November 2014

  • November 30, 2014

    “Me and Jaden just figured out that our voices sound like chocolate together. As good as chocolate tastes, it sounds that good.”

    -Willow Smith, musician and daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith. Discussing new music she is making with her brother, Jaden. New York Times interview, November 17, 2014

  • November 29, 2014

    “After Florida State, 90 school shootings since Sandy Hook. Newsflash to my colleagues – this isn’t normal. Do something.”

    -Chris Murphy, US Senator (D- Connecticut), Twitter, November 22, 2014

  • November 28, 2014

    “I think one of the most important things we did as a party this cycle is we didn’t nominate any cavemen. It’s very hard to climb out from under that…anytime somebody said something boneheaded on our side of the aisle, we’d pounce on that and say, ‘You don’t speak for Republicans; that’s not our position.’”

    -Katie Packer Gage, Mitt Romney’s deputy campaign manager and co-founder of Burning Glass Consulting – a Republican firm run by women that helps candidates speak to women voters. New York Magazine, November 19, 2014

  • November 27, 2014

    “Throughout my childhood, I watched my parents try to become legal but to no avail. They lost their money to people they believed to be attorneys, but who ultimately never helped. That meant my childhood was haunted by the fear that they would be deported. If I didn’t see anyone when I walked in the door after school, I panicked. And then one day, my fears were realized.”

    -Diane Guerrero, Orange Is The New Black actress and spokesperson for the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. LA Times, November 15, 2014

  • November 26, 2014

    “Every time someone mentions how many jobs Keystone XL would create, it somehow gets bigger. A bazillion jobs!”

    -Kate Sheppard, Environment Editor at the Huffington Post, Twitter, November 17, 2014

  • November 25, 2014

    “Let`s face it, the city is really in a panic at this point in anticipation of this family, I reiterate for the umpteenth time – and they wanted me to make it crystal clear – they do not advocate any violence, any looting, any rioting. They are totally against that.”

    -Anthony Gray, attorney for the family of Michael Brown – Brown was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, MO. Preparing for the grand jury decision in the case against the officer who killed Brown. Press conference, November 21, 2014

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    • November 24, 2014

      “To those Members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill.”

      -Barack Obama, President of The United States, announcing his intent to use executive action to reform the immigration system. Televised speech to the nation, November 21, 2014

    • November 23, 2014

      “…Something I am going to work very hard on changing – and I hope it changes before I die – is to make it illegal to buy, post, or shop a photo that’s been obtained illegally. I have photographers that jump my fence … if somebody jumps my fence and takes a picture through my window of me naked, that’s illegal, but the photos can still be everywhere (online) the next day…that makes no sense!”

      -Jennifer Lawrence, American actress – recently the target of a hacker who shared nude photos of her online, Associated Press, November 15, 2014

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      • November 22, 2014

        “The thing about Scandal and House of Cards that makes when I was in office. You know, think of all of the opportunities I missed. So little time, so many people that have it coming.”

        -Bill Clinton, Former President of The United States, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, November 11, 2014

      • November 21, 2014

        “Boko Haram particularly targets schools because they are soft targets. And they represent everything the group is against – Western education, lifestyle and civilization.”

        -Ahmed Idris, Al Jazeera reporter, after at least 47 people – mostly students – were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a school in northeast Nigeria. Reporting for Al Jazeera from Lagos in Nigeria, November 10, 2014

      • November 20, 2014

        “I don’t get it. No disrespect to Kim but… people are offended by my breastfeeding selfies and are fine with her – amazing – booty cover?”

        -Alyssa Milano, American actress, producer, and musician who recently began a campaign to end stigma associated with public breastfeeding. Twitter, November 12, 2014

      • November 19, 2014

        “This means that in the next 15 years, China will have to build the energy equivalent of another China, but one that is entirely based on non-fossil fuels. This sends a signal that China has begun to say goodbye to coal.”

        -Li Shuo, Greenpeace climate and energy campaigner, discussing a groundbreaking climate change deal between the US and China to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. China plans to – among other things – “get 25% of its energy from nuclear, solar, wind, hydropower, and other non-fossil fuels by 2030.” NPR, November 14, 2014

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        • November 18, 2014

          “’Net Neutrality’ is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government.”

          -Ted Cruz, US Senator (Republican, Texas), Twitter, November 10, 2014

        • November 17, 2014

          “Fed by a strong desire to use his life to save the lives of others, Abdul-Rahman was drawn to the camps that are filled with displaced families and to understaffed hospitals inside Syria. We know he found his home amongst the Syrian people, and he hurt when they were hurting.”

          -Ed and Paula Kassig, parents of Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig – the latest American hostage to be murdered by ISIS on video. Statement released to the public, November 16, 2014

        • November 16, 2014

          “There’s a prevailing idea that there’s something ethically wrong with being poor, and that America’s run according to Christian values. But when people are practicing genuine Christian values, they themselves are directly prosecuted…Let’s bear in mind that America just had midterm elections where $4 billion was spent on campaigning — is just telling you that something’s good. But feeding the homeless? That’s illegal.”

          -Russell Brand, Russell Edward Brand is an English comedian, actor, and activist, on Florida’s law banning people from feeding the homeless. Episode of “The Trewsbelow” on YouTube, November 7, 2014

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          • November 15, 2014

            “ made all these people feel great. And at the same time, knowing that he had this sense of … what I make up in my mind – this low sense of self-worth, of belonging, of loneliness, of pain that all the money in the world can’t cure. All the accolades and awards, and all the love from people all over the world … all that love could still not stop that man from saying, I am in so much pain.'”

            -Wayne Brady, Emmy award-winning comedian, singer, and TV star, after admitting to his own struggles with severe depression. ET (Entertainment Tonight) interview, November 4, 2014

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            • November 14, 2014

              “ was the one that was supposed to make a difference. It wasn’t a high school. The victims were 20 first graders, 6-year-olds, along with six staff members. But the numbers indicate nothing much has changed. Sandy Hook turned out to be not a call to action, but a gruesome standard from which all inaction can be judged.”

              -Mike Gudgell, ABC News reporter, reflections on covering multiple school shootings. ABC News article, November 8, 2014

            • November 13, 2014

              “If the ways that we’re approaching the Republicans in Congress working, I’m going to try different things — whether it’s having a drink with Mitch McConnell or letting John Boehner beat me again at golf, or weekly press conferences – I don’t know if that would be effective…Whatever I think might make a difference in this, I’m going to be trying out up until my last day in office.”

              -Barack Obama, President of The United States, after Republicans swept the 2014 elections and regained control of the US Senate. Press conference, November 5, 2014

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              • November 12, 2014

                “In South Carolina – in America – it takes a generation to go from having a grandfather who is picking cotton, to a grandson in Congress. We are thankful for those trailblazers who came before us and said the status quo was not enough…Our values and our issues are central. The most important things we have to offer are on the inside. This is the testament to progress made.”

                -Tim Scott, first black senator to win election in the South since Reconstruction & first African-American in U.S. history to be elected to both the House and the Senate. Twitter, November 4, 2014

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                • November 11, 2014

                  “If you are against everything Joni Ernst or Mia Love stand for, then this election was bad for you and the policies you care about, not bad for women. It should be obvious, but ‘women’ – half the population – are not a uniform voting block with uniform ideas about what is best for them.”

                  -Jessica Grose, journalist, author, and frequent Slate contributor. Slate, November 7, 2014

                • November 10, 2014

                  “Many of the naysayers out there said that Utah would never elect a black, Republican, LDS (Mormon) woman to Congress. Not only did we do it, we were the first to do it.”

                  -Mia Love, the first black Republican women elected to Congress, Victory speech, November 4, 2014

                • November 9, 2014

                  “I’d be sitting very upset with myself if I was a football player: have the opportunity to go out and perform better the next night.”

                  -LeBron James, Professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers (Cavs), after the Cavs lost their first game since James’ return to Cleveland. ESPN, October 31, 2014

                • November 8, 2014

                  “It is technically feasible to transition to a low-carbon economy. But what is lacking are appropriate policies and institutions. The longer we wait to take action, the more it will cost to adapt and mitigate climate change.”

                  -Youba Sokona, co-chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III, CNN, November 2, 2014

                • November 7, 2014

                  “The Big Bang – which today we hold to be the origin of the world – does not contradict the intervention of the divine creator, but, rather, requires it. Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”

                  -Pope Francis, leader of the global Catholic Church, Speaking at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, October 28, 2014

                • November 6, 2014

                  “You gotta realize we are in America, and in America, there are no sacred days. Because we commercialize everything. We’re only 5 years away from 9/11 sales….’Come on down to Red Lobster! These shrimp are 9 dollars and 11 cents!’ It doesn’t matter what the holiday is. Martin Luther King Day, it’s gonna be the same thing. Gonna be watching TV like, ‘These Toyotas are practically free at last, free at last!’”

                  -Chris Rock, American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director. Saturday Night Live monologue, November 2, 2014

                • November 5, 2014

                  “Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love. Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me … but would have taken so much more. The world is a beautiful place, travel has been my greatest teacher, my close friends and folks are the greatest givers. I even have a ring of support around my bed as I type … Goodbye world. Spread good energy. Pay it forward!”

                  -Brittany Maynard, who became a voice for the physician assisted death movement after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, just before ending her own life via pills prescribed by her doctor in Oregon. Facebook, November 1, 2014

                  • November 4, 2014

                    “On Daily Show segment…women in the studio run through their tactics—listening to music, fake phone calls, looking straight down at the sidewalk and pretending not to hear. I, too, have a strategy. I deploy an advance attack: nodding and saying, “How’s it going?” before any man has a chance to be rude. In case you’ve missed the bigger point, let me spell it out for you: Women have strategies for walking down the street. If you’re a man, ask yourself whether you have a strategy beyond putting one foot in front of the other, and you might begin to see why street harassment becomes exhausting.”

                    -Monica Potts, Writer and Fellow at The New American Foundation, Vogue, October 31, 2014

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                    • November 3, 2014

                      “I was expecting some real, real rotten conduct by guys, and I didn’t see that. I saw, ‘Hey, baby.’ ‘Looking good today, girl.’ ‘Have a good day.’ ‘How are you?’ ‘Ooh. Ooh. Looking good’ …It was men being polite. And it was men mildly aggressive…I mean, I don’t do those kinds of things, but it didn’t seem intimidating to me.”

                      -Rush Limbaugh, radio talk show host, writer, and conservative political commentator. Commenting on a viral video in which a woman experiences multiple instances of street harassment in New York City. The Rush Limbaugh Show, October 30, 2014

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                      • November 2, 2014

                        “I love the HRC. The initials are great.”

                        -Bill Clinton, Former President of The United States, Speech to the Human Rights Campaign national dinner, October 25, 2014

                      • November 1, 2014

                        “I was patient zero. The first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the internet…Of course, it was all done on the excruciatingly slow dial up. Yet around the world this story went. A viral phenomenon that, you could argue, was the first moment of truly ‘social media’.”

                        Monica Lewinksy, known for her 1998 affair with then-President Bill Clinton, discussing her new anti internet bullying campaign. Speech to the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 summit, October 20, 2014