The Week in Quotes (Sept. 29 – Oct. 5)

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

Texas State Board of Education Chair Barbara Cargill, R-The Woodlands, responding to critics who say the official state review panels for new high school biology textbooks this year were stacked with unqualified ideologues who reject evolution.

The dietician actually has a degree in food science technology, and they have to take all kinds of science courses, I know, at colleges.

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Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, on the state’s science textbook adoption process.

Utterly unqualified partisan politicians will look at what utterly unqualified citizens have said about a textbook and decide whether it meets the requirements of a textbook.

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Texas State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, on how he believes is the Fox News formula for building a conservative media empire.

Beautiful women who wear skirts not behind a desk. I mean really…you know? They cross their legs very tightly and sit on a tall stool. That’s part of the presentation. And uh very conservative opinion makers and good guests. You know? That’s its 1, 2, 3. That’s how Roger Ailes built his empire.

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Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, discussing Obamacare at last weekend’s Texas Tribune Festival.

Right now we have a universal health care system — it’s called the emergency room.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry, saying his wife misspoke when she called abortion “a woman’s right.”

From time to time we’ll stick the wrong word in the wrong place, and you pounce upon it.

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American Prospect columnist Paul Waldman, on the publishers’ role in the Texas science textbook adoption process.

What if the Texas Board of Education demanded that their books discuss the “controversy” about whether the Earth travels around the sun or vice-versa, or the “controversy” about whether earthquakes happen because the turtle on whose back the world sits is scratching an itch, or the “controversy” about whether stars are actually faeries winking at us from up in the sky? Would the publishers say, “OK, if that’s what you want, we’ll write it and print it”? Someone should ask them where they draw the line on their integrity.

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, comparing same-sex marriage to incest.

It was an inappropriate analogy, you know I think a much better analogy would have been brother and sister, don’t you?

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry, on the implementation of Obamacare.

If this heath care law is forced upon this country, the young men and women in this audience are the ones who are really going to pay the price. And that, I suggest to you, reaches the point of being a felony toward them and their future. That is a criminal act, from my perspective, to put that type of burden on them — to mortgage their future like that America cannot stand that.

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