Week-ends (09/14/19)

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

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Nicholas Haros Jr.

Ohio police officers

Maj. Gen. Maria Lodi Barrett and Brig. Gen. Paula Lodi

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Aaron Shamo

This rapper

The BBC

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“But you have so many children. Don’t you worry about the environment? He’s (Trump) TERRIBLE on the environment. I would think that alone could turn you against him! That’s your children’s future!”
Joy Behar of The View interviewing retiring Republican congressman Rep. Sean Duffy and his wife Rachel Campos-Duffy

I really think it’s hard — I do believe it’s really hard to see when you are in these coastal bubbles. If you live in middle America — we live in rural Wisconsin. The towns have turned around. The factories are back. People have jobs. There’s more jobs than there are people to fill them, and that was not the case [before].”
Campos-Duffy responding to Behar

“I don’t want to see other families suffer the way I did. That’s the bottom line. Not soldiers or innocent victims of terrorism.”
Jim Riches, a retired New York deputy fire chief who responded to the terror 2001 attacks and lost his son, Jimmy, a fellow firefighter. Riches responded to President Donald Trump’s now-canceled plan for secret talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgents on U.S. soil. Several victims’ relatives and first responders called the timing unfortunate (so close to 9/11) but the idea of talks worthwhile, a potential path toward peace for Afghans and Americans weary of Washington’s longest war.

“From June 1 through August 31, MRC (Media Reserach Center) analysts found the networks devoted 838 minutes of airtime — nearly 14 hours — to coverage of President Trump personally, the vast majority of which was negative. (Note: This report only examines coverage of Trump himself, not generic stories about his administration’s activities or those of other top-ranking officials, which accounted for an additional 213 minutes of evening news airtime.)

“The airtime devoted to Trump was eleven times greater than that spent on the leading Democratic candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden (just under 74 minutes), and vastly more than the networks gave California Senator Kamala Harris (30 minutes), South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (15 minutes) or Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (just under 14 minutes).”
Rich Noyes, Newsbusters.org

“Since April 20, 2016, the GDELT Project has tracked all of the tweets linked to by online news media worldwide in 65 languages. Over that time, GDELT has tracked 868,539 articles that linked to a Donald Trump tweet. Of the president’s roughly 44,200 tweets to date, 13,539 (31%) have appeared in the news, reinforcing just how much his Twitter account helps to drive global journalism.”
Real Clear Politics

I think the bigger issue is why are we still talking about this? The President is trying to end the war in Afghanistan, border crossings are down by 30 percent. We have a health care system that’s a mess and yet here we go day whatever on sharpie-gate? I mean, this is why 69 percent of Americans say their faith in the media is declining because of their obsessive reporting on things like this.”
Appearing on MSNBC, the Conservative Policy Institute’s Rachel Bovard reacted to the liberal media’s delusional, week-long obsession over Sharpiegate

“I can’t think of a single voter out there who was going to vote one way, but then because of this whole Sharpie story is going to vote another way. What it does do, however, is it reminds the President’s supporters that he is facing a media that is willing to go after every little thing he does in a way that, for past presidents, they may not have been as willing to do but for the President’s opponents, it sort of reminds them of the personality quirks and the approach that the President takes that they don’t like. So, I think it’s the kind of story where it confirms what you already believed about the President and, if you’re somebody who’s in the middle, you probably tuned it out.”
Republican pollster Kristen Soltis-Anderson on Sharpiegate

“If Republicans abandon the Second Amendment and demoralize millions of Americans who care deeply about Second Amendment rights, that could go a long way to electing a President Elizabeth Warren.”
Sen. Ted Cruz

“On every issue in which the left differs from conservatives (and often from liberals), they are fools. They push for a Palestinian state although even Israelis on the left know this would mean a Hamas-Hezbollah state on the Israeli border. But they know they mean well.

“They routinely label the beacon of freedom on Earth racist, misogynistic, homophobic, imperialistic, genocidal; cheapen the label “Nazi”; promote all-black dorms and graduations; promote preteen boys’ performing drag shows; tell young women career is more important to happiness than marriage; believe a country can remain a distinct nation with open borders; condemn parents who try to reassure their 3-year-old son that he is a boy; and ruin the university, the arts, late-night comedy, pro football and religion. But they mean well.”
Nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and columnist Dennis Prager

“The table is full. Stormy Daniels is there, ready to be dragged back to Congress for her next attempted resurrection. So is Christine Blasey Ford, still talking like a 12-year-old with low self-esteem and unable to recall details of her own life. Michael Avenatti is there, at least until his criminal trials, showing anyone who passes by all the pictures he has of him at parties with CNN anchors. Anthony Scaramucci, the former White House communications director who spent less time in the White House than the average school group on an official tour, is in the corner mumbling to himself about how fat and unstable the president is.

“It’s a sad lot of people the media have used to try to destroy Republicans, none of which panned out, stood up to even basic scrutiny, or left the impression they were anything more than unstable props. Journalists wanted to believe them so badly that any standards or common sense were swept away for a bite at that elusive apple. They’ve become the depressed housewife spending a fortune calling psychics in a search for meaning.”
Derek Hunter is a Washington, DC based writer, radio host and political strategist

“Racism in America is endemic. It is foundational. We can mark the creation of this country not at the Fourth of July, 1776, but August 20, 1619, when the first kidnapped African was brought to this country against his will and in bondage, and as a slave built the greatness and the success and the wealth that neither he nor his descendants would ever be able to fully participate in and enjoy.
Democratic presidential hopeful, former Texas Representative Beto O’Rourke

“Play the radio, make sure the television — excuse me, make sure you have the record player on at night, the — make sure that kids hear words. A kid coming from a very poor school — a very poor background – will hear four million words fewer spoken by the time they get there.”
Joe Biden

“AR15 are the symptom of small penises.”
Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera accused AR-15 rifle owners of using the gun to compensate for small penis size

“It’s no secret what is going on here. Yes, the players are trying to launch and drive the ball instead of choking up just to put it in play with two strikes and yes, pitchers throw harder than ever, but it’s the baseball. The balls are slippery and don’t have raised seams, creating less drag on fly balls, meaning more carry.
CBS sportswriter Matt Snyder. On Wednesday, with two and a half weeks left in the season, mind you, the whole of major-league baseball broke the single-season home run record. More home runs have been hit in 2019 than any other year in history. The previous record? 6,105 dingers in 2017.

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

2,246 fetal remains found on property of abortion doctor who recently died

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

‘Hell, Yes, We’re Going to Take Your AR-15, Your AK-47,’ O’Rourke Says

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Twitter critics of Melania Trump’s coat

National security adviser John Bolton resigned

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

What is This?! Hillary Clinton Poses at Fake Presidential Desk Looking Through Her Emails

Indian Man Beaten by Two Wives After Seeking Third

 

Week-ends (09/07/19)

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

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Caroline and Isabel Bercaw

Batman

Peter Meijer

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Rebecca Makkai

Critics of Drew Brees

Michelle Goldberg

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“When I began my public service in 1968, I said I would know when it was time to step back. After careful consideration, I have determined at the completion of this term, my 21st term in Congress, it will be that time.

“It has been my privilege to serve the people of Southeast Wisconsin and I have found true fulfillment in all the challenges and many accomplishments that have peppered my long career. It is rare when life presents the perfect opportunity to make an impact in a way that has been so meaningful. I am forever grateful.”
Wisconsin Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, a Republican who is the second-most senior member of the House, announced on Wednesday that he will not seek reelection in 2020. Sensenbrenner said he will retire in January 2021, at the end of his current term.

“I think what’s unique  is, people are saying, I’m not a lifetime member of Congress. Service is not for a lifetime. I’m going to come in. I’m going to serve. I’m going to give my talents to my country and the people I represent. And then, I’m going to do something else.

“So, I think this is, you know, just a natural transition that happens, you know, in the House, and especially with Republicans. We have better transition than Democrats. Democrats stick around forever. We come in and we go out.”
Retiring Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.)

“We need leadership in an office that is not corrupt because when you blatantly know you are the worst and you specifically do not address it at a pace that suggests urgency, I call that a cancer that needs to be eradicated.”
State Sen. Lena Taylor announced Tuesday she will challenge Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2020

“People will be out of jobs for months. They’ll be homeless, no food. Nothing. The Bahamas has become like a Third World country.
67-year-old wood carver Gordon Higgs on the conditions in the Bahamas following the hurricane

In the aftermath of these hearings I believe that Christine’s testimony brought about more good than the harm the misogynist Republicans caused by allowing Kavanuagh on the court. He will always have an asterisk next to his name. When he takes a scalpel to Roe v. Wade we will know who he is, we know his character and we know what motivates him. It’s important that we know and that’s part of what motivated Christine.”
Leftist activist Debra Katz, the attorney for Christine Blasey-Ford. New video has surfaced of Katz during an event in Baltimore admitting her client (falsely) accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in order to protect abortion and Roe v. Wade.

“I think it’s worth just checking off the facts. We had a number of people on the other side of the aisle undermining the credibility of the [Senate Judiciary] Committee by threatening to expose information that was committee confidential. We have to always make sure that when people come and give sworn testimony before any congressional committee, that it’s truthful and accurate. Any time that you see something like this, it’s probably worth looking into.”
Senate Judiciary Committee member Tom Tillis (R-NC) said he believed it was “worth looking into” Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh

“I know this sounds naive. I didn’t think the Left was so mean. I didn’t think the Left lied like this. I thought the Right did that. I thought we were better.”
Self-help author and Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson. Speaking to the New Yorker’s David Remnick on Tuesday, Williamson turned on her fellow Democrats and the media for characterizing her as a “crystal gazing kook” and an anti-vaxxer, both of which she denied.

“Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., (would) spend over $16 trillion – an unimaginable sum that would come out of your tax dollars – on an eco-plan that requires ignoring reality. How do you build wind turbines (which require hundreds of tons of coal to forge the steel and make the concrete that anchors them to the ground) while banning coal? How do you make solar panels (which require tons of rare earth materials) when you don’t allow mining on federal lands or don’t allow fossil fuels to run excavation equipment?

“The socialist senator has yet to be questioned seriously about the impossibility and unaffordability of his plans. It would just as realistic for him to propose we all grow wings so we can fly wherever we have to go, abandoning our cars and planes.”
Daniel Turner is the executive director of Power The Future, a national nonprofit organization that advocates for American energy jobs

“Can someone cite which passage of the Bible God states it is a god-given right to own a gun?”
Actress Alyssa Milano

“The right to self-defense is recognized repeatedly in the Bible, eg Exodus 22:2: ‘If a thief is caught breaking in at night & is struck a fatal blow, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed.’ (Note, though, verse 3 says it IS murder if during daylight (ie, not self-defense). Playing politics w/ these deranged crimes—and trying to use them as an excuse to violate the constl rights of law-abiding citizens—won’t make anybody safer. Forcible gun confiscation (as some 2020 Dems urge) won’t prevent mass-murders. But it would weaken our self-defense.”
US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) responding to Milano

“This is a bucket list thing. It’s was pretty, pretty impressive, nothing short of incredible. It’s sad, it’s impressive, it makes you proud.”
Bob Drake of Minneapolis. He and his wife patty were among thousands of visitors that flocked to the USS Arizona Memorial last Sunday, which reopened after 15 months of repairs. The Drakes were on the first boat to the monument and said they waited nearly two hours in line to visit the monument dedicated to the people who served and suffered during the attack on Pearl Harbor more than 77 years ago. The memorial had been closed since May 2018 after the dock was partially submerged and cracks were found. More than $2 million dollars were spent on the renovation project.

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

In Florida…

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Record low unemployment for Blacks and Hispanics

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Sharpiegate

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Insane global warming proposals

Tourists may pay tolls to drive San Francisco crooked street

Women and body hair

 

 

 

Week-ends (08/31/19)

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

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Matt Shifrin

Snow White

Jamie Hendricks

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

James Comey

These women

Ali Muldrow

Kim Campbell

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“An absolute monster. All indications are it’s going to hit very hard and it’s going to be very big.”
President Trump compared Dorian to Hurricane Andrew, which devastated Florida in 1992

“All residents, especially those along the east coast, need to be prepared for possible impacts. As it increases strength, this storm has the potential to severely damage homes, businesses and buildings, which is why all Floridians should remain vigilant. Do not wait until it is too late to make a plan.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

“I feel helpless because the whole coast is threatened. What’s the use of going all the way to Georgia if it can land there?”
Josefine Larrauri, a retired translator, went to a Publix supermarket in Miami only to find empty shelves in the water section

“I just moved here, so I’m lost. I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
Lauren Harvey, 51, in Vero Beach, said this was her first hurricane alone in Florida and that she felt unprepared

“I’ve been in Florida 66 years. It don’t bother me.”
William McDougle commented as he filled up several gas cans as Floridians were busy preparing for a possible hit from Hurricane Dorian

“First of all, Mr. President, we don’t work for you. I don’t work for you. My job is to cover you, not fawn over you or rip you, just report on you. Call balls and strikes on you. My job, Mr. President, our job here, is to keep the scores, not settle scores.

“It is called being fair and balanced, Mr. President, yet it is fair to say you’re not a fan when that balance includes stuff you don’t like to hear or facts you don’t like to have questioned.”
Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto blasted President Trump after Trump tweeted that “Fox isn’t working for us anymore”

“He’s showing signs of mental confusion. And he’s looking and acting way too old for his political aspirations. If I could talk to Biden, I’d tell him the truth everyone knows but doesn’t have the heart to say out loud: ‘Joe, face reality. It’s time to get off the stage. You don’t need any more of this campaign crap. It’s time to quit while more people still love you than feel sorry for you. While you still have a little dignity left. While you still have time to spend with your family’.”
Michael Reagan

“The fundamental dynamics of election 2020 are that Democrats have a solid base equal to just over 40% of all voters. Republicans have a solid base just a few points less than 40%. The other 20% includes some who lean in one direction or the other but are far from committed to either party. There are a few more Republican leaners than Democratic leaners (including some GOP voters who aren’t sold on President Trump).

“These fundamentals suggest that if both parties manage to hold on to both their base and marginal voters, we will have a close election. In that case, the outcome will wind up in the hands of political neutrals that activists can’t really understand.”
Scott Rasmussen, political analyst, author, public speaker and columnist

“He robbed me of my dreams, of my chance to pursue a career I adored. The fact I will never have a chance to face my predator in court eats away at me. They let this man kill himself and kill the chance for justice for so many others.”
Jennifer Araoz, who has accused Jeffrey Epstein of raping her in his New York mansion when she was a 15-year-old aspiring actress. Sixteen of Epstein’s accusers stood before a judge and took advantage of an opportunity to be heard in court after his jailhouse suicide denied them the chance to testify against him at his sex-trafficking trial.

“He is a coward. Justice has never been served in this case.”
Courtney Wild, who has said she was sexually abused by Epstein in Florida at 14. The question before the judge was whether to throw out the indictment because of the defendant’s death, a usually pro forma step undertaken without a hearing. But the judge offered Epstein’s accusers their day in court.

“But the end is here, and here I stand, feeling more powerful than he will ever be.”
Teala Davies, taking deep breaths to steady her voice, said she was 17 when she was victimized. She said she thought Epstein was the most powerful person in the world.

“His contract is up in January. He has not been offered a new contract, and there is significant speculation that he is going to be fired.

“I’m guessing Tom Barrett wants to have a chief who does what he’s told. Every mayor wants the police chief to do what he is told. Every mayor is going to want that. The problem with that is, it is inherent in the nature of the position it never works out that way because once you give someone a contract, they don’t have to do what they’re told anymore.”
News/Talk 1130 WISN-AM radio host Mark Belling suggested Mayor Tom Barrett might fire Police Chief Alfonso Morales

“Under the leadership of Chief Morales, both homicides and non-fatal shootings are down for the second consecutive year.”
Mayor Barrett said he supports Morales

“As the current chief of the Milwaukee Police Department, I am focused on the safety and security of the members of this agency, the citizens we swore to protect and preparing for a successful 2020 Democratic National Convention.”
Chief Morales

“I think they’re badass. I think young people are more informed and dynamic than their predecessors. I think they’re profoundly courageous, because they’re willing to puncture more taboos and have conversations that, frankly, older generations sometimes struggle to have.”
Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez praised her fellow youths as more “informed” and “willing to go to the streets” than such generations as the Boomers who stopped the Vietnam War and pushed the civil-rights laws and the Greatest Generation, who survived the Depression and won World War II

“How many members of the true Greatest Generation fought and died so and her generation could have the peace & prosperity they enjoy today?”
Scott Walker’s reaction to AOC

“Even when I was on vacation, I woke up in the middle of the night at 3:30 in the morning, um, just concerned about climate change … It really, like, freaks me out and it can be really, really scary. I’m 29-years-old, I really struggle sometimes with the idea of how to be a policymaker and potentially have a family in the time of climate change.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on climate change

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

These murders

Red light deaths

1.3 billion tons of food being wasted each year

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

New polling shows that nationally, 58% of Hispanic Democratic voters and 53% of black Democrats support charters, while only 30% of white Democrats do. The same poll found that overall support for charter schools has climbed to 48%, from a low of 39% in 2017.

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Singer Tayor Swift called for passage of the Equality Act, which would provide legal protections for LGBTQ people against discrimination at work, home, school, and other public accommodations

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

NH recalls mom’s ‘PB4WEGO’ license plate. BUT, we have an update.

Week-ends (08/24/19)

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

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Dead semi driver

Jon Potter

Dylan Tetil

Kimberly Williams

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

The networks

Illinois state Sen. Martin Sanodval (D-Chicago)

Alyssa Milano

Megan Rapinoe

Prosecutors in the UK

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“There’s no question we are going to rely on Chicago’s suburbs as our suburbs because O’Hare, Lake County they will have some hotels that are used there because the delegates want to stay with the other state delegates, but we’re putting together a huge bus service to get them here.”
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on word that delegates to next year’s Democratic National Convention will stay at hotels in Wisconsin and Illinois

“Frankly BS. I support the Second Amendment just like everybody else. It’s not about taking guns away. It’s about doing very simple things that will save lives.”
Gov. Tony Evers on GOP concerns that expanding background checks on gun sales will diminish gun owners’ constitutional rights

“Governor Evers and legislative Democrats turned the recent tragedies in El Paso and Dayton into a political opportunity to prey upon the emotions of Wisconsinites sympathetic to the victims and their families by recycling worn-out ideas that they knew would have little chance of preventing similar tragedies in the future. Ask yourself who is more likely to undergo a background check prior to purchasing a gun: a person who goes through legal channels or one of the 3,600 felons arrested for possessing a firearm that they already were not allowed to have? Which one is the real threat to public safety?”
State Representative Joe Sanfelippo (R-New berlin)

“I don’t see the dynamic having changed much (on gun control). I don’t see the reality having changed much. Again, we have extensive background checks for the vast majority of gun purchases, and that has not fixed the problem. Listen, if I really thought expanded background checks would prevent these tragedies, I would take a more serious look.”
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)

“Like anyone who has been honest with themselves, I know I have made mistakes. I am sorry for the harm I have caused.”
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren offered a public apology Monday to Native Americans over her past claim to tribal heritage

“My senior semester, they (MLK and RFK) were both shot and killed. Imagine what would have happened if, God forbid, if Barack Obama had been assassinated after becoming the de facto nominee. What would’ve happened in America?” 
Joe Biden, the former vice president and current front-runner in the Democratic primary field of more than 20 candidates, asked a curious question of New Hampshire voters at Dartmouth College on Friday

“Now, do I want Biden to be president? Not really. But Biden is the only Democrat who beats Trump in Ohio. He’s like non-dairy creamer. Nobody loves it, but in a jam it gets the job done. I can’t figure people out, but they just like Joe. Maybe it’s the familiarity. He’s like a McDonald’s when you’re in Europe.

“Fatigue is the best thing we’ve got going for us. The majority of Americans aren’t tired of winning, they’re tired of looking at his fat f—ing face! It’s hard to beat an incumbent in a good economy. Every incumbent since FDR has won if they avoided a recession leading up to an election year and consumer confidence is sky-high. … The voters that Democrats need to win, moderates who have Trump fatigue, will vote against a good economy, I think, just to get back to normalcy, but they won’t trade it away for left-wing extremism.”
Liberal TV host Bill Maher

“Biden at 76 shows his age more than Bernie Sanders (77) or Donald Trump (73). When Trump says something outrageous, that’s Trump being Trump. When Biden says something outrageous or bizarre, that’s partly his old habit, too. But his casual slips are increasingly worrying. The gaffes keep coming. How many will it take before voters seriously question his competence? If Biden is meant to be a contrast to Trump, those who say Trump is mentally unfit for office will have a hard time making the case that Forgetful Joe is an improvement.

“Even the most ardent Biden supporter — and he’s not a man who inspires much ardor — can’t take seriously the idea of Biden as a two-term president. He would start a first term already older than Ronald Reagan was when he left office, and just two years from turning 80. The question will have to be asked sooner rather than later: will Biden acknowledge before the nomination is decided that he will be at most a one-term president?”
Daniel McCarthy is director of the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program at The Fund for American Studies

“Populism is rising because liberals have become unbearable, and I speak as a liberal, okay? Liberals have become utterly, pathetically illiberal and it’s a massive problem.” 
“Good Morning Britain” host Piers Morgan

“We’re missing John’s voice of reason right now in so many ways. It felt to me that the right thing to do was to encourage people to perform acts of civility” during the last week of August and then post about them on social media. “Agree to disagree, but just be civil about it.”
To mark a year since her husband died of brain cancer, Cindy McCain is encouraging Americans to be more civil

“The Badgers were last season’s big bust, going from preseason No. 4 to unranked. Maybe it wasn’t a fluke?”
The Associated Press in a college football preview

“I can’t watch these (baseball) games anymore. It’s not baseball. It’s unwatchable. A lot of the strategy of the game, the beauty of the game, it’s all gone. It’s like a video game now. It’s home run derby with their (expletive) launch angle every night.’’
Hall of Fame pitcher Goose Gossage

“All anybody wants to do is launch the ball. They’re making the ballparks smaller, the balls tighter,  and all we’re seeing is home runs. There are no hit-and-runs. No stolen bases. Nothing. I managed 3,400 games in the big leagues, and never once did I put on a full shift on anybody. Not once. And I think I won a few games without having to shift.’’
Former player and manager Lou Piniella

“It’s home run derby every night, and if that’s what they want, that’s what they’re going to get. But they have to understand something … Home runs are up. Strikeouts are up. But attendance is down. I didn’t go to Harvard or one of those Ivy League schools, but that’s not a good thing.’’
Pete Rose

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

Why are taxpayers spending millions on abandoned MPS buildings? Great local journalism

Early Epstein accuser: Police could have stopped him in 1997

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

New York Times Columnist Calls Out Media For Burying Neo-Nazi Sponsors of Omar, Tlaib

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

We’re headed for a recession (The liberal media hopes)

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Scooters on the highway

“I’m sorry, we are not trying to be rude, but the dog doesn’t like black people.”

 

 

Week-ends (08/17/19)

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Sgt. Seth Craven

12-year old boy in Tulsa

The Boy Scouts

Gracie Greiner

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Multiple deportees

Rashida Tlaib

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“You’ve basically built your political career, at this point, largely on intimidating, bullying and trying to buy off any political opposition or anyone else. And there are those of us in the community that aren’t scared of your inheritance, like myself, like others, such as (Milwaukee County Sheriff) Earnell Lucas. What lessons have you learned, and how are you going to do better moving forward, knowing that you can’t buy, intimidate or bully all of us? And there are people that are going to stand up to you.”
State Rep. Jonathan Brostoff, a fellow Milwaukee Democrat, called in during County Executive Chris Abele’s live appearance on “The Earl Ingram Show” on WRRD-AM (1510)

“So, yeah, uh, you have a very interesting view — and you’re entitled to it, of course — of what my intent and goals are.”
Abele’s response to Brostoff

I am “frankly angry to learn of the MCC’s (Metropolitan Correctional Center’s) failure to adequately secure this prisoner.We will get to the bottom of what happened and there will be accountability.”
Attorney General William Barr. Federal authorities this week moved forward with their investigation into Jeffrey Epstein’s jailhouse suicide amid mounting evidence the chronically understaffed lockup may have bungled its responsibility to keep him from harming himself.

“I think there’s a determination by the president to act this time to create a grant program at the federal level to help local law enforcement to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. … I’ve never seen the president this determined, quite frankly. I think he’s determined to do two things: to make sure that people who are suffering mental health problems, who are dangerous and — to themselves and others, that we act before they use the gun, and that we enhance background checks in a way that makes common sense. I think there’s bipartisan support for this.”
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

“Here’s a scenario that I think is real: There’s a hurricane, a natural disaster, no power, no cops, no anything.”
Sen. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) explaining to reporters why he needs an AR-15. A reporter asked if he meant looters. “Yeah, people, they’re not going to come to the AR-15 home,” Graham responded. “Well, I think if you show up on the porch with an AR-15, they’ll probably go down the street.”

“Unless they (the Left) adjust their course – and cease their absurd strategy of accusing every one of their political enemies of being a white supremacist who hates women, the environment, and puppies – they will only continue to dilute the definition of white supremacy, erase the history of the crimes of true white supremacy, and give real white supremacists a second bite at the apple. On the day when they learn the difference between white supremacists and conservatives, it’ll be too late to apologize.”
Ian G. Haworth is a political commentator and writer, based in the California Bay Area

“A business lunch is not strange. Somebody trying to hold your hand during a business lunch is strange — or putting their hand on your knee is a little strange. He was always touching you in some way, and always kissing you.”
Eight singers and a dancer have told the AP that they were sexually harassed by Placido Domingo, the long-married, Spanish-born superstar in encounters that took place over three decades beginning in the late 1980s, at venues that included opera companies where he held top managerial positions

“I don’t want you to feel like a prostitute, but I also don’t want you to have to pay to park.”
One of Domingo’s alleged victims quoted him, admitting she had sex with him twice, once at a Los Angeles hotel, because she didn’t want to  risk jeopardizing her career by saying no to the most powerful man in her profession. She said the superstar mentioned his “superstition that he had to be with a woman before a show” to help him relax and calm his nerves.

“The allegations from these unnamed individuals dating back as many as thirty years are deeply troubling, and as presented, inaccurate. Still, it is painful to hear that I may have upset anyone or made them feel uncomfortable — no matter how long ago and despite my best intentions. I believed that all of my interactions and relationships were always welcomed and consensual. People who know me or who have worked with me know that I am not someone who would intentionally harm, offend, or embarrass anyone.”
Placido Domingo in a statement

“The cancellation of ‘The Hunt’ is embarrassing.  Conservatives who decided to target the movie as the grievance project du jour adopted the very pro-censorship, ‘snowflake’ tactics they proclaim to loathe.  It was an especially stupid mission to boot, considering that Trump supporters were the obvious protagonists, given the film’s formula. Universal also deserves blame for collapsing under pressure.  Empowering mobs begets more mobs, both woke and anti-woke.  In America, we should really avoid censoring art that we don’t like.  If you don’t like a product, don’t buy it.  But don’t try to prevent others from making that decision for themselves.”
Guy Benson, Townhall.com’s Political Editor, after Universal Studios decided to scrap the release of The Hunt — an R-rated satire in which elites hunt “deplorables” for sport — following a series of mass shootings across the country. The film had been set to hit theaters Sept. 27.

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

Americans more in debt than ever

Down syndrome drag show

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

America doesn’t have enough workers

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Gotta do more

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Crying on the job

Nearly half of Americans don’t change underwear daily, new survey says

A Welsh seaside town is planning to install anti-sex public toilets that would spray occupants with water and sound an alarm

 

Week-ends (08/10/19)

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Gilbert Serna

Nurses in FL

Pierce County deputies

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Connor Betts

Patrick Crusius

This gun nut

The Castros

Nicolle Wallace

Curt James Brockway

Chicken processing plants

Some day care centers

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“My critics are political people. Had nothing to do with President Trump. So these are people that are looking for political gain.”
President Trump on the recent mass shootings

“Let’s stipulate that Trump’s words on immigration often are crude and inflammatory…that said, nothing he’s ever said could possibly justify indiscriminately shooting people. Trump is not a terrorist, a supporter of terrorism or an enabler or terrorism. To suggest otherwise is a slander born of partisan hatred.”
Columnist Rich Lowry

“To me he comes off as fake.”
In Dayton, holding a sign that said “Not Welcome Here,” Lynnell Graham said she thinks Trump’s response to the shootings has been insincere

“It shows that he actually cares, if he talks to individual families.That person had the intent to hurt people, he already had it. No one’s words would have triggered that.”
In El Paso, where protests were expected, Raul Melendez, whose father-in-law, David Johnson, was killed in last Saturday’s shooting, said the most appropriate thing Trump could do was to meet with relatives of the victims. Melendez credits Johnson with helping his 9-year-old daughter survive the attack by pushing her under a counter. Melendez, an Army veteran and the son of Mexican immigrants, said he holds only the shooter responsible for the attack.

“It’s such a shame that two of our local politicians (I refuse to say their names as they don’t deserve it) are saying that our President is not welcome on Wednesday. I cannot believe how these monsters are using the tragic event to push their political agenda. I lost my brother and sister-in-law on Saturday. My family and I are living a horrible nightmare. The visit from our President will be more than comforting to my family. He will not be here for a political agenda. The two monsters from El Paso, who do not deserve to be mentioned by name nor even the nicknames I have for them, are just pure evil. My brothers body was still laying at Walmart on Saturday night when they decided to make this into a political issue and push their agenda by blaming our President for this. Rather than focusing on the situation and the individual who destroyed the lives of many, these evil people selfishly turned this into a political war. I’m equally as angered by those two as I am with the person who took my brother and his wife from me, typing this I think I feel more animosity towards those two evil politicians.”
Deborah (Viborah) Anchondo, a sister of Andre Anchondo, a victim murdered in the El Paso shooting

“Four percent of violence in this country is attributable to mental illness. That means 96% of violence is not. So if somehow we were miraculously able to cure mental illness, which we’re far from being able to do at this point, we would not be appreciably reducing violence.”
Ronald Honberg, a senior policy adviser for the National Alliance on Mental Illness

“I want to make sure we protect our constitutional rights and whatever comes up will actually help solve a problem. I have a lot of concerns about the due process component of [red flag laws] and I don’t want to punish law-abiding citizens.”
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) voiced skepticism that Republicans would support expanded background checks during gun sales.

“What they’re doing with the kind of movies they’re putting out, it’s actually very dangerous for our country. What Hollywood is doing is a tremendous disservice to our country.”
President Trump

“It’s the little things and the language and messaging that matters. The president said that we will fly our flags at half-mast until Aug. 8. That’s 8/8. Now, I’m not going to imply that he did this deliberately, but I am using it as an example of the ignorance of the adversary that’s being demonstrated by the White House. The numbers 8, 8 are very significant in neo-Nazi and white supremacy movement. Why? Because the letter H is the eighth letter of the alphabet, and to them, the numbers 8, 8 together stand for ‘Heil Hitler.”
Frank Figliuzzi, a former FBI official turned talking head-conspiracy nut

“Don’t let Neo-Nazis on TV,to buff their image or couch racism in ‘reasonable’-seeming terms/appearance!Sounds obvious but it just happened a few wks ago. Supremacists are experts at manipulation,incl manipulating smart people. You will open a box you don’t know how to contain.”
Tweet by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“We want to take a second to pass on a sincere message to official Washington: Please, for the sake of the nation, calm down. This is a time of frustration and change. But America is not on the brink of genocide, not even close. This is not a white supremacist country, plotting the slaughter of its own people. It’s a kind country, full of decent people of all races who, like all people everywhere, make bad decisions from time to time but mean well and generally try their best. Going forward, give them the benefit of the doubt, even when you disagree with them — maybe especially when you disagree with them. These are your fellow Americans. Cut them a break. They deserve it. Remember: The alternative is a disaster.”
Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel, co-founders of  The Daily Caller, one of America’s fastest growing online news outlets

“Weird how the liberal solution to every problem is always to make you less free. One of their tactics is exhaustion – to exhaust the weak among us and get them to say, ‘Gosh, if we just give in we can put this unpleasantness behind us.’ But you can’t put anything behind you with these people, because there is nothing to put behind you. It’s all a lie. You are not a racist. Your guns won’t hurt anyone but criminals and aspiring tyrants. And the leftists know it,  and if you give in on this one – handing over your AR-15 and hanging your head over prejudices you don’t possess – the libs and their newsprint lackeys will just club you with another set of grievances that you can only atone for through further submission. It will never end. They will always hate you. Always. Nothing you can do will change that. Nothing. So get used to it and invite them to pound sand.”
Columnist Kurt Schlichter

“We should challenge students in these schools and have advanced placement programs in these schools. We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor, you cannot do it. Poor kids are just as bright, just as talented, as white kids.”
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s latest cringeworthy gaffe

“Unfortunately in the 2016 election you had a political opponent (Trump) who was weaponizing the idea of the celebrity endorsement. He was going around saying: ‘I’m a man of the people. I’m for you. I care about you.’ I just knew I wasn’t going to help.”
Taylor Swift on why she didn’t get involved in the 2016 election. She said endorsing Hillary would have made her a liability. “Look, snakes of a feather flock together. Look, the two lying women. The two nasty women. Literally millions of people were telling me to disappear. So I disappeared. In many senses,” she said.

“Taylor Swift wants to be a democrat because she wants to be in movies….period. And it looks like she will suck the door knob off Hollyweird to get there. Oldest move in the book. Good luck girl.”
Trump supporter Kid Rock. His comments come after a Vogue cover story where Swift explained why she wasn’t politically active  during the last presidential election.

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

Dayton shooter: “Nothing was ever done”

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Trump Supporters Clean Up West Baltimore as Thankful Residents Defy Media Narrative

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Gotta have red flag laws

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Brazil’s president said what?

 

 

Week-ends (08/03/19)

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Milwaukee bus drivers

Good Samaritans

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

CNN’s Don Lemon

Media on Abortion Papaya Trainings

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“Hahaha watch these guys try to knock down for creating 1) a record 6,000,000 new jobs 2) all time low African American unemployment 3) all time low Hispanic unemployment 4) 75 year low female unemployment 5) rising wages for the low wage earners. OK good luck!”
President Trump

“The big winner of the two nights of Democratic debates this week was President Trump. The Democrats are unbelievably invested in adopting policies and creating a country that average Americans simply don’t want. The potential for a Trump landslide in 2020 is growing by the day.”
Newt Gingrich

“Rep. Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous. His district is considered the Worst in the USA……a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place.”
President Trump

“Mr. President, I go home to my district daily. Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors. It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But, it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents.”
Rep. Cummings

Democrats always play the Race Card, when in fact they have done so little for our Nation’s great African American people.”
President Trump

“If there are problems here, rodents included, they are as much (Trump’s) responsibility as anyone’s, perhaps more because he holds the most powerful office in the land.” 
The Baltimore Sun editorial board

It is a bit of a reach to argue a president in office since 2017 bears more responsibility for city sanitation issues than the local congressman elected to his safe seat in 1996. Maybe the people of the 7th district just need a more effective champion.”
James S. Robbins, a member of USA TODAY’s Board of Contributors

“It’s clear that Mueller didn’t write the report. And so who wrote the report? We think there were five or six lawyers involved. We’re still trying to get to bottom of that. I would say one of the main takeaways is, is that we still don’t have any Russians, right? We don’t know who the Russians were that supposedly, you know, colluded with the Trump campaign. Why? Because there were none, and that’s what we said two-and-a-half years ago.

“There is evidence that the Democrats colluded with the Russians. We tried to get to the bottom of that, but, clearly, Mueller is and his team of lawyers and 40 investigators and $40 million didn’t bother to look for those Russians. They were only looking for the Russians that were mysterious, because they don’t exist, and they never found them.”
Republican Congressman from California Devin Nunes is the ranking member of the House Intel Committee. He’s a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

“We may not have won the battle of impeachment, but we’re going to win the war of putting him in jail — whatever we have to do, and we’re not going to necessarily play fair.”
MSNBC host Donny Deutsch

“So what you have here is an anchor for a major cable news outlet assuring everyone that when it comes to putting an individual in prison, ‘we’re not going to … play fair.’

“This is how far gone the media now are… So angry, so bitter, so demoralized, such a sorry gang of sore losers that they are now promising to put a man in prison, a sitting president, a family man — and, if necessary, rig the proceedings to make it happen.

“Even when the media were at their previous worst, which was during the George W. Bush era, never could I have imagined a day when an NBC News anchor would admit on television that his professional goal is to put a political opponent in prison, even if that means cheating and lying and gaming the system to make it happen.”
John Nolte, Editor-at-large, Breitbart.com

“Over the past decade, U.S. Soccer has paid our Women’s National Team more than our Men’s National Team.  From 2010 through 2018, U.S. Soccer paid our women $34.1 million in salaries and game bonuses and we paid our men $26.4 million—not counting the significant additional value of various benefits that our women’s players receive but which our men do not.”
U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro in an open letter to his members

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

Sex trafficking is behind the lucrative illicit massage business. Why police can’t stop it.

Really? A miniature golf course, here?

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

NYC Man Beaten for Wearing ‘Make America Great Again’ Hat

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Trump wrong about Baltimore (when he was actually right)

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Twins were headed to a festival…

 

Week-ends (07/27/19)

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

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Sharon and Larry Adams

Florida community

Jon Blaze

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Bette Midler

These border agents

Tae Phoenix

The Journal Sentinel

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“Democrats sought to emphasize the most incendiary findings of Mueller’s 448-page report and weaken Trump’s reelection prospects in ways that Mueller’s book-length report did not. They hoped that even if his testimony did not inspire impeachment demands — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made clear she will not pursue impeachment, for now — Mueller could nonetheless unambiguously spell out questionable, norm-shattering actions by the president.

“Yet Mueller appeared unwilling or unable to offer crisp sound bites that could reshape public opinions.

“He frequently gave single-word answers to questions, even when given opportunities to crystallize allegations of obstruction of justice against the president. He referred time again to the wording in his report.”
The Associated Press

“The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”
Robert Mueller in an opening statement as he testified before a House committee

“So Democrats and others can illegally fabricate a crime, try pinning it on a very innocent President, and when he fights back against this illegal and treasonous attack on our Country, they call It Obstruction? Wrong! Why didn’t Robert Mueller investigate the investigators?”
President Trump

“Funny, Mueller can’t understand the Republicans but he can totally understand the Democrats questions. This is a disaster for dems.”
Donald Trump Jr., tweeted repeatedly during Mueller’s testimony,  mocking Mueller’s lack of familiarity with some aspects of the investigation and accusing him of playing favorites

“Was Mueller in charge of his own investigation? This question became painfully obvious when he was questioned by Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala. She asked how many of the approximately 500 interviews his office conducted he attended personally. ‘Very few,’ he said.

“Then she asked about a letter he signed to Attorney General William Barr that complained about media coverage of his report. She asked who wrote the letter. ‘I can’t get into … the internal deliberations,’ he mumbled. ‘But you signed it?’ Roby replied. She asked Mueller whether he authorized the letter being released to the media or it was leaked behind his back. He replied, ‘I have no knowledge on either.’

“Who’s running this show? This is the omniscient man Time magazine compared to the Greek goddess Nemesis?”
L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center, and Tim Graham,  director of media analysis at the Media Research Center

Mueller was “being destroyed on credibility, knowledge, competence and numerous ‘ahs,’ pauses and excuses like ‘beyond my purview.’”
The president’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, blasted Mueller’s frequent stumbles and calls for questions to be repeated

“Everything Robert Mueller does has been breathlessly promoted by the media for two years. Even now, after everything has crumbled for the Democrats, they just keep digging. It’s like the old Ronald Reagan joke about the boy shoveling through a room of horse manure saying, ‘there must be a pony in here somewhere!'”
L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center, and Tim Graham,  director of media analysis at the Media Research Center

And it’s starting to look like, you know, having desperately tried and failed to make a legal case against the president, you made a political case instead. You put it in a paper sack, lit it on fire, dropped it on our porch, rang the doorbell and ran.”
Republican Congressman Tom McClintock of California addressing Mueller at a hearing

“But to the broader question of his credibility, which was central to these proceedings, did he (Mueller) damage it today?”
NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly questioning Robert Mueller biographer Garrett Graff

“I don’t know that he helped himself greatly.”
Graff responding to Kelly

“I’m the president’s lawyer, so it was not in the interest of the president to submit to an interview. We provided over 1,400,000 documents, 30 witnesses, thousands of hours of – or hundreds of hours of testimony. And there was no information that they could not have gotten from another source. So that’s why we allowed – we argued that he should not have to, you know, submit to an interview.”
Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow

“I think that today’s hearings will confirm in everybody their pre-existing beliefs. Those who thought that President Trump is innocent as the driven snow will now see him as Snow White. Those who were convinced that he has committed crimes for which he could be charged outside of the context here, like me, came away reaffirmed in that belief.”
Former federal prosecutor Paul Rosenzweig, who is currently a Senior Fellow at the R Street Institute

“Is it wrong to take pleasure in the utter humiliation of Robert Mueller? If it is, then I’m sure not right. We are not going to get formal justice – if this fiasco has taught us anything, it is that – but at least we got to see some karma in action. It was Mueller Time all right and that human punchline we saw there on TV, forgetting and fumbling, is now Mueller For All Time. Serves him right. Slink away, Bobby. Just go. You’ve done enough damage to too many individuals and to our country. Be gone.”
Columnist Kurt Schlichter

“The Trump 2020 is going to save a lot of dough by not filming ads and just simply running footage of these clowns, among other ridiculous things, wanting to abolish ICE, invite in the entire Third World, and stick you with the medical bills. That’s the choice they are putting before us, and America is going to choose borders.

“We just had a hilarious meltdown in Georgia, where some Democrat state rep named Erica Thomas decided to jump into the express lane at the supermarket with more than 15 items, got called out, and then posted a YouTube video of herself crying about how this was the greatest racial injustice since the last greatest racial injustice. Such is the unholy hell of bigotry imposed by Donald Trump, which is quite an achievement for him since the world only discovered his secret dedication to white nationalism on the day in 2015 that he announced he was running as a Republican.”
Columnist Kurt Schlichter

“Pelosi has been remarkably ineffective in disciplining Squad members. Pelosi needs to bring the gavel down on her meddlesome freshmen, and demonstrate that messing with her still has consequences. Or else she will ride out her remaining years as a much weaker speaker.”
James S. Robbins has taught at the National Defense University and the Marine Corps University and served as a special assistant in the office of the secretary of Defense in the George W. Bush administration

“The problem is that, for pro-lifers, there is no middle ground on abortion. It is, every single time, the unjust and violent taking of a life from the most vulnerable class of human beings. We will never stop working until it is not just illegal but unthinkable. An important part of that work is exposing Planned Parenthood for what it really is, a taxpayer-funded abortion political advocacy group and abortion chain. By firing its best hope at masking that reality, Planned Parenthood is now doing our work for us.”
Ashley McGuire, a senior fellow with The Catholic Association, on Planned Parenthood’s firing of president Leana Wen, who had revealed a willingness and interest in working with those who disagreed about abortion

“The Apollo program is of vital historical importance. First of all, it was a hard-won Cold War victory at a moment when the long struggle against Soviet imperial Communism was not going at all well, and when U.S. society was looking into the abyss of riots, terrorism, and social disintegration. For just a moment, the nation stopped and watched while two of its truly best and brightest sons became the first humans to walk on another celestial body. Apollo 11 was an antidote to despair, and in the years to come, in the midst of defeat in Vietnam and a scandal that destroyed a president, it reminded many Americans of just what their nation could do when it tried hard enough.

“It also helped limit the loss of U.S. standing in the world at a time when things looked pretty bad. All over the world people were convinced that the U.S. was losing the Cold War and that Communism was indeed the wave of the future. The fact that we beat the USSR to the moon made at least a few Europeans and Asians reconsider their pessimism.
Author Taylor Dinerman

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

Police drenched in NY

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

By the numbers: Migration to the US-Mexico border

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Mueller didn’t exonerate

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Study finds transgender people more politically conservative than straight men

 

Week-ends (07/20/19)

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

HEROES OF THE WEEK

The Milwaukee Brewers, Matthew and Caroline Rittner

Philip Pavone

This young man

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

The “squad”

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

When are “the Radical Left Congresswomen” going to “apologize to our Country, the people of Israel and even to the Office of the President, for the foul language they have used, and the terrible things they have said? So many people are angry at them & their horrible & disgusting actions. If Democrats want to unite around the foul language & racist hatred spewed from the mouths and actions of these very unpopular & unrepresentative Congresswomen, it will be interesting to see how it plays out.”
President Trump tweeting about four Democratic Congresswomen

“Don’t get personal. Don’t take the bait. We all know that AOC and this crowd are a bunch of communists. They hate Israel. They hate our own country.”
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a close ally of the president who golfed with Trump last weekend, advised the president to “aim higher” during an appearance on “Fox and Friends,” even as he accused the members in question of being “anti-Semitic” and “anti-American.”

“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”
President Trump in another tweet. All of the women are American citizens and three were born in the U.S.

“The immigrants I know, including my mother-in-law, are the people most disgusted by Rep. Omar’s ingratitude to the nation who rescued her family from an African refugee camp and gave her the equivalent of a lottery ticket to come to the USA. We must do a better job as a country and as parents of teaching civics and patriotism to our children.”
U.S. Rep Sean Duffy, who represents Wisconsin’s seventh congressional district, didn’t directly comment on Trump’s tweets but criticized Omar and suggested schools and universities are teaching American students not to love the United States

“This week we will be voting on an intelligence authorization bill and a minimum wage bill on the House floor, but the only questions we will get asked, the only questions that will be debated on TV and social media, will be about tweets we can all agree were wrong. Instead of mean tweeting, let’s do our job and work to fix the looming budget crisis, a broken healthcare system, and a broken immigration system.”
Mike Gallagher (R)  is the U.S. Representative for Wisconsin’s 8th congressional district

“….they are destroying the Democrat Party. I’m appalled that so many of our Presidential candidates are falling all over themselves to try to agree with the four horsewomen of the apocalypse. I’m entitled to say that they’re Wack Jobs.”
Louisiana Senator John Kennedy

“All too often, Trump’s tweets are bad, both morally and politically. And the media would always prefer to jabber about those tweets than about news that harms Democrats. So why would Trump continue to provide them the oxygen they so desperately seek?”
Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief of DailyWire.com

Who decides where the line is that the president crossed? The headline writer working today who thinks it’s ‘insensitive’ or the one tomorrow who thinks it’s ‘racist?’ Were we to use my moral standards, the line for calling people and words racist in this country would have been crossed decades ago. But that’s not what journalists do. We report and interview and attribute.

“What’s at stake is journalism’s embattled claim to be the source of credible news grounded in the kind of deep, fair reporting that exposes injustice and holds powerful people to account. It may be satisfying to call the president’s words, or the president himself, racist, given the attacks tweeted from his bully app and so often aimed at our profession. But at what cost?

“It’s already nearly impossible to separate actual journalism from the argumentative noise on the cable networks that dominate so much of public perception. There are already too many journalists dancing day and night on the line that once separated fact and judgment. When that line is finally obliterated and we sink into the cesspool beckoning us to its depths, this historically flawed, imperfect tool for revealing and routing racism will look and sound indistinguishable from the noise and become just as irrelevant.”
NPR’s Standards and Practices Editor, Mark Memmott

“You’re married to an immigrant that is a nationalized U.S. citizen. If someone were to say to her she should go back to her country as a criticism of federal policies, wouldn’t you consider that a racist attack?”
CNN’s Manu Raju, questioning Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell about his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao who was born in Taiwan

“Well, the Secretary of Transportation came here at age eight legally, not speaking a word of English, and has realized the American dream. And I think all of us think that this is a process of renewal that’s going on in this country for a very long time and is good for America. We ought to continue it. As I said, the–the immigration has been a fulfilling of the American dream, and new people who come here have a lot of ambition, a lot of energy, tend to do very well and invigorate our country, and my wife’s a good example of that.”
McConnell’s response to Raju

“What will happen is, there will be hundreds of people who come over the border illegally, and my father and other border patrol agents will see them. And these border patrol agents can’t send them back, all [migrants] have to do is have someone that they say is their child, that they say is under 18 with them.

“And they don’t have to have any proof of that. The border patrol will just take them into our country, and it’s very disturbing that there are just floods and floods of illegal immigrants just coming through, [and] their first act in America is breaking the law.”
14-year old student activist Ellie Taylor, whose father is a border patrol agent, in a radio interview

“Every single one of these people I talked to were saying, ‘I don’t know how I can maintain this face of joy and warmth when I have to go home and forage for food in other people’s garbage.’”
Disney heiress Abigail Disney, granddaughter of Walt Disney’s brother Roy. She commented after she went to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and said conditions for park employees were bleak.

“We strongly disagree with this characterization of our employees and their experience at Disney.” Her account is “a gross and unfair exaggeration of the facts that is not only a misrepresentation, but also an insult to the thousands of employees who are part of the Disney community.” Disney strives “to enhance the employment experience of our more than 200,000 employees through a variety of benefits and programs that provide them opportunity, mobility and well-being.”
A Disney statement in response to Abigail Disney

“With their politicization of their victory, their expletive-filled speech and their publicly expressed contempt for half their fellow citizens, the women of the U.S. women’s soccer team succeeded in endearing themselves to America’s left. But they earned the rest of the country’s disdain, which is sad. We really wanted to love the team. What we have here is yet another example of perhaps the most important fact in the contemporary world: Everything the left touches it ruins.”
Nationally-syndicated radio talk show host Dennis Prager

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

The “squad”

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

How much of this actually got reported?

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done.”

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

NYC Blackout: Love Conquers All, Including Wedding Day Darkness

A Manson murder house is for sale. That’s a challenge, especially this year

Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is now an Airbnb lodging option in Chicago

Week-ends (07/13/19)

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

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Ivanka Trump

Chris Norton

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Jordan Fricke

CNN

The NEA

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“I witnessed some of the worst, most Machiavellian behavior you can imagine.  I had politicians, including our governor at the time, Thompson, and our mayor, John Norquist, routinely say one thing to my face and do the opposite behind my back.”
Bud Selig in his new book, “For the Good of the Game: The Inside astory of the Surprising, Dramatic Transformation of Major League Baseball.” Selig criticized Tommy Thompson and John Norquist for their role in lining up the financing for Miller Park in the 1990’s. Both Thompson and Norquist would fire back.

“It’s pretty petty. He’s the one trying to make himself out to be a hero. But he was anything but a hero. He didn’t pay a dime for it. The taxpayers built that stadium. He paid for nothing as far as I’m concerned. He never said thank you to taxpayers. I was in on Miller Park from the beginning, stayed up all night helping to get it passed in the Legislature and then signed it into law. He should be down on his knees thanking the taxpayers, legislators and my administration for Miller Park.”
Tommy Thompson

“I tried to interest them in a downtown site, but Selig said his business model was based on having a big parking lot and that suburban fans wouldn’t be comfortable visiting downtown. I pointed out that Summerfest seemed to attract suburbanites, but that didn’t convince him. Bud didn’t see the urban renaissance coming which led to new stadiums being located in downtowns across America.

“How do I feel about being criticized by Bud Selig? Not great, but as Tommy Thompson and I once shared with each other, maybe it’s better than being praised by him.”
John Norquist, former Milwaukee Mayor. The financing package for Miller Park included $90 million from the Brewers, but Norquist and Thompson said most of that came from other sources, including a $40 million naming rights deal with Miller Brewing Co., a concession contract and $20 million from the Bradley Foundation.

“The main point here is that the Trump administration is trying to circumvent some of the blowback from the other side of the aisle. It sends the message that these people have been notified to self-deport and if they fail to do that, this might happen. It is saying that we aren’t monsters, what we are doing is in accordance with the law and in a reasonable fashion.”
Steve Bucci, homeland security expert at the Heritage Foundation. Starting Sunday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is expected o resume its previously announced plan to apprehend thousands of illegal immigrants across the country. Bucci responded to why the raids were being publicized days in advance.

“Sometimes there have been leaks by individuals, but it has never been a policy choice to pre-emptively announce raids. It compromises the effectiveness of the raids. Those being targeted may relocate or refuse to answer the door when immigration officials knock because they are anticipating the raids.  Raids have been conducted by other administrations, oftentimes targeting certain types of immigration violations, including those with criminal convictions. However, there has not been an immigration raid by previous administrations targeting families or children. It is unclear why this administration is preemptively announcing these raids.”
Erin Corcoran, an immigration expert and executive director of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

“The women’s team collectively bargained for and won a pay structure (with the U.S. Soccer Federation) that guarantees them salaries, severance pay, medical benefits, and some performance-based bonuses. The women’s team wanted the security of salary-based pay rather than purely performance-based pay, and they wanted to guarantee a salary even for players who were on the roster but didn’t play.

“By contrast, the men are strictly pay-for-play. They do not receive a salary or additional benefits like health insurance or severance pay. Their pay structure is performance-based.”
Christine Rosen is senior writer at Commentary.

“The Women’s World Cup just ended and the team from the United States won. I didn’t say they were representing the United States because it doesn’t seem like they wanted to, they were representing themselves.

“Led by narcissist Megan Rapinoe, they beat up on teams with significantly less skill than they had and celebrated goals against them like they just cured cancer. It’s akin to me beating my 2-year-old in a game of Trivial Pursuit and screaming ‘In your face!’ each time I won a piece of pie. When Alex Morgan scored against England in the semi-finals, she mocked her opponents by pretending to sip tea. Why? Arrogance. It was embarrassing and cheapened the victory.”
Derek Hunter, a Washington, DC based writer, radio host and political strategist

“I’ve had it with Megan Rapinoe. She’s made Colin Kaepernick seem like someone I’d like to have a beer with by comparison. I don’t care how many people in sports, pop culture, and media tell me otherwise. She’s not someone I’d want my daughter to admire.

“No, Ms. Rapinoe is no role model for my daughter not because she’s gay, or liberal, or misguided. Simply, she’s self-centered, phony, and vulgar. That has nothing to do with social issues or politics. It’s just an appalling lack of character.
Philadelphia radio talk host Chris Stigall

“In voicing her obvious disdain for Trump, Rapinoe did great damage to the sport she claims to love. She hurt the sport in general and her teammates specifically.

“With her needlessly crude statement, Rapinoe precluded a unifying celebration of the teams’ outstanding performance. She not only expressed disdain for Trump, the person, she showed disrespect for the office. No matter who may reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, it is not the ‘f***ing White House.’ By dragging even a prospective White House visit into the gutter of contemporary politics, Rapinoe turned off millions of Americans – to her, and by extension, to the sport.

“She diverted their attention from the potential of a positive celebration of the teams’ accomplishments to a selfish focus on her personal views. In a very real sense, she sucked the oxygen out of the team’s deserved media coverage. She caused the national spotlight of sports reporting to shift from the team to her petty political opinions. She took advantage of a platform that her team provided and abused it for narrow political activism.”
Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics

“You got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it. But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just okay. ”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told Democrats in a closed-door meeting on Wednesday. In an interview with The New York Times published last Saturday, Pelosi pushed back against Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Ohmar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) for their opposition to a largely bipartisan border spending bill, referring to them as just “four people.” “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi said, “but they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”

“When these comments (by Pelosi) first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood. But the persistent singling out . . . it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful . . . the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.)

“The party, in my opinion, has moved for me, personally, too far to the left, and for that reason I don’t have a candidate in the party at this time. I think at the end of the day, if a Democrat is going to beat Trump that person, he or she, is going to have to move to the center and you can’t wait too long to do that because the message of some of the programs that the Democrats are pushing are not resonating with the majority of the American people.”
Black Entertainment Television co-founder Robert Johnson

“Because, I’m telling you, he didn’t know anything about government . . . I wanted to scold him all the time.

“Those of us around him really helped to stop him from making bad decisions. All the time. We helped him make much better decisions, which were contrary to kind of what his knee-jerk reaction was. Now I think he’s making some of these knee-jerk reactions.”
“American Carnage,” written by Politico’s Tim Alberta, quoting former House Speaker Paul Ryan

“Paul Ryan, the failed V.P. candidate & former Speaker of the House, whose record of achievement was atrocious (except during my first two years as President), ultimately became a long running lame duck failure, leaving his Party in the lurch both as a fundraiser & leader.”
President Trump tweet

Could you imagine having Sleepy Joe Biden, or Alfred E. Newman or a very nervous and skinny version of Pocahontas (1/1024th), as your President, rather than what you have now, so great looking and smart, a true Stable Genius!”
President Trump in a tweet

“The First, Fourth and Fifth Amendments constitutionally limit the only question that the census may ask, and the only question the recipient of the census must answer: How many persons reside in the responder’s home?

“Yet, that constitutional question was not good enough for the bureaucrats. In addition to asking about bedrooms and toilets and education, this year, the census folks were instructed by President Trump to ask the citizenship status of all persons. But the Supreme Court ruled that, on the justification offered by the Commerce Department, the question may not be asked.

“Could a future Commerce Department ask how many guns are kept in the house or who living there goes to Mass on Sunday or if any resident has had an abortion? How much longer will a free people permit these intrusions? How much longer will we be a free people?”
Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is the senior judicial analyst at Fox News Channel

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During an interview on ABC’s The View Friday morning, Kamala Harris stumbled badly over a question about decriminalizing border crossings. Not only did she change her position from the June debate, she changed her position twice in under one minute. Fumblin’, bumblin,’ stumblin.’

“If Sen. Harris cannot even handle chatting with the women of The View of daytime television, how is she going to handle the difficult conversations that come with being president?”
Timothy Meads, media relations strategist

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