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…
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“The labor crisis has reached every corner of our state. Yet Democrats have the gall to tell employers there’s no supporting data and that the worker crisis is fake. The governor has finally acknowledged it but thinks more government will solve the issue. We already have programs in place to help people find jobs, what we need is to get people off the couch and go back to work, and we do that by removing the weekly federal bonus check. I had hoped my Democratic colleagues would put politics aside to fix an actual issue affecting employers across the state, but it seems they’ll stick to their marching orders no matter the cost.”
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. A bill Vos (R-Rochester) co-authored to help address the current worker shortage in Wisconsin passed in both houses but failed to become law via the governor’s veto. The legislature used its authority by convening for a veto override.
“Governor, I appreciate your passion for education—however, as usual, you’re trying to fix problems by throwing more money at them. That’s just lazy leadership on your part. In order to improve our schools and help our kids, we should focus on three things: consolidate school districts to one per county, end the stranglehold that the union has on MPS by allowing the state to take over, and refocus on teaching kids how to think instead of what to think.”
State Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) regarding Governor Evers’ call for a special session of the legislature to take up additional funding for education
“The initial goal of public policy was to flatten the curve so we wouldn’t overwhelm hospitals. At some point, federal agencies moved the goal posts. The initial goal was achievable. I’m not even sure what the new goal is. Time to let Americans, not federal agencies, make decisions for themselves and their children. Time to reclaim liberty and end this state of fear.”
US Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) on new CDC guidelines
“The CDC hasn’t changed, and the CDC hasn’t really flip-flopped at all.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci
“So, as a matter of policy going forward, given that the Chinese government won’t allow any real investigation, do you still think the U.S. government should collaborate with labs like Wuhan, especially on research that experts consider risky?”
Jake Tapper questioning Anthony Fauci
“Well, you know, Jake, if you go back to when this research really started, and look at the scientific rationale for it, it was a peer- reviewed proposal that was peer-reviewed and given a very high rating for the importance of why it should be done, to be able to go and do a survey of what was going on among the bat population, because everyone in the world was trying to figure out what the original source of the original SARS-CoV-1 was.
“And in that context, the research was done. It was very regulated. It was reviewed. It was given progress reports. It was published in the open literature.
“So, I think if you look at the ultimate backed rationale, why that was started, it was almost as if, you didn’t pursue that research, you would be negligent…because we were trying to find out how you can prevent this from happening again.”
“We have three vaccines—all are effective against the variant. Millions have been vaccinated. Some are more hesitant. That’s their choice, and to be frank—we shouldn’t blame them. First, it doesn’t solve the issue of lagging vaccination rates. Second, this was always going to be controversial as vaccinations, in general, are a topic that generates intense reactions. Third, it’s just laziness to hurl rage at people who have legitimate questions.”
Matt Vespa of Townhall.com
“And while plenty of Republicans have done the ‘vaccine selfie’ routine, there’s also something to be said for taking the vaccine without much fuss or spectacle, since most Americans are probably not inclined to broadcast their private medical procedures online. Showing off a needle in your arm on social media might not be the most effective persuasion strategy, especially for those who may otherwise have reservations about the vaccine. Plus, let’s face it: the whole ‘take a selfie with a needle being inserted into your arm’ concept is a bit weird to begin with. Some may even call it creepy and invasive!”
Journalist Michael Tracey
What we’re seeing on the border is an absolute travesty, and yet my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are going to do nothing about that today, even as we see people coming across the border who are testing positive for COVID.
“We have a crisis at our border and we are playing footsie with mask mandates in the people’s house.
“It’s absolutely absurd what this body is doing, the people’s house. It’s an embarrassment, a mockery, and the American people are fed up. They want to go back to life. They want to go back to business. They want to go back to school without their children being forced to wear masks, to be put in the corner, to have mental health issues.
“And we’re running around here and the Speaker comes down here at 10:00 in the morning saying we gotta wear masks in the people’s house?
“While we have thousands of people pouring across our border and Democrats don’t do a darn thing about it, heavily infected with COVID… We are absolutely sick and tired of it and so are the American people.”
Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy
“The national average public school teacher salary for 2019-20 was $64,133. The national average one-year change in public school teacher salaries from 2018-19 to 2019-20 was 2.9 percent.”
The National Education Association. Data released by the NEA shows teacher salaries rose while schools were closed.
“He’s completely LOST it. Needs a cognitive exam NOW! This is a national security issue at this point. I think he’s either going to resign — they’re going to convince him to resign from office at some point in the near future for medical issues — or they’re going to have to use the 25th Amendment to get rid of this man.”
Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas), former White House physician doubts whether Joe Biden has the cognitive ability to make it through a full term
“We are run in this country, via the Democrats, via our corporate oligarchs by a bunch of child less cat ladies who are miserable at their own lives and the choices that they’ve made and so they want to make the rest of the country miserable too. It’s just a basic fact. You look at Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, AOC. The entire future of the Democrats are controlled by people without children.
“How does it make any sense we turned our country over to people who don’t really have a direct stake in it? I just wanted to ask that question and propose that maybe if we want a healthy ruling class in this country, we should invest more, we should vote more, we should support more people who actually have kids. Because those are the people who ultimately have a more direct stake in the future of this country.
“It hit a nerve. These people recognize that they’re unhappy. They live in one-bedroom apartments in New York City. They’ve played their entire lives to win a status game. They are obsessed with jobs. They are obsessed with their wealth and their fortunes and they look at middle America, people who are pretty happy with their lives and the choices they’ve made. And they hate normal Americans for choosing family over these ridiculous D.C. and New York status games.”
“I think because of that they just get so angry when somebody calls it what it is. It’s acceptable if they ignore that it never happens but if someone calls out that, look, if you are a miserable cat lady you should not force your misery on the rest of the country. They just get really upset about it.
“People who go home at night and see the face of a smiling kid, whatever their profession, I think they are happier, I think they are healthier and they are going to be better prepared to actually lead this country.”
Candidate for U.S. Senate from Ohio J.D. Vance
“People need to see that police officers go through horrible things, and Jan. 6 was a horrible thing for some of those officers. But, quite frankly, I find this whole Jan. 6 Commission, frankly, a dog and pony show. It doesn’t tell the whole story.
“Myself, like millions of Americans, sat there watching the testimony thinking, ‘Wait, where are the police officers who appeared – appeared – to let some of the protesters in? Where is the police officer who shot Ashli Babbitt? In fact, why aren’t we talking about Ashli Babbitt? I mean there’s so much more here.
“I want the American public to hear about that (riots spurred by the death of George Floyd). The American public wants to hear about that. They want to hear the testimony. You know, we have a Las Vegas police officer who is still paralyzed from the Black Lives Matter riots. We have thousands of police officers around the country who are retiring because of post-traumatic stress because of the riots.
“The 2020 riots, we can’t just say the whole George Floyd thing was bad and that’s what cops have to deal with and then watch these four weeping men talk about their experiences, ignoring thousands and thousands of police officers, ignoring their feelings and their experiences and their injuries. she said.
“It’s heartbreaking. I have some cops who would rather go back to Iraq than continue to work on the street, just because of the massive amounts of blood and bodies and everything they deal with that people don’t see.
“It’s taking its toll. We already had a police officer mental health crisis in this country before George Floyd, and now the uptick in police officer suicides is reaching a crisis level.”
National Police Association spokeswoman Betsy Brantner Smith. Brantner Smith’s comments came the day after four law enforcement officers who responded to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol gave testimony to a House select committee about their experience.
“I believe it takes more strength to throw off enormous expectations than it takes to live up to them.
I don’t know what it’s like to have the eyes of the world on me or to be under the pressure that comes with having to defend being the greatest of all time. But I do know what it’s like to believe that what I have to offer doesn’t matter unless I hear an avalanche of praise. I know what it’s like to feel paralyzed by the fear of not being ‘good enough.’
“Biles’s unprecedented excellence is already an inspiration to millions to give their all in whatever they do; my hope is that now, millions know they can choose to not give their all when the pressure is on. Or to put that another way: Sometimes ‘giving your all’ isn’t a show of strength on the outside; it’s what happens within.”
Ana Marie Cox, political journalist, author and host of the podcast “With Friends Like These.” After failing to land a vault she’s been nailing in competitions since 2018, gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from the US women’s team at the Olympics.
“I don’t like what has been done to us and what we’ve allowed. I don’t like the brainwashing. The lack of accountability. The lack of expectations for greatness. She is on the biggest stage in the world,” he said. She has the chance to represent the United States. She has the chance to represent black people. I quit. I’m not in the right headspace.”
Sports journalist Jason Whitlock on Biles
“I know nothing of gymnastics. I do know however that with sports of any level there comes a lot of pressure. Throwing in the towel as she wasn’t having a perfect performance is a good message to send young aspiring athletes. Other people would of killed for that spot.”
Former UFC champion Michael Bisping
All over the world, the best educated white people are also the most likely to be stupid. By educated, I mean the number of years spent in school, and nothing more. By stupidity, I mean a lack of common sense, as in a denial of human nature.
The latest evidence to support this observation can be found in the results of a Pew Research Center survey, published July 27. Pew found that 56% of adults surveyed believe that “gender is determined by sex assigned at birth,” and 41% believe it can be different. Who believes the latter? “Liberal Democrats are particularly likely to say gender can be different from sex assigned at birth.” In fact, 81% believe this to be true.
Also, “those with a bachelor’s degree or more education are more likely than those who do not have a college degree to say a person’s gender can be different from sex assigned at birth.” Regarding race, white people are the most likely to accept this position; blacks are the least likely.
Here are some basic biological facts that are resisted by educated white people.
A male carries the XY chromosomes; a female carries XX. Sorry, folks, there is no third combination—no XYZ exists. It’s a binary fact of life.
Males have a penis, scrotum, and testicles. Females have a vagina, uterus, and ovaries. Yes, one can pay a doctor to mutilate his genitals and construct a Lego-type replacement—though many trans persons refuse to finish the job—but this is still not a game changer.
Educated white people who deny what nature, and nature’s God, has ordained, need to be deprogrammed. Either that or they will continue to prove just how stupid they really are.
Catholic League president Bill Donohue
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
More Americans Want ‘Black Lives Matter Riots’ Investigated Than January 6 Riot
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
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MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
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