Week-ends (06/13/20)

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…


Greg Dailey

Ryan Osmun

Jason Gaddam


Supporters of defunding police

TV networks


“There is no emergency. There is no second wave. I don’t know where that got started on Wall Street. They (top public health officials) are saying there is no second spike. Let me repeat that. There is no second spike.”
Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council

“Americans are good and virtuous people. We have to work together to confront bigotry and prejudice wherever they appear, but we will make no progress and heal no wounds by falsely labeling tens of millions of decent Americans as racist or bigots. We have to get everybody together. We have to be in the same–same path I think Pastor. If we don’t do that we have–we have problems, and we will do that. We will do it, I think we’re going to do very easily. It will go quickly and it will go–it will go very easily.”
President Donald Trump spoke about race relations at an economic roundtable in Dallas on Thursday

“We don’t want no more police. Is that clear? We don’t want people with guns toting around in our communities, shooting us down.”
A protester questioning Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey whether he would support abolishing the city’s police department

“I do not support the abolition” of the police department.”
Frey responded to the protester

“Get the f— out of here.”
The protester responded to Frey

“The President is appalled by the defund the police movement. The fact that you have sitting Congresswomen wanting to defund the police, notably Rashida Tliab, notably Biden advisor AOC Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a former Clinton and Eric Holder spokesperson Brian Fallon, wanting to defund police across this country, it is extraordinary. And when you think the left has gone far and they couldn’t possible go farther, because we all remember the defund ICE movement, they want to defund Immigration and Customs Enforcement and now they want to defund the police, this is extraordinary. This is rolling back the protective layers that protect Americans in their homes and their places of business. He is appalled by it. It is remarkable to hear this coming from today’s Democrat Party.”
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

“Democrats are insane. No industry is safe from the Democrats’ abolish culture.  First they wanted to abolish private health insurance, then it was capitalism and now it’s the police. What’s next? The fire department?”
National Republican Congressional Committee  spokesman Michael McAdams

“We have a Fire and Police Commission (FPC). We also have a 2017 DOJ Report that identified 9 problems areas for MPD. We also have the Community Collaborative Committee (CCC), which was supposed to talk to the community and develop recommendations and solutions to propose to the Common Council, in
response to the DOJ Report.

“Why is Barrett creating yet another layer of bureaucracy? We don’t need another commission. We need an administration that knows how to build on the system we have, make improvements and adjustments that reflect the needs of the city, and who is prepared to lead on these issues today, not in 90 days. We already know what the problems are. The real questions are when do we have people committed to
solving them.”
State Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) on Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barret’s announcement that he is creating a Commission on Police Accountability and Reform

“It does not mean that police are completely abolished. What we are saying is we need to invest in things that actually make communities safer. We can have a conversation about the next budget on the local level, where millions of dollars are at stake. That can make the job of our police officers even safer.”
State Rep. David Bowen (D-Milwaukee) supports cutting the budgets of police departments

“What really prevents crime is resources, prevention. By the time you call the cops, that’s too late. If you call the cops, that trigger was pulled. That window was smashed. Let’s get to a point in our society where we can focus on prevention, not punishment.”
State Rep. Jonathan Brostoff (D-Milwaukee) supports cutting police budgets

“The claim that better-funded social services can deliver public safety is baseless. New York City tried that experiment for decades, and it was a resounding failure. No city spent more on welfare, yet crime continued to rise. 

“It is equally preposterous to say that social services are underfunded. The city spends a whopping $8.2 billion on social services, constituting more than 8 percent of the city’s budget, and that sum does not include all the social workers larded throughout the Department of Education. Government workers cannot substitute for the two-parent family in teaching children discipline and self-control. When parents are absent in their children’s lives, police are the second-best solution to crime—the only other one proven to work.

“Fewer cops and depleted NYPD funding mean longer response times and less training.”
Heather McDonald is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute

“I think at the end of the day in our society we have to have people who are going to respond to calls for service. If a woman gets raped, if there’s a robbery, if there is reckless driving I think most people will agree that you are going to have to have the police department there to do that. Now do I want the police department to be of the community and part of the community, of course I do. But I don’t envision a day when we don’t have a police department in the city of Milwaukee.”
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett saying he does not support defunding the police

“I know the reason at least in my region is because of a large immigrant population where it’s just a difference in culture where people are living much closer and working much closer.”
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos blamed the culture of immigrant populations for a coronavirus outbreak in Racine County, according to a secret recording of his meeting last month with Gov. Tony Evers

“Most of our immigrant community are essential workers and they have no choice but to go to work. I don’t feel this is a time for him to be pointing fingers where, at this time, racism is coming to the forefront. This appears to be a racist comment or a racist thought.”
Linda Boyle, co-president of the Racine Interfaith Coalition,  called the speaker’s comment divisive and said he should apologize

“There’s no need to apologize. This is once again people trying to look and make something out of a conversation that was ‘how do we deal with the coronavirus?’ Listen to what was said and not the sensationalist headline. Facts show communities of color are disproportionally impacted. That’s science.”
Robin Vos

“This conversation was supposed to be about a potential path forward on a statewide approach to the COVID-19 crisis in our state following the Republican lawsuit to overturn the Safer At Home order. The recording was intended for internal use only to inform detailed note taking and planning next steps. This was not intended for release to the media or anyone else, however, we were obligated to comply with the open records law to release these records once they were requested.”
Gov. Tony Evers’ spokeswoman, Melissa Baldauff, after his staff secretly recorded a May 14 phone conversation over how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic the day after the state Supreme Court struck down the state’s stay-at-home order

“In 26 years in the Legislature, this is one of the most brazen examples of unethical, unprofessional conduct I have ever seen. The governor has gone so far off the deep end, he’s making secret Nixonesque recordings from the East Wing of the Capitol. This conduct is totally unbecoming of our state’s top executive and opens up questions about what other recordings his administration may have.”
State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald

“Governor, when was the last time you were at a Home Depot on a Saturday? When was the last time you were in Walmart on a Saturday? Are you kidding me? You’re not being serious right now, are you? Those places are bursting at the seams every weekend. Come on.”
Senator Fitzgerald speaking to Gov. Evers during the secretly taped meeting. Evers at one stage said he was frustrated the state wasn’t able to open up in a uniform, phased way. When the Supreme Court issued its decision, bars were “bursting at the seams,” he complained. Fitzgerald was incredulous, saying people were already out in large numbers before the decision.


Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales warned that officers are being followed home and police families are now being targeted

Teen who makes teddy bears for children of fallen officers out of their uniforms getting death threats for supporting law enforcement


Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales warned that officers are being followed home and police families are now being targeted

Defund police? Democrats lead list of those taking cash from police unions


Defund the police…it’s a good thing


Wallaby gets loose in Franklin

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