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Jordan Candler / September 3, 2021

Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Darrell B. Harrison, AOC, Don Lemon, Hillary Clinton, and more.

Insight: “In the United States there is no phenomenon more threatening to popular government than the unwillingness of newspapers to give the facts to their readers.” —Nelson Antrim Crawford (1888-1963)

“For Mr. Biden, the top priority was to use the 20th anniversary of 9/11 to take a victory lap as the president who ended America’s longest war. … Mr. Biden is not a Gold Star father and should stop playing one on TV.” —William McGurn

“I hope you burn in hell! That was my brother!" —a family member to Joe Biden at Dover Air Force Base after her brother’s remains were returned from Afghanistan

"What pro-abortionists refuse to understand is that God, the creator of all life (Acts 17:25), does not value human life on a curve (as they do). Every circumstance in which an image-bearer of God enters this world is sovereignly ordained by God Himself (Lamentations 3:37-38).” —Darrell B. Harrison

“The supposedly Catholic President is going to turn the legal arm of the federal government against a state for protecting the life of the unborn. How very Catholic of him.” —Erick Erickson

Demagogue: “When it comes to the devastation that we have seen in Afghanistan, the United States plays a role. We have a responsibility. And in order to carry out and in order to make good on the role that we have played in this violence, we have a responsibility to make a home for the people whose lives have been upended by interventionist U.S. foreign policy.” —Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, former bartender and Ted Kennedy “intern” who’s now a leading national security and foreign policy expert for the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democrat Party

Grand delusions: “Every policy that I advocate for has 70%, 80%, 90% approval from the American constituency, regardless of whether they are Republican or a Democrat, or independent.” —Congresswoman Ilhan Omar

Theater of the absurd: “There is no such thing as learning loss [vis-à-vis school lockdowns]. Our kids didn’t lose anything. It’s OK that our babies may not have learned all their times tables. They learned resilience. They learned survival. They learned critical-thinking skills. They know the difference between a riot and a protest. They know the words 'insurrection' and 'coup.‘” —United Teachers Los Angeles President Cecily Myart-Cruz

Non compos mentis I: “I think the administration is getting beaten up on this a little bit too much because there’s a lot of blame to go around from four different presidents and who actually didn’t have the guts to get us out of Afghanistan because they were afraid of this moment and what an exit might look like.” —CNN’s Don Lemon

Non compos mentis II: “I think that we should stop all, you know, running around like, 'Oh my gosh! I can’t believe we left so many people behind!’ We don’t know if we left them behind yet. We don’t know yet.” —Don Lemon

Non compos mentis III: “If you’re not going to get vaccinated, you don’t want to social distance, you don’t want to wear a mask, then maybe you don’t want to go to the hospital when you get sick.” —Don Lemon

Village idiot: “What we learned from this COVID crisis we will be applying to the climate crisis, to the housing crisis, to reconciliation, to making sure that everyone has good jobs. ” —Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Dezinformatsiya: “White supremacist praise of the Taliban takeover concerns US officials.” —CNN

Dumb… “Having the right to an abortion is a constitutional right. It’s grounded in the right to privacy that is within the Constitution. And I find it really interesting that part of this argument is an argument about, you know, ‘The right to an abortion is not explicitly listed in the Constitution.’ But you know what? Neither is the right to bear arms. … What it reminds me of, quite honestly, is a suicide bomber — someone who feels like they have the right and the moral duty to mess up somebody else’s life for the greater good.” —civil rights attorney Jill Colleen Jefferson

…and dumber: “You can’t screen for Down syndrome before about 10 weeks, and something like 80% of Down syndrome fetuses are aborted. If red states ban abortion, we could see a world where they have five times as many children with Down syndrome, and similar numbers for other disabilities.” —Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology (CSPI) President Richard Hanania

The BIG Lie: “The Supreme Court officially overturned five decades of settled law and permitted Texas’ unconstitutional abortion ban to stand. Yes: They gutted Roe v. Wade without hearing arguments, in a one-paragraph, unsigned 5-4 opinion issued in the middle of the night.” —Hillary Clinton

Projection: “Let’s also acknowledge that right-wingers have abortions all the time. They think it’s justified when they do it but immoral when others do. I’ve never met a right-winger who wasn’t a massive hypocrite, because it isn’t about what’s fair, it’s about having power over others.” —"The Young Turks" host Cenk Uygur

Non sequitur I: “Americans used to smoke cigarettes on airplanes. They once thought drunk driving was funny. They long regarded spousal abuse as a private matter between husband and wife. They changed. They can change on gun ownership too.” —David Frum

Non sequitur II: “It’s now easier to obtain an assault rifle in Texas than it is to get an abortion.” —multimedia journalist David Leavitt (“That’s good, because one of those actions is designed to defend human life while the explicit purpose of the other is to take it.” —Ben Shapiro)

And last… “Metaphorically speaking, abortion is just another fig leaf by which we attempt to cover our own sinfulness (Genesis 3:6-7).” —Darrell B. Harrison

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