Today’s highly interesting read (04/30/19): What if the New York Times Cartoon had depicted a Muslim as a Dog?

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Former Professor at Harvard Law School for 50 years, now Emeritus. Active in litigation, writing, and defense of civil liberties and human rights.

A caricature of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump published in The New York Times’ international edition on April 25, 2019, which the paper later acknowledged “included anti-Semitic tropes.”

What is it  about Jews that allowed such a degrading cartoon about one of their leaders? One would think that in light of the history of the Holocaust, which is being commemorated this week, the last group that a mainstream newspaper would demonize by employing a caricature right out of the Nazi playbook, would be the Jews. But no. Only three-quarters of a century after Der Stürmer incentivized the mass murder of Jews by dehumanizing them, we see a revival of such bigoted caricatures.

I am a strong believer in freedom of speech and the New York Times has a right to continue its biased reporting and editorializing. But despite my support for freedom of speech, I am attending a protest in front of the New York Times this afternoon to express my freedom of speech against how the New York Times has chosen to exercise its.

Read the entire piece here.


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My Most Popular Blogs (04/29/19)

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

1) Goodbye Joe Bartolotta

2) Best Cartoons of the Week (04/27/19)

3) Local municipal leaders banking on “Dark Store” legislation could get stymied again

4) You decide: Franklin rebranding effort too expensive?

5) The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (04/27/19)

6) Today’s highly interesting read (04/25/19): Mother Of Baby Who Caught Measles Begs Other Parents To Vaccinate

7) Franklin wasn’t invited

8) Goodnight everyone, and have a rosy weekend!

9) UPDATE: Week-ends (04/13/19)

10) Today’s highly interesting read (04/23/19): Raised from the dead


Happy Birthday Duke!

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Today is Duke Ellington Day, honoring the 120th anniversary of the legendary musician and composer’s birth.

Duke Ellington  composed thousands of scores over his 50-year career. He was a major figure in the history of jazz music, and created what he called “American Music” until shortly before his death in 1974.

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“His songs have become a standard part of the cultural heritage, his longer compositions a part of the finest art of our time and his concerts and personal appearances among the most satisfying for an audience of those of any artist,” said jazz critic and historian Ralph J. Gleason. “Every music honor this country can bestow is little enough for such a musical giant as this man. In reality, he has already won them and more by his imprint on the minds of all who have heard him.”

“Music is my mistress,” said Ellington, “and she plays second fiddle to no one.”

Here’s a track from an album that’s a collection of digitally mixed and mastered compositions written by and usually associated with Duke Ellington. His son, Mercer Ellington conducts the Duke Ellington Orchestra for this project recorded in 1987. The digital updates are a crisp and clear, timeless tribute to the Duke. This was Duke’s signature song.


From the rock group Chicago…

Culinary no-no #608

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.

When was the last time you were in one of these?

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For me it had to have been when I was a teenager. So that’s, um, let’s see, that’s many years ago.

I’m amazed at the crazy new creations American food places and companies are coming up with as of late that sound insanely delicious.

Southern fried chicken at Cracker Barrel.

Cinnabon dessert biscuits at KFC.

Dark berry-flavored Dr. Pepper.

Cheese bites at Burger King.

Dole Whip margaritas at Disney.

And about IHOP.

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They’ve come up with a new entry on their International Pancake menu. Interesting combination.

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IHOP takes buttermilk pancakes, then rolls and fills them with sweet Ricotta cream & chocolate pieces. The pancakes are topped with crunchy cannoli pieces, chocolate chips & creamy whipped topping.

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And you have an Italian Cannoli Pancake. That plate will cost you $9.29 and 970 calories.

I can hear you muttering. So fine. Where’s the no-no? Actually, I’ve already laid it out for you.

This blogger is not a picky eater. I don’t get stomach aches. I love pancakes. But, can’t eat them. Oh, they don’t make me sick. One or two bites, though, and I’ve had it. I feel bloated as though I just downed two Thanksgiving dinners.

Weird. I’m not lactose intolerant. No issues with dairy. No allergies. And it ain’t the syrup since french toast and waffles don’t stuff me.

Over at the Mad Rooster Cafe near Miller Park daughter Kyla could easily take care of these.

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Not me.

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Those are pineapple macadamia nut pancakes at the Kona Cafe inside the Polynesian Resort at Disney World. My wife shares a small forkful with me, but I don’t dare eat any more otherwise I could no longer dive into my Tonga Toast.

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Ah, the ultra-thin Swedish pancakes with lingonberries at the legendary Al Johnson’s in Door County, Wisconsin. Now those I can handle. So maybe it’s the thickness?  I don’t think so because I can’t even finish these from McDonald’s.

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This culinary no-no isn’t a major concern of mine. It does have me scratching my head. As a kid I never left a scrap of Mom’s pancakes with apples inside the batter.

Recently I had some waitresses at our family Sunday spot after Church questioning my brunch sanity when they told me I absolutely had to try a new item.

“You have to. You just have to.”

Sounded great. Looked great when I saw a plate delivered to another table.

Cinnamon roll pancakes.  Big as manhole covers.

“Can’t” I sadly informed the ladies. Instead of gaining sympathy my explanation drew looks as though I was from another planet.

It’s okay. Small price to pay if I can devour just about everything else under the sun.


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