The mainstream media made sure that the President instantly sidelined criticism of the NFL
Some members of the Oakland Raiders kneel during the playing of the National Anthem before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

At Lambeau Field in Green Bay today during the anthem:

Photo: WTMJ Radio.

Columnist Howie Carr with a brilliant observation:

The NFL’s run of terrible press is over — when President Trump attacked the league Friday night in Alabama, 99.99 percent of the alt-left media reflexively fell into line in defense of a sport they were denouncing as barbaric as late as Friday afternoon.

You know that torrent of negative news the fellow travelers has been spewing out about pro football — the epidemics of CTE and spousal abuse, the league’s plummeting TV ratings, the half-empty stadiums in California, the $6 tickets going begging, etc., etc.?

Now that Trump has slammed the NFL, it is once again … America’s Pastime!

Culinary no-no #533


Have I ever told you that our 8-year old daughter, Kyla,  isn’t all that fussy when it comes to eating?

There are a couple of items she won’t go near. Mac and cheese, for example. Can’t figure that one out.

But it’s amazing how adventurous she can be for an 8-year old.

I’ve written about our visits to…

The California Grill high atop the Contemporary Resort at Disney World.

CA Grill 2015

CA Grill 2016 2

Kyla loves to help Daddy finish his crispy rock shrimp salad.

That would be your Asian pear, red onions, soy reduction, and wasabi cream, and yes, it has a kick to it.

The kids menu at the California Grill:

Chicken Breast

Citrus-glazed Grilled Chicken Breast with Steamed Green Beans, Crushed Sweet Potatoes, and Seasonal Fruit Kabobs with Freshly Made Yogurt Dip. Choice of Small Lowfat Milk or Small Dasani® Water. Meets Disney Nutrition Guildelines for Complete Meals without substitution

Wild Salmon

Seared Wild Salmon with Steamed Green Beans, Brown Basmati Rice, and Seasonal Fruit Kabobs with Freshly Made Yogurt Dip. Choice of Small Lowfat Milk or Small Dasani® Water. Meets Disney Nutrition Guildelines for Complete Meals without substitution

Grilled Beef Tenderloin

Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Steamed Green Beans, Crushed Sweet Potatoes, Ketchup Sauce, and Seasonal Fruit Kabobs with Freshly Made Yogurt Dip. Choice of Small Lowfat Milk or Small Dasani® Water. Meets Disney Nutrition Guidelines for Complete Meals without substitution

Hand-formed Provolone Cheese Pizza – served with choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice

House-made Macaroni & Cheese – served with choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice

Care to guess what Kyla orders?

It ain’t fish or fowl.

Closer to home Kyla loves the menu at Meyer’s, well over a dozen choices. She can order chocolate chip pancakes or Meyer’s famous…

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Speaking of chicken, the strips for kids are nice at The Cheesecake Factory.

Photo of The Cheesecake Factory - Rancho Cucamonga, CA, United States. Kids fried chicken strips

At Panera there are lots of possibilities for Kyla. Usually it comes down to…

Kids Turkey Sandwich

OK. We usually bury the no-no with an extended lead-up. This week it’s plain and simple.With not enough exceptions, restaurant children’s menus are normally scanty, boring, bland, and all too similar.

From a strictly business perspective, one could argue by should restaurants cater to the kids? Bob Goldin, a partner at the food industry consulting firm Pentallect, claims kids’ orders comprise only about 1% to 2% of sales. Thus the blasé attitude toward beefing up menus for the little ones.

That’s about to change, at least in some quarters.

“For too long, restaurants in America have served menus full of nutritionally empty chicken nuggets, pizza and fries, paired with sugary drinks and cheap toys,” said Panera CEO Ron Shaich said this past week.

Shaich’s comment is consistent with a statement he made in August 2016 when he issued a ‘Kids Meal Promise.’

“We shouldn’t be marketing to kids. Toys and games distract from honest food choices. They come with poor options like fries and sugary beverages. This is not food as it should be. The meals we serve our children should be good food. Real options and food that is

that is free of artificial preservatives, sweeteners, flavors and colors from artificial sources.”

Panera promised the restaurant kids’ meals would be:

  • Clean. No artificial flavors, preservatives, sweeteners or colors from artificial sources.
  • Worthy of trust. No gimmicks. No distractions. No cartoon characters, crazy colors, toys, or toy-shaped food.
  • Full of delicious options. Let kids be kids. Let them be picky. Let them make their own choices from a menu full of tasty, wholesome options.
  • Nutritiously paired. Growing bodies need a meal complete with nutritious sides. Not fries, not onion rings. Options like organic yogurt, sprouted grain rolls, or apples.
  • Drink optional. Kids meals shouldn’t encourage kids to drink a sugary beverage. Ours never have, never will. Water first, then the option of adding organic milk or 100% juice.

On Wednesday Panera Bread announced a new approach to kids food—children can choose almost any item on the Panera menu as a smaller sized entree, resulting in more than 250 clean menu combinations. More than 250 clean kids meal combinations are available in Panera cafes as well as via all of Panera’s end-to-end digital pathways, including Rapid Pickup, Fast Lane Kiosks and Delivery.  Each option is fully customizable.

That’s not all. Panera issued more than just a massively-revised menu.

“I’m challenging the CEOs of some of the largest companies in the industry—McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s—to personally eat exclusively from their restaurants’ kids meals for an entire week—and if not, to take a thoughtful look at what they are offering our smallest guests,” said CEO Shaich.

The recipients of his challenge would be wise to consider.

“If you don’t offer something relevant to a family with kids, generally, you won’t get that family with kids inside that restaurant,” said Bob Derrington, senior research analyst at the Telsey Advisory Group.

Photos of the Week (09/24/17)

Week-ends (09/24/17)

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…


Shelly Henley

Sophia Spencer


Chris Abele

These NFL players


“As President of the United States, I will always put America first, just like you, as the leaders of your countries will always, and should always, put your countries first.

“All responsible leaders have an obligation to serve their own citizens, and the nation-state remains the best vehicle for elevating the human condition.  

“But making a better life for our people also requires us to work together in close harmony and unity to create a more safe and peaceful future for all people.

“The United States will forever be a great friend to the world, and especially to its allies.  But we can no longer be taken advantage of, or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return.  As long as I hold this office, I will defend America’s interests above all else.”
President Trump speaking at the UN

“No one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the well-being of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea.  It is responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of North Koreans, and for the imprisonment, torture, killing, and oppression of countless more.

“We were all witness to the regime’s deadly abuse when an innocent American college student, Otto Warmbier, was returned to America only to die a few days later.  We saw it in the assassination of the dictator’s brother using banned nerve agents in an international airport.  We know it kidnapped a sweet 13-year-old Japanese girl from a beach in her own country to enslave her as a language tutor for North Korea’s spies.

“If this is not twisted enough, now North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life.  

“It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a regime, but would arm, supply, and financially support a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict.  No nation on earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles.

“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.  Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.  The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary.”
President  Trump speaking at the UN

“Trump is not the president of the world… he can not even manage his own government.”
Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza

“I could almost hear tongues clucking at the New York Times and the Washington Post, as much for the contemptuous nickname as for the threat of military force. But I liked it, just as I liked his robust calling-a-spade-a-spade moment with respect to the criminal regime of Iran, one of the world’s most ostentatious enablers of terrorism.”
Roger Kimball, Editor and Publisher of The New Criterion and President and Publisher of Encounter Books

“What do they want out of a so-called commander-in-chief? They want Hillary Clinton there — Ms. Pay-for-Play foreign policy, Ms. Crony Socialism herself — to be doing the same usual litany of genuflection, capitulation, and then rinse and then repeat with — toothless sanctions is the only thing they ever wave as their threat against these existential threats to America and the world!”
Michelle Malkin referring to those who criticized President Trump’s UN speech

“I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire. I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the U.S. pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying [North Korea].”
Kim Jong Un responding to President Trump

“No child should ever feel hungry, stalked, frightened, terrorized, bullied, isolated or afraid, with nowhere to turn. We must teach each child the values of empathy and communication that are at the core of the kindness, mindfulness, integrity and leadership which can only be taught by example. By our own example, we must teach children to be good stewards of the world they will inherit.”
First Lady Melania Trump gave a heartfelt speech about bullying Wednesday at the United Nations General Assembly

“Listening to her talk about – remember our kids are watching and listening, remember that they need to follow our own examples – those of house have kids and can’t show them some of the retweets by the president of the United States because we don’t think it’s appropriate to condone hitting a golf ball at a former competitor and knocking them over, see that there’s more than a little bit of irony here. She should be commended, but come on.”
CNN’s Dana Bash reacting to the First Lady’s speech

“The internet is tearing us apart. The internet is a system where people can put up vitriol and they think they are hiding behind a screen and so they can treat other human beings in really ugly ways that we would never want to treat each other, but for some reason we think we can do that on the internet. Base your opinions and your thought in reason and fact and not in emotion…try to do your best to engage in a civil dialog. All of us can do a better job of this, all of us, from the top down.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan talking to students at New Berlin Eisenhower Middle/High School

NFL players who refused to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” are exhibiting a “total disrespect of our heritage. That’s a total disrespect of everything that we stand for. Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now.’ Out! He’s fired.”
President Trump

“Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell strongly backed his league’s players

“We have become stupidly politically correct which is the death of comedy. It’s OK not to hurt the feelings of various tribes and groups. However, it’s not good for comedy. Comedy has to walk a thin line, take risks. Comedy is the lecherous little elf whispering in the king’s ear, always telling the truth about human behavior. I personally would never touch gas chambers or the death of children or Jews at the hands of the Nazis. Everything else is fine.”
Veteran comedian and filmmaker Mel Brooks


UW-Madison student film


“The United States has done very well since Election Day last November 8th.  The stock market is at an all-time high — a record.  Unemployment is at its lowest level in 16 years, and because of our regulatory and other reforms, we have more people working in the United States today than ever before.  Companies are moving back, creating job growth the likes of which our country has not seen in a very long time.  And it has just been announced that we will be spending almost $700 billion on our military and defense.”
President  Trump speaking at the UN


How disgusting. Trump’s tough talk about North Korea.

Jimmy Kimmel’s nightly attack on the GOP plans to repeal Obamacare.


Good intention, but was this wise?

2017 POO Awards – Week 6

Each week during this year’s high school football season as I have in previous years, I’m giving out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that committed the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.

My goal is to try to build awareness of the importance of sportsmanship.

POO stands for Piling On Offensively (Or if you prefer, Pouring it On Offensively)

Week 6

They’ve done it again.

Luck 68, New Auburn 0

Week 5

Luck 86, Lincoln 14

Edgar 70, Chequamegon 0

Week 4

Racine Horlick 70, Kenosha Tremper 3

Leading 62-3 in the 3rd quarter, Horlick scored yet another touchdown to make the score 68-3. Horlick did score an extra point. Instead they were successful on a 2-point conversion. That’s unnecessary piling on.


University School of Milwaukee 68, St. John’s NW Military Academy 0

This is interesting. From college football.

Week 3

Racine St. Catherine’s 75, Saint Thomas More 7

Stratford 70, Chequamegon 6

Week 2

Durand 70, Barron 14

Week 1

Luck 106, Clayton 0

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (09/23/17)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it’s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.

TODAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 89. Too toasty. “B”

SUNDAY:  Scattered thunderstorms developing in the afternoon.  High of 88. “B”

Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog.

My summer-loving friends (and my husband, of course!) were having a field day as we set a new record high temperature for the first day of Fall.  Because I work in a school that does NOT have air conditioning in the classrooms, I was less than enthusiastic about going in Friday.  I survived by drinking plenty of water and standing in front of fans any chance I had, but I did my share of complaining.

Today Kyla and I will take our annual jaunt to the Harvest Fair at the WI State Fair Park.  I may have mentioned once or twice that I LOVE FALL.  An entire festival dedicated to pumpkin bowling, hay rides, scarecrow building and caramel apples is my idea of heaven.  But instead of searching out a hot cider stand we’ll be downing bottle after bottle of cold water just to try to stay hydrated.

This unseasonably hot weather will not dampen my enthusiasm for all things autumnal and with that I have some thoughts about fall and our four-legged friends.  Surely dogs can also appreciate cooler temperatures (longer, more pleasant walks) and seasonal treats (pumpkin is totally canine-friendly.)

There are many fall activities that you can enjoy with your pup. found a list of seven easy ones for your consideration.  In addition, like any other season Fall can bring some health and well-being dangers for your pet.  Common sense should always prevail but just in case here are some basic reminders of how to keep your furry friend safe.

Finally for a laugh, I offer you “28 Dogs Freaking Out About Autumn Leaves.”  I think some are better than others, but my personal favorite is #19.  If YOU have leaves to rake this weekend drink enough water so you don’t suffer heat exhaustion.  (Insert grumbles and sarcasm here.)
Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

Stop Faking Service Dogs.

This therapy dog was shot ‘point blank’ by a hunter—right in front of its owner.

RIP: Febe, ‘an American hero’ who served in Iraq.

Virginia Beach woman chartered plane to rescue 300 animals as Hurricane Maria bore down on Caribbean.

Meet Frida, the valiant Lab who’s saved a dozen lives in Mexico.

Caring for a sick pet can take a major toll.

Dogs Recognize Themselves in Test Based on Smell, Not Sight.

Pet deaths in Japan: dignified but dog-gone expensive.

Dogs’ Love of Man Is Real.

Boise State has a dog that can do this.




Photos of current K-9 officers sit on display during

Photos of current Franklin K-9 officers sat on display at the Paws for the Law K-9 Pet Fest Party in Franklin’s Lions Legend Park last Sunday. The event is a fundraiser for Franklin’s K-9 program. Photo: Scott Ash/Now News Group

We close as we always do with our closing video.


‘Career Canines’: TSA dog deploys to Texas after Hurricane Harvey. Video is in this article.


Rescue dog inspires Katherine Schwarzenegger’s new book on pet adoption.

Have you seen Amazon’s commercial with a baby, dog and lion? It’s causing a stir. Click here.

And Wes Anderson’s new stop-motion animated film “Isle of Dogs” will be out next March.

The movie takes place in Japan, 20 years in the future. A canine saturation has reached “epidemic proportions.” An outbreak of dog flu causes the government to take emergency orders — the dogs are banished to a place called Trash Island.

Then, a young boy comes to the island in search of his lost pooch, Spot.

The trailer has just been released.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

We’d really appreciate it if you forward this on to other dog lovers you know. Let them have some fun!

See ya, BARK, next Saturday!

"This is "Frida", she has saved 52 people so far in Mexico's Earthquake"

Best Cartoons of the Week (09/23/17)


A.F. Branco

Mike Lester


Michael Ramirez


A.F. Branco

A.F. Branco again


Tom Stiglich


Michael Ramirez


Michael Ramirez


Michael Ramirez

Jose Neves


Glenn McCoy


Tom Stiglich


Tom Stiglich

Michael Ramirez


Mike Lester


Joe Heller

Goodnight everyone, and have a farewell to summer weekend!

Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.

The calendar says today is the first day of autumn even though it felt like 100 this afternoon. As usual, summer came and went, quickly. Now fall arrives, if momentarily, and then it’s 14 months of winter.

This week, a final musical salute to summer with additional pictorial reminders of what lies ahead. Another clever theme coming atcha.

Let’s get started with a very appropriate number from keyboardist Brian Simpson, the musical director for Dave Koz and Janet Jackson.

Are you sad that summer’s over? I know I certainly am. And Simpson captures that feeling  in our first selection from his album “South Beach.”

“While working on South Beach in my studio I often stepped back to a corner of the room and closed my eyes, as if listening for the first time, to see if the music compelled an emotion,” said Simpson.

There’s definite jazzy and moody melancholy in this track with Ron King on muted trumpet.

Yes, that above photo is Wisconsin cranberry production in action, in Wisconsin Rapids to be exact.

Now a classic.

Originally done by the legend Ramsey Lewis.

Then by the legends Earth Wind &Fire.

And then by the legend Henry Mancini.

In 1975 disco was hot. So hot everybody was doing disco. I mean everybody.

Henry Mancini put out an album that tried to capitalize. While there was a disco flavor it was more like sprinkling salt on your scrambled eggs.

The result was a lovely, beautiful, lush collection that screamed the distinctive Mancini sound.

Mancini’s take on a masterpiece was magical.

And speaking of legends, the organ solo is by the late Joe Sample.

Love those multiple split second solos at the very end.

Better finish that book before the snow falls.


“Summer Breeze” was written and recorded by Seals and Crofts in 1972.

Rolling Stone called it one of the “Best Summer Songs of All Time,” a “sublimely mellow, CSN&Y-style ode to lazy, June-time domesticity.”

I like this version by two famous artists, one from Milwaukee.

How did she do that?

We move on.

Kool & the Gang struck it big with the synthesizer-dominated “Summer Madness” in the mid-70’s. They’ve regularly perform it in concert ever since.

There’s still synthesizer in this next selection, but some nice sax as well by Richard Elliot.

That’s it for this week.


Sleep well.

Have a great fall weekend.

We close with a song Nat King Cole took to #1 in 1955. It’s no surprise his daughter would also record and perform.