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
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“People don’t have a job, people don’t know where to go, they don’t know what to do. Now we have over 120 million dead from COVID.”
Joe Biden. As of Thursday, there have been more than 122,000 – not million — coronavirus deaths in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins figures.
“Joe Biden is very confused. He just falsely claimed 120 million Americans (more than one-third of the country) died from the coronavirus. He’s not playing with a full deck, folks. #BarelyThereBiden.”
President Trump’s campaign
“Don’t bust up s–t, don’t trash the place. You can peacefully protest.My father would have said, ‘They ain’t nothing but devils.’ My father said, ‘All lives matter.’ I don’t think he’d agree (with the BLM movement). “I think it’s racist.
“Police don’t wake up and think, ‘I’m going to kill a n—-r today or kill a white man.’ “They’re just trying to make it back home to their family in one piece.
“Not all the police are bad, there’s just a few. There’s a handful of police that are crooked, they should be locked up. I never had a bad scene with a cop. They’ve always been nice and protect me. I don’t have a problem with them.
“(BLM) pitting black people against everyone else. It starts racial things to happen; I hate that.
“I think Trump’s a good president. My father would have supported him. Trump’s not a racist, he’s for all the people. Democrats are the ones who are racist and not for everybody.
“These [Democrat politicians] saying Black Lives Matter, who the hell are you to say that? You’re not even black.
“Trump is much better than Clinton and Obama. … The only one to do what he said he would do is Donald Trump.”
Muhammad Ali Jr. who like his father is Muslim
“When I presided over the Senate during Act 10, we saw crowds of tens-of-thousands of protestors. Governor Walker utilized State Patrol, game wardens, and other local law enforcement officers to maintain peace. He never even had to mobilize the Wisconsin National Guard. This governor has all of those tools available to him as well, and he hasn’t figured out how to stop these violent riots.
“The Mayor of Madison and the Dane County Sheriff need to stop hiding and use local police forces to better protect the seat of government. Liberal leaders in Madison have the ability to put a stop to this. They must end this senseless destruction.”
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau)
“Forgive my language, but I don’t care about being ‘senatorial’ anymore. The time for platitudes is over. This is bullshit. The role of police is to protect life first, property second. Last night in Madison, Madison police did neither. An innocent bystander,a state senator who has largely stoodwith the BLM movement,was attacked for watching and taking a picture. I am praying Tim will be okay.
“The statue of a Civil War hero who literally gave his life freeing slaves was beheaded. A statue representing women’s rights was torn down. There was destruction at the Capitol and an attempt to start the City/County building of the most liberal city and county in Wisconsin on fire.
“This isn’t about protesting anymore. This is about mindless violence and destruction.And Madison city officials are letting it happen. Someone in Madison city government should be held accountable, because what happened last night shouldn’t be allowed to happen in any city, much less Wisconsin’s capital city. Arrests need to be made.”
State Senator Van Wangaarrd (R-Racine)
“Last night is the direct result of Governor Tony Evers and Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway enabling the mobs that have been roaming the State Capital area for several weeks. These thugs have been committing crimes for weeks with little response from the Madison Police Department at the direction of the liberal mayor and city council.
“Right now, downtown Madison is not safe for law abiding citizens,particularly at night. The mobs have been using so-called peaceful protests as cover to gather and organize during each night of violence. Governor Evers and Mayor Rhodes-Conway need to allow the police and National Guard to prevent the violence, make mass arrests of these criminals and restore the rule of law on Madison streets.
“The mob violence is escalating and more innocent citizens are facing the real threat of great bodily harm from these thugs. The time has come for overwhelming force to bring an end to anarchy in Wisconsin.”
State Senator Steve Nass (R-Whitewater)
“Americans are alarmed and disgusted by what has now become nearly a month of sustained lawlessness, bedlam, rioting and violence. Radical extremists and their enablers – including Governor Evers – continue to refer to these outrageous mob tactics as ‘protest.’ They are not. Property damage, destruction and physical assault are not legitimate forms of political discourse. They are criminal acts.
“Decent people are fed up. Governor Evers has ignored this crisis for weeks. He has disregarded clear warning signs and repeated incidents of looting, mayhem and intimidation. He has stood idly by as the State Capitol was damaged, statues and monuments were defaced and destroyed, and State Street mobbed by looters and vandals. The governor has demonstrated time and time again that he is unwilling to prevent these unrelenting attacks on our safety, our property and our way of life. His silence is deafening, and his inaction is unacceptable. If he cannot or will not regain control of the streets, he should resign immediately. Enough is enough.”
WI Congressman Tom Tiffany
“These are actually individuals who broke their oath to America. They created a new country and then in that new country they swore that America was their enemy because they wanted to preserve the institution of slavery.”
State Senator Dale Kooyenga, a staunch conservative, wants military bases named for confederate leaders to change their names. Kooyenga served as a major in the United States Army.
“September will be here soon. Parents and students need to know that children will be put in a position to succeed and learn. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be a priority for the DPI. I am grateful my local districts are already surveying parents and working on plans for the upcoming school year and through our conversations have emphasized learning and safety are their top concerns. Providing a quality education must go on. Despite the challenges ahead, there must be a real emphasis on the outcomes for our students. Our students do not have the luxury to waste a year and we cannot allow that to happen.”
State Senator Alberta Darling. With only a couple months left before the start of the new school year, Governor Evers finally released guidance to schools for reopening this fall. Darling is concerned the plan doesn’t put an emphasis on outcomes and could lead to a lost year for students. Most of the decision is currently left up to local school boards. Darling says she supports letting local officials decide, in part because the Governor’s 87-page guidebook skips over the most important job of schools – providing a quality education for students.
“It is disappointing the DPI guidance did not even consider the possibility of children learning five days a week in the presence of a teacher. For most children, the ad hoc virtual instruction we saw this spring is no replacement for in person instruction. It is unrealistic to have more than 420 school districts create online learning curricula in parallel with classroom instruction. For those seeking virtual instruction, there are established online options that have been developed over years and are available now.
“What I hear from my constituents is we need to get our kids learning again, in a safe environment, every day. I want to remind all school districts they have the power to decide how their schools will function this fall regardless of DPI’s guidance. I know Wisconsin has the ingenuity to educate safely in this environment without hamstringing our children’s education.”
State Senator Duey Stroebel says the Governor’s plan is shortchanging students
“If Goodell allows Kaepernick to come back, if they allow players to kneel during the national anthem, I’m willing to not watch the game.
“If it was a meritocracy he would be out there anyway, he would work hard, he would prove himself. He wouldn’t be taking someone else’s position. We’re looking at affirmative action for a Marxist. We’re approving their ideology.
“If we’re going that route, we should also ask Tim Tebow to come back. It doesn’t matter how long he’s been out of the game. It doesn’t matter his talent. He was a Christian who kneeled in prayer and was a positive on his team. The reason why Tim Tebow, as talented as he was with the Denver Broncos, the NFL didn’t like his essence. They thought he was too distracting … too distracting to his team and the organization.
“Meanwhile we’re willing to have the distraction of a Marxist, a Castro, brother-loving Marxist to come back and play that many Americans don’t want to see him play. I just find it very disappointing. The NFL lost 15 percent of their audience last time, maybe a little bit more. The goal has been to increase their base, their revenue by going overseas to places like China, Mexico, and England. They don’t care enough about their fans who love this country.
“We have too many Americans now accepting the notion that the flag should be a place where people should be ashamed of or take a knee, that’s what it comes down to. I am disappointed that so many people are acquiescing today. They don’t understand the American way, they don’t understand the price paid. They need to understand that we can’t be bullied and [also] that we’re not an evil country. There is no other country in the world with the mixing of races and tolerance. We have to change the current narrative.”
Burgess Owens, a former NFL player said that he is prepared to stop watching the NFL because of commissioner Roger Goodell’s encouragement of teams to consider signing Colin Kaepernick and players choosing to peacefully protest during the national anthem. Owens played for the Jets and Oakland Raiders during a career that spanned 10 years. He is currently running for Congress in Utah as a Republican, and he’s also one of the few former black players who agrees with President Trump when it comes to peacefully protesting during the national anthem before football games.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
President Trump will lose because…the polls say so!
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK