Quotes

Notably Quotable: “The word bipartisan usually means…”

  “The word bipartisan usually means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.” — George Carlin ***** “Until recently, I had taken as political hyperbole the Democrats’ assertion that President Trump is a fascist, but this latest tweet is fascistic and is itself grounds for the president’s immediate impeachment again by the House of Representatives and his removal from office by the Senate.” — Steven Calabresi, co-founder of the right wing Federalist Society, Conservative Legal Expert: Trump Election Tweets Are Grounds For Impeachment ***** “Ignoring the virus, more than 250,000 people are expected to show up next week [this Sunday] to the Sturgis,…

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Notably Quotable: “You’ve got to make your elected officials…”

“You’ve got to make your elected officials afraid of you. That’s American.” — Jimmy Dore (7/25/20) ***** the Matrix style programming is so deep the pushing of false conspiracies to hide the real ones the intentional wrecking of the environment the drumbeat for WW3 — Tom Crofton ***** “Having nothing to offer their base except endless austerity (“Race to the Bottom”) and war, the corporate Democrats have made Trump the sole issue of their campaigns.” — Glen Ford, Who Is The Most Dangerous Fascist? ***** “This pandemic has shown us that our private health insurance system does not work for…


Notably Quotable: “Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Do not become bitter or hostile. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Never…”

“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Do not become bitter or hostile. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble. We will find a way to make a way out of no way.” –Rep. John Lewis ***** “This is not going to work.” — Duval County Sheriff Mike Williams, Jacksonville Sheriff Says He’s At A Loss On How To Provide Security For GOP Convention ***** “The scary thing about a post-Trump GOP is the prospect that it learns nothing, After getting pasted in 2006 and 2008,…


Notably Quotable: ““A state that cannot safeguard the lives of its citizens has…”

  “A state that cannot safeguard the lives of its citizens has failed a basic test of legitimacy.” — Glenn Ford, Democrats Will Never Choose Transformative Change – So Give Them No Choice ***** “When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make you fight! Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor.” — John Lennon ***** ““What we’re saying right now…


Notably Quotable: “The message should be simple – you want to go back to normal life …”

“The message should be simple – you want to go back to normal life? Wear a mask. You want your children to go to school and to be able to go to bars and not be unemployed? Wear a mask. You don’t want another lockdown? Wear a mask.” — Yanis Ben Amor, executive director of the Center for Sustainable Development and experienced researcher of infectious diseases, ‘Trump is in a dreamland’: what the US should do now on Covid-19 ***** “The US economy isn’t roaring back. Just over half of Americans have jobs now, the lowest figure in more than 70 years. What’s…


Notably Quotable: “I don’t want to be nice or unnice, OK? But Donald Trump has never looked so…”

“I don’t want to be nice or unnice, OK? But Donald Trump has never looked so pathetic. There’s an air of defeat about the president; the master of puff seems deflated. It has been another terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week for Trump. Unless something radical happens, the president is a dead man golfing.” — Arwa Mahdawi, Trump’s presidency is like a dead man golfing. So will he drop out of the election? ***** “Well, he’s had his chance, and here we are, almost four years in, and only 12 percent of Americans are satisfied with how things are going…


Notably Quotable: “Rarely are the police sent to prosecute scofflaws in…”

“Rarely are the police sent to prosecute scofflaws in high places. I haven’t seen any bankers being choked to death on the street under an officer’s knee.  Nor have I seen any corporate “citizens” being choked to death by cops. It’s so much easier to hassle and arrest the little people for whom, if they’re black or otherwise vulnerable, arrest may even end in death.” — William J. Astore, “Light ‘Em Up”: How America’s Forever Wars Came to Our Streets ***** “Why is it that American style “democracy” is unquestionably good for Hong Kong but so devastatingly brutal for Black Americans and…


Notably Quotable: “My stance is now clear to me. There ARE no good cops. There never were. They hold up an institution of racism and fear. …”

  “My stance is now clear to me. There ARE no good cops. There never were. They hold up an institution of racism and fear. That same racism and fear that was so very real to me and not just a concept like you are likely to be reading about just now. Please know I am very angry and heartbroken, but we are safe and right now I’m just thanking my lucky stars that we weren’t slaughtered like George Floyd. It is a predicament that no one should have to experience and no one with a human heart should perpetuate.”…


Notably Quotable: “Racism is so American that when you protest it…”

“Racism is so American that when you protest it, people think you are protesting America.” — Protest sign, A Small Good Thing: What Is Really Being Asked For Here ***** “At first I thought I should just shut up and listen to black people about this issue. But why would I do that? It’s not their problem, it’s mine. People of colour are being failed by the system. The white system. Like a broken pipe flooding the apartment of the people living downstairs. The faulty system is making their life a misery, but it’s not their job to fix it. They…


Notably Quotable: “Donald Trump doesn’t merely want to criticize his opponents; he takes a depraved delight in…”

  “Donald Trump doesn’t merely want to criticize his opponents; he takes a depraved delight in inflicting pain on others, even if there’s collateral damage in the process, as is the case with the Klausutis family. There’s something quite sick about it all.” — Peter Wehner, a conservative Christian who is a former senior adviser to George W. Bush, ‘There is a wickedness in our president’: Conservative Christian decries ‘cruelty’ of Trump’s latest smear campaign ***** “Punching down — even at the dead — isn’t the mark of a strong, secure, courageous man. It’s the mark of a small, weak, insecure coward…


Notably Quotable: “Of course, everybody wants to save every life they can — but…”

  “Of course, everybody wants to save every life they can — but the question is, towards what end, ultimately?”  — Chris Christie, former New Jersey governor and Trump pal They Are Giving You Death and Calling It Liberty ***** “What’s been happening to working people in this country is like a frog in boiling water, where things get more dire and extreme, where there has been this slow burn of declining stability and voice, and this crisis turned up the heat and exposed just how unconscionably corporations treat workers in our economy and society. This is not just a momentary surge…


Notably Quotable: “Coronavirus makes clear what has been true all along. Your health is as safe as…”

“Coronavirus makes clear what has been true all along. Your health is as safe as that of the worst-insured, worst-cared-for person in your society. It will be decided by the height of the floor, not the ceiling.” — Anand Giridharadas ***** “All of a sudden you become a wealthy guy, you’re a famous guy, then you become president. And people that you’ve never seen, that you’ve never heard of, make charges. I would just say to Joe Biden, ‘Just go out and fight it.’” — Donald Trump, who noted he was “sticking up” for Biden, Trump just blew up one of…


Notably Quotable: “Okay, for all you students out there, kids doing class on Zoom, tell your teachers you can take the test but…”

“Okay, for all you students out there, kids doing class on Zoom, tell your teachers you can take the test but you just can’t complete the test, and the vice president says so, but you still want full credit for it.” — Mika Brzezinski, ‘Blithering idiocy’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe rains hell on Mike Pence’s ‘ridiculous’ claims about COVID-19 testing ***** “If you’re an employer and you offer to bring your employee back to work and they decide not to, that’s a voluntary quit. Therefore, they would not be eligible for the unemployment money.”  — Gov. Kim Reynolds, Republican Iowa governor. *****…


Notably Quotable: “Wealth has never sacrificed itself on … “

“Wealth has never sacrificed itself on the altar of patriotism.” — Robert ‘Fighting Bob’ La Follette ***** “They’ve gone from ‘All Lives Matter’ to ‘No Lives Matter.’” — Dave Zirin on right wing anti-safety protesters at state capitals. ***** “For far too long the African-American community has been the mistress of the Democratic Party. I’m gonna put that out there, I’m a proud Democrat. I am loyal, but I am not blindly loyal.” – Nina Turner,  Sanders campaign co-chair ***** “We’re only as safe and secure as our most vulnerable citizens.” — Astra Taylor ***** “The enemy of intelligence it…


Notably Quotable: “I’m not voting for Biden and I’m not voting for Trump. I …”

“I’m not voting for Biden and I’m not voting for Trump. I have a cat, I already spend enough time checking a box for a piece of shit.” — Rob Placone, tweet. ***** “We saw a massive turnout among Democratic voters over 45 on Super Tuesday and afterward — and, South Carolina aside, that wave was overwhelmingly among white suburban voters — who embraced the inspiring message of, yeah, I guess this guy will do.” — Andrew O’Hehir, Making peace with Joe Biden — whatever the hell that means ***** “His advantage was he was part of Obama administration. His greatest disadvantage is that…


Notably Quotable: “Bernie put the sword…”

“Bernie put the sword back in the stone.” — Online comment, Jimmy Dore Show (4/8/20) ***** “Et tu, Bernie.” — Online comment, The Political Vigilante (3/8/20) ***** “I don’t think that I should put aside my values and vote out of fear. The DNC needs an overhaul, it lacks values, real leaders that represent the people not its donors.” — Ankita Rao, Bernie or Bust: the Sanders fans who will never vote for Biden ***** “I don’t think I could be too cynical at this point. — Jimmy Dore (4/8/20) ****** “An opinion column in the New York Times the following day…


Notably Quotable: “This pandemic, and the accompanying economic downturn, are a turning point…”

“This pandemic, and the accompanying economic downturn, are a turning point. Just as Americans have done in other crises in our history, we are rediscovering that our greatest strength is not in how rich and powerful we can make a few, but rather in all of us, working together. It strikes me as no accident that it is at this moment a report has surfaced that Attorney General William Barr, a leading member of this administration, has asked for the ability to arrest and imprison people without trial, for to preserve a hierarchy under these conditions will require an extraordinary…


Notably Quotable: “People are dying who…”

  “People are dying who have never died before.” — Donald J. Trump (3/18/20) ***** “He accepted everything. The past was alterable. The past never had been altered. Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia.” — George Orwell, 1984, George Conway Nails Fox News For Its Terrible Coronavirus Coverage With ‘1984’ Quote ***** “There are currently less than 100,000 beds right now and most of them are occupied. If there were a need for 200,000 beds and they came within a short period of each other, then we would be in a situation like…


A Note To Activists: How To Outlive The Bastards

“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit…


Notably Quotable: “You’re only as healthy as the…”

“You’re only as healthy as the least insured person around you.” — Jimmy Dore, Jessie Ventura Show ***** “I am a doctor living and working in Italy (Lombardy, the most hard-hit region) and I can confirm everything this doctor said. This virus is not a joke, nor is “just a flu”. Other countries need to wake up and start taking serious precautions to contain the upcoming epidemy: unfortunately it’s not a matter of “if”, but a matter of “when”. Take care and stay safe and AVOID CROWDED PLACES AT ALL COSTS PLEASE. Don’t make the same mistakes Italy made at…


Notably Quotable: “It’s an absolute certainty that Americans will hide…”

“It’s an absolute certainty that Americans will hide their sniffles, drown their symptoms in over-the-counter drugs, and try to “tough it out” because they can’t afford health care. Besides, they have no paid sick leave, no paid child care, and no guarantee that missing a day’s work won’t mean being cast to the curb. All that “socialist” crap.” — Mark Sumner, America is about to get a godawful lesson in why health care should never be a for-profit business ***** “It’s complete chaos. Everyone is just trying to get a handle on what the [expletive] is going on.” — Senior Trump administration official, Top Trump aides admit…


Notably Quotable: “The people in power would not be working so hard to silence those of us who…”

“The people in power would not be working so hard to silence those of us who care deeply about American democracy if they thought our actions didn’t matter.” — Heather Cox Richardson, The History Of American Political & Social Reform Has Always Begun By People Speaking Out ***** “Let’s just go on the record. They talk about 40 Democrats. Twenty-one of those are people that I spent a hundred million dollars to help elect. All of the new Democrats that came in and put Nancy Pelosi in charge and gave the Congress the ability to control this president, I bough—…I, I got…


Notably Quotable: “When the president had that out of control press conference if you could call it that, when he…

  “When the president had that out of control press conference if you could call it that, when he was rambling on and on, they were so restrained, they described it as a celebration. No, he was a raving lunatic. You need to use the words, the verbs and correct description so you give the public a feel of how dangerous this guy is. That is not being biased — that is being accurate and revealing the danger this guy poses.” — Jennifer Rubin, Conservative drops mic on complicit press trying to maintain access to Trump: ‘He’s a raving lunatic…


Notably Quotable: “In the future, when Trump shoots someone on Fifth Avenue Mitch McConnell will…”

“In the future, when Trump shoots someone on Fifth Avenue Mitch McConnell will be there to lick the blood off his shoes.” — Bill Maher (1/31/20) ***** “The United States Senate was formerly the upper chamber of the United States Congress, which, along with the United States House of Representatives ― the lower chamber ― comprised the legislature of the United States. It died on January 31, 2020, when senators from the Republican Party refused to stand up to a corrupt autocrat calling himself the president of the United States, refusing to hear testimony that said individual blackmailed Ukraine in…


Notably Quotable: “Yeah, I really wanted a shooting. So this is really disappointing that everyone is so peaceful and organized…”

“Yeah, I really wanted a shooting. So this is really disappointing that everyone is so peaceful and organized, and I mean nothing bad happened. I guess there’s plenty of people walking with guns outside the capitol, but I don’t know, I thought there was more statements saying we were going to go storm the capitol. This might as well been Storm Area 51 for me. This is stupid. I don’t know what all of these people wasted all their time for.” — Tyler Lloyd, ‘I Have a Dream of a Boogaloo’: Beneath the Peaceful Veneer of Virginia’s Gun Rally ***** “I used to…


Notably Quotable: “What’s needed is a people’s revolution and a radical …”

  “What’s needed is a people’s revolution and a radical insurgency that restores government to the governed. Nothing short of that will prevent future Trumps, or solve our very real problems.” — John Atcheson, Common Dreams Mourns Passing of Longtime Contributor and Climate Activist John Atcheson ***** “Only the privileged and the naive believe people’s achievements are purely the product of their own genius.” — Gary Younge, In these bleak times, imagine a world where you can thrive ***** “And the purveyors of propaganda want you to think that in order to be real, we’ve got to counterbalance everything. We have to…


Notably Quotable: “Looking at impeachment, what he did, for sure, is survey the situation and understood that with this action…”

“Looking at impeachment, what he did, for sure, is survey the situation and understood that with this action, with this strike, that he would create a giant smokescreen that clouds and distracts around the issue of impeachment,” he suggested. This is a political act that has endangered the country. And the result of this is a more dangerous world where Americans will be killed that otherwise would not have been killed.” — Steve Schmidt, former republican strategist, ‘Blood will be spilled’: Steve Schmidt explains Trump’s plan to get re-elected in 2020 ***** “The president of the United States is as easy to…


Notably Quotable: “In the Age of Trump there will be no thunder in the streets…”

“In the Age of Trump there will be no thunder in the streets from the treads of tanks or the boot-heels of soldiers. As the late political theorist Sheldon Wolin warned some years ago, American fascism will just be a new type of normal. In too many ways, it already is.” — Chauncey Devaga, As we turn the page on 2019, our president is mentally unwell — but that’s only one symptom of deeper illness ***** “With few exceptions, MSNBC puts forward the views of ‘corporate liberalism’—or more accurately: ‘liberal corporatism. It’s anti-Trump but rarely is there a focus on corporate greed or…


Notably Quotable: “It strikes me as strange that for people that take the teachings of Jesus Christ seriously…”

“It strikes me as strange that for people that take the teachings of Jesus Christ seriously, teachings of the Ten Commandments seriously, that we can’t at least say publicly and out loud and in front of God and everybody that this man’s character is deeply, deeply concerning to us and, in my judgement, has crossed a line and no longer think he’s fit to lead the United States of America.” — Mark Galli, Christianity Today Editor Reveals The Point Trump ‘Crossed The Line’ For Him ***** “We have one chance to return to a certain amount of normality and respect. Much more…


Notably Quotable: “But Trump’s more recent obsession with the idea of prosecuting Schiff — and the idea that it would be better if we had a “tougher” system like Guatemala — shows …”

“But Trump’s more recent obsession with the idea of prosecuting Schiff — and the idea that it would be better if we had a “tougher” system like Guatemala — shows that the president’s desire to weaponize law enforcement extends beyond interfering in elections and retribution for people who challenge him at the ballot box. He’s fixated on the idea that he should be able to use his power as president to go after anyone who challenges him politically. It’s an unambiguously authoritarian impulse and more proof that he urgently needs to be removed from office.” — Cody Fenwick, Trump’s disturbing obsession…


Notably Quotable: “Go after your enemies. I mean, they’re after you. Go after your enemies. …”

“Go after your enemies. I mean, they’re after you. Go after your enemies. I think that Clinton probably is too nice a guy in a certain respect. I don’t think he’s going after people the way he should and I really believe his thing is to be liked and I don’t think that’s a very good position to be in right now.” — Donald Trump on Impeachment of Pres. Bill Clinton in 1998, Trump revealed his impeachment strategy 21 years ago — when he defended Bill Clinton. ***** “I’m not against the impeachment. Donald Trump should have been impeached the first…


Notably Quotable: “Five years from now, people will look back and say…”

“Five years from now, people will look back and say, what were you doing? You had a fever going on related to President Trump. The guy broke the law. He’s a traitor to the Constitution of the United States. You took an oath to the Constitution you’re going to disavow for him? Why are you doing that?” — Anthony Scaramucci, Former Trump official compares GOP to French collaborators who helped the Nazis ***** “American capital needs fresh meat to consume. The average American is now broke. They literally die in debt — which means they never earn, save, or own anything across…


Notably Quotable: “About six in 10 Americans say they are at least “somewhat worried” about …”

“About six in 10 Americans say they are at least “somewhat worried” about global warming and 23 percent say they are “very worried,” according to a survey conducted by Yale and George Mason universities in March and April.” —  Agence France (11/26/19),  Climate crisis anxiety churns up psychological storm in America ***** “Who to call when the police are murderers? — Hong Kong protest graffiti ***** “When the last man who remembers the horrors of the last great war dies, the next great war becomes inevitable.”  — Arnold Toynbee ***** “I gave to many people, before this, before two months ago,…


Notably Quotable: “It’s like showing up at the nursing home at daybreak to find your elderly uncle running pantsless across the courtyard…”

“It’s like showing up at the nursing home at daybreak to find your elderly uncle running pantsless across the courtyard and cursing loudly about the cafeteria food, as worried attendants tried to catch him. You’re stunned, amused, and embarrassed all at the same time. Only your uncle probably wouldn’t do it every single day, his words aren’t broadcast to the public, and he doesn’t have to lead the US government once he puts his pants on.” — Phillip Rucker, Book by ‘Anonymous’ describes Trump as cruel, inept and a danger to the nation [11/7] ***** “Sweet mother of God. Sondland is…


Notably Quotable: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but…”

  “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” — Martin Luther King ***** “I say to my colleague, I would be glad to have the person who started it all come in and testify. “President Trump is welcome to take a seat right there.” — Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), Room erupts in laughter as Democrat Peter Welch destroys Jim Jordan during impeachment hearing ***** “Mexican Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said investigators found more than 200 .223 caliber bullet casings manufactured by American gunmaker Remington at the scene.” —  Agence France-Presse, Mexico probes…


Notably Quotable: “Today’s neoliberal Democrat is ideologically closer to yesterday’s Republican…”

  “Today’s neoliberal Democrat is ideologically closer to yesterday’s Republican, and Republicans?  Well, they’re the new know-nothing party, immune to facts, impermeable to truth, and consumed by hate, fear, greed, anger, xenophobia and racism.” — John Atcheson, The Revolution Is Here: Democrats Ignore It at Their Peril. ***** “At the end of the day, as much as I wanted to be there with my teammates and share that experience with my teammates, I can’t do it. I just can’t do it.” — Washington Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle on why he would not go to the White House when the World Series champions went to meet Donald…


Notably Quotable: “Donald Trump was the fat line of coke conservatives snorted, thinking…”

  “Donald Trump was the fat line of coke conservatives snorted, thinking it would boost their energy and weight loss. Now they’re waking up in a cheap motel room, picking at their scabs and denying they have a problem.” — Facebook meme. ***** “Lock Him Up!” — Chants from crowd at directed toward Donald Trump at Game 5 of the World Series. ***** “”Jesus himself could testify against Trump, and they’d be like, “Yeah…but he’s probably just a deep state Obama hack.” And Trump would say “He was crucified. I like people who weren’t crucified.”” — S.E. Cupp, CNN conservative…


Notably Quotable: “To the U.S. Army who are leaving northeast Syria, tell your children …”

“To the U.S. Army who are leaving northeast Syria, tell your children that the children of the Kurds were killed by the Turks and you did nothing to protect them.” — Sign held aloft to fleeing US troops in Syria, Kurds Confront Exiting U.S. Troops In Syria With Heartbreaking Signs. ***** “President Erdoğan and President Trump, you know, they buried the hatchet — they buried right in the back of the Kurds.” — Admiral James Stavridis (Ret.), Morning Joe (10/17/19) ***** “I earned my spurs on the battlefield; Donald Trump earned his spurs from the doctor.” — General James Mattis (Ret.), Jim Mattis…


Notably Quotable: “Vice President Pence is the Ivanka Trump of the vice presidency…”

“Vice President Pence is the Ivanka Trump of the vice presidency. He expects us to be appreciative of the fact that he’s working within this administration on behalf of the people, but in moments of consequence he disappears. In moments of scandal, he suggests he knows nothing about it. He and Ivanka are complicit. She hides behind her $5,000 dresses and $10,000 bags,  Vice President Mike Pence has mastered hiding behind this professed evangelical humility. Neither one are credible.” — Former Florida Republican Rep. Dave Jolly, Ex-GOP lawmaker calls for impeachment hearings on Pence and Barr in scorching attack on Trump…


Notably Quotable: “I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.”

“I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country’s most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.” — Major General Smedely Butler, two time winner of the Medal of Honor, “War Is A Racket”. ***** “Maybe it’s overly optimistic of me to think this matters, but when…