Patti Davis, author, screenwriter, daughter of Ronald Reagan, on _____’s response after the Tree of Life shooting:
“This president will never offer comfort, compassion or empathy to a grieving nation. It’s not in him. When questioned after a tragedy, he will always be glib and inappropriate. So I have a wild suggestion: Let’s stop asking him. His words are only salt in our wounds. Where does a grieving nation turn for comfort when the man who occupies the White House offers none? Our hearts are hurting. Places of worship are meant to be sanctuaries, not slaughterhouses. America is not supposed to be awash in fear. We’re all responsible now for tending to one another’s wounds, and if you stay blind to what those wounds are, you can’t help. Ignorance is not an option these days. This is a time for all of us to lead with the courage and compassion that is missing at the highest levels of our government.”
If we can’t get what we need from the Oval Office, or Congress, or the Statehouse, we need to remove those in office and try someone new.
_____, saying the divisiveness and violence will stop when the media changes the way it covers him:
“There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news. The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news accurately & fairly. That will do much to put out the flame… of Anger and Outrage and we will then be able to bring all sides together in Peace and Harmony. Fake News Must End!”
And there is calling the press—don’t forget the bombs mailed to CNN—is an enemy.
If the Fat Bastard could keep his pudgy digits off of Twitter and look in a mirror, he’d see the real face of Hate.
Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, speaking in New Zealand on that country’s 125th anniversary of women’s rights to vote:
“Suffrage is not simply about the right to vote but also about what that represents: the basic and fundamental human right of being able to participate in the choices for your future and that of your community, the involvement and voice that allows you to be a part of the very world that youare a part of… it is not simply about the right to vote for women, but also about what that represents: the basic and fundamental human right of all people, including those members of society who have been marginalized whether for reasons of race, gender, ethnicity or orientation, to be able to participate in the choices for their future and their community.”
She may have been speaking to New Zealanders, but her words ring true here, as well.
PS She is one stunning woman. Just sayin’.
Jon Bon Jovi, musician, on fame and reality TV:
“I think it’s horrific that we live in that world and I can tell you I’ve never given 60 seconds of my life, ever, to one of those Housewives of Blah Blah and Kardashians. I don’t know their names, I’ve never watched 60 seconds of the show, it’s not for me. What’s gonna be in your autobiography? ‘I made a porno and guess what, I got famous.’ Fuck, sorry, I’ll pass. Go and write a book, paint a painting, act, study, sing, play write. Fame is a byproduct of writing a good song.”
I’m with Jon about the Kardastrophes, who earned their fame from Kim’s legs being spread open on video, but, shallow me, I love a good Real Housewife!
Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, retired airline pilot who performed the "Miracle on the Hudson," on _____ and America:
"To navigate complex challenges, all leaders must take responsibility and have a moral compass grounded in competence, integrity and concern for the greater good. Many are cowardly, complicit enablers, acting against the interests of the United States, our allies and democracy; encouraging extremists at home and emboldening our adversaries abroad; and threatening the livability of our planet. Many do not respect the offices they hold; they lack — or disregard — a basic knowledge of history, science and leadership; and they act impulsively, worsening a toxic political environment. We must rededicate ourselves to the ideals, values and norms that unite us and upon which our democracy depends. We must be engaged and informed voters, and we must get our information from credible, reputable sources. We cannot wait for someone to save us. We must do it ourselves. This Election Day is a crucial opportunity to again demonstrate the best in each of us by doing our duty and voting for leaders who are committed to the values that will unite and protect us.”
Sullenberger says he has been a registered Republican for the majority of his adult life but has "always voted as an American” which probably means he’ll be switching up the party this year.