Say What? 10/1/2011 Edition [Reader Post]



Barack Obama: “We’re the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad.”

President Obama to a Black audience: “Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes.  Shake it off. Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’. We are going to press on. We have work to do.”

Obama on Black unemployment being nearly double the national average at 16.7 percent: “It gets folks discouraged. I know. I listen to some of y’all,”

President Barack Obama: “The Republicans in Congress call this class warfare. Well you know what? If asking a billionaire to pay the same tax rate as plumber or teacher makes me a warrior for the middle class, I’ll wear that charge as a badge of honor. Because the only class warfare I’ve seen is the battle that’s been waged against the middle class in this country for a decade.”

President Obama: “I will not support any plan that puts all the burden for closing our deficit on ordinary Americans.  And I will veto any bill that changes benefits for those who rely on Medicare but does not raise serious revenues by asking the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations to pay their fair share.  We are not going to have a one-sided deal that hurts the folks who are most vulnerable.”

Obama on his taxing philosophy: “This is not class warfare. It’s math.”

White House press secretary Jay Carney, off-camera, about the TEA party: “The tail is wagging the dog here. 30 or so members of the tea party are dictating the way the House behaves and handles its responsibilities for 300 million Americans.”

Michael Moore: “The smart rich know they can only build the gate so high. And, and, sooner or later history proves that people when they’ve had enough aren’t going to take it anymore. And much better to deal with it nonviolently now, through the political system, than what could possibly happen in the future, which nobody wants to see.”

Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren: “You [rich people] were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for… You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory.”

Also known as, “Change we can believe in.”

Michael Moore on longer waits for medical care where there is socialized medicine: “The reason why you have to wait sometimes in those countries is they let everybody in the line. We make 50 million people out of the line so the line is shorter, so sometimes you have to wait as long. If you are a patriotic American, you want every American to be covered the same as you. No, not `I’m going to get ahead because I have health insurance and they don’t.’ ”

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “President Obama has appealed to the Congressional Black Caucus and the attendees last night to close ranks, stand behind him, press on to make sure that we can continue to push for things like passage of the American Jobs Act.  The crowd at the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Gala understands that the president has brought us from the brink of disaster where Republicans, under George W. Bush, had brought us to the precipice of economic disaster.”

The Compliant Obama Press Corps:

ABC’s Good Morning America:

John Hendren: “Perry’s implosion is just the latest sign of chaos in the Republican presidential field. A disarray so complete that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is now being heavily pressured to run . . . Christie supporters are arguing that the job may be big but the declared candidates are too small.”

Christiane Amanpour: “Really, what’s obviously happening is that people are looking at the current crop [extended less-than-flattering footage begins to roll of Christie walking across an airport tarmac] and there still are people who are dissatisfied. And there are others who are saying it’s not too late for others to get in. And even on this program not so long ago we had panelists saying that they were hearing that Chris Christie is being heavily implored to jump in.”


MSNBC’s Larry O’Donnell: “Only in the Twilight Zone of this Republican presidential politics, 2011-style, could we see a man [Rick Perry] be cheered for proudly presiding over the execution of 234 people and then see that same man booed by the same crowd, booed because that champion of death by execution called his worshippers heartless [for opposing his support of giving in-state tuition to illegal aliens]. Campaigns for presidential nominations are sometimes called fights for the soul of the Republican party, fights for the soul of the Democratic party. No one has used that phrase this time around for two reasons.  First, because no candidate fits perfectly into the current shape of Republican orthodoxy. And secondly, the Republican party of the 21st century, if we are to judge by the debate audiences, has obviously lost its soul . . . This Twilight Zone: how can this happen?  Here’s their favorite killer, state-sanctioned killer up there. They boo him after he calls them heartless.”

CNN’s John King: “George H.W. Bush had the courage, knowing it might cost him re-election, knowing for sure it would cost him support with his conservative base, to violate the central domestic policy pledge of his campaign, “read my lips, no new taxes.” And he called everybody out to Camp David at Andrews Air Force Base and he agreed to a package that caused him to violate that promise.”

MSNBC new host Chris Hayes: “[Obama] is an extremely able, deft, confident, exceptional politician…that is a very able, good, amazingly powerful politician and I think, in some ways, he has not been using his super powers for a lot of his time in office, I think is, I don’t know why, frankly, I’m not inside the president’s head. ”  What this quotation fails to include is the gushing way in which this was said.  This guy has a total man-crush on Obama which rivals that of Chris Matthews.

MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts: “And the [Santorum] phrase of “social experimentation.” I get out of all of these things that many of these [Republican] candidates would rather take legislation to build a time machine and go back in time to where, uh, we had, you know, no women voting, slavery was cool. I mean, it’s just kind of ridiculous.”

Liberals from the past:

President Obama: “All I’m saying is let’s take the example of something like diabetes, one of – a disease that’s skyrocketing, partly because of obesity, partly because it’s not treated as effectively as it could be. Right now if we paid a family – if a family care physician works with his or her patient to help them lose weight, modify diet, monitors whether they’re taking their medications in a timely fashion, they might get reimbursed a pittance. But if that same diabetic ends up getting their foot amputated, that’s $30,000, $40,000, $50,000 – immediately the surgeon is reimbursed. Well, why not make sure that we’re also reimbursing the care that prevents the amputation, right? That will save us money.”

Liberal civility:

Michael Moore has called for an economic boycott of the state of Georgia to protest Wednesday’s execution of Troy Davis, the Savannah man convicted of murdering an off-duty police officer in 1989: “I encourage everyone I know to never travel to Georgia, never buy anything made in Georgia, to never do business in Georgia.”

John F. Kennedy government teacher to TEA party head: “You can just say what you are – a Nazi.”

Bill Maher: “[Rick Perry at the Republican debate] sounded like a sixth grader who didn’t do the reading – garbled syntax, messing up simple facts, sentences that went nowhere.  Sarah Palin was watching and she said, `If only he was black, I’d f__ him.’ ”

Bystander yells to Bristol Palin when she is riding a mechanical bull: “Your mother’s a whore!”

Another bystander to Bristol: “You’re f___ white trash from Wasilla.”

Joe McGinniss in his about Sarah Palin called The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, claims that Sarah Palin had sex with Michigan hoop star Glenn Rice.  Sports writer Larry Brown writes: “This is a story so wacky, so unbelievable, so incredible, and so improbable, that it can only be true.”

Mike Tyson, during a recent interview, made numerous comments on this assertion, none of which are printable.

Crazy Muslims:

Sign held by Palestinian boy while he waits for his father at Friday prayers: “Obama, go to hill.”

Signs on the walls of Palestinian kindergartens: “[you students are] the shaheeds (martyrs) of tomorrow”.

Elementary school principals commend their students for wanting to “tear their (Zionists’) bodies into little pieces and cause them more pain than they will ever know”.

Palestinian leader Abbas: “They talk to us about the Jewish state, but I respond to them with a final answer: We shall not recognize a Jewish state.”

Abbas: “We are saying once again that without Netanyahu‘s declaration that he recognizes the state of Palestine within the 1967, as well as a declaration on and implementation of a settlement freeze, we shall not return to negotiations and we shall not allow the presence of settlers and an occupation army in Palestine.”

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh: “Our Palestinian people do not beg for a state. …States are not built upon UN resolutions. States liberate their land and establish their entities.”

Liberals making sense:

Bill Clinton: “We don’t have a lot of resentment against people who are successful. We kind of like it, Americans. It’s one of our best characteristics. If we think someone earned their money fairly, we do not resent their success.  I personally don’t believe we ought to be raising taxes or cutting spending, either one until we get this economy off the ground…I’ll pay more [taxes]. But it won’t solve the problem.”

Barack Obama in 2009: “The last thing that we want to do is raise taxes in the middle of a recession, because that would just suck up, take more demand out of the economy and put business in a further hole.”

Moderates/Affiliation Unknown:

David Brooks (moderate) in how he was taken in by the Obama hype: “I’m a sap, a specific kind of sap. I’m an Obama Sap.”


President Obama in January of this year: “At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized–at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do–it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.”

Teamsters President James Hoffa, Jr. at a Labor Day rally in Detroit, Hoffa, referring to the TEA party, “take these son-of-a-bitches out.”  The President stood up to speak next.

When asked about this, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said the Obama administration is not going to “serve as the speech police for the Democratic party.”


Politico: “Will branding the tea party ‘racist’ work as a political strategy?”

Longtime liberal activist and former U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Chairman Mary Frances Berry: “Tainting the tea party movement with the charge of racism is proving to be an effective strategy for Democrats.  There is no evidence that tea party adherents are any more racist than other Republicans, and indeed many other Americans. But getting them to spend their time purging their ranks and having candidates distance themselves should help Democrats win in November.  Having one’s opponent rebut charges of racism is far better than discussing joblessness.”

Piers Morgan, Host: “Has Obama helped the process of eradicating racism, or has it in a strange way made it worse.”

Actor Morgan Freeman: “Made it worse. Made it worse. Look at, look, the Tea Partiers, who are controlling the Republican Party, stated, and what’s this guy’s name, Mitch O’Connell. Is that his, O’Connell?”

Morgan: “Yeah, Mitch McConnell, yeah.”

Freeman: “Mitch McConnell. Their stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term. What’s, what does that, what underlines that? ‘Screw the country. We’re going to whatever we do to get this black man, we can, we’re going to do whatever we can to get this black man outta here.’ ”

Neil Cavuto: “Morgan Freeman, the actor, has been very critical of Tea Parties, and said that what they’re doing is racist based, and going after and unseating Obama has at its underpinnings racism. I’m paraphrasing here, but what do you make of that argument?”

Herman Cain: “Well, first of all, I doubt if Morgan Freeman, with all due respect, who is a great actor, has he ever been to a Tea Party? Most of the people that are criticizing the Tea Parties, Neil, about having a racist element, they have never been to a Tea Party.”

Cavuto: “But wait a minute, wait a minute. He has played, wait, wait, wait. He has played a President of the United States.”

Cain: “Oh. Great, yeah, in a movie. This is real life out here on the campaign trail, man. This is not a movie.”

Cavuto: “So, are you offended by that?”

Cain: “No, I’m not offended by it. I just, I just think that it is sad that they’re so short-sighted in really understanding what the whole Tea Party citizen movement is all about. I’m not offended by it, because it doesn’t slow down my momentum. It doesn’t slow down the reaction that I get from people. They know that I bring my message from the heart and the head, and they’re responding to it. So, name calling is something that’s going to continue in this because they don’t know how to stop this movement. And this movement is making a big difference in politics, because a lot of the traditional Democrats are moving to the center or moving over to vote for conservatives. They’re taking another look at a Herman Cain.”


Republican candidate Newt Gingrich on foreign aid: “Our bureaucrats giving their bureaucrats money is a formula for corruption.”

Robin Elmore, Chattanooga, TN, email to Bill O’Reilly: “To ask the rich to pay more taxes is like me asking my boss for a raise because I blew last week’s paycheck at the bar.”

Senator Orin Hatch: “There’s not a person in the White House who’s had much to do with creating private sector jobs.  And if you look at even the reason addition to the council of economic advisers, a Princeton professor, not a lot of experience in the private sector.  They are great at academics. They are great they are brilliant people they have no clue on who makes jobs. And they think the government is the one that makes jobs.”

Speaker of the House John Boehner: “Giving the federal government more money would be like giving a cocaine addict more cocaine.”

Senator Orin Hatch: Do you realize that Solyndra got more money with that $535 million than 35 states got for their highways, roads, and bridges? When you stop and think about it – this is insane.”

Indiana governor Mitch Daniels: “If it’s in the [phone book’s] yellow pages, then maybe government shouldn’t try to do it.”

Republican candidate Gary Johnson: “My next-door neighbor’s two dogs have created more shovel-ready jobs than this current administration.”

Rush Limbaugh: “My dogs have created more shovel-ready work than Obama has this week alone. The new puppy. Honest to God. More shovel-ready work for me this week than Obama has created in all two-and-a-half years.”  This was a day before Gary Johnson’s line.

After, by all accounts, losing the Florida debate, Rick Perry said: “It’s not who is the slickest candidate or the smoothest debater that we need to elect”

After the Florida debate, a Romney aide, speaking on condition of anonymity: “It’s over. Perry is toast.”

Herman Cain, after the Florida straw poll: “The Herman Cain train is picking up steam.”

Rick Perry, on Chris Christie getting into the race: “I see anybody that gets in the race that believes in America and is a small government but efficient government individual, I would welcome into the race. It just strengthens the point that the Republican Party’s all about getting our country working again. Whoever that is.  And I’m also a big believer in these governors being freed up to be able to compete against each other. Chris Christie is a great competitor – and I’ll be up there, you know, in Jersey, looking for some businesses to move to Texas.”

Republican candidate Herman Cain: “By the way, it’s okay to call me black. I am an American, black, conservative, an A-B-C. It’s okay, I’m not hyphenated.”

Jack Bauer’s Dad, a voter, after hearing that Herman Cain won the Florida Straw Pool: “I don’t know if Cain can go all the way or not, but it feels kinda like getting out of prison, being liberated from having to choose between Perry/Romney. Cain certainly needs some polishing, but he’s a self-made man and that embodies the American dream and the American spirit. He’s exactly the breath of fresh air that the Republican race needed. For the first time ever, I’m going to donate my hard earned money to a candidate. Go Herman.”

Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) said of President Obama and the media: “This guy pushed every one of the media’s buttons.  He was liberal, he was different, he was new, he was black. Oh my God, it was the potpourri of everything.  They [the media] are so vested in our first black president not being a failure that it’s going to be amazing to watch the lengths they go to to protect him.  They, I believe, will spout this racist line if some of their colleagues up here aren’t doing it aggressively enough. There is going to be a real desperation.”

Neil Cavuto, commenting on a recent ATM transaction at Bank of America and the solvency of BofA: “I was asked, ‘Do you really need this money today?’ ”  [quoted from memory]

FoxNews commentator Degan McDowell on Obama’s proposed tax hikes and job policies: “He’s got it backwards, upside down and wrong.”

Brent Bozell on newsman John King’s statement about Bush the elder having the courage to raise taxes: “Will they ever say it takes courage to cut planned parenthood?” [quoted from memory]

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “Israel is prepared to have a Palestinian state in the West Bank, but we’re not prepared to have another Gaza there.  The Palestinians must first make peace with Israel, and only then get their state.”
Rush Limbaugh: “It is simply not possible for the private sector to grow and for jobs in the private sector to be created and Obama’s tax plan to happen at the same time.”

Rush Limbaugh: “It’s tough to get back liberty that you’ve lost. The people who have taken it are just not gonna give it back to you.”

Rush: “The Democrat Party, particularly as it’s constituted today, is the biggest collection of extreme, mean-spirited, violent rhetoric that you’ll find in politics today.”

Rush: “Do you realize the power that members of Congress hold with the tax code? It is the greatest single power for social architecture that exists in Washington today.”

Rush: “The Tea Party in a metaphoric sense is a giant wake-up. It’s exactly why they exist. And the primary reason they are feared is because there isn’t a leader and they’re really not a party. There’s no apparatus to go after.”

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Oh my Dear Mr. Kukis — I agree with you so much, you have no idea. At least 50% of my friends agree with you. We are known as “Sissies for Sarah.” But, now you rail against mush from creeps – and I recall this:

The Dishonest Gay Marriage Debate [Reader Post]

Yes I do – such malicious slander and libel against me and mine I went ballistic. Why, what you wrote is way beyond what you decry here today. That was penned by you back in February 2011, on these very pages – and still this past week I saw more mush from you on this subject.

Well, months ago too, on February 26th, I got permission here to pen at least this:

Sixty years of gay folks begging [Reader Post]

So we are fellow contributors here. And I understand your rage against the mush of the liberals, I do. Why, half my friends and family are liberal mush heads – I be here with you – but on this one subject to which I refer, and which you thankfully ignore now, but I can’t forget your words – and on gays, sir, on us gay guys, you are a mush head of liberal proportions, and I continue in my reality based conservatism, and wish you only to accept me; but not be like me.

And sir, while I still comment on your past article, and invite you to debate me, not some amorphous “homosexuality” – you have never deigned to speak to me directly, nor ever commented on my article on these pages. Hlavac’s are not hard to find, I assure you – engage me – learn something – for you spout the same mush about me and mine as you bitch about now.

You sir, with all due respect, are exactly as a liberal, you merely seek control for your group, and not for theirs – and I sir, I seek a liberty for all with a ferocity you seem to be incapable of comprehending.

I do not wish to fight you; I do not wish to argue with you; but on gay life, you, sir, are as clueless as the liberals you decry here and now. You and me, sir, are strange bedfellows – but don’t touch my junk, and let me preach liberty and your message to my gay friends, without the condemnation and salacious accusations you tender towards me and mine.

And if you can’t grasp this, I feel sorry for you. Recant your article lo those many months ago – and listen to me, who knows a considerable amount more about gay life than you could ever imagine. Thanks; in peace, in Christ, and in the name of this good nation – you will let my people go, and come to embrace me and mine. And we shall offer but the hand of peace, and say “go thy way.”

But without doing so, you are a hypocrite of the worst proportions. And as Jesus said “the worst sin is hypocrisy.” Have a pleasant day; but recant those previous horrid words. In the name of God Himself. Thanks. Cheers.

I’ve actually been writing another article similar to the first. Haven’t got around to its completion yet.

I certainly believe that those who commit homosexual acts can be saved by Jesus Christ, just as all sinners can be saved by Jesus Christ.

However, having a strong desire to do something does not make that thing right or moral.