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Dispatches Quotables


“This is not the year you want to roll the dice.”

Dr. Jennifer Vines, health officer of Multnomah County, Ore., encouraging people to get a flu shot this year. Health experts worry a double outbreak of seasonal flu and COVID-19 could overwhelm health systems. 

“The legislators of this state believe promoting certain lewd material of children has destructive consequences.”

Tyler County, Texas, district attorney Lucas Babin, announcing a grand jury felony indictment against Netflix for promoting “lewd visual material” involving children in its film Cuties. Netflix argues the French film, which features young girls performing risqué dance routines, is “a social commentary against the sexualization of young children.” 

“You tell me, who has more influence: Joe Rogan and Ben Shapiro or Wolf Blitzer and Ari Melber?”

Former Fox News and NBC anchor Megyn Kelly on why she feels optimistic about her departure from legacy media to launch a new venture in podcasting.

“He wanted to test the system. He did test the system, and guess what? It worked.”

Manatee County, Fla., supervisor of elections Mike Bennett, describing a 62-year-old county resident who requested a mail-in ballot for his dead wife. Prosecutors filed a third-degree felony charge against the resident, who claimed he was merely “testing the system.” Bennett said such fraud is rare. 

“Dogs are very good at sniffing.”

University of Helsinki professor of equine and small animal medicine Anna Hielm-Björkman on Finland’s experimental deployment of coronavirus-sniffing dogs at its international airport in Helsinki.