This Week In Quotes: Jan 2 – Jan 7

by John Hawkins | January 8, 2010 4:09 am

President Obama hasn’t even made a token effort to keep his campaign promises of more openness and transparency in government. It was all just another lie. — Jack Cafferty[1]

When the president stopped the enhanced-interrogation programs and revealed our tactics to our enemies, he significantly reduced our ability to successfully interrogate any senior al-Qaeda leaders. Intelligence is key. Let’s be clear: We’re not going to win this war through more intense airport screenings. — Liz Cheney[2]

If liberals really want to keep people from hearing about God, they should give Him his own show on MSNBC. — Ann Coulter[3]

I am willing to pass laws to ensure that 50% of all Fortune 500 CEOs are women (despite the accelerated turnover this would create in the ranks of the Fortune 500), if we also legally mandate that 50% of all imprisonments are of women, and 50% of the jobs that involve working with heavy machinery, being outdoors in inclement weather, inhaling toxic fumes, or apprehending dangerous criminals are also occupied by women. Fair is fair. Any takers? — The Futurist[4]

You have, something we’ve never before seen, a Chicago machine in the White House. The ruthlessness, the willingness to bribe senators, the fundamental dishonesty of the system…This is a ruthless machine that doesn’t care what it says, it cares what it can get away with. — Newt Gingrich[5]

As it stands, Shlomo Dror, an Israeli air security expert, had it right in 2002 when he said: “The United States does not have a security system; it has a system for bothering people.” — Jonah Goldberg[6]

I felt personally violated, but I understand why the procedures are necessary. — Passenger Lydia Habhab[7], who had to get a full body scan to take a flight

I think that’s [trying Abdulmutallab in federal criminal court] a very serious mistake. Look, President Obama said yesterday, Abdulmutallab was trained by Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, equipped by Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, and directed by them to get on that plane and attack the United States of America. — Joe Lieberman[8]

President Obama was right to change his policy and decide to send no more detainees to Yemen where they can be free to rejoin their war on America. Now he must back off his reckless plan to close Guantanamo, begin treating terrorists as wartime enemies not suspects alleged to have committed crimes, and recognize that the real nature of the terrorist threat requires a commander-in-chief, not a constitutional law professor. — Sarah Palin[9]

Intellectuals and their followers have often been overly impressed by the fact that intellectuals tend, on average, to have more knowledge than other individuals in their society. What they have overlooked is that intellectuals have far less knowledge than the total knowledge possessed by the millions of other people whom they disdain and whose decisions they seek to override. — Thomas Sowell[10]

If there is any lesson in the history of ideas, it is that good intentions tell you nothing about the actual consequences. — Thomas Sowell[10]

Health care reform, which started as noble and needed legislation, has become a trough of bribes, deals and loopholes. You’ve heard of the bridge to nowhere. This is health care to nowhere. — Arnold Schwarzenegger[11]

The real message was conveyed by Fouad Ajami, discussing the new administration’s foreign policy in the Wall Street Journal: “No despot fears Mr. Obama, and no blogger in Cairo or Damascus or Tehran, no demonstrator in those cruel Iranian streets, expects Mr. Obama to ride to the rescue.” True. Another Iranian deadline passed on New Year’s Eve, but the United States will set a new one for Groundhog Day or whenever. — Mark Steyn[12]

On his former boss, George W. Bush: “No, I’ve never met him. I don’t know Cheney either. I have not gone hunting with him, which is probably a good thing for me.” — John Yoo[13]

  1. Jack Cafferty:
  2. Liz Cheney:
  3. Ann Coulter:
  4. The Futurist:
  5. Newt Gingrich:
  6. Jonah Goldberg:
  7. Lydia Habhab:
  8. Joe Lieberman:
  9. Sarah Palin:
  10. Thomas Sowell:
  11. Arnold Schwarzenegger:
  12. Mark Steyn:
  13. John Yoo:

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