Week-ends (06/15/19)

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

Rodney Smith Jr.

Charlie Winter

Alex Walker

Susie LeRoy

Mohan Sudabattula

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Janet Mills

John Dean

Masai Ujiri

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“OK, let’s put yourself in a position: You’re a congressman, somebody comes up and says, ‘Hey I have information on your opponent.’ Do you call the FBI? You don’t. I’ll tell you what. I’ve seen a lot of things over my life. I don’t think in my whole life I’ve ever called the FBI.”
President Trump set off a Washington firestorm by asserting he would not necessarily contact law enforcement if offered damaging material from an overseas source. Trump later said “Of course, you have to look at it. But of course, you give it to the FBI or report it to the attorney general or somebody like that. You couldn’t have that happen with our country, and everybody understands that.”

“After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas. She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas – she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!”
President Trump announced the impending departure of Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. She will leave her position at the end of June.

“I am blessed and forever grateful to @realDonaldTrump for the opportunity to serve and proud of everything he’s accomplished. I love the President and my job. The most important job I’ll ever have is being a mom to my kids and it’s time for us to go home. Thank you Mr. President!”
Sarah Sanders

“I got briefed on it yesterday and it looks to me like they’re trying to take away her right of free speech. I’m not gonna fire her. I think she’s a terrific person. She’s a tremendous spokesperson. She’s been loyal, she’s just been a great person.  Based on what I saw yesterday, how could I do that?”
President Trump after the Office of Special Counsel (unrelated to Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel) released a letter calling for the firing of White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway for allegedly violating the Hatch Act

“American companies recently made headlines for saying that abortion is good for business and essential to women’s equality. But their actions indicate otherwise.Nearly 200 CEOs and company executives publicly expressed support for U.S. abortion in a full-page ad that appeared in The New York Times on June 10. Since then, others have added their names to the list called “Don’t Ban Equality.” But many of their companies, from Yelp to H&M, not only cater to countries where abortion is outlawed but also to cities where women suffer discrimination – such as the inability to pursue certain careers or even travel without a man’s permission.”
Katie Yoder is the associate culture editor and the Joe and Betty Anderlik fellow at the Media Research Center

“I promise you if I’m elected president, you’re going to see the single most important thing that changes America, we’re gonna cure cancer.”
Joe Biden at a campaign stop in Iowa

“On Sunday, a day we as a nation set aside to honor fathers and the bonds of family, I was among the millions of Americans who watched images of children who have been torn from their parents. In the six weeks between April 19 and May 31, the Department of Homeland Security has sent nearly 2,000 children to mass detention centers or foster care. More than 100 of these children are younger than 4 years old. The reason for these separations is a zero-tolerance policy for their parents, who are accused of illegally crossing our borders. I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.”
Laura Bush, who penned an op-ed in The Washington Post in which she decried the Trump administration’s immigration policies

“Frankly, this law was actually signed into effect in 2008 under (Laura Bush’s) husband’s leadership, not under this administration. We’re not the ones responsible for creating this problem. We’ve inherited it. But we’re actually the first administration stepping up and trying to fix it.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders 

“Some of the things I’ve seen in the files makes your blood boil, to be honest with you. When you’re investigating gangs or the Mafia, we would call some of this conduct a criminal enterprise.”
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. American bishops gathered for a conference to confront the reignited sex-abuse crisis this week.  A nationwide Associated Press query of more than 20 state and federal prosecutors last week found they are looking for legal means to hold higher ups in the church accountable for sex abuse.

“The prevalence of unvaccinated pediatric patients is troubling to physicians. Many children go unvaccinated as anti-vaccine-related messages and advertisements target parents with misinformation. Allowing mature minors to provide informed consent to vaccinations will ensure these patients can access this type of preventive care.”
AMA board member Dr. S. Bobby Mukkamala as members of the American Medical Association voted this week to support state policies that would allow minors to override their parents’ objections to vaccinations

“Today the lawmakers in New Jersey stood up with my co-workers and I to say no more to guests exposing themselves to us, soliciting us for sex, and allowing us to be unsafe as we open the door to a guest room, with no idea what is waiting for us behind it. It’s great knowing I’ll be able to come home safe at the end of my shift. I can do my job without being worried.”
Iris Sanchez, a housekeeper at Caesars. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill Tuesday that he and others said is the nation’s first requiring most hotels to provide their workers with wearable panic buttons they can press to summon help quickly in an emergency.

“I think in the moment, every time we score a goal in a World Cup — you’ve dreamt of it. I dreamt of it since I was a little girl. You know, winning a World Cup and being back there for the third time, we want that fourth star. So tonight we knew that any goal could matter in this group-stage game. And when it comes to celebrations, I think this was a really good team performance and I think it was important for us to celebrate together.”
Alex Morgan of the U.S. women’s national soccer team that faced criticism following its record-breaking 13-0 rout of Thailand on Tuesday night. The win set a World Cup record for goals and margin of victory. Morgan alone had five goals, matching the most in one game in tournament history.

“If anyone wants to come at our team for not doing the right thing, not playing the right way, not being a good ambassador, they can come at us. It was an explosion of joy. If our crime is joy, then we will take that.”
Megan Rapinoe, who drew ire on social media for twirling and turf-sliding after her goal  made it 9-0

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

National debt

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

See outrage

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Trump would accept foreign dirt on opponents

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

The next big thing in fashion?

Urine therapy

These couples say they’ll never move in with each other — here’s why

 

Week-ends (06/08/19)

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

Those who stormed Normandy 75 years ago

These students

Megan Parson

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Rhiana Gunn-Wright

Cellphones

Hollywood

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“The heroism, courage and sacrifice of those who lost their lives will never be forgotten,” the monarch said. “It is with humility and pleasure, on behalf of the entire country — indeed the whole free world — that I say to you all, thank you.”
Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony on the south coast of England to honor the troops who risked and sacrificed their lives 75 years ago on D-Day

“Almighty God, our sons, pride of our nation, this day, have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our republic, our religion and our civilization and to set free a suffering humanity.”
President Trump gave a 90-second recitation of some of the prayer that President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered to a worried nation just getting word of the fighting on D-Day. Trump, with images of an American flag and Roosevelt projected behind him, read to the crowd.

“The GIs who boarded the landing craft that morning knew that they carried on their shoulders not just the pack of a soldier, but the fate of the world. Colonel George Taylor, whose 16th Infantry Regiment would join in the first wave, was asked: What would happen if the Germans stopped right then and there, cold on the beach — just stopped them? What would happen? This great American replied: ‘Why, the 18th Infantry is coming in right behind us. The 26th Infantry will come on too. Then there is the 2nd Infantry Division already afloat. And the 9th Division. And the 2nd Armored. And the 3rd Armored. And all the rest. Maybe the 16th won’t make it, but someone will’.”
President Trump speaking at the ceremony on D-Day

“9,388 young Americans rest beneath the white crosses and Stars of David arrayed on these beautiful grounds. Each one has been adopted by a French family that thinks of him as their own. They come from all over France to look after our boys. They kneel. They cry. They pray. They place flowers. And they never forget. Today, America embraces the French people and thanks you for honoring our beloved dead. Thank you.”
President Trump speaking at the ceremony on D-Day

“What would the AOCs and the ilk of the AOCs and the young Democrats that are in office today, what would D-Day mean to them, and would they approve in operation overlord?”
A caller on D-Day to talk show host Rush Limbaugh

I’ve actually been thinking about this. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, you remember when she announced her Green New Deal? She said that the issue of climate change was her generation’s World War II. Okay, let’s synthesize that. D-Day. D-Day is symbolic with winning World War II; so she claims that the Green New Deal is her generation’s D-Day.

“Now, this is ludicrous. It’s childish silliness. Anybody with any sense, any knowledge of history at all would have to scoff at this comparison.  ‘Climate change is the equivalent of D-Day today, that’s the big challenge, we’ve gotta storm the beaches at Normandy to save not just America now, but to save the planet.’ And it’s what I alluded to earlier. We Baby Boomers, we’ve had to invent our traumas to tell ourselves our lives have meaning and that we had challenges to overcome.

“And the Millennials are doing the same thing, people desperate to find meaning in their live. Ocasio-Cortez epitomizes this. Her life, the lives of Millennials. So equating something this historical and monumental, the significance of winning World War II to the weather, to the climate, is absurd. But I think we may be facing, nevertheless, a World War II-like situation today. It just doesn’t have anything to do with the weather.”
Rush Limbaugh responding to the caller

“I have to wonder about these media. I know Andrea (Mitchell of NBC) is the best there is, but we probably shouldn’t talk nasty boy politics in front of the graves. We have all been there, I think. It’s an astounding place to go and the gravesites are something else and it is sacred ground.”
While the liberal media on-site in Normandy spent portions of Thursday chastising President Trump before his moving speech marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day, MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews told viewers that he was uneasy with his colleagues in the press

“If you don’t agree with Donald Trump, it’s your prerogative not to vote for him in the next election, but Congress needs to do its job.”
WI Congressman Mike Gallagher says the impeachment issue is a waste of time

“My father’s life showed that if you put your nose to the grindstone, anything is possible in America. His success – like that of millions of other Americans – was proof of the basic greatness and goodness of our country. Along with D-Day and Midway, his life was one of the many uplifting American life stories we could have been celebrating on TV this week. Instead, what we saw was mostly a lot of arguing about whether to impeach the president or put him in prison.”
Michael Reagan

“I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico. Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended.”Mexico has agreed to work to “stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border” and those steps would “greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States.”
President Trump

“If these men (Dem. presidential candidates) cared as deeply as they pretend to about seeing women in leadership positions, they’d step aside and offer themselves as the VP candidates to the women running for president. It’s a continuing problem among Democrats to minimize women to a vote-getting gimmick and then imagine the votes of women are owed to them through the power of this tokenism. It’s bad for women to be treated this way, and it’s not good for Democrats, either. They’ve come to expect the ‘women’s vote,’  and then are stunned when they don’t get it.”
Columnist Karol Markewicz

I “knew in an instant that I was wrong. I have lived with this and I’ll continue to live with this. I caused this tragedy and it is my burden. I wish though that I could relieve that burden others feel from the loss that I caused. I cannot, and that is a troubling reality for me. The depth of my error has only increased from that moment on. Working to save her life and watching her slip away is a feeling I can’t explain. I can say it leaves me sad, it leaves me numb, and a feeling of incredibly lonely. But none of that, none of those words, capture what it truly feels like.”
Mohamed Noor, a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman who had called 911. He was sentenced  to prison for 12½ years.

“It lets out-of-state drivers off the hook. Registration fees aren’t the fairest way to go. That’s not going to get the Illinois drivers, the Iowa drivers, the Minnesota drivers.”
Democratic Sen. Jon Erpenbach of West Point after key Republicans approved a sprawling transportation plan Thursday that would more than double vehicle title fees and many annual registration fees would go up by $10 to $25

“This is a very welcoming sign to many of us and it signifies a new direction for Wisconsin. We are showing that we are a welcoming and inclusive state and that means a great deal.”
Democratic state Sen. Tim Carpenter of Milwaukee after a rainbow flag observing Pride Month was displayed over the east wing of the Wisconsin State Capitol

“The US and Wisconsin flags are flown over us as unifying symbols for all Wisconsinites.
The only cause that the Capitol flags should represent is fifty states united in one republic.”
Republican state Sen. David Craig criticized the  move to fly the rainbow flag


“Shut it down. I know it’s going to affect people’s livelihood. But that’s how things change. You’ve got to be on the right side of history, and the state of Georgia and those other states, they’re wrong. ”
Director Spike Lee is calling for Hollywood production companies to leave Georgia over a law that would ban abortions as early as six weeks, upon detection of a fetal heartbeat

“Isn’t it amazing that the Left is so fixated on feminist ideology and consequence-free sex that it cannot see the unborn babies as the most ‘vulnerable population’ in America? They are not merely dehumanized in abortion activism. They are not even an afterthought. They are literally and metaphorically obliterated.”
Brent Bozell and Tim Graham of the Media Research Center

“Im sorry i spent 5 minutes with [the journalist]. It makes me feel raped. And yes I’m allowed to use that analogy having been raped at the age of 19. Further proof that the N.Y.T. Is one of the founding fathers of the Patriarchy. And I say — DEATH TO THE PATRIARCHY woven deep into the fabric of Society. I will never stop fighting to eradicate it.”
Madonna on Instagram said she feels “raped” by a New York Times profile written about her. She said she didn’t appreciate the author’s continuous focus on her age.

“If there is one thing in our country today that unites Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, socialists and libertarians, vegetarians and carnivores, Ohio State and Michigan fans, it is that they are sick and tired of being bombarded by unwanted robocalls.”
Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on Thursday to allow phone carriers to block suspicious calls by default in an effort to bolster industry efforts to filter out robocalls and scammers. The proposal would also let phone companies offer their customers the option of blocking any numbers that are not pre-approved, a service that could help protect elderly consumers from scams and telemarketers.

“I clean my face in the mornings. You never know if you’re going to wreck the bus, you never know if you’re going to be somewhere in a hotel and there’s going to be a fire. So I leave my makeup on at night and clean my face in the morning.
Dolly Parton on her beauty routine while she’s on tour

“‘I was holding out a small sliver of hope that maybe one of these other people in the room that I’m with will get called up first.”
University of Chicago librarian Emma Boettcher was one of over a dozen people waiting to find out if they’d been selected to challenge James Holzhauer on “Jeopardy” almost three months ago. Holzhuer won more than 30 games and $2,464,216 before he lost to Boettcher this week. Boettcher, 27, had prepared for the show by watching every day at home standing as if she was behind the podium, figuring out her most comfortable footwear, using a clicker pen and toilet roll to practice hitting the buzzer and taking notes about her weak points every time she failed to pick up a clue. “When I watch the show, I often make a little grid of the board on a piece of paper and mark off what clues I got right and wrong. So when I got the call, I had all of this data in front of me, so I could be like, When it turns out the Daily Double is in this row, I have such-and-such chance of getting it correct, as opposed to this row.”

The Bucks ended their season with a thud, but the ride was one of the most enjoyable in the franchise’s history. They played a fun, fast style, got everyone involved, seldom played down to their competition and recorded the best record in the NBA.

“From Antetokounmpo down the roster, the team itself was undeniably likable as the players eschewed the drama that can take hold of teams in favor of keeping their heads down and rattling off win after win.

“For the first time in nearly two decades, the Bucks were a real contender for the league crown. More importantly, they revitalized their fan base with a reason to believe again.”
Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

Desperation And Broken Trust When Schools Restrain Students Or Lock Them In Rooms

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

A growing number of states and cities are letting residents identify as neither male nor female

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Finally, Trump gave a great speech

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Storm chaser proposes to boyfriend as Kansas tornado looms

At least he got to propose

Week-ends (06/01/19)

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

War veterans

Clarence Hollowell

Home Depot employees

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

VA Beach shooter

Mother Nature

Chris Cuomo

Disney

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. We did not however make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.”
Special counsel Robert Mueller said Wednesday he was legally barred from charging President Donald Trump with a crime but pointedly emphasized that his Russia report did not exonerate the president

“There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed!”
President Trump tweeting in response to Mueller

“Comey was universally criticized for going beyond his responsibility to state whether there was sufficient evidence to indict Clinton. Mueller, however, did even more. He went beyond the conclusion of his report and gave a political gift to Democrats in Congress who are seeking to institute impeachment proceedings against President Trump. By implying that President Trump might have committed obstruction of justice, Mueller effectively invited Democrats to institute impeachment proceedings. Obstruction of justice is a ‘high crime and misdemeanor’ which, under the Constitution, authorizes impeachment and removal of the president…Until today, I have defended Mueller against the accusations that he is a partisan. I did not believe that he personally favored either the Democrats or the Republicans, or had a point of view on whether President Trump should be impeached. But I have now changed my mind. By putting his thumb, indeed his elbow, on the scale of justice in favor of impeachment based on obstruction of justice, Mueller has revealed his partisan bias. He also has distorted the critical role of a prosecutor in our justice system.

“No prosecutor should ever say or do anything for the purpose of helping one party or the other. I cannot imagine a plausible reason why Mueller went beyond his report and gratuitously suggested that President Trump might be guilty, except to help Democrats in Congress and to encourage impeachment talk and action. Shame on Mueller for abusing his position of trust and for allowing himself to be used for such partisan advantage.”
Liberal law professor Alan Dershowitz

” Few things are clear from the press conference: Mueller (who came across as feeble and doddering, more resembling an aging senator than a tough prosecutor) always wanted to impeach Trump, is mad he lost control of the narrative, and doesn’t think he’s accountable to Congress.

“Also, Mueller’s view of a prosecutor’s role — to prove and declare a target’s innocence, rather than to charge criminality — is a despicable affront to the rule of law and the Constitution. Cops and lawyers don’t grant innocence. It is our default legal state absent conviction.”
Sean Davis, editor of the Federalist

Was there ever a more useless press conference than that convened yesterday by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller? Words that came to mind as I watched the travesty were: unnecessary, irresponsible, and perhaps calculating.

“The first words out of Mueller’s mouth indicated that he had nothing to say that hadn’t already been said in his 400-plus page report. Well, then why did he organize a press conference? If everything he had to say had already been said, then there was absolutely no reason for him to jump in front of the media. If he had a presser, he should have merely stated: ‘I have absolutely nothing to say except what was in my report. Thanks for coming’.”
Congressman Andy Biggs of Arizona

Mexico has taken advantage of the United States for decades. Mexico makes a FORTUNE from the U.S., have for decades, they can easily fix this problem. Time for them to finally do what must be done!”
President Trump after he announced a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports to the United States would kick in on June 10 — and increase monthly to 25% “until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied.”

“Is it licit to throw away a life to resolve a problem? Is it licit to hire a hitman to resolve a problem?”
Pope Francis said that abortion can never be condoned, even when the fetus is gravely sick or likely to die, and urged doctors and priests to support families to carry such pregnancies to term

“I’m ashamed of my country for what it has done. It’s torn people apart … I am sick to death of politicians, especially British politicians. I am sick to death of Brexit. I am a European. I am not a stupid, colonial, imperialist English idiot.”
Elton John

Oregon is awash in pot, glutted with so much legal weed that if growing were to stop today, it could take more than six years by one estimate to smoke or eat it all. Now, the state is planning to curb production. Five years after voters legalized recreational marijuana, lawmakers have given the Oregon Liquor Control Commission more leeway to deny new pot-growing licenses based on supply and demand.”
The Associated Press

“The ability of those spellers was simply greater in aggregate than we prepared for. They were structurally prepared for kind of a duel between two spellers. What they recognized was they didn’t have enough words of that very high level, of the most difficult level. … They were all difficult words, but not the most difficult words. They had already gone through them.”
Peter Sokolowski, an editor-at-large at Merriam-Webster who consults with Scripps about the National Spelling Bee but has no formal role in word selection or bee planning. Eight kids ended up as co-champions with critics saying the words were too easy. Ten spellers exited in the first round of finals, more or less an expected number. But in the next round, only six misspelled. Just five dropped out in the round after that. The words had to get much tougher just to whittle the field to 16 kids in the span of 5½ hours. That’s when bee organizers huddled for an emergency strategy meeting, where they hatched a contingency plan to end the bee with more than the maximum of three co-champions allowed under the rules.

“Some studios wanted to tone down the sex and drugs so the film would get a PG-13 rating. But I just haven’t led a PG-13 rated life. I didn’t want a film packed with drugs and sex, but equally, everyone knows I had quite a lot of both during the ’70s and ’80s, so there didn’t seem to be much point in making a movie that implied that after every gig, I’d quietly gone back to my hotel room with only a glass of warm milk and the Gideon’s Bible for company.”
Elton John, on advocating for Rocketman to incorporate even the more adult-rated aspects of his personal life

“They’d be like, ‘She’s not as urban as I thought she’d be,’ or they’d be like, ‘She’s so ghetto, I just can’t. Her boobs aren’t big enough. I really think we should just go with a white girl. This role should be changed to white.’ … I wanna hear so that I can grow. Also so I can write jokes about it, I can use it to my advantage.”
Actress Tiffany Haddish, revealing she used to leave her phone in casting rooms after auditions to secretly record racist feedback

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

Euthanasia expert invents death pod with ‘die button’ that kills victims ‘within minutes’

Babies aren’t cancer

‘Death. Carnage. Chaos’: Deadly Everest climbing season

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Forecasts: Trump wins in 2020

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Mueller spoke, Trump has to be guilty

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Storm chaser proposes to boyfriend as Kansas tornado looms

 

Week-ends (05/25/19)

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

Muhammad Mahdi

Lou Pioli

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Jake Patterson

Dr. Warren M. Hern

Judge Michael Kwan

Rapper Drake

PBS

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“I walked into the room and I told Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi I want to do infrastructure. But you know what we can’t do it under these circumstances. So get these phony investigations over.”
President Donald Trump abruptly stalked out of a meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday with a flat declaration he would no longer work with Democrats unless they drop all investigations in the aftermath of the special counsel’s Trump-Russia report

“Regrettably, the President’s most recent actions and continued disrespect for the Constitution are forcing us down the road to impeachment. Congress is a co-equal branch of government, charged with oversight of the Executive Branch and with the power to subpoena information and individuals. The President and his associates are engaging in a campaign of obstruction and lawlessness that undermines the rule of law and does not reflect the actions of someone who is ‘exonerated’ as innocent.”
House Democrat Mark Pocan of Wisconsin

“I don’t take joy in this process at all and I’m in great angst over this. Nobody wants to see that we’re thinking about impeaching the leader of the free world. I don’t want to have to do that.”
Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Ga.) hails from a Republican-leaning district and said she worries about the politics of the Judiciary Committee’s Trump investigation every day

“Where, then, are we headed?

“To gridlock first, then almost surely down the impeachment road.

“For if Trump continues to defy subpoenas and denounce those who issue them, and Pelosi cannot deliver on the Democrats’ agenda, the louder will be the clamor of the Democratic base to remove Trump. At some point, Pelosi will have to go along or lose control of her rebellious caucus.”
Pat Buchanan

“At this point, with five kids that have died, 5,000 separated from their families – I feel like & the evidence is really clear, that this is intentional. It’s intentional.”
Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL) accused the Department of Homeland Security of intentionally implementing policies that have directly resulted in the death of five migrant children

“Congresswoman Underwood has stooped to despicable new lows to attack the men and women who bravely serve this country.  She ought to be ashamed of herself.”
Congressional Leadership Fund Spokesman Calvin Moore

“I felt the rules were being changed to hurt Trump, and I thought it was damaging for the presidency over the long haul.At every grave juncture the presidency has done what it is supposed to do, which is to provide leadership and direction. If you destroy the presidency and make it an errand boy for Congress, we’re going to be a much weaker and more divided nation.”
Attorney General William Barr said in a new interview he views his role at the Justice Department as one where he can take action to protect his long-held belief in executive power

Roe did substantially increase abortions, more than doubling the rate per live birth in the five years from 1972 to 1977. But many other changes occurred at the same time:

• A sharp increase in pre-marital sex.

• A sharp rise in out-of-wedlock births.

• A drop in the number of children placed for adoption.

• A decline in marriages that occur after the woman is pregnant.
John Lott is the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center

“Not sure he was fully awake, maybe he meant to reclaim his time back to sleep.”
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar weighed in on Twitter about HUD Secretary Ben Carson. At one point during his testimony before a House Financial Services Committee hearing Carson referred to reclaiming his time.

“Since you brought it up… I know what it’s like to actually be sleepy, especially after 18-hour surgeries and operating on babies in the womb. I hope @IlhanMN knows I care about all people, even those she doesn’t recognize as having a right to life.”
Carson responding on Twitter

“There hasn’t been a single mass public shooting in any school that allows teachers and staff to carry guns legally. Since at least as far back as January 2000, not a single shooting-related death or injury has occurred during or anywhere near class hours on the property of a school that allows teachers to carry.”
The conclusion from a new study from the Crime Prevention Research Center after analyzing nearly 20 years of comprehensive data from reliable, respected sources including the National School Safety Centers (NSSC) report, “School Associated Violent Deaths” and the Washington Post’s database of school shootings

“I don’t know if we’ll ever be able to do Pocahontas, I think that story is going to be difficult. With modern sensibilities, it’d be hard – you’re going to offend somebody – so I don’t know.”
Composer Alan Menken believes not every Disney film should get the live action treatment

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

Rents in cities across the US are more expensive than ever before. Here are 5 drastic measures people are taking to avoid rising housing costs.

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Americans’ View of Job Market Hits New High

23.1 million missing girls

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

C’mon Nancy, impeach the guy

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Noah’s Ark

Week-ends (05/18/19)

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

Rocker Gene Simmons

Natalie Barnes

William Shuttleworth

Dental hygiene students

Aldo Cataldi

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Ruben Houston

Clarisa Figueroa and her daughter, Desiree

Illegals from Canada

Frederic Pechier

Nancy Morgan

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“It’s going to be a bad problem for Iran if something happens, I can tell you that. They’re not going to be happy. If they do anything, it’ll be a very bad mistake. It’ll be a bad problem for Iran if something happens I can tell you that. They’re not gonna be happy. They know what I mean by that.”
President Trump. Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan reportedly presented a military plan at a meeting of top national security officials that would send as many as 120,000 U.S. troops to the Middle East in the event Iran strikes U.S. forces in the region or speeds up its development of nuclear weapons.

“I hope not.”
President Donald Trump said he hopes the U.S. is not on a path to war with Iran amid fears that his two most hawkish advisers could be angling for such a conflict with the Islamic Republic

“To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God.”
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey after signing a bill into law that would make performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases and contains no exceptions for cases of rape or incest. Supporters hope to launch a challenge to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that made the procedure legal.

“I think this bill, frankly, is shameful. It is callous. This bill uses rape victims and victims of incest at all ages, even minors, as political pawns.”
Democratic U.S. Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama condemned the state’s new abortion ban as “extreme” and “irresponsible.”

In the pro-life movement,  we acknowledge the horror of rape and the trauma that sexual assault victims must endure. But, however, we know that our humanity doesn’t depend on the circumstances leading up to our conception, that you’re wanted-ness or the circumstances surrounding your conception don’t change your value. You have value simply because you are a human being. And all human beings have that equal right to life.

“Because we don’t issue points on birth certificates where you’re ranked higher based on your parents’ income, or marital status, or level of education or whether or not there were candles lit when you were conceived. It doesn’t work that way. Either all humans have a right to live, or none of them do.”
Kristan Hawkins, the president of Students for Life of America

“This is so Venezuela, Congresswoman.”
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews roasting Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) on air after she claimed President Trump is going to be jailed for not releasing his tax returns

“Madam Speaker, did you bring your handcuffs?”
Attorney General William Barr asked Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) if she brought “handcuffs” for him Wednesday at the Capitol, following her accusing him of lying to Congress earlier this month. Pelosi smiled and said the House Sergeant at Arms was present if an arrest was necessary, to which Barr laughed and walked away. Some congressional Democrats have called for Barr to be jailed after the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold him in contempt when he ignored a subpoena for the unredacted Russia report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

“Democrats, either do something or stop talking about it. I just think you’re making yourselves look weak. You’re just making yourselves look like people who talk and talk, and don’t do anything.”
Liberal comedian Bill Maher challenged the opposition party to either bring their actions into alignment with their dramatic rhetoric (impeachment), or to stop talking

“Under my Administration, we are restoring @NASA to greatness and we are going back to the Moon, then Mars. I am updating my budget to include an additional $1.6 billion so that we can return to Space in a BIG WAY!”
President Trump

“You would need five cramped Priuses to carry all the democrats currently running for president. Four years ago, you would have needed six Ford F-150s to carry all the Republicans running for president. It seems as if these supersized fields of candidates are the new normal; maybe in 2024 the out-of-power party can be the first to hit three dozen. Meanwhile, at the local level, it’s often getting harder to find anyone willing to run for office. A Rice study found that 60 percent of all the 2016 mayoral elections they looked at featured just one candidate running unopposed — a number that’s been on the rise since 2000.”
Joshua Benton, director of the Nieman Journalism Lab

“The rise in the number of presidential candidates in recent years results from divisions within the party coalitions and from easier access to vital campaign resources — money and media — that were not present in previous election cycles. In the past, candidates were reliant on the media to publicize their candidacy and get their message to voters. Party leaders and elites consistently have better connections with the media establishment and use those connections to promote preferred candidates.

“But today’s media environment allows candidates to bring their message directly to voters. Social media bypasses reporters and editors and those who have connections to them so more candidates have easier access to this key campaign resource.”
Florida State political science professor Hans Hassell

“The sad thing honestly is here, 60 years after Brown v. Board, so many Black, Latino, poor kids are in schools that are as highly segregated as was true 10 years after Brown v. Board. One of the reasons we’ve returned to such high levels of segregation is we refuse to believe that separate is inherently unequal.”
Noliwe Rooks, professor of Africana Studies at Cornell University. A study released last week by the UCLA Civil Rights Project reported that by 2016, 40 percent of all black students were in schools with 90 percent or more students of color. New York, California, Illinois and Maryland are the four states in which a majority of black students attend 90-100 percent nonwhite schools. In fact, segregation for black students has expanded in all regions of the country, except for the Midwest.

“Kwik Trip”
According to GasBuddy the cleanest gas station bathrooms in Wisconsin are here

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

THE Ohio State University

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Women for Trump

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Alabama is evil

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

The wrong wine

Week-ends (05/11/19)

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

Colorado students

Kendrick Castillo

Madelyn McClarey

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

For the second week in a row, John Earnest

Brian Sims

John West

Danny Baker

The mother and judge in this case

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“People must know that bishops are at the service of the people. They are not above the law, and if they do wrong, they must be reported.”
Archbishop Charles Scicluna, the Vatican’s longtime sex crimes prosecutor. Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking new church law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors to church authorities, in a new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to protect their flocks.

“I’m concerned if we don’t impeach this president, he will get re-elected. If we don’t impeach him, he will say he’s been vindicated. He will say the Democrats had an overwhelming majority in the House and they didn’t take up impeachment. He will say that we had a constitutional duty to do it if it was there, and we didn’t. He will say he’s been vindicated.”
Rep. Al Green (D-Texas)

“You can run the best campaign, you can even become the nominee, and you can have the election stolen from you.”
Hillary Clinton speaking last Saturday during an “Evening with the Clintons” event in Los Angeles, California

“And then the best line of the evening occurred. Not surprisingly, it was Bill Clinton who delivered an unintentionally ironic remark. ‘These people, they don’t believe the same set of rules apply to them that apply to everyone else.’ I know. I laughed, too. Self-awareness is hard, y’all.

“The Clinton’s show moved (from Seattle) to California Saturday night and tickets went for as little as $2.00. Wow. Imagine that. Some California Democrats listened to Bill and Hillary, a former president and a former Secretary of State (and the leader of pantsuits nation) in person for a couple of bucks. That makes the $15.00 tickets in Las Vegas look over-priced, doesn’t it?”
Blogger Karen Townsend on HotAir.com

“But we don’t have a real media, not in the sense that a real media would be composed of neutral truth-tellers who let the chips fall where they may and have no agenda nor favorites. What we have are hacks, many of them ex-staffers for the same liberal Democrats they are covering. Well, covering for.”
Blogger Kurt Schlichter

“Every income bracket received a tax cut, and as a percentage of tax revenue paid to the IRS, the wealthiest Americans are actually paying more than before tax reform. According to the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation, three out of every four dollars in tax cuts went directly to individuals and small businesses. What’s more, it doesn’t take a tax expert to see income, wages, jobs, and unemployment numbers have all improved since the enactment of tax reform, reflecting significant benefits for American workers.

“To say it simply, tax reform is working for Americans of every walk of life. For Democrats to suggest otherwise is to disregard the data that shows its positive impact for taxpayers, businesses and the overall economy.”
Sen. Chuck Grassley is the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee

“Those who delay or refuse vaccinations, or encourage others to do so, put themselves and others, especially children, at risk. It is in all our interests to make sure that immunizations reach every child on the globe through safe, effective and affordable vaccines. Everyone must communicate the benefits and safety of vaccines, and advocate for the respect and confidence of the institutions which make them possible. To do otherwise risks even further erosion of one of public health’s greatest achievements.”
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the former lieutenant governor of Maryland and the former chair of the Global Virus Network; Joseph P. Kennedy II, a former member of Congress from Massachusetts,  and the chairman and president of Citizens Energy Corporation; and Maeve Kennedy McKean, executive director of Georgetown University’s Global Health Initiatives. In an op-ed in POLITICO, they write that Robert F. Kennedy Jr.—Joe and Kathleen’s brother and Maeve’s uncle—”has helped to spread dangerous misinformation over social media and is complicit in sowing distrust of the science behind vaccines.  We love Bobby. However, on vaccines he is wrong. And his and others’ work against vaccines is having heartbreaking consequences.”

“You shouldn’t have 20 horses in the Kentucky Derby. Churchill Downs, because they’re a greedy organization, has, rather than 14 like you have in the Kentucky Oaks, the Breeders’ Cup, every other race in America, just because they can make more money, they’re willing to risk horses’ lives and people’s lives to do that.”
Gary West, owner of Maximum Security, the horse that won the 2019 Kentucky Derby, but was later disqualified

“It’s an area, frankly, where I’ve acknowledged that I’m not sure how it was that it remained so male-dominated for so long. Because it’s an area of the game where physically, certainly, there’s no benefit to being a man, as opposed to a woman, when it comes to refereeing.

“The goal is: Going forward, it should be roughly 50-50 of new officials entering in the league. Same for coaches, by the way. We have a program, too. There’s no reason why women shouldn’t be coaching men’s basketball.”
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants half of all new referees joining the league to be women — and he would like to see teams hire female coaches, too

“I will say the fan base in Cleveland for the Cleveland Browns are more passionate than the Green Bay Packers fans.”
Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey, who has a long history with the Green Bay Packers organization. Dorsey is a former Packers player (1984-89) and longtime executive, serving as the team’s director of scouting and director of football operations in 2012, before he became general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013. He’s been GM of the Browns since 2017.

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

More than 11,000 children in Milwaukee are not vaccinated, creating risk for measles outbreak

“It was rape.”

Alexa has been eavesdropping on you this whole time

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Another record month for illegal immigration

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

The investigations of Trump, each and every one, must continue

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

‘I see any dinosaur, I buy it’: at home with the embattled owner of the Flintstone house

I am a naked rollercoaster rider

Week-ends (05/04/19)

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

Marty Schreiber

Juan Carlos Beristain

Marc Johnson

Sam Floyd

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

John T. Earnest

The measles

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“It is not right to say our investment in Wisconsin has changed. We suspended the work around October, November last year because the weather there was snowy and icy cold. We will continue our work in May when the weather gets warmer.”
Foxconn Technology Group leader Terry Gou

“If we, as a city, are going to commit to take the streetcar north, we also need to commit at the same time to taking it south. We need to ensure that all parts of the city are included and treated fairly.

“Stopping the streetcar at 1st and Pittsburgh is simply not good enough. The streetcar line must be extended to 6th and National, the gateway to the Latino community.

“The City needs to commit to the planning and engineering work to bring the line into the Latino community.”
Milwaukee Alderman Jose Perez

“Forget about the fact that the first circulator loop isn’t done yet. The Couture about which so much ink was spilled remains months behind schedule and little more than a good intention at the moment.

“Forget about the fact that, for all the excitement about “The Hop”, the system for counting its passengers broke only a few weeks ago and we still don’t know how many people are willing to ride it when it’s free, much less when there’s a fare required.

“Forget about the fact that the federal government has repeatedly refused the Mayor’s requests for grant money for streetcar extensions leaving all of us not in on his secrets to dread how he imagines this extension will be paid for.

“What I cannot get over is that, with basic services slipping and neighborhoods crumbling, Mayor Barrett chooses this precious moment of optimism and hope to pursue the most divisive policy imaginable. I am amazed at this.”
Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan on talks of expanding the downtown streetcar

“For me, it is over.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham, the Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee, set the tone for his party at an extraordinary hearing with Attorney General William Barr over special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference and possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump

“His work concluded when he sent his report to the attorney general. At that point it was my baby, and I was making a decision as to whether or not to make it public… it was my decision how and when to make it public, not Bob Mueller’s.”
Attorney General William Barr at his first appearance before Congress since the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election

America deserves better. You should resign.” 
Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, accused Attorney General Barr of a coverup

“Here’s the irony. The Mueller report spent millions investigating and found no collusion between Trump and Russia, but the Democrats paid for a document created by a foreign national with reported foreign government sources. That’s the definition of collusion.”
Chuck Grassley, the most senior Republican in the Senate

“It goes without saying that someone who commits a serious crime must pay his or her debt to society. But punishment for a crime, or keeping dangerous people behind bars, does not cause people to lose their rights to citizenship. It should not cause them to lose their right to vote. This should not devolve into a debate about whether certain people are ‘good enough’ to have the right to vote. Voting is not a privilege. It is a right. In my view, the crooks on Wall Street who caused the great recession of 2008 that hurt millions of Americans are not ‘good’ people. But they have the right to vote, and it should never be taken away.”
Bernie Sanders

“When I became an educator in 2012, I never thought the profession I chose would lead to me sleeping in my car. But that’s exactly what happened in one of my first years of teaching, when my public educator salary fell short and I had to list my own apartment on Airbnb just to keep up with the bills.

“I still advertise my apartment for temporary visitors. Many, many times I had to stay with my parents or on friends’ couches, but on one occasion that wasn’t an option, so my Chevy Sonic had to suffice. I slept in my car catching whatever rest I could in the safest place I could think of — the parking lot of Pascual LeDoux Academy, the Denver public school where I teach early childhood education. Educators shouldn’t have to struggle as I have, parking outside the view of security cameras to sleep at night.”
Dana Berge is a public school teacher at Pascual LeDoux Academy in Denver

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

A bus driver rapes, a man keeps girl captive and neither are going to prison

Veteran suicides

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

50-year low for unemployment

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

AG Barr is a chicken and Trump cheerleader

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Holy crap!

 

Week-ends (04/27/19)

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

The rich and the powerful, and this little girl

Robert King

Girl Scout troop

Antoinette Love

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Mother Nature

Isaiah Joel Peoples

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

 “I just feel like a young man. I’m so young. I can’t believe it. … I’m a young vibrant man.”
President Donald Trump says he feels “young” and “vibrant” at age 72 and thinks he can beat 76-year-old Joe Biden “easily.” A reporter had asked Trump at the White House on Friday how old is too old to be president of the United States.

If Trump “looks young and vibrant compared to me, I should probably go home.”
Joe Biden

“This isn’t your grandfather’s — or Joe Biden’s — Democratic Party anymore. His record, which includes backing the now-controversial 1994 crime bill, boosting the credit card industry, and disrespecting and dismissing Anita Hill’s sexual harassment claims, puts him in a precarious place among progressives who view him through a distinctly 2019 prism. But it’s also his bad luck of genetics and age that make him a target of the new left, who do not want an old white guy to be the next Democratic nominee.”
Columnist S.E. Cupp

“I know that we have been cultured to feel that only the white man can save us. I just don’t feel like Biden is our answer.”
Democratic organizer Roxy D. Hall Williamson

“I’m over white men running the country. I don’t know if him (Biden) getting in changes the field. He has name recognition, but his strength is also his weakness. Who is his announcing going to surprise?  To ignite the kind of base that needs to be ignited to beat Trump, I’m not sure he moves them.”
LaTosha Brown, the co-founder of Black Voters Matter

“She paid a terrible price. She was abused through the hearing. She was taken advantage of … I wish I could have done something. The hearing she deserved was a hearing where she was respected.”
Former Vice President Joe Biden on the way senators treated Anita Hill in the 1991 hearing on her accusations of sexual harassment against Clarence Thomas ahead of his confirmation to the Supreme Court. Biden called Hill to express regret before announcing his campaign for president.

“I cannot be satisfied by simply saying I’m sorry for what happened to you. I will be satisfied when I know there is real change and real accountability and real purpose. The focus on apology, to me, is one thing. But he needs to give an apology to the other women and to the American public because we know now how deeply disappointed Americans around the country were about what they saw. And not just women. There are women and men now who have just really lost confidence in our government to respond to the problem of gender violence.”
Anita Hill has revealed to the New York Times that former Vice President (and newly declared 2020 candidate) Joe Biden phoned her earlier this month to express his regrets about the 1991 Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings. Hill testified against Thomas at the time, claiming he had sexually harassed her when she worked for him at the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. Biden, who was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and presided over the hearings, has been criticized for his handling of the event.

“Does this mean that you would support enfranchising people like the Boston Marathon bomber, a convicted terrorist and murderer? Do you think that those convicted of sexual assault should have the opportunity to vote for politicians who could have a direct impact on women’s rights?”
At a CNN town hall discussion in New Hampshire, Harvard University student Anne Carlstein asked Bernie Sanders to clarify his position that convicted felons should be able to vote while serving time in prison

“Here is my view: If somebody commits a serious crime — sexual assault, murder — they’re going to be punished. They may be in jail for 10 years, 20 years, 50 years, their whole lives. That’s what happens when you commit a serious crime. But I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy — yes, even for terrible people. Because once you start chipping away … you’re running down a slippery slope. I do believe that even if they are in jail, they’re paying their price to society, but that should not take away their inherent American right to participate in our democracy.”
Bernie Sanders’ response

“You’re writing an opposition ad against you by saying you think the Boston Marathon bomber should vote not after he pays his debt to society, but while he’s in jail.”
CNN town hall moderator Chris Cuomo replying to Sanders

“The gloves are beginning to come off in the crowded Democratic race for the White House that so far has resembled more of a tea party than a barroom brawl. The new attacks come as the race for the party’s nomination takes shape around Biden and Sanders, who are the clear front-runners at this early stage. Both are now coming under attack.”
Jonathan Easley writing on The Hill

“Nobody crushed cell phones like Hillary did. Nobody deleted 33,000 emails like Hillary’s people did, and nobody bleached a server like Hillary did. There was no obstruction.”
Trump attorney Rudy Giulani

“Environmental protection and economic prosperity go hand in hand. A strong market economy is essential to protecting our critical natural resources and fostering a legacy of conservation.”
President Trump in his Earth Day message

“I think we need to take a deep breath and say tax credit is important, but we don’t make decisions based solely on tax credits.”
Foxconn’s U.S. Director of Strategic Initiatives Alan Yeung said Thursday the company is in discussions with state officials over potential changes to its contract with the state of Wisconsin. While providing no specifics, Yeung still promised 13,000 jobs despite recent assertions that the company would no longer live up to its promise.

“The government shouldn’t force lottery winners to come forward publicly if they don’t want to. Just because you win the lottery, it shouldn’t mean you lose your right to privacy.”
Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Rep. Gary Tauchen (R-Bonduel) are introducing the Lottery Privacy Act to allow prize winners to remain anonymous. The bill authors unveiled the legislation on the day the Wisconsin Lottery announced the winner of the state’s largest jackpot and the third largest jackpot in U.S. history.

“We haven’t dealt with the transportation crisis in years, several sessions. In the meantime, the roads continue to deteriorate. People don’t want to increase taxes. Since this is such a huge windfall, we should send it to local roads.”
State Sen. Tim Carpenter, D-Milwaukee, said Wednesday that he’s drafting a bill to direct Wisconsin’s $36.5 million cut of the jackpot toward local road programs. On Tuesday, state officials announced that 24-year-old Manuel Franco, of West Allis, was the lone winner of the $768 million Powerball drawing, the third-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

“Like most tools, email is useful but it can become disruptive and even damaging if used excessively or inappropriately. When managers are the ones trying to recover from email interruptions, they fail to meet their goals, they neglect manager-responsibilities and their subordinates don’t have the leadership behavior they need to thrive.”
Michigan State University management professor Russell Johnson, lead researcher for a study that concluded keeping up with email throughout the day places high — and sometimes downright impossible — demands on managers that prevents them from achieving their personal goals and from being good leaders for their teams. According to the study, office workers of all seniority levels spend more than 90 minutes a day just recovering from email interruptions and returning to their normal workload. For managers, these distractions caused by email have wider-reaching consequences.

“I honestly don’t think I can hack it in the 9-to-5 world, though I’ve never actually tried. I really like not having to justify my decisions to anyone else, as well as the freedom to vacation whenever I want.”
Jeopardy! champ James Holzhauer. Holzhauer has racked up $1,225,987 over 16 games as of Thursday. His real job is a professional gambler.

Everybody loves a winner — except, it seems, when it’s someone running the board day after day and toppling records on “Jeopardy.” Then suddenly that person is compared to a robot and told to “give someone else a chance.”

Nonsense.

We suggest everyone, especially the Holzhauer Haters, study his keys to superiority:

Master the subject area. Technique aside, Holzhauer only wins if he gets answers right — in the form of a question! — and he does, over and over again. Bravo.

Master the tools. He’s agile on the buzzer — he practiced using a homemade version — and his timing is impeccable. And he knows how to assess a wager. The strain of mental calculations is not slowing his roll.

Master the strategy. He dances to his best advantage across the game board, one that’s been broadcast in plain view for decades. Holzhauer watched the show as a child with his grandma. Don’t blame him for figuring a few things out along the way.

Act boldly. Holzhauer isn’t rattled by the dollars. He obviously gets an edge here from his day job, but other contestants could get into this mental mindset just the same, remembering that any money lost is on paper only. He also isn’t “paying his dues” by playing the board in the usual order, which irks some viewers. There are no extra points for timidity or plodding.
The Chicago Tribune editorial board

“I was going insane.  My heart started racing, my blood started pumping, I felt warm. I started screaming. I got that paranoia when you think the whole world is after you. I thought there was somebody behind me every single day. It’s hard living your life when you have the ticket everybody wants.”
24-year old Manuel Franco of West Allis, WI stepped forward Tuesday to claim a $768 million Powerball prize, the nation’s third-largest lottery jackpot, saying he “pretty much felt lucky” the day he bought the winning ticket, but has been worried that people want to steal it

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

The grim toll of Christians massacred at Easter rises again

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Federal Report: 220,300 Public School Teachers Physically Attacked by Students

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Push for impeachment

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

This sentence by a judge in Idaho

A Small Town Takes a Stand: It Banned Gossip

Take kids to work day gives child’s-eye view of coroner’s office

Week-ends (04/20/19)

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

Paris firefighters

Micah Herndon

Donors

Florida firefighters

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Alexander Kraus

These 60

The media

Maureen Walsh

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

What they said about the Mueller report, click here

“I was standing in a hushed, pained throng along the Quai d’Orléans of the Ile Saint Louis facing the back of the basilica, and when I watched the spire fall, I gasped and choked back tears. In this, I was not alone. Billows of pale yellow smoke rose from the nave. They became iridescent against the sky. The firefighters spraying plumes of water onto what was once the roof seemed tiny against the enormity of the structure.

“How could Notre-Dame be burning? How could Notre-Dame, which had survived for eight centuries—survived plague and wars of religion, survived the French Revolution, survived the Nazis—be falling? Notre-Dame, the heart of Paris, not only a Catholic site but the preeminent symbol of European cultural consciousness, the heart of France, the kilometer zero from which all its farthest villages are measured—how could this majestic structure collapse so fast? I looked around at the faces with me in the crowd. Written on them was sadness, and pain.”
Rachel Donardo, a Paris-based staff writer at The Atlantic

“If the fire reached this wooden structure, the bell tower would have been lost. From the moment we lose the war of the bell towers, we lose the cathedral, because it’s a chain-reaction collapse.”
José Vaz de Matos, a fire expert with France’s Culture Ministry

“We will rebuild the cathedral to be even more beautiful, and I want it to be finished within five years.”
French President Emmanuel Macron

“No less than 15 years … it’s a colossal task. It’s a fundamental step, and very complex, because it’s difficult to send workers into a monument whose vaulted ceilings are swollen with water. The end of the fire doesn’t mean the edifice is totally saved. The stone can deteriorate when it is exposed to high temperatures and change its mineral composition and fracture inside.”
Prominent French conservation architect Pierluigi Pericolo who worked on the restoration of the 19th century St.-Donatien Basilica, which was badly damaged in a 2015 blaze in the French city of Nantes

Of course this is a profound loss. Of course it hurts. But it also serves to remind us that the elements of this life are temporary, even the churches we build and the crosses we install inside.

“What they represent is eternal. The rebuilding of Notre Dame will be a testament to our grasp of that, and a sign that no fire can burn away the resolve of the faithful.”
Talk show host and columnist Mark Davis

“I Understand Helping struggling Immigrants but MY CITY (Los Angeles) ISNT TAKING CARE OF ITS OWN. WHAT ABOUT THE 50,000+Citizens WHO LIVE ON THE STREETS? PPL WHO LIVE BELOW POVERTY LINE,& HUNGRY? If My State Can’t Take Care of Its Own (Many are VETS), How can it Take Care Of More?”
Cher in a tweet after President Trump said he liked the idea of transporting illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities. The singer/actress, who usually leans towards the liberal end of the political spectrum, argued that Los Angeles can’t even handle its own homeless population.

“I don’t think Congress, particularly not this group of congressmen and women, is smart enough to look through the thousands of pages that I would assume that President Trump’s taxes will be. My guess is most of them don’t do their own taxes. I certainly don’t trust them to look through the decades of success that the president has and determine anything.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee

“I will support whoever the Democratic nominee is,” but a Biden run “does not particularly animate me right now. I can understand why people would be excited by that, this idea that we can go back to the good old days with Obama, with Obama’s vice president. There’s an emotional element to that, but I don’t want to go back. I want to go forward.” 
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“Last month, over 2,200 people exposed to a mumps outbreak in at least two immigration detention facilities had to be quarantined for 25 days. It was reported that in the past year 236 detainees have had confirmed or probable cases of mumps in 51 facilities.

“In 2016 authorities confirmed 22 measles cases in Arizona’s Eloy Detention Center, a privately managed facility of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.     

“National Public Radio last month interviewed a Border Patrol official who reported that more migrants are arriving with communicable illnesses such as flu, mumps, impetigo and even one case of flesh-eating bacteria.”
Brian Lonergan, director of communications at the Immigration Reform Law Institute, a public interest law firm working to defend the rights and interests of the American people from the negative effects of illegal migration

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

Midwest Farmers Suffer After Floods: ‘I Got My Life in This Ground’

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

The flu hasn’t gone away

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Tiger wins the Masters

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Vasectomy cakes

 

Week-ends (04/13/19)

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

State Rep. Rob Hutton

Kevin Gatlin

Kingman, Arizona

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Mother Nature

Ilhan Omar

Lori Laughlin, husband, and others

John Russo Jr

Bridezilla

SNL

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“No recount in history, in recent American history since we’ve been doing modern voting over the last couple of decades, has seen 6,000 votes. You’re lucky if you get 1,000. It seems like it would be a waste of time and effort.”
Brian Hagedorn on the possibility of a recount in his 6,000 vote Supreme Court election victory over Lisa Neubauer who later conceded

“Once it was understood that this year’s race was essentially for control of the Court, conservatives steeled their resolve. Once they recognized that Hagedorn was essentially being attacked for his Christian beliefs, their resolve turned titanium. Repeated attacks on mainstream Christian beliefs as being disqualifying for public office backfired spectacularly, as untold thousands of Christian conservatives (and, anecdotally, even a handful of Christian liberals) viewed them as a personal affront. That was the ultimate motivator.”
NewsTalk 1130 WISN’s Dan O’Donnell on Brian Hagedorn’s win over Lisa Neubauer for WI Supreme Court justice

“There is no doubt that Foxconn is committed to Wisconsin. From their Science and Technology Park in Mount Pleasant and North American Headquarters in Milwaukee to their Innovation Centers in Racine, Green Bay and Eau Claire and now Foxconn Place in Madison, they are making long-term investments in our state and our people.

“Wisconsin will become a high-tech hub in the United States thanks to Foxconn. We are excited for this new office and Innovation Center in Madison, and we look forward to seeing Foxconn – and its supply chain – grow throughout the state.”
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce President & CEO Kurt Bauer applauded Foxconn’s  announcement it would purchase a building in downtown Madison from BMO Harris Bank that it will use as a hub for technological innovation and a connection to students, researchers and others on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus

“We’re making some progress, but not enough to make a difference. I want them out of my district and I want this to stop. These guys need to be caught, prosecuted and fined to the hilt.”
Milwaukee Alderman Russell Stamper II. An ordinance introduced by Stamper would raise the minimum fine for those caught soliciting a prostitute from $500 to $2,500. The maximum, regulated by state statute, would stay at $5,000.

“We’re absolutely in support of this ordinance and this initiative. If you don’t want your face blasted across the news, maybe you want to think twice.”
Milwaukee Police Department chief of staff Nick DeSiato on Stamper’s resolution that would also implement “john shaming,” displaying or putting records out to the public of those convicted of soliciting prostitution

“On behalf of all of the community volunteers who have served on the Bradley Center Board and the dedicated staff who made Jane Bradley Pettit’s gift a transformative part of our community fabric, we are thrilled to honor Mrs. Pettit’s generosity and enduring legacy by transferring more than $4 million to the state. The strong results reflected in the Center’s final financial statements reflect a history of fiscally sound stewardship of this one-of-a-kind state asset and an exceptionally successful final season right up to the building’s very last event in July 2018.”
Bradley Center Board Chairman Ted Kellner.  The Brad
ley Center Sports & Entertainment Corporation(BCSEC), created by the state to own and operate the Bradley Center on behalf of the people of Wisconsin, announced it has finished wind-down of its business affairs and transferred remaining assets totaling $4.29 million to the State of Wisconsin.

“Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only. The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this should make them very happy!”
President Trump

President Trump’s idea is “unworthy of the presidency of the United States and disrespectful of the challenges that we face as a country, as a people, to address who we are — a nation of immigrants.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

“After 90 days, the person is then subjected to all sorts of people hitting them up for loans, investment advisers trying to make them a client and the potential to be victimized by a burglar or, if it’s a massive amount, having their kid kidnapped.”
Arizona Republican state Rep. Nancy Barto introduced a bill to allow lottery winners to keep their names secret

“I don’t think anyone should make jokes about it. This is an important time in our country’s history when women are coming forward and able to say when they’ve been made to feel uncomfortable, whether in a sexual way or a nonsexual way. People’s voices should be heard on that.”
Likely Democratic presidential contender Michael Bennet criticized former Vice President Joe Biden for joking about the controversy swirling around his touchy, avuncular style that some women say made them uncomfortable. During a speech to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Biden joked twice about the controversy. After hugging union President Lonnie Stephenson and a boy, Biden said each had given him permission, prompting laughter from the crowd.

“If you were an employee, and you saw your boss making $486 for every dollar you make, how would you feel about that situation?”
At a House Financial Services Committee hearing Democrat Nydia Velazquez of New York questioned Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat who received $24 million in compensation last year, while the median bank salary is less than $50,000

“I would be hopeful there’s opportunity to continue to advance within the firm.”
Corbat’s answer

“Unbelievable. And this is why people that live in a bubble or ivory towers cannot understand why there’s so much anger out there.”
Velazquez responded to Corbat

“Why did pedophilia reach such proportions? Ultimately, the reason is the absence of God.”
Pope Benedict XVI ventured out of retirement to publish an essay blaming the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal on the sexual revolution of the 1960s and church laws that protected priests. He cited the appearance of sex in films in his native Bavaria and the formation of “homosexual cliques” in seminaries “which acted more or less openly and significantly changed the climate.”

The tax filing system has been captured by a lucrative industry and they guard it jealously. We shouldn’t have to spend our own money on our own tax filing obligations.”
Jeremy Bearer-Friend, a tax law expert at New York University. Many European governments offer free tax preparation systems. The U.S. House passed a bill on Tuesday to ban the IRS from setting one up.

“I lost my sweetheart this morning. It’s awful. He died in my arms. I’m overwhelmed at the amount of people that loved Forrest, of the number of players that said he made men out of them. Forrest loved people. He loved everybody. He loved his children. He loved me. And it just broke my heart. My heart is broken.”
Barbara Gregg said her husband of 59 years, former Green Bay Packer great Forrest Gregg, died in Colorado Springs from complications of Parkinson’s disease

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