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On the record: Quotes from the news (or non news)

“I believe that the church not only should apologize to the person who is gay whom it has offended but has to apologize to the poor, to exploited women, to children exploited for labor; it has to ask forgiveness for having blessed many weapons.”

— POPE FRANCIS in a groundbreaking statement on June 26.

“I think you can call this the cautious generation.”

— BILL ALBERT, spokesman for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, responding to a government survey showing U.S. teens are having a lot less sex, are drinking and using drugs less often and aren’t smoking as much.

“The way in which much of the EU debate was shaped was based on the idea of ‘ordinary people’ being threatened by ‘the other,’ meaning people who don’t look like you.”

— DAVID GILBORN, a race relations expert at the University of Birmingham, pointing to the racist and xenophobic factors underlying the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union. Many political experts say the “Brexit” movement reflected the mindset of Donald Trump’s followers.

“I’d seriously like to congratulate FOX News for keeping their entire audience from knowing that GW Bush set the Iraq withdrawal date.”

— Comedian JOHN FUGELSANG in a tweet.

“The problem is — the problem has always been — that feminism is not fun. It’s complex and hard and it pisses people off. It’s serious because it is about people demanding that their humanity be recognized as valuable.”

— ANDI Zeisler, writing about what she calls “marketplace feminism” in the new book We Were Feminists Once.

“For the gays out there — ask the gays and ask the people — ask the gays what they think and what they do in, not only Saudi Arabia, in many of these countries, with the gay community, just ask, and then you tell me — who’s your friend, Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?”

— DONALD TRUMP in a speech during which he claimed to be a greater ally to LGBT Americans than Hillary Clinton.

“Those who defend the easy accessibility of assault weapons should meet these (bereaved Orlando) families and explain why that makes sense.”

— PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA commenting on NRA-backed lawmakers who refuse to adopt any restrictions on the purchase of military assault weapons.

“As someone who has used marijuana, I do not agree with that.”

— Libertarian presidential candidate GARY JOHNSON responding to Mitt Romney’s stance against legalizing marijuana because it “makes people stupid.”

“Go f**kin make my tortilla bitch, and build that f**kin wall. For me! You’re lucky all these cops are here, bro.”

— An unidentified DONALD TRUMP SUPPORTER caught on video screaming at protesters outside a Trump rally in Phoenix.

For the record: Quotes from the news

“He is such an egomaniac and such a religious zealot that he thinks he can ignore court orders with impunity. For the sake of our state, he should be kicked out of office.”

— Southern Poverty Law Center president RICHARD COHEN commenting on Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. The judge faces potential removal from office for ordering the state’s probate judges to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

“To have a Muslim mayor seems preferable to me to any alternative regardless of the politics. I hope it’s an image that will go round the world as representing a new sort of England that’s at peace with itself regardless of race and so on. That’s the beauty of it.”

— SIR IAN McKELLAN celebrating the election of Sadiq Khan to serve as London’s first Muslim mayor. Khan represented the liberal Labour Party in the race. One million of the city’s 8.2 million residents practice the Muslim faith.

“A monument to sin? That’s unbelievable. War heroes deserve a monument, our nation’s founding fathers deserve a monument, people who have helped to make America strong deserve a monument — but a monument to sin?”

— Evangelist FRANKLIN GRAHAM, the son of now-deceased preacher man Billy Graham, mocking President Barack Obama’s plans to turn the Stonewall Inn and its surroundings in New York’s Greenwich Village into a National Monument.

“I will not rest and I’m going to make sure that the leaders at every level of government don’t rest until every drop of water that flows to your homes is safe to drink and safe to cook with and safe to bathe in.”

— President BARACK OBAMA during a visit to Flint, Michigan, where lead contamination forced residents to spend months drinking, cooking and bathing with bottled water.

“We love our girls. Thank you so much for so many years of joy. That’s history tonight there, ladies and gentlemen, true American icons.”

-— Ringmaster JOHNATHAN LEE IVERSON bidding farewell to the performing elephants of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The trained elephants were part of a 145-year-old tradition. They’ve retired  to a 200-acre refuge in central Florida.

“Democracy requires compromise, even when you are 100 percent right. This is hard to explain sometimes. You can be completely right and you still have to engage folks who disagree with you. If you think that the only way forward is to be as uncompromising as possible, you will feel good about yourself, you will enjoy a certain moral security, but you will not get what you want. … This is how we cheat ourselves of progress.”

— PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA delivering the commencement address at Howard University. Pundits saw this remark as a mild rebuke to the supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who want to model their so-called “revolution” on the right wing’s uncompromising tea party faction.

Quotes from the news: Ron Johnson said what?

“The big takeaway from last night: The Republican machine in Wisconsin that Scott Walker and the Republican Party of Wisconsin have honed over the past four years is stronger than ever.” — U.S. SEN. RON JOHNSON in a statement about the election of Scott Walker’s hand-picked Supreme Court justice Rebecca Bradley to a 10-year term on April 5. Outside groups supporting Walker’s candidate Rebecca Bradley outspent those supporting challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg almost four to one.

“Just because he has a Hispanic last name does not mean he’s Hispanic. His mind is white.”

EDNA FERRER, a 57-year-old hairstylist in the Bronx, telling the New York Daily News that GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz had no business visiting the majority Hispanic borough of the city. Cruz had to cancel appearances there on April 7 due to protesters.

“If you feel as though somebody is doing something wrong against you, can you just get over it?”

— GOP presidential candidate JOHN KASICH’s advice to LGBT people suffering discrimination.”

“The big takeaway from last night: The Republican machine in Wisconsin that Scott Walker and the Republican Party of Wisconsin have honed over the past four years is stronger than ever.”

U.S. SEN. RON JOHNSON in a statement about the election of Scott Walker’s hand-picked Supreme Court justice Rebecca Bradley to a 10-year term on April 5. Outside groups supporting Walker’s candidate Rebecca Bradley outspent those supporting challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg almost four to one.

“There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Somebody pays. And I think we ought to know who it is.”

— MSNBC host CHRIS MATTHEWS pressing former Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton, a Bernie Sanders supporter, on how he would pay for the free college education that he’s promising voters.

“They had a long time to register, and they were unaware of the rules, and they didn’t register in time. So they feel very, very guilty. They feel very guilty. But it’s fine, I mean, I understand that.”

DONALD TRUMP telling Fox and Friends that his children Eric and Ivanka Trump would not be able to vote for him in New York’s April 19 primary.

“This issue is very personal for me, obviously. I’m disappointed for several reasons. First of all, Mississippi is the only state I know how to spell. Second of all, that is the definition of discrimination. It is also something that the Supreme Court already ruled on when they made marriage a right for everyone. Everyone.”

ELLEN DEGENERES talking to her television audience about Mississippi’s enactment of a law that allows religious fundamentalists to deny public accommodations and services to same-sex married couples.

“I simply believe that if you want to be the nominee for our party, to be the president, you should actually run for it. I chose not to do this, therefore, I should not be considered. Period. End of story.”

— House Speaker PAUL RYAN trying to put an end to speculation about whether he’d accept the GOP presidential nomination if none of the current candidates tallies enough delegates in the primaries to win outright.

“We’re proud of our operations and employees in Cary and regret that as a result of this legislation we are unwilling to include North Carolina in our U.S. expansion plans for now. We very much hope that we can re-visit our plans to grow this location in the near future.”

— Deutsche Bank co-CEO JOHN CRYAN in a statement saying that his institution is canceling plans to employ 250 additional personnel at its North Carolina software application development center. The bank is among a growing number of companies that are dropping projects in response to the state’s discriminatory law targeting transgender people.

On the record – March 10

“For the good of the state, it’s time for Christie to do his long-neglected constituents a favor and resign as governor. If he refuses, citizens should initiate a recall effort.”

From an editorial that appeared in six New Jersey newspapers belonging to GANNETT’S USA TODAY NETWORK. The editorial followed Christie’s endorsement of Donald Trump for president.

“(That) part I don’t understand. I said to (Caitlyn Jenner) when this first happened, ‘You are so excited, you have to wait for the rest of us to catch up, like we haven’t had as many drinks as you, like when you are at a party and every else is smashed and you are like just getting started.’”

KRIS JENNER telling Ellen DeGeneres about her personal struggle accepting Caitlyn Jenner’s decision to date men.

“I’m so glad I live here (in New York City), because halfway through (the Oscars), I was like, ‘This is some real Hollywood bullshit.’ Everyone’s telling me what to do. People are yelling at me about rape and corporate greed, but really, it’s climate change. I was like, ‘Guys, pick a lane. Like we’re going to fix everything tonight.’ And also, like, ‘You’re all rich. Why are you yelling at me about corporate greed?’”

TINA FEY speaking with Howard Stern the day after attending this year’s Academy Awards ceremony.

“Mexico will under no circumstance pay for the wall that Mr. Trump is proposing.”

Mexican Treasury Secretary LUIS VIDEGARAY delivering the final word on Donald Trump’s proposed wall between the United States and Mexico.

“This has been an incredible city and countywide effort. You made Milwaukee a model for the nation. … What’s remarkable is you did it by working together.”

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA congratulating the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County for being among the 20 winners of his administration’s Healthy Communities Challenge. The winners are recognized for their number of new enrollees in the Affordable Care Act insurance exchange.

“I feel like I’m a time traveler to the Salem Witch Trials. Unfortunately, this time, those being burned at the stake are our scientists, who hold future medical breakthroughs in their hands. They are joined by brave women’s health care workers who are simply trying to care for their patients.”

U.S. REP. JACKIE SPEIER, D-Calif., decrying the remarks of evangelical Republican legislators during the first hearing on Planned Parenthood’s alleged involvement in the “sale” of fetal tissue. The hearing was dubbed the “Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives.”

“The Falcons coach, one of the coaches, was like, ‘So do you like men?’ It was like the first thing he asked me. It was weird.”

Ohio State cornerback ELI APPLE expressing his amazement at being asked by a coach about his sexuality at last month’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Apple recounted the encounter in an interview with Comcast SportsNet’s Breakfast on Broad.

Year in Review: Notable quotes of 2015, the top 10 list

Pope Francis’ comments that human activity is mostly to blame for global warming top a list of the most notable quotes of 2015, as compiled by a Yale Law School librarian who also included several sound bites from the U.S. presidential campaign.

Fred Shapiro, an associate librarian at the law school, said the 10th annual “Yale Book of Quotations” list of most notable quotes, released this week, doesn’t necessarily contain the most “eloquent or admirable quotations,” but rather ones that were chosen because they were famous, important or particularly revealing of the spirit of the times.

Making the list is U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders saying how “sick and tired” the American people are of hearing about the emails of Hillary Clinton, his rival in the Democratic presidential race.

Donald Trump made the list twice for disparaging comments about fellow Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and U.S. Sen. John McCain.

Trump’s call for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. did not make the list, Shaprio said, because it was presented in a statement that referred to Trump in the third person and did not lend itself to being quoted.

The yearly list is an update to the “Yale Book of Quotations,” which was first published in 2006.

The list:

1. “Scientific studies indicate that most global warming in recent decades is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases … released mainly as a result of human activity.” — Pope Francis, “Laudato Sφ” encyclical letter, June 18.

2. “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.” — Bernie Sanders to Hillary Clinton, Democratic presidential debate, Las Vegas, Oct. 13.

3. “Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today?” ‚ Congressman Kevin McCarthy, Fox News Network “Hannity” show, Sept. 29.

4. “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?” — Donald Trump on fellow Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, quoted in Rolling Stone magazine, Sept. 24.

5. “He’s not a war hero. … He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.” — Donald Trump on John McCain, interview at Family Leadership Summit, Ames, Iowa, July 18.

6. “A lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight, and when they come out, they’re gay. So, did something happen while they were in there?” — Ben Carson, Republican presidential candidate, on whether homosexuality is a choice, CNN “New Day” show, Mar. 4.

7. “These men and women … ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.” — ustice Anthony Kennedy, U.S. Supreme Court opinion on gay marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges, June 26.

8. “What, like with a cloth or something?” — Hillary Clinton, response to a reporter’s questions about whether she wiped her server, North Las Vegas, Nevada, Aug. 18.

9. “Three things happen when they (female scientists) are in the lab. You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you and when you criticize them, they cry.” — Nobel medicine laureate Tim Hunt, remarks at World Conference of Science Journalists, Seoul, South Korea, quoted in The Guardian, June 10.

10. “He’s, of course, one of the real leaders on this team and he earns it and he earns it with respect from all of his teammates and that’s the kind of thing that inspires a football team.” — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on controversial player Greg Hardy, remarks to reporters, East Rutherford, New Jersey, Oct. 25.

For the record: Donald Trump tweeted what?

“This was one of the most degrading and racially prejudiced things I’ve ever experienced in life and wouldn’t wish this on anyone. You have no right to profile someone because of their race and nationality.”

— JOHN HENSON, who plays basketball for the Milwaukee Bucks, writing on Instagram about an incident in which employees of Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers locked him out and called police when he attempted to enter the Whitefish Bay store. Henson is black.

“Ben Carson is now leading in the polls in Iowa. Too much Monsanto in the corn creates issues in the brain?”

— A tweet sent out by DONALD TRUMP after a poll revealed that Ben Carson is now leading him in the state by 28 percent to 20 percent. A backlash over the tweet prompted Trump to delete it and blame it on an unnamed intern. 

“There is no war on women. There may be a war on what’s inside of women, but there is no war on women in this country.”

— BEN CARSON speaking on the campaign trail.

“I think the reason that the organizers used the phrase ‘black lives matter’ was not because they were suggesting nobody else’s lives matter. What they were suggesting was there is a specific problem that is happening in the African-American community that’s not happening in other communities. And that is a legitimate issue that we’ve got to address.”

— PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA explaining, during a criminal justice panel discussion in late October, on why the phrase “black lives matter” is important.

“Hiding everything away is so painful, I mean you’re constantly lying and you’re constantly feeling like you’re being deceitful. I’m at that point where I’m ready to open up and let everyone see me for me, and I hope they accept it.”

—  Olympic ski star GUS KENWORTHY, who won a silver medal in Sochi and was part of an historic U.S. victory in the first Olympic ski slopestyle, coming out in a video on ESPN.

“Blah, blah, blah. That’s my answer: blah, blah, blah.”

— JEB BUSH’s response to a reporter asking whether his campaign’s cost-cutting  is a sign it’s in crisis.

“If Speaker Ryan can unify the Republican caucus, which has been hindered by a small contingent of obstructive tea party members that have essentially been the ‘tail that’s wagged the dog’ for the last 5 years in Congress, I think we can really do some work on behalf of the American people. That’s my hope for Ryan’s speakership and I look forward to him bringing some commonsense Wisconsin values to his new leadership position.”

— U.S. REP. MARK POCAN, D-Wis., in a statement congratulating Paul Ryan on his election as Speaker of the House.

“I want to say this to this country’s friends around the world: Many of you have worried that Canada has lost its compassionate and constructive voice in the world over the past 10 years. Well, I have a simple message for you on behalf of 35 million Canadians: We’re back.”

— Canada’s newly elected Prime Minister JUSTIN TRUDEAU, whose Liberal Party swept the nation’s Oct. 19 elections.

Who said what? | Oct. 8 issue

“(The) LGBT community … are like the gay white KKK’s. Get them some pink hoods and unicorns and let them rally down Rodeo Drive.”

— Rapper AZEALIA BANKS tweeting one of her latest homophobic remarks. Her lengthy anti-gay Twitter tirade began some weeks ago when she sent out a comment calling a flight attendant a “f**king faggot.”

“The only thing that separates women of color from anybody else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”

— VIOLA DAVIS accepting her Emmy Award. She was the first black woman to win an Emmy for best drama series actress.

“Somebody once asked me, ‘What’s the difference between business and politics?’ And here’s the difference: Politics is a fact-free zone. People just say things.”

— CARLY FIORINA speaking at a town hall hosted by the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association. Fiorina has come under repeated attacks for spinning or contradicting the truth.

“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping.”

— U.S. REP. KEVIN McCARTHY bragging to Fox News’ Sean Hannity about spinning the tragic attack on a U.S. embassy in Benghazi into a smear campaign against Hillary Clinton. “I give you credit for that,” Hannity responded. 

“I really want to believe that the kind, sweet person who was there when my mom passed away is still there. I was friends with Kim in the past, but I don’t know this woman I’ve been seeing.”

— DALLAS BLACK, a gay resident of Morehead, Kentucky, telling The Daily Beast that he and anti-gay Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis used to be close friends, but she’s changed over the years. 

“It probably would have been better for me if I didn’t come out, I would be on a roster. But, as I said, I have no regrets whatsoever.”

— MICHAEL SAM telling the Hollywood Reporter that coming out when he did probably hurt his career in professional football.

“We’ve constructed an idea of masculinity in the United States that doesn’t give young boys a way to feel secure in their masculinity, so we make them go prove it all the time.”

— Sociologist DR. MICHAEL KIMMEL speaking in a trailer for the masculinity documentary The Mask You Live In.

“When I look at cities around me that have a Planned Parenthood clinic … usually in those cities, as a guy, I could go to many clinics locally that have all the machines that one would need, all these clinics as far as I know take Medicaid dollars, so you could go to any of those clinics to get any medical service you could.”

— U.S. REP. GLENN GROTHMAN telling Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards that her organization’s clinics are unnecessary for him “as a guy.” Grothman shared his opinion during a House hearing.

On the record, February 26, 2015

“Politics used to be about where you stood. Now, it’s about what you stepped in.”

— ERIC DEZENHALL, professional crisis manager, commenting on recent gaffes and missteps by Republican presidential hopefuls.

“After much prayer following your prenatal, I felt that I would not be able to develop the personal patient-doctor relationship that I normally do with my patients. Please know that I believe that God gives us free choice and I would never judge anyone based on what they do with that free choice. Again, I am sorry for the hurt and angry feelings that were created by this. I hope you can accept my apology.”

— DR. VESNA ROI, a pediatrician in Roseville, Michigan, telling two lesbian moms via letter that his religion prevented him from caring for their 6-day-old infant. Only 22 states have laws banning such discrimination by medical providers. 

“He spent 17 years in the church of Jeremiah Wright, and this is the guy who said ‘God damn America, not God bless America.’ … (Obama) doesn’t talk about America the way John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan did, about America’s greatness and exceptionalism. He was educated by people who were critics of the U.S. And he has not been able to overcome those influences.”

— Former New York City Mayor RUDY GIULIANI critiquing President Barack Obama at a New York fundraiser for Scott Walker. Giuliani’s inflammatory depiction of the president drew swift condemnation from Democrats and Republicans.

“I’ve never asked the president so I don’t really know what his opinions are on that one way or another.”

— SCOTT WALKER responding to a reporter’s question about whether he believes former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s assertion that President Barack Obama is anti-American. 

“It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America. We talk about equal rights for women in other countries … we don’t have equal rights for women in America, because when they wrote the Constitution, they didn’t write it for women.” 

— PATRICIA ARQUETTE speaking up for women’s rights during her Oscar acceptance speech.

“It seems like any man that goes to college could randomly be accused of committing rape.”

— RUSH LIMBAUGH speaking to his radio audience. Limbaugh went on to suggest that Gov. Scott Walker tell the media that he quit Marquette University to avoid being charged with rape in order to annoy liberals.

“I would not blame Scott Walker for not believing in evolution, since it’s clearly let him down.”

— Satirist ANDY BOROWITZ commenting on Gov. Scott Walker’s refusal to answer a reporter’s question about whether he believes in evolution.

For the record: Sarah Palin said what?

(Editor’s Note: It’s come to our attention that the Sarah Palin quote comes from a parody someone posted online as true, and we were fooled. Sorry for the error)

“There’s a connection between vaccinations and homosexuality. Anybody with eyes can see that. It doesn’t take a doctor to figure that out.”

— SARAH PALIN, former GOP vice presidential candidate and half-term governor of Alaska, speaking on the air with Glenn Beck.

“We don’t do that in front of each other. The Fartman has yet to fart in front of his wife. … We don’t go to the bathroom in front of each other, we don’t do that. Some things are left for private.”

— BETH STERN telling Huffington Post that neither she nor her husband Howard Stern has farted in front of the other during 15 years of marriage.

“I’ll just tell you one thing. After three elections for governor in four years in a state that hasn’t gone Republican since 1984 for president, I wouldn’t bet against me on anything.”

— GOV. SCOTT WALKER talking about the odds of his presidential campaign to Martha Raddatz, host of ABC’s This Week.

“My third-grade teacher called my mother and said, ‘Ms. Cox, your son is going to end up in New Orleans in a dress if we don’t get him into therapy.’ And wouldn’t you know, just last week I spoke at Tulane University, and I wore a lovely green and black dress.”

— LAVERNE COX, transgender star of Orange is the New Black, speaking at the University of Kentucky last fall.

“It would be more than ironic if (Brian) Williams is punished for Iraq falsehoods while Dick Cheney is not.”

— WILL BUNCH, a senior writer at the Philadelphia Daily News, blogging about NBC news anchor Williams’ falsification of being aboard a chopper that took enemy fire in Iraq. 

“Beck needs to respect artistry, and he should’ve given his award to Beyoncé. If the Grammys want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain’t fixing to play with them no more.”

— KANYE WEST ranting at reporters backstage at the Grammy Awards about Beyoncé’s loss for best album.

“Opposition to gay marriage was particularly strong in the black church, and as (Obama) ran for higher office, he grudgingly accepted the counsel of more pragmatic folks like me and modified his position to support civil unions. … (But Obama) never felt comfortable with his compromise.”

— DAVID AXELROD, Democratic political adviser, writing in his book Believer: My Forty Years in Politics.

“You get into this business with the idea that maybe you have a point of view or have something to express, and to receive feedback for that is the greatest thing you can ask for. And I thank you for that.”

— JON STEWART, host of the Daily Show on Comedy Central for 16 years, announcing he will be leaving the show in 2015.

For the record: Who said what?

“Last week, this week, maybe next week, (Mo’ne Davis) owned the sports conversation. How often do you get to say this about a 13-year-old girl? It’s the easiest type of story to identify as a cover story.”

— CHRIS STONE, managing editor of Sports Illustrated, explaining his decision to make Davis the first Little League player to appear on the cover of SI this week. The eighth-grade pitcher for Philadelphia’s Tancy Dragons became the first girl to throw a shutout in World Series history in her first game.

“The district court broadened the definition of the ‘existing right to marry’ as one that includes the right of people to ‘select the partners of their choosing’ for marriage, without regard to sex. If the right to select ‘partners of their choosing’ is the criterion used to invoke marriage as a fundamental right, then marriage restrictions on age, polygamy, and consanguinity are also ripe for challenge.”

— The TEXAS CONSERVATIVE COALITION, a 63-member caucus of the state Legislature, writing in an amicus brief filed with the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a marriage equality case. The Texas legislators contend that the legalization of same-sex marriage could provide legal justification for incest and sex with children.

“Jesus teaches us to put the needs of the poor ahead of our own. Our needs, even if legitimate, will never be so urgent as those of the poor, who lack the necessities of life.”

—POPE FRANCIS speaking out yet again against materialism in an Angelus message that was quoted by the National Catholic Register.

“The militarization itself is part of a larger trend. … That is a willingness or a policy among domestic police in the United States of using more force more often for increasingly petty offenses. It is a mentality that sees the people they are supposed to be serving not as citizens with rights but as potential threats.”

— RADLEY BALKO, Washington Post reporter and author of Rise of the Warrior Cop, talking to NBC’s Chris Hayes about the use of military weaponry against protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.

“To put it in perspective, the sales we’re seeing now are like what we see around Christmastime.”

— STEVE KING, owner of Metro Shooting Supplies in Bridgeton, Missouri, which is 9 miles from Ferguson, telling the Huffington Post that gun sales are eight to 10 times higher than at the store’s other locations. The boost in sales followed the police shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown and the subsequent protests in Ferguson.

“Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I’ve ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence. We’ll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again.”

— ZELDA WILLIAMS, daughter of Robin Williams, in a public statement following the actor’s death at the age of 63. 

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