Today’s highly interesting read (01/29/23): Jesus Works Miracles Through Those Wholly Committed to Him

On this Sunday today’s read is from Jerry Newcombe, an on-air host/senior producer for D. James Kennedy Ministries. He has written 28 books, including “The Unstoppable Jesus Christ,” “Doubting Thomas” (with Mark Beliles), and “What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?” Here’s an excerpt:

This month, January 2023, marks the 250th anniversary of the classic hymn, “Amazing Grace.”

The Museum of the Bible writes: “It was January 1, 1773. John Newton led his congregation down the road from the parish church in Olney, England, to Lord Dartmouth’s Great Hall to sing…and the hymn he wrote for this day was special.

“It spoke of his conversion, of his self-proclaimed wretchedness, and of the saving power of God’s grace. Since then, the words of ‘Amazing Grace’ have struck a chord with millions across cultures and generations, and its popularity has never wavered.”

There’s plenty more. Read it all here.

Guy who wants to lead the city running a high quality campaign…NOT!

That would be outgoing Franklin Alderman John Nelson. He so desperately wants to replace Mayor Steve Olson that he (and his supporters) will resort to stupidity.

How do you explain this strategy except to say it’s incredibly dumb. Posted on social media by a group headed by a documented Olson hater, the illustration calls Olson “Mayor McSpend.”

Brilliant. Wonder how long it took to come up with this beauty.

Nelson has referred to and forwarded the caricature online indicating he supports this sophomoric garbage.

Franklin is essentially a conservative community. All the folks coming out publicly for Nelson are lefties.

Nelson’s campaign treasurer is wacko lefty and outgoing alderwoman Kristen Wilhelm. A key advisor to Nelson is my friend, Milwaukee County Supervisor Steve Taylor who absolutely loves to play footsie with the liberals.

I would submit they’ll have to do a much better job at persuading voters but I think the foolishness will continue, much like the ridiculous portrayal of Olson as “Boss Hogg” months ago. Another masterpiece.

Maybe Nelson who is clueless needs to get one and take on some more effective and adult-like consultants.

Today’s highly interesting read (01/28/23): It was not race, but bad policing that led to beating of Tyre Nichols

Today’s read is from Jonathan Turley, an American attorney, legal scholar, writer, commentator, and legal analyst. Here’s an excerpt:

The release of the videos from the lethal arrest of Tyre Nichols, 29, is shocking for its lack of professional tactics and procedures. This looks like adrenaline-filled rage… from the officers. At certain points, it is the suspect who sounds to be trying to de-escalate the situation. 

The footage helps establish a number of legal points. The force is clearly and undeniably excessive. It was a complete breakdown of training and supervision.

There is ample basis for taking a second-degree murder case to trial. However, the tape also shows where the defense is likely to go in the coming weeks.  

There’s more. Read it all here.

Week-ends (01/28/23)

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…


Brock Purdy

Parents in Iowa

Rachel Jones

Minnesota snow sculpting team


The Milwaukee Bucks

Dems and gun control


“I have no intention of letting the Republicans wreck our economy.”
Joe Biden

“I think if you watch the news cycle, there’s a startling difference in the last week or two, particularly over the classified documents and perhaps over some of the corruption charges with Hunter Biden. They’ve been steadfast in ignoring this, you know, for years and really not reporting on it at all. If I had to guess … if we were in the boardroom of some of these left-wing media outlets, what we’d be hearing is, ‘it’s time to sort of ease him out,’ make sure that he knows that he can’t run again, in case he’s rumbling that he might run again.”
US Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky)

“The White House is caught in an ethical bind. On the one hand they claim classified documents found when an FBI warrant was executed at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort are scandalous, while simultaneously claiming that classified documents found at President Biden’s home and at in an old office suite are not a big deal because Biden instructed his lawyers to go get them and inform the National Archives. This is akin to admitting to doing something wrong before you have been discovered. If it is wrong in one instance to keep classified documents after leaving office, then why is it also not wrong in the other instance?”
Cal Thomas

If Joe Biden did absolutely nothing wrong, why does he have to read a prepared statement from his lawyers?

If Joe Biden did absolutely nothing wrong, why is he resistant to answering questions?

If Joe Biden did absolutely nothing wrong, why is his press secretary deflecting every benign innocuous question about the matter?

If Joe Biden did absolutely nothing wrong, why doesn’t he hold an open-ended press conference fielding every single question that any reporter might have about the matter?

If Joe Biden has the truth on his side, why should he be hesitant to answer every question any of us might have?
Washington DC talk show host Larry O’Connor

“Here’s my message to the leaker. Congratulations, butthead. You almost got a member of the United States Supreme Court killed and his family. What a narcissist. You obviously think your personal politics are more important than that, the sanctity of the United States Supreme Court. I don’t mean any disrespect to the chief justice. I was disappointed in his report. I think this is the chief justice’s way of saying we’re not going to find out who the leaker is. And if we do now, we’re not going to tell you. We will move on. I think that’s a mistake.”
Louisiana Republican Sen. John Kennedy maligned the mysterious leaker of the draft court ruling in the Dobbs v. Jackson case that overturned the constitutional right to abortion. The Supreme Court announced after a months-long investigation that it had been unable to identify who leaked the draft opinion indicating that the justices would overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. The leak prompted outrage among pro-abortion groups and even led to an assassination attempt on Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

“The GOP’s renewed interest in limiting the size and scope of the federal government is both warranted and welcome: The $31 trillion national debt is an ugly 124 percent of Gross Domestic Product. Multitrillion-dollar deficits are expected for years to come. Debt of this size is a mark of national decline. It invites harmful tax increases on work, savings, and investment; requires high interest payments that crowd out spending on defense and erode U.S. primacy; and saddles future generations with burdensome obligations. It is a national security threat that deserves to be taken seriously.”
Matthew Continetti

“If autonomy justifies abortion, then it would also justify killing burdensome infants, toddlers, and teens. The reason autonomy fails to justify murdering offspring of any age is because parents have both a moral and legal obligation to self-sacrificially care for their children. Few things are more demanding on a woman’s body than a newborn. Infants require round-the-clock care and attention. Yet we rightly condemn new mothers who discard their babies in a dumpster. Why? Because the right of a precious baby to live supersedes his mother’s autonomy.”
Seth Dillon

“When sex is treated not as an act of lifelong love that can bring sacred new life into the world, but as self centered and trivial momentary pleasure, we create a culture that demands abortion.”
Lila Rose

“I visited the border earlier this month, the first time as president. I’ve been there before, but for the first time as president.”
Joe Biden

“The reality is that prior to his recent visit, Biden had never visited the border in his 50-year political career.”
Joel B. Pollak

“Washington, D.C.‘s law to allow illegal aliens to vote is so absurd it allows Russian embassy staff to vote in D.C. Yet another reason D.C. should never be a state.”
Senator Tom Cotton

“We are each endowed with the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Kamala Harris

“What happened to the first and foremost of those rights — the right without which the others are meaningless? What happened to the right to life?”
Douglas Andrews

“We now have incontrovertible evidence that after five years since they took effect, the Trump tax rate cuts of 2017 raised revenues over this time period. The latest Congressional Budget Office report released earlier this month calculated that the federal government collected $4.9 trillion of federal revenue last year. This was up — ready for this? — almost $1.5 trillion since 2017, the year before the tax cuts became law.

In other words, revenues were up 40% in five years. The evidence through the first three years of the tax cut finds that the share of taxes paid by the wealthiest 1% rose as well. So much for this being a tax giveaway for the rich.”
Stephen Moore is a senior fellow at Freedom Works and a co-founder of the Committee to Unleash Prosperity

“Gender ideology is one of the direst cultural threats Western society faces. Not only are the bodies and minds of precious people—particularly children—at risk, but if all that matters ultimately are feelings, if we cast objective truth aside to accommodate deeply held personal desires, then the stability of civilization itself is at material risk.”
Award-winning author Wesley J. Smith

“There are two ways that federal spending can be financed. Taxes or debt. Politicians don’t like taxation because they have to be honest with citizens that they are taking their money. Borrowing achieves the same end without asking. … Instead of paying our bills honestly through taxes, we bear the burden of debt through inflation and slow growth.”
Star Parker

“I represent Hunter Biden because I feel that not only his art merits my representation, but because his personal narrative, which gives birth to his art, is very much needed in the world. … Hunter Biden will become one of the most consequential artists in this century because the world needs his art now more than ever.”
Georges Bergès


Memphis police beating stuns nation


Border patrol agents at work

National School Choice Week


The death of Tyre Nichols in Memphis is racist


The upside down pineapple tattoo

Steps for election integrity; border patrol agents; self-defense shootings; cold wx kills; the importance of family

Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (01/27/23): The Weight of the Badge

Today’s highly interesting (01/26/23): Do you trust elections? If not, here are the steps we must take

Today’s highly interesting read (01/25/23): Heat kills. Cold kills more.

UPDATE: Today’s highly interesting read (01/12/23): Op-ed argues self-defense shootings shouldn’t be celebrated

Today’s highly interesting read (01/22/23): Why Families Are More Important Than Ever

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (01/28/23)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Originally written by both my lovely wife, Jennifer and me, this blog 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.


WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches. Greatest snow amounts near the lake.

WHERE…Ozaukee, Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha Counties.

WHEN…From noon today to 6 AM CST Sunday.

IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

TODAY: Cloudy with snow showers this morning and steady snow likely this afternoon. High of 21. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 90%. Snow accumulating 1 to 3 inches. Snow this evening will transition to snow showers late. Chance of snow 90%. 1 to 3 inches of snow expected.“F”

SUNDAY:  Cloudy skies early, followed by partial clearing. High of 23. “F”

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

VIDEO: Watch a sled dog’s journey back to racing after a tragic accident.

Dog shoots, kills owner.

Man who ran from crash scene was actually thankful upon his arrest.

Police dog accused of stealing officer’s lunch; his mugshot goes viral.

Timely question: Why Do My Dog’s Paws Smell Like Fritos? A Vet Shares the Answer and How it Affects a Pet’s Health.

What’s Behind the Craze for Designer “Doodle” Dogs?

American Kennel Club announces the top canine names in 2022.

The one change that didn’t work: every dog is an emotional support animal – except mine.

VIDEO: Animal shelter’s brutal honesty about ‘demon’ dog goes viral.

At our blog we just love a happy ending.

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!

Getting closer.

Goodnight everyone, and have a wonderful wintry 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. 

Photo: Carol Grabins of Verona, WI took this in the winter of 2021 at Cave Point County Park in Door County, WI. The photo appears in the latest edition of Our Wisconsin magazine.

Wintry trees stand as ballet dancers poised to show the world their grace, strength showing in how they remain so still in the seasonal gusts. Now that the leaves have fallen, they are so proud, as if their silvery-brown skin was their glory all along. I lift my head into the wind, eyes open for this softly lit day. Cold is good if you are warm inside, just the same as we love ice in the summer time.
—Angela Abraham

Winter returned to SE Wisconsin this week. But not with a vengeance. It was light. Fresh. Beautiful.

If you listened carefully you could hear the refrain across the entire area.

‘It’s so pretty.’

I’m no fan of this season. But I’m aware the change to this frosty time of the year brings great joy. And there’s music that goes along. That’s our focus this week. Let’s get rolling.

Lots of activities to enjoy outdoors in the winter. For me?

That’s my cup of tea.

However, that’s not our theme.

How about we hit the ice.

With our first selection you probably think Christmas even though technically it’s fitting prior to, at, and after Christmas.

Red Arrow Park in downtown Milwaukee.

The guitarist is Norman Brown.

Interesting take by Brown with his featured guitar. Charlie Brown’s Christmas was the first time that jazz piano was used in animation. Composer Vince Guaraldi used to call himself a “reformed boogie-woogie piano player.” The guitar treatment of one of his classics is a fine diversion.

In 1974 famous R & B group Kool & the Gang recorded an instrumental that appeared in movies and became a regular selection performed in their concerts, “Summer Madness.”

A year later there was a bit of a sequel about the change of seasons that didn’t do as well.

Winter dreariness, the winter blues can be erased in mere seconds.

“The snow comes, white and glistening, erasing the troubles beneath, directing me toward a new and positive day. The coldness only crispens up my resolve to find love today. Perhaps in this swirling perfect whiteness that gives crystalline kisses, the coolness in the air will rejuvenate my soul, elevate my spirit and give me new reasons to step forward with confidence. It might be winter but there is beauty in it, clarity, the kind of thinking that lets me notice small details like how the trees though bare have the promise of spring within them.”
—Angela Abraham

“Snowflakes are kisses from heaven.” 

“A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.” 
Carl Reiner

From instrumentalist David Arkenstone…

“Snow brings a special quality with it—the power to stop life as you know it dead in its tracks.” 
Nancy Hatch Woodward

“…there’s just something beautiful about walking on snow that nobody esle has walked on. It makes you believe you’re special.”
Carol Rifka Brunt

In 1941 dance bandleader Claude Thornhill came up with what’s been called a “perfectly constructed composition/arrangement.”

Manhattan Transfer recorded and performed it decades later.

“Snowfall” is a track on Manhattan Transfer’s Christmas album and it’s a gem.

That’s it for this week.


Sleep well.

Stay warm this weekend.

One of the greatest classical composers of all time wrote his most memorable works around 1718 -1720.

From their “Play” album this Australian/British string quartet demonstrates that winter can be pretty.

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: Good old rock and roll

This week marked the anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland inducting its first class in 1986. Do you know (guess) who the honorees were? There were 10.

Before the answers a twin spin. In 1981 a Dutch pop act had a huge single of a medley of primarily Beatle songs. An album by the group had more medleys. We’ll hear one of the tracks, but first, my favorite member of the following group is on lead vocal…


Who were the first acts to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

There was a bunch.

They were:

Chuck Berry (who wrote and recorded “Rock and Roll Music”

Buddy Holly

Elvis Presley

Fats Domino

James Brown

Jerry Lee Lewis

Little Richard

Ray Charles

Sam Cooke

Everly Brothers.

Compare to the latest round of honorees at the 37th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, November 5, 2022, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California:

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo

Duran Duran



Dolly Parton

Lionel Richie

Carly Simon

To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination.