"It is possible to be well educated, so well educated that you can be a neurosurgeon, and still believe that you can get seventy two virgins in paradise. And this is made possible by the fact that we have allowed a certain mode of thought, religion, to thrive in a cocoon, this sphere of protection from criticism. It is just taboo to criticize people's religious beliefs."
"This whole idea of certain people in the American system not paying federal income tax becomes a problem. People who hate to hear that will say, 'Dan, they pay FICA and they have all this stuff taken out of their paycheck...' That's not what we're talking about. We're talking about when the government decides to do something that relies on federal income taxes, there's a lot of people that don't pay that. I understand why. They're poor. I don't want to impress them financially, but it's important they have a stake in the system. Otherwise anything the government proposes is basically free to them. It's important to have the same restraint any of us would have if this was your home budget. Cost-to-benefit, right? Do I need this new heating system enough to justify the cost? If you're not paying into the federal government, if it's not affecting you financially, and if it might not raise the amount you have to send to Washington, then there is no downside. That's not good for the system."
"Dick Cheney got a book tour, folks. Donald Rumsfeld got a book tour. They didn't even get a hearing. Nobody even asked any questions. We didn't even look into the matter to decide if there was something that needed lookin into. I'm speechless. Who operates that way?
And for those of you who think this is just some democrat slammin republicans, when we get the next administration into office, if it's a republican, I damn well want them to go back and look at president Obama knockin off American citizens overseas on the word of some shady little memo that no one is allowed to see in the state department. Damn right I want you to. This isn't partisan, this is accountability."