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…
HEROES OF THE WEEK
Physician Dr. Scott Witt, dubbed the ‘James Dean of neonatal’
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“Frankly, I wish Governor Walker had not negotiated with terrorists.”
WI Assembly Speaker Robin Vos speaking with Mike Gousha of WISN-TV. Vos said budget veto talks between three holdout Republican senators and Gov. Scott Walker amounted to obstructionism
“You’re calling them rogue senators and terrorists?”
Gousha’s immediate reaction to Vos
“That’s what they are!”
Vos responding to Gousha
“It is beyond outrageous for anyone, especially a person serving as Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, to label as a ‘terrorist’ another person for simple public policy disagreements. Worse yet, when given the opportunity in the interview to retract or recalibrate such a reprehensible statement, Speaker Vos firmly reiterated it.”
State Senator Steve Nass, one of the senators Vos referred to as “terrrorists”
“As speaker, I have (striven) to increase the civility within the Legislature. I now regret using the word terrorist because it goes against the guidelines I’ve set for our chamber, and myself. For that, I apologize.”
“Based on national voting statistics, many (NFL) players may not even vote. In 2016, during the contentious Trump-Clinton election, turnout dipped to a 20-year low when only 55 percent of eligible voters cast ballots. During the 2014 mid-term elections, when voters decide who will represent them in the House, totals were dismal. Only 36 percent of eligible voters went to the ballot box. Which players were among them? Those who didn’t vote but kneel on Sunday can’t be taken seriously.
“Let’s see a show of hands from the players that have contacted Congress. My guess: very few, if any, have. My advice to the players: put down the remote, pick up the phone, call Congress, schedule an appointment, and spend half an hour unloading on the sympathetic people who are in a position to help you. And next Sunday, stand up.”
Joe Guzzardi is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America
“One aspect of the conflict, by the way, that I will never ever countenance is that we drafted the lowest-income level of America, and the highest-income level found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur. That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve.”
Sen. John McCain spoke on the 50th anniversary of his being shot down over North Vietnam — an event that led to his capture by communist forces and a 5 1/2-year stay in the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison. McCain made an apparent reference to the diagnosis that allowed President Trump to be medically disqualified for service in 1968.
“What has happened is these young people now getting to college have no sense of history of any kind. No sense of history. No world geography. No sense of the violence and the barbarities of history. So, they think that the whole world has always been like this, a kind of nice, comfortable world where you can go to the store and get orange juice and milk, and you can turn on the water and the hot water comes out. They have no sense whatever of destruction, of the great civilizations that rose and fell, and so on, and how arrogant people get when they’re in a comfortable civilization, etc. So they now are being taught to look around them to see defects in America – which is the freest country in the history of the world – and to feel that somehow America is the source of all evil in the universe, and it’s because they’ve never been exposed to the actual evil of the history of humanity. They know nothing!
“It’s really started at the level of public school education. I’ve been teaching now for 46 years as a classroom teacher, and I have felt the slow devolution of the quality of public school education in the classroom.”
Feminist and registered Democrat Camille Paglia, a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Oh, and the real Russia scandal. See above.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Jeff Flake, media darling
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK