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Most Alarming Quote of the Week – April 3, 2021

“When I first started at CDC about 2 months ago, I made a promise to you: I would tell you the truth even if it was not the news we wanted to hear. Now is one of those times when I have to share the truth, and I have to hope and trust you will listen,” she said. “I’m going to pause here, I’m going to lose the script, and I’m going to reflect on the recurring feeling I have of impending doom.”

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, on the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

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Worst Quotes of the Week – March 27, 2021

“I’m of the point of view that I still think the most likely etiology of this pathology in Wuhan was from a laboratory.  Escaped.  Other people don’t believe that.  That’s fine.  Science will eventually figure it out.”

Former CDC Director Robert Redfield to CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, on the origins of the COVID-19 virus

Redfield declared that he believes the coronavirus “escaped” from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and that it was spreading as early as September or October of 2019 though he stressed that it was his “opinion.”

“They will break down, they are breaking down, Tucker. I have said this before, and I’m telling you I’m worried that I’m right, the right is going to pick a fascist within 10 to 20 years.  Because they’re not going to be the only one – the only ones on the outs. There’s 60, 70 million of us. We’re not a tiny minority, and if we’re going to be all treated like criminals and all subject to every single law, while antifa Black Lives Matter guys go free and Hunter Biden goes free, then the right’s going to take drastic measures.”

Jesse Kelly, declaring conservatives could end up supporting a fascist for elected office if left-wing anarchists gain more power

“It did bother me a little bit.  I can understand where they’re coming from in a certain way, but I think it wasn’t the appropriate forum to be able to have these kinds of discussions.”

Prince Albert II of Monaco, on the recent interview Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan had with Oprah Winfrey

Albert told BBC that he found the pair’s “public display of dissatisfaction” inappropriate given the form in which it was delivered.

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Tweet of the Week – March 20, 2021

Rep. Lauren Boebert

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Best Quotes of the Week – March 20, 2021

“The investigation is ongoing.  We don’t yet know, we’re not yet clear about the motive.  But I do want to say to our Asian-American community that we stand with you and understand how this has frightened and shocked and outraged all people.  But knowing the increasing level of hate crime against our Asian-American — our brothers and sisters — we also want to speak out in solidarity with them and acknowledge that none of us should ever be silent in the face of any form of hate.”

Vice-President Kamala Harris, regarding a series of shootings in the Atlanta, Georgia area that seemed to target people of Asian extraction

“Your president and your party and your colleagues can talk about issues with any other country that you want, but you don’t have to do it by putting a bull’s-eyes on the back of Asian Americans across this country, on our grandparents, on our kids.  This hearing was to address the hurt and pain of our community to find solutions and we will not let you take our voice away from us.”

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), responding to comments by Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX), during hearings about attacks on Asian-Americans (See “Worst Quotes of the Week – March 20, 2021” below.)

“Every other living former president – or most of them, not all of them – has participated in public campaigns.  They did not need an engraved invitation to do so.  So, [Donald Trump] may decide he should do that.  If so, great.  But there are a lot of different ways to engage, to reach out to ensure that people of a range of political support and backing know the vaccine is safe and effective.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, responding to a reporter’s question if President Joe Biden would appreciate former President Donald Trump join COVID-19 vaccine campaigns, along with other former Chief Executives

Psaki also stated, “Well, if former President Trump woke up tomorrow and wanted to be more vocal about the safety and efficacy of the campaign, of the vaccine, certainly we’d support that.”

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Best Quotes of the Week – March 13, 2021

“I believe this… historic legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country and giving people of this nation – working people, middle class folks, people that built the country – a fighting chance.  I’m going to have a lot more to say about that tonight and the next couple days.”

President Joe Biden, upon signing a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill

“ … Conspiracy theories should have no place in the Christian life. As people who claim to believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, we should not risk our public witness for political fantasies. We should denounce any movement that spreads false information.”

Seth Brown, in response to social media posts by Luke Coffee, former actor and conspiracy proponent, who took part in the January 6 Capitol Hill riots

Brown works with North Carolina-based Biblical Recorder and has written extensively for Southern Baptists about QAnon.

“In societies with bigger differences between rich and poor, women are less enfranchised and have less power, resources, and prestige than women in societies where those differences are smaller.”

Kate Pickett, British epidemiologist and Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of New York, in “Fissures That Tear Us Apart and Pressures That Weigh Us All Down”, Social Europe, 03/08/21

“In Austin, we’re committed to saving lives, period.  If state officials don’t want to do their jobs protecting people from the virus, then we will.”

Greg Casar, Austin, Texas City Councilman, responding to Gov. Abbott’s order rescinding mandatory mask-wearing in public

The Governor’s new order went into effect March 10, but the City of Austin plans to retain a mask mandate for the immediate future.

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Best Quotes of the Week – March 6, 2021

“Abbott has purposefully injected a new infection into the state in the form of irresponsible policies that will promote unnecessary infection, hospitalization and death.”

Dr. Kavita Patel, on the announcement by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to reopen the state 100% to retailers, restaurants and other businesses, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

“The Republican Party’s biggest problem is that too many people of color are exercising their right to vote.  The party’s solution is a massive push for voter suppression that would make old-time Jim Crow segregationists proud.”

Eugene Robinson, in a Washington Post editorial

“I think a lot of us assumed that we were the dominant gene – if only because the country was changing so much – that out of its own self-interest the party would have to change.  We saw the dark side.  We thought it was a recessive gene.  And I don’t know any conclusion to come to except that we were wrong.”

Stuart Stevens, on MSNBC’s “The 11th Hour with Brian Williams” 03/03/21

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Saddest Quote of the Week – February 27, 2021

“Today we mark a truly grim, heartbreaking milestone: 500,071 dead.  That’s more Americans who have died in one year in this pandemic than in World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War combined.  That’s more lives lost to this virus than any other nation on Earth.  But as we acknowledge the scale of this mass death in America we remember each person and the life they lived.  They’re people we knew.  They’re people we feel like we knew.  Read the obituaries and the remembrances.  The son who called his mom every night just to check in, the father’s daughter who lit up his world, the friend who was always there, the nurse who made her patients want to live.”

President Joe Biden, on the COVID-19 death toll reaching the half million mark in the United States

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Worst Quotes of the Week – February 20, 2021

“So first off, we obviously look at all the data that comes in.  But this strain is in blue states and they don’t talk about doing anything with blue states.”

Florida Governor Rick DeSantis, dismissing the growing number of COVID-19 cases in his state due to a new mutation

“The hundreds of thousands of people that attend those Trump rallies, those are the people that love this country.  They never would have done what happened on January 6.  That is a group of people that love freedom.  That is a group of people … we need to unify and keep on our side.”

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, claiming the January 6 rioters were not armed insurrectionists

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Best Quotes of the Week – February 20, 2021

“This is what you get when people who don’t believe in government are running your government. . . . They’d like to spend more time on Hannity talking about the Green New Deal and wind turbines than they would in trying to help those who desperately need it right now.”

Beto O’Rourke, on this week’s ice storms in Texas

“Just put it in people’s arms.  We don’t want any doses to go to waste. Period.”

Dr. Hasan Gokal, a Houston doctor with the Harris County Public Health Department who was charged with stealing ten doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for rushing to administer them before expiration

“It’s essentially a question of how much insurance you want to buy.  What makes this problem even harder is that we’re now in a world where, especially with climate change, the past is no longer a good guide to the future.  We have to get much better at preparing for the unexpected.”

Jesse Jenkins, an energy systems engineer at Princeton University, on the Texas ice storm crisis

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The Bernie Mitten Look

Supposedly imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  Do Internet memes fall into that same category?  I guess we could ask Bernie Sanders, the independent-leaning senator from Vermont.  When he arrived at the presidential inauguration last week, Sanders maintained pandemic protocol and sat a few feet from others and wore the appropriate face mask.  But he also wore a pair of thick mittens hand-made by Vermont school teacher Jen Ellis.  Along with a thick parka, he was obviously prepared for the cold New England weather.  Nothing is extraordinary about those mittens, but sometimes there’s just no reason something or someone becomes popular.

Sanders’ mitten fashion has sparked plenty of creative imitators in the cyber-world.

Now Tobey Times Crochet has gone further by designing and creating a “Bernie Sanders crochet doll”, complete with parka, mask and mittens.  Measuring approximately 9” (22.9 cm), the figure is seated and bears wire-frame glasses and unkempt white hair on a balding scalp.

Ever the good sport, Sanders is using his new-found fame to raise money for charity.  And who doesn’t think an old seated alone in a chair during winter is adorable?

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