Jordan Candler / July 20, 2021

Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Ben Carson, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Ben & Jerry’s, and more.

Insight: “Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess, and yet all the honesty in the world ain’t lawful tender for a loaf of bread.” —Josh Billings (1818-1885)

For the record: “It’s important to understand that the term ‘antiracism’ as used by [Ibram] Kendi, which sounds non-threatening enough, does not mean what you think. Indeed, far from being antiracist, the ideology promoted by Kendi and fellow travelers is anything but. It redefines reality to assign guilt and blame based solely on race. Classifying persons in such a manner is literally the definition of racism.” —Ben Carson

A trip down memory lane: “The most equal multiracial country in our hemisphere … would be Cuba. Cuba has the least inequality between black and white people anyplace really in the hemisphere. … And that’s largely due to socialism — which I’m sure no one wants to hear.” —1619 Project writer Nikole Hannah-Jones in 2019

Demagogue: “We stand here with these people of courage, with freedom fighters who came to Washington, DC, to seek salvation because they are not going to be able to get that governor of Texas to protect the voting rights of the people of Texas.” —Senator Amy Klobuchar regarding the Texas Dems who fled voter integrity

The BIG Lie: “There’s nobody suggesting there’s unchecked inflation is on the way. No serious economist.” —Joe Biden (“Verdict: False. Larry Summers is worried about inflation. He has been the Treasury Secretary under Bill Clinton, director of the National Economic Council under Barack Obama, chief economist of the World Bank, and president of Harvard University. He is one of the most prominent economists in the United States today.” —John Carney)

Non sequitur: “Six months into my administration, the U.S. economy has experienced the highest economic growth rate in nearly 40 years.” —Joe Biden (Government lockdowns caused GDP to crater. The rebound was inevitable. What wasn’t inevitable was Biden’s Carteresque inflation.)

Non compos mentis I: “My worry is that all this [COVID] misinformation that’s floating around is having a real cost that can be measured in lives lost and that is just tragic.” —Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy

Non compos mentis II: “It’s very reasonable for counties to take more mitigation measures, like the mask rules that you see coming out in LA.” —Dr. Vivek Murthy

Grand delusions: “Simply put, limiting or otherwise trying to stifle access to safe, legal abortion services not only harms pregnant people but also the children they’re already caring for.” —Danielle Campoamor in a MarieClaire.com article titled, “We Need to See More Parents Having Abortions in Film and Television”

Belly laugh of the week: “We believe it is inconsistent with our values for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to be sold in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). … We have informed our licensee that we will not renew the license agreement when it expires at the end of next year.” —Ben & Jerry’s, which could use a lesson in Islamist “values”

And last… “Remember when the Democrat sales pitch for Biden a year ago was that he would unite America, calm things down, and help the middle class afford stuff like gas, housing and groceries? Hilarious.” —Buck Sexton

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