Monday, December 16, 2013

Potpourri of Quotes

I have been using Pullquotes for some time now in posts, comments and Twitter messages. 
Here in reverse order are the  last few, following no particular theme. 
It's fun to guess the context before going to the links where they are found. 

Ms De Chiffre has also done her bit to spoil the photograph's apparent message of non-violence. She told the newspaper La Repubblica that she was incensed because she had seen an officer beat a fellow protester and wanted to provoke the officer she kissed.
She said she also licked the officers visor and put her finger to his lips. "No peace message," she wrote on Facebook. "I would hang all these disgusting pigs upside down."                 ►LINK

Among the first to express their dissatisfaction was Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen, the first deaf woman to be elected to the South African parliament, who tweeted that the signing was "rubbish," adding: "He cannot sign. Please get him off."

You don't need an engine mechanic when all you have is a flat tire.   ►LINK

The top reasons for challenges are sexually explicit content, offensive language and violence. “That’s not what our kids should be reading and learning,” Roberta Combs, president of the Christian Coalition of America, told USA Today.

A review of the books banned by various schools in the past six months illustrates that eliminating this “objectionable material” actually deprives students of the chance to think and form their own opinions about difficult questions. The banned books include Push by Sapphire, the acclaimed novelabout an illiterate 16-year-old girl that was made into the Academy Award-winning movie Precious. Also on the list is a “laugh-out-loud” picture book about a happy rat, and a book by a Pulitzer-Prize winning author that puts a human face on legendary human rights leader Mahatma Gandhi.   ►LINK

In interviews with immigrants, their families, attorneys and advocates, The Associated Press reviewed the obscure process known formally as "medical repatriation," which allows hospitals to put patients on chartered international flights, often while they are still unconscious. Hospitals typically pay for the flights.

"The problem is it's all taking place in this unregulated sort of a black hole ... and there is no tracking," said law professor Lori Nessel, director of the Center for Social Justice at Seton Hall Law School, which offers free legal representation to immigrants.    ►LINK

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