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
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“Sunday night’s 60 Minutes interview with ex-porn star Stormy Daniels ended up being the Al Capone’s vault of anti-Trump news. A big, fat nothing.
“Back in 1986, Geraldo Rivera hosted a live, two-hour special surrounding the opening of a vault owned by the late gangster Al Capone. After two hours of buildup, all Rivera found was dirt, empty bottles, and an embarrassment he will never live down.
“On Sunday night, all 60 Minutes was able to deliver was dirt, empty promises, and defeat.”
John Nolte, Editor-at-Large, Breitbart.com
“I do not agree with those — right or left, religious or secular — who contend that adultery invalidates a political or social leader. It may invalidate a pastor, priest or rabbi — because a major part of their vocation is to be a moral/religious model, and because clergy do not make war, sign national budgets, appoint judges, run foreign policy or serve as commanders in chief. In other words, unlike your clergyman or clergywoman, almost everything a president does as president affects hundreds of millions of Americans and billions of non-Americans. If a president is also a moral model, that is a wonderful bonus. But that is not part of a president’s job description.”
Columnist/talk show host Dennis Prager
“Rarely in my lifetime have I seen the type of civic engagement schoolchildren and their supporters demonstrated in Washington and other major cities throughout the country this past Saturday. These demonstrations demand our respect. They reveal the broad public support for legislation to minimize the risk of mass killings of schoolchildren and others in our society.
“That support is a clear sign to lawmakers to enact legislation prohibiting civilian ownership of semiautomatic weapons, increasing the minimum age to buy a gun from 18 to 21 years old, and establishing more comprehensive background checks on all purchasers of firearms. But the demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform. They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.”
John Paul Stevens, retired associate justice of the United States Supreme Court
“Chanting crowds of emotionally charged protestors aren’t exhibiting any great American virtue. Mass protests aren’t only often antithetical to the aesthetics of republicanism, but sometimes they undermine its purpose, as well. In our system, inalienable rights — including the one to self-defense — can’t be swept away by angry crowds.
“Simply because you scrawl your thoughts on a sign rather than tweet them to your friends doesn’t imbue them with any more pertinence. Yet we live with the insufferable need to act as if protesting is tantamount to patriotism rather than a collective act of frustration…it’s debatable whether most of these kids understand that they attend schols that are safer than ever in a nation that has bequeathed them more freedom and wealth than any other group in the history of the world.”
David Harsanyi, senior editor at The Federalist
“This is dangerous political territory for Democrats. A new poll just out last week found that 58 percent of Americans believe gun ownership increases safety by allowing law-abiding citizens to protect themselves. Even among Millennials, four in ten still believe ‘protecting gun rights is of chief importance.’
“And while support for the NRA has fallen recently—37 percent favorable, 40 percent unfavorable— that’s still more than 100 million Americans with a positive view of this ‘child murdering’ organization.
“If these Americans get the message that Democrats and the Left are declaring them Public Enemy #1, if they feel like their culture and values are under assault, that’s one way to get a relatively unmotivated GOP base fired up for the midterms.”
Michael Graham, columnist for the Boston Herald
“The level of ignorance goes beyond stupidity. Again, the National Rifle Association are a bunch of American families who have a voice to stand up for our God-given constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms. We have no blood on our hands. No NRA member have ever been involved in any mass shootings at all, in fact the National Rifle Association is the lone organization that has taught firearm safety in schools, and for law enforcement, and for military, and for children’s organizations and family organizations around the country for 100 years. So once again, this poor pathetic individual (student David Hogg) is a liar.
“The dumbing down of America is manifested in the culture deprivation of our academia that have taught these kids the lies, media that have prodded and encouraged and provided these kids lies. I really feel sorry for them because it’s not only ignorant and dangerously stupid, but it’s soulless. To attack the good law-abiding families of America when well-known predictable murderers commit these horrors is deep in the category of soulless. These poor children, I’m afraid to say this and it hurts me to say this, but the evidence is irrefutable. They have no soul.”
Ted Nugent, an NRA board member when asked why the “media” had turned on the NRA
“For those of us that are in states that Trump won we would really appreciate if she would be more careful and show respect to every American voter and not just the ones who voted for her. I understand the point she was trying to make, but it felt like she was criticizing Missouri voters. I would draw a line there. I have great respect for Missouri voters, and there were a lot reasons why they voted for Donald Trump, some of them I understand.”
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), is the latest Democratic lawmaker to speak out against what former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said in India. Clinton said the places Trump won were “looking backwards” and described those voters as racists and sexists.
“Those who do not repent and cannot therefore be forgiven disappear. There is no hell, there is the disappearance of sinful souls.”
“What did Christ die on the cross to save us from? If Francis made such a statement, it would be rank heresy.”
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK