Today’s highly interesting read (09/20/17): Charlie Sykes’ inside account of the right-wing crackup

Dinner parties aim to bridge post-election divide

Back on November 30, 2016, I blogged “Incivility goes well beyond politics,” that read, in part:

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the third presidential debate with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at UNLV in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the third presidential debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016.

Much has been said and written about the nastiness that marked the entire presidential campaign.

Websites all across America the past week or two counseled readers on how to avoid  major meltdowns at the family Thanksgiving dinner. Whether or not the advice worked is hard to tell. We do know the holiday wasn’t harmonious in many places. A few examples from the New York Times:

Matthew Horn, a software engineer from Boulder, Colo., canceled Christmas plans with his family in Texas. Nancy Sundin, a social worker in Spokane, Wash., has called off Thanksgiving with her mother and brother. Ruth Dorancy, a software designer in Chicago, decided to move her wedding so that her fiancé’s grandmother and aunt, strong Trump supporters from Florida, could not attend.

Ugly. And extremely unfortunate.

—This Just in…11/30/17

Last month CBS reported:

Time to play…FINAL JEOPARDY!

Haven’t done this in a long time.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, yes it’s that time…..time once again for another This Just In edition of:


This one’s kinda tough, but fun.

Are you ready?

Well then, let’s play!

Today’s Final Jeopardy category is:


Now, you know how this works.

In a moment, I’ll give you the Final Jeopardy clue.

You will have 30 seconds (if you play fair, that will be when the music runs out) to come up with an answer and remember, players……… your answer must be in the form of a question.


Here’s your clue.

If you started today, the amount of money you’ll have to save each week to purchase a Super Bowl ticket.

Good luck.

Alright players, time’s up.

Again, today’s Final Jeopardy category is:


The Final Jeopardy answer was:

If you started today, the amount of money you’ll have to save each week to purchase a Super Bowl ticket.

Let’s see how close you got.

The correct question is:

What is $200? (that’s the cheapest amount to buy one ticket)

Today’s highly interesting read (09/19/17): When you can’t do anything about a total disregard for human life

In 2007 when I often filled in for Mark Belling at Newstalk 1130 WISN, I dedicated a couple of segments that summer to discuss a disturbing trend, and in particular one  horrendous, outrageous example of a complete disregard for human life.

The story was from Wichita, Kansas. A woman was stabbed inside a convenience store. While on the floor, bleeding and dying, she was ignored, except for the persons stepping over her, or taking photos of her that were later posted on the Internet.

One of my rules about being a talk show host: Talk about what I’m passionate about. This item was right up there.

My recollection was we spent little, if any time, talking about what should be done criminally to those who did nothing, nothing to help the dying woman.

That was 10 years ago. Ten years later, it seems if a similar incident occurs, it’s difficult going after the ‘Bad Samaritans.’

Getting those shots: How did Franklin do?

Wisconsin health officials have published school immunization data online using an interactive map for the first time. The new map shows both public and private schools — giving anyone the ability to look up the rates at which students in specific schools and districts are being immunized.

According to WI law,  students are required to get certain shots to attend school.  The vaccinations for this year include: measles, mumps, rubella, polio, hepatitis B, varicella, diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis.

Franklin Public School District
Percent of public school students who met the minimum immunization requirements: 96%


UPDATE: Photos of the Week (09/17/17)

Previously on This Just In…

23) Frank Giaccio, 11, mows the grass in the Rose Garden at the White House on Sept. 15, in Washington. Giaccio, from Falls Church, Virginia, wrote a letter to Trump expressing admiration for Trump’s business background and offered to mow the White House grass.  Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images

24) Frank Giaccio, 11, is encouraged by President Donald Trump on Friday, while he mowed the lawn in the Rose Garden. Photo: Jacquelyn Martin / AP

25) Giaccio wrote a letter to Trump requesting to mow the lawn of the White House. Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images

26) Giaccio shakes hands with President Trump. Giaccio was so focused on mowing that he didn’t notice when the president came up behind him. Photo: Carlos Barria / Reuters

The update.

Trump at UN: President wants to create working relationships with countries around the world, but also protect US sovereignty

ICYMI, President Trump gave a great speech before the United Nations General Assembly this morning. Most of it will be ignored by the mainstream media that will generate most of its attention on these remarks, referring to the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un.

“Rocket man is on a suicide mission. 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.”

The president made other noteworthy statements that should not be lost or forgotten:

“We meet at a time of both immense promise and great peril. As Americans, we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone but instead let it shine as an example…The American story is the story of what is possible when people take ownership of their future.”

“It’s an embarrassment to the UN that governments that violate human rights sit on the UN Human Rights Council.”

“We must drive them (rogue regimes) out of our nations. It is time to expose and hold responsible those countries who support and finance terror groups like al Qaeda, Hezbollah, the Taliban and others that slaughter innocent people. The United States and our allies are working together throughout the Middle East to crush the loser terrorists and stop the re-emergence of safe havens they use to launch attacks on all of our people.”

“We will fight together, sacrifice together and stand together for peace.”

Here’s the entire speech, beginning about 7:15 in. It lasts under 45 minutes,

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