Week-ends (07/28/18)

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…


Michael Michalski

Sacramento firefighters

City of Minneapolis

The American Economy

Unidentified Cubs fan


Jonathan Copeland Jr.

California DMV

These priests and bishops


“This officer was a constituent of mine, a dedicated family man. He leaves behind a lovely wife, children and grandchildren. He was a very quiet, unassuming man who did his job and did it very well. He was a pillar of our community. He leaves behind a huge void.”
Milwaukee Alderman Mark Borkowski mourning the death of Michael Michalski, a 17-year Milwaukee police department veteran. Michalski, 52, was a member of the Special Investigations Division, and part of group that responded to a house Wednesday to look for a suspect wanted on gun and drugs violations. That suspect opened fire on the officers, striking Michalski.

“Those claiming that minorities are not smart enough to follow voting rules with a Photo ID are the true racists.”
Tweet from the account of Wisconsin Republican Rep. Thomas Weatherson. It was quickly deleted, and the state lawmaker said it did not come from him.

“This is going to be the mother of all protests. Who in their right mind would want to police this?”
Eugene O’Donnell, a policing expert, on the news that Charlotte, N.C, has been picked to host the 2020 Republican National Convention

“You know, when I think about President Trump, there’s one word that comes to mind. That word is ‘courage.’ Do you agree? (Applause.) How many people over the years have said that they’ll do this, or they’ll do that? But there’s one guy who had the guts to actually fulfill his promises, the guts to move our embassy to Jerusalem, the guts to actually stand up against our enemies overseas, the guts to put conservatives on the Supreme Court of the United States — and that’s Donald Trump.”
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley speaking at the annual VFW Convention

“We don’t apologize for America anymore. We stand up for America.  We stand up for the patriots who defend America.  And we stand up for our National Anthem. We’re putting America first again, and we are seeing the incredible results. We’re destroying the bloodthirsty killers known as ISIS — almost gone. We’re calling the threat by its real name, a name that wasn’t mentioned for a long time. It’s called radical Islamic terrorism. That’s what it is. You have to know your enemy before you can defeat your enemy.”
President Trump speaking at the annual VFW Convention 

“Donald Trump has survived everything they’ve thrown at him. Donald Trump has survived the best and the brightest. He has survived honest attacks. He has survived cheating attacks.

“Donald Trump is continuing to reassert the United States on the world stage. We are reassuming our position of dominance and leadership under the guise of being the good guys. We are the good guys. We are the solution to the world’s problems. Donald Trump is reasserting that prominence. He’s doing it against an opposition few Republican presidents have ever seen mounted against them. Facebook and Twitter were part of the cabal.

“The Drive-By Media has lost audience. The Drive-By Media has lost subscribers. They’ve lost circulation. If it weren’t for forced monopolistic viewing in airports, CNN would not have an audience much larger than a couple of phone booths. Everybody that takes Donald Trump on has bruises to show for it.”
Rush Limbaugh

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is less hideously unattractive than the usual Democrat potentate or potentatette and has therefore been anointed the new face of her pathetic party. This dumb woman, who looks like Huma Abedin without the pedohubby and the weird relationship with Felonia Milhous von Pantsuit, took advantage of her even dumber New York district in order to get elected to Congress by calling herself a ‘socialist.’ Yeah, the subject of a thousand Trader Joe’s house brand chardonnay toasts is a proud adherent of the ideology that butchered 100 million people in the last century.

“Ocasio-Cortez is an idiot, like all adolescent socialists, so she qualified to be the Great Pinko Hope for a party in decline. Here’s how bad she is – she apparently went to college, got a degree in economics, and still ended up a socialist. If she went to med school, she would have probably left a chain smoker.

“Socialism is the fetch of ideologies, and the left is always trying to make it happen. They tried again by releasing Bernie Sanders from the Old Commies Home to nearly beat Stumbles McMyTurn. That failed and now it’s this nitwit’s turn to spray perfume inside the outhouse.”
Columnist Kurt Schlichter

“Our policy is you stand during the anthem, toe on the line.”
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones saying Cowboys players will be required to stand during the playing of the National Anthem before home games

“My saddest moment as a mother. On Thursday, July 19, 2018, I said my final goodbye to my son, Craig Raymond Turner, when I gathered with family and friends to scatter his ashes off the coast of California. He was fifty-nine when he died so tragically, but he will always be my baby.”
Pop star Tina Turner about her son Craig Raymond, who committed suicide 


Suspect in Milwaukee officer’s killing has long criminal record


Foxconn fringe benefits


Demi Lovato hospitalized for a heroin overdose



FRANKLIN READERS: Monday is the deadline for the EMS survey.

Support for Trump, Charlie Sykes, newspapers and the cost of gov’t, and Washington’s dirty little secret

Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (07/26/18): What liberals (still) get wrong about Trump’s support

Today’s highly interesting read (07/25/18): When Newspapers Close, the Cost of Government Goes Up

Today’s highly interesting read (07/24/18): Sykes – As a conservative, I despair at Republicans’ support for Trump

Today’s highly interesting read (07/23/18): The dirty little secret in Washington everyone knows

FRANKLIN READERS: Monday is the deadline for the EMS survey.

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (07/28/18)

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:  Wake up to crisp 50-degree temps. Mostly sunny. High of 77.   “A”

  Partly cloudy.  High of  78. “A”

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

Growing up, I was fortunate that I was never seriously injured.  To this date, I’ve never had a broken bone or even received stitches.  That’s not to say I didn’t have my fair share of bumps and bruises and plenty of scraped knees.  After all I was a typical kid who ran too fast and didn’t always watch where I was going.  We didn’t have a paved driveway, just gravel.  So let me tell you when I tumbled it wasn’t just a scrape, I was picking little stones out of my knees!

It goes without saying that plenty of tears accompanied those mishaps.  What kid doesn’t cry when they spurt blood?  It didn’t matter that my mom always came to my aid with bandages and Bactine and extra hugs.  While I appreciated all of that, it was my dog Sugar that always made me feel better.  From the moment I’d tumble in the back door until the last tear was shed and dried, she would be with me.

Admittedly I wouldn’t call her the most intelligent dog I’ve known, but she was sensitive and sympathetic any time I was sad.  She knew when I was crying that I was hurting, and would do everything in her little doggy power to help make me feel better.  Funny thing is, it always worked.  Dog owners, is there ever a moment that spending time with your pup doesn’t make you feel better?

It certainly doesn’t surprise me that a scientific study shows us that dogs run to help their owners when they are crying.  Other such studies have been done, and this recent one has a nice Wisconsin tie.  Julia Meyers-Manor, an assistant professor of psychology at Ripon College, was senior author of the study.  You can read about it here.

When is the last time you had a tear-fest and your dog came running to check on you?  Share your story in our comments section!
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

“I just flung her:” Greenfield man fights off 2 coyotes who attacked his dog.

Sombra the drug-sniffing police dog is famous in Colombia. Now, smugglers have put a bounty on her head.

Man bites dog: North Koreans eat dog meat to beat the heat.

In Dog-Eat-Dog World Of Congress, 2 GOP Lawmakers Spar over canine training facility.

Old and crippled WI dog sat vigil three days when its owner died. Now he needs a home.

Bereaved owners are hit hard by the death of a pet. Should they get paid leave?

Why can’t I use my dog’s tick prevention medicine?

Pets at home: do cats and dogs really fight like cats and dogs?

How old is my pet in dog years or cat years? A veterinarian explains.

Family Dog Teaches 1-Year-Old to Walk as Mom Raises Her Daughters Alongside Four Samoyed Pups.

Shawna Nicols, inspired by walking her dog Bob, has written a children’s book titled “The Adventures of Bob and Downtown Milwaukee.”

Petco takes posh approach with PetCoach store.

It’s a palace fit for a queen . . . or a very spoiled pup.

Police Dog Forgets How to Walk When He Tries on New Shoes.



Pregnant Foster Dog Treated to Sweet Maternity Shoot — Complete with ‘Lots of Belly Rubs’.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

At the Barking Lot we never tire of stories like this…

For more info about W.O.O.F., go here.

Next, a milestone for a special breed.


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!

Goodnight everyone, and have a Kooler than you thought 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!

Are you planning on going to a wedding anytime soon?

In the state of Wisconsin for the past 35 years or so, you are not legally married unless the following are played or performed at your wedding reception:

1) A polka

2) “Celebration”

Tonight, a legendary musical group in a way you’ve never heard them before.

Let’s go!

Kool & the Gang have been performing since 1964 and enjoyed success in the 1970’s. But their R & B and soul tunes never reached #1 until the group converted to a full-fledged disco sound (some would argue they sold out) in 1980 with “Celebration.” Before that anthem, there was “Jungle Boogie” and “Hollywood Swinging” and others. And before that, there was…jazz?

Yes there was.

Robert ‘Kool’ Bell and his brother Ronald  grew up in Jersey City, NJ and developed a passion for music from their father who was a professional boxer and a serious jazz lover who just happened to be a close friend of Thelonious Monk.

Robert played bass. Ronald took on several horns. The two formed the Jazziacs in 1964 with several neighborhood friends: trombone player Clifford Adams, guitarists Charles Smith and Woody Sparrow, trumpeter Robert ‘Spike’ Michens, alto saxophonist Dennis Thomas, keyboard player Ricky West, and drummer Funky George Brown (all of whom, except Michens and West, still remained in the group more than 30 years later).

Mention Kool & the Gang today and “Celebration’” immediately comes to mind. But in the late 60’s and early 70’s the band was performing material that would never see a top 40 chart. In their 2016 album, “The Hits: Reloaded” Kool & the Gang paid tribute to their roots. Have you ever heard Kool & the Gang like this?

Before the band went totally commercial in the 70’s, they recorded two live albums.

Recorded live at P.J.’s – Hollywood, California, May 29, 1971,  “N.T.” is short for “No Title.”


I had the privilege of seeing and meeting Kool and the Gang while working backstage at the Main Stage at the Wisconsin State Fair when they appeared in 2007.

During our pre-meeting held a few hours before the show began I spoke with the band’s manager. The night before they performed in Pittsburgh and thousands and thousands worth of jewelry belonging to the band members was stolen.

I was to watch the band’s trailer (dressing room) that night and was told in no uncertain terms that no one, no one was to be allowed into the trailer once the show began.

What if a person had all the proper credentials, I asked.

Didn’t matter. No one gets in.

Kool and the Gang goes on stage. Can you guess what’s coming?

It was just under a half hour into the concert and a well-dressed guy starts walking towards the band’s trailer…and me. He has every lanyard and proper credential swinging from around his neck. I am firmly planted at the bottom of the stairs leading to the trailer.

I nicely refuse him entry, even as he points to a half dozen badges dangling in front of me.

He asks me who told me he couldn’t go into the trailer.

“Mr. Robert Bell and his manager” I replied.

I’ll give the guy credit, he wasn’t a jerk and didn’t give me grief. He simply said OK and headed to the stage where he was given immediate access thanks to all those passes he had around his neck.

Several minutes later I was stunned.

Walking off the stage towards me, with bass guitar wrapped around his neck was…

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Robert “Kool” Bell.

Did I mention he was the founder of the group?

Here we go, I thought.

He’s gonna chew me out, dress me down.

Alongside Bell was the dude dripping with credentials.

Remember, the band is playing one of the group’s greatest hits onstage and their leader and bass guitarist has up and left.

Now Bell is right in front of me and remarks that I didn’t let his “friend” into the the trailer. Why not?

I calmly told him why not.

Bell responded calmly as well. He complimented me for doing my job, for doing what I was asked to do. Then he said I could make an exception…for his “friend.”

Situation handled nicely and without drama.

What a thrilling experience to be that close to musical giants. Hard to believe, but nearly 50 years and millions and millions of records sold later, Kool & the Gang are still performing.

From that other live album, their first live recording, released in February 1971. It reached #6 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart and remained on the chart for an impressive 33 weeks.

You probably seen a trend, a pattern that’s developed here. These tracks are nothing like the totally commercial “Celebration.”

Khalis Bayyan (born Ronald Bell) told Rolling Stone in an interview:

“We took all the jazz out of the music, and I wrote ‘Celebration.’ I was reading Scripture where the creator’s gonna create and made an announcement that he’s gonna create this human thing, to angels, and the angels were celebrating him for doing so, and that’s also where the idea came from. Three Dog Night had songs about ‘Celebrate’ but there was never a song about a cel-e-bra-tion. Everyone around the world, come on, there’s a celebration every second of our lives. Somewhere, someone is always celebrating something.”

The song that played as the American hostages returned from Iran became and still is the quintessential recording for any happy occasion and the band’s only #1 hit.

One year before its release Robert Bell says a decision was made to hire a dedicated lead vocalist.

“When we decided to make that change and get a lead singer in the late seventies, you had Earth, Wind & Fire, and they had Maurice White and Philip Bailey,” he says. “And the Commodores had Lionel Richie. We thought it was time to make a change and that’s when we decided to get a lead singer.”

There was no turning back to the previous music styles. From a business perspective it was a tremendous decision. However, I submit that musically, the group was more talented in those early years.

This synthesizer-oriented recording is from 1974.

That’s it for this evening.


Sleep well.

Have a Kool weekend.

We close with a nice track from a 1976 album.

Kool & The Gang

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: The most successful all female rock band of all time

They wrote their own songs and played their own instruments.

Belinda Carlisle

Jane Wiedlin

Charlotte Caffey

Gina Schock

Kathy Valentine

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The Go-Go’s formed in Los Angeles. From their website:

From their halcyon days as America’s sweethearts to their current status as superstars who pioneered a genre, The Go-Go’s preside over an amazing three-decade reign as high pop priestesses. The internationally-loved pop hitmakers helped cement the foundation of the early 80’s pop-rock sound without the aid of outside composers, session players or, most importantly, creative compromise.

Their story truly is a punk version of the American Dream. They came, they saw and they conquered the charts, the airwaves and, with their kicky kitsch appeal, pop culture in general.

Sure, before the Go-Go’s debuted in May of ’78, there were other all-female bands, but to a man (ahem, or in this case, woman) there was usually a seedy, cigar-chompin’ guy lurking just behind the curtain, pulling strings, writing songs and shaping the image as his gals danced on his string. But The Go-Go’s didn’t need a doctor in their house. No Phil Spector, Kim Fowley or Sonny Bono plotted their moves. It was their baby right from the start and they nursed the bouncing infant on a diet of non-stop nocturnal nourishment in dank clubs all across the city.

Forty years after their debut the Go-Go’s have come to Broadway. The new musical “Head Over Heels” doesn’t include any of the  band members because that wouldn’t be appropriate. That’s because the Broadway producer came up the idea that had songs by the group as part of an Elizabethan-era story about a royal family and their potential doom. Clearly the Go-Go’s weren’t around in the 1580’s.

Four of the band’s members – Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Kathy Valentine and Jane Wiedlin – surprised a preview audience at the Hudson Theatre in New York by taking to the stage and bringing the curtain down with a rousing rendition of “Our Lips Are Sealed,” captured by CBS.

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Earlier this month the Go-Go’s did three nights of concerts at a very famous venue.

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For their encore during those shows the band did their biggest charting record.

Here they are doing it in 2016.

The Go Gos Announce Summer 2016 Farewell Tour Dates With Best Coast

How rude! The disappearance of civility

From CBS News…

NOTE: I give credit to CBS for tackling this subject, but the fact is the left is far more unhinged and off its rocker.

On several occasions I’ve linked to a 1996 US News & World Report article about this very subject.

More than 24 years later it still rings true.

Read the entire article here.