“Man is stupid. When you don’t want to see, you don’t see.”
— POPE FRANCIS talking to reporters while flying over the over areas in the Caribbean that were decimated by Hurricane Irma.
“They need illegal aliens to fill the churches. It’s obvious. They have an economic interest in unlimited immigration, unlimited illegal immigration.”
— STEVE BANNON, former chief strategist to Donald Trump, telling CBS’s Charlie Rose that the Roman Catholic Church opposes the White House’s anti-immigrant stance because it needs donations from Latinos, who are overwhelmingly Catholic.
“This is the time to talk about climate change. This is the time that the president and the (Environmental Protection Agency) and whoever makes decisions needs to talk about climate change.”
— Miami Mayor TOMÁS REGALADO talking to reporters prior to the arrival of Hurricane Irma.
“The former sheriff and I have had a wonderful relationship. I owe my career to Sheriff Clarke.”
— Milwaukee County acting Sheriff RICHARD SCHMIDT, who was has been with the sheriff’s office since 1986. Gov. Scott Walker appointed him as interim sheriff after the abrupt resignation of rightwing firebrand David Clarke.
“Do you worry that 100 years from now someone is going to take that memorial down like they are trying remake our memorials today?”
— Fox & Friends co-host BRIAN KILMEADE telling his viewers that the recent removals of statues of Confederate military leaders like Robert E. Lee are a warning that future Americans might do the same to a memorial erected for passengers of 9/11 United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
“Our Wisconsin economy must be built on rewarding hard work and innovation by creating more opportunities for our small businesses, innovators, communities and children to reach their full potential. Choosing a foreign corporation over our Main Street businesses is a dangerous and desperate gamble. … If we are going to pick a billion-dollar corporate giveaway over our schools, we should allow the taxpayers a chance to sign off via a referendum.”
— State SEN. CHRIS LARSON, D-Milwaukee, responding to the Wisconsin Senate’s approval of Gov. Scott Walker’s deal with Foxconn. It’s the most expensive tax giveaway to a foreign corporation in U.S. history.
“(The) Rugby league has been so strong in breaking down barriers and raising awareness about many issues, whether it’s to do with indigenous Australians or domestic violence against women. It’s about saving lives because that’s the power our game has.”
— Former professional rugby player IAN ROBERTS, an out gay Australian, telling The Daily Telegraph about a letter he’d sent urging the National Rugby League to support same-sex marriage. The league responded by endorsing the policy, which Australia put to a national vote Sept. 12. Voting continues through late October.