‘It's Not the Norm' and Other Quotes on Life in America This Week

"He shouldn't have to see this. It's not the norm for a 7-year-old to experience this." — Gege Coleman, who lives in a Dallas apartment complex where three children have been shot and killed this summer, on trying to answer her son’s questions about gun violence. (Thursday, Dallas Morning News)"Everyone started coming out of their houses, walking around the neighborhood looking at the TVs there on the doorstep. It was very 'Twilight Zone.' " — Jeanne Brooksbank, a recipient of one of 50 old televisions left by a stranger on front porches in a Henrico County, Va., neighborhood. All the TVs were placed facing the front doors. (Wednesday, Washington Post) "Our problem is with the Fed. Raised too much & too fast. Now too slow to cut. Spread is way too much as other countries say THANK YOU to clueless Jay Powell and the Federal Reserve. Germany, and many others, are playing the game! CRAZY INVERTED YIELD CURVE!" — President Donald Trump, after short-term Treasurys traded higher on bond markets than longer-term Treasurys, a phenomenon known as an inverted yield curve that economists view as a sign of a coming recession. (Wednesday, Twitter)"That would not be good enough for this community. That would not be good enough for El Paso. That would not be good enough for this country." — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, on why he won't drop out to run for Senate. (Friday, Politico)“If you think comparing me to Hitler works, you must be new to the internet.” — Mike Godwin, responding to a Tweet thread that followed Godwin’s law, which he coined and states the longer an online debate continues, the greater the chance that someone will bring up Hitler or the Nazis, thus forfeiting the argument. (Monday, Twitter)"What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled those people out that were products of rape and incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?" — Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa (Wednesday, Des Moines Register)“Back in our day, Korean immigrants working doughnut shops would say that pancakes and waffles were a real breakfast. Doughnuts were just a cheap snack. They weren’t meant to be fancy, so we only half-believed what Jinny told us. We would tell her to sell energy drinks, because customers would be tired in the morning, but Jinny insisted on having craft coffee and chai lattes. We had never even tasted a chai latte.” — Miran Han Cho, mother of Jinny Cho, who learned the doughnut business from her parents and opened the gourmet Detour Doughnuts in Frisco. (Wednesday, Dallas Morning News)“Here’s the funny thing: If you go to dinner with a bunch of mathematicians, we can’t split the bill for the life of us ... So, the numbers thing? We don’t always have that down. But the patterns? Oh yeah, I see patterns in everything.” — Chelsea Walton, associate professor of mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Monday, Kazoo Magazine)“They are objects of everyday life in the female world and are extraordinary because they tell micro-stories and biographies of the inhabitants of the city who tried to escape the eruption.” — Massimo Osanna, general director of the Pompeii archaeological site, on a trove of amulets, gems and lucky charms recently found at the site of the city destroyed by a volcano more than 2,000 years ago. Archaeologists think the crate of more than 100 miniature objects could have belonged to a sorceress. (Tuesday, Artnet)  Continue reading...

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