Week-ends (03/16/19)

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…


Abdul Aziz

Finnbarr O’Reilly

Dylan Chidick


Randy Spiehs


Dariaz Higgins

Brenton Harrison Tarrant

Senator Jeff Merkley and others

Olivia Jade Giannulli, the daughter of actress Lori Loughlin


My heart and prayers go out to the victims and their families of the brutal violence in NZ. This was an act of terror. @DHSgov stands with our friends in New Zealand and will provide any assistance they need.
A tweet by Kirstjen Nielsen, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. A terrorist attack by a white supremacist at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, has killed 49 people, mostly Muslims, and injured nearly 40 more.

At 1st I thought of saying, “Imagine being told your house of faith isn’t safe anymore.” But I couldn’t say “imagine.” Because of Charleston. Pittsburgh. Sutherland Springs. What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?
A tweet by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez following the New Zealand shootings

this is incredibly insensitive to my muslim brothers and sisters who were slain in cold blood while they were literally praying because they want to be closer to their creator and they want to become better people.
A twitter reaction to Ocasio-Cortez

Yes the one way to show empathy for people murdered at their place of worship is to mock prayer
Anoher twitter reaction to Ocasio-Cortez

“Today, I am vetoing this resolution. Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution, and I have the duty to veto it.”
President Trump on Friday issued his first veto, rejecting legislation to overturn his declaration of a national emergency to fund a wall along the southwestern border.  The president called the resolution “dangerous,” “reckless” and a “vote against reality.”

“They gave him a gift. The president is at his strongest when he is fighting and he is seen as credible when he is fighting members of his own party…especially when the principles are on his side.”
Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union

“He (Trump) loves the fight, he doesn’t care who he’s fighting, it doesn’t matter if it’s Republicans or Democrats … for him, politically, it reaffirms for his base why they sent him to Washington.”
Michael Steele, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee and frequent Trump critic

“Today’s arrests should be a warning to others: You can’t pay to play, you can’t cheat to get ahead because you will get caught.”
Joe Bonavolonta, special agent in charge of the FBI Boston Field Office,  after 50 wealthy people were charged in the largest college cheating scam who  allegedly paid bribes of up to $6.5 million to get their children into elite colleges, including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California, federal prosecutors said

“It makes me want to scream. It makes me want to heave. Can you scream and heave at the same time? I mean it’s the most disgusting thing that I have seen in a long, long time.”
Louisiana U.S. Senator John Kennedy expressed his disgust over the college admissions scam

“I’m not for impeachment. This is news. I’m going to give you some news right now because I haven’t said this to any press person before. But since you asked, and I’ve been thinking about this: Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.”
Nancy Pelosi in an interview with the Washington Post Magazine

“Do not ever believe a single word she(Pelosi) says. The person that’s really leading the Democratic Party, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., doesn’t think Trump’s impeachment is off the table. I believe her more than Pelosi. Pelosi is utterly controlled by these new radicals.  And she knows her power is in jeopardy every day.  She will go with their every whim.”
Sean Hannity

“Do you think President Obama is the same as President Trump?”
Fox News’ Guerin Hays questioned lhan Omar about a Politico article comparing the two presidents

“Absolutely not. … One is human the other is not.”
Omar’s response

“The person who defines that race is going to win the race. If this is about Donald Trump and his personality, he isn’t going to win it.”
Former House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI)

“Pretty rich. Mitt Romney’s failed 2012 running mate, the speaker who lied to us and didn’t deliver Wall funding (and then lost the house) gives advice on winning.”
resident Trump responding to Ryan

“To be clear, GOP wins elections when they’re about ideas not when they’re personality contests like Dems & media want. We’re clearly better off because of @RealDonaldTrump. His record of accomplishment is why he’ll win re-election especially when compared to Dems’ leftward lurch.”
Ryan tweeted a clarification of his remarks

“The first George Bush, for example, ‘Read my lips, no new taxes.’ OK — he said it one time at the convention. One time. Trump talked about building the wall at least once a day for 18 months.”
Ann Coulter compared Trump to the late President George H.W. Bush, who lost his 1992 re-election bid after breaking his promise not to raise taxes

“Why doesn’t Donald Trump just quit? Why did he even sign up for this in the first place? Not a single person likes to ask this question, although the answer is right in front of us. Because the President saw a weak country on a downward track and in moral decline. He saw a country that had the potential, but no one to tap it. A country that could ultimately give a voice back to the people who keep it running; the forgotten men and women left behind by big money corporations, career politicians, and globalist thinking.

“In the two years since he took the initiative and gave up his career, more Americans are employed than ever before, taxes are cut dramatically, the stock market nears an all-time high, he has successfully renegotiated trade deals and North Korea’s nuclear program, and is working to bring troops home from fighting pointless wars. It’s easy to be down on the President, to say he’s flawed and is learning as he goes, but a lesser man or woman would have given up a long time ago, unwilling to sacrifice as much as he has to Make America Great Again.”
Political consultant Allan Betz

“The convention represents a tremendous opportunity for Milwaukee and Wisconsin to be on the world stage. This is the chance to show the world what Wisconsin truly is: a great place to live, work, and visit.”
WI Gov. Tony Evers on the announcement Milwaukee will host the 2020 Democratic National Convention

“I’m glad Milwaukee will get the economic boost. Wisconsinites will also get a first-hand look at Democrats’ extreme policies that would reverse the economic progress made under the Trump administration.”
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson

“The bottom line is we’re thrilled that the convention is going to be in Milwaukee. And I’ve said repeatedly … the money coming in is not red money, it’s not blue money, it’s green money and that’s good for Milwaukee and the people of Wisconsin. The key to all this is having the Fiserv Forum and I’m pleased that that’s a vital part of our legacy that we were able to do without raising a tax to pay for it.”
Former Governor Scott Walker on the convention

“I think Miami, Houston and Milwaukee are all politically interesting cities. I think it’s more about who’s going to offer the best experience.”
Alex Lasry, chair of Milwaukee’s DNC host committee and senior vice president of the Milwaukee Bucks

“As a city with such an incredible national and international reach that we are called the ‘Gateway to the Americas,’ Miami possesses the logistical and infrastructural amenities for attracting significant events. It’s a missed opportunity for our nation that we won’t be able to roll out the red carpet this summer for the DNC attendees in our unique way that no other city can top.”
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez

“I can’t imagine Milwaukee winning this on the merits. We checked all the boxes, and he (Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez) has been trying to find a reason not to come here.”
Miami Beach Commissioner Ricky Arriola

“Our welcoming city represents the demographic future of America — and has unmatched experience with putting on mega-events. As Houston has proven many times with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Astros World Series Championship parade, the Super Bowl and the Final Four, the nation’s most diverse and fourth most-populous city is an effective host to the world, relying on great people from the private, non-profit, institutional and government sectors to unite and say ‘howdy’ in more than 100 languages.”
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

“Would we have stood up to this vindictive mayor? Yes.”
Marty Lancton, president of the Houston firefighters union, said the members were ready to protest a convention in Houston. A recent report had indicated that Houston’s bid suffered from the ongoing pay parity dispute between Mayor Turner and the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association.

Over the course of a wide-ranging 80-minute interview at South by Southwest on Saturday, the 29-year-old left-wing lightning rod let loose a litany of “likes,” “you knows,” and “whatevers.” In between calling America “garbage,” capitalism “irredeemable,”  and President Reagan “racist,” AOC said “like” no fewer than 71 times, “You know” at least 34 times, and “whatever” five times. She also said “ummm” too many times for us to count. The popular progressive personality also has a penchant for peppering her prose with, “I think” and “I guess.”
The website grabienews referring to New York’s freshman congressman, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

A new survey shows that zero top US economists agreed with the basic principles of an economic theory supported by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez”
Headline in Business Insider

“If there was a way for every victim of sexual violence to come forward on one day, I think the world would stop spinning for a day.”
Laurie Halse Anderson in an interview with NPR. It’s been 20 years since Anderson’s groundbreaking novel Speak was publishedit tells the story of Melinda, a freshman in high school who stops speaking after a sexual assault. In her new memoir, Shout, Anderson reveals that she was raped when she was 13, and it took more than two decades before she could find the words to talk or write about it.


Mosque massacre

Taxpayers may have paid $10 million to help wealthy families bribe their way into elite schools


These crimes


Milwaukee is getting the convention


Hundreds flock to a frozen Lake Michigan to see an underwater, 11ft marble crucifix with Jesus


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