Week-ends (07/11/20)

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…

HEROES OF THE WEEK

This woman

The Wine Fairies

Brides Across America

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Gov. Evers

Marquette University

Virus fraudsters

The news media

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“I was asked probably 12 questions about the Confederate flag. This President is focused on action and I’m a little dismayed that I didn’t receive one question on the deaths that we got in this country this (last) weekend,” and wasn’t asked “about New York City shootings doubling for the third straight week, and over the last seven days shooting skyrocket [sic] by 142 percent.”
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

“Opinion writers are avoiding mention of the fact that homicides and murders in New York, Chicago and numerous other cities have suddenly risen far above the numbers for 2019 and previous years. Most of the dead are black, but apparently, those black lives don’t really matter.”
Michael Barone is senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner and resident fellow at American Enterprise Institute

“We don’t want people to make political statements or do it for political reasons. They think it’s going to be good for them politically, so they keep the schools closed. No way. We’re very much going to put pressure on governors and everyone else to open the schools. Everybody wants it. The moms want it. The dads want it. The kids want it. It’s time to do it.”
President Trump at a White House event on reopening the nation’s schools

“We need to plan to keep our schools reopened. I think this is really the important message and that’s why we’re having these discussions to get people to understand we need to reopen schools. We can do this safely. We need to commit to it. We need to just get it done.”
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield

“Do you want to open the bars now or do you want to open the schools and the day care centers in a few short weeks? I vote for the latter.”
White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News that schools are essential to getting people back to work

“Face coverings should be worn by staff and students (particularly older students) as feasible, and are most essential in times when physical distancing is difficult.”
From the CDC guidelines on reopening schools

“Masks by themselves do not prevent anything. The best practice is to make sure you’re washing your hands and staying physically distant from someone. Masks can certainly help. If you are asymptomatic and you might have the chance of impacting somebody else by being too close to them. Certainly they can help but this is not the only way this can spread and it’s not the only way to prevent spreading it.

“By and large there are far, far, far many things that people do that are a little bit riskier when they’re wearing masks because they forget about washing their hands or they get hot so they pull it down or pull it up, or they wear it around their ear or take it off with their hands and then lick their hand, all sorts of things that you’re not thinking about because you think the mask keeps me safe.”
Franklin’s Director of Health and Human Services Courtney Day at Tuesday’s meeting of the Franklin Common Council

“The Supreme Court ended not only ‘safer at home’ but really created a chaotic situation so we really don’t know if I have the authority to do that. It makes it unlikely, but it’s something we’re considering.”
Gov Tony Evers said it is “unlikely” he will institute a statewide order requiring face masks in Wisconsin

“The United States of America did not ask for this plague and every American has been affected from the closure of our economy to caring for the sick and mourning those tragically lost, but under the leadership of President Trump our Transition to Greatness has already begun, and the American people are showing tremendous courage to defeat the virus, responsibly open the economy, and restore law and order to our streets. The President’s message has been consistent: resilience, hope, and optimism.”
White House spokesman Judd Deere

“This is a tremendous victory for our nation’s system of justice and its founding principle that no one – not even a president – is above the law.”
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled he can see eight years of President Trump’s tax returns

“Americans are terrified of being audited by the IRS. When you think about the average American who is terrified of being audited by the IRS, if Congress has the ability to look at Trump’s tax returns and everything else. You’re talking about Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Maxine Waters auditing the president, I mean that’s a terrifying thing based on what we’ve seen them do over the last four years.”
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)

“Juneteenth cries out to be a federal holiday. The important consideration is a holiday each year that would perpetually serve as a means for Americans of every race to remember, learn about and celebrate the nation’s enduring, but unfinished, aspiration of liberty and justice for all.”
The USA TODAY editorial board

“If America has but one Black Lives Matter holiday to give as a companion to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let it honor the 13th Amendment to the Constitution instead. Only the controlling law of the land — the Constitution via its 13th Amendment — put an end to chattel slavery in America. Not Juneteenth, and not even the Emancipation Proclamation.

“The United States changed the course of its slave history forever on Dec. 6, 1865. The 155th anniversary of the event will arrive this year. Let’s give America the day off with pay then and every Dec. 6 thenceforth and forever.”
Robert Hill is a Pittsburgh-based communications consultant

“BREAKING: Just when you thought the news couldn’t more depressing…8.3 million guns have been sold in the United States since March, meaning 2020 is on course to be the biggest year for gun sales in American history.”
British journalist Piers Morgan on Twitter complaining about surging firearms sales 

“What exactly is depressing about more Americans buying guns? How is responsible, law-abiding gun ownership ‘excessive’? It’s wonderful to see more people—especially first-time buyers who are women, younger, and people of color—purchasing firearms en masse. The Second Amendment, after all, is for all law-abiding Americans.”
Gabriella Hoffman is a media strategist, conservative political columnist, and award-winning outdoor writer based in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

Statue of the First Lady set on fire

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

When Black Children Are Killed, Where’s the Outrage From the White and the Woke?

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Virus getting worse, all because America reopened too quickly

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Reopened Theme Parks Ban Screaming on Roller Coasters. Riders Are Howling

Thank God for COVID-19

 

 

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