Week-ends (11/09/19)

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…


Mike Nowacki

Ivan Mazurkiewicz


Elizabeth Warren

ABC News

Oakland County, Michigan

The NY Times

Clifton Blackwell


“If I was a total cynic I’d say, ‘Keep your damn mouth shut,’ but I’m not. I want them to be forthcoming. I want them to be professional. That’s why we hired them. To think that they’re going to have to keep their mouth shut for the next, who knows — four years — in order to get approved by this Senate, this is just absolute bullshit.”
Gov. Tony Evers referring to other cabinet members who have not yet been approved by the state Senate. Evers spoke after Republicans in the state Senate refused to confirm his agriculture secretary Tuesday.

“Governor Evers is right about one thing: farmers are struggling. Unfortunately, his pick for DATCP secretary was part of the problem, not the solution. He tried to place burdensome rules on Wisconsin farmers at a time they can least afford it and repeatedly engaged in partisan political games targeting the Legislature.”
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald


“Republicans essentially just told 80 percent of Wisconsinites and a majority of gun owners, ‘go jump in a lake,’ because they didn’t have the courage to take a vote — much less have a dialogue.”
WI Gov Tony Evers after GOP leaders of the Assembly and the Senate each took less than one minute to ignore a special legislative session called by Evers to take up two bills that expand background checks on firearm sales and implement a new so-called red flag law

“There’s just not any momentum in the caucus to take up either one of the bills that the governor has offered.”
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald

“If you commit a crime, certainly you should not have a weapon. If you make a threat, same thing. But if someone’s worried you might do something? That’s not what America is about.”
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on the proposed red flag law that would allow guns to be temporarily taken away from people deemed by a judge to be dangerous

“We have all done things that we regret. I mean if we’re talking about bringing the discourse down, Joy. You have worn blackface. Whoopi — You said that Roman Polanski, it wasn’t rape rape when he raped a child.”
Donald Trump Jr. shocking “The View” hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg by calling out their own controversies



Pelosi defended the House decision to drag out their investigation of the president with formal public hearings, saying “if we don’t have a system of checks and balances, we might as well all just elect a president and go home.” With all due respect, Madam Speaker, impeachment was never intended to be a part of the routine checks and balances between Congress and the executive. That’s what the president’s veto power and Congress’ override are for. Impeachment was reserved for those rare moments when a president actually may have committed “high crimes and misdemeanors.” It’s tragic to see Democrats turning impeachment into a tool to discredit a president merely because he belongs to a different party or they find him objectionable.
Betsy McCaughey, Ph.D, is a former Lt. Governor of New York State

“Trump is surrounded by too many people who do not support him. They leak information and say one thing to his face and do another behind his back. The establishment people in Washington from both parties do whatever they can to protect the status quo. It is one of the areas of agreement across party lines. Nobody gets in unless they are connected to someone else inside. This leads to an incestuous environment. People who leave are replaced by the next-in-line career insider. This ensures that no new people from the outside can infiltrate the club, thereby, in part, making it very difficult for President Trump to drain the swamp.”
Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke

“Today marriage is profoundly in crisis: Married priests and their wives would be exposed to the effects of this crisis, and their human and spiritual condition wouldn’t be able to avoid it.”
Cardinal Camillo Ruini — a conservative who was St. John Paul II’s vicar for Rome and head of the Italian bishops conference — criticized a proposal to allow Catholic priests to marry and said he “hopes and prays that the pope … doesn’t confirm it

“I would never charge people to walk into the store. No. It’s just not classy. Bookstores are havens. They’re one of the few public spaces left. It’s my responsibility as a bookstore owner to figure out how to stay competitive. Charging admission? What about children? What about teen-agers? Absolutely not. I’d rather close.”
Miles Bellamy, the majority owner of Spoonbill & Sugartown, in Williamsburg, NY, on a proposed pay-to-browse admission fee for bookstores


Parents outraged as public schools sneak sexually explicit books into kids’ libraries


The Project Veritas video on ABC spiking the Epstein story


Washington Nationals player Kurt Suzuki wears MAGA hat at White House ceremony


Murderer ‘Dies,’ Is Resuscitated, Then Says He Completed His Life Sentence

Donald Trump Jr’s book; 9-11 hero; vet suicides; former Dem immigrant loves Trump; and veteran paintings

Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (11/08/19): Watercolor artist’s 50-portrait series of veterans

UPDATE: Today’s highly interesting read (09/10/18): A Tower of Courage

Today’s highly interesting read (11/07/19): This Nov. 11, help stem tide of veteran suicides

Today’s highly interesting read (11/06/19): Kurt Suzuki and Washington Nationals teach us THIS important lesson at White House

Today’s highly interesting read (11/05/19): 10 Reasons I Like Donald Trump, From A Female, Former-Democrat Immigrant

Today’s highly interesting read (11/04/19): Triggered: How The Left Thrives On Hate And Wants To Silence Us (Trump Jr)

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (11/09/19)

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:  Clouds this morning, partly cloudy skies this afternoon. High of 42. “D”

SUNDAY:  Cloudy skies. High of 38.  “F”

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

We normally end the blog with a video, and we will today. But we’re also going to begin with one. Watch.

OK. Were you laughing? Or were you ready to scold Poncho?

You’ll notice the owner was mighty calm. He didn’t raise his voice to Poncho. But could you blame him if he did react angrily?

If dog owners are honest they probably would confess that they’ve yelled at their pets, especially during those naughty times. A new study says that’s not good, that you should never yell, or otherwise punish, not even when…

An international team of researchers has just released the results of what is considered the first comprehensive and systematic study to evaluate and report the effects of dog training methods on the welfare of companion dogs.

In short, what is the effect on dogs like the ones in the above video when they are punished for ripping that pillow apart as opposed to training that is based on rewarding the dogs.

Here’s what the researchers did, and regular readers know this stuff fascinates me.
Dogs from reward-based training schools, 42 to be exact, were recruited. These schools use food or play to get the dogs to exhibit good behavior. Another 50 dogs were taken from programs that utilize negative reinforcement, like yelling leash-pulling, as well as pushing on their butts to get them to sit.

During the training the dogs were videotaped. Their saliva was tested before and after the exercises with researchers specifically looking for a particular stress hormone (cortisol).

Dogs from the programs that utilized negative training methods demonstrated more stress like lip licking and yawning. They also had higher levels of cortisol in their saliva than when at home. Meanwhile, dogs in the reward-based training group showed no changes in cortisol levels during training or at home.

There’s more. Researchers trained 79 of the dogs to associate one side of the room with a good piece of sausage.  If a dog found a bowl in that part of the room, it would contain sausage. But bowls on the other side of the room would be empty.

An empty bowl was placed at different spots between the two extremes. An “optimistic” dog would run excitedly to a bowl in the middle, whereas a “pessimistic” dog would move more slowly.

The study DID NOT conclude what method is most effective at dog training. It did suggest that reward training is much better for your dog’s happiness.

Marc Bekoff, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Colorado in Boulder was not involved in the study. He does offer this opinion.

Reward-based training “may take time, but so what? At least the dog isn’t living in fear or constant stress.”
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Vets say: Hero dog ‘Conan’ injured during Baghdadi raid deserves purple heart.

Veteran offers up his Purple Heart to military dog hurt in Baghdadi raid.

Senator Wants to Expedite Valor Medals for Dog Team that Took Down ISIS Kingpin.

High-Ranking Dog Provides Key Training For Military’s Medical Students.

DOJ settles with hotels where clerks allegedly wouldn’t honor reservations for vets with service dogs.

Should We Stop Keeping Pets?

Owner says, dog brought back to life after being dead for 10 minutes.

Here in Milwaukee, dog lovers lined up to adopt a 14-year-old sad-eyed collie that came in as a stray.

This brewery is featuring adoptable dogs on beer cans.

Did you know this is Saving Senior Dogs Week? They make great pets.

I Spent the Day With an Airport Therapy Dog and It Was Shockingly Cute.

Meet the real dogs of Disney’s new ‘Lady and the Tramp.’

20 gifts for those who love dogs more than people.



Christina Bojorquez, 26, who is homeless, sits inside the tent in which she lives with dog Ordo in Los Angeles, California. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Christina Bojorquez, 26, who is homeless, sits inside the tent in which she lives with dog Ordo in Los Angeles, California. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Image may contain: 1 personA study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that veterinarians run a higher risk of dying by suicide than the general population: 2.1 times higher for male veterinarians and 3.5 times higher for females. There are more than 73,000 veterinarians in private practice in the United States, and around 60% are women. Pictured: Dr. Carrie Jurney of the Jurney Veterinary Neurology. Photo: NPR

Pretty serious photos this week. How about an image that’s a bit cheerier?

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We close as we always do with our closing video.

The largest Belgian Malinois breeding and training facility in the country is in Capitan, New Mexico. That’s where a trainer is concerned about the spike in demand for the breed. KOAT-TV reports.

And one more video…

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 thankful weekend!

Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.

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Monday is Veterans Day.  The annual observance was approved by Congress in 1926 and  Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

Each branch of the military has talented musicians among their ranks. This week, the music of America’s military bands. Let’s get rolling.

From the website of the Great American Songbook:

Ira Gershwin wrote in his memoir Lyrics on Several Occasions that the final (or fifth) version of the music for the song “Strike Up the Band” was written by his brother George lying in bed during the middle of the night. It was the spring of 1927 and the brothers were in Atlantic City for a meeting with Edgar Selwyn, the producer of their show in progress, also titled Strike Up the Band. Ira had gone out to get the Sunday paper and upon returning to their adjoining rooms and seeing no light under the door assumed George was asleep; however, the door opened and the pajama clad composer informed his lyricist brother that he’d got it. When Ira pressed him to explain the “it,” he replied, “Why the march of course, I think I’ve finally got it. Come on in.”

Apparently George had thought he’d gotten it on four previous occasions but this time he assured Ira this was it, even though the first four were written while he was at the piano, this one in his head while he was in bed. George sat down at the piano (He always had a piano in his hotel room.) and played it almost exactly as the song is now known. Ira pressed his brother that this would indeed be “it,” that there would be no more “maybe I’ll come up with something better[s].” The fifth try did, in fact, turn out to be “it,” Ira went ahead and “wrote it up.”

The United States Coast Guard Band is the premier band representing the Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security. The 55-member ensemble has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the nation including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.

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This past August 10th  the Coast Guard Band performed at the Marcus Performing Arts Center in Milwaukee as part of their 2019 tour of the Great Lakes region. The concert was free and open to the public who had to reserve their tickets in advance, and was sponsored by WaterStone Bank.

We move on to the Marine Band.

From their official website:

“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band’s mission is to perform for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Founded in 1798 by an Act of Congress, the Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Today, “The President’s Own” is celebrated for its role at the White House and its dynamic public performances, which total more than 500 annually.

This was Mrs. John Philip Sousa’s favorite march.

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Earlier this week the Marine Band performed at the White House as President Trump honored the 2019 World Series Champion Washington Nationals. The band was very quick to…adapt.

“Baby Shark” fans I’m sure caught the last few seconds of that video that captured people doing the hand motions that go along with the catchy children’s song sensation.

There’s a reason for my madness of including “Baby Shark” at the White House. As wonderful as those tunes are that the military bands play, the marches, the anthems, the historical compositions, all the glorious patriotic material, what’s also beautiful about these ensembles and a tribute to their major talent is that they’re not boxed in by what you’d assume they’d play. They venture off into all kinds of musical genres. Witness “Baby Shark.”

And we will finish the rest of this week’s blog with more examples.

Let’s see. On our program schedule I see on deck is the U.S. Army Field Band that provides musical support to strengthen the ties between the Army and civilian populations at home and abroad.

As the premier touring musical representative for the United States Army, this internationally-acclaimed organization travels thousands of miles each year presenting a variety of music to enthusiastic audiences throughout the nation and abroad. Through these concerts, the Field Band fosters the support of the American people for members of the armed forces and supports diplomatic efforts around the world.

We said our remaining bands would do what is considered non-traditional material for them, and we’ll start out slow.

Henry Mancini would be proud.

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Audrey Hepburn sang Mancini’s famous song in the 1961 film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” but almost didn’t. Paramount Studio’s president  thought the movie was too long and wanted to cut Hepburn’s scene. The young actress reportedly responded, “Over my dead body!”

Time to move to the 70’s and heat things up.

The Ohio Players played funk, soul, and R&B, but were most famous for their series of rather provocative album covers, including this 1975 release.https://merchbar.imgix.net/product/cdified/upc/75/4988031275979.jpg?w=1280&h=1280&quality=60&auto=compress%252Cformat

The title track has a guy singing that he’s out of control.

“The way you swerve and curve, really wrecks my nerves
And I’m so excited…”

The Airmen of Note, the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force, honors those who have served, inspires American citizens to heightened patriotism and service, and connects with the global community. Here, they really get down.

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“Fire” was a #1 hit for the Ohio Players in February 1975. Several members have died, but the latest edition of the band still tours.

That’s it for this week’s segment.


Sleep well.

Have a great weekend and thank a veteran!

The United States Navy Band is the premier musical organization of the Navy. It’s been said  the band is “capable of playing any style of music in any setting.”

So true, joined here by the US Navy Sea Chanters.

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Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: “Whamalamabamalama”

The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) out of Birmingham, England got together in 1970. Members Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood, formerly of The Move, had the creative idea of a band that would combine modern rock and pop songs with touches of classical music.

In essence, they would pick up where the Beatles left off. John Lennon called ELO “sons of the Beatles.”

Their first American hit was a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven.” Here’s a short clip of their August 1973 performance on The Midnight Special with Lynne on lead  guitar.

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Chuck Berry wrote about a gal that would “wiggle like a glow worm, dance like a spinnin’ top, she got a crazy partner, you oughta see ’em reel an rock, long as she got a dime the music will never stop.”

Ten years after the ELO version was released Jeff Lynne wrote a song about another girl who “loves that rock’n’roll, and she plays it all night long, that’s all she ever tells me when I call her on the telephone, she loves that drivin’ beat, and she goes dancin’ on down the street.”

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That was 1983. ELO broke up a few years later.

But CBS last weekend broadcast an interesting feature on Lynne who’s returned.

Today’s highly interesting read (11/08/19): Watercolor artist’s 50-portrait series of veterans

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Today’s read is from a Charleston newspaper.

She started in secret. And it took seven years to finish.

Mary Whyte crisscrossed the United States in search of veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. The artist had in mind something big.

“I will go to all 50 states, and I will paint a portrait of America,” she told herself.

You can read the entire article here.

UPDATE: Today’s highly interesting read (09/10/18): A Tower of Courage

Previously on This Just in…

The update: I am incredibly happy to post this update. Today (Thursday) President Trump presented the Presidential Citizens Medal posthumously to veteran Rick Rescorla. Rescorla, who was head of security at Morgan Stanley, is credited with saving thousands of lives when he implemented emergency evacuation procedures during the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Rescorla finally got his due.