Overheard, Fall 2006

Quotes from the Right

"These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzis. I've never seen people enjoying their husbands' deaths so much."

ANN COULTER, Universal Press Syndicate columnist in her Godless: The Church of Liberalism, a book published by Crown Forum on June 6, discussing several widows of 9/11 victims

"[S]o many of them have turned out to be complete bums, just debris."

NEAL BOORTZ, host of Cox Radio Syndication's "The Neal Boortz Show," discussing Hurricane Katrina refugees on the June 6 edition of his show

"[I]f you basically bring in a lot of low-skilled Hispanics with dysfunctional family structure … they and … their children are going to make a huge additional crime problem."

ROBERT RECTOR of the conservative Heritage Foundation, discussing immigrants on the June 6 edition of CNN's "Lou Dobbs Tonight"

"It'll be a sad day when queers and lesbians are allowed to get married … and kiss in front of the courthouse."

Tennessee State Rep. ERIC WATSON (R-Cleveland), speaking at a June 8 news conference backing a state referendum on how marriage should be defined in the state constitution

"[Y]ou punk, lying, coward, Satanist, backstabbing freak. … It's people like you who brought about the Holocaust, Soros."

Host MICHAEL SAVAGE, discussing liberal Jewish financier George Soros on the June 12 edition of Talk Radio Network's "The Savage Nation"

"Mexico is aiding and abetting an invasion of this country. They are … using their own military to protect drug trafficking into the United States… . It is an act of aggression."

U.S. Rep. TOM TANCREDO (R-Colo.), on the June 26 edition of Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes"

"The second commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. Who is your neighbor? You are not in the white community, you live in the 'hood."

Minister LOUIS FARRAKHAN, leader of the black separatist group Nation of Islam, speaking to a mainly black audience in a July 3 speech in Houston

"We could also electrify this wire with the kind of current that would not kill somebody… . We do that with livestock all the time."

U.S. Rep. STEVE KING (R-Iowa) on the House floor on July 11, explaining the details of a wire that would top a fence along the Mexican border that he says he designed