Photos of the Week (10/25/20)

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A pictorial week-in-review posted every Sunday.

1) President Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd during a campaign rally at the Waukesha County Airport on Saturday. The stop marked the president’s second visit to the state in eight days. Photo: Rick Wood / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

2) “Tony Evers, our governor stinks. He’s negative. He’s a drag on the state. He sits around all day and sucks on lemons,” said Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald as he spoke before President Donald Trump spoke to supporters in Waukesha on Saturday. Photo: Rick Wood / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

3) President Donald Trump speaks to reporters while in flight aboard Air Force One shortly before landing at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Oct. 19, 2020. Photo: Getty Images

4) The final debate: Professional golfer John Daly, left, and musician Kid Rock, supporters of the President, take their seats at the debate site. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

5) President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden debate each other in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday, October 22. At center is moderator Kristen Welker. Photo: Getty Images

6) The final debate: Biden looks at his watch during the debate. It lasted a little over 90 minutes. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

7) The final debate: Trump and Biden are joined by their spouses at the end of the debate. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

8) People watch from their vehicles as President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former vice president Joe Biden speak during a debate watch party at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, Oct. 22, 2020. Photo: AP

9) Nigerian Police fire teargas at people during clashes between youths in Apo, Abuja, Nigeria, on Oct. 20, 2020, following the ongoing demonstrations against the brutality of the Nigerian Police Force Unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Photo: Getty Images

10) An aerial picture taken on Oct. 18, 2020 shows a road partially covered with water from where people look at the Mont-Saint-Michel, in Normandy, France, surrounded by the sea during high tide. Photo: Getty Images

11) A health worker stands inside a non-contact chamber called the “CoV SHIELD” before taking swab samples to test for the COVID-19 novel coronavirus at Sunway Medical Center in Subang Jaya, Malaysia, Oct. 22, 2020. Photo: Getty Images

12) A University of Wisconsin-Madison student moves her belongings out of Witte Residence Hall in Madison, Wisconsin. Witte Residence Hall was placed under a mandatory 14-day quarantine in September due to high COVID-19 positive test result rates. Photo: REUTERS/Bing Guan

13) Security guards take pictures with the copy of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin’s body during a funeral exhibition in Moscow, Oct. 21, 2020. Photo: Getty Images

14) A new fountain during a ceremony at the Palm Jumeirah in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest fountain, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photo: REUTERS/Rula Rohana   

15) A sick koala named Wally, rescued by the animal rescue agency, Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service, also known as WIRES, on the outskirts of Sydney in an area where urban development is encroaching on koala habitat, is treated as part of a rehabilitation process at Sydney University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Sydney, Australia. Photo:  REUTERS/Loren Elliott    

16) Wisconsin tight end Jake Ferguson catches a touchdown pass during the second quarter Friday night against Illinois. The Badgers won handily, 45-7. Photo: Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

17) Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Jamel Dean (35) returns an interception for a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during the second quarter of a NFL game last Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. Photo: Kim Klement, Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

18) Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Ndamukong Suh sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers during the second quarter of a NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. Photo: Kim Klement, Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

19) Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers points at Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Ndamukong Suh (93) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. The Packers lost, 38-10. Photo: Jason Behnken, AP

The best Halloween movies

When I was in grade school my mother and I would watch Shock Theater on Milwaukee’s Channel 18 Saturday night that aired after all the other local stations had finished their 10:00 news.

Dad was usually asleep. My older brother was generally out (played in a band and often got home late). Mom was as sweet as an angel but loved horror movies (“The Silence of the Lambs” was a favorite).

“Shock Theater” supplied a constant diet of the Universal Studio classics. The monsters. The best.

In August indiewire.com expanded on their list of the 100 best horror movies of all-time by increasing it to 110. At #52, according to the website:

“It’s only fitting that a novel as influential and forward-thinking as Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ would inspire a similarly unique and enduring big-screen classic. James Whale’s take on the tale of a striving doctor and the freakish creature he cobbles together from the dead contributed mightily to how people envision the monster, with Boris Karloff’s big-headed and lumbering portrayal still serving as the gold standard.”

We move on to #26.

“…the Bride would appear to represent a welcome opportunity for companionship despite not actually appearing until the last few minutes and thus never fulfilling that role. Almost no one gets their just deserts in ‘Bride of Frankenstein,’ which is part of why it’s more notable some 80-odd years later for its ability to evoke pity than for what few scares it still produces.”

This next film ranked at #110 on indiewire.com’s list of 110.

“He was only 6’1″ but he somehow seems much taller. His eyes sharply lit by a spotlight from cinematographer Karl Freund, (Bela) Lugosi looks striking, even handsome. His protracted delivery set the stage for countless horror films to come (and even more parodies): ‘I do not drink… wine.’ ‘We will leave tomorrow… even-ing.’ He commands the camera. So much so, you think he’ll command you next.”

My favorite Universal Studio monster didn’t crack the website’s Top 110. As a kid I felt sorry for the poor guy and still do.

Another film that didn’t make the list but, to me, was so cool because it had ALL the legends in one movie.

Naturally indiewire.com’s huge list had a ton of non-Universal productions. In my view this is without a doubt the best of all-time. But it came in at #6.

“(Alfred) Hitchcock proved with ‘Psycho’ how impossible it would be for all his many imitators to capture his style. ‘Psycho’ is Hitchcock’s cinematic smirk at our futile attempts to make sense of the senseless.”

Psycho

Here’s the entire list scanning 11 pages.

Week-ends (10/24/20)

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

Holocaust survivors

Arianna

Vivian “Millie” Bailey

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Senate Dems on the Judiciary Committee

Hunter Biden

Adam Murphy

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“Joe, I ran because of you. I ran because of Barack Obama. Because you did a poor job. If I thought you did a good job, I would have never run.”
President Trump at the debate

“Children are brought here by coyotes and lots of bad people, cartels. They used to use them to get into our country. We now have as strong a border as we’ve ever had.”
At the debate, Trump, on the child separation policy at the U.S.-Mexico border

“We don’t need money. We have plenty of money. In fact, we beat Hillary Clinton with a tiny fraction of the money that she was able to raise.”
Trump, on fundraising

“I take full responsibility. It’s not my fault that it came here. It’s China’s fault. And you know what, it’s not Joe’s fault that it came here either.”
Trump, on the coronavirus pandemic

“It’s not clear that Trump really had to do anything in this debate except not Nadler himself on national TV. With the exception of some of the media polls, the momentum is all in his direction, and the president is out holding rally after rally while Gropey J is sitting in his basement wrapped in a shawl watching episode after episode of Matlock. Joe took four days out of the last 15 days of the campaign to prep for last night’s disaster and that performance was as good as he could get. If America is dumb enough to elect him, all Putin has to do is drag out a summit for two hours and, before he nods off, Oldfinger will sign Alaska back to the Russians.”
Columnist Kurt Schlichter

Not one single person with private insurance would lose their insurance under my plan, nor did they under ‘Obamacare.’ They did not lose their insurance unless they chose they wanted to go to something else.
Joe Biden at the debate

“This one is so laughable it does not need much exploring. The promise of keeping the plans they held that led to millions who lost their healthcare and private doctors was such a harsh  reality that even Time Magazine had listed it as its ‘Lie Of The Year.’”
Brad Slager covers politics and the business side of the Hollywood industry at outlets such as RedState, HotAir, Twitchy, and The Federalist

“What bona fide presidential candidate would arrogantly hide in his basement during the heat of a campaign, especially in the last few weeks of an ever-tightening one? If the liberal media weren’t providing Biden cover, he couldn’t get away with this. If they were even raising questions about his intentional invisibility, this campaign would look far different, and far less surreal. As President Donald Trump has hopscotched the country, traveling thousands of miles to appear at vigorous, humongous campaign rallies, Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, are nowhere to be found. We’ve never had a presidential candidate virtually opt out of the campaign.”
David Limbaugh is a writer, author and attorney

“Two weeks before the election, there are signs that delays continue to plague the U.S. mail, a tracking effort by the USA TODAY Network and the University of Maryland’s Howard Center for Investigative Journalism found.

“Of 64 letters and packages sent short distances within battleground states since mid-September, 14 took longer than the U.S. Postal Service’s own three-day service standard for first-class local mail. Most of the problems arose in Michigan, although Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida each had at least one late arrival.

“Eight of the shipments took a week or more to get to their cross-town destinations, including one letter that still has not arrived, according to the post office’s online tracking system. The missing letter was put in the mail two weeks ago, on Oct. 6.”
USA TODAY

“Why haven’t you seen any stories from NPR about the NY Post’s Hunter Biden story?”
Kelly McBride, NPR’s “public editor”

“We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don’t want to waste the listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are just pure distractions. And quite frankly, that’s where we ended up, this was … a politically driven event and we decided to treat it that way.”
Terence Samuel, NPR’s managing editor for news

“Public broadcasting is a comical phrase. Its audience is not the public. It is the left. PBS and NPR don’t care one iota what everyone else thinks … even if everyone else pays a chunk of their budget through taxes.”
Tim Graham is executive editor of NewsBusters and director of media analysis for the Media Research Center

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

Carjackings, Delivery Vehicle Thefts Spike During Pandemic

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Hunter Biden

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Rising virus numbers

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Toy boat washes onto shores of Lake Superior – 27 years after launch in Minnesota

The Wall; Biden and oil; Judge Amy; Voting for Trump; the Human Side of Trump

Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (10/23/20): Slow Joe’s Oil and Gas Code Red

Today’s highly interesting read (10/22/20): The Jaw-Dropping Difference at the Wall

Today’s highly interesting read (10/21/20): The Media Don’t Want You to See the Human Side of Donald Trump

Today’s highly interesting read (10/20/20): Judge Amy Coney Barrett an inspirational pick for U.S. Supreme Court

Today’s highly interesting read (10/19/20): 5 reasons why a sane person should vote – again – for Trump

2020 POO Awards – Week 5

Each week during this year’s high school football season as I have in previous years, I’m giving out a weekly POO Award to the Wisconsin high school football team that committed the most egregious act of poor sportsmanship by trying to humiliate its opponent.

My goal is to try to build awareness of the importance of sportsmanship.

Week 5

Greenwood 79, Tri-County 0

Mondovi 73, Fall Creek 14

Gilman 65, New Auburn 6

Edgar 62, Portage 0

Cumberland 62, St. Croix Falls 6

Hilbert 62, Random Lake 6

Week 4

Shell Lake 69, Prairie Farm 6

Week 3

Mineral Point 69, Platteville 7

Marion 64, Tri-County 6

Week 2

Grantsburg 65, Cornell/Lake Holcombe Co-op 13

Week 1

Stanley-Boyd 65, Fall Creek 6

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (10/24/20)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Originally written by both my lovely wife, Jennifer and me, this blogs brings you the latest news about our furry friends including articles, columns, photos and videos. Enjoy!

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.

TODAY:  Sunshine and clouds mixed. High of 44. “D”

SUNDAY:  Cloudy early with showers for the afternoon hours. Chance of rain 40%. Breezy. High of 43. “D”

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

How Smart Are Dogs? Canines Are Even Smarter Than You Think

Chief & Union Blast Comparison of Milwaukee Police K9 Unit to Nazis.

Coronavirus concerns delay Westminster Dog Show, event moves out of NYC.

Restaurateur uses pandemic downtime to fly at-risk dogs and cats to safety.

What the pandemic has been like for Milwaukee-area pet shelters and a shop: big demand.

Are Dogs or Cats Better for Mental Health During a Lockdown?

Pets for the Elderly aims to bridge ‘isolation gap’ during the pandemic.

Chihuahua who nurses puppies wins American Humane Hero Dog.

Trump? Biden? Or Bella?

Dressed to Impress: Florida Police Dog Wears Uniform and Tie for His Official K-9 Badge Photo.

COLUMN: The man who loved his dog more than his wife.

Amazon Shoppers Are Obsessed with This Adidas-Style Tracksuit for Dogs — and It’s Under $10.

PHOTO: Two husky dogs watch their owner swimming in Lake Geneva at sunrise, Genthod, Switzerland, Oct. 21, 2020. Photo: Getty Images

PHOTO: A dog wearing traditional festival costume and pair of glasses is seen during Sanja Matsuri, one of the Tokyo’s biggest traditional festivals, at Asakusa district in Tokyo on Oct. 18, 2020. Photo: Reuters

PHOTOS: Hottest dog costumes for Halloween 2020.

MORE PHOTOS: Just 54 photos of dogs getting treats.

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!

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Goodnight everyone, and have a suave 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.

This week, newer material with a twist. I love and appreciate when today’s artists do cover versions of great oldies. And I’ve got a batch to share. Let’s get rolling.

We start out going back to 1937 and a song that was in a Rodgers and Hart musical and movie, “Babes In Arms.”

Born in Italy, Sylvia Bennett was discovered legendary vibraphonist Lionel Hampton who made her the first female singer to record with him in thirty years.

Bennett does the honors here by taking a soft, slow ballad and revving it up.

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Bennett sings in English, Spanish, and French. That’s impressive.

It’s Bossa Nova time. Antonio Carlos Jobim created the style and his songs have been performed by countless singers and instrumentalists.

Zoe Scott left her London home for Rome at the age of 18 with dreams of being an actress, songwriter, and singer. Scott’s love of music then took her to Los Angeles. After briefly living in a van at the bottom of L.A.’s famous Laurel Canyon, Scott began cutting her first rock demos.

“I remember the hard edges of it all. I loved it at first. The angst, the power, the energy, but simultaneously, I recall how boxed in I felt,” said Scott. “I remember the moment I felt ‘this isn’t me anymore’ and I started a journey of self-discovery and healing. With that came new artistic expressions and new ways to see, and receive love. When I first heard Antonio Carlos Jobim, I was swept away. I felt his soul through his music; through Bossa Nova and that was it. I had to make this album.”

“Bossa Nova taught me that there is life in the quiet spaces,” said Scott. “I find peace, love, and joy there.”

Next up is Gary Meggs. For more than 20 years he taught music in public schools in Texas and received awards in marching, concert, and jazz Bands. Meggs also rebuilt the University of Arkansas at Monticello band program, transforming  a 35- member band into a 140 piece marching band, 2 concert bands, 4 jazz bands, 3 jazz combos, and almost 100 music majors.

Now semi-retired, Meggs is still involved  with the University of Arkansas at Monticello Jazz program,  and performs across the country  playing saxophone, flute and clarinet with the  Glenn Miller Orchestra.  His resume includes playing with the Harry James Orchestra, Temptations, Four Tops, Bob Newhart, Don Rickles, Mickey Gilley, Conway Twitty, Regis Philbin, and many others.

Here’s the perfect selection for this time of year, like you’ve never heard it before.

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In the past I’ve highlighted this award-winning saxophonist.

Smooth Jazz Therapy: Jessy J Sets A Hectic Schedule

Jessy J.

Her most memorable recording was called “Tequila Moon,” the title track of her first album released in 2008. Here’s a tiny clip:

Let’s bring in guitarist Paul Brown. His latest album has an interesting concept. For “Ones Upon a Time” Brown took ten songs that he personally produced for other artists that all went to #1 on the charts…and recorded them himself. On this track Brown mirrored Jessy J’s saxophone perfectly on his guitar.

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That’s it for this week.

Goodnight.

Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

A few nights ago I had a strange dream. Tonight’s lineup of music had actually been chosen a few weeks ago, and the closer was part of that dream.

Seems I was walking in a British neighborhood one night that really looked more like Milwaukee’s Third Ward. I was with John Lennon, a few other gents and two women. John was spending most of his time with one of the ladies who was more homely than Yoko. Never did find out where she was. No one seemed to notice John. No one approached him. I told you it was strange.

We ducked into this dingy bar and made our way to a private back room where we all had nice conversations. Elsewhere in the bar a live band was playing and John danced with his lady friend next to our table.

Now we’re all seated and the band launches into a very familiar tune. I looked at John with his long hair and those oval glasses and said excitedly, “You know John, when I was growing up that was my favorite Beatle song!”

John looked at everyone else with a big smile, paused, and then started laughing out loud as if to suggest, ‘that was your favorite’?

Dream over. Me and the great John Lennon, my favorite Beatle, laughing at me.

Paul Tuvman started flying planes in 1976 and completed his 34 year career as a Delta Air Lines B777 Captain on September 01, 2020.

Tuvman can also play piano. He began at the age of 8. His influences included Ray Charles, Oscar Peterson, Nat King Cole, Vince Guaraldi, Dave Brubeck and Ray Manzarek.

“The Beatles shaped a big part of my musical life,” said Tuvman. “I picked 12 tunes from their vast catalogue and tried to make them my own while maintaining the integrity of the original tunes.”