Publius / June 30, 2016

Thursday Short Cuts

Insight: “A newspaper has three things to do. One is to amuse, another is to entertain and the rest is to mislead.” —Ernest Bevin (1881-1951)

Observations: “I suspect it is hard to exploit this latest attack [in Turkey] to make the cause for gun control since the jihadists used bombs. But I do recall Attorney General Loretta Lynch saying after the Orlando carnage that ‘[o]ur most effective response to terror … is … love.’ I can’t imagine why they [won’t] repeat that pearl of wisdom today. … Crushing the ideology of Muslim supremacism and ridding the world of these death worshippers would be the greatest act of love we could do for the entire planet — especially those in the Muslim world who do desire peace.” —Gary Bauer

Alpha Jackass: “I feel that Marco Rubio should be sued to pay back all the money that the federal government paid him. He was never here [during the primary], and the state of Florida was missing a senator during that time.” —Harry Reid (And yet, even though his presence was intermittent, Rubio still managed to accomplish more than Reid ever has.)

Defiant: “Let’s assume hypothetically that the state Supreme Court knocks … down [my executive action that reinstates voting rights to ex-convicts]. The next day I will sit at my desk — probably with the assistance of my autopen — and I will sign 206,000 orders.” —Gov. Terry McAuliffe (Translation: Rule of Law be damned.)

Village Idiots: “Look, we have challenges with Iran, as everybody knows, and we’re working on those challenges. But I can tell you that Iran in Iraq has been, in certain ways, helpful, and they clearly are focused on ISIL-Daesh, and so we have a common interest, actually.” —John Kerry (They may have a common interest, but for entirely malicious reasons.)

Science! “Earth needs a virtual country: #Rationalia, with a one-line Constitution: All policy shall be based on the weight of evidence.” —Neil deGrasse Tyson

And last… “People can be horrible when they’re sure religion proves them right, but wait until you have those who are sure ‘science’ proves them right.” —Frank Fleming

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