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
“While our local health departments have been doing a heck of a job responding to this pandemic in our communities, the fact of the matter is, this virus doesn’t care about any town, city, or county boundary, and we need a statewide approach to get Wisconsin back on track. We’ve said all along that we’re going to let science and public health experts be our guide in responding to this pandemic, and we know that masks and face coverings will save lives. While I know emotions are high when it comes to wearing face coverings in public, my job as governor is to put people first and to do what’s best for the people of our state, so that’s what I am going to do.”
Gov. Evers declaring a Public Health Emergency and issuing an Emergency Order requiring individuals to wear face coverings when indoors and not in a private residence. The order is effective at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2020, and will expire on September 28, 2020 or by a subsequent superseding order.
“It is no longer open to the governor to respond to the COVID-19 crisis unilaterally by declaring a public health emergency. The only way he can do it is either through rule making or asking the legislature to pass a bill, which he would then sign into law.
“We do not live in a dictatorship in which the governor and the president can impose a legal requirement on us simply because they think it’s a good idea. It might well be a good idea, but our law provides for a mechanism by which this happens.”
Rick Esenberg, president and general counsel at Wisconsin Institute of Law and Liberty
“We encourage people to wear masks out of love for their neighbors. The governor just made a big power grab taking these emergency orders back and that opens the door for the possibility of closing schools or closing businesses. I don’t see any scenarios where mandating (masks) and threatening people with citations or jail time is appropriate or really what government ought to be doing.
“I understand what the governor is saying, I also understand that he issued an emergency order which was then followed by the mask mandate. So he took a big power grab and the mask mandate is the thing everyone’s looking at. The real problem is the emergency order and the broad power it gives the governor.”
Washington County Executive, Josh Schoemann, said they are considering all legal options at this point
“If you have goggles or an eye shield, you should use it. It’s not universally recommended, but if you really want to be complete, you should probably use it if you can.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci
“There’s real fear, there’s real anxiety for me, for all my teammates. We’ve found it very difficult to focus on baseball at all over the last couple of days. I know, for me personally, I don’t feel comfortable with where we’re at. There’s real fear and anxiety for all of us.”
Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun on playing baseball during the pandemic
“The whole kneeling thing in the NFL, you’ve got guys saying they’re gonna do it. You know, baseball players, different teams, last night I watched baseball, you got the Red Sox and the As and the Giants, a lot of teams are kneeling, athletes are kneeling. In your league here, you’re the chairman of this league, is that going to be allowed if the women want to take a knee during the anthem?
“If you can’t respect our national anthem, get the hell out of the country. That’s the way I feel. Of course, I’m old fashioned. So, I’m only going to say what I feel. I think there’s a way you protest and there’s a way you don’t protest. You don’t protest against the flag. You don’t protest against this country that’s given you the opportunity to make a living playing a sport you never thought would happen. So I don’t wanna hear all that crap.”
During an interview with TMZ, Former Chicago Bears Coach Mike Ditka shredded National Football League players that decide to kneel during the national anthem. According to Ditka, it’s disrespectful to “protest” against the flag and the country that has provided opportunities to professional athletes.
“Federal courts are under attack. Since when it is okay to try to burn down a federal court? If someone went down the street to the Prettyman Court here, that beautiful courthouse we have right at the bottom of the hill, and started breaking windows and firing industrial-grade fireworks in to start a fire, throw kerosene balloons in and start fires in the court, is that okay? Is that okay now? No, the U.S. marshals have a duty to stop that and defend the courthouse, and that’s what we are doing in Portland. We are at the courthouse defending the courthouse. We’re not out looking for trouble.”
Attorney General William Barr testifying at a Congressional hearing that the federal government has an obligation to defend federal courthouses in cities where the local government refuses to do so, like Portland during the last few weeks of rioting
“Americans are riveted and captured by fear at the moment. We are not held down by the virus as much as we’re being held down by the spider web of fear. That spiderweb is all around us and it’s constricting us and it’s draining the lifeblood of the American people, American society, and American economy.
“This does not make sense. COVID-19 is a virus that exists in essentially two phases. There’s the early phase disease, and there’s the late phase disease. In the early phase either before you get the virus or early, when you’ve gotten the virus, if you’ve gotten the virus, there’s treatment. That’s what we’re here to tell you. But we implore you to hear this because this message has been silenced. There are many thousands of physicians who have been silenced for telling the American people the good news about the situation, that we can manage the virus carefully and intelligently, but we cannot live with this spider web of fear that’s constricting our country.”
Simone Gold of America’s Frontline Doctors at a news conference at the steps of the US Supreme Court. Video of the event was censored by social media outlets.
“I hate to say this, but the barrier to getting our kids back in school is not going to be the science, it’s going to be the national unions, the teachers union, the National Education Association, other groups who are going to demand money. And listen, I think that it’s fine to give people money for PPE and different things in the classroom. But some of their demands are really ridiculous. They’re talking about, where I’m from in California, the UTLA, which is United Teachers Union of Los Angeles, is demanding that we defund the police. What does that have to do with education? They’re demanding that they stop or they shut all private charter schools, privately funded charter schools. These are the schools that are actually getting the kids educated.”
Dr. Bob Hamilton of America’s Frontline Doctors
“My message to Dr. Anthony Fauci is when is the last time you put a stethoscope on a patient? That when you start seeing patients like we see on a daily basis, you will understand the frustration that we feel. You need to start feeling for American people like we, the frontline doctors, feel. They are listening to you. And if they are going to you, you got to give them a message of hope. Got to give them a message that goes with what you already know that hydroxychloroquine works.”
Dr. Stella Immanuel of America’s Frontline Doctors
“With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”
Tweet by President Trump
Biden stands for “Biggest Idiot Democrats Ever Nominated.”
Forget Biden’s nonstop stumbling and bumbling. Forget that he appears to not know where he is (he talked about Vermont but was in New Hampshire), what day it is (remember “Super Thursday”?), what year it is (remember in the presidential debate when old Joe said supporters could “go to Joe 30330”) or who he is (he appeared to open a speech with “Hello, I’m Joe Biden’s husband”). Forget all that.
Forget his lifetime record of 40 years as part of the D.C. swamp establishment, during which he has accomplished nothing for the American people.
Forget about the massive corruption in China and Ukraine, with his son Hunter Biden as the Batman.
Forget about presiding over the worst economic recovery in America’s history.
Forget about supporting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s $10 trillion Green New Deal that will bankrupt the U.S. economy and kill millions of jobs forever.
Forget about old Joe’s radical new beliefs on open borders and “defunding the police.” Oh, and Biden also said recently the police could “become the enemy.” Process that for a minute.
Forget about his racist past, his compliments to a former Ku Klux Klan leader and his use of the N-word while quoting on the Senate floor. Or his telling black Americans that if they vote for Trump, they aren’t black.
Forget about his clear dementia issues. Or the fact that he can’t answer a single question from a reporter that isn’t scripted with the answer written on a teleprompter.
Forget about the lack of intensity or enthusiasm by potential Biden voters. Poor old Joe made a nationwide news appearance the other day during which he grew confused multiple times and promised “voter registration physicians” at the polls.
Poor old Joe Biden has problems. Cognitive problems. Brain problems. Speech problems. Leaving-his-basement problems.
But forget all of that.
President Trump should feature Biden’s words in every TV commercial from this point on. I’ll bet my life savings it’s game, set and match. Checkmate. Biden is finished — if Trump keeps playing these two statements.
With all the problems plaguing America including COVID-19, the economic meltdown, riots in the streets, mob takeovers of Portland and Seattle, and a potential war with China, Biden thinks the big problem is we need to teach more about Islam in schools. That’s a quote.
Never forget, Basement Joe wants to convert all our kids to Islam! Hip, hip, hooray.
Wayne Allyn Root is a CEO, entrepreneur, best-selling author, and nationally-syndicated talk show host
“It’s like saying to somebody, ‘You have a bowl of s*** in front of you, and all you’ve got to do is eat half of it instead of the whole thing.’ It’s still s***.”
Nina Turner, Bernie Sanders’s former campaign co-chair, when The Atlantic asked her to describe what it was going to be like voting for former vice president Joe Biden
“Violent crime is on the rise in cities around the country. Chicago has been experiencing a murder plague visited on mostly minority residents over many months. It seems incredible that elected Democrats are supporting initiatives to defund the police, releasing prisoners from local jails, and even removing law-enforcement officers from schools.
“The longer this continues, the greater demand to see it stopped will grow among wage-earning families, small-business people, homeowners, taxpayers and voters. Families of public safety and emergency personnel already have been alienated.
“Any president dating back to Franklin D. Roosevelt would have taken action under these circumstances. First, there would be denunciation of the violence. Then the president would ask local officials if they needed federal help. If the answer was yes, it would be sent immediately. If the answer was no but disorder continued, the president would no doubt dispatch officers to protect federal buildings and otherwise restore order as authorized by the Constitution. He would know that the country at large looked to the president as the ultimate guarantor of public safety.
“Many of Mr. Trump’s policies deserve criticism, but this isn’t one of them. Democrats are presenting a pro-chaos caricature of themselves, which will discredit them with the public if they maintain it. Especially at the local level, elected officials must recognize that a majority of Americans want to live normal lives without threat of violence or harm.”
Ted Van Dyk was active in Democratic national policy and politics for 40 years. He is author of “Heroes, Hacks and Fools”
We need to stop pretending that the group “Black Lives Matter” gives a damn about the lives of black people, police brutality, or anything other than hammering huge corporate checks and electing Democrats. This sham of focusing on a dozen or so instances of unarmed black people killed by police (many of whom had cars as weapons) is an insult to the thousands of black lives snuffed out every year by other black people. If you care about black lives you don’t ignore the pile of bodies that could stretch around the globe, which is exactly what everyone marching, rioting, and dancing in the streets are doing. It’s pretty sick.
It’s a great marketing gimmick – come up with a slogan that is basic, simple, and no one disagrees with it. It’s harder to do than you’d think, people make a lot of money doing it. But for every “Where’s the beef?” there are a million “What beer drinkers drink when they’re not drinking beer.” “Black Lives Matter” is brilliant in its simplicity, which is why it works and why leftists latched onto it. But it’s a fraud.
If black lives mattered to Black Lives Matter, with the kind of resources they’re raking in, the amount of good they could do would be immeasurable. Community watch organizations could be started, diversion programs, education initiatives, and rewards could be offered for information leading to the arrest of any of the murderers of any of the thousands, especially black children, killed in cities across the country.
Of course, they wouldn’t do that because it would involve the police and sending people to jail, and they don’t want the police to exist or anyone in prison. Plus, and this is the main reason, it wouldn’t help Democrats.
Derek Hunter is the host of a free daily podcast, host of a daily radio show on WCBM in Maryland, and author of the book, Outrage, INC., which exposes how liberals use fear and hatred to manipulate the masses
“The Democrats not only want to tear down the wall and replace it with a welcome mat, they actually want to actively incentivize foreigners to enter the country illegally by offering them access to welfare benefits such as “free” taxpayer-funded healthcare-— all without having to bother with the hassle of passing comprehensive immigration reform in Congress.
“This is antithetical to core American values such as personal responsibility and respect for the law of the land, and it can only serve to undermine the legitimacy of our governing institutions. After all, if we can simply ignore the immigration laws that Congress has passed, then what’s stopping us from ignoring any other federal law?”
David Alan Brat, the dean of the Liberty University School of Business. He served as the U.S. Representative for Virginia’s 7th congressional district from 2014 to 2019.
“Employers are now telling me that to get workers back on a construction crew, on a factory line or in a restaurant, employers must pay workers, in cash, say, $100 or $200 a shift so they can still collect the unemployment benefits. The Economist magazine recently wrote that the extra unemployment benefits are doing more harm than good. Liberal groups are marching in the streets for another six months of these payments.
“This policy is what I have long-called ‘economic bimboism.’ Somehow, magically, if I pay my kid who gets up, mows lawns and works hard 40 hours a week, and I pay my other son even more money for staying home and playing computer games, this strategy is going to lead to more work effort in the Moore household. I assure you it won’t.”
Stephen Moore is a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation and an economic consultant with FreedomWorks
“The recent conduct of federal agents in Portland, Oregon, has caused great concern in Milwaukee and Wisconsin about the purpose and scope of any expanded federal law enforcement mission in our city and state. We want to make it very clear that we do not support anything similar to what we have seen in Portland, Oregon, here in Wisconsin.”
From a letter by Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Rep. Gwen Moore, Gov. Tony Evers, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley addressed to Matthew Krueger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
“A simple decision by mayors throughout the nation will determine if thousands of people live or die. That decision is whether these cities seek the assistance of the FBI and other federal law-enforcement agencies to combat the growth of violence within their jurisdictions. But if local leaders won’t enact these proven strategies, at least they could invite the feds in to do the heavy lifting mayors are too scared or incompetent to pursue. The feds know how to get it done.”
Steve Levy is president of Common Sense Strategies, a political consulting firm. He served as Suffolk County Executive, as a New York state assemblyman.
“Many (parents) will opt instead to home-school. This summer, parents have had time to plan for the fall. Many of them are forming ‘learning pods,’ which are small groups of families getting together to hire a teacher or a tutor to teach their kids.
“What if, as I predict, home-schooling works, on average, better than the public schools before the pandemic? Once the pandemic ends, many parents will want to continue with home-schooling. A poll taken in May of 626 parents found 40.8% of them saying they were more likely than before the pandemic to enroll their child in “a home school, a neighborhood home-school co-op, or a virtual school” once the lockdowns ended. There are now about 56 million children in K-12 schools. Before the pandemic, an estimated two million children were home-schooled. If even a third of the 40.8% of parents who said they might take it up followed through, the number of home-schooled children would almost quadruple.
“Even many who don’t home-school will push for an expansion of charter schools, which tend to be responsive to parents and can more easily fire poor teachers. The advantage for taxpayers is that charter schools cost, on average, thousands of dollars less than traditional public schools. Teachers unions won’t be in a strong position to object to a shift to lower-cost charters if they continue to object to the idea of teaching in person five days a week. The unions might even “settle” for charter schools over the dreaded home-school option.
“Get ready. A school renaissance is coming.”
David Henderson is a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Poll: 62% of Americans Say They Have Political Views They’re Afraid to Share
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Who will Biden pick for VP?
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK