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November 16, 2023

Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Kathy Hochul, Brenda Mallory, Jaime Harrison, Byron York, and more.


“We’re very focused on the data we’re collecting from surveillance efforts, what’s being said on social media platforms, and we have launched an effort to be able to counter some of the negativity and reach out to people when we see hate speech.” —New York Governor Kathy “Big Sister” Hochul

The BIG Lie

“The following are some titles of books that have been banned from schools in Florida…. [Let me know] which book is pornography…. To Kill A Mockingbird, The Hate You Give, Forrest Gump, A Catcher In The Rye, The Hill We Climb, Girls Who Code, Atlas Shrugged, 1984, The Kite Runner, The Bluest Eye, A Wrinkle In Time, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Fault In Our Stars, etc etc.” —singer-songwriter Pink

Lack of Self-Awareness Award

“In this environment … it feels like there are forces that are trying to divide us. Let’s renew our sense of connection with each other and reinforce the importance of our unity. I think that’s really important.” —Vice President Kamala Harris

Non Compos Mentis

“We’re embedding environmental justice principles into the DNA of federal agencies.” —Council on Environmental Quality Chairwoman Brenda Mallory

Belly Laughs of the Day

“The president jokes about his age all the time. And we have to understand that with age has come wisdom.” —DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison

“There has to be some more clarity in people understanding all that this president did.” —Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

Political Futures

“It’s not a great rallying cry for Democrats to say that prices at the grocery store rose to painful levels after Biden became president, but don’t worry — they’re still rising but at a slower pace than before. What voter will get fired up by that? … Biden believed that ‘Bidenomics’ would communicate to voters all the wonderful things he has done for them. They don’t see it that way.” —Byron York

“For the American Right, this primary is a referendum on Trump. Was he tried and found wanting, or is his reelection the only fitting punishment for the misdeeds and norm-breaking of his enemies? The problem for Republicans is that the answer to both questions is probably yes.” —Michael Brendan Dougherty

For the Record

“The idea that climate change is the greatest threat facing us today is insane! The existential threat facing the free world is the growing power of hateful ideologies — communism, Marxism and the modern-day Islamofascism that is trying to destroy Israel now. It also wants to destroy us.” —Gary Bauer

“Across the world, those who have not achieved are uniting against the West. They blame the West for their lack of success while living off the West’s largesse.” —Ben Shapiro

And Last…

“Do you want to not be Hitler anymore? Simple. Just go out and attack some Jewish students, kill elderly Jews in the streets, and openly call for genocide against Jews. Then they’ll stop calling you Hitler. Make sense?” —Christopher Skeet

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