Week-ends (08/31/19)

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…


Matt Shifrin

Snow White

Jamie Hendricks


James Comey

These women

Ali Muldrow

Kim Campbell


“An absolute monster. All indications are it’s going to hit very hard and it’s going to be very big.”
President Trump compared Dorian to Hurricane Andrew, which devastated Florida in 1992

“All residents, especially those along the east coast, need to be prepared for possible impacts. As it increases strength, this storm has the potential to severely damage homes, businesses and buildings, which is why all Floridians should remain vigilant. Do not wait until it is too late to make a plan.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

“I feel helpless because the whole coast is threatened. What’s the use of going all the way to Georgia if it can land there?”
Josefine Larrauri, a retired translator, went to a Publix supermarket in Miami only to find empty shelves in the water section

“I just moved here, so I’m lost. I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
Lauren Harvey, 51, in Vero Beach, said this was her first hurricane alone in Florida and that she felt unprepared

“I’ve been in Florida 66 years. It don’t bother me.”
William McDougle commented as he filled up several gas cans as Floridians were busy preparing for a possible hit from Hurricane Dorian

“First of all, Mr. President, we don’t work for you. I don’t work for you. My job is to cover you, not fawn over you or rip you, just report on you. Call balls and strikes on you. My job, Mr. President, our job here, is to keep the scores, not settle scores.

“It is called being fair and balanced, Mr. President, yet it is fair to say you’re not a fan when that balance includes stuff you don’t like to hear or facts you don’t like to have questioned.”
Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto blasted President Trump after Trump tweeted that “Fox isn’t working for us anymore”

“He’s showing signs of mental confusion. And he’s looking and acting way too old for his political aspirations. If I could talk to Biden, I’d tell him the truth everyone knows but doesn’t have the heart to say out loud: ‘Joe, face reality. It’s time to get off the stage. You don’t need any more of this campaign crap. It’s time to quit while more people still love you than feel sorry for you. While you still have a little dignity left. While you still have time to spend with your family’.”
Michael Reagan

“The fundamental dynamics of election 2020 are that Democrats have a solid base equal to just over 40% of all voters. Republicans have a solid base just a few points less than 40%. The other 20% includes some who lean in one direction or the other but are far from committed to either party. There are a few more Republican leaners than Democratic leaners (including some GOP voters who aren’t sold on President Trump).

“These fundamentals suggest that if both parties manage to hold on to both their base and marginal voters, we will have a close election. In that case, the outcome will wind up in the hands of political neutrals that activists can’t really understand.”
Scott Rasmussen, political analyst, author, public speaker and columnist

“He robbed me of my dreams, of my chance to pursue a career I adored. The fact I will never have a chance to face my predator in court eats away at me. They let this man kill himself and kill the chance for justice for so many others.”
Jennifer Araoz, who has accused Jeffrey Epstein of raping her in his New York mansion when she was a 15-year-old aspiring actress. Sixteen of Epstein’s accusers stood before a judge and took advantage of an opportunity to be heard in court after his jailhouse suicide denied them the chance to testify against him at his sex-trafficking trial.

“He is a coward. Justice has never been served in this case.”
Courtney Wild, who has said she was sexually abused by Epstein in Florida at 14. The question before the judge was whether to throw out the indictment because of the defendant’s death, a usually pro forma step undertaken without a hearing. But the judge offered Epstein’s accusers their day in court.

“But the end is here, and here I stand, feeling more powerful than he will ever be.”
Teala Davies, taking deep breaths to steady her voice, said she was 17 when she was victimized. She said she thought Epstein was the most powerful person in the world.

“His contract is up in January. He has not been offered a new contract, and there is significant speculation that he is going to be fired.

“I’m guessing Tom Barrett wants to have a chief who does what he’s told. Every mayor wants the police chief to do what he is told. Every mayor is going to want that. The problem with that is, it is inherent in the nature of the position it never works out that way because once you give someone a contract, they don’t have to do what they’re told anymore.”
News/Talk 1130 WISN-AM radio host Mark Belling suggested Mayor Tom Barrett might fire Police Chief Alfonso Morales

“Under the leadership of Chief Morales, both homicides and non-fatal shootings are down for the second consecutive year.”
Mayor Barrett said he supports Morales

“As the current chief of the Milwaukee Police Department, I am focused on the safety and security of the members of this agency, the citizens we swore to protect and preparing for a successful 2020 Democratic National Convention.”
Chief Morales

“I think they’re badass. I think young people are more informed and dynamic than their predecessors. I think they’re profoundly courageous, because they’re willing to puncture more taboos and have conversations that, frankly, older generations sometimes struggle to have.”
Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez praised her fellow youths as more “informed” and “willing to go to the streets” than such generations as the Boomers who stopped the Vietnam War and pushed the civil-rights laws and the Greatest Generation, who survived the Depression and won World War II

“How many members of the true Greatest Generation fought and died so and her generation could have the peace & prosperity they enjoy today?”
Scott Walker’s reaction to AOC

“Even when I was on vacation, I woke up in the middle of the night at 3:30 in the morning, um, just concerned about climate change … It really, like, freaks me out and it can be really, really scary. I’m 29-years-old, I really struggle sometimes with the idea of how to be a policymaker and potentially have a family in the time of climate change.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on climate change


These murders

Red light deaths

1.3 billion tons of food being wasted each year


New polling shows that nationally, 58% of Hispanic Democratic voters and 53% of black Democrats support charters, while only 30% of white Democrats do. The same poll found that overall support for charter schools has climbed to 48%, from a low of 39% in 2017.


Singer Tayor Swift called for passage of the Equality Act, which would provide legal protections for LGBTQ people against discrimination at work, home, school, and other public accommodations


NH recalls mom’s ‘PB4WEGO’ license plate. BUT, we have an update.

Sshhh, Trump poll results; Democrats’ message a turnoff; your local gov’t loves to fine you; Labor Day 2019-workers want stuff

Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (08/30/19): Labor Day Already?

Today’s highly interesting read (08/29/19): America at work

Today’s highly interesting read (08/28/19): Addicted to Fines

Today’s highly interesting read (08/27/19): Trump Poll Results The Press Doesn’t Want You To Know About

Today’s highly interesting read (08/26/19): No one votes to be despised. Democrats’ message may swing my ballot to Trump


2019 POO Awards – Week 2

Each week during this year’s high school football season as I have in previous years, I’m giving out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that committed the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.

My goal is to try to build awareness of the importance of sportsmanship.

POO stands for Piling On Offensively (Or if you prefer, Pouring it On Offensively)

Week 2

No clear cut offender this week. This marks the first time this has ever happened in the history of this blog.

Week 1

Racine St. Catherine 74, West Allis Central 0

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (08/31/19)

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. A high of 72. “A”

SUNDAY:  A shower or two possible in the morning. Partly cloudy in the afternoon. This is one of those depends on when you walk Fido. High of 74.  “C”

LABOR DAY MONDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 80. “A”

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

Regular readers know, and my hubby teases me about it, that on the dog blog I prefer to write about the science and psychology around dogs. This week there’s definitely some psychology involved. But I believe for the first time on The Barking Lot I will get political.

Please don’t go away. This is very interesting, I promise, and won’t (shouldn’t) get you all riled up.

Nope. None of that.

So, are you a dog owner?

Or a cat owner?

Do you consider yourself a Democrat?

Or Republican?

And is there a connection between pet owners and political persuasion?

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I want this man’s job.

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Stanley Coren who’s been mentioned before on this blog is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Pennsylvania and his doctorate in Psychology is from Stanford University. He is best known to the public for his popular books on dogs and on general psychological issues. Considering he writes about psychological topics his style is wonderful.

Coren was asked if research exists specifically detailing if pet ownership shows how a person votes. The professor answered in his latest column…yes.

“Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of this data set comes when we break down the effect of pet ownership as a predictor of voting behavior and look at the influence of dog ownership versus ownership of cats.”

Coren worked hard to discover the information and substantiate what he found. And his conclusions demonstrate yet another variation between dogs and cats, or in this case, their owners.

Think you know what Coren learned?

He went the extra mile to answer a colleague’s query. I know you’ll find Coren’s column quite interesting.

Professor Coren, keep up the fascinating work!
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Toxic Algae Kills Dogs Across the Country

Duct-taped dog with slit throat revealed as a hoax by owner who couldn’t afford vet care.

Police dogs are dying in hot cars. MORE.

This Maryland dog park divides the rich and powerful.

OPINION: Keep your dog off my airplane.

Over 70 percent of dog owners admit This.

News you can use: Risk factors that predict a dog’s fear at the vet.

Meet this year’s top military working dog.

Hurricane, a now-retired Secret Service dog, is getting an award…in Great Britain.

‘He looks like a blimp’: Letter was sent by former president George H.W. Bush asking White House staff not to feed his overweight dog.

Players in the NFL need an emotional support dog? Apparently. Take one guess which team has one.

How clever is this dog? Very.

A Paw in Every State: One Show Dog’s Journey Across the U.S.

Monday was National Dog Day. Here are 21 things we know are true about dogs.

Dog owners may have healthier hearts.

Why Dogs are Better than Cats, according to science.

The best vehicles for dog lovers, as ranked by Autotrader.

OK. We’ve been doing this blog for years and years and years. Never came across a headline like this. Ready? It’s for real. His dog ordered porn. He got stuck with the bill.



Downton Abbey celebrates International Dog Day with adorable new posters.

We close as we always do with our closing video. It’s from the Houston area.

AND… let’s head over to Marquette University and meet Nattie.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for stopping by.

We’d really appreciate it if you forward this on to other dog lovers you know. Let them have some fun!

See ya, BARK, next Saturday!


Goodnight everyone, and have a work hard for the money 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.

During the late 1800s in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to make a living. Children as young as 5 or 6 were put to work in mills, factories and mine, and earned but a fraction of adult  wages who had similar jobs.

Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894, a yearly celebration of workers and their accomplishments.

Working-related music this week. Let’s get started.

This arrangement has that “Broadway” feel to it.

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Ah, the Fischer family in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

Grumpy stole our camera and began snapping multiple random photos. After much laughter a cast member recovered and returned our camera.

The Beatles made their first of five movies in 1964. Drummer Ringo Starr came up with the title. He explained in an interview that same year with DJ Dave Hull.

“We went to do a job, and we’d worked all day and we happened to work all night. I came up still thinking it was day I suppose, and I said, ‘It’s been a hard day…’ and I looked around and saw it was dark so I said, ‘Night!’ So we came to ‘A Hard Day’s Night.'”

Walter Shenson, the film’s producer, told PBS that he said to John Lennon, “You need to write a song that will incorporate the movie’s title.” Shenson thought Lennon would take days or even weeks to compose the song. Lennon came back the very next day.

From the movie soundtrack album, arranged by Beatle producer George Martin…

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BTW, if you’re doing the math, that was 55 years ago.

The original title for the film before Ringo spoke was “Beatlemania.”

Of our next performer Frank Sinatra said he possessed “the classiest singing and silkiest chops in the singing game.”

Early in his career Lou Rawls was touring with the legendary Sam Cooke when a traffic accident nearly killed him. Seriously injured, Rawls was declared dead en route to the  hospital and spent five days in a coma. He recovered, but it took almost a year.

The disco era gave Rawls his signature song, “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine.” During that same time frame he had a hit about a guy calling home to say he was on his way after a tough day.

Diagnosed with lung cancer in 2005 Rawls refused to give up. In an interview with The Arizona Republic Rawls said, “Don’t count me out, brother. There’s been many people diagnosed with this kind of thing and they’re still jumping and pumping.”

Rawls died the next year. He was 72.

Time for some country. Here’s an interesting word twist from two of country’s best that does, indeed, fit this week’s theme. Country, yes, (Kenny Chesney and George Strait) but with a steel drum-island beat.

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That’s it for this week.


Sleep well.

Have a great three-day weekend.

Do you listen to music at work? Have you ever heard of the “Mozart Effect”?

The study found that listening to Mozart for even a brief period each day can boost “abstract reasoning ability.” Researchers divided  36 Cal-Irvine students into three groups. Group one listened to a Mozart selection, while group two listened to a relaxation tape, and group three sat through 10 minutes of silence. After the listening activity, all 36 students were issued the same test, in which the Mozart group averaged an eight-to-nine point increase in their IQs compared to the remaining groups.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from 2008 is about to jack up your intelligence.

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Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: Linda

The First Lady of Rock: 25 Sexy Photos of a Young Linda Ronstadt on Stage ~  Vintage Everyday

That’s Linda Ronstadt, the world’s first woman rock star.

She’s now 73.

And she’s getting even more attention she truly deserves.

LINDA RONSTADT: The Sound of My Voice is a musical biography that tells Linda’s story through her own words and music, and by  professional colleagues.

The documentary opens in theaters next Friday. There is a screening at Milwaukee’s Oriental theater on September 13.

I’m happy to re-post my oldie blog from July of 2018.

Today’s highly interesting read (08/30/19): Labor Day Already?

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Today’s read is from political humorist Will Durst.

It will never be mistaken for the king of holidays – the name is definitely part of the problem – Labor Day. Kind of a bummer, when you think about it. After all, hard labor is a punishment and any woman who has gone through childbirth is not going to wax ecstatic either.  The people at Hallmark will never make a penny off the first Monday in September.

Read Durst’s column here.


Do today’s weather forecasters have any shame whatsover?

Severe storms never came today (Thursday) but they certainly were in the forecast.

At 7:11 this morning, on the Journal Sentinel’s website:

Severe thunderstorms expected to develop Thursday afternoon may bring lightning, gusty winds and hail, according to the National Weather Service in Sullivan.

The storms are set to form along a cold front northwest of Milwaukee on a line from Fond du Lac past Madison between 1 and 3 p.m. Thursday, weather service meteorologist Andy Boxell said.

The line of storms should reach the metro area between 4 and 7 p.m.

Throughout the day on WTMJ Radio forecasters continuously tied themselves in knots. The potential was there for bad weather. You’ll just have to stay tuned. They had no clue, no answer.

Online weather sites like the Weather Channel said bad weather would move in from the west at 3:00. No, make that 4:00. Sorry…5:00, then between 6:00 and 7:00.

Serious weather never showed even a trace of its ugly head.

Then at 8:52 tonight, on the Journal Sentinel website:

Never mind: Severe storms predicted for Milwaukee area tracked farther north, weren’t as strong as expected

Where I live we got nothing.


Seriously, what good are weather people?

In baseball if a hitter gets a hit three times out of 10 at bats he’s considered great.

In weather forecasting, get it right three times out of 10 and wrong 7 times out of 10? PROMOTION