Photos of the Week (01/29/17)

1) President Trump delivers remarks during a visit to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Langley, Virginia, Jan. 21. Photo: Carlos Barria / Reuters

2) President Trump speaks during an Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House on Jan. 22. Trump  mocked protesters who gathered for large demonstrations across the U.S. and the world on Saturday to signal discontent with his leadership, but later offered a more conciliatory tone, saying he recognized such marches as a “hallmark of our democracy.” Photo:  Andrew Harrer / Pool/Getty Images

3) The White House senior staff is sworn in. Photo: Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty Images

4) President Trump holds up a letter left for him by former President Barack Obama as he speaks at the swearing in ceremony. Photo: Andrew Harnik / AP

5) White House spokesman Sean Spicer holds his first official press briefing at the White House in Washington. Photo: Reuters

6) President Donald Trump dances with first lady Melania Trump, at The Salute To Our Armed Services Inaugural Ball in Washington on Jan. 20. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

7) President Trump signs an executive order in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., Jan. 23. Trump on Monday signed three orders on withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, freezing the hiring of federal workers and hitting foreign NGOs that help with abortion. Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP – Getty Images

8) British Prime Minister Theresa May meets with President Trump in the Oval Office. Photo: Getty Images

9) Thousands gather for the annual March for Life rally in Washington, DC. Photo: Reuters

10) People visit the Hall of Names in the Yad Vashem museum to see the exhibition and commemorate International Holocaust day in Jerusalem, Israel. Photo: Getty Images

11) People stop to take a photo of a gas station damaged by an apparent tornado in Albany, Georgia on Jan. 22. Photo: Branden Camp / AP

12) A young couple rests in a football field after a forest fire devastated Santa Olga, Chile on Jan. 26. Authorities say they found a body Friday, raising the overall death toll to 11. About 118 fires remain active and 53 of those are contained. President Michelle Bachelet has called the wildfires the worst forest disaster in Chile’s history.  Photo: Pablo Vera Lisperguer / AFP – Getty Images

13) The Colima Volcano erupts on Jan. 26 in Mexico. Since October, the country’s most active volcano has entered an explosive stage of activity, with eruptive columns up to 2 1/2 miles tall and occasional incandescent fragments launched almost a mile from the crater. Photo: Ulises Ruiz Basurto / EPA

14) George Weir and his wife Dawn Weir, both of Waupaca wear their homemade Green Bay Packer outfits prior to the NFC Championship game between the Packers and the Falcons in Atlanta last Sunday. Journal Sentinel photo: Mike De Sisti

15) Packers fullback Aaron Ripkowski fumbles during the 2nd quarter of last Sunday’s NFC Championship against the Falcons in Atlanta. The fumble killed what looked like a scoring drive for Green Bay. Atlanta won 44-21 to advance to the Super Bowl and end the Packers’ season. Journal Sentinel photo: Mike de Sisti.

16) Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (#12 far right) sits dejected on the bench as the packers suffered a sound defeat in the NFC Championship Game last Sunday in Atlanta to the Falcons, 44-21. Journal Sentinel photo: Mike De Sisti.

17) Chinese children pose for a photograph beside a lantern tree display ahead of the Lunar New Year in Beijing . Photo: Getty Images

18) Residents set off fireworks on the eve of Lunar New Year in Beijing, China. Photo: AP

19) Eden Hasson, 10, surfs near what is believed to be a great white shark at Samurai Beach, Port Stephens, Australia on Jan. 24, 2017. James Cook University shark researcher Andrew Chin says the photographed shark is possibly a small great white. Photo: Chris Hasson

20) Ravi Nath poses for a photograph with a cobra snake in Jogi Dera (Snake charmers settlement), in the village of Baghpur, in the central state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Photo: Reuters

21) Mushers and their huskies practice at a forest course ahead of the Aviemore Sled Dog Rally in Feshiebridge, Scotland. Huskies and sledders prepare ahead of the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain 34th race taking place at Loch Morlich this weekend near Aviemore. Photo: Getty Images

22) A dog wearing a buoyancy aid is pictured on the beach at Watsons Bay during the annual “Every Man and His Dog” paddle board race in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Getty Images

23) An Olive-backed Sunbird feeds its two babies insects in their nest in Klang, Selangor, Malaysia on Jan. 21. Sunbirds, a group of very small passerine birds, feed largely on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding their young. Sunbirds are found in tropical Africa, India, and the forests of Southeast Asia, including the Philippines. Photo: Vincent Thian / AP

24) Nermin Halilagic, 38, poses with kitchen utensils in Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Halilagic discovered earlier this year that he had the unusual ability to attach items to his body using what he says is a special energy radiated from his body. Without making any special preparation, he says he is able to hold on to spoons, forks, knives, and other kitchen appliances, as well as non-metal objects like remote controls, all plastic stuff, and cell phones. Photo: Reuters

25) A pop-culture icon who became a torch bearer for the changing perception of women in television, Mary Tyler Moore died Wednesday at 80. Dick Van Dyke (as Rob Petrie) and Mary Tyler Moore (as Laura Petrie) film an episode in the Dick Van Dyke show on June 19, 1961. Photo: CBS Photo Archive / Getty Images

Week-ends (01/29/17)

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

President Trump

Chris Salvatore

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

These journalists

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn’t these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly.”
Tweet by Donald Trump

“You had profanity-laced, vulgar comments coming from celebrities. Donald Trump in his inaugural address talked about the forgotten man, now these forgotten celebrities came to Washington to deliver really negative messages.”
Trump top aide Kellyanne Conway

“Give me a shovel. Put me to dig the trench. I would be happy to do that. Rain or shine, 100 degrees, 120, I don’t care. I will be honored to do it.”
Agnes Gibboney, 62, lost her son Ronald da Silva in 2002 when he was shot dead in El Monte, California by Luis Gonzalez, an illegal immigrant from Mexico. Gonzales, a known gang member, was jailed over the fatal shooting after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter. Gibboney said her son’s death destroyed her family and for that reason applauds Donald Trump’s stance on immigration, including his plans to construct the controversial wall he has long said Mexico will pay for.

“I am, to a large extent, an environmentalist. But it’s out of control, and we’re going to make a very short process, and we’re going to either give you your permits or we’re not going to give you your permits. But you’re going to know very quickly.”
President Donald Trump, as he signed executive memos that could revive the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects

“Oh, there’s Jim, he’s become more famous than me.”
President Donald Trump, after noticing FBI director James Comey in the audience at an event to honor law enforcement officers

“I’ve got to say, I was impressed. I was meeting with a CEO. It was obvious. And the president had a very specific agenda in terms of what he thought was critical and that was tax reform and regulatory reform. …I left with a degree of optimism that this could actually be pulled off this year.”
AT&T Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson, telling analysts on an earnings call that he is optimistic about the company’s outlook under the Trump administration

“Mary Tyler Moore deserves a spot in the pantheon of great comic actresses like Gracie Allen, Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett, and it is for this that she will be most remembered.”
TV historian Robert Thompson of Syracuse University, on the death of Mary Tyler Moore, a television cultural and feminist pioneer

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

SNL writer’s tweet

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

March For Life

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Alternative facts

STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Rent a girlfriend

Today’s highly interesting read (01/28/17): Dems suddenly petrified of voter fraud

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There is no voter fraud.

That’s been the cry of members of the Democratic Party (along with the news media, a wholly owned subsidiary of said party).

Okay. If they’re so sure, then why are they so terrified by President Trump’s intention to probe voter fraud?

“Liberals should smile and egg Trump on.”

So writes Deroy Murdock, a columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.

Murdock insightfully understands why Democrats want no part of an investigation into voter fraud, making this a highly interesting read.

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The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (01/28/17)

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 30.  “D”

SUNDAY:  Cloudy. High of  26. “D”

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

I’ve been known to occasionally criticize my fair city of Franklin for not having enough retail establishments.  I’m not going to reiterate my feelings here.  Rather, I’m going to say that any time I need a card, unique gift, perfect Christmas ornament or spectacular gift wrap there is only one place I shop:  Linda’s Hallmark.  And yes, their zip code is indeed 53132.

Their customer service is outstanding, and their manager is a sweetheart.  Because of Kyla’s addiction to Itty Bittys she tells me the minute I walk in if there are any new additions!  Needless to say, they are purchased immediately!

Now, I have another important reason to love Hallmark and continue to shop there.  As I was browsing through my latest mini catalog that came in the mail, I noticed something extra special.  Hallmark has teamed up with Best Friends Animal Society, an organization to help pets find homes.

I’ll admit I have no idea when a dog will actually grace our home and lives.  (I do know that if we could ever con Kevin into visiting the Humane Society with us all it would take would be one look from Kyla, one look from a puppy and we’d be signing the papers faster than you can say “Chew Toy.”)  But if your family is in the market soon for a pup and has a general idea of what you’re looking for, a book and plush could be a great place to start! 

Thank you Hallmark & Best Friends, for what seems to be a paw-fect partnership!
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

In a first, Alaska divorce courts will now treat pets more like children.

Dog blood donation: Inhumane or saving lives?

OP-ED PIECE:  Gavin Polone on ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Outcry, What Really Happened and Who’s to Blame.

‘I didn’t want to choose between my wife and dog.’

Hundreds of dog statues will be on display around Chicago this summer to honor fallen police officers.

Can a dog vote?

One expert, repeat, one says these dogs are the smartest.

Did you know dogs drink tea?

And while drinking tea, what music would dogs like to hear?

Did this dog get all those right?

Finally, a fantasy sport for dog lovers.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK:

 

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Rescue team members carry the three puppies found alive in the rubble of the avalanche-hit Rigopiano Hotel in Abruzzo, Italy, on Jan. 23, 2017. Their parents, Nuvola and Lupo, escaped the hotel’s collapse and came downhill a few days before this photo was taken. The puppies were said to be in good health after almost five days buried in freezing snow. Photo: Alessandro Di Meo, European Press Agency

We close as we always do with our closing video.

Let’s go to Boulder, Co.

And one more. The Puppy Bowl airs on Sunday, February 5, and this year features some disabled dogs.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by..

See ya, BARK, next week!

Quincy the Newspaper Dog
Quincy!

Photo: Cliff Grassmick, Boulder Daily Camera, January 24, 2017

Goodnight everyone, and have a bright 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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Folks on WTMJ Radio joked about “it” Thursday afternoon.

Did you see “it?” they asked each other.

“It” made  a very, very, very brief appearance. Possibly a few seconds. Otherwise we haven’t seen “it” around here since, oh,  Obama was still president.

And that can have an effect that’s not happy.

Our forecast is not all that reassuring. So let’s see if we can spread some sunshine, musically, shall we?

Let’s begin with two legends, the Chairman of the Board backed by Milwaukee native, Woody Herman.

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I remember that concert, The Main Event, broadcast on ABC with Howard Cosell the special announcer.

How about another legend. This song, first recorded in 1939, was a big hit for Ray Charles in 1962, going to #1 on the Billboard R & B chart and #7 on the Billboard chart. It’s been recorded by countless artists, but you’ve probably never heard it like this.

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Time to slow it down. This next tune was a monster recording for Gerry @ the Pacemakers, who came over in the British Invasion started by the Beatles. Here it’s done by Gloria Estefan with an opening of Variations On A Theme By Erik Satie.

The sun will reappear, we all know. And when it does…

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Want sun? Simply can’t wait? Maybe you need to make a special appeal to a special woman.

I’m always impressed by this treatment of a Ramsey Lewis composition by one of the all-time great arrangers and composers, especially the ending where it seems he allows just about every section in the orchestra a solo. Listen for it while you’re yearning for sun.

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That’s it for this week.

Good night.

Sleep well.

Have a great weekend, sun or no sun.

We close with a classic that like “You Are My Sunshine” has been recorded a gazillion times, especially in the 60’s. Every artist had to include their own rendition as a track on one of their albums.

When this recording was released everyone automatically assumed it was just another love song. Not even close.

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November 22, 1963.

The same day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Bobby Hebb’s older brother and musical partner, Harold Hebb was stabbed to death outside a Nashville nightclub. Bobby Hebb wrote what would become a mega-hit in 1966 within 48 hours of that tragic day to overcome his grief. Hebb died of lung cancer in 1970 at the age of 72.

The year is 1975. The group is Yambu.

Sunny, yesterday my life was filled with rain
Sunny, you smiled at me and really eased the pain
The dark days are gone, and the bright days are here
My Sunny one shines so sincere
Sunny one so true, I love you

Sunny, thank you for the sunshine bouquet
Sunny, thank you for the love you brought my way
You gave to me your all and all
Now I feel ten feet tall
Sunny one so true, I love you

Sunny, thank you for the truth you let me see
Sunny, thank you for the facts from A to C
My life was torn like a windblown sand
And the rock was formed when you held my hand
Sunny one so true, I love you

Sunny
Sunny, thank you for the smile upon your face
Sunny, thank you for the gleam that shows its grace
You’re my spark of nature’s fire
You’re my sweet complete desire
Sunny one so true, I love you

Sunny, yesterday my life was filled with rain
Sunny, you smiled at me and really eased the pain
The dark days are gone, and the bright days are here
My Sunny one shines so sincere
Sunny one so true, I love you

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Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: He was a doctor, she was a nun

I was very saddened to hear the news that upset America this week, the death of Mary Tyler Moore.

Because TV is so powerful this woman had an influence on me since I was 6 years old when I first saw her on TV. The very thought, the very vision of her makes me smile with wonderful memories.

In my view Mary Tyler Moore was her terrific best as a performer in the Dick Van Dyke Show.

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The Dick Van Dyke Show was brilliant featuring Moore and a super supporting cast.

Moore appeared in Elvis’ last non-concert, non-documentary film.

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She talked about it on Larry King’s TV show. The video clip is no longer available. But Moore said that she recalls Elvis saying he slept with all his leading ladies except one, and she knew who that one was.

“What was I thinking?” said Moore.

She also said Elvis didn’t act like a star’s star, was very nice, and called her ma’am.

One of the songs included in the film was “Rubberneckin.” It was the flip side of another Elvis hit that went to #6 on the Billboard chart.

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In 2003, a remix of “Rubberneckin” was released as a single that was very popular.

Here’s a clip of the original recording from the movie.

AND NOW…

The new mix:

Today’s highly interesting read (01/27/17) The unwanted

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A massive crowd gathered in Washington, D.C. earlier today for the annual March for Life. This anti-abortion rally takes place every year on or around the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and it has garnered more attention than usual this time thanks to the participation of Vice President Mike Pence. Although President Donald Trump did not personally attend, he has spoken about the rally in recent days and criticized the media for refusing to cover it.

Today’s highly interesting read:

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Award-winning Kayla’s Playground nominated for another

Here in Franklin we’re extremely proud of Kyla’s Playground, voted the best park in the Milwaukee area.

The city of Franklin and Kayla’s Playground was the recipient of a 2016 Salute Award by the Public Policy Forum in the category of “Public-Private Cooperation.”

Kayla’s Krew/Kayla’s Playground was also nominated for a 2016 Gladfelter Award. Even though Kayla’s Krew/Kayla’s Playground didn’t win in this competition, its consideration demonstrates how vital the playground is to Franklin and its visitor.

The Gladfelter award is given to non-elected municipal, county, state, or federal employees who, through their careers or through a specific innovation, have helped solve a problem for Wisconsin residents and improved public service.

The city of Franklin via Mayor Steve Olson nominated Kayla’s Krew/Kayla’s Playground. Here is the required narrative that was submitted with the nomination:

KAYLA’S KREW/KAYLA’S PLAYGROUND NARRATIVE

Kayla’s Krew focused on building a playground in Franklin featuring inclusion for all abilities. The project was unique. Playgrounds in Franklin and surrounding areas have almost no inclusive components. Kayla’s Krew committed to obtaining the most inclusive equipment on the market to include all abilities in play activities.

Kayla’s Krew teamed with many public and private sector partners including local businesses, schools, groups, organizations, and churches.

Kayla’s Playground was built by the community in 9 days with almost 2,000 citizen and business volunteers (many from outside Franklin, coming from as far away as Hawaii) who worked with paid and volunteer Department of Public Works employees.  Citizens worked in three shifts per day alongside the mayor, elected officials, fire and police chief, DPW, planners, secretaries, police officers and fire fighters.

The 12,000 square foot all-accessible, all-inclusive playground was completed on September 27th, 2015 with a ribbon cutting on October 9, 2015. More than 1,000 citizens, children and public officials attended.  Now children in wheelchairs regularly line up to use the only wheelchair accessible swing, the Liberty Swing, offered in Milwaukee and Waukesha County that does not require the user to get out of the wheelchair to swing.  Visitors come even in the winter. Volunteers routinely take time to make sure the area is neat and clean.

This community building program provided facilities that teach, treat and offer safe, fun recreation environment for everyone, regardless of physical ability. This effort certainly would not have been generated by a municipality on its’ own.

A team of public employees in Washington and Ozaukee counties along with two co-workers at the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) will receive 2016 Lloyd D. Gladfelter Awards for Government Innovation on Thursday, February 2. Kirsten Johnson, Thomas Meaux, and Joshua Schoemann will be honored for their efforts to combine the Health Departments in Washington and Ozaukee counties, while ETF employees Tarna Hunter and Shelly Schueller will be recognized for developing a statewide campaign to raise awareness about the retirement savings gap facing women.
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Established in 1999, the awards are made possible through a generous gift from the family of Lloyd D. Gladfelter, a 1926 University of Wisconsin–Madison alumnus and former government reporter at the Milwaukee Journal. The La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW–Madison administers the award.

Nominations are judged on their creativity, feasibility, and potential impact. The 2016 recipients were selected from dozens of projects nominated for the creative ideas and money-saving efficiencies people expect from government at all levels. The awards will be presented during the La Follette School’s annual reception for alumni and friends on February 2, 2017, at the Madison Club.

“These projects demonstrate public employees’ tremendous commitment and dedication to their communities and state,” said La Follette School Director Don Moynihan. “Based on the wide range of nominations, it’s clear that high-impact innovations are happening throughout the state.”

Everyone associated with Kayla’s Krew/Kayla’s Playground should be proud of being nominated and considered for such a prestigious award.

 

Today’s highly interesting read (01/26/17): School choice, the backbone of America

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I’ve been a proponent of school choice since day one. Since the concept of school choice was formed by a truly unbelievable coalition of then WI Governor Tommy Thompson and a fiery black state Assembly representative from Milwaukee, Annette (Polly) Williams, a friend and colleague of mine.

When I worked at WTMJ and the station sent Charlie Sykes and I to cover the Republican National Convention in San Diego in 1996 I filed a report, including clips from an interview with Thompson, about a brand new study that came out from a liberal think tank out east. The finding at the time was that school choice didn’t bring immediate progress. But the longer kids remained in choice schools, the better chance they had at movement up the educational ladder.

Now it’s 2017. Let’s be honest. Not every choice school is a gem. But many are making a difference. And the whole idea of presenting options is invaluable.

Larry Sand, a retired teacher, is president of the California Teachers Empowerment Network. Sand provides today’s highly interesting lead, and he makes a good case.