Week-ends (02/09/09)

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…


Matthew Rittner

Marty Walsh

Clay Warner

Positive Tomorrows


Jordan Fricke

Justin Fairfax and Mark Herring

Joy Behar


Chris Cuomo


“This loss is a reminder that men and women put their lives on the line every day to protect our citizens and communities in Wisconsin. We are grateful for their bravery and call to service.”
Gov. Tony Evers on the fatal shooting of Milwaukee Police Officer Matthew Rittner

“Today my heart, thoughts and prayers are with the Milwaukee Police Department as they mourn the loss of one of their own, for the third time in less than a year. Members of the Department called the loss ‘tragic and impactful’ and described the 17-year veteran of the agency as being ‘loved by all.’

“Very few of us are willing to risk our lives to ensure a safer community, but this officer made the ultimate sacrifice to uphold his oath to protect and serve. Please pray for the families of our fallen officers and the men and women who are dedicated to keeping us safe.”
State Senator LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee)

“Interviews with 49 people familiar with Foxconn’s Wisconsin project, including more than a dozen current and former employees close to its efforts there, show how hollow the boosters’ assurances have been all along. While Foxconn for months declined requests to interview executives, insiders describe a chaotic environment with ever-changing goals far different from what Trump and others promised.”
From a Bloomberg news report on Foxconn

“While relying largely on unnamed sources, anecdotes, and hearsay, the piece fails to give a balanced view of Foxconn’s project in Wisconsin. It omits much of the detailed information Foxconn shared with Bloomberg Businessweek containing highlights of the Wisconsin project, an outline of Foxconn’s partnerships throughout the state, and an overview of the company’s positive economic impact in Wisconsin.

“We continue to make good progress on all fronts related to the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park, while simultaneously broadening our investment across Wisconsin far beyond our original plans to ensure the company, our workforce, the local community, and the state of Wisconsin will be positioned for long-term success.”
From a Foxconn statement reacting to the Bloomberg story

“An economic miracle is taking place in the United States — and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics or ridiculous partisan investigations. If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. It just doesn’t work that way!”
President Trump during his State of the Union address

“In the past, most of the people in this room voted for a wall, but the proper wall never got built. I will get it built.”
President Trump during his State of the Union address

“Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth. These are living, feeling, beautiful, babies who will never get the chance to share their love and dreams with the world. And then, we had the case of the governor of Virginia where he stated he would execute a baby after birth. To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb.”
President Trump during his State of the Union address

“All Americans can be proud that we have more women in the workforce than ever before — Don’t sit yet. You’re gonna like this! And exactly one century after Congress passed the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, we also have more women serving in Congress than ever before. That’s great, really great. And congratulations, that’s great.”
President Trump during his State of the Union address

“This is a dumpster fire. Northam apologizes, admits to being in the photo, then retracts apology, denies he’s in the photo, but also says he engaged in blackface, just not pictured here. And yes, he was thinking about doing a moonwalk during the presser where he denied being in the photo in question. His wife had to stop him, saying it wasn’t appropriate. In fact, Mrs. Northam should run the entire communications team because she’s exhibited more sense than anyone thus far. And now, we have a yearbook staffer pretty much saying that Northam knew which photos he was submitting. Should we stick a fork in him?”
Matt Vespa is the Associate Editor at Townhall.com

“In 1980, when I was a 19-year-old undergraduate in college, some friends suggested we attend a party dressed like rappers we listened to at the time, like Kurtis Blow, and perform a song. It sounds ridiculous even now writing it. But because of our ignorance and glib attitudes – and because we did not have an appreciation for the experiences and perspectives of others – we dressed up and put on wigs and brown makeup. This was a onetime occurrence and I accept full responsibility for my conduct. That conduct clearly shows that, as a young man, I had a callous and inexcusable lack of awareness and insensitivity to the pain my behavior could inflict on others. It was really a minimization of both people of color, and a minimization of a horrific history I knew well even then.”
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring

“What’s wrong with blackface? What ethical rule is broken by those who think it is funny? Surely not a rule which finds it morally objectionable to mimic another racial, ethnic, or religious group.

“The New York Times objects to blackface stunts but finds it entirely acceptable to publish a photo of a man in drag mocking nuns. Similarly, this same newspaper never objects to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a tax-exempt organization based in San Francisco that features homosexual men dressed in a nun’s habit; they mock them in several ways. Those who defend this group say the Sisters give to charity.

“Maybe we need an Al Jolson Society to test the moral compass of the Times. Imagine white guys with blackface who mock blacks while donating money to fight sickle cell anemia. What would the Times say about that? We already know the answer. It would object.”
Catholic League president Bill Donohue

“This week, Ocasio-Cortez, one of the faces of the far left, pitched her New Green Deal, which was rightfully laughed out of the room. It called for a complete transition away from fossil fuels…within a decade, upgrading all buildings in the country, and the slaughter of all cows because their farts produce methane. No, I’m not kidding.”
Columnist Matt Vespa

“Somebody was grabbing me from behind, grabbing my arms, and was shaking me to the point where I felt maybe somebody was hugging me. She was out of control. I don’t even know how to explain her to you.

“She was just, her whole face was terror and anger. She was right here, and my daughter was right there.

“She ought to pay for that because she has no right to touch anybody. She put her hands on me….and was shaking me. This woman thinks it’s OK to touch someone else? It’s not OK.”
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway described for the first time in an interview with CNN an incident that took place in October when she was allegedly assaulted by an “unhinged” woman at a restaurant in Bethesda, Maryland with her daughter. The woman, Mary Elizabeth Inabinett, has been charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct and will appear in Maryland court in March.

“Look, we have unfinished business. We lost the last game we played. That is a great motivator for all of us. It’s built-in motivation. We got a seat at the table. We took part in the first couple of courses of the meal, but we didn’t get to finish the meal. It leaves you hungry and wanting more.”
Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell. The Brewers came within one victory of going to last year’s World Series.


Killing of MPD’s Matthew Wittner

The Green New Deal


Ralph Northam’s support of infanticide


Anything, anything Alexandria Octavio-Perez says


The porta-potty business is as dirty as you’d think. But one man keeps coming up smelling like roses.



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