October 2014

  • October 31, 2014

    “We as black people are never going to be successful – not because of you white people – but because of other black people…For some reason, we are brainwashed to think, ‘if you’re not a thug or an idiot, you’re not black enough. If you go to school, make good grades, speak intelligent, and don’t break the law, you’re not a good black person.’ It’s a dirty, dark secret in the black community.”

    -Charles Barkley, retired professional basketball player and sports commentator on TNT network. Interview on “Afternoons with Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis” radio show, October 25, 2014

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    • October 30, 2014

      “I want to be a much better president than I have been until now.”

      -Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil, who narrowly won reelection on Sunday. Victory speech, October 26, 2014

    • October 29, 2014

      “…this week’s events are a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere in the world. Let there be no misunderstanding: We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated.”

      -Stephen Harper, Canadian Prime Minister, after a gunman killed a soldier and fired additional shots inside Canadian Parliament. Televised address to the nation, October 22, 2014

    • October 28, 2014

      “And I remember all kinds of times when I’ve had the same thoughts that you’ve had about that city, about that situation, about those schools. Now that’s us. Now that’s my alma mater.”

      -Nik Baumgart, Pastor at Grove Church in Marysville, Washington. Vigil for the victims of the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting, Grove Church in Marysville, Washington, October 24, 2014

    • October 27, 2014

      I’m not concerned . I’ve had no fluid exchanges with my neighbors.”

      -Brooke Christensen, lives in the same building as the NYC Ebola patient. New York Daily News, October 23, 2014

    • October 26, 2014

      “Racial discrimination in elections in Texas is no mere historical artifact. To the contrary, Texas has been found in violation of the Voting Rights Act in every redistricting cycle from and after 1970.”

      -Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US Supreme Court justice, after the Supreme Court decided to allow Texas to use its controversial voter ID law in the November elections. Dissent, October 18, 2014

    • October 25, 2014

      “We live in a country that talks about being the home of the brave and the land of the free, and we have the highest incarceration rate in the world.”

      -Bryan Stevension, author professor, and Director of the NYC Justice Initiative. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, October16, 2014

    • October 24, 2014

      “You’re much more pleasant to debate than Joe Biden.”

      -Paul Ryan, US Congressman (R-WI), former vice presidential candidate and potential 2016 presidential contender speaking to Rob Zerban – his Democratic opponent for US Congress, After Wisconsin’s first congressional debate of the 2016 year, October 13, 2014

    • October 23, 2014

      “The most common occupation for women in G rated films is royalty – which is a great gig, if you can get it.”

      -Geena Davis, American actress, film producer, and writer. Speaking at the American University Kennedy Political Union, October 18, 2014

    • October 22, 2014

      “I would rather die than be in the United States Senate. I would be bored to death. Could you imagine me, banging around that chamber with 99 other people, asking for a motion on the amendment in the subcommittee? Forget it…You’d watch me just walk out and walk right into the Potomac River and drown. That would be it.”

      -Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey and former 2016 presidential frontrunner. Speech at the annual New Jersey NAACP conference, October 11, 2014

    • October 21, 2014

      “We want to believe that diversity can transform the relationship of police to the communities they serve. But odds are good that it doesn’t, and it won’t. Given the fraught history of blacks and law enforcement, blue—it seems—is the only color that matters.”

      -Jamelle Bouie, Slate staff writer, Slate, October 13, 2014

    • October 20, 2014

      “In the middle of a crisis, pulling Dr. Frieden away from the work he needs to do so Congress members could all make their little press statements — it was shameful.”

      -Janet Napolitano, current University of California president and former US Secretary of Homeland Security, Discussing the Congressional Ebola Hearing. Speaking to The WorldPost at a Pacific Council on International Policy conference, October 18, 2014

    • October 19, 2014

      “We’re coming into flu season. Is every flu patient going to be a possible Ebola case? If so, it’s going to be a nightmare. At some point we’ll reach saturation. But right now, we just need to take a deep breath.”

      -Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH, K.T. Li Professor of International Health & Health Policy at Harvard School of Public Health, and Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute. Forbes, October 11, 2014

    • October 18, 2014

      “The Court is making the preposterous assumption that the People of the United States somehow silently redefined marriage in 1868 when they ratified the 14th Amendment.”

      -Ted Cruz, US Senator (R – Texas), criticizing the US Supreme Court for their refusal to hear gay marriage cases this term. Statement released to the public, October 6, 2014

    • October 17, 2014

      “If you ask a Saudi Imam why women in Saudi Arabia can’t drive, he’ll say, ‘Because Islam demands it.’ But that’s absurd, because – first of all – Islam demands no such thing; and secondly, the only country in the world in which women can’t drive is Saudi Arabia. The inability to understand the difference between a cultural practice and religious belief is shocking among self-described intellectuals.”

      -Reza Aslan, religious scholar and author of the best-selling “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” responding to Bill Maher’s recent criticisms of Islam. Salon, October 10, 2014

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      • October 16, 2014

        “When they beat me, they would tell me, ‘You’re all alone, scream as loud as you want. There is no one here to hear you’…I asked from God to die.”

        -Sadia, Afghani victim of abuse, speaking out for the rights of abused women in Afghanistan. Al Jazeera, October 5, 2014

      • October 15, 2014

        “In your choosing your own death, you are robbing those that love you with such tenderness the opportunity of meeting you in your last moments…That last kiss, that last warm touch, that last breath, matters – but it was never intended for us to decide when that last breath is breathed.”

        -Kara Tippetts, Christian author, blogger, and terminally ill cancer patient. Post on her blog: aholyexperience.com, October 8, 2014

      • October 14, 2014

        “I will die upstairs in my bedroom that I share with my husband – with my mother and my husband by my side – and pass peacefully, with some music that I like in the background.”

        -Brittany Maynard, terminally ill cancer patient and spokesperson for the Brittany Maynard Fund – Brittany will use Oregon’s physician assisted death law to end her life on November 1, 2014. Video published to YouTube, October 6, 2014

      • October 13, 2014

        “, I had two options. One was not to speak and wait to be killed, and the second was to speak up and then be killed. I chose the second.”

        -Malala Yousafzai, 17 year-old Pakistani education activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban, speaking to a crowd after becoming the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in history. Birmingham Library in Birmingham, central England, October 10, 2014

      • October 12. 2014

        “Isn’t it a b**ch? …the vice president thing… I’m joking, I’m joking, I’m joking. Best decision I ever made.”

        -Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States, after an audience member identified himself as student body vice president. Harvard University Institute of Politics event, October 2, 2014

      • October 11, 2014

        “’…Activism is like ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’…If a judge is called an activist, you know the person saying that doesn’t like the decision.”

        -Ruth Bader Ginsburg, United States Supreme Court Justice, Elle magazine interview, September 23, 2014

      • October 10, 2014

        “If they don’t teach us civil disobedience, we will teach ourselves.”

        -Savanna Barron, a senior at Lakewood High School in Colorado where thousands of students are protesting proposed changes to the AP US History curriculum that would “promote patriotism” and allegedly downplay certain negative aspects of American history. The Denver Post, September 25, 2014

      • October 9, 2014

        “The Nazis believed in a master race. The militant Islamists believe in a master faith.”

        -Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, speech to the United Nations, September 29, 2014

      • October 8, 2014

        “We are not seeking revolution. We just want democracy!”

        -Joshua Wong, 17 year-old leading member of the student-led democracy movement in Hong Kong, China. Speaking to the crowd at a rally near Hong Kong government headquarters, October 4, 2014

      • October 7, 2014

        “You have to get through secretion, blood, that type of transmission. So this is not a situation where you go to the grocery store and you get infected with the virus.”

        -Zachary Thompson, Dallas County (Texas) Health and Human Services Director, attempting to calm and inform the public after the first US Ebola case was confirmed in Texas. Speaking to KTVT-TV, September 30, 2014

      • October 6, 2014

        “I think it’s in the best interest of the Secret Service and the American public if I step down. Congress has lost confidence in my ability to run the agency. The media has made it clear that this is what they expected.”

        -Julia Pierson, Now-former Director of the U.S. Secret Service & first woman to lead the Secret Service, after the Department of Homeland Security announced her resignation due to criticism over multiple security breaches. Interview with Bloomberg News,October 1, 2014

      • October 5, 2014

        “Congrats to Chelsea Clinton and husband Marc! And how long till Charlotte is asked for a yes or no about running in 2052?”

        -Arianna Huffington, Greek-American author, & columnist political commentator who is best known for her news website, “The Huffington Post.” On the birth of Chelsea Clinton(daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton)’s first child – daughter Charlotte. Twitter, September 28, 2014

      • October 4, 2014

        “I was ready. I was ready for my career to be over with. I’m happy I had an opportunity to come and play here in a couple games, but I’m ready for this to be the end.”

        -Derek Jeter, now-former professional baseball player for the New York Yankees, on retiring from professional baseball. Speaking to reporters after his last game before retirement, September 28, 2014

      • October 3, 2014

        “I didn’t do anything wrong. I’m proud of my career and the job I did for this country.”

        -Lois Lerner, Former director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and target of widespread criticism for her alleged role in the IRS’ targeting of certain political groups for additional scrutiny. Politico interview, September 22, 2014

      • October 2, 2014

        “You struck a nerve with the whole community…I’ve been in the community for a long time fighting for …. now we got people like yourself who are standing up. You show that this multi culture is not just a bunch of thug dudes that’s trying to push weed – but it’s women. And they speak with intelligence, and speak from a right frame of mind…”

        -Snoop Dogg, American rap artist, speaking to Charlo Greene – former KTVA TV reporter who quit on air to fight for marijuana legalization in Alaska. Snoop Dogg’s weekly GGN YouTube show, September 26, 2014

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        • October 1, 2014

          “Take a hard look in the mirror. I have. And this is why I am about to take out ZAU and my life. … So I’m gonna smoke this blunt and move on, take care everyone.”

          -Brian Howard, disgruntled employee accused of setting fire in a Chicago air traffic control center, which consequently shut down operations at Chicago O’Hare International and Midway Airports. Private Facebook message to a relative sent just before he set the fire – reported via FBI affidavit. September 26, 2014