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
“We’re going to work to undo the moral and national shame of the previous administration that literally, not figuratively, ripped children from the arms of their families.”
Joe Biden, who was VP when the Obamaadministration first erected cages
“From the moment Trump was sworn in, Democrats and the media talked about how divisive Trump would be for America, and this was repeated throughout his term. Despite no longer being president, that message continues. A recent CNN piece stated that Trump left the nation at its most divided since the Civil War. The Civil War — the one that nearly destroyed our young nation and left 620,000 dead — that divided? We’re nowhere near as divided as that moment, and to make such a comparison is precisely why so many Americans have, frankly, lost faith in our media and political system as a whole.”
“I write to you today regarding the so-called Disciplinary Committee hearing aimed at revoking my union membership. Who cares!
“While I’m not familiar with your work, I’m very proud of my work on movies such as Home Alone 2, Zoolander and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps; and television shows including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Saturday Night Live, and of course, one of the most successful shows in television history, The Apprentice—to name just a few!
(I have) “also greatly helped the cable news television business (said to be a dying platform with not much time left until I got involved in politics), and created thousands of jobs at networks such as MSDNC and Fake News CNN, among many others.
“Which brings me to your blatant attempt at free media attention to distract from your dismal record as a union. Your organization has done little for its members, and nothing for me—besides collecting dues and promoting dangerous un-American policies and ideas—as evident by your massive unemployment rates and lawsuits from celebrated actors, who even recorded a video asking, ‘Why isn’t the union fighting for me?’
“I no longer wish to be associated with your union. As such, this letter is to inform you of my immediate resigning from SAG-AFTRA. You have done nothing for me.”
President Trump resigning from the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists after they threatened to expel his membership from the union after the Capitol riot
“The same people who tell me that fences don’t work on the border want to have this fence and turn the Capitol into a military compound. So we don’t know of any existing, emergent threat to the Capitol, but we do know of an existing, emergent threat to our nation through the border, people crossing the border illegally that are coming across.
“There’s two things here: They built a fence because they know fences actually do work, so we ought to continue our fence on the border. And the second thing is, they came in with overwhelming military personnel. So they had an overwhelming amount of personnel to respond as a secondary response, if anybody tried to breach the fence, we don’t have that on the border.
“If you don’t control your border, you really don’t have national security. It’s very easy for anybody to get across our border today.”
Arizona GOP Rep. Andy Biggs on the new fence that now surrounds the U.S. Capitol. The 7-foot fence was added after the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 and has not come down yet.
“The real story is that AOC was in her office and then a cop came and told her to evacuate. The end. That was her entire involvement in that day’s events. She managed to turn that into a harrowing tale of narrowly avoiding death at the hands of assassins sent by Ted Cruz.”
“I think that it’s critically important that the education system and educators respect the rights of all students, including students who are transgender, and that they are afforded the opportunities that every other student has to participate in extracurricular activities. I think it’s the legal responsibility of schools to provide opportunities for students to participate in activities, and this includes students who are transgender.”
Secretary of education nominee Miguel Cardona
“Somebody who’s suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were pre-staged, and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr.‘s airplane is not living in reality. This has nothing to do with the challenges facing American families or the robust debates on substance that can strengthen our party.”
Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell regarding Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene
“The worst of [Marjorie Taylor] Greene’s statements suggest that she may be anti-Semitic. If true, that is a terrible thing. But if we are going to expel anti-Semites from the House, Greene is hardly first on the list. Democrats like Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, and no doubt others if we assiduously study their Facebook pages, are way ahead of her in line. Again, the question of when anti-Semitic statements have been made is relevant. Greene has been spotless since taking her seat in the House, while Omar and Tlaib have used their pulpit as representatives to spew hate. So, if the House is willing to expel Omar and Tlaib or bar them from committees, next we can take up the question of Marjorie Greene. Not before.”
“[Democrats are] trying to … take away our Second Amendment rights. Make no doubt — they’re gonna be coming sometime this year with a bill to take away our Second Amendment rights. So they’re building this predicate that, ‘Oh, my God, everybody better be afraid of somebody with a gun,’ and that’s gonna be their attempt to then go take away your guns.”
Rep. Steve Scalise
“The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released a chart showing the latest official data on U.S. energy production sources from the Department of Energy. Some 80% of all our energy comes from oil, gas and coal. Less than 5% comes from wind and solar. … Perhaps over the next several decades, wind and solar power will be cheap enough to meet most of our energy needs. But are we to starve ourselves of energy in the meantime? Are Americans willing to pay $4 or $5 a gallon to fill up the tank with Saudi oil or Russian gas? Wouldn’t it be smarter, safer and, yes, more virtuous to get the energy we need from Texas, Oklahoma, North Dakota or even Alberta, Canada, than from countries that hate us?”
“If you are working on the #KeystonePipeline you can just find another job? Okay. If you are a teacher afraid to teach in person because of #COVID you too can just find another job.”
“Can you imagine how loudly [Rachel] Maddow, Chuck Todd and the hypocritical civil libertarians at the New York Times editorial page would have howled if Trump had brought 15,000 armed troops into D.C. for any reason — including a parade? He sent a few busloads of soldiers to protect a federal courthouse in Seattle from being torched by rioters last year and he was called Hitler Junior.”
“An administration that wanted to pursue unity might observe that 77% of Americans — including a majority of Democrats and 85% of independents — don’t want taxpayer dollars to fund foreign abortions.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
“One way politicians have convinced many Americans to accept [the abortion] agenda is to repeat the lie that the life in the womb isn’t a life at all. It is merely a ‘clump of cells.’ That kind of dehumanization against whole classes of people is what made slavery and the Jim Crow era possible, along with a long list of other human atrocities throughout the world’s history.”
Kay C. James
“It’s the only choice for somebody like me who is traveling the world to win this battle.”
Wealthy leftist elitist John Kerry on why he deserves to use private jets versus somebody like you
“Sending kids back to school this year is so fraught with anxiety and uncertainty. Why not just have everyone repeat the year? Is that such a far out idea?”
Joy Behar. And yes, it is.
“I have the utmost respect for what [police] do, for what our soldiers do, [people] that sacrifice their lives. I just don’t care for people who put those kind of people down. If it weren’t for them, we would not have the freedom to complain about what they do.”
Actor Denzel Washington
“I don’t get capitalism bashing. Every once in a while a pipe bursts, but usually people aren’t dumb enough to then use that as a call to end indoor plumbing.”
Frank J. Fleming
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
AOC’s smear hat Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) tried to “murder” her with the January 6 riot, and that the person who came to find her was a police officer, not a member of the mob
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Marjorie Taylor Greene
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Man hits deer with new car, but then…