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On the record: Quotes from the news (or non news)

“I believe that the church not only should apologize to the person who is gay whom it has offended but has to apologize to the poor, to exploited women, to children exploited for labor; it has to ask forgiveness for having blessed many weapons.”

— POPE FRANCIS in a groundbreaking statement on June 26.

“I think you can call this the cautious generation.”

— BILL ALBERT, spokesman for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, responding to a government survey showing U.S. teens are having a lot less sex, are drinking and using drugs less often and aren’t smoking as much.

“The way in which much of the EU debate was shaped was based on the idea of ‘ordinary people’ being threatened by ‘the other,’ meaning people who don’t look like you.”

— DAVID GILBORN, a race relations expert at the University of Birmingham, pointing to the racist and xenophobic factors underlying the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union. Many political experts say the “Brexit” movement reflected the mindset of Donald Trump’s followers.

“I’d seriously like to congratulate FOX News for keeping their entire audience from knowing that GW Bush set the Iraq withdrawal date.”

— Comedian JOHN FUGELSANG in a tweet.

“The problem is — the problem has always been — that feminism is not fun. It’s complex and hard and it pisses people off. It’s serious because it is about people demanding that their humanity be recognized as valuable.”

— ANDI Zeisler, writing about what she calls “marketplace feminism” in the new book We Were Feminists Once.

“For the gays out there — ask the gays and ask the people — ask the gays what they think and what they do in, not only Saudi Arabia, in many of these countries, with the gay community, just ask, and then you tell me — who’s your friend, Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?”

— DONALD TRUMP in a speech during which he claimed to be a greater ally to LGBT Americans than Hillary Clinton.

“Those who defend the easy accessibility of assault weapons should meet these (bereaved Orlando) families and explain why that makes sense.”

— PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA commenting on NRA-backed lawmakers who refuse to adopt any restrictions on the purchase of military assault weapons.

“As someone who has used marijuana, I do not agree with that.”

— Libertarian presidential candidate GARY JOHNSON responding to Mitt Romney’s stance against legalizing marijuana because it “makes people stupid.”

“Go f**kin make my tortilla bitch, and build that f**kin wall. For me! You’re lucky all these cops are here, bro.”

— An unidentified DONALD TRUMP SUPPORTER caught on video screaming at protesters outside a Trump rally in Phoenix.

On the record: Who’s inspiring? Who’s offending?

“It’s the story that I witness every single day, when I wake up in a house that was built by slaves, and I watch my daughters — two beautiful black young women — head off to school, waving goodbye to their father, the president of the United States.”

— MICHELLE OBAMA in a commencement speech that she delivered at City College in New York.

“Look at my African-American over here. Look at him. Are you the greatest? You know what I’m talking about? OK.”

— DONALD TRUMP singling out an African-American person in the crowd at a rally for him in Redding, California.

“For many Americans, Caitlyn Jenner has become the reference point for their perceptions and expectations of transgender people. Unfortunately, her experience is hardly representative of the rest of the population.”

— JOHN CULLEN, the coordinator of outreach for the Susan B. Anthony Center at the University of Rochester, and his colleague NICK KASPER writing for Newsweek.

“People can shout at the parents and people can shout at the zoo. The fact is that a gorilla that just celebrated his birthday has been killed.”

— ANTHONY SETA, an animal rights activist in Cincinnati, who helped organize a vigil for a gorilla who was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo after a 4-year-old boy entered the primate’s habitat.

“The tragedy is that more of them didn’t die.”

— PASTOR ROGER JIMENEZ, preaching about the Orlando massacre.

“What kind of a man roots for people to get thrown out of their house? I’ll tell you exactly what kind of man does that. It is a man who cares about no one but himself — a small insecure money-grubber who doesn’t care who gets hurt so long as he makes a profit off it.”

— U.S. SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN delivering a 10-minute invective on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at a Washington gala two weeks ago. Warren has not ruled out joining Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s ticket as vice president.

“I, Terry E. Branstad, Governor of the State of Iowa, do hereby encourage all Iowans to join this historical 99 County Bible Reading Marathon and, furthermore, encourage individuals and families in Iowa to read through the Bible on a daily basis each year until the Lord comes.”

— Iowa’s Republican GOV. TERRY BRANSTAD in a controversial proclamation that was described by the Iowa ACLU as precisely the “sort of government overreaching and endorsement of a particular faith” that the U.S. and Iowa constitutions ban.

“If you could decide what 40 people you would put on the spacecraft who would save humanity, how many of those would be same-sex couples?”

— U.S. REP. LOUIE GOHMERT, R-Texas, warning of the reproductive uselessness of gay astronauts if the world ended.

For the record: Quotes from the news

“He is such an egomaniac and such a religious zealot that he thinks he can ignore court orders with impunity. For the sake of our state, he should be kicked out of office.”

— Southern Poverty Law Center president RICHARD COHEN commenting on Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. The judge faces potential removal from office for ordering the state’s probate judges to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

“To have a Muslim mayor seems preferable to me to any alternative regardless of the politics. I hope it’s an image that will go round the world as representing a new sort of England that’s at peace with itself regardless of race and so on. That’s the beauty of it.”

— SIR IAN McKELLAN celebrating the election of Sadiq Khan to serve as London’s first Muslim mayor. Khan represented the liberal Labour Party in the race. One million of the city’s 8.2 million residents practice the Muslim faith.

“A monument to sin? That’s unbelievable. War heroes deserve a monument, our nation’s founding fathers deserve a monument, people who have helped to make America strong deserve a monument — but a monument to sin?”

— Evangelist FRANKLIN GRAHAM, the son of now-deceased preacher man Billy Graham, mocking President Barack Obama’s plans to turn the Stonewall Inn and its surroundings in New York’s Greenwich Village into a National Monument.

“I will not rest and I’m going to make sure that the leaders at every level of government don’t rest until every drop of water that flows to your homes is safe to drink and safe to cook with and safe to bathe in.”

— President BARACK OBAMA during a visit to Flint, Michigan, where lead contamination forced residents to spend months drinking, cooking and bathing with bottled water.

“We love our girls. Thank you so much for so many years of joy. That’s history tonight there, ladies and gentlemen, true American icons.”

-— Ringmaster JOHNATHAN LEE IVERSON bidding farewell to the performing elephants of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The trained elephants were part of a 145-year-old tradition. They’ve retired  to a 200-acre refuge in central Florida.

“Democracy requires compromise, even when you are 100 percent right. This is hard to explain sometimes. You can be completely right and you still have to engage folks who disagree with you. If you think that the only way forward is to be as uncompromising as possible, you will feel good about yourself, you will enjoy a certain moral security, but you will not get what you want. … This is how we cheat ourselves of progress.”

— PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA delivering the commencement address at Howard University. Pundits saw this remark as a mild rebuke to the supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who want to model their so-called “revolution” on the right wing’s uncompromising tea party faction.

On the record: Boehner said what?

“I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.” — Former House Speaker JOHN BOEHNER sharing his feelings about GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz in a talk hosted by Stanford University. Boehner referred to Cruz as “Lucifer in the flesh.”

“Nothing is more stunning than having the words ‘serial child molester’ and ‘speaker of the House’ in the same sentence.”

— JUDGE THOMAS DURKIN in sentencing former House Speaker Dennis Hastert to 15 months in federal prison for paying hush money to a man he allegedly abused. Prosecutors allege Hastert molested at least four boys during his time as a wrestling coach in west suburban Chicago.

“We’re just thrilled that Andrew Jackson has had a removal of his own. The constant reminder of Andrew Jackson being glorified is sad and sickening to our people.”

— Country singer/songwriter BECKY HOBBS commenting on the U.S. Treasury’s decision to replace Jackson, who owned slaves and displaced Native Americans from their land, with African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the face of the $20 bill.

“Prince was very proudly black and a lot of the music that he played — you’ve got to remember the rock ‘n’ roll that some people said that was the ‘white’ side — no, rock ‘n’ roll was black music. Funk is black music. Ballads is black music. Prince was playing music that was true to his soul and true to his core.”

— STEPHEN HILL, president of programing for Black Entertainment Television, talking about Prince’s legacy as an African-American entertainer.

“I’ve never seen such a combo of simplistic slogans and contradictions and misstatements in one speech.”

— Former Secretary of State MADELINE ALBRIGHT assessing Donald Trump’s foreign policy vision, which he laid out in a speech in Washington.

“If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card and the beautiful thing is, women don’t like her.”

— DONALD TRUMP in a speech following his five-state win April 26.

“The other day, Mr. Trump accused me of playing the woman card. Well, if fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in.”

— HILLARY CLINTON responding to Donald Trump’s critique of her on the campaign trail.

“This seems to be a solution in search of a problem.”

— Fox News host CHRIS WALLACE sharing his assessment of North Carolina’s so-called “bathroom bill,” which essentially prevents transgender people from using public restrooms.

Quotes from the news: Ron Johnson said what?

“The big takeaway from last night: The Republican machine in Wisconsin that Scott Walker and the Republican Party of Wisconsin have honed over the past four years is stronger than ever.” — U.S. SEN. RON JOHNSON in a statement about the election of Scott Walker’s hand-picked Supreme Court justice Rebecca Bradley to a 10-year term on April 5. Outside groups supporting Walker’s candidate Rebecca Bradley outspent those supporting challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg almost four to one.

“Just because he has a Hispanic last name does not mean he’s Hispanic. His mind is white.”

EDNA FERRER, a 57-year-old hairstylist in the Bronx, telling the New York Daily News that GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz had no business visiting the majority Hispanic borough of the city. Cruz had to cancel appearances there on April 7 due to protesters.

“If you feel as though somebody is doing something wrong against you, can you just get over it?”

— GOP presidential candidate JOHN KASICH’s advice to LGBT people suffering discrimination.”

“The big takeaway from last night: The Republican machine in Wisconsin that Scott Walker and the Republican Party of Wisconsin have honed over the past four years is stronger than ever.”

U.S. SEN. RON JOHNSON in a statement about the election of Scott Walker’s hand-picked Supreme Court justice Rebecca Bradley to a 10-year term on April 5. Outside groups supporting Walker’s candidate Rebecca Bradley outspent those supporting challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg almost four to one.

“There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Somebody pays. And I think we ought to know who it is.”

— MSNBC host CHRIS MATTHEWS pressing former Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton, a Bernie Sanders supporter, on how he would pay for the free college education that he’s promising voters.

“They had a long time to register, and they were unaware of the rules, and they didn’t register in time. So they feel very, very guilty. They feel very guilty. But it’s fine, I mean, I understand that.”

DONALD TRUMP telling Fox and Friends that his children Eric and Ivanka Trump would not be able to vote for him in New York’s April 19 primary.

“This issue is very personal for me, obviously. I’m disappointed for several reasons. First of all, Mississippi is the only state I know how to spell. Second of all, that is the definition of discrimination. It is also something that the Supreme Court already ruled on when they made marriage a right for everyone. Everyone.”

ELLEN DEGENERES talking to her television audience about Mississippi’s enactment of a law that allows religious fundamentalists to deny public accommodations and services to same-sex married couples.

“I simply believe that if you want to be the nominee for our party, to be the president, you should actually run for it. I chose not to do this, therefore, I should not be considered. Period. End of story.”

— House Speaker PAUL RYAN trying to put an end to speculation about whether he’d accept the GOP presidential nomination if none of the current candidates tallies enough delegates in the primaries to win outright.

“We’re proud of our operations and employees in Cary and regret that as a result of this legislation we are unwilling to include North Carolina in our U.S. expansion plans for now. We very much hope that we can re-visit our plans to grow this location in the near future.”

— Deutsche Bank co-CEO JOHN CRYAN in a statement saying that his institution is canceling plans to employ 250 additional personnel at its North Carolina software application development center. The bank is among a growing number of companies that are dropping projects in response to the state’s discriminatory law targeting transgender people.

On the record – March 10

“For the good of the state, it’s time for Christie to do his long-neglected constituents a favor and resign as governor. If he refuses, citizens should initiate a recall effort.”

From an editorial that appeared in six New Jersey newspapers belonging to GANNETT’S USA TODAY NETWORK. The editorial followed Christie’s endorsement of Donald Trump for president.

“(That) part I don’t understand. I said to (Caitlyn Jenner) when this first happened, ‘You are so excited, you have to wait for the rest of us to catch up, like we haven’t had as many drinks as you, like when you are at a party and every else is smashed and you are like just getting started.’”

KRIS JENNER telling Ellen DeGeneres about her personal struggle accepting Caitlyn Jenner’s decision to date men.

“I’m so glad I live here (in New York City), because halfway through (the Oscars), I was like, ‘This is some real Hollywood bullshit.’ Everyone’s telling me what to do. People are yelling at me about rape and corporate greed, but really, it’s climate change. I was like, ‘Guys, pick a lane. Like we’re going to fix everything tonight.’ And also, like, ‘You’re all rich. Why are you yelling at me about corporate greed?’”

TINA FEY speaking with Howard Stern the day after attending this year’s Academy Awards ceremony.

“Mexico will under no circumstance pay for the wall that Mr. Trump is proposing.”

Mexican Treasury Secretary LUIS VIDEGARAY delivering the final word on Donald Trump’s proposed wall between the United States and Mexico.

“This has been an incredible city and countywide effort. You made Milwaukee a model for the nation. … What’s remarkable is you did it by working together.”

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA congratulating the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County for being among the 20 winners of his administration’s Healthy Communities Challenge. The winners are recognized for their number of new enrollees in the Affordable Care Act insurance exchange.

“I feel like I’m a time traveler to the Salem Witch Trials. Unfortunately, this time, those being burned at the stake are our scientists, who hold future medical breakthroughs in their hands. They are joined by brave women’s health care workers who are simply trying to care for their patients.”

U.S. REP. JACKIE SPEIER, D-Calif., decrying the remarks of evangelical Republican legislators during the first hearing on Planned Parenthood’s alleged involvement in the “sale” of fetal tissue. The hearing was dubbed the “Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives.”

“The Falcons coach, one of the coaches, was like, ‘So do you like men?’ It was like the first thing he asked me. It was weird.”

Ohio State cornerback ELI APPLE expressing his amazement at being asked by a coach about his sexuality at last month’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Apple recounted the encounter in an interview with Comcast SportsNet’s Breakfast on Broad.

For the record: Donald Trump tweeted what?

“This was one of the most degrading and racially prejudiced things I’ve ever experienced in life and wouldn’t wish this on anyone. You have no right to profile someone because of their race and nationality.”

— JOHN HENSON, who plays basketball for the Milwaukee Bucks, writing on Instagram about an incident in which employees of Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers locked him out and called police when he attempted to enter the Whitefish Bay store. Henson is black.

“Ben Carson is now leading in the polls in Iowa. Too much Monsanto in the corn creates issues in the brain?”

— A tweet sent out by DONALD TRUMP after a poll revealed that Ben Carson is now leading him in the state by 28 percent to 20 percent. A backlash over the tweet prompted Trump to delete it and blame it on an unnamed intern. 

“There is no war on women. There may be a war on what’s inside of women, but there is no war on women in this country.”

— BEN CARSON speaking on the campaign trail.

“I think the reason that the organizers used the phrase ‘black lives matter’ was not because they were suggesting nobody else’s lives matter. What they were suggesting was there is a specific problem that is happening in the African-American community that’s not happening in other communities. And that is a legitimate issue that we’ve got to address.”

— PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA explaining, during a criminal justice panel discussion in late October, on why the phrase “black lives matter” is important.

“Hiding everything away is so painful, I mean you’re constantly lying and you’re constantly feeling like you’re being deceitful. I’m at that point where I’m ready to open up and let everyone see me for me, and I hope they accept it.”

—  Olympic ski star GUS KENWORTHY, who won a silver medal in Sochi and was part of an historic U.S. victory in the first Olympic ski slopestyle, coming out in a video on ESPN.

“Blah, blah, blah. That’s my answer: blah, blah, blah.”

— JEB BUSH’s response to a reporter asking whether his campaign’s cost-cutting  is a sign it’s in crisis.

“If Speaker Ryan can unify the Republican caucus, which has been hindered by a small contingent of obstructive tea party members that have essentially been the ‘tail that’s wagged the dog’ for the last 5 years in Congress, I think we can really do some work on behalf of the American people. That’s my hope for Ryan’s speakership and I look forward to him bringing some commonsense Wisconsin values to his new leadership position.”

— U.S. REP. MARK POCAN, D-Wis., in a statement congratulating Paul Ryan on his election as Speaker of the House.

“I want to say this to this country’s friends around the world: Many of you have worried that Canada has lost its compassionate and constructive voice in the world over the past 10 years. Well, I have a simple message for you on behalf of 35 million Canadians: We’re back.”

— Canada’s newly elected Prime Minister JUSTIN TRUDEAU, whose Liberal Party swept the nation’s Oct. 19 elections.

For the record: Quotes from the historic court ruling on marriage

Some comments on the historic Supreme Court ruling that gives same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states:

“From this day forward, it will simply be ‘marriage.'” — Lead plaintiff Jim Obergefell.

“There’s so much more work to be done to extend the full promise of America to every American. But today, we can say in no uncertain terms that we’ve made our union a little more perfect.” — President Barack Obama.

“This decision recognizes the fundamental truth that our love is all equal. Today is a great day for America. (hash)LoveWins” — Tweet from first lady Michelle Obama.

“Guided by my faith, I believe in traditional marriage. I believe the Supreme Court should have allowed the states to make this decision. I also believe that we should love our neighbor and respect others, including those making lifetime commitments. ” — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination.

“I believe that marriage, as the key to strong family life, is the most important institution in our society and should be between one man and one woman. People who disagree with the traditional definition of marriage have the right to change their state laws. That is the right of our people, not the right of the unelected judges or justices of the Supreme Court.” — Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Republican presidential contender.

“While I strongly disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision, their ruling is now the law of the land. I call on Congress to make sure deeply held religious views are respected and protected. The government must never force Christians to violate their religious beliefs.” — Dr. Ben Carson, Republican presidential candidate.

“As a result of this decision, the only alternative left for the American people is to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reaffirm the ability of the states to continue to define marriage.” — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination.

“If accepted by Congress and this president, this decision will be a serious blow to religious liberty, which is the heart of the First Amendment.” — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination.

“So while we celebrate the progress won today, we must stand firm in our conviction to keep moving forward. For too many LGBT Americans who are subjected to discriminatory laws, true equality is still just out of reach.”—  Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Democratic presidential contender.

“We in the faith community have much work yet to do as we seek to end all discrimination against the LGBT community in America and the world,” — The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the National Cathedral, Washington.

“Every nation has laws limiting who and under what circumstances people can be married. This is because lawmakers have always understood that marriage does not exist just for the mutual satisfaction of the two people involved but for the betterment of society.” — Roman Catholic Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati.

“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints acknowledges that following today’s ruling by the Supreme Court, same-sex marriages are now legal in the United States. The Court’s decision does not alter the Lord’s doctrine that marriage is a union between a man and a woman ordained by God. While showing respect for those who think differently, the Church will continue to teach and promote marriage between a man and a woman as a central part of our doctrine and practice.” — The Utah-based Mormon church, in a statement.

“The U.S. bishops now need to reconcile themselves to the new social reality of marriage equality, as it is poised to spread to all 50 states. They can do so by entering into a dialogue with lesbian and gay Catholics to learn more about the reality of their lives and how their faith inspires their relationships.” — Francis DeBernardo, executive director, New Ways Ministry, a national ministry of justice and reconciliation for LGBT Catholics and the wider church community.

“Denying couples legal recognition of their relationship opens the door to widespread discrimination. This ruling will help close that door and marks a great step forward for human rights in the United States.” — Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for United Nations Secretary Gen. Ban Ki-Moon.

“It is the law of the land now. It is our opinion that that ruling does stand and they will need to follow it.” — Chris Villines, executive director of the Association of Arkansas Counties, whose group is advising clerks on the ruling.

“All human beings are created equal by God and thus deserve to be treated with love, dignity and respect. I am, however, disappointed that the Supreme Court disregarded the democratically-enacted will of millions of Americans by forcing states to redefine the institution of marriage.”— House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

“This decision is about creating a future where loving, committed families are able to live with dignity. This is about freedom. This is about love. This is transformative, not only for LGBT families, but for America.” — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D.-Calif.

“I cannot think of a better way of celebrating the conclusion of LGBT Pride Month than the sight of gay and lesbian couples publicly taking their vows and joining their straight peers in showing their love and commitment.”— Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

“The phone blew up once the ruling came through. We had all kinds of people calling.” — Nora Dietzel, Boon County, Missouri’s, recorder of deeds.

“This has always been about our religious freedoms and the persecution of those who believe same sex unions are wrong. Now the persecutions will begin.” — Phil Burress, leader of the Citizens for Community Values of Cincinnati, Ohio, which opposes gay marriage.

“No single ruling can fix the scarring prejudice and stereotypes that have plagued good people for so long, but this can go a long way in helping people discover their common humanity.” — Mary Bonauto, the civil rights project director for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders who argued before the court on behalf of gay couples from Michigan and Kentucky.

“Today’s ruling strikes a blow to inequality and discrimination throughout the nation, and that’s good for Americans’ mental health.” — Renee Binder, president of the American Psychiatric Association, which in 1973 removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.

On the record, February 26, 2015

“Politics used to be about where you stood. Now, it’s about what you stepped in.”

— ERIC DEZENHALL, professional crisis manager, commenting on recent gaffes and missteps by Republican presidential hopefuls.

“After much prayer following your prenatal, I felt that I would not be able to develop the personal patient-doctor relationship that I normally do with my patients. Please know that I believe that God gives us free choice and I would never judge anyone based on what they do with that free choice. Again, I am sorry for the hurt and angry feelings that were created by this. I hope you can accept my apology.”

— DR. VESNA ROI, a pediatrician in Roseville, Michigan, telling two lesbian moms via letter that his religion prevented him from caring for their 6-day-old infant. Only 22 states have laws banning such discrimination by medical providers. 

“He spent 17 years in the church of Jeremiah Wright, and this is the guy who said ‘God damn America, not God bless America.’ … (Obama) doesn’t talk about America the way John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan did, about America’s greatness and exceptionalism. He was educated by people who were critics of the U.S. And he has not been able to overcome those influences.”

— Former New York City Mayor RUDY GIULIANI critiquing President Barack Obama at a New York fundraiser for Scott Walker. Giuliani’s inflammatory depiction of the president drew swift condemnation from Democrats and Republicans.

“I’ve never asked the president so I don’t really know what his opinions are on that one way or another.”

— SCOTT WALKER responding to a reporter’s question about whether he believes former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s assertion that President Barack Obama is anti-American. 

“It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America. We talk about equal rights for women in other countries … we don’t have equal rights for women in America, because when they wrote the Constitution, they didn’t write it for women.” 

— PATRICIA ARQUETTE speaking up for women’s rights during her Oscar acceptance speech.

“It seems like any man that goes to college could randomly be accused of committing rape.”

— RUSH LIMBAUGH speaking to his radio audience. Limbaugh went on to suggest that Gov. Scott Walker tell the media that he quit Marquette University to avoid being charged with rape in order to annoy liberals.

“I would not blame Scott Walker for not believing in evolution, since it’s clearly let him down.”

— Satirist ANDY BOROWITZ commenting on Gov. Scott Walker’s refusal to answer a reporter’s question about whether he believes in evolution.

For the record: Sarah Palin said what?

(Editor’s Note: It’s come to our attention that the Sarah Palin quote comes from a parody someone posted online as true, and we were fooled. Sorry for the error)

“There’s a connection between vaccinations and homosexuality. Anybody with eyes can see that. It doesn’t take a doctor to figure that out.”

— SARAH PALIN, former GOP vice presidential candidate and half-term governor of Alaska, speaking on the air with Glenn Beck.

“We don’t do that in front of each other. The Fartman has yet to fart in front of his wife. … We don’t go to the bathroom in front of each other, we don’t do that. Some things are left for private.”

— BETH STERN telling Huffington Post that neither she nor her husband Howard Stern has farted in front of the other during 15 years of marriage.

“I’ll just tell you one thing. After three elections for governor in four years in a state that hasn’t gone Republican since 1984 for president, I wouldn’t bet against me on anything.”

— GOV. SCOTT WALKER talking about the odds of his presidential campaign to Martha Raddatz, host of ABC’s This Week.

“My third-grade teacher called my mother and said, ‘Ms. Cox, your son is going to end up in New Orleans in a dress if we don’t get him into therapy.’ And wouldn’t you know, just last week I spoke at Tulane University, and I wore a lovely green and black dress.”

— LAVERNE COX, transgender star of Orange is the New Black, speaking at the University of Kentucky last fall.

“It would be more than ironic if (Brian) Williams is punished for Iraq falsehoods while Dick Cheney is not.”

— WILL BUNCH, a senior writer at the Philadelphia Daily News, blogging about NBC news anchor Williams’ falsification of being aboard a chopper that took enemy fire in Iraq. 

“Beck needs to respect artistry, and he should’ve given his award to Beyoncé. If the Grammys want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain’t fixing to play with them no more.”

— KANYE WEST ranting at reporters backstage at the Grammy Awards about Beyoncé’s loss for best album.

“Opposition to gay marriage was particularly strong in the black church, and as (Obama) ran for higher office, he grudgingly accepted the counsel of more pragmatic folks like me and modified his position to support civil unions. … (But Obama) never felt comfortable with his compromise.”

— DAVID AXELROD, Democratic political adviser, writing in his book Believer: My Forty Years in Politics.

“You get into this business with the idea that maybe you have a point of view or have something to express, and to receive feedback for that is the greatest thing you can ask for. And I thank you for that.”

— JON STEWART, host of the Daily Show on Comedy Central for 16 years, announcing he will be leaving the show in 2015.