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November 15, 2023

Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Ilhan Omar, Cori Bush, John Daniel Davidson, and more.

Useful Idiots

“There are people who seem to be upset that there are rabbis and other people of faith out here asking for ceasefire. And it’s bizarre because you would assume that if you are a religious leader, if you are a faith leader, that your number one priority would be to look into your faith, into the teachings of your faith, and to say, ‘I oppose violence.’” —Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN)

“By me calling for a ceasefire with my colleagues and centering humanity, I am uplifting deeply what it actually means to be Jewish.” —Congressman Jamaal Bowman (D-NY)

“They label us anti-Israel, they label us anti-Semitic, and they label us terrorists. They lie about us and they smear us. But we know the truth and the truth stands. … We are bound by our faith to demand a ceasefire now.” —Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-MO)

“Ceasefire means there is no military solution, only a diplomatic and cultural solution.” —Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)


“Israel says Hamas militants are using hospitals as shields for fighters but hasn’t provided evidence of that.” —Associated Press

Credit Where It’s Due

“October 7 made clear that this bloody cycle must end and that Hamas cannot be allowed to once again retrench, re-arm, and launch new attacks — while continuing to use people in Gaza as expendable human shields. … They have proved again and again that they will not abide by cease-fires, will sabotage any efforts to forge a lasting peace, and will never stop attacking Israel.” —former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

“I’m really struck by something in the last 30 or so days, especially as the White House … confirmed that one of the estimated 240 hostages kidnapped by Hamas … is a three-year-old American child. There are people in the United States, loud voices, who, shown this crisis in which there are Americans and innocent people, innocent Israelis, taken hostage, are actually rooting for the hostage takers. And we see these images seemingly every day of Americans ripping down posters of kidnapped kids. Kidnapped children. … I’ve never seen anything like this.” —CNN’s Jake Tapper

For the Record

“The war going on in Israel today is not just war between Israel and Hamas. It is a war between Judeo-Christian civilization and radical Islamic barbarism. Israel is on the frontline of that war, and all of Western Civilization, especially the United States, stands in the crosshairs.” —Gary Bauer

The BIG Lie

“We’ve been very serious on dealing with the crime that we have seen just across the country.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

Hot Air

“I don’t believe any politician can stop what is happening now. This [energy] transition is much bigger than any one party in the country … it’s not gonna happen. People are moving because the science is telling us we have to move in this direction. It’s not political. It’s not ideological.” —climate czar John Kerry

“Climate change … is the ultimate threat to humanity.” —Joe Biden

Belly Laugh of the Day

“Someone 45 years of age couldn’t do what [Biden] does every day, but he does it.” —MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle

Non Compos Mentis

“Look, there’s lots of anti-Semitism. I happen … to be married to a rabbi, and I happen to really believe in my faith. And there’s a lot of homophobia. And I happen to be the first out lesbian as a labor leader in the country ever. And so this kind of attack of identity — that’s all rolled into it too.” —American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten


“Having first rejected the Christian faith … our secular elites are now rejecting all those other good things that sprang from it, and positing a very different sort of society. Instead of a society that embraces rationality and freedom and human rights, they offer something from the pagan past: a society that embraces power and violence and domination.” —John Daniel Davidson

“Even if science accurately describes a thing, it cannot say whether the phenomenon is good or bad; those judgments rely on prior moral commitments. This is where the pro-life movement meets defeat. The moral assumptions of most pro-lifers are more religious than those of other Americans. That’s not a bad thing, but it suggests that to defeat abortion at the ballot box, pro-lifers ought to begin by getting more Americans to go to church. … Better communications strategies won’t help sell abortion bans to people who don’t already agree that abortion is wrong: it’s like trying to sell sirloin to vegans.” —Daniel McCarthy

And Last…

“It’s become really confusing dealing with the left lately because when they call someone Hitler you’re not sure if they mean it in a good way or a bad way.” —Frank J. Fleming

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