Week-ends (01/25/20)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of  This Just In…

HEROES OF THE WEEK

These officers

John Meade

Michelle Ungerman Christensen

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Harvey Weinstein

George Stephanopoulos

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“To all the women here today, your devotion and your leadership uplifts our entire nation and we thank you for that. The tens of thousands of Americans gathered today not only stand for life – it’s really here that they stand for it so proudly together. And I want to thank everybody for that. You stand for life each and every day. You provide housing, education, jobs, and medical care to the women that you serve. You find loving families for children in need of a forever home. You host baby showers for expecting moms. You make – you just make it your life’s mission to help spread God’s grace.

“And to all the moms here today, we celebrate you and we declare that mothers are heroes. [applause] Your strength, devotion, and drive is what powers our nation. Because of you, our country has been blessed with amazing souls who have changed the course of human history.

“We cannot know what our citizens yet unborn will achieve. The dreams they will imagine. The masterpieces they will create. The discoveries they will make. But we know this: every life brings love into this world. Every child brings joy to a family. Every person is worth protecting.”
President Trump at The March For Life

“Vote against the president, and your head will be on a pike.”
According to CBS News, an unnamed source close to the president warned GOP Senators on impeachment

“The Articles of Impeachment now before the Senate are an affront to the Constitution and to our democratic institutions. The Articles themselves—and the rigged process that brought them here—are a brazenly political act by House Democrats that must be rejected. They debase the grave power of impeachment and disdain the solemn responsibility that power entails. Anyone having the most basic respect for the sovereign will of the American people would shudder at the enormity of casting a vote to impeach a duly elected President.

“It is a constitutional travesty. House Democrats were determined from the outset to find some way — any way — to corrupt the extraordinary power of impeachment for use as a political tool to overturn the result of the 2016 election and to interfere in the 2020 election. All of that is a dangerous perversion of the Constitution that the Senate should swiftly and roundly condemn.”
In a 110-page brief, President Donald Trump’s legal team asserted Monday that he did “absolutely nothing wrong,” urging the Senate to swiftly reject an impeachment case that it called “flimsy.” The lawyers decried the impeachment process as rigged and insisted that abuse of power was not a crime.

“The Democratic Party may be shocked to hear this, but we live in a country where citizens say who gets an elected position, not a political party. The 2016 election proved that democratic principles are alive and well when then-candidate Trump beat Hillary Clinton. The left has never been able to accept the defeat. The Democrat-led House of Representatives voted along party lines to impeach President Trump, but over what? Hurt feelings? The Democratic Party is trying to stifle the First Amendment rights of American citizens.

“Trump’s reelection opportunity is in approximately nine and a half months. Yet, Democrats voted to impeach the president. A sure sign that they think he will win a second term.

“Please make no mistake about it: Democrats hate our system of voting. They want to ultimately get rid of it and be the ones who choose the president through the popular vote since large liberal cities are primarily Democratic voters.”
John Dempsey, a columnist for therightfield.com

“I think it is appropriate at this point for me to admonish both the House managers and the president’s counsel, in equal terms, to remember that they are addressing the world’s greatest deliberative body…avoid speaking in a manner and using language that is not conducive to civil discourse.”
At the impeachment trial Chief Justice John Roberts admonished House prosecutors and Trump’s defense team for using language that was “not conducive to civil discourse.” Roberts’ comments came around 1 a.m. Wednesday after an impeachment manager, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, charged that the White House lawyers were lying.

“Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done.”
Hillary Clinton referring to Bernie Sanders

“My focus today is on a monumental moment in American history: the impeachment trial of Donald Trump.”
Sanders’ response to Hillary

“What makes the broader ‘Believe All Women’ movement even harder to take seriously is their strange penchant for choosing women who are proven liars to stand as proof that women cannot possibly lie. The ultimate example of such an oxymoronic beacon of truth is Elizabeth Warren, who has been trying to stir the wave of ‘Believe All Women’ into a tsunami, with Bernie Sanders’ campaign in her sights.

“Let’s try and return to a world where honesty is judged based on evidence and history of character, rather than whether or not the accuser has a vagina and the accused has a penis.”
Ian G. Haworth is a political commentator who writes for The Daily Wire, The Federalist, and the Times of Israel

“The man seated on that side of the courtroom, despite what your eyes are looking at, is not a harmless old man.”
Harvey Weinstein, 67, was portrayed as a “sexual predator and a rapist” by Assistant District Attorney Meghan Hast during opening statements at his rape and sexual assault trial in Manhattan. Hast told the jury Weinstein is a sex fiend who exploited his power as a movie mogul to prey on aspiring actresses.

“In the coming days, I will be signing an executive order to create a nonpartisan redistricting commission who will draw The People’s Maps. Our nonpartisan redistricting commission will consist of the people of our state—not elected officials, not lobbyists, not high-paid consultants. The People’s Maps Commission will visit every congressional district, hear directly from folks across our state, and draw fair, impartial maps for the Legislature to take up next year. I believe, and Wisconsinites do, too, that people should get to choose their elected officials, not the other way around. So, when The People’s Maps are presented to the Legislature next year, I hope they will receive unanimous, bipartisan support.”
WI Gov. Evers in his State of the State address

“I think the governor just proposed something that’s completely unconstitutional. It’s still the responsibility of the Legislature to draw the maps every 10 years based on the census … the Legislature has to draw the maps whether he likes it or not.”
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau after Evers’ speech

“He will go through some kind of Rube Goldberg process. He doesn’t get to draw them. That’s not in the (state) constitution. He can form whatever kind of fake, phony, partisan process he wants to create, but I have no doubt in the end we will do it the way we always have, which is to follow the constitution.”
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos of Rochester also rejected Evers’ call for nonpartisan redistricting

“Governor Evers proved again tonight that he has no shortage of ideas on how to spend your tax dollars but zero ideas on how to strengthen Wisconsin’s workforce, grow private-sector wages, or lessen the tax burden on Wisconsin families.

“Program after program, commission after commission, panel after panel…It is clear that Governor Evers thinks more government is the solution to all of our problems. I believe that individuals, not government, should control their destiny.

“This is the very time when we should be inviting our over-taxed neighbors to the south to join our strong, thriving economy. Instead,we have a governor who is searching for every opportunity possible to expand government and cater to Madison special interests.”
State Senator Dave Craig responding to Evers’ speech

“Gov. Evers made it clear during the past year that he is largely disinterested in running the state and would rather hand off responsibilities to the liberal activists who staff his office. As a result, he didn’t accomplish much of anything for Wisconsin. Instead, the Evers administration went out of its way to circumvent open records laws, actively suppress votes in the 7th Congressional District, and veto legislation that would have protected the unborn. Gov. Evers was relegated to the sidelines where he spent his time calling Republican legislators names.

“When Gov. Tony Evers proposed more than $1 billion dollars in tax increases, legislative Republicans held the line on Evers’ radical agenda and passed a conservative budget. The Republican budget cut taxes for hardworking Wisconsin families, made record investments in education and made improvements in infrastructure without raising the gas tax. It passed without a single Democrat vote in the legislature.”
The Republican Party of Wisconsin

“We knew they were going to try to run the football, and they absolutely got after us in the run game. But one thing I can say about our team, these guys are a bunch of fighters, and you don’t always get that when you’re down 27-0. These guys kept battling, and I can’t tell you how much that means to myself, our staff … these guys care about one another. That’s why it hurts so bad, because we’ve accomplished a lot of great things this season and ultimately, at the end of the year only one team is going to be happy.”
Packer coach Matt LaFleur after Green Bay lost to San Francisco in the NFC Championship 37-20

“The window is open for us, and I think we’re going to be on the right side of one of these soon. I wouldn’t say this was our most talented team, but neither was 2010 (when the Packers won the Super Bowl). We just found a way. And we found a way a lot this year.”
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers expressed confidence that the Packers would be strong again next season

“(Aaron Rodgers) can still sling the ball. He can still create when plays break down. He can still throw darts while on the move. But Green Bay’s loss showed that Rodgers, the quarterback of the Packers, is at a stage in his career where he needs more help if he wants to win another Super Bowl. ‘It definitely hurts a little more than it does earlier in your career, just because you realize just how difficult it is to get to this spot,’ Rodgers said after the game. He’s not wrong. Rodgers is now 36 and will enter his 16th season next year. He’s no longer at the level where he can carry a team all on his own, like, say, Patrick Mahomes can. The Packers aren’t far off from a Super Bowl. But this showed that another offensive weapon or two and defensive improvement is a necessity to get there.”
Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

In a lawless stretch of Mexico, child soldiers as young as 6 are being drafted to fight crime

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Hypocritical ‘News’ Media Have Done a Complete Flip-Flop on Impeachment

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

VA’s Pro-Gun Rights Rally

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Grandpa forgot something. Did he ever!

Trump polling; The March For Life; weak impeachment; WI property taxpayers; and MLK

Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (01/24/20): Why We Shouldn’t Believe Polling About Trump

Today’s highly interesting read (01/23/20): The March for Life is the true women’s march

Today’s highly interesting read (01/22/20): WI property taxpayers could use some relief

Today’s highly interesting read (01/21/20): Pelosi Knows Impeachment Is Weak

Today’s highly interesting read (01/20/20): MLK

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (01/25/20)

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:   Cloudy with snow showers mainly this morning. Some rain may mix in. Temps nearly steady in the mid 30s. Chance of snow is 40%. “F”

SUNDAY:  Cloudy skies. High around 35. “D”

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

Recently on my Facebook page I asked folks the following:

Dog owners, we need your help for a future dog blog…Think about this.

Suppose that there was an outbreak of a form of canine influenza in which 12 percent of all of the dogs in the area are expected to contract the disease and die as a result. Now further suppose that there is a vaccine that would reduce the risk of the dog dying from 12 percent to only 2 percent. This vaccine would only be effective for a year. How much (from $5 to $3000) would the dog owner be willing to pay to get this treatment?

Please private message me (ASAP) your response and even a comment if you’d like. We won’t mention you. It will all be anonymous.

Why this particular question? A team of researchers headed by Deven Carlson of the University of Oklahoma attempted to determine the financial value of our pet dogs. We know that dog owners place a high value based on what they pay to feed and take care of their pets (Households in the USA spend about $70 billion annually on pets. Dogs, the most common pet, can be found in nearly half of American households.)

The question is can we pinpoint an actual value amount. Granted. You’re asking people “How much are you willing to pay for a life?” So it’s difficult.

The study is entitled:

Monetizing Bowser: A Contingent Valuation of the Statistical Value of Dog Life

The value of statistical dog life or VSDL as the researchers call it is rather important, and not just because we’re talking about a precious dog. Estimating a VSDL can be helpful in determining legal awards in wrongful death cases and in property divisions in divorce settlements where joint custody of dogs is not feasible.

In order to calculate the VSDL the researchers conducted a national sample of 4,682 dog owners (where the dogs were primarily pets as opposed to guides, breeders, or guards) who were asked willingness-to-pay for a vaccine that would reduce the risk of canine flu. Again, the question was how much (from $5 to $3000) would the dog owner be willing to pay to get this treatment?

Before we divulge what the study finding was let’s see some of the responses I got from readers.

“I would definitely be on top of the vaccine. It is so hard to put a dollar amount on what I would spend for the vaccine. My questions would be why is it so expensive if it were in fact $$$. I would only be able to spend within my means. And if I couldn’t afford it, my dogs would stay in the house! Pee pads would do the job!”

Another proud pet owner answered that it all depends. His dog is currently in the middle of cardiac “treatment” at $150/month.

If your pup (like his) is fairly social but with known friends in a controlled environment the amount comes off of the $3k. If she’s outside, dog parks, lots of unfamiliar dogs and people the number stays high. If she’s at home all the time and doesn’t much interact with other dogs…. low risk, low dollar.

“The routine stuff doesn’t present financial dilemmas. It’s bloat surgery, cancer, hit by car, heart problems, swallowed a car… stuff like that. Believe me, I know. One dog (of his)  died during spaying by reaction to anesthiesa; one had Immune Mediated Hemoylitic Anemia twice then had congestive heart failure. Now (his dog) has heart failure (controlled). Just like a kid, you do what you can.”

He’s right. It does depend. Those researchers had to consider various factors that influenced the answers they got, including the dog’s age and life expectancy, which all depends on size, breed, etc.

Another owner was willing to put an exact dollar figure to the question.

“I would do $1000. Anymore than that and I probably would need a part time job.”

So, are you ready? What did the researchers in Oklahoma finally come up with? What is the value of a dog’s life?

The value is in the range of $5000 to $9000. If you add in the emotional attachment a dog has to a family the value goes up another $1,000. That places the top limit on the monetary value of a dog at about $10,000.

Too high? Not high enough? Does it all depend?

“Although we have confidence in our estimate,  it is only a first estimate,” the researchers concluded. This study, the first of its kind, will no doubt lead to even more.
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Mama dog found on side of road pulling crate filled with her puppies.

NJ woman who claimed PetSmart groomers killed her dog is apologizing.

How a dog named Bentley helped a young dancer heal from the abuse of the former physician Larry Nassar.

Close to home, Camp Bow Wow, a doggy day camp and boarding business, is opening in Oak Creek.

This North Texas business owner is eating nothing but dog food for 30 days.

A cyclist carries a dog to safety on his back after finding the abandoned pooch dehydrated in the middle of a road.

In Wisconsin it’s…

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The American Water Spaniel. In West Virginia, there’s an effort to make ‘Shelter Dogs’ the State Dog. Meanwhile in New Jersey

Disney is ‘great training experience’ for this adorable service dog.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

A dog  once considered too “weird”-looking to find a home has now done just that, thanks to the Internet. The 4-year old husky was dropped off at the Husky House in Matawan, N.J., a few years ago. A breeder apparently “felt they just couldn’t sell her.”

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Before the dog was adopted The Husky House posted this on their Facebook page:

My name is Jubilee. I’m a 4 year old female husky who has been with Husky House for a long time. I came from a “breeder” who couldn’t sell me because he said I was “weird” looking. Huskies are majestic looking dogs and I don’t know why I don’t look like them.

I wish I was beautiful so someone would want me to be their dog.

I like other dogs, but I don’t like cats. I love people, but I’m a little shy because people mostly laugh at the way I look.

Doesn’t anyone want a funny looking husky? I wish I had a family of my own who could love me even though I’m not pretty.

Well you know what happened. Jubilee became a viral celebrity, and after a quick trip to the salon…

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She joined a loving family.

Also this week…

We close as we always do with our closing video and we have a few.

First from CBS 58, video showing dog trainer slamming crate door on deaf dog causing outrage.

Your dog or your home? Disabled Ohio veteran forced to make tough choice. Watch.

Next, to the rescue in nearby Glendale.

Dog becomes lost during WAG! walk, so owner brings in scent-tracking dogs to locate her. Watch the video in this article.

This is nice. Really nice. Police in Pasco, Washington, turned a rescue pup with an inoperable tumor into a dashing police K9. Take a look. Just click the play button.

Eddie was sworn in. Click here, then scroll down for the video of the brief ceremony as Eddie took his oath. Volume up!

In Fargo, ND, a brewing company is using its beer cans for a good cause…

And one more. Meet the bilingual counting dog from Michigan at ‘America’s Got Talent’ auditions.

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!

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Goodnight everyone, and have a prize of a 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.

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To think there was a time I’d watch the Grammy Awards on TV religiously. Never missed a trophy presentation. Not anymore.

FOGEY ALERT? More like a lack of quality alert.

I’m proud to concede that I know absolutely nothing about most if not all of the major nominees like:

Song of the Year

“Norman F—ing Rockwell,” Jack Antonoff & Lana Del Rey, songwriters (Lana Del Rey)

I did look over the list of nominees and found a few I thought were noteworthy and wanted to share. Please enjoy. Let’s get started!

Ain’t Too Proud opened on Broadway last March. The musical follows The Temptations’ journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies, they compiled 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one.

“AIN’T TOO PROUD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS” is nominated for Best Musical Theater Album. From the 2019 Tony Awards show…

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The show is scheduled in NY through November 29, 2020.

There aren’t too many female clarinetist-saxophonists from Tel Aviv that lead their own big bands. That’s Anat Cohen who fronts a tentet.

“Ms. Cohen on the clarinet was a revelation. Using the clarinet’s upper register, she could evoke infectious joy. In the lower register, her playing could conjure a deep, soulful melancholy. On up-tempo numbers, her improvisations weren’t just bebop fast; they had a clarity and deep intelligence that is really quite rare. She made it look effortless, even as she was playing the most technically difficult of all the reed instruments… she took my breath away.”
NY Times review

The group’s second album, “Double Helix” has been nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. We stay upbeat with this track.

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Cohen has been named Clarinetist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association every year since 2007 and has also been named the top clarinetist in both the readers and critics polls in DownBeat Magazine for many years.

First R@B, then jazz. We switch gears again with Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. They’ve been together  for 20 years, and it took them three years to come up with their latest album, “Mettavolution,”  conceived and composed in their studio in Ixtapa on the Mexican Pacific Coast.

Watch and listen to the frenetic title track as the two attack their guitars. The nomination is for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.

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No surprise here. One of Rodrigo and Gabriela’s biggest influences? Pink Floyd.

Change gears time? You bet.

Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing are the Okee Dokee Brothers. Are they country? Pop? Blues?

Their longtime passion for the outdoors inspired their Grammy-nominated album. According to their website, they “record and perform family music with a goal to inspire children and their parents to step outside and get creative. They believe this can motivate kids to gain a greater respect for the natural world, their communities and themselves…and have been called ‘two of family music’s best songwriters’.”

Here’s a track from “WINTERLAND” that’s nominated for Best Children’s Album.

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I like their style, their commitment to children, and this song, but the duo just had to go there.

“We’ve dedicated Winterland to our beloved and endangered winters, which are warming fast as a result of climate change,” said the Brothers.

It’s unfortunate more entertainers won’t follow Elvis’ classy lead.

It took more than 50 years but we finally got a sequel to the classic “Mary Poppins Returns.” The Practically Perfect in Every Way nanny arrives to save the day when bank teller Michael Banks finds out his house will be repossessed in five days unless he can pay back a loan. His only hope is to find a missing certificate that shows proof of valuable shares that his father left him years earlier.

“Mary Poppins Returns” is nominated for Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media. The award goes to a composer or composers for an original score created specifically for, or as a companion to, a current legitimate motion picture, television show or series, video games or other visual media.

It’s infectious. It’s catchy. It’s marvelous.

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Lady hyacinth Macaw brought all her treasures to a reef
Where she only wore a smile
Plus two feathers, and a leaf

So no one tried to rob her
‘Cause she barely wore a stitch
For when you’re in your birthday suit
There ain’t much there to show you’re rich!

Can’t argue with that!

That’s it for this week’s segment.

Goodnight.

Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

Speaking of Elvis, ” Elvis is Back!” was his first album released (April 1960) after he served in the Army.

 

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That’s an ad for the album Elvis started working on immediately after his discharge from the service on March 5, 1960. Twelve songs were recorded between March 20 and April 4. As the ad proclaims, the finished album was Elvis’ first recorded in stereo.

There’s a connection to popular singer Michael Buble. During the past two years Buble suffered. His then three-year-old son was diagnosed with liver cancer and underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Buble even hinted briefly that he would retire so he could spend more time with his family.

The singers tribulations led to “Love,” an album filled with themes of romance and fidelity that’s been nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

Among all the ballads on his album Buble also included his version of a song from “Elvis is Back!”

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Buble will perform at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee on Sunday, March 29, 2020.

To see the complete list of Grammy nominees, go here.

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: “Keep Growing Strong”

Last week’s oldie as you’ll recall featured the yummy Connie Stevens and her duet with Edd (Kookie) Brynes. She inspired this week’s oldie with her going solo.

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Like Byrnes, Stevens did television. Her big series was “Hawaiian Eye.”

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Stevens did some recordings, too, besides “Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb.” Her most successful single was “16 Reasons.”

In 1970 arranger and producer Thom Bell who was one of the creators of the lush Philly soul sound wrote a song for Stevens. The title may not be familiar but the tune should be.  Stevens did this one first.

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Hard to believe Stevens’ recording didn’t chart. At all.

Without despair Bell changed the title, basically kept the same lyrics and arrangement. The Stylistics released their single in 1972 and it zoomed to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Many years later they still sound smooth and sweet.

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The late Prince also recorded a version in 1996.

There are actually two (2) Stylistics groups on the tour circuit today: The Stylistics who headline the 70’s soul jam tour and another group called the New Stylistics, and yes, it can be confusing.

Back in July of 1986 Stevens was severely bitten when she intervened in a fight between her two pet husky dogs. Surgeons considered amputating her right leg because of infection. The singer underwent leg surgery at UCLA Medical Center after she was bitten in the backyard of her Holmby Hills home. She sprayed a garden hose to break up the fight between the two male 150-pound huskies, Caleb and Aja. After she separated the dogs, Caleb bit her right calf six times.

Stevens is now 81.

Today’s highly interesting read (01/24/20): Why We Shouldn’t Believe Polling About Trump

July 2016…

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Today’s read is from Loyd Pettegrew, Ph.D., a professor emeritus at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Here’s your tease.

We are inundated with the latest polling on President Trump’s approval rating and how people are likely to vote in the 2020 election. Both bode poorly for the president, but he doesn’t believe them and neither should we.

The reason why we shouldn’t believe most of the current or future polling results about President Trump can be summarized in two words: Social Desirability.

Social desirability is a concept first advanced by psychologist Allen L. Edwards in 1953. It advances the idea that…

You can and should read the entire column here.

The greatest pro-life president ever?

President Trump is about to attend the yearly anti-abortion March for Life rally in Washington, D.C., becoming the first sitting U.S. president to do so. Trump on Friday will speak at the rally that occurs annually to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, drawing demonstrators who call for the decision legalizing abortion nationwide to be overturned.  Trump will be the first sitting American president to ever attend the event, which was first held in 1974.The greatest pro-life president ever?

Franklin mayor scolds ‘rude’ Franklin alderman

My utter dissatisfaction with my Franklin alderman/woman/person/entity/representative, whatever, Kristen Wilhelm is well-documented.  She is useless to me and my family. Why? For the most part, Wilhelm is unresponsive. In the past on the occasions I e-mailed her to express how we wanted her to vote on an item I got a) no response and b) a vote just the opposite of what we requested.

Wilhelm would like the world to think she’s this sweet, kind, innocent, loving, caring, pure individual when in reality as a Common Council member she’s rather difficult, especially when she doesn’t get her way.

During this past Tuesday’s Franklin Common Council meeting, when discussion ensued about item #19,  a pet project of Wilhelm’s (design plans at Pleasant View park), without getting into the various details and minutiae, Wilhelm was getting everything she wanted. But Wilhelm suffers from diarrhea of the mouth. She argued and argued for more, to the point where Franklin Mayor Steve Olson said to Wilhelm, and it’s a beauty, that she “wouldn’t take ‘yes’ for answer.” No, Wilhelm just had to bloviate and alienate.

Here’s the best part. When Mayor Olson was attempting to discuss the item, the omnipotent Wilhelm (she’s never wrong) interrupted. Then she did it again. And again, and again.

That was enough.

I listened to the tape of the meeting. It was at this point Olson told the self-imposed Queen Bee of the Franklin Common Council that she repeatedly likes to accuse him of being rude to her, and that the accusation is repeated on Facebook by her minions. Brilliant because that’s exactly the truth. The minions kneel to the Queen Bee in complete adoration, right or wrong.

Olson informed Wilhelm she had interrupted him four times. To Olson’s credit, he maintained the floor, kept speaking, and put the arrogant Wilhelm in her place. Good for Olson. Wilhelm will never admit her inappropriate behavior because as a liberal she thinks it’s just fine, and wouldn’t understand anyway.

Here’s the deal Franklin. Wilhelm is a gregarious tax and spender. She will do whatever it takes, casting herself as Joan of Arc, to hide her true motivations and ideologies to pull one over on Franklin residents/voters. I’ve not fallen for it, and won’t support her, ever.

Oh, BTW, don’t expect to read this on the suburban community web site run by Journal Communications. They’re probably in love with the liberal Wilhelm, too.

BTW, this isn’t the first time Olson has taken it to Wilhelm.

From my blog of April 19, 2016:

When it appeared at the April 4, 2016, meeting of the Franklin Common Council that some aldermen wanted movement on the barn project,  Franklin mayor Steve Olson felt the need to interject.

It just might have been my favorite portion of that marathon meeting.

The mayor reiterated that there is no site plan for the barn project. Thus, the Council could not move forward. Cue the mayor.

“There is no site plan. Just as a point. There is no site plan for this, and we’ve had some substantial discussions about site plans and approvals for construction (projects).

“I’m just pointing out to the Council.  I’ve heard it on a number of occasions. No site plan, no vote for city projects. No site plan, no vote, no action.  I’ve heard it a hundred times, for city-related projects.

“You can have your pet projects, go ahead, but just know you’re not being consistent.”

Now it gets good. Really good.

“Understand my perspective here comes from Kayla’s Playground where you Alderwoman (Kristen) Wilhelm….several discussions about how there’s no site plan, how can I vote on something where there’s no site plan.

“We ran Kayla’s Krew through the mill, but here comes a pet project from somebody else and the rules  get thrown aside. And it (Kayla’s Playground) got held up by a lot of people throwing roadblocks in the way. All I’m telling you. You be consistent.  You screw one project, you screw ‘em all.”

BRAVO!

At times during the mayor’s discussion Alderwoman Wilhelm and Alderman Dan Mayer, two charter members of the anti-mayor, anti-growth in Franklin cabal interrupted and tried to divert the discussion away from what the mayor wanted to demonstrate.  They failed.

For new readers there’s a history that backs up what the mayor asserted about obstacles for Kayla’s Playground, forged by the ringleader Kristen Wilhelm (Barn? Yes! Playground for disabled kids? Where’s that monkey wrench?)

This Just In…, April 19, 2016