“It is one of the great ironies of corporate control that the corporate state needs the abilities of intellectuals to maintain power, yet outside of this role it refuses to permit intellectuals to think or function independently.”—Chris Hedges, The Death of the Liberal Class
“What we scientifically ‘know’ about veteran’s lives and fates is profoundly influenced by our gaze. We get no answers to questions we don’t ask.”—Jonathan Shay, Foreword. Flashback: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Suicide, and the Lessons of War. Boston: Beacon, xi
“I was in seventh grade. It was a hot, humid day in Miami Beach. We had just finished phys ed, and I was in the boys locker room at school with all of my friends. I’m in my underwear, I’m changing into my pants, and I hear this voice calling my name. Adam, Aaaadaam. I’m thinking, Jesus, it can’t be. And she’s coming closer, and closer, and she walks into the boys locker room. She had my sweater in her hands, and she said it was going to rain today and I needed my sweater. You have to understand, as she was walking in, all the girls from their locker room came rushing out. The coach came out from his office. I think everyone who lived in South Florida at the time was in that locker room when she was standing there.”—Author Adam Chester—and his mom—discuss his new book, “S’Mother: The Story of a Man, His Mom, and the Thousands of Altogether Insane Letters She’s Mailed Him.” (via motherjones)
“Eventually, Geraldo demonstrated that he really was feeling the vibe of the evening: ‘Oh, ladies and gentlemen, something I just thought of … what if it’s Osama bin Laden? … Wouldn’t that make our weekend?’ Sure would! But by then, most of us on Twitter had heard the news from Donald Rumsfeld’s chief of staff, Keith Urbahn, who had already tweeted it. Good job, though, professional newsmen! Entertaining stuff.”—Jason Linkins
“These [terrorist] groups learned to speak the language we taught them. And our response was to speak in kind. The language of violence, the language of occupation—the occupation of the Middle East, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—has been the best recruiting tool al-Qaida has been handed. If it is correct that Osama bin Laden is dead, then it will spiral upwards with acts of suicidal vengeance. And I expect most probably on American soil. The tragedy of the Middle East is one where we proved incapable of communicating in any other language than the brute and brutal force of empire.”—Chris Hedges, 5-2-11
“No one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than The Donald. And that’s because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter, like, did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?”—President Barack Obama | White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
“All kidding aside, obviously we all know about your credentials and breadth of experience. For example, just recently in an episode of Celebrity Apprentice, “At the Steakhouse,” the men’s cooking team did not impress the judges from Omaha Steaks. And there was a lot of blame to go around, but you, Mr. Trump, recognized that the real problem was a lack of leadership. And so, ultimately, you didn’t blame Little John or Meatloaf. You fired Gary Busey. And these are the kinds of decisions that would keep me up at night. Well handled, sir. Well handled.”—President Barack Obama during the annual White House Correspondents dinner