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“Four progressive teachers in Washington’s Mukilteo School District wanted to protect students from a book they saw as outdated and harmful. The blowback was fierce.” — Headline from the Washington Post. When parents remove books that teach children how to find an anonymous hookup on a gay dating app and then how to prepare their anus to be penetrated by an adult stranger, it’s a “book ban.” When progressives remove To Kill a Mockingbird, they’re “protecting students.”
“We won, in the last time, 50 states. Think of it. 50 states. We won every state.” — Donald Trump, during a rally in Kissimmee, Florida.
“Bitch better hope her house is safe. A lot of things can happen that look like accidents.” — LGBTQ activist Ron Rozycki, in response to J.K. Rowling stating that it’s state-sanctioned abuse to compel a woman to call her rapist or violent male attacker “she” in court.
“The joke is on you. I had a stroke. I can’t fully understand what you are saying.” — Senator John Fetterman, to a protester who shouted “get off the stage” for supporting Israel.
“Your fancy new brunch place is probably colonialist, and you’re a colonizer.” — Headline from NBC News.
“Man dies after hitting head during Israel and Palestinian rallies in California, officials says.” — Another headline from NBC News. Man dies. The man in question was struck in the head with a megaphone by a “pro-Palestinian” protestor and then fell to the ground and hit his head again. The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death to be blunt force head injury and the manner of death homicide—something that even the NBC article states. It is only the headline that obfuscates.
“I wish to shoot you weakass dicks w/your mop yellow hair. Wanna kill all you little crackers!!! Bunch of little faggots with your white privileges.” — Audrey Hale, the trans Nashville shooter who killed three adults and three elementary students at a Christian school in March. Hale’s manifesto was leaked on Monday. If black students had been targeted in the name of white supremacy, the manifesto would have leaked immediately. But Hale targeted the school because of “white privilege,” so they tried to memory-hole the whole incident, and retcon the narrative to “gun violence.”
“If someone in the drug cartels is sneaking fentanyl across the border when I’m President, that’s gonna be the last thing they do. We’re gonna shoot them stone cold dead.” — Ron DeSantis.
“Hamas and the GOP are both terrorist groups — it’s just a matter of degree.” — Headline from Salon.
“The country has soured on Joe Biden — there’s just not another way to put it.” — CNN’s John Miller.
“We cannot ignore that misogyny and racism remain very prevalent in our politics.” — Stacey Abrams, on why Americans think Kamala Harris is incompetent. Abrams says that a white male vice president would not be subjected to similar scrutiny.
“Being born without a uterus or internal testicles. Those don’t make me less of a woman.” — Caster Semenya, who won successive Olympic titles at 800m, and is upset about not being able to compete in female track events without taking testosterone-reducing drugs.
“I don’t think there’s a leader out there who wouldn’t rather have the economic record that President Biden has today.” — Top Biden economic advisor Lael Brainard.
“Very few of the people in the US who were most gung-ho about fueling this horrific war cared about the Ukrainian people. They saw them as pawns - things to be sacrificed - for their real goal of extracting vengeance on Russia for its perceived role in helping Trump win in 2016.” — Glenn Greenwald.
“Calls for Joe Biden to drop out are getting louder, but that could be because he couldn’t hear them.” — Jimmy Kimmel.
“Echoing slogans that are widely understood as calling for the complete destruction of Israel — such as from the River to the Sea — does not advance progress toward a two-state solution. Instead, it unacceptably risks further polarization, division and incitement to violence.” — House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, regarding the censuring of Rashida Tlaib.
“The problem isn’t inflation. It’s prices.” — Headline from Vox.
“Joe Biden will tell a crowd that he personally planned the D-Day invasions and the press will say, ‘Once again we see this president’s fondness for tough-to-verify yarns that live in the shadow-world between imagination and whimsy.’ DeSantis says he had breakfast and we get this.” — National Review’s Charles Cooke, regarding NBC News claiming it’s only “half true” that DeSantis sent planes to Israel to evacuate some 700 Americans.
“Either you’re not qualified to manage a Costco food court or you believe in open borders.” — Senator John Kennedy, to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
“Inside James Comey’s Bizarre $7M Job as a Top Hedge Fund’s In-House Inquisitor,” from Vanity Fair.
A New Yorker story about a couple who thought they had just moved into the perfect apartment, only to find that they weren’t alone.
A Politico piece on the plan to kill Osama Bin Laden, “as told by the people in the room.”
“Why the past 10 years of American life have been uniquely stupid,” from the Atlantic.
An Atavist story about how “the FBI thought it had found a high-value informant who could help solve big cases. What it got instead was lies, betrayal, and murder.”
“How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions,” from the Daily Beast.
A New York magazine story about one of the worst car wrecks in years, and how one of the FBI’s most notorious informants was behind it.