Week-ends (05/30/20)

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…


Retirees at pirate radio station

Texas principal

Curtis Rogers

Jyoti Kumari


Minneapolis police officers

Minnesota State Patrol

Looters, vandals

The media: A Tale of Two Protests: Minnesota Rioters Vs. Anti-Lockdown Protesters


WI State Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Dallet

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham 

The governor of Michigan’s husband


“Please, please, please, I can’t breathe.”
George Floyd

“People are torn and hurt because they’re tired of seeing black men die constantly, over and over again. They took my brother’s life. He will never get that back. I will never see him again. My family will never see him again. These officers, they need to be arrested right now. They need to be arrested and held accountable about everything, because these people want justice right now. Justice is these guys need to be arrested, convicted of murder, and given the death penalty. They took my brother’s life. He will never get that back. I will never see him again. My family will never see him again. His kids will never see him again.”
Philonise Floyd, George Floyd’s brother. George Floyd died in the custody of Minneapolis police. Video shows the arresting officer appearing to shove Floyd’s face into the pavement with his knee for at least seven minutes, His cries for help were ignored.

“While we generally avoid drawing conclusions on the videos of police encounters, this incident offers compelling evidence of what occurred… The actions of the Minneapolis officers were outrageous, deplorable, and revolting, and would not satisfy the use of force standards and best practices employed by law enforcement in Wisconsin. The outright abuse inflicted upon George Floyd not only failed to meet the legal and professional standards that require officers to exercise force reasonably, it desecrated the most basic notions of human decency.We seen no justification for the officers’ actions in this case, and they represent an affront to the core values and principles upon which the law enforcement profession is founded. This incident not only makes the job of every law enforcement officer more difficult, it makes that job more dangerous as well. It undoes the good work that officers do and the strides that law enforcement has made to strengthen its relationships with the public it serves.”
The executive director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA), Jim Palmer

“The horrific murder of George Floyd that America has witnessed is shocking, undefendable and unjustifiable. America witnessed a murder.”
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett

“It is evident that if a member of law enforcement violates public trust anywhere in our nation, their actions impact law enforcement members everywhere.”
Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales called Floyd’s death “tragic” and “serious”

“It’s inconvenient from a societal standpoint, from an economic standpoint to go through this,” (Dr. Anthony) Fauci stated at the end of March. How come he is so understated when it comes to compassion for the people whose lives have been wrecked by his policies but so demonstrative when trying to scare the American people?
From Dr. Rand Paul, a physician, a Republican who represents Kentucky in the U.S. Senate, and Rep. Andy Biggs, a Republican, who represents Arizona in the U.S. House of Representatives

“I am not an anti-vaxxer. To get a COVID-19 vaccine within a year or two … causes me to fear that it won’t be widely tested as to side effects.”
Melanie Dries, 56, of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Only about half of Americans say they would get a COVID-19 vaccine if the scientists working furiously to create one succeed, according to a new poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

“I would not want people to think that we’re cutting corners because that would be a big mistake. I think this is an effort to try to achieve efficiencies, but not to sacrifice rigor. Definitely the worst thing that could happen is if we rush through a vaccine that turns out to have significant side effects.”
Dr. Francis Collins, who directs the National Institutes of Health, insists safety is the top priority. The NIH is creating a master plan for testing the leading COVID-19 vaccine candidates in tens of thousands of people, to prove if they really work and also if they’re safe.

“I’m definitely going to get it. As a father who takes care of his family, I think … it’s important for me to get vaccinated as soon as it’s available to better protect my family.”
Brandon Grimes, 35, of Austin, Texas

“What I was saying was, I was asked 11 questions as to why churches would be allowed to reopen. It was a bit peculiar to be asked these 11 questions in a row. And for the onus and the focus solely to be on why churches are essential, I’ve never been asked why liquor stores was essential. So I was merely pointing that out. And to the point about questioning the journalists and asking why they’re asking certain questions, I field hundreds of questions a day. Journalists are not above being questioned themselves. Journalism is a great and noble profession, but there’s been a dearth of journalists asking the real questions for President Obama, the criminal leak of Michael Flynn’s identity, who leaked that identity, the dossier which was used to launch a three-year investigation into this president and spy on his campaign. Why aren’t those questions being asked? It’s journalistic malpractice not to ask those questions.”
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany pushed back on criticism after she took issue with the number of questions she received at a press briefing about churches being considered essential

“Although the sense of the importance of religion is still quite strong in America, it has weakened. With that weakening, we’re seeing a weakening of behaviors that keep a nation strong: record lows in the rate of marriage and the number of children born.

“Also, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 45% say that the coronavirus crisis has had a negative impact on their mental health. This could be tied to a weakening of faith.

“Leadership is about staking out principles and standing by them. President Trump ran for president to ‘Make America Great Again.’ He is exercising leadership by declaring religion and church attendance essential to American greatness.

“The president is right to defend the constitutional protection of religious practice and to identify the freedom to worship as essential.”
Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and author of the new book “Necessary Noise: How Donald Trump Inflames the Culture War and Why This is Good News for America”

“Barely five months before the most important presidential election of our lifetime, with the Supreme Court on the line, is no time to convert the election machinery of more than 100,000 election precincts to an unprecedented, untested system of any kind (mail-in ballots). Yet Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer seeks to send absentee ballot applications to 7.7 million people on an error-ridden list of potential voters.

“States can more easily manage the integrity of a small number of mail-in ballots compared with being overwhelmed by everyone, even illegal aliens, voting by mail.

“The costs are staggering, and states ask Congress to force taxpayers to foot the bill for this folly.

“Democrats even want unions to be allowed to collect ballots, but that would add unwanted intimidation of voters to the process. Unionized workers should be free from union coercion when they mark their ballots.

“Allowing votes to be mailed until Election Day means that counting ballots and declaring a winner may not occur until weeks later. The post office can take up to ten days to deliver a letter, particularly amid high volume, and in a close election the outcome could change when ballots are lost in the mail.”
John and Andy Schlafly are sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) and lead the continuing Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organizations with writing and policy work

“Just imagine the apocalyptic response if Donald Trump stated that ‘if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Biden, then you ain’t white.'”
Ian G. Haworth is a political commentator and writer and the host of a daily podcast

“I’d sit for 15 minutes and cry because I missed my grandson, and I was convinced I was never going to see him again. And then I’d move on.”
Ema Martinez of Lubbock, Texas maintained a routine during her quarantine. For 15 minutes each day, she would throw herself a “pity party” and weep. At her home  Martinez used to watch her 3-year-old grandson, Hendrix, so often that he has his own bedroom for overnight visits. But after Martinez, who suffers from chronic leukemia, decided she had to quarantine alone to protect herself, the room sat empty and silent.

“Some players like Steve Nash used to lick his hands. Some people still have that in their routine. Some people wipe the sweat off their face and put it on the ball. It’s going to be weird how they try to control it, because we have to touch each other. And then you have to worry about the family members that we may be touching.”
Bam Adebayo, NBA All-Star with the Miami Heat

“When that thing happened with (Rudy) Gobert and the (NBA’s Utah) Jazz, the whole sports world — maybe even the whole world — was like, ‘I got to take this serious.’ So we’re test-tube babies. That’s why it’s even that much more important that we take every precaution before we even think about coming back.”
Marcedes Lewis, Green Bay Packers tight end entering his 15th NFL season

“There have been many cycles, but this is the third wave, and this current wave, I have to tell you, is kicking my ass. For the last seven days, I have been virtually worthless, virtually useless. I haven’t left the house. I haven’t done much of anything except just try to rest and relax. Every day, I wake up and the first thing I do is thank God that I did. Just waking up is a blessing.”
69-year old radio host Rush Limbaugh, who is battling advanced lung cancer

“It’s an agonizing, terrible decision, but one that we felt was the right decision…what we struggled with here at the Wisconsin State Fair is how to put together a safe venue that everybody would feel secure, that we would know that we did everything right and doing everything right meant unfortunately we had to cancel.”
WI State Fair Park Board Chairman John Yingling on his decision to cancel the fair this year


Death of George Floyd in Minnesota

This is what the mask has turned into in America


Biden losing economic argument to Trump as U.S. begins to re-open


Cops do this all the time.


Worry, haste, retail therapy: What have we bought and why?

Week-ends (05/23/20)

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…


President Trump

Shelly Luther

Mary Gillen

Sarah Rose and David Patrick


The mayor of Racine

Michigan Governor Whitmer


UK  cheerleader coaching staff


“It was imperative for Milwaukee County businesses to get open in a responsible way.”
Mike Drilling, owner of Panther Pub and Eatery in Greendale said it was important to reopen, especially since restaurants in nearby Kenosha and Waukesha counties had been open for indoor and outdoor seating for several days

“It’s grossly unfair to Milwaukee businesses. The only municipality that will not be open for business is the City of Milwaukee, and I say that’s crazy. ”
Milwaukee Alderman Mark Borkowski sent a letter to Mayor Tom Barrett, after hearing from business owners who are right on the border with other cities getting ready to reopen. Borkowski called on the mayor to reopen the city, as the county prepared to end their stay at home order.

“We know that there are a lot of people that want to act like life is back to normal. We’re dealing with a pandemic, so we have to be responsible and deal with this in a way where we think it’s not going to cause us to potentially have a huge setback.”
Mayor Barrett is holding firm on his decision to stay closed

“Well I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
Joe Biden in an interview

“That is as arrogant and offensive and demeaning as I can imagine in this time we are living.  Race-baiting in the 21st century is an ineffective tool to attract one of the most intelligent voting blocks in the nation.”
Tim Scott of South Carolina,  the sole black Republican serving in the US Senate

“Biden’s remarks sent shockwaves across social media and in the political press, but it shouldn’t have shocked anyone. Joe Biden and the Democratic Party have long sowed racial division and promoted identity politics in order to maintain power and control.

“His condescending remark is indicative of the Democratic Party’s overall attitude towards blacks and minority groups — Shut up and listen. We decide what you think and how you vote.”
Ambassador Ken Blackwell is a best-selling author and a visiting professor at the Liberty University School of Law

“VP Biden’s statement today represents the arrogant and out-of-touch attitude of a paternalistic white candidate who has the audacity to tell Black people, the descendants of slaves, that they are not Black unless they vote for him. This proves unequivocally that the Democratic nominee believes that Black people owe him their vote without question; even though we as Black people know it is exactly the opposite. He should spend the rest of his campaign apologizing to every Black person he meets.”
Robert L. Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television & RLJ Companies

“As far as the president is concerned, he’s our president and I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and in his, shall we say, weight group, morbidly obese, they say. So, I think it’s not a good idea.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., chastised President Donald Trump on Monday for his decision to take hydroxychloroquine, saying that health experts have warned about its effects and that it could be harmful to the president

“Pelosi is a sick woman. She’s got a lot of problems, a lot of mental problems. We’re dealing with people that have to get their act together for the good of the country.”
President Trump responding to Pelosi


‘Massacre of a helpless population’

New York’s $21 million field hospital being dismantled without treating one patient


Biden’s gaffe (latest)

Dems more likely to snitch


Trump says he is taking unproven drug hydroxychloroquine


‘Masks on, clothes off’ party


Week-ends (05/16/20)

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…


4 justices on the WI Supreme Court

Tony Vaccaro

Ontario family

Sebastian Morris


WI Supreme Court Justice Brian Hagedorn, alleged conservative




This case is about the assertion of power by one unelected official, Andrea Palm, and her order to all people within Wisconsin to remain in their homes, not to travel and to close all businesses that she declares are not “essential” in Emergency Order 28.

We conclude that Emergency Order 28 is a rule under the controlling precedent of this court, and therefore is subject to statutory emergency rulemaking procedures established by the Legislature. Because Palm did not follow the law in creating Order 28, there can be no criminal penalties for violations of her order. We do not conclude that Palm was without any power to act in the face of this pandemic. However, Palm must follow the law that is applicable to state-wide emergencies. We further conclude that Palm’s order confining all people to their homes, forbidding travel and closing businesses exceeded the statutory authority of Wis. Stat. §252.02 upon which Palm claims to rely.

The dispute in this case involves whether the Secretary-designee of DHS issued an order in violation of the laws of Wisconsin——an order that impacts every person in Wisconsin, as well as persons who come into Wisconsin, and every “non-essential” business.

Palm’s order confining all people to their homes, forbidding travel and closing businesses exceeded the statutory authority of Wis. Stat. §252.02, upon which Palm claims to rely. By the Court.—Palm’s Emergency Order 28 is declared unlawful, invalid, and unenforceable.
From the WI Supreme Court’s ruling against the state-imposed stay-at-home order

“Republicans believe business owners can safely reopen using the guidelines provided by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. We urge our fellow small business owners to utilize the suggestions as a safe and effective way to open up our state.

“Wisconsin now joins multiple states that don’t have extensive ‘stay at home orders’ but can continue to follow good practices of social distancing, hand washing, hand sanitizer usage and telecommuting. This order does not promote people to act in a way that they believe endangers their health.

“We would urge the Evers administration to work with us to begin promulgating rules that would provide clear guidance in case COVID-19 reoccurs in a more aggressive way.”
Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) in a statement after the Wisconsin State Supreme Court made its ruling in Wisconsin Legislature v. Andrea Palm, declaring Emergency Order 28 unenforceable.

Up until now, Wisconsin was in a pretty good place in our battle against COVID-19. We had reached almost all our gating criteria. We had opened up 14,000 small businesses across the state, putting 90,000 folks back to work, and that was because of the good work of Wisconsinites across our state who banded together, stayed home, and stayed safe. Despite that good work, Republican legislators have convinced 4 justices to throw our state into chaos.

We cannot let today’s ruling undo all the work we have done and all the sacrifices Wisconsinites have made over these past few months. We need everyone to continue doing their part to keep our families, our neighbors, and our communities safe by continuing to stay safer at home, practice social distancing, and limit travel, because folks, deadly viruses don’t wait around for politicians and bureaucrats to settle their differences or promulgate rules.”
Gov. Evers

“The Great State of Wisconsin, home to Tom Tiffany’s big Congressional Victory on Tuesday, was just given another win. Its Democrat Governor was forced by the courts to let the State Open. The people want to get on with their lives. The place is bustling!”
President Trump

“Secretary-designee Andrea Palm must immediately resign from her appointment as Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary.

“The recent Supreme Court ruling confirmed that Ms. Palm’s power grab exceeded her authority. Her shotgun approach to lock down Wisconsin has produced disastrous consequences.

“Wisconsin’s economy and health care system are collapsing. Small businesses are closing their doors for good. Tens of thousands of people are struggling to apply for unemployment in an attempt to survive the storm she caused.

“New data shows us how we can make a targeted response to the Wuhan virus, but Ms. Palm will hear none of it. A native New Yorker, ally of Hillary Clinton’s, and Washington, D.C. insider, Ms. Palm understands very little of our Midwestern values or how her decisions have devastated our way of life.

“Ms. Palm came here as Governor Evers’ hired gun, and she will leave with Wisconsin’s corpse if she continues.”
Sen. Tom Tiffany, who was elected to Congress in a special election on Tuesday, said Palm should step down as leader of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services because of how she handled the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic

“Senator Tiffany please, you just won an election. Just relax. This is an insane statement. We talk about trying to tone down the rhetoric and I’ve done everything I can do to that. To make a statement like that about someone who has dedicated her life to saving lives, please sir give us a break. You’re headed to Washington, D.C. I know you’re better than this.”
Gov. Evers responding to Tiffany

“We have to recognize that for every day that our economy remains shut down, there are businesses that go under, job losses that occur, And you know, right now we’ve had a disaster, but we can still recover from it if we use our common sense and we use the things that we’ve learned about the virus and about its transmission to get people back to work.

“We can stay shattered and allow this thing to control us and when we finally come out, everything will be destroyed. Or we can act like, you know, our tradition is. Americans tend to be innovative. They tend to be entrepreneurial. And they tend to be brave. This is the home of the brave, remember that.”
HUD Secretary Ben Carson

“Why do I have to stay home just because you are scared? How about you stay home … you stay in your house indefinitely, you wear a mask, you socially distance yourself from me, you avoid restaurants, you avoid baseball games, you stay off the roads, you avoid malls and beaches and parks … I’m done playing your dumb game … I’m no longer going to be a prisoner of your fear. I’m no longer staying in my house or catering to you because you are scared … your fear is not an excuse to destroy America. Your fear is not my fear and your fear does not have the right to interfere with my life, my job, my income or my future as a free American citizen.”
Rock musician Ted Nugent

“The jury’s still out. One, how do you feel about your own health and health of your family. Two, how do you feel about the health of the economy, particularly your own job. … If people are still freaked out, then I think it’s always tough for any incumbent.”
Former WI Gov. Scott Walker on the November election


The WI Supreme Court rules Wisconsin can reopen. Many communities refuse.

Each time coronavirus takes another World War II veteran, ‘we lose a part of history’


With School Buildings Closed, Children’s Mental Health Is Suffering


The US is Dramatically Overcounting Coronavirus Deaths


Dining with dummies? Renowned restaurant adds mannequins

Week-ends (05/09/20)

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…


Shelley Luther




Evelyn Farkas

Gregory McMichael and Travis McMichael


“My question for you is, where in the Constitution did the people of Wisconsin confer authority on a single unelected cabinet secretary to compel almost six million people to stay at home and close their businesses and face imprisonment if they don’t comply — with no input from the legislature — without the consent of the people. Isn’t it the very definition of tyranny for one person to order people to be imprisoned for going to work, among other ordinarily lawful activities? Where does the Constitution say that’s permissible counsel?”
On Tuesday, the WI Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding Gov. Evers’ extension of his stay-at-home order. Assistant Attorney General Colin T. Roth had just begun his argument in defense of Gov. Evers when Justice Rebecca Bradley questioned him.

“As much as people believe we’re going to return to the good old days — that’s just not going to happen.”
WI Gov. Tony Evers

“People mistake inconvenience for oppression, and what that does is minimize the real pain and historical trauma that actually oppressed communities deal with. That’s what we call privilege.”
WI Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes on Twitter Mandela Barnes about Wisconsin residents who feel like they have been oppressed by the Evers administration’s lockdown

“I wish he would (drop out of the race). He won’t, but I wish he would. I want to say, you and I were there, Joe Biden. Please step forward and be held accountable. You should not be running on character for the president of the United States.”
Tara Reade, the woman who has accused Joe Biden of sexual assault

“I’m saying, unequivocally, it never, never happened.”
Joe Biden

“We could be looking at famine in about three dozen countries. … There is also a real danger that more people could potentially die from the economic impact of COVID-19 than from the virus itself.”
The United Nations World Food Programme director David Beasley

“Let us remember how small our differences are in the face of this shared threat. In the final analysis, we are not partisan combatants. We’re human beings, equally vulnerable and equally wonderful in the sight of God. We rise or fall together. And we’re determined to rise.”
Former President George W. Bush urged the nation in a video message to show compassion and empathy during a “challenging and solemn time in the life our nation and world.”

“Oh bye the way, I appreciate the message from former President Bush, but where was he during Impeachment calling for putting partisanship aside. He was nowhere to be found in speaking up against the greatest Hoax in American history!”
Tweet by President Trump

“Giving in to panic is like surrendering to the enemy.”
Russian World War II veteran Valentina Efremova (96). On the 75th anniversary of the allied victory in the World War II, The Associated Press spoke to veterans in ex-Soviet countries.

“War teaches us that fear kills worse than disease. I was not afraid of diseases then, I’m not afraid even now.”
Anatoly Grakovich (91) who fought the Nazis as a teenage member of partisan formations in Soviet Belarus


During coronavirus crisis, biz owners like Shelley Luther are jailed while criminals go free


Tara Reade claims


Murder hornets


Man caught camping on Disney’s Discovery Island says it was ‘tropical paradise’

Week-ends (05/02/20)

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…


5 volunteers

Dominick SeJohn Walton

Christina and Brad Cowherd


Leftist professor

The media


“As it pertained to Dr. [Christine Blasey] Ford, high-level Democrats said she should be believed, that they believed it happened. You said, if someone like Dr. Ford were to come out, the essence of what she is saying has to be believed, has to be real. Why? Why? Why is it real for Dr. Ford, but not for Tara Reade? Are women to be believed unless it pertains to you?”
MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski confronted former Vice President Joe Biden over his past comments on the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, in light of Biden’s own denial of a sexual assault claim lodged against him by Tara Reade

“Look, women are to be believed, given the benefit of the doubt. If they come forward and say something that they said happened to them, they should start off with the presumption that they’re telling the truth. Then you have to look at the circumstances and the facts. And the facts in this case do not exist. They never happened.

“I’m not going to question her motive, I’m not going to get into that at all. I don’t know why these she’s saying this. I don’t know why after 27 years all of a sudden this gets raised. I don’t understand that. But I’m not going to go in and question her motive. I’m not going to attack her. She has a right to say whatever she wants to say. But I have a right to say, look at the facts, check it out. Find out if what any of what she says is true.”
Biden’s response

“And Reade is not alone. There are scores of women who have come forward to describe what could only be called sexual harassment, with Joey being handsy and smelling their hair. Now, we have a woman who says Biden complimented her breasts when she was 14 years old. This isn’t an old story either, like from the 1970s. This incident occurred at a fundraiser in 2008.”
Columnist Matt Vespa

“The Governor of Michigan should give a little, and put out the fire. These are very good people, but they are angry. They want their lives back again, safely! See them, talk to them, make a deal.”
President Trump as an armed militia became involved in an angry protest in the Michigan statehouse 

What is the number of Americans who would have died from the Wuhan Flu under President Biden? That seems like a pretty basic question that no one ever asks these bozos (the media). You have to have a scale to measure these things by. Where is the cut-off between a good outcome and a bad one in terms of mortality? Is it 10,000? 20,000? What’s the number? All we know is that one death is acceptable. If it weren’t, the Dems would have cast off Floatin’ Ted Kennedy the minute he showed up with a neck brace and a martini.
Columnist Kurt Schlichter

“You’ve read many brilliant commentaries on the number of things that kill Americans every single year like choking, heart disease, cancer, auto accidents, medical accidents, and run-of-the-mill accidents. Of all of them, the Wuhan Coronavirus is the one medical villain our bureaucratic Avengers have decided warrants ruining economies and eroding Americans’ personal freedoms and way of life to ‘defeat’? Rather, from which they’ll ‘save’ you and me? Of course, that’s absurd. They can’t save you from getting sick. But they’re going to look like they’re trying.”
Talk show host Chris Stigall

“There is no normal. Whether it’s a retail or office environment, people will be returning in a heightened state of fear of getting infected, and they’re going to look for signs that property owners are taking the right measures to protect them.”
Paul Bedborough, chief executive for Cushman & Wakefield’s facilities management arm

“Does anyone believe that contemporary Americans could build another transcontinental railroad in six years? … America went to the moon in 1969 with supposedly primitive computers and backward engineering. Does anyone believe we could launch a similar moonshot today?”We have been fighting in Afghanistan without result for 18 years. Our forefathers helped to win World War II and defeat the Axis Powers in four years. The choice is ours whether America awakens as a roaring giant or a crying baby.”
Dr. Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, a military historian and a professor emeritus of classics at California State University, Fresno


“The ease with which police state tactics have been employed and the equal ease with which most Americans have accepted them have been breathtaking.”


The media owe Brett Kavanaugh an apology


Pandemic could last two years


ESPN to air marble racing, cherry pit spitting and more weird sports this weekend

Week-ends (04/25/20)

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…


Postal carriers, delivery workers

Quinn Callander

Ernie Andrus


The news media

Alfredo Perez de la Cruz


“I think this will make Evers respond. People of different backgrounds, races and cultures all want to get back to work. The flu can kill you but so can not eating.”
Cindy Warner of Milwaukee who attended a Friday rally at the state Capitol in Madison to protest Gov. Evers’ extension of his stay-at-home order

“I’m here to stand for balance, that all lives in Wisconsin matter. That we need to be open so the economy can function, so we can care for the sick people. Let us take personal responsibility, let us think about our fellow mankind and we will. But just being locked down, that has made a lot of people angry and causing push-back unnecessarily.”
Green Bay resident Tina Hollenbeck attended Friday’s rally

“You’re being told to sit down and shut up because your opinion doesn’t matter. You’re being told to listen to the professionals, but you know what, you shouldn’t ever stop questioning the professionals. They don’t live your life … they did not include you in this decision.”
Madison Elmer, one of the rally organizers, said those present want to make their own choice when it comes to taking safety precautions or closing their businesses, rather than have a government mandate

“I feel like our constitutional rights are being taken from us. And I’m just not willing anymore. What’s going to happen is going to happen.”
Dan Zierath, owner of Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub in Wauwatosa, was the first bar owner to publicly say he would be opening on May 1, in defiance of the governor’s stay-at-home order

“We’ve applied for all of the relief programs and we’ve received not a single cent. We’re just trying to keep the lights on and pay the few people who remain on staff that keeps us doing our curbside. … We don’t have a lot of extra money to restock our own inventory.”
Lydia Sobol, who owns the farm to-table restaurant Sobie’s in Oconomowoc with her husband, Mike, said they haven’t received any relief or funding yet. It could be months or even a year before they are “out of the weeds financially,” Sobol said.

“Purporting to act under color of State law, an unelected, unconfirmed cabinet secretary has laid claim to a suite of czar-like powers — unlimited in scope and indefinite in duration — over the people of Wisconsin. By the time the Secretary sees fit to lift her decree (be it in five weeks or eight months), many Wisconsinites will have lost their jobs, and many companies will have gone under, to say nothing of the Order’s countless other downstream societal effects. Our State will be in shambles.”
From a lawsuit filed by Republican leaders of the state Legislature against Democratic Gov. Tony Evers hoping to stop his administration from keeping businesses and schools closed through May in an effort to slow the spread of a deadly coronavirus. The GOP leaders are seeking to take away Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm’s ability to make unilateral decisions during public health emergencies and instead require her to gain their approval before taking action.

“People die every day because of this and the more we screw around with it, the more people die. Political power should not trump life. This is an extraordinary day unlike any other, frankly, I’ve ever witnessed as governor or even before I was governor. This is a power grab by the Legislative Republicans who are telling 4,600 plus in the state of Wisconsin who have contracted COVID-19 and the families of the 242 people who have died, we don’t care about you — we care about our political power.”
Gov. Tony Evers

“There’s a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through. We’re going to have the flu epidemic and the coronavirus epidemic at the same time.”
Centers for Disease Control Director Robert Redfield

“Of the 42,425 casualties nationally, 45% are in New York. Without New York, the national number would be 23,334. So total COVID-19 casualties in 49 of 50 states now total far less than our total annual auto casualties nationwide.

“Two conclusions jump out, and they are both consistent with President Donald Trump’s latest guidelines. First, local realities are so disparate that governors and local authorities must lead management of this crisis in their region. Second, the risks are far less than what was initially thought. We must adjust and prudently start opening our economy.”
Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education

“If you weren’t convinced that Democrats are crazy, insane and a danger to us all, I now have clear and irrefutable proof. It’s hydroxychloroquine. That’s the anti-malaria drug that has become a weapon in our arsenal to defeat coronavirus. The stories of its remarkable success in the battle versus this terrible, deadly pandemic are everywhere. They are no longer ‘anecdotal.’ This Trump-touted drug appears to be a miracle drug.

“… let me mention the latest Rasmussen poll, which shows that only 18 percent of Democrats would take hydroxychloroquine if they were sick with coronavirus. Folks, that’s just nuts. Democrats are suicidal. They not only don’t value human life; they don’t even value their own lives.”
Wayne Allyn Root, nationally syndicated conservative TV and radio host known as “the Capitalist Evangelist” and “the conservative warrior”

“We have to write off 2020. It’s already the year that didn’t happen. We’re not going to make any money because there are no revenues with TV and movies not getting made. Anyone who says that everything is not totally f****** is lying. Everything has changed in what we do.”
An unidentified Hollywood movie industry agent


As residents at two Milwaukee nursing homes contracted and died of coronavirus, administrators and local officials kept it to themselves


What Biden sexual assault?


Trump wants to delay the November election


Glowing dolphins

Week-ends (04/18/20)

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…


Racine County Sheriff

State Senator Dave Craig

Tom Moore

Casey Drake


Nancy Pelosi

Gov. Tony Evers

Michigan’s wacky governor

Adam Schiff

Wolf Blitzer and Jim Acosta

This couple


“You’re gonna call your own shots. I’ve gotten to know almost all of you. Most of you I’ve known and some very well beforehand. You’re very capable people. I think in all cases very capable people. And you’re gonna be calling your shots. We’ll be standing right alongside of you. And we’re gonna get our country open, and get it working and our people want to get working.”
President Trump on a conference call to governors on reopening the country

“I know a lot of folks are concerned about the effects this will have on workers and businesses across the state and believe me no one wants to reopen our economy more than I do. If we don’t do that, first of all we’re not going to have workers to go to work and second of all, we’re not going to have people in the state of Wisconsin who feel comfortable about spending their money and increasing economic growth in our state.”
WI Governor Tony Evers announcing he is extending his stay at home order

“The power to close down the entire state was never intended to rest solely in the hands of one individual. The Senate has not been part of this conversation and we are planning to look for legal or legislative relief to truly work with the governor to make these very serious decisions that will have long-term effects on our businesses, our children, and our way of life.”
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald

“We’re angry, we’re frustrated and we’re trying to push back in every way that we can. One potential for us would be to say, ‘Where in the statutes does it allow the government and especially the people at WEDC or the people at DHS to pick and choose how businesses operate?’ That is not part of an order to contain a spread. You cannot say it’s legal for you to buy flowers at a Walmart but it’s not legal for you to buy flowers at a flower shop. Nothing in the constitution or the statutes should give one person unlimited power to shutter our economy and cause people to lose their jobs.”
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos

“The recipe for these (stay at home) protests are elected officials going too far with their stay-at-home orders, local media not reflecting the concerns of the people, and a national media that would rather fight the President than fairly cover the pandemic.

“In Colorado, a father was detained by police while playing t-ball with his daughter in a park and obeying social distancing rules. Church-goers in Mississippi were cited and initially fined $500 for attending a drive-in church in their own cars with the windows up all while drive-in restaurants were allowed to operate. Residents in Michigan are told which products in a grocery store are essential and which are not. In Denver, pot stores are considered essential businesses and remain open only because they have good lobbyists with connections to the Mayor’s office. The same city has cited appliance and craft stores for remaining open. In Raleigh, North Carolina, the police deemed protesting a ‘non-essential activity’.”
Jeff Hunt is the Director of the Centennial Institute

“They’re suffering … they want to get back. I think they’re listening. I think they listen to me. Nobody wants to stay shut.”
President Trump on protesters of stay at home orders

“Under what imperious conception of governance does Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer believe it is within her power to unilaterally ban garden stores from selling fruit or vegetable plants and seeds? What business is it of Vermont or Howard County, Indiana, to dictate that Walmart, Costco or Target stop selling ‘nonessential’ items, such as electronics or clothing? Vermont has 628 cases of coronavirus as of this writing. Is that the magic number authorizing the governor to ban people from buying seeds for their gardens?

“Maybe a family needs new pajamas for their young kids because they’re stuck in a new town. Or maybe mom needs a remote hard drive to help her work remotely. Or maybe dad just likes apples. Whatever the case, it’s absolutely none of your mayor’s business.

“It makes sense for places like Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland to ban large, avoidable gatherings. But it is an astonishing abuse of power to issue stay-at-home orders, enforced by criminal law, empowering police to harass and fine individuals for nothing more than taking a walk.”
David Harsanyi is a senior writer at The Federalist

“Better safe than sorry” seems to have replaced Americans’ treasured love of liberty. We are settling for being controlled by politicians and ‘experts’ who are afraid to let Americans take control of their lives. President Trump has done a masterful job of reacting quickly to shut down travel with China in the face of COVID-19. He’s successfully managed a consistent measured federal response to the pandemic while giving governors and local leaders more say in how they respond. He has now released a reasonable three-phase plan to an economic recovery rollout. It’s time to let more people begin to go back to work!”
Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, and award-winning professional speaker

“I was a victim of the first test meaning I had to go through it. And I didn’t like what was happening. When they tell you, it goes up your nose and then they hang a right at your eye and it goes under your eye. And I say, ‘You’ve gotta be kidding.’ And I called it an operation, not a test. I said, ‘This is operation.'”
President Trump


Man says goodbye to his dying wife on FaceTime due to new COVID-19 visitation policies

Closure of churches

Sick New Fashion Trend: Leftist Group Selling ‘Pro-Abortion’ Face Masks


Coronavirus data extremely misleading

Plastic straw ban in Milwaukee


The president hasn’t done anything right to fight the virus


For Roommates Under Coronavirus Lockdown, There Are a Lot of New Rules


Week-ends (04/11/20)

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…


TJ Kim

These Americans

Dr. Adam Scher

Garrett Gintoli


Christopher Parris

CBS News


“We re-run the model, basically, almost every night — and the new returns from different states are suggesting different peaks in different states, but at the national level we seem to be pretty much close to the peak.”
Dr. Chris Murray, the director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington — who created the model the White House is using to gauge the peak of coronavirus cases

“So every day we need to continue to do what we did yesterday, and the week before, and the week before that, because that’s what in the end is going to take us up across the peak and down the other side.”
Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus coordinator, said  the US had not yet reached its peak in cases

“We’re still capable and we’re still ready no matter what the threat. I wouldn’t want any mixed messages going out there to any adversaries that they can take advantage of an opportunity, if you will, at a time of crisis. That would be a terrible and tragic mistake if they thought that.”
Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley. With an aircraft carrier forced into port and staff at bases handling nuclear missiles hit by COVID-19, the US military wants rivals to understand: don’t test us, we have not been weakened.

“Mr. President, we hear from a lot of people who see these briefings as sort of ‘happy talk’ briefings.”
CNN’s Jim Acosta accused President Trump of engaging in “happy talk” during daily briefings on Wuhan coronavirus

“This is not happy talk. Maybe it’s happy talk for you. It’s not happy talk for me. We’re talking about death. We’re talking about the greatest economy in the world one day I have to close it off. And we did the right thing because maybe it would have been two million people died instead of whatever that final number will be. Which could be 60, 70, could 75, could be 55 [thousand]. Thousands of people have died. There’s nothing happy about it Jim. This is sad talk. These are the saddest news conference that I’ve ever had. I don’t like doing them, you know why? Because I’m talking about death. I’m talking about taking the greatest economy ever created. We had the greatest numbers we’ve ever had in almost every aspect of economics. There’s no happy talk Jim. This is the real deal and I’ve got to make the biggest decision of my life,” he continued in reference to opening the economy. “I’ve made a lot of big decisions in my life…this is by far the biggest decision of my life.”
President Trump responding to Acosta

I want to go on record and say we could be unnecessarily destroying our economy. COVID IS NOT AIRBORNE (droplets yes, airborne no). My GOD we’re over reacting.”
Michelle Litjens Vos, a conservative pundit and former state lawmaker, on her personal Facebook page

“Imagine playing Monopoly and being told you’re not allowed to take a turn while being stuck on the other player’s property. Meanwhile, the other player is allowed to keep playing and demand rent for every turn you are ordered to stay on that space. That’s what real life has become for most of us. We’re not allowed to earn an income, but the landlords demand rent, credit card interest continues accruing, and necessities still cost money. If one player isn’t allowed to play while the other is, the game is broken.”
Brian Dzyak of Northridge, CA, in a letter to the editor of the LA Times

“There’s a lot fewer opportunities for criminals to take advantage of. Most burglars, they wait for you to leave the house.”
Joe Giacalone, a former New York Police Department sergeant who now teaches at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, as crime drops worldwide because of COVID19

“People died for my right to vote, so if I have to take a risk to vote that’s what I have to do.”
Michael Claus, 66, who was among several hundred people waiting in an early morning line to vote Tuesday at Milwaukee’s Riverside University High School

“I’m disgusted. I requested an absentee ballot almost three weeks ago and never got it. I have a father dying from lung disease and I have to risk my life and his just to exercise my right to vote.”
Milwaukee resident Jennifer Taff

“I don’t feel that I’m risking my life, but it’s definitely different. Everyone is properly practicing social distancing.”
James Grow, 33, of Milwaukee

“I think it went fine. I didn’t feel any threats or danger myself. It went very smooth. I think it took about three minutes.”
William Gilomen at the Hawthorne Library in Madison


Nurses, lauded for virus efforts, find their tires slashed

Father arrested for playing with daughter in park, citing coronavirus restrictions


Other than the city of Milwaukee voting went smoothly


Wisconsinites chose between risking their lives and voting


Leaf blower drama

Week-ends (04/04/20)

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…


Rev. Tom Wittliff

Coronavirus heroes…just some

SF restaurants


This teacher, and many more just like him


Of course, the virus



“Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ refusal to push for a delay of his state’s Tuesday primary has infuriated fellow Democrats in the state, who are now openly accusing him of failing to prevent an impending train wreck”
POLITICO reporting on Thursday

There’s this enormous conflict between what we need to do in a democracy in the midst of a pandemic. You can’t have a stay-at-home order but then tell millions of people to go stand in line and congregate near one another across the state. Having an election in the middle of a stay-at-home order makes no sense. It did not have to be this way.”
Racine Mayor Cory Mason

“Our democracy is essential, it must go on. Keeping people safe is the governor’s top priority but we want people to participate in this election. We want as many people as possible to vote from home. We hope the Legislature would work with the governor to extend the time for [ballots] to be counted and to be received. It’s not going to happen (halting the election). He doesn’t want to do it and he also doesn’t have the authority to do it.”
Evers spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff

“It’s been a cataclysmic failure. It has been disappointment after disappointment. I do not believe that he’s shown leadership or good judgment during this crisis.”
POLITICO quoting a Wisconsin-based Democratic strategist who supported Evers’ 2018 campaign

“I had a conversation with him (Evers) several weeks back, I expressed my frustrations to him. I didn’t want to file a lawsuit but said that was my intention if things were not resolved. I’ve been very upfront with him and his staff and legislators about how strongly we feel about how difficult it would be and how wrongheaded it would be to move forward with an election. But unfortunately, we have gotten no action.”
Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich 

“This is a significant concern and a very unnecessary public health risk. I can’t move this election or change it on my own. My hands are tied.”
WI Gov. Tony Evers  called a special legislative session for 4 p.m. Saturday to extend the election date to May 19 and convert the contest entirely to a mail-in election. His idea was rejected by GOP legislative leaders.

“Hundreds of thousands of workers are going to their jobs every day, serving in essential roles in our society. There’s no question that an election is just as important as getting take-out food. If the governor had legitimate concerns, we could have come to a bipartisan solution weeks ago.”
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said in a statement

“No matter what the push back is, my goal is to create more family-supporting jobs in the neighborhoods, close to where the people who need the jobs live.”
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett who is running for re-election

“What will he do in the next four years that he hasn’t done in the last 16?  We deserve better.”
State Senator Lena Taylor who is running against Barrett

“It’s a recommendation, they recommend it. I just don’t want to wear one myself.”
President Donald Trump announced new federal guidelines Friday recommending that Americans wear face coverings when in public to help fight the spread of the new coronavirus. The president immediately said he had no intention of following that advice himself, saying, “I’m choosing not to do it.”

“We dedicated 75% of my manufacturing to produce cotton face masks. I was up to 10,000 a day. By Friday I want to be up to 50,000 a day. I’m proud to manufacture our production in the United States and more proud to serve our nation in this great time of need.

“Thank you, Mr. President, for your call to action which has empowered companies like My Pillow to help our nation win this invisible war.

“Now, I wrote something off the cuff, if I can read this.  God gave us grace on November 8th, 2016 to change the course we were on.

“God had been taken out of our schools and lives. A nation had turned its back on God. And I encourage you to use this time at home to get back in the word. Read our Bibles and spend time with our families.

“Our President gave us so much hope where just a few short months ago we had the best economy, the lowest unemployment and wages going up.

“It was amazing. With our great President, Vice President and this Administration, all the great people in this country praying daily, we will get through this and get back to a place that is stronger and safer than ever.”
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell


Gov. Evers has created a police state


Trump Is Right: Economic Shutdown Will Result in Deadly Health Crisis, Scientists Say


We’ve got to postpone that election!


Marble racing






Week-ends (03/28/20)

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…


Don Giuseppe Berardelli

Michelle Floering

Jolene Hunt


Tony Evers

Hillary Clinton


“Under the authority of Wis. Stat. § 252.02(3) and (6) and all powers vested in me through Executive Order #72, and at the direction of Governor Tony Evers, I, Andrea Palm, Secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, order the following:
1. Stay at home or place of residence. All individuals present within the State of Wisconsin are ordered to stay at home or at their place of residence, with exceptions outlined below. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces other than their home or residence, they must at all times as reasonably possible maintain social distancing of at least six (6) feet from any other person consistent with Social Distancing Requirements as defined below, except that they do not need to maintain social distancing between family members in a single living unit or household members. All persons may leave their homes or residences only for the following functions as are defined in this Order.”
From the “Safer at Home” order issued this week

“I know the COVID-19 outbreak has been difficult and has disrupted the lives of people across our state. Issuing a Safer at Home order isn’t something I thought we’d have to do and it’s not something I take lightly, but here’s the bottom line: folks need to start taking this seriously. Each and every one of us has to do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 so we can flatten the curve to ensure our doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers have the opportunity to do their important work.”
Gov. Evers

“Easter is a very special day for me. Wouldn’t it be great to have all of the churches full—you know the churches aren’t allowed to have much of a congregation there. And most of them, I watched on Sunday online—and it was terrific, by the way—but online is never going to be like being there. So I think Easter Sunday and you’ll have packed churches all over our country—I think it will be a beautiful time. And it’s just about the timeline that I think is right.”
President Trump said he wants to get “people back to work” by Easter Sunday

The Tokyo Olympic Games “must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020, but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.”
The International Olympic Committee 

“To all the athletes: take a breath, regroup, take care of yourself and your families. Your time will come.”
Four-time Olympic hockey champion Hayley Wickenheiser, the first IOC member to criticize the body’s reluctance to postpone, called it the “message athletes deserved to hear”

“No one reached out to me and said, as a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren? And if that’s the exchange, I’m all in.”
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick

“I’m not an educator! I’m used to helping with homework, but I am unable to teach thought-out lectures and work. It’s overwhelming!”
Carmen Williams, a therapist in Macomb, Michigan, finds herself not only seeing clients sporadically, but shelling out for a babysitter, paying tuition for her seven- and 14-year-old kids — and still teaching them school assignments

“We are officially declaring that the economy has fallen into a recession … joining the rest of the world, and it is a deep plunge. Jobs will be lost, wealth will be destroyed and confidence depressed.”
Bank of America U.S. economist Michelle Meyer

“I believe the economy today lives in suspense, not free-fall. The pandemic will pass; public health institutions have been a model of forthright dissemination of information on the spread of this disease and sanitary procedures to minimize its impact. It’s the citizenry that has been unruly for a time. Supply chains will refill and stabilize quickly, as the pandemic passes, securities markets will recover, and growth will continue to reduce poverty everywhere. Homes are more valuable than ever as a haven of safe and secure living. Provided that we continue to buy them with some of our own money, homes will be part of a secure future.”
Vernon L. Smith is the George L. Argyros endowed chair in finance and economics at Chapman University and member of the board of directors for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He is the 2002 Nobel laureate in economics

“Maybe people aren’t going to be shaking hands anymore. He (Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) was saying the regular flu would be cut down by quite a bit if we didn’t do that, if we didn’t shake hands.”
President Trump

“If I could marinate myself in sanitizer I would.”
Dr. Sharon Levine, the section chief for geriatric medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston

Dane and Milwaukee County Clerks Directing Voters to Break the Law, Non-Partisan Legislative Reference Bureau Warns

Health care workers on frontlines feel like ‘lambs to the slaughterhouse’


Major voter fraud possible in Wisconsin April election


President Trump is too optimistic


A sewer-nami

How to go on a digital first date