September 2013

  • September 30, 2013

    “The fact that the senators aren’t here and Harry Reid is off somewhere is all the evidence that you need to know that they want to shut down the government. I personally believe that Sen. Reid and the president — for political purposes — want to shut down the government.”

    -Tim Griffin, US Congressmen (R-AR), in a rally outside the Capitol, September 29, 2013

  • September 29, 2013

    “I think everybody really wants to be a bad guy and cook crystal meth and murder people.”

    -Bryan Cranston, star of the American TV show “Breaking Bad,” joking about why the show has been so popular. Emmy award speech. September 22, 2013.

  • September 28, 2013

    “While the president is happy to negotiate with Vladimir Putin, he won’t engage with congress.”

    -John Boehner, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, comparing the recent compromise between the US and Russia on Syria to the lack of budget negotiations, in a press conference, September 19, 2013

  • September 27, 2013

    “The foundations of equal rights are threatened by the hyper-sexualization that touched children between six and twelve years old.”

    -Chantal Jouanno, member of the French Senate, on an amendment she offered to a women’s right bill banning beauty pageants for children under sixteen, the Senate, as reported in AP, September 18, 2013

  • September 26, 2013

    “…But the girl next door is evolving as the diversity in America evolves. You know, she’s not who she was 10 years ago. And she’s not going to be the same person come 10 years down the road.”

    -Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014, on being the first Miss America of Indian descent. Kelly & Michael show on ABC, September 17, 2013

  • September 25, 2013

    “No one will give you change. You have to work for it. You have to earn it not by screaming, but by working hard, by believing in yourself, by proving yourself. There are windows, but if you are radical, no one will talk to you. And that window will shut.”

    -Haifaa al-Mansour, director of the film “Wadjda”, The Express, September 20, 2013

  • September 24, 2013

    “The cynical truth is that the Navy Yard murders had neither the kinds of victims nor the story that sustains media interest and public revulsion.”

    -Paul Farhi, journalist, The Washington Post, September 18, 2013

  • September 23, 2013

    “I do not accept that we cannot find a common sense way to preserve our traditions, including our basic second amendment freedoms and the rights of law-abiding gun owners, while at the same time reducing the gun violence that unleashes so much mayhem on a regular basis.”

    -Barack Obama, President of The United States, speaking at a memorial service for victims of the DC Navy Yard shooting, September 22, 2013

  • September 22, 2013

    “Congrats to Congress on their one-year high approval rating of 19 percent and their long weekend. You’ve earned it!”

    – Andrew Kaczynski, political reporter for BuzzFeed. Twitter, September 14, 2013

  • September 21, 2013

    “A lot of people criticized me for speaking out, not long ago, about gay marriage. I could not remain silent any longer. It’s the civil rights of our day. It’s the issue of our day.”

    -Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States, speaking at Senator Tom Harkin’s annual steak-fry fundraiser. September 15, 2013

  • September 20, 2013

    “So there’s this profound mythology around whistleblowers which says, first of all, they’re all crazy. But what I’ve found going around the world and talking to whistleblowers is actually they’re very loyal and, quite often, very conservative people. They’re hugely dedicated to the institutions that they work for. And the reason that they speak up, the reason they insist on seeing, is because they care so much about the institution and want to keep it healthy.”

    -Margaret Heffernan, author of the book “Willful Blindness.” Ted Talk, March 11, 2013

  • September 19, 2013

    “Enough of this foreign fiasco distraction. Get back to work. It is time to bomb Obamacare.”

    -Sarah Palin, American politician and former Governor of Alaska. Twitter, September 9, 2013

  • September 18, 2013

    “Putin stepped in, but he didn’t step in to save Barack Obama. Putin stepped in to maximize Russian influence in the Middle East. That is, strategically, a defeat for the United States.”

    -Newt Gingrich, American politician and 2012 Republican presidential candidate. CNN, September 15, 2013

  • September 17, 2013

    “And, as a consequence of the pressure that we’ve applied over the last couple of weeks, we have Syria — for the first time — acknowledging that it has chemical weapons, agreeing to join the convention that prohibits the use of chemical weapons, and the Russians — their primary sponsors — saying that they will push Syria to get all of their chemical weapons out. The distance that we’ve traveled over these couple of weeks is remarkable.”

    – Barack Obama, President of the United States, on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, September 15, 2013

  • September 16, 2013

    “We thank you, father, for the tremendous progress we have made in 50 years. That we can sit in the safe confines of this sanctuary, being protected by the city of Birmingham, when 50 years ago the city turned its eye and its ears away from us.”

    – Rev. Bernice King, daughter of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., speaking at the 50th anniversary of the Birmingham church bombing. September 15, 2013

  • September 15, 2013

    “As long as there is conversation, as long as two people like to ask questions to one another, anywhere, the interview…will live on.”

    -David Frost, interview on BBC’s “This Week,’ March 8, 2012

  • September 14, 2013

    “When it comes to the budget, we know that we shouldn’t be cutting more on core investments, like education, that are going to help us grow in the future. And we’ve already seen the deficit cut in half. It’s going down faster than any time in the last 60 years. So why would we make more cuts in education, more cuts in basic research? Nobody thinks that’s a good idea.”

    -United States President Barack Obama, interview on CNN’s “New Day,” August 23, 2013

  • September 13, 2013

    “You see, there is this misconception that scientific progress is some sort of direct march to the truth. Nothing really can be further from the truth. Scientific progress goes in a zigzag path. Lots of blind alleys, lots of false starts.”

    – Mario Livio, astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute. Interview on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. September 4, 2013

  • September 12, 2013

    “I don’t see myself as a hero, because what I’m doing is self-interested; I don’t want to live in a world where there’s no privacy and, therefore, no room for intellectual exploration and creativity.”

    -Edward Snowden, interview with The Guardian, published June 9, 2013

  • September 11, 2013

    “President Obama hasn’t been elected by the American people in order to be pleasant to Russia. And your humble servant hasn’t been elected by the people of Russia to be pleasant to someone either…We work, we argue about some issues. We are human. Sometimes one of us gets vexed. But I would like to repeat once again that global mutual interests form a good basis for finding a joint solution to our problems.”

    -Russian President Vladimir Putin, on his relationship with President Obama. Interview with The Associated Press and Russia’s state Channel 1 television, Sept. 3, 2013

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    • September 10, 2013

      “The well of public opinion has been well and truly poisoned by the Iraq episode.”

      -British Prime Minister David Cameron, during debate in the House of Commons, on losing a vote to begin military action in Syria. August 29, 2013

    • September 9, 2013

      “One thing that our leaders don’t do, potential leaders don’t do, is self-deprecation. You can get away with anything in America if you use self-deprecation. And that’s not a technique that’s used here as often as they ought to, really.”

      – David Frost, English media personality, known for his groundbreaking television interviews. Interview on BBC’s “This Week,” February 9, 2013

    • September 8, 2013

      “Donald Trump had a university. Well, the state attorney general decided that the Donald Trump University was an unlicensed sham. And I thought, you know you’re at a bad university when your commencement speaker is Whitey Bulger.”

      -David Letterman, talk show host, Late Night with David Letterman, August 27, 2013.

    • September 7, 2013

      “From 1900 to 1940 were the most brutal years in that place. Back then, a white boy’s life wasn’t worth much and a black boy’s life wasn’t worth anything.”

      -Robert Straley, who was at a school for 10 months starting in 1963 that is infamous for being particularly violent to its students, in a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times after a child’s remains were found on the property, September 1, 2013.

    • September 6, 2013

      “The consequences of the Congress of the United States overriding a decision of the president of the United States of this magnitude are really very, very dangerous.”

      -John McCain, United States Senator, on president Obama going to congress to get authorization to use force in Syria, CBS’s Face the Nation, September 1, 2013.

    • September 5, 2013

      “It is clear that the American people are weary of war. However, Assad gassing his own people is an issue of our national security, regional stability and global security.”

      -Nancy Pelosi, Member of congress, in a statement after the 90-minute conference call with members of the National Security Council and 26 high-ranking lawmakers, August 29, 2013.

    • September 4, 2013

      “I would say if the president cannot make his case to Congress then it’s not going to pass. He’s got to come out and really be in-depth with respect to the intelligence that we know is out there; he’s got to be in-depth with respect to what type of military action is going to be taken, and what is our current strategy? And how does this military strike impact that particular strategy?”

      -Saxby Chambliss, United States Senator, CBS’s face the nation, September 1, 2013.

    • September 3, 2013

      “But having made my decision as Commander-in-Chief based on what I am convinced is our national security interests, I’m also mindful that I’m the President of the world’s oldest constitutional democracy. I’ve long believed that our power is rooted not just in our military might, but in our example as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. And that’s why I’ve made a second decision: I will seek authorization for the use of force from the American people’s representatives in Congress.”

      -Barack Obama, President of the United States, on his decision to seek authorization from congress to use military force in Syria after it was revealed that chemical weapons had been used, White House, August 31, 2013.

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      • September 2, 2013

        “The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress. Out of its bold struggles, economic and social reform gave birth to unemployment insurance, old-age pensions, government relief for the destitute and, above all, new wage levels that meant not mere survival but a tolerable life. The captains of industry did not lead this transformation; they resisted it until they were overcome. When in the thirties the wave of union organization crested over the nation, it carried to secure shores not only itself but the whole society.”

        -Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in a speech to the state convention of the Illinois AFL-CIO, Oct. 7, 1965.