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
“The reality is that, when viewed in a wider context, there is nothing unusual about current weather patterns.
“Despite this fact, the media — directly, indirectly, or by inference — often attribute the current weather to global warming. Yes, they now call it climate change. But that is because activists realized, around 2004, that the warming predicted by the computer models on which the scare is based was not actually happening. Carbon dioxide (CO2) levels continued to increase, but the temperature stopped increasing. So, the evidence no longer fit the theory.
“The recent weather is a stark reminder that a colder world is a much greater threat than a warmer one. While governments plan for warming, all the indications are that the world is cooling. And, contrary to the proclamations of climate activists, every single year more people die from the cold than from the heat.”
Tom Harris, executive director of the International Climate Science Coalition, and Dr. Tim Ball, an environmental consultant and former climatology professor at the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba
“It’s better to err on the side of being safe. But it does concern me a little bit that, in America, on this and any number of other fronts, we’re sending messages to our young people that if life is hard, you can curl up in the fetal position somewhere in a warm place and just wait until it stops being hard, and that isn’t reality. It just isn’t.”
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin who told a talk-radio host that canceling schools for cold weather is an indication that “we’re getting soft”
“If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) when asked if he’d support a measure that would legalize virtually all abortions up until the moment of birth — and possibly beyond
“The infant would be ‘kept comfortable’ after being born alive, as other people decide whether or not to let her live. This is not ‘pro-choice.’ This is abortion fanaticism, moving seamlessly into a grotesque defense of straight-up infanticide. It’s disturbing. It’s evil.”
Guy Benson is Townhall.com’s Political Editor
“Unlike the Women’s March, the March for Life is rated G for general audiences. Not one foul word, not a single vulgar phrase, not one aggressive sign amid the tens – perhaps hundreds – of thousands of pro-life participants…disheartening is the silence by most mainstream media outlets. Many ignore or downplay these pro-life events, even when more than 100,000 people participate and the Vice President of the United States attends.”
Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie is a Policy Advisor for The Catholic Association
“I respect the Democratic Party. I no longer feel affiliated because I don’t know their views represent the majority of Americans. I don’t think we want a 70 percent income tax in America.”
Billionaire former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal to slap a 70 percent marginal tax rate on income above $10 million
“Why don’t people ever tell billionaires who want to run for President that they need to ‘work their way up’ or that ‘maybe they should start with city council first’?’”
Ocasio-Cortez’s response to Schultz
“Schultz grew up in the projects, was the first of his family to go to college, and turned a tiny coffee shop into a multi-billion dollar company. How much more should he ‘work his way up?’”
The National Rifle Association’s Dana Loesch
“If mayors were calling the shots, you would get comprehensive immigration reform in a day.”
Mayor Jorge Elorza of Providence, R.I.
“If everybody’s all concerned, irrespective of party, that, if they (illegal immigrants) become legal citizens, they’ll vote a certain way, then just vet ’em and give ’em green cards. At least they can pay taxes without false social security numbers and be contributing citizens. I’m sorry. It’s here. It’s over. The egg’s been broken. Let’s deal with it.”
Republican Mayor Dee Margo of El Paso, Texas, claiming the vast majority of undocumented immigrants are here to stay
“An Arizona legislator has proposed a way to fund a border wall: Charge internet users a tax for viewing pornography. Earlier this month, Arizona Republican state senator Gail Griffin proposed legislation (that) would require manufacturers and distributors of internet-connected devices to block people in the state from viewing adult content — unless those users pay a $20 tax.”
CNBC. Griffin declined to comment.
“I feel like they’re acting like I put ‘Tom Brady, child molester’ or ‘Tom Brady, murderer’ or something like that. I could understand being fired for that. But for this? I was like … when it’s something soft and light, we can be soft and light with it.”
Michael Telek of KDKA-TV wanted to add a little joke at the end of a Pittsburgh news broadcast for Steelers fans who have long despised New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. In a story about the Super Bowl that aired on Monday, he typed “Known Cheater” under Brady’s name in a graphic — an ode to the “Deflategate” scandal that left the quarterback with a four-game suspension from the NFL in 2016. Telek was fired within 24 hours.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Foxconn is dead
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK