Week-ends (09/03/17)

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…



Colette Sulcer

J.J. Watt

Paul Goodloe


Harvey by the numbers

Leftist artists

The Cleveland Browns


“Americans have always come to the aid of their fellow countrymen.  Friend helping friend, neighbor helping neighbor, stranger helping stranger — we’ve seen it perhaps more so than at any time, so vividly at least, during Hurricane Harvey. From the beginning of our nation, Americans have joined together in prayer during times of great need to ask for God’s blessing and God’s guidance.  When we look across Texas and Louisiana, we see the American spirit of service embodied by countless men and women.

“Families have given food and shelter to those in need.  Houses of worship have organized efforts to clean up communities and repair damaged homes.  People have never seen anything quite like this.  Individuals of every background are striving for the same goal: to aid and comfort people facing devastating losses.  As Americans, we know that no challenge is too great for us to overcome — no challenge. We invite all Americans to join us as we continue to pray for those who have lost family members and friends, and for those who are suffering from this great crisis.”
President Trump has declared Sunday September 3, 2017 a National Day of Prayer for victims of Hurricane Harvey

“Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God. This is overwhelming. Everything is thrown everywhere.”
Suzette Cade, a Houston resident after returning to her home following Hurricane Harvey

“And you’re really trying to understand with the microphone still in my face? With me shivering cold and my kids soaking wet and you’re still putting the microphone in my face?”
 Woman identified as Danielle, a Harvey victim upset with the CNN reporter after her arrival at a shelter

“As hard as it is for everyone to deal with this — disasters can be an equalizer — it’s just much harder for individuals who had less to work with in the beginning to recover.”
Tracy Figueroa, an attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid describing the difficulty for those with little or no savings

“People out here praying for Houston and then losing their religion at the gas pump.”
KT Vanz on the gas panic by people in North Texas

“Satan could not have drawn up a more horrible geographic scenario for knocking out Texas refining.”
Tom Kloza, global head of energy analysis for Oil Price Information Service

“There are no politics in 8 feet of water. There are human beings in 8 feet of water.”
 Sandra Bullock after donating $1 million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

“The monkey was a little surprising, but we’re trying to help.”
Jeff Tolliver, general manager at Port Arthur’s Max Bowl bowling alley, which opened as a shelter for more than 500 people and dozens of animals in the wake of Hurricane Harvey

“Conclusion first, fact-gathering second — that’s no way to run an investigation. The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy.”
Sens. Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray about James Comey’s investigation of Hillary Clinton

“Drugs are destroying and bankrupting families across this country. In recent years, some of the government officials, media and Hollywood elites in this country have sent mixed messages and accommodating messages about the harmfulness of drugs. This is unacceptable: we must not capitulate intellectually or morally to drug use. We must create and foster a culture that is hostile to drug abuse. Accommodation to a rattlesnake in your bed is a path to disaster.”
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a speech at the annual conference of the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children in Green Bay on Tuesday

“I’m sad to see Sheriff Clarke go. He has set an interesting standard that people aren’t used to but is refreshing to be outspoken as an elected official and just kind of have a ‘tell it as it is’ personality.”
Milwaukee County Supervisor Deanna Alexander on Clarke’s sudden retirement Friday

“I’ll remember the moment I found out as the moment I could begin thinking about what’s next. This county and any county in the country is better when public dialogue is focused on looking for allies and solutions, not fights and enemies.”
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele on Clarke’s retirement

“MPD’s attention to crime data has distracted the department from the primary tenet of modern policing: trust between law enforcement agencies and the people they protect and serve.”
The Milwaukee Police Department fails the community and its own officers by not communicating clearly, making too many traffic stops and applying inconsistent standards when disciplining officers, according to a draft of a federal report obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


On Thursday, feminist writer Verónica Bayetti Flores asked Americans to help hurricane victims in Texas – by donating money for abortions.

May I suggest that, among your donations for relief, you consider also donating to a Texas abortion fund? This, too, is needed.




Americans paying more in taxes than for food, clothing

Trump moves to restore work requirements for welfare


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