Week-ends (06/01/19)

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…


War veterans

Clarence Hollowell

Home Depot employees


VA Beach shooter

Mother Nature

Chris Cuomo



“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. We did not however make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.”
Special counsel Robert Mueller said Wednesday he was legally barred from charging President Donald Trump with a crime but pointedly emphasized that his Russia report did not exonerate the president

“There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed!”
President Trump tweeting in response to Mueller

“Comey was universally criticized for going beyond his responsibility to state whether there was sufficient evidence to indict Clinton. Mueller, however, did even more. He went beyond the conclusion of his report and gave a political gift to Democrats in Congress who are seeking to institute impeachment proceedings against President Trump. By implying that President Trump might have committed obstruction of justice, Mueller effectively invited Democrats to institute impeachment proceedings. Obstruction of justice is a ‘high crime and misdemeanor’ which, under the Constitution, authorizes impeachment and removal of the president…Until today, I have defended Mueller against the accusations that he is a partisan. I did not believe that he personally favored either the Democrats or the Republicans, or had a point of view on whether President Trump should be impeached. But I have now changed my mind. By putting his thumb, indeed his elbow, on the scale of justice in favor of impeachment based on obstruction of justice, Mueller has revealed his partisan bias. He also has distorted the critical role of a prosecutor in our justice system.

“No prosecutor should ever say or do anything for the purpose of helping one party or the other. I cannot imagine a plausible reason why Mueller went beyond his report and gratuitously suggested that President Trump might be guilty, except to help Democrats in Congress and to encourage impeachment talk and action. Shame on Mueller for abusing his position of trust and for allowing himself to be used for such partisan advantage.”
Liberal law professor Alan Dershowitz

” Few things are clear from the press conference: Mueller (who came across as feeble and doddering, more resembling an aging senator than a tough prosecutor) always wanted to impeach Trump, is mad he lost control of the narrative, and doesn’t think he’s accountable to Congress.

“Also, Mueller’s view of a prosecutor’s role — to prove and declare a target’s innocence, rather than to charge criminality — is a despicable affront to the rule of law and the Constitution. Cops and lawyers don’t grant innocence. It is our default legal state absent conviction.”
Sean Davis, editor of the Federalist

Was there ever a more useless press conference than that convened yesterday by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller? Words that came to mind as I watched the travesty were: unnecessary, irresponsible, and perhaps calculating.

“The first words out of Mueller’s mouth indicated that he had nothing to say that hadn’t already been said in his 400-plus page report. Well, then why did he organize a press conference? If everything he had to say had already been said, then there was absolutely no reason for him to jump in front of the media. If he had a presser, he should have merely stated: ‘I have absolutely nothing to say except what was in my report. Thanks for coming’.”
Congressman Andy Biggs of Arizona

Mexico has taken advantage of the United States for decades. Mexico makes a FORTUNE from the U.S., have for decades, they can easily fix this problem. Time for them to finally do what must be done!”
President Trump after he announced a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports to the United States would kick in on June 10 — and increase monthly to 25% “until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied.”

“Is it licit to throw away a life to resolve a problem? Is it licit to hire a hitman to resolve a problem?”
Pope Francis said that abortion can never be condoned, even when the fetus is gravely sick or likely to die, and urged doctors and priests to support families to carry such pregnancies to term

“I’m ashamed of my country for what it has done. It’s torn people apart … I am sick to death of politicians, especially British politicians. I am sick to death of Brexit. I am a European. I am not a stupid, colonial, imperialist English idiot.”
Elton John

Oregon is awash in pot, glutted with so much legal weed that if growing were to stop today, it could take more than six years by one estimate to smoke or eat it all. Now, the state is planning to curb production. Five years after voters legalized recreational marijuana, lawmakers have given the Oregon Liquor Control Commission more leeway to deny new pot-growing licenses based on supply and demand.”
The Associated Press

“The ability of those spellers was simply greater in aggregate than we prepared for. They were structurally prepared for kind of a duel between two spellers. What they recognized was they didn’t have enough words of that very high level, of the most difficult level. … They were all difficult words, but not the most difficult words. They had already gone through them.”
Peter Sokolowski, an editor-at-large at Merriam-Webster who consults with Scripps about the National Spelling Bee but has no formal role in word selection or bee planning. Eight kids ended up as co-champions with critics saying the words were too easy. Ten spellers exited in the first round of finals, more or less an expected number. But in the next round, only six misspelled. Just five dropped out in the round after that. The words had to get much tougher just to whittle the field to 16 kids in the span of 5½ hours. That’s when bee organizers huddled for an emergency strategy meeting, where they hatched a contingency plan to end the bee with more than the maximum of three co-champions allowed under the rules.

“Some studios wanted to tone down the sex and drugs so the film would get a PG-13 rating. But I just haven’t led a PG-13 rated life. I didn’t want a film packed with drugs and sex, but equally, everyone knows I had quite a lot of both during the ’70s and ’80s, so there didn’t seem to be much point in making a movie that implied that after every gig, I’d quietly gone back to my hotel room with only a glass of warm milk and the Gideon’s Bible for company.”
Elton John, on advocating for Rocketman to incorporate even the more adult-rated aspects of his personal life

“They’d be like, ‘She’s not as urban as I thought she’d be,’ or they’d be like, ‘She’s so ghetto, I just can’t. Her boobs aren’t big enough. I really think we should just go with a white girl. This role should be changed to white.’ … I wanna hear so that I can grow. Also so I can write jokes about it, I can use it to my advantage.”
Actress Tiffany Haddish, revealing she used to leave her phone in casting rooms after auditions to secretly record racist feedback


Euthanasia expert invents death pod with ‘die button’ that kills victims ‘within minutes’

Babies aren’t cancer

‘Death. Carnage. Chaos’: Deadly Everest climbing season


Forecasts: Trump wins in 2020


Mueller spoke, Trump has to be guilty


Storm chaser proposes to boyfriend as Kansas tornado looms


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