Week-ends (02/29/20)

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…


The beer community

Allison Krueger

Mary Ann Wakfield


The shooter at Molson Coors in Milwaukee

The coronavirus

Gov. Evers

ABC News


“Earlier today, a wicked murderer opened fire at a Molson Coors brewing company plant, taking the lives of five people. Our hearts break for them and their loved ones. We send our condolences. We’ll be with them.”
President Trump speaking at a news conference

“This is a time for us to think about those families because there were five individuals who went to work today, just like everyone goes to work, and they thought they were going to go to work, finish their day and return to their families. They didn’t, and tragically they never will.”
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett after a gunman killed five people — and then himself — during a rampage Wednesday afternoon on the Milwaukee campus of Molson Coors

“The vile and heinous deadly violence that was perpetrated at the brewery complex today has no place in our society and makes no sense. The cold disregard for human lives and the lack of value for human life that was shown must be categorically denounced across Milwaukee, across Wisconsin and throughout our nation.”
Milwaukee Ald. Russell Stamper, whose district includes the Molson Coors brewery, offered condolences to the victims and their co-workers

“The Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus. This is their new hoax.”
President Trump at a rally in North Charleston, South Carolina

“At any given time, he’s attacking Israel, defending Cuban dictators, proposing to take away everyone’s private health insurance, announcing new programs which would cost $10 trillion to $70 trillion dollars, and explaining everything could be paid for by taxing the rich. In a Broadway play, you would cast Sanders as the comic interlude.

“Sanders can cite current polls that show him doing well against President Trump as much as he likes.

“Unfortunately for the Democrats, none of the current polls reflect detailed information about how radical and how unpopular his policies are. Sanders and democratic socialism do fine as a bumper sticker. However, when the Sanders program is explained in terms of the cost to people’s lives, it is a disaster.”
Newt Gingrich

“Obviously, we all wish he was sleeping in his own bed right now, but he appeared to be as healthy as possible, although his vital signs might not have been ideal, but he was trying to motivate me and passing the message along to the rest of the team to keep fighting for him.

“He’s been consistent from the day I met him about his innocence, and he’s still very forceful in proclaiming that ‘I didn’t sexually assault anyone and I didn’t rape anyone.”
New York defense attorney Arthur Aidala on Harvey Weinstein who was convicted of two felony counts — criminal sexual assault and third-degree rape — for attacking former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2013.

“Lent is a time to give up useless words, gossip, rumors, tittle-tattle and speak to God on a first name basis. We live in an atmosphere polluted by too much verbal violence, too many offensive and harmful words, which are amplified by the internet. Today, people insult each other as if they were saying ‘Good Day.'”
Pope Francis added a modern twist to the list of things to quit during the season and beyond: insulting people on social media.


Molson Coors shootings

Gov. Evers’ veto of tax cut package

Video of girl cheerfully getting abortion


Molson Coors shooter, a likely Democrat, signed the Walker recall petition


Politicizing the Molson Coors tragedy


In New Hampshire, police chief takes his orders…literally




Deep hatred of Trump; Dems and coronavirus; Trump’s chances; fighting parents; and let the phone ring

Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (02/28/20): Desperate Democrats hope coronavirus will undermine Trump

Today’s highly interesting read (02/27/28): Trump’s Chances For Re-election Are Looking Better and Better

Today’s highly interesting read (02/26/20): Parents Organize to Fight Back

Today’s highly interesting read (02/25/20): Why No One Answers Their Phone Anymore

Today’s highly interesting read (02/24/20): 7 Reasons the Left’s Hatred of Trump Is So Deep

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (02/29/20)

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:  Mainly sunny.  High of 37.  “C+”

:  Sunny in the morning. Increasing clouds in the afternoon. High of 55.  “B”

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

Well, no she’s not.

The entire Fischer family was knocked on its ear this week with a nasty bug. As a result some blogs that require more work than others (like this one) got a bit less.  But we’re devoted to our regular stuff, so here goes.

Bring in the fill-in. That would be the great dog lover…me, ever so briefly as I skillfully then hand it over to a skillfully written guest feature.

OK all you dog owners. What word am I thinking of?

Fill in the blank.

Your dog is your…?


True. True. But not what we’re looking for. Go ahead. Try again.

Your dog is your…?

Friend. Best friend!

In another blog, maybe. You get one more, guess #3.

Your dog is your…?



A perfect answer!

But…not… according to…okay. Where is this headed?

One of Jennifer’s favorite resources is Stanley Coren, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, known for his popular books on dogs and psychological issues. If he’s good enough for Jennifer then he’s enough for me.

You’re not going to believe this. Go ahead and read what Coren has to offer.

Told you that you wouldn’t believe it. Thank you, Dr. Coren! And get well, Jennifer!

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

Coronavirus: First pet now has it.

Man pays $1000 to get dog back after smash and grab in SF.

Wounded Iraq War Vet with PTSD Sues over German Shepherd Service Dog.

For dog-walking apps, it’s user beware.

New sense discovered in dog noses: The ability to detect heat.

How to choose the best dog harness, according to experts.

Groot is a hero. Here’s why.

The feel good story of the week. It’s from New Mexico.




A Greek Orthodox priest speaks on his cellphone as he holds a dog at a roadblock in Karava, on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos. Photo: AP


We close as we always do with our closing video.

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!

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Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: “Don’t try to fight it, just get excited”


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In the past I’ve written that I never know where an idea for a blog is going to come from. Suddenly, out of the blue, it’s just there.

Our entire family has been down for most of this week with a very unfriendly bug. That means my creative juices haven’t been flowing. The will to write has been nowhere near 100%. And yet I’ve wanted to do bang out some material and try to keep up the weekly commitments here like the oldie.

This week’s isn’t the most clever, the most researched. Hell, it’s not even one of the most interesting. So stay with me anyway.

When you’re sick and down for the count, two of your best friends quickly become the bed and a TV.  While the TV was on the Friday oldie jumped out at me during a 1988 episode of Matlock.

The subject of the oldie played the son of an organized crime leader. He hadn’t seen or spoken to his father for 10 years, hoping to once and for all distance himself and move on to a controversy-free life. But he was accused of murdering a Congressman who was investigating him and white collar crime. You’ll see our oldie in this clip. Do you recognize or remember him?

That’s Shaun Cassidy, the half brother of…

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Shaun is also the son of Shirley Jones and Jack Cassidy.

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In 1977 “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries” series premiered.

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Shaun Cassidy starred with Parker Stevenson and Pamela Sue Martin played Nancy Drew.

While in high school Cassidy signed his first recording contract. Most of his songs were covers of oldies.

Ten years prior to guest starring in Matlock, Cassidy performed an original song on national television during a nostalgia craze in 1978. This legendary rocker (said with tongue in cheek) scored a #3 hit.

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Again that went to #3. No, I’m not kidding.

Cassidy’s previous single, a remake of “Da Doo Ron Ron” made it all the way to #1.

A lengthy recording career just wasn’t in the cards for Cassidy. The whole teen idol deal lost its appeal, so Cassidy turned to acting, and eventually was very successful in creating, writing and producing several shows like “American Gothic.”

Today’s highly interesting read (02/28/20): Desperate Democrats hope coronavirus will undermine Trump

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Today’s read is from Liz Peek,  a Fox News contributor and former partner of major bracket Wall Street firm Wertheim & Company. A former columnist for the Fiscal Times, she writes for The Hill and contributes frequently to Fox News, the New York Sun and other publications.

Here’s a brief excerpt:

Could the coronavirus be the magic bullet to kill off the Trump presidency? Desperate Democrats certainly hope so; they imagine the spreading disease will knock confidence and our robust economy for a loop, undermining President Trump’s best argument for reelection…this is a new low for Democrats.

Even before a single case of the virus erupted organically in our country (as one now apparently has in California), and even as the administration had acted preemptively and effectively to keep virus carriers out of our country, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and others were eager to stoke fear and blame Donald Trump.

Read the entire column here.

Charlie Kirk issues warning at CPAC: Sanders could win

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Charlie Kirk, the 26-year old  founder of the conservative group Turning Point USA, eloquently spoke today at the Conservative Political Action Conference 2020  and blasted the political climate on college campuses.

“Stop giving money to your alma mater. Stop it. Cut them off,” Kirk said. “They do not need your money. These universities are indoctrinating the next generation around ideas of open borders and Marxism. And where Senator Sanders gets his base is a limitless supply of millions and millions of students who are entering our university system, and they’re being turned into activists.”


WI small business owner takes issue with Evers

Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Gov. Tony Evers Wednesday signed his veto of a $250 million tax cut package passed recently by the Legislature – the second time the governor has vetoed such a tax cut. The GOP wanted the budget surplus to go back to taxpayers. Evers wanted some to also go to schools, even though previous state budgets have substantially increased school spending.

The press hasn’t picked up on it yet, or maybe doesn’t want to. But there is a sizeable number of angry taxpayers across Wisconsin outraged by the governor’s decision. One of them is a small business woman from Chippewa Falls, WI. I won’t identify her, but she posted this on social media:

So disappointed with a veto of the tax cut bill. Really Wisconsin Democrats?

As a small business owner in agriculture I am told every day to do more with less through voting we need to start telling our school districts to do more with less. show us proof -put out better numbers more graduates higher test scores. MORE VOCATIONAL TRAINING in high school. To the PUBLIC school district employees as a whole: start serving others and one another as a motto instead of worrying about what’s in it for you.

Look at the numbers and the facts: throwing more and more money at the education system is not a fix. we need more dedicated men and women of service to hammer out a new mission statement that dedicates the education system to a new higher standard. then and only then will they have earned the increase in funding and it can be put to better use for an outcome that follows guidelines for the best good of all. Bottom line, this boils down to responsibility.

My comments are opinionated, yes. However I am taxpayer, I strive to do my best daily putting in 80 hours/ week. (that’s double what is considered “full-time” by the way). I am not alone-this state is made up of millions like me who work their buts off just to provide while striving to prioritize to put God first, my family second, and work third. In conclusion, what a blow  you have dealt, Governor Evers and Wisconsin leftist law makers. We need some encouragement down here at the bottom of the totem pole and be warned Democrats, your “tea boats” may soon be empty; history repeats.