This Week In Quotes: August 27 – Sept 2

(This is a special double edition since I was attending Defending the American Dream and Beck’s Restoring Honor rally last week)

I don’t know really how all of this is going to shake out. I do know that organizations like Tea Party Express and the RNC and National Republican Trust and all the other cash-raising ventures have to stop treating bloggers like all we are is a free media opportunity or else sometime in the next year there’s going to be a die-off of half the major independent blogs as everyone just finally gives up and gets it through their head that it’s time to grow up and get a real job. — Ace

I don’t think you want me to waste my time to read every page of the healthcare bill. — Max Baucus

“Tolerance is a two way street. Those exhorting tolerance return none. At some point when it flows only one way, it stops.” — Steph C., Redstate

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America’s founding fathers knew what living on the dole looked like—he was called a King. Now, America is awash in sea of petty tyrants. Every big business, big bank, and politician, not to mention the home owners over their heads, people living on credit, or generations just plain sucking off the government expect someone to bail them out. They live like kings. They are the new kings. They live large and create a system different in structure but similar in outcome to a monarchy: one class of citizens lives off another. One class is entitled, aggrieved and determined to take the producers’ money—by force of redistribution if necessary. It’s amoral. — Melissa Clouthier

The nonsense about President Obama being a Muslim has got to stop. I rise to defend him from this absurd accusation by pointing out that he is obviously an atheist. — Ann Coulter

It is a fact that any non-retarded person (thank you, Rahm Emanuel!) sitting in the Rev. Wright’s church for 20 minutes, much less 20 years, does not believe in God. Even stepping inside Wright’s church for a moment to get out of the rain is borderline racist. — Ann Coulter

No sentient human is required to take Obama’s profession of Christianity any more seriously than if it were coming from a 1980s blow-dried, money-grubbing televangelist with a mistress on the side. All liberals are atheists. Only the ones who have to stand for election even bother pretending to believe in God. — Ann Coulter

I totally agree with President Obama with the statement on Constitutional rights of freedom of religion. I also agree that it shouldn’t be so close to the World Trade Center. We should be more concerned with the tragedy than religion. — Rima Fakih, the first Muslim winner of the Miss USA

I think the president’s problem is that he was born a Muslim, his father was a Muslim. The seed of Islam is passed through the father like the seed of Judaism is passed through the mother. He was born a Muslim, his father gave him an Islamic name. — Franklin Graham

Many of the libertarians are physicists, and many of the Tea Party people don’t bathe. There’s really not much in common there! — Alan Grayson

It’s frustrating to see both the president and vice president jumping up and down saying, ‘Look what we did, look what we did,’ when if we actually followed the policies they were calling for … we would have left early and we would have left in shame. — Pete Hegseth, an Iraq war veteran who now heads Vets for Freedom

A mosque at the edge of Ground Zero would be much more than a house of worship; it would be a symbol, interpreted differently by different audiences. For some it would be the ultimate expression of the freedom of religion we enjoy in America; for others, a searing reminder of terrible deaths at the hands of murderers calling themselves Muslims. I suspect that the terrorists themselves might celebrate its presence as a twisted victory over our society’s freedoms. [Imam] Rauf and his congregation are certainly free to locate their mosque near Ground Zero. But I hope and pray that they will show uncommon courtesy and decide not to. — Karen Hughes

(Obama) will have plenty of time for vacations after his one term is up. — David Letterman

I think Obama has the kind of visceral disloyalty and contempt for America that the Framers were trying to avoid. — David Limbaugh

This is all about hate and Islamaphobia. — Ron Paul on the Ground Zero Mosque

If I were [New York] Mayor Bloomberg I would reassert their right to build the mosque, but I would expend the same energy trying to convince them to put it somewhere else. Public reaction tells us that it is not the right time, and that it will create further animosity and division in this country. — Judea Pearl

The day that you stop smearing the motives of your opponents, you start to leave the left. — Dennis Prager

In the spirit of living with others, they should be cognizant of the feelings of others and try to find a location that doesn’t engender the deep feelings the currently exist about this site. — New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who represents the lower Manhattan district (D) on the Ground Zero Mosque

Author Sally Pipes did bother to stop and think about it in her book, “The Truth About ObamaCare.” She points out that medical care is just one of the factors in life expectancy. She cites a study by Professors Ohsfeldt and Schneider at the University of Iowa, which shows that, if you leave out people who are victims of homicide or who die in automobile accidents, Americans live longer than people in any other Western country. — Thomas Sowell

But bending over backwards does not win friends. It loses respect, including self-respect. — Thomas Sowell

If we all did everything that we have a legal right to do, we could not even survive as individuals, much less as a society. So the question is whether those who are planning a Ground Zero mosque want to be part of American society or just to see how much they can get away with in American society?

Can anyone in his right mind believe that this was intended to show solidarity with Americans, rather than solidarity with those who attacked America? — Thomas Sowell

Finally, the ADA has led to some truly bizarre results. Exxon gave ship captain Joseph Hazelwood a job after he completed alcohol rehab. Hazelwood then drank too much and let the Exxon Valdez run aground in Alaska. Exxon was sued for allowing it to happen. So Exxon prohibited employees who have had a drug or drinking problem from holding safety-sensitive jobs. The result? You guessed it — employees with a history of alcohol abuse sued under the ADA, demanding their “right” to those jobs. The federal government (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) supported the employees. Courts are still trying to sort it out.

More money for the parasites. — John Stossel

In the intifada that began in 2000, Palestinian terrorism killed more than 1,000 Israelis. As a portion of U.S. population, that would be 42,000, approaching the toll of America’s eight years in Vietnam. During the onslaught, which began 10 Septembers ago, Israeli parents sending two children to a school would put them on separate buses to decrease the chance that neither would return for dinner. Surely most Americans can imagine, even if their tone-deaf leaders cannot, how grating it is when those leaders lecture Israel on the need to take “risks for peace. — George Will

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