Week-ends (06/23/18)

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…


Jesus Aguilar

Debra Davis

Edward Kydd

Davina McNaney

Rodney Smith Jr

The League of Enchantment



Peter Fonda

Mexican presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador


“I don’t want children taken away from parents. And when you prosecute the parents for coming in illegally, which should happen, you have to take the children away. Now we don’t have to prosecute them. But then we’re not prosecuting them for coming in illegally. That’s not good.

“We want a great country. We want a country with heart. But when people come up, they have to know they’re not going to get in. Otherwise it will never stop.

“We can’t let people pour in. They’ve gotta go through the process. And maybe it’s politically correct or maybe it’s not – we’ve gotta stop separation of the families. But politically correct or not, we have to be a country that needs security, that needs safety, that has to be protected.

“And remember, these countries that we give tremendous foreign aid to in many cases, they send these people up, and they’re not sending their finest. Does that sound familiar? Remember, I made that speech and I was badly criticized….Turned out I was 100 percent right. That’s why I got elected.”
President Trump, who also said he wants to cut off aid to Central American countries that he claimed are “sending” migrants to the U.S.  He said he’d be asking for authorization to end assistance to the region that includes Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

“These child actors weeping and crying on all the other networks 24/7 right now — do not fall for it, Mr. President. As long as you incentivize people to come here from south of the border, they’re going to keep dying, crossing through the desert. As long as you keep that magnet on, and what greater magnet than citizenship, Medicare, Medicaid, free healthcare. Yeah, that’s why people voted for a wall.”
Ann Coulter said President Trump should not believe the media hype about immigrant children at the border

“The whole reason that this push to come to the United States is becoming so violent is because we are turning into a lawless society. There is no downside to violating the law. You can come here illegally, you can act like you’ve been here for 10 years. You can say you’re a DACA person and that’s all you got to do and you get signed up.”
Zach Taylor, a retired border patrol officer and current chairman of Chairman of National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers. He suggested letting the agents conduct a biography interview of any undocumented person at the border, see if they qualify, and take them directly to an immigration judge. Taylor predicted that 80 percent or more would not make the cut. At that point, we should fly them back to home country on military aircraft. That way, Taylor said their comrades “can see 300 people getting off an aircraft that says, ‘U.S. Air Force.'”

“What no one is talking about is the underlying reason for this whole argument—are these families really escaping fear and persecution? The immigration court has said in the last year and a half over 80 percent of these claims are frivolous. So we have to attack the very foundation they’re arguing these people are coming to the country. These parents themselves are using these children as pawns to gain entry to the United States.

“They are choosing to enter between the ports of entry, they know they will be separated but they want to blame the government when we are forced to do that. So let’s put the blame where it lies, not on the fine men and women of Border Patrol and ICE, we’re enforcing the law.

“I wish there was this much outrage when we met with Angel Mothers whose children were killed [by] illegal aliens.[They’re] separated from their families forever.”
Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Thomas Homan

In the most notorious camps, “There were no children, because children were murdered with their mother upon arrival. Prisoners were subjected to constant humiliation and dehumanization, as they were systematically starved to death, worked to death, and beaten to death.”
David Patterson, a chair in Holocaust Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas, said there is absolutely no comparison to Nazi concentration camps where children were being detained at the border

“They have play stations, pool tables. It’s far from a concentration camp and people should be more accurate when they describe what we’re trying to accomplish there.”
Customs and Border Patrol Acting Deputy Commissioner Robert Vitiello describing one facility for children

“I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated. Ivanka feels very strongly about it. My wife feels very strongly about it. I think anybody with a hear feels very strongly about it. I’m going to be signing an executive order in a little while before I go to Minnesota but, at the same time, I think you have to understand, we’re keeping families together, but we have to keep our borders strong. We will be overrun with crime and with people that should not be in our country.”
President Donald Trump signed an executive order ending family separation at the border. The president directed the Department of Homeland Security to detain families together so long as children are not put into danger.

“The United States cannot have an open border to every illegal alien family and minor on the face of the earth. We must have rules, we must have laws, and we must enforce those laws.”
From President Trump’s Weekly Address

“It is patently ridiculous for the United Nations to examine poverty in America. In our country, the president, members of Congress, governors, mayors and city council members actively engage on poverty issues every day. Compare that to the many countries around the world whose governments knowingly abuse human rights and cause pain and suffering.”
U.S. Ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley, criticizing a U.N. report condemning how the United States treats its poor

“Laura and I are deeply saddened by the loss of an intellectual giant and dear friend, Charles Krauthammer. For decades, Charles’ words have strengthened our democracy. His work was far-reaching and influential — and while his voice will be deeply missed, his ideas and values will always be a part of our country. We send our thoughts and prayers to Robby, Daniel, and the entire Krauthammer family.”
Former President George W. Bush on the death of conservative commentator and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charles Krauthammer who died Thursday at the age of 68

“We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force, separate but equal.”
President Donald Trump, announcing he directed the Pentagon to create a “Space Force,” a new military service branch aimed at ensuring American supremacy in space

“This is going to be a headache.”
Retailer Vince Kadlubek, commenting on the Supreme Court case South Dakota v. Wayfair, which allows states to require retailers without a physical presence in their state to collect sales taxes for online sales


Mother Whose Son Was Tortured to Death by an Illegal Alien: Our Family is Permanently Separated


Dem Rep Makes Admission About Border Detention Centers


Separating Families At The Border: The Hysteria Overlooks Some Key Facts


Liberate men with satin and corsets: fashion icon Galliano


Killing Foxconn, asylum seekers, and phony border outrage

In case you missed this week’s highly interesting reads, here you go:

Today’s highly interesting read (06/21/18): Time to quit it with the ‘Let’s kill the Foxconn deal’ rhetoric

Today’s highly interesting read (06/19/18): The Asylum Seeker

Today’s highly interesting read (06/18/18): Enough With the Faux Outrage Over Illegal Alien Family Separation

UPDATE: Ballpark Commons getting much-needed memory care housing

Previously on This Just In…

The update: Honestly, I’m taken aback at Mayor Steve Olson’s strong criticism of the senior housing element of Ballpark Commons. I really don’t appreciate his ‘the sky is falling’ scare tactic on this part of the development or the possibility of yet another city referendum asking beleaguered taxpayers to once again approve a tax increase because that seems to be the only solution we have here in Franklin.

Personally, the mayor is a friend, one I’ve adamantly defended for a long, long time. However in the past year he’s disappointed on a number of occasions, including his less than tactful public comment about senior motorists.

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (06/23/18)

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:   Partly cloudy. High of 75.  “A”

  Sunny.  High of  73.  “A”

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

Kevin and I have been co-blogging The Barking Lot for just over ten years.  TEN YEARS???!!!  Seriously???!!!  Yes, and honestly I didn’t think we’d last ten months.  What started as my offhand remark to him that he should write a dog blog ended up with ME writing the segment on HIS blog and it’s morphed over the years into the feature we share with you every week.

In these ten years, I’d like to think I’ve learned a thing or two about dogs.  Clearly I’m no expert, but there have been so many amazing topics and incredible information that things stay with me.  Obviously all the heart-warming news stories and videos that Kevin has shared also make a big impact on my already dog-loving opinions.

So imagine my surprise when, in doing research for this week, I discovered a topic that is completely new to me.  Yep.  Never, EVER heard of this.  But if you own a bull terrier or Saluki you probably not only know about it, but have most likely experienced it with your pup.

Dog trancing.

You read that correctly – dog trancing.  It’s pretty much what it sounds like, and might just creep you out the first time it happens.  But apparently it’s relatively normal, especially in certain breeds.  The first article that popped up was from Popular Science.  It explains the behaviors and includes some videos.  The second article is written by Caroline Coile who is referenced in the Popular Science piece.

I’ll let both Popular Science and Dogster fill you in on the details.  Make sure you watch the videos too!  And if you’ve experienced this peculiar behavior in your own dog please leave a comment!  We’d love to hear your story!
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Delta is banning pit bull service dogs. That might not be legal.

Woman Writes PSA After Her Service Dog Went For Help And Was Ignored.

Dogs versus cats: Scientists reveal which one is smarter.

Don’t let puppy love blind you to the expense of having a dog.

These are the 19 ways your dog is secretly communicating with you.

More than 6,000 dogs ‘work’ at Amazon, where every day is ‘Take Your Dog to Work Day.’

Can you go to a dog park without a dog?

OPINION: What It Means to Be Loved by a Dog.

‘Talking’ dog actually says ‘hello’ to potential adopters.



A German shepherd wearing a lanyard which has his name, Buddy, written on it. It's mocked up to look like an ID card with his picture and a barcode. He is a very happy dog.

In the UK on Take Your Dog To Work Day, Buddy the German shepherd is keen to show off his new ID card around the office. Photo: The BBC

We close as we always do with our closing video.

At a number of U.S. companies, one of the perks is being able to bring dogs to the office. CBS News’ Nikki Battiste reports on the trend.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

We kindly ask that you please share with other dog lovers you know.

See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!

Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend for the ages!

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!

Image result for the greatness of rodgers and hammersteinRichard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein

These two gentlemen have been called the greatest musical partnership of the 20th century. Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote 11 musicals from 1943-1959 and are responsible for a sizable portion of America’s best musical contributions.

Want to hear something astounding?

At any given time a piece of musical theatre by Rodgers and Hammerstein is probably being performed. Their work is responsible for 34 Tony Awards, 15 Academy Awards, 2 Grammy Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize.

Rodgers was the first person to win what became known as the EGOT: he won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony. He was the principle composer for more than 900 songs and 43 musicals. Hammerstein won two Oscars, eight Tony awards, a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, and two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama.

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Starting tonight, this weekend singer Ashley Brown joins the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jeff Tyzik for an evening celebrating Rodgers & Hammerstein.

Can’t make it?

We’ve done the tough exercise of narrowing down the huge body of work of Rodgers and Hammerstein into a very nice sampler of music that will never die.

Let’s get started.

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In April Todd Purdum’s new book went on sale about the duo that revolutionized the American musical and ushered the form into its golden age. Their first collaboration in 1943 was “Oklahoma!”

Purdum told NPR Terry Gross, host of “Fresh Air” that “Oklahoma!” was a breakthrough.

“The story’s very simple. It’s about which of two guys is going to take a girl to a party. But it involved real characters and real people with real emotions and not some cartoonish figures that were strung together just as an excuse for having some wonderful songs.

“And then it did another thing which was that it used dance  as a way of propelling the story forward, of exploring and explaining the characters innermost thoughts and feelings and fears. And it wrapped this all up in one package that just felt completely unlike anything that had ever appeared on Broadway before. It was received in 1943 the way ‘Hamilton’ is received today, as something really radically new in the theater.”

When possible we like to get rolling with a rousing opener. The title song is a celebration of impending statehood for the Sooners.

OOOOk-lahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain,
And the wavin’ wheat can sure smell sweet,
When the wind comes right behind the rain.
OOOOk-lahoma, Ev’ry night my honey lamb and I,
Sit alone and talk and watch a hawk makin’ lazy circles in the sky.

We know we belong to the land (yo-ho)
And the land we belong to is grand!
And when we say
Yeeow! Aye-yip-aye-yo-ee-ay!
We’re only sayin’
You’re doin’ fine, Oklahoma!
Oklahoma O.K.!

Here they come down the street. The University of Oklahoma Marching Band.

Again, from Tom Purdum:

“The genius of ‘Oklahoma’!’ was that Decca Records decided to record the original cast, the original orchestrations. They put it out. And it was such a success that from that point on it became the normal pattern for a successful Broadway show, on the Sunday afternoon after the opening, to record an album. And in those days, we have to remember that these songs were on the top-hit parade of American popular music. They were the songs that people heard all over the radio and in dance bands and orchestras all around the country. This was the Top 40 of its day.”

The musical “Cinderella” was written for television with broadcasts in 1957 (live), 1965, and 1997.

In 2013 “Cinderella” hit Broadway, was nominated for nine Tony Awards, winning one for Best Costumes.

This clip is from the 2013 Tony Awards. Keep an eye out for those great costumes and quite the wardrobe change at 2:30 into the video.

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Another Rodgers and Hammerstein gem is “Carousel.” Terry Gross noted on her program that famous composer and lyricist Steven Sondheim called “If I Loved You” probably the singular, most important moment in the evolution of contemporary musicals. Her guest, Tom Purdum explained why by discussing the “Carousel” scene with Billy and Judy.

“And they’re both instantaneously attracted to each other, but they’re too awkward. They don’t have the words to admit it or to express it. So they sing this love song in a conditional voice. If I loved you, this is how I would behave. And if I loved you, this is what I would feel and how I would think and what I would do.

“And what the effect of it is that in these 15 or so minutes of the scene, they’re falling in love in front of our eyes. And by the end of the song, by the end of the scene, we feel it.
So I think when Sondheim says it’s the single most important scene in the development of musicals, it’s really a little play all by itself in which Rodgers and Hammerstein show the audience how these people are falling in love.”

A powerful, beautiful song.

So wondrous that no one would dare deviate from its intended emotion. So sacred that no one would exploit it for comedic purposes. So serious that no one would dramatically alter it for TV ratings.

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OK, you didn’t see that coming out of left field. Honestly,  I thought that scene was hilarious.

But let’s return to serious.

Toronto-based chanteuse Sophie Milman has been recording since 2005 when she quickly became Canada’s hottest young jazz singer.

When she was growing up, living in Israel (Milman had moved there from Russia where she was born), she developed an affection for Western singers.

“The first North American record I ever heard was Mahalia (Jackson),” she said. “At first, it freaked me out completely and I started crying. I said, ‘Dad, why are you playing this? It is so loud and so moving that I can’t handle it.’ Of course, my parents don’t do anything halfway; it’s always cranked up, full volume. We were probably the only Jewish family in Israel blaring gospel music out of our little apartment.”

Christopher Loudon wrote in Jazz Times:

“What would happen if you simultaneously poured drawn butter and warm honey over a block of dry ice? Since I barely passed high-school physics, I have no idea, but suspect the chemical reaction might be equitable to the sensuous sound of Sophie Milman.”

National Public Radio’s Scott Simon  said “Sophie Milman has a classic jazz voice that evokes smoky lounges, softly clinking glasses and the cool of the night.”

This was originally featured in the 1945 film “State Fair.”

Next, a song that has become symbolic with Christmas, even though it has absolutely nothing to do with Christmas.

It’s s how tune from the 1959 musical “The Sound of Music” that also was in the popular 1965 film.

Here’s country star Lorrie Morgan from 1993. Video quality isn’t the greatest, but it’s still nice.

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A final excerpt from Tom Purdum’s interview with NPR’s Terry Gross about the female star of both Broadway musicals, “South Pacific” and “The Sound Of Music.”  Oscar Hammerstein had first auditioned Mary Martin in the 1930’s. It could have been a lot better for Martin at the time. Tom Purdum tells the story.

“Well, she’d come out to Hollywood from Weatherford, Texas, where she’d had a dance school. And she was a contract player at Paramount Pictures and making some musicals with Bing Crosby and other people. But she sang for Oscar Hammerstein a song called ‘Indian Love Call’ from his play ‘Rose-Marie.’ She said, you probably don’t know this song, and then proceeded to sing it. Afterwards he said, I actually not only know it; I wrote it.”

Thigs eventually turned out very well for Martin.  Purdum said “she became the quintessential Rodgers and Hammerstein leading lady.”

That’s it for this week.


Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

We close with another “The Sound of Music” selection performed by a large and very talented family.

Richard Rodgers died in 1979. He was 77.

Oscar Hammerstein died in 1960. He was 65.


Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: A Very Special Love Song

Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole.

Frank and Nancy Sinatra.

Pat and Debby Boone.

Famous father-daughter singing duos.

Here’s another you may not remember.

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Neil and Dara Sedaka.

Just a few of Sedaka’s hits: Oh! Carol, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do and Calendar Girl.

Then in 1963, when songsmith Neil Sedaka was about to become a father for the first time, he jokingly issued an edict to his wife. “He didn’t care whether it was a boy or a girl,” Leba Sedaka recalls, “as long as his firstborn had perfect pitch.” It was a girl, named Dara, and she made her debut fully equipped with “extraordinary musical abilities,” according to her father. “She had had nine months of training,” said Neil. “I used to sing to her mother’s belly.”

Now it’s 1980.

Daughter Dara is 16.

And she and Dad have a record in the top 40.

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On this day 38 years ago the above recording was working its way up the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It peaked at #19 on July 19, 1980.


Here, Dara is even younger. She’s a whole 12.