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“The monthly mortgage payment for purchasers of existing homes, using the 30-year average mortgage rate, stands at $2,309. This is a substantial increase from $977 in March 2020.” — Michael McDonough, Chief Economist at Bloomberg.
“Nationally, according to the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), an astounding 63 percent of all recent immigrant households benefit from one or more of the USA’s buffet of welfare programs — including the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) platforms, Medicaid, and subsidized ‘Section 8’ housing.” — National Review’s Wilfred Reilly.
“This is a racist code whistle to every white supremacist in the country because it’s how long it took Adolf Hitler to take Weimar Germany to a complete and total dictatorship.” — Lincoln Project Founder Steve Schmidt during an interview with MSNBC’s Joy Reid, regarding Trump saying he needs “six months to a year” to reform the federal government. This is utter nonsense. Hitler became Chancellor on January 30, 1933. The Reichstag Fire was less than one month later, and the Enabling Act was passed on March 23. He appointed himself Dictator in August 1934.
“Imagine Don Jr getting a 250K wire transfer from the Russians, Mar-a-Lago listed as the address, just weeks after Trump declares his presidential campaign — this isn’t a hard one!” — The New York Post’s Jon Levine, on the mainstream media’s refusal to cover the recent news that Hunter Biden received wires originating from Beijing for more than $250,000 that listed the Delaware home of Joe Biden as the beneficiary address for the funds—in 2019, when Hunter Biden was living in Los Angeles.
“These numbers are simply staggering for the sitting president.” — ABC’s Rick Klein. Forty-four percent of Americans say they aren’t as well off as they were when Biden took office—“the worst numbers that we’ve seen.”
“We should be talking about it more because I don’t think, despite all of the deniers, there’s any doubt that he interfered in our election.” — Hillary Clinton, in an interview with MSNBC’s Jen Psaki. Seven years later, Clinton is still claiming that Putin interfered in the 2016 election on Trump’s behalf.
“And this week, even as we are hurtling toward a shutdown, they’ll hold impeachment proceedings, which is just a continuation of the insurrection—and so this is all about just putting Donald Trump in charge.” — Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell, also in an interview with Jen Psaki.
“The year after Black Lives Matter protests, the S&P 100 added more than 300,000 jobs—94% went to people of color.” — Bloomberg.
“The rise of ‘Chinese Communist Party’ as a pejorative.” — Headline from the Washington Post.
“I will tell you what the president has been guilty of: He has been guilty of loving this child unconditionally.” — Democratic Rep. Jasmine Crockett, during the impeachment inquiry into Biden.
“Once the censors have censored discussion of censorship, there will be no way of knowing what you don’t know. Not everything will be a lie, perhaps, but nothing will feel truthful, either—except for violence, the remaining persuader. Freedom of expression is a peace movement.” — County Highway editor Walter Kirn.
“I’ve been involved in saving, literally, millions of lives.” — Anthony Fauci, during an interview with MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan.
“I must say, Mr. Trump was right… Poland built a wall and no one is able to enter.” — Polish Member of European Parliament Dominik Tarczyński.
“My favorite kind of American leftist is the one that is vehemently against the previous wars, acknowledged that the US is a violent rogue state, but 100% buys the justification for the current war and calls you naive when you don’t.” — Fair Media Watch’s Bryce Greene.
“It is corrupt economic tyranny to use the power of government to side with a private sector union in a negotiation with a private employer, all so that you can earn an endorsement from that union in a key swing state.” — Podcaster Ben Shapiro, on Biden’s appearance at a UAW picket line to shore up his political support.
“The science that we have now says that transgender women do not hold an unfair biological advantage over cis women.” — Transgender activist and celebrity hairstylist Jonathan Van Ness.
“It’s remarkable how often protecting ‘democracy’ from the clutches of Donald Trump means engaging in anti-democratic activities.”— The Federalist’s David Harsanyi.
“The litmus test is where is this happening? You’re seeing this kind of shoplifting and organized retail theft happen in places like New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia .. these are places where bail reform laws, criminal justice reforms, have taken the inside of a jail cell out of the equation.” — CNN’s John Miller, on the mass looting/theft taking place in Blue cities. Target announced this week that it will be closing locations in New York City, Seattle, San Francisco, and Portland due to organized retail crime. Wednesday and Thursday night, hundreds of looters targeted storefronts across Philadelphia.
“If somebody decides to loot a Gucci or a Macy’s or a Nike… that’s reparations. That is reparations. Anything they want to take, take it. Because these businesses have insurance. They’re going to get their money back.” — Ariel Atkins, a BLM leader in Chicago.
“They’re not crossing into the U.S. illegally. They’re sitting at the border seeking asylum.” — Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson.
“The World’s Biggest Crypto Firm Is Melting Down,” from the Wall Street Journal.
New York Times Magazine: “I Lived the #VanLife. It Wasn’t Pretty.”
A story from The Verge about SpaceX fans who’ve flocked to the middle of nowhere in Texas to watch the company build a space-worthy rocket.
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson announces in the Wall Street Journal that he’s switching parties from Democrat to Republican.
“Covid was liberalism’s endgame,” from UnHerd.