This weekend, Sarah Palin made another boo-boo. At a rally in California, the Vice-Presidential candidate made the case for supporting the Republican ticket and then quoted Madeleine Albright, with the assistance of Starbucks. “I’m reading on my Starbucks mocha cup, okay?” she said. “The quote of the day… It was Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State and UN ambassador. … Now she said it, I didn’t. She said, ‘There’s a place in Hell reserved for women who don’t support other women.’” Well, actually, Albright (whom the crowd booed, FYI) said, “There’s a place in Hell reserved for women who don’t help other women.” Now, depending on your point of view, these two quotes are either basically the same or not the same at all, but either way, Albright wasn’t stoked on Palin using her quote for political gain.
“Though I am flattered that Governor Palin has chosen to cite me as a source of wisdom, what I said had nothing to do with politics. This is yet another example of McCain and Palin distorting the truth, and all the more reason to remember that this campaign is not about gender, it is about which candidate has an agenda that will improve the lives of all Americans, including women.”
But you know what I wondered? Why the hell was Albright’s quote on a Starkbucks coffee cup anyway? Turns out Starbucks has been putting their “The Way I See it” quotes on coffee cups for years, from everyone from famous peeps to Average Joe (Six Pack!) customers. There’s actually a few other quotes that I thought were kind of awesome.
“Women’s bodies are valued as ornaments. Men’s bodies are valued as instruments.” — Gloria Steinem, author and advocate of women’s rights
“Playing in an independent rock band will eventually make you equal parts truck driver, gladiator and mule. Glamour is for those with trust funds.” — Neko Case, musician
“Anger is contagious.” — Sandra Cisneros, award-winning author of “Caramelo”, “The House on Mango Street” and “Loose Woman”
“You can’t lead the people, if you don’t love the people. You can’t save the people, if you don’t serve the people.” — Cornel West, Professor at Princeton University
“Have you noticed that dogs are the new kids? You take a walk with your kid and your dog, but nobody says, “What a cute kid!” Instead they say, “What a cute dog! What’s his name? Is he a rescue?” Maybe if I put a collar and leash on my kid someone will notice her.” — Judy Gruen, humorist and author of “The Women’s Daily Irony Supplement”
But what about the way The Frisky sees it?
“Love sucks. It doesn’t always suck, but the ratio of when it does suck totally feels like it outweighs the times when it doesn’t suck, at least when it’s currently sucking.” — Me
“Get busy living or get busy dying, that’s damn straight.” — Catherine/Red from “Shawshank Redemption”
“I give to the needy, but not the greedy.” — Simcha/En Vogue