SRO’s. School Resource Officers in our school buildings are invaluable.
Joey Melvin, an instructor and Region 3 director for the National Association of School Resource Officers and a detective/school resource officer with the Georgetown Police Department in Sussex County wrote a column in USA TODAY in September 2020 that read in part:
Some communities across the country want to divert SRO resources to nurses and full-time mental health support. The value of adding health resources to our schools cannot be disputed. However, as an experienced school resource professional, I feel that what needs to transpire is not a transference of focus or funding, but an addition to resources within our schools. In my opinion, replacing one resource with another cannot occur without negative impacts.
As SROs know their communities, they also know their students. Understanding a student’s background and, more importantly, any trauma our students have experienced plays an integral role in an SRO’s decisions.
The physical safety of our school campuses is an essential role for the trained SRO. That’s an integral part of any SRO’s job, and there’s data to support the positive aspects of it, but the majority of positive impacts SROs make every day cannot be quantified with data. Mitigating situations, preventing crimes, mentoring children and building trusting relations are hard to track, but abundantly exist in schools with effective SRO programs.
On the one hand, we don’t want to turn everyday school discipline issues into criminal concerns that can ruin a kid’s start in life. But we fundamentally don’t believe that’s what school resource officers do. We believe they create a positive presence for police among youth, fight drug addiction among youth, and help head off and reduce youth crime through early intervention. We should have more SROs, not fewer, because teachers need to teach, not perform law enforcement duties.
THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-NO!
If you’re like me you’ve seen every episode of M*A*S*H at least a thousand times and love watching them again and again and again.
During the series’ 6th season, the episode “Tea and Empathy” aired on January 17, 1978. Wounded arrive and some of the patients are from a British unit, commanded by Major Ross, played by the wonderful character actor Bernard Fox. Ross insists that the 4077th doctors are “molly-coddling” his men, and that they are ready to return to active duty.
Hawkeye tells Ross to leave. Later, when Ross returns to visit his men Hawkeye sees that Ross is laughing with his men, as they’re all reading letters from home and telling stories. Ross now seems like one of the guys, and his soldiers seem in high spirits.
Ross tells Hawkeye that if he acts like his wounded men are actually fine, they know subconsciously that they’ll be okay, which helps speed their recovery. Ross admits it might seem callous, but as Hawkeye can see, it seems to work.
Hawkeye admits Ross was right, but points out that another British condition – giving wounded soldiers tea – leads to peritonitis. Ross says he’ll mention it to his superiors but regretfully says:
“But if it was anything but tea.”
I’m reminded of that memorable episode after reading a recent column by Mary Hunt, the founder of EverydayCheapskate.com, a frugal living blog and the author of the book “Debt-Proof Living.”
In her column Hunt writes, “Perhaps you’ve noticed the cost of nearly everything is going up. The Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index, the agency that calculates the U.S. inflation rate, is predicting a very high inflation rate for 2021. Our annual inflation rate at the end of May was running at 5 percent. That is the highest rate since 1981, when the average for that year was 10.3 percent. Here’s the deal: We can either stick our heads in the sand and pretend that nothing has changed, or we can get smart and fight back.”
Some of Hunt’s tactics:
Add a pinch of table salt to a new container of milk when you first open it. Shake well to mix. Because salt retards the growth of bacteria that makes milk turn sour, just a pinch of salt will increase the useful life of milk by days, even weeks.
Always add one can of water more than the instructions state for concentrated fruit juice.
Consider generic brands.
Keep a notebook that lists the prices of regularly purchased items at various stores.
Shop midweek. On Wednesdays, most supermarkets reduce prices on food that is about to expire, according to several studies.
Another Mary Hunt column of late examines cutting your grocery bill…in half.
When the standard 12-week sale rotation happens, you need to buy enough to last your family that long. If you buy only one week’s worth, you will be forced to pay (gasp!) full price the next time you need it because you didn’t buy enough.
Let me make it more clear with an example. Say your family eats two boxes of Honey Bunches of Oats every week. The regular price for Honey Bunches of Oats is $4.19 a box, but when you (pun alert) sail through this week’s flyer, you see it is on sale for only $1.99 a box—more than 50 percent off the regular price! Instead of buying only two boxes like you normally would for one week, you buy 12 boxes—enough to last your family for the next six weeks at less than half the price you would normally pay.
The goal is to build up your own mini grocery store in your pantry, which you can then use to plan your family’s meals.
And now for what many might consider the big no-no.
Eat Less Meat
Going vegetarian just a couple of times a week could save you as much as $1,000 a year—a dollar figure that is going up, up, and up! Meat, fish, and poultry costs usually account for a significant portion of people’s grocery bills, so cutting out even a little will make a big difference in time.
2) Officers from the Chicago Police Department, wearing buttons that depict fallen Chicago police officer Ella French, tear up during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about law enforcement safety on Tuesday, July 26. French was shot in the line of duty during a traffic stop last year. Photo: Anna Rose Layden/Getty Images
3) Asylum seeking migrants wait to be transported by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, after crossing the Rio Grande river into the U.S. from Mexico, at Eagle Pass, Texas. Is that a Packer jersey I see? Photo: REUTERS/Go Nakamura
7) Pope Francis attends the Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage, an annual pilgrimage that welcomes tens of thousands of Indigenous participants from throughout Canada and the United States each year, at Lac Ste. Anne, Alberta, Canada. Photo: Vatican Media/Handout via REUTERS
8) Pope Francis puts on an indigenous headdress during a meeting with indigenous communities, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit, at Our Lady of Seven Sorrows Catholic Church in Maskwacis, near Edmonton, Canada, July 25, 2022. Photo: AP
9) A participant wearing his cosplay featuring an animated character gets his government contact tracing QR code in the “LeaveHomeSafe” COVID-19 mobile app scanned at Ani-Com and Games exhibition in Hong Kong. Photo: AP
11) A newborn giant panda cub lies in an incubator at a breeding facility in Sichuan province. Photograph: VCG/Getty Images
12) Brandi Carlile introduces fellow singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell for a rare performance Sunday, July 24, at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island. Mitchell, 78, had a brain aneurysm in 2015, one that required rehabilitation and physical therapy to recover. Ever since, she has been largely out of the public eye. Photo: Carlin Stiehl/The Boston Globe/Getty Images
Pope Francis overturned decisions by his two predecessors and re-imposed restrictions on the old-style Latin Mass preferred by traditionalist Roman Catholics, saying it was being exploited to divide the Church.
Conservative groups reacted with dismay and anger to the latest episode of what some have dubbed the Church’s “liturgy wars”.
Some conservatives in the Church, particularly in the United States and some European countries, have used the Latin Mass as a battle cry in their general opposition to the reforms of the 1962-1965 Second Vatican Council, which included the introduction of Mass in vernacular languages.
Before the Council, Catholic mass was an elaborate ritual led in Latin by a priest with his back to the congregation. Vatican II reduced the formality and had the priest face the faithful to pray in their local language.
Traditionalists rejected the new style’s sing-along hymns and guitar music. Many missed the Latin rite’s sense of mystery and awe and the centuries-old Gregorian chant that went with it.
On this Sunday today’s read is from R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., the founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator. He is the author of The Death of Liberalism, published by Thomas Nelson Inc. Here’s an excerpt:
I have always thought that my friends who have insisted that Pope Francis is a liberal or even a socialist were being a bit extreme. I thought it was unfair to stigmatize the pope in this way, but eliminating an alternative form of worship — not even for theological reasons but for the sake of conformity — certainly sounds like cancel culture to me.
The White House, Democrats in Congress, and the Tony Evers administration all have an anti-gun agenda. Our Second Amendment rights are under attack from all.
Rebecca believes Wisconsin state and local law enforcement should never be commandeered by federal law to enforce restrictions on our rights.
Associated Press: (Tim) Michels’ campaign sent out a flyer that landed in mailboxes that claimed the gun advocacy group had endorsed him. Scott Meyer, a Wisconsin lobbyist who has done work for the NRA, said the group hasn’t endorsed anyone in the GOP primary and doesn’t plan to do so.
“All this came out of the blue,” Meyer said of the flyer. “Stunned is the best word to describe it. I’ve never seen this before.” Wisconsin Right Now:Was (Tim) Michels endorsed by the NRA, as he claims in the direct mail piece? The answer is no, according to the NRA.
We contacted the national NRA press office on July 17 and were given this response, from Scott Jones, NRA Wisconsin state director: “The NRA Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) has not made any endorsements for the 2022 Wisconsin gubernatorial primary.”
Michels’ flyer says he was endorsed by the “NRA-ILA,” however the NRA told us that the NRA-ILA doesn’t make endorsements ever; the NRA-PVF does, and it has not made an endorsement in the Wisconsin governor’s primary, as noted.
As a sportsman herself, Rebecca is a proven, trusted advocate for gun owners and 2nd Amendment rights. She is proud to have an A rating from the NRA.
Back in January a Franklin Common Council meeting was loaded with one big announcement after another, with lots of excitement in the works at Ballpark Commons.
A 40-plus room boutique hotel.
The upcoming “Rock N Pickle” in Franklin’s Ballpark Commons discussed during that January council meeting will have five outdoor courts and five indoor courts – paired with a small concert venue, large bar and a new restaurant concept. “Rock N Pickle” is scheduled to open sometime in the fall of 2023.
Can’t get enough of pickleball?
Here’s an interesting column about the origin of the sport.
“This year we finally have the chance to get rid of Scott Walker, one of the worst senators this state has ever had.” Dem candidate Mandela Barnes
That was quite the verbal slip by Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes Wednesday.
As Barnes accepted an endorsement from Alex Lasry, he blurted out “this year we have the chance finally to get rid of Scott Walker, one of the worst senators this state has ever had.”
The only problem: Barnes and Gov. Tony Evers already beat Walker, the former governor, in 2018.
And it’s Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson who Barnes is poised to take on in the fall. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“We need to hire more Black journalists, more Latino journalists and more Asian journalists. We need more women journalists in our newsroom and its leadership, too. A diverse and inclusive workforce helps us better connect and serve you, our readers and our community partners.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editor George Stanley. How about hiring more fair and objective reporters?
“I think there’s a very high likelihood of recession. When we’ve been in this kind of situation before, recession has essentially always followed when inflation has been high and unemployment has been low. Soft landings represent a kind of triumph of hope over experience. I think we’re very unlikely to see one.” Former Obama economic advisor Larry Summers
“We’re likely to see some slowing of job creation. I don’t think that that’s a recession. A recession is broad-based weakness in the economy. We’re not seeing that now.” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen
“Two negative quarters of GDP growth is not the technical definition of recession. It’s not the definition that economists have traditionally relied on.” White House National Economic Council Director Brian Deese, July 2022
“The people denying we [are] in a recession are the same government officials and their shameless media enablers who for months denied we faced runaway inflation.” Senator Marco Rubio
“After 18 months, we know what President Biden stands for. If you don’t know by now, you are as thick as a brick. He believes in bigger government, higher taxes, more spending, more debt, more regulation, open borders, a weaker military, and turning cops into social workers. And those policies have hurt the American people deeply. I’m talking about inflation,” he said. “Inflation, which is a direct result of the president’s policies, is a cancer on the American Dream, and it is rampant. It is unrestrained.” Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.)
“Nearly 18 months of private chats between friends from the Trump White House show that Jan. 6 Committee star witness Cassidy Hutchinson dramatically changed her story about what she knew and how she felt about what she witnessed as a White House staffer. When Hutchinson testified in Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s Soviet-style show trial last month, the former White House aide to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said she ‘still struggle[s] to work through the emotions’ of Jan. 6. … Yet in a series of private communications from December 2020 through May 2021 … Hutchinson commiserated with other targets of the probe about how little information she had about any wrongdoing that day, and lamented how corrupt the politicized committee was. Far from being upset with Trump, Hutchinson repeatedly spoke in favor of him and his presidency. ‘I would rather shoot myself dead into the Potomac than see marine one flying around this city without 45 again,’ Hutchinson wrote in one message nearly three months after the Capitol riot.” Mollie Hemingway and Tristan Justice
“Journalists don’t usually share personal opinions or positions.” Ex-CNN Democrat talking head Chris Cuomo. LOL
“DC [Mayor Muriel Bowser] calls for activating the National Guard to handle the influx of illegal migrants into the city, calling it a ‘humanitarian crisis.’ This is something she refused to do on January 6 but will do when 4,000 illegal migrants enter her city.” Greg Price
“D.C. is experiencing a fraction of the disastrous impact the border crisis has caused Texas. Mayor Bowser should stop attacking Texas for securing the border & demand Joe Biden do his job.” Texas Governor Greg Abbott
“[She’s] running to the Pentagon, saying, ‘Oh, my gosh, we need the National Guard.’ Oh, you know what? Cry me a frickin’ river. Welcome to the party, pal.” Congressman Chip Roy
“I didn’t recommend locking anything down. ” National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director and liar Anthony Fauci
“Any state that is having a serious problem, that state should seriously look at shutting down.” Fauci, July 2020
“When it became clear that we had community spread in the country … I recommended to the president that we shut the country down.” Fauci, October 2020
“We’re gonna stand up against a law that says ‘don’t say gay,’ basically restricting kindergarten through third-grade teachers in Florida to be able to love openly and teach what they believe is important for people to understand.” Vice President Kamala Harris
“We’re all gonna feel dumb when we find out AOC did get handcuffed by the same invisible guy Biden keeps shaking hands with.” Jimmy Failla
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: A good deal of sunshine. High of 82. “A”
SUNDAY: Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High around 85. “A”
Real Life ‘Lassie’ Leads Search and Rescue to His 53-Year-Old Owner Who Fell Off 70-Foot Cliff in the WoodsBY The Epoch times, JULY 28, 2022
The 53-year-old man fell down a 70-foot cliff in a remote part of the Tahoe Forest in northern California, breaking his hip and ribs.
But he managed to move himself to someplace where there was cell service and call for help.
The next day, on July 14, a Nevada County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue (NCSSAR) team was dispatched, and was able to ping the man’s last known GPS signal to locate him.
The rescuers were informed by a friend of the man’s to look out for his border collie, Saul.
When search and rescue reached the man’s camp, he wasn’t there, so they began to spread out their search. They thought they heard a voice calling out but weren’t able to pinpoint where it was coming from.
Moments later, the searchers encountered Saul.
The dog was described as “jumping up and down and spinning around in circles,” NCSSAR Sergeant Dennis Haack told KCRA.
The “Lassie-like” behavior helped them save the dog’s owner. “They started following him, he went for somewhere between 150 and 200 yards, and took them right to the victim,” Sergeant Haack said.
They found him in a small shelter that was covered with a camouflaged tarp. Medical staff described his injuries as “traumatic,” the news outlet reported.
They then got him to a CHP chopper and shuttled him to an air ambulance a few miles away, then transported him to receive more treatment.
“He’s very lucky that his dog directed our search personnel to him,” Sergeant Haack added.
NCSSAR posted on Facebook about the harrowing incident afterward, crediting the rescue team, and Saul, for their efforts saving the man.
“Great work and skill by all involved today and for the Border Collie he was transported back to Grass Valley and given a well deserved dinner,” they posted.
Saul is being looked after by a local nonprofit in Grass Valley while his owner undergoes medical treatment for his injuries.
And finally, from The Barking Lot vault, my wife wrote in the summer of 2012:
I have suffered from seasonal & environmental allergies for most of my life. I have never had “allergy testing” because quite frankly I am too chicken to subject myself to the process. Generally I just take OTC antihistamines from first bloom to first frost and deal with it.
I tolerate a range of annoying allergic reactions besides ragweed and pollen. I have a severe reaction to nickel in metal so much to Kevin’s chagrin I can only wear “real” gold. I can’t come within 5 yards of a horse or I will break out in hives and have eyes so swollen I look like, well, I don’t know what. Just the other day, I tried a new brand of dish soap because I thought it smelled nice. “Big mistake,” my rash-covered hands told me.
Kevin, on the other hand, has no issues with things like this. The man can cut grass in a dust storm, pet a dozen dogs at one time, stand in a field of flowers and use any sort of soap/lotion/fragrance. If he sneezes once during the months of June, July and August it’s because he got pool water in his nose.
I truly hope that our daughter Kyla takes after her Daddy and has her own natural ability to fight allergens and not rely on a lifetime supply of Benadryl. I don’t know… with our luck, our poor offspring will sneeze in unison with Mommy from May through October and we’ll open the windows once during the summer season.
I will never complain when I’m not shoveling and shivering. But summertime can make it rough for those of us who have to endure the Sneezin’ Season.
So where am I going with all this nasal news? Well, if you think the two-legged members of your family are the only ones who can suffer this time of year think again. If you have noticed the family pooch scratching more, or sneezing uncontrollably then chances are he/she is suffering from seasonal allergies. Fortunately there are ways to cope just like there are for humans. Antihistamines are a possible source of relief, as are a short-term dose of steroids.