This is for the Milwaukee Milkmen detractors

Remember when the Milwaukee Milkmen opened their 2020 season at Franklin Field earlier this summer? I sure do.

The organization followed all recommended guidelines. Staff at the ballpark wore gloves and masks in the stands. There was a significantly reduced capacity in the stands, down 35 percent from 4,000 seats to 1,500 with social distancing.

Even so, angry, rude, arrogant, cowardly Karens from Franklin and elsewhere hiding behind their computers  went  nuts on social media, blasting Mayor Steve Olson and the ballclub. They accused Franklin of having no regard for the safety of Milkmen fans, endangering their very lives.

This news is especially for those supposed know-it-alls who in reality don’t know anything.

It was announced at today’s Milkmen Championship ceremony that Milkmen owner Mike Zimmerman was informed by the Franklin Health Department  that during the entire just-completed Milkmen season at Franklin Field there were no cases of COVID-19 that resulted from baseball played there.

None.

Zero.

Milkmen NIMBYs and Karens, stick that in your pipes and smoke it.

Week-ends (09/19/20)

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…

HEROES OF THE WEEK

John Kinney

Kevin Byard

Debra Jo Chiapuzio

Jerree Humphrey

Milwaukee Milkmen

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

The summer of 2020

Nancy Pelosi

The media

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
According to NPR, days before she died Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dictated a final statement to her granddaughter Claire Spera

“We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices. We have this obligation, without delay!”
President Trump

“Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. Once again, we will keep our promise.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to hold a full vote on the president’s nominee

“Twenty-nine times in American history there has been an open Supreme Court vacancy in a presidential election year, or in a lame-duck session before the next presidential inauguration. The president made a nomination in all twenty-nine cases. George Washington did it three times. John Adams did it. Thomas Jefferson did it. Abraham Lincoln did it. Ulysses S. Grant did it. Franklin D. Roosevelt did it. Dwight Eisenhower did it. Barack Obama, of course, did it. Twenty-two of the 44 men to hold the office faced this situation, and all twenty-two made the decision to send up a nomination, whether or not they had the votes in the Senate.”
Dan McLaughlin of the National Review

“Ted Cruz with an excellent point. If election is litigated can’t risk having just 8 justices and the possibility of a deadlocked court. Could cause a constitutional crisis.”
Marc Thiessen, AEI Fellow, Fox News, Wash Post columnist

“The total panic here is bound to get more intense and more insane as we come closer to Election Day. Oh, and you can bet that COVID panic porn is over.”
Columnist Matt Vespa

“RIP to the more than 30 million innocent babies that have been murdered during the decades that Ruth Bader Ginsburg defended pro-abortion laws. With @realDonaldTrump nominating a replacement that values human life, generations of unborn children have a chance to live.”
GOP Rep. Doug Collins in a tweet following Ginburg’s death

“Am I just a wimp? Maybe, but there’s so much hate targeted towards Trump and his supporters. Here’s what I saw on my morning walk today. A newly erected Trump sign is already vandalized, thrown to the ground and spray painted over with a curse word. 

“A little further down the road, a tidy Biden sign remains standing for weeks now.  So on my way back, I stop at the defaced and trampled Trump sign. I ‘fix’ it as best as I can and I feel a lot better about myself and who I am. I’ve never been super passionate about politics and I am not one for public debates about politics or religion. That’s not how I was raised. But, I support Trump and, for a brief moment on that busy road this morning, I was no longer a secret suburban Trump supporter.”
The Spectator tracked down a series of so-called ‘closet Trump’ voters, women from the suburbs who would never publicly voice their support for the President for fear of recrimination in their social circles. This was one of them.

“Sooner or later, probably sooner, the Dem elite is going to try to put him (Biden) out to pasture. The only bright spot for the Dems is the garbage polls his lying mainstream media allies keep pushing, and the liars are even having to concede that those are tightening, especially in states that matter. We’re days away from them pulling Grandpa Badfinger out of the debate. My money is still on the ‘I won’t normalize Trump’s racist cisgender sexism by appearing on stage with him’ excuse, but ‘I fear the flu’ is a close second. His recent catastrophic appearances outside his dungeon lair demonstrate that this guy couldn’t hack a debate if he was snorting rails of Namenda like Hunter hoovering blow on New Year’s Eve in Medellin. Trump holds an indisputable edge in other important areas, too, like enthusiasm, ground game, and continence.”
Columnist Kurt Schlichter

“For months, the radical Left’s ‘defund the police’ movement has promoted violence, chaos and anarchy in cities across our country—while villainizing and attacking the brave men and women in law enforcement who risk their lives to keep us safe. Now, these dangerous Leftists have started putting words into violent action—targeting and brutally attacking law enforcement. That’s why today, I am calling for convicted cop killers in America to be sentenced to death. President Trump is exactly right—we have to get tough, and we have to draw the line. If we’re going to be a nation of safety and security, we must be unified in our commitment to ending the senseless violence against law enforcement officers once and for all.”
Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler

“Joe Biden is a pallid effigy unable to utter complete sentences without requesting the approach of the teleprompter or querying what is coming through his earpiece, even when answering questions his staff has clearly prepared and given to tame journalists from the Democratic networks and newspapers.”
Conrad Black is a member of the British House of Lords as Lord Black of Crossharbour

“In the 2018 midterms, 92 percent of poll workers were older than 25, according to a Pew analysis of data collected by the Election Assistance Commission. But in this year’s general election, recruitment of younger poll workers may be the difference between the smooth execution of a fundamental right of democracy and Election Day chaos on a national scale. Election officials and activists are recruiting young, healthy workers after thousands of older poll workers, at acute risk of contracting COVID-19, quit in the buildup to primary elections.”
Isaiah Murtaugh, Opinion contributor to USA TODAY

“Bring your lawn chair and get ready.”
Rachael V. Cobb, a professor at Suffolk University who studies election administration says long lines at the election polls this year are likely

“Here in the Bay Area, the resulting smoke and ash (from wildfires) has blanketed everything. Walking outside is like stepping into a crowded cigarette-smoke filled bar where they are barbecuing and have coincidentally also just launched fireworks. There are days where every breath leaves an ashy taste in the mouth and eyes watering. Going out to buy groceries is an exercise in holding your breath. The most striking experience though, was the day the skies turned red. By now, you have likely seen photos of the orange-red hue projected by the smoke filtering out the blue of the sky, but the pictures do not do it justice. It was dark, eerie, and disconcerting. Comparisons were made to Mars, but seeing ash rain down under a crimson sky, a post-apocalyptic landscape seems more appropriate.”
Dr. Thomas Ken Lew is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine and an attending physician of Hospital Medicine at Stanford Health Care —ValleyCare

Denounce the Pedo Film That’s All the Rage With Our Elites.

The exact same people who’ve been freaking out about Confederate statues have suddenly became oh-so-bored sophisticates about the Netflix pedophilia movie “Cuties.”

Movie shows little girls writhing on the floor in soaking wet panties, trying to seduce their relatives, watching porn, discussing oral sex, dancing sexually for strangers as the camera zooms in on an 11-year-old’s derriere …

Liberals: These uptight conservatives are freaking out about a film. Yawn.

Hey, there’s a statue to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that’s been standing in a public park for the past century.

Liberals: BURN IT DOWN! DECAPITATE IT! GET THIS MONSTROSITY OUT OF MY SIGHT! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

Unfortunately, the left’s studied complacency about a pedo movie seems to be petering out. One tweet from you could get them going again.
Columnist Ann Coulter suggesting one of her ideas to ensure a Trump victory

“To varying degrees, political elites, screamed on by the media, have responded to the threat posed by this virus as if it is world-ending. As if it demands the complete reorganisation of social and economic life around the supreme principle of safety. As if there is no way back. They treat it not as a nasty virus that poses a significant but manageable health risk to certain sections of the populace. No, they treat it as a god-like judgement on the old structures of social life, now deemed, in the jargon of the day, unsafe and unsustainable.

“This is what is unprecedented. Not the novel virus itself. But the panicked, fear-laden and, in some quarters, gleefully apocalyptic response.”
Columnist Tim Black

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

More Than 349,000 Dead Registrants Remain on Voter Rolls

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Support for BLM plummets

ALSO:

“In the last two weeks, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has achieved the most stunning breakthroughs in Middle Eastern diplomacy in over half a century. Countries once hostile to Israel, such as the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, now formally recognize it. Other Arab nations may follow. Ancient existential enemies Kosovo and Serbia also agreed to normalize their relationship with Israel by signing economic agreements. Yet none of these historic events have drawn much media attention. All of them would have been canonized were they achievements of the Obama administration.”
Columnist Victor Davis Hanson

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

COVID grinds on in Wisconsin

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Biden and “Despacito”

Masks; protesters’ demands for cops; reading scores; remote learning; and the news business

Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (09/18/20): The news as we once knew it is dead

Today’s highly interesting read (09/17/20): ‘Remote learning’ is a disaster

Today’s highly interesting read (09/16/20): Big school spending, lousy reading scores

Today’s highly interesting read (09/15/20): Protesters demand cops let themselves be stabbed or shot

Today’s highly interesting read (09/14/20): If Masks Work, Why Don’t They WORK?

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (09/19/200

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:  Mostly sunny. High of 63. “C”

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 66.  “C”

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

The past few days have been miserable for me. It’s no fun when you can’t breathe. My condition was so bad I got Kevin to put on the air conditioner when it was barely 60 degrees outside.

I’m better now, thank you. Flowers and candy always help. Uh, Kev. Did you catch that?

Speaking of Kev, when he goes to the doctor or picks up prescriptions he’s asked a simple question and gives a simple answer.

“No. I don’t have any allergies.”

Lucky stiff.

I’ve got ‘em, and dogs can have ‘em, too. Oh yes. They can definitely suffer from seasonal allergies.   As I’ve written in the past, if you are itching & scratching, rubbing your eyes, sneezing and dealing with a raspy voice and scratchy throat, please don’t dismiss your dog may be suffering the same ways you are. 

Sandra Diaz, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech said, “Allergies we cannot cure. We just manage them and keep them under control so the animal can have a good quality of life.”

This week the Wall Street Journal reported allergies are on the rise among pets. Those poor animals are allergic to lots of stuff. Fleas. Dust. Grass. Pollen. Food. Cats. Even each other.

What’s the problem?

According to new research, you are.

Take a look.

—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer! Let’s see. C-a-n-d-y….and flowers.

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

Officer Who Ordered Police Dog to Bite a Black Man Is Charged With Assault.

Debra Jo Chiapuzio is a hero. Here’s why.

Pet Company Working to Make Service Dogs Available to All Veterans Looking for a Companion.

UW students turn to foster, adopt dogs in time of pandemic, stress.

Is your dog stressed or not? Geography might provide the answer.

Dog overcomes crippling anxiety — with his own emotional support dog.

There’s No Magic Formula to Slow Your Dog’s Aging.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

Museum of the Dog Reopens with Presidential Pooches Exhibit

The AKC Museum of the Dog in NYC re-opens its doors with its newest exhibit: The “Presidential Dogs”. The exhibition will look back on the different breeds of dogs that have lived at the White House, explore their history, highlight specific dogs that were owned by US presidents, and examine the influence these breeds had on the dog world. It will be on display through January 2021.

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Despite allegedly uttering the now-famous quote, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog,” Harry Truman didn’t appear to like dogs all that much. Truman was famously gifted a Cocker Spaniel named Feller, who Truman promptly gave away to his doctor. Photo courtesy of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

We close as we always do with our closing video. And we’re lucky to have a few.

First, yet another example why people get so fed up with the government (and sometimes, their neighbors). To St. Petersburg, FL we go.

NEXT…Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary in Allentown, NJ takes in older dogs whose owners could no longer care for them and gives them all the love and attention they could ever need.

A new documentary, SPACE DOGS has been released about a Russian street dog named ​​Laika, the first living creature to orbit the Earth aboard Sputnik 2.

Three days before the scheduled liftoff, Laika entered her constricted travel space that allowed for only a few inches of movement. Newly cleaned, armed with sensors, and fitted with a sanitation device, she wore a spacesuit with metal restraints built-in. On November 3, 1957 at 5:30 a.m., the ship lifted off with G-forces reaching five times normal gravity levels.

The noises and pressures of flight terrified Laika. Her heartbeat soared to triple the normal rate. Her breath rate quadrupled. She died soon after launch according to a Russian medical doctor and space dog trainer. Sputnik 2 continued to orbit for five months. Even if everything had worked perfectly, and if Laika had been lucky enough to have plenty of food, water and oxygen, she would have died when the spaceship re-entered the atmosphere after 2,570 orbits. A British website, the Guardian called the experiment “animal cruelty in the name of exploration.”

Legend has it that Laika returned to earth as a ghost and has roamed the streets of Moscow ever since. Following her trace, and filmed from a dog’s perspective, SPACE DOGS accompanies the adventures of her descendants: two street dogs living in today’s Moscow.

AND…Stray dog interrupts street performance to comfort actor pretending to be hurt. Video is in this article.

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!

Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend that’s really, really Kool!

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!

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Ronald “Khalis” Bell, a co-founder, songwriter, saxophonist, vocalist and producer of the group Kool & The Gang, died last week at his home in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He was 68

Kool & the Gang have been performing since 1964 and enjoyed success in the 1970’s. But their R & B and soul tunes never reached #1 until the group converted to a full-fledged disco sound (some would argue they sold out) in 1980 with “Celebration.” Before that anthem, there was “Jungle Boogie,” “Hollywood Swinging” and others. And before that, there was…jazz?

Yes there was.

Robert ‘Kool’ Bell and his brother Ronald grew up in Jersey City, NJ and developed a passion for music from their father who was a professional boxer and a serious jazz lover who just happened to be a close friend of Thelonious Monk.

Robert played bass. Ronald took on several horns. The two formed the Jazziacs in 1964 with several neighborhood friends: trombone player Clifford Adams, guitarists Charles Smith and Woody Sparrow, trumpeter Robert ‘Spike’ Michens, alto saxophonist Dennis Thomas, keyboard player Ricky West, and drummer Funky George Brown (all of whom, except Michens and West, still remained in the group more than 30 years later).

Mention Kool & the Gang today and “Celebration’” immediately comes to mind. But in the late 60’s and early 70’s the band was performing material that would never see a top 40 chart. In their 2016 album, “The Hits: Reloaded” Kool & the Gang paid tribute to their roots. Have you ever heard Kool & the Gang like this?

Before the band went totally commercial in the 70’s, they produced two live albums.

Recorded live at P.J.’s – Hollywood, California, May 29, 1971.

I had the privilege of seeing and meeting Kool and the Gang while working backstage at the Main Stage at the Wisconsin State Fair when they appeared in 2007.

During our pre-meeting held a few hours before the show began I spoke with the band’s manager. The night before they performed in Pittsburgh and thousands and thousands worth of jewelry belonging to the band members was stolen.

I was to watch the band’s trailer (dressing room) that night and was told in no uncertain terms that no one, no one was to be allowed into the trailer once the show began.

What if a person had all the proper credentials, I asked.

Didn’t matter. No one gets in.

Kool and the Gang goes on stage. Can you guess what’s coming?

It was just under a half hour into the concert and a well-dressed guy starts walking towards the band’s trailer…and me. He has every lanyard and proper credential swinging from around his neck. I am firmly planted at the bottom of the stairs leading to the trailer.

I nicely refuse him entry, even as he points to a half dozen badges dangling in front of me.

He asks me who told me he couldn’t go into the trailer.

“Mr. Robert Bell and his manager” I replied.

I’ll give the guy credit, he wasn’t a jerk and didn’t give me grief. He simply said OK and headed to the stage where he was given immediate access thanks to all those passes he had around his neck.

Several minutes later I was stunned.

Walking off the stage towards me, with bass guitar wrapped around his neck was…

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Robert “Kool” Bell.

Did I mention he was the founder of the group?

Here we go, I thought.

He’s gonna chew me out, dress me down.

Alongside Bell was the dude dripping with credentials.

Remember, the band is playing one of the group’s greatest hits onstage and their leader and bass guitarist has up and left.

Now Bell is right in front of me and remarks that I didn’t let his “friend” into the the trailer. Why not?

I calmly told him why not.

Bell responded calmly as well. He complimented me for doing my job, for doing what I was asked to do. Then he said I could make an exception…for his “friend.”

Situation handled nicely and without drama.

What a thrilling experience to be that close to musical giants. Hard to believe, but 50 years and millions and millions of records sold later, Kool & the Gang are still performing.

From that other live album, their first live recording, released in February 1971. It reached #6 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart and remained on the chart for an impressive 33 weeks.

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Khalis Bayyan (born Ronald Bell) told Rolling Stone in an interview:

“We took all the jazz out of the music, and I wrote ‘Celebration.’ I was reading Scripture where the creator’s gonna create and made an announcement that he’s gonna create this human thing, to angels, and the angels were celebrating him for doing so, and that’s also where the idea came from. Three Dog Night had songs about ‘Celebrate’ but there was never a song about a cel-e-bra-tion. Everyone around the world, come on, there’s a celebration every second of our lives. Somewhere, someone is always celebrating something.”

The song that played as the American hostages returned from Iran became and still is the quintessential recording for any happy occasion and the band’s only #1 hit.

One year before its release Robert Bell said a decision was made to hire a dedicated lead vocalist.

“When we decided to make that change and get a lead singer in the late seventies, you had Earth, Wind & Fire, and they had Maurice White and Philip Bailey,” he said. “And the Commodores had Lionel Richie. We thought it was time to make a change and that’s when we decided to get a lead singer.”

There was no turning back to the previous music styles. From a business perspective it was a tremendous decision.

That’s it for this week.

Goodnight.

Sleep well.

Have a Kool weekend!

Kool & The Gang

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: The naughty Beatles

And now, more than 50 years later, Paul McCartney admits the group got a bit salty in the lyrics, managing to slip in some naughtiness as a joke.

“There was a thing in Liverpool that us kids used to do, which was instead of saying ‘f-off’, we would say ‘chicka ferdy!’”

The offending phrase is in “The Sun King.”

“In that song we just kind of made up things, and we were all in on the joke. We were thinking that nobody would know what it meant, and most people would think, ‘Oh, it must be Spanish,’ or something,'” Paul told the Daily Mirror.

“But, we got a little seditious word in there! When you are kids you make up silly things, and what’s great about it is you and your friends all know those silly things… So, they don’t have to mean anything.

“We had a few words and phrases that, if one of us said it, would amuse the others because it was like a secret code. But I suppose at lot of this came from The Goon Show, a comedy show on the radio. We just used to say absolutely silly little things.”

The “Sun King” was a nickname given to King Louis XIV. Some reports suggest John Lennon who wrote the song was also making fun of George Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun.”

BONUS

A version without the saucy lyrics.

AND FINALLY, click here for exciting local news.

Any Milkmen celebration should be about the team, not elected officials

UPDATE: Join us at the Umbrella Bar TOMORROW for a Championship Celebration! Meet the Milkmen, enjoy LIVE music from ‘Total Neon’ and MORE!

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I’m guessing there will be some sort of public celebration to honor the Franklin-based Milwaukee Milkmen for winning the American Association baseball championship in just the second year of the ballclub’s existence. And there should be.

Watch for folks rushing forward to participate and share the love in whatever form the party takes. I submit some shouldn’t be allowed to play ball if there is any fairness.

Topping the list is Franklin alderman Dan Mayer. After originally voting for the concept of Ballpark Commons he’s been anti-Ballpark Commons ever since. The boisterous and sometimes rude neighbors living near Franklin Field have had Mayer firmly entrenched in their hip pockets for a long time. Recently Mayer led the effort to stymie Milkmen owner Mike Zimmerman’s plan to enhance the very popular Milky Way Drive-In.

In May of 2019 Franklin approved paying $19.4 million to help finance high-end apartments at the Ballpark Commons mixed-use development. The Common Council voted 5-1 to also pay $5.2 million to cover cost overruns tied to the development’s sewers and other public improvements. Ald. Dan Mayer was the only opposing vote.

Mayer was the only aldermanic no-show in the summer of 2019 for the Milkmen home opener. He should not be allowed anywhere near an event to pay tribute to our champions.

And that vote by the Common Council to hurt Zimmerman’s drive-in business? It was unanimous. Personally, I’d think twice about including any of them, even though you more or less have to issue the invitation. Just stick them in a corner and instruct them to stay quiet and avoid cameras.  

Courtesy dictates having the mayor attend who I’m sure is writing a proclamation at this very moment. He’ll give a glowing speech at the celebration, no doubt. But just a reminder that the mayor was not always in the Ballpark Commons corner and certainly was not the project’s biggest cheerleader.

The point is people don’t and shouldn’t forget because actions have consequences. A bandwagon isn’t big enough for some who suddenly want front row seats. Any program should be about the team and the organization, and not about a small group that made creating the stadium and the Milkmen far more difficult than it should have been, and that continues to make this popular development jump through so many hoops.

Today’s highly interesting read (09/18/20): The news as we once knew it is dead

Today’s read is from one on the best columnists in America, Victor Davis Hanson. Here’s a brief excerpt:

Every three or four days the public is fed a series of fantasy “bombshells”… All of these stories were either demonstrably untrue, were supported only by anonymous sources, or were the sensationalism of authors hawking books. Yet such concocted melodramas will continue each week up to Election Day.

Read the entire column here.