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
“You spoke this week with President Biden. How would you describe your conversations with the U.S. leader? Do you believe the Americans waited too long to give Ukraine the support you need to push back this Russian offensive.”
Fox News’ foreign correspondent Trey Yingst
“We have good contact. I can tell you the truth. It’s a pity it began after the beginning of this war, but we have it. My appreciation to him and to his team. We can speak now often.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky who called on the Biden administration to do more by way of sanctions, even before the invasion began
“Is there a Brutus in Russia? Is there a more successful Colonel Stauffenberg in the Russian military? The only way this ends is for somebody in Russia to take this guy out. You would be doing your country — and the world — a great service. The only people who can fix this are the Russian people. Easy to say, hard to do. Unless you want to live in darkness for the rest of your life, be isolated from the rest of the world in abject poverty, and live in darkness you need to step up to the plate.”
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) calling for the assassination of Russian President Vladimir Putin amid the ongoing war in Ukraine
“While we are all praying for peace & for the people of Ukraine, this is irresponsible, dangerous & unhinged. We need leaders with calm minds & steady wisdom. Not blood thirsty warmongering politicians trying to tweet tough by demanding assassinations. Americans don’t want war.”
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.)
“Use massive economic sanctions; BOYCOTT Russian oil & gas; and provide military aid so the Ukrainians can defend themselves. But we should not be calling for the assassination of heads of state.”
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R)
“Russia and China are openly challenging the West. We must accept this reality, and act accordingly: 1. Achieve global energy dominance — especially in oil, gas, nuclear, and rare earth mining. Leverage is gained when we are not dependent on Russian energy or Chinese minerals. 2. Fortify alliances — for every ally we let fall, ten more will falter when we need their support. The least we can be doing is lethal aid for Ukraine that kills our enemies without sacrificing a single US soldier. It is the world — not just the US — versus China and Russia. 3. Ensure our allies are not freeloading, but spending an ample amount on their own defense. In the near term, this means Europeans stepping up to defend their neighbors in Ukraine. 4. Ensure we are investing in our own 21st century military, built to counter great powers, not dirt farmers in the mountains of Afghanistan.”
Congressman Dan Crenshaw
“Russia’s attack on Ukraine means there’s a stressful news cycle ahead of us. The reality of conflict is always a shock to the system. Here are 5 ways to cope.”
“The reality is probably more of a shock to the people actually being invaded, but enough of that, we’re talking about us now.”
Not the Bee
“Putin may circle Kyiv with tanks, but he will never gain the hearts and souls of the Iranian people.”
Joe Biden made a noticeable slip-up during his SOTU speech when he referred to Ukrainians as “Iranians”
“The State of the Union is strong — because you, the American people, are strong. We are stronger today than we were a year ago. And we will be stronger a year from now than we are today.”
Joe Biden during the SOTU
“Yes, Biden is old and slowing down, and that does not help. But Biden in his prime would not have been a good president. There is no reason to believe he can suddenly become one now, after one speech.”
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Since Democrat Governor Tony Evers took office in 2019, Wisconsin has experienced a spike in violent crime, especially in and around Madison and Milwaukee along with the corridor that stretches southward to the Illinois border and Chicago.
Rather than crime rates or victims of violent crime being the focus of Evers’ liberal administration, it’s the criminals behind bars that Evers is worried about — and it turns out he’s not even sure when he last met with the families of Milwaukee’s murder victims.
In an interview segment on rising crime and proposed solutions, Evers refused to say whether or not he supported ending cash bail, one of the radical left’s favorite “reforms” to pursue, usually with disastrous effects.
Evers also couldn’t give an answer when he was asked when he last spoke with families who lost loved ones to violent crime in Milwaukee: “I did in the Waukesha occasion,” Evers said of the Christmas parade attack that killed six and wounded more than 60 holiday revelers. “I met with several of the families there,” he continued. “I may have before that, but I, you know, I’ve got a busy schedule.”
Declining to take a stance on what the state’s bail system should look like, @GovEvers says he wants to hear more voices.
I asked when he last spoke to the families of murder victims in Milwaukee. He mentioned the Waukesha Christmas Parade victims. pic.twitter.com/oE9JJQ0T43
— A.J. Bayatpour (@AJBayatpour) February 27, 2022
Ah, a “busy schedule.” Right.
The interview in which Evers refused to make the wise choice of condemning attempts to make it easier for criminals to get back on the streets and then claimed he was too busy to meet with murder victims’ families is hardly the first time he’s had missteps on the issue of law and order.
On the campaign trail, Evers said his “goal” was “cutting the state’s inmate population in half.” In 2020, Evers publicly fretted that “Either we find a way to have robust criminal justice reform or we will be building a new prison” that Evers said would cost “$600 million,” something he characterized as “unacceptable” and “a tragedy for the state of Wisconsin.”
So Evers wanted to empty out Wisconsin’s prisons through “reform” rather than face the “tragedy” of having to build another prison? What about the tragedy of the crimes that necessitated prison space? Ensuring justice is served is apparently a tragedy to Evers. That, and he’s usually too “busy,” apparently.
In his 2022 State of the State address, Evers didn’t even mention rising crime.
Wisconsin’s former Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, a Republican looking to unseat Evers in November, pointed out the current governor’s flawed “liberal priorities:”
Tony Evers has plenty of time for pickle ball and his liberal priorities, but no time to deal with Wisconsin’s violent crime. He’s a weak leader who isn’t serious about the pressing issues facing our state. https://t.co/eVEFSlOweu
— Rebecca Kleefisch (@RebeccaforReal) February 27, 2022
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Biased WI media reports Gableman finding of election fraud just has to be bogus
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK