Today’s highly interesting read (04/27/20): Assuming a fetal position and failing to live one’s life


A counter protester at last Friday’s rally voicing opposition to Gov. Evers’ extension of his stay-at-home order. The photo was taken by the Milwaukee Independent that reported the rally with this headline:

Trump supporters stage rally in Madison to promote their right to die and get everyone sick with COVID-19


The website wrote:

To the individuals who gathered in Madison, Wisconsin on April 24 in protest of the state’s “Safer at Home” order, can we now say what has long been suspected? You never really were “Pro-Life,” were you?

We suspected that you were not really burdened to protect humanity, as you cheered while families were separated at the border, as you ignored yet another bloody school shooting, as you applauded the dismantling of our healthcare system, as you turned away exhausted refugees, as you laughed during his anti-immigrant rally rants. We figured that outside of gun owners and white embryos, that you really were not in this to defend the living.

For all your wild histrionics and your raw-throated rally cries and your garment-rending sermons and all your impassioned social media posts about the sanctity of life, here you are in the middle of a raging pandemic, packed together like lemmings, ignoring distancing of any kind, harassing essential workers, and demanding to be allowed to infect yourselves and others — while without a trace of irony, screaming “My body, my choice!”

You are complaining about your greying roots and your cabin fever and your bored kids, while 55,000 Americans have died, three quarters of a million are sick, and thousands are currently battling to win a fight for their lives, flanked by the very selfless caregivers whose work you are actively undoing. Would you think that is a little ridiculous, as a supposed pro-life human being?

Typical wild, outrageous furor from the Left. Shall we proceed to the other side?

This is in my view the best column written since the coronavirus broke out. It is the quintessential response by folks who are completely fed up, not only with the lockdowns, but with those who would condemn the shutdown opponents.

The author is Jonathan Ashbach,  a PhD student in politics at Hillsdale College. He holds an MA in christian apologetics from Biola University and a BA in politics and economics from Humboldt State University. Jonathan has worked in the hospitality industry and as assistant editor for the Humboldt Economic Index.

OK. He’s bright. Extremely bright. Here’s an excerpt from his exceptionally written, thoughtful column before I link to the entire  piece which if you don’t read in its entirety, trust me, you will be missing out, big time. It’s a gem, totally fights back and outclasses and out-analyzes the crowd that loves the clamping down of our liberties, no matter what.

In many quarters you will meet at best the dismissive retort that one can’t measure lives against the economy and at worst with the accusation that you are a selfish &^%$# who values your freedom over others’ wellbeing.

Now, there is a kernel of insight in this response. What is disheartening, on the other hand, is the intense poverty of moral vision that the response reveals. It takes for granted the moral irrelevance of work, study, human interaction, sightseeing, dating, going to the gym, attending sacred services, and all of the million and one things that the current restrictions have largely put on hold.

It is not true that those who value the plethora of activities that make up human life are prioritizing selfishness over the real wellbeing of the nation. Exactly the contrary. Months of people’s lives are slipping away forever. It is those who dismiss who devalue the human.

Oh there’s more. A skillfully surgically written takedown, right here. Please take a few minutes to read it all. It’s that good.

The latest pro-life news (04/27/20)


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My Most Popular Blogs (04/27/20)

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

1) Today’s highly interesting read (04/21/20): Leftists Don’t Want The Shutdown To End Because They Are Living Out Their Wildest Dreams

2) Wisconsin photo of the year so far?

3) Today’s highly interesting read (04/24/20): Let’s Take Back Our Country on May 1

4) Yet another bad night for Franklin Alderwoman Kristen Wilhelm

5) Longtime fixture at Franklin City Hall says goodbye…for now

6) Best Cartoons of the Week (04/25/20)

7) The latest pro-life news (04/20/20)

8) Damn Franklin’s Steve Taylor!

9) Start of Milwaukee Milkmen 2020 season delayed

10) God bless you, Mike Elliott

Culinary no-no #650

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.

The ridiculous shutdown can’t last forever. Thank God almighty we’ll be free, released someday. We’ll be poised to let loose after weeks of restlessness.

Now this would be a great place to venture to and unwind.

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Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge on Milwauke’s near south side, open since 1938. From their website:

“When Bryant’s remodeled from a beer hall to a cocktail lounge, the wood floors were carpeted, the walls were papered, and a hi-fi stereo was installed behind the bar.  The new environment was the definition of a cocktail lounge with all the comforts one would expect.  It was during this time that the windows were blocked with shades and the lights were turned down.  A feature that is still an important feature at Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge.”

Let’s take a walk inside.

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That’s the main floor. Upstairs you’ll find the Velvet Lounge.

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Cocktails are a work of art.

“Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge is all about the cocktails.  We offer a truly unique mix of fresh ingredients, unique liquors, and time tested methodologies.  We rarely use flavored vodkas and we never use pre-made mixes.  We pour our soda from cans and what ingredients we can no longer obtain, we have made. It is surprising to many new customers that we do not have a drink menu.  Never have.”

And they are poured generously.

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This Milwaukee landmark has always been a terrific date destination. After I took a young lady there when I was about 19 she wanted to return. Not much longer she asked if we could go to the place that “serves those drinks in buckets.”

Think just the opposite of Bryant’s. I don’t mean decor or sound systems. Think something different drink-wise. Think quantity.

In the news this past week was the latest about a trend that’s not exactly revolutionary (it’s been around since at least the early 2010s), but has caught on far beyond the United States. In fact it may have been pioneered in Japan.

Not in the ballpark size-wise as a Bryant’s bucket is the mini-cocktail. You’ll get an idea  in these photos from the lounge “Smoke and Mirrors” in Singapore.

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Many are smaller versions of well-known cocktails, generally sized between a shot and a full drink.

For some time a ritual has been in place with bartenders from rival establishments. In short, bartenders got serious – even in the way they tried to impress one another. Bartender from Venue “A” visits “Venue B” where he/she is treated to an on the house shot-sized drink. They call it a “bartender’s handshake” which just may have ushered in the current wave of miniatures.

Why the buzz over not-so big?

Variety. Like a food tasting menu the same can be mixed up, like a flight, with mixed drinks.

Style. Minis can be considered a more refined way of cocktailing.

Again, variety. Don’t know which of four you’d prefer? Choose all four.

Getting home. Perfect for the designated driver.

Temperature. A cold drink stays icy cold.

Daytime. Much easier to take say at lunch.

Convenience. Ordering an extra mini takes less time and is less expensive.

Before dinner. It works well while deciding what to eat.

After dinner. Likewise can work well once dinner is over and before you’re headed for home.

But aren’t cocktail aficionados accustomed to a belt that’s worth their buck? How far would a Wisconsinite’s eyes pop out if faced with downing an Old Fashioned in a Lilliputian glass?

Andy Maturana, the owner of Rapt Hospitality, a full service, luxury catering, event staff, event planning and experiential production company in Manhattan, New York, admits the minis have caught on. Good idea especially if bartenders have time to whip up large pitchers of drink. But remember the bartender is mixing drinks that are fractions. It can be a hassle when customers guzzle their minis and request more minutes later.

“Mini-cocktails make regular-sized enemies,” said Maturana.

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Photos of the Week (04/26/20)

A pictorial week-in-review posted every Sunday.

1) Here are Facebook photos from Friday’s rally in Madison, WI protesting the extension of Gov. Evers’ stay-at-home order.

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2) Two men hold signs as they protest against the state’s extended stay-at-home order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus as hundreds gather to demonstrate at the Capitol building in Olympia, Washington. Photo: REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

3) Health care workers stand in the street in counter-protest to hundreds of people who gathered at the State Capitol to demand the stay-at-home order be lifted in Denver, Colorado, April 19, 2020. Photo: Reuters

4) A protester shouts slogans at a ReOpenNC rally against the state’s shut down to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Raleigh, North Carolina, April 21, 2020. Photo: REUTERS/Rachel Jessen

5) Demonstrators gather to protest against the state’s extended stay-at-home order in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, April 20, 2020. Photo: REUTERS/Rachel Wisniewski

6) People shout at police officers during a demonstration of conspiracy theorists as other demonstrators protest against the lockdown imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Berlin, Germany. Photo: REUTERS/Christian Mang

7) A person holds a sign referencing high unemployment as hundreds gather to protest against the state’s extended stay-at-home order at the Capitol building in Olympia, Washington, April 19, 2020. Photo: REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

8) Jesse Schwartz, 33, from Santa Rosa protests the closure of parks in California by digging sand out of the closed Venice Beach skate park on Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California, April 20, 2020. Photo: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

9) Michael Neel, funeral director of of All Veterans Funeral and Cremation, wearing full PPE, looks at the U.S. flag on the casket of George Trefren, a 90 year old Korean War veteran who died of the coronavirus in a nursing home, in Denver, Colorado. Photo: REUTERS/Rick Wilking

10) Members of the Fort Myers Police Department make a heart out of police cars to thank health workers at Lee Memorial Hospital, in Fort Myers, Florida. Photo: FORT MYERS POLICE DEPARTMENT/via REUTERS

11) Pitrik van der Lubbe waves from a crane to his 88-year-old father Henk at a nursing home in Gouda, Netherlands. The crane was made available for free by a company to allow family members to see loved ones in isolation because of the coronavirus. Photo: AP

12) Mexican lawyer Candelario Maldonado dressed as the fictional character Batman, gives a birthday cake to a child in Monterrey, Mexico, April 18, 2020. Photo: Reuters

13) A coyote stands by the roadside as the spread of coronavirus continues, at Golden Gate Bridge View Vista Point across from San Francisco, California. Photo: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

14) Joshua and Anastasija Davis dance to music their friends played from their cars at a surprise street party, after a living room wedding ceremony, as coronavirus-related social distancing restrictions altered their wedding plans, in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada. Photo: Jan Frew via REUTERS

15) Cam Gomez and Luiza Meneghim, whose wedding was canceled by City Hall, pose for photographs as the Supermoon rises through the clouds at Golden Gate Bridge View Vista Point across from San Francisco, California. Photo: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

16) Bryony Blant holding her daughter Alice, who celebrates her 2nd birthday,  look at Welsh mountain pony Annie’s Wizz held by handler Daisy Cinque outside their home in Twickenham, south west London. Photo: AFP

17) Iman Avdic, national multiple swimming record holder, maintains her form by practicing in a small plastic pool inside an improvised greenhouse in her grandfather’s orchard in Doboj, Bosnia and Herzegovina, April 23, 2020. Photo: Reuters

18) PCSO Steve Gunning takes part in a dance session, organized by residents of a suburban street in north Wales, UK, to help them keep fit, socialize and deal with the effects of COVID-19. Photo: AP

19) Chad and Tracey Robbins kiss wearing face masks while holding their dog Huggy after their wedding ceremony in Anaheim, CA. Orange County clerk recorder employees implemented a variety of distancing techniques to safely issue licenses and marry couples. Photograph: Apu Gomes/AFP/Getty Images

20) People stand still in Jerusalem as a two-minute siren marks the annual Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Day. Photo: REUTERS/Ammar Awad

21) Steven Busulwa, an animal keeper, runs away from a charging rhino at the Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Center amid the lockdown, in Entebbe, Uganda. Photo:  REUTERS/Abubaker Lubowa

22) A tornado is seen in Madill, Oklahoma, on Wednesday, April 22. Severe storms ripped through parts of Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana, officials said. At least six people were killed and more than a dozen were injured. Photo: Courtesy Eric Chappell


You don’t have to be a sports fan to appreciate this.





Week-ends (04/25/20)

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…


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The news media

Alfredo Perez de la Cruz


“I think this will make Evers respond. People of different backgrounds, races and cultures all want to get back to work. The flu can kill you but so can not eating.”
Cindy Warner of Milwaukee who attended a Friday rally at the state Capitol in Madison to protest Gov. Evers’ extension of his stay-at-home order

“I’m here to stand for balance, that all lives in Wisconsin matter. That we need to be open so the economy can function, so we can care for the sick people. Let us take personal responsibility, let us think about our fellow mankind and we will. But just being locked down, that has made a lot of people angry and causing push-back unnecessarily.”
Green Bay resident Tina Hollenbeck attended Friday’s rally

“You’re being told to sit down and shut up because your opinion doesn’t matter. You’re being told to listen to the professionals, but you know what, you shouldn’t ever stop questioning the professionals. They don’t live your life … they did not include you in this decision.”
Madison Elmer, one of the rally organizers, said those present want to make their own choice when it comes to taking safety precautions or closing their businesses, rather than have a government mandate

“I feel like our constitutional rights are being taken from us. And I’m just not willing anymore. What’s going to happen is going to happen.”
Dan Zierath, owner of Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub in Wauwatosa, was the first bar owner to publicly say he would be opening on May 1, in defiance of the governor’s stay-at-home order

“We’ve applied for all of the relief programs and we’ve received not a single cent. We’re just trying to keep the lights on and pay the few people who remain on staff that keeps us doing our curbside. … We don’t have a lot of extra money to restock our own inventory.”
Lydia Sobol, who owns the farm to-table restaurant Sobie’s in Oconomowoc with her husband, Mike, said they haven’t received any relief or funding yet. It could be months or even a year before they are “out of the weeds financially,” Sobol said.

“Purporting to act under color of State law, an unelected, unconfirmed cabinet secretary has laid claim to a suite of czar-like powers — unlimited in scope and indefinite in duration — over the people of Wisconsin. By the time the Secretary sees fit to lift her decree (be it in five weeks or eight months), many Wisconsinites will have lost their jobs, and many companies will have gone under, to say nothing of the Order’s countless other downstream societal effects. Our State will be in shambles.”
From a lawsuit filed by Republican leaders of the state Legislature against Democratic Gov. Tony Evers hoping to stop his administration from keeping businesses and schools closed through May in an effort to slow the spread of a deadly coronavirus. The GOP leaders are seeking to take away Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm’s ability to make unilateral decisions during public health emergencies and instead require her to gain their approval before taking action.

“People die every day because of this and the more we screw around with it, the more people die. Political power should not trump life. This is an extraordinary day unlike any other, frankly, I’ve ever witnessed as governor or even before I was governor. This is a power grab by the Legislative Republicans who are telling 4,600 plus in the state of Wisconsin who have contracted COVID-19 and the families of the 242 people who have died, we don’t care about you — we care about our political power.”
Gov. Tony Evers

“There’s a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through. We’re going to have the flu epidemic and the coronavirus epidemic at the same time.”
Centers for Disease Control Director Robert Redfield

“Of the 42,425 casualties nationally, 45% are in New York. Without New York, the national number would be 23,334. So total COVID-19 casualties in 49 of 50 states now total far less than our total annual auto casualties nationwide.

“Two conclusions jump out, and they are both consistent with President Donald Trump’s latest guidelines. First, local realities are so disparate that governors and local authorities must lead management of this crisis in their region. Second, the risks are far less than what was initially thought. We must adjust and prudently start opening our economy.”
Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education

“If you weren’t convinced that Democrats are crazy, insane and a danger to us all, I now have clear and irrefutable proof. It’s hydroxychloroquine. That’s the anti-malaria drug that has become a weapon in our arsenal to defeat coronavirus. The stories of its remarkable success in the battle versus this terrible, deadly pandemic are everywhere. They are no longer ‘anecdotal.’ This Trump-touted drug appears to be a miracle drug.

“… let me mention the latest Rasmussen poll, which shows that only 18 percent of Democrats would take hydroxychloroquine if they were sick with coronavirus. Folks, that’s just nuts. Democrats are suicidal. They not only don’t value human life; they don’t even value their own lives.”
Wayne Allyn Root, nationally syndicated conservative TV and radio host known as “the Capitalist Evangelist” and “the conservative warrior”

“We have to write off 2020. It’s already the year that didn’t happen. We’re not going to make any money because there are no revenues with TV and movies not getting made. Anyone who says that everything is not totally f****** is lying. Everything has changed in what we do.”
An unidentified Hollywood movie industry agent


As residents at two Milwaukee nursing homes contracted and died of coronavirus, administrators and local officials kept it to themselves


What Biden sexual assault?


Trump wants to delay the November election


Glowing dolphins

Open up the USA; wallowing in pessimism; the Left loves the shutdown; what Trump is doing right on the virus

Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (04/24/20): Let’s Take Back Our Country on May 1

Today’s highly interesting read (04/23/20): Seven Things Trump Is Doing Right on Coronavirus

Today’s highly interesting read (04/22/20): WALLOWING IN PESSIMISM OVER CORONAVIRUS

Today’s highly interesting read (04/21/20): Leftists Don’t Want The Shutdown To End Because They Are Living Out Their Wildest Dreams