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
“The Bucks dug this hole the moment they diverted their attention away from basketball to fight for the life of a criminal suspect who doesn’t care all that much about his own life. Twenty seconds of an edited cell phone video provoked the Bucks to shut down the NBA Bubble and other parts of the sports world.
“The Bucks are suffering from Post Traumatic Black Lives Matter Disorder. It’s the mental lapse that happens when a professional athlete realizes he’s allowed Twitter race-hustlers to dupe him into caring more about the life of a criminal suspect than the criminal suspect cares about his own life.
“You dragged us into something that we haven’t thought through and don’t have, you know, that strong opinions on. Yes, we’re all addicted to Twitter and social media and we’ve all bought the Black Lives Matter B.S., but damn, you just shut our league down and now we’re forced to sit out games and we’re forced to answer questions and take a very strong opinion on Jacob Blake before all the information is available.
“It’s unlikely anyone will ask the Bucks if their Blake stunt shook their focus. And if the question is asked, they’ll be allowed to pretend it was all worth it.”
Sports columnist Jason Whitlock after the Bucks dropped to 0-2 in their playoff series against the Miami Heat. The Bucks lost again Friday night and face almost certain playoff elimination.
“Local Congressman Bryan Steil called the White House asking for federal assistance to restore law and order. Donald Trump answered his call. The president immediately ordered his Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to reach out to the current governor of Wisconsin. Initially, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers didn’t return Mr. Meadows’ call. They got back to Mr. Meadows, but amazingly it was to turn down the offer of help from the federal government.
“Only after three nights of chaos and, tragically, two deaths, Mr. Evers accepted help from the White House. Thankfully, things have calmed down in Kenosha since then as the rioters realize local law enforcement now has the support they need to keep the community safe.
“The fundamental role of government at any level is to keep people safe. Donald Trump and Bryan Steil passed the test. Joe Biden and Tony Evers failed.”
Former WI Governor Scott Walker
“He also exhibited incredible restraint and presence and situational awareness. He didn’t empty a magazine into a crowd.I think the strongest thing he has for him is the actual video evidence. And if I were on a jury and all I had was the evidence that I have been able to acquire through social media and the videos that are out there, I would not convict him of a single one of these charges.
“What does it say about our country where this lawlessness is going on to this extent that a 17-year-old feels compelled to stop it? To be the one to turn the tide? I think it says a lot for the 17-year-old.”
Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie defended the 17-year old who fatally shot two protesters and injured a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin last week. Kyle Rittenhouse has been charged with two counts of first-degree homicide and several other felony counts after traveling from Illinois to Kenosha on Aug. 25 and shooting three protesters, two of whom died.
“Rep. Massie’s comments are a slap in the face to every Kentuckian who has worked to dismantle hate and white supremacy in our communities. He should be ashamed of his comments and held accountable for condoning dangerous behavior that threatens public safety and our right to assemble.” Cathy Mekus, a volunteer with the Kentucky chapter of Moms Demand Action
“The people of Portland, like all other cities & parts of our great Country, want Law & Order. The Radical Left Democrat Mayors, like the dummy running Portland, or the guy right now in his basement unwilling to lead or even speak out against crime, will never be able to do it!”
“Do you seriously wonder, Mr. President, why this is the first time in decades that America has seen this level of violence? It’s you who have created the hate and the division.”
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, a Democrat
“I want them to leave it to law enforcement. But, my supporters are wonderful, hardworking, tremendous people and they turn on their televisions and they look at a Portland and they look at a Kenosha – before I got involved and stopped it – or they look at Chicago where 78 people were shot last weekend. Numerous people died. Or they look at New York where violence is up by what, like 150 percent? It’s up by a number nobody – and they’re leaving. They’re looking at all of this and they can’t believe it. They can’t believe it. My supporter or not.”
President Trump on what his supporters should do if confronted by rioters
“Former Vice President Joe Biden emerged from his bunker again to hold a press conference in Wilmington, Delaware. It was a circus act. We had tremendous economic news in that we added 1.4 million jobs in August and the unemployment rate dipped below 10 percent. Half of the jobs lost due to the COVID lockdowns have been recovered, Joe. Yet, he thinks we’re still pretty much into a new Great Depression. Yeah, that only reinforces the notion that his mind is being eaten by worms.”
“He’s 100 percent sharp. I know a 78-year-old who’s not so sharp.”
President Donald Trump during a V-J Day speech honoring war veterans on Wednesday in North Carolina referred to 97-year-old Hershel “Woody” Williams, the sole surviving Marine from WWII to receive the Medal of Honor. He also took a swipe at Joe Biden.
“I can’t say if tomorrow God made me president, I can’t guarantee you everything gets solved in four years. It would be a whole lot better, we’d get a whole lot further down the road.”
Joe Biden speaking in Kenosha
“He can’t come back to New York. He can’t. He’s going to walk down the street in New York? Forget bodyguards, he better have an army if he thinks he’s going to walk down the street in New York.”
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo responded to President Donald Trump’s threat to “defund” New York City and other Democratic cities that have seen violent protests
“I’ve just never been as disappointed, in my whole career, with a leader that I’ve worked with, president or otherwise. If the article is true — and it appears to be, based on other things he’s said — it is absolutely damning. It is a disgrace.”
Joe Biden on allegations, sourced anonymously, describing multiple offensive comments by the president toward fallen and captured U.S. service members, including calling World War I dead at an American military cemetery in France “losers” and “suckers” in 2018. President Trump denied the allegations.
“It was a terrible thing that somebody could say the kind of things — and especially to me ’cause I’ve done more for the military than almost anyone anybody else. I would be willing to swear on anything that I never said that about our fallen heroes. There is nobody that respects them more. No animal — nobody — what animal would say such a thing?
“It’s a hoax. Just like the fake dossier was a hoax. Just like the Russia-Russia-Russia was a hoax. It was a total hoax.You’ll hear more of these things, totally unrelated, as we get closer to election.”
“The Atlantic story is not true. It has become a very dangerous time when anonymous sources are believed above all else, & no one knows their motivation. This is not journalism – It is activism. And it is a disservice to the people of our great nation.”
“The Census Bureau announced it would end collection of data by Sept.30 rather than the original deadline of Oct. 31, a full month ahead of schedule — and do all of that while scrambling to make up for months of pandemic-related delay. It’s a recipe for inaccuracy.
“Census workers not only need to find and count, by the end of this month, tens of millions of people who failed to respond to initial bureau queries, but they also need to do this amid a 35% attrition rate as federal canvassers quit for fear of falling ill with coronavirus. After data collection comes the critical and now-truncated task of processing — fact-checking numbers and identifying duplicated or incomplete responses.”
The USA TODAY editorial board
“To overcome the pandemic and to ensure we safely complete our data collection on time, we are maximizing staff numbers and production hours for field data collection operations. We have continued to hire census takers throughout our follow-up operation, replacing those who quit midway, while ensuring proper health and safety training. To recognize census takers who make the extra effort and put in the extra time, we are offering financial incentives. Productivity to date is well above our initial forecast. As of today, we have nearly 250,000 field staff, working more hours and completing more cases per hour than planned, at double the rate projected. Electronic data collection and computerized routing is increasing productivity and minimizing time.”
Wilbur Ross, the secretary of the Commerce Department, which oversees the Census Bureau, claiming there will be a complete and accurate census
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Trump allegedly ripped soldiers
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK