This Week In Quotes: 4/18-4/24


The greatest offense you can inflict on a stupid, ignorant person is to tell him something he doesn’t know, and there’s no possible way to avoid this offense, because the list of things he does not know is vast. — Ace

Here’s the attitude. Ohhhh. Don’t make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard. — John Boehner mocks Republicans in Congress who oppose amnesty

I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids – and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch – they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do. And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do? They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom. — Cliven Bundy

Brutal dictators like Fidel Castro, Josef Stalin, Mao Zedong, Adolf Hitler and Idi Amin tried to disarm the populace before imposing governmental control. Such domination could occur in America in the not-too-distant future if we are not vigilant. — Ben Carson

For most of postwar history, a house cost about 1.5 to 2.5 times more than a person earned in a year. Today, even after the much-whined-about correction, it is more than four times as much. In 1940 the median U.S. income was $1,368; and the median house price was $2,938, a little more than double the income figure. In 1960 the income figure was $6,200, while the house price was $17,200, 2.77 times as much. In 1980 the ratio was 1/2.62, with income at $18,000 and house price at $47,200. But by 2011, supposedly the bottom of the correction, a house cost more than four times what an American earned in a year: income $50,054; house price $212,300. It is a massively unfair situation, and like most contemporary unfairness, it is directed against the young, who are looking at an ever-growing chasm between what they earn and what it takes to buy a house. — Tim Cavanaugh

You know terrorism is when you target innocent civilians and when you call people domestic terrorists you almost implying that they should be targeted and killed. So this is very inflammatory and I think irresponsible rhetoric from Harry Reid and the people here are very angry about it… This is not really about whether Mr. Bundy has paid his taxes or not. This is really about the rule of law and whether this administration is enforcing it evenhandedly. Or, whether or not the Obama guys are enforcing the laws they want to enforce. …Of course, I didn’t have SWAT teams on me. I wasn’t in the sights of snipers. So, I feel that these guys here have been facing some real domestic terror from their own government. — Dinesh D’Souza

(Cliven Bundy’s) comments are beyond repugnant to me. They are beyond despicable to me. They are beyond ignorant to me. And, my level of anger is about, you know, go back and listen to Democrats every election year, they want to say Republicans, or conservatives what? Or, conservatives what? That conservatives are racists. Conservatives hate women. Throw granny off the cliff… So people for the right reasons who saw this case as government overreach, now are like branded because of the ignorant, racist, repugnant, despicable comments of Cliven Bundy. — Sean Hannity

But when you have a government that refuses to follow its own laws – and uses malicious prosecution for political ends – you don’t really have a government any more. You have gangsters. And when the cops and robbers are the same people, who do you call for help? — Kevin Williamson

As Ruth has said there are very few freedoms that are absolute. I mean your person is protected by the Fourth Amendment but as I pointed out when you board a plane someone can pass his hands all over your body that’s a terrible intrusion, but given the danger that it’s guarding against it’s not an unreasonable intrusion. And it can be the same thing with acquiring this data that is regarded as effects. That’s why I say its foolish to have us make the decision because I don’t know how serious the danger is in this NSA stuff, I really don’t. — Antonin Scalia

Far from having the 21st-century equivalent of an Edwardian class system, the United States is characterized by a great deal of variation in income: More than half of all adult Americans will be at or near the poverty line at some point over the course of their lives; 73 percent will also find themselves in the top 20 percent, and 39 percent will make it into the top 5 percent for at least one year. Perhaps most remarkable, 12 percent of Americans will be in the top 1 percent for at least one year of their working lives. — Kevin Williamson

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