Talking Points: Did You See What They Said?

"The remote village was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, but the prominence of the outpost has been bypassed with the rise of hyperspace travel." — post on the Disney Parks blog, announcing a Star Wars-themed lands at its Anaheim and Orlando resorts that will be set in a remote frontier outpost that hasn't been seen in any of the films in the franchise (HuffingtonPost.com Monday)"I was like, I'm not gonna let this beat me, dude. I used that to fuel my drive. Never again am I going to feel sorry or feel these emotions. I'm not gonna feel weak anymore." — Retired U.S. Marine Jose Luis Sanchez of San Antonio, who lost his leg in Afghanistan, on competing in the Boston Marathon while waving a U.S. flag signed by members of his former unit (dallasnews.com, Wednesday) "The struggle for me is that if I don't find enough money for this cut, do I cut more teachers? At some point, I have to find a way to balance the budget. ... It's a no-fun place to be." — Stephanie Elizalde, Dallas ISD's chief of school leadership, on reducing the number of librarians (dallasnews.com, Monday)"I will work with the House and Senate to ensure we find a solution and ultimately get a bill to my desk that I will sign into law." — Governor Greg Abbott, in support of the bathroom bill to require people to use the bathroom associated with the gender on their birth certificates, after a long silence on the controversy (dallasnews.com, Wednesday)"Who wrote this statute? Someone who takes pleasure in pulling wings off of flies?"— Justice Samuel Alito on a case before the Supreme Court about where complicated claims may be filed (New York Times, Monday)"First non-valedictorian DREAMer deported. Border Patrol, this one's for you."— Iowa GOP congressman Steve King, tweeting mug of beer in response to the deportation of a 23-year-old who had legal permission to work in the United States (Houston Chronicle, Wednesday) "What [President Donald Trump] said was very important for the national security of South Korea. If that was a lie, then during Trump's term, South Korea will not trust whatever Trump says." —Hong Joon-pyo, a South Korean presidential candidate on confusion over whether the U.S. was sending a naval warship toward the Korean peninsula (Wall Street Journal, Wednesday)"I joke that oil and gas finally made ranching profitable." — Thomas Tunstall, research director for the Institute for Economic Development at the University of Texas at San Antonio, on news that McMullen County, near San Antonio, is the nation's richest (dallasnews.com, Monday) "He's been there for 100 days. I swear, it feels like dog years. You know? Like he's been there forever." — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., on President Donald Trump's first months in office (HuffingtonPost.com, Wednesday)"This is a seismic cultural shift when a corporation puts a woman's rights above the bottom line. Today, we have entered a new era in workplace politics." — Wendy Walsh, a former guest on "The O'Reilly Factor" who accused Bill O'Reilly of sexual misbehavior, on Fox News parting ways with its most high-profile on-air talent over a series of sexual harassment allegations ( New York Times, Wednesday)"It's inexplicable that we don't have these reports online for the public to be able to access if they want to. This is a fundamental transparency issue, and it's past time that we correct this omission." — State Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, on the House's preliminary approval of his proposal to require the personal financial statements of state politicians and bureaucrats to be posted online (Fort Worth-Star Telegram, Tuesday )"I won't tolerate council members being disrespectful to my team." — Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax, to the Dallas Morning News Editorial Board, in defending his staff against council members who berate city employees (Monday)  Continue reading...

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