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
“When I saw that I was shocked, I was angry. President Biden don’t [sic] know my son whatsoever, and he’s not a White supremacist. He’s not a racist. And [Biden] did that for the votes. And I was so angry for a while at him and what he did to my son, he defamed him.”
Kyle Rittenhouse’s mother Wendy Rittenhouse slammed Joe Biden for casting her son as a White supremacist one year ago
“Lock up Kyle Rittenhouse and throw away the key.”
House Democratic Caucus chairman Hakeem Jeffries
“If this isn’t proof that the Democrat Party has largely departed from American principles of neutrally applied justice and the right of self-defense, then I don’t know what is.”
Congressman Dan Crenshaw
“What I know is the law, and I what I know is what white people are willing to do to defend white supremacy. … What we have is a judge who from my perspective has prejudged the trial in favor of Rittenhouse.”
The Nation justice correspondent Elie Mystal
“White guy shooting three other white guys = WHITE SUPREMACY.”
“Can we at least agree Rittenhouse had more business being there than the people committing arson?”
Frank J. Fleming
“I’ll give Rodgers some advice: It would be nice if he came to the Naval Academy and learn how to be honest. Learn not to lie because that’s what you did, Aaron. We are a divided nation politically. We are a divided nation on COVID-19 — whether or not to take the vaccine — and, unfortunately, we got players that pretty much only think about themselves, and I’m extremely disappointed in the actions of Aaron Rodgers.”
Terry Bradshaw said while on set at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, reacting to Aaron Rodgers’ claim of being immunized
“I respect his attitude toward being an individual, but this is a team game, and in all honesty, I’m disappointed in his play on words for his explanation. I’m disappointed in some of his selfish actions.”
“I agree with Aaron when he says, ‘What I do with my body is a personal decision,’ but it ceases to be a personal decision when you take part in being a part of a football team in a building with coaches, players, trainers, equipment managers … and you run the risk of taking something home to your wife, your children, your grandchildren. And also, from a football standpoint, this team’s sitting at 7-1, and they certainly would be in vying for the only bye in the playoffs in the first round, also the best home advantage in football …”
Raiders’ legend Howie Long
“I shared an opinion that is polarizing. I get it. And I misled some people about my status, which I take full responsibility for, those comments, but at the end I have to stay true to who I am and what I’m about.
“I definitely was tested, you know, by some of the comments that I heard and saw. I’m human. Stuff can definitely hurt your feelings.
“I made some comments that people might’ve felt were misleading. To anybody who felt misled by those comments, I take full responsibility for those comments.
“I stand by what I said and the reasons why I made the decision.
“I’m an athlete. I’m not an activist. So I’m going to get back to what I’m doing best, and that’s playing ball.”
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers acknowledged how his comment of being ‘immunized’ back in August could be perceived as misleading
“Instead of consulting immunologists, he consulted anti-vaxxer and podcast host Joe Rogan, who also contracted the virus. If he ever requires open-heart surgery, will he hand the scalpel to romance writers because they know about matters of the heart? While many who came into contact with him thought he was vaccinated, Rodgers had embarked on his own regimen to boost his ‘natural immunity.’ He failed, as any scientist could have told him – and as they have been publicly telling us for over a year.” Rodgers’ statements are bringing “back to life the old stereotype of the big dumb jock.”
NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
“This is one of several lawsuits going on. Our lawsuit is the first one, and ours focuses on the Biden administration attempting to have federal employees and federal contractors mandate that their employees get the vaccine. We think it’s clearly unconstitutional. The president has no authority in that anywhere in the Constitution.
“It sets a very, very dangerous precedent, because at the end of the day, our U.S. Constitution can’t be masked. It can’t be distanced, and it should never be canceled. That’s what the Biden administration is essentially trying to do. They’re using this COVID crisis in order to take unprecedented power that the federal government doesn’t have.
“The Biden administration believes that because of public health reasons and even insurance premium reasons they could essentially do anything they want to government contractors. By that logic, you could have Boeing, for example, stop letting their employees eat at McDonald’s or you could have people at Raytheon, the federal government’s telling them they can’t have sugary sodas anymore, so their logic is essentially they want to micromanage the lives of every single person that has– either works for the federal government or has a contract.”
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Arizona is one of several states suing over the vaccine mandate, which is set to take effect in January. The attorney general has asked for a temporary injunction.
“Along with other plans that I’m advancing, this [infrastructure] bill is going to reduce the cost of goods to consumers, businesses, and get people back to work, helping us build an economy … where everybody’s better off.”
“Did you ever think you’d be paying this much for a gallon of gas?”
“I’ve considered Joe Biden a friend for many years. And I’ve been disheartened to see the direction that he’s taken in this administration that is undermining the fundamental principles of our country [and] that is actually tearing our country apart rather than working to bring us together to find our way forward and have respectful dialogue, even as we may have disagreements or differences on different issues.”
“Real wages were up under President Trump. They’re down under Biden. Under Biden, you want to buy a home, it costs more; you want to rent a home, it costs more; to put food on the table, it costs more; to put gas in the car, it costs more; to get Christmas presents, it costs more. Everything costs more because they have the dumbest economic plan in history. Their plan is basically, lock down the economy, spend like crazy, pay people not to work. And then what are they going to do in this next bill for the people who have been working, they’re going to raise their taxes and spend even more money. Stupid plan. And that’s why we’re in the situation we are. And why families are being shortchanged like they are under this administration.”
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)
“I’ve adopted the attitude of the great negro at the time — pitcher in the Negro league who went on to become a great pitcher in the pros, in the [sic] Major League Baseball after Jackie Robinson. His name is Satchel Paige.”
“‘Woke’ is a term pundits are now using as a derogatory euphemism for civil rights & justice. Making up a ‘woke’ problem results in putting civil & voting rights on the backburner. In a year state legislatures are planning out GOP majorities & voter suppression, that’s dangerous. People think Fox News is just about indoctrinating right-wingers, but it’s also about conditioning Dems on what to run away from. Framing racial justice as ‘controversial’ is key to delaying the protection of voting rights (& others) until it’s too late. We shouldn’t indulge it.”
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
“These people (leftists) are nuts. They spend all day on television and after they’re off the air talking to everybody, and they all agree with each other because they all live in one or two cities. And they literally are completely out of touch with the fact that 97 percent of the American population lives completely different lives, has completely different views, and then when election day comes, they can’t explain it, so they chalk it up to, they cheated or white supremacists or whatever. They make something up, because they can’t comprehend it.”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
“I think you’d be foolish not to want and accept Donald Trump’s endorsement, but you’re going to win not because somebody endorses you. You’re going to win because you focused on making sure inflation gets stopped, making sure people get a job, making sure your kids aren’t indoctrinated on Critical Race Theory, making sure we have safe communities. That’s going to be … [what] people care about.”
Senator Rick Scott
“Residents and city leaders are searching for answers: should they tolerate burglaries as a part of city living, and focus on barricading homes?”
San Francisco Chronicle
“If Leftists hate being accused of supporting pedophilia so much, maybe they should stop defending and supporting child rapists?”
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
You know Kyle Rittenhouse…he just should not have been there
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Judge bans Elf on the Shelf