Photos of the Week (10/17/21)

May be an image of mountain and body of water

A pictorial week-in-review posted every Sunday.

1) Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket launches carrying Star Trek actor William Shatner, 90, Chris Boshuizen, Audrey Powers and Glen de Vries from its spaceport near Van Horn, Texas. Photo: AP

2) Star Trek actor William Shatner experiences weightlessness with three other passengers during the apogee of the Blue Origin New Shepard mission NS-18 suborbital flight near Van Horn, Texas. Photo: Blue Origin/via REUTERS

3) Astronauts from Europe and Israel walk in spacesuits during a training mission for planet Mars at a site that simulates an off-site station at the Ramon Crater in Mitzpe Ramon in Israel’s southern Negev desert, Oct. 10, 2021. Photo: Agence France-Presse

4) A pedestrian crosses an empty street in the Central business district as Hong Kong battens down for the second time in less than a week as Tropical Cyclone Kompasu prompted forecasters to raise their alert level and usher in mandatory safety measures. Photo: AFP

5) A vandalized statue of Christopher Columbus is seen in London, Britain. Photo: Reuters

6) A demonstrator wears a traditional Native American headdress during an Indigenous Peoples’ Day protest outside of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 11, 2021. Photo: REUTERS/Sarah Silbiger TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

7) The words “Expect Us” are spray-painted on the base of the Andrew Jackson statue in Lafayette Park as Indigenous and environmental activists protest in front of the White House in Washington. Photo: AP

8) The “Pillar of Shame” statue, a memorial for those killed in the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown, is displayed at the University of Hong Kong. Photo: AP

9) A passenger in a full protective suit uses a phone while waiting to board a flight at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. Photo: AP

10) A child looks up at fish at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium on the venue’s first day of re-opening, following an extended closure due to coronavirus lockdown orders, in Sydney, Australia. Photo: REUTERS/Loren Elliott

11) A red deer stag bellows at sunrise during the rutting (breeding) season which takes place during autumn, in Bushy Park, south west London. Photo: AP

12) Dogs stand on a wall overlooking Carlingford Lough with Northern Ireland on the left and the Republic of Ireland on the right with the Lough marking the border between the two countries, in Flagstaff, Northern Ireland, October 13. Photo: REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

13) The world’s tallest woman Rumeysa Gelgi poses with her mother Safiye Gelgi during a news conference outside their home in Safranbolu, Karabuk province, Turkey, October 14. Photo: REUTERS/Cagla Gurdogan

14) Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby kicks the winning field goal in overtime for a final score of 25-22 during an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Emilee Chinn)

15) Teammates rush to celebrate with Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby (2) after he kicked the winning field goal in overtime for a final score of 25-22 during an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Emilee Chinn)

16) Fans in the Wisconsin student section display a message during the third quarter of their game Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin beat Army 20-14. Photo: MARK HOFFMAN/MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL

AND,

Incredible Photos Of Boston Marathoners’ Joy And Pain As They Cross The Finish Line


Top photo: Hong Kong

Today’s highly interesting read (10/17/21): What I Saw When I Went to a Traditional Latin Mass

priest standing beside altar


The Catholic Church is not immune from controversy. Its firm stand on abortion, denying Communion to certain elected officials, sexual abuse, prohibiting women priests, refusing priests to marry.

And then there’s the actual practice of how Catholics celebrate Holy Mass.

Take, for example, the Latin Mass that differs from the more common Mass of today. Hard to imagine that the differences between the two have brought the Latin Mass under attack. One journalist/author has been painfully negative, blasting not only the procedures, but the participants. Zita Ballinger Fletcher writes:

“The liturgy — spoken in an ancient language no longer in modern vernacular usage — places all power in the hands of the priest. The priest keeps his back turned to the people for most of the ceremony. Aside from making occasional responses, the congregation plays no active part in worship. All people inside the church are expected to kneel on cue at various points. The priest is at the center of the spectacle. He is separated from the people he is supposed to serve by an altar rail — a barrier that gives him privileges. To receive the Eucharist, people must kneel at his feet. 

“Meanwhile, the Latin tradition oppresses women. Women are expected — indeed, in some cases commanded — to wear skirts instead of trousers, cover themselves with long clothing and wear veils over their heads. No such rules exist for the men. It is discrimination, and therefore the Latin Mass actively endorses sexism. In most cases, it is useless to politely disagree with people in the Latin Mass sect. Their attitude creates blindness — not only to true faith, but to their own behavior. They treat others with pride and animosity.”

I say the woman is dead wrong. And so is the Pope.

This past summer according to the Associated Press, “Pope Francis cracked down on the spread of the old Latin Mass, reversing one of Pope Benedict XVI’s signature decisions in a major challenge to traditionalist Catholics who immediately decried it as an attack on them and the ancient liturgy. Francis reimposed restrictions on celebrating the Latin Mass that Benedict relaxed in 2007, and went further to limit its use. Critics said they had never before witnessed a pope so thoroughly reversing his predecessor.”

Today’s read is from David Mills, the editor of the Hour of Our Death website. Here’s an excerpt from his column:

It distresses me that so many people want to restrict it or suppress it entirely.

It’s a gift to people like the man with the man-bun and the man with the ponytail, the college girls in their jeans, the man with the stubble. It is a gift to people — some of them damaged and in pain — who want or often need the quiet, the order, the dramatized mystery, the antiquity and objectivity of the old rite. Many of these people live on the edges of the Church, or even the edges of Christianity.

That may be why so many people dislike it so much, or fear it. It might prove popular. It might not just be a concession to old people and a few odd ducks. A surprisingly wide variety of people find their way to it, not least young people and families with children. If you offer it, they will come.

Read the entire column here.

Week-ends (10/16/21)

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…

HEROES OF THE WEEK

William Shatner

Texas Senate

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

They celebrate when conservatives die of COVID

Milwaukee County Supervisor Ryan Clancy

Justin Bielinski

Loudoun County, VA

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“‘Vaccinate your kids and it’s over!’ say the people who told you to stay home for 15 days and it’s over, wear a mask and it’s over, get vaccinated and it’s over, etc.”
Jimmy Failla

“It was never just tax the rich. Why do you think they want to monitor personal banks accounts with just $600?”
Senator Marsha Blackburn

“It kind of blows my mind that the Biden Administration is about to start monitoring all of our bank accounts and somehow this isn’t a major topic of conversation even on the right. The vaccine mandates are bad. This is worse. A lot worse.”
Matt Walsh

“Most of the economic problems we’re facing (inflation, supply chains, etc.) are high class problems. We wouldn’t have had them if the unemployment rate was still 10 percent. We would instead have had a much worse problem.” Jason Furman, former chairman of Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers

“According to this administration, we must choose between massive inflation, shipping bottlenecks, and huge numbers of Americans dropping out of the workforce…or 10% unemployment. Good midterm messaging there.”
Ben Shapiro

“When people ask me, ‘If you ruled the world, what one thing would you do?’ — I think about that a lot.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

“I think a lot of times people don’t have a really positive image of the government.”
First Lady Jill Biden

“The Build Back Better [legislation] is three baskets: It’s climate … health, jobs, security, and moral responsibility.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (huh?)

“If we don’t solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 (which we have thoroughly and conclusively documented), Republicans will not be voting in ‘22 and ’24. It is the single most important thing for Republicans to do.”
Donald Trump

“Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a worldview. When you realize that, you’ll realize why it should be vigorously opposed. CRT isn’t about teaching history (as many of its proponents would have you believe), it’s about subjectively re-prosecuting history through a Marxist teleology.”
Darrell B. Harrison

“The problem with trying to equalize is that you can usually only equalize downward.”
Thomas Sowell

“Pretty sure never once in history has someone read a person’s announced pronouns in an email signature and thought ‘wow, so glad they did that, really helpful and necessary.’”
Buck Sexton

“VP Kamala Harris’s parents were from India and Jamaica. The racist Democrat Party refers to her as ‘African American,’ but she is every bit as much ‘Asian American.’ Why?”
Mark Alexander

“Not surprisingly, President Biden took a cheap shot at Columbus in his official White House proclamation. It condemned the ‘painful history of wrongs and atrocities that many European explorers inflicted on Tribal Nations and Indigenous communities’ and the ‘wave of devastation,’ including ‘the introduction and spread of disease.’ Interestingly, whenever conservatives express concerns about illegal aliens spreading diseases, the left immediately accuses them of ‘xenophobia.’”
Gary Bauer

“Sadly, data from the Department of Education indicates a majority of fourth graders don’t know why Europeans sought new trade routes in the 1400s, and only 8 percent have a full understanding of how Native Americans were impacted by European colonists. Further, only 34 percent can identify Jamestown as the first English colony, and fewer than 33 percent of eighth graders know why we fought England during the Revolutionary War. We have a good deal of catching up to do and erasing pivotal figures such as Christopher Columbus will only put us further behind. Instead of rewriting history, we should make every effort to study it.”
Ambassador Callista L. Gingrich and Speaker Newt Gingrich

“I’m not in the least bit for defunding the police. Police work is, aside from all the negativity around it, it is very necessary for us to have them and most of them are guys that are doing their job. They’re going about their day-to-day jobs.”
Actor Morgan Freeman

“I think this [harassment toward Senator Kyrsten Sinema] is outrageous. You may not like the politics, but when this s*** starts to happen, I don’t know where the safe space is in America. And I don’t know where it ends.”
Bill Maher

“Parents: keep protesting your school’s curriculum. The DOJ can’t do anything about it, and they’re trying to intimidate you. Don’t listen to them.”
Congressman Dan Crenshaw

“You don’t have to go back too far to find German people who acted exactly as these protesters did. Early in the Nazi era they [stormtroopers] would go into where people were congregating and shout them down, and make sure no other voices could be heard except the Nazis. That’s how you lose dialogue. That’s how you lose a First Amendment. That’s how you welcome in totalitarianism.

“It’s incredibly scary. If we lose the ability to distinguish between people rallying and expressing their own voice, and intimidation and bullying and shutting down the voices of others. I mean, you don’t have to go back too far to find German people who acted exactly as these protesters did.

“It’s just so completely inappropriate, walking into a bathroom. But people shouting down Jews? We don’t have to go back a century to see where that leads.”

Rabbi Yakkov Menken, managing director of the Coalition for Jewish Values, commenting on the left-wing protesters who followed Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) into a bathroom to denounce her opposition to the high price tag of the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better bill

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

Cleveland Clinic Bans Severely Ill Ohio Man From Kidney Transplant Because The Donor Isn’t Vaccinated

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

The teenage girl who shall not be mentionedMORE

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Jon Gruden wrote some e-mails

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Having wedding photos taken here in WI is apparently a thing

‘Woke’ Superman; inflation; who’s in charge?; let life resume; go to church

Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (10/15/21): ‘Woke’ Superman’s Mission Is Neither Bold Nor Brave

Today’s highly interesting read (10/14/21): HOW MUCH is Biden’s Inflation Costing Families?


Today’s highly interesting read is a video (10/13/21): End COVID Repression: Let Life Resume


Today’s highly interesting read (10/12/21): Let’s Just Call It a Day Already


Today’s highly interesting read (10/11/21): We All Know Biden Is Not in Charge; So, Who Is Really Running the Country?


UPDATE: Today’s highly interesting read (10/07/21): ‘Perhaps the greatest medical scandal of our time’


Today’s highly interesting read (10/10/21): If Christians Around The World Can Face Death For Their Faith, Americans Can Go To Church

2021 POO Awards – Week 9

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 OOffensively (Or if you prefer, Pouring it On Offensively)

Week 9

Wittenberg-Birnamwood 79,
Nekoosa 8

Franklin 76, Racine Case 0

Week 8

St. Mary Catholic/Valley Christian 82, Elkhart Lake – Glenbeaulah 7

Week 7

Lake Holcombe 78, South Shore 6

Athens 68, Sturgeon Bay 0

Mineral Point 66, Parkview/Albany 0

Week 6

St. Mary’s Springs 76, North Fond du Lac 0

And what about Wauwatosa West, winners of two Poo Awards this season?

Catholic Memorial 35, Wauwatosa West 8

It does come back to bite you.

Week 5

Phillips 78, Lincoln 38

What about Wauwatosa West, who obliterated their last two opponents?

Wauwatosa West 2, Wauwatosa East 0 (forfeit)


Week 4

Wauwatosa West 72, Milwaukee Lutheran 6

NOTE: Several teams scored in the 60’s, including the Sabers of Franklin where I live.

Week 3

Wauwatosa West 90, Pius XI 8

Week 2

Kohler Lutheran Christian Co-op 80, Random Lake 6

Week 1

Mondovi 72, Eleva-Strum 6

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (10/16/21)

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. High of 59. “C”

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 67. “A”

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

Ask The Dog Guy Newsletter | Funny dogs, Dog groomers, Dogs

Private services that offer home euthanasia for pets are busier than ever.

Couple finds their luggage is overweight because of stowaway dog.

Minnesota teen making a global impact…

Young WI boy is back home with his dog…

An experiment tests whether dogs lick us simply because we taste salty.

What the Bible says about dogs.

Meet Heaven. She’s an award-winner.

PHOTOS: 26 Photos Of Dogs That Are Sure To Inspire You To Take Better Pics Of Your Furry Friend.

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!

Best Cartoons of the Week (10/16/21)

AG GARLAND

A.F. Branco

Steve Kelley

Tom Stiglich

Tim Hartman

COVID

Ben Garrison

Mike Lester

Bob Gorrell

Pat Cross

Gary Varvel

Margolis & Cox

A.F. Branco

BIDEN

Gary McCoy

Tom Stiglich

Steve Breen

Chip Bok

A.F. Branco

Al Goodwyn

Jake Fuller

KAMALA

Tom Stiglich

Chip Bok

A.F. Branco

THE LEFT

A.F. Branco

TRICK OR TREAT

Gary Varvel

Steve Kelly

Mike Luckovich

John Deering

Margolis & Cox

HOLLYWOOD

Steve Kelley

COLUMBUS

Michael Ramirez

Margolis & Cox

Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend that’s not salty or bitter!

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 good music available. Come along and enjoy!

Saturday, tomorrow is Sweetest Day.

Let’s begin with a short quiz.

WHO invented Sweetest Day?

A) Mars Inc.

B) Teleflora

C) Hallmark

D) The National Restaurant Association


We’ll give you a little time to consider.

Click for some thinking music please.


So, who came up with the Sweetest Day idea? We gave you four options.

The correct answer is:

None of the above.

Sweetest Day originated in the birth place of rock and roll, Cleveland, Ohio in 1922.
Herbert Birch Kingston had an idea. He wanted to somehow spread joy into the lives of orphans and shut-ins and those society had basically forgotten or turned its back on. Enlisting the help of friends, they passed out gifts to the underprivileged.

To mark the very first Sweetest Day, movie star Ann Pennington presented 2,200 Cleveland newspaper boys with boxes of candy to express gratitude for their work. Another movie star at the time, Theda Bara, gave out 10,000 boxes of candy to people in Cleveland hospitals and also gave candy to all who came to watch her film in a local theater.

Here’s another question.

What is considered to be the most iconic album cover?

In April of 2006 Nick Paumgarten wrote in the New Yorker:

In the picture, she sits holding the stem of a rose in her left hand, above which the inner portion of a bare breast protrudes from the foam. She is licking cream from the index finger of her right hand, and a dollop of the stuff rests atop her forehead, like a tiara. (This is the only real whipped cream in the shot. The rest is shaving cream.) The image still seems a little raunchy, in a home-movie kind of way, but in the virtually pornless atmosphere of the suburban mid-sixties it was—and we’re relying on the testimony of our elders here—the pinnacle of allure. The Whipped Cream Girl, as she came to be known, helped make (Herb) Alpert and his Tijuana Brass even more famous than his loungy arrangements, smooth trumpet work, and suave song production destined them to be. The album shot to No. 1 and stayed on the charts for more than three years. Alpert would say, when performing live, “Sorry, but I can’t play the cover for you.”

Last month, a new version of the album was released: “Whipped Cream & Other Delights Re-Whipped.” Various artists made remixes of the original songs, over which Alpert laid some new trumpet solos. It’s slick stuff…the most momentous revision may well be the one made to the cover art. If you adjust for palette size (the CD jewel box having, sadly, a fraction the area of a record sleeve), the Re-Whipped Cream Girl (Bree Condon) shows much more skin than her predecessor did. Bree is lying on her belly, in a strapless whipped-cream bikini, with not a splotch of cream (or a retouched pixel) out of place.

Alpert, who had to be talked into doing the remix, is fond of the new cover. “The girl is beautiful,” he said. “I think it’s a little more accessible. There’s so much product in the stores these days that it doesn’t hurt if your eye goes to something that has a little eye appeal.”

Our first selection has the art work from the original 1965 album, but track is from the “Re-whipped” LP. I’m sure you will recognize it.

Last month, Dolores Erickson, the cover girl on the ’65 album turned 84.

Alpert, now 86, continues to perform and tour across the country with his wife, Grammy-winning vocalist, Lani Hall and their band.

This next tune definitely has that 60’s feel and sound.

The group was from Hinsdale, Illinois and became quite popular in the Chicago area. For a while they called themselves “The Travelers,” until they learned another band was already using that name.

When it was becoming somewhat difficult to find a replacement one of the band members noted their dilemma was a “cryin’ shame.”

Suddenly the search was over.

In 1966 the group decided to cover a tune the British band “The Searchers” did in 1963 that was never released in America. It reached #49 on the Billboard chart and #4 on a survey by Chicago radio station WLS-AM.

It’s a real sweet toe-tapper.

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Years ago while filling in for Mark Belling on WISN the Friday before Sweetest day, I did what turned out to be, in my view, a hilariously entertaining segment about Sweetest Day.

There were the curmudgeons who angrily huffed and puffed they wouldn’t spend an extra dime for their spouses or significant others on Sweetest Day. Many others couldn’t say enough about how special the day was.

I’ll never forget the woman who called in who was dead serious who said she and her husband exchanged firearms on the third Saturday of October.

Kinda gets you choked up, doesn’t it?

Speaking of iconic album covers here’s another. The model was Playboy magazine’s October 1974 Playmate of the Month, Ester Cordet.

Here’s a nice cover version of one of the album tracks by French jazz pianist and composer Alex Bugnon.

Bugnon is a nephew of the late influential jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd.

How about one more question?

Let’s do word association. I’ll mention a band and you think of what immediately comes to mind, ok?

Here we go.

KOOL & THE GANG

Admit it.

You came up with “Celebration.”

Understood if you did.

Easily their most memorable and biggest recording. In some states you’re not legally married if it’s not played at your wedding reception.

Before Kool & the Gang went toally pop with “Celebration” they initially started out as a jazz band. Then in the 70’s they were more R & B and funk, but still retained a bit of their jazz roots.

From 1976…


That’s it for this week.

Goodnight.

Sleep well.

Have a sweet weekend.

We close with the maestro Barry White.


Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: A sweet one

In the past I’ve featured Elvis, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Beach Boys on this oldie blog. That might lead you to wonder…how is that even possible?

This week, another head scratcher.  Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi. The original Four Seasons.

What a band. Seventy-one (71) hits that charted (including 40 in the Top 40, 19 in the Top 10 and eight No. 1’s). Sales of more than 100 million records worldwide.

Is there a forgotten oldie in that bunch?

Well, this one didn’t even make the soundtrack for the Broadway musical “Jersey Boys” even though it peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart in 1963. And to be perfectly honest, you just don’t hear it anymore.

Saturday is Sweetest Day. What a good time to resurrect this big hit.

BONUS

Frankie Valli, now 87, is still touring with a new set of Four Seasons. A few years ago Valli put out an album that salutes the decade that made him a star with some of his favorite ’60s songs, the ones he always wanted to record but somehow got away like “Spanish Harlem,” “Take Good Care of My Baby.” and….

Check back here at 7:00 tonight for a musical Sweetest Day card.