Village Idiots

The The BIG Lie: "As part of our layered approach, we have expedited the deployment of new Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) units to help detect concealed metallic and non-metallic threats on passengers. These machines are now in use at airports nationwide, and the vast majority of travelers say they prefer this technology to alternative screening measures." --Homeland Insecurity Secretary Janet Napolitano

Watered down? "I think that this is, there's a silver lining for the Democrats in this election. The Blue Dog Democrats, the conservative Democrats, lost by a huge margin. The majority of them, in fact, were thrown out of office last week. That's a good thing for the Democrats. That's good because so much of what the Democratic caucus has had to do is to sort of placate these conservative Democrats and they watered down these bills so they'll be happy. Well, they're gone now. The Progressive Caucus -- there's about 80 members in the Progressive Caucus in Congress -- only three of them lost election, lost the election last week. So it's going to be actually a more liberal Democratic group, more progressive group." --documentarian Michael Moore

Government as charity: "[The government doesn't] really need to give money to us to give away, they should be giving money. I set up this charity so that I could help people and a lot of charities are set up, by you know, the Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, the Clinton Foundation because they want to help people and it seems that individuals are trying to help people where as government should be doing our job for us but unfortunately they're not so we've got to step up to the plate and try to do as much as we can." --uber-wealthy singer Elton John, complaining that the government doesn't take enough from some people to redistribute to others

Delusions of grandeur: "I'm the next president. I'll be 35 ... just before November, so I was born to be president. I'm the man. I'm the man. I'm the man. Greene's the man. I'm the man. I'm the greatest person ever. I was born to be president. I'm the man, I'm the greatest individual ever." --former South Carolina Democrat Senate candidate Alvin Greene