The Week in Quotes (Aug. 21 – 27)

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Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.

GOP presidential contender and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, pounding away at rival Rick Perry’s skepticism of man-made global warming and evolution.

But I can’t remember a time in our history where we actually were willing to shun science and become a — a party that — that was antithetical to science. I’m not sure that’s good for our future and it’s not a winning formula.

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Richard Dawkins, in a discussion of Gov. Rick Perry’s recent anti-science statements while on the presidential campaign trail.

In any other party and in any other country, an individual may occasionally rise to the top in spite of being an uneducated ignoramus. In today’s Republican Party ‘in spite of’ is not the phrase we need. Ignorance and lack of education are positive qualifications, bordering on obligatory.

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Educator Craig Studer, on what Texas students have to look forward to under controversial social studies standards adopted by the State Board of Education in 2010.

History in Texas classrooms will be decidedly different from when we were students. I never learned “both the positive and negative impacts of … country and western music” in my high school history class. Where would you rate Estée Lauder in terms of historical importance to our country? If you think she is one of the 68 most important historical figures, you agree with the board. Yes, the board included her in the state curriculum, but not George Washington.

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Federal District Judge Sam Sparks, denying yet another motion to let Sen. Dan Patrick and state Rep. Sid Miller intervene in the case challenging the constitutionality of Texas’ abortion sonogram law.

The Court has already turned down two extremely tempting offers to transform this case from a boring old federal lawsuit into an exciting, politically charged media circus. As any competent attorney could have predicted, the Court declines the latest invitation as well.

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Political analyst Larry Sabato, saying Gov. Rick Perry’s anti-science strategy will play well in conservative early caucus and primary states like Iowa and South Carolina.

What Perry has done by mentioning creationism is to send this little signal to fundamentalists that says, “I’m one of you.”

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14 Responses to “The Week in Quotes (Aug. 21 – 27)”

  1. Charles Says:

    Well.

  2. David Says:

    Well… the bulls**t doesn’t fall far from the a$$.

  3. JamesBreck Says:

    Right on Brother Huntsman! Of course he’ll never get the vote of extreme right wing nutjob religious crowd because he’s not “one of them.” It’s the battle between the Mormons and the Morons.

  4. Edd Doerr Says:

    Please, Texans, keep Rick Perry in your state and spare the nation the embarrassment and damage you have had to suffer through these ten long years.

  5. Charles Says:

    I favor the Mormons because their word has more letters.

  6. David Says:

    Ed,… no that’s ok, we don’t mind. You guys can have him Meanwhile we’ll secede. Viva Zapata!

  7. David Says:

    I think it’s just a matter of time before there’s a Broadway themed drag revue called the “Mermans.”

  8. bluescat48 Says:

    Richard Dawkins, said “In any other party and in any other country, an individual may occasionally rise to the top in spite of being an uneducated ignoramus. In today’s Republican Party ‘in spite of’ is not the phrase we need. Ignorance and lack of education are positive qualifications, bordering on obligatory.”

    That about says it all

  9. Coragyps Says:

    Hi, Bluescat!

    I think a beer with Judge Sparks might be pretty enjoyable.

  10. Charles Says:

    The latest news from CNN tonight is that Sarah Palin has a very special announcement to make to the nation at her next public venue this weekend. I wonder if she plans to announce a switch to a new brand of dog food?

    Perry
    Bachman
    Palin

    A little candied pineapple and some maraschino cherries and we got us a cake folks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. bluescat48 Says:

    @ Charles, It looks more like mixed nuts.

  12. David Says:

    1. She’s going to run.
    2. She’s going to endorse Perry.
    3. She’s committing to 5 years in a Buddhist convent.

    Eh, probably #2.

  13. JamesBreck Says:

    There’s a piece on the Politco called “Is Rick Perry really dumb?” Some other republican is quoted who said “He’s like Bush only without brains.” Yes and yes.

    What I really want to know is whether Perry uses that spray-on hair that Ronco, which was a division of Popeil, the company that made the most excellent Popeil’s pocket fisherman, and also had a smash hit best seller with Mr. Microphone, which had that really cool commercial with two guys cruising around in a convertible and one of them took Mr. Microphone and shouted at a young lady “hey good looking we’ll be back to pick you up later!” but they didn’t show the girl reacting, no doubt she flipped him the bird or some such……where was I?……….oh yeah I can’t help but think Perry bought a lifetime supply of spray-on hair from Ronco back in the ’70s. It went for $7.99 a can if memory serves, and was always buy one get one free, Perry probably bought 8,000 cases, 24 cans per case.

  14. Ben Says:

    What he needs is a Rhinestone & Stud Setter. Get some bling going on.

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