Jordan Candler / April 22, 2022

Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Christopher Rufo, Michael Knowles, Nicolle Wallace, and more.


“The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man that it forms.” —Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881)

“Race, ethnicity, religion, or region never counted for much; what mattered was what they had behind their belt buckles and between their ears. Did they have the guts and the brains to be Infantrymen and Rangers?” —Col. Ralph Puckett, Medal of Honor recipient

For the Record

“It’s no accident that gas prices are through the roof when the man campaigning for president said he would put the fossil fuel business out of business.” —Senator Lindsey Graham

“All this blather about Trump being in complete control of the Republican Party ignores a fundamental truth: Any Republicans (and quite likely some Democrats) who want the power Trump has could have it. All they’d have to do is advance the interests of the American public, stick to their guns and tell the media to take a flying leap. But they can’t bring themselves to do that, so their political aspirations languish in limbo, and they blame Trump.” —Laura Hollis

“Disney has lost more than $20 billion in shareholder value since the release of internal videos exposing the company’s plan to embed gender ideology into its children’s programming. It’s a strong opening shot against woke capital — and there is more to come.” —Christopher Rufo

“If the richest man in the world cannot buy a public company at any price because the lib apparatus needs to control our discourse, they will have shown that the only thing truly priceless to them is power.” —Buck Sexton

Inquisitive Minds Want to Know

“If the mask mandate is so popular, as the liberal press insists that it is, why is it that 99% of people in the airport aren’t wearing one?” —Michael Knowles

Yellow Journalism

“I worry that in covering Glenn Youngkin and his politics of ‘parental choice,’ all the focus was on how well it worked. And even in our conversations about [Ron] DeSantis, it’s about how well they’re serving him. The truth is dehumanization, as a tactic for politics, is from war. Dehumanization is a — it’s a tactic. It’s being used right now. The Russians get their soldiers to rape children by dehumanizing them.” —MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace

Non Compos Mentis Award

“If Jesus Christ was alive today, he would be called a groomer. He would be called woke. And he would be called a socialist.” —former George W. Bush chief strategist Matthew Dowd

Requesting Cleanup on Aisle 6

“We know that vaccines are killing people of color — blacks, Latinos, and indigenous peoples — at about two times the rate of white Americans.” —HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra

And Last…

“So… CNN’s big comeback plan was to launch a platform with the most despised host at Fox News and two CNN personalities with combined ratings lower than a mid-range YouTube Streamer, and they’re shocked that it failed after a month?” —Cabot Phillips

“CNN+ didn’t even last as long as Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign.” —Caleb Hull

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