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"If Paulson was still an employee of Goldman Sachs and he'd done this deal, he would have been fired."
--Joseph Stiglitz, 2001 Nobel Laureate in Economics, on the Wall Street bailout.
Read the whole article here.
"Just because I like pizza it doesn't mean I should marry it. Biologically, I am predisposed to enjoy the immaculate melding of mozzarella cheese, red sauce and thick crust baked to tasty perfection. But that doesn't mean I should enter into a lifelong commitment with Sicilian or plain, nor bed it down, nor bring children into the world and have them have to explain to their classmates why their mom's crust is not a crisp as it once was. Does any child deserve to have their friends tossing Monday 2 for 1 coupons in his face? Not in my world they don't. Yet, to say that I am against pizza-eaters or gays is absurd."
--Rick Warren on Gay Marriage in an interview with Dateline. (Read about it here.)
"This is a farewell kiss, you dog. This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq."
--Muntadar al-Zeidi, reporter for Al-Baghdadia, as he threw shoes at Bush.
"I don't know what his beef is."
--G. W. Bush, on al-Zeidi throwing shoes at him.
See the Bush interview about this incident here
"Welcome to my hanging!"
-- G. W. Bush, at the unveiling of his portrait on December 6.
"I've been in the Bible every day since I've been the president."
--George W. Bush, Lame Duck President, on 11/12/2008
"There is a delicious irony in seeing private luxury jets flying into Washington, D.C., and people coming off of them with tin cups in their hand, saying that they're going to be trimming down and streamlining their businesses. It's almost like seeing a guy show up at the soup kitchen in high hat and tuxedo. It kind of makes you a little bit suspicious. Couldn't you all have downgraded to first class or jet-pooled or something to get here? It would have at least sent a message that you do get it."
--Rep. Gary Ackerman, upon hearing that CEOs of Ford, GM, and Chrysler all flew on private jets to request a bailout.
Read the whole story here
"It's just like after September 11. Back then no one wanted to be seen as not patriotic, and now no one wants to be seen as not doing all they can to save the financial system. We're left now with congressional Democrats that have spines like overcooked spaghetti. So who is going to stop the Treasury secretary from doing whatever he wants?"
-- Lee A. Sheppard, tax attorney, on a quiet loosening of the tax code regulating corporate mergers used as tax shelters (as in banks acquiring failing banks). Read the whole article in the Washington Post.
"[My wife] and I are not allowed the same right under the state constitution as any other citizen. Okay, so I am taking that to mean I do not have to pay my state taxes because I am not a full citizen. I mean that would just be wrong, to make someone pay taxes and not give them the same rights, sounds sort of like that taxation without representation thing from the history books."
More info on California Proposition 8 at noonprop8.com.
We can't rest easy and sleep this time. There will be no change from Obama or a congress of corporate-owned Democrats unless we increase the pressure and keep a blowtorch up their ass the whole time they're in power. We need leaders, not more deal makers
--Jello Biafra, in an interview with the Sundance Channel.
"In a democracy, in a functioning democracy, what would be happening is that popular organizations, unions, political groupings, others would be developing their programs, putting them forth, insisting that their representatives implement those programs. And there are possible programs that might make a difference, but none of this is happening. And the reason this isn't happening is because there is no functioning democracy. The role of the public is restricted to shouting 'No'."
Bush seems unsure if he's talking about the credit market or the polar ice caps.
"This thaw—took a while to thaw, it's going to take a while to unthaw."
--George W. Bush
"There are millions of people around this world praying to their God -- whether it's Hindu, Buddha, Allah -- that [McCain's] opponent wins for a variety of reasons, and, lord, I pray that you would guard your own reputation, because they're going to think that their god is bigger than you, if that happens."
-- Pastor Arnold Conrad, at a John McCain rally (via LA Times)
"We will no longer be a party to something that's so unjust . . . We have to be sure that when we are doing this — and we are destroying some people's lives — we better be darned sure we're talking about the right people."
Tom Dart, Sheriff of Cook County, IL on refusing to enforce eviction notices served to renters of foreclosed homes. (via AP news story)
"I was real excited until we decided to cancel the convention to placate the liberal media. ... I don't understand why it is that all of a sudden you can't tell the truth about Barack Obama because some people are getting rained on."
--Some douchey Republican delegate, on the Daily Show
Watch the segment:
"I think I have a much higher IQ than you." --Joe Biden, to a reporter on CSPAN.
Thanks to CSPAN's Youtube channel, you can watch the magic unfold. Spoiler alert: he's totally lying!!