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…
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
“Recent revelations show that Fauci hid information from the American people, including a tip that the Wuhan coronavirus could have been ‘engineered,’ in a lab via gain of function research. Fauci chose to ignore this and other information given to him by scientists.”
“Emails sent to the nation’s top infectious disease specialist during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic raised questions about the origins of the virus, which remain unanswered today. ‘We think that there is a possibility that the virus was released from a lab in wuhan, the biotech area of china,’ read a February 2020 email to Dr. Anthony Fauci from Dr. Michael Jacobs, who stated he is a Cornell Medical School graduate and dermatologist.
“Jacobs asked Fauci to discuss the issue further, and records show Fauci passed the message to a colleague, writing, ‘Please handle.’
“The exchange was just one of more than 3,200 pages of Fauci’s emails obtained by Buzzfeed and The Washington Post via the Freedom of Information Act.”
The Boston Herald
“On February 5, 2020, Fauci sends an email advising against masks and gives the recommendation that the kind of mask you buy in a drug store ‘is not really effective in keeping out virus which is small enough to pass through the material.’ This conclusion could only have been bolstered as scientists converged on the conclusion that COVID-19 was aerosolized. This was consistent with statements Fauci made in public, even on 60 Minutes, that masks might be actively harmful.
“Later, when he shifted to a pro-mask position, Fauci held that he never advised the public that masks couldn’t help, only that they shouldn’t buy them. This wasn’t true. He said he gave this advice to save PPE for front-line workers. Even though we have seen lots of instances in which public-health officials deliberately lie to the public to manipulate them toward an outcome — a practice I find morally abhorrent and politically inconsistent with self-government — we find no evidence that there was a deliberate and conscious effort to protect supplies of PPE with this lie.”
Michael Brendan Dougherty is a senior writer at National Review Online
“After seeing the emails, our Country is fortunate I didn’t do what Dr. Fauci wanted me to do. For instance, I closed our Borders to China very early despite his not wanting them closed. The Democrats and the Fake News Media even called me a ‘xenophobe.’ In the end, we saw this was a life-saving decision, and likewise with closing our borders to Europe, specifically to certain heavily infected countries. I was later given credit, even by “Tony,” for saving hundreds of thousands of lives.
“Dr. Fauci also didn’t put an emphasis on speed of vaccine production because he thought it would take 3, 4, or maybe even 5 years to create. I got it done in less than 9 months with Operation Warp Speed. In retrospect, the vaccine is saving the world. Then, I placed the greatest bet in history.
“We ordered billions of dollars’ worth of vaccines before we knew it even worked. Had that not been done, our wonderful vaccines would not have been administered until October of this year. No one would’ve had the shot that has now saved the world and millions of lives!
“Also, Dr. Fauci was totally against masks when even I thought they would at least be helpful. He then changed his mind completely and became a radical masker!
“There are a lot of questions that must be answered by Dr. Fauci. The funding of Wuhan by the U.S. was foolishly started by the Obama Administration in 2014 but ended under the Trump Administration. When I heard about it, I said “no way.” What did Dr. Fauci know about “gain of function” research, and when did he know it?”
“Okay, there is no racist appeal when it comes to calling it the China virus. It came from China. If that’s the standard, then COVID’s ‘Indian variant’ is racist.
“Every story these clowns do should come with an apology for why they ignored it and why they’re wrong. They cannot gaslight us on the Wuhan lab leak story. This isn’t breaking news or anything that should shock these people. They knew and ignored it to achieve a political aim. Period. Even out of office, Donald Trump continues to beat these people’s faces into the dirt.”
Matt Vespa of Townhall.com
“Based on all the new evidence unearthed in Fauci’s emails — it does make you wonder if the shutdowns were more about trying to kill the Trump presidency than stopping the China Virus.”
“Why do Democrats remain so fearful of Trump? Remember these numbers: 4, 6, 8 and 12. In 2008, when Barack Obama got elected, his Republican opponent received 4% of the Black vote. When Obama won reelection, the Republican got 6% of the Black presidential vote. When Trump ran in 2016, he received 8% of the Black vote. When Trump ran for reelection in 2020, Republicans received 12% of the Black vote, a 50% increase over the previous four years. Republicans haven’t reached that percentage of the Black vote since 1980, when President Ronald Reagan got 14%. Quite simply, this 4%, 6%, 8%, 12% trendline gives Democrats nightmares.”
“Parents of all ethnicities who never dreamed of getting involved in politics need to step up now. Parents are already outraged by the indoctrination their kids are getting in school. … It’s time to shift from complaining to fighting for control of local school boards. These boards hire superintendents, set policies and have the clout to stop critical race theory. Except in large cities, such as New York, school boards are where the power is. … Of course, schools should teach about America’s past failures, along with its triumphs, and probe racial injustice where it still exists. But of paramount importance, young people should learn that their character and deeds matter more than their race.”
Betsy McCaughey, Ph.D., is a well-known political commentator, constitutional expert, and regular guest on Fox News, CNBC and many national radio programs
“Biden said the U.S. intelligence community has concluded that white supremacy represents the greatest domestic threat to our homeland. If they really believe that they should be fired. This is one of the most racially diverse countries in the world. We are the only majority white country that has elected a black president. On the very day Biden engaged in his racial demagoguery, thousands of people of color crossed our border. Yet we are supposed to believe they are risking everything to come to a country of white supremacists? In Biden’s America it is still 1619. Or maybe it is 1850? Or is it the era of Jim Crow laws? There is no progress. No Martin Luther King. No civil rights movement. No integration. If Biden was right the whole country should take a knee when our national anthem is played.”
“If there is one reason why problems associated with race in America persist, it is because we pretend to address problems caused by one sin by exchanging them with other sins. … As a starter, let us consider that … [Biden] sent an unprecedented $6 trillion federal budget to Congress that, for the first time ever, omits the longstanding Hyde Amendment. … So, while Biden issued one proclamation recalling the tragedy of a massacre of Black Americans [in Tulsa], he now wants new federal policy that would use federal funds to subsidize another massacre. … Abortion undermines the values of the traditional family. And traditional family values provide the offramp from the cycle of poverty. The persistence of problems in Black communities stems from federal policies that pretend to fight the sin of racism with the sins of the destruction of life and family.”
“You can’t be cowed by … woke corporations from doing the right thing. … And so if the price of having a [sports] tournament is that I have to deny equal opportunity to hundreds of thousands of young girl and women athletes throughout Florida, I am much more willing to stand with the girls. And to hell with these events.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
“If we want to reduce the number of people in our jails, the answer is to stop building more of them.”
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
“I am going to stop buying scales. It’s the only real way to lose weight.”
“Who’s ultimately responsible for securing the Capitol? Well, that would be congressional leadership, including Speaker Pelosi. I don’t trust her to select commissioners to investigate her own involvement in this thing, or her own culpability or any congressional leader’s culpability in this.”
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) explained his opposition to an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 protest at the U.S. Capitol
“We can never apologize enough, and I am so sincerely sorry for what happened to these individuals. The abuse they suffered was not their fault. It was the fault of criminals who used the sanctity of the priesthood to commit crimes, and I am sick to my stomach when I think about it. The Catholic Church in Wisconsin, if not the country, is the largest provider of training to protect children from sexual abuse. The (archdiocese) itself has provided safe environment training to almost 100,000 individuals who work with minors. It seems like the Church could be a model for others to follow and the Attorney General could be investigating ongoing crimes from today, not from decades past.”
Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki saying the archdiocese will not participate in the WI AG’s investigation of clergy sex abuse
“Certainly there has to be a full discussion of the civil rights movement, of slavery, of Black history. It’s moving from things that are a historical point of fact to what would be, I guess, a point of indoctrination. Things that have happened can certainly be discussed but to put forth a rationale as to why some things happened … there’s a political agenda that comes into play at a certain point.”
State Senator Sen. André Jacque (R-DePere), one of the sponsors of bills that would ban public schools, universities and technical colleges from teaching Critical Race Theory (CRT) in WI
“The idea that we want to ensure that people are not ever instructed that one race is superior and another race is not seems to be something I think everybody in Wisconsin should agree with.”
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos
“Imagine a couple of youngsters — one Black, one white — from the same neighborhood; they are best friends, walk to school together, play ball after school and are in and out of each other’s homes frequently. Then, while getting their required weekly dose of CRT instruction, they suddenly look across the classroom at one another as if to say, ‘Wow, I thought he was my friend but he is actually my enemy.’ CRT is potentially the most dangerous initiative ever undertaken in our history with almost unimaginable ramifications.”
U.S. Army retired Lt. Gen. Marvin L. Covault, the author of “Vision to Execution”
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
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MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
A 3-year-old wanted her birthday cake to depict this sad scene from ‘The Lion King.’ The bakery agreed.