Depends who you ask.
Every Saturday morning, I post my HEROES OF THE WEEK on Week-ends.
During the course of any week, I do my best to keep track of worthy recipients. One I’ve found already for this week is Darlene Gant.
Gant, suffering from breast cancer, needs a certain drug to live in order to see her son on Mother’s Day. The drug had not been approved by our glorious government’s FDA.
From her bed, Gant produced a 20-minute video explaining in great detail her turmoil. Normally, Week-ends has a host of links. My concern was that Gant’s 20-minute video would be lost, glossed over in all those other stories.
So I post the Darlene Gant story complete with video so you will take the time to read and also watch the video that made such an impact. It’s an amazing testimonial to the powerful impact of the Internet, video, and the human spirit.
God bless you, Darlene Gant.
Although Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, there are hopefully still some contests that are open. Truly a “Mother of the Year” candidate. Wow.
Franklin School Board members Debbie Larson and Jeff Traylor recently were kicked out of their leadership positions as Board President and Vice President, respectively. However, the two did not relinquish their posts quietly or graciously.
I like my county supervisor. I really do.
(Oh, oh. When a blog starts out that way, a shoe is bound to drop.)
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:
“Eager to play a larger role on the Milwaukee County Board, Supervisor Mark Borkowski backed Marina Dimitrijevic for chairwoman -- she won the post -- despite their very different views and records.
Previously on This Just In…
HEROES OF THE WEEK
A wonderful couple I know is expecting. They already have several beautiful young children. However, the baby on the way has been diagnosed with some facial abnormalities.
For awhile, medical officials weren’t positive the baby would survive. The good news is the prognosis has improved dramatically. The baby is expected to live.
Despite the challenges that lie ahead, the parents have maintained a remarkably positive attitude with an unwavering willingness to accept another blessing, no matter the conditions. Not having the baby is completely out of the question.
I thought of their situation when I read about young Clara. Clara isn’t like most other kids. Liberals more than likely wonder why the young girl wasn’t aborted.
God bless my friends and their baby to come, and Clara and her family.
From AlfonZo Rachel...
"Some songs are just like tattoos for your brain... you hear them and they're affixed to you."
It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.
The weekend has finally arrived.
The sun has set.
The evening sky has erupted.
Let's put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of this work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday with our music feature we do every Friday night.
The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. In America, we join the celebration by eating taco pizza, chips and salsa, and drinking margaritas.
This week, some Latin music to fit the holiday.
We begin with a Milwaukee legend who started playing the saxophone when he was 11. Four years later he was a professional musician. He formed his own band that had a hit in 1939 with “Woodchopper's Ball.” His 1940’s bands, the Thundering Herds, combined a light rhythm-section sound with blaring, explosive arrangements. He led his bands almost continuously for more than 50 years.
Here’s a track from “Mucho Gusto,” one of the albums in the kitschy and cool Ultra-Lounge series. Ultra-Lounge describes its music as traveling back in time.
“Not too far back. Just a few decades or so. Back to a time when ‘revolution’ meant watering down your scotch with ice and taking out the olive and putting in an onion. This is a place clothed in leopard and sharkskin. An ear bathed in gimlets, hi-balls, straight up, on the rocks, shaken, not stirred, hi-octane elixirs dressed in garnish garni. A time viewed through the seductive haze of slow-burning lipstick-kissed cigarettes that end up ashtray dancing with cigar stubs and cherry stems. The atmosphere mambos to the soundtrack of cool. Rumbling saxophones, jazzy vibes, over-heated Hammonds, and the sexy chill of a brush across a cymbal. Bold, exotic rhythms strut to the cough and cacophony of the Atomic-Age.”
The artist is the late, great Woody Herman.
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: A few showers. High of 60. "C"
SUNDAY: Afternoon thunderstorms. High of 56. "F"
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:
With Mother’s Day about a week away, this is the time we stop to think about all that “Mom” means and all that Mom does. You’re sure to read lists containing common terms such as chauffeur, nurse, confidant, maid, chef and mediator. How ‘bout one more: chief pet caretaker.
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
My personal favorite of the week
From The Avengers...
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“... here, in the pre-dawn darkness of Afghanistan, we can see the light of new day on the horizon.”
President Obama, on an unannounced visit to Afghanistan to sign a strategic partnership agreement that sets the terms for U.S.-Afghan relations after troops officially withdraw in 2014.
“Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order.”
Mitt Romney, responding to the Obama camp's question about whether he would have authorized last year's Osama bin Laden raid.
“I started screaming something ridiculous like, 'Remedy! Revive me!' And then that's when the lights turned on ... They said, 'Who are you?'
Daniel Chong, the college student left and forgotten in a U.S. holding cell for five days, despite never having been arrested or charged. He's filed a legal claim for damages suffered when he was left handcuffed and without food or water.
“I have to get the Secret Service home in time for their new curfew.”
President Obama at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner, jokingly referring to the Secret Service's prostitution scandal.
“What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? A pit bull is delicious.”
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Illegal immigrants getting bigger tax refunds.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
For the second week in a row, Tom Barrett's jobs record as mayor of
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Ann Romney's clothes.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
We have found the Loch Ness Monster.
That's it for Week-ends. Thanks for stopping by.
We close with the latest from NewsBusted:
I’ll admit, I’m a bit (OK, a lot) envious of bloggers who provide the rest of us with great recipes, great photos, and great reading. If I didn’t love the Cookbook Queen, I might hate her. I want to make all her baked treats. Every. Single. One. Her recipes and her food styling are fantastic and I dare you not to laugh at her stories.
Here are, in my view, interesting, noteworthy columns and articles from the past week that I highly recommend (You will note that on occasion, I do not endorse the opinions of the author and may point that out. Despite my disagreements, I still feel the piece is worth a read).
Wisconsin Recall Amnesia
"So, let's see. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the front-runner, has focused his campaigns on jobs, education, the environment and 'making communities safer.' One of Mr. Barrett's ads singles out '
No wonder. Since Mr. Walker's reforms went into effect, the doom and gloom scenarios have failed to materialize."
Voting machine concerns bubble up as recall elections near
"You might be forgiven for thinking John Washburn is paranoid.
Plenty of people do, Washburn admits with some humor.
Twenty percent think there might be something to his worries, Washburn said.
And about 10 percent — those who do some digging — start to believe.
'Quite frankly, I’m not really concerned by (being called paranoid), because it’s highly correlated with how much people have checked my claims,' he said.
Washburn’s fears — that Wisconsinites and, really, voters nationwide, are putting too much faith in a questionable voting system — may be unfounded.
But he’s not the only one worried."
(KF NOTE: Great investigative journalism, the type you don't see on local TV because they're too busy chasing fire trucks).
The reasons are as simple as they are bold."
The Legendary Paul Ryan
"To find a parallel to the way Ryan has so thoroughly seized control of the Republican agenda and identity, you have to go back at least to Gingrich in his nineties heyday, or possibly to Reagan. Yet Gingrich and Reagan rose to the national scene while cultivating an image as radicals—it was their battle scars, inflicted by the mainstream political Establishment, that lent them the credibility to speak for the conservative base. Ryan, by contrast, has achieved something much stranger: He has ascended to his present position aloft a chorus of acclaim from the corners of the Establishment that once greeted Gingrich and Reagan with loathing. He is the only politician revered as much by the mainstream media as by the tea party. By some measure, he’s the most popular guy in
Leisure inequality: Who's bumming around more?
"Sure, the wealthy earn more money...but they work a lot harder for it."
Cradle to Grave: The Obama Campaign's Fantasy for American Life
“The Obama campaign has a cringe-inducing propaganda slideshow called ‘The Life of Julia’ intended to illustrate how the Obama Administration's policies will give government help to a young woman as she is educated, works, starts a family and retires.
If you had to stifle a guffaw, you're not alone.
Yes, the Obama Administration's policies alone can be the savior for American children everywhere - all it takes, apparently, are piles and piles of taxpayer money thrown around recklessly. And by the end, children will still be able to retire and live comfortably on the totally-stable programs of Medicare and Social Security!
The dream that Obama has for Julia's life is scary.”
(KF NOTE: Also watch this).
10 things that would be happening today if Obama's policies were working
"...despite the fact that he has been campaigning almost non-stop since the 2010 election, aside from trying to steal credit from the SEALs for killing Osama Bin Laden, you very seldom hear Obama talk about his record. This is especially noteworthy because like him or hate him, Obama has passed a lot of legislation. So, if Barack Obama has such an extensive record, why is it that Republicans are the ones that are always talking about it while Obama tries to steer the conversation to anything else?"
Five ways to increase movie theater attendance
“If you read the Vulture article, you'll see that their Big Dumb Ideas all revolve around offering more rewards and free stuff for moviegoers; stuff like cheaper tickets, loyalty programs, and babysitters. They also have this idea of allowing Facebook fans to program what's shown in a theatre.
This lack of goodies and gimmicks is not why box office attendance has pretty much flat-lined over the last decade, or why it collapsed last year, or why it's making a major comeback in 2012.”
Left-wing Bizarro World