A lawsuit filed by seven labor unions in Wisconsin against Governor Scott Walker and other Republicans claimed the law violated workers constitutional rights by requiring annual recertification votes and not allowing the state to withhold union dues from workers' paychecks.
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.
Tonight, if you haven’t guessed, dreamy music.
When you think of our first selection, my guess is you’ll automatically think of the Mamas and the Papas and Cass Elliott on the lead vocal. There’s no doubt the group had a major hit with the song in the 1960’s. But they were not the originators.
Ozzie Nelson, Ricky’s father, did it way back in 1931 with his orchestra. Only a few days later, Wayne King, the “Waltz King” who influenced people like Lawrence Welk also made a recording.
Just about every singer is performing the old standards. But few in recent years have sung the following 1944 gem by Johnny Mercer, one of the most popular lyricists of the American Songbook.
The Captain and Tennille, featuring the “dreamy” voice of Toni Tennille and the great keyboard work of Darryl Dragon released their version on an album in 1978. Pay close attention to Dragon's contribution when Tennille sings about "smoke rings."
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 skies becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon. High of 42. "C"
SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy. High of 15. "F"
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:
A couple weeks ago, I blogged about New Year’s Resolutions for dog owners as well as for dogs themselves. Paying attention to your pet’s weight was indeed mentioned in the resolutions suggested by Dogster.com.
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
Once again, Victoria Soto.
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"I don't know that I have a great answer. I will start my answer by saying that this is too late. It's too late for probably most people, and that's my fault. I viewed this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times, and as you said, it wasn't as if I just said no and I moved off it."
Lance Armstrong when asked by Oprah Winfrey why admit now that he lied about doping.
"This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about, but over an extended period of time, I developed an emotional relationship with a woman I met online. We maintained what I thought to be an authentic relationship by communicating frequently online and on the phone, and I grew to care deeply about her. To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating. It further pains me that the grief I felt and the sympathies expressed to me at the time of my grandmother's death in September were in any way deepened by what I believed to be another significant loss in my life. I am enormously grateful for the support of my family, friends and Notre Dame fans throughout this year. To think that I shared with them my happiness about my relationship and details that I thought to be true about her just makes me sick. I hope that people can understand how trying and confusing this whole experience has been. In retrospect, I obviously should have been much more cautious. If anything good comes of this, I hope it is that others will be far more guarded when they engage with people online than I was. Fortunately, I have many wonderful things in my life, and I'm looking forward to putting this painful experience behind me as I focus on preparing for the NFL Draft."
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Teo
"This week, I delivered my third State of the State address to the people of Wisconsin. I’m happy to say we are moving Wisconsin forward with bold vision and bright hope for the future.
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).
When I Want a Progressive's Opinion on What Guns I Should Have/Hunt with, I'll Give it to Them
1) Two British hostages Peter, left, and Alan, right, (no family name available), are seen after being released, in a street of Ain Amenas, near the gas plant where they have been kidnapped by Islamic militants, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. Algeria's special forces stormed the natural gas complex in the middle of the Sahara desert in a final assault Saturday, killing 11 militants, but not before they in turn killed seven hostages, the state news agency reported.(AP Photo/Anis Belghoul)
2) Nelba Marquez Greene (L) and Nicole Hockley (R) both mothers of Sandy Hook Elementary massacre victims, console each other during a press conference on the one month anniversary of the Newtown elementary school massacre on January 14, 2013 in Newtown, Connecticut. Eleven families of
3) U.S. President Barack Obama signs a series of executive orders about the administration's new gun law proposals as (L-R) Vice President Joe Biden and children who wrote letters to the White House about gun violence, Hinna Zeejah, Taejah Goode, Julia Stokes and Grant Fritz, look on in the Eisenhower Executive Office building January 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. One month after a massacre that left 20 school children and 6 adults dead in
4) A man who refused to be identified holds an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle at a rally in support for gun rights at the Capitol in Hartford, Conn., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. The rally, dubbed, "Guns Across America", at Connecticut's state Capitol and state capitol buildings across the country to raise concerns about possible new gun legislation that could affect gun owners' rights in the wake of the Dec. 14 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
5) Austin Ehlinger helps hold a banner during a Guns Across America rally at the state capitol, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in
6) WI Governor Scott Walker is joined by miners at his State of the State address in
7) In a photo provided by ESPN, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o pauses during an interview with ESPN on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla. ESPN says Te'o maintains he was never involved in creating the dead girlfriend hoax. He said in the off-camera interview: "When they hear the facts they'll know. They'll know there is no way I could be a part of this." (AP Photo/ESPN Images, Ryan Jones)
8) This Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 photo provided by Harpo Studios Inc., shows talk-show host Oprah Winfrey interviewing cyclist Lance Armstrong during taping for the show "Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive" in Austin, Texas. The two-part episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter" aired nationally Thursday and Friday, Jan. 17-18, 2013. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Harpo Studios, Inc., George Burns)
9) Mickey Merrell, right, hugs her sister Ronnie Loesch after watching their childhood home, which was severely damaged during Superstorm Sandy, demolished in Staten Island, New York, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. Several
10) US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta sits at the desk that Churchill gave four wartime speeches from, including the one to the U.S. after the WWII attack at Pearl Harbor, during a tour of the Churchill War Rooms in London on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, on the final day of the Secretary's last overseas trip. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
11) In this Jan. 15, 2013 photo, Jeff Jerome walks in a cemetery that is home to Edgar Allan Poe's grave in
12) Yoko Ono, left, and her son Sean Lennon chat aboard a bus on the way to visit fracking sites in
13) First lady Michelle Obama, center, and daughters Sasha, left, and Malia, right, react during the Kids' Inaugural: Our Children. Our Future." event in
14) Jay Desai, of Washington, front and Ariel Timar, of Cherry Hill, N.J., center, paint a mural as they participate in the National Day of Service on the Mall as part of the 57th Presidential Inaugural festivities, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Washington, . The two were working on the Greater DC care project that will place the murals in schools and fire stations to help promote volunteerism. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
15) U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Michael Linnington, center, commander of the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region (JFHQ-NCR), is flanked by actors portraying President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, as they arrive to review troops during a dress rehearsal for the inaugural parade at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan.13. The official inauguration and swearing-in will take place Jan. 21. Photo: Mike Theiler / Reuters
16) What a difference four years makes! President Obama's quite a bit grayer and his smile, much wider. The new official portrait, right, was taken on December 6, 2012. The previous one (left) is from 2009. Photo: Pete Souza / White House
17) Japanese women in kimonos walk during heavy snowfall at Toshimaen amusement park in Tokyo, as they attend a ceremony celebrating Coming of Age Day, Jan. 14, 2013. Youths across
18) Icicles are formed on an orange tree in an orange grove in
19) A Belarus Orthodox believer plunges into icy waters as a priest blesses him on the eve of the Epiphany holiday in Pilnitsa some 30 km outside
20) The northern lights glow over a snowy Finnish landscape in a photo taken on the night of Jan. 16-17.
21) A hunter gestures his dog away as he waits in the Colorado River for rescue, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 in
22) A priest distributes bibles to people before taking take part in a mass at San Anton Church in Madrid, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals. The feast is celebrated each year in many parts of
23) A kangaroo crossing a road in
24) Wildlife photographer Katherine Feng captured this cute photo of a panda cub on a trip to
25) The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is presented at a Pre-North American International Auto Show introduction in
26) A giant sculpture of a baby titled "Planet" is unveiled Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in
27) Fredrik Hjelmquist shows the CataCoffin in
28) Model train enthusiasts view a replica of the Abbey Road Tube station which also depicts the Beatles' famous album cover, at The London Model Engineering Exhibition at Alexandra Palace on Jan. 18, in
29) People take part in a No Trousers Day 2013 flashmob on the London Underground, in London, England, Jan. 13. Photo: Facundo Arrizabalaga / EPA
30) Bigger is usually better when it comes to
31) A model presents a creation by designer Patrick Mohr at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for autumn winter 2013 in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Rhino attacks 5 seconds after photo is taken.
THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF
FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-
From Pro-Life Wisconsin.
Gov. Walker Issues Proclamation Declaring January 22 "Protect Life Day"
Today we remember those lost and hurt by abortion
”We remember also those scarred by abortion. Too many women wounded emotionally and physically, anguishing over decisions made to kill their children. Women forced to have abortions. Inconsolable fathers who have no rights to stop the abortions of their children. Stunned grandparents deprived of cherished grandchildren. Children lamenting the loss of siblings who will not grow up with them. Doctors who performed thousands of abortions, and then live with shameful remorse for what they have done.”
One third of a generation gone in 40 years
"America’s callous attitude toward the unborn is due in part to the overwhelming quantity of tiny corpses, now in the neighborhood of 50 million. For the last 40 years, they have been poked, poisoned and pulverized to death in the name of 'choice.' As Soviet butcher Joseph Stalin is reputed to have said, 'The death of a hundred people is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.' This is so because, as human beings, we cannot wrap our minds around the enormity of the evil involved in such numbers."
Abortion strips a woman's free choice
"An unplanned pregnancy can be hard to face. For the woman, it can appear as though she should have the right to choose to end her baby’s life so that she does not need to deal with the expected inconvenience. But how can we compare inconvenience to life?"
And from the This Just In vault...
This week, former aide to then-Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, Tim Russell was sentenced to two years in prison for stealing $21,000 from a veterans organization, Operation Freedom, and taken into custody.
Russell deserved being punished. What he did was reprehensible.
The prosecution recommended the judge sentence Russell to two years. Russell got two years.
The judge in the case…
Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge Michael Hansher (Above photos: jsonline.com)