September 2014

  • September 30, 2014

    “It’s fascinating to watch. Everything I’ve seen from ISIS is almost textbook – professional marketing and messaging. Beheading videos are not unprecedented, but ISIS has been able to use social media to spread their evil on a whole new level.”

    -Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NBC News, September 28, 2014

  • September 29, 2014

    “In the months ahead, I will leave the Department of Justice, but I will never — I will never — leave the work. I will continue to serve and try to find ways to make our nation even more true to its founding ideals.”

    -Eric Holder, now-former Attorney General of the United States, announcing his resignation, televised statement made with President Barack Obama from the White House State Dining Room, September 25, 2014

  • September 28, 2014

    “I think that local school districts – not the federal government – should make the decision about how they teach science, biology, economics. I want my kids to be taught about evolution; I want my kids to be taught about other theories.”

    -Bobby Jindal, Republican governor of Louisiana and possible 2016 presidential hopeful, speaking to reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, September 16, 2014

  • September 27, 2014

    “ Rhimes has not just re-framed the stereotype of the ‘angry black woman,’ she has blown open what black female characters are allowed to do on television, including – most importantly – fronting a TV show.”

    -Willa Paskin, Television critic for Slate, on a recent New York Times article calling “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes an “angry black woman.” Slate, September 20, 2014

  • September 26, 2014

    “Jesus is not from Georgia. Jesus does not speak English. And Jesus is not a member of the NRA.”

    -Robert Wright, Bishop of the Atlanta Episcopal Diocese, panel on “God and Guns” at the Religion Newswriters Association’s annual conference, September 20, 2014

  • September 25, 2014

    “Unlike some of the biggest NFL stars, Solo – who is their counterpart in women’s soccer and someone touted as a role model – quietly goes about her business of keeping soccer balls from going into the net.”

    -Cindy Boren, Washington Post contributor and blogger at The Early Lead. Asking why Hope Solo’s domestic abuse charges have gone unpunished while similar actions by male athletes’ have come with consequences. Washington Post, September 19, 2014

  • September 24, 2014

    “Stakes are high, because parenting black children in a culture of white supremacy forces us to place too high a price on making sure our children are disciplined and well behaved.“

    -Brittney Cooper, Women’s, Gender, and Africana Studies professor at Rutgers and contributing writer at Salon. Arguing that Adrian Peterson’s child abuse charges have revealed a cultural divide between white and black parenting. Salon, September 16, 2014

  • September 23, 2014

    “ is important for every single person on the planet, which is why it has to be the greatest grass roots movement of all time. This is the battle of our lives. We’re fighting for our children.”

    -Emma Thompson, British actress, screenwriter, and environmental activist. Speaking at the British “People’s Climate March” – similar marches were held around the globe on Sunday to demand action on climate change. September 21, 2014

  • September 22, 2014

    “ will be remembered as a powerful demonstration of the strength and vitality of our ancient democracy…It has reminded us how fortunate we are that we are able to settle these vital issues at the ballot box, peacefully and calmly.”

    -David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party, after Scotland’s citizens voted to remain part of the United Kingdom. Speech to the public outside Downing Street, September 19, 2014

  • September 21, 2014

    “So excited for the Apple Watch. For centuries, we’ve checked the time by looking at our phones. Having it on your wrist? Genius.”

    -Ellen DeGeneres, American comedian, TV host, actress, and writer. Twitter, September 9, 2014

  • September 20, 2014

    “We’re aware of where our dollars are going. We’re aware of the power of our dollars. We’re aware of the cultural significance of the way that we choose to wear our hair. There’s been a lot of taking back the power, and a lot of that is from the Internet.”

    -Patrice Grell Yursik, founder of Afrobella – a popular natural-hair blog. On the recent boost in African American ownership of African American hair care businesses. New York Times, September 8, 2014

  • September 19, 2014

    “We are the biggest buyer of cocoa in the world, and one of the biggest buyers of coffee in the world. Both of those commodities have gotten more expensive as a result of climate change.”

    – José Lopez, Nestle S.A.’s Vice President and global head of operations – also often described as Nestle’s head of sustainability, though they do not have a staff member with that title. Washington Post, September 5, 2014

  • September 18, 2014

    “In the NFL, apparently seeing is believing. If the NFL and the Ravens had to see that video to be moved to significant action, then shouldn’t those who support the league demand the same? To see action – to see change – before believing? As we all wait on the answer to this central question: ‘What exactly does the NFL stand for?’”

    -Hannah Storm, TV sports journalist and co-anchor of ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” On the NFL’s handling of a domestic abuse situation involving now-former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice. ESPN’s “Sportcenter,” September 14, 2014

  • September 17, 2014

    “We only have one commander in chief. He laid out his plan. I would never tell the enemy what I was willing to do, or unwilling to do. But he is the commander in chief – he made that decision. At this point in time, it’s important that we give the president what he’s asking for. And we gotta keep our eye on the ball. The issue here is about defeating a terrorist threat that is real and imminent.”

    -John Boehner, US Congressman (R-Ohio) and Speaker of the House, response to the president’s plan for how to defeat terrorist group ‘ISIL.’ Speaking to reporters in the Capitol, September 11, 2014

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    • September 16, 2014

      “Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not ‘Islamic.’ No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a state. It was formerly al Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq, and has taken advantage of sectarian strife and Syria’s civil war to gain territory on both sides of the Iraq-Syrian border. It is recognized by no government, nor the people it subjugates. ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.”

      -Barack Obama, President of The United States, televised speech to the American public describing how the US will handle the terrorist organization ‘ISIL’ going forward. September 10, 2014

      • September 15, 2014

        “I think what the audience didn’t fully appreciate – and I don’t think that we did until later – is how much we didn’t know. It was the only time in my experience in which you’re on the air for hours and hours and hours without any indication of what may happen next.”

        -Tom Brokaw, American TV journalist, author, and the only person to host all three major NBC News programs. He now serves as a Special Correspondent for NBC News. Discussing his memory of reporting the 9/11 attacks 13 years ago. The Today Show, September 11, 2014

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        • September 14, 2014

          “If we work hard, we shouldn’t have to struggle. There are millions of us working hard who are struggling…We’ve got kids we have to take care of, and it’s really depressing when you can’t buy the proper shoes you need for your kids.”

          -Ken Blackman, cook at Popeye’s fast food restaurant, on why and thousands of other fast food workers nationwide planned to strike– seeking wage increases and unionization. CBS MoneyWatch, September 4, 2014

        • September 13, 2014

          “I think there’s a sexual awakening going on among Iranian youth that transcends class, transcends religious barriers religious differences at the moment. I’ve seen it really trickle down. So I think society is slowly changing, but the biggest fear for people is getting in trouble with the regime – getting in trouble with the law.”

          -Ramita Navai, British-Iranian foreign affairs journalist and author, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, September 2, 2014

        • September 12, 2014

          “The anti-feminist egalitarians believe that, whatever feminism’s positive past gains, its dominant modern version is hostile to men and demeaning to women. They are right. I don’t like the “anti-feminism” label because of its common meaning of “anti-woman” or “anti-equality.” But, call it reformed feminism or egalitarianism, we need a movement for true equality — against both old-fashioned sexism and new gender polarization.”

          -Cathy Young, columnist at Newsday and, defending the “Women Against Feminism” movement. Boston Globe, September 2, 2014

        • September 11, 2014

          “Here’s a woman, a real pioneer for other women looking for careers in stand-up comedy. And talk about guts – she would come out here and sit in this chair and say some things that were unbelievable – where you would have to swallow pretty hard… but it was hilarious… the force of her comedy was overpowering.”

          -David Letterman, Host of The Late Show with David Letterman, on the death of comedian and TV host Joan Rivers. Statement to US Weekly, September 4, 2014

        • September 10, 2014

          “Even worse than seeing women’s privacy violated on social media is reading the accompanying comments that show such a lack of empathy.”

          -Emma Watson, British actress, after hackers leaked nude photos of multiple female celebrities online. Twitter, September 2, 2014

        • September 9, 2014

          “Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand. I know that is stark. I know that is direct. But that is reality. What Republican tea party extremists like Scott Walker are doing is they are grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back. It is not going to happen on our watch.”

          Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chair of the Democratic National Committee, discussing Republican Governor Scott Walker’s record during a round-table discussion on women’s issues at the Milwaukee Athletic Club. September 3, 2014

        • September 8, 2014

          “I don’t like to talk badly about the Islamic State too much. At the end of the day, they’re my brothers in Islam. But they’re making mistakes, and they’re too harsh on people, and they don’t listen to scholars. I’m 100 percent convinced that they’re on the wrong path.”

          -Abu Mohammed (not his real identity), a well-educated, middle class, 27 year-old European national who has been fighting jihad in Syria for almost two years and describes himself as “extreme in my Islam.” Giving his opinion of the ISIS terrorist group, CBS news, September 5, 2014

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          • September 7, 2014

            “Democrats want Washington’s NFL team to change its name. The Redskins‘ owner, Mr. Snyder, is the only person who can rightfully do this. Hence, if he chooses to comply and pays homage to a Republican president in the process, are stuck with it. Any further complaints would smack of political partisanship.”

            -Michael Taube, columnist at the Washington Times, on the suggestion that the Redskins change their name to the “Washington Reagans.” Washington Times article, June 24, 2014

          • September 6, 2014

            “I want to thank the entire Rams organization and the city of St. Louis for giving me this tremendous opportunity and allowing me to show I can play at this level. I look forward to continuing to build on the progress I made here toward a long and successful career. The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I’ve always known. The journey continues.”

            -Michael Sam, first openly gay football player to be drafted into the NFL, after The St. Louis Rams decided to cut him from the team. Twitter, August 30, 2014

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            • September 5, 2014

              “Russia’s partners… should understand it’s best not to mess with us. Thank God, I think no one is thinking of unleashing a large-scale conflict with Russia. I want to remind you that Russia is one of the leading nuclear powers.”

              -Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, speech at a pro-Kremlin youth camp on a lake near Moscow, August 29, 2014

            • September 4, 2014

              “The issue that a political campaign would make a human life into – you know – a political football, is unsettling.”

              -John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado, asked how he’d respond to a campaign that ran on a platform of “elect me, I’m going to kill this guy.” USA Today, August 26, 2014

            • September 3, 2014

              “I think I’ve learned one thing about this president, and that is he’s very cautious. Maybe – in this instance – too cautious.”

              -Dianne Feinstein, Senate Intelligence Committee Chair, after President Barack Obama said the U.S. hasn’t developed a strategy to combat the terrorist group ISIS. Meet the Press, August 31, 2014

            • September 2, 2014

              “I’ll tell you…why Wonder Woman worked. Or Bionic Woman. Or any of those , they…put out a female hero, and all they are doing is changing the costume from a man to a woman…they’re not showcasing any of the tremendous dichotomies than women possess in term of softness and toughness, sweetness and grit, inner and outer strength.”

              -Lynda Carter, American actress who portrayed “Wonder Woman” on TV for three seasons in the late 1970s. Nerdist interview, August 27, 2014

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              • September 1, 2014

                “You got to focus on when he was smiling. You have to focus on his first day of school. You have to focus on Christmas day and things like that – the happier times. And put a picture up of when he was happy. You have to focus on those. Just don’t focus on the death. Because that’s gonna eat away at you.”

                -Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin and founder of the Trayvon Martin Foundation. Explaining to Michael Brown’s mother how to continue living after her son was shot to death by police in Ferguson, Missouri. CNN, August 25, 2014