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.
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HEROES OF THE WEEK
I say HERO
Alex Van and Donovan George
You may not like it, but Jermaine Kearse fits the description
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Chris Kyle haters
Cheats in sports...it's not just the Patriots
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"As a small business owner with a little experience, I would never waste my own money on this and I don't think those proponents would either. The mayor says he's betting on the future of this city. The problem is he's not doing it with his own money."
Milwaukee restaurant owner dave Sobelman on the proposed $124 million downtown Milwaukee streetcar
“The grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, got it right. Officer [Darren] Wilson has been exonerated. The thing I want to know is how does he get his reputation back? I don’t expect anything intelligent to come out of the mouth of Al Sharpton. “We know he is a charlatan. Al Sharpton ought to go back into the gutter he came from. The police officer is owed a lot from him, Eric Holder and the president of the United States.”
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke directing anger at Al Sharpton who spoke sharply in the wake of Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision not to prosecute Wilson, a former police officer, on civil rights charges. Sharpton characterized Wilson on national television as less than intelligent and unworthy of respect.
"Our politics seems more divided than ever. It's held up as proof not just of my own flaws — of which there are many — but also as proof that the vision itself is misguided, and naïve, and that there are too many people in this town who actually benefit from partisanship and gridlock for us to ever do anything about it. I know how tempting such cynicism may be. But I still think the cynics are wrong."
President Obama in his State of the Union address
“I’m not going to talk politics except to say the GOP had better go on offense. Man, they are not going to win any game on defense. Being in the majority there in D.C. — we’re blowing it if we just bend our back. That GOP leadership, that establishment, they’ve got to get their stuff together. I love what they believe in, I believe in it too. But they’ve got to get tough, man. You know what? It’s not just the New England Patriots who are dealing with deflated balls right now.”
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HEROES OF THE WEEK
Meals on Wheels volunteers
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Islamic terrorists in France
Municipalities that want to ban a winter tradition
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“What must not happen is that Europe rages, grieves and then carries on as though nothing happened. That would dishonour the dead.”
From an editorial in the Telegraph about the terrorism in France
“It's like Groundhog Day, except if the Groundhog kept getting his head cut off. Hundreds of millions of Muslims support an attack like this. This has to stop, and unfortunately, a lot of the liberals, who are my tribe, I am a proud liberal…I'm asking them (liberals) to turn toward the truth as I have been for quite a while. I'm the liberal in this debate. I'm for free speech. To be a liberal, you have to stand up for liberal principles. It's not my fault that the part of the world that is most against liberal principles is the Muslim part of the world.
"There have been studies. We have facts on this. Treatment of women. They studied 130 different countries. 17 of the bottom 20 were Muslim countries. In 10 Muslim countries, you can get the death penalty just for being gay. They chop heads off in the square in Mecca. Well, Mecca is their Vatican City. If they were chopping the heads off of Catholic gay people, wouldn't there be a bigger outcry among liberals? I'd ask you."
Bill Maher addressed the Paris terror attack on Wednesday night's broadcast of Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC
“I was in combat, and I'm telling you, I saw more dead people, but I never was moved until I saw dead people that looked like me in my uniform.”
New York Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel
“Let's imagine a white Congressman saying that when he served in Vietnam, he was never moved at the sight of a dead U.S. soldier unless he was white. His career would be over, and deservedly so, within about five minutes of his statement. If he was a conservative or a Republican, even if he resigned instantly and was roundly and unanimously condemned by his colleagues, the press would remind us of that racist statement for years on end. Now switch races and change the war to Korea. Otherwise, 23-term New York Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel just did the same thing, and you can almost make book that the establishment press will ignore it.”
Tom Blumer, Newsbusters
“We might be reaching a tipping point with the mind-set of officers, who are beginning to wonder if the risks they take to keep communities safe are even worth it anymore. In New York and other places, we’re seeing a natural recoil from law enforcement officers who don’t feel like certain people who need to have their backs have their backs.”
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke speaking in New York last Sunday where tens of thousands of officers gathered for the funeral of the second of two officers who were slain at the height of the ongoing protests and scrutiny after several high-profile deaths of unarmed black males.A large number of the officers who stood under gray skies in their formal blue uniforms to honor Officer Wenjian Liu staged their own protest, turning their backs when Mayor Bill de Blasio rose to speak at the funeral. Law enforcement officials say morale is flagging among the rank-and-file, who they say feel “betrayed” by President Obama and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in their calls for tough reforms of policing tactics.
“Americans are still free to criticize overaggressive police actions which repeatedly and systemically end up killing black men and boys for no discernible reason—even your mayors and your attorney general and your president may pipe up with thoughts on that, from time to time—so put on your goddamn big-boy uniforms and deal with it.”
Liberal Daily Kos blogger Hunter
"We believe the women"
Hecklers stood up and chanted repeatedly at Bill Cosby's third and final performance of a Canadian tour Friday night. The hecklers then marched out of the theater as the 77-year-old comedian asked his audience not to react. Cosby is facing growing sexual assault allegations from more than 15 women, with some claims dating back decades. He has denied the allegations through his lawyer and has never been charged.
"We do everything we can to control programming cost, but the exorbitant increase in sports and broadcast programming fees are the driving force behind these customer increases. For some customers, these fees will take effect beginning with the January 19, 2015 – February 18, 2015 bill cycle."
Time Warner Cable spokesman Michael Hogan. Some Time Warner Cable subscribers will see a new charge for sports programming on their monthly bill as early as this month. The $2.75 fee is aimed at addressing higher costs of sports programming. Time Warner Cable says the cost of cable sports networks has increased 91% since 2008.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
The terrorist killings in France
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Ron Johnson introduces bill to repeal executive amnesty
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Chris Christie is a Cowboys fan
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
This never happens to Santa
Women's restrooms are sexist
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The following is a special year-end edition of Week-ends.
HEROES OF THE YEAR
Those who took the "Ice Bucket Challenge"
Commuters in Australia
Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw
Anthony Anderson and Tom Voss
VILLAINS OF THE YEAR
Bowe Bergdahl ... MORE
Morgan E. Geyser and Anissa E. Weier
Bill and Emma Keller
QUOTES OF THE YEAR
"You can't do it political, you just literally cannot do it. Transparent financing and also transparent spending. I mean, this bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes the bill dies. Okay? So it’s written to do that," Gruber said. "In terms of risk rated subsidies, if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in, you made explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed. Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical to get for the thing to pass.”
Jonathan Gruber, a professor at MIT and an architect of Obamacare speaking during a panel event in 2013 about how the legislation passed, turning over a sixth of the U.S. economy to the government. Gruber admitted that the Obama administration went through "tortuous" measures to keep the facts about the legislation from the American people, including covering up the redistribution of wealth from the healthy to the sick in the legislation that Obamacare is in fact a tax.
“As far as I can tell, we are here today to beat up on Jonathan Gruber for stupid — I mean absolutely stupid — comments he made over the last few years. Let me be clear, I am extremely frustrated with Dr. Gruber’s statements. They were irresponsibly, incredibly disrespectful, and did not reflect reality. And they were indeed insulting. I was in Congress when this law was debated, and Dr. Gruber does not speak for me, or the chairman of the other committees who worked tirelessly on this bill. We debated this legislation for nearly a year before it was finally passed and signed by the president! Never once did I believe or did anyone suggest that we were somehow hiding our goals from the American people. But worst of all, Dr. Gruber’s statements gave Republicans a public relations gift in their relentless political campaign to tear down the ACA and eliminate health care for millions of Americans!”
Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings tore into MIT professor and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber for his remarks on American voters and the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
“Jonathan Gruber should have been Time's Person of the Year. The magazine gave it to the ‘Ebola Fighters’ instead. Good for them; they're doing God's work. Still, Gruber would have been better. [Gruber] represents the arrogance of the expert class writ large. They create systems, terms and rules that no normal person on the outside can possibly penetrate.”
Columnist Jonathan Goldberg
"Well, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, young people can stay on their parents' insurance until they are 26. But once they hit 26 -- they're on their own. And a lot young people think they're invincible. But the truth is, young people are knuckleheads. They're the ones who are cooking for the first time and slice their finger open, they're dancing on the bar stool."
First Lady Michelle Obama
“Any attempt by you, Obama, to deny Muslims liberty and safety under the Islamic caliphate will result in the bloodshed of your people.”
The terrorist who killed James Foley in reference to US airstrikes against the Islamic State. He is seen in a video showing Foley dressed in prisoner orange and on his knees in the desert.
“I call on my friends, family and loved ones to rise up against my real killers, the US government. My message to my beloved parents: Save me some dignity and don’t accept any meager compensation for my death from the same people who effectively put the last nail in my coffin.
“I call on my brother, who is in the Air Force. I call on you, John. Think about who made the decision to bomb Iraq. Who did they really kill? Did they think about me, you and our family when they made that decision? I died that day, John. When your colleagues dropped that bomb, they signed my death certificate. I wish I had more time. I wish I had the hope of seeing my family one more time.
“I guess, all in all, I wish I wasn’t American.”
Foley reading a clearly coerced statement
“We have never been prouder of our son Jim. He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people. We implore the kidnappers to spare the lives of the remaining hostages. Like Jim, they are innocents. They have no control over American government policy in Iraq, Syria or anywhere in the world. We thank Jim for all the joy he gave us. He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person. Please respect our privacy in the days ahead as we mourn and cherish Jim.”
James Foley’s mother Diane
“As an American I was embarrassed and appalled. Jim would have been saddened. Jim believed till the end that his country would come to their aid. [We were asked] to just trust that it would be taken care of...we were just told to trust that he would be freed somehow miraculously...and he wasn't was he?"
Diane Foley, the mother of beheaded American journalist, James Foley. Foley believes that the family's desperate plea to get James back was an "annoyance" to the U.S. government and the capture of James was not in the strategic interest of the military. The government gave several demands to the family including to refrain from going to the media and even threatened the family with charges if they attempted to raise funds to pay the $132 million ransom demanded by ISIS.
“I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy toward the Islamic State.”
A masked jihadist assassin, before drawing a knife across the throat of captive journalist Steven Sotloff
“We will not be intimidated. Their horrific acts only unite us as a country and stiffen our resolve to take the fight against these terrorists.”
President Barack Obama, on the murder of Sotloff
“As Commander-in-Chief, your actions — or lack thereof — Mr. President, cost lives. As you bumble about in your golf cart, slapping on a happy face and fist-pounding your buddies, your cowardly lack of leadership has left a gaping hole — not only in America’s security — but the security of the entire globe. Your message has come across loud and clear, sir: You are not up to this job. You know it. We know it. The world knows it.
“Please vacate the people’s house and allow a man or woman of courage and substance to seize the reigns of this out-of-control thug-fest and regain the balance we, America, have provided throughout our great history.”
The parents of slain Navy SEAL member Aaron Carson Vaughn in an open letter excoriated the president for his lack of leadership
“We have four dead Americans. A U.S. ambassador’s body was dragged through the streets, okay? It was beyond heartbreaking and infuriating. No one in custody. Have an arrest warrant out. No one in custody. And in the immediate aftermath, the response was to go political. If this were George Bush, [if he] would have done anything like this, you would be going nuts on it. You would be going ballistic.”
Radio talk show host Laura Ingraham
“With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?”
Sec. of State Hillary Clinton addressing US Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) at a hearing on Benghazi
“Nearly 20 million Americans, in fact, have visited the Web site since it opened three weeks ago, but only about 500,000 managed to complete applications for insurance coverage. And an even smaller subset of those applicants actually obtained coverage. For the first time in history, a president has had to stand in the Rose Garden to apologize for a broken Web site.”
The NY Times
"The fact is the system broke down. An intruder walked in the front door of the White House, and that is unacceptable. How on earth did it happen? This failure ... has tested the trust of the American people in the Secret Service, a trust we clearly depend on to protect the president."
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa. He said the intruder penetrated at least five rings of security protecting what is supposed to be one of the world's most secure properties.
“I didn’t do anything wrong. I’m proud of my career and the job I did for this country.”
Former IRS official Lois Lerner in an exclusive interview with Politico, her first since the IRS scandal broke in 2013. Lerner said, “Regardless of whatever else happens, I know I did the best I could under the circumstances and am not sorry for anything I did.”
"Look, for $8 million, we can put them all on a first-class seat back to their homes. That's $8 million. That's a first-class seat, one way, to each of their homes. That's $60,000 per child that we're going to spend, in emergency money. Can we -- first of all, that shows just how incompetent we -- we can't do that for $3(000) or $4,000 per child? That's No. 1. No. 2 is, if we can't do that, the Border Patrol is as bad as the V.A. And by the way, the vast majority of Border Patrol are not patrolling the border right now. They're involved in the humanitarian crisis. Once they move out of the detention center and they go to family or other friends or other relatives or whoever, less than 3 percent will show up for their hearing. So they're in the country. They won't be deported. And that's what has people riled."
On the same day President Obama asked Congress for $3.7 billion dollars to deal with the crisis at the Southwest border, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) called it "the wrong approach."
"I reference the conference of bishops’ statement in which they say baby Jesus was a refugee from violence. Let us not turn away these children and send them back into a burning building. That's the bishops, so we have to do this in a way that honors our values but also protects our border and does so in a way that the American people understand more clearly."
Nancy Pelosi on the children at the border
“The border is secure.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid explaining, in part, his opposition to a bipartisan plan from Texas legislators John Cornyn and Henry Cuellar to speed the handling of cases of thousands of Central American minors here illegally.
“Let me give you an example, the kind of money we’ve poured in. So the most dangerous — sorry, the safest city in America is El Paso, Texas. It happens to be across the border from the most dangerous city in the Americas, which is Juarez. Right? And two of the safest cities in America, two of them are on the border with Mexico. And of course, the reason is we’ve proved that Communism works. If you give everybody a good government job, there’s no crime.”
Democratic Florida Rep. Joe Garcia claiming that low crime rates in border cities with lots of federal immigration workers is proof that “Communism works.”The Democrat attempted to point out how, for all their talk about limited government, many Republicans are fine spending loads of government money on border security.
“Because she (Hillary Clinton) is so nasty to (Secret Service) agents and hostile to law enforcement officers and military officers in general, agents consider being assigned to her detail a form of punishment.”
Ronald Kessler writing in “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents,” out Aug. 5. Kessler also writes that Bill Clinton reportedly has a mistress who visits so often when Hillary Clinton isn’t home in Chappaqua that the former president’s Secret Service detail have given her an unofficial code name: Energizer. Kessler quotes a supervisor informing a new agent: “You don’t stop her, you don’t approach her, you just let her go in.”
“There’s something unseemly about it, making one wonder: Why on earth is she worth that much money? Why, given her dabbling in management consulting, hedge-funding and coattail-riding, is an hour of her time valued at an amount that most Americans her age don’t make in a year? (Median household income in the United States is $53,046.) If she really wants to be altruistic, let her contribute the money to some independent charity not designed to burnish the Clinton name as her mother ramps up to return to the White House and as she herself drops a handkerchief about getting into politics. Or let her speak for free. After all, she is in effect going to candidate school. No need to get paid for it, too.”
NY Times columnist Maureen Dowd on Chelsea Clinton’s $75,000 speaking fee. Dowd is outraged at what she calls Chelsea Clinton's "cashing in to help feed the rapacious, gaping maw of Clinton Inc."
"We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt. We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea's education. You know, it was not easy."
Hillary Clinton, and with a straight face
“Of course she doesn't have brain damage.”
Political consultant Karl Rove, saying critics misconstrued his questions about Hillary Clinton’s health
“I was a little caught off guard by what apparently is a disconnect by what's happening out here in the country and what the president is talking about. I hate to be curt but, these GAO reports, these Office of Inspector General reports, these memos dating back to 2010 and back to 2008, this problem is real; it exists; it really doesn't have to be studied as to what's going on. The government had done its job studying these issues.
“And to say that you are gonna now wait for yet again more studies to come back and more fact-finding to come back — I would think that the vets I've been talking to wanted much more direct action of what actually is going to happen going forward, instead of wait and see and we'll decide what's going to happen going forward.
“I was a little confused by the president's remarks today. At the same time he was saying that he's known about this problem for years and years and years and it goes back decades, far past into other people's presidencies, and yet we're five years into his presidency and the problem seems to be certainly not better, and perhaps even worse.
Drew Griffin, the reporter from CNN commenting after President Obama held a news conference to address the VA scandal. Griffin began this whole story with his investigation into the Phoenix VA.
"America just celebrated Memorial Day. Or, as it's called for veterans at VA hospitals: “Take a Number and Wait” Day." The White House is under fire for long wait times at most VA hospitals. And the administration promised to get help quickly to all our veterans, just as soon as they get around to telling the whole truth on Benghazi."
Comedian Jodi Miller
"A lot of people ask me, you know, do I miss much about being President. And the answer is really no. (Laughter.) I mean, I miss people I served with. I miss Air Force One. (Laughter.) I mean, in eight years, they never lost my baggage. (Laughter.) I do miss saluting men and women who volunteered to defend our Nation during war. Many are coming home and are preparing for new missions as civilians. And I intend to salute these men and women for the rest of my life. (Applause.) And through the Military Service Initiative, the Bush Institute is going to help. We’re focused, and we’ll be relentless in serving our vets.
"Since 9/11, more than 2.5 million Americans have worn the uniform. They have faced down our enemies, they’ve liberated millions, and in so doing showed the true compassion of a great Nation. They are the 1 percent of America who kept the 99 percent safe. And we owe them, and their families, a deep debt of gratitude.
"Our country can never really fully repay our vets. But we ought to try."
George W. Bush in his address on “Empowering Our Nation’s Warriors” at the Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative summit on February 19th.
“The sentiment that everybody knew was that he walked off the base in the middle of the night, left all his gear there, and went – just walked off the post. So, we had all known that it was — that he had deserted his post, and there was never anything about him getting captured or POW until a little while later whenever it came down from the chain of command that we needed to keep quiet and not say anything. We’re going with the narrative that he was captured. The ambushes we use, the certain tactics we use, the Taliban was picking up on those things. You could tell it was from somebody on the inside that had that info.”
In an appearance on Fox & Friends, retired Army Spc. Josh Fuller, a soldier who served with Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl since 2008, said that the military informed him and other soldiers that the “narrative” they should maintain is that Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban rather than that he intentionally left his base. When asked if he believed he was told not to “tell the truth” about Bergdahl by military authorities, Fuller said that he did.
“It gets really hurtful when I think, this guy was worth my son’s life? My son who was patriotic? Who was a true soldier? Who defended his country with his life? That guy was worth that? I don’t think so.
“I bet you anything there were soldiers killed or wounded capturing those five guys. So what does that do for their sacrifice? They sacrificed for nothing, because they turned right around and let them go.”
“They didn’t have enough respect for us to give us the consideration of letting us know (about Bergdahl’s recovery), especially since Darryn was part of that mission. As a mother, you’re like, ‘what else have they not told us?’
“The military really owes the parents of these fallen soldiers the truth. Just the fact that they’re calling that man a hero just took me to my knees.”
Sondra Andrews whose son, 2nd Lt. Darryn Andrews, is one of six soldiers killed reportedly while searching for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
“not even a smidgen of corruption”
President Obama told Bill O’Reilly there wasn’t any corruption linked to the IRS practice of discriminating against conservative and Christian organizations by delaying their applications for tax-exempt status
Yahoo News reported last June that Carney had responded to questions at the daily briefings with some variation of “I don’t know” nearly 2,000 times since his first briefing in 2011. It also reported that Carney had somehow dodged reporters’ questions approximately 9,486 times.
Tim Graham, Newsbusters.org
“We have a presidency that is falling apart…this is a crisis of competence. The IRS, the VA, the Secret Service, all the institutions that in the past you would make a movie about, the Secret Service agent is the hero, the epidemiologist is the hero. All of these agencies that we have trust in, under this administration, are showing how badly government is run. You combine them and you get a sense that things are out of control.”
"When you were running for president you said, quote, 'The biggest problems we're facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all and that's what I intend to reverse.' So my question to you, has Congress’s inability to do anything significant given you a green light to push the limits of executive power, even a duty to do so, or put another way, does it bother you more to be accused of being an imperial president, pushing those limits, or to be accused of being a do-nothing president who couldn’t get anything done because you faced a dysfunctional Congress?”
ABC journalist Jon Karl dared to push Barack Obama on his use of executive power, demanding to know if the commander-in-chief is an "imperial president." But Karl's own network ignored the question, declining to air it on World News and Nightline or on Good Morning America.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) when asked whether he read the 1,528-page, $1.1 trillion government spending bill before he voted for it.
"I come out here to apologize to the people of New Jersey. I am embarrassed and humiliated. I am responsible for what happened. I had no knowledge or involvement in this issue, in its planning or its execution and I am stunned by the abject stupidity that was shown here, regardless of what the facts ultimately uncover. This was handled in a callus an indifferent way and it's not the way this administration has conducted itself over the last four years and not the way it will conduct itself over the next four. I am who I am, but I am not a bully. I believe that all of the people who were affected by this conduct deserve this apology and that's why I'm giving it to them. I also need to apologize to them for my failure as the governor of this state to understand the true nature of this problem sooner than I did."
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie publicly apologized for controversial lane closures last year that were arranged by his associates as an apparent act of political revenge, and fired a top aide who was at the center of the scandal. Christie maintained that he did not know his staff was involved in the incident in September 2013, when lanes at the George Washington Bridge from Fort Lee, N.J., were closed for four days. For months, Christie faced accusations the lanes were blocked in retaliation over Mayor Mark Sokolich's refusal to endorse him for re-election.
"It really goes to show you how out of control this left wing so-called news press is. The big three networks alone devoted 17 times more coverage to this story in one day, one day, than they devoted to the IRS scandal in six months."
Media Research Center President Brent Bozell slamming the double standard in how journalists have covered Chris Christie's traffic scandal in two days, versus the scant number of stories on the Obama IRS controversy over six months. An updated analysis by the MRC finds the disparity is now up to 44-1.
"The death of Michael Brown is a tragic event. We all must deal with this in our own personal way. However, throughout this trying time we must remember the men and women of law enforcement are neighbors, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters. Law enforcement officers are a part of the very fabric of our communities we ask them to protect. In times like this, they, too, need to know that the community is behind the work they do for us and that we in the community appreciate all their countless hours of service."
A statement on the Facebook site, "I Support Officer Wilson”
“Liberals are always touting their anti-war credentials denouncing its toll on human lives. But in Ferguson, there is one war they can’t seem to promote enough—race war.
“I’m as black as Obama, which means I’m half white, half black. And I’m fully sick and tired of the race hucksters masquerading as ‘journalists’. Honestly, we live in litigation-happy society, but someone should sue for mainstream media malfeasance.
“Perhaps liberal journalists are disappointed that the Trayvon Martin tragedy didn’t erupt into a civil war as they had expected. Even the Obama administration is doing what it can to reinforce the false narrative that white-on-black crime is epidemic. The truth? According to the FBI, 91 percent of blacks murdered were killed by other blacks. Where’s the outrage? Where are the opportunist vultures who swoop down any time there is a perceived white-on-black crime? Why aren’t these lives mourned and the same-race perpetrators blamed?”
Ryan Bomberger, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Radiance Foundation, a nonprofit life-affirming organization
“We’re on a downward road. And this president has done more to hurt the American people than any president, as I see it, in my lifetime and in history.”
Rev. Bill Owens, who is founder and president of the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP), speaking at the National Press Club
“Oh, are you back on gun control again? If it weren't for the British, we wouldn't even have to have protections to carry guns. It was the British, way back when we founded America – they were running through all of our homes trying to take our stuff. So we're protected under the Constitution. So, it's not really right for a Brit to jump up and start talking to us about gun control.”
Nancy Grace in an exchange with Piers Morgan on CNN
One of the emotions I felt while watching the film is, first of all, just the hopelessness of the situation, how horrific it was and also just all that loss of life of these brave American men. And I was torn about the message of the film in the same way that I think I am about the war in Afghanistan itself. I don't want any more senseless American death and at the same time I know that there are dead people there and good people who need help. Was that intentional?”
CNN anchor Jake Tapper questioning Afghanistan veteran Marcus Luttrell, the real life lone survivor portrayed in the new movie “Lone Survivor”
“Well, I don't know what part of the film you were watching, but hopelessness really ever came into it. Where did you see that? We never felt like we were hopelessly lost or anything like that. We never gave up. We never felt like we were losing unless we were actually dead. That never came across in the battle and while we were fighting on the mountain and it was just us against them.
“We spend our whole lives defending this country so you tell me because we were over there doing what we were told to do was senseless and they died for nothing?
“So, let me just say that, yes, it went bad for us over there but that was our job. That's what we did. We didn't complain about it. We went out there and did what we did best and at the end, we weren't standing. They were. We were lucky. I was lucky. And the rest of the guys, we fought as hard as we possibly could. Never felt sorry for ourselves while we were out there. This was a job we were going after a high value target and, you know, it got switched on us.”
Marcus Luttrell responding to Tapper
“I believe that some colleges may potentially be afraid of having a bad reputation and that would be a reason it could be swept under the rug, because they don’t want that to come out into the public. But I think more awareness is very important so women can learn how to protect themselves. Myself, as a fourth-degree black belt, I learned from a young age that you need to be confident and be able to defend yourself. And I think that’s something that we should start to really implement for a lot of women.”
Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez, now Miss USA, suggesting that women should learn self-defense in order to prevent or avoid being sexually assaulted. Sanchez is a fourth degree black belt in taekwondo.
“I get that the college sexual assault problem can't be solved in 30 secs but still icky to pretend like self defense is the answer.”
Elisa Benson, community manager at Cosmopolitan
“Pepper spray, police and cardboard signs failed to prevent the June 5 Seattle Pacific University shooting. Let’s stop mass violence on college campuses by defending college students’ right to carry firearms on campus.”
Katie Kieffer is a columnist and political commentator. She runs KatieKieffer.com. Kieffer is the author of the forthcoming book "LET ME BE CLEAR."
“I just feel like, who doesn’t deserve $15 an hour, you know? It’s a living wage. No one can survive off of $8.15 an hour.”
McDonald’s employee Kaya Moody, 20, protesting for a higher minimum wage in Detroit
“America works. It’s as true today as it has ever been. In cities and towns across the country, governments are functioning and improving people’s lives. Businesses are opening, innovating, growing and hiring. Non-profits are developing practical ways to address complex problems. We do not read enough about the positive success stories. But it’s fundamental to the strength of our economy and our nation. We need to pay more attention to those examples of progress, because if we don’t we risk losing opportunities to learn from them, emulate them and create more opportunity for more Americans to achieve economic progress.”
Jamie Dimon, CEO and Chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Peter Scher, the Head of Corporate Responsibility at JPMorgan Chase & Co.
“My sadness is that we are probably today more race and difference-conscious than I was in the 1960s when I went to school. To my knowledge, I was the first black kid in Savannah, Georgia, to go to a white school. Rarely did the issue of race come up. Now, name a day it doesn’t come up. Differences in race, differences in sex, somebody doesn’t look at you right, somebody says something. Everybody is sensitive. If I had been as sensitive as that in the 1960s, I’d still be in Savannah. Every person in this room has endured a slight. Every person. Somebody has said something that has hurt their feelings or did something to them — left them out. That’s a part of the deal.
“The worst I have been treated was by northern liberal elites. The absolute worst I have ever been treated. The worst things that have been done to me, the worst things that have been said about me, by northern liberal elites, not by the people of Savannah, Georgia.”
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaking at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Tuesday. Thomas, the second black justice to serve on the court, lamented what he considers a society that is more “conscious” of racial differences than it was when he grew up in segregated Georgia in the days before — and during — the civil rights era.
Even if you think racism in America is a serious problem, it's still small potatoes compared to the other challenges we face as a people. It doesn't matter what color you're talking about, how much of an impact does racism make versus jobs, crime, or out-of-wedlock births? Yet, we hear about racism incessantly because Democrats believe it helps them at the polls. Maybe it does. But, does it ever make anybody's life better? Does it make any neighborhoods safer? Does it put people to work? Does it keep families together? Is there ever a point when the big issues impacting people's lives get addressed or twenty years from now, is everyone still going to be mired in the same place, yelling at each other over the next Trayvon or Donald Sterling?
Conservative columnist John Hawkins
“You know, I’m a Christian preacher, and God finally said, ‘Look, I can’t send nobody else. I got to go myself.’ And I ain’t saying that Obama is Jesus, but for many of his followers he is.”
MSNBC contributor Michael Eric Dyson on Melissa Harris-Perry, August 23, arguing for Obama to visit Ferguson, Missouri.
“The law provides alternative ways for senior citizens to vote, safer ways for victims of violent crimes to vote, provides alternatives for people with disabilities, it even creates an alternative for people who have had their licenses revoked. I’d say we have responded to our opponents’ claims that the Voter ID law will be unduly burdensome.”
State Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R- Oconomowoc) on Wisconsin’s photo ID law
“I can no longer wait for leadership in Milwaukee to deal with the many problems that are obviously getting worse. At the same time that we see increased violent crime, deteriorating roads, fewer jobs, and businesses leaving the city, leadership is instead focused on a trolley that has no return on investment.”
Milwaukee alderman Bob Donovan announcing his run for mayor
"We're in trouble. Let's get something going here; let's reverse that downward trend. Where is the plan to deal with rising poverty? Where's the plan to turn the schools around? What's the vision of the City of Milwaukee? Maybe there is one, but it isn't being communicated.”
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke during an "On the Issues with Mike Gousha" forum at the Marquette University Law School.
“It is, in fact, an insult to Native Americans.”
Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., told NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a letter that the league is on the “wrong side of history” in allowing the Washington Redskins to keep their name, which some see as a slur.
“Senator Cantwell should be aware that there are many challenges facing Native Americans, including an extremely cold winter with high energy bills, high unemployment, life threatening health problems, inadequate education and many other issues more pressing than the name of a football team which has received strong support from Native Americans. Surely, with all the issues Congress is supposed to work on such as the economy, jobs, war and health care, the Senator must have more important things to do.”
From a statement by the Redskins
“Eight out of 10 Americans in the general population would not like us to change the name. So we are listening. We are being respectful to people who disagree. But let’s not forget this is the name of a football team.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
“Pretty soon every other name will be so offensive that you will not be able to retreat from the safety of your home until you have the politically correct version of mascot names for leisure activities. I would still like to see one documented case of where the name of a sports team turned someone into a racist. Soldiers are dying in Afghanistan, children starve, and people are desperately seeking answers to their existence while leftist leadership prioritizes team names. Something does not add up with their priorities.”
Larry Provost works at The American Legion in the National Security and Foreign Relations Division
“This is all very salacious. And Rand Paul wants us to think about Hillary and Bill as a doublette in a salacious, slightly sleazy way, right? Come on, don't attack the woman through her husband.”
CNN’s Piers Morgan bemoaning Rand Paul’s “sleazy” attack on Bill Clinton’s promiscuity.
“I mean, it's not just Bill Clinton, though that was spectacular. There's Teddy Kennedy, there’s John Edwards, there’s the San Diego mayor that was just gotten rid of. There's Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner. It goes on and on. Then to turn around and say because you Republicans don't support abortion rights you hate women? Wait a second. Can we look at your cast of characters here?”
Piers Morgan’s guest Ann Coulter roasted Clinton and other Democrats for their own attacks on women.
“It’s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress. I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton. Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened. Sure, my boss took advantage of me, but I will always remain firm on this point: it was a consensual relationship. Any ‘abuse’ came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position.”
40-year-old Monica Lewinsky in Vanity Fair
“I wouldn’t have taken him. Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. It’s not going to be totally smooth...things will happen.”
Former NFL coach Tony Dungy about the Rams drafting Missouri defensive end Michael Sam who would have become the NFL’s first openly gay player, but he failed to make Jeff Fisher’s final roster.
“Today is a miraculous day. I am thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family.”
Dr. Kent Brantly at a news conference. Brantly and Nancy Writebol, another American missionary infected with Ebola in Liberia, have been discharged from the hospital. Writebol was released and is choosing not to make public comments, according to the hospital.
“No one should kid themselves. With the Sony collapse America has lost its first cyberwar. This is a very very dangerous precedent.”
“If Obama resigns from office NOW, thereby doing a great service to the country—I will give him free lifetime golf at any one of my courses!”
“I apologize for using the street-fighter terminology of ‘subhuman mongrel’ instead of just using more understandable language, such as ‘violator of his oath to the Constitution,’ ‘the liar that he is.’ ”
Rock star Ted Nugent apologizing for remarks he made about President Obama
“Since Illinois enacted a law permitting more people to carry concealed firearms, more than 65,000 people got permits to do so. Rates of robbery, burglary and motor vehicle thefts have dropped significantly, and the murder rate has fallen to a level not seen in more than half a century. If only the gun control fanatics would pay some attention to facts, a lot of lives could be saved.
Thomas Sowell, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University
“Increasingly colleges and universities attract students by spending heavily on athletic arenas, flashy student centers and other resort amenities. To finance sports spectacles, evening yoga lessons, and ever larger salaries for presidents and coaches, universities jack up tuition and shuffle students into cheap to staff majors, such as art history and sociology, while limiting access to programs with better career potential, like engineering and finance. Too many graduates lack career ready skills and are burdened with excessive debt.
“Thanks to the combination of work disincentives and poor career training, nearly all the jobs created in this century have gone to immigrants. At the low end, they take jobs government benefits programs encourage lower-skilled Americans to refuse, and at the high end, immigrants take jobs many college graduates are unqualified to fill.”
Peter Morici, economist and professor at the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business
"As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol."
President Obama in an interview with the New Yorker
“His (Obama’s) laissez-faire attitude about legalization has drug policy and prevention experts scratching their heads in confusion as to why the president will not give clear guidance…either he is seriously ill-informed about the issue or is completely ignoring warnings from his highly-esteemed advisors.”
The Drug-Free American Foundation
“I would not let my son play pro football."
“So he wouldn't let his son play football -– this pretend son that he has. It's like Jimmy Stewart with the pretend rabbit. Well let me tell you something Mr. President -- I wouldn't let my son be an ambassador under you. I’d much rather that he played football."
Talk show host Mark Levin
“I ride a bike and I never wear a helmet. In the countries where bike helmets are compulsory there has been no reduction in bike injuries whatsoever. I see lots of people in bike accidents and these flimsy little helmets don’t help. I have been cycling for 40 years and have only been knocked off once. I wear a cowboy hat and cowboy boots. I look completely mad."
Leading neurosurgeon Henry Marsh, who works at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, London, claimed that cyclists who wear helmets are wasting their time. He cited evidence from the University of Bath that suggests that wearing a helmet may even put cyclists at greater risk. The research showed that drivers get around 3 inches closer to cyclists who wear helmets because they perceive them as safer.
"I want Mike Huckabee to wake up tomorrow having suddenly grown a vagina. Then I wanna deny his vagina proper medical care and birth control while making crazy statements about his libido. And see how he likes it."
ABC producer Shonda Rhimes – creator of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” – reacting to reports of former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s remarks on women before the Republican National Committee.
"There's nothing better for American conservatism than periodic examples of untrammeled liberalism."
"Remember when you could disagree with liberals and not get smeared as extreme and/or dishonest? Me neither."
Katie Yoder, a Joe and Betty Anderlik Fellow, is a staff writer for the Culture and Media Institute
“I like attending Tea Parties and I like speaking at Tea Parties. What I do not like is listening to a string of deadly dull speakers monotonously droning on about the Constitution, the Founding Fathers, and freedom until everyone is bored to tears. There are gifted conservatives like Mark Levin who can make that interesting, but most of those speakers are no Mark Levin. Meanwhile, the crowd looks like a bunch of kids stuck in detention on a Saturday afternoon. What's wrong with focusing on having a FUN event with a little education tossed in, as opposed to a classroom in the park where we're all supposed to be deadly serious?”
Conservative columnist John Hawkins
“CNN’s got problems. I don’t know what they’re going to do. Put Spongebob on CNN — 24 hours — until a big story breaks. Then we break into Spongebob, and go to the hurricane, and then back to Spongebob.”
Legendary CNN host Larry King referring to the hit cartoon Spongebob Squarepants. January has been the network’s third-lowest month in ratings history. In January 2014 the news network has fallen far behind Fox News and MSNBC and was even trailing its sister-network HLN.
It was the salute seen around the world.
President Obama was caught on video saluting Marines with a coffee cup in his hand. Just call him Cappuccino-in-Chief.
The White House posted video to its Instagram account and soon unleashed a torrent of outrage. The Washington Times dubbed the moment “Semper Latte.”
I’m surprised he didn’t order the Marines to fetch him cream and sugar.
And President Obama’s lukewarm latte salute was a violation of protocol and common decency and a complete sign of disrespect.
Just remember, Mr. President – they are not baristas. They are Marines.
Todd Starnes is the host of Fox News & Commentary – heard daily on 250+ radio stations. He’s also the author of “Dispatches From Bitter America.”
“The Internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God.”
Pope Francis in a papal statement
"If you look today, the typical CEO makes 354 times more than the typical worker in his or her company, mostly his because there are so few women running companies. If you look back to 1980, that difference was just 42 times. So it's been that kind of income inequality that has started a lot of backlash and chatter..."
CBS analyst Mellody Hobson, whose husband George Lucas is worth $7.3 billion.
"The Tom Perkins system is: You don't get to vote unless you pay a dollar of taxes. But what I really think is, it should be like a corporation. You pay a million dollars in taxes, you get a million votes. How's that?"
Venture capitalist Tom Perkins offered the unorthodox proposal when asked to name one idea that would "change the world" at a speaking engagement in San Francisco moderated by Fortune's Adam Lashinsky. The audience at the Commonwealth Club reacted with laughter. But Perkins offered no immediate indication that he was joking. Asked offstage if the proposal was serious, Perkins said: "I intended to be outrageous, and it was."
“…if the (Denver) Broncos lose (the Sunday’s Super Bowl), (Denver QB Peyton) Manning could pay as much as 101.83 percent of this weekend’s paycheck to the Garden State. But even if the Broncos win, he’ll still owe a tax of 51.08 percent. For the sake of liberty and property rights, maybe we should pull for the Broncos.
“I’m no apologist for millionaires, or jocks. But this trivial example does highlight the appetite states have for confiscating the private property of the affluent. As if the sales-tax , hotel-tax , and in-state-income-tax was not enough, New Jersey (along with the rest of the states that have decided to levy an extra tax on out-of-state ‘jocks’) has decided to cherry pick professions from which they intend to raise revenue.”
Michael Schaus is the Associate Editor for Townhall Finance
“I’m the best corner in the game! When you try me with a sorry receiver like (San Francisco 49er Eric) Crabtree that’s the result you’re gonna get! (Looking into camera) Don’t you ever talk about me! Crabtree! Don’t you open your mouth about the best! Or I’m gonna shut it for you real quick.”
Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman in a bizarre post-game rant after Seattle beat San Francisco last Sunday to advance to the Super Bowl
"Personally, I don't know if they can pull that off. Probably more in football, when they talk trash, they probably say it more often than basketball. You don't hear it too often in basketball. But in football, you're in a helmet, talking trash, actually hitting somebody, so I think it's just more spur-of-the-moment saying it, instead of actually thinking about it, saying that word to actually mean something. ... They're not going to get it all the way off the field."
Ty Lawson of the Denver Nuggets on the NFL considering banning the N-word.
"The idea of penalizing us for using the N-word is a terrible idea. The N-word is not always used in a negative light, and is a word that African-Americans use amongst our peers in a positive light. The N-word is used in motivational speeches and is also used as a substitute for friend, buddy, and is a word African-Americans have used since we were young. So it is close to impossible for it not to be used, because it's almost second nature to say it."
Terrance Knighton of the Denver Broncos
“Why would any woman defend an abusive tyrant like Ray Rice? Because society tells women every second of each day that we’re nothing in life without being someone’s wife or girlfriend. In fact, I would posit society holds married women with children at a higher regard than married women without children. Through movies, fairy tales, the prom, and some parents, girls are socialized at a very young age that they must find prince charming and that even settling for an abusive man is better than no man at all. There’s no place for the single woman at dinner parties or galas. This is part of the reason why abused women stay in relationships with their abusers. Because society frowns on single women.”
Crystal Wright is a communications consultant and editor and publisher of the new website, www.conservativeblackchick.com
“If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on many levels. We will continue to grow and show the world what real love is.”
Janay Rice, wife of Ray Rice
“Whipping – we do that all the time. Every black parent in the South is going to be in jail under those circumstances. I’ve had many welts on my legs. I’ve gotten beat with switches – and I don’t even like the term. When the media talks about it, ‘beating a child,’ … we called it ‘spanking’ or ‘whipping’ our kids. I think we have to really be careful trying to teach other parents how to discipline their kids. That’s a very fine line.”
Former NBA star Charles Barkley coming to the defense of Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson just days after the disgraced football player was indicted on charges of child abuse, claiming every black parent in the South whips their child. A Houston grand jury indicted Peterson last week for reckless or negligent injury to a child, concluding that his use of a leafless tree branch, or switch, to repeatedly hit his son back in May was “unreasonable discipline.” The four-year-old was left with numerous bruises and open wounds following the incident, which were documented with photographs.
“Am I entitled to one mistake? It’s a terrible mistake, and I’ll never do it again.”
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, apologizing for comments about blacks
“It’s sad. Again, we just got to pray for him.”
NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, saying Sterling needs help
“I have been part of the 1 percent for the past 30 years… It’s fantastic! The 1 percent pays 80 percent of all taxes. Fifty percent of the population of the U.S. pays no taxes. The 1 percent provides all the jobs for everybody else. If the 1 percent didn’t exist, there would be chaos and the American economy would drop dead. Try being nice to rich people. I don’t remember the last poor person who gave me a job.”
KISS frontman Gene Simmons
"You teachers in your unions, you need to say, 'these bad teachers are making us look bad. We don't want it! And it has nothing to do with being a liberal or a Democrat. It has to do with being an American."
View co-host Whoopi Goldberg insisted on Monday that bad teachers should lose their job. On Tuesday, the comedienne responded to attacks on Twitter and doubled down: "We were not talking about good teachers who do a great job. We were talking about getting rid of teachers who don't do a good job. My mother was a teacher. So, this is not about bashing teachers and I don't appreciate you misquoting what we said."
“Israel has every right to defend itself. If you don't want a fight with Israel, don't pick one.”
Comedian Jon Lovitz
“The child Marc and I are waiting to bring into this world could grow up in a planet without elephants.” Chelsea Clinton before announcing a new commitment to stop the killing of African elephants and the trafficking of ivory. She said the African elephant crisis is not only a “moral” and “ecological disaster,” but also a “security threat,” as ivory is increasingly being used by the world’s most nefarious terror groups, such as the Lord’s Resistance Army and Boko Haram. She pleaded that “it’s in all of our interests” to stop the growing practice.
“I recommend hiding for a good year and having no pregnancy style. That’s what I recommend. If you can do it, hide. Never leave the house. That’s really my recommendation. Wear a huge blanket.”
Kim Kardashian of all people when asked by Elle what advice she might have for expectant mothers.
"If you’re not into me, that’s your problem and you’re going to have to work that out with professionals."
Lena Dunham, the actress who compared voting for Barack Obama to losing one’s virginity said people who aren't really interested in seeing her naked need to seek help from a psychiatrist. Dunham was replying to a television critic who asked her at a press conference why her character in the HBO series Girls frequently appears naked for no apparent reason. Dunham said that she was going for "realistic expression."
“Republicans are easier for us than Democrats. Democrats tend to take it personally; Republicans think it’s funny. But we’re not sitting here every week going, ‘We’ve really got to do the First Family’.”
Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels responding to a question from Lane Brown of the New York Times magazine:”Are there any basic rules for what works and what doesn’t politically?"
“Bill Clinton is No. 1 in Jay Leno’s book — the top target of the late night comedian, according to a new study. Since 1992, when Leno became host of ‘The Tonight Show,’ he has made 4,607 jokes about Clinton. That’s one out of every 10 jokes he made about public figures, according to a study by the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University.”
"I don't want you to come home to Jill with my lipstick."
Barbara Walters after she kissed VP Joe Biden on The View
“And the tough time I would have at CNN now, I think, would be doing this airplane story. Because I think I'd crack up laughing. I think I would have – you know, how many times can you cover a plane? Six weeks and all we know is it made a left turn. I would probably not want to do it. I think it would get embarrassing after a while.”
"How cold is it? Miley Cyrus's entire body stuck to wrecking ball."
A tweet by Pat Sajak
"They can't make that movie today because everybody's so politically correct. You know, the NAACP would stop a great movie that would do such a great service to black people because of the N-word," says Brooks. "You've got to really examine these things and see what's right and what's wrong. Politically correct is absolutely wrong. Because it inhibits the freedom of thought. I'm so lucky that they weren't so strong then and that the people that let things happen on the screen weren't so powerful then. I was very lucky."
Mel Brooks on "Blazing Saddles" that celebrated its 40th anniversary
"I'm going to get in trouble for this. To me tragic is a 23-year-old who just finished college and is getting ready to head off in their field of study and might save the world and is killed in a traffic accident. Tragic is a mother ... cut down by breast cancer. Those things are really tragic. A comedian taking his own life when he had the world by the balls, I don't find that tragic. I know depression is a horrible thing. But just because he's depressed, it's not a death sentence. Cancer is. ALS is. Depression is not a death sentence. You can get help for it. He made a choice to off himself. It's not like he had no choice in the matter. This guy had EVERYTHING. And he just blew it all off and killed himself."
WISN-TV sportscaster Dan Needles during his appearance on sports talk WAUK-AM (540) on the day after Robin Williams was found hanged at his San Francisco home. WISN news director Chris Gegg said that Needles' remarks "do not reflect the views of WISN. I did chat with Dan, and upon reflection he realizes he made insensitive comments on a very serious subject. He understands his remarks were ill-informed and he did not mean to offend anyone.”
When asked by Marlo Thomas, author of the book Growing Up Laughing, what his favorite joke was, Williams provided the following:
“Guy buys a parrot that is constantly using foul language. Really horrible stuff. Finally the guy gets fed up and throws the parrot in the freezer to punish him. After about an hour, he hears a faint tapping sound from inside the freezer and opens the door. There's the parrot, wings wrapped around himself, shivering. He says, ‘I swear, I’ll never, ever curse again. But can I ask you a question? What did the chicken do?’”
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HEROES OF THE WEEK
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VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Those who demanded 'dead cops'
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“We are in solidarity with you. Would you tell your officers that God’s people gathered at St. Patrick’s Cathedral this morning, thundered with prayer, with and for them…that we love them very much, we mourn with them, we need them, we respect them and we’re proud of them and we thank them? Good news this morning might seem distant, difficult, even somewhat indiscreet. Here we are, anticipating the joy of Christmas, and we feel like we’re nearer to Good Friday. So I propose to you this morning, more than ever, we need a little Christmas right this very moment.
“I’ve learned a lot in my six years here. Yes, New York, this huge throbbing metropolis can indeed at times be a place of hurt and darkness, fear and fracture—that our celebrated grit and in-your-face realism can at times turn brash. But I’ve also learned that New York can be, as well, that little town of Bethlehem, from which comes not darkness, division and death, but light, unity and life.”
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan last Sunday addressed the fatal shootings of two police officers, urging support for the police department as well as for Commissioner William Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio during Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown.
“One of the things that disturbs me about the entire conversation that we’re having right now is that it seems like lots of people are trying to score political points here. I think before we get into that analysis, it may be time for everybody in this region and around this country to take a deep breath and to think about the loss that’s been suffered by these two families.”
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on last weekend’s murders of two police officers in New York City
"It's a time for everyone to put aside political debates, put aside protests, put aside all of the things we will talk about in due time. Let's comfort these families, let's see them through these funerals. Then debate can begin again."
NY Mayor Bill de Blasio
"Eric Holder has indicted an entire honorable profession as being nothing more than a bunch of bloodthirsty racial profiling racists, individuals and agencies, yet he can't cite any proof. So, they're showing their true colors there, and then all of a sudden when something tragic happens like over the weekend and they come across with these feigned statements of empathy and sympathy - I'm just not buying it. These men and women put on this uniform every day, like I have for 37 years, and they go out and serve their communities with distinction, with honor, with courage, with sacrifice, integrity, character. And for these people in these high-profile positions to disparage their reputation with a broad brush like that, I found it sickening. I found it despicable.”
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke fiercely rejects remorseful statements from President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio saying they have fueled hatred towards the police and "created a pathway that contributes to an unjustifiable hatred of law enforcement officers across the country."
“While we are frustrated, we are not entirely surprised by the decision not to move the case to a jury. This process did not meet the standards of transparency that the public deserves, and it took entirely too long. It's yet another unfortunate example of the need to improve relations between police and the community.”
Milwaukee aldermen Ashanti Hamilton, Russell Stamper III, Milele Coggs, Willie Wasde, and Jose Perez in a statement reacting to District Attorney John Chisholm's decision to not issue state criminal charges against former police officer Christopher Manney in the April 30 shooting death of Dontre Hamilton.
“I believe the district attorney has made the correct choice. It's a choice that is based on facts — not on rhetoric, not on politics, not on protests, but on facts. Having said that, it's worth reiterating, most especially in light of the DA's decision, that Officer Manney's firing is an ill-conceived, politically motivated attempt to placate protesters. It's clear to anyone who watched the news this weekend or tried to use the interstate on Friday night that, in that attempt, they failed. The irresponsible behavior by some of these protesters needs to come to an end. Law and order must be maintained in our communities at all costs."
Milwaukee alderman Bob Donovan
A downtown Milwaukee protest "was a clear breach of trust that had a direct, dramatic and negative impact on the lives of literally hundreds of thousands of Milwaukeeans.” Officers acted appropriately and were "baby-sitting a bunch of self-indulgent protesters.”
Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn following mass arrests of protesters blocking traffic on I-43 one week ago Friday night
“I'm sorry that we cause you a small inconvenience. It's to make sure that no family has to go through what we're going through right now."
Dontre Hamilton’s brother, Nate, saying the protests will continue
The Wisconsin assault on political speech has been in a lull, but it reappeared with a bang on Friday with a fresh document release by a state court. The disclosures include evidence that Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board wanted to go after Milwaukee radio host Charlie Sykes and Sean Hannity of Fox News.
The information was unsealed as part of a complaint in Eric O’Keefe and Wisconsin Club for Growth v. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. The case is a complaint against the GAB, a state body that has made enforcing campaign-finance laws its mission in ways that trash the First Amendment.
As we’ve been reporting for more than a year, Mr. O’Keefe has been the target of a secret John Doe probe investigating alleged “coordination” between Gov. Scott Walker ’s 2012 recall campaign and independent conservative groups. He was subpoenaed and others had their homes raided by prosecutors in October 2013. Mr. O’Keefe has fought back in court, and his complaint refers to GAB documents that were obtained during discovery in the case.
The documents support the charge that the GAB was working with Democratic prosecutors to smash the political operation of anyone defending Mr. (Scott) Walker’s collective-bargaining reforms. And in the fevered ambitions of investigators, the supposed conspirators included Messrs. Sykes and Hannity.
The unsealed complaint notes that prosecutors and investigators contemplated including the two conservative talk-show hosts as targets of subpoenas or warrants. “Many more warrants and subpoenas were planned for other targets throughout the country, including media figures such as Charlie Sykes and Sean Hannity,” the complaint says.
Defenders of the GAB board tout its bipartisan credentials because it is made up of retired judges. But the unsealed complaint notes that by the time the judges voted to investigate the campaign coordination of conservative groups, the agency had already been up to its elbows in the issue for 10 months.
All of this matters far beyond Wisconsin because it shows how far from the Constitution the campaign-finance police have wandered. Their theories of supposedly unlawful “coordination” with candidates include even media figures who clearly are protected by the First Amendment.
The media liberals who have been cheerleaders for these prosecutions may not worry if the targets are conservatives like Messrs. Sykes or Hannity. But they should wake up. Such coordination theories could as easily extend to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter or MSNBC host. And what constitutes illegal coordination would be based on the subjective judgment of prosecutors and GAB bureaucrats.
The documents show that Wisconsin’s speech police are abusing their power with little regard for the First Amendment. The state legislature should shut them down.
From a Wall Street Journal editorial
“The president is right. You can't have a free society if a dictator can impose censorship on us. That's true but not exactly pertinent because North Korea did not and does not have the power, unless the country is full of sleeper cells of North Koreans ready to act against every cineplex in the country. This was self-censorship, and it happens in America all the time, and I wish the president would come to the party and talk about it. That is, there are two great citadels of American liberalism unchallenged in America, Hollywood and college campuses. College campuses constantly restrict speech in the name of a new entitlement, not to have your intellectual serenity disturbed, your emotional equilibrium upset, or your feelings hurt. Happens all the time.”
Conservative George Will discussing the Sony hacking scandal and Sony’s decision to pull “The Interview”
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