Jordan Candler / January 19, 2023

Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Ben Shapiro, Al Gore, Rashida Tlaib, and more.


“This week, the San Francisco African American Reparations Advisory Committee released a report calling on the city to pay every black resident $5 million and absolve all of their outstanding personal debt. … This is bad ethics, and it is bad social science. It’s bad ethics because the innocent should not be forced to pay people against whom they have not sinned, and because the connection between continued suffering and past discrimination must be measured and clarified rather than merely assumed. It’s bad social science because it ignores the role of individual decision-making in persistent intergenerational inequality, despite the massive intervention of state, local and federal government.” —Ben Shapiro

“In 2020, 39.2% of abortions were on Black women, who represent just 14% of the childbearing population. The data also shows that 86% of abortions are done on unmarried women, which points to the critical link between this destructive behavior and the collapse of marriage and family, the pillars of a healthy society. I believe that all the many problems that our nation faces begin with absence of awe for the miracle of life. The other side of the coin of the right to life is the responsibility to protect life and responsibility in the behavior that creates life. Reverence is the beginning of responsibility, and responsibility is the beginning point for what freedom is all about.” —Star Parker

For the Record

“Lots of environmental groups now want to ban plastic. That’s just silly. Plastic is useful. Using it often creates fewer emissions than its alternatives. Plastic bags create fewer than paper bags. A metal straw has to be used 150 times before it creates less pollution than a plastic straw. Environmental groups rarely mention that, or how they misled us about recycling year after year.” —John Stossel

“Between everything being climate change’s fault and everything being systemic racism, the left sure seems to invent new sources to blame so they can escape culpability for what they created from bad land management to drug problems to crime to failed public education, etc.” —Erick Erickson

Hot Air

“[Renewable energy] is now the cheapest source of electricity in almost the entire planet.” —Al Gore

“[Greenhouse gas pollution is] what’s boiling the oceans, creating these atmospheric rivers and the rain bombs and sucking the moisture out of the land and creating the droughts and melting the ice and raising the sea level and causing these waves of climate refugees.” —Al Gore

“If a billion people stop eating meat … it has a big impact. … I predict that we will have proteins not coming from meat in the future. They will probably taste even better … They will be zero carbon and much healthier than the kind of food that we eat today.” —Siemens Chairman Jim Hagemann Snabe

“Can the capitalism that we have known in the last 30, 40 years overcome the climate crisis that the capitalism helped create?” —Colombian President Gustavo Petro

Braying Jenny

“Kevin McCarthy has no soul. He has no ethics. He has no morals. He has no spine. He’s a shell of a human being.” —"The View" co-host Joy Behar

The BIG Lie

“There has been a resistance to what you [Nikole Hannah-Jones] have brought to the table [the 1619 Project], which is truth. And telling the truth about this country.” —MSNBC’s Joy Reid

Non Compos Mentis

“[Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu] definitely needs to be held accountable for war crimes.” —Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib

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