Week-ends (02/27/21)

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

Hayley Arceneaux

Medical officials in Texas

Christy Lewis

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Anita Dunn

Chicago

Coca-Cola

Oreos

Planned Parenthood

Julia Roberts

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“Vaccine priority should be given to teachers working in their classrooms over teachers working in their living rooms. We should reward school districts that implemented extensive efforts that have allowed safe in-person instruction from day one over those that denied students the education they deserve.

“Now is the time to give those teachers additional peace of mind and show them that we appreciate these months of hard work and dedication to their students.”
Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow

I expected, when I ran for the Senate, was that there would be partisan fights and a lot of my public policy priorities would be thwarted. What I did not anticipate was that my life and my health would be unnecessarily threatened by my colleagues.”
State Senator  Kelda Roys, D-Madison. Republicans who control the state Legislature are pushing their colleagues to debate and vote on legislation in person but won’t require everyone to wear face masks. Republican leaders of the state Senate have refused to allow Democratic members to participate in Senate sessions virtually and did not require the body to wear masks while sitting and bellowing together in one space. Roys asked Republican Sen. Alberta Darling, who wore a mask on the floor, if she would talk to her colleagues about wearing masks during floor sessions. Darling declined. 

“I chose to wear a mask today because many of you feel very strongly about it and I want to respect your opinion, but I will not take on other members of my caucus who choose not to wear masks.  This isn’t about masks, it’s about the individual’s ability to do what they think is right for themselves and I don’t think they feel the same as many about the coronavirus in terms of how it spreads and so I respect that opinion, too.”
Sen. Darling

“This is the second time I’ve been accused of not caring about the people in this body. One of the things I’m tired of is mask shaming … before people in this body automatically assume the worst, maybe if they could reach out and ask for a conversation — maybe there’s a reason people in this body don’t wear a mask.”
Sen. Mary Felzkowski, R-Irma, after Sen. Tim Carpenter, D-Milwaukee, listed off the 12 lawmakers who weren’t wearing masks at the start of a floor session,  accusing them of seeking to make political statements at the expense of health. Felzkowski revealed she was infected with COVID-19 in the past and criticized Democratic lawmakers for hammering their Republican colleagues over the issue, noting some people don’t wear masks because of medical conditions.

“In four weeks, the Biden administration has been known for two things: open borders and closed schools.”
Senator Rick Scott

“If you’re doing a search on a LinkedIn for someone who’d be a perfect match to be in Health and Human Services, [Xavier Becerra] wouldn’t even show up — because he has no healthcare background or experience… Becerra is not a healthcare professional. Traditionally in this role, [there] would be someone who’s been in healthcare administration or a physician or a scientist. We’re in the middle of a pandemic. And you would think the group that’s going to oversee the pandemic response and all that’s got to happen would be somebody with a science or healthcare background. But instead, President Biden has selected an attorney. That seems to be his only criteria. And his only main qualification on this is he has been [a] very outspoken [supporter] of abortion — and not just the existence of abortion, but the [radical promotion] of it.”
Senator James Lankford


“The number of kids who identify as LGBT, especially trans and bisexual, has absolutely skyrocketed. If you think this is a natural or organic development, you’re deluded. The media, Hollywood, and the school system actively recruit children into the LGBT ranks.”
Matt Walsh

“The Equality Act would threaten the existence of women’s prisons, public-school girls’ locker rooms, and women’s and girls’ sports teams. It would limit freedom of speech, freedom of association, accurate data collection, and scientific inquiry… The Equality Act isn’t about protecting people from discrimination; it’s about compelling adherence to gender ideology.”
Inez Stepman

“‘How is this good for Americans?’ This is the question that should be asked of Biden and his mouthpieces every time they appear in public. If we had a national media that truly cared about our country or its citizens, they’d be asking it. Instead, we get softball questions and pablum stories about Valentine’s Day hearts on the White House lawn, and Joe and Jill Biden’s love for the ages. I am happy for anyone that has found lifelong love, including the president of the United States. But it’s hardly relevant to why he’s in the position. There’s no better example of this absurdity than Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin’s editorial this week. She expresses her profound joy that the nation now has a real ‘mourner-in-chief’ again. Excuse me? We didn’t elect a professional mourner, and most of us don’t want one. But at this rate, we’ll all soon be mourning the death of the republic.”
Laura Hollis

“Sadly, it is now easier for an illegal alien to walk into America than it is for a New Yorker to walk into a restaurant or for your child to walk into a school.”
Gary Bauer

“The suspension of the rule of law … is when you start to be a police state, and we’re here. There is no way around it. … Lockdowns have never been done in society and really, we are turning into a totalitarian state before everyone’s eyes.”
Former Democrat adviser Naomi Wolf

“Ever notice how protecting people from dangerous misinformation looks exactly the same as censoring true information you’re scared of?”
Frank J. Fleming

“Here’s an interesting fact: Even Barack Obama’s ancestors owned slaves. If reparations are approved, does Obama pay reparations or does he get reparations? I’m trying to imagine what that conversation looks like in the Oval Office between President Biden and his former boss: ‘Barack, I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is that reparations passed. The bad news is that you owe them.’”
Gary Bauer

“My ancestors were slaves. And my life as a young woman was a mess. Was my life a mess because my ancestors were slaves? I don’t think so. My life was a mess because I lived a wanton, irresponsible existence, defined by promiscuity, petty crimes and scamming the nation’s well-meaning but totally confused welfare system to the greatest extent of my ability. Did I need reparations to turn things around for me? Certainly not. I needed a wake-up call, which, to my great gratitude, I got, from a few church-going black Christians who told me the way I was living was unacceptable. I went to church, took back responsibility for my life and turned my circumstances around. The problem with the idea of reparations is it redirects attention away from exactly where attention is needed: on individuals’ personal responsibility for their own unique lives.”
Star Parker

 “We use black power to create white guilt. My approach is biblical: How can I ask my Heavenly Father to forgive me if I can’t forgive my brother? … Many have died trying to get into America. No one is dying trying to get out. … What percentage of black must you be to receive reparations? Do you go to 23andMe or a DNA test to determine the percentage of blackness? Some American ancestors just came to this country 80 years ago, their ancestors wasn’t even here during slavery. Some black immigrants weren’t here during slavery, nor their ancestors. Some states didn’t even have slavery.”
Herschel Walker

“[Rush] Limbaugh’s devoted fans believed their values helped build and sustain America through wars, economic downturns and other challenges. They see those values under siege from a secular progressive generation that tolerates everything but them. Many had served in the military to defend once traditional values and the freedoms many now take for granted, as if freedom is automatically and effortlessly achieved. These people go to church and take their children to Sunday school. Some enroll their kids in Christian schools or home school them because they dislike what is taught in public schools. They believe their country is losing all moral standards, is becoming increasingly corrupt and in danger of extinction if things don’t turn around. Shouldn’t these concerns explain why they wish to issue warnings because they love the country and don’t want it to fail? Limbaugh was their spokesman in these and other matters.”
Cal Thomas

 “[Andrew] Cuomo abused his powers to hide life and death information from the Department of Justice that prevented lawmakers from legislating — like fully repealing corporate immunity for nursing homes. That is an impeachable offense.”
Democrat New York State Assemblyman Ron Kim, who added, “The only way to protect the integrity of the co-equal branch of the state government, AKA the ‘People’s House,’ is to start impeachment.”

“Disney is concerned that ‘The Muppet Show’ is offensive. But filming where China runs concentration camps for Uighurs? Disney is okay with that.”
Senator Tom Cotton

“I was so disgusted that Biden, on the anniversary of my daughter getting murdered, announced they were going to put all these gun control measures in place. [None] of those would have made a difference in my daughter getting murdered in Parkland.”
Andrew Pollack

“I think at some point [Trump] probably will be allowed back on [social media] and probably should be allowed back on.”
Bill Gates

 “When people are mentally and spiritually sound and are comfortable in life with a good job, fair pay and a great home, violence will inevitably go down without infringing on the rights of other American citizens.”
Armstrong Williams

“Let’s see a conversation between the people insisting ‘teachers just want to be safe!’ and the grocery store clerks who’ve shown up for work without fail for 12 months — including when we thought the pandemic was far deadlier. Ah, but they don’t have powerful Democrat unions.”
Buck Sexton

“No one should want to live in a world in which science rules the roost. Such a life would be desiccated, miserable and meaningless. Science exists to assist in our understanding of the natural universe, but it has no answers whatsoever to life’s most existentially pressing questions — the existence of God, the best way to lead a virtuous life and so forth. Lowercase ‘s’ science is good; uppercase ‘S’ Science is bad. And it would benefit our political leaders to grasp the all-important difference.”
Josh Hammer

“The oddest part about the effort to stifle debate over COVID-19’s origin is even the experts agree we still don’t know the answer. … Efforts to suppress the lab leak theory are unpersuasive on their face. The fact is that SARS escaped from a Beijing lab twice in 2004. The virus that causes COVID-19 is SARS-CoV-2. If SARS 1.0 leaked from a Chinese lab twice, why is it a conspiracy theory to question whether SARS 2.0 could have also escaped from a Chinese lab? Nobody has answered this persuasively.”
Neil Patel

“Watching a woman put her mask on between bites of food and I can’t help but wonder how we survived so long as a species.”
Sydney Watson

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

This House bill

The biggest one-year increase in the homicide rate ever

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

The truth about America’s finances

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Tiger Woods

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Mars rover carried secret message

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