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November 2, 2023

Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Emilie Simons, Hakeem Jeffries, Douglas Andrews, and more.


“We know that people are hurting … especially in Muslim and Arab American communities.” —White House Deputy Press Secretary Emilie Simons (Were Jews unavailable for comment?)

Moral Equivalence

“There is no place for hate in America. Not against Muslim Americans, Arab Americans, Palestinian Americans, not against anyone.” —Emilie Simons

Pot Calling the Kettle Black

“The [Israel/Ukraine] package that has been put forward by President Biden should be considered in its totality. … We shouldn’t be playing partisan political games, which is what it appears the extreme MAGA Republicans are prepared to do.” —House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

The Bottom Line

“The horrors that Hamas perpetrated on Oct. 7 remind us that we won’t realize the promise of a better future unless we, the civilized world, are willing to fight the barbarians.” —Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Political Futures

“Given all the Jew hatred on the Left, one wonders whether 2024 will be the year when American Jews finally reassess their increasingly curious and longtime allegiance to the Democrats.” —Douglas Andrews

The BIG Lie

“I ran for president to make sure the economy works for everyone.” —President Joe Biden

Hot Air

“The benefits of AI are immense. It could give us the power to fight the climate crisis.” —Vice President Kamala Harris

For the Record

“Talk show host Bill Maher compared the new speaker to the mass murderer in Maine who claimed to hear voices in his head. Maher said, ‘Is he that different than Mike Johnson?’ Yes, Bill, there is a difference. The shooter was a killer. The speaker believes in the sanctity of life.” —Gary Bauer

“Memo to Demos condemning Speaker Mike Johnson for hearing the voice of God. Remember when Martin Luther King declared: ‘I heard the voice of Jesus saying still to fight on. He promised never to leave me alone. At that moment I experienced the presence of the Divine as I had never experienced Him before.’” —Mark Alexander


“It is in the quiet crucible of your personal private suffering that your noblest dreams are born, and God’s greatest gifts are given in compensation for what you’ve been through.” —singer/songwriter Wintley Phipps

“A civilization in which there is not a continuous controversy about important issues … is on the way to totalitarianism and death.” —Robert M. Hutchins (1899-1977)

And Last…

“Parents beware: The highest per capita incidence of child sexual predation by profession occurs in K-12 schools.” —Mark Alexander

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