Say What? April 11, 2011 edition [Reader Post]



Chris Matthews on Barack Obama: “You know sometimes, Gene, he has that – he didn’t have it right there – but a minute ago he had that great, that little boy smile of his, which is so winning…He brings it out.”

Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough (explaining Obama’s foreign policy): “We don’t make decisions about questions like intervention based on consistency or precedent.  We make them based on how we can best advance our interests in the region.”

Charles Schumer: “The dangerous, ideological cuts to Planned Parenthood that passed the House are never, never, never going to pass the Senate.  Let me repeat that, so all those who want to stomp on women’s health and women’s rights can hear us loud and clear. The dangerous, ideological cuts to Planned Parenthood that passed the House are never, never, never going to pass the Senate.”

Senator Harry Reid: “Republicans are asking me to sacrifice my wife’s health, my daughter’s health and my nine granddaughters’ health. I’m not going to be part of that. I won’t do it. As a legislator I’m very frustrated. As an American I’m appalled; as a husband, a father and a grandfather I’m personally offended.”

Senator Harry Reid: “This is Virginia’s big weekend. It’s the cherry blossom, the cherry blossom festival. People plan to come here all year, and one of the things they want to do when they come here is take a walk down the Mall, go to the National Art Gallery, go to one of the great Smithsonian museums. Won’t do that, they’ll close at 12:00 tonight. All of this to stop women from getting the regular tests and preventative services that they need.”

Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: “In one of the bills before us, six million seniors are deprived of meals – homebound seniors are deprived of meals. People ask us to find our common ground, the middle ground. Is middle ground three million seniors not receiving meals? I don’t think so.”

Representative Louise Slaughter: “In ’94 people were elected simply to come here to kill the National Endowment for the Arts. Now they’re here to kill women.”

Slaughter: “You are allowed to have an abortion if you have been raped or it’s a matter of incest.  However, you have to keep a receipt. Did you know that? It’s sort of like an old German Nazi movie. Show me your papers!”  The text of the bill Slaughter was referencing makes no reference to people needing a “receipt” to prove their abortion was for one of the excepted categories if they try to deduct the abortion fee they paid from their federal taxes.”

Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski: “They want to take our mammograms away.”

Mikulski: “A government shutdown..threatens the safety of our families and economy.”

Mikulski: “We are heading to a shutdown not because of a debate over money…but because the Republicans continue to want to push a radical agenda against women.”

Mikulski: “It’s not only Nobel Prize winners, it’s all the other people who are working. We’re going to turn out the lights at the National Institutes of Health. We’re going to say to a researcher – I know you’re working on that cure for cancer, I know you’re working on that cure for Alzheimer’s or autism or arthritis, but you know what? Washington, the Congress says you’re not essential.”

Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton on government shutdown: “This is the functional equivalent of bombing innocent civilians”

Senator Debbie Stabenow: “Republicans are now, unfortunately, playing pure politics with the budget…are they really planning on shutting down the government and hold middle-class families and veterans disability benefits hostage in order to stop women from getting cancer screening and blood pressure checks?”

Representative Ed Markey: “Republicans attacked the authority of both the EPA and the FCC, which are designed to make the polluters and the broad band barons the big winners at the expense of our environment, our health, our economy and the American consumer.  In other words, Republicans are trying to pass legislation to destroy the world wide web and they are also passing legislation to help destroy the whole wide world.  They’re taking aim on Google earth and setting their sights on mother earth.  They are trying to mess with the blogasphere and pollute the atmosphere at the same time.  They want to clog up the internet and smog up the air from smokestack massive amounts of dangerous global warming pollution.”

Kathleen Turner: “I’m really, really heartsick right now; the Republican party holding America hostage for defunding planned parenthood, which essentially means that millions of women in this country will not receive basic healthcare and it just makes me sick.”

Washington Post’s Ezra Klein: “The fight also isn’t about cutting spending. The services Planned Parenthood provides save the federal government a lot of money. It’s somewhat cold to put it in these terms, but taxpayers end up bearing a lot of the expense for unintended pregnancies among people without the means to care for their children.”

Attorney General Eric Holder about where Kalid Sheikh Mohammed ought to be tried: “Sadly, this case has been marked by needless controversy since the beginning. But despite all the argument and debate it has engendered, the prosecution of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-conspirators should never have been about settling ideological arguments or scoring political points.”

President Obama: “I just miss – I miss being anonymous.”

Bill Maher: “He [Obama] is a terrible negotiator. Does he not even know a Jew?”

Liberals from the past:

President Obama, Feb. 23, 2009: “”I refuse to leave our children with a debt they cannot repay.  We cannot and will not sustain deficits like these without end. . . . We cannot simply spend as we please.””

Barack Obama, May 23, 2009: “We’re out of money now.”
Liberals being civil:

James Carville: “John Boehner is so beholden to his Tea Party base that whenever he sees them, he starts crying…We’ll give Boehner a whole different reason to start blubbering.  It’ll be because we made sure that Boehner’s Tea Party-backed government shutdown goes down in history as a political miscalculation of epic proportions.”

Liberals making sense:

Co-chairman of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Erskine Bowles said, “This country’s out of money and we better start thinking… we’re on the most predictable path toward an economic crisis that I can imagine.”

E.J. Dione (almost making sense; talking about Obama’s policy in Libya): “Only a medieval scholastic could discover an Obama doctrine.  He is anti-doctrine.  And that is sort of his basic principle.”

Christine Romer: “I have been a vocal proponent of the Federal Reserve using the tools it still has to do more to get the unemployment rate back down to normal more quickly.”

Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski: “If there is a government shutdown, I don’t think members of Congress should be paid. If there is a government shutdown and we tell dedicated federal employees that they’re not going to get paid, that they’re nonessential, well the fact that we couldn’t stop a shutdown shows we’re nonessential.”

Bill Maher: “There is one religion in the world that kills you when you disagree with them and they say `look, we are a religion of peace and if you disagree we’ll f***g cut your head off.’ ”


Lawrence O’Donnell: “Now, I’ve never visited a Planned Parenthood so I know little beyond that pie chart about what Planned Parenthood does. But I have friends who depend on Planned Parenthood. One of them currently, an unemployed victim of the great recession, who can’t even afford cable TV to watch this show tonight, sent me an e-mail today saying — ‘Stop these whackos.’  Her e-mail deserves a place in the Congressional record besides the lies being told about Planned Parenthood. She says: ‘do they have any idea how expensive birth control is and how important it is for it to be provided to women at Planned Parenthood clinics? A regular prescription for my pill was 98 dollars a month without insurance. And even with insurance, it was 78 dollars through the pharmacy.  Who can afford that every month?’”

KC Mulville: “Let me get this straight. The woman was unemployed because of the recession, but that means that she had a job before that. Yet she claims that she hadn’t been to a GP for 10 years. Basically she’s arguing that Planned Parenthood was her cheap medical care provider. She wants the rest of the country to fund her medical care.  She’s a free rider. She wants me to fund her birth control.  No.”

Radical1979: “How is she sending this email? Chances are she’s not at the public library. She’s most likely sending it from her computer at home through the Internet provider she pays. Maybe she should scrap the pc and pay for her own health care.  As far as birth control she shouldn’t have sex or should have her partner(s) contribute to the cost of birth control. It’s not my job to pay her bills.”

SickofLibs: “Hey lady: ever hear of condoms? They’re about 50 cents each. Now assuming you have sex every other day (LOL) that’s a whopping $8 a month.”

Reporter: “Mr. Holder,…Is it your thinking that you know best and that there is just no room for the public’s view on where a trial should be held?”

Attorney General Eric Holder: “…I think they should respect the fact this is an executive branch function, a unique executive branch function. I have to deal with the situation as I find it, and i have reluctantly made the determination that’s cases should be brought in a military commission.”


TEA party demonstration chant during the budget negotiations: “Shut it down”

Michele Bachmann: “Make no mistake: I oppose this negotiated deal.  It does not: Cut enough spending, stop funding Planned Parenthood, or defund Obamacare.”

Dan Henninger on Democrats: “This is now the party of public spending.”

Dan Henninger on Republicans: “These are politicians.  They backslide.  They will break your heart, eventually.”
Kevin Brady: “Mr. President, you have been absent from this [budget] debate for a long time—we thought of sending out an Amber alert.” [quoted from memory]

Representative Thaddeus McCotter: “it was sitting here today that I realized why I wanted to listen to the melodious strains of Page and Plant, Jones and John Bonham. It’s because for the Democratic Party the song remains the same.  Once again, seniors and children wake to the hysterical, frightening visage of specters of gloom and doom – Democrats.  Once again, we are regaled with the Democrats’ entitlement reform plan. It is called ‘Do nothing, spend everything, go bankrupt, benefits – bye-bye.’  We continue to see a party that does not understand you cannot lift an economy when it is crushed beneath the weight of big government.  We continue to see a party ideologically zealous in spending your tax dollars on Planned Parenthood to the point where they would shutdown the federal government to do it.”

Jim Pinkerton on Obama: “He let’s others take the lead in healthcare [and] in Libya.”

Gregg Gutfeld on Julian Assange: “[He is] the creepiest man since Nosferatu.”

Bill O’Reilly on Obama: “You know he watches the Factor; he said so.  And now he’s doing everything I want him to do.”  [quoted from memory]

Charles Krauthammer on Paul Ryan’s 2012 budget: “[It is] one of the most radical pieces of legislation in our lifetimes.” [quoted from memory]

George Will: “Paul Ryan is eight years younger than the President but vastly more experienced and conversant with these issues”

Lt. Colonel Allen West on mysterious white powder (it turned out to be cornstarch) sent to his office: “I think that the sick, depraved person that sent that powder, that substance and also the death threat against me and the very derogatory remarks in the letter; uh, if I could get 15 minutes with that individual, wherever he chooses, I think we could have a pretty good discussion.”

Newt Gingrich: “The country knows it’s in serious trouble.  You see this with Scott Walker, you see it with John Kasich [in Ohio], you see it with Rick Scott [in Florida], you see it with Chris Christie [in New Jersey], you see it with Mitch Daniels [in Indiana].”

Tim Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor and 2012 presidential candidate:  “[as more people] became aware and educated that it’s [the budget] not just a matter of political rhetoric – it’s a matter of sixth-grade math.”

Donald Trump: “I just want him [Obama] to show his birth certificate.”

Sarah Palin: “I think he was born in Hawaii because there was the birth announcement put in the newspaper. But there’s something there that the president doesn’t want people to see on that birth certificate. Then he seems to go to great lengths to make sure it is not shown.”

Rush Limbaugh: “Everybody lives in this media-created fantasy that Obama’s unbeatable, that he’s the greatest orator in the world. Well, you get him away from the prompter, and he’s lost. He’s a gaffe machine. He and Biden are in the same class, and it doesn’t take long to call the roll.”

Rush Limbaugh: “The left put three and a half million dollars into this Supreme Court race, Prosser versus Kloppenburg, and if they can’t win in Wisconsin with all that union money and propaganda, then we really should have hope here, folks.”

Rush: “What kind of birth control is allowed under Sharia law? Not even ‘I have a headache’ works under Sharia law, folks.”

Rush (concerning Obama during the intense budget negotiations): “Mark Knoller says that President Obama got on the secure video teleconference line today with Hamid Karzai to discuss the Koran burning. Now, what does that say about President Obama’s priorities here?”

Rush: “Why do the Democrats react with such panic every time a responsible budget is presented, a budget that would limit the growth of government and return economic liberty and freedom and power to the American people? Because they’re deathly afraid that we are going to take away their power to enslave people.”

Conservatives from the Past:

George Patton said: “These pulpit killers [a reference to preachers who false preach pacifism, which results in the death of many] that go around saying that the Bible says that man dare not kill causes the death of many thousands of good soldiers.  Damn little those pulpit killers know about the Bible.  They know even less about the way God works. They should read all of the Bible, not just the part they like!  God never hesitated to kill.  God never hesitates to kill when one man or any race of man needed to be punished.  God helped David kill Goliath, didn’t He?  How about Noah and the Ark?  All of the rest of the people were killed in the flood!  God took the blame for this mass murder.  How about the Red Sea which opened up long enough for one race to escape and another race to be killed.  Don’t talk to me about God not permitting man to kill.  War means that we have to kill people.  That’s all there is to it.  It is a sin not to kill if we are serving on God’s side.  There is no other way to win.  Wars must be won for God’s sake.  He has a part in every war!  The quicker we can kill the enemy, the quicker we can go home and listen to the pulpit killers tell us what we did wrong.  If it wasn’t for us, those pulpit idiots would be shot for standing in their own pulpits.  Our task is to kill the enemy before we are killed.”


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So Sissy Matthews like little boys now, eh?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post as it is definitely true and adequately portrays each view before and during the talks of government shutdown. It is sad to see both parties repeating the same comments and making the same mistakes as years before. I do not think we are at all surprised that the government did not shutdown; however, even if a shutdown did occur it would not have lasted very long and the lives of most would have continued as normal (as depicted by the cartoon). Just another hype to scare everyone and an endless battle between Republicans and Democrats (and now the Tea Party).

Koran Burned in Iran (video)

Two men, one Iranian and one Afghan, their faces obscured, holding the Muslim holy book and reading prepared statements. They say that Arabs have foisted this book and their homelands and because of it they have gone backwards for 1400 years. They say they dislike the Koran and want it to disappear….

I wonder how many will die?
Probably none.

” CAP & TRADE “, condoms before sex

Nice post, Gary!

Nice to so many diversified comments in one place.

It’s just a shame that the spineless republicans didn’t mention the history of Planned Parenthood. For those who don’t know, PP was founded by Margret Sanger to reduce the Negro population, and still serves that function today. Three times as many black babies are aborted by Planned Parenthood as white babies. The PP abortion centers are placed in minority neighborhoods specifically for that purpose.

The ‘pubbies had a perfect opportunity to label the dems as racist, but they didn’t have the cohones.

@John Cooper:

I just would have liked them to ask a simple question of the dems. Namely, ask them to show the country, in the Constitution, just where it allows the federal government to provide funding for an entity such as Planned Parenthood. And when they use the general welfare clause, counter with James Madison and Federalist Paper no. 41, where Madison basically states that the general welfare clause is simply a generalization of the powers of congress and merely leads into the list of specific powers listed in Article I, Section 8. I would not expect any response from them after that, other than maybe to paint the founding fathers as somehow not relevant in modern times, and wouldn’t that start a firestorm of debate!

John Cooper’s comment truly shows the ignorance of today’s liberals. For America – the real America, not Obamanation – to survive, there needs to be a 50% reduction in the American Negro population over the next ten years. Now before you start typing all your hateful responses, I am not proposing genocide. I believe this reduction can be achieved through education, abortions that provide financial incentives, effective family planning (much like China’s one child policy) and broadened/accelerated guidelines for the execution of already incarcerated violent criminals.

don’t they look pathetic ,winning about the republicans,