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
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“The purpose of this investigation is to determine what was supposed to happen in our elections and what did happen, to see what went well as well as to see what might have gone badly. We will request from those officials and others with potential knowledge of unlawful actions and will compel them if necessary to produce documents and testimony.”
Former WI Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman said he is willing to compel election clerks to turn over documents and provide testimony as part of Assembly Republicans’ review of the 2020 election outcome. Gableman is overseeing the review as a special counsel and outlined some details of the review, which includes subpoenaing election clerks who do not comply with his requests.
“Wisconsin is still struggling to make up for the cuts that were made to public education during the Great Recession, despite the fact that over half the U.S. has found a way to do so. As a consequence, in 2020, we graduated an entire generation of kids who have known nothing but austerity in our school funding. Who have known years of divestment in their future. This, folks, is the state of our education in Wisconsin.
“To truly move forward, we need a school finance system that works for all public schools.
“I’m tired of our schools and our children crying for a banquet and when there is the opportunity to have it, being served empty plates by the legislature.”
WI state Superintendent Jill Underly in her State of Education address
“Funding for K-12 education in Wisconsin is at historic levels, and this year our schools received a massive amount of one-time federal dollars. The Democrats’ singular focus to push more money into schools isn’t a winning strategy for our kids. We need to look at improving how they are being taught and why so many students are struggling with the basics – reading, writing, and arithmetic.
“We’ve seen the consequences the pandemic has played on our kids’ education, we should be focusing on doing assessments so teachers can have a better understanding of where students need to get caught up.
“Throwing even more money at the problem will not fix it.”
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos reacting to Underly
“Biden assumed office at a time when the United States was as divided as it has ever been, promising to bring us all together to build a better future. Biden has not only failed to deliver on that promise but he has also completely failed to even attempt it. The United States is no more united than it was before Biden took office, and despite his claims of being able to turn things around and work across the aisle, he has yet to take any action to unify us. … As it turned out, the man who campaigned to restore America’s soul has not restored a thing.”
“Many politicians and administrations have let Americans down. But the Biden administration represents the worst in corruption, deceit and betrayal.”
“Biden was elected because people didn’t want Donald Trump in their living rooms for four more years. But they didn’t vote for all this other stuff that’s coming with him, and they’re gonna react, they’re gonna pump the brakes.”
Tom Davis, the former Republican congressman from Virginia who chaired the National Republican Congressional Committee through the first midterms under President George W. Bush, said Dems’ should focus on protecting the seats they have
“Deterrence is omnipresent and also applies well beyond matters of war and peace. The current crime wave of murder and violent assault in our major cities is the wage of loud efforts to defund the police and contextualize crimes as somehow society’s rather than the criminal’s fault. As a result, lawbreakers now believe there is a good chance that robbing people or hurting or killing them might result in monetary gain or at least bloody satisfaction. They no longer fear a likely sentence of 30 years in prison. So, they see little risk in hurting people. And innocents suffer.”
Victor Davis Hanson
“More FBI employees have been indicted than members of the Trump family. More people connected with the Clinton campaign have been indicted than members of the Trump family. But the biggest indictment of all may wind up being the FBI itself. … It doesn’t get anymore serious than adults sexually assaulting children, and yet the FBI could not get that right. … When cops get more excited about investigating presidential candidates than they do investigating men [like Larry Nassar] who rape children, something is wrong. And when you botch school shooting and terrorist attacks but get really excited setting people up in false statement cases, something is wrong.”
“Right now, there are more than 300 pregnant women under the ‘Bidenville’ bridge in Del Rio. Each child born under that bridge will essentially become your child. You, the American taxpayer, will be responsible for their healthcare and education. Never mind that you may be having a hard time providing healthcare and a decent education to your own children.”
“Democrats will not be able to stuff their most radical amnesty proposals into the reckless taxing and spending spree they are assembling behind closed doors. This just illustrates how radical Democrats’ aspirations are and how unmoored their far-left wish list has become from the procedures they want to use to ram it through. Democratic leaders refused to resist their progressive base and stand up for the rule of law, even though our border has never been less secure. After decades of failing to enact their amnesty agenda, Democrats tried this latest unprecedented gambit. It was inappropriate and I’m glad it failed.”
Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell
“Why do people seek to cross illegally at our southern border? Simple — they believe that, even if they are caught, they may still be able to stay in the United States. They will continue to come until we ensure that there are very few ways to cross illegally, and we send back those who do cross. Otherwise, many will decide it’s a risk that they are willing to take.”
Jackie Gingrich Cushman
They’re not intending to stay here for a lengthy period of time.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki after being asked, “If [an illegal immigrant] walks into the country, right across the river, does somebody ask them to see their vaccination card?”
“We don’t need the fun police to come in and try and micromanage and tell us what we should or shouldn’t be doing. … I got up and started dancing because I was feeling the spirit and I wasn’t thinking about a mask.”
San Francisco Mayor London “Break My Own COVID Rules” Breed
“The Mississippi Legislature has enacted laws for many years regarding vaccines of many types. It is unique to kids and their ability to go to our public schools.
“It’s not vaccines mandated in the workplace, but the question here is not about what we do in Mississippi, it’s what this president is trying to impose upon the American worker. The president very much wants you and everyone else to believe that this is a fight between politicians.
“The reality is, this is an attack by the president on hard-working Americans, and hard-working Mississippians who he wants to choose between getting a jab in their arm and their ability to feed families. I believe that’s a false choice. The president does not have the authority to do this.
“He knows he doesn’t have the authority to do this, in my opinion, but he wants to change the political narrative away from Afghanistan and away from the other issues that are driving his poll numbers into the ground and focus on anything, particularly a political fight, other than those issues.
“If this president has the ability to mandate vaccines, what powers do we not grant this president? What does he not have the ability to do? And from my friends on the left I just want to point something out. This should scare you as well.
“This should scare Democrats just as much as it scares Republicans, because the fact is, if we give unilateral authority by one individual to do anything that he wants to do, whether it’s a jab in the arm or anything else, then this country is in deep, deep, deep trouble, and that’s not something that I’m willing to stand by and allow him to do.”
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said that allowing President Joe Biden to mandate COVID vaccines for American workers should scare Republicans and Democrats
“Unfortunately, I believe the chances of a Chinese amphibious assault on Taiwan have increased tenfold in the last month, because, as Xi has looked at Biden, I fear that Xi has made the determination that Biden is too weak and too unable to do anything that this is now a ripe opportunity for China to move militarily on Taiwan. If that happens, it would be utterly disastrous. But weakness invites aggression. … When you have a president who rolls over for everything, it only invites the bad guys to do worse and worse things.”
Senator Ted Cruz
“Yes, there are lots of things we need to amend about the capitalist system. We have crony capitalism in this country, no doubt about it. I’m just saying, you’re wearing ‘Tax the Rich’ on your a** and people are always saying the rich don’t pay taxes. The rich pay some taxes! They pay a big part of the freight already. I’m not saying it shouldn’t be more perhaps, but let’s not lie.”
“In America, capitalism is our system, it is our economic system, but it has not served our economy as well as it should.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, net worth: $100+ million
“The media’s focus on the Gabby Petito case has been frustrating for some people — who point out that the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women doesn’t get nearly the same media attention.”
“Every time something like this happens, there is a tendency to hear complaints about the disparate coverage given to a missing white woman — by the very people and outlets who have the means and budgets to provide the very coverage they say is lacking.”
“A columnist in the Los Angeles Times called me ‘the Black face of white supremacy.’ Only in America can a Black person become president or a white supremacist.”
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Media’s corrupt COVID coverage
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
America Isn’t Back. It’s Backwards When Biden Lets Male Rapists into Women’s Prisons
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Whips used by the Border Patrol against illegal Haitian immigrants at the southern borders turned out to be Fake News)
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Research on beards, wads of gum, wins Nobel prizes