“Our main story tonight, is income inequality. A good way to figure out which side of it you’re on, is whether you are currently paying for HBO, or stealing it.”
— JOHN OLIVER, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, addressing income inequality on his show. He went on to say that most Americans overwhelmingly believe that the system favors the rich, but they accept it because they think that they too will somehow be rich someday.
“The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler. Carbon dioxide is actually a benefit to the world, and so were the Jews.”
— Princeton professor and climate-change denier professor WILLIAM HAPPER telling CNBC host Andrew Ross Sorkin that all climate models showing the Earth getting warmer are preposterous.
“I would much prefer to go on living and enjoy my beloved wife and grandchildren and others. But I have come to believe that only my self-immolation will get the attention of anybody and perhaps inspire some to higher service.”
— The REV. CHARLES MOORE, 79, explaining in a suicide note that he decided to set himself on fire to draw attention to racism in his Texas hometown of Allen. Moore died after dousing himself in gasoline and then lighting himself in a Dollar General parking lot on June 23.
“Men do tend to talk about things on a much higher level. Many of my male colleagues, when they go to the House floor, you know, they’ve got some pie chart or graph behind them and they’re talking about trillions of dollars and how, you know, the debt is awful and, you know, we all agree with that. We need our male colleagues to understand that if you can bring it down to a woman’s level and what everything that she is balancing in her life — that’s the way to go.”
— U.S. REP. REMNEE ELLMERS, a second-term congresswoman from North Carolina and chair of the Republican Women’s Policy Committee, explaining to her GOP colleagues that the best way for the party to appeal to women is by talking down to them. She added that women want more time, especially time in the morning to get dressed and put on their makeup properly.
“We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows.”
— Vikings special teams coach MIKE PRIEFER criticizing the team’s former punter Chris Kluwe about his advocacy for gay rights. When Kluwe asserted in a January article for Deadspin that Priefer had made the statement, Priefer denied it. But an independent investigation by the law firm representing the Vikings concluded that Kluwe’s quote was accurate. The Vikings announced Priefer would be suspended for the first three games of this season and the team would donate $100,000 to LGBT organizations.