October 2013

  • October 31, 2013

    “Speak out, educate, do not be intimidated by the apologists, and do not let extreme racism be mainstreamed. Hopefully there will come a time when we don’t need to tell our kids that Halloween is no excuse for hate, and that blackface has no place in a civilized society.“

    -Christine Pelosi, Chair of the CA Democratic Party Women’s Caucus, Discussing racist Halloween costumes, Column for The Huffington Post, October 27, 2013

  • October 30, 2013

    “You can’t stop suffering, you can’t stop terrible things from happening, but you can bear witness… The least us reporters can do is go there and tell their stories.”

    –Anderson Cooper, American journalist, TV news personality, and anchor of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360°.” American University “Wonk of the Year” Acceptance Speech, October 19, 2013

  • October 29, 2013

    “It is a law of nature that everything run by the government will get more expensive and worse over time. Everything run by the private sector will get better and cheaper over time. The fact that starts this badly does not bode well….We want healthcare run on the same system that gave us cell phones, flat screens, Jerry Garcia chia pets. Everything you submit to the free market…keeps getting better and better.”

    -Ann Coulter, American political commentator, writer, and columnist. Fox News’ “Hannity,” October 21, 2013

  • October 28, 2013

    “Nobody’s madder than me about the fact that the website isn’t working as well as it should, which means it’s going to get fixed.”

    -Barack Obama, President of The United States, Press Conference in the White House Rose Garden. October 21, 2013

  • October 27, 2013

    “Cardinal Dolan, of course, has a very, very hard job: trying to hold up Catholic family values in sexually liberal New York City. I’m not saying New York is the Gay Mecca. But it’s at least Gay-rusalem.”

    -Steven Colbert, Comedian and host of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, roasting Cardinal Timothy Dolan at the 68th annual Al Smith Dinner, Religion News Service, October 18, 2013

  • October 26, 2013

    “I don’t think it’s that I’m really smart. I mean, I know people that are way smarter than me. You can be a genius, but if you don’t have the creativity to put that knowledge to use, then you just have a bunch of knowledge and nothing else.”

    -Jack Andraka, 15 year-old who invented a test to detect pancreatic cancer in its earliest stages, CBS’ 60 Minutes, October 13, 2013

  • October 25, 2013

    “Recently in Washington, unfortunately, we have seen examples of the wrong kind of leadership — when politicians choose scorched earth over common ground, when they operate in what I call the ‘evidence-free zone,’ with ideology trumping everything else.”

    –Hillary Clinton, Former Secretary of State and potential 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate. Rally for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, October 19, 2013

  • October 24, 2013

    “As far as the Affordable Care Act, as I call it, the fact is that, yes, what has happened is unacceptable in terms of the glitches.”

    -Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader, Discussing issues with Healthcare.gov, ABC’s This Week, October 20, 2013

  • October 23, 2013

    “Part of ‘rape culture’ means that we have a kind of Pavlovian response to when we hear a rape occurred… Not only do we have like this kind of knee-jerk response to blame to victim, but that we actually have a very sophisticated profile of what a victim looks like and why she needs to be blamed. So that there’s no thinking — no thought process — about the perpetrator in this case. ‘What was he doing at one in the morning? Why was he at a place where there was alcohol?'”

    -Salamishah Tillet, Associate Professor of English – University of Pennsylvania, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show, October 20, 2013

    • LinkedIn
    • Tumblr
    • October 22, 2013

      “I’m not serving in office because I desperately needed 99 new friends in the U.S. Senate. Given the choice between being reviled in Washington, DC, and appreciated in Texas, or reviled in Texas and appreciated in Washington, I would take the former 100 out of 100 times.”

      -Ted Cruz, US Senator (R-Texas), ABC’s “This week,” October 20, 2013

    • October 21, 2013

      “Shutting down the government, in my view, is not conservative policy. I don’t think a two-week paid vacation for federal employees is conservative policy. A number of us were saying back in July that this strategy could not and would not work. And, of course, it didn’t. So there’ll not be another government shutdown, you can count on that.”

      -Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader, CBS’ Face The Nation, October 20, 2013

    • October 20, 2013

      “If world problems feel too big to tackle, think small. Step by step. Small wins build confidence, lead the way to change.”

      -Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Director and chair of the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative, and a professor of business at Harvard Business School, Twitter, October 3, 2013

    • October 19, 2013

      “I’m not afraid to write about madness. I always figure that whatever most embarrasses you is something that everyone can relate to, really…because we’re just not that different. So if you think, ‘Oh my god, this is so embarrassing. I can’t possibly talk about that,’ and you write about it, the audience is gonna be like, ‘that happened to me!’”

      -David Sedaris, American author, Interview with VPRO – Dutch TV, September 22, 2013

    • October 18, 2013

      “We followed the law. We follow our policies, we self-report, we identify problems, we fix them. And I think we do a great job. And we do, I think, more to protect people’s civil liberties and privacy than they’ll ever know.”

      -Keith B. Alexander, Four-star general in the United States Army and Director of the NSA, New York Times Interview, October 12, 2013

    • October 17, 2013

      “You know what? I think the American people are a little pissed, and I think they’re pissed at both parties – I think they’re really pissed at both parties – and it will be reflected during election time…”

      -Whoopi Goldberg, American actress and co-host of ABC’s The View, discussing the government shutdown, The View, October 8, 2013

    • October 16, 2013

      “Three of the last four , ’06, ’08, and ’12, were disastrous for Republicans. And they were years in which we just we stayed quiet, we went along the get-along, we didn’t stand on principle. The only year that was a good year for Republicans was 2010, when we painted in bold colors, not in pale pastels. We stood for principle. I think winning this fight right now is the most important thing we can do to see significant victories in 2014.”

      –Ted Cruz, US Senator (R-Texas), discussing the government shutdown and Obamacare, Interview on The Kelly File on Fox News, October 7, 2013

      • LinkedIn
      • Tumblr
      • Stumble
      • October 15, 2013

        “We’re in a political depression – a great political depression.”

        –Chuck Todd, Chief White House Correspondent for NBC News and host of “The Daily Rundown” on MSNBC, Hardball with Chris Matthews, October 10, 2013

      • October 14, 2013

        “We are human beings, and this is the part of our human nature, that we don’t learn the importance of anything until it’s snatched from our hands. And when, in Pakistan, when we were stopped from going to school, at that time I realized that education is very important, and education is the power for women. And that’s why the terrorists are afraid of education. They do not want women to get education, because then women would become more powerful.”

        – Malala Yousafzai, 16 year-old Pakistani student and education activist, Interview on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, October 8, 2013

        • LinkedIn
        • Tumblr
        • Stumble
        • Digg
        • October 13, 2013

          “There was a point that I stopped crying. It’s not just because I didn’t feel pain anymore, not because I didn’t feel sorrow. It was just to keep going. I mean, it just was to survive, to live.”

          -Elizabeth Smart, abducted at age 14 (in 2002) and missing for 9 months, Interview with Meredith Vieira on NBC, Oct. 4, 2013

        • October 12, 2013

          “But let’s remember the reasons the Iranians say they’re here now is that that economy is suffering desperately under the weight of sanctions. They want relief from the sanctions. My concern is they’re going to want relief from the sanctions before they do anything to deserve it.”

          -Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State, “CBS This Morning,” October 2, 2013

        • October 11, 2013

          “It’s very hard from a distance to figure out who has lost their minds. One party, the other party, all of us, the president.”

          -Senator Claire McCaskill, US Senator from Missouri, Regarding negotiations to fund the government, US Senate Floor, September 30, 2013

        • October 10, 2013

          “In the 2012 election, Obamacare, as it’s called, and I’ll be more polite – the ACA …was a major issue in the campaign. I campaigned all over America for two months, everywhere I could. And in every single campaign rally I said, ‘We have to repeal and replace Obamacare.’ Well, the people spoke. They spoke, much to my dismay, but they spoke. And they reelected the President of the United States.”

          -John McCain, United States Senator and 2008 Republican Presidential Candidate, US Senate Floor, September 25, 2013

        • October 9, 2013

          “Power tends to corrupt. But the power in Washington resides in Congress, if it wants to use it. It can do anything—it can stop the Vietnam War. It can make its will felt, if it can ever get its act together to do anything.”

          -Antonin Scalia, United States Supreme Court Justice, New York Magazine, September 26, 2013

        • October 8, 2013

          “I have 233 Republicans in the House. And you’ve never seen a more dedicated group of people who are thoroughly concerned about the future of our country. They believe that Obamacare, all these regulations coming out of the administration, are threatening the future for our kids and our grandkids. It is time for us to stand and fight.”

          -John Boehner, Speaker of the House, This Week” w/ George Stephanopoulos, Oct. 6, 2013

        • October 7, 2013

          “The speaker said there aren’t the votes on the floor to re-open the government. Let me issue him a friendly challenge. Put it on the floor Monday or Tuesday. I would bet there are the votes to pass it.”

          -Chuck Schumer, US Senator from New York, “This Week” w/ George Stephanopoulos, Oct. 6, 2013

        • October 6, 2013

          “I can’t concern myself with how viewers feel.”

          -Lorne Michaels, executive producer of NBC’s Saturday Night Live (SNL), on viewers’ reactions to new cast members, AP, September 26, 2013

        • October 5, 2013

          “America is just so weird in what they think is right and wrong. Like, I was watching ‘Breaking Bad’ the other day, and they were cooking meth. I could literally cook meth because of that show. It’s a how-to. And then they bleeped out the word ‘f__k’. And I’m like, really? They killed a guy, and disintegrated his body in acid, but you’re not allowed to say ‘f__k’? It’s like when they bleeped ‘molly’ at the VMAs. Look what I’m doing up here right now, and you’re going to bleep out ‘molly’?

          –Miley Cyrus, American singer and actress, Rolling Stone interview, September 24, 2013

          • LinkedIn
          • Tumblr
          • Stumble
          • October 4, 2013

            “But the law is not a breast that fills itself with milk. Nor are the lacteal veins of the law supplied with milk from a source outside the society. Nothing can enter the public treasury for the benefit of one citizen or one class unless another citizen or other classes have been forced to send it in. If every person draws from the treasury the amount that he has put in, it is true, then, that the law plunders nobody. But this procedure does nothing for the persons who have no money. It does not promote equality of income. The law can be an instrument of equalization only when it takes from some persons and gives to others, other persons. When the law does this, it is an instrument of plunder.”

            -Ted Cruz, United States Senator (R-Texas), 21-hour speech on the senate floor, September 25, 2013