Week-ends (05/23/20)

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

President Trump

Shelly Luther

Mary Gillen

Sarah Rose and David Patrick

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

The mayor of Racine

Michigan Governor Whitmer

Costco

UK  cheerleader coaching staff

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“It was imperative for Milwaukee County businesses to get open in a responsible way.”
Mike Drilling, owner of Panther Pub and Eatery in Greendale said it was important to reopen, especially since restaurants in nearby Kenosha and Waukesha counties had been open for indoor and outdoor seating for several days

“It’s grossly unfair to Milwaukee businesses. The only municipality that will not be open for business is the City of Milwaukee, and I say that’s crazy. ”
Milwaukee Alderman Mark Borkowski sent a letter to Mayor Tom Barrett, after hearing from business owners who are right on the border with other cities getting ready to reopen. Borkowski called on the mayor to reopen the city, as the county prepared to end their stay at home order.

“We know that there are a lot of people that want to act like life is back to normal. We’re dealing with a pandemic, so we have to be responsible and deal with this in a way where we think it’s not going to cause us to potentially have a huge setback.”
Mayor Barrett is holding firm on his decision to stay closed

“Well I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
Joe Biden in an interview

“That is as arrogant and offensive and demeaning as I can imagine in this time we are living.  Race-baiting in the 21st century is an ineffective tool to attract one of the most intelligent voting blocks in the nation.”
Tim Scott of South Carolina,  the sole black Republican serving in the US Senate

“Biden’s remarks sent shockwaves across social media and in the political press, but it shouldn’t have shocked anyone. Joe Biden and the Democratic Party have long sowed racial division and promoted identity politics in order to maintain power and control.

“His condescending remark is indicative of the Democratic Party’s overall attitude towards blacks and minority groups — Shut up and listen. We decide what you think and how you vote.”
Ambassador Ken Blackwell is a best-selling author and a visiting professor at the Liberty University School of Law

“VP Biden’s statement today represents the arrogant and out-of-touch attitude of a paternalistic white candidate who has the audacity to tell Black people, the descendants of slaves, that they are not Black unless they vote for him. This proves unequivocally that the Democratic nominee believes that Black people owe him their vote without question; even though we as Black people know it is exactly the opposite. He should spend the rest of his campaign apologizing to every Black person he meets.”
Robert L. Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television & RLJ Companies

“As far as the president is concerned, he’s our president and I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and in his, shall we say, weight group, morbidly obese, they say. So, I think it’s not a good idea.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., chastised President Donald Trump on Monday for his decision to take hydroxychloroquine, saying that health experts have warned about its effects and that it could be harmful to the president

“Pelosi is a sick woman. She’s got a lot of problems, a lot of mental problems. We’re dealing with people that have to get their act together for the good of the country.”
President Trump responding to Pelosi

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

‘Massacre of a helpless population’

New York’s $21 million field hospital being dismantled without treating one patient

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Biden’s gaffe (latest)

Dems more likely to snitch

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Trump says he is taking unproven drug hydroxychloroquine

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

‘Masks on, clothes off’ party

 

Lockdown losers; the politics of fear; and homeschooling on the rise

Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (05/2/20) Homeschooling Thrives in the Face of Coronavirus

Today’s highly interesting read (05/21/20): The Politics of Fear

Today’s highly interesting read (05/20/20): It’s OK to Say It: The Lockdown Was a Catastrophic Error

Today’s highly interesting read (05/18/20): Why the Lockdown Lost

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (05/23/20)

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:   Cloudy early with thunderstorms developing later in the day. Gusty winds and small hail are possible. Chance of rain 90%.  High of 71.  “A” in the morning and early afternoon,  “D” in the late afternoon.

SUNDAY
:  Partly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High of 81.  “A-”

MONDAY MEMORIAL DAY: Party cloudy. High of 86. “A”

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

A poll done on behalf of the University of Phoenix showed 57% don’t know.

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Most Memorial Day parades and ceremonies, sadly, were canceled. If you ask me, those who lost their lives would have asked that the events go on.

Dog lovers would be happy to know there are many memorials around the country that honor the dogs of war. One is right here in Wisconsin.

Neillsville is a city in Clark County, located 230 miles, about 3 1/2 hours from our home in Franklin. The Highground Veterans Memorial Park is a 155-acre premier park located three miles west of Neillsville along Highway 10 that pays tribute to Veterans of the past, present, and future.

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The Fountain of Tears is one of four rooms within the Meditation Garden. The GI statue is the genesis of the tears in the Fountain of Tears tribute which reflects the spirituality of the Meditation Garden. In one hand the GI is holding dog tags of his fallen comrade. His other hand rests on a helmet and impaled rifle. His tears flow through the fountain under the bridge and into the pond. The wife and child of the fallen soldier sit at the end of the pond holding a folded flag.

There’s more.

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From the memorial’s website:

Many lives were touched/saved by the work of dogs and dog handlers during conflicts. Be it the work of a scout dog, sentry dog, or tracker dog —the efforts of these animals and their trainers made a profound impact on our military.

The dream of this tribute originated with the story of a young Vietnam Veteran. He was a Scout Dog Handler, married just prior to his service and killed in action just 90 days into his tour of duty. This tribute (honors) this dog and handler and all other Military Working Dogs who have served in our armed forces.

The Goal:
Our goal being to honor all Military personnel and their dogs who have served in the Vietnam and other conflicts past, present, and continuing. We hope this will provide a place of healing for those affected by these wars, and educate others regarding the effects of these wars on everyone.

On the day the memorial was dedicated, in June 2018, people from across the country attended. In attendance, three Korean War vets who discovered that they had served in the same unit at the same location, but during three different years. Amazingly, they had all handled the same dog.

God bless the people of Neillsville, those who served, and our hero war dogs.
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Adoptable dogs harder to come by as travel restrictions slow shelters’ supply.

Dog Training In A Time Of Isolation.

When Cadaver Dogs Pick Up a Scent, Archaeologists Find Where to Dig.

Veteran reunited with military working dog that saved his life.

This painting dog’s artwork sales yielded 2,000 pounds of food donations to Second Harvest.

This ambulance has gone to the dogs, and the occasional cat.

8 Things We Do That Really Confuse Our Dogs.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

Wednesday was National Dog Rescue Day. Yes we have photos.

Expressive Pup Portraits Capture the Unique Personalities of Comical Canines.

We close as we always do with our closing video.  And we have a few.

First, I wouldn’t be surprised…

NEXT,  atta boy Moose!

Moose, who has been with Virginia Tech since 2014, is one of the school’s four therapy animals and ambassadors for mental health awareness.

Along with attending football games, club events, and new student orientations, Moose also helps students cope with anxiety, trauma and other mental health issues. The fluffy pup has helped thousands of students and assisted in more than 7,500 counseling sessions, according to his owner, licensed counselor Trent Davis.

And, meet Dude, the skateboarding dog. Watch the video in this article.

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!

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Goodnight everyone, and have a here comes summer 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.

Saturday, June 20th marks the official first day of summer, meteorologically speaking. This weekend, however, is considered the first weekend of the summer season. With many communities reopening it’s bound to be active. Lots of sunshine would be most welcome. We get a musical head start on summer this week.

Let’s begin as we take some creative license (nothing weather-related in the instrumental) with a video of four of the best saxophone players today who teamed up for an album and tour in 2013, “Summer Horns.”

Here, the quartet does a great version of a late 60’s Beatles tune that when it first came out was the subject of many rumors and clues circulating about Paul McCartney’s death. One blog writes:

“The theory suggests that Paul McCartney died in a car accident on the 9th November 1966, and was replaced by someone, named Billy Shears, who had surgery to look like Paul McCartney. The evidence was contained in clues in the albums released by the Beatles, in the words and pictures they contained. From Revolver, there are more ‘clues.’ ‘Got To Get You Into My Life’ states ‘I was alone, I took a ride, I didn’t know what I would find there’ – interpreted as meaning the drive before the accident.”

While we’re on the subject, in the late 60’s through early 70’s, bands like Chicago, Blood, Sweat and Tears, and Tower of Power mixed rock, even soul with tight horn sections to bring a new sound to pop music. A Canadian band at the time threw an additional component into the mix: strings.

Lighthouse had a huge hit back then, “One Fine Morning.” A far less popular but minor hit followed. Here’s the band from a recording session not that long ago with that follow-up tune.

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Called “Canada’s Chicago,” Lighthouse  made its live debut at Toronto’s Rock Pile on May 14, 1969, introduced by the legendary Duke Ellington.

Now another visit from the Hollyridge Strings, an orchestra of studio musicians that recorded easy-listening covers for Capitol Records in the 1960s and 1970s. They became quite popular after releasing an album totally devoted to the Beatles that led to more Beatle renditions and tributes to other artists.

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Getting anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes of sunlight on your arms, hands, and face 2-3 times a week is enough to enjoy the vitamin D-boosting benefits of the sun. In a 30-minute period while wearing a swimsuit, the vitamin D made thanks to the sun plays a big role in bone health.

Caroline Sky was a contestant on Season 12 of NBC’s top-rated music reality show, “The Voice” in 2017. Narada Michael Walden, a Grammy-winning producer of the year, featured her in his Spring Fling show at the Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley, California on April 21st, 2013 when she was just 12.

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Formed in 2004, the Narada Michael Walden Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supporting music appreciation and education for Bay Area youth. Through grants, scholarships, educational programs, performances, mentorships and collaborations with community organizations the Foundation provides opportunities for emerging young artists.

Now onto a large ensemble I’ve featured in the past.

Best known for recording the hit theme to Soul Train, “MFSB” signified Philadelphia soul, backing several popular groups (The O’Jays, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, the Stylistics and the Spinners) while recording on their own as well.

The lush, orchestrated Philly soul sound was very popular in the 1970’s, and the studio musicians that comprised MFSB had plenty of work to keep them busy until they disbanded in 1981.

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That’s it for this week.

Goodnight sleep well.

Have a great holiday weekend.

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Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: Woodstock, then and now

Woodstock?

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That Woodstock?

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That’s the feature this week?

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But there’s no special anniversary going on. The 50th was last year.

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So what gives?

Jeffrey A. Tucker is the Editorial Director for the American Institute for Economic Research. He is the author of many thousands of articles in the scholarly and popular press and eight books in 5 languages. Sounds like he’s pretty sharp.

In a nutshell, Tucker brilliantly observes that we practically made nothing of the filth and germs that surrounded the masses at Woodstock, and survived …during a pandemic.

This month Tucker wrote:

The flu spread from Hong Kong to the United States, arriving December 1968 and peaking a year later. It ultimately killed 100,000 people in the U.S., mostly over the age of 65, and one million worldwide.

Nothing was closed by force. Schools mostly stayed open. Businesses did too. You could go to the movies. You could go to bars and restaurants.

Stock markets didn’t crash because of the flu. Congress passed no legislation. The Federal Reserve did nothing. Not a single governor acted to enforce social distancing, curve flattening (even though hundreds of thousands of people were hospitalized), or banning of crowds. No mothers were arrested for taking their kids to other homes. No surfers were arrested. No daycares were shut even though there were more infant deaths with this virus than the one we are experiencing now. There were no suicides, no unemployment, no drug overdoses attributable to flu. 

Media covered the pandemic but it never became a big issue. 

There’s more in his column that I strongly encourage you to read, whether or not you were around back then. One more Tucker point:

If we used government lockdowns then like we use them now, Woodstock (which changed music forever and still resonates today) would never have occurred. How much prosperity, culture, tech, etc. are losing in this calamity?

One of my all-time favorite bands played Woodstock on the final day. But you probably  wouldn’t know or remember. Blood, Sweat, and Tears, jazz-rock pioneers, performed for about 60 minutes, but like many groups that weekend were not paid at all because the concert organizers had no money.  Management for BS & T presumed the band would be getting $12,000, a lot of money for 1969. David Clayton-Thomas, the lead singer, said they had no idea the magnitude of Woodstock.

“No, we didn’t much keep track of the itinerary or where we were going,” Clayton-Thomas said. “If you’ve ever been on the road, you wake up in the morning and you look at the telephone book beside your bed to find out where you slept last night and ask the road manager where you’re going next. And of course on the road the most valuable thing is trying to get enough sleep. You go to bed at midnight after a show. You have a 3 o’clock wake-up call to get to the airport, so you get your sleep an hour or two at a time.

“So no, we didn’t really know where we were going; we just knew there was a gig in New York. We didn’t really understand what was happening until we landed at LaGuardia Airport. And the road manager said, ‘I don’t think the show tonight’s going to happen. All the traffic is jammed. Nothing is moving. There are 600,000 at this concert.’

“There were 600,000 people and maybe six cops and a couple of state troopers for the little local surrounding towns. How do you control 600,000 people with six cops? And if the artists didn’t show up, there might be a riot. So, we got about a third of the way there before the traffic completely stopped and we went to a little motel and they brought in a National Guard helicopter and flew us into the site.”

Here was a band that peppered its set list with pieces containing lots of jazz solos. How could that possibly go over?

“Everybody there knew us, said Clayton-Thomas. “I would say 70 percent of the people in that audience were from New York, and we were a New York City band. That was our base. They’d seen us play in clubs and colleges around the New York area.”

You won’t find BS & T in the “Woodstock” movie. How come? Clayton-Thomas answered  it was all about the money.

“Backstage there was a lot of controversy going on. The managers were in a trailer with the promoters, going, ‘How does my band get paid?’ They [the promoters] said, ‘They broke down the fences. We don’t have any money.’ So some of the managers, in particular Albert Grossman, who managed Dylan, the Band and Janis [Joplin], said, ‘OK then, no pay, no filming.’ The headliners, in their contracts, had a percentage of the film rights. Since there was no money to give them [the bands], they simply just edited us out of the film. I think they actually recorded only one song at Woodstock. But the quickest way to not pay the headliners is just edit them out of the film. I’ve got to live with that, with my daughter going, ‘Dad, I thought you were at Woodstock. I saw the movie and you weren’t in the movie.’ The managers felt that was the only leverage they had to get their bands paid. And it’s not just greed. I mean, it was financial reality. We had airfares to pay, we had musicians to pay, we had road crew to pay and we weren’t going to get any money for this gig. Normally, if we we’re doing a concert and the promoter didn’t come up with the money you just don’t put the show on. It’s his problem. You can’t do that with a half a million people.”

Yes, things were a lot different during the late 1960’s pandemic as compared to today. Just listen to this BS& T Woodstock performance of one of their biggest hits, their last song before their encore.

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“That generation approached viruses with calm, rationality and intelligence. We left disease mitigation to medical professionals, individuals and families, rather than politics, politicians and government.”
Jeffrey Tucker

Today’s highly interesting read (05/2/20) Homeschooling Thrives in the Face of Coronavirus

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Today’s read is from veteran journalist and commentator  John Stossel. Here’s the obligatory tease to be followed by the link to the column.

If the pandemic steers more parents away from state schools, that’s probably a good thing. A silver lining to this pandemic is that now more parents are learning about their options outside the government system.

Read Stossel’s entire column here.

About this new facility for inmates in Franklin…

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This week the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported:

Milwaukee County officials will soon open a newly refurbished facility in Franklin that will house county inmates and state prisoners who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Work on the new facility, which will house up to 120 patients, is expected to be completed this week. It is expected to begin accepting inmates and prisoners from around the state as early as Sunday. 

So far, the project has cost $6 million — a bill that is being footed entirely by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Federal officials had budgeted $12 million for the construction project. 

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley made it clear that the inmates will not just come from the county. He labeled it a “regional” facility but then said it will also take patients statewide.

“This facility isn’t necessarily just for House of Correction folks,” Crowley said. 

“This is the ability to allow those in our neighboring counties to take particular inmates, to separate them from the general population,” he added. “So we can take care of COVID-19 patients all from across the state of Wisconsin.”

The House of Corrections is right down the road from what I would call a ritzy neighborhood. In some parts of Franklin if folks have their lights on too long the police get a call. So can you imagine how come neighbors reacted when they read that article in the paper?

Today Franklin Mayor Steve Olson sent an e-mail to Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley:

Mr. Exec:

I’m following up on our phone call from yesterday.

As we discussed, my aldermen and I are getting contacted by constituents who are concerned about the new Alternative Care Facility about to go on-line at the House of Correction.  As community leaders we haven’t done a good job communicating with our constituents about the purpose and operations and that’s raising most of the concerns.  I think using both the Covid briefing and perhaps a mailing for the nearby neighborhoods as well as social media (county to provide the city the graphics) we could calm the fears. Here are the issues that I believe need to be answered:

–          When will the facility begin to be available to be used?

–          Number of beds?

–          Types of patients (types and severity of cases)?

–          Where would the patients come from?

–          What levels of crimes would they be convicted of?

–          How would they be transported, both to and from the facility given that the city and county had specially prepared COVID ambulances and paramedic teams?

–          How long will they be treated at the facility?

–          How long will the facility be in existence?

–          Who will medically staff the facility?

–          How will the facility be secured?

–          Who’s paying for the build-out?

–          Who’s paying for the operations?

–          What responsibility does Franklin have for escapes?

–          What risk is there for Franklin residents?

It seems like a lot of questions but NO ONE from Franklin has had the opportunity (other than my brief conversations) has had opportunities to get answers to their questions.

We’re going into the holiday weekend.  Answers to these questions should have been answered and available when the word of the facility first got out.  Let’s do what can be done to get this information to our constituents as quickly as possible.

Thanks.

Mayor Olson

City of Milwaukee has no definitive plan to reopen, blames suburbs

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On Wednesday, the Milwaukee Common Council’s most important committee, the Finance and Personnel Committee held a meeting and discussed COV-19.

In attendance, virtually, was Commissioner of Health Jeanette Kowalik. Having listened to that particular portion of the meeting online I wouldn’t say Kowalik was grilled. But she was on the end of numerous questions about the fact that while the suburbs are set to reopen at midnight tonight, the city of Milwaukee per Mayor Tom Barrett remains shut down. I’ve known Barrett since his days in the Wisconsin Legislature and he’s never once suggested that he’s a tyrant, until now.

Some aldermen on Wednesday’s committee, especially chairman Michael Murphy repeatedly questioned Kowalik about when Milwaukee was going to re-open. What are the metrics being used to determine a reopening date? Can we get a specific plan either today or Thursday?

Kowalik offered nary a specific answer, bobbing and weaving like Muhammad Ali in his prime. Clearly the city led by the mayor and his health department have no plan, no clue.

The opening Friday in the suburbs was mentioned. Kowalik’s response was to pivot and divert attention away from Milwaukee having no idea what in the hell to do to the suburbs acting irresponsibly

“So are the public health officials in those other communities being overruled and they agree with you?” asked Alderman Murphy. “For the most part, yes,” she responded.

Franklin Mayor Steve Olson, speaking not for all suburban leaders, said later most of them had pledged full support to their health officers. Where Kowalik was getting her information was mystery. Sounds like she made it up to try to look somewhat engaged and in the know.

Back to the committee hearing. Alderman Nik Kovac, upon hearing Kowalwik submit the suburban health officials were overruled by their mayors from agreeing with Milwaukee to wait reacted in knee-jerk fashion.

“Just because the suburbs are being reckless we shouldn’t be reckless,” said Kovac.

Alderwoman Milele Coggs jumped in saying economy should never trump human life, and that you can always start another business, but you can’t get a life back. Clearly Coggs hasn’t the slightest notion of running a business and never has.

Coggs also came dangerously close to playing the race card, accusing the suburbs of not caring about the fortunes of city residents.

While this was going on another Milwaukee alderman was injecting common sense into the debate when he held a news conference saying the time for the city’s own order to end has come.

Hear more in this Channel 4 report.

The city’s attack on the suburbs is a smokescreen to hide their ill handling of reopening their economy that dies more and more each day.

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