November 2013

  • November 30, 2013

    “And on a strategic note, Miss Cottle: before we enter the 2016 election cycle and the feminists come asking black women for our support for your candidate, you might want to read up a bit on black women and our feminism. I can send you a syllabus.”

    -Melissa Harris-Perry, Tulane professor and host of MSNBC’s The Melissa Harris-Perry Show, The Melissa Harris-Perry Show, November 23, 2013.

  • November 29, 2010

    “I’m tired of the naked, raped, beaten black woman body. I want to see an image of black femaleness that alters our universe in some way.”

    -Bell Hooks, professor of English, University of Miami, Black Female Voices conference, The New School, November 8, 2013.

  • November 28, 2013

    “For the first time in our history, the winners of the White House Turkey Pardon were chosen through a highly competitive online vote. And once again, Nate Silver completely nailed it. The guy is amazing.”

    -Barack Obama, president of the United States, pardoning two Thanksgiving Turkeys, November 21, 2012.

  • November 26, 2013

    “ Obama has the strength to make her needs known and that if she has, for now, chosen motherhood, that it is the role she wants. She is a black woman free to make that choice. These things are revolutionary for black women, even if some white women see business as usual.”

    -Tami Winfrey Harris, co-editor of Love Isn’t Enough, Clutch Magazine, September 11, 2012

  • November 25, 2013

    “Ultimately, only diplomacy can bring about a durable solution to the challenge posed by Iran’s nuclear program. As President and Commander in Chief, I will do what is necessary to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. However, I have a profound responsibility to try to resolve our differences peacefully, rather than rush towards conflict. Today, we have a real opportunity to achieve a comprehensive, peaceful settlement, and I believe we must test it.”

    -Barack Obama, president of the United States, in remarks on the announcement of an historic agreement with Iran, November 23, 2013

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    • November 24, 2013

      “Did I ever tell my constituents that if they liked their plan they could keep it? I would have if I ever met anybody who liked his or her plan, but that was not my experience, that was not my experience. And it was not my experience as a mother of five, who occasionally has a bad back and the rest of that. I was considered a poor risk, even though I had some resources and thought I was quite strong for having five children. But the insurance company didn’t see it that way.”

      -Nancy Pelosi, minority leader, United States House of Representatives, at a press conference, November 15, 2013

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      • November 23, 2013

        “Astrology was right: those born in the winter season, when the moon has its longest reign in the skies, are more likely to suffer from mental disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.”

        -Elijah Wolfson, editorial director of Medical Daily and the International Science Times, on new research that shows the amount of sun one receives can affect gene development and lead to an increase in certain disorders, The Atlantic, November 15, 2013.

      • November 22, 2013

        “This country’s obsession with the private lives of famous people is tragic. It’s tragic in the sense that it is so clearly a projection of people’s frustration about their government, their economy, their own spiritual bankruptcy. You have no voice in Washington. In Washington, or in any statehouse, no one actually cares what you think. So you post online, you vote with a Roman-esque thumbs up or down on the celebrity debacle of the day. That is your right. It’s also fatal misdirection of your voice and need to judge. Occupy Wall Street, on their worst day, had more integrity than the comments page of this website ever will.”

        – Alec Baldwin, responding to accusations that he used the homophobic f-word, Huffington Post, November 16, 2013.

        • November 21, 2013

          “I’m optimistic Terry McAuliffe will be a pro-business governor.”

          -Barry DuVal, president and chief executive of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, The Express, November 18, 2013.

        • November 20, 2013

          “Complete strangers attempt to grope my waist, and then have the gall to expect an apology when I don’t let them.”

          Sarah Chrisman, who is living like it’s 1895, on people’s reactions to her wardrobe,, November 15, 2013.

        • November 19, 2013

          “This is new territory. There really isn’t any precedent. You think Seattle has a pretty liberal electorate, but you haven’t seen someone who calls themselves a socialist win.”

          Stuart Elway, political pollster, reacting to the possible election of Seattle’s Socialist City Council candidate, Kshama Sawant, AP, November 13, 2013.

        • November 18, 2013

          “I believe the gun has no power because a gun can only kill, but a pen can give life.”

          – Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani education activist, receiving a Glamour Woman of the Year award, November 12, 2013.

        • November 17, 2013

          “I still have that new senator smell.”

          -Cory Booker, Senator from New Jersey, in his first committee hearing, November 6, 2013

        • November 16, 2013

          “If you start giving your kids anxiety about food, it’s going to last a lifetime. Moms have to lead by example. Don’t say, ‘Oh, my jeans don’t fit,’ or ‘Oh, I was bad.” No diets. Nothing like that.”

          -Bethenny Frankel, Talk show host, former “Real Housewives” cast member, and founder of Skinny Girl Cocktails. ABC News, November 10, 2013

        • November 15, 2013

          “Do you want smaller government with less handouts, or do you want a low minimum wage? Because you cannot have both. If Colonel Sanders isn’t going to pay the lady behind the counter enough to live on, then Uncle Sam has to. And I, for one, am getting a little tired of helping highly-profitable companies pay their workers.”

          -Bill Maher, Political comedian and host of the TV show Real Time With Bill Maher, Real Time With Bill Maher, October 25, 2013

        • November 14, 2013

          “There clearly are cases where evil people exist, but you don’t have to violate the privacy of every single citizen of America to find them.”

          -Eric Schmidt, Google Inc. Executive Chairman, discussing the NSA. The Wall Street Journal, November 4, 2013

        • November 13, 2013

          “In any conflict area, it is always the women who are the first point of attack. But I think the more they have seen of oppression and violence, they have gotten more brave, more strong, more fearless than they were. You see this refusal to just keep quiet and do as you are told.”

          -Fatima Bhutto, granddaughter of former Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and author of The Shadow of the Crescent Moon. Interview with the Editor of The Hindu Business Line, November 5, 2013

        • November 12, 2013

          “I have talked to more people who are in politics who have said to me, “ is closer than you can imagine. It’s the most accurate description of how politics actually works that we’ve ever seen.” I mean, West Wing – beautiful, wonderful idea of how democracy should work. But I’ve had more people in politics say they think House of Cards is closer. I – don’t know whether to take that as a compliment or a sad state of affairs.”

          -Kevin Spacey, American TV and movie actor, speaking at Georgetown University with Ron Klain – former Chief of Staff for two Vice Presidents, November 4, 2013

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          • November 11, 2013

            “The President’s biggest problem right now is he’s gotta tell the truth. And we’ve seen this in New Jersey. I’ve told lots of hard truths in New Jersey that people didn’t necessarily agree with, but they give you credit for looking them in the eye and telling them the truth.”

            -Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey, discussing issues with The Affordable Care Act. ABC’s This Week, November 10, 2013

          • November 10, 2013

            “Today Obama was in so much trouble he called Hillary Clinton and he said, ‘Could you start early?'”

            –David Letterman, host, Late Night with David Letterman. October 28, 2013

          • November 9, 2013

            “If you want to do bad things, science is the most powerful way to do them. If you want to do good things, science is the most powerful way to do them. It is just an effective way to get things done.”

            -Richard Dawkins, English ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and outspoken atheist. Interview with Isaac Chotiner, October 28, 2013

          • November 8, 2013

            “This country has a marvelous way of including more and more people in every generation.”

            -Condoleezza Rice, Former Secretary of State, CBS This Morning, October 23, 2013

          • November 7, 2013

            “While it’s possible to recover from fiscal bankruptcy, we will never recover from the moral bankruptcy in Washington. We will never build a free and prosperous country built upon the ruins of the civil society. But this week in Washington, Harry Reid’s Senate will spend the entire week using the power of government to infringe upon our liberty and destroy the civil society.”

            -Daniel Horowitz, columnist,, November 3, 2013

          • November 6, 2013

            “In a way, being a Mormon prepares you to deal with science fiction, because we live simultaneously in two very different cultures. The result is that we all know what it’s like to be strangers in a strange land. It’s not just a coincidence that there are so many effective Mormon science fiction writers. We don’t regard being an alien as an alien experience. But it also means that we’re not surprised when people don’t understand what we’re saying or what we think.”

            -Orson Scott Card, author of Ender’s Game, on being Mormon. Interview with Shane Snow of Wired, October 31, 2013

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            • November 5, 2013

              “That’s right. Obama didn’t lie to you when he said, ‘if you like your plan, you can keep it.’ Why? Because, you sillies, you DIDN’T REALLY like the plan you chose for yourselves! No arguing. Barack Obama knows best, and he’ll tell you whether you actually liked your insurance plan or not.”

              -Sarah Palin, Former Governor of Alaska, Facebook, October 31, 2013

            • November 4, 2013

              “All year, this team has done a great job of thinking about today, and not worrying about yesterday, or tomorrow, or next year. It brought us to this point. And as soon as spring training starts, we’re going to turn the page on this one and try to win the World Series again.”

              -Jon Lester, Professional baseball pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, on winning two World Series. Speaking to the press in the Boston Red Sox clubhouse, October 31, 2013

            • November 3, 2013

              “And the thing is, for me to say I wasn’t a genius, I would just be lying to you and to myself.”

              -Kanye West, American hip hop singer and songwriter, Jimmy Kimmel Live, October 9, 2013

            • November 2, 2013

              “Look, we’ll have to confront the pathologies of poverty at some point. We can deal with them cheaply at the front end, in infancy. Or we can wait and jail a troubled adolescent at the tail end. To some extent, we face a choice between investing in preschools or in prisons.”

              -Nicholas D. Kristof, columnist for The New York Times, New York Times, October 26, 2013,

            • November 1, 2013

              “The one lesson Republicans probably will not learn from Ken Cuccinelli’s troubled campaign for Virginia governor is the most important: Politically, the ‘truce strategy’ on abortion fails. If it is not abandoned, it will drag down the GOP.”

              -Maggie Gallagher, Senior Fellow at the American Principles Project and co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage, The Washington Post, October 17, 2013