Here are my most popular blogs from last week, Sunday – Saturday:
And this didn’t make the TOP TEN but is worth a look.
Here are my most popular blogs from last week, Sunday – Saturday:
And this didn’t make the TOP TEN but is worth a look.
Culinary no-no began on Father’s Day 2007, a beautiful summer day, when I wrote about grilling brats. And eating brats. And topping those brats. I was inspired by my wife, Jennifer who, in my admittedly unscientific opinion, ruins brats by squirting ketchup on them. Other dining taboos quickly came to mind. The original idea was to take this concept only a few months, till the end of summer and then pull the plug. Then the unexpected happened. People started reading Culinary no-no. Lots of folks. So we keep doing the no-no.
Back in April I took great joy in Culinary no-no #562 blasting Starbucks when it was accused of being racist.
I included a quote from Christine Flowers, a lawyer and columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News who summed up my feelings perfectly:
I’m kind of thrilled that a company that touts its liberal cred from the mountaintops has gotten a comeuppance. This is a place that waves the rainbow flag, that strongly supports Planned Parenthood and its mission to make America safe for “choice,” and that has been fairly clear about its position on the Trump administration. To be exposed for its lack of sensitivity to minorities is delightfully ironic.
Starbucks was in the news a lot this past week after it issued a statement on Monday:
Today, Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX) announced it will eliminate single-use plastic straws from its more than 28,000 company operated and licensed stores by making a strawless lid or alternative-material straw options available, around the world. Starbucks, the largest food and beverage retailer to make such a global commitment, anticipates the move will eliminate more than one billion plastic straws per year from Starbucks stores.
Starbucks has designed, developed and manufactured a strawless lid, which will become the standard for all iced coffee, tea and espresso beverages. The lid is currently available in more than 8,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada for select beverages including Starbucks Draft Nitro and Cold Foam. The lid is also being piloted for Nitro beverages in additional markets including China, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. In addition, Starbucks will begin offering straws made from alternative materials – including paper or compostable plastic – for Frappuccino® blended beverages, and available by request for customers who prefer or need a straw.
An environmentalist quoted in Starbucks’ statement called the decision “forward thinking.”
This is considered to be a rather big deal because, you know, plastic straws often end up in the ocean, and you know what that means. You’ve got innocent sea creatures mistaking the straws for food who can get hurt. Surely you’ve seen that viral video of a sea turtle with a straw stuck in its nose. For God sake people, we must ban, ban, ban!
Bless you, Starbucks. From the bottom of our liberal hearts, bless you!
NEWS FLASH: It is now cool to despise plastic straws.
NOT SO FAST!
At most, straws account for about 2,000 tons of the 9 million tons of plastic that are estimated to enter the ocean each year, according to the Associated Press—.02 percent of all plastic waste. The United States is responsible for about one percent of plastic waste entering the oceans, with straws being a smaller percentage still.
And get this.
The new nitro lids that Starbucks will use to replace straws are made up of MORE plastic than the company’s current lid/straw combination.
But that’s not my favorite part of this Culinary no-no. NO NO NO.
Penny Pepper is a writer and disability rights activist. She writes in the Guardian:
I rely on plastic straws. I’m disabled – I have no choice.
I need straws that bend, ones that can handle all drinks, including medication, and all temperatures. I need straws that aren’t too fat, that won’t cause me to choke or be difficult for me to keep in my mouth.
In Seattle, where Starbucks is headquartered, disability rights groups sent a letter to the Seattle City Council.
“Requiring people with disabilities to treat a routine fast food trip as something that requires planning and supplies is an unplanned failure in equity,” the groups wrote.
Some say they’ll have to take straws with them when they head to Starbucks.
Starbucks says “customers are still able to get a straw — made from alternative materials — and we will work with the disability community to ensure we continue to meet their needs going forward.”
Say you, you in the wheelchair. Wanna straw? Then just ask!
Finally, from Twitter:
The next time I’m idling my car for 20 minutes at a drive thru for a strip mall Starbucks built atop a reclaimed wetland, I will feel a unique sense of satisfaction that they are protecting the earth from straws.
A pictorial week in review posted every Sunday morning.
1) Donald Trump talks with his supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the judge’s family in the White House. Photograph: Alex Brandon/AP
2) Senator Bernie Sanders addresses protesters in front of the supreme court after Trump announced Kavanaugh as his supreme court pick. Photograph: Cliff Owen/AP
3) Flames consume a home on North Fairview Avenue, as the Holiday fire burns in Goleta, California, on July 7, 2018. Photo: Noah Berger / AP
4) Classmates pray after their teacher announced some of the 12 schoolboys trapped inside a flooded cave have been rescued, at Mae Sai Prasitsart school, in the northern province of Chiang Rai, July 9, 2018. Photo: REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
5) A group of Thai Navy divers in the Tham Luang cave during rescue operation. Photograph: Thai Navy SEAL via Getty Images
6) An image from the Royal Thai Navy Facebook page shows rescuers’ hands locked with a caption reading “We Thai and the international teams join forces to bring the young Wild Boars home.” Photo: AP
7) All 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for more than two weeks deep inside a flooded Thai cave have been rescued. Boys rescued from the Thai cave are seen resting in a hospital in Chiang Rai. Photo: Government Public Relations Department (PRD) and Government Spokesman Bureau/ via REUTERS TV
8) Four Thai Navy Seals are seen after leaving the cave during the rescue mission, Chiang Rai Province. Photo: Thai Navy Seal/via REUTERS
9) Students celebrate in front of Prachanukroh hospital, where 12 football players and their coach are being treated after being rescued from the Tham Luang cave complex. Photograph: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters
10) Students hold up drawings and letters for the boys in front of Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital. Photo: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters
11) British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip stand with President Trump and the first lady at the entrance to Blenheim Palace, where they were attending a dinner with specially invited guests and business leaders, near Oxford. Photo: Kevin Lamarque / Reuters
12) First lady Melania Trump helps veterans and students assemble Remembrance Day poppies at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Photo: Yves Herman / Reuters
13) Melania Trump bowls with British military veterans known as “Chelsea Pensioners” at The Royal Hospital Chelsea. Photo: Luca Bruno / AP
14) President Trump and Queen Elizabeth II inspect the Guard of Honour at Windsor Castle. The queen was continuing her longtime tradition of meeting with American presidents by hosting Trump for tea. Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP
15) U.S. Marine Jacob Kostelecky (L) keeps watch with a Mexican Marine during operations in urban terrain as they train side-by-side during a Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) at Camp Pendleton, California. Photo: REUTERS/Mike Blake
16) This Sunday, July 8, 2018 photo provided by the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office shows a 5-month-old infant with dirt under their fingernails after authorities say the baby survived about nine hours being buried alive under sticks and debris in the woods. The baby was rescued and saved by officers. Photo: Missoula County Sheriff’s Office via AP
17) A bull and revelers jump into the sea during the “Bous a la Mar” festival in the coastal town of Denia, Spain, on July 9, 2018. Photo: Heino Kalis / Reuters
18) A small horse is stranded on a rooftop after floodwaters subsided in the Mabicho district of Kurashiki, Japan. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images
19) The winners of the the ninth annual Audubon Photography Awards competition have been announced. Photographers entered images in three categories: professional, amateur, and youth. More than 8,000 images depicting birdlife from all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces were judged. Grand Prize Winner: Great Gray Owl in Teton County, Wyoming. Photo: Steve Mattheis / Audubon Photography Awards
21) It isn’t unusual for Derek Diehl to see a Snowy Owl in winter along a three-mile breakwater and hiking trail that protects waterfowl nesting sites on Wisconsin’s Lake Butte des Morts. On the day he took this photo, Diehl saw not one but four of the majestic white birds at the site, thanks to a major southward irruption of the birds. He photographed this individual just after the sun rose above the breakwall and began to melt the icicles that had formed due to high winds splashing waves against the shore. Photo taken at Terrell’s Island, Omro, WI. From Audubon Photography Awards.
22) Ishu and Laura Rao, return to the rubble of their home which they lost in a wildfire in Alameda, California, Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/via REUTERS
23) French soccer fans hug each other on the final whistle as they watch a live broadcast of the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Marseille, France, on July 10, 2018. France advanced to the World Cup final for the first time since 2006 with a 1-0 win over Belgium. Photo: Claude Paris / AP
24) This photo taken on July 8, 2018 shows a contestant taking part in a chili pepper eating competition in Ningxiang in China’s central Hunan province. The winner of the contest ate 50 chili peppers in one minute. Photo: AFP / Getty
25) Guests enjoy a sunny day on the terrace of a restaurant above Lake Lucerne on Mount Fronalpstock (1,921 m / 6,302 ft above sea level) near the village of Stoos, Switzerland, on July 12, 2018. Photo: Arnd Wiegmann / Reuters
26) Australian artist Nike Savvas adjusts her installation artwork piece, consisting of over 50,000 polystyrene balls, titled “Atomic: full of love full of wonder” as it is installed for the upcoming exhibition “Spacemakers and roomshakers: installations from the collection” at the New South Wales Art Gallery in Sydney, Australia, on July 12, 2018. Photo: David Gray / Reuters
27) A six-meter-high cartoon baby blimp of U.S. President Donald Trump is flown as a protest against his visit, in Parliament Square in London, England, on July 13, 2018. Trump was making his first trip to Britain as president after a tense summit with NATO leaders in Brussels and on the heels of ruptures in British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government because of the crisis over Britain’s exit from the European Union. Photo: Matt Dunham / AP
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
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“There is no one in America more qualified for this position.”
President Trump introducing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his family to a packed East Room at the White House filled with Republican and conservative supporters
“My mom was a trailblazer. When I was 10, she went to law school and became a prosecutor. My introduction to law came at our dinner table when she practiced her closing arguments. Her trademark line was: “Use your common sense. What rings true? What rings false?” That’s good advice for a juror and for a son.”
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh
“I have interviewed many candidates for the federal bench, including Roberts and Alito. There is no question in my mind regarding Brett for the Supreme Court. He has a track record that demonstrates his talents and his judicial philosophy.”
George Bush’s former attorney general, Alberto Gonzales
“I’m whipping out my person of color card here, how do I put this delicately: I don’t give a crap. Shoot me, but I grew up under the principle of the best person for the job should get the position. With this job, it’s that, plus experience and impeccable legal credentials, all of which Kavanaugh has and then some.”
Columnist Matt Vespa
“While his top consideration when hiring is excellence — top-of-the-class grades, intellectual rigor — he actively seeks out clerks from across the ideological spectrum who will question and disagree with him. He wants to hear other perspectives before deciding a case.”
Yale law professor and “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom” author Amy Chua on Kavanaugh, who had hired her daughter as a clerk
“Now, for those who want Roe repealed, I get that you won’t stop the fight. You shouldn’t if that’s what you believe. But focus on the consensus right now and consolidating that, which is abortion is legal, but strict restrictions are fine. Bolster the feelings about abortion, as something that isn’t pleasant and utterly tragic. Make sure the laws enforcing the consensus are well grounded and accepted, and slowly work on repealing Roe. This has always been a generations-long fight. It might not happen in this slice of time, but maybe being the generation that laid down the groundwork for its eventual repeal could be an equally honorable chapter. The only setback for this generation of anti-abortion activists is that they won’t be around to see Roe’s repeal should that time come in our history. There are other intense legal fights over free speech and gun rights that have to be fought as well.”
Columnist Matt Vespa
“The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh will threaten the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come and will morph our Supreme Court into a political arm of the right-wing Republican Party.”
Terry McAuliffe, former Governor of Virginia
“I will oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything I have, and I hope a bipartisan majority will do the same. The stakes are simply too high for anything less.”
Senator Chuck Schumer
“I can’t help but wonder when I see you looking there with a little smirk — how many times did you look so innocently into your wife’s eye and lie to her about Lisa Page?”
Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, alleging Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who oversaw the Russian investigation, had an extramarital affair with the woman he texted. Strzok was under question from the the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees about texts that showed political bias.
“Welcome to LGBTQ Wrath Month. Stonewall. The White Night. Riots. ACT UP. Wrath Month is a chance to remember that before our symbol was a rainbow, it was a brick. Civility be damned.”
University of Toronto instructor Anthony Oliveira
“Members of the left have instead encouraged more hostility. This increasing personal nastiness reflects the left’s understanding that they are losing. They can’t win the argument, so they use intimidation, aggression and spectacle.”
“Rather than taking their proverbial ball and going home, Trump skeptics should recognize that they can still play a role in shaping the story of the Trump presidency. Denying credit for good moves only serves exclude them from the debate: an outcome that is assuredly worse for the party in the long run than swallowing one’s pride and giving credit where credit is due.”
Will Flanders, Research Director at the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty
“We can be bold by saying we can make healthcare affordable, without having to say we’ll make it free. We can be bold by saying we will fix our disastrous immigration policies without saying we’re going to abolish ICE. If we want to a move from a party in the minority committed to ‘the Resistance’ to a party of governance we have to act like it. I understand the strategy of racing farther and farther Left in a 24-7, talking head, social media chaos, controversial, combative world — pie in the sky policies and extreme rhetoric stand out, they stick.”
But it won’t win elections according to Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del. In a defiant speech just blocks away from the Capitol, Sen. Chris Coons declared that Democrats have to realize there’s a “difference between being radical and being bold.”
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
What was Melania wearing to what?
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
In case you missed them, or would just like another look, here are this week’s interesting reads:
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. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Chance of rain is 60%. High of 79. Tough to call. We’ll give it…“B”
SUNDAY: Some sun in the morning with increasing clouds during the afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High of 84. “B”
Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer, with this week’s main blog.
Here we go again… my Dog Geek side is showing. Yep, another scientific study offering an additional glimpse of canine minds. While I will admit I’m not terribly surprised by the findings of this recent exploration, it reaffirms how we intuitively interact with our pups.
I don’t know a dog owner out there who would dream of coming home after a long day at work and NOT greeting their dog with love & affection. How can you be apart from your fur baby for eight-plus hours, walk in the door, and start reading your mail? You know you’re waiting for that wagging tail as much as it was waiting for you all day!
Moreover, I can’t imagine a pet parent who would arrive home and simply give Fido a quick pat on the head without saying a word to him. Of course you’ll engage your furry friend in some meaningful conversation (perhaps even before you greet your human significant other!)
Coming home after a day at work and greeting your dog with affection and loving words seems like a no-brainer. You might even wonder why this particular study was conducted. Personally I think these research projects validate our animal interactions. Since we’ll never be able to truly talk to them, it’s nice to know that we’re on the right track.
Read about the study here, and feel free to leave a comment!
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
More dogs being poisoned by marijuana, vets say.
Dog Owner Warns Others of Saltwater Poisoning after beloved Lab dies after Florida beach visit.
New Study Suggests Illness Can Pass from Dogs to Humans and affect pregnancy.
Dog heart disease linked to food, FDA says.
Zsa Zsa, winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog contest, has died.
Dog Walking is good for you. Provided you do it.
Plane crew comes to rescue of dog with oxygen mask for flight.
Dogs steal mail carrier’s lunch, then their apology note goes viral.
Willem Dafoe Boards Disney’s Dog Sled Movie ‘Togo.’
Barking Lot update: D-backs honor dog attacked by rattlesnake on Anthem hike.
Let your furry friend help We Energies raise awareness about safe digging.
Smiles Guaranteed! Watch a Lost Dog Dance with Delight after reuniting with owner.
THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.
met the President of Ireland Michael Higgins, his wife and their Bernese Mountain Dogs on the second day of their whirlwind tour. Photo: The Daily Mail
We close as we always do with our closing video. And we have a few.
First, thank goodness this guy came along. From Oklahoma City…
Closer to home, OH NO!
And finally, Dogs Use 19 Signals to Tell Us What They Want…
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!
If it feels like dogs are taking over Oak Creek — they are. And, your pooch can join the pack. Dog Day at Drexel Town Square, 361 W. Town Square Way, Oak Creek, runs July 13-14. There will be vendors, demonstrations and a doggy costume contest. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 14. For more information, visit bit.ly/drexeldogday.
PRESIDENT TRUMP’S CHOICE
TWO GUYS IN A DINER
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!
I enjoy posting remakes of popular recordings. Those covers I’ve found are quite interesting. And I truly appreciate artists keeping quality music from the past alive.
This week, the first of two segments of well-known classics that were given different treatments.
Hope you like these renditions. Let’s get started.
The impetus for this week’s blog came a few weeks ago when the planning for another Friday night feature took me to some Astrud Gilberto songs. She was the vocalist on “The Girl From Ipanema.” Before our first musical selection, yes, there was such a girl.
Here’s how this works. We’ll show a brief clip of the original memorable recording, then share something…different.
In the mid 70’s just about everyone was putting out records people could dance to. Often very old tunes were transformed into a completely contemporary sound.
Gilberto is now 78. At the time of the original recording of “The Girl From Ipanema” she was married to João Gilberto who sang the Portuguese lyrics on the extended version of the record. They soon divorced.
Today João Gilberto is living a lonely, destitute existence. You can read the details here.
On the list of the American Film Institute’s 100 top movie songs of all time, this ranks #2.
The late Barry White was a terrific arranger for his amazing ensemble, the Love Unlimited Orchestra.
From the album, “Super Movie Themes: Just a Little Different.”
At one time Kenny G played in the orchestra.
Barry White died in 2003. He was 58.
Next, the largest selling jazz single, written by saxophonist Paul Desmond and recorded by the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
Desmond didn’t think too highly of his composition. He poked fun, saying he could use all of his royalties to purchase a new electric shaver.
Brubeck came up with a name for the instrumental and again Desmond wasn’t excited. Brubeck didn’t give up.
“So I said, ‘Well, we got to have a title. Why don’t you want to use it?’ And he said, ‘Nobody knows what it means.’ And I said, ‘Paul, you’re the only person probably in the country that doesn’t know what it means.'”
Harvey Mason is a jazz drummer who also plays vibes, percussion, marimba and keyboards. He’s been featured on more than 800 albums.
Mason’s album title is interesting. Ratamacue is one of the basic patterns of drumming, consisting of a two-beat figure, the first beat of which is played as a triplet and preceded by two grace notes.
You understand, don’t you?
That’s it for this week.
Have a great weekend.
Part II is next Friday night.
We close with what is not only the best Disney song ever, but one of the best songs, period.
The 1940 Oscar winner for Best Song.
A collection of music videos featuring contemporary artists performing classic Disney songs was released in 1991.
“Fate is kind.”
Check out this list of popular singers:
Nat King Cole
Frank Sinatra Jr.
All great crooners. All are now gone.
So who’s left?
Tony Bennett will turn 92 on August 3. He’s still performing, doing duets, cranking out albums and winning Grammy Awards.
Steve Lawrence celebrated his 83rd birthday this week.
Parents of kids who loved the Beatles and the Stones were listening to folks like Lawrence who had some big hits before and during the birth of rock and roll: “Go Away Little Girl,” “Pretty Blue Eyes,” and “Portrait of my Love.”
Multi-talented, Lawrence starred in numerous television programs, nightclubs, and the musical stage.
In 1968, Lawrence appeared in the short-lived Broadway production, “Golden Rainbow,” best known for the song, “I’ve Gotta Be Me” that was a successful single for Sammy Davis Jr. Other than that recording the musical was panned and didn’t last a year.
A more successful Broadway run came in 1964 when Lawrence appeared in 540 performances of a version of the novel What Makes Sammy Run? that was based on Budd Schulberg’s expose of Hollywood and the dark side of the film industry.
There was an album soundtrack and Lawrence released a single from the play that didn’t crack Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, but was a perfect match for his smooth, swaggering style.
Frank Sinatra once said Steve Lawrence was the finest singer he ever heard.
It must be incredibly difficult for Lawrence to be without his beloved wife of more than 55 years, Eydie Gorme, his singing partner. She died in 2013.
“Her range was better than three octaves,” Lawrence told the Los Angeles Times. “She could sing with almost anybody. But she enjoyed singing with me.
“We were attached at the hip — Steve-and-Eydie. It was like we were one person — to be married that long.”
The very last time the couple charted with a single was 1972, and it was completely by accident.
Steve and Eydie got a call from their friends George and Olive Osmond. Yes, those Osmonds.
They needed a babysitter and Steve and Eydie agreed.
Somehow the session turned into a collaboration. A song earlier recorded by Donny Osmond, written by Alan Osmond, Merrill Osmond, and Wayne Osmond, was re-worked and re-named.
Steve and Eydie and the Osmond Brothers went to #7 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and #68 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
The WISCONSIN INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (WIAA) is making the following rule change in high school football games this season. From a notice the WIAA sent out:
The following rule regarding the use of running time must be used:
(1) After the first quarter, when the score differential reaches 35 points or more, coaches may mutually agree to implement the use of the running clock.
(2) After the first half any time the score differential reaches 35 points or more, beginning with the ensuing kickoff the following changes, and only these changes, will be made regarding rules determining when the clock will and will not be stopped.
The clock will run continuously except for the following situations when it will be
(a) Timeouts charged to a team.
(b) After a score.
(c) Intermission between 3rd and 4th quarters.
(d) Extended injury time outs.
(e) Any time officials determine it is necessary for safety reasons.
Note: (a) Normal clock operating procedures resume when a team scores to make the differential less than 35 points in the third quarter. The running clock will be maintained in the fourth quarter even if the score differential goes below 35 points. (b) The use of this rule does not preclude the use of Rule 3-1-3 which reads: “A period or periods may be shortened in any emergency by agreement of the opposing coaches and the referee. By mutual agreement of the opposing coaches and the referee any remaining periods may be shortened at any time or the game may be terminated.”
This is the proverbial step in the right direction. But in my view it’s not good enough.
After the first quarter, when the score differential reaches 35 points or more, coaches may mutually agree to implement the use of the running clock.
In my view this should not be up to the discretion of the coaches, with one or both agreeing to keep playing, prolonging the “slaughter.”
If the point differential is 35 or greater at the end of the first quarter the running clock should be implemented automatically