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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…

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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…


Notably Quotable: “This present window of opportunity, during which a truly peaceful and an interdependent world order might be be built, will not be open too long…”

“This present window of opportunity, during which a truly peaceful and an interdependent world order might be be built, will not be open too long — we are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order.” — David Rockefeller ***** “You can’t change a corrupt system by taking its money.” — Sen. Bernie Sanders ***** “F*ck it, let’s roll.” — Rick Wilson, GOP strategist Rick Wilson lays out case for impeachment in hilariously profane new rant. ***** “Depopulation should be the highest priority of foreign…


Notably Quotable: “I think we have to face the truth that no one seems to want to admit…”

“I think we have to face the truth that no one seems to want to admit. This is no longer a case of excessive narcissism or grandiosity. We’re not simply dealing with an unusually large ego. The president of the United States is seriously, frighteningly, dangerously unstable. And he’s getting worse by the day.” — Robert Reich, Trump is seriously, frighteningly unstable – the world is in danger. ***** “We have to grasp, as Marx and Adam Smith did, that corporations are not concerned with the common good. They exploit, pollute, impoverish, repress, kill, and lie to make money. They throw…


Notably Quotable: “Whether or not his disorders are diagnosable, the president’s psychological flaws are…”

“Whether or not his disorders are diagnosable, the president’s psychological flaws are all too apparent. They were alarming when he took the oath of office; they are worse now. Every day Donald Trump is president is a day of disgrace. And a day of danger.” — Peter Weher, Trump Is Not Well. ***** “He pisses ice water.” — Roy Cohn’s assessment of his protege, Donald Trump. ***** “We’ve become now an oligarchy instead of a democracy. And I think that’s been the worst damage to the basic moral and ethical standards of the American political system that I’ve ever seen in…


Notably Quotable: “‘The middle’ is a fairytale for Democrats who want to believe …”

“‘The middle’ is a fairytale for Democrats who want to believe it can save us from Trump, and a lie conservatives need to stop us from fighting for what’s best for Americans. But we don’t have time for fantasies, and the stakes are too high to let Republicans tell us what to talk about and what to fight for.” — Jessica Valenti, No Country for Old Moderates ***** “A new generation will have to adapt the old playbook to new challenges. Industrial capitalism’s basic structure is changing. As Shoshona Zuboff has argued in The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, the rise of surveillance…


Notably Quotable: “The few who tried to plant a flag on their opposition to socialism are …”

“The few who tried to plant a flag on their opposition to socialism are passing from the scene. It’s as if Democratic voters have been thirsting for progressive proposals for decades, and now they will drink as much as can be offered.” — Max B. Sawicky, The Sunset of Neoliberalism ***** “If we embrace a far-left agenda, they’re going to say we’re a bunch of crazy socialists. If we embrace a conservative agenda, you know what they’re going to do? They’re going to say we’re a bunch of crazy socialists. So let’s just stand up for the right policy, go out there, and…


Notably Quotable: “”There’s nothing in the middle of the road but …”

  “There’s nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead armadillos.”  — Jim Hightower ***** “Jill Biden may have settled for her husband, but I’m not sure why anyone else should.” — Sarah Jones, columnist, New York Magazine. ***** “The nation is still reeling from two mass shootings. The financial markets are yo-yoing by hundreds of points. A bomb in Afghanistan, where we’re still at war, killed 63 revelers at a wedding. Tension between the United States and Iran continues to mount. North Korea keeps testing new missiles. India is playing with fire in Kashmir. Hong…


Notably Quotable: “Rep. Thomas Massie introduced a bill to get rid of all gun-free zones in schools…”

“Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced a bill to get rid of all gun-free zones in schools. If he believes gun-free zones are the problems, he will get rid of the gun-free zone around the U.S. Capitol and House and Senate office buildings. Instead, he too hides behind his gun-free zone.” — Sarah K. Burris, Here are the top 7 places hypocritical Republicans won’t let you take a gun. ***** “Gun control has paralyzed 535 people this year — they’re called the United States Congress.” — Bill Maher (8/9/19) ***** “By 6:01 p.m., after just a little more than two hours, he…


Notably Quotable: “If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is…”

“If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but the one who causes the darkness.” — Victor Hugo, Les Misérables ***** “It is time for us to simply realize that this country will not heal — all that a country is a collection of people — people heal when there’s deep truth-telling,” Marianne Williamson said. “We need to recognize when it comes to the economic gap between blacks and whites in America, it does come from a great injustice that has never been dealt with. That great injustice has…


Notably Quotable: “Dear America: You are waking up, as Germany once did, to the awareness that …”

“Dear America: You are waking up, as Germany once did, to the awareness that 1/3 of your people would kill another 1/3, while 1/3 watches.” — Werner Herzog  tweet ***** “I decided not to dwell on it, and just do my job.” — ProPublica, A Border Patrol Agent Reveals What It’s Really Like to Guard Migrant Children. ***** “I used to work in US intelligence advising presidents on risk. The biggest threat to our country today is the Republican Party.” — Paul Nailer, The Independent (7/18/19) ***** “We need to go to the future,” she says. “Why is he so popular?…


Notably Quotable: “The worst enemy of life, freedom and the common decencies is…”

  “The worst enemy of life, freedom and the common decencies is total anarchy; their second worst enemy is total efficiency.” — Aldous Huxley ***** “Planet Before Profit” — Extinction Rebellion UK protest banner ***** “Liberal democracy organizes society around respect for the dignity, equality and freedom of all human beings. Fascism, by contrast, organizes society around the vilification of outsiders. In this administration’s rhetoric toward undocumented immigrants from Central America and religious minorities, we have been subject to classic fascist tropes for some time. “ — Jason Stanley, author of “How Fascism Works”. ***** “What he did to me is…


Notably Quotable: “There’s a direct relationship between the ballot box and the bread box, and…”

  “There’s a direct relationship between the ballot box and the bread box, and what the union fights for and wins at the bargaining table can be taken away in the legislative halls.” — Walter Reuther, President of the UAW ***** “Pity the nation whose people are sheep/And whose shepherds mislead them/Pity the nation whose leaders are liars/Whose sages are silenced/And whose bigots haunt the airwaves/Pity the nation that raises not its voice/Except to praise conquerers/And acclaim the bully as hero.” — Lawrence Ferlinghetti ***** “Our nation is operating concentration camps for refugee children. We need to stop denying that and…


Forget Trump’s Carnival Show Fourth: A Lincoln Remembrance Appropriate To July 4th

  “In March 1864, a decade after Alvan Bovay founded the Republican Party in Ripon [WI], a delegation from the New York Workingman’s Democratic Republican Association came to the White House to offer the country’s first Republican president an honorary membership  in their labor organization, “None are so deeply interested to resist the present rebellion as the working people,” Abraham Lincoln told them, after accepting the honor. “Let them beware of prejudice, working division, and hostility among themselves. The most notable feature of a disturbance in your city last summer was the hanging of some working people by other working…


Notably Quotable: “Power doesn’t corrupt…”

“Power doesn’t corrupt; it reveals.” — Gabriel Sherman, CABLE IS ABOUT ONE THING: NICHE”: HOW TRUMP BECAME TRAPPED IN ROGER AILES’S WORLD (6/27/19) ***** “Climate change shapes every other political question. It does not belong on a laundry list of topics, because we can’t build a better world without a livable planet.” — Thea N. Riofrancost, The Democratic Debates Showcased the Most Dangerous Form of Climate Denial (In These Time 6/28/19) ***** “We have a press which thinks that covering both “sides” of a debate is more important than divining the truth behind the debate.  Balance has replaced accuracy, truth, data, and facts…


Notably Quotable: “No one’s standard of living will …”

“No one’s standard of living will change. Nothing would fundamentally change.” — Joe Biden, Joe Biden Promises Rich Donors He Won’t ‘Demonize’ The Wealthy If Elected President (6/19/19) ***** “If you are  right-wing populist, you can beat a corporate Democrat. Scott Walker did it three times here.” — David Poklinkoski, president of IBEW Local 2304 from, “The Fall Of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest Of A Progressive Bastion And The Future Of American Politics” (2018) p.186. ***** “There are a lot of reasons to why the middle class is collapsing. Certainly the anti-union efforts on the part of corporate America have been significant,…


Notably Quotable: “If you don’t know where you’re going…”

“If you don’t know where you’re going, all roads will lead you there.” — Lewis Carrol ***** “To make matters worse, the DNC has refused to host a climate debate and announced that it will bar from the debate stage any candidates participating in one in another venue. In censoring a serious discussion of climate, the DNC aligns itself with President Trump’s anti-climate agenda.” — Alison Rose Levy, The DNC Strategy Will Defeat Climate Voters, Not Trump (TruthOut 6/16/19) ***** “We’re not protecting our children. If you can’t learn from the past, it’s going to continue happening.” — Flo Rice, substitute teacher who was wounded…


Notably Quotable: “No business which depends for existence on…”

“No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933. ***** “I don’t want to be the America of 10 years back or 20 years back or 30 years back. I want to build a better America and I think this is our moment to do that.” — Sen. Elizabeth Warren ***** “Last year, Americans spent more than $80 billion playing state lotteries. That’s around $250 for each citizen, more than what was spent on concerts, sporting events and movie tickets combined….