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
“There’s no other way to put it, we are overwhelmed.”
Gov. Tony Evers issuing an order limiting restaurant capacity to 25%. Coronavirus cases have surged in the state.
“This could be the final dagger for the restaurant industry.”
Bobby Wiltgen, who operates three downtown Milwaukee restaurants and taverns: Who’s On Third, Oak Barrel Public House and Third Street Tavern
“It’s tough on everybody. It’s probably a smart move for the government and for the cases and for people who are at risk, but it’s a tough move on businesses. I know business owners who even say they’re not going to follow it unless they get fined. I’m going to try because I understand both sides of it.”
Sarah Veldkamp, owner of Cranky Pats in Green Bay
“I don’t think the threat is big enough to enforce it. I know numbers are on the rise, but it’s always funny how when law abiding citizens are doing something, numbers automatically go up, but across the country there’s been riots and everything else and numbers aren’t affected that way.”
Madeline Cronin, the manager of The Getaway in Green Bay. Violating the order could result in a fine up to $500 or up to 30 days in jail.
“I just left Walter Reed Medical Center, and it’s really something very special—the doctors, the nurses, the first responders—and I learned so much about coronavirus. And one thing that’s for certain, don’t let it dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it. You’re gonna beat it. We have the best medical equipment; we have the best medicines—all developed recently—and you’re gonna beat it.”
“I want to say something about the President said don’t be afraid of COVID and don’t let it dominate your life…That might be the most presidential thing this president has ever said because he is not saying don’t be afraid of COVID, he saying don’t be afraid of one another. This is a respiratory virus, it spreads between people and the only way to make it go away permanently is to lock us all away permanently. That can’t happen, that’s not compatible with life. Something I will never forget is walking around Times Square in six months ago, about six months ago, and walking around New York City and it was deserted. It was if a neutron bomb had gone off. Six months ago, and even then that response didn’t make sense but we are six months on and we know. If you believe the WHO and 750 million people have been infected with this, that means 199 out of a thousand people will live after getting the coronavirus. If you believe the CDC numbers, it might be 997 maybe it’s 996 out of a thousand. It’s a tiny death rate. We have sacrificed our kids and sacrificed our society and Donald Trump walked out of the hospital today and said what needed to be said we have to stop being so afraid of this. This country, we put people on the moon, the first manned flight in 1903, what happened to us that this rather dismal virus has scared everyone to death. I do not understand it, and we have to get out of this.
“People can vote for Donald Trump or Joe Biden for all kinds of reasons but Joe Biden has barely gotten out of his house and Donald Trump has lived. He took a chance and he got caught but guess what? It’s not that dangerous and it looks like it’s going to be fine. Even though he’s a 74-year-old man who is mildly overweight so that’s a lesson we need to take care, we need to live.”
Former NY Times reporter, now author Alex Berenson
“I feel great. I feel like, perfect. I think this was a blessing from God, that I caught it. This was a blessing in disguise. I caught it, I heard about this drug, I said let me take it, it was my suggestion. I said, let me take it. And it was incredible the way it worked, incredible. And I think if I didn’t catch it, we’d be looking at that like a number of other drugs. But it really did a fantastic job. I want to get for you what I got. I’m going to make it free, you’re not going to pay for it.”
President Trump after he returned to the White House
“What a great moment for America, and what a terrible moment for the hapless media hyenas.”
Conservative podcaster Dan Bongino after it was announced President Trump and Joe Biden will debate again on October 15th
“The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which the candidates would participate from separate remote locations.”
The Commission on Presidential Debates announced a major change to the second presidential debate scheduled for Oct. 15: it will take place virtually
“I’m not going to waste my time in a virtual debate.”
“Vice President Mike Pence won this debate. Hands down. He was cool as a cucumber. He was prepared, calm, and utterly lethal. Pence gashed Kamala for 90-mins.
“These VP debates are mostly grounded in the question regarding can this person steer the ship should anything happen to the president. Pence passed that test. Kamala, not so much.”
Matt Vespa of Townhall.com
“Body language is often the hardest to contain when one candidate is listening to the other. Whether you call it a smirk, a squint, or ‘resting bitch face,’ not even the plexiglass barrier prevented the rest of us from noticing the mom glares she (Kamala Harris) was tossing (Mike)Pence’s way. Complete with raised eyebrows, the agitated looks she was giving Pence showed complete disdain.
“Her hand gestures were frantic, often choppy, which communicates to Pence and to the audience that I’m talking at you, not with you. Her gestures were big, often leaving the camera frame, and at one point she even popped up from her chair — in a seated debate. It communicated that she wasn’t in control.
“This is where Pence excelled. Whether you love him or hate him, he is consistent with an unflappable poker face. No matter the attacks, no matter how many times he is asked to stop speaking, no matter that a fly landed on his head, Pence will soldier on and be exactly who you expect him to be.”
Beverly Hallberg, Washington Examiner
“Even Dr. King’s assassination did not have the worldwide impact the George Floyd’s death did.”
“The American public, the blinders have been taken off…They’re saying, ‘Jeez, the reason I was able to stay sequestered in my home is because some black woman was able to stack the grocery shelf.”
“So in @JoeBiden’s head some Black lady in Delaware was stocking the grocery shelves so he could hide from the press and not campaign in his basement. For 47 years he’s been openly saying bigoted things to & about Black people. These aren’t gaffes…“
A comment on Twitter
“Moving forward with SCOTUS confirmation hearings in exactly one week threatens the health and safety of members, our staff, and the hardworking people who keep the Senate complex safe, clean, and operational. This is completely reckless. Chairman Graham must delay the hearings.”
“Just had three of the world’s leading epidemiologists on the show — Drs. Jay Bhattacharya (Stanford), Martin Kulldorff (Harvard) and Sunetra Gupta (Oxford) — all agree lockdowns do not work, protect vulnerable, and open up!”
Talk show host Laura Ingraham
“Look, there’s a reason why vote-by-mail has evaporated from the consciousness of liberal America. It’s trash. Literally. First, seldom do states have any experience dealing with hundreds of thousands of ballots. They won’t be able to be counted in a timely manner that’s for sure. Okay, we’re not talking months, but weeks-long delay is terrible for a country on edge. The opportunities for fraud will be rampant. You saw how long it took to count the ballots for New York’s Democratic primaries. In Paterson, New Jersey, their municipal elections were scrapped because 20 percent of the ballots were fraudulent. And now, even Democrats don’t trust the mail. Oh, the irony is sweet. If you can vote in-person, do so. It’s safe. Even Dr. Anthony Fauci said it’s safe.”
Townhall.com columnist Matt Vespa
“If ever a president of the United States represented Wile E. Coyote, it is Donald J. Trump. Really, the pummeling this president has endured from both his domestic and foreign adversaries is almost worthy of a Road Runner cartoon. And it is remarkable the man still has his sanity.
“If President Trump manages to win re-election, despite the pummeling he’s taken from this political vehicular carnage, it will mark one of the most remarkable stories in the annals of American history.”
William F. Marshall has been an intelligence analyst and investigator in the government, private, and non-profit sectors for more than 33 years. He is a senior investigator for Judicial Watch, Inc.
“Wisconsin is failing to provide what children need most, stability. In many ways, they are having to teach or prepare three different lessons and are spending 9-10 hours a day doing that. We need to get some relief to our educators. Here we are October 6, and we have educators who are at the end of their rope.
“I think what’s happening out there is there’s a lot of changes going on and people are changing numbers and they’re changing what the benchmarks will be (to open or stay closed). We can’t have that. We have to have it be consistent. Too many districts are tinkering around the edges putting students and staff in unsafe positions.”
Ron Martin, president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC)
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Jane Fonda’s remarks on COVID (see above VILLAINS)
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Mike Pence and the fly
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK