Week-ends (12/25/21)

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

Susan Bergeman

Imunique Triplett

Joe Manchin

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Joe Biden

White House COVID response coordinator Jeff Zients

Father Edward Beck

NPR

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“Let’s go Brandon.”
On a call with President Biden & First Lady Jill Biden intended for kids calling into NORAD to track Santa, a father ended the call by saying “Let’s go Brandon” which is code for “F*** Joe Biden”

“Let’s go Brandon, I agree.”

Biden replied

If I’m in the health I’m in now — I’m in good health — then, in fact, I would run again. I’m a great respecter of fate. Fate has intervened in my life many, many times. You’re trying to tempt me now. Sure. Why would I not run against Donald Trump if he were the nominee? That would increase the prospect of running.”
Joe Biden

“Marist … shows that only 29% of independents support Joe Biden. That is a very bad number. How bad is it? For perspective, in the last election, Donald Trump took 41% of independent voters and lost. So if you’re a political consultant, a poll that shows 29% independents support sends you immediately to the liquor cabinet for more vodka. It means your candidate is going to lose along with everyone who’s connected to your candidate. You’re looking at this tsunami forming on the horizon aimed at you. It’s terrifying. But for Joe Biden, that’s just the beginning of the bad news. That same Marist poll shows Biden at 33% among Hispanic voters. In other words, 67% of the so-called Latino community does not support Joe Biden. It’s hard even to process a number like that. It’s just too far from the conventional view of American politics. … If these new polling numbers are right, even if they’re just sort of right, this is the end of the Democratic Party as a governing majority. It’s bewildering to think that.”
Tucker Carlson

“What isn’t patriotic, Mr. President, is not securing the border. What isn’t patriotic is running up inflation… What isn’t patriotic is turning your back on America and the principles and values that our country was founded on. … This president has lost the country — he has lost the country — and he will never get it back because he is a man of no hope.”
Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick regarding Joe Biden’s assertions about your patriotic duty

“Biden was finally right about something. He said the [Build Back Better] bill wouldn’t cost anything. Well, if they don’t pass it, he’s right!”
Gary Bauer

“Today, inflation’s the biggest threat I think we have right now. … No matter what we have done, we’ve sent out $5.4 trillion to try to help people to try to stave off a medical disaster, if you will, because of COVID when it first came. So, we’ve dodged that. We got a vaccine out earlier than anyone thought could happen. And then, on top of that, we dodged a financial crisis. But we’re getting into it because they’re making more of a crisis on the individual person today because of the high cost of inflation.”
Senator Joe Manchin

“Joe Manchin and his whole family are a criminal enterprise. Is he really the best WV has to offer its own citizens? Surely there’s someone there who has the state’s interests at heart, not his own!”
Bette Midler

“What #JoeManchin, who represents a population smaller than Brooklyn, has done to the rest of America, who wants to move forward, not backward, like his state, is horrible. He sold us out. He wants us all to be just like his state, West Virginia. Poor, illiterate and strung out.”
Liberal actress Bette Midler in a tweet. The attack came after the Democratic senator announced he could not move forward on the “mammoth” Build Back Better legislation.

“All those West Virginians who bought her albums and saw her movies and went to NYC to see her on Broadway… How long does an industry survive when its highest-profile representatives constantly insult their customers?”
Larry O’Connor

“It would be hard to encapsulate the condescension leftists feel for tens of millions of Americans any better than this does in one tweet. Democrats should continue this line of attack. It is an excellent strategy for them.”
Larry Murtaugh

“People in West Virginia vote for people like him, because of people like you.”
Meghan McCain responding to Midler

“The emergency is over. You know, public health doesn’t get to tell people what to wear. It’s just not their job. You don’t tell people to wear a jacket when they go out in the winter and force them to. If they get frostbite, it’s their own darn fault.”
Colorado Governor Jared Polis

“I think it’s really important that our leaders, whether they’re governors or mayors, local influencers, lead with facts rather than fear. People just don’t react well to this ongoing environment of fear for two years.”
Jared Polis

“We are intent on not letting Omicron disrupt work and school for the vaccinated. You’ve done the right thing, and we will get through this. For the unvaccinated, you’re looking at a winter of severe illness and death for yourselves, your families, and the hospitals you may soon overwhelm.”
White House COVID Czar Jeff Zients

“Do not do things like go to gatherings where there are people who you do not know what their vaccination status is.”
Anthony Fauci

“On a flight now to Bay Area and it is one-hundred percent batty that the unvaccinated are allowed to fly. It’s unsafe in the cabin and we are transporting the virus. Requiring the vaccine to fly is the LEAST we can do to stop the spread.”
Congressman Eric Swalwell

“The statistics, I recall, is that 99.97 percent of airborne pathogens are captured by the HEPA [high-efficiency particulate air] filtering system, and it’s turned over every two or three minutes. I think the case is very strong that masks don’t add much, if anything, in the air cabin.”
Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly

“As is often the case with viruses, this latest variant may spread faster than earlier strains, but it does not appear to be as debilitating. And new variants will just keep coming. The Biden administration seems incapable of acknowledging this new reality. ‘We didn’t see delta coming,’ Vice President Kamala Harris said last week. ‘We didn’t see omicron coming. And that’s the nature of what this awful virus has been, which, as it turns out, has mutations and variants.’ Biden and Harris were unable to see delta and omicron coming because they are stuck in a naive morality play where if the government is just able to force everyone, especially those evil Trump voters, to get the vaccine, then COVID will disappear forever and Biden and the Democrats can declare victory.”
Washington Examiner

“To put it simply, if you have been living vaccine-free, your time is up. If you wish to live life as w/the ease to do the things you love, you must be vax’d. This health order may pose an inconvenience to the unvaccinated, and in fact it is inconvenient by design.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot

“Don’t wear a cloth mask. Cloth masks are little more than facial decorations.” CNN medical analyst Leana Wen

“‘Mandates.’ That’s a radioactive word. ‘Requirements’ — people seem to respond better to that.”
Anthony Fauci

“At its heart, wokeness is divisive, exclusionary, and hateful. It basically gives mean people a shield to be mean and cruel, armored in false virtue.”
Elon Musk

“Society has no issue being told how to live by society, but will resist to its last breath being told how to live by God.”
Darrell B. Harrison

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

Rand Paul’s Annual Festivus Report

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Joe Biden is the least accessible president ever

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Joe Manchin is evil

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Martha Stewart selling replicas of clay nativity set she made in jail

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