Week-ends (04/21/18)

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…


Andrew Needum

Tammie Jo Shults


James Comey

Randa Jarrar



“You write in your book about you went to President Obama and you were on the verge of tears, saying you were going to miss him. You also said you were dreading the next four years with Trump….I don’t want to know your politics. And a lot of the things you’re saying and doing are highly political.”
Meghan McCain on ABC’s The View, addressing James Comey and accusing him of going on a book tour for money and attention

“Not only is Tammie Jo a great pilot, but she is a person of character and integrity.”
Linda Maloney, who flew in the Navy with Tammie Jo Shults who successfully landed a Southwest Airlines flight following the explosion and loss of one engine

“The woman, Jennifer Riordan of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was the first passenger to die during a domestic U.S. commercial flight since 2009. The record is astounding. There have been approximately 300,000 deaths in auto accidents during that period and 40 deaths from train accidents, as well as thousands of other deaths on boats, on bicycles and even on foot. Unquestionably, the safest way to get from point A to point B of any major distance is to buy a commercial airline ticket.”
Columnist Linda Chavez

“I went to see her a week ago, Saturday. We had a wonderful visit. She and I were needling each other. The doctor came in and she said to the doctor, ‘Do you want to know why George W. is the way he is, doctor? Because I drank and smoked when I was pregnant with him.'”
President George W. Bush relaying a story about his mother, Barbara, following her death on Tuesday

“She was funny and fierce … and said her mind. She was a great role model for me, for sure. I learned how to be a first lady.”
Former first lady Laura Bush talking about her mother-in-law Barbara just after her death

“The Senate is leading by example and sending the important message that working parents everywhere deserve family-friendly workplace policies.”
 Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., on a rule change prompted by the birth of her daughter that allows newborns on the Senate floor during votes

“But what if there are 10 babies on the floor of the Senate?”
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah

“If you think that newborn is only 0-2 months, then in order to achieve the terrifying prospect of 10 newborns on the Senate floor, more than a quarter (roughly 28) of the Senate would need to be 30-year-old women actively trying to get pregnant. That is a Senate I can support.”
Alexandra Guisinger, Temple University political science professor

A large number of Americans HAVE LOST their principles, manners and virtue and it shows through from the sort of politicians they elect, to their rudeness online, to the sort of shallow hedonism and fame whoring they find appealing. Americans are increasingly becoming a soft and decadent people which is problematic because the challenges may change, but we can be certain that Americans will face future challenges every bit as difficult as the ones past generations had to tackle. This is frightening because if you look at the “principles, manners and virtue” of Americans today, they don’t seem capable of dealing with monumental events like the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Depression or World War II. Most people in their twenties probably couldn’t tell you why all those events were such challenges in the first place. When America faces a challenge bigger than we can handle because of ineffective politicians and our “amusing ourselves to death” population, there are no guarantees our republic will survive.
Conservative blogger John Hawkins


Images from terrifying Southwest flight show passengers didn’t put oxygen masks on right


Concern Over Gun Control Drops, Not The Top Issue For Americans


Donald Trump and Sean Hannity share a lawyer


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