Recommended Reading (10/30/16)

Here are interesting articles from the past week that are worth a read (even if, on occasion, I do not agree with the author).

Democrats should ask Hillary Clinton to step aside

FBI director James Comey’s  announcement about the renewed Clinton email investigation is the bombshell in the presidential campaign. That he announced this so close to Election Day should tell every thinking person that what the FBI is looking at is extremely serious.

If ruling Democrats hold themselves to the high moral standards they impose on the people they govern, they would follow a simple process: They would demand that Mrs. Clinton step down, immediately…

The 5 Biggest Revelations About Hillary Clinton From WikiLeaks

Whether you’re a fan of Julian Assange or not it’s impossible to deny that the WikiLeaks hack has provided Americans with a secret keyhole view into the dingy and sordid backrooms where Hillary Clinton does her business. WikiLeaks has released an enormous amount of information and some of it definitively shows that Hillary Clinton isn’t fit to be President.

Evidence suggests Trump will face a rigged election

If this race is close, or there is clear voter fraud, Donald Trump should not cede his right to challenge the results. If Clinton wins in a landslide, as the media is predicting, then there is no argument and he should concede. Why would Trump give up that right before the votes have even been counted?

My former Republican Party

I grew up with parents who liked the old line that they didn’t leave the Democratic Party—the Democratic Party left them. My father’s political heroes were Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman. My mother had been a campaign volunteer for Sen. Eugene McCarthy in 1968. But the party of George McGovern was not for them. As the left turned on “Amerika,” they kept faith in America.

Now it’s my turn to watch the Republican Party drift away.

Hillary’s Teachers’ Union Sellout

A one-time charter school supporter, Clinton now does the bidding of the American Federation of Teachers.

This Is How Early Voting Became a Thing

Some people who couldn’t vote on Election Day were lying in order to get absentee ballots.

The Jerry Springer election

“I can’t take it anymore. This stupid presidential election has turned into a lousy Jerry Springer show.”

“Ah, yes, you speak of a series of salacious stories about Donald Trump, as well as Hillary and Bill Clinton. Story after story is being published daily. It’s certainly getting ugly out there.”


Week-ends (10/29/16)

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…


Gail Doxie, and horses

Merina Gray



Russ Feingold

American Airlines

St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City


“Ignore the emails and you fail to serve the American public and play into the hands of the manipulative, destructive narrative that the media is on Hillary’s side.”
 Kelly McBride, a media ethicist at the Poynter Institute, on whether journalists should write about the WikiLeaks revelations of hacked emails

“You are fascinated with sex, and you don’t care about public policy.”
Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, accusing Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly of bias for focusing on groping allegations against Donald Trump

“I am fascinated by the protection of women and understanding what we’re getting in the Oval Office, and I think the American voters would like to know.”
 Kelly’s response to Gingrich

According to its just-released study (the Center for Public Integrity), more than 96 percent of donations from media figures to either of the two major-party presidential candidates went to Hillary Clinton.

None of this means liberals — or conservatives — can’t be good reporters, but the idea that media bias is nonexistent is ludicrous.

Former CBS anchor Dan Rather, who swore liberal media bias was a “myth,” said that “anybody who knows me knows that I am not politically motivated, not politically active for Democrats or Republicans, and that I’m independent.” That was the same Dan Rather who destroyed his career on a partisan, fraudulent witch hunt to take down George W. Bush.

I understand bans on reporters giving to campaigns, but we should understand what those bans are: a means of hiding the political leanings of reporters from readers and viewers. This lack of transparency benefits news organizations, but it really doesn’t fool anybody — except maybe the reporters themselves.
Jonah Goldberg, editor-at-large of National Review Online,and the author of the book The Tyranny of Clichés

“To what specific period of American greatness are you wanting us to return? When black folk suffered segregation after slavery? When women had no right to vote or control their own bodies? When gay brothers and lesbian sisters felt ceaseless hate?

“When we stole land from the Native Americans? When we sent Japanese families to internment camps? When America lynched Mexicans? I just need Trump to give me some clarity on the time period he wishes to travel back to.”
In a recent op-ed for TIME magazine, Public Broadcasting Service late-night host Tavis Smiley expressed concern that blacks in America might one day return to slavery if Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wins the election on November 8

“Ms. Clinton told the FBI 40 times that should could not recall the matters about which she was asked. This would not be a big deal if the questions were about yoga or her daughter’s wedding, but they were about significant questions regarding her decision making and duties as Secretary of State.
Bruce Bialosky,  Founder of the Republican Jewish Coalition of California

“In the past three to five years, my health care quality has declined, costs have skyrocketed and, in my work/personal life, I’ve spent most of my time filling out paperwork instead of innovating and creating. As with many Americans, I end each day feeling overwhelmed and underperforming. This choking and meaningless busy work and declining quality of care is the direct result of liberal policies such as ‘Dodd-Frank’ and ‘Obamacare.’

“I am not saying Trump will solve these problems. My point is that this is a ‘choice election.’ He represents the future of this country. If he’s elected, the people will have effectively taken our country back from career politicians, corrupt bureaucrats and ‘big-money’ special interests. If he loses, then we have little hope of changing our trajectory of decline, because the people have lost the resolve and the cognition to recognize the challenges that we face.”
Bryan Crabtree is the live afternoon host on Atlanta’s Biz1190


In Milwaukee, no disincentive to carry a gun


The media downplays the devastating impact of the Obamacare premium increases.

Will be lessened by subsidies.

Not as bad (WI) as the national average.


Hillary has it made.

And why the hell are Milwaukee media over-doing their coverage on Cubs in the World Series? Would Chicago TV do the same if the Brewers were  in the Fall Classic?


Weed weddings

A toilet and Charlie Sykes

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (10/29/16)

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: Cloudy. High of 66.  “A”

SUNDAY:  Morning clouds. Afternoon sun. High of 51. “C”

Jennifer has the week off, preparing for an upcoming trip. A trip coming very soon.

So I repeat myself.

We don’t have a dog.

My wife adores dogs.

My child adores dogs.

But we don’t have a dog.

My wife wants a dog.

My daughter wants a dog.

I don’t want a dog. At least not now.

One woman jokingly on social media referred to me as Jennifer’s “dog-hating husband.” At least I think she was kidding.

I won’t go through this again but there are real serious reasons we are at this point sans canine. No one home all day. And yet wherever I go I repeatedly get asked, “When ya gonna get a dog?” Did I mention no one home all day.

Also, I’m a real softie when it comes to dogs. And selfish. I don’t want to endure the inevitable pain of a pet’s life being ended so abruptly, far too soon.

I’ve never used my age as rationale for refusing to get a dog. I could. Not for complete rejection, but for raising concerns to be considered.

Maine Belonio is described by the Huffington Post as a twenty-something mom and writer who has a penchant for coffee, long-distance running, Tolkien, Switchfoot, and Jesus.

Belonio on Friday offered 4 factors to take into account when adopting a dog after the age of 50 (My wife isn’t 50, not even close. But I’ve hit half a C note).

You can probably come up with the four Belanio writes about.

Again, the 50 threshold can be dealt with. I just choose not to at this time.

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

A 4-year-old girl tried to give her new dog a treat. Instead, it turned on her, and killed her.

Traditional Hunting Dogs Are Left to Die En Masse in Spain

The dirty secret behind banning certain dog breeds.

Does your dog have dementia?

Dogs have the ability to smell out almost anything.

The owner who took his loving dog for one last joy ride will give you all the feels.

Assistance dog gives girl with autism a voice.

Abandoned dog waited a month for owners to return — until this man stepped in.

Rylee…good dog.

Shelter dogs come in handy, and vice versa, for cross country team.

How gorgeous is Tea?




Heartbreaking Photo of Dog Left By Owners Prompts Man to Rescue the Pit Bull

How about this?

CAUTION: Many folks online have been upset by this photo.


Hoisington, Kansas veterinarian, Dr. Lindsay Mitchell, posted this photo of one of her patients this past Monday night and it is being used by permission of the dog’s owner in hopes of helping other pet owners. The dog pictured had 30-40 Asian lady beetles attached to the roof of its mouth, and appeared to be foaming at the mouth. The beetles can be safely removed at home with a finger or hard object like a tongue depressor or a spoon, Mitchell said.

We close as we always do with our closing video.


And one more.

Ben Mesches decided to dress up as his dog’s favorite toy, Gumby. The reaction is priceless.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by..

We’re going on hiatus. See ya, BARK, in a few weeks!

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Goodnight everyone, and have an All Hallows’ Eve weekend!

“That grinning, glowing, globular invader of your living room is an inhabitant of the pumpkin patch, and if your doorbell rings and nobody’s there, that was no Martian. . .it’s Halloween.”
The final line read by Orson Welles in the famous radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds”

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.

Halloween approaches. Let’s begin. On the lighter side, then we get spookier.

A participant, wearing make-up, poses for photos at a Halloween parade in Kawasaki, south of Tokyo, on Oct. 27, 2013. About 110,000 spectators turned up to watch the parade made out of 3,000 people dressed up in costumes, according to the organizer. Photo: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Who does the very best Halloween music? The answer just could be the Midnight Syndicate. From their website:

For almost two decades, composers Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka have been known as Midnight Syndicate, creating symphonic soundtracks to imaginary films that facilitate a transcendental and adventurous escape into the secret dimensions of the mind’s eye. To many of their fans, they are Gothic music pioneers brewing a signature blend of orchestral horror music and movie-style sound effects. To others, they remain the first “haunted house band” that forever changed the Halloween music genre and became a staple of the October holiday season.

Candles light up graves in the San Gregorio cemetery during Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico City, Mexico early Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. According to tradition, candles are lit to guide wandering souls back to their families. AP Photo/Marco Ugarte

It was 2:58 pm.

It was always 2:58 pm.

Didn’t matter if it was Monday.





It was always 2:58 pm.

School was to let out in exactly two minutes.


Inevitably, every kid in my class was standing dutifully in line for dismissal.

Would the teacher let us go one minute, 30 seconds, 10 seconds earlier?

No way.

Every now and then, one of two simpletons would act up in line.

That’s when Ms. Impatience would threaten and then impose a punishment. We’d have to stand in line for another five minutes or as long as it took until things settled down.

Wonderful. Punish the entire class because of two idiots.

Meanwhile at home, the TV was turned on to one of only a handful of options. In this case, it was the ABC network.

At precisely 3:00, the Gothic daily soap opera “Dark Shadows” would be broadcast, complete with its array of vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts and various supernatural beings. Since it was a daily show, the previous day’s program ended leaving viewers with a cliffhanger. It was imperative to not miss, or miss very little, of the start of the next day’s show.

The 3:00 bell would ring.

Studious Catholic school kids would walk orderly to the exit doors. Then the ones who made a mad dash down the street were definitely “Dark Shadows” fans, rushing to see what happened to Barnabas or Quentin or any other of the characters who lived in a gloomy mansion in a gloomy town where it always seemed to evening, raining, thundering, and foreboding.

It never failed.

I burst into the Fischer household. Mom, who was also a fan, had the set properly tuned.


I’m sorry.


I never seemed to catch the critical beginning. Instead, it was the opening theme music or commercials.

Like any good mom, and mine was the best, she’d often immediately relax me by informing the first few minutes simply re-ran the ending of yesterday’s program.


For me, “Dark Shadows” was a natural progression in TV viewing. Years before, after school viewing was predominantly the “Mickey Mouse Club.”

Late night viewing on Saturdays (Thanks, Mom for letting me stay up and watch with you) was Shock Theater on Channel 18. Nothing cheesy. Just the classic Universal Studio monster classics.

By the late 60’s, “Dark Shadows” was not only cool. It was a must.

The history of pop culture says kids ran like wildfire to get home to watch “Dark Shadows.” It’s true.

The TV show was made into a movie in 2012 starring Johnny Depp.

Next, very suspenseful music from one of the most under-rated horror films from more than 30 years ago.

Haunting pounding percussion.

That’s it for this week.


Sleep well.

Have a great weekend and a Happy Halloween.

The blog is going on vacation. We’ll be posting, but not as frequently as take a much-needed hiatus. The Goodnight feature will return in a few weeks, but please do keep checking in.

We close with Keith Lockhart conducting.



Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: “If you aren’t true to me…”

It was the early morning of February 3, 1959. Three rock and rollers, Buddy Holly Ritchie Valens and J.P. “the Big Bopper” Richardson hopped into a small plane along with pilot Roger Peterson for a flight to their next stop on their tour from Clear Lake, Iowa to Moorhead, Minnesota.

Why fly? Buddy Holly had enough of the ice cold, undependable tour bus. So he decided to hire a plane from a local flying service.

They never made it.

A photo of the plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson. (Photo: Civil Aeronautics Board/Wikimedia Commons)

In Moorhead there would be no show unless someone took the place of those killed. The locals asked for performers to come forward.

One band had only been playing for two weeks when they volunteered and were selected to play on the show.  Emcee Charlie Boone, a disc jockey at KFGO Radio, turned to the band’s singer and asked him the group’s name. He looked at the shadows of his bandmates on the floor and answered: The Shadows.

“I didn’t have any fear right then. The fear didn’t hit me until the spotlight came on, and then I was just shattered by it. I didn’t think that I’d be able to sing. If I opened my mouth, I wasn’t sure anything would come out.”

That night was the beginning of Bobby Vee’s career.

Vee died this week of advanced Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 73.