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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 (08/01/15)

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


Ron Lynch


Clay Higgins



Jim Craig



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Students at the University of New Hampshire


Members of the Ohio State marching band


Bill Cosby


Jennifer Beals



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“I actually think I'm a pretty good president. I think if I ran, I could win. But I can't.”
President Barack Obama, explaining two-term constitutional limits on the U.S. presidency, in an address to African leaders


“Believe me. I will beat Hillary.”
Real estate mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump


“I don’t care if he says the wrong thing. He says what's on his mind. He gives honest answers rather than prepared answers. This is more important than anything any candidate has done in years.”
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, on Donald Trump


“No, I don’t think so. … My job is not to call balls and strikes, but to treat everyone respectfully and fairly. But certainly I think our candidates should pledge not to run as a third party candidate. I don’t see that happening. I think everyone understands that, if Hillary Clinton’s going to get beat, she’s going to get beat by a Republican. And most people that run for president run to win. And if our candidates want to win, then they’ll have to run as a Republican. But, I don’t fear that. I think you’ve even seen Donald Trump walk that back over the last few days as well.”
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus responding to a question of whether he fears Donald Trump running as an Independent and has to “tiptoe” around Trump to make sure he doesn’t run as a third party candidate


"This secretary of state, Kerry, negotiated with them for a year-and-a-half and accomplished nothing. He ought to give us back for all the trips he made. He cost us millions of dollars in airplane fares and he came back with nothing except a bad foot.

"The real agreement he made, I’m sure he (Obama) said to them, 'Listen, could you keep the bomb quiet for a year and a half. Because if you don’t bomb us for a year and a half, I’ll be the big winner. Everyone will see I made a fantastic agreement. If you bomb us after I leave I could always say it’s the other guy’s fault. Because if it’s not for him, this never would have happened.

"First Obama said we can inspect them any time, any place, whenever we please. Now it turns out ‘whenever we please’ except when they don’t allow it.  If they don’t want it it’s up to them. So then we have to wait 28 days to inspect, as if to say for the 28 days we can trust them completely, because they’ll do nothing. They’ll just hold the bomb in front of us waiting for us to come so they can show it to us. That’s how stupid this negotiation is to us.

"Do you know that in the restaurants of New York, they have an inspection system. You can surprise any restaurant without notice that you can walk in and inspect them… So we are protected in this city from a bad tuna fish.  We’re not protected from a bomb but we’re protected from a bad quality of a tuna fish.”
Legendary Jewish comic Jackie Mason criticizing the nuclear deal signed between world powers and Iran


If, as has been reported, this dentist and his guides lured Cecil out of the park with food so as to shoot him on private property, because shooting him in the park would have been illegal, he needs to be extradited, charged, and, preferably, hanged.”
Ingrid Newkirk, president of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals


“Look at all this outrage over a dead lion, but where is all the outrage over the planned parenthood dead babies.”
Tweet from GOP presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida


Banning transgender students from bathrooms that do not align with their sex at birth “reinforce[s] cruel policies that deny dignity to some of the most vulnerable students and subject them to more bullying and stigmatization. Access to public restrooms has been a divisive issue in past civil rights struggles. African-Americans challenged Jim Crow laws that barred them from so-called white restrooms.  When advocates for Americans with disabilities began getting traction in their quest for equal access to public accommodations, many questioned the cost and burden of building special restroom facilities. It may seem inconceivable today that people on the forefront of those struggles were dismissed, mocked and shunned for years. Yet each was a hard-fought victory.”
The NY Times editorial board


“The liberal paper dismissed concerns about transgenders using bathrooms that do not align with their sex as ‘alarmist.’ The editorial seemed to reject worries about sexual assault that could arise as a result of more liberal restroom policies. It’s extreme to compare laws that an individual should use the bathroom of the sex he or she was born with – and still is – to the denial of public accommodations to African-Americans.”
Connor Williams, NewsBusters


“It’s not how you want to play the game.”
Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister, after the ballclub was walloped by the Yankees, 21-5


What you have there is basically raw sewage.”
Marine biologist John Griffith, on test results on water from Olympic venues where athletes will compete in the 2016 Rio Games



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PP videos



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The lion and the dentist



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Do not pee here

Week-ends (07/25/15)

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Week-ends (07/11/15)

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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

Marva Collins


Michael Tabrizi


Ivan Mercano


John Walters


Shawn Hanson


Where is he?


Tony Stowe



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


The state of Oregon


Violent criminal aliens


Ariana Grande


Sanctuary cities


Bill Cosby



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“My aspiration for the country -- and I believe we can achieve it -- is 4 percent growth as far as the eye can see. Which means we have to be a lot more productive, workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows. It means that people need to work longer hours and, through their productivity, gain more income for their families. That's the only way we're going to get out of this rut that we're in."
Jeb Bush


"If we’re going to grow the economy people need to stop being part-time workers, they need to be having access to greater opportunities to work.  You can take it out of context all you want, but high-sustained growth means that people work 40 hours rather than 30 hours and that by our success, they have money, disposable income for their families to decide how they want to spend it rather than getting in line and being dependent on government.”
Jeb Bush clarifying his earlier comments


“The long-term ramifications are continued crime inflicted upon U.S. citizens. So the [Obama] administration’s catch and release policy means these criminal aliens are free to commit additional crimes.”
Marguerite Telford, director of communications at CIS (Center for Immigration Studies) on the concern that convicted criminal immigrants will commit crimes upon being released.  An illegal immigrant federal officials claim was convicted of seven felonies and deported five times shot a woman on the San Francisco waterfront. Francisco Sanchez, who was arrested an hour after the attack, admitted he shot 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle.


“The result is that immigrants who should be removed, either because they are here illegally or they have committed some other crime that makes them removable, are not deported. In the case of criminal, illegal immigrants, the case to remove these individuals is even stronger, yet some cities do not value the enforcement of the law, to the detriment of their own communities.”

David Inserra, policy analyst of Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the Heritage Foundation, saying sanctuary cities do “as little as possible” to enforce immigration laws. San Francisco where Sanchez shot and killed Steinle does not have strict immigration policies. San Francisco is a “sanctuary city,” meaning the city does not seek undocumented immigrants and enforce deportation.


“This woman would be alive today if they did not have this stupid sanctuary law in that crazy city of San Francisco. I blame not only the shooter, but also the responsibility has to lie on those politicians who implemented that insane law. The immigration wanted him back after they turned him in, and there's no way they can say they didn't know what his record was because every time somebody is arrested, they do a ... background investigation on that guy... And they'll find out about every conviction and every single time that he was deported back to Mexico.

“We have the death of an innocent young girl, a guy who was deported five times who never even should have made his way back here, all right? So why doesn't Obama have those borders closed so this guy can't make it back here? And let me tell you something else. The Mexican government doesn't give a damn about anybody we deport. If they did they would also close the borders on their side.”
CNN law enforcement analyst Harry Houck


“I can't remember another time in my career where I felt that coverage has been so one sided for a position that until three years ago Barack Obama held and until two years ago Hillary Clinton held, which is they were for traditional marriage.”
FNC’s MediaBuzz, host Howard Kurtz


“But on this issue (the) press has decided that one side is effectively illegitimate, that one perspective is effectively evil. They’re neutral on all kinds of issues – sharia law, ISIS, the Castro regime in Cuba. We’re not going to take a side on that one, we’re not going to say one side is evil on this one, but if you oppose two men getting married or two women getting married we will call that out as evil.”
National Review’s Jim Geraghty


Yes.”
Comedian Bill Cosby, responding in a newly revealed 2005 court deposition when asked whether he obtained Quaaludes for the purpose of drugging former Temple University employee Andrea Constand for the purpose of having sex with her


“Certainly, it will not be put in a church.”
Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi, explaining the astonished reaction of Pope Francis when presented with a Communist-inspired hammer-and-sickle crucifix during a meeting with Bolivian President Evo Morales


“It is a new day in South Carolina, a day we can all be proud of, a day that truly brings us all together as we continue to heal, as one people and one state.”
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, celebrating her signature on a bill authorizing removal of the Confederate battle flag from the statehouse grounds


“The majority of people that actually died in the Civil War on the Confederate side didn’t own slaves. … I don’t think they even had any thoughts about slavery.”
Rep. Lynn A. Westmoreland, R-Ga., defending the continued display of Confederate flags and symbols in the U.S. Capitol



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Donald Trump's remarks on immigrants



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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



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A judicial activist court ruling leads to this...



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Most reliable in fighting STDs



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The Confederate flag



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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



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Illegal immigrants avoid deportation, commit murder



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This Gallup poll




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Rachel Dolezal



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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



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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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