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Best Quotes of the Week – May 7, 2022

“We need more mechanics, not MBA’s.”

Paul Begala, former presidential advisor and current political commentator, on “Real Time With Bill Maher” 05/06/2022 (min. 38:20)

The panel was discussing the possibility President Joe Biden may cancel trillions in student debt.

“As we’ve warned, SCOTUS isn’t just coming for abortion — they’re coming for the right to privacy Roe rests on which includes gay marriage and civil rights.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, regarding the possibility the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision

“As “Gilded Glamour and White Tie” pays homage to the period of rapid prosperity, industrialization and growth in the US from 1870 to 1890, some have called it ‘out of touch’.”

Maya Yang, about the annual gala that raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, in The Guardian

The event regularly attracts the wealthy and powerful, mostly from the entertainment community.  While figures for the 2022 affair are unavailable, seats for the 2021 gala started at $35,000, although those on a highly selective guest list aren’t charged anything.  Last year’s event raised more than $16 million.  The MMA’s Costume Institute is the only department at the museum that is required to raise its own funds.  A smattering of the night’s excess can be found here.

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Skull Rosary


Well, it’s not really made of skulls, but this German rosary from the early 16th century certainly has a macabre air about it.  Made of ivory and set into silver, each of the eight beads represents the bust of a burgher or maiden on one side and a skeleton on the other.  Albeit lurid, the beads may hint that life is fleeting and virtuousness in the Christian faith is the only true path to salvation.  Raised Roman Catholic, I’ve seen plenty of rosaries, but none quite as compelling as this.  Leave it to my Teutonic ancestors to create shock value, even in modern times!

Courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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