Culinary no-no #663


As we’ve done in the past we are suspending our usual format to provide important related information about the coronavirus.

Danny Meyer is one of New York City’s most successful and influential restaurateurs. In mid-March he closed all 20 of his restaurants and laid off nearly 2,100 employees. Meyer, and his top executive, Chip Wade, president of the Union Square Hospitality Group, tell CBS News correspondent Martha Teichner how they plan to rebuild their business – and how the entire restaurant industry must evolve – in order to survive not only the pandemic, but a changing economy and changing tastes.

Restaurants lobby Congress for $120 billion “lifeline” as thousands face permanent closure

New York’s restaurant workers confront a terrifying future

Fast Food Breakfast Is Seeing A Dip As More People Work From Home


Toxic chemicals may be in fast food wrappers and take-out containers, report says

Photos of the Week (08/09/20)

A pictorial  week-in-review posted every Sunday.

1) An explosion rocked central Beirut in Lebanon, shattering windows and shaking buildings for several hundred feet. Photo: EPA

2) Smoke rises after an explosion in Beirut. Photograph: Karim Sokhn/Reuters. Another view. Photo: Getty Images

3) Many people were rushed to the hospital with lacerations caused by flying glass. Photograph: Ibrahim Amro/AFP/Getty Images

4) Lebanese army soldiers stand, while in the background a helicopter puts out a fire at the scene of an explosion at Beirut’s port, Aug. 4. Photo: Getty Images

5) An aerial view shows the massive damage done to Beirut port’s grain silos and the area around it on Aug. 5, 2020, one day after a mega-blast tore through the harbor. Photo: Getty Images

6) An injured man is pictured under a vehicle following an explosion in Beirut’s port area, Lebanon August 4, 2020. When Reuters photographer Mohamed Azakir saw a man pinned under a vehicle, covered in a thick film of rubble and blood, he thought the man was dead. But then the man opened his eyes and began waving his arms and asking for help. Azakir called over some rescuers who were nearby. In a series of photographs, he recorded the rescue of the man, while also helping the rescuers move the car to free him. Photo: REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

7) Saki Morioki, 5, prays as paper lanterns float along the Motoyasu River in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome, Aug. 6, in Hiroshima, Japan. Photo: AP

8) A man uses a garden hose to drench his house before being evacuated as a wildfire burns in the background, in La Couronne, France, on Aug. 4. Photo: Getty Images

9) President Donald Trump ends and departs a coronavirus disease pandemic briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, August 3.  Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

10) In NYC, protesters gather for the National Day of Resistance Against Unsafe School Reopening. Schools around the country are struggling to establish safe protocols to bring students back into classrooms. Photograph: Bebeto Matthews/AP

11) People take part in a march and rally during the National Day of Resistance to schools re-opening in New York City, August 3, 2020. Photo: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

12) A teacher wearing a pink biosecurity suit as a preventive measure against the spread of the coronavirus sits at a pink kids table while instructing a girl at home in Cali, Colombia, on Aug. 4. Photo: Getty Images

13) NASA astronauts Robert Behnken, left, and Douglas Hurley are seen inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft onboard the SpaceX GO Navigator recovery ship shortly after having landed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, August 2, 2020. Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls/Handout via REUTERS

14) A small plane lays on a building after a crash in the village of Proti, near Serres town, northern Greece. Photo: AP

15) A car lies crushed beneath concrete blocks from a retaining wall damaged by heavy rain that has left 13 people dead and 13 missing in S. Korea, Photo: YONHAP/AFP/Getty Images

16) A police officer rushes to help a stranded motorist during Tropical Storm Isaias in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo: AP

17) A man wearing a Spiderman costume waits for the bus amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Montevideo, Uruguay, Aug. 2, 2020. Photo: AP

18) A ghost crab crawls on an abandoned beach where visitors were evacuated ahead of Tropical Storm Isaias, on Hatteras Island, North Carolina, August 3.  Photo: REUTERS/Chizu Nomiyama


It’s ELVIS WEEK: Blue Lives Matter

That was March 20, 2020.

Graceland reopened on May 21, 2020, in plenty of time for Elvis Week.


Elvis Week morning walk-ups will be from 7:30 am – 8:30 am on August 8-17. Masks and temperature checks will be required for guests participating in morning walk-ups, and guests will need to social distance and will not be allowed to sit in Meditation Garden. Guests must exit the mansion grounds before Graceland tours begin. Evening walk-ups will not be available during Elvis Week 2020.

On display at Graceland, all the police badges that had been given to Elvis over the years. Having worked with police and security his entire career Elvis was a huge supporter of law enforcement.

On December 21, 1970, Elvis made a surprise visit to the White House, uninvited and unscheduled. Still, he managed to meet President Richard Nixon. Elvis walked into the Oval Office wearing a flamboyant outfit, oversize sunglasses and two huge medallions. He gave Nixon a chrome-plated Colt .45 while the President agreed to give him a Narcotics Bureau badge – but only after learning that the chief of the narcotics bureau had turned down the same request earlier that day and told Presley the only person who could overrule his decision was the President.

In one of Elvis’ last films, “Charro” in 1969, he plays a former outlaw turned lawman, a serious, straight role unlike most of Elvis’s previous movies. He sings but one song, the main title theme. That’s it.

Oh, one more rather obvious change.

Clint Eastwood was originally offered the starring role, but turned it down.

Week-ends (08/08/20)

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…


Johnny “Joey” Jones

Meena Kumar

George Ahearn


These medical officials

Shelby Ligons


“There’s no secret plan out there.”
Governor Evers saying he has no plans to mandate all Wisconsin schools go virtual. The governor said he believes any decision on how a school should reopen should be made at the local level, as every region is seeing a different prevalence of the virus, and every district varies in enrollment.

“I appreciate the governor’s statements that support in-person instruction, but actions speak louder than words. Earlier this spring, the governor flip-flopped on whether to issue a stay-at-home order. He flip-flopped on whether to move the April 7th Election. I’m fearful that he will cave to pressures from liberal groups and backtrack once again.

“The fight isn’t over yet, and legislators will remain vigilant. I would urge citizens of Wisconsin who support in-person instruction to keep the pressure on the governor.”
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau)

“I intend to keep this up until I am vaccinated and the viral curve is flattened. Wearing a face mask is the responsible thing to do.”
Deb Wahlers of Milwaukee County on the statewide mask mandate ordered by Gov. Evers

“I’m in support of the masks if it’s going to make the virus dissipate. I’m tired of being locked up, I want to go out.”
Tosha Womack of Menomonee Falls

“I personally wear it every time I leave the house, just to be on the safe side.”
Terri Hundhausen of Cudahy

“You’re late! (Wisconsin) should have figured out that if (the virus) is happening all over the world, it would happen here too!”
Steve Schmidly of Buffalo Grove, Illinois

“If we can do one thing to save one life we should be doing it.”
Jennifer Wagner of Kenosha

“I’m 79, you know, I don’t like to be ordered around. We live in the United States and we’re not used to being ordered around. I liked it better when I went into the library and they said nicely, ‘We would really appreciate it if you put on the mask’ and I put it on. I think people are going to get sick from wearing the masks. I think it’s all political. I would like to see Scott Walker back in office. I think he would be handling this much better.”
Bonnie Johnson of Waukesha County

“All these mandates” are making America “more like a communist country. “I think it should be free will. I’m kind of concerned right now, the way it’s going with all the mandates. I know it’s for a good cause, but I think it will cause people to rebel.”
Judy Panyk of Mount Pleasant

“I understand why people like it but personally I don’t like masks because I have a hard time breathing and it’s hard to talk to people on the phone with them on.”
Tina Lopez of Kenosha

“I think he (Gov. Evers) should’ve thought it through more carefully. “Hopefully the supreme court will slap him down again and he’ll figure out how many times am I going to get smacked in the face before I realize this hurts.”
Andy Meitzner of Wausau

“It should be taken seriously, but we don’t need to have our freedoms infringed because of it.”
Cynthia Raatz of Thiensville

“The Adams County Sheriff’s Office will not be investigating violations of the Governor’s Emergency Order requiring ‘face coverings’. We do not have resources to investigate this type of complaint. There are numerous legitimate exemptions to the requirement of wearing a face covering.”
The Adams County Sheriff’s Department

“Please be advised that the Brown County Sheriff’s Office will not be responding to complaints of individuals violating the Governor’s mandate, nor will it be taking any direct law enforcement action as it relates to the Governor’s face covering mandate.”
Brown County Sheriff’s department

“The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office will not be enforcing the Governor’s order that mandates the wearing of masks starting August 1, 2020 nor will we be responding to complaints about mask violations. Aside from a belief that this order is in violation of the Constitution which all deputies of Oneida County have sworn an oath to uphold, the Governor’s order outlines numerous reasons why a person may be exempt from wearing a mask. Several of these reasons have to do with medical and mental health conditions. It is not the place of law enforcement to question citizens about their medical or mental health thus we will not be enforcing the mask mandate.”
Oneida County Sheriff’s Department

“Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers released an order for mandatory masks in public. There hasn’t been any ‘mask law’ passed through our state legislature. The Washburn County Sheriff’s Office will not participate in any enforcement in regards to the wearing of masks. We believe it is government overreach and unconstitutional on many levels.”
Washburn County Sheriff’s Department

“If cities like New York fail to offer decent in-person schooling options for the next year, many middle- and upper-middle-class families will go elsewhere—and once they enroll their children in suburban schools, it’s unlikely they’ll return.

“The biggest risk would come from school closures lasting longer than a year. It may take two years, or longer, before America is completely safe from Covid-19. Each crisis, though, tends to ratchet up standards for safety. Keep-the-schools-closed advocates claim that we can’t open until it’s safe. What “safe” means varies. Some teachers demand better hygiene, testing, and smaller classes. Others say that schools can’t open until we have an effective vaccine. But a typical flu season kills more children than Covid-19 has so far. By current standards of safety, school closures will become the norm.”
Allison Schrager is a senor fellow at the Manhattan Institute.

“No, I haven’t taken a test? Why the hell would I take a test? That’s like saying … before you got on this program, you’re taking a test whether you’re taking cocaine or not. What do you think? Huh? Are you a junkie?”
Joe Biden is pushing back at Republican assertions that he should take a cognitive test to disprove President Donald Trump’s claim that the Democrat isn’t fit for the Oval Office. Biden grew testy when CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett asked the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee about the matter in an interview.

“What you all know, but most people don’t know. Unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things. You go to Florida you find a very different attitude about immigration in certain places than you do when you’re in Arizona. So it’s a very different, a very diverse community.”
Joe Biden drew criticism on Thursday when he compared the diversity of African American and Latino communities at a pretaped virtual talk with the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists

“It’s an erasure of Black immigrants, it’s a conflation of the Black experience, it’s ignorant. Biden is not doing himself any favors and the people that are captive Democratic voters, who have no other option but to vote for the Democrat or stay home, aren’t enthusiastic about him.”
Nadia Brown, a professor of political science at Purdue University and author of “Sisters in the Statehouse: Black Women and Legislative Decision Making”

“To many Americans — especially baby boomers themselves — this news may come as a shock. For them, the term “millennial” has been associated with a youthful, often negative, vibe in terms of habits, ideology, and politics. Now, the oldest millennial is 39, and with their numbers exceeding those of baby boomers, the millennial generation is poised to take over influential roles in business and government.”
William Frey, a senior fellow at Brookings’ Metropolitan Policy Program

“A few months ago, on an ordinary day in an unremarkable Costco parking lot, I was nearly squashed by an unusually large pickup. Thank God I was wearing a mask.

“As that chrome grille closed on me like a man-eating Norelco shaver, time slowed. It seemed I was watching myself from afar, being nimble for a man my age, darting from the path of a towering, limousine-black pickup with temporary plates, whose driver barely checked his pace. Jerk.

“What the hell was that thing? A 2020 GMC Sierra HD Denali? It was huge! The domed hood was at forehead level. The paramedics would have had to extract me from the grille with a spray hose.”
Dan Neil, auto columnist at the Wall Street Journal

“The learned elites are capable of looking at the most mundane characteristics of society and sneering. In a display of abject elitism, writer Dan Neil has managed to take an isolated personal experience and elevate his near-trauma to a need for bans on the venal vehicles.

“What we have here is the familiar practice of leftist elites who encounter an inconvenience in their personal life and immediately conjure up a way for the government to remedy their discomfort.”
Columnist Brad Slager reacting to Dan Neil and Neil’s call for mandatory safety measures on pickup trucks

“We are not trying to alienate our fan base, and think it is important to support our players. I am very proud of our players and support their right to peacefully protest as they try to bring about meaningful change in our society. When players kneel, they are not disrespecting the flag or the country, but bringing attention to systemic racism and police brutality. Black Lives Matter is not a terrorist or Marxist organization, and I know that they are trying to bring an end to racial inequality. The NFL has decided to play “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (commonly referred to as the Black national anthem) as part of the broadcasts for all games in the first weekend.”
Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy


Unhinged Wisconsin Teachers Plant Fake Tombstones to Represent Kids Dying if Schools Are Re-Opened — In a State with ZERO COVID DEATHS Under Age 19


A recent Gallup poll found 81 percent of black Americans don’t want less police in their area

July Breaks Gun Sales Record

Pro-Police Groups Paint Nation’s First ‘Back the Blue’ Street Mural in Tampa


Biden not coming to DNC. ZZZZZZZZ


He was sunbathing, and then…

Smells like fast food: KFC, Burger King and McDonald’s bet on their fragrance


Covid cynicism; school-opening extortion; nurse calls out stay-at-home teachers; Biden’s mental ability

Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (08/07/20): Joe Biden’s mental ability is a campaign issue that can’t be ignored

Today’s highly interesting read (08/06/20): If Teachers Won’t Teach, Follow Ronald Reagan’s Example and Fire Them

Today’s highly interesting read (08/05/20): I’m a Nurse in New York. Teachers Should Do Their Jobs, Just Like I Did.

Today’s highly interesting read (08/04/20): School-Opening Extortion

Today’s highly interesting read (08/02/20): CYNICISM GROWING OVER COVID EDICTS

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (08/08/20)

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:   Intervals of clouds and sunshine. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High of 85.  “A”

: Partly cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High of 88. “A”

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

We’ve written so many blogs over the years about how therapeutic dogs can be for people with physical, mental, and cognitive challenges.  I can’t count the number of times I’ve been moved to tears by the stories of human-dog relationships and the life-changing bonds that develop.

This week’s edition is one more of those stories, but it hits closer to home than all the others.  I have been blessed to know Rene Crow for over twenty years.  She & her husband have two lovely, young adult daughters both of whom they are very proud.   Mikayla, their older daughter, suffered physical & mental trauma in her late teen years and is working very hard to overcome the deep scars that were left.  Excerpts from her GoFundMe bio:

One day I found myself in a sexually abusive relationship with [an upperclassman] and was sexually assaulted in June of 2016. He tricked me into thinking that this was love and these are what relationships were about…  Just a few weeks after, the unspeakable happened. I lost my best friend to Suicide… It was very hard to separate us and on that day, my life shattered into a million pieces. 

 After making the decision to get some help, I was diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Major Depressive Disorder, and Severe Anxiety/Panic Disorder…  Through all that has been going on, I am so lucky to have family and friends that have dogs that love me to death. They know just how to make me feel better; with each one of them I have a special connection…  Every time my doctors would ask me what helps, what makes it bearable, my only response would be “The Dogs.”

Bailey and Mikayla 2
Here’s Mikayla with their family dog, Bailey

Enter Charlie.  According to Rene, “Charlie is a two-year-old German Shepherd rescue. He has been training to be a service dog for about 10 months and now is being specifically trained for Mikayla‘s needs. We leave for Indianapolis on October 18 and go through 9 days’ worth of handler training. Then he’s officially ours! Mikayla‘s been on the waiting list for almost a year and a half now, so we are super excited about this!  We are hoping this will allow Mikayla to begin working again, possibly going back to school, and living in normal life!!! It has been a rough road.”  Sweet Charlie is being trained by Medical Mutts.

Here’s Charlie!

The Crow Family’s Go Fund Me page has made the $3,000 down payment on Charlie’s training possible.  However they are still a long way from the total $16,000 needed by the end of the process.  And here’s where our local Barking Lot readers could possibly help.

On August 23, the Milky Way Drive In here in Franklin is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Crows.  $10 of the $40 carload fee goes to the Crows for Charlie’s training costs.  The movie is TBD, but you’re guaranteed a great time no matter what the choice!  If you haven’t had an opportunity to visit this amazing addition to Franklin Field, now is a great time!  If you are so inclined, you are also able to support her efforts directly through her GoFundMe page as well.

I’m happy to spread the word for this incredibly strong young woman, and thank you for your kindness and consideration.  I commented to Rene how phenomenal dogs are and she replied, “It’s absolutely amazing to me how a dog can bring Mikayla out of all the despair anxiety and panic.  This is been a long time coming [and we’re] so very thrilled!”
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
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Navy pulls support of SEAL museum after video of dogs attacking man in Colin Kaepernick jersey.

ARL Boston caring for dog who had life-saving surgery after eating paper masks.

Time to open up one of our favorite files: Dogs are amazing!

An adopted 14-year-old girl is helping senior dogs find a forever home just like she did.

Michigan couple says they’ve trained detection dogs to sniff out coronavirus.

Coronavirus-sniffing dogs dispatched at Dubai Airport.

OPINION: Spare dogs in drug tests.

2020’s Most Pet-Friendly Cities.

This may be the craziest story ever posted on this blog.



He is Batman.

Where is that beagle?

We close as we always do with our closing video.

First, dog rescued after chase on I-94. The video is in this article.

AND, Tom Turcich of New Jersey and his adorable pooch Savannah have walked over 18,000 miles through the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Italy, Turkey and dozens of other countries over the past five years. And he’s not done yet.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

We kindly ask that you please share with other dog lovers you know.

See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!

Bailey and Mikayla