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Jordan Candler / Apr. 15, 2021

Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Brett Favre, AOC, Mike Elliott, and more.

Insight: “Kings or parliaments could not give the rights essential to happiness… We claim them from a higher source — from the King of kings, and Lord of all the earth. They are not annexed to us by parchments and seals. They are created in us by the decrees of Providence, which establish the laws of our nature. They are born with us; exist with us; and cannot be taken from us by any human power, without taking our lives.” —John Dickinson (1732-1808)

For the record: “The U.S. is now vaccinating as many as 4 million people a day, and President Joe Biden has announced vaccines are plentiful enough that all adults will be eligible by May 1. A remarkable achievement. Biden gets some credit for distributing the shots, but Trump is responsible for producing vaccines in record time and guaranteeing that America had first dibs on the supply. The current president claims he inherited a mess. In fact, he inherited a miracle — Trump’s Operation Warp Speed. … Operation Warp Speed paid to manufacture the vaccines before clinical trials proved they were safe and worked. Companies couldn’t take that risk. It was a bold strategy and it worked.” —Betsy McCaughey

Observations: “Something’s got to unite us. And the games or sport in the past has been some kind of unification. Now, it’s almost like a division. I can’t tell you how many people … have said to me, ‘I don’t watch anymore. It’s not about the game anymore.’ I tend to agree. It’s a shame.” —former NFL Quarterback Brett Favre

Touché: “[BLM cofounder Patrisse Khan-Cullors is] telling you what she is. She’s a Marxist. So Marxists steal money from other people and they enrich themselves until the people that they stole from are poor. And so she has stolen money from other people on the pretext of a lie that is Black Lives Matter. … Apparently, the ‘black movement’ was Patrisse moving herself … into other areas of the communities of people that she claims are oppressing black Americans.” —Candace Owens

Race bait: “Black women in our country are facing a maternal health crisis. … We know the primary reasons why: systemic racial inequities and implicit bias.” —VP Kamala Harris

Lack of self-awareness: “We cannot stand by and watch as a flawed system again and again devalues the lives of Black men & women.” —alleged serial sexual assailant New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Demagogue: “Another life of a Black man taken by law enforcement.” —Minnesota Governor Tim Walz

Grand delusions: “I don’t believe that officers need to necessarily have weapons every time they’re making a traffic stop.” —Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, Mayor Mike Elliott

The BIG Lie: “Daunte Wright’s killing was not a random, disconnected ‘accident’ — it was the repeated outcome of an indefensible system that grants impunity for state violence, rewards it w/ endlessly growing budgets at the cost of community investment, & targets those who question that order.” —AOC

Non compos mentis: “The murder of #DaunteWright is rooted in white supremacy and results from the intentional criminalization of Black and Brown communities. This system can’t be reformed. It must be dismantled and a real system of public safety rebuilt from the ground up.” —Ben & Jerry’s

And last… “About 250,000 people are killed annually due to medical mistakes made by doctors. We don’t riot, loot, or protest doctors. Duante Wright was resisting arrest and the responding officer made a tragic mistake. Why doesn’t society extend police officers any understanding?” —Candace Owens

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