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Publius / November 19, 2015

Thursday Short Cuts

Insight: “Ten million ignorances do not constitute one knowledge.” —German-Austrian politician Clemens von Metternich (1773-1859)

For the record: “[Obama’s] getting a lot of pressure by the Iranians. Otherwise he should have … partnered with Arab moderate forces such as Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, UAE. They are fighting terrorism very much and very well in Yemen, in Sinai, in Libya, elsewhere. But the reason that he’s not … is because the Iranians are pressuring him, because the Syrian regime is pressuring him. They don’t want those areas, those Sunni areas to be liberated by Sunni moderates because they won’t have access to them. That’s the bottom line of it.” —Walid Phares, National Defense University professor

Non Compos Mentis: “I do want to remind you, before we killed a jihadist named [Anwar al-] Awlaki, he did a video that said to Americans, ‘Join the Jihad and get guns, because it’s so easy in the United States of America to get a weapon.’ … I think it ought to cause us to have another consideration of sensible gun-safety laws.” —Rep. Jan Schakowsky (“According to reports, terrorists in the Paris attack used fully automatic weapons.” —The Hill)

The BIG Lie: “[Oklahoma City bomber] Timothy McVeigh was a Christian. Just sayin’.” —Joy Behar of “The View” (No, McVeigh was an agnostic.)

Annals of the absurd: “There have been a lot of monster Christians. Hitler was a Christian.” —Whoopi Goldberg of “The View” (No, Hitler hated Christianity and at best forced Christians to swear allegiance to him first. He was his own god.)

Village Idiots: “I think that we first of all need to be in a place of peace. We need to go and not use our young men and women to conduct war anymore — that’s over. You don’t go down to the level of the people who are the murderers and become murderers yourselves. I think those days, I hope, are over.” —Michael Moore

“You know, those people who have snuck in, that I don’t know if they’ve snuck in, but maybe they become Americanized. Maybe the anger goes away. Maybe what they snuck in to do, they’re not going to do because we do have an acceptance of these people.” —Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson (“Great point, Margaret. If only we’d had a little longer to hug it out with the 9/11 terrorists.” —Newsbusters’ Mark Finkelstein)

And last… “Obama can’t build a website or tell us who said it was a YouTube video or who ordered Fast & Furious, but he can screen 10K refugees no problem.” —Twitter satirist @weknowwhatsbest

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