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
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“Our border is wide open, illegal immigration is skyrocketing at a level we’ve never seen before. Drugs are pouring in, gas prices are soaring, our industries are being pillaged by foreign cyber attacks. The survival of our country depends on our ability to elect Republicans at every level” of government.
President Trump in a rousing speech before the North Carolina Republican Party convention
“The Biden administration has also issued regulations to indoctrinate America’s school children with poisonous and divisive left-wing doctrines, such as critical race theory, and exact opposite of the American belief that we all are created equal in the holy image of God. We have a group of people, I don’t know where they come from, but it’s hell, I think.
“Just as the state House of Representatives has done right here in North Carolina, Republicans at every level should move immediately to ban critical race theory in our schools. And we should ban it in workplaces. We should ban it in our states, and we should ban it in the federal government, that it should be done immediately. It should be done very quickly.”
President Trump at the NC GOP Convention
“I — at some point — you know — we are going to the border. We’ve been to the border. So this whole — this whole — this whole thing about the border. We’ve been to the border. We’ve been to the border. … I mean, I don’t — I don’t understand the point that you’re making. I’m not discounting the importance of the border.”
Kamala Harris when challenged to answer why she still hasn’t gone to the border
“It’s kind of funny to see some in the media go along with Kamala Harris’ ‘root causes’ BS. The root cause is a wide open border.”
“I was on Long Island this weekend and … I was really disturbed. I saw you know, dozens and dozens of pick-up trucks with expletives against Joe Biden on the back of them, Trump flags, and in some cases just dozens of American flags, which, you know, is also just disturbing because essentially the message was clear. It was: ‘This is my country, this is not your country, I own this.’”
New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay
“The most frequent question people pose to me is: What can I/we do to fight back against the nihilistic anti-American destruction of virtually all the country’s major institutions?
“There is an answer.
“The single best thing Americans can do to counter the left-wing attack on America — against its freedoms, its schools, its families, its children, its governmental institutions, its sports, its news and entertainment media, its medical establishment, the CIA, the FBI, the State Department and the military — is to take their children out of America’s schools.
“Other than in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), the vast majority of America’s elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities teach your child or grandchild almost nothing important; prematurely sexualize them, thereby robbing them of their innocence; and harm them intellectually and morally.“
Radio talk show host Dennis Prager
“Unless and until China comes forward with convincing evidence that the lab-leak theory is wrong, the position of the United States and the world must be that China is culpable.”
“Chinese officials mishandled research and misrepresented and misinformed the public. But they did so under pain of punishment, even death, in a system designed to suppress that kind of information. In this country, constitutionally protected, free and independent scientists, bureaucrats, journalists and others did the same. What’s their excuse?”
“Communist China owes America answers. Period.”
“How pumped is China that America has a President dumb enough to think climate change is our biggest threat? It’s pretty clear why they wanted the ‘Big Guy’ to win…”
“Most of the media is ignoring Hunter Biden using racial slurs in his texts. Can you imagine the media reaction if one of Trump’s kids had been caught doing this? The treatment should be the exact same for both. The fact it isn’t is clear & transparent media bias.”
“With so much money already flowing into Wisconsin from the federal government, this additional revenue gives us an opportunity to invest in the state’s priorities and to cut taxes for hard working families.”
WI Assembly Speaker Robin Vos after the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau announced the state will collect $4.4 billion more in tax revenues
“Last year was tough for everyone in our state. Now is not the time to change course and raise taxes on the hard-working families and businesses like the Governor proposes in his biennial budget. This surplus came from the hard-working people of our state and should go back to those same hard-working people. Income, property, and personal property tax cuts should all be on the table.”
State Senator Alberta Daring (R-River Hills)
“When trillions of printed government dollars are pumped into the economy, there will no
doubt be a short-term economic jump. Do not be fooled. First, all of this money will need to be
paid back. Second, I believe we are on the verge of significant inflation, which will decrease the
value of each dollar. This is a temporary jump in tax revenue—sound financial planning would
require this money is not spent on more government programs but returned to the taxpayer.
There is no magic money tree, folks.”
State Senator Chris Kapenga (R – Delafield)
“The Gestapo wants to see your papers, please.”
Republican state Rep. Shae Sortwell shared a Facebook post by the Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum in Stevens Point detailing its mask policy. The museum said masks would be optional for those who show their vaccination cards and masks would be mandatory for everyone else over age 5.
“At a time when anti-Semitic incidents continue to rise, hyperbolic rhetoric by Republican elected officials about the Holocaust needs to end now. These types of statements pile onto ever increasing anti-Semitic incidents in our state, and continue to create divisions in an already ultra-divided country.”
Democratic state Rep. Lisa Subeck, who is a board member of the National Association of Jewish Legislators
“This case is not about extraordinary weapons lying at the outer limits of Second Amendment protection. The banned ‘assault weapons’ are not bazookas, howitzers, or machineguns. Those arms are dangerous and solely useful for military purposes. Instead, the firearms deemed ‘assault weapons’ are fairly ordinary, popular, modern rifles. This is an average case about average guns used in average ways for average purposes.”
Judge Roger T. Benitez in striking down California’s “assault weapons” ban as unconstitutional
“Most Americans — and that includes a good number of Democrats — are sick of the transgender assault. They’re tired of being force-fed radicalism that denies reality on everything from Blue’s Clues to Fruit Loops. They’re not sitting at home celebrating the movement that’s robbed us of girls’ sports, children’s privacy, women’s rights, and free speech. They’re not sprinting to Twitter to applaud a cause that’s suspending Christian teachers, rewriting the English language, and advancing its agenda on the backs of mutilated teenagers’ bodies.”
“Do you want to know why conservatives are losing the culture? Nickelodeon put out two videos in a week of a drag queen pushing gay pride on children and still most conservative parents will allow their children to watch shows on the network. That’s it. That’s why we lose.”
BLM has been co-opted, and when I say co-opted, I mean teachers unions who show up to these woke BLM marches. … So if we’re talking about propaganda, we need to be looking at the teachers unions, and the sick mess that they’re putting out there that’s keeping our children out of schools these past couple of years, keeping the masks on our children. We need to unmask the illiteracy machine … with our education system.”
“With Republicans restored to the House next year and Sen. Mitch McConnell on the cusp of regaining power, why on earth would Democrats want to scrap the filibuster? They will need it against McConnell and House Republicans. Unfortunately, Democrats cannot be honest. They must instead, with help from friends in the press, go through the ritualistic and stylized dance of defeat that signals to the base they care and are fighters while privately knowing defeat was always the only outcome. Democrats will inevitably have hell to pay from their base as Republicans did. The difference between them and Republicans is Trump was actually far closer to mainstream America than the far left. That gives the GOP one more advantage moving forward, even if the press and Democrats cannot admit it.”
“January 6th was a dark day in the history of the United States Capitol. … President Trump and I have spoken many times since we left office, and I don’t know if we’ll ever see eye to eye on that day. But I will always be proud of what we accomplished for the American people over the last four years.”
“We continue to fall into the trap of viewing the joblessness epidemic in strictly financial terms, as if a job were only a means to a paycheck. A paycheck is important, but we know that work is about so much more. It’s one of the best pathways in life to achieving a sense of pride, purpose, and meaning because it connects us to something larger than ourselves.”
“Just saw a guy riding a bike on a major road [with] lots of cars — without a helmet but … with a mask. People have lost all sense of risk analysis.”
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Incentives for vaccines
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK