Random Quotations – February 13th, 2017

Six items in total…

“Bosses at Adam Smith International (ASI) organised the sending of supportive statements to a powerful MPs’ committee investigating the vast profits made by so-called ‘poverty barons’ on the back of Britain’s huge foreign aid spending. They passed them off as independent submissions from senior foreign politicians and officials – but they were drafted by the firm’s staff… had we accepted the submissions as evidence, a misleading impression would have been created that all of the beneficiaries involved had written and submitted the testimonials themselves. Months later, it emerged that metadata had been amended in the submitted Word documents. At the very least this created an impression that ASI sought to obscure its involvement.” – House of Commons International Development Committee report, quoted by Vincent van den Born in “UK foreign aid giant faked reports to secure millions in taxpayer funding” – Gatestone Europe, Feb. 12th, 2017.

“(But) 99.99 per cent of adult Canadians might very well be familiar with Sarah Palin, the lipstick-on-a-pig loose cannon who helped sink Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign as his vice – and I do mean vice – running mate in the 2008 election.” – (Hard-left feminist) Rosie DiManno, “Can Sarah Palin see Ottawa from her house?” – Toronto Star, Feb. 12th, 2017.

“President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society programs promised to eradicate poverty, but they destroyed the African-American family instead, by replacing the bread-winner with the state and incentivizing procreation outside any family structure.” – Conrad Black, “From TV drama to the news media, the prime-time programming of Western decline” – National Post, Feb. 10th, 2017.

“…the dissociation between what is said to be and what really is, the unhinging of words from what they mean and have always meant, is no long the private garden of campaigning or office-holding politicians. Excesses of truth-bending and fact-denying are equally as common in protest politics as at the ballot box, in street-demonstrations as in high office. Indeed protest politics is as plastic and fact-allergic, or more so, than the regular politics it sets itself against. Activists and street orators, tribunes of the social justice warrior (SJW) caste, often grant themselves a latitude with truth and facts, a licence to improvise and fantasticate, that visits mere party politicians only in their most liberated dreams.” – Rex Murphy, “Exploring the new meaning of words with our post-fact, post-truth activist warriors” – National Post, Feb. 10th, 2017.

“A ‘so-called judge’ blocked the travel ban, said Trump… Did the president disparage a couple of judges? Yep… Yet compare his remarks to the tweeted screeds of Elizabeth Warren after her Senate colleague, Jeff Sessions, was confirmed as attorney general… Sessions, said Warren, represents ‘radical hatred.’ And if he makes ‘the tiniest attempt to bring his racism, sexism & bigotry’ into the Department of Justice, ‘all of us’ will pile on.” – Pat Buchanan, “Trump must break judicial power in this country” – Northwest Florida Daily News, Feb. 10th, 2017.

“Studies have shown that voter ID laws reduce voting among blacks and young adults, who tend to vote Democratic. Many Republican leaders and Republican state legislatures have worked to put them into law. While majorities of Republicans and Democrats favor voter ID laws, Republicans (95%) overwhelmingly support them. Democratic support is more tepid, at 63%. GOP-led states have been the most active proponents of voter ID laws. Republicans who have championed these laws claim they prevent voter fraud…” – Justin McCarthy, “Four in five Americans support voter ID laws, early voting” – Gallup Poll website, August 22nd, 2016.

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