I hear a lot of folks are staying home tonight.
And that’s ok.
Wish I had a New Year’s Eve time macine.
My parents in one room. Me in another.
From nationwide 1976.
I hear a lot of folks are staying home tonight.
And that’s ok.
Wish I had a New Year’s Eve time macine.
My parents in one room. Me in another.
From nationwide 1976.
There can only be ten in any top ten.
Here are stories that didn’t make my TOP TEN FRANKLIN STORIES OF 2022. In no particular order:
Franklin voters help approve two meaningless referenda
Franklin alderwoman insults city staff, unfairly compares to police
Whatever happened to Curtis Schmitt of Franklin?
Franklin’s Marcelino Rivera III loses…AGAIN
It’s called ‘indoctrination,’ not education
Hives for Heroes
Franklin’s K-9 hero, and another down in Georgia
Milwaukee Co. Supervisor Steve Taylor: “This doesn’t need to be 5-star dining”
Not the end of the world, Milw. Co. inmates will get fed
EARTH TO FRANKLIN COMMON COUNCIL: NOBODY GIVES A DAMN ABOUT YOUR CODE OF CONDUCT
Sorry, but CBS 58 dropped the ball on their Franklin visit
Plenty of blame to go around in the Darrell Brooks case
When it comes to dancing, FPS steps on toes
The thought of banning CRT makes teacher throw a hissy fit
Have you been listening to my good friend and former WUWM colleague Obie Yadgar’s Sunday morning program “Obie’s Opus” on WMSE-FM in Milwaukee?
You can (and should) listen from 8-9 am.
On some recent programs I’ve heard Obie in his marvelous story-telling fashion refer to some classical artists as rock stars.
I thought of Obie when I read an article last month in the Epoch Times about classical music celebrities. Andrew Benson Brown, a Missouri-based poet, journalist, and writing coach was the author. He wrote, in part:
Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886) epitomized the early musical celebrity. He idolized Beethoven, who after listening to Liszt play for him as a child, allegedly gave the boy a kiss on the forehead and told him that he would bring “joy and happiness to many.” Liszt was equally inspired by Paganini and sought to become the virtuoso of the piano. He began giving solo recitals in large halls across Europe at age 11, turning the piano sideways on stage and opening the lid to enhance the exhibition.
His concerts were the stuff of legend. The poet Heinrich Heine described him playing a pianistic imitation: “We saw the lightning flashes cross his own face, his lips trembled as though in the stormwind, and his long locks of hair seemed to drip the thundershower he depicted.”
These performances caused states of hysteria that Heine called “Lisztomania.” People fainted. Audiences would rush the stage, tearing apart Liszt’s velvet gloves and silk handkerchiefs for mementos. Women put his locks of hair, coffee dregs, and even a cigar butt into vials or lockets to wear.According to Heine, a physician explained the phenomenon by the “magnetism, galvanism, electricity” of perfumed, perspiring people crowded together under wax lights. Whatever the exact cause, the effect was real: Liszt was the first rock star.
Posted in August:
Franklin’s Luxe Golf Bays could be more popular than the Milkmen
THE TOP 10 FRANKLIN STORIES OF 2022
2) A SWING AND A DRIVE AT BALLPARK COMMONS
3) FRANKLIN’S ENERGIZER BUNNY: THE STRAUSS CONTROVERSY
4) TRICK OR TREAT? MORE TRICK THAN TREAT
5) A FIREWORKS FLOP
6) THE WALL THAT HEALS
7) SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER’S LONE FIGHT FOR COMMON SENSE
8) NEW SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT
9) FRANKLIN IS SAVING AMERICA WITH THE HELP OF…
10) THE STATE OF THE CITY
A look back at the people and events that made news the past year. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…
THIS IS A SPECIAL YEAR-END EDITION OF WEEK-ENDS RE: 2022
HEROES OF THE YEAR
Parents fighting their schools
VILLAINS OF THE YEAR
QUOTES OF THE YEAR
The last two years may have sucked, but I’m willing to bet you’d rather be here than anywhere else. In 2022, America will still be the greatest place on earth.”
“The Democrats want to own this day of January 6th so they can stoke fears and divide America. I say, let them have it because America sees through theirs lies and polarizations.
“This political theater is all just a distraction for the fact Biden has completely and totally failed.
“Biden, who is destroying our Nation with insane policies of open Borders, corrupt Elections, disastrous energy policies, unconstitutional mandates, and devastating school closures, used my name today to try to further divide America.
“Everything he touches turns to failure.”
“The January 6th rioters were very stupid. They are paying an extremely hefty price for their stupidity now. They were not ‘insurrectionists.’ They never posed the slightest threat to our system. They were not going to overthrow the government and weren’t trying to. In a healthy country, that’s all that we would need to say about it. We would have long since moved on by now. But the media and the Democrat Party won’t allow that to happen. January 6th gave them ammunition that they will literally never stop using. Ever.”
“I don’t think January 6th is going to help the Democrats like the media seems to think it will. But there is a genuine obsession in the press about it. It was a bad day, but it doesn’t outweigh crime, inflation, COVID, school closures, etc. for voters.”
“Certain dates echo throughout history, including dates that instantly remind all who have lived through them — where they were and what they were doing when our democracy came under assault. Dates that occupy not only a place on our calendars, but a place in our collective memory. December 7th, 1941. September 11th, 2001. And January 6th, 2021.”
“As someone who was standing inside the North Tower in a hole from a truck bomb on February 26, 1993, and at Ground Zero on September 11th, 2001, delete your account as you haven’t a clue about real vs imagined terrorist acts. Do better & ease off the political Kool Aid.
“If you consider January 6th in the same realm as 9/11, you’re simply professing your ineptness to be taken seriously on any platform, on any level. In fact, January 6th doesn’t even come close to the Rodney King riots of 1992 or the NYC Floyd riots of 2020 in size or scope.”
Rob O’Donnell responding to Harris
“If I had a dollar for every lockdown politician who decided to escape to Florida over the last two years, I’d be a pretty doggone wealthy man.”
FL Governor Ron DeSantis
“Record numbers testing positive for a sore throat isn’t a crisis. And people in the hospital for car accidents testing positive isn’t a surge. The real crisis is the irrational hysteria which has people with no symptoms waiting hours for a test or missing work for 10 days.”
Senator Marco Rubio
“This is traumatizing our children. The way adults are responding to COVID is having a negative impact on our children. … The safest place for children right now is in a school building. … Strand after strand, we can’t continue to stop our children from developing socially and academically.”
NYC Mayor Eric Adams
“Teachers are not at any more risk than grocery-store workers, restaurant workers, or any of the other ‘essential workers’ who have been working in person throughout the entire pandemic. If fast-food employees can show up to work, so can teachers. In fact, they have a higher obligation to do so because schools are more important than Taco Bell.”
“Joe Biden has spent 95 of his 348 days President on vacation, mostly in Delaware. That equates to a quarter of the Biden regime’s first year in office.”
The National Pulse
“I don’t think you can be the biggest jerk in the league and punish your team, and your organization and your fan base the way he did and be the most valuable player. Has he been the most valuable on the field? Yeah, you could make that argument, but I don’t think he is clearly that much more valuable than Jonathan Taylor or Cooper Kupp or maybe even Tom Brady. So from where I sit, the rest of it is why he’s not gonna be my choice.”
Sportswriter Hub Arkush on why he won’t vote for Packer QB Aaron Rodgers as NFL MVP
“During the 2016 campaign, I said it would be my last campaign and final term. That was my strong preference, and my wife’s—we both looked forward to a normal private life. Neither of us anticipated the Democrats’ complete takeover of government and the disastrous policies they have already inflicted on America and the world, to say nothing of those they threaten to enact in the future.
“Nor did we anticipate the pandemic, the government’s failed response to it, the loss of freedom that has resulted, and the tyrannical approach taken by the elites who have created and maintained a state of fear that allows them to exercise control over Americans’ lives. Instead of everyone working to achieve the goal President Biden stated during his inaugural address—unifying and healing America—it feels as if our nation is being torn apart.
“I believe America is in peril. Much as I’d like to ease into a quiet retirement, I don’t feel I should. Countless people have encouraged me to run, saying they rely on me to be their voice, to speak plain and obvious truths other elected leaders shirk from expressing—truths the elite in government, mainstream media and Big Tech don’t want you to hear.
“Today, I am announcing I will continue to fight for freedom in the public realm by running for re-election. It is a decision I haven’t made lightly.
“We face powerful forces that desire even more power and control over our lives. Their path, paved with false hope and greater dependency, always leads to tyranny. We cannot let them win.”
US Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI)
“A president shouting that 52 senators and millions of Americans are racist unless he gets whatever he wants is proving exactly why the framers built the Senate to check his power.”
“Those who have deliberately flouted sober medical advice by refusing a vaccine known to reduce the risk of serious disease from the virus, including the risk to others, and end up in the hospital or the grave can be viewed as receiving their just deserts.”
Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik, whose article title bristles: “Mocking anti-vaxxers’ COVID deaths is ghoulish, yes — but may be necessary.”
“I did not live the struggle of Douglass, Tubman, King, Lewis, Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner, and countless others — known and unknown. I did not walk in the shoes of generations of students who walked these grounds. But I walked other grounds. Because I’m so damn old, I was there as well. You think I’m kidding, man. It seems like yesterday the first time I got arrested.”
“Maybe Biden is confusing this with the time he was never arrested in South Africa or the time he never marched with the Black Panthers or the time he never participated in a sit in.”
“If Kevin Nicholson is listening — you need to not run for governor. I think if he runs, it hurts our chances to defeat Gov. Evers. But I can’t control that. If he runs, he runs.”
WI Assembly Speaker Robin Vos
“Thanks, @repvos, for the political advice. Our elections are a mess, law & order is eroding, schools are failing. How about you focus on doing your job?”
Nicholson responded in a tweet
“Jill Biden tells (the Associated Press) healing a nation became one of her chief roles as first lady over the past year. Her travels to 35 states have included visits with wildfire victims, those affected by deadly tornadoes and victims of a deadly Christmas parade crash (in Waukesha, WI).”
The Associated Press
“Deadly Christmas parade crash”…?? Um, excuse me. That was not a ‘crash’, it was intentional murder.”
Amy Curtis, an RN
“While I’ve been studying candidates’ backgrounds and writings, I’ve made no decision except one: [The] person I will nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character, experience, and integrity. And that person will be the first black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court.”
“By saying he is only picking a black woman, Joe Biden is excluding 94% of all Americans for the job of Supreme Court justice. It’s the very definition of racism and sexism, choosing someone not based on their actual qualifications but on their cosmetic diversity instead.”
“Ironically, it is against federal law to begin a job search by announcing that only people of a certain race will be considered and that all people of other races will be rejected. The Supreme Court itself has been clear on that matter. As Justice Lewis Powell wrote in the 1978 Bakke case, ‘Preferring members of any one group for no reason other than race or ethnic origin is discrimination for its own sake. This the Constitution forbids.’”
“Hate to break it to you but the only black person serving on the Supreme Court today was personally attacked, defamed and slandered by Joe Biden before he voted AGAINST him.”
“I would say to our [Olympic] athletes: You are there to compete. Do not risk incurring the anger of the Chinese government because they are ruthless. I know there is a temptation on the part of some to speak out while they are there. I respect that. But I also worry about what the Chinese government might do to their reputations, to their families.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
“If she believes US athletes should be silent about China’s genocide because the CCP’s reprisals would endanger the safety of athletes & their families, that’s a very strong case that the US should not be dignifying this disgrace with our presence in any way.”
“Biden chose Harris as his VP because of the color of her skin and sex — not qualification. She’s been a disaster. Now he promises to choose Supreme Court nominee on the same criteria. Identity politics is destroying our country.”
“Until 1981, this powerful body, the Supreme Court, was all white men.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
“Let it be known that a Chuck Schumer staffer wrote a speech for him without knowing that Thurgood Marshall had been a Supreme Court Justice in the 14 years prior to 1981.”
“The Holocaust isn’t about race. No. It’s not about race.”
“The View’s” Whoopi Goldberg
“You know, I have a couple of pretty simple rules in life. Don’t ever compare anything to slavery, don’t ever compare anything to the Holocaust, and if you’re a man, don’t compare anything to pregnancy. That’s rule number one. Rule number two: If you’re going to apologize, then just apologize. Don’t explain it. Don’t try to mitigate it. Apologize and ask for forgiveness. And number three: As a culture, we have got to do a better job of figuring out who is just famous and who actually knows what he or she is talking about, ‘cause sometimes we confuse the two.”
“Wokers believe that no one should have to accept responsibility. They believe that it’s always someone else’s fault. And their motto is, ‘Hear no evil, see no evil, prosecute no evil.’ … Some of the wokers started the ‘defund and disrespect the police’ movement. They tolerated it. President Biden allowed it to happen. And you see the result. … What you allow is what will continue. And as long as we allow this, the criminals are not going to be unhappy with this. And they are going to keep committing crimes.”
Senator John Kennedy
“Imagine that an adult male wants to have sex with a 12-year-old girl. Imagine that she’s a willing participant. [It’s] a very standard, very widely held view that there’s something deeply wrong about this, and it’s wrong independent of it being criminalized. It’s not obvious to me that is in fact wrong. I think this is a mistake. The notion that it’s wrong even with a one-year-old is not quite obvious to me. … No, I don’t think there’s a blanket period beyond which this is permissible if we’re interested in willing participation. … I don’t think it’s blanket wrong at any age.”
State University of New York at Fredonia professor Stephen Kershnar
“When hearing about such an outrageous situation, it can be easy to believe that it is an isolated experience, that such insane notions couldn’t possibly have taken root elsewhere. Unfortunately, this would be a misconception. … Let’s be abundantly clear: this is not a complicated issue. In fact, there can be no simpler issue. Pedophilia is evil. That’s it. We shouldn’t accept the notion that pro-pedophilia sentiments are valid ideas to be contended with in the marketplace of ideas by the use of rhetorical flourish or superior philosophizing. Illiberalism is no crime when your opponent uses bad-faith arguments to justify moral atrocities that target the most vulnerable among us, victimizing them in ways they can’t even comprehend.”
“There’s a disconnect between the Biden Administration that wants open borders and the border rank and file officers who signed up to control the border and prevent illegal aliens from coming in. They have – the Biden Administration has turned the border officers into travel agents. They have basically now accommodated criminals, illegal aliens to designate them to any place in this country. They have flipped it around. The Border Patrol agents are frustrated; they don’t want to be travel agents. They want to keep illegal aliens out of this country and they’re being denied by the Biden Administration and the progressive left.”
Commentator Leo Terrell, African-American Democrat
“If truckers quit their jobs, society would immediately collapse. If politicians quit their jobs, the world would become a better place. We need truckers more than anybody else. Honk Honk.”
“You couldn’t buy a cannon when [the Second Amendment] was passed.”
“Not only was it legal then, it’s legal now.”
“I cannot stress to you the strength of this revolution in Republican grassroots circles in Wisconsin against the state power structure. The voters and the party activists have become annoyances for the leaders of the party and as they say, this is not going to end well.
“They want the Republican Speaker out. This disconnect between the state Republican leadership and the elected Republican officials could not be greater. Virtually every member of the State Assembly is aligning him or herself with Vos and virtually all actual Republicans are furious with the selling out that is coming from Vos.”
Milwaukee talk show host Mark Belling
“I understand the frustration Iowa County Republicans feel. We are all frustrated with the direction our country is going. But Speaker Vos does not deserve to be the target of that frustration just because he doesn’t believe in overturning the last presidential election.
“Speaker Vos leads a diverse and large assembly Republican caucus. We have all worked together to champion conservative, common sense policies.
“Whether it’s billions in tax cuts, fighting welfare fraud, improving our public schools, protecting unborn children or the dozens of other policies that we have advanced, I believe we should all focus our efforts on fighting for the values we all believe in, not trying to pick fights with our own side.”
Rep. Todd Novak, a Republican who has represented parts of Iowa County since 2015, said Vos is in an undeserved position
“It appears Biden has been listening to the smartest guy he knows…”
“Look, I’m not saying the medical establishment isn’t trying to figure [stuff] out, or that they’re corrupt — although there is some of that. But how ‘bout just wrong? Wrong a lot. Wrong about HIV. Wrong about lockdowns. Wrong about kids. Wrong about how you couldn’t get it if you were vaccinated. Remember washing our packages? And there’s never been any research showing that outdoor transmission is likely or common, yet LA County says we’re still supposed to mask up for big outdoor events. … It’s all theater watching athletes mix it up on the court and then mask on the sideline. Not being able to touch a menu but watching them touch my food.
Maskless at dinner while sitting but not standing. And by the way, if Applebee’s really cared about our health, they would make us cover out mouths after the food arrives. I’m just asking: How much wrong do you get to be while still holding the default setting for people who represent ‘The Science’?”
“Kevin Nicholson is an opportunist who has proven time and time again that he is willing to literally say or do anything in order to become a part of the political establishment that he claims to hate so much. And so I’m done sitting by and letting him malign and attack my character.
“They’re sitting over there on the other side of the political aisle cackling at what they hope will be a dumpster fire over in the Republican Party. And Kevin Nicholson does not care. He lights the matches and tosses them in because he hopes that is his only way inside.
“He likes to say, ‘Oh, we’ve lost so many statewide elections.’ Listen, man, I won four out of five of my statewide elections. I’ll take that record over a 100% losing streak any day.”
Former WI Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, candidate for governor. Nicholson did not respond.
“Democrats seem to be hoping that Americans experience some form of memory loss over their terrible, radical governance and their even more radical future ambitions, and that this will stave off disaster in the midterms. Good luck with that. We all remember.”
“The Chinese Olympics that nobody is watching feature athletes getting served by people in hazmat suits. Meanwhile, SoFi stadium gathered over 70,000 fans for the [Super Bowl], and the cameras panning the vast crowd showed the spectators to be almost entirely maskless. This was the end of the pandemic in the United States — or at least the primary signal that, as a culture, we are ready for the end.”
Michael Brendan Dougherty
“It’s understandable why people want to take masks off the kids. But, right now, given the level of activity that we have, it is risky.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci
“Fauci is saying this garbage at a time when more and more MDs are coming forward to admit that cloth masks — which is what 99% of kids wear — do nothing. He’s vile.”
“For 4 years, the Left parroted the hoax that our Administration was weak on Russia. Yet, they didn’t dare invade Ukraine on our watch. But now they do. Who do you think Putin feared more?”
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
“We import 595,000 barrels of oil per day from Russia. The Keystone XL pipeline would have produced 830,000 barrels per day. Relying on Russian oil is a choice. And it’s a stupid one.”
Congressman Dan Crenshaw
“All it took was one pandemic to out all of the tyrants across the world, including here.”
“Imagine being the father of a female athlete and just sitting there passively and watching while a male athlete makes a mockery of your daughter and her sport. Where are the fathers? Mothers? Does anyone have even the slightest bit of courage anymore? It’s pathetic.”
“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)
“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.”
“This community has gone to hell, the city of Milwaukee has turned, in some places, at some times, into a sewer. I think it’s something that needs more of a reaction from the community because what we have now is not just a problem, it’s a crisis.
“In the old days that would’ve been a fist fight, and I’d like to go back to the days of fist fighting. Because, not that I’m endorsing that, but two guys having it out and throwing a few punches and resulting in a broken nose is a lot better than someone pulling out a TEC-9 and shooting somebody.”
Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Mark Borowski, as Milwaukee has had multiple record years in homicides and is currently outpacing last year’s pace
“Margaret Farrow was a trailblazer and a fearless leader. I am proud to have called her a friend. As the first woman to serve as Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Governor, Margaret’s legacy will continue to inspire many women in politics – including me. I was lucky to serve alongside Margaret for several years. In fact, when we served together, the majority of Republicans were women. Margaret was passionate, tough, honest, and kind. She believed in her community and believed in our great state. It is impossible to have met Margaret Farrow and not be encouraged and inspired by her.”
State Senator Alberta Darling on the passing of former WI Lt. Gov. Margaret Farrow
“Look, coming out of the State of the Union, we are in the strongest position we’ve been in, in months. I believe we have a record to be incredibly proud of.“
“Covid mismanagement. Surging crime. Empty shelve. Historic border crisis. Disastrous foreign policy. Record inflation, gas prices, and so much more…that record?”
The Republican National Committee
“Some people said that having Joe Biden as Vice President meant that President Obama had someone with many years of foreign policy experience. What they ignored was that Biden had decades of experience being wrong on foreign policy issues, time and time again.”
“We owe the Ukrainians nothing, yet our garbage ruling class is demanding that we brace ourselves for unspecified ‘sacrifices’ for their sake just as they have every time they have made some foreign policy screw-up. We normals are their janitors – we get to clean up their messes and no one is ever held accountable. No thanks.
“You can still want the Ukrainians to repel the invaders without also buying the notion that we should sacrifice blood, treasure, and our rights to do it. This unjust war is the Ukrainians’ to fight. I hope they win. Most of us do. But the idea that we Americans must ‘sacrifice’ our lives, money, and freedoms is itself as great a danger to our country as this border war on the other side of our planet.
“We are Americans. Our first priority is America.”
Columnist Kurt Schlichter
“The Biden Administration has tried to pin the entire increase in gas prices on Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. They want to blame 14 months of gas price increases on the last two weeks of turmoil. It’s laugh-out-loud revisionist history.”
Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell
“I understand that the White House’s talking points are written by an 18-year-old intern who’s taking freshman socialism, but it would be good to have someone who has actually worked in the private sector and has some awareness of how energy is produced.”
Senator Ted Cruz
“‘Just buy an electric car’ is the modern version of ‘let them eat cake.’”
“The average gas price in America hit an all-time record high of over $4 per gallon. OK, that stings, but a clean conscience is worth a buck or two. … I am willing to pay $4 a gallon. Hell, I’ll pay $15 a gallon because I drive a Tesla.”
“Stephen Colbert — who earns $15 million per year from CBS and has a net worth approaching $100 million — says it’s worth it to endure higher gas prices so that you have a ‘clean conscience.’”
“Sending Kamala Harris to Poland to solve the Ukrainian crisis is like sending Dr. Jill Biden to do heart surgery.”
“Make no mistake, the goal of the Left is not to protect children. From masking to indoctrination of children into Left-wing social values, their goal is to use children to protect their own priorities.”
“If it takes a law to stop you from holding a classroom discussion with 5-year-olds about sex, you shouldn’t be a teacher. Actually, you shouldn’t be allowed within several miles of a school.”
Allie Beth Stuckey
“I think there was widespread fraud.”
Assembly Speaker Rob Vos after a state Capitol meeting with Republicans seeking to decertify the 2020 election
“He has never said these words before. So we got the needle to move from here to here.”
Jefferson Davis, a former Menomonee Falls village president who met with Vos at the Capitol
“It was a perfect opportunity to punch him right in the nose and say go pound sand. But I was concerned about the collateral damage.”
State Rep. Tim Ramthun when Vos kicked him out of a Capitol meeting on Wednesday with supporters of a resolution to decertify the election
“Rep. Ramthun says a lot of foolish things, this is one more on the list.”
“Special note to the RNC: Now’s a good time to open up mobile voter registration sites — at gasoline stations!”
“President Biden’s economic response to the [Ukraine] invasion, and military response to the invasion, in my judgment, has been a wimp fest. … Unless you’re still living with your parents, you understand that you can’t put Putin on his knees without cutting off his cash flow. And you can’t cut off his cash flow without cutting off his oil and gas. … The woker darlings and the Democratic Party will not allow President Biden to adopt an all-of-the-above energy policy, which includes oil and gas, and the president just doesn’t seem to have the courage to stand up to him.”
Senator John Kennedy
“I’m fine with people displaying the Ukrainian flag in solidarity. But if you celebrate kneeling for the national anthem and dislike the American flag and now you’re posting the Ukrainian flag and declaring those you disagree with traitors, I have questions.”
“Seventy-eight percent of the people who died [of COVID] or are hospitalized were obese. And that’s another one that’s not a popular opinion to talk about, but I feel like I have to because it’s such a salient fact in this. … We’re at such a crazy place with obesity, it is the ultimate third rail in discourse. … Anyone in the media who doesn’t talk about this because you’re so afraid of the reaction, you have blood on your hands because you’re not doing these people a favor.”
“The only way to remove President Biden is by his death, resignation, impeachment or disability under the 25th Amendment.”
James Bopp, an attorney representing the leader of Assembly Republicans’ review of the 2020 election said decertifying President Joe Biden’s Wisconsin
“A number of swimsuits are banned from competition for giving athletes unfair advantage. But today, biological men, who have much more advantage than a suit, are allowed to compete against women.”
“Richard Levine spent 54 years of his life as man. He had a wife and a family. He ‘transitioned’ to being a woman in 2011, Joe Biden appointed Levine to be a 4-Star Admiral and now USA Today has named ‘Rachel’ Levine as a ‘Woman of the Year.’ Where are the feminists??”
Charlie Kirk, whose tweet got him locked out of Twitter
“I’m not a biologist.”
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson replied to Tennessee GOP Sen. Marsha Blackburn after the judge was asked to provide a definition for the word “woman.”
“When does life begin, in your opinion.”
“Senator… um… I don’t… know.”
“Do you have a belief?”
“I have, um, personal religious and otherwise beliefs that have nothing to do with the law in terms of when life begins.”
“Do you have a personal belief though about when life begins?”
“I have a religious view that I set aside when I am ruling on cases.”
“When does equal protection of the laws attach to a human being?”
“Well Senator, um… I believe that the Supreme Court… um… actually I, I actually don’t know the answer to that question — I’m sorry — I don’t.”
Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) questioning Judge Ketanji Brown
“If it’s unclear what a woman is, how does Biden know he’s nominated one?”
“I think the best way to deter people from getting on a computer and viewing thousands and hundred — and over time, maybe millions, the population as a whole — of children being exploited and abused every time somebody clicks on is to put their a** in jail, not supervise their computer usage.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham tore into Jackson for lenient sentences for child pornographers
“Parents for thousands of years have lived without Disney. … I promise you, if you turn your company into a propaganda tool specifically designed to indoctrinate my kids into your values, I will not use Disney products anymore. It is that simple. And there are a lot of parents who are like me.”
“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be.”
Will Smith apologized to Chris Rock for slapping the comedian at the Oscars ceremony. Smith strode on stage and struck Rock in the face after the comedian made a joke about the appearance of Smith’s wife. Rock, in a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, had referenced the 1997 film “G.I. Jane” in which actress Demi Moore shaved her head. It was unclear whether Rock was aware that Smith’s wife has a disease that causes hair loss.
“This is the first time I’ve ever seen the media cover black-on-black crime so I’m actually quite surprised by this. If Mel Gibson had done this, Nancy Pelosi would be kneeling in the Capitol right now. He would’ve been the only guy not being allowed out on bail in LA County.”
“The liberals in charge of Hollywood will soon be requiring movie producers to employ minimum numbers of people of color or members of the LGBTQ community before their films can even be eligible to be voted on by Academy members for an Oscar.
“In other words, it’s not going to be the quality of your film or the great acting or directing that wins you honors. It’s going to be making sure your movie meets the required color, gender, and sexual-orientation quotas.
“And this week a video emerged of a Disney executive producer boasting that she has been pushing a ‘not-at-all-secret gay agenda’ for children’s animation.
“It’s a sad day in America that this is how low we — and Hollywood —have gone.
“I’m just glad my parents are dead so they don’t have to watch what has happened to the movie industry they loved.”
Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan
“I might be old-fashioned, but I don’t think large corporations, teachers unions, and political activists should be talking about sexuality with kindergartners — for any reason.”
Christopher F. Rufo
“Normal adults don’t tell kids to keep secrets from their parents. Normal adults have no inclination to talk to 5-9 year olds, who are not their children, about sex and gender switching. Perverts and predators do.”
Allie Beth Stuckey
“Budgets are statements of values, and the [$5.8 trillion] budget I am releasing today sends a clear message that we value fiscal responsibility.”
“Frankly, she (Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson) should be disqualified unless she can come back in and explain what a woman is and she can explain whether words like ‘he’ and ‘she’ are acceptable pronouns. I honestly think that this is the core of the cultural war that we are in the middle of between a religiously-secular, anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim belief system that wants to change all of us and get us to memorize 62 different pronouns so we can be sure to call people what they want to be called. I think she disqualified herself by that one answer because it was an answer, ‘No, I can’t define a woman,’ that is an answer.”
“We’ve already seen some on the left wigging out and saying they are leaving Twitter if Elon Musk is coming. I say, good riddance. If the left-wing crazies that are trying to censor speech leave Twitter, then it’ll be a better place.
“I do respect that Twitter’s a private company and has the right to regulate speech. I don’t think it’s a good idea, nor do I think it’s good for the country.
“But, I do think Elon Musk will be a good addition to Twitter and, hopefully, a good voice on their board for more freedom of speech.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk joining Twitter’s board of directors and buying a 9.2% stake in the behemoth social media
“If Musk helps restore Twitter to its free speech roots and moves it away from its left-wing censorship regime, it will be perhaps the most heroic and public-serving action I have seen a billionaire take in my lifetime. … If our greatest living entrepreneur looks at the space and decides he couldn’t build his own better version, it tells you everything you need to know about Twitter’s competitive position.”
“Our Democratic colleagues are on track to confirm our next Supreme Court justice. And do you know what won’t happen? Top Republicans will not imply she’s illegitimate. We will not call for court packing. I won’t be joining any mobs outside her new workplace and threatening her by name.”
Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell
“I remember when jokes were jokes and news was news. Now jokes are the news and the news is a joke.”
“People say they want this stuff. Then we do it and the park loses half its guests in a single afternoon. People just started walking out when Ariel came out waving a Pride Flag.”
Disney CEO Joe Barron
“At a time when the world is facing a greater risk of severe famine, President Biden wants to put more corn into our automobiles. This is a stupid policy announced by a stupid man who is surrounded by stupid advisers.”
“Schools are quick to blame everyone and everything but themselves for the failures of American education. To them, every bad teacher is the exception and every bad parent is the rule.”
“People say to me, ‘Don’t you think you’ve gotten more conservative?’ No, I haven’t. The Left has gotten goofier. So, I seem more conservative, maybe. But like, it’s not me who changed. I feel I’m the same guy, but five years ago we hadn’t spent $6 trillion to stay home. … Five years ago, no one was talking about abolishing the police. There was no talk about pregnant men. I mean, looting was still illegal. … [Democrats are] going to get their a** kicked in November.”
“I’m vaxxed and boosted. I don’t care if you’re wearing a mask or not, and you shouldn’t worry about me. If you still believe the myth that a cloth mask keeps you safe from a virus, be my guest – wear a pair of masks and a plastic helmet 24/7. Just don’t treat me like I’m a granny killer.”
“I think the problem with modern journalism is there might be some downsides to having the absolute worst people in society determine what everyone needs to know.”
Frank J. Fleming
“So… CNN’s big comeback plan was to launch a platform with the most despised host at Fox News and two CNN personalities with combined ratings lower than a mid-range YouTube Streamer, and they’re shocked that it failed after a month? CNN+ didn’t even last as long as Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign.”
“You could take the five worst presidents in American history and put them together, and they would not have done the damage that Joe Biden has done in one year.”
Donald Trump in a speech to Heritage’s Annual Leadership Conference, held on Amelia Island, Florida. Among the problems the former president talked about were rising inflation, disruptions in the supply chain, a southern border overrun by “millions” of illegal immigrants, America’s lower standing in the world, and emboldened enemies.
“I personally wouldn’t want to be racing against someone who is biologically a male, so that’s a concern. … You don’t want to have females racing against swimmers who are biologically male because it’s just not fair.”
Australian Olympian Emma McKeon
“Apple’s Pregnant Man Emoji is officially available … in every skin color. This way people of all races can show the world they failed biology.”
“Leftist ideology is like mold. It grows best in the dark and unnoticed. If you let it grow too long, it will destroy your home. Gotta find it, shine a light on it, and remove it from every space you occupy, and make sure it doesn’t come back.”
Allie Beth Stuckey
“‘Elon Musk could end world hunger with $6 billion.’ Well, Elon paid $11 billion in federal taxes last year which coincidently is the same amount of money America gave to the UN. Why hasn’t the UN ended world hunger yet?”
“I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means.”
“I got involved in politics because I think the greatest sin anyone can commit is the abuse of power.”
“They’re all our children. And the reason you’re the teachers of the year is because you recognize that. They’re not somebody else’s children. They’re like yours when they’re in the classroom.”
“There’s never been a tougher time to be a cop than right now. After years of lopsided media portrayals and misguided attempts to defund law enforcement, many Americans have formed a wildly inaccurate view of the 800,000 good cops out there who will never wind up in the headlines for disrespecting their uniform or abusing their badge. As a result, we’re not only seeing a devastating rise in crime all over the country, we’re seeing unprecedented attacks on cops. … There’s a line between civilization and anarchy. It’s thin, and it’s blue.”
“It’s impossible to overstate the earthquake this will cause inside the Court, in terms of the destruction of trust among the Justices and staff. This leak is the gravest, most unforgivable sin.”
SCOTUS blog on the Supreme Court leak
“The left insists that the American people overwhelmingly support abortion. Well, if that’s true, then why are they so afraid of letting the people in the states have a say?”
“Why is it that so many people who are ‘pro-choice’ when it comes to abortion are against choice when it comes to letting parents choose where their children go to school?”
“Justice Thomas is leading the charge to ban interracial marriage? What if his wife finds out?”
Frank J. Fleming
“‘Consent to sex isn’t consent to pregnancy.’ Yes, yes, it is. That’s like saying eating food isn’t consent to digestion.”
Allie Beth Stuckey
“If we’re gonna have a pregnant man emoji, then I think it’s okay for men to have opinions on abortion.”
“I could be wrong but if you have 12 hours to protest outside the court you probably have 2 minutes to buy a condom.”
“How can overturning Roe v Wade be an assault on women’s rights if you can’t tell us what a woman is?”
“There’s not been many senators from Delaware. It’s a small state. As a matter of fact, there’s never been one.”
Former Delaware Senator Joe Biden
“Republicans don’t want to tear down Mickey Mouse’s house. We just don’t wanna wait in line for 2 hours to ride ‘Snow White And The Seven Genders.’”
“We regulate many things in this country in the interest of public health and safety. Drugs, cars, professional licenses, etc. We need gun control reform. Now.”
Actor Alec Baldwin
“I think all rational people can agree the-gun control movement doesn’t want Alec Baldwin as its spokesman. In fact, I can’t think of a worse person to do the job. When you’ve allegedly shot and killed a woman, you should probably never lecture law-abiding citizens about needing ‘gun control reform.’”
“In Joe Biden’s America, it seems like it’s easier to get a crack pipe in a government-funded smoking kit than it is to find baby formula.”
Congressman Mike Waltz
“Here’s my feeling about the [Dobbs v. Jackson] leaker. I would like to find out who the leaker is so I could make sweet love to that person, because that person is a hero to me. … If the leaker is a Republican, and if I get pregnant during our lovemaking, I will joyfully abort our fetus and let them know.”
“Comedian” Laurie Kilmartin
“This whole … argument about, ‘Well, it’s settled law.’ So was segregation…. So that’s a bulls*** argument.”
“The NBA, which pulled its All Star Game out of Charlotte over a transgender bathroom bill, is playing games next year in the United Arab Emirates where homosexuality is punishable by death.”
“Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi decided to give everyone in Congress a Peloton gym membership. … There are parents who are going to eight or nine stores looking for baby formula, paying for gas that you can barely afford. But instead of trying to help these struggling families, Democrats are plundering their pocketbooks to pay for Pelosi’s Peloton membership. You can’t imagine a more out-of-touch party.”
House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy
“The real president is whoever controls the teleprompter. The path to power is the path to the teleprompter. I do feel like if somebody were to accidentally lean on the teleprompter, it’s going to be like ‘Anchorman.’”
“I don’t like mandating things. I don’t like punishing people for not doing something.”
“When it comes to the climate crisis … we will work together, and continue to work together, to address these issues, to tackle these challenges, and to work together as we continue to work operating from the new norms, rules, and agreements that we will convene to work together on, to galvanize global action. … I know we will work on this together.”
VP Kamala Harris
“I will absolutely leave the Court when I do my job as poorly as you [the media] do yours.”
Justice Clarence Thomas
To restore confidence in our elections, “we have to do, at a minimum, three things.
“First, we have to defeat, as we have so far, President Biden’s attempt to establish a federal election code.
“Number two, we have to go back to having an election day, not an election month. I’m okay if people want to vote by mail. That’s up to the states. But the ballots need to be in and counted by election night. Let me say it again. We need an election day, not an election month.
“And number three, you — and this is unconditional,” Kennedy said. “You have to be required to prove you are who you say you are to vote. And if we would do those three things, I think people would have a little more confidence in our election system.”
Sen. John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican
“The archbishop of San Francisco is calling for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to be denied receiving communion because of her pro-choice stance. He’s one of the priests who also called for President Biden to be denied sacrament. This is not your job, dude. That is not up to you to make that decision. … How dare you. How dare you.”
“The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg
“That is literally his (the Archbishop’s) job.”
“An adult man that wants to dress up like a female is a glaring symbol of mental disease. A society driven by cowardice prevents this topic from being discussed honestly and openly. ALL of our children are at risk [because] we refuse to acknowledge — and instead encourage — mental illness.”
“It wasn’t that long ago when adults asked a kid, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ They meant, ‘What profession?’ … Someone needs to say it: Not everything’s about you [LBGTers]. And it’s okay to ask questions about something that’s very new and involves children. The answer can’t always be that anyone from a marginalized community is automatically right, trump card, mic drop, end of discussion. Because we’re literally experimenting on children.
“I don’t understand parents who won’t let their nine-year-old walk to the corner without a helmet, an EpiPen, and a GPS tracker. And God forbid their lips touch dairy. But hormone blockers and genital surgery? Fine.”
“No one blamed airplanes for Sept. 11, 2001. It was the terrorists.
“Don’t focus your blame and anger at an inanimate object.
“Be mad at any school administrator or staff that props open or allows unlocked doors.
“Be mad at school boards and politicians who have not yet fortified their community school doors. Be mad at the society that celebrates fatherless families. Be mad at the culture that mocks religion and forces any semblance of God out of schools.
“Be mad at the political groups that devalue life by promoting killing unborn children, even after birth. Be mad at the government that ensures only bad guys have guns in places that hold the most vulnerable treasures, our children.
“Be mad at the arrogance of those who have personal armed security around them 24/7 while they defund police. Be mad at all the killers.
“The Uvalde shooter chose a gun. He could have picked a bomb, a truck, or fire. I have yet to see the media or the left place the blame on any of those objects when used.
John Cylc is an eight-year U.S. Army veteran focused on conservatism, gun rights and contemporary topics
“When the Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment, they had just finished a war to liberate themselves from tyranny. They didn’t just get back from a hunting trip. This is about your freedom.”
Congresswoman Lauren Boebert
“Why is our culture suddenly producing so many young men who want to murder innocent people? Could things like fatherlessness, the breakdown of families, isolation from civil society, or the glorification of violence be contributing factors?”
Senator Mike Lee
“If … every kid in America had a loving father in the home, we would have far, far fewer problems that we would have to deal with as a society. I do think there are a lot of problems, but if you could just snap your finger and do one thing, and you did this where the fathers were in the home, you would not even need to worry about a lot of these other problems.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
“Very telling that America is expected to dedicate an entire month to celebrating Gay ‘Pride’ every June but only one day in July is set apart to celebrate American Pride.”
“The flag and the anthem are not appropriate places to try to voice your objection. … I would never not stand up for the anthem or the flag. … You need to understand what the veterans think when they hear the anthem or see the flag. And the cost they paid and their families. And if you truly understand that, I think it’s impossible not to salute the flag and listen to the anthem.”
Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa
“Jerry Nadler says he supports banning 18-year-olds from buying guns because their brains aren’t fully formed but opposes raising the draft age to 21 because ‘if the country needs people [to fight wars], it needs people.’”
“If an 18-year-old isn’t ‘mature enough’ to own a firearm, then maybe 5-year-olds aren’t mature enough to change their gender.”
“It’s totally insane that somebody tried to assassinate a Supreme Court Justice [this week]. Think about that. They want to kill babies so badly they’re willing to murder a man AND destroy our Republic.”
“Joe Biden, you’re the president. You asked for this job. You campaigned for this job. You assured us, over and over again, that you had the right kind of experience and judgment to do this job. You are now in the job that you’ve been trying to get since 1987. Stop whining about how difficult the job is.”
“‘Can I drive your car?’ No you’re 5. ‘Can I have a beer?’ No you’re 5. ‘Can I have a cigarette?’ No you’re 5. ‘Can I take hormones and change my gender?’ Of course! You know what’s best.”
“Dear America, The government shut down your job, destroyed the value of your dollar, made you wear a useless mask, stopped any alternative treatments of COVID, and told you to take the ‘vaccine’ or be fired. And you didn’t get mad until gas prices got high. You’re the problem.”
“A year later, after four covid shots, Fauci got covid. Whoops!”
“Ya know what’s not a problem for kids who are seeking a good education? Drag queens. Okay? Let me say this: Drag queens, not only are they not hurting our kids,
“According to CBS News out of the Top 10 deadliest cities in America, 7 of them are in Republican-run states.”
“Who runs those cities?”
“Roe v. Wade has been consigned to the ash heap of history, a new arena in the cause of life has emerged and it is incumbent on all who cherish the sanctity of life to resolve that we will take the defense of the unborn and support for women in crisis pregnancies to every state Capitol in America. Having been given this second chance for Life, we must not rest and must not relent until the sanctity of life is restored to the center of American law in every state in the land.”
Former VP Mike Pence
“Today is a victory for life and for those who have fought for decades to protect the unborn. For almost fifty years the decision of nine unelected Justices have prevented a democratically derived consensus on the profound moral issue of abortion to be formed. This decision will now allow that democratic process to unfold in each state to determine at what point does society have the responsibility to protect life. Hopefully, the debate will be conducted with sincerity, compassion, and respect for the broad range of views that people hold.“
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI)
“I’m furious and incredibly disappointed, not only for my wife and daughter, but for all women in Wisconsin and across the country.”
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alex Lasry whose wife, Lauren, is chief of staff at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin
“This is an unfathomably grim day for our state and our country. I am heartbroken — for the millions of Wisconsinites and Americans the U.S. Supreme Court has abandoned and for our country and our democratic institutions. This is an absolutely disastrous and unconscionable decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, the consequences of which I hoped to never see again in my lifetime. I know many across our state and nation are scared — worried about their own health and about the health and safety of their family members, friends, and neighbors, who could very soon see the ability to make their own reproductive healthcare decisions stripped from them. My heart breaks for them, I grieve for them, and I pray for their strength and courage in the days ahead.”
WI Gov. Tony Evers
“In theory there’s nothing wrong with a holiday to commemorate emancipation, but ‘Juneteenth’ exists not to celebrate freedom but to divide and promote white guilt. Advocates of the holiday have been clear about their intentions, including Biden when he made it a federal holiday.”
“Here’s a tip to the GOP. When you’re talking to the American people, don’t talk like you’re defending ExxonMobil or some other giant corporation on the stock exchange. Put the American people first. Talk about the pain Biden’s policies are inflicting on the American people. Your pain at the pump is Joe Biden’s plan. Tell them that Biden has declared war on hard-working Americans, on truckers, on farmers, on local taxpayers and the American workers in our energy industries.”
“Many Democrats are now being forced to answer very simple questions: If you want abortion to continue, where do you draw the line? Is there any abortion you believe should not be allowed? … Joe Biden was right when he said, ‘Abortion is on the ballot this November.’ He meant that the left wants to restore abortion on demand through all nine months of the pregnancy as the law of the land. Unless you vote for pro-life conservatives this November, that’s exactly what we’re going to end up with.”
“Odd that all these Planned Parenthood clinics are closing simply because of one Supreme Court decision, when we’ve been told for decades that abortion is ‘only a small part’ of what Planned Parenthood does.”
Darrell B. Harrison
“Roe v. Wade was overturned under the most pro-abortion administration in United States history. Remarkable.”
Mary Margaret Olohan
“You better hope that they don’t come for you, Clarence, and say, ‘You should not be married to your wife who happens to be white.’ … And you better hope that nobody says, you know, ‘Well, you’re not in the Constitution. You’re back to being a quarter of a person.’”
“The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg
“Justice Clarence Thomas was among the five who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade. The vitriol and hate aimed against him by self-described liberals is unbelievable. You would be shocked to see how social media is allowing the most vile and racist threats against Thomas. I wonder how many of these people who are spewing such hate have a sign in their yard that reads, ‘Hate has no home here.’”
“Ultimately, the reason why gas prices are up is because of Russia. Russia, Russia, Russia. The reason why the food crisis exists is because of Russia.”
“Ketanji Brown Jackson is sworn in as the first Black Supreme Court justice in U.S. history.”
ABC News’s “Good Morning America”
“I guess Clarence Thomas and Thurgood Marshall aren’t black enough for the woke white interns at Good Morning America.”
“They probably meant to say ‘first black woman’ and then realized they never had a biologist confirm that.”
“Nowadays I am so upset because the things we did, and the things we fought for, and the boys that died for it, it’s all gone down the drain. Our country is going to hell in a handbasket. We haven’t got the country we had when I was raised, not at all. … That’s not what our boys, that’s not what they died for. It’s just not the same. That isn’t what we fought for.”
Decorated World War II Marine veteran Carl Dekel on the occasion of his 100th birthday, just ahead of the 246th celebration of American independence
“WOMEN OF THE WORLD! We are being stripped of our rights over our bodies, our lives and even of our name! They don’t call us ‘women’ anymore; they call us ‘birthing people’ or ‘menstruators’, and even ‘people with vaginas’! Don’t let them erase you!”
Actress Bette Midler
“There is this sense that things are kind of out of control and [Joe Biden is] not in command.”
Barack Obama’s former chief strategist, David Axelrod
“We got to take this stuff seriously, as seriously as you are — because you have been forced to have to take it seriously.”
Vice President Kamala Harris
“For many on the Left, the only thing worse than Satan is a black conservative. They feel that Clarence Thomas is ripe for particular scorn because he is black and he’s supposed to think a certain way.”
Former HUD Secretary Ben Carson
“Look, I feel very confident that, if I decide to run, I’ll win.
“President Biden has said he plans to run for a second term, but his age has become an uncomfortable issue for him and his party.”
The New York Times
“You had to put on your windshield wipers to get literally the oil slick off the window. That’s why I and so damn many other people I grew up [with] have cancer.”
“You know things have gotten ridiculous when the President of the United States says out loud that he has cancer and everyone responds by saying ‘oh, that’s probably just his dementia.’”
“I’m still astonished that some folks … seem to really struggle to let go of the status quo. The more pain we are all experiencing from the high price of gas, the more benefit there is for those who can access electric vehicles.”
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg
“I’d love to watch Pete Buttigieg try to drive a diesel tractor in a field for an hour. Or work on a construction site for five minutes. What an ignoramus.”
“This year we finally have the chance to get rid of Scott Walker, one of the worst senators this state has ever had.”
Dem candidate Mandela Barnes
“That was quite the verbal slip by Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes.
“As Barnes accepted an endorsement from Alex Lasry, he blurted out “this year we have the chance finally to get rid of Scott Walker, one of the worst senators this state has ever had.
“The only problem: Barnes and Gov. Tony Evers already beat Walker, the former governor, in 2018.
“And it’s Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson who Barnes is poised to take on in the fall.”
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“I didn’t recommend locking anything down. ”
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director and liar Anthony Fauci
“Any state that is having a serious problem, that state should seriously look at shutting down.”
Fauci, July 2020
“When it became clear that we had community spread in the country … I recommended to the president that we shut the country down.”
Fauci, October 2020
“I looked at what type of experience this would be for our delegates and our nominee and Milwaukee just hit it on every single level. They were so ready and prepared for this type of event that they just wowed our whole committee. What the people in Milwaukee should know is we’re going to have staff on the ground. We’re going to be running office space. We’re going to be meeting with local vendors and we’re going to work hand in hand with the community to make sure that this is a bipartisan event used to showcase the wonderful community and the people of Milwaukee.”
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel after Republicans made it official that they’re coming to Milwaukee for their 2024 national convention
“I suspect what happened with Brittney Griner is she became massively entitled in this country — ‘I’m black, I’m a lesbian and I’m a leftist, so I’m a superior person and basically above the law.’ Then she discovered, to her astonishment, that other countries don’t see it that way!”
“It’s a tough time in history. And Joe and I see that. I think that’s the reason he was elected. He’s steady, he’s strong, he has wisdom, he knows politics, and he knows where he wants to take the country. Sometimes it feels like we’re pushing this boulder up the hill, but progress is being made. … I wish people could see more of what Joe has accomplished and how hard he’s working.”
“These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents. After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate.”
Former President Donald Trump
“If 30 FBI agents can take over the house of a former president of the United States and probable candidate for president, what can they do to you? But the purpose of it is simple. They want to control you…If this government and get away with Third World tactics worthy of Venezuela, with the East German Stasi or Zimbabwe under Mugabe, if that’s the future, then the Constitution as a working document has ceased to exist.
“The fact is, he did nothing wrong, he’s cooperated. The Trump family has been persecuted more than any presidential family and history.”
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
“This is some third world bullshit right here. Let me say it again, third world bullshit. I mean every word of that. I don’t care that it’s cable news. I was a federal agent, I raised my right hand. And I swore to protect and defend the constitution of the United States. And I love this country. This is a freaking disgrace. A disgrace. We don’t live in Cuba. We don’t live under Kim Jong Un. We live in a constitutional republic. A representative democracy. You have a bunch of FBI agents raiding the home of a former president because they don’t like his politics? Are you kidding me?”
Fox News host Dan Bongino
“After all that, the safe at Mar-a-Lago was empty. It was pried open by FBI agents who swarmed the premises under the pretense that they were looking for documents marked for preservation by the National Archives. Does anyone believe that? The FBI’s raid on the former president’s home was not over boxes of documents. If you think that, please, get some crack cocaine, White Claws, and wallow in total ignorance in an observation tank while high as a kite. This line about the documents is politburo stuff, except we’re not the Soviet Union. The FBI was there to find Russian collusion material they know doesn’t exist.
“What happened last night was a social media meme come to life. President Trump’s image is accompanied by the text, ‘in reality; they’re not after me. They’re after you. I’m just in the way.’”
Matt Vespa, Townhall
“Eric Swalwell, who was sitting on the House intelligence committee, literally slept with a Chinese spy and he hasn’t been raided by the FBI.”
“If Donald Trump did take something, he should have hidden it under Hunter’s pile of hookers and blow. No one ever looks there.”
“If 98.2% of Americans make under $400,000 and the Biden Administration is promising not to audit anyone making under $400,000, why do they need to hire 87,000 IRS agents?”
“The IRS union gives 99% of its donations to Democrats. Now you know why Joe Biden wants to give the agency $80 billion.”
Congressman Lance Gooden
“They closed churches and schools and left open marijuana dispensaries and liquor stores. They cut us off from our grandparents but won’t cut off gay orgies over stigmatization. There is no reason to listen to public health officials again.”
“My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!”
“Grease” co-star John Travolta. Legendary Australian actress and singer Olivia Newton-John, the star of “Grease” and a pop sensation in the 1970s and 1980s, died on Monday, according to her family. She was 73. The English-born singer confirmed in September 2018 that she was treating cancer in her spine. It was her third diagnosis of cancer following bouts with breast cancer over the years.
“President Trump left office on January 20, 2021. The FBI raided his house on August 8, 2022. If it was such a ‘national security threat,’ why wait 565 days to recover the documents?”
Congressman Jim Jordan
“Abortion is healthcare the way that rape is love-making.”
“Pay your own damn loans. Ex-college students aren’t the only people with debt. And why should blue collar workers subsidize college graduates. And where’s Biden’s constitutional authority to forgive loans?”
“Fauci’s resignation will not prevent a full-throated investigation into the origins of the pandemic. He will be asked to testify under oath regarding any discussions he participated in concerning the lab leak.”
Senator Rand Paul
“In January, a GOP Congress should hold Fauci fully accountable for his dishonesty, corruption, abuse of power, and multiple lies under oath. Never in our nation’s history has one arrogant bureaucrat destroyed more people’s lives.”
Senator Ted Cruz
“There is nothing that I cannot defend. I can respect disagreement, but there’s a big difference between disagreement and investigating somebody for doing something terrible.”
Anthony Fauci, rejecting GOP calls for investigation
“Someone needs to grab that little elf and chuck him across the Potomac.”
“I’m not actually worried about the cost of college because my son is 6 foot 5 so he’s gonna get a women’s basketball scholarship.”
“What we’re seeing now is either the beginning or the death knell of an extreme MAGA philosophy. It’s not just Trump; it’s the entire philosophy that underpins the — I’m going to say something: It’s like semi-fascism. … I respect conservative Republicans. I don’t respect these MAGA Republicans.”
President Joe Biden
“This is coming from the man who said Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were going to put black Americans ‘back in chains.’”
“After listening to the president’s speech, I really understand why it’s an unassailable fact that age does not guarantee wisdom. The President Biden we saw last night was really every inch Joe Biden the politician.
“He could have talked about crime, inflation, learning loss by our children, the mountains of fentanyl coming across the border killing our teenagers.
“Instead, he chose to say to the American people: ‘If you don’t agree with me about higher taxes, more government, if you don’t agree with me that moms are ‘birthing people,’ if you don’t agree with me that government has a constitutional right to talk to your five-year-old about sexuality — you’re a bad person and you’re not even an American.’”
“After it was over I said to myself, you know it’s really true — I’ve said this before — the water’s not gonna clear up in Washington until we get the pigs out of the creek. And no one is coming to save us but ourselves.”
Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana
“[B]ecause of their [FBI’s] suppression, they absolutely interfered in the 2020 election far greater than anything Russia or China could ever do. We have seen polls that show that, had the American public known the corruption of the Biden family and Hunter Biden, Joe Biden would not be president. We wouldn’t have open borders. We wouldn’t have 40-year-high inflation, record gas prices, rising crime. All these disastrous results, the Biden administration, Democratic governance, wouldn’t have happened but for the FBI’s politicization, their partisanship, and their suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop. Again, they had it [laptop] in December 2019, and did nothing with it.”
Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), ranking member of the Senate Permanent Committee on Investigations
“It’s all a coordinated attack with the FBI. Do you think that the FBI director is going to raid the former president’s house … without getting the approval of President [Biden]?”
Eric Trump, son of former President Donald Trump
“I’ll say this: If there’s a prosecution of Donald Trump for mishandling classified information after the Clinton debacle … there’ll be riots in the streets.”
Senator Lindsey Graham
“My beloved mother was an inspiration, an example to me and to all my family. And we owe her the most heartfelt debt, any family (could) go to their mother for her love, affection, guidance, understanding and example.
“To lay my beloved mother to rest in our sorrow, let us remember and draw strength from the light of her example.”
King Charles III expressed “profound sorrow” in the wake of Queen Elizabeth’s death
“She was like a mother to us all, someone who was always there, always constant. We all grew up with her.”
A woman waiting in line to get coffee on Friday morning
“We have created nearly ten thousand million jobs since President Biden took office, which is the fastest job growth in history.”
“That’s 10 billion more than the entire population of the world. Amazing job!”
Dr. Eli David
“Honestly, she just needs to put on clown makeup before every press conference.”
“I really believe this is why God gave us two arms — one for the flu shot and the other one for the COVID shot.”
White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha
“Imagine if someone walked up and stabbed you a couple of times, then handed you a single bandaid and told you to thank them for the bandaid. Now you understand all of the Biden administration’s policies and messaging.”
“Yes let’s listen to the people who want to castrate children, execute infants minutes before birth, abolish the police and put pornography in elementary schools about the dangers of extremism. They are experts on the subject after all.”
“I was sitting on a couch, and the press was let in. There were a bunch of them shooting up. All of a sudden the White House gets alerted to these billboards that show me sitting down — I thought my legs were together — but the way it’s shot, it’s sort of suggestive. I just couldn’t deal with it, so I started wearing pants.”
Hillary Clinton explaining why, in 1995, she started wearing pantsuits
“We have a highly biased media – very few journalists anymore. Now, they’re advocates. So, when they interview with me, they don’t interview with me. They argue with me. And they argue from the viewpoint of the radical left. When most Americans get their news feeds from Big Tech social media giants, who also are highly biased to the left, this is what ends up happening in America. These races – in the same world with an unbiased media – these races wouldn’t even be close.”
US Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI)
“They’re playing the politics of personal destruction because they can’t run on the Democrat record. Remember, it was President Obama who first said he wanted to fundamentally transform America. So did [President] Joe Biden. We’re finally seeing what that looks like now. Forty-year high inflation, record gas prices, skyrocketing crime, an open border with the flood of deadly drugs. So, they’re fundamentally destroying this country, and President Obama had a hand in that.”
US Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI)
“I’m not going to try to bubble wrap it. The American people know that something is wrong in our country. I could talk about crime and the open border and Afghanistan and the economy and inflation. But something more fundamental is wrong in our country. And it is this: President Biden’s policies have tainted, almost defiled the American dream. Under President Biden’s policies, it’s harder than ever to get ahead in our country. And It’s easier than ever to do nothing.
“Under President Biden’s policies, we have too many undeserving people at the top giving bailouts. And we’ve got too many undeserving people at the bottom getting handouts. And The people in the middle get the bill. They can’t afford it anymore.
“But this can be fixed. The American people don’t have to put up with this. They don’t have to wait until a honey bun costs twenty bucks to do something. In 19 days we have mid-term elections. Vote. Vote. Take a friend with you, and go vote. As I’ve said before, if dead people can do it, so can you!”
US Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.)
“The thing that I think sometimes we seem to make a mistake on, is his behavior can be so outrageous, and now, folks who try to copy him and his outrageous behaviors [are] getting a lot of attention. And so we join that game… and we spend enormous amounts of time and energy and resources pointing out the latest crazy thing he said, or how rude or mean some of these Republican candidates behaved. That’s probably not something that, in the minds of most voters, overrides their basic interests: Can I pay the rent? What are gas prices? How am I dealing with child care?”
“I can’t speak for anyone else but for me I believe in Jesus Christ. It’s how I was raised, that what I believe in. None of us are perfect. I try everyday to make sure I acknowledge him…I have my Bible with me wherever I go. I even read on breaks, recesses. This is not something that started at the beginning of this incident.
“It’s because I believe, I trust Him with my life. Nobody might ever know why it was His will for this to happen. A lot of lives were changed that day, mine included.
“I’ve never heard of somebody intentionally trying to hurt someone while blowing their horn, while attempting to alert people to their presence.”
Darrell Brooks at his Waukesha murder trial, on his actions behind the wheel
“He reached speeds of approximately 30 mph. That’s intentional. He plowed through 68 different people. 68. How can you hit one and keep going? How can you hit two and keep going?”
Waukesha County prosecutor Susan Opper said during closing arguments Tuesday in the Darrell Brooks murder trial
“Brooks’ guilt was never in doubt due to the numerous photos and videos where he could be clearly seen driving down the parade route, in addition to the multiple eyewitnesses who testified it was Brooks who was behind the wheel during the trial. In fact, some of Brooks’ own witnesses he called to his defense (testified) it was him who was driving the SUV.“
“Burn in Hell, you piece of sh*t!”
As Judge Jennifer Dorow read the guilty verdicts, Brooks looked down and held his head in his hands. One man could be heard yelling at Brooks. Dorow ordered the man who yelled to be removed from the room.
“Reminder that if we had a functioning justice system, Darrell Brooks would have already been in prison during the Waukesha Parade, and his victims would still be alive. Instead, two parents had to bury their 8-year-old son. Social justice kills.”
Allie Beth Stuckey
“I married a beautiful woman from Skaneateles Lake… I met her on spring break and fell head over heels in love with her and gave up a starting job on a football team in Delaware to come up every weekend because I couldn’t stay away.”
“This is completely made up. Biden briefly played football at Delaware as part of the freshman team, not the varsity. He … never had a ‘starting’ job. And why’d he quit? His father made him because he had terrible grades.”
“It’s like the gates of hell opened on this site tonight.”
Washington Post columnist Taylor Lorenz on Elon Musk and Twitter
“Twitter is to be taken over by the evil Sith lord. The sun is dark.”
Journalism professor Jeff Jarvis
“The leak made those of us who were thought to be in the majority in support of overruling Roe and Casey targets for assassination because it gave people a rational reason to think they could prevent that from happening by killing one of us. It was a grave betrayal of trust by somebody. And it was a shock because nothing like that had happened in the past.”
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito said during a Heritage Foundation event that the initial leaked draft majority opinion to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision put some justices’ lives in danger
“It’s two weeks before the midterms and Biden is doing interviews [with] transgender activists about the need to surgically sterilize kids. I think the progressives running the [White House] are actively trying to piss off 80 percent of the country. Never seen anything like it.”
“Feminism does a lot more for men who wear wigs and dresses than it does for women.”
“Stop taking our children to drag shows and start taking them to church.”
Congresswoman Mayra Flores
After Sunday’s loss to Washington, Green Bay fans can’t be blamed if they start reconsidering their plans to attend Packers games in person.
The Packers, who are 3-4, lost their third consecutive game Sunday, the first time that happened under fourth-year coach Matt LaFleur. And, the team didn’t look good doing it.
The Packers on-field struggles aren’t noticeably affecting secondary market ticket prices yet, but downward pressure could be building.
“Demand is off from the pace we were seeing up until a few weeks ago,” said Dennis Garrity of Event USA in Ashwaubenon. “We are bound to see the inexorable laws of supply and demand. When the product deteriorates, demand diminishes.”
The average of lowest prices at 10 secondary market sites for the Sunday Night Football game at Buffalo was $300 on Monday, down from $335 last week and $407 on Oct. 3, before the Packers’ weaknesses were so glaringly apparent. But prices normally fall as the day of the game approaches and the decreases are not exceptional − so far.
If the Packers don’t improve, the most fervent fans will go to games, Garrity said, but marginal fans will decide they have better things on which to spend their money.
“To be rather blunt, not only are the Packers losing, but the last 10 quarters of football have been rather boring for the most part. People want to be entertained,” Garrity said.
Appleton Post Crescent
“I almost look at like a football season like you’re going away on deployment in the military, and it’s like, man, here I go again.”
Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
“No Tom. It isn’t. I don’t recall my wife having box seats to any of my tours. And the closest I ever had to a fan club was some German kids we let crawl around a M60A3 after we broke down in a German version of Mayberry sometime around 1985 or 86.”
One fan wrote in the comments section of a Fox News article about Brady’s remarks
“Tom Brady has no idea what is speaking about. NO IDEA. Poor thing. Not to mention, those of us who have actually deployed, didn’t get the Millions this guy gets for playing a game. He just lost a lot of respect from me today.”
Another angry fan
“Earlier this week, I made a statement about playing football and the military and it was a very poor choice of words. I just want to express that to any sentiments out there that people may have taken it a certain way. So I apologize.”
“I ran twice — I won twice and did much better the second time than I did the first, getting millions more votes in 2020 than I got in 2016 and, likewise, getting more votes than any sitting president in the history of our country by far. And now, in order to make our country successful and safe and glorious, I will very, very, very probably do it again, OK?”
“[Insulin] was invented by a man who did not patent it because he wanted it available for everyone. I spoke to him, okay?”
“Dr. Frederick Banting died nearly two years before the president was born.”
“Crime is not on the rise. It’s actually going down under Joe Biden.”
“The View” co-host Joy Behar
“Joy should ride the subway to work.”
“Without censorship, the Democratic Party cannot continue to hold power. Democrats understand that. They have nothing to offer. They have to stop you from asking questions, so they have to crush Elon Musk, not because he is a right-winger, but because he will allow their opponents to speak. And of course, they are using the attack on poor Paul Pelosi to do just that.”
“A lot of people … don’t want to be seen with the president, quite frankly.”
CNN’s Don Lemon
“I don’t know what the hell happened at Nancy Pelosi’s house and I suspect none of us will ever know for sure. But I do know that trying to paint a hippie nudist from Berkeley as some kind of militant right winger is absurd and will always be absurd. Being that this is San Francisco, it seems perfectly plausible that some drugged out nut case broke into their home. Trying to turn this San Francisco crime story into an indictment of Republicans is what’s implausible and ridiculous.”
“I don’t give a s*** what any of these experts on TV have to say. There’s a lot that goes into all these things. And for somebody to play armchair quarterback who doesn’t know what the hell play we’re running or what’s going on, that’s fine. I don’t really give a s*** to be honest with you. I’m still the reigning, defending two-time MVP. Regardless who’s out there with me, guys want to come battle, they know where to find me. I’ll be in the center of that huddle, expecting greatness, trying to inspire the best I can and lay it out on the line.”
Packer QB Aaron Rodgers
“When people used to vote on Election Day falling behind in the last week meant you’d lose. No more. Democrats’ mastery of early ballot harvesting means if you surrender your lead once media coverage intensifies, or you have a disastrous debate, you’ve already banked your ballots. This is especially true where very high concentrations of party-line Democrat voters are concentrated in a small geographic area, compared to a widely dispersed rural vote.”
“The more [Americans] know about what we’re doing, the more support there is. … So, I’m not going to change the direction.”
“What concerns me the most about the election is that all these angry explanations for why we lost, i.e., we came off as angry and extremist, including on abortion don’t ring true to me. What does is the possibility that the electorate has permanently changed.”
“I want everyone to know, including the community of Waukesha, not only am I sorry for what happened, but that you could not see what was truly in my heart … and all the tears that I dropped. It’s not easy being the most hated man on this planet,” he said, adding later, “I’m a human being, not a monster.”
Darrell Brooks Jr. at his sentencing
“Mental illness affects everyone. It destroys lives and affects family. It is of no fault of their own that they are ill, and began to change as a person. I have been dealing with mental illness for some 30-odd years now, and here’s my take on it,. Jail is not the answer.”
Darrell Brooks’ mother Dawn Woods spoke on Brooks’ behalf
“The seriousness of this offense can be summed up in one word: attack. He chose to drive recklessly, maliciously and viciously into the crowd. We may never know the true why, but we were provided by nothing today, other than a feeble attempt to claim mental health,” she said. “I searched for a mitigating factor. I waited for a true apology. I didn’t get it. This is one of the most aggravating cases I have ever presided over.”
Waukesha judge Jennifer Dorow formally sentenced Brooks to six consecutive life sentences for first-degree intentional homicide. She also sentenced Brooks to 17½ years for each of the 61 counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, or a total of 762 years of initial confinement and 305 years of extended supervision; and 25 years each for the six hit-and-run counts running concurrent to the reckless endangerment charges.
“Election Day voting in most states has been reduced to about 30% of the electorate. What replaced it is an utter mess of early balloting, absentee balloting, mail-in balloting, ranked voting, run-off voting, and endless counting. The Left saw winning advantages with these radical changes, many made under the pretext of the COVID-19 lockdowns. And it has mastered them to such a degree that most Republicans with small leads at the end of Election Day now expect to lose over the subsequent days and weeks.”
Victor Davis Hanson
“I am announcing my candidacy for president of the United States. America’s comeback starts right now. Your country is being destroyed before your eyes.”
Donald Trump announced he is running again for president in 2024
“To his credit, Trump killed off the Clinton dynasty in 2016, nominated and got confirmed three constitutionalist justices, reformed taxes, pushed deregulation, got control of the border, significantly degraded ISIS in Syria and Iraq, and cinched normalization deals between Israel and the Gulf states, among other things. These are achievements that even his conservative doubters and critics — including NR — can acknowledge and applaud. That said, the Trump administration was chaotic even on its best days because of his erratic nature and lack of seriousness.”
“The GOP is not going to end vote-by-mail and early voting, so they might as well figure out how to use it to their advantage. There was a time the GOP was dominant in early voting and absentee balloting.”
“Biden just met with Xi for three hours and didn’t bring up Covid. This is like driving cross country with OJ and not mentioning Nicole.”
“No doubt the exposure helps with that. But I am not running for Supreme Court because of the Brooks case. I’m running because I believe I’m the best candidate to do the job.”
Waukesha judge Jennifer Dorow who presided over the Darrell Brooks case on her decision to run for WI Supreme Court. Dorow was flooded with fan mail and gifts for how she dealt with the oftentimes unruly defendant.
“I’m struggling to think of any other reason that she would believe she would be a qualified candidate for the Supreme Court.”
Dan Kelly, one of Dorow’s challengers and a fellow conservative, said that the Brooks case is the only reason Dorow got in the race
“Dorow’s lack of a proven record on key issues raises too many questions.”
Fair Courts America, a group funded by billionaire GOP megadonor Richard Uihlein, plans to spend millions of dollars to back Kelly, the group’s spokesman, Dan Curry, said
“TikTok should be banned. Senator Marco Rubio and I have legislation that does exactly that. TikTok is digital fentanyl addicting our kids, and just like actual fentanyl, it ultimately goes back to the Chinese Communist Party. TikTok is owned by ByteDance. ByteDance is controlled by the CCP. That means the CCP can track your location. It can track your keystrokes. It can censor your news. Why would we give our foremost adversary that amount of power?”
WI Congressman Mike Gallagher
“News flash: If you outlaw abortions, criminalize providing gender affirming care for trans youth, dictate what educators can teach in schools, and stop people from voting, you’re not the party of ‘limited government.’”
“News flash: if you stump for the limitless killing of the unborn, seek legalized gender mutilation for minors, and advocate indoctrination of children by state employees against the values of their parents, you’re not the party of ‘protecting children.’”
“I love marriage. In fact, I love it so much I’ve already done it twice and am engaged for a third time. And if gay couples want to be as happily or miserably married as straight couples, more power to them.”
South Carolina Republican Representative Nancy Mace explaining her vote for the Respect for Marriage Act
“I used to have a beagle named Roger, and Roger was a rascal. About every two weeks, Roger would run off — he’d always come back — but about half the time he’d come back dragging roadkill that he would hide under my back porch. President Biden’s energy policy looks like something Roger used to keep under my back porch.”
Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana
“We just fixed a Toyota 4Runner, it was $38,000, and that was deer. I don’t know how fast he was going when he hit it, but it was significant amount of damage. With the shortages with vehicle manufacturing, and the chips, and anything else (dealers) may be short on in the supply chain, it’s very hard to replace your vehicle if you have a loss. The value of vehicles has gone up dramatically making the reparability higher. We are fixing many, many more cars than we would have five years ago.”
James Anderberg, body shop director at Ball Body Shop in Middleton, WI. Someone driving in Wisconsin has hit a white-tailed deer on the road each day for the last six years or more, data from the state Department of Transportation show. In 2021, 16,204 deer collisions occurred on Wisconsin roads, down slightly from 16,547 in 2020. All caused damage to property, and 501 crashes resulted in injuries. Nine deer collisions were fatal.
“To be clear, I do not hate Soccer. I think it’s a fine sport for countries for whom the next big technological advance is the use of hands.”
[Brittney Griner] represents … the best about America — just across the board, everything about her.”
“I am greatly disappointed that more has not been done to secure my release, especially as the four-year anniversary of my arrest is coming up. I was arrested for a crime that never occurred. … I’m happy that Brittney is going home … but I don’t understand why I’m still sitting here.”
“Because there are more important things going on.”
Joe Biden on why he won’t visit the border
“Nothing is more important than the safety and security of the American people, but to President Biden it is an afterthought. With a record number of people and drugs, including deadly fentanyl, crossing our border illegally and evading apprehension, it is apparent Biden cares more about politics than our children, friends and neighbors. Biden’s record clearly proves he cares about politics, not about doing his job of protecting American lives.”
National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd
“I find myself more frustrated with weak, wimpy, limp conservatives than I do with the Democrats. At least they fight for what they want. Republicans claim to be fighters and really are just weak on a lot of things.”
Allie Beth Stuckey
“Ask yourself: If you won $500 million in the Powerball lottery, would you put your winning ticket into an envelope and trust the U.S. Postal Service to deliver it to the state agency that administers the lottery? Or would you want to deliver your ticket personally to lottery officials to ensure that they received it and acknowledge that you are the owner of that ticket? The answer is pretty obvious to just about anyone. So why would we want to encourage voters to cast their ballots through the mail or place them in unsupervised, unsecured ‘drop’ boxes instead of voting in person in a polling place?”
Hans von Spakovsky
“Just showing up at the border would send a strong signal to the communities that … [Biden] cares about the border communities — just show up. It doesn’t take much to just show up at the border.”
Democrat Congressman Henry Cuellar
“When a person can be married in the morning and thrown out of a restaurant for being gay in the afternoon, this is still wrong.”
“No one is being thrown out of a restaurant for being gay. No one’s interracial marriage is at risk. Libs don’t live in reality.”
Allie Beth Stuckey
“It’s nice that some people, you know, idolize me and put me up on a pedestal, but I don’t get impressed by that. I never have.”
Dr. Anthony “I Am the Science” Fauci
“Why drag queen story hour? Why not military veteran, firefighter, or police officer story hour? Why is the entire political left so obsessed with trying to gaslight us into thinking it’s normal for men dressed provocatively as women to read stories to children?”
“Providing assistance for Ukrainians to defeat the Russians is the number one priority for the United States right now, according to most Republicans.”
“Afraid for the nation? Buy a house. Plant a garden. Get married. Have lots of babies. Help your children marry well, be great grandparents. You needn’t run for office, start a podcast or lead a thinktank. The most powerful & countercultural work happens in your home.”
OUTRAGES OF THE YEAR
San Antonio first responders describe scene of trailer deaths, say people ‘basically cooking’
Shocking Data Shows School Closures Caused Severe Learning Loss For Children Around The Globe
THE UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE YEAR
Hunter Biden’s laptop
Widespread election fraud in WI nursing homes
The 6 Ways to Stop School Shootings That We Should Be Talking About
Violence against pro-lifers
THE MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE YEAR
January 6. Over and over and over again.
The World Cup
THE MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE YEAR
UFOs in WI
Iowa town asks: Where did we put our time capsule?
Florida man stole R2-D2 worth $10K, posed as Disney cast member to show weaknesses in security
The mascot of the GoMoond Period Party, the first menstruation-themed event, walks out of the vagina-shaped entrance, in Taipei, Taiwan May 28. Photo: REUTERS/Ann Wang
Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:
Today’s highly interesting read (12/30/22): 2022 Sucked
Today’s highly interesting read (12/29/22): Why Did You Stop Going to the Movies?
UPDATE: Today’s highly interesting read (12/20/22): Trauma Survivor Regrets Gender Transition
Today’s highly interesting read (12/25/22): Let Us Never Cease to Be Amazed by the Christmas Story
The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Originally written by both my lovely wife, Jennifer and me, this blog brings you the latest news about our furry friends including articles, columns, photos and videos. Enjoy!
THE FOLLOWING IS A SPECIAL YEAR-END EDITION OF THE BARKING LOT
THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. High of 39. “C”
TONIGHT, NEW YEAR’S EVE: Cloudy skies early with showers later at night. Some mixed winter precipitation possible. Low of 31. “D”
SUNDAY, NEW YEAR’S DAY: Cloudy skies. High of 42. “C”
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Biden believes Secret Service ‘lying’ about White House dog bite incident, claims agents are pro-‘MAGA’: book.
WTH Kim Kardashian!
Get a first glimpse of K9 Bane’s statue going up in St. Francis and find out how to help.
Nebraska dog with kidney failure has a bucket list…
Is peanut butter good for dogs?
DOG NEWS FROM 2022
Rescue groups begin work to rehome 4,000 beagles bred for research.
The Queen’s Corgis: All about Her Majesty’s most loyal subjects.
Patron, bomb-sniffing dog who went viral, receives state honors from Ukrainian president.
Dogs can recognize their owners just by their voices.
Family Dog Goes Missing, Returns Home Third Place Winner in Local Contest.
Nobody wanted to adopt the dog with one ear — until he started painting.
That was close. Nice catch!
DOG VIDEOS OF 2022:
In November, one of the biggest dog news items in the country as the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department said a twin-engine airplane crash-landed at Western Lakes Golf Club. Three straight videos tell the story.
60 MINUTES reports on the evolution of dogs from wild wolves to domesticated pets and what this might tell us about human evolution….
Dog collects discarded baseball bats for minor league team…
Meet the dog who learned to walk like a human…
A strange dog mysteriously ended up in bed with a couple…
That’s it for this week. Thanks for stopping by.
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See ya, BARK, next Saturday!
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.
Hard to believe but some folks have already taken down their Christmas trees, lights and decorations. Did it on December 26th.
Wrong, wrong, wrong!
On January 6th, the Feast of the Epiphany (in most places in the U.S. the feast is transferred to the Sunday between January 2 and January 8), the Church celebrates the biblical event where the Magi, also called the Three Wise Men or Three Kings, traveled from the East to pay homage to the newborn King, Jesus Christ. Many believe that this is the date when the Christmas season officially ends, being the end of the traditional 12 days of Christmas.
Suffice it to say it’s still the Christmas season. At least I think so. With that in mind here’s another round of holiday music as we head into the New Year celebration.
We open with a twin spin. Here’s the Grammy Award-winning Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band with a selection from a modern film adaption of “A Christmas Carol” where Daffy Duck, in an Ebenezer Scrooge role, is visited by three Christmas Ghosts.
Yes, “Christmas” is in the title. But you’d never know it’s a Christmas melody just by listening, unless you knew the song.
Let’s resolve a holly berry mystery. From Birds and Blooms:
Birders and gardeners know their feathered friends love to feast on holly bushes’ berries. But it’s also worth noting that holly berries, leaves, and bark are all mildly poisonous because they contain theobromine, a substance similar to caffeine. In small amounts this won’t really affect humans, but large amounts can bring on stomach issues and more. In fact, one species of holly native to the southeastern U.S., known as Yaupon holly, has the terrific botanical name Ilex vomitoria. Native Americans even used some of these species in traditional medicines to induce vomiting.
While birds can handle the toxicity of the berries, like dogs and and cats cannot.
Christmas DAY may be over but we continue to celebrate the Christmas SEASON, a most joyous time.
One of the greatest classical composers of all time, Johann Sebastian Bach is credited with over 1000 known compositions including more than 200 cantatas.
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring was composed in 1716 and revised in 1723.
You often hear it played reverently, slowly at weddings when the bridal party enters for its procession.
Would Bach have objected to any tinkering, perhaps a more upbeat tempo?
The 1941 song “Tangerine” was made famous again in 1976 by the Salsoul Orchestra that also recorded a Christmas album that same year.
Their second Christmas album released in 1981, “Christmas Jollies II” featured a definite uptempo rendition of one of Bach’s biggest hits.
The Salsoul Orchestra formed in 1974 and disbanded in 1982.
Turns out Bach had something in common with rock and roll Hall of Famer Jerry Lee Lewis who recently passed away. Bach married his cousin Maria Barbara Bach at Dornheim on October 17, 1707.
She died unexpectedly and was buried on July 7, 1720. Bach re-married the following year. During his lifetime the composer had 20 children, only 10 of whom survived to maturity. Bach reportedly was a very good husband and father.
The mere thought of New Year’s Eve brings back childhood memories of Mom and Dad glued to the TV and bandleader Guy Lombardo’s annual show.
Was the music corny? Depends on how old you are I guess.
Not a bad era. Men in tuxedos and women in evening gowns out on the dance floor on the final night of the year. Perfect waltz opportunities.
Here’s another twin spin, beginning with the final portion of a beautiful Johann Strauss piece followed by Keith Lockhart conducting.
Next, a quick obscure selection. Sounds like it would come out of Dad’s record collection.
Speaking of Guy Lombardo he popularized the most famous New Year’s musical selection performed here by Bob James on piano, Larry Carlton on guitar, Nathan East on bass, and Harvey Mason on drums.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And the days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld lang syne
We’ll drink a cup of kindness yet
For the sake of auld lang syne
That’s it for this week.
Happy New Year.
Brian Setzer has tinnitus, a constant ringing in his ears. Tinnitus forced him to cancel his annual holiday shows with the Brian Setzer Orchestra in 2020 and 2021 and he has no scheduled tour dates as of today.
“Dealing with tinnitus — picture a tea kettle going off in your head all the time — it was maddening. It never goes away. You deal with it. I felt despondent that I wouldn’t be able to use my nice big Fender amp again.”
Before tinnitus Setzer could really swing. This album is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Setzer sings with his wife since 2005, Julie Reiten.
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I’m not real big on the late Kenny Rogers. Oh I thought his singing and hit records were all good stuff. But on a personal level the country star left me with an unforgettable and very negative memory.
This requires some explanation. The year is 2007, and I blogged about my time moonlighting as security in the 1990’s backstage at the WI State Fair Main stage:
Mr. Las Vegas came to the Fair about 7 or 8 years ago, complete with full orchestra and state of the art lighting, lasers, and Vegas-style stage show.
It was an extremely hot and humid night, and tickets sold barely numbered a thousand.
About an hour before the show, I was backstage, keeping my eye on the dressing room trailers. Suddenly, out of the main dressing room walks Wayne Newton, about 15 feet away from me. The well-tanned, jet black-haired Newton was resplendent in evening tuxedo and bow tie. I was in a security baseball cap, bumble bee yellow shirt, black shorts and shoes, and sweating profusely.
I smiled at Newton and before I could say a word, he walked right up to me, extended his right hand and said, “Hello, I’m Wayne Newton.”
It wasn’t until later that I recalled how this particular moment reminded me of an interview done with one of Elvis’ back-up singers, the Jordanaires after Elvis had died. I believe it was Gordon Stoker who said that when Elvis had a recording session, he would walk into the studio and before getting started, he would make it a point to say hello to everyone, from the engineers to the janitor.
Bobby Vinton said the first time he met Elvis was in Las Vegas and Elvis introduced himself first to Vinton, Usually, its’ the other way around, with the lesser name addressing the bigger name first.
Being an Elvis fan, and knowing Elvis and Newton were very good friends, I was immediately impressed that Newton talked to a lowly security guard immediately after leaving his dressing room.
Newton and I, just the two of us, stood there and conversed for 15 minutes, just exactly about what I do not recall. But it was amazing to me how down to earth this guy was.
Newton went onstage in blistering heat before a crowd that could have been multiplied by ten and it still would not have been a full house, and he worked and worked for two hours and 45 minutes for that small audience. Certainly he could have shortened his show, but he did not.
After the show, an exhausted, drenched Newton was informed by other security that the Governor of Wisconsin, Tommy Thompson, was on the grounds and wanted to meet him. Waiting nearby was Newton’s private limo, ready to take him to the airport and his private jet.
Newton told security he would love to meet Governor Thompson.
Security then told Newton that Governor Thompson was elsewhere on the grounds participating in the Governor’s annual livestock auction and would be about another 30 minutes.
Without hesitation, Newton said, “I’ll wait.”
And he did.
The two celebrities enjoyed each other’s company before Newton finally did climb into his limo to drive to Mitchell International.
Now, I am not a huge fan, but I have always liked Wayne Newton. After seeing him at the Wisconsin State Fair, he will always be top-notch in my book.
The very next night after Wayne Newton, Kenny Rogers was the headliner.
When his huge tour bus pulled in, it stopped directly behind the stage. Part of our duties backstage includes organizing and overseeing the “meet and greets,” the impromptu photo opportunities for selected fans or fan club members or winners of radio contests to meet the stars. We were told by Rogers’ “people” that Rogers would come off the bus, immediately talk to the fans that we would line up, he would say hello and they would say hello, and after he’d pose for one photo, the fan was to walk away.
And that’s exactly what happened. When it was time to meet the fans, and as I recall there were only about ten at the most, finally Rogers emerged from the tour bus, and in robotic fashion said hello to each fan, signed an autograph, posed for a picture….NEXT!
Each fan encounter took no more than 15-20 seconds. When the line was done, in literally a few minutes, Rogers stormed right back into his bus until showtime.
Before the show, Rogers and his staff were told that Governor Thompson was going to be at the show with a group of people and wanted to meet Rogers afterwards. Rogers had agreed, but the plan was that as soon as Rogers walked offstage, the Governor and his entourage were to get backstage as quickly as possible to meet Rogers, who wanted to leave as soon as possible.
Knowing what Rogers wanted to do, we had Governor Thompson and his group leave their seats and come into the backstage area for the final few songs in order to save time. They were positioned along the side of the stage.
Rogers’ tour bus driver had lined up the bus so that Rogers could literally walk off the stage, down the steps, and right onto the bus. When Rogers ended the show, he climbed right into the bus, its motor running.
Around the corner comes Thompson in cowboy hat and jeans with his group, literally running to try to meet Rogers. Too late. He got there just in time to see Rogers get onto the bus, the door close, and the bus take off, exhaust flying in the direction of the Governor.
Contrast that to the way Wayne Newton handled himself the night before.To this day, I wouldn’t cross the street to see Kenny Rogers.
That was 2007.
Rogers died of natural causes on March 20, 2020.
I just can’t forget what a jerk he was. But I also know he had a great Christmas album that you’ll never hear any track from on the radio.
This one’s perfect these days.