Tuesday Short Cuts

"The kind of gun being carried [by Stephen Willeford] he shouldn't be carrying," says Joe Biden. Memo to Joe: His AR-15 saved many lives.

Political Editors · Nov. 14, 2017

For the record: “Three violent attacks on members of Congress in seven months is the sort of thing that would ordinarily generate long feature pieces in the media about the ‘culture of hate’ and ‘out-of-control partisan appetite for violence’ plaguing the country, with hard questions asked about whether the most incendiary voices are partially responsible for these sorts of attacks. … But I guess there’s no broader lesson or important theme that can be discerned from three violent attacks on Republican lawmakers in seven months, huh?” —Jim Geraghty

Race bait: “Donald Trump’s election has made it clear that I will teach my boys the lesson generations old, one that I for the most part nearly escaped. I will teach them to be cautious, I will teach them suspicion, and I will teach them distrust. Much sooner than I thought I would, I will have to discuss with my boys whether they can truly be friends with white people.” —professor Ekow N. Yankah in The New York Times

Dezinformatsiya: “African-Americans face a disproportionate risk of health problems from pollution caused by the oil and gas industry, and the situation could worsen as President Donald Trump dismantles environmental regulations.” —Reuters

Non Compos Mentis: “The kind of gun being carried [by Stephen Willeford] he shouldn’t be carrying. … I wrote the last serious gun control law that was written and was law for 10 years, and it outlawed assault weapons and it outlawed weapons with magazines that had a whole lot of bullets and so you can kill a whole lot of people a lot more quickly.” —Joe Biden (The AR-15 can also save a whole lot of people a lot more quickly.)

You’ve been warned: “No, I’m not closing the door [on a presidential run]. I’ve been around too long, and I’m a great respecter of fate, but who knows what the situation is going to be a year-and-a-half from now.” —Joe Biden

And last… “There is an unstated conceit among some evangelicals that God is only at work when a Republican is elected, even a Republican who does not share their view of Jesus, or practice what He taught. It is the ultimate compromise, which leads to the corruption and dilution of a message more powerful than what government and politics offer.” —Cal Thomas

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