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Publius / June 15, 2016

Wednesday Short Cuts

Observations: “You would think that the worst terrorist attack since 9/11 would finally wake up Barack Hussein O and Hillary Clinton and the rest of the Democrat Party and the rest of the appeasers on the Left. But … they despise us more than they despise militant Islam. You know why? It really isn’t complicated. No matter what Omar Siddiqui Mateen did, he wasn’t trying to defeat a Democrat in an election.” —Rush Limbaugh

Upright: “The persecution of gay people is not an ISIS thing or an al-Qaeda thing; it is an Islam thing. More specifically, it is a bedrock of sharia law and has been since long, long before there was an ISIS. If [the Orlando killer] was deeply conflicted over his alleged homosexual leanings, it had to be because they cut so deeply against the grain of his adherence to sharia supremacism. That ideology, not ‘inspiration by ISIS’ … is far more likely the root of Mateen’s inner rage.” —Andrew McCarthy

Braying Jackass: “These 49 victims joined a long list of victims and families that are hurting because their Congress will stand for a moment of silence but do absolutely nothing. They would rather these events just continue to happen, I guess.” —Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY)

Gun grabbers: “We have to face the fact that meaningful gun control has to be a part of homeland security. We need to do something to minimize the opportunity for terrorists to get a gun in this country.” —DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

Re: The Left: “[Obama] pretends and says, ‘Well, [radical Islam is] a magical phrase.’ … I think the president said calling it a threat by a different name doesn’t make it go away. Of course it doesn’t! Nobody implies it does. But deliberately calling it something meaningless — ‘violent extremism’ is a completely empty phrase. No one has ever strapped on a suicide vest in the name of extremism; nobody dies in the name of extremism. Obama is deliberately trying to deny, or to hide, or to disguise, the connection between all of these disparate acts and groups, and if you want to mobilize a country behind you, you need to tell them who the enemy is and why it’s doing what it is.” —Charles Krauthammer

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