Tricia Wright, communications director for Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), responding to Tucker Carlson calling the senator a liar:
Who’s Tucker Carlson?
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II, in his ruling striking down Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage, rejecting the state’s contention that that traditional marriages contribute to a stable birth rate and the state’s long-term economic stability:
These arguments are not those of serious people.
The ruling is stayed pending appeal, but yet another ban bites the dust.
Convicted felon Dinesh D’Souza says African Americans are better off because of slavery.
Did America owe something to the slaves whose labor had been stolen? [Yes, but] that debt . . . is best discharged through memory, because the slaves are dead and their descendants are better off as a consequence of their ancestors being hauled from Africa to America.
Oh, I’m sure they’re grateful.
There is not a single person in America — not Bill Kristol, not Paul Wolfowitz, not Don Rumsfeld, no pundit, not even President Bush himself — who has been more wrong and more shamelessly dishonest on the topic of Iraq than Dick Cheney.
President Obama on how to respond to people shooting off their mouths with racist comments:
When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841-1935), associate justice of the United States Supreme Court:
Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society.
Which explains why a lot of yokels carry on about the I.R.S. as if their home was in a tree.
Justice Stephen Bryer dissenting loudly on yesterday’s ruling from the Supreme Court that struck down overall campaign donation limits:
Where enough money calls the tune, the general public will not be heard.
It’s become clear that this Supreme Court is very much in favor of people buying an election but not so much in favor of those who want to vote in one.
Dahlia Lithwick in Slate:
“Stand your ground” laws, or at least the public conception of what they do, are changing the way the rest of us think about self-protection. This is, of course, exactly the world the NRA dreams of constructing: Everyone armed and paranoid that everyone else is armed. But the old canard that an armed society is a polite society is pretty much bunk. Ours is not a polite society; we are rude and hotheaded and terrified. Now we have guns to help us sort it all out.
John McCain on President Obama’s stand on the rebellion in Ukraine:
This is the most naive president in history.
Says the man who thought Sarah Palin was qualified to be the President of the United States.
They just want to use brute power to force the states to take down marriage laws that have been in place for centuries and that’s inconsistent with the Constitution, it’s not right and it’s heartbreaking.
No, he was not talking about the Supreme Court ruling in the case of Loving v. Virginia in 1967 that did away with the bans on interracial marriage. But it’s easy to make the assumption that he was.
Ann Coulter on immigration and emigration:
Had I had wanted to live in Mexico, Pakistan or Chechnya – I could have moved to those places, too. (Although maybe not. They all have stricter immigration policies than we do.) I’m sure they’re lovely, but I wanted to live in America. Now I can’t.
I will happily contribute to buying her a ticket to anywhere she would like to go. Hell, I’ll drive her to the airport and buy her a roll at Au Bon Pain while she waits for the plane.
William F. Buckley on The Beatles, September 13, 1964:
The Beatles are not merely awful; I would consider it sacrilegious to say anything less than that they are god awful. They are so unbelievably horribly, so appallingly unmusical, so dogmatically insensitive to the magic of the art that they qualify as crowned heads of anti-music, even as the imposter popes went down in history as “anti-popes.”
I think he was just being his usual cranky self, but I also suspect he knew that the group would have more of an impact on American culture than his silly little National Review.
HT to Eric Loomis at LGM.
UBS Chief Executive Sergio Ermotti at the Davos economic summit:
Life is hard enough without people constantly bashing banks. I think this constant lecturing on ethics and integrity by many stakeholders is probably the most frustrating part of the equation, because I don’t think there are many people who are perfect.
Oh, set it to music.
Sarah Palin celebrates racial equality.
Yes, please, Mr. President; stop being black.
Digby on the right-wing meltdown over the canning of the Duck Dynasty homophobe:
Conservatives normally insist that the private sector can do anything it chooses, even hiring and firing on the basis of an owner’s throwback religious or racist beliefs. But that’s only as long as it doesn’t “infringe” on the right of conservatives to be assholes. That’s a sacred liberty which is derived directly from the Bible, Atlas Shrugged and the Declaration of Independence. (You can look it up!)
Peter O’Toole as Alan Swann in My Favorite Year:
I’m not an actor! I’m a movie star!
He was that very rare combination of both.
President Obama responds to a heckler on immigration reform, stopping deportations, and governing in general:
The easy way out is to try to yell and pretend like I can do something by violating our laws. If in fact I could solve all these problems without passing laws in Congress, I would do so.
To which every right-wing whacko with their own projection issues said, “See, I told you he was a dictator.”
The implementation has been horrendous. We’ve made it far more complicated than it should be.
He was talking about the roll-out of Medicare Part D in 2006. Oddly enough, he didn’t call for Congressional investigations or the resignation of the Secretary of HHS.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on fellow Republican Rep. Louis Gohmert of Texas and noted Tea Party extremist who claimed that Mr. McCain was a supporter of al-Qaeda:
Well, on that particular issue, sometimes comments like that are made out of malice, but if someone has no intelligence, it cannot be viewed as a malicious statement.
Oh, yes, I am sure he was referring to military intelligence. *Snort*