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“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.

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