Publius / September 15, 2016

Thursday Short Cuts

Insight: “I would rather starve and rot and keep the privilege of speaking the truth as I see it, than of holding all the offices that capital has to give from the presidency down.” —Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918)

Upright: “Taxpayers shouldn’t have to fund Planned Parenthood in particular, but it would be nice for a change to see Republicans make the case that the federal government shouldn’t be funding family planning services at all. But just like the Republican-led battle to stop ACORN from receiving federal funds a few years ago, it appears that the GOP’s desire to save taxpayers a few bucks has more to do with politics than it does with concerns about government spending.” —Veronique de Rugy

Race bait: “Baseball is a white man’s game, and is so by the specific design of the people who run it. … Baseball’s whiteness in 2016 is so starkly in contrast to baseball’s postwar roots, where not only did the giants of the game like Jackie Robinson, Henry Aaron and Willie Mays share its face along with Stan Musial, Mickey Mantle and Sandy Koufax, but also because it was in baseball where the [Colin] Kaepernick moments occurred, from Robinson’s fighting for integrated hotels to Aaron and the Braves’ demanding integrated seating as a condition for moving from Milwaukee to Atlanta. The black heritage has disappeared along with its progeny.” —ESPN’s Howard Bryant

Non Compos Mentis: “Hillary is under no illusions that you want to have sex with her, or that she’s going to seduce you, or out-think you.” —Democrat congressional candidate Joe Garcia

Sad! “It used to be, cars were made in Flint and you couldn’t drink the water in Mexico. Now, the cars are made in Mexico and you cannot drink the water in Flint.” —Donald Trump

Late-night humor: “Following an uproar over her hidden pneumonia diagnosis, Hillary Clinton said yesterday that she just didn’t think it was going to be that big a deal to keep the illness from going public. Sure, when has keeping a secret ever hurt a Clinton?” —Seth Meyers

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