Jordan Candler / January 20, 2023

Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Victor Davis Hanson, Robert Spencer, Eric Adams, and more.

Upright

“Science is a pillar of modern life for which we should be deeply grateful. It has given us longer and healthier lives, incredible material abundance, and abilities that were unfathomable a few generations ago. It is ‘science’ — science used as a rhetorical tactic and ideological weapon — that is a blight on 21st-century American life. This faux science is not dispassionate but fired by a great moral certainty. It is not open to counter arguments and different interpretations but insists on only one answer to complicated or ambiguous questions. It is not rigorously neutral but aims to achieve cherished political goals. The debate over gas stoves illustrates perfectly the faux scientific method.” —Rich Lowry

For the Record

“The Mexican opioid industry was designed solely for lucrative export to the United States — with zero concern over the death and destruction its products cause here. Well aside from human trafficking and smuggling, cartel drugs indirectly earn the Mexican economy somewhere between $35-45 billion each year. A hostile China profits by selling Mexicans the raw product. Beijing gains satisfaction that at the present death rate, more Americans will perish this decade alone from imported Mexican drugs than all the combat deaths in all the wars since America’s founding. In that sense Mexico is doing more damage to America than all our prior enemies combined.” —Victor Davis Hanson

Observations

“Here’s why the WEF should frighten everyone: They exert massive influence over some of the world’s most powerful businesses. If all of them start implementing their ESG agenda, pricing out businesses that refuse to comply, their agenda of corporate communism can take over.” —Michael Seifert

“If Joe Biden were consistent and honest, and of course, those ships have sailed a long, long time ago, he would admit that there was absolutely no danger of the government falling on Jan. 6, 2021. The protesters didn’t have F-15s, or AR-15s either, for that matter, and now Old Joe has stated openly that without that kind of firepower, patriots don’t stand a chance against tyranny. But if that’s true, then the Jan. 6 ‘insurrectionists’ never had a chance.” —Robert Spencer

Braying Jenny

“On some of these key committees, it appears that House Republicans have handed over the keys to the most extreme MAGA members of the Republican caucus. … These are members who have promoted violent rhetoric and dangerous conspiracy theories, including suggesting violence against political opponents, trafficking in antisemitic lies, and defending and downplaying a violent insurrection against our democracy.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

The BIG Lie

“Every attempt to deal with this immigration on a national level through legislation has been sabotaged, mostly by right-wing oppositions. And cities are bearing the brunt of this failure.” —NYC Mayor Eric Adams

And Last…

“All the virtuous public talk about stopping climate change, saving the planet and putting the dirty fossil fuel industry out of existence at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Switzerland officially won’t end till Friday. That’s when the political bigshots, billionaires and the media junketeers in bed with them will stop their partying, kiss their favorite $750 an hour sex worker goodbye, hop back on their private jets and pollute their way home. Davos has become such an obvious pop-up annual hypocrisy fest for the rich and powerful that even Greenpeace has slammed it.” —Michael Reagan

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