A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…
HEROES OF THE WEEK
Brandon Stolz from Kewaskum, WI
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Lefties and their made-up holiday
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“Congratulations to Tucker Carlson on one of the biggest ‘scoops’ as a reporter in U.S. history. The New Surveillance Footage of the January 6th Events sheds an entirely different light on what actually happened. The Unselect Committee was a giant SCAM, and has now unequivocally been stamped as CRIMINAL FABRICATORS OF THIS MOST IMPORTANT DAY.”
“One false allegation is that our officers helped the rioters and acted as ‘tour guides.’ This is outrageous and false. This Department stands by the officers in the video that were shown. Those officers did their best to use de-escalation tactics to try to talk rioters into getting each other to leave the building.”
Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger sent an internal memo to the law enforcement agency tasked with protecting the Capitol building and members of Congress in response to Fox News host Tucker Carlson airing previously unseen footage from the January 6 riot
“People disagree about Donald Trump. That’s putting it mildly, of course, but ever since he rode down that escalator in 2015, there have been Americans who hate him in their bones and other Americans who follow him with cult-like devotion. That colors everything anyone says about him for two reasons: First, your own opinion shades what you say. Second, everyone else’s opinion shades what you feel free to say. That may be even more true when it comes to the events of January 6.”
“I don’t think there’s anybody that’s serious, that’s actually considering running against Joe Biden, because he’s done such a great job.”
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker
“The Peter Principle suggests that Peter Buttigieg, at just 41 years of age, has already risen to his level of incompetence. It’s fair to say many national Democrats did not expect a rising star to peak so soon, and Buttigieg himself certainly did not. But moving up has its risks, and unfortunately for himself, and for the nation, Buttigieg has found a job he cannot do.”
“What am I supposed to do? Ask every man, woman, kid who walks in to buy a juice to take their mask off?” the merchant said. “So, they take the mask off — then they rob me. How am I supposed to be safe? I have to make a living. What am I supposed to do, close up shop?”
A Brooklyn store owner, responding to NY Mayor Eric Adams wanting the Big Apple’s retailers to make customers remove their masks in a bid to stem the ongoing shoplifting epidemic
“California accounted for roughly five million of Biden’s margin of seven million votes nationwide. If Biden had lost, Democrats would have vigorously ramped up their assault on the Electoral College. Given that he won the Electoral College by about 43,000 votes in three states, they saved that one in their back pocket for the next repeat of 2016. Republican presidential candidates have lost seven of the last eight national popular votes, and Democrats seem to think that means they’re entitled to the White House. Yet that fact — remember California — is a great reminder of the brilliance of the Constitution’s Electoral College.”
The world’s most trusted evaluator of medical studies, the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, has just released as close to a conclusive report on the effectiveness of masks against respiratory viruses such as COVID-19 as we are likely to have for the foreseeable future. The report assessed data from 78 different studies, including 11 new randomized controlled trials involving 610,872 participants.
Cochrane concluded, in the words of one of the authors, Dr. Tom Jefferson of Oxford University, “There is just no evidence that they (masks) make any difference. Full stop.”
Among the reasons for that assessment was Cochrane’s conclusion that states and countries with mask mandates fared no better than states and countries without.
Moreover, Dr. Jefferson’s conclusions were not limited to cloth and surgical masks. Regarding N95 masks, Jefferson said the same thing: “Makes no difference — none of it.”
Columnist and talk show host Dennis Prager
So why, even despite the science, does the Left insist on wearing — and forcing others to wear — masks?
I will offer four reasons.
One reason is that the further Left one goes, the more fear governs an individual’s life.
The second reason is that leftists don’t ask the question, “At what price?” In fact, the moment one asks that question, one becomes a conservative.
A third reason is that leftists read, listen to, and watch left-wing media only. Thus, they were completely ignorant of all that we who opposed masks knew thanks to the fact that we also consume non-Left media.
A fourth reason is that controlling others’ lives is in the Left’s raison d’etre. Controlling others is what leftism is all about. That is why the Left seeks ever-expanding government.
Columnist and talk show host Dennis Prager
“I’ve often said that I doubt all the doomsday predictions of global warming are accurate, but if they are, we are goners. Because nothing the Left is doing on climate change is making even the tiniest bit of difference… What it is doing is giving politicians and activists a chance to virtue-signal. Does it even matter to them that none of their schemes are working?”
“Colleges distort and outright lie about who gets accepted, education quality and what it costs. If they were selling auto loans and used the same deceptive tactics, they’d be in jail.”
“It’s becoming more and more obvious that in order to get attention for the things we are facing, we need to start identifying ourselves as fully vaxxed and boosted transgender Ukrainians.”
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
The cost of illegal immigration
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Tucker Carlson hates Trump
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Thank God Maine banned this license plate
Give someone the middle finger? Judge says it’s OK
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