A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…
The following is a special year-end edition of Week-ends.
HEROES OF THE YEAR
VILLAINS OF THE YEAR
QUOTES OF THE YEAR
I give great credit to Chris Wallace.
And then on Election Night:
OUTRAGE OF THE YEAR
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE YEAR
On November 9 House Speaker Paul Ryan said:
“This is the most incredible political feat I have seen in my lifetime. Donald Trump heard a voice out in this country that no one else heard. He connected with—he connected in ways with people no one else did. He turned politics on its head.”
What did Trump see?
What did Trump hear?
What did Trump see and hear and with great insight catch onto that no one in the major media did?
What did they all misread that Ryan alluded in his remarks?
I wrote about this on my previous blog back in March and also talked about it on the old Milwaukee Public Television program “InterCHANGE.”
The answer to the above questions that Trump utilized and the media had blinders on to?
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE YEAR
“If this is not a political stunt, then why are they trying to raise money off of this? Off of a tragedy? They’re sending out fundraising solicitations like this one: ‘House Democrats on the House floor.’ ‘Your contribution will go to the DCCC.’ ‘$15.’ This one says, ‘$25,’ but ‘if you want you can send us $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000. Because look at what we’re doing on the House floor. Send us money.
“I do worry about the precedent here. I have an obligation as speaker of the House to protect this institution. We are the oldest democracy in the world… And so when we see our democracy descend in this way, it is not a good sign.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan lambasted Democrats’ “sit-in” over gun control, calling it a political stunt aimed at fundraising and suggesting it sets a dangerous precedent for House decorum. The Wisconsin Republican said Democrats took over the House floor to boost their campaign coffers — as opposed to out of genuine concern for victims of gun violence, as they claimed.
“I think we need to look right in the face of what these people are that we’re facing: they don’t care about the law. Laws didn’t stop them in Boston, laws didn’t stop them in San Bernardino, where you had every type of gun control law you can have, and they didn’t stop them in Paris, where people can’t even own guns.
“We all mourn for what happened. But we face a terrorist challenge where there on the verge of overwhelming us. What happened this past week is, the president, the whole gun ban movement said, hey, don’t look at terrorists. Look over here. Divert your attention. Take your eyes off the problem, because they don’t want to face the embarrassment of their failure in this terrorist area, and they want to cover their butts and not talk about it. You can’t save the country with politics. The politically correct policies of the White House are intruding right now in military, terrorism, law enforcement. It’s all being politicized with the politically correct White House nose and fingers in areas they don’t belong.”
National Rifle Association Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre said Democrats are attempting to introduce new gun control legislation to “divert your attention,” away from “embarrassment of their failure in this terrorist area”
“I just want to read you some statistics. Every year, more than 100,000 people are victims of gunshot wounds. And we should point out that that number does include suicides as well. According to the CDC, in 2013, more than 33,000 people die from firearms, every single year. Um, isn’t that too many?”
CNN’s Carol Costello interviewing Erich Pratt, executive director for Gun Owners of America
“Well, what you failed to point out, Carol, is that the CDC also pursuant to President Obama issuing a decree to have them study this issue, they found that anywhere from 500,000 to 3 million times a year, guns are being used in self-defense.
“The fact that 16 to 100 times more often, guns are being used to save lives than to take lives…when the research was done, it actually found guns are saving more lives than are being taken by them. As you look all around the country, Carol, actually you see time and time again that people have stopped mass shootings in their tracks. People, good people with their firearms, like a year ago this month, in a bar like the Orlando bar, in a Youngstown bar, a bar employee, who was a concealed carrier, used his gun to stop a mass shooter, no innocent lives were taken as a result. If that guy was in Orlando, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.”
Pratt responding to Costello
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE YEAR