Week-ends (10/31/20)

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…


Lauren Laborde

Kevin Cozzi

Kevin Ashford

Sean Connery


Postal workers

Fraudster in Florida

Critics of the Girls Scouts…and the Girl Scouts


“So, what about the Americans who really, today, only want me to ask you about Hunter Biden’s laptop, how are you going to get them to see that you are fighting for them, when they’re so dead set against you?”
KCRG Anchor and Managing Editor Beth Malicki questioning Joe Biden

“By the way, there’s nothing to any of that, nothing to any of that. It’s all a smear. Every major outfit, every serious investigator has pointed out that this is a smear. This is classic Trump. We have four days left, and all of a sudden, there’s a laptop. And you may recall, there’s also talk about, four months before, there was a similar thing that somebody had, allegedly. There’s overwhelming evidence that — from the intelligence community that the Russians are engaged. I mean, look, this is — my son’s an honorable man. And all the investigations that were done around the issue of what was going on in Ukraine, if you noticed, every one of the major people who worked for Trump, during the impeachment, went under oath, and under oath said, [Joe] Biden did his job. No law was broken. … Hunter Biden broke no laws.”
Biden’s response

“They (the Bidens) stole from the business. They defrauded Bobulinski and the other partners. They’re doing business with Chinese communist spies, and taking money from Chinese communist spies. I would think even the most ill-informed would figure out taking money from a Chinese communist spy, gee, that could be espionage. None of the morons in the press pick that up.”
Rudy Giuliani accused the Biden family of defrauding their former business partner, Tony Bobulinski and doing business with Chinese intelligence assets

“The Biden family is looking more and more like a crime family.”
President Trump 

“My Vote is for what makes this country great, freedom of speech & religion, 2nd Amnd, hard working tax paying citizens, police & military. In this election, we have freedom of choice, which all should respect. For me & these principles, my Vote is for @RealDonaldTrump.”
Former Packer great Brett Favre

“Peace and prosperity normally get a president reelected. But for the last four years, our media, Hollywood, academia and Democrats have acted anything but normal. Sadly, that has become normal.”
Larry Elder is a bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio talk show host

“So, why is Donald going to win? Because he won in 2016 with pretty similar ratios. These last three weeks in particular, the spread was about the same as in 2016. Now Donald has poured it on. His voice has never cracked, and he has been a human dynamo. Joe Biden stayed close to his basement and prayed that no more stories would come out about Hunter’s sweetheart financial deals with the Chinese and evidence from Hunter’s laptop about setting aside a percentage of his deals for ‘the Big Guy.’

“In the Republican primaries more people voted for just one candidate, Donald Trump, than turned out for all the Democratic candidates. The enthusiasm for Donald is not just a matter of turnout at airports where he flies in and flies out. It can be tabulated in the electoral turnout. Throughout this race, the enthusiasm for Donald has been colossal. For Joe, it has been comparatively feeble. And there is more.

“Last week, I reported that 56 percent of people polled by Gallup in late September affirmed they were better off now, amid a painful pandemic, than they were four years ago, before Donald entered the White House. Another 79 percent of Americans said the economy was one of the most important issues for them in the race. And still another 56 percent of Americans said they expected a Trump victory. Forgive me for jumping to conclusions, but I, too, am expecting a Trump victory.”
R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator

“Trump has tightened virtually every one of these swing states to the point where—what are they saying this morning? … ‘Biden’s five points ahead in Wisconsin… maybe three [to five] points ahead in Florida, two points ahead in Arizona.’ Listen, don’t believe these polls, first of all. And second of all, the Trump vote is always being undercounted. Pollsters, when they actually call a real Trump voter, the Trump voter is very suspicious of the Deep State calling them and asking them who they’re voting for.

“So it is not an accurate count. I think the safe thing to do—this is not scientific, I’m just saying from my experience of being a Michigander—whatever they’re saying the Biden lead is, cut it in half, right now, in your head. Cut it in half, and now you’re within the four-point margin of error. That’s how close this is. That’s how desperately close this is!” 
Filmmaker and staunch Democrat Michael Moore

“Even as the Obama-Biden campaign tried to exploit the poor public perception of vice presidential candidate Palin in 2008, Biden reportedly said, ‘no one decides who they’re going to vote for based on the vice president.’ Maybe this year, they should.”
Joel Zinberg, M.D., J.D., is an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Icahn Mount Sinai School of Medicine and was General Counsel and a Senior Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers from 2017 to 2019

“We are not about to abandon the ideas we believe in because some of you have made a virtue out of hating and vilifying this president and demonizing the rest of us who disagree with you.

“We are not about to surrender to a leftist agenda of abortion on demand; lawlessness in our streets; bankrupting and unworkable environmental radicalism; the end of the oil industry; socialism; gender anarchy; the obliteration of our freedoms of speech and religion; and a weak United States because you have become unwitting allies of sinister forces determined to realize these infernal goals.”
David Limbaugh is a writer, author and attorney

“The biggest issue is, who is for the people of the state of Michigan? Who is for our constitutional rights and our moral values? Right now, I’d ask America: who do you trust with your first amendment rights? Who do you trust with your second amendment rights? Who do you trust with your freedom? I’ve always been taught that when your opponents tell you they’re going to do something, you better believe them. When they [Democrats] tell you they’re going to shut down oil and energy independence, you better believe them. When they tell you they’re going to bring forward the Green New Deal, that would decimate the automotive industry, you better believe them. When they tell you they’re going to abolish the Electoral College, that would shut out midwestern states from having a voice in the presidential election, you better believe them.”
Michigan GOP Senate candidate and Army combat veteran John James 

“Democratic intimidation tactics haven’t changed much since Reconstruction and the Jim (Dem) Crow South era. They just switched whips, chains, Ku Klux Klan (KKK) lynch mobs, German Shepherds and water hoses, for welfare checks, textbooks, societal pressure and violence from domestic terrorist organizations like Antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM).”
African-American columnist Carl Jackson


The Biden family scandal: 7 uncomfortable realities


Historic GDP growth

And Hunter Biden


Biden is way way ahead


Woman in labor stops to vote before giving birth

2020 POO Awards – Week 6

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.

Week 6

Markesan 68, Dodgeland 7

West De Pere 61, Waupaca 0

Week 5

Greenwood 79, Tri-County 0

Mondovi 73, Fall Creek 14

Gilman 65, New Auburn 6

Edgar 62, Portage 0

Cumberland 62, St. Croix Falls 6

Hilbert 62, Random Lake 6

Week 4

Shell Lake 69, Prairie Farm 6

Week 3

Mineral Point 69, Platteville 7

Marion 64, Tri-County 6

Week 2

Grantsburg 65, Cornell/Lake Holcombe Co-op 13

Week 1

Stanley-Boyd 65, Fall Creek 6

The Left and masks; the unseen Trump rallies; the Biden press; schools teaching to hate America; a Biden inaugural address

Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (10/30/20): Yes, Media Are Rigging The Election Against Half The Country. Here’s How

Today’s highly interesting read (10/29/20): ‘Ask Not What Your Country Is’: The Biden Inaugural Address

Today’s highly interesting read (10/28/20): The big Trump rallies you don’t see

Today’s highly interesting read (10/27/20): False History Taught in Schools Incites Children to Hate America

Today’s highly interesting read (10/26/20): Six Reasons Why Leftists Love Masks (Hint: ‘Health’ Isn’t On The List)

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (10/31/20)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Originally written by both my lovely wife, Jennifer and me, this blog brings you the latest news about our furry friends including articles, columns, photos and videos. Enjoy!

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.

TODAY:  Mostly sunny skies. Winds S at 15 to 25 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph. High of 54. “C”

SUNDAY:  Variable cloudiness and windy. Winds NW at 25 to 35 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph. High of 37. “D”

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

How Smart Are Dogs? Canines Are Even Smarter Than You Think

They say it’s the largest pet rescue flight in history. More than 600 shelter dogs and cats arrived at Boeing Field in Seattle Thursday morning from Hawaii. Let’s go to the video.

Donald Trump’s lack of a dog has become an election issue. Here are four dogs that made US political history.

Restaurateur uses pandemic downtime to fly at-risk dogs and cats to safety.

Hiking with dogs: Busy paths underscore need for respectful pack ambassadors.

Dogs are humans’ oldest companions, DNA shows.

Dogs and cats became family—and got their shot at heaven—after World War II, gravestones reveal.

Your dog’s nose knows no bounds – and neither does its love for you.

PHOTO: A dog sits on a submerged concrete post after Typhoon Molave hit the town of Pola, Philippines Photograph: Erik de Castro/AFP/Getty Images

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!

Doc wins Best Pet Halloween costume

Goodnight everyone, and have a frightfully fun 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.

There’s lots of great Halloween music. And I’m not just talking “Purple People Eater.” Turn down your lights. Sit back. Relax. This is Halloween.

Let’s get started with music from a longer collection of pieces telling a tale of the life of a young man called Peer Gynt. The music was composed to accompany a scene where Peer is out in the forest and encounters a woman in green. They ride together on the back of a huge pig into a dark cave, which is the home of the troll king. Once inside, Peter is tormented and taunted by trolls who are trying to kill him. Peer manages to escape. The music tells the story.

Music Director Thomas Dausgaard and the Seattle Symphony perform “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 by Edvard Grieg at Benaroya Hall.

I think you’ll recognize.

Hall of the Mountain King

Suites from the play Peer Gynt are among the most played orchestral pieces in our time. Composer Grieg got bad grades in school because all he cared about was music. He would later marry his cousin Nina.

During a stay in Leipzig, Germany, Grieg, not even 20 years old, developed pleuritt, a kind of tuberculosis, that troubled him for the rest of his life. His left lung collapsed, which made his back bend, and greatly reduced his lung-capacity. He died at the age of 67.

If the Beatles were the clean-cut boys then the Rolling Stones were the bad boys. Cementing the Stones’ image was their recording of “Sympathy for the Devil.” Lead singer Mick Jagger swears the song was about the dark side of man and not an homage to Satan.

On one of their first albums jazz rock band “Blood, Sweat and Tears” did a cover version. Here’s a clip of the ending.

Now, take away the horns and the rock instruments, replace with strings and you get…

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Keith Richards of the Stones said “‘Sympathy’ is quite an uplifting song. It’s just a matter of looking the Devil in the face. He’s there all the time.”

On December 6, 1969, as the Stones played their song at their Altamont Speedway concert, the crowd started to get disorderly. During the very next song, “Under My Thumb,” a fan was stabbed to death by members of the Hells Angels who had been hired to work as security. In the audience was rock guitarist Carlos Santana.

“I don’t have no sympathy for the devil,” Santana said. “I like the beat of the song but I never identify with the lyric. Jagger and Richards don’t really know the full extent of what they’re talking about. If they knew what they were getting into when they sing that song they would not be doing it. The devil is not Santa Claus. He’s for real.”

After 1970 the Stones stopped performing “Sympathy for the Devil” in concert.

Who does the very best Halloween music? That’s easy. Midnight Syndicate.

From their website:

For 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. And some know them as the duo that created the first official soundtrack to the legendary Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game.

The truth is the classic Monsters featured above and their popularity with moviegoers saved the studio, struggling at the time, enabling Universal to explode in growth.


Some sad news this Halloween. For the first time in nearly six decades, the Charlie Brown holiday specials will not be broadcast on television. Instead, the Peanuts are heading to Apple TV+ that made with Peanuts Worldwide and Lee Mendelson Film Productions to stream the specials, including “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (1966). The Halloween special will be available for free from October 30 until November 1.

Shall we dance?

Where to stream the Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin special

Bonnie Stiernberg, a senior editor at InsideHook writes:

“There’s no warm-and-fuzzy resolution about the true meaning of the holiday, no feel-good moments where the gang all wave their tiny hands around a dopey-looking tree to magically adorn it with beauty. It’s a mediation on faith, but no matter how long he waits or how deeply he believes, Linus’s unwavering devotion goes unrewarded; the Great Pumpkin never shows up. Charlie Brown gets that football yanked out from under him from Lucy for the umpteenth time, and when he goes trick-or-treating, all he gets is a bunch of rocks. The Great Pumpkin soundtrack reminds us that all we can do is press on and hope for the best.”

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.”

“Mannheim Steamroller” is the #1 Christmas music artist of all times, selling over 31 million albums. They also did some Halloween music many years ago.

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: I’m a winner baby!

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This week’s oldie is from “Chicago XI,” the final studio album to feature the original seven band members. Shortly after the album’s 1977 release founding member Terry Kath (guitar/vocals) accidentally and fatally shot himself. “Chicago XI” was also the last time the band worked with producer extraordinaire James William Guercio.

Singer Robert Lamm who plays piano and the famous Hammond organ makes all sorts of crazy promises in order to get elected. “The Voices of Inspiration” choir makes a guest appearance.

Vote for me, vote for me
I want the nomination for the Presidency
Vote for me, vote for me
If I am elected, this is how it will be.

I’ll cut your tax in half
I’ll make the Russians laugh
I’ll feed the hungry people everywhere.

I’ll bring the railroads back
New trains and new track
From Waikiki to old Delaware.

Vote for me, vote for me
I want the nomination for the Presidency
Vote for me, vote for me
If I am elected, this is how it will be.

I’ll give Detroit one year
New cars that run on beer
Or anything except gasoline.

I’m looking to the sun
More power for everyone
And the cleanest sky that you’ve ever seen.

I’m not going to kid you, there’s a lot to do
Little can I promise, it’s really up to you
But if we all work together
And I think we can
And if you want some new ideas
Then I’m your man

Vote for me, vote for me
I want the nomination for the Presidency
Vote for me, vote for me
If I am elected, this is how it will be

I’ll work for global peace
And the sweet release
Of the love and human kindness in us all
I would give all I’ve got
You just give me a shot
Somehow, I know that I can win in the fall.

FRANKLIN BREAKING NEWS: Strauss vote to be reconsidered

On the agenda of Monday’s Common Council meeting:

Reconsideration of action taken at the October 20, 2020 Common Council meeting to deny A Resolution Imposing Conditions and Restrictions for the Approval of a Special Use for a Meat Processing Facility Use Upon Property Located at the Southwest Comer of the Intersection of West Loomis Road and the New Monarch Drive (Lot 83 of Ryan Meadows Subdivision) (Strauss Brands LLC, Applicant), and the non-approval thereof. The Common Council may enter closed session pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 19.85(l)(g), to confer with legal counsel for the Common Council who is rendering oral or written advice concerning strategy to be adopted by the body with respect to potential litigation with regard to the Special Use for a Meat Processing Facility Use Upon Property Located at the Southwest Corner of the Intersection of West Loomis Road and the New Monarch Drive (Lot 83 of Ryan Meadows Subdivision) (Strauss Brands LLC, Applicant), in which it is likely to become involved, and to reenter open session at the same place thereafter to act on such matters discussed therein as it deems appropriate.

Scroll down to Page 23 for full details.

Today’s highly interesting read (10/30/20): Yes, Media Are Rigging The Election Against Half The Country. Here’s How

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Today’s read is from Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, a senior editor at The Federalist. Here’s an excerpt, then the entire column:

Even if Donald Trump had lost the 2016 election, instead of won it in a surprise, the media’s coverage of his campaign and supporters would have been a horrific failure. They presented that race as unwinnable for Trump and as if his support was inexplicable.

Their response to their 2016 failures has been not to improve their journalism in any way, shape, or form, but to decide that they didn’t do enough to bias that election in their preferred direction.

Big Media is actively at war with half of the American people and are desperately working to rig an election against them. Here are just five ways they’re doing that.

Read it all here.