My Most Popular Blogs (10/29/18)

Here are my most popular blogs from last week, Sunday – Saturday:

1) The Best Cartoons of the Week (10/27/18)

2) My friend prevented voter fraud

3) Culinary no-no #585

4) Some judges not following sex offender law

5) The best memes of the week (10/21/18)

6) UPDATE: Franklin aldermen approved without telling anyone a police referendum was for 18 years, and still haven’t told anybody (until we asked)

7) Oak Creek official takes shot at Franklin

8) UPDATE: Franklin’s Easter Egg Hunt age limit

9) Goodnight everyone, and have a Halloweenish weekend!

10) Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: Leave her alone

And THIS didn’t make our TOP TEN but is worth a look.

Culinary no-no #586

Culinary no-no began on Father’s Day 2007, a beautiful summer day, when I wrote about grilling brats. And eating brats. And topping those brats. I was inspired by my wife, Jennifer who, in my admittedly unscientific opinion, ruins brats by squirting ketchup on them. Other dining taboos quickly came to mind. The original idea was to take this concept only a few months, till the end of summer and then pull the plug. Then the unexpected happened. People started reading Culinary no-no. Lots of folks. So we keep doing the no-no.

This week’s  installment is short and sweet.

Well, maybe not sweet at all.

Definitely a departure from the usual multi-paragraph no-no.

Here’s the deal, and the no-no.

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Many kids can’t deal with that haul because of allergies.

So, have you heard of these?

Nice idea.

Photos of the Week (10/28/18)

A pictorial week in review posted every Sunday.

1) Law enforcement runs with  a person on a stretcher at the scene where multiple people were shot on October 27, 2018, at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Photo: Alexandra Wimley, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

2) A man holds his head as he is escorted out of the synagogue. Photo: Alexandra Wimley, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

3) Law enforcement check several entrances to the synagogue. A lone gunman is in custody. Photo: Alexandra Wimley, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

4) Police stand guard outside the Time Warner Center after a suspicious package was found inside the CNN offices in New York on Oct. 24. Pipe bombs sent to several prominent critics of President Donald Trump and to CNN’s New York newsroom triggered a nationwide investigation and bipartisan condemnation on Wednesday. Photo: Justin Lane / EPA

5) A police car in front of the home of Hillary Clinton in the New York suburb of Chappaqua after authorities intercepted a suspicious package addressed to her. Photo: REUTERS/Mike Segar

6) A still image taken from CCTV video and obtained by TRT World claims to show Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, highlighted in a red circle by the source, as he arrives at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo: Courtesy TRT World/via Reuters

7) A small group of Honduran migrants trying to reach the U.S. border walk along train tracks in Trancas Viejas, Veracruz state, Mexico, on October 24, 2018. As a caravan of thousands of Central Americans renewed their slow march toward the U.S. on Wednesday, others chose to travel in smaller groups, following routes well worn by decades of migrants fleeing poverty and violence. Photo: Rebecca Blackwell / AP

8) An aerial view of Honduran migrants aboard a truck as they take part in a caravan heading to the U.S., on the outskirts of Tapachula, on their way to Huixtla, Chiapas state, Mexico, on October 22, 2018. Photo: Pedro Pardo / AFP / Getty

9) Honduran migrants stand on the rear footplate of a truck near Mapastepec, on the way to the US border. Photograph: Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty

10) Supporters pray at the start of a campaign rally while awaiting the arrival of U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz in Houston, Texas, on October 22, 2018. Photo: Leah Millis / Reuters

11) President Donald Trump listens as Gov. Scott Walker speaks during a rally in Mosinee, WI.  Photo: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

12) President Donald Trump poses for a photo with state senator and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir at the Mosinee rally. Photo: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

13) Participants gather prior to President Donald Trump’s arrival to address the “2018 Young Black Leadership Summit,” in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Photo: REUTERS/Carlos Barria

14) Attendees attempt to take photos of former President Barack Obama at a rally at  North Division on Friday. Photo: Mark Hoffman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

15) People rally to protest the Trump administration’s reported transgender proposal to narrow the definition of gender to male or female at birth, in Los Angeles, California. Photo: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

16) Palestinians burn tires and throw stones toward Israeli forces as they gather to support the maritime demonstration to break the Gaza sea blockade in Gaza City on October 22, 2018. Photo: Mustafa Hassona / Anadolu Agency / Getty

17) A Nihang or Sikh warrior uses a hammer to break bricks on the head of another Sikh as they perform Gatkha, a traditional form of martial arts, during a religious procession to mark the birth anniversary of Sri Guru Ram Das, the fourth Guru of the Sikhs, in Amritsar, India. Photo: REUTERS/Munish Sharma

18) Cars drive past a vintage airplane with German World War II–era markings that crashed onto Highway 101 in Agoura Hills, California, on October 23, 2018. Photo: Cynthia Alvarez / AFP / Getty

19) In Kiel, Germany,  explosives master Hans-Jörg Kinsky (L) and his team stand alongside a defused American bomb from the second world war. The bomb was discovered near a hospital, which had to be evacuated. Photograph: Barcroft Images

20) A woman sits on a bridge looking over Schlegeis Reservoir on a sunny autumn day near the alpine village of Ginzling, Austria, on October 21, 2018. Photo: Lisi Niesner / Reuters

21) A forest of fall color, photographed from above a plateau in Duzce, Turkey, on October 21, 2018. Photo: Omer Urer / Anadolu Agency / Getty

22) Stahleck Castle stands above colorful trees and a vineyard looking over the Rhine river near the village of Bacharach, Germany, on October 24, 2018. Photo: Michael Probst / AP

23) The farmer Charles Eckley inspects his pumpkin harvest in a field at Pumpkin Moon in Maidstone, England, on October 14, 2018. Photo: Hannah Mckay / Reuters

24) Women take a selfie next to a flock of sheep during the annual sheep parade through Madrid, Spain, on October 21, 2018. Shepherds parade the sheep through the city every year in order to exercise their right to use traditional routes to migrate their livestock from northern Spain to winter-grazing pasture land in southern Spain. Photo: Susana Vera / Reuters

25) A long-eared owl flies in Frouzins, near Toulouse, France, on October 26, 2018. Photo: Regis Duvignau / Reuters

26) Bird trainer Valerie Recher trains a vulture in the town of Frouzins in France. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

27) A large King Kong sculpture hangs over the side of a building in Tokyo, Japan, on October 24, 2018. Photo: Carl Court / Getty

28) The wedding outfits of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Harry, Duke of Sussex, are on display ahead of the exhibition A Royal Wedding, soon to open at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, Britain. Photo: REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

29) A visitor looks at the “Leaning Horizontal II” by the artist Sirous Namazi during the press preview of the Athens Biennial 2018 on October 25, 2018. Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP / Getty

30) The inflatable “Baby Trump” makes its West Coast debut at Politicon at the Los Angeles Convention Center on October 19, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Chelsea Guglielmino / Getty

31) Students from St Andrews University are covered in foam as they take part in the traditional Raisin Weekend in the Lower College Lawn, at St Andrews in Scotland. Photo: REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

32) Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson scores a touchdown past Wisconsin cornerback Madison Cone during the first half of the Badgers’ 31-17 loss to the Wildcats on Saturday at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. Photo: Namy Huh, Associated Press

Week-ends (10/27/18)

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…


Ashley Goette

Shriners Hospitals for Children in Salt Lake City

Daniel Vasquez


Whoever is behind those pipe bombs

The shooter in Pittsburgh

The caravan


“I think one thing we should do is we would stiffen up our laws with guns with the death penalty. When people do this they should get the death penalty.”
President Trump on the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. At least eight people were killed, 12 were shot and three officers were injured while responding to an active shooting incident at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday.

“Any acts or threats of political violence are an attack on our democracy itself. No nation can succeed that tolerates violence or the threat of violence as a method of political intimidation, coercion, or control. We all know that. Such conduct must be fiercely opposed and firmly prosecuted. We want all sides to come together in peace and harmony. We can do it.

“We should not mob people in public spaces or destroy public property.  There is one way to settle our disagreements. It’s called: ‘peacefully at the ballot box.’ That’s what we want.” President Trump at a GOP rally in Mosinee, WI

“I am hopeful that despite all the noise, and the lies, and the distraction, we are going to cut through all that and remember who we are. The antidote to government by a powerful few is government by the organized, energized many.”
Former President Barack Obama at a rally in Milwaukee

“The media also has a responsibility to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostility and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks and stories.”
President Trump at the Mosinee rally

“Over the past few days, 13 devices that look like bombs have been mailed to prominent Democrats, including former presidents, and celebrities. We just had an arrest in Florida, but we don’t know what their political leanings are, if any, or a motive. We don’t know. Yet, the liberal news media know exactly who it is: Donald Trump…and his supporters. We’re to blame for the Left becoming so mind-numbingly stupid over the past two years. And that goes double for the media.”
Columnist Matt Vespa

“I came (to the United States) fleeing the drug traffickers. The U.S. police know that. They told me I qualified for asylum. But they didn’t give it to me. I can’t live in Honduras because my life is in danger.”
David Polanco Lopez, 42, a former anti-narcotics officer from Progreso, Honduras. He was deported after living in the U.S. illegally for 13 years and is part of the Honduran caravan making its way to the U.S.

“Trump attracts 10,000 or more to rallies in small towns such as Elko, Nevada. He attracts 100,000 RSVPs to a Houston rally for Ted Cruz. Yet the potential 2020 Democrat presidential front-runner, Joe Biden, comes to Las Vegas and attracts 500 to a union hall.

“The latest polls show incumbent Democrat U.S. senators trailing in North Dakota, Missouri and Indiana. In early voting, the GOP is ahead by a mile in states across the country. In Tennessee, Republican turnout is up 33 points. Keep in mind the GOP never wins early voting.

“Why is this happening? Because Democrats have made the biggest mistake in the history of U.S. politics. I’m not even talking about the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. That was the second-worst mistake.

“I’m talking about the timing of the caravan coming from Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico to the U.S. border. I suspect this is the work of liberal, socialist and communist activists under the direction of George Soros (and other America-hating, open-borders-loving billionaire donors to the Democrat Party). They wanted to embarrass Trump and cause an international incident. But boy, did they miscalculate.

“This is the perfect issue at the perfect time for Trump and the GOP. This has made illegal immigration, open borders, sanctuary cities, the Abolish ICE Movement, the wall and every other immigration issue the defining, shining moment of the 2018 election. These are the issues that elected Trump. These are the issues that make Trump look like a genius and soothsayer.”
Columnist Wayne Allyn Root

“He’s not Lyin’ Ted anymore. He’s Beautiful Ted.”
President Donald Trump to reporters before going to Houston for his rally with Sen. Cruz

“Thinking of having kids? My toddler just cried for 45 minutes because her poop didn’t float in the toilet for her to see before she flushed.”
Christine Plumridge, single mom and blogger in Australia

“As attention spans have shortened, the average duration of Major League Baseball game has lengthened — from 2 hours 27 minutes in 1972 to 3 hours 4 minutes in 2018. The marathon between the Dodgers and Red Sox only reinforced Major League Baseball’s albatross — long games, long season, long-overdue solutions unenacted.”
Josh Peter of USA TODAY after the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Boston Red Sox, 3-2, in Game 3 of the World Series. The game took 18 innings.


Pittsburgh massacre

Cue the gun control advocates and their wholly owned subsidiary, the mainstream media.

Texas voting machines


From columnist Matt Vespa:

On the Left, James Hodgkinson, a far left, pro-Bernie Sanders activist, grabbed a rifle and opened fire on congressional Republicans practicing for the annual baseball game in 2017. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) was shot and could have died. It was a mass assassination attempt. In 2018, Minnesota GOP candidates have been assaulted. The spokesperson for the Minnesota Democratic Party said that Republicans should go to the guillotine. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have been harassed by mob-like behavior. Former Attorney General Eric Holder said Democrats should kick Republicans. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) has egged on her supporters to harass Trump officials. Oh,and let’s not forget the ricin letters sent to Secretary of Defense James Mattis or the death threats hurled at Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME).

Yet, here’s the point: don’t lecture me about turning down the rhetoric when you people have become unspooled because your gal didn’t win an election.

ALSO, this conference.

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AND, Tony Evers and plagiarism


Trump is to blame for the pipe bombs


Milwaukee County tampons


The bomb scares, the GOP chances in the House, millennial car salespeople, and school referendum scams

Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (10/25/18): Of Course, The Liberal Media Lost Their Minds And Blamed Trump (And His Supporters) For Bomb Scares

Today’s highly interesting read (10/24/18): What I Learned About Young People While Trying to Buy a Car

Today’s highly interesting read (10/23/18): School referendum scams in WI led by building contractors’ cozy relationship with school districts

Today’s highly interesting read (10/22/18): Five Reasons Republicans Can Hold the House

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (10/27/18)

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:  Partly cloudy. High of 52. “C”

  considerable cloudiness. High of 51. “D”

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

She has the week off because she had one of those weeks. Trust me. You and I have been there.

So let’s revisit a topic Jennifer recently (last week?) blogged about.

Across the pond, reporter for the Guardian, Martin Belam writes that US dog owners spend $350m a year on elaborate costumes for their pets, and the trend is spreading to Britain. Is it harmless fun – or animal cruelty.

Jennifer and I say, are you nuts? It’s FUN!

Fairy Dog Halloween Costume

Let’s see what the upper crust says.

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

Community Hit by Hurricane Florence Rallies Together to Help Dying Dog Complete His Bucket List.

“Gold digging” dog pretends to be a stray to get hamburgers from McDonald’s, owner says.

Here’s another smarty pants.

How This Sister Duo Developed The First Successful Dating App For Dog Lovers.

Family returns dog for being, well, you may not believe why.



Milo was on the wrong end of several nasty spikes when he came off worst from his encounter with porcuoine

A dog in New Hampshire that had a run-in with a porcupine and got a face full of quills for its troubles is making a steady recovery.

The volunteer group Granite State Dog Recovery said that Milo the beagle is resting and on the road to recovery.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

Guaranteed to make you smile and even laugh.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

Goodnight everyone, and have a Halloweenish 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.

Halloween is right around the corner. Trick or Treat is being held in our community this Sunday (right during the Packer game). I’ve selected some perfect music for the occasion.

First this tidbit. Halloween has Christian roots. From Mother Kim Seidman in Broomfield, Colorado:

The word Hallowe’en is a shortening of All Hallow Evening, as in, the night before All Hallow’s Day. Hallow means holy, and Nov. 1 is commemorated in the Christian calendar as the Feast of All Saints.

Historically, All Saints’ Day honored persons of heroic sanctity for their example. Their faithfulness in the past serves to inspire our faithfulness in the present. The Feast eventually extended to the following day as well. All Souls’ Day, Nov. 2, honors all who have died. These feast days are a time for us to give thanks for those whom we love but see no longer. In its depiction of Dia de los Muertos, the Pixar movie CoCo portrayed this intimate connection between the living and the dead beautifully. We are surrounded by a community of saints who continue to love us and cheer us on from beyond the grave.

Now let’s get started.

From Walter Murphy who gave us The Fifth of Beethoven, here’s his take on The Toccata and Fugue in D minor, written for organ by Johann Sebastian Bach. I’m sure you’ll recognize this.

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Who does the very best Halloween music? The answer just could be the Midnight Syndicate. From their website:

For almost two decades, composers Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka have been known as Midnight Syndicate, creating symphonic soundtracks to imaginary films that facilitate a transcendental and adventurous escape into the secret dimensions of the mind’s eye. To many of their fans, they are Gothic music pioneers brewing a signature blend of orchestral horror music and movie-style sound effects. To others, they remain the first “haunted house band” that forever changed the Halloween music genre and became a staple of the October holiday season.

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The famous monsters of Universal literally saved the studios in the 30’s and 40’s.

My favorite was The Wolfman who I viewed more as a sympathetic guy more so than an evil killer.

Midnight Syndicate pays tribute.

We continue with Midnight Syndicate as their put their imprint on a Christmas favorite.

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Before our next selection, a clip from a TV classic.

How can you not love that big guy!

Speaking of Christmas music, Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums, 29 million in the Christmas genre.

In 2003 the group released a Halloween CD. Their second collection came out in 2006 that featured this track.

The Munsters original movie costume

Yvonne De Carlo originated the role of Lily Munster.

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That’s it for this week.


Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

And remember the final line read by Orson Welles in the famous radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds.”

“That grinning, glowing, globular invader of your living room is an inhabitant of the pumpkin patch, and if your doorbell rings and nobody’s there, that was no Martian. . .it’s Halloween.”

We close with the Polish Youth Symphony Orchestra in Bytom, Poland conducted by  Maciej Tomasiewicz.

Turn off the lights, close your eyes and imagine…

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Maestro, if you would, please.

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: Leave her alone

This week’s oldie is from Helen Reddy who had more than a dozen Top 40 hits in the United States. She was the first Australian to win a Grammy Award and to have three #1 hits in the same year. Reddy was the first Australian to host her own one-hour weekly primetime variety show on an American network, along with several specials that were seen in over forty countries.

Early in her career Reddy appeared on this popular late night television program.

The above performance took place in the early 1970’s. In an interview many years later Reddy joked about the repetitious lyrics of that song.

Leave me alone, won’t you leave me alone
Please leave me alone now, leave me alone
Leave me alone, please leave me alone, yes leave me
Leave me alone won’t you leave me alone
Please leave me alone, no leave me alone
Leave me along, just leave me alone, oh leave meThose words would prove to be prophetic decades later.

In 2002 Reddy gave an exclusive interview to Australian TV.


“I have very wide-ranging interests. So, singing ‘Leave Me Alone’ 43 times per song lost its charm a long time ago,” she said.

But in the summer of 2012 Reddy emerged from retirement at a club in San Diego and for a high school benefit in the Panorama City section of Los Angeles. Why the change of heart? She got a very warm reception when she sang at her sister’s 80th birthday party.

Reddy retired for good in 2015. Last year she was diagnosed with dementia.

On Thursday of this week Reddy turned 77.

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