Talking Points: Did You See What They Said?

"It is one of those rides that you hope never ends. I am so grateful for all those who helped me on each of my missions."— Astronaut and Houston resident Peggy Whitson, who just broke the record for the most cumulative days in space, surpassing the previous figure of 534 days (Houston Chronicle, Monday)"Guys, a woman who's dead drunk cannot consent. You are raping her."— Former Vice President Joe Biden to a crowd of college-age men at George Mason University (Refinery29.com, Wednesday)"I am sad that I am not on television anymore."— Bill O'Reilly, breaking his silence on a podcast on his personal website about his ouster from Fox News over multiple allegations of sexual harassment (New York Times, Monday)"I have said it once and I'll say it again, this world has come so far but yet we have so much further to go. Yes, we have broken down so many barriers, however, there are a plethora more to go."— Tennis star Serena Williams, on former tennis player Ilie Nastase's recent comments about whether Williams' unborn child would be "chocolate with milk" (BBC.com, Monday)"The police and fire departments have sacrificed for Dallas for years. The city wants us to keep giving and keep giving, and we've had enough. It's time for the city to give to us."— Dallas police Senior Cpl. Kevin Dodds, at a City Hall rally against Mayor Mike Rawlings' opposition to proposed state legislation to rescue the failing Dallas Police and Fire Pension System from insolvency (dallasnews.com, Wednesday) "This is not about politics, blame or retaliation. This is not a naïve quest to solve all our problems at once. This is about showing the whole world that we as a city and as a people are able to acknowledge, understand, reconcile -- and most importantly -- choose a better future."—New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, on the removal of four Confederate statues in the city (New York Times, Monday) "Mr. Buffett, we are just ordinary Texans fighting to keep some of our hard-earned money through true free market choice, unhampered by government meddling."— Tea Party leaders, under the banner of the Texas Free Market Coalition, in a letter opposing a bill that would allow billionaire Warren Buffett to hold onto his car dealerships in Texas but keep the state market closed to Tesla and other manufacturers (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Monday) "I can't contemplate a country as great as the United States cannot figure out a way to serve its citizens in a situation like this."— Harried traveler Cliff Levine, who now must drive to New Orleans to get a passport because his local Miami office was closed due to water damage (Miami Herald, Monday)"He doesn't usually bring his phone and he forgot."-- Kathy Arberg, U.S. Supreme Court spokeswoman, on Justice Stephen Breyer's ringing cell phone during oral arguments (CNN.com, Tuesday)"There's a whole lot of wasteful experimentation on animals that the public is concerned about. If they knew exactly how much money is being spent on some of these projects, like forcing dogs to run on treadmills until they have heart attacks, they would give a second thought about whether this is the way they want their money spent."--Justin Goodman, vice president of White Coat Waste Project on a report that Harvard University spent $900,000 in federal money on to study mouse fighting ( Washington Times, Tuesday)"It has been a bad week for U.S.-Canada trade relations." — Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, in response to U.S- imposed tariffs and a brewing trade war with Canada over lumber (TheHill.com, Tuesday) "It's probably one of the biggest highlights of my life, to be able to help a Marine unit during a firefight."--Don Cook, a Marine veteran who's been maintaining M107s for more than two decades, recalling the time that over the phone he helped a marine in battle fix his misfiring weapon (Yahoo.com, Monday)  Continue reading...

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