Week-ends (06/30/18)

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…



Two nurses

Window washers


Jarrod Ramos

Also, the lefties in the media blaming President Trump for the Capital Gazette murders

Ohio neighbor that called the police

Alison Ettel

Again, the TSA


“This plant will manufacture state-of-the-art LCD (screens) adding an average of $3.4 billion to the state’s economy every single year. We are reclaiming our country’s manufacturing legacy.”
President Trump at the groundbreaking of Foxconn in Mount Pleasant, WI.  He even called the facility the “eighth wonder of the world.”

“Today we break ground on the largest economic development in our state and one of the largest economic development projects in the history of our country. Foxconn will ultimately do $1.4 billion in business with Wisconsin companies each year … this is a big deal for people all across the state.”
Gov. Walker at the Foxconn event

“This project is going to bring a whole new sector to our state’s economy, to Wisconn Valley. Our best days as a state, our best days as a country are ahead of us because of projects like this.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan at the Foxconn event

“A strong Wisconsin is good for the Midwest. A strong Midwest is good for America. A strong America is good for the world.”
Foxconn CEO and Chairman Terry Gou at the groundbreaking

“I’m just an intern from Gateway Technical College and I walked right into this. It’s very easy, they’re very friendly here, it’s a family atmosphere which is one of the rare things you see in a company this large is they actually care about you.”
Racine native Nathan Pritikin, 20, is one of those working through an internship he received from a partnership between Gateway and Foxconn

“They’re not going to be able to go to a restaurant, they’re not going to be able to stop at a gas station … the people are going to turn on them, they’re going to protest, they’re going to absolutely harass them until they decide that they’re going to tell the president, ‘No I can’t hang with you.’ “
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said that officials in the Trump administration should be called out in public

“4 months away from an election, there should be no consideration of a Supreme Court nominee until the American people have a say. Leader McConnell set that standard when he denied Judge Garland a hearing for nearly a year, and the Senate should follow the McConnell Standard now.”
Sen. Diane Feinstein

“They know better than this but they’re counting on you not knowing.
1) It’s the Biden rule
2) It’s not a presidential election cycle
3) Kagan was confirmed in August 2010 during a midterm year.
Commentator Dana Loesch

“You really have to go out and hunt for it (reliable information). You should read conservative sites. You should read liberal sites, and find the truth in there. If something is repeated on both sides, that’s generally what happened.

“In respect to Time magazine, that cover is ridiculous. Ten years ago, somebody would have been fired over it. But we’re now approaching the point that newspapers will no longer have a Corrections section. They’ll have a Justifications section. Because Time magazine didn’t say ‘Wow, we dropped the ball, we got fooled by this.’ They justified the use of a fraudulent picture, that was already Photoshopped to have the president staring at that kid. But they justified it! This is not – The Luce family would be rolling over in their grave at what has become of what they started!”
Conservative columnist and commentator Derek Hunter, author of the new book, Outrage Inc.: How the Liberal Mob Ruined Science, Journalism, and Hollywood.


Capital Gazette murders

Also: Libraries across the country invite drag performers to ‘teach’ kids about gender fluidity


Americans Read an Average of 16.8 Minutes Per Day; Spend 166.2 Minutes Watching TV


Obama made his first talk show appearance since leaving office.


Father, son who disagree on Trump running against each other


Trump’s wall, miserable liberals, baseball troubles, and the shot clock in high school basketball

ICYMI, here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (06/29/18): Border Patrol Agent: Trump’s wall is the best way to end the border crisis

Today’s highly interesting read (06/28/18): It Is Terrible To Be A Liberal In 2018 – Which Is Awesome

Today’s highly interesting read (06/26/18): There’s no ducking the numbers: MLB has a bad baseball problem that’s only getting worse

Today’s highly interesting read (06/25/18): Debate over shot clock in Wisconsin high school basketball faces murky future

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (06/30/18)

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:   EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM. Dangerous heat and humidity is expected.  Last night’s warm overnight lows will add to the cumulative impact of the heat. Heat-related illnesses are more likely to occur in these hot and humid conditions. If outdoors, take plenty of breaks from the heat, and drink plenty of water. Check on those more prone to be affected by the heat, including children, the elderly, and those on certain medications.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… Take extra precautions…if you work or spend time outside. When possible…reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. To reduce risk during outdoor work…the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency…call 9 1 1. An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of fluids…stay in an air-conditioned room…stay out of the sun… and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.

Sunny. High of 95.  “D”

  Scattered thunderstorms. High of  87.  “C”

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

fireworks cartoon

Any dog owner can laugh at the above cartoon, but also shake their head in sympathy and agreement.  No one wants to see their dog suffer while they are enjoying one of the best traditions of our nation’s birthday party celebration.

In June 2016 this news story reported on a new prescription medicine that could solve your dog’s noise-aversion anxiety. Sileo was taking the canine world “by storm” for a species that can’t stand the very thought of them.  Launched in time for the Independence Day celebrations across America, vets & their patients promoted the prescription as a possible “miracle.”

Do you have personal experience with this doggy drug?  Initially I had high hopes that it would really make a difference in the lives of dogs who suffer from noise aversion.  However, after two years on the market it appears that it might not be as perfect as promised.

If you’re not the type to jump to a pharmaceutical phenomenon there are other holistic remedies that might be just the solution.  Check out the Dodo’s list of helpful hints.

If you have any anecdotes to share about how you keep your dog happy and calm during these stressful times, please feel free to share in the comments section.

Happy Independence Day to all the Barking Lot readers and their faithful four-legged friends!
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Chicago police dog helps find $10M in marijuana.

George HW Bush enlists help of new service dog Sully.

After Husky saves deaf hiker on Alaska trail, others come forward saying he rescued them, too.

Why death of your pet is difficult to bear.


New York boy selling his toys to raise money for service dog’s surgery.

How to Take Any Dog on an Adventure.

VERY COOL: Jaguars and Pet Paradise Announce New Details on NFL’s First In-stadium Dog Park.

Not a news story, but timely: DIY PATRIOTIC FRUIT STARS | DIY Dog Treats.



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Ali was part of a Mega-Adoption event held by the city of Indianapolis last weekend, but he unfortunately was not one of the lucky pets to be chosen. Plainfield, Indiana resident Cathlene Hirtzel took a heart-breaking photo of Ali at the end of the adoption event and posted it on Facebook hoping to find someone to adopt Ali. The photo quickly went viral. As of this posting there have been about 100 applications that are now being reviewed.

We close as we always do with our closing video. And we’ve got a few.

1) British vet Zephanie Woodward shows how car can reach ‘dog-killing’ 46C in just 30 minutes during heatwave.

2) Check out video in this article: Incredible dog trained to perform CPR on anyone who’s collapsed

3) And finally…

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!

Best Cartoons of the Week (06/30/18)


Michael Ramirez


Michael Ramirez

Michael Ramirez again

Gary Varvel

Steve Breen

Tom Stiglich

Steve Kelley


Michael Ramirez

A.F. Branco

Michael Ramirez again

A.F. Branco again


Tom Stiglich

Mike Lester

Steve Kelley

Michael Ramirez

Gary Varvel


Gary Varvel

Ken Catalino

Chip Bok


Michael Ramirez

Steve Breen

Tom Stiglich

Bob Gorrell


Robert Ariail


Michael Ramirez


Tom Stiglich


Gary Varvel


Chip Bok


Steve Breen

Michael Ramirez





Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend that gives you goosebumps!

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!

A very interesting theme this week.

You’re undoubtedly familiar with the term “goose bumps.” As in, “I got goose bumps watching her give her high school graduation speech.”

Goose bumps are real. They’re the literal tiny bumps you get all over your body when you are experiencing intense emotions.

Back in January I stumbled upon an old article from the Independent that made the connection between goose bumps and music.

Research on the subject was published in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. OK, just stay with me for a  few moments.

The researchers found that white matter connectivity between certain parts of the brain explains individual differences in reward sensitivity to music.

What does that mean? From the Independent:

This means if you do get chills from music you are more likely to have stronger and more intense emotions. Plus these sensations can also be associated with memories linked to a certain song, which cannot be controlled in a laboratory setting.

From Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience:

Music provides an ideal stimulus with which to study pleasure and reward, as it has been a fixture of every human civilization throughout history and is often reported as one of the most enjoyable of human experiences. Individuals tend to report a complex array of bodily and mental sensations while listening to music, such as the feeling of a lump in the throat, feeling moved and the experience of chills: the tingling sensation on the scalp, back of the neck and spine that is often accompanied by goose bumps.

Does certain music or songs give you the chills? Think about that and please enjoy music that gives yours truly goose bumps. And since the 4th is so close you can expect some patriotic material.

Let’s get started.

Tell me you get thrilled at an Independence Day parade when a big band struts down the street.

Back in the early 1980’s the Hooked on  Classics series began featuring arrangements of classical favorites, usually orchestral, with an added, pronounced beat. Louis Clark came up with the idea and conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from the UK.

This medley is from the 3rd album in the series (1983) and includes:

Under the Double Eagle

The Stars and Stripes Forever

Under the Double Eagle

The British Grenadiers

Cavalry of the Clouds

Officer of the Day

King Cotton

Imperial Echoes

The goose bumps moment? Take your pick.

independence day parade, fourth of july, america's birthday, celebrations

Louis Clark who conducted the orchestra for the above medley was also the conductor of the orchestra and choir hired to back the very popular and successful Electric Light Orchestra.

Next, what’s your favorite TV theme music or song?

I think the very best is Peter Gunn.

Craig Stevens played the cool private investigator who solved cases in a nameless waterfront city in the TV series from 1958 – 1961.

Henry Mancini scored the music for the theme and the series.

In the mid 70’s when many artists were doing charged up remakes of old tunes, Mancini went jazzy funk in a 1975 album. One of the tracks was a totally different rendition of Peter Gunn.

There are some terrific solos here.

On bass, Abraham Laboriel, the father of Abe Laboriel Jr. who drums for Paul McCartney.

On organ, the late jazz great Joe Sample.

And on piccolo trumpet and trumpet,  Bud Brisbois.

The goose bumps moment: At the 3:44 mark after the solos when the orchestra goes into a frenzy.


Mancini was nominated for 72 Grammy Awards and won 20.  His soundtrack album of Peter Gunn won for Best Album and Best Arrangement.

Mancini was also nominated for 18 Academy Awards and won four.

NEXT…he was the first solo entertainer to hold a live concert broadcast internationally via satellite. More than a billion people from more than 40 countries across Asia and Europe tuned in to watch “Aloha from Hawaii” in 1973.

Audience tickets for the January 14 concert and its January 12 pre-broadcast rehearsal show carried no price. Each audience member was asked to pay whatever he or she could afford. The performance and concert merchandise sales raised $75,000 for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund in Hawaii.

A remarkable 530 different artists or groups have recorded “An American Trilogy,” but none more famous than Elvis who made it a staple of his live concerts.

Mickey Newbury arranged the song years before. From Australian blogger Geoffrey McDonnell:

“An American Trilogy” has been called “an indelible, essential work of the American songbook,” and “a great slice of Americana” that “bonds minority, Southern and Northern issues into a common lament.”

Elvis’ rendition at the Hawaii concert  is stirring and emotional to say the least (the sweat pouring down his face looks almost like tears).

The goosebumps moment: After the flute solo, there’s the build up of the strings, the pounding of the tympani, the blaring of the trumpets. Then the fist in the air and the big finish.


Hard to believe that was more than 45 years ago.

We move across the ocean in the other direction. Established in 2000, the Classic BRIT Awards recognizes excellence, achievement and success in classical music and other classic musical genres. The Classic BRIT Awards are highly regarded in the artist community and regarded as the pinnacle of achievement within the industry.

The 10th annual awards show in 2009 featured two outstanding pianists combining their talents on one of the greatest compositions of all time.

This one dates all the way back to 1924.

Orchestra leader Paul Whiteman had organized a New York concert to highlight a new form of music called jazz. After about two dozen numbers the audience was growing weary. That was about to change.

A gentleman by the name of George Gershwin sat down at the piano to play his brand new composition, “Rhapsody In Blue.” And Gershwin was nervous. It was five weeks before the concert and his brother Ira read an article  in the New York Tribune stating that George was “at work on a jazz concerto” for the program.

Not expecting to write anything special, Gershwin was now under pressure.  He came up with one of the most important American musical works of the 20th century.

Now to the Classical Brits Awards and the goosebumps moment: The entire piece is masterful of course. The goosebumps pop right about the 5:36 mark.

That’s it for this week.


Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

It’s really tough to follow Lang Lang and Herbie Hancock. But we’ve got something special for you.

“If you go to any small town orchestra in the country, it’s considered de rigueur that you perform the ‘1812 Overture’ during a July 4th concert.”
Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Boston Pops

Here are the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and Boston Crusaders conducted by Keith Lockhart from the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, July 4th 2015, and Tchaikovsky’s  1812 Overture.

The goosebumps moment: There are a few but the very best is at 10:30.

Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops


A studio version of our previous video is available on a CD.

The piece is lengthy so we’ve edited it down to the finale.

Friday Forgotten Oldie: Let’s go to the ballet

With Independence Day just around the corner we thought our oldie this week would be from American artists. And we’ve pulled out a dandy.

When it comes to American music groups this one has sold more records than any other with the exception of the Beach Boys…

Image result for logo, chICAGO ROCK GROUP

Chicago is an American jazz-rock horn band formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. Do the math. They’ve been around, recording and performing for 51 years.

Chicago has recorded 36 albums and sold over 100,000,000 records.

That’s the cover of their second album, released in January of 1970. Though it was their second LP, because their inaugural album was titled “Chicago Transit Authority” this one was called “Chicago.” The real transit authority sued and the band changed their name. Boy, the CTA really showed them.

The highlight of this double album was an extended composition, “Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon.  Written by trombonist James Pankow, the Ballet is a suite of pop songs emulating the form of the great classical composers.

From the website Chicago the band:

“The second record had more of a classical approach to it,” says (band member Walt) Parazaider, “whereas the first one was really a raw thing. The second one seemed a little more polished.”

“I had been inspired by classics,” says Pankow of the Ballet. I had bought the Brandenburg concertos, and I was listening to them one night, thinking, man, how cool! Bach 200 years ago, wrote this stuff, and it cooks. If we put a rock ‘n’ roll rhythm section to something like this, that could be really cool. I was also a big Stravinsky fan. His stuff is classical, yet it’s got a great passion to it. We were on the road, and I had a Fender Rhodes piano between Holiday Inn beds. I found myself going back to some arpeggios, a la Bach, and along came “Colour My World.” It’s just a simple 12-bar pattern, but it just flowed. Then I called Walt into the room, and I said, “Hey, Walt, you got your flute? Why don’t you try a few lines?,” and one thing led to another. These things were disjointed, but yet I liked it all, and ultimately it was a matter of just sewing these things together, creating segues and interludes.”

Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon

Make Me Smile
So Much to Say, So Much to Give
Anxiety’s Moment
West Virginia Fantasies
Colour My World
To Be Free
Now More Than Ever

From October 2014 at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, DE…

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Chicago is, not surprisingly, on tour.

Chip Chandler writes on Panhandle PBS:

This tour offers something special: The band will play the entirety of its Grammy-nominated sophomore album Chicago — including hit “25 or 6 to 4” and the epic song cycle “Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon” — to kick off the show. Then, (Lee) Loughnane said, “we’ll take a 15-minute intermission and come back and do the longest encore known to man will all of our hits, another hour or so of all hits.”





































Today’s highly interesting read (06/29/18): Border Patrol Agent: Trump’s wall is the best way to end the border crisis

Today’s read is from Brandon Judd,  president of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC), the exclusive labor representative of approximately 16,000 Border Patrol agents.

If Democrats and the media elite truly cared about the safety of illegal immigrants, they’d be down on the border right now working to build the wall President Trump wants America to have.

Without a completed wall, thousands of illegal immigrants will continue to put their lives at risk. As long as people think they can cross the border illegally, they will continue to try.

Read the entire column here.