News reporter Chris Matthews on the Japan disaster: “Was this sort of a good opportunity for the President to remind everybody that he grew up in the United States and Hawaii? That’s the first thing that I thought of.”
Senate leader Harry Reid on the Republicans budget which cuts too much from the budget: “The mean-spirited bill, H.R. 1, eliminates National Public Broadcasting. It eliminates the National Endowment of the Humanities, National Endowment of the Arts. These programs create jobs. The National Endowment of the Humanities is the reason we have in northern Nevada every January a cowboy poetry festival. Had that program not been around, the tens of thousands of people who come there every year would not exist.”
Paul Krugman: “[T]he nation is not, in fact, “broke.” The federal government is having no trouble raising money, and the price of that money – the interest rate on federal borrowing – is very low by historical standards. So there’s no need to scramble to slash spending now now now; we can and should be willing to spend now if it will produce savings in the long run.”
CNN’s Ali Velshi: “Let’s put aside Peter King’s seemingly strange obsession with Islam and Islamists, or whatever you want to call it. I don’t quite understand how when you put an -ist at the end of it, it changes the subject.”
Mark Potok, Spokesman, Southern Poverty Low Center, when asked about the threat of radical Muslims: “Well, I think, well, it’s not our biggest domestic terror threat. I think that pretty clearly comes from the radical right in this country.”
Jesse Jackson: “Governor Wallace believed in state’s rights against worker’s rights and blocked school doors. So, from Wallace to Walker, same tactics…very undemocratic…the whole idea is a kinda confederate agenda.”
Michael Moore: “I mean really, this is really, this is war. This is a class war that’s been leveled against the working people of this country and at some point people are just going to have to stand up and say – nonviolently – `This is enough, we’re not taking it anymore.’”
I recognize that if you are a liberal, you may think to yourself, taking quotes from Michael Moore is like shooting fish in a barrel. Nobody takes him seriously. So let me add a quote from CNN reporter Joe Johns, commenting on Moore’s speech: “Well, it was a speech and it was really pretty incredible….I mean, it was riveting, whether you’re a supporter or a critic or somewhere in between, and it’s really gotten enormous buzz on the Internet…[He had] very big audience, well received by a supporting crowd…..he’s just sort of added his voice to those on the left who say Wisconsin’s the start of something really big and, you know, one of the lines that’s been quoted a lot from him there is that Wisconsin has aroused a sleeping giant.”
NPR executive Ron Schiller: “The current Republican Party, particularly the Tea Party, is fanatically involved in people’s personal lives and very fundamental Christian – I wouldn’t even call it Christian. It’s this weird evangelical kind of move.”
Ron Schiller: “Tea Party people” aren’t “just Islamaphobic, but really xenophobic, I mean basically they are, they believe in sort of white, middle-America gun-toting. I mean, it’s scary. They’re seriously racist, racist people.”
Schiller: “Well frankly, it is clear that we would be better off in the long-run without federal funding.”
Schiller on the firing of Juan Williams: “What NPR stood for is non-racist, non-bigoted, straightforward telling of the news and our feeling is that if a person expresses his or her opinion, which anyone is entitled to do in a free society, they are compromised as a journalist. They can no longer fairly report.”
Keith Ellison’s tearful testimony about Mohammed Hamdani, a genuine Muslim hero during 9/11: “After the tragedy some people tried to smear his character solely because of his Islamic faith. Some people spread false rumors and speculated that he was in league with the attackers only because he was Muslim. It was only when his remains were identified that these lies were fully exposed.” This would have been an excellent point, had it not been completely false.
Mike Papantonio: “Well, not really. Let me ask you, no, this is interesting, Brad. Do you think, you think you’re going to replace those teachers with National Guard armory? You think you’re going to bring in the National Guard to teach physics and biology? It was like, it’s like the PATCO (Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization) strike. Do you realize how many deaths there almost were because of the PATCO strike because you had an old senile man who was owned by corporate America wanting to prove that he was the toughest guy on the block, wanting to bust strikers?”
Ann Alehouse: “Do you wonda who won, duh, in the rotunda; we won, duh. Let me say it in the rotunda, in case you wonda, we won, duh, in the rotunda.”
More from the civil left; an email sent to the mean Republicans in Wisconsin:
Sent: Wed 3/9/2011 9:18 PM
To: Sen.Kapanke; Sen.Darling; Sen.Cowles; Sen.Ellis; Sen.Fitzgerald; Sen.Galloway; Sen.Grothman; Sen.Harsdorf; Sen.Hopper; Sen.Kedzie; Sen.Lasee; Sen.Lazich; Sen.Leibham; Sen.Moulton; Sen.Olsen
Subject: Atten: Death threat!!!! Bomb!!!!
Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your familes will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for more information on possible scenarios in which you will die.
WE want to make this perfectly clear. Because of your actions today and in the past couple of weeks I and the group of people that are working with me have decided that we’ve had enough. We feel that you and the people that support the dictator have to die. We have tried many other ways of dealing with your corruption but you have taken things too far and we will not stand for it any longer. So, this is how it’s going to happen: I as well as many others know where you and your family live, it’s a matter of public records. We have all planned to assult you by arriving at your house and putting a nice little bullet in your head. However, we decided that we wouldn’t leave it there. We also have decided that this may not be enough to send the message to you since you are so “high” on Koch and have decided that you are now going to single handedly make this a dictatorship instead of a demorcratic process. So we have also built several bombs that we have placed in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent.
This includes, your house, your car, the state capitol, and well I won’t tell you all of them because that’s just no fun. Since we know that you are not smart enough to figure out why this is happening to you we have decided to make it perfectly clear to you. If you and your goonies feel that it’s necessary to strip the rights of 300,000 people and ruin their lives, making them unable to feed, clothe, and provide the necessities to their families and themselves then We Will “get rid of” (in which I mean kill) you. Please understand that this does not include the heroic Rep. Senator that risked everything to go aganist what you and your goonies wanted him to do. We feel that it’s worth our lives to do this, because we would be saving the lives of 300,000 people. Please make your peace with God as soon as possible and say goodbye to your loved ones we will not wait any longer. YOU WILL DIE!!!!”
The Associated Press: “A bill to legalize gay marriage in Maryland fell short Friday after supporters failed to find enough votes to overcome Republican opposition and misgivings by some Democrats in the deeply Catholic state.”
Liberals from the past:
Barack Obama on the economy and unemployment: “It’s an epidemic that demands relentless and sustained response from us. I won’t rest until we are doing just that helping out the middle class.”
Liberals making sense:
Senator Joe Manchin on Democratic and Republican budget proposals: “Why are we doing all this when the most powerful person in all these negotiations, our President, has failed to lead this debate.”
Bill Maher (interviewing Keith Ellison): “Let me give you the reasons why I jotted down why. One, it’s been going on a thousand years this problem between Islam and the west. We are dealing with a culture that is in its medieval era. It comes from a hate-filled holy book, the Koran, which is taken very literally by its people. They are trying to get nuclear weapons. I don’t think Tim McVeigh would ever have tried to get a nuclear weapon because I think right-wing nuts they think they love this country and they are not trying to destroy this country. They want to get it away from the people they see as hijacking it. That’s different than Muslim extremists who want to destroy it. And also, it’s a culture of suicide bombing, which is hard to deter from people who want to kill themselves.”
Lindsay Lohan in her eHarmony profile: “So, if you think you can handle a redhead with a little bit of sass—by that I mean, a redhead who’s crazy—I mean, don’t pretend like you don’t know me; we’ve all read about it.”
Bob Garfield, NPR media show co-host: “As a practical political matter, if you hired Roger Ailes himself and brought Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck in to host All Things Considered, do you think that you have the capacity to change anybody’s perceptions?”
Joyce Slocum, NPR’s General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs: “Well there are hardened critics who are never going to change their perception. but the really amazing thing that happens with a lot of people who have misperceptions about NPR.is all it takes to change that perception is to turn on their local member station and listen for a couple of hours.”
Out of NPR’s 17 or 18 on-air news persons, one is moderate Republican David Brooks, who just said, “”I thought it [NPR] was really biased ten years ago, but now I think it’s pretty straight.”
Brooke Gladstone, `On the Media’ Co-host, NPR: About 25 years ago, I was asked to do a piece, “Is NPR Biased to the Left?” And I couldn’t find a metric to apply to the question in order to answer it.
Ira Glass, `The American Life’ Host, NPR: I don’t know the methodology somebody would use, but I feel like public radio should address this directly, because I think anybody who listens to our stations knows that what they’re hearing is mainstream media reporting. We have nothing to fear from a discussion of what is the news coverage we’re doing.
Mitch McConnell: “If government spending would stimulate the economy, we’d be in the middle of a boom”
Rick Santorum, possible Presidential candidate: “Jihadism is evil and…We need to define it and say what it is. And it is evil. Sharia law is incompatible with American jurisprudence and our Constitution.”
Judge Andrew Napolitano: “Would you own, invest in, or voluntarily patronize a business that operates the way the government does?”
Napolitano: “They sold this package of big government to the public by calling it progressive as if to suggest that this was progress. I like Professor Thomas Sowell’s explanation of that word. He’s remarked that the progressive income tax is progressive the way a disease is progressive: the longer it’s around, the worse it gets.”
Charles Krauthammer: “In Washington, a gaff is when politician actually tells the truth.” (From memory)
Krauthammer: “[Obama’s reversal on Gitmo trials] exposes how irresponsible and hypocritical he and Democrats were in the early years of the war on terror, attacking everything that the Bush administration had done, the Patriot Act, Guantanamo, military commissions, rendition, detention without trial, all of which, once in office after hearing the reports of the intelligence agencies and having their hair stand on end, all of which, the Democrats have now adopted as national law and policy.
George Will: “We learned this week redundantly that NPR is run by people who don’t like people like me. Which is fine. The problem is there are 14,000 radio stations in this country. The government shouldn’t be subsidizing neither entertainment, certainly not journalism. In fact, this is a solution in search of a problem.”
Will continues: And it’s also a kind of homage to the Bush administration. It created this entire infrastructure out of nothing, out of 9/11. Where we were caught off-guard, we had no infrastructure. It created Guantanamo and commissions, it improvised. And with some tweaks and amendments that the Supreme Court indicated were required, essentially it got it right. And that’s what the Obama administration is admitting after all of these irresponsible and hypocritical attacks in the past.”
Senator Jim DeMint: “Now, I love poetry and cowboys as much as anyone else. But we’re looking at bankrupting our nation.”
In support of his national right to work bill, Jim DeMint said, “No American should be forced to join a union and pay dues to get a job in this country.”
Dick Morris: “They [the White House] have reduced unemployment by convincing 5 million people to stop looking for work and they have slashed immigration by destroying their jobs.” (Quoted from memory).
Krauthammer: “If the product [the NPR broadcast] is so superior, why does it have to live on the tit of the state?”
Bill O’Reilly: “We are 7 months away from the end of this [fiscal] year and we don’t have a budget—that’s ridiculous!” (Quoted from memory).
Alan Simpson, co-chair of Obama’s debt commissions, suggests why some grandparents are not that concerned about the future debt of their grandchildren: “If they care at all about their children or grandchildren, and sometimes I doubt that–I think, you know, grandchildren now don’t write a thank-you for the Christmas presents, they’re walking on their pants with the cap on backwards listening to the enema man and Snoopy Snoopy Poop Dogg, and they don’t like them!”
Jodi Miller: “Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are trying to start a revolution by using Facebook. Even their women are joining in by posting on can-show-our facebook.”
Rush Limbaugh: “If they had polling data that suggests that the Democrats won big in Wisconsin, that would have been 90% of the content of this presser. And it didn’t even come up. Napoleon didn’t have a press conference either after Waterloo.”
Limbaugh: “Did you hear what Obama said? Obama issued a statement where he referred to our alliance with Japan as ‘unshakable’. What a tin ear.”
Limbaugh: “You people at Mediaite, do not misquote me on this. If you want to misquote me, wait until what I said is on my website so you can misquote me accurately.”
Limbaugh: “Obama said the United States has to stop funding programs that don’t work. Now, that is truly radical, because if he meant it, what would be left? And I’m only 10% joking here.”
Limbaugh: “Sarah Palin has more courage in her little finger than our presidential field. Same thing with Michele Bachmann. The gonads on our team happen to be wearing skirts.”
Limbaugh: “Why does anybody believe Obama when he talks about caring about private sector jobs? Why does anybody believe Obama when he talks about wanting economic growth? Where’s the evidence? Why does anybody believe anything Obama says about his stated goals and intentions? Because, folks, if he had been honest he wouldn’t have been elected.”
Limbaugh: “How did I know they weren’t gonna close Gitmo? My answer is not gonna satisfy anybody, but it’s not complicated. They’re liberals and they lie. It was simply a campaign talking point. It was simply a bone they were throwing to their base.”
Limbaugh: “So Obama says he took a course in international relations as an undergrad. Fine. Okay. My mom made me take out the trash, so I know about waste removal.”
Limbaugh: “The payment of unemployment benefits is almost as high as Social Security in this country. Folks, we are not going to survive as a nation — not with this kind of sloth and laziness and feeding at the public trough.”
Conservatives who are wrong:
Senator Lisa Murkowski, making Alaskans proud that they voted her in as a write-in candidate: “I believe Planned Parenthood provides vital services to those in need and disagree with their funding cuts in the bill.”