Photos of the Week (02/25/18)

1) Nikolas Cruz appears in court for a status hearing before Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer, Cruz is facing 17 charges of premeditated murder in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Photo: Mike Stocker, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

2) Tyra Hemans, 19, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, speaks before boarding a bus with other students to travel to Tallahassee on Feb. 20, 2018. About 100 students traveled some 450 miles by bus Tuesday to the Florida capitol to convince state lawmakers the time for change is now, after 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at the high school. Photo: Joe Skipper / Reuters

3) Seventeen students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School lie down on the floor in silence and pray at the approximate time of the attack one week ago, inside the state Capitol. The students, members of the Congregation Kol Tikvah Temple, lost three students. Photo: Gerald Herbert / AP

4) Florida House members Rep. Manny Diaz, Jr., R- Hialeah, from left, Rep. Larry Ahern, R- Seminole, and Rep. Ben Albritton, R- Wauchula, stand in silence with other members of the Florida House in memory of the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Photo: Scott Keeler / Tampa Bay Times via AP

5) A slideshow of the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is played at the state Capitol on Feb. 21. Photo: Mark Wallheiser / AP

6) Florida Sen. Lauren Book, D-District 32, wipes her eyes after the memorial slide show. Photo: Mark Wallheiser / AP

7) President Donald Trump holds his notes while hosting a listening session with students survivors of mass shootings, their parents and teachers in the State Dining Room at the White House. Photo:  Getty Images North America

8) Marjory Stoneman Douglas High senior Samuel Zeif weeps after talking about how his best friend was killed during last week’s mass shooting while he participates in a listening session hosted by U.S. President Donald Trump in the state dining room at the White House on February 21, 2018, in Washington, D.C.  Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty

9) A garland sits under a large bronze statue of evangelist Billy Graham, who died Wednesday at his home aged 99, on the grounds of a Christian conference center in nearby Ridgecrest, North Carolina, U.S. February 21, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

10) A US marine is fed the blood of a cobra during the Cobra Gold joint military exercise between US and Thai military in the coastal province of Chonburi on February 19, 2018. US and Thai marines slurped snake blood and ate scorpians in a jungle survival program on Febrary 19 as part of the two nations’ annual Cobra Gold war games. Photo: LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images

11) Israeli analog astronauts start their mission on the D-MARS Project on February 18, 2018, in cooperation with the Israel Space Agency, which simulates life on Mars by performing several scientific experiments and staying in the D-MARS (Desert Mars Analog Ramon Station) which is built in an isolated desert area south of Mitzpe Ramon, in the Israeli Negev desert, chosen for its similarities to Mars in terms of geology, aridity, appearance and desolation. Photo: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP

12) In Shanghai, China, a girl lies on the glass-bottom platform of the Oriental Pearl tower on the second day of the Chinese New Year holiday, also known as spring festival. Photograph: Imaginechina/REX/Shutterstock

13) Dancing noses perform during a dress rehearsal for Shostakovich’s opera The Nose at the Sydney Opera House on February 19, 2018. Photo: Rick Rycroft / AP

14) Gucci made an eerie prop decision for their Milan Fashion Week runway show Wednesday — severed heads. Models carried the fake heads, which were replicas of their own noggins, down the runway while showing off the brand’s Fall/Winter 2018-2019 collection, which was called “Cyborg.” Photo: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE, AFP/Getty Images

15) Pelicans keep a watchful eye on a fisherman with his catch of whiting at St Johns County Pier, St Augustine, Florida. Photograph: Gregg Newton/Reuters

16) Proboscis monkey, Malaysia. Researchers have found that male monkeys with large noses have more females in their harems, proving that size does matter. Photograph: Ikki Matsuda/PA

17) Female panda Jin Bao Bao, named “Lumi” in Finnish, plays in the snow on the opening day of the Snowpanda Resort at Ahtari Zoo, in Ahtari, Finland, on February 17, 2018. Photo: Roni Rekomaa / Lehtikuva via AP

18) Jocelyne Lamoureux of the U.S. celebrates after scoring a goal in the overtime shootout against Canada during the women’s ice hockey gold medal game. Photos:  Bruce Bennett / Getty Images, and the Associated Press

19) USA’s Madeline Rooney (right) celebrates with her teammates after winning the penalty-shot shootout in the women’s gold medal ice hockey match between the U.S. and Canada during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Hockey Center on February 22, 2018.  Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty

20) Players from Team Canada react after being defeated by Team United States by a 3-2 score in the overtime penalty-shot shootout during the women’s gold medal game on day 13 of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.  Photo: Jamie Squire / Getty.

21) Canada ice hockey star Jocelyne Larocque has issued an apology after she removed her silver medal following her team’s loss to the United States in the Winter Olympics final. Following the game, Larocque was seen taking off her silver medal and received some criticism for the action. Photo: Bruce Bennett, Getty Images.

22) Team USA celebrates with their medals after defeating Team Canada 3-2 in a shootout to win the women’s ice hockey gold medal game on day 13 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on Feb. 22, 2018. Photo: Harry How / Getty Images

23) Gold medalists Kikkan Randall and Jessica Diggins of the U.S. celebrate on the podium after the women’s cross country team sprint event. Photo: Eric Gaillard / Reuters

24) Mascot-themed deely bobbers were a popular accessory among audience members at the Olympic Games. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

25) Canadian fans with appropriate headgear enjoy the curling. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

26) This Canadian fan adopted a punk-rock approach to patriotism at the Winter Games. Photograph: Natacha Pisarenko/AP

27) A good pun is another surefire way of getting noticed in the crowd. These fans were watching the snowboard men’s slopestyle final. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

28) Bitcoin logos and stars and stripes for these US fans, waiting for the short-track speed skating quarter-finals. Photograph: Valery Sharifulin/TASS

Week-ends (02/24/18)

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…


Anthony Borges

Ivanka Trump

Good Samaritans

The US Women’s Hockey Team


Scot Peterson

Online trolls

Is it CNN or the Haabs?


“There should have been one school shooting and we should have fixed it. And I’m pissed. Because my daughter, I’m not going to see again. She’s not here. She’s not here. She’s in North Lauderdale King David cemetery — that is where I go to see my kid now.”
 Andrew Pollack, at the White House listening sessions after the mass shooting at the high school in Parkland, Fla.

“When we declare our schools to be gun-free zones, it just puts our students in far more danger. A teacher would’ve shot the hell out of him before he knew what happened.”
President Donald Trump

“I’m calling for a mandatory law enforcement officer in every public school.” Florida “will require all individuals purchasing firearms to be 21 or older,” and will make it “virtually impossible” for anyone with “mental issues” to acquire a gun.
The Republican governor of Florida, Tim Scott

“We are a nation of people that no longer speak to each other. We are a nation of people who have stopped being friends with people because of who they voted for in the last election.”
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., at the CNN town hall on the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla.

“These people have figured out there’s really two ways to sort of get on television to be the big story of the week. One of them is the body count. The other is, call it creativity, to do something original. That’s in a nutshell what terrorism is. It’s violence, but made for TV.

“It’s like we’re awarding them.  It’s like you got the gold medal, you’re going up onto the platform, your national anthem is being played, that sort of thing.

“I think the first thing we as journalists have to do is just accept that it’s a reality, that we are part of the equation. We didn’t start this. Obviously we’re not pulling the trigger. But we’re giving them the stage.”
Dave Cullen, the author of “Columbine” saying the press should adopt several approaches that dissuade any sort of star power motivation. The simplest thing, he said, is to cut back on mentions of the attacker’s name and face.

“We have a toxic stew in our society, where our schools have so often been turned into zones where Judeo-Christian morality is generally not allowed. I pray for a true national spiritual awakening. I believe it is America’s only real hope. Meanwhile, we are reaping what we have sown by essentially disallowing God in the schools.”
Author and columnist Jerry Newcombe

The nation is “under siege because of our broken immigration system. It is broken, it needs to be fixed and it needs to be fixed now. President Trump is right, we need a wall along our southern border and the wall will work.”
Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)

“I would like to be on Dancing With the Stars because I am a star.”
U.S. figure skater Mirai Nagasu, who helped clinch the bronze for the U.S. team when she made history in the Pyeongchang Olympics as the first U.S. woman to land a triple


Serial Failure: Here’s How Government Totally Dropped The Ball In Stopping Florida Shooter


When School-Voucher Foes Called in the Feds … and Called the Shots


Once again, gun control


Toy makers have decided that what kids should be playing with is poop


Smartphone addiction, children and gun politics, Hollywood and guns, designing safer schools…

In case you missed this week’s highly interesting reads:

12TH UPDATE: Today’s highly interesting read (08/08/17): Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

Today’s highly interesting read (02/21/18): Do not let the children lead

Today’s highly interesting read (02/20/18): Hollywood hates guns…really?

Today’s highly interesting read (02/19/18): Schools rethink building design to protect students from mass shooters



The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (02/24/18)

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:  Mostly cloudy. High of 39. “D”

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. Windy. High of 41. “C”

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

I’ve blogged several times in the past about the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, most recently about those whack-a-doodles from PETA protesting the event.

While I love learning about breed traits and learning new facts when I watch the show, I personally favor a mixed breed when it comes to our future furry family member.  I’m all about rescuing a shelter dog that is in need of a forever home.

I understand that owners, handlers, and breeders are extremely proud of their show dogs – and they SHOULD be.  It clearly takes a lot of dedication and resources to participate in the WKC show.  But who says mixed breeds and senior dogs aren’t show-worthy in their own right?

This past Monday, the Hallmark channel aired a wonderful tribute to the mixed breed… a way to celebrate all things dog, not just all things breed.  The first of its kind, the show allowed dogs to compete for unusual & adorable categories that the WKC would never dream of.

Many sweet dogs who wouldn’t qualify to stand on the sidewalk outside of the WKC show walked away with great prizes.  The best part is that the the Petco Foundation is providing $75,000 in non-profit grants to the winners.

Read more about this great show here. 
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

An emotional support dog bit a six-year-old girl on a Southwest Airlines flight — and some people are blaming the child.

Faithful dog dies next to his master’s grave after refusing to leave for 10 years.

‘An incredible tool:’ MCSO K-9 units serve important purpose in combating opioid crisis.

Woman finds her corgi comforting grieving stranger in the airport.

Rescue dog gets ‘new lease of life’ with 3D printed leg.

Dog shows rarely award prize money—here’s why contestants still spend up to $250,000 a year to compete.

Dogs and Humans Didn’t Become Best Friends Overnight.

This Milwaukee company turns breweries’ leftovers into dog treats.

Etiquette expert William Hanson explains how everything from your pooch’s breed to its collar can be VERY revealing of your background.

Strange but true pet tales.



In this Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, photo, American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy plays with a dog at a dog meat farm in Siheung, South Korea. Kenworthy saved five stray dogs during the Sochi Olympics four years ago and is adopting one of the many puppies he met Friday after finishing competition the Pyeongchang Games. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) Ahn Young-joon/AP

In this Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, photo, American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, left, and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas watch dogs in cages at a dog meat farm in Siheung, South Korea. (Ahn Young-joon/Associated Press)

We close as we always do with our closing video.

These Dogs Are Trained to Detect the Smell of Parkinson’s Just by Sniffing a Tee Shirt.


WATCH: Grateful Orphan Dog Holds Rescuer’s Hand During Car Ride to New Foster Home

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

We kindly ask that you please share with other dog lovers you know.

See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!

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Goodnight everyone, and don’t be blue this 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.

Fog. Rain. Freezing rain. Rain mixed with snow. Snow. Cold. Wind chills. Not enough sun.

Throw it all together since the last seemingly gazillion months and what have you got?

The winter blues.

They’re real, folks. Not like that junk science referred to as global warming. Or when everything went cold the advocates changed the wording to climate change.

Cold weather blahs are the Real McCoy.

The official term is winter depression, or seasonal affective disorder. That would be SAD. those affected primarily need light.

People afflicted suffer from:

  • Less energy
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Greater appetite
  • Increased desire to be alone
  • Greater need for sleep
  • Weight gain

I think I have this, whatever you want to call it. For me it started around Labor Day.

I realized the summer’s end was happening. That meant fall was next,  so winter was just around the corner. I hate winter so much the hate for me begins shortly after we flip the August calendar.

Tonight, music of the blues. But I believe these selections won’t necessarily make you blue. You may enjoy so much you won’t need a support group.

There’s one way to find out.

Let’s get started.

The blues was born in the Mississippi Delta area sometime in the late 1800s. The music is rooted in African American slave spiritual and work songs.

Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and many, many others sang about the origin of the blues and this song that was first recorded in 1926. And then in 1941, a movie.

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Now Sammy Davis Jr. gets us rolling. He’s in Vegas, performing on that famous telethon.

From a whippoorwill
Out on a hill
They took a new note
Pushed it through a horn
Til it was worn
Into a blue note
And then they nursed it, rehearsed it
And gave out the news
That the southland gave birth to the blues

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Sammy was truly one of the best.

In 1995 the rock/horn group Chicago released an album paying tribute to big and swing bands.

One of the tracks was the band’s rendition of the title song from a 1941 film.

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Blues in the Night, a digital art piece by Carol and Mike Werner in 2011

Next, a blues number that has become a standard, originally recorded in the late 1940’s.  Lenny Welch, often compared to Johnny Mathis, had the biggest success with his top ten 1963 single.

In 1987 Milwaukee native Al Jarreau covered the tune.  Here Jarreau is backed by keyboardist Bob James  and saxophonist David Sanborn. the track was nominated for a Grammy.

Regular readers know I’m an Elvis fan.  The king could do it all. Rock. Country. Gospel. R & B. And yes, the blues.

Three years ago, Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, announced the worldwide release of “If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” that featured classic Elvis vocal performances with brand-new orchestral accompaniment.

Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, the 14-track album features Elvis’ most dramatic original performances augmented with lush new arrangements by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

“This would be a dream come true for Elvis,” Priscilla Presley said of the project.

“He would have loved to play with such a prestigious symphony orchestra. The music…the force that you feel with his voice and the orchestra is exactly what he would have done,” said Priscilla Presley.

Producer Don Reedman also commented, “Abbey Road Studios and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra are as good as it gets and Elvis deserves as good as it gets.”

Here’s one of the tracks, a remix of a song Elvis did in his famous Aloha from Hawaii concert.

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That’s it for this week.


Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

Need some humor to temporarily do away with the blues? Check out these recommendations from young kids up in Canada.

It was the early part of the 20th century. Penniless songwriter and musician WC Handy was walking down a Memphis street one night when he came upon a sad-looking woman who cried out, “My man’s got a heart like a rock cast in the sea.”  Handy entered a Memphis bar called Pwee, sat down and wrote “The St. Louis Blues,” one of the greatest songs in jazz history.

First published on September 11, 1914, “The St. Louis Blues” has been performed and recorded by countless others.

Here’s Brazilian Eumir Deodato on the electric piano and synthesizer. He and his band were accompanied by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin in the mid 70’s.

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Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: The voice of an angel


The Carpenters live at the Grand Gala du Disque, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, February 1974



Today’s highly interesting read (02/21/18): Do not let the children lead

Dave Cullen wrote the New York Times bestseller “Columbine” about the 1999 rampage at a suburban Denver high school where two teenagers killed 13 of their classmates and themselves. Cullen has been a go-to interview by the media since the Florida mass shooting.

In a piece Cullen wrote for POLITICO, he calls today’s students are calling for major protests “unlikely heroes.”

Will they succeed where we failed? Will they stand up to Trump when he sits down with them this week, and politely but assertively tell him they don’t want his thoughts and prayers, they want a plan? Will they move him where others couldn’t? And will students and parents at every high school at risk, meaning every school in America, start showing up at congressional meetings and shouting their demands, calling out cowardice and inaction? Because that’s what it’s going to take.

That brings us to today’s read, from well-known conservative Michelle Malkin who suggests we go ahead and listen to the children, but don’t let them lead:

America is not a juvenilocracy. It is a constitutional republic. There is a reason we don’t elect high school sophomores and juniors to public office or allow them to cast ballots.

Pubescents are fueled by hormones and dopamine and pizza and Sonic shakes. They’re fickle and fragile and fierce and forgetful.

Many may be exceptionally smart, passionate and articulate beyond their years, but they do not possess any semblance of wisdom because they have not lived those years.

Most are in no position to change the world when they can’t even remember to change their own bedsheets.

Read the entire column here.