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
Eighteen (18) individuals arrested during attacks on the Hatfield Federal Courthouse this past week are now facing federal charges. Court documents say protests in downtown Portland have been followed by criminal activity that includes assaults on law enforcement officers, arson, looting, destruction of property, and vandalism. The federal courthouse has become a target of leftist vandals and has sustained extensive damage.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“Virtually every retailer in the country is now requiring customers wear masks in order to shop in stores beginning this week.”
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“This is a new experience for everyone. We are not used to going out in public and having to wear face coverings or not see other people’s faces.”
Maura Grasshoff, UW Health behavioral health therapist. Behavioral health professionals say it’s possible some aren’t complying with mask requirement because of anxiety.
“COVID has been the major plot twist for everyone in the world. When you think you have it figured out, it throws a curveball your way.”
Milwaukee Health Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik
“DHS and local public health departments have been aware of the backlog in counting negative test results and have not been transparent with the public about the situation. By rapidly including the positive test results but delaying thousands of negative test results from being included in the data released to the public, it provides a seriously incomplete picture of Covid-19in Wisconsin.
“The public and media have been given an incomplete picture of Covid-19 testing results for several weeks. DHS and local public health officials have been telling us that the increases in Covid-19 positives are not simply because of more testing. We now know those statements were inaccurate and misleading due to the significant backlog in processing negative results.”
State Senator Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) has been pursuing the Wisconsin Department of Health Services(DHS) to publicly acknowledge there has been a significant backlog in local public health departments entering thousands of negative Covid-19 test results. Earlier this week, Dane County admitted they had not entered all of their negative results since July 10thand was running about a two week backlog in processing negative results. Dane County is Wisconsin’s second largest county and has seen a huge increase in people seeking testing since mid-June.
“As they prioritized those positive cases, negative cases are dragging behind a day or two or even three as they are making sure they’re focusing on stopping the spread.” |
DHS secratary Andrea Palm said the problem was plaguing many municipalities across the state
“Sixty-three percent of religious Americans say that the novel coronavirus pandemic is a sign from God, telling humanity to change its ways of living, according a new poll. The poll, which was conducted by the Associated Press/NORC, surveyed 1,002 U.S. adults who say they believe in God. The poll was conducted from April 30 to May 4 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.”
“The pattern of failed leadership by Police Chief Alfonso Morales is unmistakable and devastating, and we hope we will soon be moving on from his rocky tenure. Chief Morales, through his actions and words, has disrespected the Black Lives Matter peaceful protest movement and the demands of immigrants and their advocates.
“At a time when Milwaukee has needed a thoughtful and strong community-focused leader in the Chief’s office, unfortunately we have seen someone who has only repeatedly backed up his officers while failing to lead. We have no confidence in Chief Morales and it’s time for him to go.”
From a joint statement by Milwaukee Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II and Alderman Khalif J. Rainey
“The Independent Business Association of Wisconsin gives its full support for Milwaukee Police Chief Morales as Chief of Police for the City of Milwaukee.
“Being a native of Milwaukee, and rising up through the ranks of Milwaukee’s Police Department throughout his career, we believe Chief Morales is uniquely qualified to lead Milwaukee’s Police Department and maintain law & order throughout the city during this turbulent time.
“Additionally, we encourage our peers in the business community, and challenge other business organizations to support Alfonso Morales as Milwaukee’s Police Chief.”
The Independent Business Association of Wisconsin
“Everyone wants our schools to reopen. The question is how to make it safe and how to make it stick. Forcing educators and students back into classrooms in areas where infection rates are going up or remaining too high is just plain dangerous.”
“That’s just completely wrong, and contrary to all the science. I’m not sure how many times it has to be said, but the risk to children from this disease and the fatality is nearly zero. The risk of children for a significant illness is far less from the seasonal flu … This is totally antithetical to the data. Obviously, we know this by now, it’s been confirmed all over the world, children rarely transmit the disease to adults. But those are people that obviously either don’t know that data or are refractory to learning it themselves because the facts say otherwise.”
Former Stanford University Chief of Neurology Dr. Scott Atlas, now a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution
“These kids have got to get back to school. They’re at the lowest risk possible. And if they do get COVID-19, which they will — and they will when they go to school — they’re not going to the hospitals. They’re not going to have to sit in doctor’s offices. They’re going to go home and they’re going to get over it.”
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson
“This is stunning ignorance from Gov. Parson on how COVID-19 affects children. He admitted that he’s okay with your kids (and your families) getting the deadly disease when he sends them back to school. Does he not realize multiple American kids have died after being infected?”
Nicole Galloway, the state auditor in Missouri who’s running against Parson
“South Korean epidemiologists have found that people were more likely to contract the new coronavirus from members of their own households than from contacts outside the home. A study published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on July 16 looked in detail at 5,706 “index patients” who had tested positive for the coronavirus and more than 59,000 people who came into contact with them. The findings showed just two out of 100 infected people had caught the virus from non-household contacts, while one in 10 had contracted the disease from their own families.”
Reuters news agency
“Although several schools made extraordinary attempts to get families the materials and technology they needed, many families said virtual learning was impossible for their child due to their disability, poor internet or little to no support from schools. Because
these children require adult support in a typical classroom, they were not able to learn independently, if at all. This is of great concern as many districts plan to go 100% virtual in the fall.”
Beth Swedeen, Survival Coalition (WI) Co-Chair. The Survival Coalition of more than 30 disability organizations released a report this week sharing input from families of children with disabilities statewide who say education for their children. This June the Survival Coalition held two virtual family focus groups (one with families in Milwaukee Public Schools and one statewide) to better understand the recent school closure experiences of families who have a student with disabilities. In addition to the challenges families with typical school age children faced, families who have children with disabilities experienced a myriad of additional issues that impacted both their child as well as their entire family.
“We know that, when you do it properly, you bring down those cases. We have done it. We have done it in New York. New York got hit worse than any place in the world. And they did it correctly.”
White House health advisor Anthony Fauci has praised New York for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying the state responded “correctly” to bring its outbreak under control
“This is absurd. New York City has a higher death rate than almost anywhere else in the world, the nursing home decision was a disaster, and the stories of iatrogenic (medically caused) deaths are legion. Either Dr. Fauci is trolling his boss or it’s time for a mental status exam.”
Alex Berenson, former NYT reporter and author of Tell Your Children
“My first duty as president is to protect the American people, and today I am taking action to fulfill that sacred obligation. We will never defund the police — we will hire more great police,” Trump said. “We want to make law enforcement stronger, not weaker. What cities are doing is absolute insanity.”
President Trump announcing plans to send federal agents to cities, including Milwaukee
“Given the events that have taken place in Portland over the last few nights, I am extremely concerned that President Trump is looking for opportunities to create more political division in cities across the nation. Federal agents are not welcome here for that purpose. If the federal presence is to truly cooperate with local law enforcement, then it is imperative the limits of their activities are clearly delineated and monitored.”
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on President Trump planning to send federal agents to Milwaukee
“The thing that forced me to vote no on this bill was the request that Justice Thurgood Marshall be given a bust in the U.S. Capitol. Marshall not only voted to legalize abortion in the Roe v. Wade decision, finding it a Constitutional right after decades of the practice being illegal, but also according to his biography, Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary, the initial draft of the majority opinion of Roe v. Wade only covered the first three months of pregnancy and it was Justice Marshall and Justice Brennan who successfully lobbied to take the extreme step of making abortion legal in the United States all the way to viability, otherwise known as late-term abortions.”
Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.) after voting no on H.R. 7573, a bill that would remove statues from the U.S. Capitol and replace one of the busts with that of Justice Thurgood Marshall
“Man, what the hell are y’all doing? Y’all want racial equality. We all do. I don’t understand how insulting another group helps our cause. We can’t allow black people to be prejudiced also. Especially if we’re asking for white folks to respect us, give us economic opportunity, and things like that. I’m so disappointed in these men, but I don’t understand how you beat hatred with more hatred. We gotta do better. I want allies. I don’t want to alienate anybody. And to take shots at the Jewish race, the white race, I just don’t like it because it’s not right.”
Basketball legend Charles Barkley is calling out black celebrities for their anti-Semitic and anti-white racism
“Juneteenth is a time to celebrate the rich history and culture of the Black community, but it’s also a stark reminder that even after emancipation, our government institutions have been marked by racist policies and practices at a systemic level that lead to racial inequities we see today in our communities.”
Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley on Wednesday signed into law legislation making Juneteenth Day a major Milwaukee County holiday, meaning county facilities will be closed on June 19
“The certain occupant of the White House doesn’t feel like moving and has to be fumigated out of there because the presidency is the presidency. “
Nancy Pelosi. The dictionary defines fumigate as, “to expose to smoke or fumes, as in disinfecting or exterminating roaches, ants, etc.”
“It’s strange. I don’t want to tell you it’s not strange. It’s strange without fans. There is no point where it’s not strange without fans. There’s really not.”
Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell on playing in an empty Wrigley Field in Chicago Friday night. The Cubs beat the Brewers 3-0.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
No good Trump sending federal agents into cities
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK