Week-ends (09/18/21)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of  This Just In…

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Elliot Byrd

Mildred Fish-Harnack

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

General Mark Milley

George W. Bush

AOC

Defund Police squad members

English Touring Opera

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“I think after seeing all the celebs without masks or social distancing … at the Met Gala we should pretty much move on with our lives.”
Janice Dean

“As The Babylon Bee not-so-satirically put it, her (AOC’s) designer dress is one that ‘99.9999% of women through all of human history could only dream of ever affording.’ The same percentage of people will never be invited, much less be able to attend, anything even remotely like the Met Gala. Not that most of us would want to.  AOC and her socialist ilk pretend to be ‘of the people’ while declaring from such ritzy events just how they’re going to take care of the hoi polloi by supposedly taxing their wealthy progressive oppressors. The kinds of people who attend these events, however, more often than not have accountants who find every tax write-off and loophole possible to avoid paying a single penny more in taxes than is absolutely required by law.”
Nate Jackson, The Patriot Post

“We begin … with a message to Republicans: Okay, we get it! COVID is the precious and you love it. You love COVID so much you want it to spread into schools, at the office, in the Walmart, on the cruise ships, and at the club. That great spongy ball with the red spikes? You want it pumping through your veins.”
MSNBC’s Joy Reid

“If it was really about saving lives, our government would fully embrace an all-of-the-above approach to COVID. Instead, it’s ‘get vaccinated or else.’ Total submission over saving lives.”
Lisa Boothe

“The same people who spent the last decade telling you health care is a human right now want to be able to deny it to you. As if it wasn’t enough to hound people without the COVID-19 shot out of their jobs, schools, and even effectively whole cities, pundits and even some doctors are now floating the idea of denying medical care to people based on COVID-19 vaccination status. … The push for health care as a human right is revealed as the power grab it always was.”
Elle Reynolds

“I would support [a vaccine mandate]. If you want to get on a plane and travel with other people [then] you should be vaccinated.”
Anthony Fauci, September 2021

“I don’t see [a vaccine mandate] on a national level merely because of all the situations you have upon encroaching upon a person’s freedom to make their own choice of their own health.”
Anthony Fauci, July 2020

“Revelations from a new book, Peril, by Bob Woodward and Rob Costa, reveal just how deep the spiritual rot in the military goes. In the days after the January 6 protest, General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, promised, in the event of a war, to give aid and comfort to China. According to the Washington Post, after the Capitol protest, Milley sent secret communiques to the head of the People’s Liberation Army, promising that ‘If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise.

“In a decent country such a brazen act of collusion with a foreign power by one of the most prominent leaders of the armed forces would be met with immediate and unrelenting backlash. Instead, this betrayer of the Constitution and the principle of civilian leadership of the military is a liberal darling. At the inauguration, Joe Biden thanked Milley for undermining President Trump in the final weeks of his presidency.

“Milley, before reaching out to China, sat down with the service’s top officers and demanded from them what amounted to an oath—none of them would launch a nuclear weapon without his approval. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff went behind the President’s back to secure control over the nation’s most important weapons.

“There will be no hearings, serious journalistic investigations, or outcry from the establishment. Milley will go unpunished. He will retire with full honors and full pension.”
Josiah Lippincott is a former Marine officer and current student at the Van Andel School of Statesmanship at Hillsdale College

“General Mark Milley should face an investigation, without delay, concerning the allegations contained in a new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa. And if the claims turn out to be true, Milley should be removed from his post as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff immediately, and perhaps face more stringent sanctions for going behind the president’s back to the Chinese military during the waning days of Donald Trump’s presidency. … Generals don’t get to have their own personal foreign policies. Period. They answer to the elected branches, and they must carry out every lawful directive and policy set by the people’s representatives.”
National Review

“This president, this current president, who follows the Constitution, who’s not fomenting an insurrection, who follows the rule of law, has complete confidence in Chairman Milley.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki

“I have great confidence in General Milley.”
Joe Biden

“I see the U.S. is having its dumb little annual pity party again.”
University of Toronto professor Jonathan Weisberg vis-à-vis 9/11

“And we have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come not only across borders, but from violence that gathers within. There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home. But in their disdain for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit. And it is our continuing duty to confront them.
George W. Bush during a 9/11 address

“When our 43rd president compared the January 6 rioters to the 9/11 terrorists, he disgraced himself, dishonored the dead, and divided the nation.

“Bush, there on the hallowed ground of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, to commemorate the first counterattack of the American people upon their murderous jihadist foes, did a deep disservice to the day when he compared the Islamist cutthroats of September 11, 2001, to the Trump-supporting Americans who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6 of this year.

“The perpetrators of the former event, who were bent on no less than bringing the American nation to its knees, murdered 2,977 people that day. The perpetrators of the latter event, who were bent on disrupting certification of a presidential election that they considered to be deeply flawed and improperly adjudicated, murdered 0 people. But, yeah, according to Bush, the two are ‘children of the same foul spirit.’”
Douglas Andrews, The Patriot Post

“You’d think he (Bush) was talking about Antifa—but he’s talking about you. I can’t think of anyone else who’s made such a disgusting disgrace of his legacy.”
David Reaboi, president of Strategic Improvisation

“A war on terror against al Qaeda—now a domestic war on terror against your fellow citizens is music to the ears of American liberals because they want nothing more than a new domestic war on terror, than treating their political adversaries like the Bush administration treated al Qaeda.”
Journalist Glenn Greenwald explained why liberals, who absolutely despised Bush, are now offering “effusive praise” for his speech

“The Democrats’ inflation is turning American workers’ pay raises into effective pay cuts, essentially pickpocketing American families. You might think this would give our Democratic friends some pause and encourage them to deal in reality.”
Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell

“Look, I don’t want to punish anyone’s success, but the wealthy have been getting a free ride at the expense of the middle class for too long. I intend to pass one of the biggest middle class tax cuts ever — paid for by making those at the top pay their fair share.”
Joe Biden

“This is a self-inflected wound created by President Biden. He is the root cause of this problem, but he’s been aided and abetted by the mainstream media and the social media who are covering up for them. They’ve enabled all of these disasters, and so the accountability has to come in November of 2022. I wish it would come sooner than that, but it does not look like this administration is changing course whatsoever, and of course they are all concerned about Covid – doing a miserable job quite honestly, managing it, but they are completely unconcerned about people with Covid coming across the border.”
US Senator Ron Johnson on the border crisis

“I’ve spoken to a judge this evening. She’s already confirmed that. So I’m going to give you a simple choice: You either choose to resign from this board of education or you will be charged.”
Hudson, Ohio Mayor Craig Shubert told the Hudson Board of Education after some high school students taking a college credit course had been given a book titled “642 Things to Write About.” Among the prompts were two that stood out to parents: “write a sex scene you wouldn’t show your mom,” “rewrite the sex scene from above into one that you’d let your mom read.” Hudson City Schools Superintendent Phil Herman agreed the book contained “inappropriate and offensive writing prompts” and has since been removed from the schools. Hudson High School principal Brian Wilch offered an apology to parents for failing to “exercise due diligence” in giving students the book. “We feel terrible. At no time were any of these inappropriate prompts selected or discussed, but still they were there and they were viewable, and you can’t unsee them.”

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

We said we’d never forget, but we lied

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Biden is racist

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Defending the actions of General Mark Milley’s secret unauthorized contact with his Chinese counterpart 

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

What is the filthiest part of your bathroom?

Week-ends (09/11/21)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of  This Just In…

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Mark Bingham and Father Mychal Judge

Ben Nelson

Brigitte Xie

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

AG Merrick Garland

These woke teachers

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“I am declaring my candidacy for governor of the great state of Wisconsin because I’m a mom who has two daughters that I just want to come back to Wisconsin and live their American dreams and one day raise their families. But they need safe streets; they need schools with actual education standards, and we need great-paying jobs. And unfortunately, our current governor, Tony Evers, has failed the people of Wisconsin.

“One year ago, Kenosha burned while Tony Evers failed to lead. As governor, I will fight for you. I’ll stand with law enforcement to keep your family and your neighborhood safe, hiring more cops and deploying police into high-crime areas.”
Rebecca Kleefisch

“Rebecca Kleefisch would drag Wisconsin back to the era of Scott Walker, the last thing Wisconsinites need as they recover from the pandemic. Gov. Tony Evers has been a steady, bipartisan leader and has always put science and common sense first with the pandemic, even as Republicans in the legislature fought to undermine him. We look forward to continuing to fight for a better Wisconsin with Gov. Evers in his second term.”
Democratic Governors Association Executive Director Noam Lee

“White Americans might not have really felt true fear before 9/11 because they never felt what it meant to be accessible, vulnerable, and on the receiving side of military violence at home. But, white Americans’ experiences are not a stand-in for ‘America.’ White Americans might not have really felt true fear before 9/11 because they never felt what it meant to be accessible, vulnerable, and on the receiving side of military violence at home. We have to be more honest about what 9/11 was and what it wasn’t. It was an attack on the heteropatriarchal capitalistic systems that America relies upon to wrangle other countries into passivity. It was an attack on the systems many white Americans fight to protect.”
Jenn Jackson, a Teen Vogue columnist

“Lady, get a grip. EVERYONE was attacked on 9/11. New York City, our people, our cops, our firefighters, our government, and our Constitution were attacked on 9/11. And all of that transcends race. This literally is a whine fest over nothing. At this point, just shut up. We don’t need this right now. We never did. The 2,977 families of the victims don’t need lectures about how their loved ones were part of a ‘heteropatriarchal capitalistic’ machine or that they were pawns in the phantom machinations of the white man. What is this garbage? After 20 years, the Left has become more insane. Who thinks this on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks? Who?”
Matt Vespa of Townhall.com, reacting to Jackson

“Why is it that you’re trying to require anybody with a job or anybody who goes to school to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but you’re not requiring that of migrants that continue walking across the southern border into the country?” Reporter Peter Doocy questioning White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki 

“Well, look, our objective is to get as many people vaccinated across the country as humanly possible. And so the president’s announcement yesterday was an effort to empower businesses to give businesses the tools to protect their workforces — that’s exactly what we did.”
Psaki not answering Doocy’s question 

“He just cannot do the job. His administration called the Taliban ‘business-like and professional’ as they reportedly go door-to-door executing people. We still have Americans stranded in Afghanistan after our shambolic exit. We still have cleaning up to do after Ida. We have rising inflation. We have a slowing economy. And now this brain worm-eaten tyrant is enacting a vaccine mandate on private businesses and making OSHA its enforcement arm. OSHA was never meant to be a medical police force. They can’t even do their job properly now. It’s no wonder that 70 percent of Americans feels like the country isn’t doing well.”
Matt Vespa of Townhall.com

“There are elected officials actively working to undermine the fight against COVID-19. Instead of encouraging people to get vaccinated and mask up, they’re ordering mobile morgues for the unvaccinated dying from COVID in their communities. Right now, local school officials are trying to keep children safe in a pandemic while their governor picks a fight with them and even threatens their salaries or their jobs. Talk about bullying in schools. If they’ll not help, if these governors won’t help us beat the pandemic, I’ll use my power as president to get them out of the way.”
Joe Biden

“How could we get to the point in this country where you would not let them earn a living because of their choice on the vaccine? I just think that’s fundamentally wrong. I do not believe that people should lose their jobs over this issue, and we will fight that.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

“Free people should never be comfortable with the term ‘I’ll use my power as President to get them out of the way.’”
Burgess Owens

“See you in court.”
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem responding to Biden. His administration’s six-pronged “Path Out of the Pandemic” includes a controversial provision that would require private companies with over 100 employees to require them to submit to either a Covid-19 vaccine or weekly testing. The edict would be enforced by OSHA, the federal agency responsible for worker safety.

“Rest assured, we will fight them to the gates of hell to protect the liberty and livelihood of every South Carolinian.”
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster 

“When Joe Biden looked into the camera and told us that we had lost the right to make our own health care decisions, no buildings exploded, no lives were lost. But it was still an attack on America and our core values. In many ways, it has the very real potential to do what 9/11 didn’t: destroy the free foundations of our country. The White House will say that its vaccine mandate is about public safety and common sense – and that to beat the pandemic, we all have to give up some liberties. As John Daniel Davidson writes so insightfully for the Federalist, that’s a lie. This is about government coercion and raw power – and nothing, Biden made clear Thursday, will stand in their way of either.”
Tony Perkins, The Patriot Post


“[Dr. Anthony Fauci’s gain-of-function lie is] a felony punishable by five years in jail. We’ve referred it to the Department of Justice. I don’t think Biden’s Department of Justice will do anything with it, but yes, it is very dangerous to have public officials, who we need to have trust in, coming and lying to us.”
Senator Rand Paul

“Even conceding Fauci’s point that the unvaccinated are ‘part of the problem,’ the principle at stake is one that progressives ignore all the time. How many progressives accuse people on welfare of being ‘part of the problem’ of budget deficits and crime because of the choices they make? Reducing the speed limit to 5 mph on the highway would save perhaps 40,000 lives every year, but how many progressives support that? Prohibiting alcohol could save about as many, but how many progressives would support that?”
Mario Loyola

“If COVID-19 will be here forever, is this what you want the rest of your life to look like?”
Philip Klein

“Biden’s promise is that he will keep you safe from covid if only you surrender a little more of your liberty. And a little more. And a little more. But don’t worry: he’ll compensate you for your loss of liberty with a vast cradle-to-grave welfare scheme.”
Ben Shapiro

“Dr. Fauci said if hospitals get any more overcrowded they’re going to have to make some very tough choices about who gets an ICU bed. That choice doesn’t seem so tough to me. ‘Vaccinated person having a heart attack? Yes, come right in, we’ll take care of you. Unvaccinated guy who gobbled horse goo? Rest in peace, wheezy.’”
Comedian Jimmy Kimmel

“If you take out those three categories [beef, pork, and poultry], we’ve actually seen price increases that are more in line with historical norms.”
White House Director of the National Economic Council Brian Deese

“If you don’t count the carbs or sugar, cake is actually more in line with the keto diet.”
Reed Cooley

“A $100 bill would buy less in 1998 than a $20 bill would buy in the 1960s. This means that anyone who kept his money in a safe over those years would have lost 80 percent of its value, because no safe can keep your money safe from politicians who control the printing presses.”
Thomas Sowell

 “Why Satanists may be the last, best hope to save abortion rights in Texas.” Salon editor Brett Bachman

“Joe Biden vacationed last weekend. Next week, he’s going to California to campaign. Meanwhile, Americans are still stranded in Afghanistan. Priorities.” Congressman Jim Jordan

“I’m supposed to stop and walk out of the room here.”
Joe Biden

“Do you think the Biden/Harris/Schumer/Pelosi strategy is to fiscally and morally bankrupt America so they can build it back as a socialist democracy? Rhetorical question.”
Mark Alexander

“If one believed that it was time to withdraw, this could have been done in a more orderly fashion. For instance, we know that the Taliban don’t fight in the winter; there is a fighting season in Afghanistan. It would have been perfectly logical to wait until they had gone back into the mountains of Pakistan. I think it would have been wise to hang on to Bagram [Airbase] — maybe even some of our other seven airfields that we had there — so that transport of people out could have been slower, more orderly, could have taken place from more secure locations. I’ve been to Hamid Karzai International Airport. It’s not a place that you would want to try and secure.”
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

National Archives Slaps ‘Harmful Content’ Warning On Constitution, All Other Founding Documents

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

A Harris Endorsement Ends in Murder

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Media cheapens the 9/11 tragedy

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

College student draws up a 17-page CONTRACT for her boyfriend of TWO WEEKS, outlining ‘objectives’ and ‘boundaries’

Week-ends (09/04/21)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of  This Just In…

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Angie Ugarte

Henry Erwin

Beatrice de Lavalette

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

UW-Whitewater

Nancy Pelosi

The NFL

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“When President Trump was president, you didn’t see crisis after crisis. You just didn’t see it.”
Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany

“I miss when we had a president who would tomahawk missile terrorist leaders to the face instead of kissing their feet.”
Caleb Hull

“To say that the pullout was Donald Trump’s policy is to forget that under President Trump, every time the Taliban violated their agreement, they got bombed. They got attacked.”
Congressman Darrell Issa

“The president of the United States has the ability to help our troops, have enough men and women to stay safe. In all of our history, in all of the time that we have been fighting, where did you leave these men and women but at one airport, one location, one gate to funnel thousands through? And who did you trust? You trusted our enemy to allow who would come through.

“What does anyone in this great nation think when they think what would happen? No one has to have a military background to know that that was not going to go down well.”
Paula Knauss, mother of fallen Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss, is pointing fingers at the Biden administration for the death of her son during America’s messy withdrawal from Afghanistan

“Talk about a catastrophic success. The Biden administration wants credit for the Afghanistan evacuation as measured by the sheer number of people it flew out amid a security and humanitarian crisis of its own making. This is the arsonist bragging about how many fires he has put out. … That the U.S flew out more than 115,000 people out of Kabul is a testament to the awesome capabilities of the United States military. It is not in any way a vindication of President Biden’s exit.”
Rich Lowry

“At a time when the U.S. needed a strong president, we got a weak and inept politician. At a time when the U.S. needed courageous leadership, we got a bumbling coward. At a time when we needed a truth-teller in the White House, we got a habitual liar. As a result, American military families are grieving, and the blood of their loved ones is on Biden’s hands. … [The president] has negotiated with the Taliban from a position of weakness, on his knees, with their gun held to his head. Not only does the Taliban not fear Biden — they laugh at him. He couldn’t frighten a puppy.”
Oliver North & David Goetsch

“A humble request: Can someone in the White House press pool please ask @JoeBiden who behind the scenes keeps telling him not to take any questions & on the rare occasion when he does, who tells him which reporter he’s allowed to call on. Sincerely, America.”
Sean Parnell

“[Joe Biden] needs to be held to account for what he did. His generals are to be held to account, his secretary of defense, his secretary of state, his national security adviser. We’ve never seen so many lightweights gathered in one place in the history of this country.”
Mark Levin

“Just because we decide to quit fighting doesn’t mean the terrorists go away. So they’re still out there, they’re invigorated, they’re emboldened, and excited about the success they see in bringing America to its knees in Afghanistan.” Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell

“A cognitively challenged Biden is pulled in every direction, by his own senility, by left-wing politicos collecting their debts, by his own spite, by his trademark narcissism, and by his neanderthal hatred of everything Trump was and did.”
Victor Davis Hanson

“The Taliban have now seized one of the greatest caches of advanced military equipment ever. If we ever must fight them again, we will be fighting an enemy that is using our own weapons against us.”
Jim Geraghty

“There’s nothing wrong with the administration attempting to pressure the Taliban into upholding commitments. It was trusting them with American lives that was insane.”
David Harsanyi

“How badly do Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats want to cover up this Afghanistan debacle? They just blocked Members of Congress from reading the names of the service members who sacrificed their lives in Afghanistan last week.”
Congressman Carlos Gimenez

“Democrats just shut down the House Floor when Afghanistan veterans stood up to speak. Shameful.”
Congresswoman Mary Miller

“Compare Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats blocking the reading of the names of the 13 US servicemen killed in #Afghanistan with their obsequious kneeling and bowing to ‘Saint’ George Floyd. This is who these people are and they should never be entrusted with power again.”
Dinesh D’Souza

“I suspect the majority of Americans don’t like to see their country humiliated.”
David Harsanyi

“The US has been humiliated by Islamic radicals who have killed and maimed Americans for 20 years toward the end of restoring their medieval rule to Afghanistan, and the president of the United States can’t call them out — because he’s so dependent on them.”
Rich Lowry

“How are we going to know if we have evacuated every American if we don’t know how many Americans are in Afghanistan?”
Lisa Boothe

“I wish Joe Biden would fight to save trapped Americans in Afghanistan half as hard as he’s fighting Ron DeSantis over masks.”
Congressman Ronny Jackson

“When I told my wife that I was writing an article entitled ‘What Biden is Right About,’ she retorted, ‘That will be a short article.’ Joe Biden is wrong about a great deal, including how the ‘evacuation’/surrender in Afghanistan was conducted, and most especially about leaving behind our former Afghan allies who wanted to leave. He is wrong about opening our southern border no questions asked to all comers, including those contagious with COVID or who wish to do us violent harm. And he is wrong about his proposal to spend $3.5 trillion of borrowed money on ‘human infrastructure,’ bribing interest groups to vote Democrat. That may help the current generation feel good about themselves but at the expense of their children and grandchildren. The list of his misbegotten policies is almost endless.

“But he is right about one: ending the deeply misguided bipartisan foreign policy of the U.S. over the last twenty years to try to impose our way of life on other countries with the barrels of guns (or less anachronistically, drones and ‘foreign assistance’).

“Retaliating for 9/11 and defending ourselves against ISIS and terrorist attacks from Afghanistan was one thing. We should have killed Bin Laden at Tora Bora, declared victory, and left.”
E. Donald Elliott has been a professor at Yale Law School since 1981 and now also teaches at the Scalia Law School

“If you think America is irredeemable, turn on the news or get a passport and a ticket on one of those sketchy airlines that puts its web address on the plane. There’s a reason Afghan mothers are handing their babies to us. … We’re not the bad guys. Oppression is what we were trying to stop in Afghanistan. We failed, but any immigrant will tell you we’ve largely succeeded here. And yet, the overriding thrust of current ‘woke’ ideology is that America is rotten to the core, irredeemably racist from the moment it was founded and so oppressive, sexist, and homophobic, we can’t find a host for the Oscars or ‘Jeopardy!’ … America may not be the country of your faculty lounge and Twitter dreams, but no one here tries to escape by hanging on to an airplane. No, we wait till we’re inside the plane to fight — and then only because they cut off the beverage service.”
Bill Maher

“All through history, there have always been groups of people pointing to other groups of people and claiming that those people are not real people. In our age, the pro-abortion side makes this argument. And it’s just as wrong as it’s always been.”
Matt Walsh

“People who say they ‘follow the science’ are invariably authoritarian morons who have panic attacks at the notion that someone, somewhere may be exercising the rights of a free individual in contravention of the soulless herd.”
Buck Sexton

“We have vaccines. They are tremendously effective against hospitalization and death. Get it or don’t, and bear the consequences. There is no further public policy question in play, and calls for broad restrictions on freedom have no limiting principle under these circumstances.”
Ben Shapiro

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

Kids return to school forced to wear masks

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Census trends bad news for Dems

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Networks Try to Rebuild Biden’s Image

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Who knew. This turns women on.

Week-ends (08/28/21)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of  This Just In…

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Florida

Anastasia Pagonis and Gia Pergolini

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Joe Biden

Kelda Roys

Open Table

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“When President Trump was president, you didn’t see crisis after crisis. You just didn’t see it.”
Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany

“I’m old enough to remember when the Democrats impeached Donald Trump for making a phone call.”
John Hayward

“If President Trump can be impeached over a phone call, then the time has come to IMPEACH Biden for gross negligence in Afghanistan. Americans deserve better. We deserve better than someone who willfully IGNORES the WORST crisis in decades.”
Congressman Ronny Jackson

“Every president since Bush has had to deal with this really difficult decision — Obama, Trump. But Biden is the only one who really followed through with the stupidest possible option. And now we’re paying in blood for it.”
Congressman Dan Crenshaw

“Joe Biden has blood on his hands. The buck stops with the President of the United States. This horrific national security and humanitarian disaster is solely the result of Joe Biden’s weak and incompetent leadership. He is unfit to be Commander-in-Chief.”
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik

“I bear responsibility for, fundamentally, all that’s happened of late. But here’s the deal: You know — I wish you’d one day say these things — you know as well as I do that the former president made a deal with the Taliban.”
Joe Biden

“To say that the pullout was Donald Trump’s policy is to forget that under President Trump, every time the Taliban violated their agreement, they got bombed. They got attacked.”
Congressman Darrell Issa

“Nothing in Joe Biden’s lifetime of government experience suggests that he’d be any better at executive leadership than he’s proven to be. He enjoyed a half-century of privileged service as a U.S. senator and vice president, with stature and influence but zero personal accountability for any decision he’s ever made. He’s a 78-year-old rookie.”
Jack DeVine

“I trust his judgment.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi regarding Biden’s Afghanistan debacle

“[Biden] was dealt a horrible situation and as of today, he’s done an extremely good job in this situation. … I actually think the president, for what he was dealt and what he’s done over the course of the last week, should be congratulated on the way this was done. … And he’s the first president in four presidents to actually get done what the American people wanted done in Afghanistan, which was get out.”
Political commentator Matthew Dowd

“I suspect the majority of Americans don’t like to see their country humiliated.”
David Harsanyi

“The US has been humiliated by Islamic radicals who have killed and maimed Americans for 20 years toward the end of restoring their medieval rule to Afghanistan, and the president of the United States can’t call them out — because he’s so dependent on them.”
Rich Lowry

“I wish Joe Biden would fight to save trapped Americans in Afghanistan half as hard as he’s fighting Ron DeSantis over masks.”
Congressman Ronny Jackson

“We have vaccines. They are tremendously effective against hospitalization and death. Get it or don’t, and bear the consequences. There is no further public policy question in play, and calls for broad restrictions on freedom have no limiting principle under these circumstances.”
Ben Shapiro

“Yeah, I’ve been immunized. There’s guys on the team that haven’t been vaccinated. I think it’s a personal decision. I’m not going to judge those guys.”
Packer QB Aaron Rodgers

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

U.S. service members killed in a terrorist bomb attack have been identified through various reports.

One bomb went off near the Abbey Gate of U.S.-held Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, late on Aug. 26 local time. Pentagon officials said that 10 Marines, one Navy corpsman, and two U.S. Army soldiers were killed by the suicide bombing. At least another 18 service members were wounded.

The deaths mark the first U.S. military combat-related deaths in Afghanistan since February 2020.

The terrorist group ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, bragging about a suicide bomber “managing to penetrate all the security fortifications” put into place by U.S. forces and the Taliban.

The ISIS terrorist “managed to reach a large gathering of translators and collaborators with the American army, and then he detonated his explosive belt,” the group said in a statement. It claimed the attacker was able to get within five meters of U.S. troops at an eastern gate to the airport. Another explosion struck a nearby hotel, the Pentagon said.

ALSO: POLITICO reported that we gave the Taliban a list of names of American citizens, green card holders, and Afghan allies. Biden himself didn’t even deny it. 

ALSO: Illinois sex ed classes to teach gender expression as early as K-2 starting next school year.

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Support for voter ID

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

It wasn’t Biden’s fault

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Cow seen in car because at WI McDonald’s

Week-ends (08/21/21)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of  This Just In…

HEROES OF THE WEEK

US marine

Tiffany Wilder

Maria Andrejczyk

Bill Scott

Golf teammates

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Joe BidenMORE

Dane County Sheriff Kalvin Barrett

Clarissa Ward and CNN

Ayanna Pressley

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“It’s a terrible time for our country. There’s never been anything like what’s happened here.  Nobody has ever handled a withdrawal worse than Joe Biden.”

“The Taliban has circled the airport and who knows if they’re going to treat us right. We could have 40,000 Americans — not to mention others who helped us in Afghanistan — we could have as many as 40,000 American hostages.

“I’m America first, the Americans come out first. Then I was going to take out all the military equipment that Russia will now be examining, and China.

(I told the Taliban) “if anything bad happens to Americans — or anybody else — or you ever come over to our land, we’ll hit you with a force that no country has ever been hit with before.

“We were respected all over the world. I’ve never realized how important… a President, the head of this country is. We are no longer respected.”
President Trump on Afghanistan in an exclusive interview with Sean Hannity

“The president should resign. If Trump were president, the Democrats and press would demand no less. They should not lower their standards for the man who surrendered America to the Taliban on the eve of 9/11.”
Erick Erickson

“The crisis at the border and the stunningly swift defeat in Afghanistan are entirely on Biden. He took sustainable situations and overturned them out of ideological fixity and fantastical wishful thinking. The outcomes were utterly predictable. Indeed, anyone who knew anything about the border or Afghanistan warned what would happen. The debacles haven’t been the product of forces beyond Biden’s control; events didn’t take a hand, he did. These are man-made disasters. … In both cases, he quite literally chose chaos.”
Rich Lowry

“For those saying that the Afghan people are merely going back to what they are used to, remember that the median age in Afghanistan is 18 — and the Taliban fell 20 years ago.”
Ben Shapiro

“It’s alarming that neither President Biden nor Vice-President Harris has the capacity to answer questions during a major foreign policy crisis of their own creation.”
Senator Tom Cotton

“Joe Biden has not spoken to a single world leader since the fall of Afghanistan. This is not what you expect from the leader of the free world.” Senator Marsha Blackburn

“The Taliban are butchers. We demanded a set of conditions and made clear the costs we would impose if they failed to deliver. They haven’t. The deterrence we achieved held during our time. This administration has failed.” Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

“The Biden Administration’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan dishonors the memory of those heroic Americans who gave the last full measure of devotion and all who bravely served there defending freedom these past 20 years.”
Former Vice President Mike Pence

“The Biden Administration’s botched exit from Afghanistan including the frantic evacuation of Americans and vulnerable Afghans from Kabul is a shameful failure of American leadership. … A proud superpower has been reduced to hoping the Taliban will not interfere with our efforts to flee Afghanistan. … Terrorists and major competitors like China are watching the embarrassment of a superpower laid low.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

“President Biden chose a dangerous and dishonorable path in Afghanistan, and he has no one to blame for this debacle but himself. … Contrary to what he may say or think, President Biden has not ended the war in Afghanistan. He is simply creating a new chapter — one that will be filled by Taliban thugs and al-Qaeda murderers. President Biden was quick to blame others and never acknowledging the blame lies with him. The essence of his address was ‘The buck stops with me, but President Trump and others made me do it.’ Not exactly Harry Truman. President Biden made these decisions against sound military advice, and everything he was warned about is now coming true.”
Senator Lindsey Graham

“First, may I just say that I commend the President for the action that he took.  It was strong.  It was decisive.  And it was the right thing to do.  We should have been out of Afghanistan a while back.  But now, we are – unfortunately, one of the possibilities was that it would be in disarray, as it is.  But that has to be corrected.

“And it is my understanding, from the assurances we have received, that the military will be there, negotiating with the Taliban for the safe exit of American citizens and friends – people who have helped us, our allies there.”
Nancy Pelosi on Biden’s handling of Afghanistan


“This is what happens when you withdraw. Some stuff, some equipment is left there.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi regarding Taliban-confiscated U.S. military armaments valued at billions of dollars

“Together with our international partners, we call on those in positions of power and authority across Afghanistan to guarantee the protection of women and girls and their rights. We will monitor closely how any future government ensures their rights and freedoms.”
Secretary of State Antony Blinken

“We ‘call on.’ We will ‘monitor.’ In short, we will issue more statements and write more memos to each other. We don’t plan to actually do anything. This is our public confession that we are worse than useless.”
Dinesh D’Souza

“We don’t have a complete picture obviously of where every article of defense materials has gone, but certainly a fair amount of it has fallen into the hands of the Taliban.”
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan

 “There’s no way to hide it. The situation in Afghanistan is another shame on this admin. Withdrawal was never going to be easy but it didn’t need to come to this.”
Democrat Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

“Note to Democrats and the corporate media: what just happened in Kabul is an actual INSURRECTION.”
Buck Sexton

“Experts attempting to explain utter failure of our foreign and military policy regarding #Afghanistan is pathetic. #DonaldTrump wanted out. @JoeBiden followed thru with the most bungled retreat ever. We just left. Now #Taliban stooges are driving our Humvees and eating our lunch.”
Commentator Geraldo Rivera

“Biden voters didn’t really want a President. Nah, what they wanted was a wealth redistributor, a student loans-forgiver, a stimulus check-issuer, a mask mandator, an open-borders advocator, a tax-increaser, a critical race theory-endorser, and an eviction moratorium-extender.”
Darrell B. Harrison

The Democrats need to keep hitting the COVID panic button for a couple of reasons. The first is that they’ve gone kinda Fascist now and want to keep the masses in check with the “public health” tyranny. The other reason is that they want to use all of this to keep flushing election laws down the toilet. That makes me wonder if maybe they aren’t peaking a little too soon here. They might want to pace themselves with the variant panic if they want to be able to jerk around the election laws 15 months from now.

“Then again, the way Fauci and Co. have been just making stuff up, they may not be worried about their ability to wing it for a few more years.”

PJ Media senior columnist and associate editor Stephen Kruiser 

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

Biden and Afghanistan

AP Exam Requires Students To Choose Answers Indicating Voting Laws Are Racially Biased

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ABC edits Biden interview

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And rightfully so. Biden’s major fail in Afghansiatn.

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Persephone, the robot guide, leads visitors in a Greek cave

Week-ends (08/14/21)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of  This Just In…

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Carli Lloyd

Ball girl

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Linda Sexton

Joe Biden

CNN

Taliban

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“It is important to understand we don’t have divided government. Democrats are in complete control. They have all the capabilities of increasing the debt ceiling to accommodate their reckless spending. So leader McConnell has been quite strong on this, saying we’re not going to provide any votes to help you pay for or accommodate your deficit spending, and so with McConnell’s leadership I wrote a letter, drafted it, and circulated that yesterday. We got 46 of the 50 Republican senators saying that we will not provide votes to help Democrats increase their debt ceiling. Again they have the complete capability of doing it. … We’re not going to cave. The American people have to understand that Democrats, this is their out of control spending. They have the complete capability of increasing the debt ceiling and we’re going to make them do that themselves on their own without Republican help.”
US Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI)

“A couple of days ago I was down in Mexico, and I said look, you know, ‘If, if our borders are the first line of defense, we’re going to lose, and this is unsustainable.’ We can’t continue like this, our people in the field can’t continue, and our system isn’t built for it.”
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas claimed the administration is “going to lose” the border crisis as “unsustainable” numbers of migrants continue to pour into the United States. Mayorkas’s remarks came during a private meeting with Border Patrol agents in Texas.

“I know people must like to have their individual freedom and not be told to do something, but I think we’re in such a serious situation now that, under certain circumstances, mandates should be done.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci

“[The] federal government ought to get the living daylights out of our life and stop telling us how to lead our lives.”
Senator Rick Scott

“Cloth masks, or even surgical masks, are like tying a rope around your waist while driving and claiming it’s a seat belt. It also isn’t too much of an exaggeration to say wearing a Gucci style face-covering, such as Nancy Pelosi has, is like asking an X-ray technician to wear their grandmother’s kitchen apron when taking X-rays.”
Dr. Peter Weiss

“Screw your freedom. You’re a schmuck for not wearing a mask. I don’t want to villainize anyone here.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger

“The Democrats need to keep hitting the COVID panic button for a couple of reasons. The first is that they’ve gone kinda fascist now and want to keep the masses in check with the “public health” tyranny. The other reason is that they want to use all of this to keep flushing election laws down the toilet. That makes me wonder if maybe they aren’t peaking a little too soon here. They might want to pace themselves with the variant panic if they want to be able to jerk around the election laws 15 months from now. Then again, the way Fauci and Co. have been just making stuff up, they may not be worried about their ability to wing it for a few more years.”
PJ Media senior columnist and associate editor Stephen Kruiser

“Each parent has the right to do what they feel is best for their child. This includes mask-wearing. I do not support government-mandated masks in the classrooms. Stick to the science.”
Mike Pompeo

“You don’t want to live in a country where all your needs are taken care of by the government. That’s not how you become great. That’s how you become dependent, vulnerable, and truly oppressed.”
Dennis Prager

“[Governor Andrew Cuomo has] done a hell of a job. … That’s why [his resignation is] so sad.”
Joe Biden

On this date in 258, St. Lawrence was roasted to death on a gridiron for remaining loyal to the Catholic Church. Fast forward to August 10, 2021, when another Catholic, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is being roasted by the media for his disloyalties. Indeed, he’s toast.

Even in leaving, Cuomo still doesn’t get it. “In my mind,” he said, “I’ve never crossed the line with anyone. But I didn’t realize the extent to which the line has been redrawn.”

He should have—he was the one who redrew it. In 2019, he bragged that New York is “the most aggressive state in the country on women’s rights. Anything I can do on sexual harassment we will do.” Thus did he unwittingly lay the trap that would eventually ensnare him.

In 2019, the “former altar boy,” as he liked to refer to himself, signed the Child Victims Act, a law which suspended the statute of limitations for sexual offenses against minors. At the time, he singled out the Catholic Church for condemnation, knowing full well that this problem was most acute in the public schools. Last year, he authorized a one-year extension of the law (the statute applied to others but rapacious lawyers focused almost exclusively on the Catholic Church).

How ironic it is to note that the Child Victims Act, which was never about justice for everyone, is set to expire on August 14, the same week Cuomo packed it in following multiple sexual misconduct allegations.

Now, at least, there may be justice for his many alleged female victims. As such, this is making for a very Catholic ending.  
Catholic League president Bill Donohue

“The problem with capitalism is that there’s so much prosperity and free time people start creating their own problems.”
Kevin Sorbo

 “I’ve noticed a phenomenon among Gen Z. Many of them don’t want to get their drivers licenses at 16. Independence isn’t exciting. Many don’t date or talk to people they like beyond Snapchat. Communication in general is anxiety-inducing. It’s like they’re emotionally stunted. Why?”
Allie Beth Stuckey

 “Critical Race Theory essentially argues that racism is baked into all the systems of American society, and that any sort of neutral system is, in fact, a guise for racial power. … And so what that boils down to, in sort of practical terms, is all disparity equals discrimination. If you can see any stat where black people are underperforming white people, this means the system was set up for the benefit of white people, and that white people have a duty to tear down these systems in order to alleviate the racism that’s implicit in those systems. When it comes to schools, what this tends to boil down to is kids who are white have experienced privilege because the system was built for white people, and we have to change the standard.”
Ben Shapiro

 “I just want to take some time to thank the TX Democrats for dismantling the premise of vaccine passports by showing us how breakthrough cases work. I also want to thank Obama for leading the way on getting back to our pre-COVID lives and having fun again.”
Lisa Boothe

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

More than 1 million people entered U.S. illegally in first six months of 2021

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Vaccine inventor questions mandatory shot push, Biden’s Covid-19 strategy

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

F*** the unvaccinated

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Dog Treat Factory Blamed For Stinky Situation in NJ Town

Week-ends (08/07/21)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of  This Just In…

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Tamyra Mensah-Stock

Gable Steveson

Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer (ND)

Brooke Johns

Gary Miracle

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Andrew Cuomo

The White House

Fleeing Texas legislators

Cop haters

VA elementary school

USPS

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“We can’t spend money we don’t have. Period. Just look at what is happening with inflation. We were promised this infrastructure bill was fully paid for, and now we see that it’s not. This was nothing more than a bait and switch. $205 billion of this bill was to be paid for with repurposed COVID funds. The latest proposal only shows $50 billion in COVID funds being used, as well as a lot of the proposed ‘pay-fors’ missing. So we are asking our colleagues: How is this infrastructure spending bill being paid for? We still don’t know. We still don’t have a score on this legislation from the Congressional Budget Office. Let’s not forget, this is just the first step in the Democrats’ plan to pass their $5.5 trillion tax-and-spend liberal wish list. We support infrastructure, but it has to be paid for. This proposal isn’t it.”
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) along with Sens. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), and Mike Lee (R-Utah) released a statement regarding the insufficient pay-fors in the 2,700 page, $1.2 trillion “infrastructure” bill

“If I were President right now, with COVID raging back, people being shot and killed in record numbers all over our cities, and the Border totally open with criminals and heavily infected COVID people pouring through our Southern Border and into our communities, the Fake News Media would be having an absolute field day. When I left office law enforcement was supported like never before, the Border was strong, safe, and secure (the best ever!), and I got a highly effective vaccine developed in less than 9 months (when it was supposed to take 5 years, or more!). Hopefully, people will NEVER FORGET!”
President Trump

“It is taking a needless toll on our country. You know, we have roughly 350 million people vaccinated in the United States, and billions around the world, and virtually no one has died because of that vaccination. But, even so, the impact is going to be very different than what happened last January.”
On Friday President Joe Biden twice claimed that “350 million” people in the U.S. have been vaccinated, even though the Census Bureau estimates that as of August 6 the total U.S. population was approximately 332,600,000

 “We know today that many of the face cloth coverings that people wear are not very effective in reducing any of the virus movement in or out.”
Biden’s former COVID adviser Dr. Michael Osterholm

“As best I recall, the sequence of statements coming from the government and ‘experts’ since the beginning of COVID-19 has gone something like this: You don’t need to wear a mask and it’s no more serious than the flu; you do need to wear a mask, though the virus is so small it can penetrate all but the N95 brand, so you should wear two masks; a vaccine will protect you from catching the virus and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you won’t have to wear a mask if fully vaccinated; you must still wear a mask even if fully vaccinated because of the Delta variant; if you have been fully vaccinated it is unlikely you will catch the Delta variant, but wear a mask anyway just in case; kids may or may not return to school and if they do return, they may or may not be forced to wear masks, even though young children appear to be less affected by the virus. Is that clear? I didn’t think so.”
Cal Thomas

“Think about this: If you’re a vaccinated American citizen not wearing a mask in the Capitol, Pelosi will have you arrested. But if you’re a COVID-positive illegal immigrant at the border? Dems welcome you and put you on a plane to an American city. Outrageous double standard.”
House Republican Whip Steve Scalise

“I respectfully disagree with them. There are things that are individual responsibilities that one has, and there are things that have to do with you individually which also impact others, and the spread of infection that we’re seeing now … is impacting everyone in the country. Although you want to respect a person’s individual right, when you’re dealing with a public health situation, and we are in fact in a very serious public health challenge here …  a person’s individual decision to not wear a mask not only impacts them … but you very well may infect another person who may be vulnerable.”

White House Chief Health Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci rejected the idea that masks are a “personal choice.”

“Congress should increase the income tax rate on taxpayers who are unvaccinated, and who have no legitimate religious or medical reason to be unvaccinated, to 99 percent. This could be done through reconciliation.”
Vox’s Ian Millhiser

“The percent of White people who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose (48%) was roughly 1.3 times higher than the rate for Black people (36%) and 1.2 times higher than the rate for Hispanic people (41%) as of July 19, 2021.”
Kaiser Family Foundation)

“We can’t get complacent. Having public opinion on our side is not enough, because the racist cowards that would fire teachers and ban certain books [that] are accurately describing the history of racism and bigotry in this country are already showing up at school board meetings, and they’re loud. So we have to be louder. We have to rise up together and show up to those same meetings, demanding that our children get a full and accurate history curriculum.”
Race hustler Al Sharpton

“The most incredible part about Leftism is that when its consequences become clear, Leftists immediately blame the thing they oppose. So, for example, when developers stop building as much thanks to endless eviction moratoria, Leftists will blame capitalism.”
Ben Shapiro

“I started out like most young, black men in the country where default is being liberal. Default is being a Democrat. … When I became a police officer, I was still a liberal. I voted for Barack Obama. Thank you, Barack Obama, because Barack Obama is what really made me leave … what I call the plantation. I paid taxes for the first time, significant amount of taxes when I was a cop. … It made me feel like I need to know what’s going on. Then Barack Obama started talking real bad about police, and that really turned me off. I opened my eyes in understanding to the other side.”
Former Tucson, Arizona, police officer Brandon Tatum

“It’s wrong to hope [Senator Lindsey Graham] dies from Covid right? Asking for a friend.”
Rhode Island Democratic Party chief strategist Kate Coyne-McCoy

 “I don’t believe [inflation] is transitory. I don’t believe this is temporary. The fact is … if this hyperinflation happens, it will be too late to recognize. … Congress, be careful. You’re playing with fire. If you’re wrong, the little guy, the guy you say you want to help, is going to get punished severely, and that’s going to be too bad.“
Home Depot cofounder Ken Langone

“There Is No Good Reason You Should Have to Be a Citizen to Vote.”
Journalist Atossa Araxia Abrahamian in The New York Times

 “Someone needs to create porn for children. Hear me out. Young teens are already watching porn but theyre [sic] finding hard core, aggressive videos that give a terrible view of sex. They need entry level porn! A soft core site where everyone asks for consent and no one gets choked etc.”
British journalist Flora Gill

“Why do we allow the people who just want to [complain] always win? … This is called a purge. It’s a mentality that belongs in Stalin’s Russia. How bad does this atmosphere we’re living in have to get before the people who say cancel culture is overblown admit that it is in fact an insanity that is swallowing up the world?”
Bill Maher

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

The Damning Details of Andrew Cuomo’s Behavior

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Trans Muppet character

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

OMG! Masks! Masks! Gotta have masks!

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

What kind of fish is that? Wisconsin family makes ‘super rare’ catch in Florida waters.

Week-ends (07/31/21)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of  This Just In…

HEROES OF THE WEEK

American Olympic medalists

Hidilyn Diaz

Paul Veneto

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

The CDC

William Rhoden

Liz Cheney

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

 “The labor crisis has reached every corner of our state. Yet Democrats have the gall to tell employers there’s no supporting data and that the worker crisis is fake. The governor has finally acknowledged it but thinks more government will solve the issue. We already have programs in place to help people find jobs, what we need is to get people off the couch and go back to work, and we do that by removing the weekly federal bonus check. I had hoped my Democratic colleagues would put politics aside to fix an actual issue affecting employers across the state, but it seems they’ll stick to their marching orders no matter the cost.”
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. A bill Vos (R-Rochester) co-authored to help address the current worker shortage in Wisconsin passed in both houses but failed to become law via the governor’s veto. The legislature used its authority by convening for a veto override.

“Governor, I appreciate your passion for education—however, as usual, you’re trying to fix problems by throwing more money at them. That’s just lazy leadership on your part. In order to improve our schools and help our kids, we should focus on three things: consolidate school districts to one per county, end the stranglehold that the union has on MPS by allowing the state to take over, and refocus on teaching kids how to think instead of what to think.”
State Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) regarding Governor Evers’ call for a special session of the legislature to take up additional funding for education

“The initial goal of public policy was to flatten the curve so we wouldn’t overwhelm hospitals. At some point, federal agencies moved the goal posts. The initial goal was achievable. I’m not even sure what the new goal is. Time to let Americans, not federal agencies, make decisions for themselves and their children. Time to reclaim liberty and end this state of fear.”
US Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) on new CDC guidelines 

“The CDC hasn’t changed, and the CDC hasn’t really flip-flopped at all.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci

“So, as a matter of policy going forward, given that the Chinese government won’t allow any real investigation, do you still think the U.S. government should collaborate with labs like Wuhan, especially on research that experts consider risky?”
Jake Tapper questioning Anthony Fauci

Well, you know, Jake, if you go back to when this research really started, and look at the scientific rationale for it, it was a peer- reviewed proposal that was peer-reviewed and given a very high rating for the importance of why it should be done, to be able to go and do a survey of what was going on among the bat population, because everyone in the world was trying to figure out what the original source of the original SARS-CoV-1 was.

“And in that context, the research was done. It was very regulated. It was reviewed. It was given progress reports. It was published in the open literature.

“So, I think if you look at the ultimate backed rationale, why that was started, it was almost as if, you didn’t pursue that research, you would be negligent…because we were trying to find out how you can prevent this from happening again.”
Fauci’s response

“We have three vaccines—all are effective against the variant. Millions have been vaccinated. Some are more hesitant. That’s their choice, and to be frank—we shouldn’t blame them. First, it doesn’t solve the issue of lagging vaccination rates. Second, this was always going to be controversial as vaccinations, in general, are a topic that generates intense reactions. Third, it’s just laziness to hurl rage at people who have legitimate questions.
Matt Vespa of Townhall.com

“And while plenty of Republicans have done the ‘vaccine selfie’ routine, there’s also something to be said for taking the vaccine without much fuss or spectacle, since most Americans are probably not inclined to broadcast their private medical procedures online. Showing off a needle in your arm on social media might not be the most effective persuasion strategy, especially for those who may otherwise have reservations about the vaccine. Plus, let’s face it: the whole ‘take a selfie with a needle being inserted into your arm’ concept is a bit weird to begin with. Some may even call it creepy and invasive!”
Journalist Michael Tracey

What we’re seeing on the border is an absolute travesty, and yet my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are going to do nothing about that today, even as we see people coming across the border who are testing positive for COVID.

“We have a crisis at our border and we are playing footsie with mask mandates in the people’s house.

“It’s absolutely absurd what this body is doing, the people’s house. It’s an embarrassment, a mockery, and the American people are fed up. They want to go back to life. They want to go back to business. They want to go back to school without their children being forced to wear masks, to be put in the corner, to have mental health issues.

“And we’re running around here and the Speaker comes down here at 10:00 in the morning saying we gotta wear masks in the people’s house?

“While we have thousands of people pouring across our border and Democrats don’t do a darn thing about it, heavily infected with COVID… We are absolutely sick and tired of it and so are the American people.”
Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy

The national average public school teacher salary for 2019-20 was $64,133. The national average one-year change in public school teacher salaries from 2018-19 to 2019-20 was 2.9 percent.”
The National Education Association. Data released by the NEA shows teacher salaries rose while schools were closed.

“He’s completely LOST it. Needs a cognitive exam NOW! This is a national security issue at this point. I think he’s either going to resign — they’re going to convince him to resign from office at some point in the near future for medical issues — or they’re going to have to use the 25th Amendment to get rid of this man.”
Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas), former White House physician doubts whether Joe Biden has the cognitive ability to make it through a full term

“We are run in this country, via the Democrats, via our corporate oligarchs by a bunch of child less cat ladies who are miserable at their own lives and the choices that they’ve made and so they want to make the rest of the country miserable too. It’s just a basic fact. You look at Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, AOC. The entire future of the Democrats are controlled by people without children.

“How does it make any sense we turned our country over to people who don’t really have a direct stake in it? I just wanted to ask that question and propose that maybe if we want a healthy ruling class in this country, we should invest more, we should vote more, we should support more people who actually have kids. Because those are the people who ultimately have a more direct stake in the future of this country.

“It hit a nerve. These people recognize that they’re unhappy. They live in one-bedroom apartments in New York City. They’ve played their entire lives to win a status game. They are obsessed with jobs. They are obsessed with their wealth and their fortunes and they look at middle America, people who are pretty happy with their lives and the choices they’ve made. And they hate normal Americans for choosing family over these ridiculous D.C. and New York status games.”

“I think because of that they just get so angry when somebody calls it what it is. It’s acceptable if they ignore that it never happens but if someone calls out that, look, if you are a miserable cat lady you should not force your misery on the rest of the country. They just get really upset about it.

“People who go home at night and see the face of a smiling kid, whatever their profession, I think they are happier, I think they are healthier and they are going to be better prepared to actually lead this country.”

Candidate for U.S. Senate from Ohio J.D. Vance

“People need to see that police officers go through horrible things, and Jan. 6 was a horrible thing for some of those officers. But, quite frankly, I find this whole Jan. 6 Commission, frankly, a dog and pony show. It doesn’t tell the whole story.

“Myself, like millions of Americans, sat there watching the testimony thinking, ‘Wait, where are the police officers who appeared – appeared – to let some of the protesters in? Where is the police officer who shot Ashli Babbitt? In fact, why aren’t we talking about Ashli Babbitt? I mean there’s so much more here.

“I want the American public to hear about that (riots spurred by the death of George Floyd). The American public wants to hear about that. They want to hear the testimony. You know, we have a Las Vegas police officer who is still paralyzed from the Black Lives Matter riots. We have thousands of police officers around the country who are retiring because of post-traumatic stress because of the riots.


“The 2020 riots, we can’t just say the whole George Floyd thing was bad and that’s what cops have to deal with and then watch these four weeping men talk about their experiences, ignoring thousands and thousands of police officers, ignoring their feelings and their experiences and their injuries. she said.

“It’s heartbreaking.  I have some cops who would rather go back to Iraq than continue to work on the street, just because of the massive amounts of blood and bodies and everything they deal with that people don’t see.

“It’s taking its toll. We already had a police officer mental health crisis in this country before George Floyd, and now the uptick in police officer suicides is reaching a crisis level.”

National Police Association spokeswoman Betsy Brantner Smith.  Brantner Smith’s comments came the day after four law enforcement officers who responded to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol gave testimony to a House select committee about their experience.

“I believe it takes more strength to throw off enormous expectations than it takes to live up to them.

I don’t know what it’s like to have the eyes of the world on me or to be under the pressure that comes with having to defend being the greatest of all time. But I do know what it’s like to believe that what I have to offer doesn’t matter unless I hear an avalanche of praise. I know what it’s like to feel paralyzed by the fear of not being ‘good enough.’

“Biles’s unprecedented excellence is already an inspiration to millions to give their all in whatever they do; my hope is that now, millions know they can choose to not give their all when the pressure is on. Or to put that another way: Sometimes ‘giving your all’ isn’t a show of strength on the outside; it’s what happens within.

Ana Marie Cox, political journalist, author and host of the podcast “With Friends Like These.” After failing to land a vault she’s been nailing in competitions since 2018, gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from the US women’s team at the Olympics.

I don’t like what has been done to us and what we’ve allowed. I don’t like the brainwashing. The lack of accountability. The lack of expectations for greatness. She is on the biggest stage in the world,” he said. She has the chance to represent the United States. She has the chance to represent black people. I quit. I’m not in the right headspace.”
Sports journalist Jason Whitlock on Biles

“I know nothing of gymnastics. I do know however that with sports of any level there comes a lot of pressure. Throwing in the towel as she wasn’t having a perfect performance is a good message to send young aspiring athletes. Other people would of killed for that spot.”
Former UFC champion Michael Bisping

All over the world, the best educated white people are also the most likely to be stupid. By educated, I mean the number of years spent in school, and nothing more. By stupidity, I mean a lack of common sense, as in a denial of human nature.

The latest evidence to support this observation can be found in the results of a Pew Research Center survey, published July 27. Pew found that 56% of adults surveyed believe that “gender is determined by sex assigned at birth,” and 41% believe it can be different. Who believes the latter? “Liberal Democrats are particularly likely to say gender can be different from sex assigned at birth.” In fact, 81% believe this to be true.

Also, “those with a bachelor’s degree or more education are more likely than those who do not have a college degree to say a person’s gender can be different from sex assigned at birth.” Regarding race, white people are the most likely to accept this position; blacks are the least likely.

Here are some basic biological facts that are resisted by educated white people.

A male carries the XY chromosomes; a female carries XX. Sorry, folks, there is no third combination—no XYZ exists. It’s a binary fact of life.

Males have a penis, scrotum, and testicles. Females have a vagina, uterus, and ovaries. Yes, one can pay a doctor to mutilate his genitals and construct a Lego-type replacement—though many trans persons refuse to finish the job—but this is still not a game changer.  

Educated white people who deny what nature, and nature’s God, has ordained, need to be deprogrammed. Either that or they will continue to prove just how stupid they really are.
Catholic League president Bill Donohue

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

FBI sexcapades

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

More Americans Want ‘Black Lives Matter Riots’ Investigated Than January 6 Riot

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Jan. 6

Aaron Rodgers arrives in Green Bay

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

From Super-Spreader Sex Houses to Nude Beach Fistfights, Vaccinated Partying Not All It’s Cracked Up to Be

‘Sir, there is something on your chin’

Week-ends (07/24/21)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of  This Just In…

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Giannis

All of the Milwaukee Bucks

Adam Richardson

State Rep. Barbara Dittrich, R-Oconomowoc

Officer Ronald Kennedy

Eric Clapton

He’s 2 years old. She’s about to turn 100…

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Elmbrook schools

Nancy PelosiMORE

Liz Cheney

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“This is a feeling, like this is an addictive feeling. I love playing in the playoffs. I love playing in the Finals. This is the moments I want to chase. I want the team to build off this and hopefully we can do it again.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo after the Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA championship

“Obviously I wanted to get the job done. That’s my stubborn side. It’s easy to go somewhere and go win a championship with somebody else. It’s easy. I could go to a superteam, and just do my part to win a championship. But this is the hard way to do it, and we did it.”
Giannis

“Can anybody point me to that one time in history where the side that was demanding censorship, segregation, propaganda, radical education, papers to move freely in society, plus government forces going door to door to demand compliance were the good guys?”
Candace Owens

“Earlier this month, Chicago Public Schools announced that it would be making free condoms available in schools, beginning with children in the fifth grade. … It’s time for some brutal honesty. This isn’t about the ‘health’ or ‘safety’ of the children. If it were, the adults would be up in arms at the mere prospect of elementary school children or middle schoolers having sex and would be doing everything in their power to prevent it. But sex is the only destructive behavior that the grown-ups just can’t bring themselves to discourage outright.”
Laura Hollis

“I don’t any take great pleasure … in clashing with the senator. I have a great deal of respect for the institution of the Senate of the United States. But [Rand Paul] was completely out of line. He totally distorted reality. And he made some inflammatory and, I believe, slanderous remarks about lying under oath, which is completely nonsense. I mean, and some of the things he says are so distorted and out of tune with reality, I had to call him on that. I didn’t enjoy it, but I had to do that because he was completely out of line. Totally inappropriate.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci

“I do think that [Dr. Anthony Fauci has] been giving us shades of the truth from the very beginning, but I also think that he is predictable as an elitist. People on the Left believe they know better than you and they think that the common man’s too stupid to make their own decisions, so these decisions need to be made by their betters. And I truly think that he believes that he knows better. … He calculates what the people need to hear and he tells them that regardless of whether it’s true.”
Senator Rand Paul

“Spending $3.5 trillion and expecting it to combat inflation is like throwing gasoline on a fire and hoping it goes out.”
Congressman Ralph Norman

“If Democrats in Washington cared about illegal immigration, they would be trying to finish Trump’s wall — a great infrastructure project. Instead, they’re trying to shove a massive amnesty plan into their infrastructure bill.”
Gary Bauer

“There’s nobody suggesting there’s unchecked inflation is on the way. No serious economist.”
Joe Biden

“Verdict: False. Larry Summers is worried about inflation. He has been the Treasury Secretary under Bill Clinton, director of the National Economic Council under Barack Obama, chief economist of the World Bank, and president of Harvard University. He is one of the most prominent economists in the United States today.”
John Carney

“Remember when the Democrat sales pitch for Biden a year ago was that he would unite America, calm things down, and help the middle class afford stuff like gas, housing and groceries? Hilarious.”
Buck Sexton

“There’s Mrs. Biden, Dr Jill to you. Anybody who thinks she will give up being the First Lady without a fight has badly misjudged her. Furthermore, the notion that she would merely stand by and let Joe hand over the reins to Kamala is ludicrous. Joe Biden might be able to brush off the fact that the Vice-President called him a racist and a rapist. After all, that’s just politics. But I’m certain that Mrs. Biden thinks about it every time she’s within 100 yards of the cackle.

“If Joe Biden passed away in his sleep, I have no doubt that Dr. Jill would have him stuffed and then prop him up as the need arose. Nobody, I suspect, would ever notice.”
Columnist Burt Prelutsky

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

White House Communications Director Admits They’re Trying to Censor Conservative News Sites

Targeting People With Mental Illness and Dementia for Euthanasia

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

While parents everywhere rise up over the flood of woke curriculum, they’re also getting a good look behind the curtain at what their children are hearing about sex

Cops Scramble to Deal With Deadly Road Rage During Pandemic

The pressure on police

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Bucks win NBA title…over-hyped and rightfully so

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Man’s proposal at baseball game goes horribly wrong in cringeworthy scene

Week-ends (07/17/21)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of  This Just In…

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Rep. Timothy Ramthun (R-Campbellsport)

Becca Murray

Truffles

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Maricopa County

Justine Ang Fonte

Bill Cosby

The Pope

Notre Dame students and faculty

Helle Thorning Schmidt

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“He gets some credit for signing it, but remember, he proposed major tax increases. We threw those out, and now we have major tax cuts. So yes, of course the governor signed it so he is able to say he agreed with us in the end, but we pulled him kind of kicking and screaming to get to that point. It’s kind of like when you’re in college and you have people working on a group project and when one person doesn’t show up until the last meeting and then tries to take credit for all of the good work done by other people. That’s pretty much what happened here.”

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said Wisconsinites shouldn’t attribute the tax cuts in the state budget to Gov. Evers

“What do you call a plane full of Democrats leaving Texas? A good start.”
Kyle Mann

“I wonder if the Texas Democrat reps. who abandoned their constituents to avoid a vote had to show an ID to board their getaway plane?”
Charlie Kirk

“In the end, the left is attempting to make it easier for people to cheat, increasing the likelihood that more and more fraudulent votes will cancel out legitimate ones. … The fact is, the left’s real agenda isn’t about helping minority voters; it’s about helping themselves: They believe voter fraud favors their candidates, plain and simple. … It would be a great irony and a great tragedy if the promise of the civil rights movement and the sacrifice of all those who fought and even died to protect our right to vote were undone because the left successfully cloaked its efforts in the name of civil rights.”
Kay C. James

“The real reason [leftists] can’t stand Trump is because he believes in, appeals to and inspires the average Joe, the everyman and everywoman, including millions of minorities, immigrants, working class folks and aspiring entrepreneurs. Those are the people that the elites have been groomed to believe they are superior to. Those are the people who are supposed to take the largesse and government handouts the educated dispense, and be grateful. Those are the people who are supposed to shut up and do as they are told.”
Laura Hollis

“[Democrats are] trying to label Republicans as people who want to suppress the vote. But a number of the things that the Republicans want to do in the laws they are passing across the country are things that are popular — and voter ID is very high on that list. I think it’s politically really stupid to come out and criticize voter ID.”
Journalist Brit Hume

“The attacks on critical race theory are based on made-up definitions and descriptors.”
Ibram X. Kendi in his column, “There Is No Debate Over Critical Race Theory”

“Let me remind you that Kendi has suggested there should be an unelected government agency called the ‘Department of Antiracism’ that would enforce CRT’s ideology on the local, state, and federal level.”
Joel Abbott

“If the left believes with all their heart that America is racist, systemically racist and terrible in so many ways, why don’t they build the wall on the southern border? Why don’t they stop illegal immigrants from coming into this terrible country? They welcome illegal immigrants coming in. In fact, illegal immigrants want to come into this country. Because they know it’s such a great country.”
Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO)

“If you are looking for systemic racism, don’t look in the American story; it can be found in an educational system that has yet to teach true history in its entirety. Our nation has always sought to form a more perfect union, and though not flawless, it has done better than any other in the history of mankind. Within our DNA is a desire to unify and encourage the acceptance of others.”
Congressman Burgess Owens  

“To this day, semper fidelis is more than a slogan. For us, it is a way of life. We were taught that it meant to always be faithful to God, country, Corps and each other. Fast forward to the present. Our troops are now being asked to be faithful to a leftist belief system that denies God, tears down our country, undermines military preparedness and makes service members distrustful of each other. Biden and his leftist puppet masters are doing what no foreign enemy has been able to do: destroy our military. Sadly, they are being assisted by weak generals and admirals playing politics.”

Oliver North & David Goetsch

“Don’t be bullied by those seeking to intimidate you with false charges of racism from standing up for your children, for accurate history and for promoting the laudatory goal of seeing and treating people of all races as individuals made in God’s image.”
David Limbaugh

“[Vladimir] Lenin said give me your children to teach for four years and the seeds I plant will never be uprooted. What [leftists] are trying to do is actually indoctrinate the kids. … I think we saw the fruits of it last summer in Portland and Seattle. These are people who are coming to age who have been taught to hate the United States of America.”
Ben Carson

“The two parties are switching class constituents. Some 65% of the Americans making more than $500,000 a year are Democrats, and 74% of those who earn less than $100,000 a year are Republicans, according to IRS statistics. Gone are the days of working people automatically voting Democratic, or Republicans being caricatured as a party of stockbrokers on golf courses. … The Democratic Party does not wish to admit it has become the party of wealth. All too often its stale revolutionary speechifying sounds more like penance arising from guilt than genuine advocacy for middle-class citizens of all races.”
Victor Davis Hanson

“The American flag is carried by freedom-loving people around the world who take to their streets in protest of real government oppression. It’s a symbol of hope and liberty in countries that have neither. Remember that the next time the left says our flag is a symbol of hate.”
Congressman Dan Crenshaw

 “Approximately 400 Americans were shot over the July 4th weekend. Of those 400, 150 were killed. That’s approximately the same number of U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan during the entirety of 2008. Of course, we are currently withdrawing from Afghanistan, and as a nation we’re also withdrawing from large swaths of Chicago, Minneapolis, New York City, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle.”
Gary Bauer

“Just as confronting the Chinese Communist Party is our most pressing foreign issue, so, too, has securing law and order become our most pressing domestic issue. If the median American is afraid to step outside his or her house, little else in our politics matters.”
Josh Hammer

“Some will say Jan. 6 is uniquely bad. It was really bad and condemnable. But also, Jan. 6 probably never would have happened had the media and Democrats together not spent so many years defending violent protestors disrupting democratic institutions and burning down businesses when the protestors were progressive.”
Erick Erickson

“The cultural provocations that are currently tearing us apart do, certainly and obviously, come from progressives. And the left seems to have no prudent fear of backlash. They don’t seem to believe public opinion counts for much anymore.”
Peggy Noonan

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

Border Apprehensions Pass 1 Million, On Track To Set New Record While Democrats Plan Amnesty

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Governor Evers Waits 500 Days to Take Action to Help State’s Workforce Recover

A Child’s Chances of Surviving a COVID-19 Infection: 99.995 Percent

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

COVID surging

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Giannis Explaining Why He Keeps Leaving Games Early Is Comedy

Milwaukee is getting its first World Naked Bike Ride this fall