Week-ends (10/21/17)

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…


Hans Weissgerber Sr.

Donnie Davis

Sunshine Oelfke


Delta Airlines

CNN’s Daniella Diaz


“He’s had an incredibly successful first nine months in office, and I think the next 3½, or 2½, three years, are going to be equally as successful, including getting tax reform done, which is going to be a big deal and make a really big impact on most Americans. And they’re going to be begging for four more years of President Trump.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders

America First is “half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems, as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.”
Sen. John McCain in his acceptance speech as he  was awarded the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal Monday night in Philadelphia

“Well it’s a shocker. Yeah, well I hear it and people have to be careful because at some point I fight back. You know, I’m being very nice. I’m being very, very nice. But at some point I fight back and it won’t be pretty.”
President Trump reacting to McCain

“It’s fine with me. I’ve faced some fairly significant adversaries in the past.”
McCain shooting back at Trump

“Well, I just don’t see that in the president’s agenda or in his philosophy. His moorings are conservative, and he is governing as a center-right president who believes that we pay too much in taxes, that we’re over-regulated, that we have not taken terrorists seriously. We’ve not even been willing to call them terrorists for the last however many years. This country is safer and more prosperous under President Donald Trump.”
Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway reacting to McCain

“I reckon she’s been through enough. You know it’s a very interesting relationship. It’s a very interesting marriage, but I don’t think every time she sits in a chair she needs to be asked about her husband.”
Sarah Ferguson, an employee of the state-funded Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), who interviewed Hillary Clinton. When challenged on whether the pair discussed Bill Clinton’s infidelity,  Ferguson made the startling admission that she took pity on her subject.

“We have seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty. At times, it can seem like the forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together.”
Former President George W. Bush

“Christmas came early for the liberal Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) on Thursday when former President George W. Bush spoke out against the Donald Trump administration. In a disgusting display of sudden respect for a long time political foe, the network’s championed Bush’s hammering of the current president. And the icing on their anti-Trump cake was former President Obama doing the exact same thing too.

“The liberal media treated President Bush as an enemy for 16-years (his term and Obama’s) but now that they had a new enemy in Trump, they suddenly found something worth elevating him for.”
Nicholas Fondacaro, a news analyst on newsbusters.org

We can see them, they can see us. But in a way, it can be negative because we’re always being watched.”
Border Patrol Agent Theron Francisco on see-through walls on the Mexican border


For 8 years Bush silent on Obama, then rips Trump


Obama Admin Championed Bergdahl as a ‘Hero’ Coming Home


Trump’s Condolence Call to Soldier’s Widow


How much for that beer?

Equestrian Brings Her Race Horse Into Hotel That Advertised Pet-Friendly Policy


Franklin 45, Janesville Craig 7

From the Janesville Gazette:

The Sabers looked the part of title contender, scoring four second-quarter touchdowns in a 45-7 home victory.

Franklin will host Lake Geneva Badger in the second round next week.

Quarterback Max Alba ran in a touchdown to make it 21-7 midway through the (2nd) quarter, and he later hit receiver Mitchell Hansing for touchdown passes of 11 and 17 yards with 25 and 7 seconds left in the half, respectively.

2017 POO Awards – Week 10

Each week during this year’s high school football season as I have in previous years, I’m giving out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that committed the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.

My goal is to try to build awareness of the importance of sportsmanship.

POO stands for Piling On Offensively (Or if you prefer, Pouring it On Offensively)

Playoffs Level 1

Black Hawk 68, North Crawford 0

Racine Lutheran 69, Belleville 7

Greenfield 34, Milwaukee Bay View 7

That last one requires some explanation.

I was at the Bay View-Greenfield game Friday night. Greenfield took early command, scoring four touchdowns on their first four possessions and led 28-7 at halftime.

The score remained that way until Greenfield got the ball on their own 9-yard line with just under 10 minutes left in the game. The Hawks went on a grinding, methodical drive down the field that chewed up time on the clock.

With about 30 seconds left Greenfield had worked their way to Bay View’s 1-yard line. Greenfield broke their huddle and QB Omarion Bartlett lined up in the shotgun. He handed off to running back Sam Streeter who carried one yard into the end zone against a tired Bay View defense for a score with 18.4 seconds.

That made the final 34-7. The touchdown was not necessary. Greenfield’s QB should have been instructed to take a knee to let the clock run out. Thank goodness no one got hurt and a fight didn’t break out.

A team doesn’t have to score 60, 70, or 80 points to be unsportsmanlike.

Now that we’re past the first round of the playoffs the scores should be far more respectable.

Week 9 (end of regular season)

Hortonville 74, Oshkosh North 0

Racine Lutheran 70, Thomas More 0

Week 8

And again.

Luck 74, Mellen 6

Week 7

Lake Country Lutheran 72
, Hope Christian 6

Week 6

They’ve done it again.

Luck 68, New Auburn 0

Week 5

Luck 86, Lincoln 14

Edgar 70, Chequamegon 0

Week 4

Racine Horlick 70, Kenosha Tremper 3

Leading 62-3 in the 3rd quarter, Horlick scored yet another touchdown to make the score 68-3. Horlick did score an extra point. Instead they were successful on a 2-point conversion. That’s unnecessary piling on.


University School of Milwaukee 68, St. John’s NW Military Academy 0

This is interesting. From college football.

Week 3

Racine St. Catherine’s 75, Saint Thomas More 7

Stratford 70, Chequamegon 6

Week 2

Durand 70, Barron 14

Week 1

Luck 106, Clayton 0


The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (10/21/17)

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 Partly cloudy. High of 75. “A”

SUNDAY:  Periods of rain. Thunder is possible early in the day.  High of 68 in the morning, then falling temps to 55.  90% chance of rain.  “D”

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

And, here we go again.  Jennifer and her dog-geek “NOW guess what scientists and researchers discovered” blog…

What can I say?  I love dogs and although I never would have had the patience (or, let’s be honest, brains) to become a scientist I do enjoy any time a canine publication comes out.  And while I don’t have a definitive amount, I’m pretty sure the dog-related studies far outnumber anything done about cats.

(Note to a dear friend and long-time reader:  I can already feel the friendly-yet-chastising email coming about how cats are equally wonderful and just as capable as surprising us in scientific ways.  But I digress…)

Apparently I’m not alone in thinking that dogs really do have facial expressions.  OK, they don’t quite smile the same way as we do or laugh like their owners but clearly they don’t just use their tails to communicate.  But a recent finding suggests that dogs have developed expressions in response to human behavior.

I’m not going to analyze the entire study.  I’ll let you read about it and draw your own conclusions.  Feel free to leave a comment about your own experiences!
Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

Iditarod dogs test positive for prohibited opioids, race officials say.

More than 25,000 wild dogs are running amok on Guam.

A woman’s dog died, and doctors say her heart literally broke.

An animal owner’s worst nightmare.

Tightening the Leash on Fake Service Dogs.

Lulu the CIA’s Bomb-Sniffing Dog Fails Out of School.

Hero dog refused to leave goat herd, survives wildfires.

A California family thought their dog had died in the fires, but

How a Prescription for a Dog Helped One Man Lose Nearly 200 Lbs.

Now he’s a ‘canine crusader.’

You’re going to want to like this page immediately.

Dog portraits offer a look into canine souls.



In Budapest, Hungary, blind children pet a labrador at the Baráthegyi guide dog school on a blindness awareness day. Photograph: Marton Monus/EPA


Seven years ago, a chance encounter with a staffordshire bull terrier wearing a scarlet neckerchief in a pub gave London-based film-maker Abbie Lucas and journalist Paul Fleckney an idea. For their new book, Great British Pub Dogs (published October 19 by Little, Brown), the pair traveled the country to document the canine residents of the UK’s pubs. “It’s really useful knowing where they all are,” says Fleckney, who, like Lucas, doesn’t own a dog but would love to. “Most pubs aspire to be a home from home and having a dog does that almost singlehandedly,” he adds. “They seem to bring people together. So many publicans said how the dog seems to make people more friendly and less likely to misbehave.”

At the bar of  Rosemary Branch, Haggerston, North London. Described by her owners as “obstinate”, Pearl was a miniature schnauzer and was known locally for her bee-stripe jumpers. Sadly she passed away earlier this year. Photograph:  Abbie Lucas

We close as we always do with our closing video.

Norbert, an 8-year-old Chihuahua mix and his mom, author Julie Steines, joined Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb to chat about her new book, inspired by the pup, called “Norbert’s Little Lessons for a Big Life.”


Check out the video here.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

We’d really appreciate it if you forward this on to other dog lovers you know. Let them have some fun!

See ya, BARK, next Saturday!



Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend that’s too sweet to be sour!

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.

The following is a very important public service announcement from This Just In…

Fellas, you’ve been warned. Tomorrow, Saturday is Sweetest Day.

Many skeptics and non-romantic fuddie duddies believe Sweetest Day was created by high level executives because,  after all, they gave us Easter, Christmas, and Thanksgiving.


Sweetest Day originated in the birth place of rock and roll, Cleveland, Ohio in 1922.
Herbert Birch Kingston had an idea. He wanted to somehow spread joy into the lives of orphans and shut-ins and those society had basically forgotten or turned its back on. Enlisting the help of friends, they passed out gifts to the underprivileged.

To mark the very first Sweetest Day, movie star Ann Pennington presented 2,200 Cleveland newspaper boys with boxes of candy to express gratitude for their work. Another movie star at the time, Theda Bara, gave out 10,000 boxes of candy to people in Cleveland hospitals and also gave candy to all who came to watch her film in a local theater.

Years ago while filling in for Mark Belling on WISN the Friday before Sweetest day, I did what turned out to be, in my view, a hilariously entertaining segment about Sweetest Day.

There were the curmudgeons who angrily huffed and puffed they wouldn’t spend an extra dime for their spouses or significant others on Sweetest Day. Many others couldn’t say enough about how special the day was.

I’ll never forget the woman who called in who was dead serious who said she and her husband exchanged firearms on the third Saturday of October.

Kinda gets you choked up, doesn’t it?

This week, we dig into the oldies vault for sweet music that’s a whole lotta fun.

Let’s get started.

My goodness. You just never know who’s going to drop in.


OK. The previous needs some explanation.

Lee Hazelwood wrote it.

After all these years I can’t believe (but understand) what he once said:

“Sugar Town was an LSD song if there ever was one. I was in a folk club in LA which had two levels. I could see these kids lining up sugar cubes and they had an eye-dropper and were putting something on them. I wasn’t a doper so I didn’t know what it was but I asked them. It was LSD and one of the kids said, ‘You know, it’s kinda Sugar Town.’ Nancy knew what the song was about because I told her, but luckily Reprise (Records) didn’t.”

What did the song’s vocalist, Nancy Sinatra have to say?

“It was basically about LSD, but was not publicized as that. It was Lee’s ‘Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds.’ It went against my image which made it tough to choose the other songs for the same collection (album).”

Again, the songwriter, Lee Hazelwood:

“You had to make the lyric dingy enough where the kids knew what you were talking about — and they did. Double entendre. But not much more if you wanted to get it played on the radio.”

My how times have changed.

This next tune definitely has that 60’s feel and sound.

The group was from Hinsdale, Illinois and became quite popular in the Chicago area. For a while they called themselves “The Travelers,” until they learned another band was already using that name.

When it was becoming somewhat difficult to find a replacement one of the band members noted their dilemma was a “cryin’ shame.”

Suddenly the search was over.

In 1966 the group decided to cover a tune the British band “The Searchers” did in 1963 that was never released in America. It reached #49 on the Billboard chart and #4 on a survey by Chicago radio station WLS-AM.

It’s a real sweet toe-tapper.


“Sugar and Spice” never quite cracked the national Top 40, but was a big regional hit for the Chicago band. I remember it well on Milwaukee radio stations WOKY and WRIT in 1966.

Do you remember bubble gum music?

This genre wasn’t genius material. The melody and the lyrics were simple and repetitive. The stars were the Ohio Express and the 1910 Fruitgum Company.

There were lyrics like, “Yummy yummy yummy I got love in my tummy.”

Hey Jude it wasn’t.

But it sure was sweet and innocent.

Check out Tommy Roe lip-syncing one of his hits on the after school program in the 60’s, “Where the Action Is.” Filmed in 1966, and yes, that’s Dick Clark narrating.


One day, just one day, I would love to return to those days. But I’d like to be about 20 years old if I could. 🙂

Our next artists were the biggest-selling group of the 1970’s, By 2005 their combined worldwide sales of albums and singles exceeded 100 million copies. This did extremely well on the country charts and was a very under-rated recording in their discography.


On the morning of February 4, 1983, Karen Carpenter collapsed at her family’s home in Downey, California. She was taken to a local hospital, but the medical staff was unable to revive her. Carpenter died of heart failure, likely brought on by her longtime battle with anorexia. She was 32.

That’s it for this week.


Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

And if you’ve never celebrated Sweetest Day, try it. You may just love it.

For our close, get ready to sing along at the right parts.


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Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: Big weekend coming…can you feel it?

Happy Sweetest Day Kissing Couple Picture

That would be Saturday.

That would be this Saturday.

That would be…tomorrow.

A race to Hallmark will save you, but not by much. The only cards left will have monkeys or cats in fields of daffodils. The romantic stuff is long gone.

There’s still flowers. An expensive meal with a dessert totaling calories north of 1100.

Followed by…


We’ve come up with oldie perfect for this weekend.

It’s obscure, making it forgotten. Yet this oldie was good enough, big enough that when you hear it you’ll react, “Oh, yeh, I remember that one!”

To explode the mystery all I have to do is mention the artist.

John Paul Young.


That’s right. That’s the guy that did…



That song that started out…

Yeh, right.

John Paul Young.

First of all, regular readers of my blog are bright. Very bright.

Twenty paragraphs ago they weren’t fooled in the least.

John Paul Young?

My readers knew that’s not his real name.


Real name: John Inglis Young

There was a move to change it for a good stage name: very good move.

Young was born in 1950 and it wasn’t long before the family packed up and moved out of Scotland to Australia.

The young Young didn’t want to be teased by his fellow students. So he copied the local accent.

He joined a production of Jesus Christ Superstar, became a lead singer for a band, was discovered, and wrote some pop songs.

Then came the late 70’s.

Have you guessed his oldie yet?

Perfect for Sweetest Day?

I’m guessing…
No. You haven’t named that tune.

We continue.

It’s 1978. Young is on the verge of a major hit. He’s advised to deliver the vocal as if he’s in a conversation.

He did.

What followed was huge success.

Jones’ biggest hit reached #7 on the Billboard chart, and also enjoyed huge sales worldwide.

Disco? Maybe. But definitely not 100% disco.


Have you guessed yet?

It’s Sweetest Day this weekend.

That can only mean…


Today’s highly interesting read (10/20/17): Liberals Try To Connect With Normal Americans

Kurt Schlichter  penned a beautiful piece of satire:

Key Democrats met secretly to confer about the party’s future as America approached the one-year anniversary of their stunning and hilarious humiliation by Donald Trump. The key question they sought to answer: “How can we Democrats appeal to those Jesus-loving, racist idiots who hate science and don’t live on the coast like everyone we know?”

Enjoy the entire column.

OTHER Highly Interesting Reads this week:

Today’s highly interesting read (10/19/17): Yes, Weinstein Accusers Are Brave — So Were Jones, Willey and Broaddrick

Today’s highly interesting read (10/18/17): Pro hockey player protests, and then…

Today’s highly interesting read (10/17/17): The collapse of the late-night TV empire

Today’s highly interesting read (10/16/17): Another Star Falls as Aaron Rodgers Joins the N.F.L.’s Infirmary

Today’s highly interesting read (10/19/17): Yes, Weinstein Accusers Are Brave — So Were Jones, Willey and Broaddrick


In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, among others, praised the Weinstein accusers for their “courage.” For decades, Weinstein, a big Democratic donor who could make or break Hollywood careers, apparently preyed on young women. Over 30 women have now come forth, with five alleging rape.

But where were Hollywood’s social justice warriors the last 30 years?

So, many in the Hollywood industry said and did nothing — until now. The courageous women coming forward deserve praise and encouragement for speaking out. But where was this support for the accusers of Bill and Hillary Clinton?

Great questions from Larry Elder.

It was great to see Mary Lazich today!

Mary Lazich “Lifetime of Service” Awards Luncheon

Name: Mary Lazich “Lifetime of Service” Awards Luncheon
Date: October 19, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM1:30 PM CDT

Event Description:
Honoring 30 Years of Service to New Berlin Businesses and Residents
The New Berlin Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau invites you to join us as we formally recognize Mary Lazich for her thirty years of service  representing the businesses and residents of New Berlin  as an elected official.

Mary’s long career representing the city goes back to  the New Berlin Common Council where she served from 1986 to 1992. Mary expanded the reach of her representation when elected to the Waukesha County board of supervisors serving from 1990 to 1993.

Mary was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1993 and served as a representative of the area until 1999. She was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 1998 where she represented the 28th district from 1998 to 2017. Mary was the Majority Caucus Chairperson in 2003 and served as the President of the Senate from 2015 to 2017.

After a long and distinguished career Mary decided not to seek re-election in 2016 and is now enjoying time with family in her retirement from public service.

As a long, loyal friend and resident of New Berlin, the chamber is happy to honor Mary with this Lifetime of Service award.

Mary received a Congressional certificate from House Speaker Paul Ryan, a plaque from the state Legislature presented by state Senator Leah Vukmir and state Representative Mike Kuglitsch, the Key to the City of New Berlin from Mayor Dave Ament, and a personal e-mail of congratulations sent just before the luncheon from Governor Walker.