Jordan Candler / November 29, 2021

Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Enes Kanter, Marcus Arbery, Joe Manchin, and more.

Insight: “Virtue is harder to be got than a knowledge of the world; and, if lost in a young man, is seldom recovered.” —John Locke (1632-1704)

“There’s so many athletes, so many actors … so many singers and rappers out there. They’re scared. They’re scared to say a word because they care too much about their money. They care too much about their endorsement deals. They care too much about what the teams that they play for are going to say. But, you know, they should know one thing: It should be morals and principles over money. It shouldn’t be the opposite way. … [China is] a brutal dictatorship and they engage in censorship, they threaten the freedoms, and they don’t respect human rights, and they hide the truth.” —NBAer Enes Kanter

“For real, all lives matter, not just black children. We don’t want to see nobody go through this. … It’s all our problem. So hey, let’s keep fighting. Let’s keep doing it and making this place a better place for all human beings — all human beings. Everybody. Love everybody. All human beings need to be treated equally.” —Ahmaud Arbery’s father, Marcus

Friendly fire: “I continue to call on President Biden to responsibly increase energy production here at home and to reverse course to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built which would have provided our country with up to 900,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada, one of our closest allies. To be clear, this is about American energy independence and the fact that hard-working Americans should not depend on foreign actors, like OPEC+, for our energy security and instead focus on the real challenges facing our country’s future.” —Senator Joe Manchin

Swamp Doctor: “Anybody who spins lies, and threatens, and all that theater that goes on with some of their investigations and the congressional committees and the Rand Pauls and all that other nonsense, that’s noise. … They’re really criticizing science because I represent science. That’s dangerous.” —Anthony Fauci (“The absolute hubris of someone claiming THEY represent science. It’s astounding and alarming that a public health bureaucrat would even think to claim such a thing, especially one who has worked so hard to ignore the science of natural immunity.” —Senator Rand Paul | “Fauci is an unelected technocrat who has distorted science and facts in order to exercise authoritarian control over millions of Americans. He lives in a liberal world where his smug ‘I REPRESENT science’ attitude is praised.” —Senator Ted Cruz)

Grand delusions: “You can’t beat the fact that [Biden is] working for America. Just sayin’.” —"The View’s" Whoopi Goldberg

Dezinformatsiya I: “Here’s what we know so far on the sequence of events that led to the Waukesha tragedy caused by a SUV.” —The Washington Post

Dezinformatsiya II: “Waukesha will hold a moment of silence today, marking one week since a car drove through a city Christmas parade, killing six people and injuring scores of others.” —CNN

Propaganda: “What is Thanksgiving to Indigenous people? ‘A day of mourning.’” —USA Today

Race bait I: “Instead of bringing stuffing and biscuits, those settlers brought genocide and violence. That genocide and violence is still on the menu.” —Native American author Gyasi Ross

Race bait II: “When the Pilgrims arrived on the Mayflower in 1620, they didn’t bring thanks. They didn’t even give thanks. Instead, they brought racist genocide and gave nothing.” —attorney and radio host Michael Coard

Race bait III: “By allowing him to go free and potentially commit other crimes, this jury sent the final and loudest warning to white America about the dangerous rise of white nationalist terror in this country, one I suspect will be ignored by most thought leaders, politicians, and the press. Kyle Rittenhouse was able to kill Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and face no consequences because those men were race traitors.” —MSNBC’s “The ReidOut” guest host Jason Johnson

Race bait IV: “The first thing that occurred to me after this ruling is, ‘Oh, well, OK, now it’s just open season.’ Like, if I’m walking around and I’m a white nationalist coward little kid with an AR-15, and I see someone drive by with a ‘Black Lives Matter’ bumper sticker and I feel threatened, I can open fire. If I go by a youth group standing outside a local Target and they’re chanting, ‘Black Lives Matter,’ and I feel threatened, I can open fire.” —Jason Johnson

Race bait V: “Rittenhouse will be the poster child for reactionary white men who want to take the law in their own hands, who want to bring assault weapons to Black Lives Matter protests, and who think that violence is a legitimate form of political discourse.” —MSNBC legal analyst Paul Butler

Non compos mentis: “This strikes me as an odd situation for self-defense. It’s something akin to saying that if you go in a bank and rob it, and people are trying to apprehend you, you can shoot your way out and claim self-defense. That’s a little bit what Kyle Rittenhouse did. He created this problem, and then proceeded to threaten people to get out.” —MSNBC legal analyst Joyce Vance

And last… “Remember last year when Republicans wanted to buy 77M barrels into the strategic reserve at dirt cheap prices? Remember when the Democrat Congress refused? Taxpayer profit from selling this oil today would be ~$3B. Because of Democrats, we don’t get that profit. And guess what, prices won’t be affected either. This is what happens when pragmatism is swept aside and emotional outbursts become your governing philosophy.” —Congressman Dan Crenshaw

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