The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (05/28/16)

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: A 50% chance of scattered thunderstorms. High of 80.  “B”

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 79“A”

MONDAY: Afternoon thunderstorms. High of 84.  “B”

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

I can’t begin to count how many blogs I’ve written about my strong support of the military, and the incredible sacrifices they make.  It should then come as no surprise that I am a strong, proud supporter of our military canines as well.  These amazing dogs put their lives on the line every day to help & protect the fearless soldiers that put their lives in peril for us.

So many times in Kevin’s portion of The Barking Lot, “Dogs In The News” highlights tales about the incredible bond between a soldier and his/her dog.  Story after story, you read astounding details of dogs who save service men & women.  In turn they do everything they possibly can to bring their dog back to the States when their tour of duty is over.

I am repeatedly astonished at the depth of the relationship between the soldiers and their dogs.  The level of trust between dog & handler is truly nothing less than any two human partners in war.  On top of the loyalty & bravery these dogs display, they possess incredible skills & abilities that humans can’t come close to matching.  If it weren’t for the dogs’ keen sense of smell, for example, IED’s couldn’t be detected as accurately as they are.

There are numerous non-profit organizations that help the soldiers and dogs who currently serve or have served our country.  There are groups that breed & train active military dogs, groups that train service dogs for veterans with war-related disabilities, groups that reunite veterans & dogs that served them overseas.  It’s impossible to name them all; personal endorsement of one group over another seems unfair.  Of course you need to be careful any time you contribute money to what seems like a worthy cause so please be an informed donor… but please consider a worthy charity that helps them.

If you’re interested in “one stop shopping” to read stories, find information, or view photos & videos, check out The United States War Dog Association.  There are many resources on their website; you’re sure to find what interests you.

This Memorial Day, as always, I urge you to pause and reflect on why you are able to celebrate your day off with a burger or brat and a cold beverage, surrounded by family and friends whom you love.  It’s because of the daily sacrifices made by our military men and women – and their dogs.
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

Bizarre. Woman arrested for killing dog to fake a miscarriage.

Last May Jennifer blogged about someone who broke into a vehicle to save a dog, and was arrested. Fast forward to today: Under a bill in California, passers-by would be able to break out endangered pooches.

It’s a miracle.

What can give your dog a fighting chance? This.

Injured dog walks into…guess what?

Dog owners leave dogs home alone 2080 hours a year, so what do they do about it?

This is why the Trenton Thunder have bat dogs.

Now you can buy your dog…a craft beer.

Where to splurge and save on your pets.

Bizarre: Men who like to dress up as and be treated like canines.



This good dog with a GoPro is a better photographer than you.

And we close as we always do with our closing video. We’ve got two this week.

Would you clone your dog?

Drop what you’re doing and watch.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

See ya, BARK, next week!

Goodnight everyone, and have a reflective weekend

“The war (WWII) was an emotional period and the songs tapped a reservoir of emotions: hope, longing, loneliness, and love.
Elihu Rose, retired Adjunct Associate Professor of Military History at New York University

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.

Many view this weekend as the unofficial start to summer. It’s much more significant than that.

The World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. honors those who fought in the Atlantic and Pacific fronts of the war.

world war II memorial, washington d.c., atlantic and pacific fronts, memorial day

Tonight, just a few samples of some of the great music from the World War II era.

From the Great American Songbook website:

“‘A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square’ was formally introduced by Judy Campbell in Eric Maschwitz’s New Faces Revue in London in April, 1940… the song quickly became a wartime favorite in Britain and, after Pearl Harbor, in The States owing to its powerful evocation of feelings of separation and longing for a happier time. More precisely the song conjures a romantic nostalgia recalling a London setting in which ‘true lovers [could] meet in Mayfair’ and ‘hear the songbirds sing’ as an alternative to the sounds of the Battle of Dunkirk and then The Blitz, both of which followed Campbell’s introduction in short order.”

In the 90’s rockabilly guitarist Brian Setzer began fronting a big band. His version of “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” is a bit more up tempo than most others.

A recurring theme in many songs from wartime is the sad separation between lovers who yearn for the day they’re reunited. There were also songs of hope and optimism.
The legendary Johnny Mercer wrote the lyrics to this next tune from 1944. Dr. John sang it in the 1992 movie, “The Mighty Ducks.”

Our first selections this week have all featured a quick pace, so it’s time to slow things down. Once again we go back to 1944 and a movie tune.

As the movie poster says, Jerome Kern wrote the music and Ira Gershwin provided the lyrics.

Long ago and far away
I dreamed a dream one day
And now that dream is here beside me

Long the skies were overcast
But now the clouds have passed
You’re here at last

Chills run up and down my spine
Aladdin’s lamp is mine
The dream I dreamed was not denied me

Just one look and then I knew
That all I longed for long ago was you

Chills run up and down my spine
Aladdin’s lamp is mine
The dream I dreamed was not denied me

Just one look and then I knew
That all I longed for long ago was you

That’s it for this week.

Good night.

Sleep well.

Have a great weekend!

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: Guess who?

Way back in 1971 an eventual superstar recorded her very first album and her very first hit single. They were gigantic hits for a lovely young lady from Australia.

Here she is on an Australian TV show.

Let’s have some fun!

Trivia time!

Who wrote “If Not For You?”

Let’s give you some time, and don’t cheat by looking ahead.

While you ponder, the same songwriter penned this number later covered by Blood, Sweat and Tears. It was circa mid-1970’s during a short time when the jazz-rock group was without its famous lead singer David Clayton-Thomas.

Blues singer Jerry Fisher took over, albeit briefly, and sang a song by the same person who wrote “If Not For You.”

Not exactly a forgotten oldie, but it was a good album track. Several of the band players seen here performed in the “Blues Brothers” movie.


OK. Have you figured it out.

Who wrote the following?

“If Not For You.”

“Down in the Flood.”


The answer is…

Photo: Val Wilmer / Redferns

Bob Dylan, who turned 75 this past Tuesday.

My big problem with Memorial Day weekend

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The upcoming weekend.

Three days off, not just two.

Great weather expected.

The first official weekend of summer and all that goes with wonderful summer days.

But there’s a problem. In my view, a big problem.

It’s rather sad, actually. We’ll get to that shortly.

In the early to mid 1990’s I was News Director at WTMJ Radio. I covered the news. I wrote about the news. I anchored the news. I managed the award-winning news department of the largest radio station in the state.

Then the station made a move that literally changed my career and my life. And no, that’s not an exaggeration.

WTMJ hired Charlie Sykes who had been working at WISN. One of the reasons Charlie came to WTMJ was that he would, in addition to hosting his daily radio talk show, also host a weekly Sunday TV roundtable pundit program.

Charlie, whom I knew very well from covering the same stories when he was at the Milwaukee Journal, asked that I be a regular panelist on his TV show, Sunday Insight.

Suddenly, it was as if the tape was ripped off my mouth. You mean I can express my real opinion while the cameras are rolling?

You betcha. The First Amendment is a truly marvelous thing.

And so I started talking.

On TV.


After week.

The audience watching was, well, kinda big.

I had worked at public radio from 1978 -1989, and then at WTMJ. Always perfectly objective. But because so many of the years on my resume were spent at WUWM it was assumed I wore beads and sandals. And then I’m suddenly talking a la Barry Goldwater.

People were surprised, even shocked. And saddened and downright betrayed.

I didn’t realize until I was on a routine assignment, covered a regular meeting of the Milwaukee County Board.  In the hallway behind the board room I was approached by then-Milwaukee County Supervisor Dorothy Dean, a prior huge fan.  Dean saw me and immediately went off.

How could I, she asked, totally out of her normal serene character. I had become a clown, a showman, she scolded.

I responded how could she really know me since I was so objective for years.  That whole free speech thing? Didn’t register.

For a few moments I felt terrible.  This was Dorothy Dean, a friend, a colleague, someone I could call anytime for a much-needed sound bite. Never, ever, ever an issue between us. And here she was, verbally undressing me behind the scenes at a public meeting.

I rebounded quickly, because I understood that not only was I my own person but that I had resurrected to the next level in my career.

Not only would I fill in for Charlie when he was on vacation or one of his many book tours the station’s program director asked that I produce a daily radio editorial. It would be called Kevin Fischer’s Radio Column.

Remember, this is the early 1990’s. The Journal Sentinel’s radio/TV columnist took me to task. How can a news reporter/anchor, not to mention the station’s news director be spewing his opinions on the air?  I was accused of, OMG, “blurring the lines.”  Pretty tame stuff compared to today’s media climate.

One of my radio columns back then was produced on a whim. Days preceding Memorial Day were exceptionally fantastic weather-wise. I hated man-on-the-street interviews. You have to interview 10 walking zombies to get a decent quote. But I took my tape recorder and microphone and headed to, where else, a crowded Bradford Beach. The question I posed to beach-goers was really simple.

“What are your plans this Memorial Day weekend?”

That simple.

I interviewed enough people to help fill out my 3-minute radio column. Answers?




More time at the beach.


Sleeping in.

A movie.

Yard work.



My radio column ran these sound bites, one after another, until the final seconds, the conclusion.

I narrated that no one, no one mentioned putting out an American Flag, visiting a cemetery, decorating a cemetery grounds, attending a Memorial Day ceremony, even stopping the day for a moment of silence.

That was over 20 years ago. I’ve never forgotten. And it bothers me ever since. I appreciate before the explosion of talk radio that WTMJ allowed me to express my right-wing opinions every day.

Hiroshima and, Conservatives Must Lead!!

By Guest Bloggers
Bob and Jean Dohnal, Publishers
Wisconsin Conservative Digest


My uncle, Marvin Ario and my father in law were sitting in Phillipines waiting for the November, 1945 invasion of Japan. The US estimated 2million casualties, actually my Uncle, after spending months in the occupation troops, said, “We never would have taken the island”.  All he did for months, was to go around and blow up their defenses.  Sad to say some Americans got blown up in the process.

When the Emperor said to drop their arms, they did against the plans of the War cabinet.  They tried to kill the Emperor. My Uncle said they swiped a jeep and rode to Hiroshima and rode around.  What did it look like?  “Just like all their other cities that the Air Force had burned down.”

Gen. LeMay had discovered that the Japs, that is what they called them, had sighted their guns at 6,000 and 25,000, so they flew in at 12,000 and dropped incendiaries and burnt up the place.  Temps just melted people. They were gone, hundreds of thousands just like Dresden.

There have been several books written about this. One I read years ago, by the author of the “Longest Day”, showed us winning, but recent articles etc. have found the real stories about what the Japs had done to defend.

They had pulled back all of their crack troops from Manchukuo, China, Burma etc.  They had 16 million crack troops on hand.  32 million National Guard.

We had estimated that they had about 475 planes left, but they had close to 5,000.

They had developed the V1 Buzz bomb into a manned Kamikaze bomb to hit our ships.  They had thousands of them and lots of volunteer pilots.  They would have wiped out our fleet.

We had planned to invade with 2 million men.  We would have been slaughtered, worse than Iwo and Okinawa.

Japan is not just one big country but lots of Islands.  Massacred.

IF not for the bomb, read the books! We would have had this mess there for decades, eventually to negotiate peace.


Did Hiroshima Save Japan From Soviet Occupation? Sergey Radchenko

DeClassified plans for WWII Invasion of Japan.

Conservatives Must Lead!!

The coming election will bring in either a Socialist thief, liar, or a person who has no principles, ideas, and ethics that I can see.  Either way, we will need a strong Conservative movement, like we launched in 1964 that eventually brought in Tommy and Ronnie. We changed the state and the world.  We must do that again, but we must have the new generation take over from those of us, that have fought and led for 50 years.

Who will that be?

The Wisconsin Conservative Digest has thousands of contacts on Facebook and has reached 250, 000 plus for Justice Bradley and John Kasich.  We worked hard, to bring out votes for David Clarke, reaching over 100,000 plus to show people, how to cross over votes. We have had dozens of meetings, conferences, programs and along with American Majority, have trained over thousands of people to run for office, run campaigns, programs, work in public service etc.

We can reach as many as 150,000 people per week, with our emails and Facebook programs.

This is very valuable in convincing people on ideas, issues, programs.

We started a program at Carroll University that can be an outline for the Conservatives reaching out to college kids where a significant number are Conservative.

Conservatives must reach out to our Youth, the Hispanics, and improve the education programs that the women have the most interest.  Adding more money does not fix things.

Some in the GOP believe that the Bradley election confirmed their popularity in this state.  Not true.  The huge turnout of Republicans because of the huge TV interest, Trump and others brought out the vote.  What was done locally in state had nothing to do with that.

We cannot get arrogant, complacent, as some people in higher offices, in Mad City and DC.

That is why I like Paul Ryan, he wants to take on big problems, that the left has failed to solve.  We must back him.

Bob and Jean Dohnal, Publishers
Wisconsin Conservative Digest

So Kev, tell me once again…how does a referendum become a referendum?

I’m so glad you asked.  Because the question can’t be answered too often.

Just for fun, how about a quiz. Do you know the correct answer?  Let’s play multiple choice.

A) The school district exaggerates a need and attempts to sell a sob story to the electorate.

B) The school district claims that due to revenue restraints imposed by the state of WI that they have no choice but to seek help via referendum.

C) Any referendum question is always preceded in the sob story that it’s for the children.

D) Surveys are sent to residents to determine if there’s support for a referendum. SPOILER ALERT: The announcement after surveys are all in is always that there is support.

E) The school district hasn’t had a referendum in a while, so why not now?

F) The last referendum was a success.  Let’s try again!

G) The voters are suckers. We can’t lose.

H) Give options. Cheap to not so cheap. That will sound really fair.

I) It’s only this much more per year on your (already out of line exorbitant) taxes.

J) A-I, plus a few more possibilities.

The correct answer is:


An oldie but a goodie and worth repeating.

In typical Franklin fashion, Franklin residents deliver wrong reaction to bomb threat

UPDATE: Officials question  response

At 9:40 Wednesday morning a computer-generated threat was called into Franklin High School around 9:40 a.m.

Franklin’s outstanding police and fire departments conducted a thorough search of the building and determined the building to be safe for re-entry.

Students and staff were kept outside the building at the athletic complex during the sweep.

The situation was handled, in my view, perfectly.

But this is Franklin where crippling taxes, a total lack of economic development, and zero growth or progress yield long yawns, but a lost kitten sends shockwaves.

Social media had Franklin residents come out of the fetal position long enough to make it to their computers and go nutso.

“I don’t have kids, but they should be further from the school. They should be at least across the street until it is safe.”

“And what happens when someone calls one in as a decoy and you’ve just concentrated all the students to one area and your delusional person is really a gunman. I’m sorry but I would think sporadic groups the best option.”

“So these calls have been happening across the country. Who’s to say the nutcases doing this aren’t making these calls on purpose just to case the evacuation plan and the next time the call will come for a bomb in the school but in reality the real device is in the evacuation area. Where you have everyone sitting nice and close together, like sitting ducks.”

“Shouldn’t everyone be evacuated completely off site? How are we to know the stadium is safe?”

“Can I just point out-and not in this situation, just in general-it’s common knowledge where students will go in the event of these threats. They either go home, or students are concentrated to a field house/football stadium/auditorium usually onsite….is that logically speaking the best plan? Particularly when these locations become public knowledge..?”

For those that feel Franklin conducted this incorrectly, there will be school board and city council positions available this fall. I’m sure they would love you on the panel with such great ideas!!! Just saying!!!

“My son just came home and said ALL THE KIDS were concerned and confused why they were put all together were they could have all been blown up!”

why aren’t buses available? The district can’t buy or lease or retain 5 buses for emergency situations?”

“good question now that I watched the news about Germantown they were able to bus the children home”

Good Lord, the police and school officials are trained and prepared for this kind of security issue. No one got hurt. Everyone was safe.

Folks, the real outrage should be directed at the evil culprits who made the threat.

In one of my favorite movies of all-time, repeated constantly on cable TV, the mayor says to the police chief in “Jaws” that  whoever desecrated a billboard needs to be “hung up by their Buster Browns.”


Save your anger for the crooks, folks, not your local officials who should be commended.