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Best Quote of the Week – May 1, 2020

“We need liberal democrats to fight against the new populism; liberal socialists to fight against the frequent authoritarianism of left-wing regimes; liberal nationalists to fight against contemporary xenophobic, anti-Muslim, and anti-Semitic nationalisms; liberal communitarians to fight against the exclusivist passions and fierce partisanship of some ‘identity’ groups; and liberal Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists to fight against the unexpected return of religious zealotry.  These are among the most important political battles of our time, and the adjective ‘liberal’ is our most important weapon.”

Michael Walzer, writer and political theorist, in Dissent

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Photo of the Week – April 24, 2020

It looks like humans aren’t the only ones self-isolating.  Of course, most animals are solitary beings, especially when tending to their young.  But a cactus perch is the perfect natural defense.

For the first time in decades, an official with the Arizona Department of Game and Fish photographed an American bald eagle nesting on a saguaro cactus in central Arizona.  For years, bird nests have been seen and photographed atop a saguaro cactus.  But this is the first time since 1937 that such a sighting had been recorded.

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Tweet of the Week – April 24, 2020

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo responded to a comment by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) that individual states file for bankruptcy, due to the financial distress caused by the COVID-19 crisis, than apply for help from the U.S. federal government.

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Worst Quote of the Week – April 24, 2020

“What I said when I was with you that night is there are more important things than living.  And that’s saving this country for my children and my grandchildren and saving this country for all of us.  I don’t want to die, nobody wants to die.  But man, we’ve got to take some risks and get back in the game and get this country back up and running.”

Republican Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, on jump-starting the economy in Texas and other states to stave off a recession.

Patrick is essentially trying to walk back a comment he’d made last month that he’d rather perish from the new coronavirus than see instability in the state’s economic system.

Too late.

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Best Quote of the Week – April 24, 2020

“We live in a country where skin color is hazardous to one’s health and mortality is not determined by one’s genetic code but instead by one’s ZIP code.  We appeal to you to channel treatment and resources to those areas in our body politic that have suffered the most from this national infection that has allowed this virus to spread disproportionately.”

Rev. Frederick Douglass Haynes III, pastor of Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas.

Haynes signed a letter calling on the Trump Administration to address the racial and economic inequality that is making non-White communities more vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Photo of the Week – April 17, 2020

Help wanted!

Olive Veronesi doesn’t ask for much.  But, on this past Easter Sunday, while many people wanted church, family gatherings and chocolate rabbits, the 93-year-old resident of Seminole, Pennsylvania stood at her front door and held up a sign expressing exactly what she wanted:

“I Need More Beer!!”

Fortunately, some concerned locals responded to her distress call faster than Donald Trump reacting to a porn star in need of anal sex.  They delivered several cases of beer to Olive, so she was saved.  It’s good to know there are still people who will go above and beyond the ordinary to help a senior citizen with anything.

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Tweet of the Week – April 17, 2020

Alexandra Chalupa, founder of the political consulting firm Chalupa & Associates, LLC, is referring to the appointment of Michael Caputo, a long-time Republican strategist, to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the leadership of Alex Azar.  As a Ukrainian-American, Chalupa has a vested interest in anything involving Ukraine.  But she’s right to call out this type of nepotism in an administration that’s as incompetent as it is corrupt

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