014

                “There would be some price to pay for this country and our allies…But there is a huge price to pay for allowing aggressive bullying behavior to continue…History teaches us that we have to stand up to such bullying behavior from one state on to another.”

                -William Hague, The UK Foreign Secretary, on EU sanctions against Russia. BBC, April 27, 2014

              • May 3, 2014

                “Someone is an ignoramus who would say that, ‘Oh, we had three hurricanes this year. This proves that somehow the climate is warming.’ The earth is 4.5 billion years old, and you’re going to say that we had four hurricanes and so it proves a theory?”

                -Rand Paul, US Senator (R –Kentucky), on the existence of climate change. Interview with formerObama adviser David Axelrod at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, April 22, 2014

              • May 2, 2014

                “If I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we’d baptize terrorists.”

                -Sarah Palin, Former Governor of Alaska. Speech to National Rifle Association’s “Stand and Fight” Rally in Indianapolis, IN, April 26, 2014

              • May 1, 2014

                “Ghandi…failed at the Bar, not just once, but twice. And had he succeeded as a lawyer in Bombay, you and I would not be having this conversation.”

                -Ramachandra Guha, Indian historian, writer, and columnist for The Telegraph and Hindustan Times. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, April 24, 2014