Week-ends (12/09/17)

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…


California firefighters

Katie Potter



The news media

Al Franken

Trent Franks

The former WI Government Accountability Board (see OUTRAGE below)

St. Francis library



“It’s critically important for people that live in wildland areas that you sleep with one eye open tonight.”
Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby’s advice on Wednesday night to people who live in the wildland areas. Fast-moving wildfires have been ravaging Southern California this week, forcing more than 100,000 evacuations and burning hundreds of homes.

“Matt has no intention in returning to public life . . . He plans to disappear and play golf. He wants to be a regular Joe. To play golf and stay in the Hamptons. He has no intention of mounting a Billy Bush-style comeback campaign. He is going to stick to his one statement and not address the allegations further.”
A New York Post source on Matt Lauer

“I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office, and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate.”
Al Franken announcing his resignation from the U.S. Senate

“Franken announced he would be leaving, but he did not apologize in his speech, and he even called some of his accusers liars.”
Townhall columnist Matt Vespa

“Many of the male journalists who stand accused of sexual harassment were on the forefront of covering the presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. A pervasive theme of all of these men’s coverage of Mrs. Clinton was that she was dishonest and unlikable. These recent harassment allegations suggest that perhaps the problem wasn’t that Mrs. Clinton was untruthful or inherently hard to connect with, but that these particular men hold deep biases against women who seek power instead of sticking to acquiescent sex-object status.

“A month ago, Rebecca Traister wrote in New York magazine that with the flood of sexual harassment charges, ‘we see that the men who have had the power to abuse women’s bodies and psyches throughout their careers are in many cases also the ones in charge of our political and cultural stories.’ With the Lauer accusations, this observation has come into sharper focus on one particular picture: the media sexism that contributed to Hillary Clinton’s loss.”
Feminist writer Jill Filipovic blaming Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, and Mark Halperin for Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump

I live in the real world, where there are men who try to come onto you. If you don’t like it, stand up for yourself.
Valerie Kean Staab, a key advisor to Marcel Groen, the head of Pennsylvania’s Democratic party. She faced backlash for her comments on Facebook criticizing the #metoo movement and the women that have come forward accusing powerful men of sexual misconduct.

“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This is a long overdue step to advance the peace process…today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more, or less, than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done.

“Jerusalem is not just the heart of three great religions, but it is now also the heart of one of the most successful democracies in the world. Israel is a sovereign nation with the right, like every other sovereign nation, to determine its own capital.”
President Trump

“Tolerance is essential in a free society. And tolerance is most meaningful when it’s mutual. It seems to me that the state in its position here has been neither tolerant nor respectful of Mr. Phillips’ religious beliefs.”
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy during oral arguments in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case

“I am so impressed by your positive attitudes and resilient spirit and look forward to the progress you will make as you rebuild your home and make new memories.”
First lady Melania Trump to Rosemary and Mario Zamorano in Rockport, who are rebuilding after damage from Hurricane Harvey

“Because of you, Mr. President, the average American voter is far more engaged and smarter than they’ve ever been. More importantly, you have seized a moment in time when American citizens are fed up with politicians, fed up with the royal elites, and fed up with the cesspool in which their leaders live. You have emerged at a time when the American people are fed up with being fed up.”
Dan Celia, President/CEO of Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries, Inc. and host of the national syndicated radio talk program Financial Issues

“Following more allegations of sexual harassment, 30 Democratic senators called on Al Franken to resign as senator of Minnesota. But he’s already got a backup plan: He’s gonna run for senator of Alabama.”
Late-night host Jimmy Fallon

“When she got down on the floor, she drank the whole [expletive] bottle.”
Florida liquor-store owner Cash Moore about the opossum who got into her store and drank a bottle of Courvoisier cognac after knocking it to the floor


A frightening report on government abuse: Wisconsin’s Infamous John Doe Was More Sinister Than First Reported


Make No Mistake, Crimes Were Committed In John Doe Leak, Schimel Says


Did President Trump slur his words?

Oh, and that upcoming movie


Those wacky millennials

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