March 2, 2023

Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Mark Alexander, Ben Shapiro, Hakeem Jeffries, and more.

For the Record

“Fact is, everyone but Joe ‘Big Guy’ Biden knows the [COVID] virus was either an intentional or accidental release from a ChiCom lab. So why does Biden, other than his corrupt ties to the ChiComs, continue his ‘lying dog-faced pony soldier’ denials? The answer… For Biden to acknowledge that the virus originated in a ChiCom-controlled lab would lead to the next question — did the Chinese intentionally kill a million Americans and shut down the U.S. economy, or was that an ‘accident’? Either way, acknowledging the virus origin creates immediate and significant foreign policy challenges for Biden, and he and his inept administrators are not up to the task.” —Mark Alexander

“President Joe Biden’s diplomats are negotiating a treaty with the World Health Organization to promote so-called global health equity. The premise is that in a pandemic or other worldwide disease emergency, Americans should not get better or faster health care than inhabitants of third-world countries. … The treaty’s defenders claim that nothing would allow WHO to meddle in how the U.S. responds domestically to a pandemic. But the actual wording of Article 4 proves otherwise. It states that each country will manage its own domestic health policies provided these policies ‘do not cause damage to their peoples and other countries.’ You can drive a truck through that exception.” —Betsy McCaughey

“The United States is a beacon of hope to millions, if not billions, across the world. However, the government of this great country has become unrecognizable, a monster with its tentacles wrapped up in global politics that often interfere with the lives of its citizens. So much deceit and obvious graft are present within the government that it is no surprise the average person’s confidence in the system is at rock bottom.” —Anthony Brian Logan

Observations

“A huge number of people have decided that there are a cadre of people who are so vile that any opinion they touch is immediately toxified beyond investigation. Claims are not to be evaluated on their own merits; instead, we can simply determine whether a claim ought to be supported based on those who posit it. This helps to explain why political crossover has become nearly impossible: We’re not judging the claims of our opponents; we’re judging each other. And this means that we can discard any argument simply by dint of the fact that we don’t like the person offering it.” —Ben Shapiro

Re: The Left

“Seventy-eight years ago … some 70,000 U.S. Marines were fighting and dying on a tiny Pacific island called Iwo Jima. Imagine the looks on their faces if they’d been told that they’d be storming those sulfurous black sand beaches with a handful of men who claimed to be women. Imagine the look on the face of flamethrower Woody Williams if you ordered him to take out a series of murderous concrete pillboxes while a man who claimed to be a woman provided covering fire. Imagine what hard-charging Sergeant Mike Strank might’ve said if you’d told him that he and the rest of the men who raised the flag on Mount Suribachi would have to allow a man who thinks he’s a woman into their midst to pose for a few photos — you know, for diversity’s sake. Just imagine. Because that’s the reality of today’s military.” —Douglas Andrews

“[Lori] Lightfoot was one of nine candidates running for mayor, and Chicago has spoken. Lori Lightfoot has gone out in the first round with 83% voting against her. The runoff election will be held in April and the candidates are Paul Vallas, who won 33.8% of the vote, and Brandon Johnson, who won 20.3% of the vote. Just remember, Lightfoot wasn’t ousted by a Republican but by a couple of fellow Democrats. The last time Chicago had a Republican mayor was 1931, and that doesn’t seem likely to change anytime soon.” —Emmy Griffin

Demagogues

“We’re going to ban assault weapons again come hell or high water and high-capacity magazines.” —Joe Biden

“Let’s not forget the banning [of] assault weapons. That is a key part of this — when we think about crime, when we think about gun crime.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

The BIG Lies

“Folks, families across the country are starting to breathe just a little easier.” —Joe Biden

“I’ve read [Marjorie Taylor Greene] was very specific recently, saying that … a poor mother who lost two kids to fentanyl, that — that I killed her sons. Well, the interesting thing is that fentanyl they took came during the last administration.” —Joe Biden

“We’re trying to do the right thing. Meanwhile, Republicans are trying to reverse the work that we have been trying to do over the last two years.” —Karine Jean-Pierre

“House Republicans lack a responsible economic plan. They are focused on cutting Social Security, ending Medicare as we know it and restricting abortion care. We will continue to expose their extreme agenda.” —House Democrat Leader Hakeem Jeffries

Non Compos Mentis

“There’s no good evidence and the research is still going on as to how we need to progress with this [military vaccine mandate]. But as for right now, natural immunity is not something we believe in for this, and so we are still moving forward.” —Gil Cisneros, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness

“We fought the right fights and we put this city on a better path.” —ousted Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Hot Air

“The faster we can move away from fuels that burn, in the speediest and most equitable way possible, the less horrible [the climate] gets. That’s the … only way right now.” —CNN’s Bill Weir

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