Tuesday Short Cuts

"In democracies, we the people get the government we deserve. We also get the celebrities we deserve." —Mike Rowe

Political Editors · Sep. 26, 2017

Insight: “Watch out for the fellow who talks about putting things in order! Putting things in order always means getting other people under your control.” —Denis Diderot (1713-1784)

Questions worth asking: “Someday, maybe, we’ll get around to asking: What would have happened if Hillary Clinton’s very real email scandal — with its mountainous evidence of felony mishandling of classified information and destruction of government records — had been investigated with the no-holds-barred vigor [Robert] Mueller and his band of Hillary donors are applying to the surmise of Trump collusion in Russian espionage?” —Andrew McCarthy

Observations: “NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he is ‘proud of our league.’ I am disgusted. Goodell says that the players have free speech rights. Tell that to Tim Tebow who knelt during games to honor God and was pilloried for it. What do you think Goodell would do if an NFL player took a knee and said he did it to protest abortion on demand?” —Gary Bauer

Non Compos Mentis: “NASCAR again proved to be an insular oddity in American sports culture on Sunday as Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pre-race festivities at New Hampshire Motor Speedway were completely devoid of the type of national anthem protests that have permeated other professional sports.” —USA Today (Who knew that a sport sticking with sport was an “insular oddity”?)

Village Idiots: “People in Hollywood, for the most part, are people from the Midwest who moved to Hollywood to have a career. So this idea of ‘coastal elites’ living in a bubble is ridiculous. … I laugh when I see [Trump] say ‘Hollywood elite.’ Hollywood elite? I don’t have a star on Hollywood Boulevard, Donald Trump has a star on Hollywood Boulevard! F— you!” —George Clooney

And last… “In democracies, we the people get the government we deserve. We also get the celebrities we deserve, the artists we deserve, and the athletes we deserve. Because ultimately, we the people get to decide who and what gets our attention, and who and what does not.” —Mike Rowe

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