“No child in Michigan should have to be the victim of a schoolyard bully, and no child should have their learning disrupted by a child who’s unruly. That is why, tonight, I am urging this Legislature to require every school district in Michigan to have tough and effective anti-bullying policies.”
– Governor Jennifer Granholm during her State of the State Address, Jan. 25, 2006.
“You’re a rancher. A lot of us here in Kansas are ranchers. I was just wanting to get your opinion on ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ if you’ve seen it yet. You would love it. You should check it out.”
– A question posed to President Bush by an unnamed student during an unscripted question-and-answer session at Bush’s Jan. 23 appearance at Kansas State University, as quoted by The Los Angeles Times, Jan. 24, 2006.
“I’ll be glad to talk about ranching, but I haven’t seen the movie.”
– President Bush in response to a question about his opinion on “Brokeback Mountain” at his Jan. 23 appearance at Kansas State University, as quoted by The Los Angeles Times, Jan. 24, 2006.
“My son-in-law, who prides himself on being a Bud-drinking, NRA-member redneck, liked the movie so much he went to it twice. Straight men are seeing it and they’re not having any problem with it. The only people who would have problems with it are people who are very insecure about themselves and their own sexuality and who would be putting up a defense, and that’s usually young men who haven’t figured things out yet. Jack and Ennis would probably have trouble with this movie.”
– Author Annie Proulx on the film version of her story “Brokeback Mountain,” as quoted by The New York Times, Jan. 23, 2006.
“I don’t think gays are so precious that a few homophobic jokes can take us down.”
– Kate Clinton on the endless number of jokes about “Brokeback Mountain,” as quoted by USA Today, Jan. 25, 2006.
“We’re allies at last. What brought the Bush administration and the Ahmadinejad theocracy together? They both joined China, Zimbabwe and Cameroon in rejecting the request of two gay international groups to join the United Nations Economic and Social Council, a think tank made up of non-governmental agencies from around the world. In Iran, they execute gay teens. Zimbabwe is one of the most homophobic tyrannies on the planet. This is the company America now keeps?”
– Andrew Sullivan in a Jan. 25, 2006 posting to his blog, The Daily Dish.