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Dispatches Quotables


“The Constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion. It says nothing about the freedom to play craps or blackjack.”

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, in a dissent from a decision that Nevada could ban church gatherings of more than 50 people while at the same time allowing casinos to operate with many more patrons inside. 

“None of them are going to have a fresh season in the fall.”

Rich Greenfield, a media analyst and partner at LightShed, a technology, media, and telecommunications research firm, on the difficulties that TV networks are having in producing dramas and other scripted shows because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

“It’s like being inside the small intestine of a unicorn that just ate a bunch of rainbow Skittles.”

Scrabble player Josh Bernoff, 61, who objects to Scrabble’s new mobile app that is filled with bright gems, baby dragon tiles, and a chat function. Scrabble is trying to attract younger users. 

“If someone had to die, I thought it should be me.”

Six-year-old Bridger Walker of Cheyenne, Wyo., who reportedly came between an attacking dog and his little sister. The dog bit him several times in the face, and Bridger had to undergo surgery and receive about 90 stitches. 

“This is the first time in my memory that the leaders of one of our great two political parties, the Democratic Party, are not coming out and condemning mob violence and the attack on federal courts.”

U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr, in a hearing on Capitol Hill, calling on Democrats to condemn the attacks on federal property during protests in Portland, Ore.