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
Those who stormed Normandy 75 years ago
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“The heroism, courage and sacrifice of those who lost their lives will never be forgotten,” the monarch said. “It is with humility and pleasure, on behalf of the entire country — indeed the whole free world — that I say to you all, thank you.”
Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony on the south coast of England to honor the troops who risked and sacrificed their lives 75 years ago on D-Day
“Almighty God, our sons, pride of our nation, this day, have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our republic, our religion and our civilization and to set free a suffering humanity.”
President Trump gave a 90-second recitation of some of the prayer that President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered to a worried nation just getting word of the fighting on D-Day. Trump, with images of an American flag and Roosevelt projected behind him, read to the crowd.
“The GIs who boarded the landing craft that morning knew that they carried on their shoulders not just the pack of a soldier, but the fate of the world. Colonel George Taylor, whose 16th Infantry Regiment would join in the first wave, was asked: What would happen if the Germans stopped right then and there, cold on the beach — just stopped them? What would happen? This great American replied: ‘Why, the 18th Infantry is coming in right behind us. The 26th Infantry will come on too. Then there is the 2nd Infantry Division already afloat. And the 9th Division. And the 2nd Armored. And the 3rd Armored. And all the rest. Maybe the 16th won’t make it, but someone will’.”
President Trump speaking at the ceremony on D-Day
“9,388 young Americans rest beneath the white crosses and Stars of David arrayed on these beautiful grounds. Each one has been adopted by a French family that thinks of him as their own. They come from all over France to look after our boys. They kneel. They cry. They pray. They place flowers. And they never forget. Today, America embraces the French people and thanks you for honoring our beloved dead. Thank you.”
President Trump speaking at the ceremony on D-Day
“What would the AOCs and the ilk of the AOCs and the young Democrats that are in office today, what would D-Day mean to them, and would they approve in operation overlord?”
A caller on D-Day to talk show host Rush Limbaugh
“I’ve actually been thinking about this. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, you remember when she announced her Green New Deal? She said that the issue of climate change was her generation’s World War II. Okay, let’s synthesize that. D-Day. D-Day is symbolic with winning World War II; so she claims that the Green New Deal is her generation’s D-Day.
“Now, this is ludicrous. It’s childish silliness. Anybody with any sense, any knowledge of history at all would have to scoff at this comparison. ‘Climate change is the equivalent of D-Day today, that’s the big challenge, we’ve gotta storm the beaches at Normandy to save not just America now, but to save the planet.’ And it’s what I alluded to earlier. We Baby Boomers, we’ve had to invent our traumas to tell ourselves our lives have meaning and that we had challenges to overcome.
“And the Millennials are doing the same thing, people desperate to find meaning in their live. Ocasio-Cortez epitomizes this. Her life, the lives of Millennials. So equating something this historical and monumental, the significance of winning World War II to the weather, to the climate, is absurd. But I think we may be facing, nevertheless, a World War II-like situation today. It just doesn’t have anything to do with the weather.”
Rush Limbaugh responding to the caller
“I have to wonder about these media. I know Andrea (Mitchell of NBC) is the best there is, but we probably shouldn’t talk nasty boy politics in front of the graves. We have all been there, I think. It’s an astounding place to go and the gravesites are something else and it is sacred ground.”
While the liberal media on-site in Normandy spent portions of Thursday chastising President Trump before his moving speech marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day, MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews told viewers that he was uneasy with his colleagues in the press
“If you don’t agree with Donald Trump, it’s your prerogative not to vote for him in the next election, but Congress needs to do its job.”
WI Congressman Mike Gallagher says the impeachment issue is a waste of time
“My father’s life showed that if you put your nose to the grindstone, anything is possible in America. His success – like that of millions of other Americans – was proof of the basic greatness and goodness of our country. Along with D-Day and Midway, his life was one of the many uplifting American life stories we could have been celebrating on TV this week. Instead, what we saw was mostly a lot of arguing about whether to impeach the president or put him in prison.”
“I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico. Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended.”Mexico has agreed to work to “stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border” and those steps would “greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States.”
“If these men (Dem. presidential candidates) cared as deeply as they pretend to about seeing women in leadership positions, they’d step aside and offer themselves as the VP candidates to the women running for president. It’s a continuing problem among Democrats to minimize women to a vote-getting gimmick and then imagine the votes of women are owed to them through the power of this tokenism. It’s bad for women to be treated this way, and it’s not good for Democrats, either. They’ve come to expect the ‘women’s vote,’ and then are stunned when they don’t get it.”
Columnist Karol Markewicz
I “knew in an instant that I was wrong. I have lived with this and I’ll continue to live with this. I caused this tragedy and it is my burden. I wish though that I could relieve that burden others feel from the loss that I caused. I cannot, and that is a troubling reality for me. The depth of my error has only increased from that moment on. Working to save her life and watching her slip away is a feeling I can’t explain. I can say it leaves me sad, it leaves me numb, and a feeling of incredibly lonely. But none of that, none of those words, capture what it truly feels like.”
Mohamed Noor, a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman who had called 911. He was sentenced to prison for 12½ years.
“It lets out-of-state drivers off the hook. Registration fees aren’t the fairest way to go. That’s not going to get the Illinois drivers, the Iowa drivers, the Minnesota drivers.”
Democratic Sen. Jon Erpenbach of West Point after key Republicans approved a sprawling transportation plan Thursday that would more than double vehicle title fees and many annual registration fees would go up by $10 to $25
“This is a very welcoming sign to many of us and it signifies a new direction for Wisconsin. We are showing that we are a welcoming and inclusive state and that means a great deal.”
Democratic state Sen. Tim Carpenter of Milwaukee after a rainbow flag observing Pride Month was displayed over the east wing of the Wisconsin State Capitol
“The US and Wisconsin flags are flown over us as unifying symbols for all Wisconsinites.
The only cause that the Capitol flags should represent is fifty states united in one republic.”
Republican state Sen. David Craig criticized the move to fly the rainbow flag
“Shut it down. I know it’s going to affect people’s livelihood. But that’s how things change. You’ve got to be on the right side of history, and the state of Georgia and those other states, they’re wrong. ”
Director Spike Lee is calling for Hollywood production companies to leave Georgia over a law that would ban abortions as early as six weeks, upon detection of a fetal heartbeat
“Isn’t it amazing that the Left is so fixated on feminist ideology and consequence-free sex that it cannot see the unborn babies as the most ‘vulnerable population’ in America? They are not merely dehumanized in abortion activism. They are not even an afterthought. They are literally and metaphorically obliterated.”
Brent Bozell and Tim Graham of the Media Research Center
“Im sorry i spent 5 minutes with [the journalist]. It makes me feel raped. And yes I’m allowed to use that analogy having been raped at the age of 19. Further proof that the N.Y.T. Is one of the founding fathers of the Patriarchy. And I say — DEATH TO THE PATRIARCHY woven deep into the fabric of Society. I will never stop fighting to eradicate it.”
Madonna on Instagram said she feels “raped” by a New York Times profile written about her. She said she didn’t appreciate the author’s continuous focus on her age.
“If there is one thing in our country today that unites Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, socialists and libertarians, vegetarians and carnivores, Ohio State and Michigan fans, it is that they are sick and tired of being bombarded by unwanted robocalls.”
Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on Thursday to allow phone carriers to block suspicious calls by default in an effort to bolster industry efforts to filter out robocalls and scammers. The proposal would also let phone companies offer their customers the option of blocking any numbers that are not pre-approved, a service that could help protect elderly consumers from scams and telemarketers.
“I clean my face in the mornings. You never know if you’re going to wreck the bus, you never know if you’re going to be somewhere in a hotel and there’s going to be a fire. So I leave my makeup on at night and clean my face in the morning.”
Dolly Parton on her beauty routine while she’s on tour
“‘I was holding out a small sliver of hope that maybe one of these other people in the room that I’m with will get called up first.”
University of Chicago librarian Emma Boettcher was one of over a dozen people waiting to find out if they’d been selected to challenge James Holzhauer on “Jeopardy” almost three months ago. Holzhuer won more than 30 games and $2,464,216 before he lost to Boettcher this week. Boettcher, 27, had prepared for the show by watching every day at home standing as if she was behind the podium, figuring out her most comfortable footwear, using a clicker pen and toilet roll to practice hitting the buzzer and taking notes about her weak points every time she failed to pick up a clue. “When I watch the show, I often make a little grid of the board on a piece of paper and mark off what clues I got right and wrong. So when I got the call, I had all of this data in front of me, so I could be like, When it turns out the Daily Double is in this row, I have such-and-such chance of getting it correct, as opposed to this row.”
“The Bucks ended their season with a thud, but the ride was one of the most enjoyable in the franchise’s history. They played a fun, fast style, got everyone involved, seldom played down to their competition and recorded the best record in the NBA.
“From Antetokounmpo down the roster, the team itself was undeniably likable as the players eschewed the drama that can take hold of teams in favor of keeping their heads down and rattling off win after win.
“For the first time in nearly two decades, the Bucks were a real contender for the league crown. More importantly, they revitalized their fan base with a reason to believe again.”
Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Finally, Trump gave a great speech
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK