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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Week-ends (06/27/15)

Week-ends

 

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


Nick Struck


Ronaldo Alanis-Ramirez


Matthew James


Alex McDougall



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Peter Singer


Lou Lumenick


The TODAY Show



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


Our nation was founded on a bedrock principle that we are all created equal. The project of each generation is to bridge the meaning of those founding words with the realities of changing times. Progress on this journey often comes in small increments, sometimes two steps forward, one step back, propelled by the persistent effort of dedicated citizens. And then sometimes, there are days like this, when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt. They’ve (Supreme Court justices) reaffirmed that all Americans are entitled to the equal protection of the law, that all people should be treated equally regardless of who they are or who they love.”
President Obama reacting to the US Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage


Gay and lesbian couples "share a love for their partners constrained only by social stigma and discriminatory laws. But today, their love is set free with the right to marry and the recognition of that marriage throughout the country.”
Vice President Joe Biden


"They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."
Justice Anthony Kennedy in his 28-page ruling


"Today, five lawyers have ordered every state to change their definition of marriage. Just who do we think we are? This court is not a legislature. Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us. If you are among the many Americans - of whatever sexual orientation - who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today's decision. But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.


"Supporters of same-sex marriage have achieved considerable success persuading their fellow citizens—through the democratic process—to adopt their view. That ends today. Stealing this issue from the people will for many cast a cloud over same-sex marriage, making a dramatic social change that much more difficult to accept."
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in dissent of the gay marriage ruling


“Today’s decision usurps the constitutional right of the people to decide whether to keep or alter the traditional understanding of marriage. For millennia, marriage was inextricably linked to the one thing that only an opposite-sex couple can do: procreate. At present, no one—including social scientists, philosophers, and historians—can predict with any certainty what the long-term ramifications of widespread acceptance of same-sex marriage will be. And judges are certainly not equipped to make such an assessment.”
Justice Samuel Alito


“Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court. The opinion in these cases is the furthest extension in fact—and the furthest extension one can even imagine—of the Court’s claimed power to create “liberties” that the Constitution and its Amendments neglect to mention. This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves.”
Justice Antonin Scalia


“Aside from undermining the political processes that protect our liberty, the majority’s decision threatens the religious liberty our Nation has long sought to protect.”
Justice Clarence Thomas


“As a Party, we believe in the importance of traditional marriage between a man and a woman and remain committed to finding common ground to champion the family’s role in society. Marriage is critically important to strengthening our country and our communities. Today’s ruling cannot and must not be used to coerce a church or religious institution into performing marriages that their faith does not recognize. We should respect the sincerely held religious views of our fellow citizens, just as we respect those on the winning side of this case.”
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus


“Racism. We’re not cured of it. It’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say n****r in public, that’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not.”
President Obama


“It’s time to move the flag from the Capitol grounds. That flag, while an integral part of our past, does not represent the future of our great state.”
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on the Confederate flag in S.C.


“The flag didn’t have a thing to do with what happened.”
Haley Barbour, former Republican National Committee Chairman and former governor of Mississippi


“Well, I am glad the Democrats have come out foursquare against slavery. It has taken a while, but if we are going to remedy the sadness of the Confederate side in the Civil War, I think we need to abolish the Democratic Party. That is a much more hateful symbol. They were the ones that stood for it– even after the North, i.e. the Republicans won the war and finally got the Democrats to give up slavery. Democrats continued to discriminate against black people for another 100 years.

“Well, I am a student of American history, so I am appalled by — though I’d really like to like Nikki Haley since she is a Republican.  On the other hand, she is an immigrant that does not understand America’s history … The Confederate flag we’re talking about never flew over an official Confederate building. It was a battle flag. It is to honor Robert E. Lee. And anyone who fought knows the first thing about military history knows there is no greater army that ever took the field that Confederate army. Both blacks and whites in Mississippi when it came up for a vote – 30 percent of black, this was within 10 years – 30 percent of blacks voted to keep the Confederate flag.”
Ann Coulter, author of¡Adios America! The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole,” taking on the issue of the Confederate flag. She went on to criticize Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC), who on Monday announced her support for removing the flag from the state capitol’s grounds.


“He can't possibly have a soul. Those brothers took away an angel. You will never understand the impact of her loss. You will never know why she is so desperately missed. You ruined so many lives that day. Your friends abandoned you… You will die in prison alone.”
Karen McWatters, a friend of 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, who was killed in the 2013 Boston Marathgon attack. Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was formally sentenced Wednesday for the 2013 attacks in Boston. Tsarnaev smiled as his victims arrived in court to give emotional speeches before he was sentenced to die. The 21-year-old killer laughed with his attorney before his sentencing hearing got underway in federal court in Boston.


He chose to do nothing, to prevent all of this from happening. He chose hate. He chose destruction. He chose death. We choose love. We choose kindness. We choose peace. This is our response to hate. That's what makes us different from him.”
Bill Richard, the father of eight-year-old Boston bombing victim Martin Richard  Bill and Denise Richard told the court that they had wanted Tsarnaev to be sentenced to life behind bars so he had time to think about what he had done and the strength of the survivors.


“I don't know what makes me happy anymore. There is an emptiness that I cannot manage to fill. The defendant he has taken Sean away from me, but he's also taken me away from me. When I'm angry, I'm furious… When I feel joy, I cry, because it is so rare. He is a coward and a liar. 'He showed no remorse while his victims stood in front of him... He ran his own brother over with a car. He had no issues shooting mine in the head. He spit in the face of the American dream.”
MIT Officer Sean Collier's sister, Jen 


“I'm the one who's alive. He's already dead.”
Survivor Megan Zipin on Tsarnaev 


“Words cannot capture the horrific impact this has had on my life.  I forgive you and your brother. My hope and desire is some day soon you'll be brave enough to take responsibility for your actions and forgo all your appeals, so we can all move together in peace.”
Boston bombing survivor Jennifer Kauffman


 “I am sorry for the lives that I've taken, for the suffering that I've caused you, and the damage that I've done.”
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 21-year-old killer, addressing the stunned courtroom on Wednesday before he was formally sentenced to death


“After we heard it, we wished he hadn't [spoken] because the things he had to say were shocking, I regret ever wanting him to speak... What he said showed no remorse, no regret, no empathy.”
Boston bombing survivor Lynn Julian, who was left with a traumatic brain injury, hearing loss and PTSD from the blasts, condemned Tsarnaev’s statement


“Well my premise has been that Secretary Clinton is not going to be the nominee. Then it’s down to Governor Chafee, Governor O’Malley, and Senator Sanders. And I’ll compare my record, my character, and my vision for the future very favorably. Even with Secretary Clinton, if you put her in the mix.”
Former Rhode Island Governor and Senator Lincoln Chafee


Democratic elites don’t want to hear it but Hillary Clinton’s in trouble. If Sanders can poll 40% in a Wisconsin straw poll in June he can do it    an Iowa caucus in January. Imagine a Hillary Clinton who just lost Iowa and New Hampshire to Bernie Sanders. It’s still hard to picture but it gets easier every day.

“You don’t win your next race running someone else’s last one. Trying to do so, Clinton repeats her big mistake of 2008: not sensing the times. There are smaller changes she can make right now: hire better speech writers, including at least one with a sense of humor; put her family foundation under independent management; tell her husband to stop giving speeches or else start talking for free.”

Bill Curry was White House counselor to President Clinton and a two-time Democratic nominee for governor of Connecticut



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


A judicial activist court ruling leads to this...



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Most reliable in fighting STDs



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


The Confederate flag



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


That drought in California...


Grossology


Week-ends (06/20/15)

Week-ends


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


Tywanza Sanders


Debbie Dills



Willow Bender



Max


Operation Falcon Support



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Dylann Roof


Ru$$ Feingold



The Milwaukee Art Museum




QUOTES OF THE WEEK

"You all rape women and you're taking over our country. I have to do what I have to do.”
Dylann Roof before he went on a shooting rampage inside a Charleston church


"I'll be the one to push the button. If he's found guilty, I'll be the one to push the button myself. If what I am hearing is true, he needs to pay for it."
Carson Cowles, the uncle of a 21-year old Dylann Roof who is accused of opening fire inside a Charleston church and killing nine people. Cowles said he will "push the button myself" if his nephew receives the death penalty, which is legal in South Carolina.


"I don't look at you with eyes of hatred, or judge you by your appearance of race, but I look at you as a human being that made a horrible decision to take the lives of 9 living & breathing people. Children do not grow up with hatred in their hearts. In this world we are born color blind. Somewhere along the line, you were taught to hate people that are not like you, and that is truly tragic. You have accomplished nothing from this killing, but planting seeds of pain that will forever remain in the hearts of the families that lost their lives and countless hearts around our country. If you're still out there and you have your phone with you...Give your heart to Jesus and confess your sins with a heart of forgiveness. He is the only one who can save your soul and forgive you for the terrible act that you have done. I love you Dylann...even in the midst of the darkness and pain you've caused, but more importantly HE loves you."
Marcus Stanley, an award-winning African-American gospel singer from Virginia, was shot eight times in a previous gang-related incident — yet he miraculously survived. After the Charleston shooting on Wednesday, he found Dylann Roof's Facebook page and decided to leave him a comment.


"We don't have all the facts, but we do know that once again innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun.”
President Obama


“I’m really rich…that’s the kind of thinking you need for this country. It sounds crass, it’s not crass.”
Donald Trump in his announcement that he’s running for President


“He’s a nuisance, a hothead, totally unqualified, a spoiler. But enough about Pat Buchanan, whose surprisingly strong, populist, “mad as hell” primary campaign against George H. W. Bush in 1992 left the Bush faction reeling all the way to their defeat in the general election. That nobody thinks Donald Trump has any hope of winning a primary, much less a single debate, makes it all the easier for him to surprise reporters simply by doing better than expected. If Donald Trump can manage a clever quip or two in the first debate, poke fun at himself, and not set his lectern, or the moderator daring to question him, on fire, he’ll impress the hell out of nearly everyone.”
Matt Latimer, is a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush. He is currently a co-partner in Javelin, contributing editor at Politico Magazine.


“This did not get the kind of laser-focused attention until ­Healthcare.gov, which was a well-­documented disaster, but ended up anyways being the catalyst for us saying, ‘Okay, we have to completely revamp how we do things’.”
President Obama promoting his new “tech team”


“I identify as black.”
An unapologetic Rachel Dolezal, the woman who resigned as head of a local NAACP branch after her parents said she was white said Tuesday that she started identifying as black around the age of 5, when she drew self-portraits with a brown crayon, and “takes exception” to the contention that she tried to deceive people


“I said things that weren't true. I own up to this. Looking back it had to have been ego that made me think I had to be sharper, funnier, quicker than anybody else. I am a grateful person. I am fully aware of the second chance I have been given. I don't intend to squander it.”
Former NBC News anchor Brian Williams who has been moved to MSNBC


“What many on the right…have trouble accepting is that while the news is full of biases, ideological bias is among the least important. Let's look, for instance, at the [Times] article about [Marco] Rubio's traffic tickets. Did the Times publish it because…Rubio's a conservative, and they want to destroy him? No. They looked into the story in the first place because of a bias that says that what's most important to know about a candidate is what's personal and out of the public eye... In the end, there wasn't much there… But no one who thinks about the news media in a serious way could believe that articles like these are driven by an ideological bias.”
Lefty writer Paul Waldman


“With the announcement this week by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew that there will be a woman on the $10 bill, I found myself daydreaming about all the new equality that will presumably come with such a historic and meaningful honor.

“Because, surely, with all the current economic problems we're attempting to solve -- a still unstable job market, widening income inequality, rising poverty -- the United States government wouldn't waste its valuable time on some kind of empty symbolic gesture. Surely, putting a woman on a U.S. banknote will be an important step forward for gender equality and advancing women's rights, with a tangible, measurable return on investment, so to speak.

“Sorry to be sarcastic, but I just can't summon the excitement to celebrate something so trivial and, in a way, insulting to women.

“The idea that putting a historically important woman -- like Hillary Clinton's choice, Harriet Tubman, or Nancy Pelosi's choice, Frances Perkins -- on the $10 bill is a gift of some sort is setting the bar pretty low.”
S.E. Cupp is author of Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media's Attack on Christianity and co-host of MSNBC's The Cycle


“Recognizing multiple valedictorians eliminates the unhealthy competition created by a system that awards just one winner. Instead, it emphasizes student learning over student rank, rewarding us for taking academically rigorous courses without pitting us against each other.

“Creating a system that promotes personal achievement over unhealthy competition and that rewards hard-working students without hindering anyone’s ability to succeed should be applauded.

Some have derided the rise of multiple valedictorians as a product of the ‘everyone gets a trophy’ era. They suggest that today’s students are coddled, and insist that recognizing so many students is simply an effort to boost our self-esteem.”

Dalton Miller is a sophomore political science major at Ohio State University. In 2014, Miller graduated as one of 72 valedictorians from Dublin Jerome High School. He wrote an op-ed piece about the six dozen valedictorians in the Washington Post.


The rise of multiple valedictorians is not a product of the ‘everyone gets a trophy’ era. The bottom line is that it sure as hell is.

“Dalton, I hire people for a living. If you want to be special, don’t even think of walking in and handing me a resume noting that you were one of 72 valedictorians. That title where you come from is now meaningless, and I’ll direct you across the street to the Starbucks. 

“But show me something you’ve truly earned, where the bar is set high and you met it – like a Combat Infantryman Badge awarded for sending a jihadi terrorist to his 72 virgins – and then we can talk.”
Kurt Schlichter, a trial lawyer in Los Angeles, California and a retired U.S. Army infantry colonel, responding to Dalton Miller



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Illegal immigrants avoid deportation, commit murder



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


This Gallup poll




MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Rachel Dolezal



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


This whole Joyce Mitchell deal


University paints 'text lane' on a staircase


 

Week-ends (06/13/15)

Week-ends


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


Tim Watson



'The Rock'


Hannah Redders


These students at Sheboygan Central High School (WI)


Maia Browne


Jaclyn Caramazza


Richard Pierce


This one's especially for all my female readers: Patrice Banks



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Rachel Dolezal


PETA


Telemarketers


The law in Texas



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“After almost 25 years in the news business, you know who is the most easily offended and the least tolerant: Liberals and progressive – because many of them don’t really want to hear anyone else’s opinion but their own.”
CNN anchor Don Lemon


“The thing is working. I mean, part of what’s bizarre about this whole thing is we haven’t had a lot of conversation about the horrors of Obamacare because none of them come to pass.”

President Obama after launching a new website to promote Obamacare


“Mr. Obama simply does not see the urgency and does not have the fire to take on terrorists who are slaughtering thousands of innocent people. Sadly, millions of Americans are willing to accept that fact and still support the President. If every American demanded the USA become proactive once again in defeating the jihad, then it would happen, but many of us are apathetic as long as the mass murder is overseas, we don't care.

“We have a leader who doesn't want to lead. Barack Obama is interested in the theoretical dilemma of climate change. He is interested in social justice and redistributing American wealth. Not much interested in blatant attacks on America's security and mass murder around the world. It appears to me that Barack Obama is not going to change. So, this country is now in a race to see if we can avoid catastrophe in the next 18 months. A very dangerous game.”
Bill O’Reilly


“You guys saw it all on 9/11, and the possibility for mass casualty attacks is very real. I’m fearful that we’ve gotten far enough away now, after 14 years, far enough away from 9/11, that too many people have forgotten what happened and what it’s like when it does happen.  Because there is a danger that next time they will have something deadlier than airline tickets and box cutters when they launch an attack.”
Former Vice President Dick Cheney


“Ninety-nine percent of those arrested for bringing drugs into Maricopa County, Arizona are illegal aliens. Everybody talks about the border related to illegal immigration. Can’t they throw in another little issue just for kicks? And say, oh by the way, tons of drugs are coming across the border too.”
Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio


“We have a responsibility to say clearly and directly what’s really going on in our country. Because what is happening is a sweeping effort to dis-empower and disenfranchise people of color, poor people, and young people from one end of our country to the other. Yet, unfortunately, today there are people who offer themselves to be leaders, whose actions have undercut this fundamental American principle. Here in Texas, former Governor Rick Perry signed a law that a federal court said was actually written with the purpose of discriminating against minority voters. He applauded when the voting rights act was gutted, and said the lost protections were outdated and unnecessary.”
Hillary Clinton


“Well, I think it’s way outside the norm of ridiculous, if you want to know the truth of the matter, to call out the people of the state of Texas, that’s what she did, I just happened to be the governor that signed that legislation and support it, and the vast majority of the people of Texas support it, and what Secretary Clinton did was saying the state of Texas didn’t.

Why would you say that you need a photo id to get a library book or to get on an airplane? This is a state issue, and this is an issue that the people that the state of Texas overwhelmingly support. So you know, I don’t know who she is playing to, but she is not playing to the people of Texas and I don’t think she is playing to the Americans that believe that the sanctity of the vote is really important and you need to have a photo id to go and vote. And the people of Texas wanted it, and whichever state Hillary Clinton considers to be her home state, she goes home and argues there to not to have it.

“I think we make it pretty easy in the state of Texas for people to vote. Again, I don’t know what her beef is with the people of the state of Texas about voter id but I think she is on the wrong side of the issue.”
Former Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) reacting to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accusing Perry and others of attempting to disenfranchise voters


“Many black parents want a better education and safer schools for their children. The way to deliver on that desire is to offer parents alternatives to poorly performing and unsafe public schools. Expansion of charter schools is one way to provide choice.

“Suppose I invite you to dine with me at a restaurant. You find out that the restaurant's chef doesn't eat there and neither do the servers. That suggests they have some inside information from which you could benefit.

“Politicians who fight against school choice behave the way teachers do. Fifty-two percent of the members of the Congressional Black Caucus who have school-age children have them enrolled in private schools. Thirty-seven percent of members of the House of Representatives and 45 percent of senators who have school-age children have them enrolled in private schools.

“The education establishment says more money is needed, but more money does not produce higher quality. New York City spent $20,331 per student in fiscal 2013. Washington, D.C., spent $17,953, and Baltimore allocated $15,050. Despite being among the nation's highest-spending school districts, their education quality is among the lowest. Parents, given vouchers and choice, could do a far superior job in the education of their children — and at a cheaper cost.”
Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University


“I’m hoping not to be misunderstood.  I wish Caitlyn Jenner well, and anyone seeking to find the identity they are comfortable and to live the happiest possible like without intentionally hurting anyone else.

“Awarding the Arthur Ashe award to Caitlyn Jenner is just a crass exploitation play… It’s a tabloid play. In the broad world of sports, I’m pretty sure they could have found –– and this is not anything against Caitlyn Jenner – –I’m pretty sure they could have found someone who was much closer to actively involved in sports who would have been deserving of what that ward represents.

“That doesn’t say it doesn’t take some measure of personal courage to do what Caitlyn Jenner has done, but I think every year we look across the landscape of sports and we find promising people, and kids in high school, and amateur athletes who more closely fit the description of what they are looking for or should be looking for. But I think it’s just a way to pump up the audience play the way lots of things are put on TV to attract lots of eyeballs not because of the validity, but because of whatever the gawker factor is.”

NBC sportscaster Bob Costas on the announcement that Bruce Jenner is being awarded ESPN’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the upcoming ESPYs


“We are very interested in the issues around politics and how they impact our readers which is to say that we have many millions of millennial readers and they're interested in how they pay off their student debts, they’re interested in are they going to get a job in this difficult economy. And they’re also interested in are they going to get great health care and do they have access to contraception and God forbid should they need it, can they have access to an abortion.

“Liberal cheerleading probably is (a fair phrase about what Cosmo writes) because for the most part young women's interests are better supported by liberal/Democrat candidates, but not all, and I do think it’s too early in the process to say which candidate is best going to represent them.
Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles admitted on CNN that her magazine engages in “liberal cheerleading”


“There is dirty content, pornography, semi-pornography...there are parents that are very worried and don’t let their children have computers in their bedroom but in a common place. It is part of the progress of mankind. But when it takes away from communal and family life, social life, sport, art and we remain attached to our computers, this is a psychological illness. This is certain.”
Pope Francis


“I don’t play colleges, but I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges. They’re so PC.’ They just want to use these words: ‘That’s racist;’ ‘That’s sexist;’ ‘That’s prejudice.’ They don’t know what the f­—k they’re talking about.”
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld


Way to go, Ben Carson!


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Week-ends (06/06/15)

Week-ends

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


Shooting victim's family


James Stennett


Harriette Thompson



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


ESPN


Michael Eitel and New Jersey gun laws


Private school in Minneapolis


Mingo County Schools in WV



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“Does anybody from my Husband's staff remember his FB page access?”
In a public Facebook post on May 28, Lincoln Chafee wife, Stephanie, asked that question. “Does anybody from my Husband's staff remember his FB page access?” Lincoln Chafee, a former Rhode Island governor announced this week that he was setting out on a long-shot quest for the Democratic presidential nomination.


“They want to bring in more people into this country who are primarily unskilled and have them compete so we can keep those wages down. And for one reason the Democrats want to do that, because they believe it's politically good for them and they can win more elections. That is not in the interest of the American public.”
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum in an interview by Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd insisted that Democrats have a purely political motive for supporting more immigration in the United States when they should be focused on helping the American worker.


“You think that the Democrats are for immigration, for more immigration, simply for politics, for votes, they’re looking for votes?”
During an interview with Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd appeared visibly shocked when his guest argued that Democrats support amnesty because “they can win more elections.”


“I don’t know. Maybe we were not skeptical enough. It was a campaign. I think, as journalists, basically what we do is watch the campaign and report what the two sides are doing.”
CBS’ Bob Schieffer says that perhaps reporters in the media “were not skeptical enough” of President Barack Obama as a presidential candidate in 2008, telling Fox News’ Howard Kurtz that the whole political world was struck by the sudden rise of the senator from Illinois.
Asked whether the media gave Obama an “incredibly easy ride” when he broke onto the scene, the veteran newsman acknowledged that it’s the job of reporters to be skeptical of political figures. Schieffer ended his run as “Face the Nation” host last Sunday after nearly a quarter-century behind the anchor desk.


“One of the chief arguments cited by conservative Nebraska lawmakers opposed to the death penalty is that capital punishment has simply become too costly. It's true that the death penalty has become wildly expensive. But why? Shouldn't executions cost less than lifetime room and board? The reason is simple. For decades, the anti-capital punishment bar has flooded courts with expensive appeals and challenges and then used the costs they've generated as an argument against the practice.

“Obviously, some of these appeals have been warranted, as far too many have been wrongly sent to death row. But the well-funded opponents of the death penalty make no such distinction. They make the executions of even the most heinous and transparently guilty murderers as expensive as possible. It's a deeply cynical strategy deployed in service of sincerely held conviction. And it works.”

Conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg


“People feel like they’re under siege and that the terms of the debate are now you either applaud it or you’re a bigot. It’s like American culture is being dragged kicking and screaming not only toward acceptance but approval.”
William J. Bennett, education secretary in the Reagan administration, commenting on Caitlyn Jenner


“Like everyone who's talked, written, posted, and tweeted about this event, I've been taken in by a publicity stunt. The guy who enriched himself by bringing our culture the sordid spectacle of the Kardashians is now a gal who's promoting a new reality show, and she's trying to ensure that it gets the highest ratings in the history of trash TV.

“Gays and lesbians have been the outsiders of choice for a couple of decades. But now, as they finally merge with the mainstream, the transgendered look to be the next marginalized group in line for liberal protection from harm and defense against judgment and exclusion. And here comes Caitlyn, right on cue, ready and eager to pose as a pin-up poster girl for the cause.”

Liberal Damon Linker, a senior correspondent at TheWeek.com referring to Caitlyn Jenner


“I wish more guys would throw themselves at me. People bought into the story that I'm a sex symbol but I'm not really. People are afraid of me.”
Sex symbol Sharon Stone claims men never approach her because they're too scared- much to her disappointment Stone, 57, claims her love life is non-existent because men run away when they meet her.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Universal health care in England


The TSA's failure rate

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Week-ends (05/30/15)

Week-ends

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UPDATE: Week-ends (04/25/15)

Week-ends


Previously on This Just In…Michelle Manhart (and others) made HEROES OF THE WEEK.


The update.

Week-ends (05/23/15)

Week-ends

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 Okes


We missed this one last week



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Armando Espinoza-Hipolito



Justin Perez-Gorda


Some federal employees



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“She realizes the less she talks, the better off she is. The good thing is that [Hillary] is an excellent representative of the progressive left ideology” and “eventually she’ll have to talk.”
GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson


“We're still 17 months out from an election so the media have some freedom to decide exactly how much pressure they want to apply to Hillary Clinton. If you think the media have been surprisingly tough on Hillary so far, do bear in mind that in about 12 months as the election starts to close in and polls narrow, the whole liberal clerisy is going to write ‘Why I'm Still Voting For Hillary’ pieces, along the lines of ‘Sure, the Clinton Foundation appears to be a billion dollar money laundering operation masquerading as a charity with the willing cooperation of thousands of corporate and media elites. And maybe we have to face the fact that the Clintons have been rooking people with variations of this scam for 35 years. However, the Supreme Court and Obamacare are just too darn important to trust to a Republican with the White House. While Hillary and Bill may have lined their pockets with money from brutal Central Asian oligarchs under the rubric that they were helping kids with AIDS, at least they're not the kind of monsters who think that gay people may have to go to more than one bakery to find a wedding cake.’

“If Hillary secures the nomination as expected, and the scandals continue to metastisize as expected, before this election is over, the tortured ‘...but I'm voting for her anyway’ declaration will become a genre unto itself. There will be a torrent of rationalizations in the pages of the same publications that are grilling her now. Count on it.”
Mark Hemmingway of the Weekly Standard


“ABC’s refusal to pull George Stephanopoulos off of all 2016 coverage makes it crystal clear that ABC has no intentions of being an objective news outlet. Therefore, unless George Stephanopoulos recuses himself from all 2016 election coverage – or unless ABC pulls him from covering the 2016 campaign – conservatives should avoid going on any ABC shows. ABC has made it clear that they will not hold its anchors accountable for unethical and dishonest journalistic behavior and it should not expect conservatives to subject themselves to coercive interviews by former Clinton campaign operatives masquerading as objective journalists. In a recent survey, ABC News was dead last in the 'trust' factor. Only 8% of the public trusts ABC News. This kind of behavior explains why."
Media Research Center (MRC) President Brent Bozell after ABC failed to sanction George Stephanopoulos, host of ABC’s This Week and Good Morning America, for displaying an inexcusable lack of journalistic ethics


“According to numerous media accounts the formidable political couple has earned at least $30 million in speaking fees since 2014.  The Clintons are maybe who President Obama had in mind when he famously said ‘You didn’t build that.’

“The Clintons are extraordinarily rich not because Bill discovered a cure for cancer, or because Hillary has a knack for resuscitating companies that are on the proverbial deathbed, because both are expert as Ford, Rockefeller and Steve Jobs were at mass producing former baubles of the rich, or even because they were born well.  No, the Clintons are rich for having been wise enough to make a profession of politics in what is the richest, most innovative country on earth.  Without a hint of hyperbole, the wealth they enjoy is a function of their pull within a federal government that is empowered to tax away trillions on an annual basis.  The Clintons are posh and supercilious, but their grand posture is directly attributable to the political class’s ability to plunder the actual wealth of America’s truly productive.

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Week-ends (05/16/15)

Week-ends

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


Macy's and their customers


Cameron Hill


Sydney Engelberg


Brendan Lee

 
Chiufang Hwang



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev


Sierra McCurdy


Thieves


California students


The Girl Scouts


These moms



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“Those who are doing better and better, more skilled, more educated, luckier, having greater advantages, are withdrawing from, sort of, the commons. Kids start going to private schools. Kids start working out at private clubs instead of the public parks. An anti-government ideology then disinvests from those common goods and those things that draw us together and that, in part, contributes to the fact that there is less opportunity for our kids.”
President Obama 


“Obviously, the man who said that went to the best prep school in Hawaii and went to the best private colleges in the United States. His children who, I don't think it's anybody's business where they send their children, but if the President is going to criticize people who send their children to private schools, he has to recognize, obviously, that he sends his children to the best schools in Washington, possibly America. How does he, is this a self critique against himself, mistakes he's made? What was the President trying to get at there? So did the President consider sending his children to public schools? Again, none of my business unless he is criticizing Americans who send their children to private schools. 
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough grilling White House spokesman Josh Earnest about President Obama’s above comments


"I want to address some news you may have seen about me. Over the last several years I’ve made substantial donations to dozens of charities including the Clinton Global Foundation. Those donations were a matter of public record but I should have made additional disclosures on air when we covered the foundation. And I now believe that directing personal donations to that foundation was a mistake. Even though I made them strictly to support work done to stop the spread of AIDS, help children, and protect the environment in poor countries, I should have gone the extra mile to avoid even the appearance of a conflict. I apologize to all of you for failing to do that."
ABC News anchor and former Clinton White House communications advisor George Stephanopoulos issued an apology on Good Morning America for failing to openly disclose $75,000 in donations to the Clinton Foundation. The donations weren't disclosed before Stephanopoulos conducted an interview with Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer about allegations Hillary Clinton traded political favors for donations to the Foundation during her time as Secretary of State. 


“Here's the problem. This isn't about the donations being made in the first place, it's about hiding them from viewers while covering, and defending, the Clinton Foundation. Stephanopoulous is a former and current Clinton and Democratic operative. We saw his role play out during the 2012 presidential election when he inserted non-existent birth control bans into the national debate. He talks to Rahm Emanuel and James Carville every day about strategy. Stephanopoulos didn't ‘make a mistake’ by donating the Clinton Foundation or by failing to disclose the donations. They were both done deliberately as part of his role to shape narratives on behalf of the Left.”
Katie Pavlich, the editor of Townhall.com


“In 1985, after fifteen great years, I was fired by ABC News. The official reason for my firing was a non-disclosed $200 donation to a family friend running in a non-partisan mayoral campaign in New Bedford Massachusetts.  Now ABC is bending over backward to minimize and forgive George Stephanopoulos’ $75,000 donation to the Clinton Foundation because he is central to the network’s recent success.”
Geraldo Rivera


“There’s a lot to do in the first 100 days. Let’s start with day one. I’d make three phone calls immediately. First is to the Prime Minister of Israel because how we treat our friends is reassuring to our other friends.

“I would also call the head of Iran – he might not take call, but he would get the message. I would tell him that we are going to impose sanctions, making it difficult to move money throughout the global financial system unless and until they open themselves up to full and unfettered inspections per UN agreements.

“My third call would be to the head of Democratic Party. I would tell them, ‘We have work to do and I look forward to working with both Republicans and Democrats to get work done’.”

Carly Fiorina when asked if elected President, what would be her top three issues you’d address in her first 100 days


“They (Democrats) have lost control of Congress and a majority of the country. And now they are fighting among themselves and against their own president. Meantime, the economy is weaker. Obama can't break out of the 40-some percent approval zone. And 4 in 10 Democrats say ‘honest’ either barely applies to Hillary Clinton or doesn't apply at all, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. A little more than 17 months from now the voters will get to have the last word about all this. It can't come soon enough.”
Donald Lambro, chief political correspondent for The Washington Times


“There is a new governing crisis here and it is getting worse. It is about money in politics. It involves both political parties. I won’t name names. If you follow the news at all, you know. It is said that the media is sleeping, lost its investigative zeal and does not have the patience to dig. There is some truth to that. But that changes when there is a good story. And money in politics is a great story and important to democracy. It is important that the next president be able, unfettered and unbought, to find and move the country to the next stage of good. You should insist that the sleeping giant, which is both the country and the media, wake up.”
Bob Woodward in a commencement address last Saturday at Loyola University in New Orleans delivered in the Superdome


"Amtrak has a lot of problems. A lack of taxpayer generosity is not one of them, not even close. The key to fixing Amtrak, to making it function as a 'for-profit corporation' — which is how the Federal Railroad Administration, Amtrak's overseer, officially describes the passenger rail organization — is not increasing the volume of federal cash it sucks up every year. The solution is not to reform this and that. ... Selling off its assets to the highest bidder won't fix Amtrak, either. No, the key to fixing Amtrak is to just give it away. Hand over the entire enterprise to whichever rail company wants it. ... Amtrak's problems have far more to do with terrible staff cost management than they do with a so-called lack of infrastructure funding. American taxpayers involuntarily dump over a billion dollars each year into Amtrak, and for what?"
Sean Davis, the Federalist


“Well, first of all, Hillary has to win the nomination. If she wins the nomination, then she has to win the election. If she wins the election, the chances are 100 percent I’ll move back. If — wait, wait — if I’m asked.”
Bill Clinton on the David Letterman Show


“You may not be invited back.”
Letterman joking with Clinton



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House passes pro-life bill


2015 Congressional Pig Book


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GOP policies caused the Philadelphia train wreck



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Week-ends (05/09/15)

Week-ends

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


Erin Stoffel


Cheryl Treadway



Texas police officer


Brady Olson


Federal moms



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Glenn Alan Bates


This husband and father


Adam Swift



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“If this is where American sentiment stands on this issue, then the jihadis are officially winning. The terrorists’ point was to shut us up, not just the organizers of this event, but any American who deigns to disagree with their way of life or thinking. There may be a time and place to discuss whether this kind of discourse is helpful to our country, to our fight with the jihadis, and so on. But within hours of an attempted murder of the very folks under attack? The reaction is, ‘Well, you asked for it.’ Well, they did not ask for it. In this country, we have every right to say what we want to say about Mohammed, or anyone else for that matter. And the rest of society can condemn this group’s speech as a matter of decorum, but how about waiting a beat until the crime scene has been cleared? Lest we appear more concerned about offending Islam than we are about a fundamental pledge we’ve all taken, namely liberty for all.”
Fox News Channel host Megyn Kelly responding to criticism of the Mohammed Art Exhibit and Contest


“Stop being loyal to a party or a man. Think for yourself. I think it’s time for the people to rise up and take the government back.”
Dr. Ben Carson as he announced his run for president


“Not only is Mrs. Clinton not ‘hyper-competent,’ she is not even minimally competent.

“What exactly are her brilliant achievements? Is it HillaryCare, a substantive disaster that led to a political disaster (the Republican sweep in the 1994 mid-term election)? The multiple ethical problems she’s encountered during her years in politics? Her fierce opposition to the Petraeus-led surge in Iraq long after it was obvious it was succeeding? Perhaps the Russian reset? Referring to Bashar Assad, the genocidal dictator of Syria, as a ‘reformer’? Or maybe her masterful handling of the Iranian Green Revolution, relations with Egypt, Libya, Israel, the attack on the American diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Poland, the Czech Republic, the ‘pivot’ to Asia and countless other failures during the first Obama term?

“What exactly are her achievements – her concrete, tangible, exceptional achievements – as First Lady, senator, and secretary of state? They don’t exist. In fact, the things she has her fingerprints on have, much more often than not, turned into disasters. The case that her supporters put forward on her behalf — she has flown nearly a million miles, visited more than 100 countries, read briefing books (!) and had tea with local power brokers (!!) – highlights just how pathetic her achievements are.”
Peter Wehner is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center


"I gotta pay our bills. And I also give a lot of it to the foundation every year. I spend a couple of hours a day just doing the research. People like to hear me speak.”
Bill Clinton on giving high-priced speeches, even though he acknowledges being a wealthy man these days, reportedly worth tens of millions of dollars. He also says he has no regrets about taking millions in foreign cash for his foundation.


Calling the rioters in Baltimore “thugs” is just “a proxy, is a word we use instead of the N-word…can't think of a situation where there's ever been a headline or someone has called a white young person who is in the middle of a violent protest demonstration, whatever, a thug. We use it all the time when we're talking about people in the inner city.”
Former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien


“I forgot that after this past week we may no longer refer to destructive, looting and pillaging blacks as ‘thugs’ because ‘thugs’, according to the Speech Nazis, is a now verboten. Indeed, starting right now, in keeping with The Leftists’ New Rules, the term ‘thug’ is the equivalent of the ‘N-word’ and thus, anyone who floats that word must be ‘a racist’. Which is weird because I, Whitey Whitebread, have used thug to describe white trash who trash crap just for the helluva it.

“Being both confused and inquisitive, I googled up the word ‘thug’ to see if it had diddly to do with the gnarly N-word. What I found was that thug owes it’s origin to early 19th century India where gangs of idiots murdered, robbed and strangled their Indian victims. The word then got adopted by us Yankees and broadened to describe low-lifers who were stupid, violent and consistent violators of the law, which means, low-and-behold, it has nada to do with the N-bomb or blacks. That said, we should not pay attention to the etymology of the word because, you see, the Leftists are gods and we must bow and kiss their ring.”
Conservative blogger/author Doug Giles


“The data doesn't support this false narrative that's been going on ever since the days of Ferguson, this ‘Hands up, don't shoot.’ You know, you look at the research -- and I’ve looked at a lot of it since then because I wanted to make sure that there was no pattern here. There is no pattern. There is no credible evidence to support that law enforcement officers of any race use an inordinate amount of force against black males.

“And I heard it yet again yesterday, the president of the United States promoting, propagating this false narrative about how law enforcement treats black males and people in the black community. Now, one of the reasons that this thing thrives is because of the liberal mainstream media. They like race politics. They support a lot of the leftist agenda when it comes to this stuff, identity politics. They have abandoned their responsibility under the 1st Amendment to be neutral and to get to the facts, and they have become the mouthpiece, they have become the propaganda wing of leftist policy and leftist ideology.

“That’s why you don’t hear much about when a cop suffers or gives up his life at the hands of some perpetrator. You know, the headlines I was reading after the New York incident starting Saturday night, New York officer shot. But if the reverse happened and if Officer Moore would have shot and killed a black suspect, the headline would have been... white officer shoots black.

“You have the liberal mainstream media that likes to engage in the race hustling. I mean, they’re always sticking a camera and microphone in front of the charlatan Al Sharpton when these things happen, and he starts to fuel the dissension and fuel the false narrative. You know, it’s almost as if, you know, the cops are expendable in all this thing. You know, a cop loses his life, it’s, Oh, well, we feel bad about that, on to the next story.”

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke in an interview with Sean Hannity


“If our inner-city African-American communities suffer disproportionately from crippling social pathologies that make upward mobility difficult—and they do—it is in large part because they have disproportionately been on the receiving end of this five-decade-long progressive experiment in government beneficence.

“How do we know? Because when we look at a slice of white America that was showered with the same Great Society good intentions—Appalachia—we find the same dysfunctions: greater dependency, more single-parent families and the absence of the good, private-sector jobs that only a growing economy can create.”
William McGurn is a Vice President at News Corporation who writes speeches for CEO Rupert Murdoch. Previously he served as Chief Speechwriter for President George W. Bush.


“What do you say to conservatives who say, this shows that liberal policies are failing urban America? Everything, this is a Democratic city in a Democratic state, everything that they want to do, they do here and look at West Baltimore. It's still horrible.”
CNN’s Jake Tapper during an exclusive interview with former Baltimore Mayor and Maryland Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley


“Well, what I would say to them is, beyond the – beyond the tangible progress of nation leading crime reductions, beyond the fact that we made our schools, as a state, the best in America for five years in a row, I think the real question, or the real conclusion we draw, from Baltimore, from Charleston, from Ferguson and other places is that America is failing America.”
O’Malley responding to Tapper


"Vegans try to tempt me with their pie. Well they can keep their seitan and tofu. Because I'll devour bacon till I'm blue. The meat goes on."
Alton Brown, master of ceremonies at the 2015 James Beard Awards



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The criminal justice system and consequences



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Brian Moore


Study shows babies are viable at 22 weeks



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Deflategate



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Excuse me.


Halle Berry does WHAT?

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Week-ends (05/02/15)

Week-ends


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


Toya Graham


Irwin Horwitz


Jordan Veloz (with Oak Creek ties)


Bryan Henderson



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Rioters, looters in Baltimore and those who support and/or make excuses for them




QUOTES OF THE WEEK


"I understand anger, but what we're seeing isn't anger. It's disruption of a community. The same community they say they care about, they're destroying. You can't have it both ways."
Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake after National Guardsmen fanned out across the city, police with riot shields blocked streets, and firefighters doused smoldering blazes Tuesday. Looting and arson erupted in Baltimore following the funeral of a black man who died in police custody. State and local authorities pledged to restore order but found themselves responding to questions about whether their initial response had been adequate. Rawlings-Blake waited hours to ask the governor to declare a state of emergency, and the governor hinted she should have come to him earlier.


"They just outnumbered us and outflanked us. We needed to have more resources out there."
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts after rioters set police cars and buildings on fire, looted a mall and liquor stores and threw rocks, bottles and bricks at police in riot gear.


“They had enough. They don’t know what else to do. They don’t have no jobs, they don’t have proper schooling. I was driving through Baltimore earlier and I noticed how many abandoned buildings is out there. It’s like there’s no hope. These kids have no hope. I’m not condoning what they are doing but like they think – they seem like they have no hope. Like, eventually this is going to happen to me, I’m going to be killed by the cops so why not go out there and get my message across. Burning down the city is not right but what other choice do we have. They scared.”
Monday night on CNN with Don Lemon, Erica Garner, daughter of Eric Garner who died while being restrained by police in the New York City borough of Staten Island, said the rioters in Baltimore were justified for Monday’s actions.


“There is no excuse for the kind of violence we saw. It is counter productive when individuals get crow bars and start prying open doors to loot. They're not protesting. They're not making a statement. They're stealing. When they burn down a building they're committing arson.”
President Obama on the violent protests in Baltimore


"I made it very clear that I work with the police and instructed them to do everything that they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech. It’s a very delicate balancing act. Because while we tried to make sure that they were protected from the cars and other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well. And we worked very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to de-escalate."
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake trying to explain how a public tribute turned into a small war zone


“You elect a mayor not to express sadness but to do something to prevent the events that cause sadness… they deliberately held back the police for reasons that these were, what, 15, 16-year-old kids. If a 16-year-old kid is torching a CVS store, a drugstore, the police have to do something. They can't just say, well, they're underage or they're too young so I'm going to give them a pass.”
Charles Krauthammer


“As a nation, we fail to comprehend Black political strategy in much the same way we fail to recognize the value of Black life. We see ghettos and crime and absent parents where we should see communities actively struggling against mental health crises and premeditated economic exploitation. And when we see police cars being smashed and corporate property being destroyed, we should see reasonable responses to generations of extreme state violence, and logical decisions about what kind of actions yield the desired political results.”
Blogger Benji Hart who describes himself as
“a multiethnic, mixed-class, queer man who is dedicated to radical education, Black feminism and community-committed activism.” Hart argued destroying some cop cars and “corporate property is quite reasonable.”


“Lack of government is not the problem in Baltimore. Every single member of the Baltimore City Council is a Democrat. All 15 of them. The mayor is a Democrat. Baltimore has not had a Republican mayor since 1967. The tax rates in Baltimore are astronomical; the city carries the fourth highest tax rate of any city in the nation. The poverty rate within the city is nearly 25 percent. Households in Baltimore earn approximately 56 percent of the overall state average. Crime rates, of course, are out of control. Modern race riots do not occur because of the supposed white superstructure or a legacy of governmental underservice. They occur because valueless rioters act in valueless ways.”
Ben Shapiro is Senior Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the new book, The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against The Obama Administration


“I love our nation’s veterans, but some of them are coming back from war, they don’t know the communities, and they are ready to do battle.”
CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin blaming military vets who become police officers for the riots in Baltimore. Baldwin apologized for her comment.


“[Obama] mentioned that we all need to do soul searching. I think he needs to do some soul searching about failed liberal policies that have prolonged the misery in the American ghetto...

“This is lifestyle choices. These are flawed lifestyle choices people make like dropping out of school, like failing to stay employed, like having kids out of wedlock, father absent homes. Those are behavior changes that go on in these American ghettos that will have to change if we're going to see a change.”

Milwaukee Co. Sheriff David Clarke


“Barack Obama was elected President on a tidal wave of hope, optimism and genuine belief from tens of millions of African-Americans that he would finally get them true justice and equality.

“What’s the point being the first black president if you CAN’T do that?

“But he’s failed.

“Many black Americans feel even more marginalized than they did before he came to power. They feel even less ‘equal’, even more exposed to injustice. Most are just as poor and badly educated as they were before Obama got to the White House.”
Former CNN host Piers Morgan


“It’s our Roe v. Wade.”
Street preacher Tracy Grisham demonstrating outside of the Supreme Court Tuesday as justices inside prepared to hear oral arguments to determine whether or not same-sex marriage bans in certain states are constitutional


“Everyone in this debate favors marriage equality. Everyone wants the law to treat all marriages in the same ways. The only disagreement our nation faces is over what sort of consenting adult relationship is a marriage. Since the Constitution doesn’t answer that question, the people and their elected representatives should.

“As Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito pointed out two years ago, there are two different visions of marriage on offer. One vision of marriage sees it as primarily about consenting adult romance and care-giving. Another vision sees it as a union of man and woman—husband and wife—so that children would have moms and dads.

“There simply is nothing in the Constitution that requires all 50 states to redefine marriage.

“Our Constitution is silent on which of these visions is correct, so We the People have constitutional authority to make marriage policy.”
Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., researches and writes about marriage and religious liberty as the William E. Simon senior research fellow in American Principles and Public Policy at The Heritage Foundation


“Suppose we rule in your favor in this case and then after that, a group consisting of two men and two women apply for a marriage license. Would there be any ground for denying them a license? These are 4 people, 2 men and 2 women, it's not--it's not the sort of polygamous relationship, polygamous marriages that existed in other societies and still exist in some societies today. And let's say they're all consenting adults, highly educated. They're all lawyers. What would be the ground under--under the logic of the decision you would like us to hand down in this case? What would be the logic of denying them the same right?”
Justice Samuel Alito questioning Mary L. Bonauto, a lawyer who was presenting the Supreme Court with arguments on behalf of clients seeking to establish a right to same-sex marriage.


“Number one, I assume the States would rush in and say that when you're talking about multiple people joining into a relationship, that that is not the same thing that we've had in marriage, which is on the mutual support and consent of two people.”
Mary Bonauto responding to Alito


“Well, I don't know what kind of a distinction that is because a marriage between two people of the same sex is not something that we have had before, recognizing that is a substantial break.”
Alito responding back to Bonauto


“Leftists are not more tolerant of transgenders, gays, blacks or anyone else. They only use their issues to destroy freedom and acquire power — and they only tolerate those who agree with them.”
Award winning author, screenwriter and media commentator Andrew Klavan


"You can sign contracts, you can get married, you can go to war and lose an arm or lose an eye ... you come back and you're 20 years old and you can't have a cigarette.”
Hawaii Democratic Sen. Gil Riviere. A bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 cleared the Legislature and is headed to the governor. Riviere voted against it.


“Let this be the nourishment of the People of God, that your sermons are not boring, that your homilies reach people’s hearts because they come from your heart, because what you say to them is what you carry in your heart.”
Pope Francis last Sunday as he ordained 19 new priests


"Soon the first presidential contest will take place. And I for one can't wait to see who the Koch brothers pick.

"We've already seen some missteps, with Jeb Bush identifying himself as Hispanic. It reminds me of when I identified myself as American in 1961.

"Ted Cruz said that denying the existence of climate change made him like Galileo. Galileo believed the earth revolved around the sun. Ted Cruz believes the earth revolves around Ted Cruz. And when a guy who has himself on a 'Hope' poster calls you self-centered, you know you've got a problem.

"Hillary kicked things off in 2016 by being completely unrecognized at a Chipotle.

"Martin O'Malley kicked things off by being completely unrecognized at a Martin O'Malley event.

"For Bernie (Sanders), some folks really want to see a pot smoking socialist in the White House. We could get a third Obama term after all.

 “Nine in ten Americans have health coverage today. Thanks to Obamacare, you no longer have to worry about losing insurance if you lose your jobs. You're welcome, Senate Democrats.
President Obama joking at the White House Correspondents' Dinner last Saturday



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This March



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Once again, the officer(s) must have been wrong and racist.


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But nice! We need to have a happy ending!

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